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:
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:
Yes, Ted Williams did play at Wrigley Field...in the 1947 All-Star Game.
I got another Red Sox card in the 2008 Topps pack.
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?