09 Heritage Want List updated YET AGAIN, along with a handful of Heritage for trade

May 13, 2009

Wow, nice long title.

I bought a Heritage blaster, hoping to at least knock out a couple of insert, SP, and Chrome needs. Aside from a Manny Ramirez NAP, I got nothing, including a pair of SP duplicates. I don’t know how, but I have managed to pull more SP doubles than I have ones I need. Anyway, here’s the oddball-ish stuff I have to trade after this latest blaster:

SP: 461, 469, 481
Chrome: Chipper Jones refractor
Baseball Flashback: BF2
News Flashback: NF10
Then & Now: TN6

If anyone needs these, let me know. Otherwise, they’ll go off to the team traders I chum with. I’d ideally like to trade the SPs for other SPs, but that’s certainly flexible.

Anyway, the updated want list:

81, 241, 270, 286, and then the SPs from the previous post (I’m too lazy to type them all out).

Baseball Flashbacks: 8
News Flashbacks: 5
New Age Performers: 1, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15
Then & Now: 1, 8
Mayo: ARi, AS, CJ, DP, IS, RB, AP, DO, DW, EL, GS, MR, TL
Chrome: All but 4, 29, 31, 51, 69, 70, and 96

For what it’s worth, 08 Goudey is now down to: 208, 214, 215, 227, 228, 229, 235, 240, 243, 245, 250, 260, 264, 283, 301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 312, 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 324, 327, 327, 328 and 329

If I hadn’t gotten lucky and pulled the Tiger Woods SR SP out of a blaster a few months ago, I would have given up on this set long ago.

A great big THANK YOU to every one of you who sent/is sending Heritage cards. I most certainly appreciate it and hope I can help you out in your collecting needs.

Now, onto a Pettitte related note, I am slowly approaching 700 different Pettittes. I decided that I have no desire to be a “super collector” and am not chasing the paralleled versions of his 06 Co-Signers cards, or anything but the base Moments & Milestones from 08. That being said, if anyone has any M&M #ed/125 lying around, I’d love to work something out with you. Even if I don’t have anything you want in-hand, I am more than willing to go to the card shops and find stuff for you.

Speaking of, I owe an especially big thank you to Madding from Cards on Cards. A couple weeks ago, he sent me a nice little package containing a certain Joba Chamberlain A&G auto he pulled from a blaster a while back. I promise, I haven’t forgotten about it, and am trying to find a worthy Cardinals card to send back your way. If any of you have any St Louis or Portland Trailblazers cards you don’t want, do look him up – great guy, great trader.

I promise (maybe) my next post will NOT be yet another updated list of cards I need, unless I finally get around to posting my want lists for 06 Bazooka and 07 Turkey Red and 52 Rookies.

Again, I appreciate everything all of you in the blogosphere have done for me over this past year of getting back into the hobby. You are all the creme de la creme.

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Updated 09 Heritage Want List

May 10, 2009

Quick and to the pointless: 60, 73, 75, 81, 96, 115, 131, 156, 193, 227, 232, 241, 248, 270, 271, 286, 307, 324, 354, 373, 374, 395, 407, 418, 422, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 434, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 444, 445, 446, 448, 449, 450, 451, 453, 454, 455, 456, 458, 459, 460, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 479, 482, 483, 484, 485, 487, 488, 489, 490, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, 498, 499, 500

Baseball Flashbacks: 8
News Flashbacks: 2, 3, 5, 6
New Age Performers: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Then & Now: 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
Mayo: AP, ARi, AS, CJ, DO, DP, DW, EL, GS, IS, MR, RB, TL

I also am still looking for a handful of 2008 Goudey if anyone has any handy: 205, 208, 214, 215, 217, 227, 228, 229, 235, 240, 243, 245, 250, 260, 264, 283, 287, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 324, 326, 327, 328, 329

Beating the Pack Searchers, and a few more off the Heritage List

May 7, 2009

I think it’s a general consensus that pack searchers are losers, but also a very visible evil when buying retail. I found myself at Target tonight, and decided to nab a few packs of Heritage to, if nothing else, knock a few Mayo needs off my want list. I grabbed about six packs and headed home.

When I got home, I found that three of the packs had actually been opened halfway. I was instantly pissed, and was thinking about ways to return the packs to Target. After debating it, I decided to hang onto them, and hope I could at least pull an SP out of these opened packs. So, I open the first one – nothing. Same case for the second one. Going through the third one, I figured I had pulled three duds and would at the very least talk to management about this problem. As I flipped the stack of cards over to check the numbers against my list, I came across one that didn’t look right:

ROA-CK

I flipped it over to look a bit closer and discovered that one of the opened packs contained an autographed Clayton Kershaw card. Needless to say, my feelings of disgust and anger were replaced by a smug, undeserving sense of accomplishment.

To paraphrase Ralph Wiggum on the Simpsons, “I beated the pack searchers, I beated the pack searchers!”

And for what it’s worth, I also knocked off: 38, 309, 327, 339, 379, 394, 400, 447, BF6 and Mayo AR.

But obviously, the big news is the autograph, which is officially on the market for any Kershaw/Dodger collectors. If anyone has an Andy Pettitte autograph they would like to put up for this, all you gotta do is holler.

2009 Topps Heritage Want List

May 6, 2009

Nothing like pandering for set needs to help me crank out an overdue post. I know the list is fairly SP/insert heavy, but if anyone cares to swap off what they don’t want, look me up.

2, 27, 33, 38, 50, 60, 73, 75, 80, 81, 96, 112, 114, 115, 125, 130, 131, 156, 176, 193, 194, 207, 227, 232, 241, 248, 252, 270, 271, 277, 279, 286, 291, 303. 307, 309, 320, 324, 327, 339, 354, 361, 369, 373, 374, 379, 394, 395, 400, 407, 418, 421, 422, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 434, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 453, 454, 455, 456, 458, 459, 460, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 479, 482, 483, 484, 485, 487, 488, 489, 490, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, 498, 499, 500

Baseball Flashbacks: 1, 6, 8
News Flashbacks: 2, 3, 5, 6, 10
New Age Performers: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Then & Now: 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
Mayo: AR, ARi, CJ, DP, IS, RB, AP, DM, DO, DW, EL, GS, JH, MR, TL, VG
Topps Heritage Chrome: A whole bunch – just comment/email if you have any you want to get rid of

Thanks for playing

Good bye, Uncle Conrad (with a baseball tie-in).

April 13, 2009

Yesterday afternoon, I learned that my Uncle Conrad had died after a long, long battle with emphysema. Truth be told, it’s remarkable he lived this long: back in 1993, he underwent an experimental surgery, where the holes in his lungs were patched with pieces of a pig’s heart. He was given a best case scenario of living an additional three years. As you can all tell, he did quite a bit better than three years.

He was one of those people who truly never seemed to have a bad day in his life. Even when he would be hooked up to an oxygen tank, his wit and sharp sense of humor were never touched by his illness. He was one of those people who everybody liked, and one of the biggest regrets I’ll ever have is that my soon-to-be fiancee (she doesn’t read the blog, so I can type that) never got a chance to meet him.

And I promised to make this baseball-related – when Connie was younger, he played baseball. While he was never going to even sniff pitching in the pros, he did face somebody who went on to have a modest amount of success on my favorite baseball team. It was the only future big leaguer he would face, but in a game, Connie found himself facing then-future-Yankee Elston Howard. And he struck him out on three straight pitches. Elston went on to play in the Bronx, while Connie went on to farm, but it still amazes me that their paths crossed in a baseball game, and my uncle came out ahead.

So, in honor or my uncle, I would love to get my hands on some Elston Howard cards. I know he had a memorabilia card put out in the 2008 SP Legendary Cuts set, and I’m not sure if he has any autographs out there, or not. But if anyone has any Howards they would want to trade, email or leave me a comment about who you collect, and I’ll see if I can track something down for you in exchange. They would be a great addition to my collection, but even more so, a great way to have a memory of Uncle Connie remain with me forever.

When you get a chance today, hug a loved one a little tighter, and make sure they know what they mean to you.

We’ll miss you Connie – you had a longer run than you should have, and we’re all grateful for that.

Revisiting my collecting habits

March 30, 2009

When the 2009 collecting year rolled around, I was admittedly late to the party. Like many other bloggers have mentioned, I bought a bunch of stuff last year to get a taste for what I liked. Unfortunately, that also meant I bought crap like A Piece of History and Opening Day, and I didn’t want to repeat my mistakes of collecting this year. I hadn’t bought anything non-Pettitte for quite a while, until this weekend, when I broke down and bought an 09 HTA Topps box. I had forgotten how much fun I had opening packs, but this box was even more special: my girlfriend opened the packs for me, and I watched on. I’m one of the lucky ones, as she doesn’t care that I collect, so long as I keep things organized, and don’t get too crazy with what I’m spending.

So with this new outlook on collecting, I have slightly revamped what I will be buying and adding to my collection. I’m also hoping that my “paying it forward” in trades over the past year will come back to help me out, considering how I traded off most of my stuff of the guys I’m now going to collect all over again (I believe I have discussed my short-sightedness in previous blogs).

I’m now focusing on:

1. Andy Pettitte
2. Chad Greenway
3. Derek Jeter
4. Mariano Rivera/Jorge Posada
5. Joe Mauer/Justin Morneau
6. Joba Chamberlain
7. Evan Longoria
8. Ryan Howard/Chase Utley/Cole Hamels
9. Albert Pujols
10. Bernie Williams/Paul O’Neill/Tino Martinez

The Yankees and Twins are of no surprise to anyone, but just to serve as a reminder that I have zero problem receiving them in trade. But I’ve pretty much drained all the local shops of any Yankees I don’t have, so I decided to sprinkle in a few Phillies, a young stud, and a bona fide superstar to pursue, as well. I don’t need any 1/1s, or rare patch auto cards of these guys (I’ll gladly take them though), but I would like to get a good foundation of their base cards (including SPs) and inserts as well.

I have also decided I am going to build the 2007 Turkey Red set, 2009 A&G, maybe the 2009 Heritage, hopefully polish off my 08 A&G and Heritage, and if I have the attention span left over, I may tackle this year’s Bowman too.

So there it is – my new(ish) outlook on 2009. If you have anyone on the player list you don’t want, feel free to send it to Minnesota. I promise I will have some sort of trading bait to get out to anyone who sends stuff. Also, if you plan on sending a g/u or auto, please let me know who/what you collect so I can go out and track down something comparable to send back.

Just a quicky…

March 21, 2009

Look at me updating – it’s not even a Tuesday!

To all the set builders out there – if any of the cards you are missing are Pettittes, look me up. I have about 600 doubles of him doing me no good, and I’d be more than happy to hook you up with some.

Also, to any Yankee/Astro team collectors, the same applies to you. I don’t have much to trade right now, but I can certainly help you out with Andys!

Hi

March 10, 2009

Wow, it’s been a month since I’ve updated? For shame, Eric. To be fair, I haven’t had a heckuva lot to blog about on a day-by-day basis, but when I put it all together, I can get a decent sized post out of it.

First and foremost, is a potential gripe I may have with this year’s Topps Heritage. Apparently they have misspelled “Pettitte” on the base version of Andy’s card, shorting him a “t.” However, his chrome versions, as well as the box-topper, all have the correct spelling. I’m hoping this isn’t some sly SP they’re pulling on me – leave that stuff for other players, stop gimmicking my guy, you asses. I have a Heritage coming in the mail, but if anyone else has picked up any of the chrome versions or the box-topper, definitely look me up.

The Pettitte collection has grown substantially, now weighing in 624 cards strong. Dayf recently sent me a handful of Yankees, and pulling off a feat that is hard to come by: blindly trading me two Pettittes I didn’t have: his 08 UD Ballpark w/Jeter, Pudge and Verlander, and his 2002 Bowman (I’m not too sure how this card eluded me).

Not to be outdone, Matt from Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius hooked me up a few weeks ago with a nice 08 Finest Moments Blue of Pettitte. Again, a card I did not have in my collection, and I actually had never even seen it before it was in my mailbox. I’ve also received a ton of nice Jeters, Riveras, Posadas, Jobas, O’Neills, Tinos and Bernies from these guys as well as Kerry at Cards on Cards as well as a nice package from Thoughts and Sox, as well. After deciding to rekindle my childhood collection, Chris from Stale Gum sent me a handful of Mark McGwire inserts (among other Mauers, Morneaus and other great cards) in exchange for some set builders, and Dave from Fielder’s Choice helped me knock out a chunk of my needs as well. Everyone’s continued generosity is always appreciated, and I’m always amazed by how generous some people are.

I also got rid of the lion’s share of my cards, dumping them at my local card shop in exchange for a couple of Chad Greenway autos. Space is becoming an increasing concern of mine, and being able to move most of my commons for a couple of cards I really want is a nice thing. This leaves me with very little to trade, obviously, so here is what I propose: if you come across something g/u or auto of Andy Pettitte and I don’t have it, I will go out and buy something of comparable value and trade you for it. I’m still trying to boost my number of g/u and #ed cards, and to date I only have one autograph of his. If you have anything that I may need, let’s talk.

Hopefully I update this again before April, but in case I don’t: Happy St Patrick’s Day, Happy Spring, and enjoy March Madness

2009 Topps is Live!

February 3, 2009

Unfortunately, as cool as some of the cards I’ve seen pulled from packs thus far may be, I will be waiting another few months for the Andy Pettitte, and the countless parallels, it seems.  However, Andy does appear in Series I of Upper Deck, along with a gold foil parallel.  It probably goes without saying, but if you pull either of these cards, do let me know so we can work something out.

I’m slowly getting caught up on trades – Dave from Fielder’s Choice will finally have his package put together this evening and in the mail soon.  Same goes for Chris at Stale Gum.  I’m piecing together want lists for Heritage and A&G, so keep your eyes peeled and doubles ready to be sorted.

Go figure, I’m posting, and it’s Tuesday.  That’s just weird.

I need a banner.

Elation

January 27, 2009

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/01/26/pettitte.yankees.ap/index.html

 

I may be a day late, but it still made for a good Monday.