Thursday, December 29, 2016

Holiday giveaway from Dennis @ Too Many Verlanders


This has been a particularly stressful week for me, at home and at work. Collecting sports cards is my go-to stress relief; whenever I need retail therapy I usually put a few bucks in my PayPal and hit COMC or eBay for some singles. Or, if I need instant gratification, I head over to Target and buy some packs or a blaster box.

Unfortunately I did not get any cards for Christmas. Not a blaster or a repack or even a single pack. Nothin. I did get some money from my mom, and put a few bucks in my COMC account. Those cards should arrive by the end of next week.

It was not an entirely card-less Christmas, thanks to the card blogging community. Wes (Jaybarkerfan) sent some great stuff my way - and I'm thrilled to hear he was happy with what I sent him in return. I sent cards to Adam (Infield Fly Rule) and Tim Henson, and they arrived safely so I might try that again next year. 

I made a trade with Robert ($30 a week habit) and I haven't heard if he got his end yet - probably backlogged on posting as many of us are. Hope everything arrived without any issues. Also, I have not received word from my Secret Santa recipient if he got his cards. He doesn't blog as often as most of you, and I didn't include my e-mail.. but I did reveal myself. Hope he likes that Jacob deGrom Strata jersey!


Just before Christmas, I got a box in the mail from Dennis at Too Many Verlanders/Manninghams which contained the items I picked out from his Christmas giveaway/tradeapalooza.  Dennis offered up some great stuff - lots of cards, figurines, and oddball stuff. I claimed a Dale Murphy starting lineup (which I'm saving/hiding) and a Mo Vaughn SLU which I'm letting my girls play with. My four year old loves posing and twisting my SLUs.

I also claimed these oversized Red Sox cards:

The Mo Vaughn is a box topper from from 1998 Topps Chrome. I think I have a Sammy Sosa from this set. I've never seen the Stadium Scenes before - it's the same size as those old Gameday/Power Play oversized cards that Fleer produced in 1993-94.


 Apparently they made baseball cards, too. 


There was also an opened pack of 8 Red Sox Team Snapshots from 1998 Pinnacle. I had never heard of these, either. They're exactly like the photo stock you'd get from developing your own pictures back in the day. I got two photos of Nomar Garciaparra, two of Mo Vaughn, one of Tom Gordon, one Jim Leyritz, and two others I couldn't easily identify.


The Trading Card Database says these are Tim Naehring (top) and Damon Buford.



Dennis also included a bonus lot of about 40 Red Sox cards and a pack of 2008 Topps:
When I think of "The Prince" I don't think of Albert Pujols. Yes, I get the reference. But to me, "The Prince" is this guy:




Papi and the Prince both retired this year. Albert Pujols, (aka "The Machine") is still playing.


Yes, Ted Williams did play at Wrigley Field...in the 1947 All-Star Game.


A pair of former Sox - Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz. Both pitched no-hitters for Boston.


Lots of Jim Rice - including a 1977 Topps, which is now my oldest Rice card.


The best of the rest, including a Fisk PATP.


I got another Red Sox card in the 2008 Topps pack.
I know most baseball fans think Pap's a jerk - and he is. But I would have welcomed him back to Boston if they had worked out a deadline deal with the Nationals.


Dennis, thanks again for the trade! I hope to do more in the future. In fact, it is a New Year's resolution of mine to make 12 trades (one per month) with fellow bloggers in 2017. I'll have to find time to add a tradelist to my blog tabs and  get some more addresses so I can send "surprise" mailers for team collectors.

My other goal for the coming year is to purchase my first-ever case of hobby boxes. I'm saving my pennies for 2017 Topps Heritage baseball (burlaps, baby!) and even if I can only afford a few boxes I'll still have hundreds of dupes and inserts to trade.

I'm planning to list a lot of cards on COMC and eBay to fund the Heritage cards (and I finally figured out how to do COMC challenges!) so if you want me to set aside some cards of your favorite team or player for a potential trade, let me know in comments or via e-mail.


Hope you all have a happy and safe New Year. Here's to 2017: it can't possibly be worse... right?



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4 comments:

  1. It looks like you got a lot of nice cards anyway...I have not figured out how to do the COMC challenges. I can get to the page but when I click on start, nothing happens. I've tried on IE, Firefox and Chrome so I figured I'm just not eligible.

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    1. I had the same problem, until last week. I've got it to work on Firefox-but I'm not sure if the browser matters. When you click on the link to COMC challenges, if the category has 100% community progress that basically means 'closed'. But if it says 99% you should be able to get in. It's glitchy, but it usually works.

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    2. yep, that did it, thanks! I'm almost to my first dollar, and boy you aren't kidding about the glitching, yikes.

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  2. Definitely recommend trading with Dennis full time. He was one of the first people I traded with when I started blogging.

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