Baseball Card Breakdown's Joy of A Completed Set
Completing sets used to be my thing. There is not much that brings joy like finally completing a set that I've been working on forever, or what feels like forever. Here's a concept I used to do but gave up on a while ago.
Gavin's Baseball Card Breakdown was one of the first blogs I ever read- in fact, I think it was the first one I ever read- so he gets the lead off tribute spot in this post.
Sportscards from The Dollar Store's Adventures in Repacks
A few weeks before Christmas my mom actually found a PressTine repack at our local dollar store...something that has never been done before, despite the fact that we go there often. It contained 8 cards, of which two were actually new. When my collection is as large as it is, getting two out of 8 new is actually really good odds.
2000-01 Fleer Focus Maurice Taylor (I didn't scan it yet, and it got mixed into my stash of waiting to be scanned stuff)
Unfortunately I don't remember the duplicates that came out of it, I don't remember duplicates very often.
Douglas's adventures with his repacks have left me jealous more than a few times, considering we normally don't have anything like that around here. Back in July he sent me a bunch of his duplicates/rejects and I sent him all the Raptors and Grizzlies I had available. Living vicariously through cards!
Dime Boxes -- The Low End Baseball Card Collector's Journey's Short Term Stops
One of the more interesting concepts out there is Nick's Short Term Stops series. It highlights players by team who spent only a short time with that team. This is a concept that bears further exploring in the NBA, so for this segment I will highlight just one card. Don't be too surprised if I eventually adapt this to the NBA somehow, probably seasonally-based instead of team based. I always planned to take a look at this, but didn't have enough scanned or well-documented enough to do it, and I am getting closer but still not there. Look for me to return to this concept in a couple of years.
Update: I wrote this in January, Since then, Utah traded him to the Sacramento Kings, where he didn't ever play, nor was he intended to, as he was part of the deal for salary reasons. He has since signed with the Houston Rockets and will be coming off the bench during their playoff run, which they expect to be champions, as they had the best record all season. Only time will tell if that is the case, or if he gets any cards as a member of the Rockets.
$30 A Week Habit's Serial Numbered Insanity
Robert, like myself, is addicted to serially numbered cards. His project called "Serial Numbered Insanity" was getting one card of every serial number to make up a 700 card set for baseball. I've sort of done something like that for the NBA, which I accomplished mostly before I knew what a blog was...but I've gotten as many different serial numbered cards as I could possibly get. And I made a chart of which numbers were missing to have an uninterrupted run of 1/whatever, 2/whatever, etc.
I wrote out as many numbers missing on the piece of paper I had handy, which could only fit up to #680, but there's lots more missing the higher you go. I am not exactly sure when I wrote out this paper, as I didn't think to date it, but based on some of the numbers I've crossed off, it had to be in 2014. The numbers shown are what I'm missing... ie 400/1999, or 557/2500, etc....those crossed out are ones I've gotten since I made the chart.
Adding other sports to that list, I can say I have these numbers as well. 222, 317, 339, 394, 400, 532, 545, 560, 615, 678. The two in the 600s come from the NHL, the rest come from NASCAR. That's the only other place where I've built up a pretty decent sized collection, but my lowest missing number there is 41! I'm not missing any more numbers until 76, there. Now that I'm collecting the NHL full time, some day I will be able to do this with that sport as well, I hope.
I have collected over 4000 serially numbered cards since 1997, when I got my first. I added more than 300 in 2017, the first and only year I documented how many new ones I got in a year. I am documenting that again this year, and at the time of this writing, I've already added 54 new SN cards to my collection- mostly thanks to sorting COMC by SN>lowest priced first and then picking off as many cheap ones as I can, although some have been pulled from packs as well.
The amazing thing, though, is that I didn't pick up any of these for the number...I don't know of any way to sort by which number is on the card, just that it is numbered...now that I've located my little chart again, maybe I will refer to it when I am going through COMC during the Spring Cleaning sale and see if I can pick up any missing numbers...
Shoebox Legends' Buyback FrankenSet
Frankensets are something I have not really ever done. To me, every card ever made except garbage pail kids and their ilk are welcome in my collection, so I have no need to make a frankenset. However, I do enjoy the few buybacks I have. I can't make his usual 10 card post because I only own 4, but here they are:
My hobby box of 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary gave up this 1991 Desert Storm buyback- and I couldn't be more pleased. This set is one of the main Non-Sports sets of my youth, and would be the first historical cards in my collection...although it would take more more than a decade to appreciate that fact. I've been meaning to pick up a few more buybacks and in fact have a few in my COMC waiting to ship...but for now, this is my entire buyback collection. It appears that they issued buybacks for 75 different sets in the 75th Anniversary set-makes sense- which I would not mind working on as a set in itself someday. The buybacks I have in COMC are all NBA though, I think. Sorry the scan is not so great on the Desert Storm card. The scanner I was using then was not good for some cards.
One other thing I want to add- Shane's Buyback posts inspired me in another way. I do the NBA Encyclopedia in 10 card installments, because I feel that's the ideal size of a post, and I can fit all 10 people into the Label section. Plus, writing up the 10 little bios would possibly get tedious if I did more than 10...my original plan was to have 1 post per person. At my current rate of posting, that would take me oh, 1000 years or so. Doing 10 people at a time means I might finish it in my lifetime...I plan to get back to it soon, by the way.
Night Owl Cards' Awesome Night Cards
Man, Night Owl is a tough act to follow. The most popular card blog by a wide margin, he has several series he runs - the only blogger with more regular series than I have, I think- and they are all good. But, because I know I have cards I can use for it, I'm going to run with Awesome Night Cards.
Night cards for the NBA and NHL are tough. 90% or more games are held at night. But...indoors. With lights so bright you have no idea it's actually pitch black outside. So, where does that leave me? My one sport that doesn't compete indoors...because the exhaust fumes would kill everybody. Literally. NASCAR! NASCAR used to have only two races at night when I was a kid. They were special. You looked forward to them all year long because you knew when the sun went down at Bristol, it was going to be a wild evening, one of the best races on the schedule. When you try to cram 43 cars onto a track .533 miles in lenth, there is going to be contact. It's unavoidable! Eventually, it went the other way around, and almost every single race was held at night for a while. It wasn't good. Especially as they tried it at tracks too big for lighting, and there would be gaps between the lights where it was darker. The TV broadcasters had difficulty seeing the cars when they were on the other side of the track, even. I had difficulty seeing the cars even when they were in front of the camera. They've kind of gone back the other way, but the Bristol Night Race endures.
One of the most memorable was the 1995 race. Terry Labonte and Dale Earnhardt were having a duel for the race win, and Earnhardt couldn't get by Labonte...so he tried to go through him. Terry bounced off the #31 car and then went nose first into the wall. However, since this was the final lap, he was able to slide across the finish line first, and won the race. Something similar would happen in 1999, but Earnhardt made sure Terry couldn't win that one, turning him backwards into the wall, a controversial finish that is still talked about- and shown in replay- to this day. However, while both of those races do appear on cards, I've chosen to highlight a different one, not from Bristol, because it has the most impressive night-time shot on a card I've seen.
|2009 Press Pass #178|
A most impressive night card!
I hope you enjoyed my look at what it might be like if I had originated other bloggers' series. It was certainly fun to write and took quite a bit of planning to pull together. And I hope the bloggers I've copied don't mind, because I didn't ask a single one of them first, hah! Just remember imitation is the sincerest form of flattery....and if any other bloggers want to see my take on one of their series, just ask and I'm sure I could put together something. 😎