Sunday, January 29, 2012

I can't believe it's been almost a year

In the few years of blogging (I’m not sure if posting once every couple of months could be considered blogging, but bear with me) I’ve never had a bad trade. The worst trade I’ve ever completed was still great because I got exactly what I expected in the trade. Nothing more, nothing less, but exactly what I was expecting which was great because it filled some holes in my player, team or set collection. Most of the time a trade fits all three criteria. Some, actually most trades will include a few extras. Random cards of a team or player that you didn’t expect and that’s nice too. It’s always nice to get extra cards, it’s also nice to get rid of some cards that you know the receiving party will also like.

Their have been a couple of times that I was guilty of the same thing. The person I traded with requested no extras because they didn’t want a bunch of dups of crap they already had. A few times I assumed they didn’t want my extra crap or I didn’t have any extras to send over and I felt a little guilty about that. I’m pretty sure most of my trade partners have intimated that they liked the cards I sent either by email or trade posts or both.

That leaves me to the second part of a trade and that would be the trade post. These days I haven’t done much posting which means I still haven’t gotten around to my trade posts.

Not doing a trade post is sort of like not cuddling after intercourse. * You’re contractually obligated to do one. You don't want to be seen as a brutish oaf, do you?? You also don't want to be labelled an insensitive and selfish person. Honestly you really should show appreciation for the cards and the time it took for people to go through their collections to send you some cards. Add in obnoxious postal workers and kiosks that go on the fritz and the sending part can be tedious.

And it’s not that I don’t want to do a trade post it just seems like the longer I go without doing one it’s just that much more of a insult to the trade partner. So the longer I wait means that the trade post has to be that much better to compensate for my laziness. It’s a vicious circle.

Which brings me to the present day. Even though I’ve spent three paragraphs setting it up, this technically isn’t a trade post. This is a contest winnings post. Not doing a winning contest post is even more egregious simply because the person you should be thanking has braved the postal workers ,kiosk lines, and/or the line at Target or the card store to pick up packing materials as well as pulling the cards. They’ve spent infinitely more time setting up the contest, picking the winners and then sending out the cards so the least you can do is acknowledge the package, right?

I mean, your part of the contest was pretty simple and easy by comparison. A comment, shout out and a random guess or question to answer and that's it.

Yikes! I’m a really bad person. It’s taken me months to get around to blogging about my contest winnings from Ted who runs the blog Crinkly Wrappers. We actually did complete a trade around the time of the contest, but I haven’t done a trade post on that yet either. (Sorry!!)

This is a post that is tough to do not just because of the shear volume of cards, but for the content of the package. The cards he sent over all three criteria, plus the added bonus of being mostly vintage examples of cards that I had never seen in person.

One Topps card from 1952 to 2011. Pretty crazy. Much nicer and better thought out than the Diamond Giveaway stuff that Topps does. In all fairness Topps couldn’t do something quite like this. No offense to Crinkly Wrappers, but if Topps did a similar giveaway they would be expected to have more than a few winners. Think of the outrage if out of all the collectors Topps only awarded 1 set of cards from 1952 to 2011. Their giveaway site is still pretty nice, just not quite a giveaway. More like a lottery. Ted’s giveaway was a true giveaway and I’m definitely pleased to receive the cards. This has got to be one of the most generous packages I’ve ever gotten in the mail.

I mean, when you are holding a 1952 card in your hand and it’s in pretty decent shape that’s saying something. I never thought I would own a 1952 card, much less one in great shape. Honestly I never thought I would hold in my hand any cards from the 50’s or 60’s when I started collecting so this is all mind blowing.

Out of all the cards he sent a few of them were personally more intriguing to me than the others simply because they fit specific holes in my collection.

This 1967 card of Jerry Adair is nice because he’s an Oklahoma guy and this will go into my Oklahoma guy binder. I’m trying to get one card of everybody who is from oklahoma in one binder. The card itself didn’t really grab me. A close up portrait of a ballplayer from the 60’s didn’t immediately grab my attention; it was the name Adair. Adair is a county in Oklahoma so I checked out the back to see who he was. It would be nice if he was from Adair county, but alas Sand Springs is in Osage and Tulsa counties. It would be cool if he was the king of Adair county before becoming a ballplayer.

Another card that immediately went into the binder was this 1973 card. When I decide to collect a set putting what few cards I have into the binder is one of the first things I do. It’s better for me that way than doing the box thing and then putting the cards in binders later. I like to look at them so even if I only have like 10-20 cards they’ll sit in a binder alone into I can fill it out more. This card was needed.

This 2011 Clay Bucholz card was also a set need. It's also a Score Board in the Background candidate.

2008 is a set that I’ve made fun of a few times, but it’s starting to grow on me. The Topps tab thing is still a little irritating, but it’s a nice, colorful set.

just as colorful is the 1960 Topps. A few similarities with the colored names. 1960 Topps and...

....1965 Topps are two sets that I’ll try to tackle at some point. Not to be a pessimist, but they’ll be a little hard to complete too. The journey will be nice though. Unlike the 1973 set these are in the “good box” until I can get a little more to put in the binders. So far I only have a couple of '65's and only the single 1960 card you see above.

1971 would be a nice set to collect. With this Clyde Wright card I now have 3 1971 cards. The journey to collect 1971 has started. We all have to start somewhere right? It only takes a couple of cards to get me into a set and I’m afraid the more I look at these cards in hand I’ll try to collect every year of Topps.

This is only the second 1972 card that I have in hand. I can see why people go crazy for these cards. IT’s such an odd border. You could safely say that nothing like it exists. (1982 Fleer borrowed the lower name plate.) I may put off doing those other sets I mentioned to focus on 1972.

You see what happens when you have an abundance of riches? You become greedy and want more riches. I really would like to own every single card from 1952 to 2008. Crap! I need to reign myself in a little.

In addition to a couple of set needs I also was lucky to get a couple of Mets cards like this 1964 Amado Samuel card.

I have to admit that I’m not familiar with all the players on these cards. A few stand out to me like this 1979 Tony Perez card. I know this guy. I was six when this card was issued.

Jerry Johnson is another name I recognize. Pretty cool action shot. Not a lot of these from the selection Ted sent over. A little faster shutter speed would help with the blurry pitching hand. It looks like a daytime shot so that should allow for a faster shutter speed. Oh well. It’s still a nice shot.

One name I thought I recognized was Jon Matlock. Actually it's Matlack. All this time I referred to him as Matlock. Maybe I was influenced by my grandparents always watching reruns of Andy Griffith's TV detective. Anyway, it's nice to have a card of his as a Met. I only have some childhood cards of him as a Ranger. Pretty cool photo of Jon with a mischievous grin.

Brohamer is a cool name, but I bet every frat boy in his class probably referred to him as "Bro Hammer", rather than "Bro Haymer". "How's it hangin' BroHammer!"

Some photos selections by the editors and/ or photographers on these cards are a little more odd like in this 1977 card of Ralph Garr.

Kind of lame.

This 1959 card is pretty awesome though. Nice clear photo. I like that it’s taken near the dugout rather than in some gully or a fake pose in front of an empty stadium. We could imagine this card being taken while he was waiting to go to the on deck circle. You could imagine him during a game. Most probably it was taken before a game during spring practice. It just doesn’t scream preseason like most cards do.

A plethora a blue backgrounds in the early sixties and late seventies.

Not to mention pretty cool flat tops too.

A nice batting helmet shot in 1963.

And there you have it, basically an example of every Topps card from 1952 to 1979. I didn’t want to bore people with the 80’s and 90’s cards as they’re a little more common and recognizable to us.

I don’t think my crappy, long winded post really did the cards justice. It was mostly a self-deprecating blog about my procrastination.

Thanks for the cards. I really did enjoy them. Hopefully one day I can repay the blogosphere with a cool giveaway of my own.

* Until our collecting community is infiltrated with hot, female collectors I'm not trading cuddling or sex for cards. Maybe a nice compliment or some sweet talking, but that's it. I'm easy, not slutty.

Thanks for reading.


Hackenbush said...

Great cards and a great post.

moremonkeys138 said...

This was a great post. I forgot which cards I had sent over through that giveaway and it was cool to see them again. Don't worry, I know all about the art of procrastination!

Jeremy said...

Thanks Hackenbush.

Ted, thanks again for the cards.

Anonymous said...

Concerning Jerry Adair: a forgotten solid player. He was a bonus baby from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State). After playing solid infield for the Orioles, and, in 1965, setting a major league record for consecutive errorless games at second base, he was traded in June of 1966, as rookie Dave Johnson (future MLB manager) took his place, thus missing out on the 1966 O's series victory. However, Adair played in the 1967 Series with the Red Sox. He was selected by the expansion KC Royals in the draft, and was let go in an inconsiderate manner when, just before boarding the team plane to Oakland, he was informed that he had been released. He asked why he wasn't called before traveling to the airport, and his manager said he wanted to tell him face to face. This was while Adair's little girl was dying from cancer, too. After one season in Japan, he became a coach in Oakland and earned rings with the championship A's of the 1970s. In the 1960s, he would stay in shape in the offseason by refereeing college basketball games.