Monthly Archives: June 2013

An Instrumental Friday Random 10

It’s been a while!

  1. “World of the Heart – Main Title” – Randy Edelman, Dragonheart soundtrack
  2. Four Horsemen” – Junichi Nakatsuru, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
  3. “The Temple of Artemis” – Rick Wakeman, The Seven Wonders of the World
  4. “Chase the Clouds Away” – Chuck Mangione, Chase the Clouds Away
  5. Thunder in Paradise” – Pablo Cruise, Thunder in Paradise soundtrack*
  6. “The Packing Horse” – Djam Karet, Recollection Harvest
  7. Homecoming” – Yellowjackets, Samurai Samba
  8. “Unfamiliar Wind” – Brian Eno, Ambient 4 – On Land
  9. “Mariachi Funeral” – Roger Eno, Lost in Translation
  10. Singularity” – Gordian Knot, Gordian Knot

*How’d that get in there??

Enjoy your weekend!


A Larger Lap

Every now and then, some fine Twins cards fall in my lap that have sane prices or are obtainable via trade. More often than not, though, they pop up at Baseball Plus, my LCS here, either from box breaks or other collectors bringing them by to sell or trade. Mark, the owner, knows to keep an eye out for Twins cards that I’m not likely to have, and he sells them to me at ridiculously reasonable prices.

Just this week he had a nice pile he’d set aside for me, and it was a microcosm of what I’m talking about. There were a few of this year’s Heritage singles I needed, a few Bowman doubles, Topps series 2, and these:

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clockwise, from top left: 2013 Topps Chasing History #CHA-SD Scott Diamond (auto); 2012 Topps printing plate black #512 Josh Willingham [1/1] (plate); 2013 Topps Museum Collection Copper #52 Paul Molitor [066/424]; 2013 Bowman Cream of the Crop mini #CC-MT4 Alex Meyer; 2013 Topps Gold #590 Liam Hendriks [1641/2013]; 2013 Topps Cut to the Chase #CTC-32 Harmon Killebrew; 2013 Topps Heritage 1964 Buyback #34 Jim Perry; 2013 Topps Museum Collection Green #36 Joe Mauer [017/199]

A buyback card! An AU! Serial #’d premium cards! A printing plate (my 4th), for God’s sake! How cool is that?!

Oh, and a few GU from recent trades/bidding:
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Autographic For The People

Through various venues, I’ve managed to pick up several GU and AU Twins cards recently. I’m always on the lookout for reasonably priced (or available trade) autographs that I don’t have, and in the past few months, I’ve been more on the prowl for ballplayers I don’t have yet.

clockwise, from top left: 2013 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-TB Tom Brunansky (auto); 2009 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Signatures Red Stitch Blue Ink Autograph #S-GP Glen Perkins [076/199] (auto); 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Special Endorsements #SE-JK Jason Kubel (auto); 2006 Topps Chrome Refractor #347 Willie Eyre [135/500] (auto); 2005 Fleer National Pastime Signature Swings Silver #SS-SS Shannon Stewart (auto); 2007 Bowman Best Prospects #BBP56 Chris Parmelee (auto); 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP113 Carlos Gutierrez (auto); 2004 Fleer Inscribed Silver #BR Brad Radke (auto)

As of right now, I have (certified) autos of 137 different players on Twins cards. I’ve tried to avoid post-2005 Donruss and other post-Topps-monopoly “blank cap” products — within a limited budget, of course. At this point, the autograph search is for obscure Bowman minor leaguers, Heritage buyback vintage, and hopefully someday the hard-to-get like Mauer, Blyleven, Puckett, Oliva (and Sano, Buxton). Here’s the list, with the count of the number of unique autographed cards for each player:
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