Cardboard Icons: The notes column edition

It’s been almost a week since my last post. I feel horrible. Really, I do.

As some of you may know, I’ve moved yet again and am in the process of unpacking. This move, however, is going to impact my collecting habits once again, and very soon there will be The Purge Part II. I’ve kind of started (see eBay link on the home page — click the banner) but there will be more to come.

A couple of things before I get back to my home life:

*Topps 206 seemed to have come out a bit earlier this year. And except for the addition for Stephen Strasburg, it pretty much feels the same as it did last year. That said, I opened a few packs and want to unload the base cards and SPs for any and all baseball minis you may have. Working on this set — or Allen & Ginter? — hit me up.

*Speaking of Strasburg: I know I bought my fair share of 2010 Bowman hunting for Strasburg rookies, but I do not feel as though I threw my money in the trash. Sure, the phenom will be on the shelf for about 18 months, but I had a ton of fun busting this stuff, and I have a fair share of shiny goodness, like …

*Aroldis Chapman. I missed the boat on this by a few hours. I meant to post a lot on eBay a day before he got called up but didn’t because of the packing process. In the end I posted a lot that failed to sell. Boo.

*On that note: Wednesday was the last day of eBay’s one-month free auction listings. I posted stuff over the last week and a half or so at starting prices I thought were fair. The result? One sold out of a dozen auctions. Damnit. Ebay has been frustrating lately. Lots of stuff out there from which you can chose, meaning less sales for most of us.

*A few weeks ago I discussed — for the 154th time — changing the way I store my cards. I’m officially in the process of switching to binders. They take up less room, and it is more practical given my current and future situation. Sometimes I just want to flip through some cards without lugging a massive box of cards in top loaders from one room to another. There are dangers with binders, however, which I plan to write about later this week. Have a good story.

*Football: I’m all over the place, I know, but I learned several years ago that “notes” columns can be useful. Believe it or not, I’m actually excited about the forthcoming season. I still can’t identify with any of the players, and my favorite team — the Bills — will still suck, but I am looking forward to watching the games for what they are worth. Well, that and I got hooked into a sweet pick ’em league.

*Topps football: This product hit shelves a few weeks ago and being the card degenerate that I am I busted a few packs even though I don’t collect the sport. The results: lots of rookies, none of which are worth a damn. Best one was probably Toby Gerhart and a CJ Spiller Wal-Mart exclusive thing.

*About five years ago I sold off my “entire” football collection, but I held some stuff back, namely my Peyton Manning rookies and my 1981 Joe Montana rookie. I think I will sell my Mannings (Topps Chrome, Bowman Chrome, Upper Deck) this year and take the money and buy something in baseball — maybe a Bob Gibson rookie, or another original T206 HOFer. Montana? Not going anywhere.

*Speaking of “Joe Cool,” if you’ve yet to look at my eBay auctions, I’ve got a sweet lot containing two game tickets (Goal Line, baby!) from SuperBowl XIX and a game program up for sale. Montana was the MVP of that SuperBowl. I’ve also added a Montana jersey in the lot.

*Whenever I think of Montana, I always think of his successor, Steve Young. No worries, not pitching any items for sale here. Just wanted to note that I saw Young on NFL Network the other day on the Top 100 Players in the History of the NFL — great series. I’ve professed my love for the MLB Network a few times since it started almost two years ago, but NFL Films really has done the absolute greatest job of creating a cinematic experience with sporting events from the past. You feel the passion and drama.

OK, that is all for now. Just a quick reminder that I am on Twitter. I’m more active there, although it has been slow lately since I can’t seem to find an app/client that works on my BlackJack2. Yes, I know, that is soooo 2009.

2 Responses to “Cardboard Icons: The notes column edition”

  1. If that Red Sox Lot does not sell please contact me. Maybe we could work something out for the non auto relic stuff cause I only collect base cards and some parallels.

  2. What are you doing with your top loaders? I’m going in the opposite direction as you (from binders to top loaders), but find that top loaders are almost as expensive as the cards i buy. (I’m a dime box card show junkie) Maybe we could make some kind of a deal?

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