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When It Was A Game

As stated in my last post, one of my baseball card collecting goals is to try and get one (certified) autographed Twins card of as many Twins ballplayers that I can. Since then, I now have an additional 221st different ballplayer.

Earl Battey is one of the autograph cards I’d been watching for for a while now. He does not have many certified AU cards, and most of those are the “cut auto” type, where his signature on a previous item (letter, contract, check, etc) is cut to size and embedded into a baseball card. The one I finally nabbed was one of these:


2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts When It Was a Game #WGC-EB Earl Battey [16/25] (auto)

And here are a few other pick ups from the last few days:


clockwise, from top left: 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Full-Size #FSRB-MS Miguel Sano (jersey); 2018 Topps Archives Signatures #313 Max Kepler [10/86] (uncirculated auto); 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Dual Materials #UD-ME Joe Mauer w/Estrada [07/15] (dual jersey); 2011 Topps Triple Threads Relics Sepia “AL MVP ’09 .365 28 96” #TTR-TTR-68 Joe Mauer [02/27] (jersey)

Winfield Of Dreams

One of my goals is to try and get one (certified) autograph Twins card of as many Twins ballplayers that I can. I have 220 different ballplayers with the most recent one.

I had a gift card for a spot reward from work that I was hoping to turn around into a Kirby Puckett AU card, but the price for his cards are out the roof. There are 25 different Twins ballplayers that I know of with certified AU cards that I don’t have — some of them are cut autos of deceased players (Bob Allison, Earl Battey, Zoilo Versalles) which are difficult to find; some are Real One cards of past ballplayers from Heritage sets, others are just recent prospects whose AU cards are overpriced right now. And then there’s Dave Winfield.

There are autographed cards of Dave Winfield out there, but I only know of one which showed him in a Twins uniform. That finally changed last year when Topps included him in the Dynasty set with several autographed cards all showing him as a Twins player. I latched onto one of those that was uncirculated and a low serial number that included a slick jersey patch as well, and got it at a reasonable price.


2017 Topps Dynasty #AP-DW6 Dave Winfield [04/10] (uncirculated auto/jersey)

Additionally, here are some cards from my LCS (local card shop), from my Good Trading Buddy™ BobFranklin, or that I’ve just picked up in the past:


clockwise, from top left: 2018 Topps Major League Materials #MLM-MS Miguel Sano (jersey); 2018 Topps Commemorative All-Star Patch Red #ASP-HK Harmon Killebrew [08/25] (manu-patch); 2018 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-JM Joe Mauer (jersey); 2018 Panini Diamond Kings Jumbo Materials Signatures #JRMS-ZG Zack Granite [20/99] (auto/jersey); 2004 Donruss Leaf Certified Materials Red #175 Shannon Stewart [139/150] (jersey); 2018 Topps Tier One #BA-MKE Max Kepler [097/275] (auto)

Quicker Than Bob’s Yer Uncle

When it comes to looking for cards to trade and throwing an exchange package together, it doesn’t get any easier than with Good Trading Buddy™ BobFranklin at baseballcardz.com. Mark at my LCS knows to set aside any non-standard Braves and Phillies, and if they’re ones that Bob can use, I pick them up and add them to his pile. Not sure where Bob gets his Twins, but he’s always got some good stuff, including the odd AU or GU cards. When our respective stacks get to critical mass, they get bundled up and sent on their way. Thanks again for the trade, Bob!


clockwise, from top left: 2006 Topps Co-Signers #CS-74 Francisco Liriano w/Ervin Santana (dual auto); 2010 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-JCR Joe Crede (jersey); 2017 Topps Chrome Purple Refractor #54 Joe Mauer [209/299]; 2009 Upper Deck Gold #734 Francisco Liriano [55/59]; 2014 Bowman Silver #6 Oswaldo Arcia [27/75]; 2017 Bowman Draft Chrome Blue Refractor #BDC-191 Nick Gordon [044/150]; 2017 Topps Toys ‘R Us Purple #126 Miguel Sano; 2016 Gypsy Queen photo variation #16 Miguel Sano

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Been A While

It’d been so long since I traded with Spiff (almost seven years?!) that when we made a trade at The Bench and he pointed out that we’d traded before in the past, I had to do a little research. Sure enough, I’ve done business with the proprietor of the Texas Rangers Cards blog twice. Really, shame on me for not visiting some of the other card collecting bloggers more often.

With our PWE trade, Spiff sent an exemplary package; besides the three Holiday Topps cards I needed, he used in a recycled penny sleeve with a ridiculously high price sticker still on it, within a recycled yellowed top loader (one with scotch tape residue is also considered acceptable), and masking tape instead of scotch tape sealing the top. I personally use blue painters tape, but either way, it leaves the toploader in great shape to turn around on another trade, unlike the gummy transparent stuff. Well done, Spiff!

Additionally, here are a few more of my recent pickups:


clockwise, from top left: 2017 Bowman’s Best Best of 2017 #B17-RL Royce Lewis (auto); 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Refractors Purple #CDA-CBA Charlie Barnes [188/250] (auto); 2018 Topps 1983 Black #83A Zach Granite [34/99] (auto); 2017 Topps Update All-Star Stitches #ASR-ES Ervin Santana (jersey); 2007 Upper Deck SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures “I” #BL-13 Boof Bonser [38/50] (manu-patch/auto); 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Full-Size #FSRB-MSA Miguel Sano (jersey); 2017 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-BB Byron Buxton (jersey); 2007 Bowman’s Best Blue #83 Glen Perkins [28/99] (auto)

Offseason Activity

Pitchers and catchers report shortly, and like the Twins’ front office, I’ve been busy this offseason as well. Between Black Friday purchase from COMC, visits with Mark at my friendly neighborhood Local Card Shop, and swapping card-filled padded envelopes with my Good Trading Buddy Bob from Peggy’s, I’ve added several nice cards to the collection. Figured I’d best get this post out the door before the 2018 cards hit the street…


clockwise, from top left: 2005 Leaf Limited Lumberjacks #LJ-27 Paul Molitor [39/50] (auto); 2015 Topps Supreme Simply Supreme Green #SSA-TM Trevor May [34/50] (auto); 2016 Topps Strata #SA-MK Max Kepler (auto); 2017 Topps Tier One Break Out #BOA-MKE Max Kepler [245/300] (auto); 2009 Topps Commemorative Patch (1985 All-Star Game) #LPR-87 Tony Gwynn (manu-patch); 2015 Topps Museum Collection Signature Triple Auto #SST-KV Kennys Vargas [033/249] (auto/triple jersey); 2017 Topps Tier One Break Out #BOA-MK Max Kepler [147/300] (auto); 2007 Topps Co-Signers Silver Gold #117 Glen Perkins [059/100] (auto)

Additional acquisitions below the break…
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Killer Cards

The blog posts are getting further apart, so here’s an update on the collection to fill the space while we wait then next few games for the Twins to lock down a playoff spot — it’s been a while!

I finally have all of my backlog of autographed and game used cards scanned and posted. Some are newly acquired, including the two Harmon Killebrew cards and my first autograph of Twins player and one-time manager John Goryl (the 210th different Twins player in my autographed card collection), plus another manufactured patch letter, a Boof Bonser “N”.


clockwise, from top left: 2007 Upper Deck SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures “N” #BL-13 Boof Bonser [33/75] (manu-patch/auto); 2004 Fleer Greats #GBA-HK Harmon Killebrew (auto); 2003 Fleer Fall Classics Series Contenders Harmon Killebrew (bat); 2003 Upper Deck Prospect Premieres Star Rookie #P46 Matt Moses (auto); 2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Future Signatures #FS-JK Jason Kubel [03/25] (auto); 2013 Topps Heritage Real One #ROA-JG John Goryl (auto); 2003 Upper Deck UD Patch Collection Rookie Innovation #160 Willie Eyre (manu-patch); 2003 Donruss Champions Rookie #157 Rob Bowen [352/375] (auto)

Not Even Close

This past winter Madding at Cards on Cards had an eighth reincarnation of his college football bowl contest. In two of the first seven contests (and ALMOST a third), I took the “prize” for last place. Well, it happened again.

To repeat what I’ve said before, I’m not intentionally trying to lose; my “strategy” has changed little over the years — PICK: B1G conference teams, Mizzou, UCLA; PICK AGAINST: USC, Notre Dame, Nebraska, SEC conference, Texas teams — any other match-ups are picked on a whim. For the most part, B1G teams helped continue my long run.

What were my winnings? What looks like a standard team dump* of Twins cards actually had several neat non-baseball cards too (the best half of the Apple duo – Steven Wozniak, UofM hockey player Sarah Potomak, etc.) and a couple packs of awesome wax. Clearly the valuable treasure of this package though was the two reusable team bags, bubble wrap, penny sleeves, blue painter tape (reusable, of course), packing blanks, and mailing bag — reusable.

I kid!

*yes, Madding did manage to hit my wantlists, too


the whole kit and kaboodle

Thanks for putting up (again) with my shenanigans, Madding!


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