Friday, May 25, 2018

Sets Of My Childood THE SERIES! Part 8:1997 Collectors Choice Turf Champions

The Sets From My Childhood continues today with a new post and it is brought to you today by the year 1997. The year that I was a big 8th grader collector seeking cards and items of all types.

For Sets Of My Childhood, I decided not only would I make a want list of each of the sets I am chasing in a tab, but I thought a little breakdown and feature may help get me more set help. I am sure many of the sets I am seeking are nickel and dime type of cards so I am hoping my trader friends can be on the lookout for any I don't have.
Busting a ton of 1997 Collectors Choice helped me dive right in with collecting this set. They were easy finds at one-per-pack but sometimes that lead to many doubles. There are actually 4-tiers to this set but I am not sure how far my chase will lead me. I want to at least conquer the first 30 which fell 1:1 packs. Tier 2 which is cards 31-60 fell 1:21 packs. I was fortunate enough to pull the Hostetler above (which has the Fx feel to them), Tier 3 is cards 61-80 that fell 1:71 packs, and Tier 4 ends the set with cards 81-90 that fell 1:145. I have never seen Tier 3 or 4 and not sure how many out there even exist.

My current haves are,


This project can either be easy or tough depending on how far I want to pursue it. The first tier I am not off to a bad start with, however, the other three have miles to go.

How many of you remember or collected these?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES! Part 7:1997 Upper Deck Hot Coommodities

Welcome to the new series here on Sport Card Collectors!

I decided not only would I make a want list of each of the sets I am chasing in a tab, but I thought a little breakdown and feature may help get me more set help. I am sure many of the sets I am seeking are nickel and dime type of cards so I am hoping my trader friends can be on the lookout for any I don't have.

My current haves are,

These cards are hot, hot, hot! Well, maybe not so much on the market but on the cardboard with flames they are. There is just something about the black border and fiery flames from behind the players featured that jumps out to me. I busted a ton of 1997 Upper Deck, so much that I completed both series sets. Those I still have today. Sadly, I only had one card from this set but it was a good one. Some guy named Ken Griffey Jr. The Smoltz I have since added in a contest win on Twitter last year.

There are 20 cards in this flaming hot set. They fell 1:13 packs in 1997 UD Series 2. So not overly tough pulls but for some reason I never found them. 
So I have many needs to go with only 2 cards out of the 20.
How many of you remember these or collected them?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mother-In-Law Strikes Again!

It's that time of year again, the time when my mother-in-law keeps an eye out at yard sales, tag sales, auctions and consignment shops for card items for me.

So far she has already snagged a couple items at a recent consignment shop.

Up first this Ken Griffey Jr plaque. She saw it the first time she was in the shop but wasn't sure if I would like it or not so she gave me a call.

"Hey, I see this card plaque in this shop, do you want it?"
"Who is it?"
"It's a guy that plays for Seattle."
I knew pretty much immediately who it was, "Ken Griffey Jr?"
"That's my favorite player in baseball all-time. I would absolutely want that."
"It's yours."

And here it is. Even better than I expected it. The Kid Dynamite really brings out the plaque even though at first I thought it was a card and realization hit that it's a piece of paper but that's okay. The card on it however is from 1996 Pinnacle, one I already have, but it blends well on the plaque here.

The second item in the shop she found was this 1992 Upper Deck baseball complete set. Not a lot in the set to be excited about, I have the Griffeys, but it does have the Manny Ramirez rookie so that works for me. Just hoping she didn't overpay for it.

Well, here's the first of at least a few I assume she will pick up for me when/if she finds more stuff. Not a bad way to kick off the spring sale season find especially with that Griffey plaque.

I will post as I get them in which isn't as often as it used to be, but hopefully this year will be different.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Low Budget Collector Part 4:Trading

I cannot stress how important trading has been to my collecting the last few years with my low, low budget. I wouldn't have been able to finish sets, add new Giants cards, add Rodney Hamptons without it. It's probably the biggest part in this series.

I wanted to save this for the series finale, but knowing I just came off from the PWE post, I think this is an important part to post next.

The only part money becomes a role in a trade is paying for shipping. Shipping costs continue to rise so I think it's very important to find a balance in your trading partners. I have trading partners who both accept PWE and packages. It helps me be able to mail out more at a time and enjoy trading to it's fullest.


I can get out seven PWE for the cost of one package. So sometimes I will send out seven trade PWE's  knowing I should be getting seven returns. The more returns, the better, as it keeps your mind busy from the fact you can't afford to add any new cards to your PC without these incoming mail days. So you are focused on that mail box and the mail man coming with all of that built up anticipation.

As for packages, I try to save those only for higher end bigger trades. Those are exciting as well even though less in number vs the PWE because you know those will come packing with lots of goodness. Sometimes these packages I put together for bigger trades can sometimes lead to a $8-$10 shipping range so I try to keep those trades to a minimum of only a few time a year.

A few things to keep in mind when trading,
  • Shipping costs outside the U.S. are nuts. I currently only trade with U.S. buddies because I really can't afford otherwise. I feel terrible about it but it's what I gotta do for now.
  • Do not ship relic/jersey cards PWE. I have gotten some bent to me before because of the postal machines. If trading relics, make it a worthy trade so you can put them in a package to mail.
  • Make sure you tell your trading partner how you are shipping to them ahead of time before discussing a trade
  • Make sure to give your trading partner the tracking number. I know I always appreciate getting mine and I am always sending mine to those who are expecting. It helps everyone know the packages location in case of any emergencies
  • Trade with people you know and trust. I do add newbies to my trading circle once in awhile but they have to come backed by someone I have already traded with. There are many, many people out there looking to rip you off but also many just looking to trade. Just be safe that's all

I hope Part 4 of this will help you in some way today to keep on collecting no matter the circumstance. This is the point of these posts and even though some may be obvious like this one, it will hopefully still get you in the right direction without wanting to quit the hobby. I am also hoping it may give you a new way to save money and collect. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Binders Reorganization Update #5

There was a good three month binder tear apart station that spread across my desk, my floor, the kitchen and even on my bed (I had to move that at night) where I completely took apart every binder in my collection to reorganize them.

The project moved a bit faster than even I expected but all is well for now. I may go back and sort my inserts by team or fix my Yankee binders by player. We will see. I would like the Yankee binders fixed at the very least.

Anyways, after the storm all that remains is one tray with assorted cards on it from running out of pages to finish my project. Once I get those, this tray will be empty until I get more cards in hand.

Like my two other sorting trays.

I even found room on my desk once again and was able to finally use those cool custom card stands created by @90sNicheFBCards from our last trade.

After I put the binders back on the shelves, I put index card labels on each shelf letting me know what's in each binder section so I can locate things easier. I would have loved to stand the binders upright but know cards would get ruined over time doing that so flat they lay. Not as pretty, but safe which is more important.

There could have been a couple more parts to this series but instead I will be doing sub-series. Sets Of My Childhood and probably something with the shiny stuff I pulled out and made a binder of as well. The Sets Of My Childhood one will be a pretty long series so it's better to be a spinoff instead of dragging this one out over time.

I think a couple of commenters in this series told me I would feel a sense of accomplishment once this was done and I have to agree. I do. But, as we all know, there is never any true end to sorting. We always find a new project or add new cards that need a place to stay.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES! Part 5:1995-1996 Fleer Flair Hardwood Leader

Welcome to the new series here on Sport Card Collectors!

I decided not only would I make a want list of each of the sets I am chasing in a tab, but I thought a little breakdown and feature may help get me more set help. I am sure many of the sets I am seeking are nickel and dime type of cards so I am hoping my trader friends can be on the lookout for any I don't have.

Every time I hold one of these cards, it takes me right back to my childhood. I remember going into the local box store Ames and picking up packs of Fleer basketball and finding one of these per pack. They are thick high gloss elegant looking cards as you would expect from the Flair name. At one point I had a good portion of the set built then came adulthood and it was lost.

Over the years I have added a few, but nowhere near the 27 card set.

My current haves are,

So I have many needs to go.

How many of you remember these or collected them?

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Few Updates On Here

Over the next month or so, I am trying to get caught up on all of my extra drafts on here. I couldn't stand trying to find a post I was looking for on a specific day and scrolling through about 95 draft posts.

So for myself, I found it easier to get these all scheduled instead and try to eliminate the clutter. There was also roughly 30 or so I deleted as well that will never be seen.

Up until about July 3rd, all of these posts will be published. So any incoming mail days between now and then, won't be published til after that date. I know it's a long wait, but, it's for the best. Don't fret however for those who send me a mail day in this time frame as I will always post it on here big or small.

Another reason for doing this is trying to eliminate some/all of the segments I have started recently. I feel some of them are too short and some are too long. I think it will be better just to focus and post incoming mail/topics on here instead of diving back into stuff I had already had in the way past. I will also update the tabs section accordingly and try not to have so much clutter again on the interface of the blog.

I feel as a blogger I am always-and I mean always-making changes on here every few months but I think it's just all apart of who I am and apart of being a blogger. I know many of us do this and not just me. Gotta keep things fresh I guess!

So stay tuned for these changes, all of the incoming posts and for the mail day posts afterwards! I know there will be some good ones to see!

***I failed to mention that any incoming reviews of anything between now and then will still be published during that time frame as I don't want to push those off. The days with a review will lead to a double up post day***

Binders Reorganization Update #4

Last year it was the Super Box Attack that took me a year to do. A few weekends ago I started digging into my biggest hobby project in since then and one that may take even longer....The Great Binder Reorganization!

I showed you part 1 of my reorganization of football inserts, football rookie inserts and rookie cards that took me a couple of weeks to do. Part 2 I showed off sorting baseball inserts. Part 3 was about basketball rookie cards which leads us to Part 4, the biggest part of the re-sort, baseball rookies.

I had binders and binders and binders of baseball rookies. So, so many. Most of them were from the so-called "junk wax" era so was a little bit of a pain to sort especially since this is over 20+years of rookies stacked here.

I can say one thing however, not all teams were created equal over the years. There were a lot of teams that had many more rookie cards in products. And I can say some of you who complain about certain teams not having enough cards in a product are wrong. The Brewers I think are a common one that people say don't have enough, well, they were in my Top 10 for most. Some of the other top teams, Yankees (no surprise), Cardinals, Padres, Dodgers, Phillies, Cubs,Astros, Giants, and Braves. Rockies would probably be number 11.

Teams in the bottom with fans that should complain are the Marlins, Rangers, and especially Tigers.

Among my sorting, I also found a few nice gems I pulled out to set aside in toploaders. Including, Pedro:


Rhys Hoskins refractor

Corey Seager refractor

and Chase Utley
These are just a few gems.

For my rookie sorting I put all of the rookies and the rookie inserts by teams. Players featured in USA or college uniforms had their own binder but not by team. I didn't want to spend time researching what team they played for. 

Well, there you have it. Part 4 is in the books and I believe there will be one more part to this series to come. But, I will also show off other parts in sub-posts such as the Sets Of My Childhood series. I do feel much relief however that the hardest part of this project is done. Onto the finale!

Friday, May 18, 2018

BLOG BAT AROUND:What Are My Collecting Projects The Sequel!

Back in March, I participated in my very first blog bat-around based on My Collecting Projects. Since then, things have changed and some I forgot about the first time around so here is a complete list of projects that I am hoping that some trading buddies of mine can help me with.

As many know, I tend to keep many projects and collections going and going. I think being diverse helps keep me interested in the hobby and helps people trade with me easier. Here are my current collecting projects all put in order.

First off, I remain only 6 autographs away from getting the entire Psych Seasons 1-4 set. But there is only one way I can accomplish this, is with other collectors help.  I can't afford to pick up my remaining cards so I am hoping others can pick them up and then I can trade you stuff for the card or cards. My want list is here for the ones remaining, **there are insert sets and relic sets I would like to finish as well**

Secondly, I am still a ways off from getting my Ghostbusters autograph set done and just like the Psych one, I can't afford to pick up missing pieces. Once again I must rely upon the help of someone else to pick up my missing pieces and then I can trade you something for them. The ones I am missing are on this link, **I also collect the sketch cards, slime cards and film cel cards**

Thirdly, I am chasing down all of Rodney Hampton's cards. Yes, all. Here are the ones remaining. So far I have tackled 536 out of 816 total cards he has. I am very impressed with how far I have gotten. **I am also trying to track down his Starting Lineups or anything else non card he may have been on**

Fourth, I am trying to collect autographs from all of the players/Hall Of Famers I grew up watching. Guys like Brett Favre, Troy Aikman (yes even for this Giants fan), Steve Young, Cal Ripken Jr, Tony Gwynn, Jerry Rice, Bill Parcells, Kurt Warner, and so on. I know these are hard to pry away from some traders, but I thought I could try at least. Someone has gotta have an extra to let go of.

Fifth, I am trying to land rookie cards of those kind of guys as well ^^^. Some I have accomplished, but not all. You can find my autograph and rookie card wants for those guys here,

Sixth, I want ALL, yes ALL, Saquon Barkley cards I can get my hands onto. I have never been so stoked about a Giants pick.

Seventh, I want all Aaron Judge cards that I don't have. There are many gaps in my collection, just let me know what you have. Still missing a relic in my collection. *hint hint*

Eighth, NY Giants cards. With trading buddies I try to only focus on rookie cards, numbered cards and hits as it is way to tough to add new base cards. I try to add new base on my own as I try to chase down all of the Giants.

Ninth, I will take any and all Hollywood or TV show hits. I especially want a Chevy Chase Leaf autograph. Have one available FT? Please let me know!!

Tenth, Ken Griffey Jr. The king of sweet swing I will always add as long as I don't have it. I don't collect doubles and usually use those to trade off.

And Finally, toys. Yes, toys, I am mainly looking for pieces I had when I was younger since mine were all sold off. Darkwing Duck, TMNT, Mighty Max and a few other. All of my wants are on my main want list now that you can find, here,

Okay one more quickly I just added in late, Gleyber Torres cards. Give em to me!

Well, that's it. Some things changed from last time and some new ones were added I forgot the first time and realized it after the fact.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES! Part 20:1995 Summit Ground Zero Parallel

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES is a spinoff from just a want list. I decided not only would I make a want list of each of the sets I am chasing in a tab, but I thought a little breakdown and feature may help get me more set help. I am sure many of the sets I am seeking are nickel and dime type of cards so I am hoping my trader friends can be on the lookout for any I don't have.

 I don't normally chase parallel sets but when one looks as good as these Ground Zero parallels, I say Oh Yeah and I bust through the wall like the Kool-Aid man.
How serious am I you ask about collecting the entire 200 card set. I am dead serious. I want them all! 

Ground Zero parallels fell 1:7 packs of 1995 Summit. The product had a high end appeal to it with it's thick base cards and elegant design. The inserts also looked very nice and some appear on this list. But, none I want more than this parallel set. I wished my pictures could have captured their magic a bit more.

I have a long, long, ways to go with this one with only 8/200 so far. So any form of donations or trades for the rest I will welcomed open armed.

My current haves are,

How many of you remember or collected these?