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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Monday, March 1, 2021
Boy it really seems like a week goes by way too fast. It seems like just yesterday I was writing up last week's Mailbag. Although it was a two part post that ended on Tuesday, so maybe that is why it seems so short. Who knows? Anyway, today between Sportlots orders and blogger trades, I mailed out 11 PWEs. If you are expecting something from me, chances are it went out today and you should get it by the end of the week. I had another busy week here at the Quarry with regards to the mailbag, so let's dive right in and check out my new goodies.
Next up we have a visit from the Lost Collector. I reached out to AJ when he made this post showcasing his first 2021 Topps finds. I asked about the Bieber and a quick trade was born. The only this missing from this card looking like it should be in the 1986 Topps set is the absence of Chief Wahoo on the cap. But I guess that's a lost cause now. I'm just glad the Indians name lasted long enough to be on these 86 inserts. I still don't know why there isn't much of an uproar over the Minnesota Vikings logo or the Notre Dame Fighting Irish name and logo. Well I do know, but I really don't want drama here. Moving on.
Next up we come to a Sportlots purchase. I got this one on budget shipping instead of my usual box purchase. I use budget shipping if the costs are the same or a little more just for the time convenience. This buy was all about the 86s. I was searching for cheap 86s and this seller has 4 of them (including the sweet Gwynn above) along with the Joey Gallo chrome for a good price. With Sportlots shipping, the costs are exactly the same to ship 10 cards as it is to ship 5, so I went fishing for bonus cards. I couldn't find any Rockies or 2020 Donruss needs, so I went to vintage and scooped up 5 cheap 70s cards from this seller including the 76 Topps Ron LeFlore above. The colors of that card just screams 70s to me. When I think 70s, the colors brown, orange, and yellow always come to mind.
Next up, we have an eBay gamble lot. The past few should have shown you how much I have started to enjoy these lots. They have replaced my retail buying and to be honest in most case I have gotten more bang for my buck. This lot is actually a different kind of gamble lot. This is the "combined shipping" lot. I bid on a lot of 12 2019 Panini Prizm parallels solely for the Carolina Blue Larry Walker shown above. I won the auction as the sole bidder, but I was on eBay when the auction completed, so I had time to look at the seller's other auctions that were ending very soon. I ended up finding a lot of mixed 2019 and 2020 Donruss parallels in the hope of getting a needed one. The auction was ending quickly, so I didn't have time to check my lists, I just gambled. It turned out I didn't need any of them, but I got them cheap enough that I don't regret the purchase. Plus, that 2019 Pujols Independence Day is pretty nice and if Brock Burke happens to have a hot streak this season, his Rated Rookies will climb in sellability as well. But for now I just have to play the waiting game.
The final eBay gamble lot really was a gamble because it was completely unknown. The reason for this purchase is actually because I am currently working on my comprehensive 2019 Rockies want list, which should be done in a few more days. When I was going through Beckett checking my 2019 checklist draft, it turned out that I had no clue about the 2019 Topps of the Class set existing. I believe the packs were given away in schools for good grades. So I went to eBay looking to buy the 3 card Rockies team set. Instead of finding that, I found a lot of 20 unopened 5 card packs for about the price of a blaster. I knew I could find the Rockies team set cheaper, but instead I made the impulse buy. I haven't opened packs in a long time and this was a cheap way to scratch the itch.
The reason this lot was so cheap is because the 2 big rookies from 2019, Pete Alonso and Tater Tot, were not included on the checklist. So hoarders had no real reason to buy. That makes me as a collector happy. The design of the set is virtually identical to 2019 Topps/Big League, but with different photos. I ended up getting the above Charlie Blackmon along with Nolan Arenado, but I missed out on the Trevor Story to complete the team set. The complete set is 100 cards and I got 100 cards in my packs, but collation was not perfect which is understandable for a group of loose packs. I ended up getting 71 unique cards with 28 dupes. That only adds up to 99. The final card was this.
This Bryce Harper is from the only insert set simple called Greats. Each card in this set is serially numbered to only 299. The Harper is nice, but I would have preferred getting Nolan Arenado, the only Rockie in the set. But I guess Harper is still a big name, even if his production will likely never match his hype. Very doubtful I make back the money I spent on this one, but it was still a fun rip. And who knows, I may try to track down the missing 31 cards and build this little set.
Thanx for reading.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
As I sit here writing this paragraph while there is a torrential rain coming down outside, I am watching a real live Spring Training baseball game. Granted it is just an exhibition game and the game is being by two teams I really couldn't care less about, the Yankees and the Blue Jays. But it is still real baseball being played. The first game of the year is always important, but after this past year, to me it is even more important. Baseball is not important in the grand scheme of life, but it is an indicator of things being normal again. Lives being lost is far more important, but unless it was someone close to you, when most baseball fans look back at 2020, they will think of the shortened season, not the bigger things. I really want this season to be back to normal simply because to me that will mean that the truly important things in life may be on the way to being back to normal as well. Starting Spring Training on time is a small first step.
But for now let's get back to the relative frivolity of trading baseball cards. This week features one of the cooler cards in my trade box, which I hope is not a source of friction between my Dodgers trading buddies or anyone else that might find it cool because I honestly seriously considered keeping it. But for now it is up for grabs. Good luck.
The other card that requires a bit of information is the Baseball America Louisville Redbirds minor league card. Originally I thought it was a St. Louis Cardinals card, but after looking the card up for set information, I found out it was a Milwaukee Brewers minor league card. So I went to the trade box and found another Cardinals card and replaced the other Brewers card which I will post at a later date.
As always, I will trade for Rockies, Topps rookie cup cards, 86 Topps homages, the few remaining 2011 Topps Opening Day blues that I need for my master set, 2005 Topps Rookie Cup rainbows that I need, 2020 Donruss rainbows that I need, or the various insert sets I am currently putting together. The links are working for 6 of those 7, and the other will be done shortly, but for now you can simply ask if I need it.
If you just simply don't have anything I need, don't worry about it. We can still trade. I will happily accept serial numbered cards from teams I am in short supply of at the moment. All I ask is that you include an extra 1 or 2 just to take care of the stamp I will need to trade them later.
These are current teams I am comparatively low on trade stuff.
Baltimore, Seattle, Washington/Montreal, St. Louis
Previous Sunday PWE Trade Baits
2020 Bowman/Platinum Top Prospects Purple Gunnar Henderson /250 - 2016 Topps/Bunt Topaz Rod Carew /50
2005 Donruss/Team Heroes Showdown Bronze Jeremy Bonderman /100 - 2018 Bowman/Prospects Chrome Purple Shimmer Refractors Nicky Lopez /655
2020 Topps/Gypsy Queen Indigo Logan Allen /250 - 2017 Topps Gold Nelson Cruz /2017 - 2015 Bowman/Chrome Farm's Finest Minis Purple Refractors Sean Newcomb /250
2015 Panini/EEE Aspirations Die Cut Jake LeMoine /200 - 2005 Topps/Rookie Cup Red Huston Street /499 - 2016 Panini/EEE Francis Martes /999
2010 Bowman Topps 100 Prospects Chrome Refractors Chris Marrero /499 - 2017 Topps Vintage Stock Big Fish /99 - 2015 Bowman Silver Craig Kimbrel /499
2018 Bowman/Prospects Chrome Purple Refractor Marcos Molina /250 - 1999 Baseball America Silver Ron Belliard /150
2020 Bowman/Platinum Top Prospects Purple Zack Thompson /250 – 2019 Topps/Triple Threads Amber Anthony Rizzo /199 – 2014 Panini/Prizm PDP Red Jordan Luplow /100
2016 Bowman/Prospects Blue Alex Blandino /150 – 2015 Panini/Cooperstown Crown Royale Silver Pee Wee Reese /75 – 2003 Upper Deck/MVP Gold Craig Counsell /125
2016 Bowman/Draft Silver Jacob Heyward /499 – 2003 Upper Deck/MVP Celebration Sterling Hitchcock /1998 – 2020 Panini/USA Baseball Stars & Stripes Longevity Ruby Nick Loftin /249
2009 Topps Gold Brad Hawpe /2009 – 2017 Topps Gold Trevor Story /2017 – 2006 Upper Deck/Special FX Purple Jason Smith /150
Cards with new homes.
2019 Panini/Donruss Dominators Blue Miguel Andujar /249 - 2020 Topps/Big League Rainbow Foil J.D. Martinez /100 - 2011 Bowman/Prospects Blue Anthony Carter /500 - 2016 Topps/Archives Blue John Kruk /199 -
As always, place a claim on any card that you'd like in the comments section or you can email me directly at hiflew AT yahoo DOT com and we can talk trade.
Thanx for reading.