Tuesday, February 7, 2017

And the survey says...

Alright, folks, the moment we've all been waiting for.

Can you feel the excitement?
 
Is the anticipation too much to bear?
 
Should I show the prize again just to remind everyone what they're playing for?
 
Okay.


There it is. A 1911 T205 Gold Border George Gibson with a red Sweet Caporal Cigarettes back.

How about a drumroll?

Nah, I don't now how to type that.

Maybe I should make a speech?

Okay, well at the very least, I'd like to thank those of you that participated in the contest and are following the new blog. I'm really hoping to do a better job of posting to it regularly. I realize the content is a little older than what most baseball card blogs blog about, but I hope that's okay. With any luck, I'll develop some writing skills along the way and be able to keep folks engaged in the topics I'm writing about.

Anyway, who am I kidding? Nobody is reading all this crap, you're all just going to scroll past and look for a list of names, am I right?
 
Okay, so let's get to it.

As promised, the list was entered into random.org and randomized 7 times, one for each game of the 1909 World Series.

Here are the results:

There were 6 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. NeedMoreCardboard
  2. Dave
  3. Mike Matson
  4. Kevin Papoy
  5. Matthew Scott
  6. Al
Timestamp: 2017-02-07 11:52:43 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

So there you have it! Congratulations Andrew!
Hit me up through the contact form on the blog and send me your mailing address and all that, so that I can get this card out into the mail.

Thanks again everyone!

Richard.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The show must go on!

This contest sure got off to a bumpy start. The new "dynamic" layout that I tried really wasn't conducive to "following". Thanks to Mike for pointing that out and helping me sort it out.

Then yesterday at some point, the new blog's domain went into "suspended" mode. I have no idea when that even happened, and it's still not fixed. I'm working with the dudes that I registered that domain with to get it resolved. What a pain.

Oh well, the show must go on!

So per my original "rules", today I'm posting the list of everyone that entered, and their number of entries. The new blog has 6 followers (5 who commented in the contest thread; one who commented on the new blog). In no particular order, each of the folks listed below gets one entry into the "draw", to be held tomorrow:

Dave
Matthew Scott
Al
Mike Matson
NeedMoreCardboard
Kevin Papoy

Stay tuned!

Richard.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Last call! And some cardboard.

So for starters, the contest ends tonight!
Is it a bad idea to do this on the night of Super Bowl? Probably.
But if you're not already too far into a plate of nachos, some wings and the beverage of your choice, then it's not too late to enter.
Actually, even if you're well into all of those things, but you haven't entered, it might not be too late.

Right now, entrants have a 1-in-6 chance of walking away with an authentic T205 of Canadian great George Gibson.

And now that you're here, and I'm writing a post anyway, how about some cardboard?

Admittedly, my Carter collection has slowed down lately. I haven't really had the desire to spend money on it, and have been busy with the project linked to above. Despite that, I do still have my saved search for Joe Carter, and every now and again something pops up on it that at least catches my attention.

Such was the case about mid-way through 2016. What caught my attention was this: 


For those that don't know about this set, it's 1994 Post Canadian.The cards were available in Post-branded cereal. It's an 18 card set, but also includes a "gold" parallel of card number 1 (Joe Carter), and an autographed version of the gold parallel as well, making the true complete set 20 cards.

Of course, there was a catch. The autographed Carter card was the "chase" card, limited to only 1,000 (minuscule by 1994 standards), and put in there to jointly taunt little kids and have them beg their parents to keep buying sugary Alpha-Bits and whatever else.

Anyway, there has been a version of this card on eBay off-and-on for years, listed for around $200. Like the 1994 version in cereal boxes, it's been out there taunting me, and likely other Carter collectors as well. There for the taking, but at a price point that's outside of most comfort zones (or so I assume based on the number of times it's been re-listed).

And then that day happened. This card was listed with a BIN of $14.95. I looked at it only long enough to see that it was still in the cellophane, didn't look at my shipping options, and BIN'd it immediately. The seller didn't ship to Canada, so I routed this to my COMC mailbox and kinda forgot about it until recently when I shipped a bunch of stuff from my COMC mailbox.

It's finds like these that keep me on the fence about what to do with my Carter collection.

Thanks for reading!

Richard.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Contest reminder!

Just a quick reminder that there's a contest going on, with some pre-war cardboard up for grabs!

Check it out -- http://torontobluejayscollection.blogspot.ca/2017/01/happy-new-blog-contest.html

Cheers,

Richard.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Happy New Blog ... the contest

Well folks, Happy New Year!

You'd never know it from this blog, but I am still actively collecting. I still read your blogs, and very much consider myself in the hobby. Through the second half of last year, I drifted away from Blue Jays and Joe Carter collecting. I grew my 1994 Collector's Choice set, but what I really focused on was my pre-war player collection. I've mentioned it a few times in the blog, but never really felt that this blog was the place to talk about pre-war baseball or my player collection.

But now there is a place to talk about it.
"It" really being Canadian baseball great, George 'Moon' Gibson.

London, Ontario born, Gibson starred with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1905-16. He was among the best of the best of Major League catchers from 1908-12 and starred in the 1909 World Series. In helping defeat the Detroit Tigers, he caught every inning for Pittsburgh. When the Pirates released him in 1916, John McGraw picked him up to play/coach with the New York Giants. After spending parts of two seasons with the Giants, Gibson would go on to manage and coach with stops in Toronto (IL), Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago and back to Pittsburgh. During his career, Gibson played with, and against, the who's who of pre-war baseball. Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Moredecai Brown, Tinkers, Evers and Chance, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and on and on. Put simply, he lived an incredible baseball life. It's for that reason I collect him, and for that reason, a blog dedicated to him was born. The blog won't focus only on baseball cards, but baseball in general -- all centred around Mr. Gibson. My hope is that with such a wide array of subjects to cover, I can maintain a simple one-post-per-week pace and keep the blog active and interesting for all to read.

If you want to check out what I've got so far, visit www.moongibson.com.


Now if you're still with me, let's talk about the contest.
I don't have much content on the new blog yet, but it'll come.
And I'd like to start getting some followers.

So the goal of the contest is to do just that. The rules to entering are simple:

a.) Check out the new blog, and if you think you like what you see, follow the blog. I'm pretty sure the blogger dashboard will show me that you've entered, but a comment on this blog to make sure, would be appreciated.

b.) To gain an additional entry into the contest, blog about the new blog on your blog, including a link to this contest. Confirm you've done that by posting a link in the comments of this blog to your post.

c.) On February 5th, 2017 at 11:59:59.999999 Eastern, the contest will close.

d.) On February 6th, I will post the official list of entrants, accounting for each entry you've gained.

e.) On February 7th, I will enter all of the names into random.org, randomize 7 times (once for each game of the 1909 WS), and the name occupying the number 1 spot on the list after those 7 times, will be declared the winner.

f.) One special note. If the new blog manages to attract 25 new followers through this contest, then I will add a second, also Gibson-related, prize, tbd. If a second prize is added, the first place winner (entrant at the top of the list) will get to choose which prize they'd prefer. The second prize will then be awarded to the entrant at the bottom of the random list, provided it's not the same as the entrant on the top. If the entrant on the bottom matches the entrant on the top, I'll go to the second-last, third-last, etc. until I find a different winner than the first place entrant.

It's that easy.

Wanna know what you're playing for?



This. It's a 1911 T205 Gold Border of none other than George Gibson. If you're not familiar with the set, you can learn about it over at Old Cardboard. To be honest, I'm pretty sure the card is slightly trimmed. However, I'm quite sure it's authentic, and still presents very well for being over 100 years old.

So what'ya say? Interested in a contest?

Cheers,

Richard.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

An excellent run of regionals

Back in February I managed to pick-up a 1995 Oh Henry! Blue Jays team set. To say the least, this was a coup, because that set has been hard as hell to locate, and I found it because I had nothing better to do than search many pages deep into some Google results. Just typing that reinforces how crazy good Google is, that I, and most people, probably don't often venture 2 or 3 pages deep looking for results.

Anyway, picking up the 1995 Carter, left me one short of what I would consider an excellent run of regionals. Specifically, I'm talking about the 1996 Oh Henry! Joe Carter card. Late last year, a 1996 set showed up on eBay but somebody binned it before I ever saw the auction. Earlier this year, another set showed up on eBay, but it too was spoken for before I had time to pull the trigger. But, it seems, luck was on my side. A few weeks ago, Seth posted a comment on the blog about having a 1996 Oh Henry set for sale ... we exchanged a couple emails, a deal was reached, and pow, just like that, a 1996 set lands in my mailbox. No late night Google searches, no hard fought eBay auctions, none of that. Just some cordial email, a transaction and poof!

So here, for your viewing pleasure, running down the right side of this post, I've got a run of Carter cards that I'm pretty thrilled about.

The first three cards are from the 1991, 1992 and 1993 "fire safety sets". Team issues that were produced by the Ontario Association of Fire Chief's. As a kid we always believed these sets were handed out at fire stations around Ontario, but I have no proof of that, in fact. Often they were produced as a joint effort with the Blue Jays and some other company, such as the Toronto Sun newspaper, Becker's variety store, etc.

If you've been around this blog long enough, you'll know that I love these fire safety sets. They are often very low quality cards, but they are everything a regional should be...unique photos, obscure players, questionable design choices, tough to get your hands on, etc.

In 1994 things changed. I have no idea why, but the Ontario Association of Fire Chief's stopped producing these sets, and Oh Henry! got involved. And they became SGAs at select Blue Jays games. If I was a more dedicated blogger, I'd have taken the time to nail down the exact dates as part of this blog post -- that'd be interesting to know right? Spoiler alert -- I'm a terrible blogger, so we're all going to be left guessing!

Given what happened in 1994 with the baseball stike, and the subsequent decline in baseball attendance until 1999 when Sosa and McGwire were making headlines, you can well imagine how tough these Oh Henry issues are to track down.

Persistence and dumb luck has paid off, though. The last 4 cards in this run -- 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 -- are all Oh Henry issues given out at stadiums. The 1997 sets are actually quite easy to locate, it's the earlier three that are tough. I picked them up in year order, but I'm not sure which I would say is actually more difficult. I guess I don't have to worry about it now ;)

From 1994-2001, these sets continued to be distributed as a joint effort with Oh Henry, and they were all given out at Blue Jays games. The 1997, 1998 and 1999 sets can be found on eBay with relative ease, with 1997 probably being the more difficult of the three. And then there's the 2000 and 2001 sets. I've collected Jays cards for years, and I can think of maybe 2 instances where I've seen these sets for sale in their entirety (and that was in the past month). I no longer collect Blue Jays cards, but almost bought those two sets just on principle.

The Blue Jays did one final SGA team set in 2002 before taking a 10 or so year hiatus from producing/distributing these sets. That set, to be honest, is probably my favourite. It doesn't contain Joe Carter as his Blue Jays days were long over by then, but it is my favourite design of all of the sets, and it's at least as difficult as the 2000 and 2001 sets. I've only ever seen it for sale once and I bought it (and still have it, I think).

Anyway, there you have it -- 7 years of what I consider to be a very awesome "subset" within the Joe Carter collection.

On a side note, you may also notice that in addition to removing the 1996 Oh Henry! card from my 'Level of Excellence', I also eliminated the 1994 UD Collector's Choice gold card. I already had this card once for my set, but wanted a second for my player collection and picked it up off of eBay last week.

The remaining 5 cards on that list will probably still be there next year, but I can't complain having knocked out the other 5 in the first 5 months of the year.

Thanks for reading!

Richard.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Is there such thing as an in-card auto?

When it comes to blogging, I am full of excuses. Family commitments, work commitments, the weather is too nice outside, the bad weather has knocked out my power or internet, baseball season has started...and yet, I enjoy blogging. There just aren't enough hours in the day, it seems.

There are bloggers out there, however, whose commitment to blogging (and quality blogging at that), is impressive. I'm sure they could teach me a few things about time management, but then I'd have one less excuse ;)

Matt, over at bobwalktheplank.blogspot.ca, is one of those guys. You know the guy. He balances having a family, working, being a baseball fan AND being a WVU sports fan with blogging about cards and the occasional (and welcome) post about his beer exploits. And somehow, amidst all of these commitments he has time to mail kick-ass card packages to fellow collectors.

Last week, I was on the receiving end of just such kick-ass generosity. Actually, last week was epic in terms of card-collecting. I had a bunch of Zistle trades going on, and received 5 back last week, so in 5 days,  I actually received 6 trade packages!

Today, though, let's focus on this beauty. It's from the 2003 Fleer Rookies and Greats set. That much I know. Which exact subset, to be honest, I'm not sure. And not for lack of looking. What's throwing me is that it's got the 'UNCOMMON' back but has no serial number. So that's my first question. What sub-set is this? And what is the obvious 'tell' that I'm missing?

The next part focuses on this autograph. As I've said in the past, I'm a huge fan of the relic/auto combo cards. This card is no different -- it's awesome! What I find most intriguing here, is the autograph. It's not on a sticker (I get why card companies do that, it's very practical, but it takes a bit of the fun out of the autograph if you ask me), but it's not exactly on the card either.

My scans don't capture this, but the top layer of this card is basically 'cut-out', and it appears Joe's autograph is actually on that thick white stock that sits between the front and back layers of the card.

So my next question -- is there such thing as an 'in-card' auto?

No matter the answer, I'm pumped to add this card to my Joe Carter collection.

Thanks again Matt!

And thanks for reading.

Richard.