Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A Format for the Future

Thinking about locking in a format for every Sunday’s update. This is basically what I have in mind.


Card Updates:

This section would be:

The total number of cards added by sport

Total number of New Cities, States and Countries

Sets that were completed.


This would be a recap like the last post with the highlights from the week. I will try to include photos and credit to those who provided them.


Here is where I want to tackle the hobby as a whole. Thoughts on flipping, pack searching, vintage vs junk wax vs new school, Rookies, market prices, price gouging, etc. I also want to look how the hobby helps people. Giveaways, PIFs, RAKs, friendships, etc.


Here I want to look at who is making a difference. I would talk about people like Jason from Heavy J Studios and how his cards are all made for charity and events like the NGT Collectibles giveaway thread every Sunday. I also want to talk about the artists on twitter whose work needs more attention.


Lastly, I would like to give thanks to people who have made a difference in my collecting. I could name 5 right now who have impacted not only my collection but also my life.


So, this is just an idea post. Curious for some feedback on either here or twitter. @chapter37



Sunday, August 2, 2020

The First Update...

This week was a brutal one at work. Boss on vacation and me doing two jobs. I'm still exhausted.

This week in cards:

So, this week has seen some nice adds to the collection. Some highlights include:

-Topps Now - Turn Back the Clock - Don Mattingly

-A thirft store find from my friend Brandi. (15 and 16 Topps Update and base as well as some other sets. A few nice rookies and some gaps filled in 2015 Topps so far. Still working through them.)

-My wife hooked up the first Optic blasters, some Absolute, a Topps Series 2 blaster and the Aquino Topps Big League blaster. (Just need Harper now.) Pulled the Luis Robert Medallion, a Robert Absolute insert and Turkey Red Chrome Blue Griffey #'d 01/50. 

-An awesome array of Yankees and Diamond Kings that I needed from a new friend, Brant.

-And the ultimate highlight--26 Yankees relics from Dr. Levy! This includes 7 Mattinglys, Ford, Berra, Elston Howard and Roger Maris! Every time I think that man has outdone himself, he sends another package that blows my mind. He is the ultimate pinnacle of generosity and inspires me to help others in the hobby.

Generosity and completing sets--some of the reasons I collect:

I am a set collector above anything else. For me, completing a set is the primary reason why I am in the hobby. Add to this the excitement of an amazing pull and well, I'm a happy guy! 

But there's more to it. I like seeing other people finish their sets too. This is especially true of other set collectors. Anytime I can help someone find that one last card, I feel good on the inside and know that they are feeling good too. One more down.

I also enjoy being to share the wealth. For instance, someone collects a player and I have a ton of duplicates of that player, why not send them to someone who will love them? Maybe it will be a trade but likely I will just send them. 

People like Dr. Levy and Tony Bianchini have been amazingly generous when it comes to my collection. This is also true of my friends JD, Grant, Bob and Scott. I have even had sellers help me by working with me on pricing to get me what I need and stay within my budget. With all of these people doing nice things for me, I like to stick to the spirit of what the @NGTCollectibles giveaway thread is all about. Need one card to finish a set? Ask me. If I have it, I will send it. (Of course, if that's an $80 RC, I may ask for a trade, but we will see...)

That's what's great about this hobby. Outside of the flippers, the price jackers and jackasses, their are a lot of nice people.


The other aspect of the hobby that I really enjoy is the sorting. The tedious work of cataloging and sorting cards is calming--soothing almost. As any Combat Vet will tell you, anything that helps to calm down the noise is a good thing. This is what the hobby does for me. It calms my brain when the noise gets to be too much. I have told my wife on multiple occasions that tonight is a sorting night and she understands. This hobby has become as much of a tool to combat PTSD as it has a hobby.

Something we do together:

Another great thing is that my wife and I do this together. Remember that collection we bought? She has been sorting by brand and prepping for me to absorb them into the sets. We also open packs together. (I swear she pulls all of the good cards...  Although, I pulled both the Alvarez and Tatis autos.) We enjoy spending the time together and she has really gotten the years, brands and names down. She is probably more well versed on baseball cards than half of the sellers on Twitter and eBay.  

This hobby has been something that the two of us have really taken on and it's nice to share that with person you love.


I think I time goes on, I will talk about sets and players and some of the great errors, etc. I want to try to make this personal and relatable. So, I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into why I collect.

Stay Safe,

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Beginning. (Which is actually the middle.)

I guess I should start by telling everyone how I got to this point. I don't mean a recap of the bio page, I mean what prompted this blog. My cards were getting--well, out of control. I had diligently cataloged everything in Trading Card Database and kept that updated on my personal spreadsheet. Then, the numbers didn't match and I didn't know why.

In an effort to organize my ever growing card collection, I decided to go through every set in both Trading Card Database and my massive spreadsheet to see why they don't match numbers wise.

Right as I was going to start this (about a month ago), my wife found a deal on Craigslist. A guy was selling his collection. $300 for more than 120,000 cards. We drove up to Bellingham, WA and found a guy a lot like me. (Combat Vet, named Joe, collector, health issues, etc.) He was looking to go RV'ing and 120,000 cards wasn't gonna be able to go with him. So, we got everything card wise and then he threw in some extras. I got a new Griffey model Rawlings glove and a bunch of autographed photos, including Warren Spahn, Vida Blue and Duke Snider. I was beside myself and he was happy another collector had found him and not a flipper...

So we brought the haul home. (In a future post, I will share some pics of the highlights.) Combining this with my already growing collection put me at just over half a million cards at last estimate. Of which, only about 1/5 is cataloged and accounted for.

What I am finding as I do this is that I am sooooo close to so many sets and have a ton of doubles to trade. Thus, the blog along with Twitter and are going to be critical to finishing these sets.

Each day, I am slowly cataloging the sets and the doubles so that I can have an accurate idea where I stand in the mess.  Right now, I have roughly 15% of what I aim to collect. By the time I sort through all of the other Joe's cards and absorb them into mine, I'm hoping that's closer to 25%--which means there is still work to do.

The plan is to post a weekly rundown of the highlights that I have added and maybe a tracker of the places I've traded with. I will also add photos and keep the counter and close sets pages updated as I go.

I hope as I talk about this stuff that others will see why this hobby and the community are so amazing.

Maybe I can even get some of the people I know Twitter to do an interview or something? We will see where this goes.

So, that's why I'm here. Finish sets and help others do the same.

I hope everyone is staying safe out there!