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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.

The Art of the Deal: Coupons for Cards

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , on March 5, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Last month when 2019 Topps Series One was released, some of the the blaster boxes offered exclusively through Target offered a stack of coupons as prominently advertised on the exterior packaging.

The coupons were for various items set to be released through the season. There were coupons for more Series One, coupons for Heritage and for Bowman, Opening Day and Gypsy Queen.

The coupons offered a dollar off here and there, which is a welcome sight in a collectibles market that rarely sees sale prices or deals offered through big box retailers.

And the coupons are a great value if you need the products being offered, or if you were going to buy them anyway.

But they can create a situation where you end up buying more product that you really need or want — which is how coupons work in the first place.

Here’s where I screwed up: I had the coupons sitting in my car last week when I ran into Heritage at retail. I bought the Heritage I desired and forgot I even had the coupons. And then I discovered the coupons again this week and there was this feeling in me that I needed to use the coupons or it felt like a missed opportunity.

The logic, of course, is somewhat flawed because I no longer “needed” Heritage or Series One packs since I am close to completing both sets.

I tweeted a picture of the coupons yesterday to merely point out that I was having the urge to go hunt down more Heritage, but as some relies suggested, you’re not really saving money if you wind up spending more than you planned to in the first place.

This is not to say I won’t use the coupons, or buy more packs, but it’s important for me to state the reality sometimes and get it in print (or on the web) to help me curb some behaviors.

A new quirk for 2019 Topps Heritage?

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

The Topps Heritage line is a fun set to collect or view from afar each year. For the most part, Topps stays true to the original design and quirks, often mimicking the errors of the past to maintain that sense of nostalgia that’ve come to embrace over the years

Of course in recent memory they’ve also added a slew of variations to make for extreme chase cards in some cases. But today I think I found a new tradition, one that doesn’t appear to be a throwback to the 1970 set.

While sorting a bit of the Heritage that I picked up this week I noticed something that doesn’t appear to be an homage to the original set. Grab your stacks of Heritage and thumb through them and pull out your base cards of the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies. Remember, I’m talking base cards, not the multi-player rookie cards of subsets.

Now turn them over and look at the bio box.

Do you see it?

Right below the player’s biographical information is the team name: Washington Nationals or Colorado Rockies. Now go look at the other card backs. You’ll notice that cards of the other teams don’t have the team name on back.

I asked a hobby friend of mine what the deal was with this and he seemed to not know about it, suggesting that maybe it was a wink to something from 1970. I figured that may have been the case too, so I looked and I did not see the team name on the back of the 1970 cards.

I also noticed something else … a handful of the Nationals cards in the 2019 set (cards 1-400 not the SPs 401-500) corresponded by number with cards of the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins from the 1970 set, which is a fun hat tip since there is some lineage between the Senators-Twins-Nationals franchises and locations.

Have you noticed any other fun quirks to the 2019 Heritage set? Leave a comment below.

I must do my best to resist the Heritage Hunt …

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Today is going to be a tough day. And so will tomorrow. And the day after that.

Why?

Because Topps Heritage Baseball hits shelves today and it’s all everyone is going to be taking about … and it’s going to be on my mind constantly.

I love Heritage, but by no means am I a master set builder. And I am not a hit chaser. Hell, a this point I’m just looking for Clayton Kershaw stuff from this product and maybe anything else that might be of interest for my son. And eventually we’ll get working on the set.

That said, I know my personality. I know that whenever a new big release hits I know I’m going to find myself on the hunt in retail stores looking for that first glimpse, that first taste of one of my favorite sets of the year.

It’d be a dumb statement to say I won’t buy any, or even give into a bit of the chase for the new product, but it’s important that on days like this that I remind myself that this product WILL be around for a while.

Whether I get the cards today, in a week or in a month, much of what I seek will be available.

On a side note, if anyone is dumping base cards, I’m interested. I’d love to start this set without dropping a boatload of cash on boxes.

2019 Heritage Sox “World Series Champs” card image released and it’s a beauty

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

News was released this week about the 2019 Topps Heritage set, including the checklist which revealed the Boston Red Sox would grace the No. 1 slot on the new series.

On Thursday, the image of said card was released to Blowout Buzz and that card is exciting for Sox fans, especially this one.

I wrote about this card yesterday, noting that it was a nod to the 1970 Topps set which featured a team photo of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets. I was curious what photo the Topps would use for the 2019 card — would they stick with tradition and use a posed team photo, or go with something more exciting. Clearly they chose the latter.

I cannot stress enough how much it excites me to see the World Champs on the first card in the set. It would have made me happy regardless of the team — because I feel the World Champions should be Card No. 1 in flagship ever year — but the fact that it’s my team in a moment of celebration in which I was present takes this to a whole new level. I may just have to hoard-collect this card. I cannot get enough visual reminder of the magical evening I was able to experience in person.

I have a thing for collecting cards using images from games I was able to attend. One of the other cards I collect numerous copies of is the 2016 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw, showing him and catcher AJ Ellis celebrating after clinching the NL West title in San Francisco on Sept. 29. I was there that night too and caught the same moment from a different angle. Kershaw was masterful in a duel against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner; the Dodger lefty had 13 strikeouts that night while only giving up one hit in the victory.

Thank you, Topps! Red Sox to grace the first card in Heritage

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Finally, the “World Champions” card has returned to the No. 1 card position.

I Caught wind late last night that the Boston Red Sox will grace card #1 in the 2019 Topps Heritage set and when I learned of the news, I smiled and did a little fist pump as I felt I had been somewhat vindicated.

The decision to place the World Series Champions on the first card of the set is a nod to years past as Topps did this in the 1970s. And in staying in tradition, we’ll probably see World Series champions grace the number one position in the sets in 2020 and 2021 Topps Heritage as well.

In recent years, Topps has made a spectacle of choosing and unveiling the first card in its flagship each year, even opening the vote up to the general public.  Personally, I’ve been advocating for almost a decade for the first card in the flagship set to be a photo of the champs hoisting the World Series trophy as I love the tradition that Topps started in the 1970s.

While Topps has turned more toward showcasing young talent in the No. 1 position of the flagship set, I am thrilled to see the company stick to the formula of the 1970 set and honor the champs. Of course, it only makes it sweeter for me as the Red Sox are my team, and I was there the night they clinched the championship on Los Angeles.