Greeting all. I swear guys, eventually I am going to get one of these Monday Mailbags actually posted on a Monday. It's almost comical at this point that I keep missing the day it named for. Perhaps I should just steer into the skid and never post Monday's Mailbag on a Monday. It would be the perfect metaphor for my lack of time management and scheduling. But I think I will continue trying to aim for a Monday post with these.
This post is actually 8 days late, not 1 day late, but I have talked about how busy life is WAY too much recently, so let's just dive in and check out some new cards in my home.
First up we have an eBay gamble lot. This was a lot of 14 2020 Bowman/Platinum Chartreuse parallels. Of the 14, I could only see 5 of them in the photo. Usually when this happens sellers tend to not show the less marketable players and since my team is full of less marketable players, I thought I would give it a shot. It didn't work, but I did get some Sportlots (or trade) inventory for a relatively cheap cost. I got 7 vets and 7 prospects. Of the vets, I got some fairly big names including the Acuna above along former MVPs Bellinger and Bryant. With the prospects, I let you know in 3 years whether I got any good ones.
Next up we have another eBay lot. This was for a lot of 1986 inserts that I am collecting. I go a lot of 8 for a really cheap price, so it didn't really even bother me that I only needed 5 of the 8 for my set. The first card is of the late great Hank Aaron. For my money, he is the greatest player of all time, so I was happy to get this card in a cheap lot. Usually the cheap lots are filled with Twins or Marlins or A's or some other teams that just don't sell well. Except Rockies for some reason. Oh well. Andrew McCutchen has been on several teams in his career, especially recently, but he really looks strange in anything but a Pirates uniform. That being said, that card looks like it would seamlessly fit in the real 1986 set.
Next up we have a visit from everyone's favorite nocturnal bird of prey, the Night Owl. Greg sent me a PWE in exchange for a pair of Dodgers and a pair of Braves he needed for a separate deal. I highly encourage any of you to use my Sunday PWE trade posts as sort of a middle man like Greg did. I like getting cards to where they belong, even if I am not the last stop on the way. The Christian Yelich is a good addition to my set. I hadn't seen it before Greg pack pulled it and showed it off. I think it is one of the better 86 cards I have seen thus far. The Todd Helton is a red foil parallel from 2019 Stadium Club that I was sure I needed, but I didn't. It was the Trevor Story red foil and the Todd Helton black foil that I was missing. But no problem, because now I can be the middle man to move that Helton to where it needs to go. In fact, the next man up might even need it for his "Tatooine" collection.
That man of course is Jim (aka gcrl) from Cards as I See Them. Jim has quickly become one of my regular trade partners on my Sunday PWE trade bait posts. I know we traded a little, but I don't think we traded that much in my first go around the blogosphere. But luckily we are making up for it now. Up first is the 2005 Topps/Rookie Cup Red Reggie Sanders. Both in hand and online the red /499 and orange /399 parallels are difficult to tell apart unless you see them side by side. It doesn't help that they are the two most common parallels either. Seller have made that mistake before. In this case though, Jim got it right and now I am 1 card closer to my goal. The card on the right is a different kind of red parallel. It is one of the Target retail exclusives from 2020 Topps/Update. 2020 Update is a conundrum with me. It is one my least favorite modern sets, bit also has several Rockies that don't get put on cardboard often, like Drew Butera. I guess it is just going to end up being a set that I love to hate from now on.
Jim also sent a couple of additional Rockies needs. Both of them could also fall into the cards I love to hate category for different reasons. Up first is the 2018 Topps Independence Day manupatch relic Charlie Blackmon. It hits two categories of things I love to hate, manurelics and jingoism. Don't get me wrong, I love my country, but I cannot stand the jingoism that tries to sell patriotism for a profit. But it is a Rockies card, so I am happy with it. It seems, my love for my Rockies collection is stronger than my core beliefs apparently. The other card is from 2008 Topps/Moments and Milestones. That particular Matt Holliday has 216 different versions each representing one of his 216 hits in the 2007 season. Each of those cards is #'d out of 150 which makes it incredibly difficult to track them down. This card is actually a black parallel which has the same 216 versions except they are #'d to just 25. 25 is my cut off number to add cards to my Rockies checklists. so in order to be happy I need to track down a total of 432 copies of basically the same card. Thank you Jim for knocking 1 off that list.
Next up we have yet another eBay gamble lot. This was a lot of 115 cards from various sets that I picked up for less than a dime per card including shipping. In a normal case, you really couldn't have a really bad buy at that cost. But in this case, it was a very good buy. Not a home run, but a solid double...maybe even a triple . The only thing really bad about it is that I didn't get any new Rockies. But what I did get was some nice cards. The top row was some of the many good rookies that will pay for this lot and then some. I actually got 4 Gavin Lux cards, 2 Fire and 2 flagships. When he inevitably gets hot this season, those cards will probably sell for $10 each. But it's not all about profit here.
Strangely, I got a nice group of 1998 Bowman International cards included with all the 2020 cards. I say strangely just because the 10 cards I got were the only card not from the 2018-2020 range. Maybe, not strange, but definitely random. The group I got were decent names too including the Pudge Rodriguez above. The card that made me buy this lot in the first place was the Eddie Rosario Baby Shark parallel above. I am slowly building the baby shark set, but I am only about 20% of the way there. The final card though got me to 100% complete for one of my 9 sets for my 2020 Donruss rainbow project. The Aaron Judge regular base card was the last of the 300 (including variations) that I needed to complete my base set. The reason it took so long to get the complete set is that when I was purchasing lots, I wasn't buying lots of base cards, I was buying lots of blues or yellows or whatever. Or on Sportlots purchases I was getting the parallels first. When attempting a project like this, you don't want to focus on the easily acquired cards first because you can always find them later. It applies to vintage sets too. If you are trying to build a 1960s set, it is usually better to find the Mickey Mantle before you start picking up the bench players from the Indians and Pirates. It usually helps the wallet and really helps motivate you to complete your project. Just my handy dandy little tip of the day.
Thanx for reading.