Friday, February 24, 2017

An Odd Coincidence

I found these two cards in a PWE from Daniel, of It's Like Having My Own Card Shop, the other day and I couldn't help but notice Warren G is a righty and Joan Jett is a southpaw.
Anytime I see two pitchers throwing with opposing arms I can't help but think of double barrel bullpens. Could you imagine having these two in the pen warming up? I could see Warren G bringing the heat, but I don't know if Joan Jett would be much more than a LOOGY.  So it goes.

Cards from my childhood!
You've heard of hot packs and hot boxes... Have you ever heard of a hot PWE?  Well, this was a Curtis Wilkerson hot PWE!

I remember when nearly all of my hopes were pinned on Andrew Cashner and Tyler Colvin.
Wow, sometimes time really does fly!

And here's the best for last...  but not because it's a minor league card of a Cardinals farmhand, but because of the irony!

My wife has actually been in Phoenix since Wednesday attending a business conference and while she's gone I receive a card from Daniel, who lives in Arizona, of a Peoria Chiefs player.

I'm trying not to read anything into this weird coincidence, but I'm hoping I didn't mistakenly trade the love of my life for a picture of Chris Lambert.  I've had a head cold for the last week and things are kind of a blur. Yikes!

In all seriousness, thanks for the cards, Daniel. They are much appreciated!

Oh, and please say 'hi' to Mrs. Eamus Catuli if you bump into her!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I'm Impatient (Spring Fever Edition)

Yes, at the moment, I'm very impatient.

The weather here in P-town has been north of sixty degrees for the last five days, which simply does not happen in Central Illinois in February. Needless to say, it's pushed my internal clock ahead of its normal schedule.

High school baseball tryouts for my team are five days away. The Cubs first spring training game is three days away. My fantasy baseball draft is still about twenty-five days into the future. Argh!

Seriously, I'm tired of waiting. There are so many baseball related things I'm excited for and staring at the clock is not helping.

At least one thing has arrived.  New baseball cards.

My Cubs Series 1 team set is slowing being pieced together. These cards arrived in yesterday's mail via Bryan, the author of Golden Rainbow Cards

A quick and easy PWE trade is the best way to go . . . especially when you're impatient.
 Thanks for the cards, Bryan!

Oh, and here's another BIG reason spring can't get here soon enough:

Yeah, that's right. The Vogelmonster! I can't wait to see how he adjusts to MLB pitching.  I mean . . . I can't wait to see how MLB adjusts to The Vogelmonster. It's going to epic.

Hat tip to The Lost Collector for alerting me of the article on Vogelbach where I pilfered the picture. Yep, my favorite minor league player of all time is getting some MLB level publicity. Man, life is good!

What are you most looking forward to this spring?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sometimes It's The Little Things

Let's clean out the photo bin!

Two weeks ago I was downtown with some friends bottling up the adult beverage, which we crafted during my buddy's 40th surprise birthday party back in December. In total, he walked away with just over five cases of brew and seemed pretty pleased with the whole experience.

I had to bow out early that night, because 7:20a.m. Calculus classes don't teach themselves. But before I left the guys sang me a (severely) belated Happy Birthday and handed me a mini keg!

Rhodell's is a brewery in downtown P-town, and a pretty nice one at that. From what I've been told I can have the mini keg refilled for fifteen bucks. Not a bad deal, especially at the slow rate at which I consume beer. 

Moving right along...

This past Friday I walked into one of the big box hardware stores and was greeted at the end of the entryway by a pallet of 5-gallon buckets. I had one of those "Whoa!  I must have it!" moments and six dollars lighter I was a very happy Cubs fan.
5-gallon buckets are a strange commodity in my house. I either have way too many, because there isn't a project going on, or I'm short because of the needs of the project. I use them for all kinds of household chores: gutter cleaning, transporting volunteers from our worm farm in the basement to the garden, and especially for chipmunk relocation.  

This one is too nice to have worm castings coat the inside of it!
What you see is the left side of my card closet in the man room and Holiday is setting on the shelf next to a red paper box full of card shipping supplies. The shipping supplies used to rest on the floor until I had water in the basement a few months back and now they can go in the new bucket and back on the floor. What a fantastic use for the bucket and I recoup more space for cards!

Now, if only I can convince my cat that this shelf is not hers.

Thanks again for stopping by and reading!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Topps Now Ultimate Card Giveaway

I bought a jumbo pack of 2017 Topps Series 1 about two weeks ago from my LCS and found an '87 autograph inside. That was a nice surprise! I flipped the auto on Ebay for a little more than a blaster and I've been living dangerously with a positive balance in my PayPal account ever since.

In my jumbo pack I also received one of the Topps Now Ultimate Card Giveaway scratch off promotional cards.
 I scratched the card, went to the website, typed in the code and was greeted with this message:
 Yeah, I kind of expected that would happen. I didn't know much about the promotion, but I thought this might be a cheap way of getting a Dan Vogelbach card or another cool Cub card during the season.

My Paypal account still had all that cash in it from earlier so I pulled the trigger on an Ebay auction.
So, for $12.25 shipped I picked up a 24-card lot of the scratch off cards and went crazy with a penny.

With my third card in I was greeted with this message:
My hopes were high that one out of every four or five cards would be a winner. No such luck. With the one code from the jumbo pack, plus the other two dozen from the auction, I found two winners out of 25 cards, which is an 8% chance of winning. That's not horrible I suppose, but I have no idea if I beat the odds or if I had some bad luck.
2017 Topps Now Design
 The downside is I thought a winning scratch-off card would net me a Topps Now card anytime during the season. For instance, I was hoping the Vogelmonster would hit three bombs in one game and then I could redeem on of my two winning scratch-offs and pounce on a card to commemorate the event. That would have made my year, with respect to the hobby.

Here's what I won instead:

After you enter a winning code Topps then sends you an e-mail. Those e-mails have revealed that I'm the proud owner of cards #23 and #80. I suppose I have an outside chance of one of those cards being a Chicago Cub, but more than likely it'll give me two cards to try and flip into something that fits my collection.

In summary, that one jumbo pack has treated me fairly well:
  • I found three Cubs cards within to add to my collection
  • I sent out five PWEs to team collectors, a couple of which have made the blogs
  • I flipped the auto, half of which I turned into two 2017 Topps Now cards 
  • There's still eleven bucks sitting in my PayPal account to buy that Topps Now Vogelbach card during the season that will inevitably be released. Score!

It'll be fun to see what happens and it certainly gives me a little something to look forward to.
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wheeling & Dealing

Peter, the self-proclaimed Darryl Strawberryaholic from Baseball Every Night, posted his 2017 Topps Series 1 cards for trade about a week ago.

I've purchased my one jumbo pack and am now looking to build the Cubs team set through the blogs. Peter was gracious enough to send the following cards my way with the promise of a Strawberry return package.
Stropy just signed his contract for 2017 and now the bullpen is back together again. Pedro and Hector will look real good pitching in the 7th and 8th innings before handing the ball to Wade Davis in the 9th.
 What an absolutely great card! This one will go in the World Series binder I've been piecing together, but I need at least two more for other collections.

I like the league leaders cards, but I think underneath "National League" Topps should have added the stat this card represents. There's plenty of room in the foggy bottom right corner. For the record, Lester was second in the NL with 19 wins and Bryant was third in homers with 39.
What the . . . ?  Yep, it's a foil parallel of player for the Baltimore baseball club. I was lucky enough to have this one included in my trade with Peter so that I could flip it for more Cubs cards with another blogger. Wheeling and dealing!

Thanks for the great Cubs mojo, Peter!  I'll send out your Strawberry cards as soon as that last package from Sportlots arrives.

And as always, thanks for stopping by!