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Kershaw 2018 NLCS Game 5 First Pitch game-used ball added to collection

Posted in Collecting Kershaw, Game-Used Items, Misc. with tags , , , , , on April 19, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

When it comes to sports collectibles, baseball cards will always be my first love.

But in today’s collectibles climate, MLB authenticated game-used baseballs just might be the new hot girlfriend who may be a better partner than the first wife.

And this week, that new girlfriend arrived looking finer than any of the girls that came before.

This week the mailman came through with a massive mailday that contained a purchase I made last week. The contents? THE baseball that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw used to start Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

Kershaw is my dude. My guy. My favorite active player. And last year I was lucky enough to witness in person an almost improbable collision of worlds when Kershaw faced off against my favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, in Game 5 of the World Series.

True, the outcome was not what Kershaw would have wanted. But that did mean that the Sox did clinch a world title in Dodger Stadium while I was present.

But the road for the Dodgers to get there that night was something that I, as a Kershaw fan and collector, would not forget. And his start in Game 5 of the NLCS, during which the southpaw would strike out 9 Milwaukee Brewers over 7 innings en route to his 9th career post season victory (and the last to date), was something that Dodger fans absolutely needed to see from their ace.

The performance in the NLCS helped set LA up for a second straight World Series appearance, and was one that eventually would lead to the aforementioned dream scenario of me seeing my favorite player gave off against my favorite team with all the marbles in the line

I’m not going to kid myself. This newly acquired baseball isn’t the dream ball I’m still chasing. I absolutely NEED to acquire a Kershaw-thrown ball from Game 5 of the World Series. But this NLCS Ball is something I could not pass up when I noticed it up for sale recently.

There had been two other Kershaw-related NLCS balls posted on eBay for sale. One was actually the second ball used during Game 5 against the Brewers and the other was used during the at-bat in which Kershaw walked during a plate appearance against Brandon Wooddruff.

But the ball I bought trumped all of that as it is THE ball that Kershaw used to warm up, then thrown for the first pitch (a 90 mph fastball) and then a bouncing slider to Milwaukee lead-off hitter Lorenzo Cain.

Opening Day Parallels have arrived – another reminder to stick to singles

Posted in Misc. on April 5, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Topps Opening Day is one of those products each year that seems to get a few of my dollars.

Most of it is the same as Flagship, but the price point makes it such a fun rip that I end up buying too much. This year was a bit different thanks in part to a retail-only mega box red exclusive that I didn’t know existed until I found the boxes at Target few weeks ago. At $15 a pop, I managed to limit myself to three of them even though I’ve have located two full displays.

I digress. I failed to pull any Kershaw parallels from them, but I tracked down the blue foil and red foil on eBay The cost? $10.50 including shipping — for both.

Just another reminder to myself that buying singles may be a better approach when chasing specific cards for my collection.

Hectic Days

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , on March 30, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

It’s been a whirlwind of a week at Cardboard Icons headquarters. I fretted a good amount about the weather for Opening Day but the rain stay away and we took in a good game in Oakland.

Then lastnight I was lucky enough to see Hamilton the musical in San Francisco. And in a few hours I’ll be off to meet for the first time my girlfriend’s father, who is in town.

And tomorrow starts about six to eight weeks of special training at work, so posts may be a tad more infrequent.

But I’ll part today by showcasing this 2001 Bowman Chrome Ichiro Rookie Card that I picked up a few years back and could not find when I wrote my Ode to Ichiro last week. It’s in my stack that’s been sorta prepped for a BGS shipment. I’m really not sure when I will be sending to BGS — it’s been like 18-24 months since my last submission — but I plan to make a new one at some point.

This card has been reprinted by Topps and even made into a jumbo version that showcased the future Hall of Farmer’s signature. But the original from 2001 was a bear to track down, even though it is neither signed nor serial numbered.

eTopps Kershaw Rookie Card is a thing of beauty

Posted in Collcting Clemens, Collecting Kershaw, Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on March 19, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Way back before Topps started The Living Set, the 150 Years of Baseball set, or any of the other on-demand sets that have been for sale on the company’s site, the company had a thing called eTopps — essentially the precursor to on demand cards.

I’ll admit I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination when it comes to this, due in large part that I really didn’t like the business model for eTopps so I didn’t spend a lot of time learning or dealing with it.

The basic idea was the cards were available for sale on the site for a set price, and were available until sold out or for a limited time. And to my understanding you could keep the cards on the site and trade them like stocks, or you could choose to have them delivered later.

That was way too complicated for me when the company started eTopps in 2001 and by 2008, the year of Kershaw’s rookie cards, I still hadn’t grown to love the idea of paying for single cards directly from the company.

The eTopps model continued for several more years but looks to have stopped just a few years ago, but some of the business model has morphed into what we now know as the on demand market.

The reason this comes to mind today is a recent addition to my collection — the 2008 eTopps Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card, serial numbered to 999 copies and encased in a plastic holder with a holographic sticker to ensure the card has not been removed. The card arrived over the weekend and once in hand it’s easy to see why anyone could have fallen in love with these cards. The question now is whether I leave it in this holder, remove it and put it in something else — due in part to the fact that it looks like the card is upside down based on my preference — or send it to BGS so it can be displayed with my other Kershaw rookies.

As for eTopps cards, This is the third eTopps card that I own, one of which is a Roger Clemens Card designed to look like 1984 Topps — That Card was one of the New were autographed during a special signing session at Topps.

The Virtual Card Shop is now open …

Posted in Misc. with tags , on March 11, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

A funny thing happened a few weeks ago. I logged into Twitter and I saw post after post after post of people selling their cards via Twitter.

Cool idea, but …

#1: Not everyone is looking to buy cards.

#2: Such activity clogs feeds.

#3: The posts get buried and are often then presented out of order.

Like other collectors, I also have a bunch of extra stuff I wouldn’t mind selling without posting on eBay or sending to COMC and paying the consignment price. So I decided to start selling some of those lower valued cards right here on my blog. with hopes of buying new camera equipment.

And so I introduce you to the Virtual Card Shop.

In the link above I spell out the guidelines for purchasing, and link to the pages where the initial items are posted. There are a few hundred cards available so far, with lots more to come. It’s mostly inserts and parallels so far, mostly in the quarter and 50-cent range, but there will be many many more going forward. I am offering a BUY FOUR GET ONE FREE sale for items in the dime, quarter, 50 cent and $1 areas.

Taking the day off …

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

One of my favorite things in life is to capture the events of my children using a camera.

I went to college and became a wordsmith of sorts, a newspaper reporter who used words to paint the picture. Now 10 years after a career change completely out of journalism I find myself using a camera to tell stories of my son’s Little League Team — for fun of course.

Saturday was Opening Day, our third in this league — the same place I played as a kid, the same place former MLB players Carney Lansford honed his craft as a youth.

And so I shall spend much of the next day or so looking at photos and preparing the first images for the families of the team.

For now, enjoy this image I took in the dugout.

Ooh, a new feature on COMC? Check.

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , on March 8, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Today I was digging through the virtual card bin that is COMC and saw something I don’t recall seeing before … a check mark along the left side of the page noting which cards I already have in my inventory.

That’s a really neat feature that actually was immediately immediately helpful while looking at 2018 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw cards.

Update: Turns out COMC has been using this for months. I’m just late to the game. Nonetheless, it’s a great feature to help avoid buying dupes while the cards sit in the consignment site’s warehouse.