Cardpocalypse Like Sugar

Sweet! Tim from Cardpocalypse held some weekly Cardpocalypse contests during the month of May and I won a very nice relic card from his last “Anything Goes” contest. Tim also sent a dozen way cool Topps inserts that went a long way towards satisfying my craving for Topps flagship inserts. I’ll show the insert cards first and save the dessert (relic card) for last. First up is a couple of nice 2018 Topps inserts.

2018 Topps Salute #TS-22, 2018 Topps 1983 Topps #83-82
2018 Topps Salute #TS-22, 2018 Topps 1983 Topps #83-82
2020 Topps Decades' Best #DB-3, #DB-8, #DB-34, #DB-40
2020 Topps Decades' Best #DB-3, #DB-8, #DB-34, #DB-40

Here are four cards from one of the best insert card designs Topps has put out in recent years. The photos are fairly fresh (to me at least) but maybe a little bit overprocessed. This design is really eye-catching and works well in the overall borderless design.

But as much as I like this Decades’ Best insert set, something still looks off to me. It’s not readily apparent on the Fergie Jenkins card but if you look closely at the other three cards, you can see a dark gray drop shadow imposed just to the left of the player’s body. That is a little bit disconcerting to me but not a dealbreaker. Perhaps some may think it enhances the photo’s impact but I think it’s unnecessary and takes away slightly from the essence of the decade being evoked. But like I said, it’s not a dealbreaker.

More 2020 Topps insert goodness! I’m really surprised Tim included some Home Run Challenge cards in the envelope. These cards have the potential to win you some nice additional cards from Topps that are fairly rare. As you may know, it’s easy to enter this Topps online contest. After registering with Topps and entering the card’s code, you predict a date that the player pictured will hit a home run. If your player comes through for you, then you win a special serial-numbered version of the card. Last year I had only two of these HRC cards but I did win a special serial-numbered Gary Sanchez card, so that was nice.

Needless to say, this year will be different. There will be much fewer (if any) MLB games in which to predict a home run. I wouldn’t be surprised then if special 2020 HRC cards are awarded, then they will be more highly sought after than those of other years.

2020 Topps Home Run Challenge #HRC-3, #HRC-26, #HRC-30, 2020 Topps Choice #TC-11
2020 Topps Home Run Challenge #HRC-3, #HRC-26, #HRC-30, 2020 Topps Choice #TC-11
2020 Topps Decades' Next #DN-14, #DN-2, 2019 Topps Update All-Star Stitches Relics #ASSR-WM

The Topps Decade’s Next insert set may be a bit bland to some, considering that the design’s main colors are black, white and gold foil. But in my opinion it is still pretty distinctive and doesn’t seem to copy any previous Topps flagship design. The use of gold foil and it’s texture are big plusses for this set. As I mentioned in my review of 2020 Topps, Pleasure and Pain (A Review of 2020 Topps Series 1), I think Topps should try using this gold foil on the Topps Gold cards (which are serial-numbered to 2020).

And last but not least is the 2019 Topps Update All-Start Stitches Whit Merrifield card I won from Tim’s contest. Topps usually does a really good job with the design of these All-Star Stitches sets. The 2004 and 2016 designs immediately come to mind. The 2020 All-Stitches design is definitely right up there with them.

Topps got a nice head start on this design with MLB’s 2019 All-Star logo which incorporates a guitar (given that the 2019 All-Star game was held in Cleveland–home of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame). Topps added a guitar neck and a stylized silhouette of the Cleveland skyline for the nameplate. It all adds up to a very pleasing look for this traditional relic set.

Rather surprisingly, Topps has announced in May that there will be a 2020 Topps Update product. Much like the 2020 MLB season, it remains to be seen if it will actually happen.

A rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation goes out to Tim and his Cardpocalypse blog for sending these great cards over to the Stadium Fantasium collection–thanks Tim!

Contest plug: As of this writing, thirteen players are still needed to sign up for the Big Fun Game at Johnny’s Trading Spot. Check it out if you haven’t played before.

Question of the Day:

Seeing as the 2020 MLB All-Star game at Dodger Stadium has been cancelled, do you think Topps will still somehow manage to put an All-Star Stitches relic set in 2020 Topps Update?

Stay tuned…

Gratitude (to A Cracked Bat)

Mail day from A Cracked Bat

First off, I’d like to give a big thanks and Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Julie over at A Cracked Bat. For quite a while now Julie has been periodically giving away cards via her blog’s Pick Pockets page. She always offers a huge selection of cards to choose from and I was lucky enough to snag these beauties:

2020 Topps Heritage New Age Performers insert #NAP-13, 2017 Topps 5 Tool inserts #5T-10 & #5T-34, 2017 Topps Archives #201, 2000 Opening Day 2K #OD20, 1990 Fleer Action Series Team Stickers Minnesota Twins
2020 Topps Heritage New Age Performers insert #NAP-13, 2017 Topps 5 Tool inserts #5T-10 & #5T-34, 2017 Topps Archives #201, 2000 Opening Day 2K #OD20, 1990 Fleer Action Series Team Stickers Minnesota Twins
2020 Topps Heritage New Age Performers insert #NAP-13, 2017 Topps 5 Tool inserts #5T-10 & #5T-34, 2017 Topps Archives #201, 2000 Opening Day 2K #OD20, 1990 Fleer Action Series Team Stickers Minnesota Twins
2020 Topps Heritage New Age Performers insert #NAP-13, 2017 Topps 5 Tool inserts #5T-10 & #5T-34, 2017 Topps Archives #201, 2000 Opening Day 2K #OD20, 1990 Fleer Action Series Team Stickers Minnesota Twins

Fun Fact: I actually once briefly met HOFer Bert Blyleven back around 1994 (give or take a year). At the time, I was working at the Pond of Anaheim (now known as the Honda Center) and Bert was there to watch a Mighty Ducks hockey game. Bert had retired from the California Angels after the 1992 season. I remember being so happy with myself recognizing him in street clothes. And he was so nice too. Although I’ve been in the presence of a few other HOFers, I think Bert is the only baseball HOFer I’ve ever spoken to.

Thanks again to Julie for these inserts and borderline vintage base cards–much, much appreciated. It’s great how some cards can bring back some nice memories.

Do you have any cards of players/celebrities you have encountered?

Stay tuned…

(National Baseball Card) Day Tripper

2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23
2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23

Most group breakers offer spots in group breaks of cases or boxes of baseball cards. Fellow blogger Kerry of Cards on Cards held a rather unusual group break back in the middle of May. Rather than breaking cases or boxes of cards, Kerry offered up spots in a bunch of 2019 Topps of the Class packs. These 5-card packs were originally distrubuted by card shops to kids who brought in their report cards. Apparently some shops had extra packs.

2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23 (back)
2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23 (back)

Some packs even had a serial-numbered insert card inside. So I signed up for Kerry’s group break and was lucky enough to claim the Dodgers. Even luckier, I came away with the only insert card of the break (the Clayton Kershaw card above #’d 252/299). Of the four Dodgers featured in the base set I got two of them (Kerry also sent a bonus 2019 Allen & Ginter insert #BSS-34 Kershaw):

2019 Topps of the Class TC-45
2019 Topps of the Class TC-45
2019 Topps of the Class TC-48
2019 Topps of the Class TC-48
2019 Topps Allen & Ginter BSS-34
2019 Topps Allen & Ginter BSS-34

Well, you certainly can’t go wrong with Cody Bellinger and Walker Buehler. The other two Dodger base cards that I did not get are Clayton Kershaw and Cory Seager. As you may have noticed, the base card design is based on the 2019 Topps Big League design. Of course the product logo and numbering have been changed. Looks like I just may have to go try to complete this set.

But the fun at Kerry’s blog doesn’t end there. Kerry has also been hosting Free Stuff Fridays, too. Kerry has not only offered up some great cards but also hobby magazine card panels/sheets and even entire boxed traded sets. So a couple weeks ago, I saw that he was offering some more Topps of the Class, a few 2018 National Baseball Card Day and a Topps flagship insert. Of course I had to take him up on these:

2019 Topps Update 1984 Topps Baseball Blue #84-47, 2019 Topps of the Class TC-4 & TC-84, 2018 National Baseball Card Day #12, 19 & 23
2019 Topps Update 1984 Topps Baseball Blue #84-47, 2019 Topps of the Class TC-4 & TC-84, 2018 National Baseball Card Day #12, 19 & 23

A big thank you and a big Stadium Fantasium standing ovation go out to Kerry. So far I’ve got about a half-dozen cards from Kerry’s want lists set aside for him. As soon as I find a couple more, they will be sent on their way to Kerry’s mailbox. I’ve updated a couple of my want lists and will add want lists soon of the sets mentioned above.

Speaking of National Baseball Card Day, Topps has announced details of the 2020 National Baseball Card Day promotion. On Saturday August 8th, customers at participating hobby shops will receive one free pack of cards. Additional bonus cards of Peter Alonso (Week 1) and Yordan Alvarez (Week 2) will be available with an additional $10 purchase. Around this same time, Target and Walmart stores will also be selling 2020 Topps Chrome hanger boxes with a free pack of NBCD cards inside.

In past years, Topps would also distribute packs of team-specific NBCD cards at MLB games across the country. So far it is not clear if we will see that this year. The Topps announcement does have a “Topps NBCD MLB Stadium Giveaway Dates” link but as of this writing, it links to a list of 2019 dates. (Somebody’s trippin’.)

I do like Topps NBCD cards and it’s likely I’ll go after this set too.

Will you be trying to obtain 2020 National Baseball Card Day cards in August?

Stay tuned…

Games People Play (on Trading Card Database)

We all love hosting/participating in various contests on the hobby blogs, right? (However, my annual Rose Bowl contest may be in jeopardy.) Various members of the hobby website, Trading Card Database (aka TCDb), also have contests every so often. Although I’ve often used TCDb for research purposes since the early 2010’s, I officially became a member in February 2018. Since then I’ve found myself spending more and more of my time there, especially on the forums. There always seems to be a contest of some kind going on at the TCDb forums and I recently took second place in one of them.

TCDb guru vrooomed (aka Dan) created an extremely original and enjoyable contest called “vrooomed’s Super Duper Scavenger Hunt #2 (this was the second edition of the contest). In this particular contest, entrants had to solve some very convoluted sports-oriented trivia questions (somewhat like a scavenger hunt) and answer with links to various cards found on TCDb. The contest lasted five days (one trivia question per day) and getting the correct answers was definitely more difficult and time-consuming than a simple Google lookup (and Google was definitely needed to come up with answers).

Both vrooomed and esteemed TCDB member griffey423 provided lots of prize cards for the five contest winners. Here’s what I won:

2019 Panini The National VIP #FT, #EJ, 2018 Topps Gallery #HOF-18, 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks #71, 2015-16 Panini Gold Standard AU #148 #'d 68/79, 2017 Panini Black Friday #39
2019 Panini The National VIP #FT, #EJ, 2018 Topps Gallery #HOF-18, 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks #71, 2015-16 Panini Gold Standard AU #148 #'d 68/79, 2017 Panini Black Friday #39
2016 Upper Deck Winter #W10, 2012-13 Panini Rookie Anthology #65, 2019 Upper Deck The National VIP Prominent Cuts #VIP-1, 2018 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions #145
2016 Upper Deck Winter #W10, 2012-13 Panini Rookie Anthology #65, 2019 Upper Deck The National VIP Prominent Cuts #VIP-1, 2018 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions #145

Although I don’t own other cards from the above card products, I’m really impressed by these cards. The Panini Sampson card is rather thick and serially numbered. And Gretzky and Woods (and the other non-baseball) cards? Those are my first of those athletes. And apparently some of these cards were exclusive to the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention held in Chicago. But the prizes didn’t stop there.

2018 Topps #MLBA-27, #MLBA-43
2018 Topps Salute #TS-56
2018 Topps #TS-56

While the first 10 cards above were provided by the generosity of griffey423, these last three cards were awarded by vrooomed and they are definitely insert set needs for my 2018 Topps set.

Fun fact: vrooomed is also an avid reader of the hobby blogosphere and sometimes I’ll find that he has commented on some fellow blogger’s posts (just in case you thought the name “vrooomed” sounded familiar).

And with that, we give a hearty Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to both vrooomed and griffey423 for the contest, the prizes and everything they do for the members of the Trading Card Database. If you’re not already a member of TCDb (www.tcdb.com), I highly suggest you sign up. In the meantime, stay tuned…

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…

Padrographs and Memories

Padrographs and Memories

Whew! My work schedule finally slowed down enough to let me get back to posting here again–thank goodness! I’m so behind on posting a ton of cards I’ve received in the last few months and expressing my gratitude. Now it’s time to begin catching up…

Back in late May, Rod of the great Padrographs blog offered up large stacks of cards sorted by team. Since the Dodgers cards were already spoken for, I requested Angels cards (my 2nd favorite team since they’re also in SoCal). Not only that, Rod also ran a contest with multiple winners and I won a prize. First, a rather large sampling of the 78 Angels cards that Rod sent…

2019 cards
Some 2019 Topps Series 1, Heritage, Opening Day and Donruss
Some 2019 Angels cards
More 2019 cards (Gypsy Queen, Big League, Total and Bowman)
2018 Angels cards from Topps flagship, Heritage and Big League
More 2018 Angels cards (Topps Archives, Gypsy Queen, Bowman Chrome and Topps Gallery)
Other assorted Angels cards from 2017 Topps Series 1, 2007 UD Future Stars, 2009 UD Series 1, 1993 Bowman, 1992 Topps and 1990 Topps

Rod was also kind enough to include a 2018 Topps Archives insert card of former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza. And the 2009 Upper Deck Game Jersey card of Alex Gordon was my prize from the aforementioned Padrographs contest.

2018 Topps Archives Rookie History 24T
2018 Topps Archives Rookie History 24T
2009 Upper Deck -Game Jersey GJ-GO
2009 Upper Deck -Game Jersey GJ-GO

And with that, we give a hearty Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Padrograph’s Rod. Thank you Rod!

And speaking of contests, look for Stadium Fantasium’s 2nd Annual Rose Bowl Contest coming soon. Stay tuned…

Wild Wild West

#crackingwaxmailday featuring 2019 Topps Heritage

Back in April, my favorite boxbreaker, Crackin’ Wax, offered up a divisional box break of 2019 Topps Heritage Baseball. I’d never participated in a divisional break before and wanted to see what that was like, especially for a product set I’m trying to complete. Of the six divisions in major league baseball, I was hoping to get the National League West (mainly because my favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, are in the National League West). And guess what? I was lucky enough to be randomly selected to win all the National League West cards! I ended up with a total of 37 cards which includes two short prints, one insert and even a relic card! Crackin’ Wax was even kind enough to include a cool “Crackin’ Wax” refrigerator magnet.

Assorted 2019 Topps Heritage Dodgers base cards
Assorted 2019 Topps Heritage Dodgers base cards
The Kenta Maeda card is a shortprint and I'm lovin' that Corey Seager relic card!
The Kenta Maeda card is a shortprint and I'm lovin' that Corey Seager relic card!
A sampling of cards from the other teams in the NL West--the Trevor Story card is also a shortprint.
A sampling of cards from the other teams in the NL West--the Trevor Story card is also a shortprint.

Whenever I break a box, I almost never get a Dodger relic or auto. I’m almost convinced that Topps has it rigged so that a local collector cannot get a relic/auto of his local team out of a locally purchased box. And with my usual luck, this box would’ve had a relic/auto from some other team. But I got lucky again in getting that Corey Seager jersey relic. How wild is that?

So needless to say, I’m pretty happy with the cards I got. As we give Chris and LQ of Crackin’ Wax a big Stadium Fantasium ‘Thank You’, we’ll be looking forward to seeing what we get in Crackin’ Wax’s 2019 Topps Series 2 case break later this month. Until then, stay tuned…

(The Collective) Mind Games

Stadium Fantasium Assimilates Cards From The Collective Mind

Last month, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a bubble mailer of cards out of the blue from Greg, creative genius of the great hobby blog, The Collective Mind. Most of these cards had previously been featured in Greg’s blog back in January and February. Back then I expressed an interest in some of the 1971 Topps football cards but unfortunately I had very little from his wantlists to trade.

Although Stadium Fantasium is baseball-centric, I still have some non-baseball sets I still need to complete. One of those sets is the 1971 Topps football set. Being the great guy that he is, Greg was kind enough to send along some needs from this set along with a 1973 Topps baseball card (#344 Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Boyhood Photos) and a 2018 Topps Heritage short-print card (#499 Luis Perdomo). My 1971 Topps Football set is now less than 40 cards away from completion. I expect to be posting up a wantlist for this set soon, along with a list of my duplicates for trade from this set..

Note from The Collective Mind
1971 Topps football cards #'s 41,52, 53, 80, 134, 168
1971 Topps football cards #'s 41,52, 53, 80, 134, 168
1971 Topps football cardbacks
1971 Topps football cardbacks
1971 Topps football cards #'s 170, 195, 208, 1973 Topps baseball #344, 2018 Topps Heritage SP #499
1971 Topps football cards #'s 170, 195, 208, 1973 Topps baseball #344, 2018 Topps Heritage SP #499
Topps cardbacks
Topps cardbacks

Tag! I’m it!

A huge “Thank You” and rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation go out to Greg for this wonderful surprise. I’ll be tagging Greg back soon with some goodies that I think he’ll really appreciate. Until then, stay tuned…

Here Comes (Secret) Santa Claus

Before we begin, we’re giving a Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Jon at A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts for heading up this year’s Secret Santa gift exchange with 30 participants! Well done, Jon!

My Secret Santa was none other than Jim (gcrl) at cards as i see them. Jim also gets a Stadium Fantasium standing ovation for sending these much appreciated 2018 Topps cards and a nice handwritten note…

2018 Topps Heritage Then & Now insert cards
2018 Topps Heritage Then & Now insert cards TN-5, TN-7, TN12, TN-13, TN-15
2018 Topps 1983 insert cards 83-38, 83-46, 83-74, 83-77 and 2018 Topps Archives 214
2018 Topps 1983 insert cards 83-38, 83-46, 83-74, 83-77 and 2018 Topps Archives 214

These cards will put a nice dent in my wantlist. I love the extra touch that Jim (a fellow Dodgers fan) did by adding a terrific Dodgers card of Kenley Jansen from 2018 Topps Archives. Thanks Jim!

Back In the Saddle

Yay! My work schedule finally eased up and now I have an opportunity (for the foreseeable future at least) to bring the blog up to date. With the extra time, I also hope to list more cards on the Trading Block and my Wantlist.

Back in late May, out of the goodness of his heart, P-town Tom of Waiting ’til Next Year… gave away a ton of cards (sorted by teams) to anyone who wanted them. I went ahead and took him up on his generous offer. Of course, I requested Dodger cards and P-town Tom came up big, sending over 400 assorted Dodgers cards! Thanks P-town Tom! I’ll be on the lookout for cards from your player/set wantlists. My apologies for expressing my gratitude to you here so late. You rock!

Oh and before I forget, generous P-town Tom is running a “Favorite Card of 2018” contest (deadline is January 7, 2009 to post a blog article featuring your favorite card of 2018) The prize is exactly the kind of hobby product I live for, so I expect to enter that contest soon.

So here is a somewhat chronological smattering of the cards that P-town Tom was kind enough to send my way (personally, I’m fascinated to see some former Dodgers who are normally associated with other teams):

A few assorted horizontal cards ranging from 1979 to 2001
A few assorted horizontal cards ranging from 1979 to 2001
Assorted 1982-1993 Topps cards
Assorted 1982-1993 Topps cards
Assorted 1998-2011 Topps cards
Assorted 1998-2011 Topps cards
Some 1988-92 Donruss and 1988-91 Score cards
Some 1988-92 Donruss and 1988-91 Score cards
Assorted Score, Fleer, Topps cards
Assorted Score, Fleer, Topps cards
Assorted Upper Deck, Bowman, Leaf and Studio cards
Assorted Upper Deck, Bowman, Leaf and Studio cards
Assorted Fleer Ultra, Pinnacle, Studio, Stadium Club and Metal Universe cards
Assorted Fleer Ultra, Pinnacle, Studio, Stadium Club and Metal Universe cards

A hearty Stadium Fantasium tip o’ the cap to P-town Tom for these cards and more (much appreciated)! Some of these cards may end being duplicates of cards I already have. Some also don’t really fit my collection as they are from sets I don’t collect. Those will eventually be listed on the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block.

On another note, in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve added a Twitter widget on the right side of the blog. I created a Twitter account (@bbcardz) at the same time I created this blog mainly to promote the blog. My Twitter timeline is about 95% hobby-related. It’s nice to see that some fellow bloggers also are on Twitter. I don’t really tweet or even retweet a ton but I do “like” a bunch of people’s tweets and, surprisingly, I’m up to 144 followers at the time of this post. Hopefully the Twitter widget will be useful in alerting you to some Twitter giveaways, contests and other hobby happenings.

In the meantime, stay tuned…

Mailday: Yet Another Transaction at Trading Cards DB

Thanks to a Twitter account that I created to promote Stadium Fantasium (@bbcardz–follow me!), I got in touch with a fellow member of Trading Cards Database and made a deal to acquire a nice lot of 2018 Topps Heritage base short prints. As it turns out, this fellow TCDB member is also a fellow hobby blogger. He is J. Meeks of My Cardboard Habit and here are the cards he sent:

Some 2018 Topps Heritage Base Short Print Cards
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The 14 short print cards pictured above are cards I need to help complete the set. However, five other short prints were included in the deal that are duplicates. They are:

  • 415 Matt Wieters (Washington Nationals)
  • 423 Kyle Hendricks (Chicago Cubs)
  • 429 Mike Leake (Seattle Mariners)
  • 442 Josh Reddick (Houston Astros)
  • 497 David Freese (Pittsburgh Pirates)

These five duplicate cards are now listed in the 2018 Topps Heritage section of the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block (along with other available 2018 Heritage duplicates). Gotta give a huge thanks to J. Meeks (Twitter handle @cardboardhabit) for these great cards. Of the Heritage base short print cards, I now need only 60 along with 17 regular base cards. If things go right this year, I hope to complete this set by year-end or at least before 2019 Topps Heritage is released. Stay tuned…

Mailday: Unexpected Goodness from Crackin’ Wax

There are quite a few good people on the Internet who host case breaks but the one who really takes it to the next level is Christopher (and his lovely wife LQ) at Crackin’ Wax. What sets these great case breakers apart is that some of the case break proceeds go to charity (over $11,000 to date) and they also manage to host free box breaks for those who have bought spots in the previous month’s case breaks (see how it works).

So after buying spots in CW’s 2018 Topps Series 1 case break and in the 2018 Topps Heritage case break (my blog post here), I had two entries in CW’s March Free Box Break. Six winning entries would be randomly awarded a divisional spot. Winners and the product would be revealed the day of the box break on YouTube. As luck would have it, one of my entries was chosen and I was assigned the American League Central Division. And the product was a box on 2017 Topps High Tek Baseball. Each box contains 40 cards and includes two on-card autographs in addition to variations and parallels. Here are the cards I was lucky enough to receive:

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Being a low-budget set collector, I had not paid any attention to this high-end product. Now that I have these in hand, I can see that they are not your traditional baseball cards. Featuring current and retired stars, these cards are actually see-through plastic (acetate) and are much more attractive than the scans indicate. I was also lucky enough to get one of the two on-card autos in the box–woohoo! And in case you hadn’t noticed, one of the cards shown above is former Angels outfielder Jim Edmonds. It looks like I was sent this card by mistake since the Angels don’t play in the Central division of the American League. I’ll be getting in touch with Christopher to see what to do about that.

In any case, I gotta give a big thanks and a tip of the Stadium Fantasium cap to Crackin’ Wax for these unexpected goodies. If you haven’t already, head over to Crackin’ Wax and take part in one of his case breaks. You’ll be helping out a charity organization and acquire cards for your collection at the same time. You could also get free bonus cards via a free box break.

To my genuine surprise, there always seems to be a pretty good abundance of good things happening here at Stadium Fantasium. Stay tuned…

Mailday: Another Trade on Trading Card DB

Thanks to the awesome trading features on the Trading Card Database, another great TCDB member reached out to me to propose a very nice trade. dsorek offered nine of the cards I needed to complete the Topps Series 1 base set. In return I sent a couple of Cubs 1983 inserts also from Series 1. I’ve only been a TCDB member less than a month and I just realized that after both parties deem the transaction as “Completed”, the site added the cards I got to “My Collection”–how cool is that? Thanks dsorek and Trading Card Database for making this happen!

Nine cards from 2018 Topps Series 1

With these nine cards, I am only two cards away from completing the Series 1 base set (not including short prints). As of this post, I now only need #275 George Springer and #347 Kolten Wong, at least until Series 2 arrives. Until then, stay tuned…