Back on Christmas day, I got the 2020-21 MVP factory set, which includes an exclusive blue parallel. When I typed it into my Excel collection chart, I was dismayed to discovered I had only gotten 249 of the 250 cards. A message was sent to Upper Deck the very next day, and finally...on May 11th...the missing card arrived! That makes it only my second completed NHL parallel, after the 2018-19 MVP factory set.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
A couple weeks back I discovered a dealer on Ebay with a rare Racing Champions car I needed, so I quickly added it to my cart. I decided to check and see what else the dealer may have had, and it turns out they were mostly a post card dealer. Naturally, I checked to see if there were any that were relevant to places I've been and not surprisingly, there was.
this image of the Brooklyn Bridge looking at the Manhattan skyline goes nicely with the trip my brother and I took just two months ago, see here: A driving tour of Manhattan although this card was actually taken from the Brooklyn side of the bridge, which I haven't seen...yet.
The second was one I'm much more familiar with since I've seen it from the exact same angle the photo was taken from. In June 2019, we went to the FASNY Firefighting museum, in Hudson, NY. Located on the grounds of the Firefighter's Home, the entrance to the museum still passes under this very arch.
I didn't post it when I did my recap of that trip, (link above) but here is my image of the very same arch:
You can even see the same building in my picture.
The dealer, who is from Canada, also happened to have a set of 6 automotive stamps issued by Canada in 1994, so I got them too. My stamp collection is not something I add to often. I enjoy it, but it just doesn't outrank my other hobbies for the most part. I don't remember the last time I bought any stamps....I mostly add to the collection by chance, when I get some on something mailed to me.
It felt like it took forever to get to me, but it all arrived in under 2 weeks from ordering to in-hand. I was really waiting for them so I guess that played a role in why it seemed like so long, because it was really pretty quick.
Glad to add them all to my collection, and I never would have come across them if a friend had not sent me a link to that rare car.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
We all know that the hobby has gone stupid lately. Cards are ridiculously overpriced, and not even available at retail. It started with basketball, and then moved to all the other sports. When it hit hockey and NASCAR at the same time, I knew that I was probably going to be done when opening new cards for the foreseeable future. The fun of the hobby had been sucked away.
So I was REALLY surprised when my mom gave me a blaster of 2021 Donruss for Easter! I didn't expect I would ever get one. They either weren't stocked or scalped locally, and probably the latter. She had planned ahead and mail ordered it before the prices went crazy. (last I looked, blasters of 2021 Donruss NASCAR were running at $80)
So I knew that it would likely be the last new product I opened for a while...and I savored it.
But I've been in such a card funk that I didn't scan them until today, April 22nd. That should say a lot about where I'm at in the hobby. Since I had ordered myself a hobby box back in February, I didn't actually need all that many of them, because, as is well known with Panini, they came out of the packs in the exact same order as they had come out of the hobby box, with the exception of the inserts, which are exclusive to each packaging format.
Since this is "the end, for now", I decided to post every single new card I got in the box. Not something I normally do, but I'm going to here.
First, the base cards...
Sunday, April 11, 2021
I'm back to modeling mode, so not much card stuff going on right now. I'm still working on my monthly upload, closing in on the new "record" for longest time it took me to finish one of them, which is the 14th. Raining today so the whole day devoted to cards, though Doing the NBA by player, I got to Michael Jordan, and he hit the milestone I knew would be happening this month- 1000 different cards scanned. I only have two people in my collection in the 1000 card club, with Jeff Gordon being the other. However, I've scanned a higher percentage of Jordan cards, since he hit 1000 this month. Jeff Gordon is at only 732 cards scanned.
I knew Jordan would hit 1000 this month because he got to 994 last month, and I scanned 21 of them in March.
This turned out to be the 1000th card in the album, although not the 1000th in my collection. That is unknown.
This is actually the Collector's Choice German insert, not the Rare Air set. Funny thing, I didn't even consider this a real card until very recently. I found it in my storage unit in a box full of toploaders, which basically is stuff I don't need, don't use and wouldn't bother me to never see again.
If you want to see all 1015 Jordan cards currently scanned, here is his album: Michael Jordan collection
Thursday, April 1, 2021
With grading cards all the rage, I've decided to throw my hat into the ring. I'm starting my own grading company, named Fanatically Original Only Licensed.
But this isn't just a knockoff of the other grading companies. Oh no, this is something slightly different! At Fanatically Original Only Licensed, you choose your grade and your fees will be based on the grade you choose.
It works pretty simply, like this: If you want a grade of 1, you pay $100, a grade of 2 is $200, etc, on up to a gem mint 10 for $1000 per card. For the special fee of $10,000, you can get the ultimate ultra special rarity, an 11!
And even better, the actual condition of the card doesn't matter! It can look like this:
or it could look like this:
The great thing is that it doesn't matter since YOU choose the grade you want!
But hey, it has to be an original card. We have to have standards, don't you know? If you try to send in an unlicensed reprint, you will be hunted down and given a paper cut by a 1990-91 Pro Set card. We wouldn't be Fanatical about original, only licensed cards otherwise.
Which of you will be the first to be a F.O.O.L?
Saturday, March 27, 2021
If the Muppets can take Manhattan, then so can I! Last Saturday, my brother and I took a drive to Manhattan, for my Places I've Been project. I am not sure I've discussed that on here or not, but back in October 2019, on our family trip to Toledo, I photo documented every town we went through. I decided I enjoyed that and wanted to photo document EVERY town I've been to- not just on that one trip. Thus, the Places I've Been project was born.
We had been to Manhattan a few times, but never with the Edge, That's important because it has the GPS built in that displays the places we are in...essential to the project.
We set out early, around 7 AM, and instead of turning into Manhattan at 42nd street, like we normally do, we went all the way around the bottom, to the end of the Henry Hudson Highway, through the Battery Park Underpass (tunnel), and up FDR Drive until we turned in onto 42nd street from the other direction- which happened to be at the United Nations. We traversed the entire width of Manhattan on 42nd street, which brought us back to the Henry Hudson Highway, at which point we headed home. The entire time we were in Manhattan was roughly 40 minutes, and only that many because there are a lot of red lights.
I took 887 photos on the day, which I will not be sharing here, but I will post some highlights.
One of the highlights for me was seeing the Freedom Tower up close. When I saw it on TV and in print, I wasn't all that impressed. It didn't look like a special building. Now that I've seen it in person, I can say I was 100% wrong. It's stunning. The presence it has, watching it get larger and larger in the windshield as you approach it, it's truly awe-inspiring.
post I made in 2019.
I have no idea what this apparently abandoned building is, but I love it. There's a section of Manhattan with abandoned buildings that remind me of Greek/Roman ruins.
On the way home, we stopped as Ossining and found a part on the Hudson River, but it was super cold and windy and we didn't stay long.