House of Fun (Fridays)

In case you hadn’t heard, John over at Johnny’s Trading Spot has been running a nifty contest each Friday for quite a while now and it is quite fun, too. I just recently started participating and won some nice cards which I’ll share here:

Allen & Ginter mini cards
2012 Allen & Ginter #86 & 2013 Allen & Ginter #321
2013 Allen & Ginter mini NNO #'d /25, front and back
2013 Allen & Ginter mini NNO #'d /25, front and back

Yes, I won a nice pile of assorted Allen & Ginter mini cards and some Gypsy Queen mini cards. There was even a tough-to-pull Artie Lange (non-numbered) with the Baseball back #’d to 25.

More Allen & Ginter cards
More Allen & Ginter minis: 2015 #189, #106, MM-2, 2014 #ITU-09, 2016 FF-8
Gypsy Queen minis: 2015 #10 and #179, 2016 #295 and #280
Gypsy Queen minis: 2015 #10 and #179, 2016 #295 and #280

So those were the mini cards I won the first time I entered John’s Fun Fridays contest. But John wasn’t done yet. Included in the envelope with the mini cards was this surprise:

Surprise 1967 Topps #72 Tommy John (front and back)
Surprise 1967 Topps #72 Tommy John (front and back)

Tommy John became one of my favorite players when he joined the Dodgers in the early 70’s so this was a very nice surprise–which now has the conspiracy theorist in me wondering. Is it just coincidence that John sent a card of a player with a last name that’s the same as John’s first name? Hmmm…

So then at the beginning of March, John held signups for more Fun Friday contests and I signed up. I had to wait until the third Friday in March to play but I got first choice. So Friday morning arrives and I check Johnny’s blog to see if he’s started the game–nope, not yet. Checking previous contests, I see that John usually started the contests in the evening, so I made a mental note to check John’s blog later.

Doh! With virtually most everything closing down and other coronavirus developments (and dinner) getting all of my attention, my mental note got pushed down to the bottom of my mental desk and I forgot about checking in with John’s blog. By the time I remembered, my turn had been skipped. But the good news is that John still sent a consolation prize:

Six cards from the 30-card 1994 Post cereal set
Six cards from the 30-card 1994 Post cereal set

And with that, we give John a hearty Stadium Fantasium standing “O” for his generosity in having these contests. You rock John! Remember to check out John’s Johnny’s Trading Spot blog, wash your hands, stay home and stay tuned…

Something (from A Cracked Bat)

Mail day from A Cracked Bat
Mail Day from A Cracked Bat
Mail Day from A Cracked Bat

Happy Valentine’s Day! Last month, hobby blogger extraordinaire Julie of A Cracked Bat posted a boatload of images of baseball cards that she was offering up free for the asking (limited to nine cards per person). So I went ahead and took her up on her offer. Julie also surprised me with a couple of cards from my 2018 Topps Heritage want list.

2019 Topps Rainbow Foil #15 and #614, 2019 Topps Heritage Now And Then NT-6 (Trevor Bauer)
2019 Topps Rainbow Foil #15 and #614, 2019 Topps Heritage Now And Then NT-6 (Trevor Bauer)
2017 Topps Update Untouchables #U-11, 2003 Topps Own the Game #JOG-3 and 2018 Topps Archives #268
2017 Topps Update Untouchables #U-11, 2003 Topps Own the Game #JOG-3 and 2018 Topps Archives #268
2000 Topps Hank Aaron Reprints #1 and 1997 Topps Willie Mays Reprints #13
2000 Topps Hank Aaron Reprints #1 and 1997 Topps Willie Mays Reprints #13

I love collecting the Hank Aaron and Willie Mays reprint cards. I think I have about half of each set. I really need to inventory them and put them in binders along with the main 1997 and 2000 Topps sets.

2018 Topps Heritage #427 & #488 & NAP-1
2018 Topps Heritage #427 & #488 & NAP-1

The two left-most 2018 Topps Heritage cards above (V-Mart and Jake Marisnick) were the two want list cards that Julie sent—so thoughtful! Those two cards are short prints and I now need less than 50 short prints to complete that portion of the set.

That reminds me, I still need to get together a trade list and want list for my 2018 Topps High Number cards. And then I gotta make room for 2020 Topps Heritage while still working on completing 2019 Topps Heritage. It’s always something

Night Owl (Cards)

Continuing the Backlog of Cards Sent to Me From Generous People series of blog posts, last month none other than Night Owl sent over a big stack of Dodgers awesomeness. It was quite a surprise to say the least–cards from all over the baseball card spectrum. Relics, patches, autos (IP even!), inserts, shiny, die-cut, vintage, oddball, serial-numbered, parallels, rookie cards, wrapper redemptions, online exclusives–they’re all here. Even a Ron Cey card is here. Here’s a sampling of what was sent:

2015 Stadium Club Legends Die-Cuts #LDC-03 and 2012 Topps Gold Rush #55
2015 Stadium Club Legends Die-Cuts #LDC-03 and 2012 Topps Gold Rush (Wrapper Redemption) #55
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game Dodger Greats Memorabilia #LAD-MW
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game - Dodger Greats Memorabilia #LAD-MW
2013 Topps - Chasing History Relics #CHR-HR
2013 Topps - Chasing History Relics #CHR-HR
2003 Topps 205 - Relics #TR-KI
2003 Topps 205 - Relics #TR-KI
2003 UD Sweet Spot - Patches #HN1
2003 UD Sweet Spot - Patches #HN1
2017 Topps Chrome - Rookie Autographs #RA-RS, 2017 Donruss Optic #14, 2018 Donruss Optic Purple #172
2017 Topps Chrome - Rookie Autographs #RA-RS, 2017 Donruss Optic #14, 2018 Donruss Optic Purple #172
2019 Topps NBCD #14, 2019 Panini Diamond Kings -2004 DK Retro Set #DK04-CK, 2014 Stadium Club - Field Access #FA-18, 2018 Topps - MLB Awards #MLBA-4, 2016 Topps Update - Fire #F-1, 2018 Topps - Legends in the Making Black #LTM-YD
2019 Topps NBCD #14, 2019 Panini Diamond Kings -2004 DK Retro Set #DK04-CK, 2014 Stadium Club - Field Access #FA-18, 2018 Topps - MLB Awards #MLBA-4, 2016 Topps Update - Fire #F-1, 2018 Topps - Legends in the Making Black #LTM-YD
2018 NBCD (SGA) #LAD-5, 2018 Topps - Target Cody Bellinger Highlights #CB-18, 2019 Donruss #133, 2019 Topps Total #133, 2016 Topps Archives - 1969 Topps Super #TS-JP, 2011 Bowman - Green #82 (serial #'d 217/450)
2002 Leaf - Press Proofs Red #28, 2007 Topps - Red Back #271, 2005 Donruss - Production Line OPS #PL-3 (serial #'d 983/1017, 1995 Leaf #267, 1995 Topps Traded & Rookies #40T, 1993 SP #98
2002 Leaf - Press Proofs Red #28, 2007 Topps - Red Back #271, 2005 Donruss - Production Line OPS #PL-3 (serial #'d 983/1017, 1995 Leaf #267, 1995 Topps Traded & Rookies #40T, 1993 SP #98
1987 Fleer #460 (IP autographed!), 1988 Topps #550, 1988 Leaf #122
1987 Fleer #460, 1988 Topps #550, 1988 Leaf #122
1978 Topps #630, 1978 Topps #168, 1979 O-Pee-Chee #178, 1971 Topps #188, 1971 Topps #145
1978 Topps #630, 1978 Topps #168, 1979 O-Pee-Chee #178, 1971 Topps #188, 1971 Topps #145

I’m pretty sure these cards were sent in response to the complete run of 2018 Topps Dodgers 60th Anniversary stadium giveaway cards I sent to Night Owl. I’m flattered that he kept me in mind all this time. So from one diehard Dodger fan to another, we give a rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Night Owl. Huzzah! Thanks so much! Stay tuned…

Happy (“Season of Giving” – Nachos Grande)

Note from Nachos Grande

Last month I was happy to receive a package of cards in the mail from esteemed fellow blogger Chris of Nachos Grande. Chris was kind enough to take some time to look through the few want lists I have on this blog and gifted me these great-looking cards (the 1969 Topps design is my 2nd favorite Topps design of all time):

Cards from Nachos Grande

Most of these cards are from 2018 Topps Heritage–Topps did a really great job of recreating the 1969 Topps baseball design (although it would have been even more faithful to the ’69 set if the team name of the Astros cards was actually “HOUSTON”). Chris also included an insert card from the 2018 Topps flagship set. I thought it was so cool that it was a 35th Anniversary 1983 Topps Barry Larkin, seeing that Chris has a huge Barry Larkin PC. Obviously, this was a duplicate and I’m grateful for it and all the others.

This was not the first time I received cards from Chris, as noted here in a previous Stadium Fantasium post. A big Stadium Fantasium standing ovation goes out to Chris! btw, I’m also happy that I’ve finally added my 2019 Topps Heritage trade list to the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block, so take a look. Stay tuned…

Do You Remember (the Astrodome)

Mailday from Marc (Remember the Astrodome)

Back in December, I made a rather sizeable trade on Trading Card Database with Bru of the Marc Brubaker blog (formerly Remember the Astrodome). I sent Marc some ’90’s oddball cards (1990 Jumbo California Sunflower Seeds, 1993 Upper Deck Denny’s Holograms, 1996 Denny’s Holograms, a 2019 Topps Heritage Max Scherzer Candy Lid, a 2019 Topps Heritage Khris Davis Scratch-Off and a nice original 1969 Topps #458 Curt Blefary of the Astros). Marc sent me a big stack of cards I needed to move closer to completing various sets. Check ’em out:

Mail day from Bru (Remember the Astrodome)
Mail day from Bru (Remember the Astrodome)--love the packaging and the note!
A nice assortment of cards from Bru
A nice assortment of cards from Bru

Most of the cards I received are 2019 Topps Heritage (including a couple of short-prints) but I also received a 2018 Topps card and a 1996 Denny’s Hologram card of Tony Gwynn. I really love the 2019 Topps Heritage set and I’m happy that Marc put a huge dent in my want list. This set is about 87% complete. But tracking down those remaining short-print cards and those pesky Action Variation cards will take considerable time (and probably money). Still, at least I now have most of the inserts.

Scan of some the highlights of the trade

A warm Stadium Fantasium standing ovation goes out to Marc for this awesome trade. I look forward to more trades with Marc. Stay tuned…