Monday, June 6, 2022

Bidding Under the Influence #15

Date: May 17, 2022
Time of Bid: 10:28:54 PM
Cards: 1974 Topps #350 Bob Gibson
Price: $3.25 (+$1.00 shipping)
What Was I Thinking?:
Sometimes things just work out nicely.
1. Hey, that's a cool card.
2. Hey, that's on my want list.
3. Hey, that's a price I'm willing to pay.
The top edge is a bit rough, a common production flaw during these years, but everything else about this card is very nice.  Throw in the warm-up windbreaker under the jersey and a shaving cream cartoon on the back, you've got yourself a stew.  (Or at the very least, an excellent piece of history.)

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Bidding Under the Influence #14

 Date: February 16, 2022
Time of Bid: 7:06:43 PM
Cards: 2021 Topps Gallery #146 Robin Yount Printer Proof Parallel
Price: $0.99 (+$0.93 shipping)
What Was I Thinking?:
It's usually the case when I make such a bid that I go after something that just happens to catch my fancy.  It's often not something I am actively chasing, just something I think would be fun to own for a reasonable price.
In this instance, however, the item of my choice fits into my main player collection.  In recent years, I have gotten much less aggressive in my Yount collecting.  Part of it has to do with not liking a lot of what comes out in a given year.  Yes, I'm talking about Panini and its logo-less cards.  They just look like junk, and I refuse to spend money on them.  It's also true that as we start to sneak up on 30 years of post-retirement cards of Robin Yount, you start to see the same images being used over and over.  
While this Gallery card isn't the most memorable, it popped up at the right place and time.  I don't have the regular base card, but buying one on eBay probably isn't a great idea, as those tend to be readily available at shows and shops within a year or so.  It's a nice, clean card, and on the back it includes some biographical information that isn't on a lot of cards, his Lombardi Award for his work done to promote cancer research.
Solid card.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Trade Me Anything XV #6

After the initial flurry, prior trader Timothy asked for a second helping.  Here are the results.

Giving:
Don Mattingly 70 Years of Topps and a bunch of ASG cards

Getting: 
This
I am so far out of touch with today's cards that I couldn't tell you what sets those Brewers are from.  That's on me, though.  Thanks, Tim.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Bidding Under the Influence #13

Date: January 9, 2022
Time of Bid: 12:17:23 AM
Cards: 2005 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH182 Ivan Rodriguez All-Star Gold (0337/2005)
Price: $0.01 (+$1.10 shipping)
What Was I Thinking?:
Ever since I got back into the hobby, I've really liked the gold parallels Topps has put into their base sets.  They're relatively easy to pull, and if you are after a certain player, they are usually affordable to add to your collection.  I've had fleeting thoughts to try to put together a 2007 gold set.  The cards that year look really cool in gold, but I've never officially gotten started because the Jeter/Mantle/Bush is going to set me back quite a bit.  Maybe one day.
As for this card, a penny is always a sweet deal.  Rodriguez is probably the greatest catcher of my lifetime (competition only from Fisk, Bench, Carter, and Piazza).  A Frankenset isn't really my thing, but if I chicken out on the '07 gold set construction, this one would definitely make the cut.  Plus, it's cool to see a player in an All-Star Game played in his home park, even (or especially) if it was as the sole representative of a bad team.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Bidding Under the Influence #12

Date: January 8, 2022
Time of Bid: 12:15:46 AM
Cards:  1978 Topps #120 Bob Griese, #331 1977 NFL Passing Leaders Griese/Staubach, 1990 Score #601 Hall of Famer Bob Griese
Price: $0.99 (+$2.00 shipping)

What Was I Thinking?:
Maybe I just wish there were more cards of guys wearing glasses?
In all seriousness, this is a nice group of cards for $3 shipped.  Men who played on a single team for their entire careers get a little extra rub in this hobby, and to have two all-timers on one card is outstanding.  I probably have the Score card in a pile somewhere, I know I certainly remember having it back when the set came out.  When these two quarterbacks went head-to-head in Super Bowl VI, Staubach came out on top, 24-3.  The next year, Griese helped the Dolphins to their famed undefeated season, beating Washington in SB VII.  They repeated against the Vikings the next season, and a few years later Staubach would win his second Super Bowl (XII) against the Denver Broncos.  Two cool cards from a cool set.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Top Pulls of 2021: #1

Well, might as well try to get this posted while it's still January.
 
Card: 2021 Topps Update Series #86A-ARI Austin Riley 1986 Topps 35th Anniversary AUTO
From: Hobby Box
Why I Like It:
For the past fifteen years, I've bought a hobby box of Topps Update without missing a single year, and I finally pulled an autograph from one.  Not some scrub, either.  This guy had a heck of a postseason, first batting .333 against my Brewers with an OPS of .908, then walking off the Dodgers in game 1 of the NLCS, and following that up with a .320 average in the World Series.  The on-card auto is more than acceptable, with the 27 jersey number being a nice flourish.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Top Pulls of 2021: #2

 Card: 2020 Topps WWE Chrome #A-SB Shayna Baszler AUTO Green Parallel (56/99)
From: Hobby Box
Why I Like It:
When did I open this?  I think I bought two boxes in late 2020, opened one in December, and the other in the first few days of January.  My very similar Bayley card from last year came from the first box, and this one was from the second.  Twins born on either side of the New Year, you know the deal.
It's a nice on-card signature, and you have to love that she takes the time to draw a spade as a nod to her nickname, the Queen of Spades.  Baszler is an absolute beast who could take anyone on the women's roster in a legitimate fight.  That being said, I have lapsed in my WWE viewing over the past several months.  While COVID has caused many people to lose their senses of taste and smell, WWE has had the creativity sucked out of its organization over the course of the pandemic.  I wish the promotion could do something interesting with Baszler, but I just don't see it happening.