Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lots Of Twins. Three, As A Matter Of Fact

Periodically I monitor “The Bay” for any affordable Twins autographs or game used cards, and stumbled upon a lot of Twins cards up for auction that included a few AU cards that I needed, so I made mental tally and gixen’d an amount for them. Additional I noted the seller had another lot that included several other Twins AU and early Mauer cards, and I did the same. I thankfully won both.

A week later, the same seller had another lot for auction with a fair mix of Twins and thanks to the wonders of Gixen, I snagged that as well. Between the three card lots, my collection expanded with some nice stuff, and included several dupes worthy of future trades for other Twins cards that I don’t have.

Here’s the first sample, heavy on Chris Parmelee:

clockwise, from top left: 2011 Topps Triple Threads Future Phenoms #104 Danny Valencia [97/99] (auto/bat); 2012 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor #215 Joe Benson [141/250] (auto); 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects Blue Refractor #BDPP88 Alex Wimmers [37/150] (auto); 2007 Bowman Prospects #BP121 Chris Parmelee (auto); 2001 Fleer Autographics Matt Lawton (auto); 2012 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor #162 Chris Parmelee [107/199] (auto); 2007 Bowman Prospects Orange #BP121 Chris Parmelee [104/250] (auto); 1999 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition #DoM Doug Mientkiewicz (auto)

…and some more, including my 50th unique Glen Perkins AU:

clockwise, from top left: 2007 Bowman Signs of the Future #SOF-DS Denard Span (auto); 2005 Topps Finest Blue Refractor #143 Glen Perkins [103/299] (auto); 1996 Finest Refractor #261 Chuck Knoblauch; 2012 Topps Update Gold #US7 Joe Mauer [0577/2012]; 2006 Bowman White #164 Joe Mauer [114/120]; 2005 Bowman Chrome AFLAC Redemption #AFL6 Chris Parmelee; 2002 Upper Deck Minor League #228 Joe Mauer; 2002 Bowman Heritage black box variation #238 Joe Mauer

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Two Time Loser

Just this week, a package arrived from Madding at Cards on Cards with the booby prize for worst place in his most recent college bowl game pick ’em contest. This is the second time I’ve come in last; should have had a third time last year but I was foiled saved on the last game of the bowl season. But this time the prize package had no junk cards thrown in! Pity, maybe?

I’d feel bad if I was intentionally attempting to lose, but really, I’m not. My strategy has pretty much been PICK: B1G conference teams, Mizzou, UCLA; PICK AGAINST: USC, Notre Dame, SEC conference — any other match-ups are picked on my whim. For the most part, B1G teams have made this acceptance speech possible.

couple AU, couple chrome, and some s/# cards

Very nice pile — thanks again, Madding!

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