Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Fall Wrap-Up

It's shocking, I know, that I'm actually posting today. Or is nothing shocking?

I've got a ton of things to post to catch up on all the great stuff I've gotten over the past three months -- since mid-October, when I last posted, but also about the time I last scanned. So, I'm pretty sure that I got some of these items in September even. 

It's been a busy fall for me. I've seen Georgia play football in person more times this year than in any year since I was in law school at Georgia and got very cheap tickets for all the home games in the student section. I saw Georgia play in 6 games in 5 different cities -- 2 in Athens and 1 each in Jacksonville, South Bend, Auburn, and Atlanta. 

It was worth it.

But, all that travel got me very behind. So, let's just start plowing in and catch up.

From Mark Hoyle

Mark sent me a couple of packages. One featured something I asked rhetorically for on Twitter:

The Robin Yount RC Cola can from 1977 is a great addition to the Robin Yount collection for me. Soon, perhaps, I'll get my player collections updated. That was the second package, though. The first one Mark sent included something interesting:

Seeing this heavy-paper placard for the induction ceremony onto the Brewers' Walls of Honor for Milwaukee made me wonder if there are others of these out there. There must be, but I've never seen them. Thank you, Mark, for the can, the placard, and the stickers and other cards you sent my way.

Shane sent me a package filled up with 80s oddballs like that Ben Oglivie Fleer Star Sticker, that Ron Belliard autograph, and, in the middle, the Yovani Gallardo mini Topps 206 card. Interestingly enough, Gallardo appears to be returning to the Brewers on a one-year deal pending a physical. Gallardo does not seem to have much left in the tank from all indications -- his past two years for Baltimore and Seattle were a car-crash like 248-2/3 innings of a 5.57 ERA (a FIP of 5.30) with 1.4 HR/9, 4.4 BB/9, and 6.5 K/9. I can't imagine the Brewers are paying him much. Maybe he'll get a card in the Traded set. 

Thanks, Shane, for the great oddballs and the Belliard!

Joey from Dub Mentality has seemingly burst onto the scene this year thanks to getting his brand out on Twitter and Facebook to the point of where he now is a freelance writer for Beckett. Good for him! I'm sure that my invitation to write for Beckett got lost in the mail. That, or Beckett would rather have someone who doesn't constantly complain about all of Topps's bullshit. 

Personally, I like Joey because he's a fellow Georgia Bulldog fan who seems to have gone to as many games as me. Plus, I mean, look at the cards he sent me!

Thanks, Joey!

So, when I got this package split between Bulldogs and Brewers, my wife was a bit fast on the draw in getting rid of the envelope that the cards came in and threw it out before I wrote down who sent it and scanned it. I know now who sent it, and I *think* I recall it being the braintrust behind Condition Sensitive. 

*edit* Nope, Buckstore Cards it is!

In any event, great Paul Molitor autograph and great cards of Georgia Bulldogs Chris Conley and Cordy Glenn. Thanks!

When Kenny sends cards, I can often count on cards of scantily clad, hot Japanese girls. The "mini-zapping" I got, though, had more than just Kana Momonogi.

And this was just the tip of the iceberg. Cool minor leaguer cards, a Ricky Bones autograph, two Manchester United guys (including the best goalkeeper in the world, David De Gea), a card for a PC of Mike Caldwell, and even a guy who is hitting like crazy in the minors -- 2017 First Round pick Keston Hiura. He could be at second for the Brewers as soon as 2019.

Thanks, Kenny, for all the great cards!

Huge scan dump, I know, but with Wes there is always great quantity and great quality. Lots of autographs, lots of relics (including a guy from the Milwaukee Bucks...though not the Greek Freak) and lots of serial-numbered cards too.

As is usually the case with Wes, he added a nice note:

I hope 2018 is the Brewers' year, my friend. I definitely hope so.

Thank you as always, Wes!

I'll admit that I had no idea that Eddie Mathews was on a "Fire" card. Indeed, I'm not sure that I know what a "Fire" card is, but I'm glad the Bru sent it to me. 

This is the problem with such cards getting issued for me. Topps throws up so many different sets each year that I've given up keeping track of them. I'm thinking that my collecting habits are going to change in the coming year thanks to this. In fact, if my collecting habits don't change, it's because I've given up collecting entirely.  #ThanksTopps

Seriously, though, thank you to Bru for sending these cards. I'll always take new issues from y'all!

Tom sent me these cards -- two Topps Fire and two Topps Gallery cards with a Fleer sticker -- in two different PWEs. Tom got the bizarro blaster of Topps Gallery that included as many Yankees in the blaster as it did Brewers (two). Tom got the Villar and the Arcia in the course of putting that set together. His duplicates are my only cards.

Thanks again, Tom!

From Angus of Dawg Day Cards

It's been awhile since Angus blogged -- even longer than it's been for me -- but he is still sending out great cards here at Christmas time. This package showed up in my mailbox last week, so this is like almost new news here!

An Oyo Gary Garter? Yes please! Especially when accompanied by a bunch of O-Pee-Chee stickers!

Oddballs galore came from Canada to me -- Kellogg's, stickers, Post cereal, and minor league cards. All of these are great additions to my collection. In fact, I'm thinking that that Gorman Thomas is a completely new card to me. 

As always, my right Honourable friend, many thanks go out to you!

I wish I knew exactly who to thank for these cards. EDIT: Thanks go out to Angels in Order for the great cards! I know they came from the Dallas Metroplex -- from a city called Mansfield that's about equidistant from Dallas and Fort Worth south of Arlington. I have guesses about whom that might be, but I just don't know for sure. 
Oh, yes, the cards:

I mean, I want to thank my secret Santa for the great vintage cards from the 1960s, the 1980s oddball, and the Warren Spahn/Fernando Valenzuela stamp. 

If only I knew who to thank!

At any rate, that's me all caught up on cards I've gotten from others during the past several months. Thank you all who sent me cards. 

I am going to be trying to do more posts again soon, with an eye toward getting back on the "Meet the Brewers" path and, in addition, finding a way to rediscover the love for collecting after feeling like I've given up this year. With Judge-mania driving baseball cards this year, I have really tuned out. The Brewers were the last team eliminated from playoff contention, yet Topps treated them like the sub-.500 team that they were in 2016.

So, to hell with Topps and its money grabs. Onward and upward for 2018 with finding more police cards!


  1. Some greats in this post. I really like the Warren Spahn Ziploc card, but I think the Hal McRae and Ben Oglivie powder blue uniform card/sticker(?) takes the cake. Welcome back!

    1. That’s from the 1983 Fleer Star Stickers set.

  2. Sorry I didn't have time to write the translations for the Gomez cards. I sent Kana to make up for it lol.

  3. Merry Christmas Tony, I'm your Secret Santa! Best wishes for the new year.

  4. Great blog post Tony! Nice to see all these varied cards from all these great traders and bloggers. Merry Christmas and Happy Brew Year.

  5. Wowza. That's a lot of cool stuff. That Oyo Carter in his Expos uniform is sweet. Wes sure hooked up the hits. And I love the scantily clad, hot Japanese girls that Zippy sends out too.

  6. Tony, glad you enjoyed the package. I bought a Carter for myself at the Hall of Fame as well. I had started writing up my post before seeing yours but figured I better finish it and post something once I saw yours.

  7. I wasn't familiar with the OYO figures until I stumbled across some Josh Willingham versions. JBF will have you searching all corners of the world.

    Glad to see you are back!

  8. I guess I've been out of it the past month or so, but decided to check in on some blogs I'd sent some stuff to that I hadn't noted as being posted. It was I that sent you the Brewers/Bulldogs combo pack. Glad you liked it!