Sunday, October 12, 2014

Do you collect Delgado, Halladay, Wells or Green?

If you look at my wantlist, you'll see that I'm about 86% complete on my 1977-1994 Jays wantlist. I have added tabs for a few post 1994 years, but I'm struggling. My active collecting days basically stopped in 1994, and everything after that is very foreign to me. I didn't watch as much baseball from about 1994-2002, so I recognize the players and all that, but the cards themselves just don't resonate with me the same as, well, junk wax, I guess.

Anyway, I'm kicking around the idea of venturing into the post-1994 era by way of player collecting. I have been considering this for a while -- and I just don't see myself venturing too far from the Blue Jays. So I think I'm going to start a Joe Carter player collection.

Yesterday I went through my boxes of Jays doubles, non-Jays and just general cardboard choas in search of Joe Carter cards. I found a few. But what really surprised me was the number of Carlos Delgado, Roy Halladay, Vernon Wells and Shawn Green cards I found. It's all base stuff and parallels from 1994-2005 or so (though I do have a Halladay GU I'd part with).

So the question is simple. Do you collect any of those dudes? And if you do, do you have any Joe Carter cards you'd consider letting go in exchange for Delgado, Halladay, Wells or Green?


Monday, October 6, 2014

On this day in history...a milestone is reached!

A week and a half ago, I posted about finding the tough-to-find 1994 Blue Jays Oh Henry! set. That score, kicked off a bit of a spree that included a trade with Kevin over at The Card Papoy. Since October started, I have completed 10 different Toronto Blue Jays team sets.

On its own, no big deal. Except for one thing: I started October with 90 complete Blue Jays team sets. I'm not big on New Year Resolutions, so I didn't make one. But I did quietly set a goal of trying to have 100 complete Blue Jays team sets by the end of 2014. Thanks to a modern 'throw-in' from Kevin, set 100 arrived via air mail.

And yeah, it's a bit of a cheating victory, but you can't blame me. It's not my fault Topps only issued one Blue Jays card in the 2010 Topps This Day in History issue ;)

Anyway, here it is. Aaron Hill. What's especially awesome about this card, to me, is two-fold. One, it was nowhere on my radar, as I didn't know it existed. And two, the baseball highlight of 2010, for me, is a Yankees game I got to take in at Skydome (I'll never call it Rogers Centre) to mark my 30th birthday. In that game, I got to see Andy Pettitte pitch for the first time. I got to see Derek Jeter leadoff and later hit a homerun, and I got to see the Blue Jays win, walk-off style, by way of an Aaron Hill single with 1 out in the 14th.

Suffice it to say, I'm happy to have this card mark Team Set 100. Thanks Kevin!

Thanks for reading,


Friday, October 3, 2014

Set Complete: 1994 Fire Safety

This is kind of a big deal. If you were to start collecting this series in 1984 and work your way through the years, the 1994 set (known to some as 1994 Blue Jays Oh Henry!) is, in my opinion, going to be the first challenging set. Everything to this point is readily available on eBay, kijiji, craigslist, whatever you want. In fact, over the years, I've received full sets just chucked into miscellaneous Blue Jays lots that I've bought or traded for. But not 1994. Until today, I had 5 of these cards in my collection -- and one of them was BJ Birdy. But like I said, that was until today.

As noted in an earlier post, I found this set online, nearly missed the opportunity, and then doubled back and managed to elude what would have been huge regret. Instead of looking back, however, we get to look forward. Check out this set. It is everything a regional set should be. Low-quality cardboard, low quality-printing, a design that just screams "love me or hate me" and bright colours. And then there's the stuff that makes these sets awesome. It's a point in time shot of the team. The hall-of-famers, the stars, the role players, the guys trying to cling to a career, the guys trying to start one. Managers and coaches, that have long-since ended their playing days, but can't bring themselves to walk away from the game. Guys who may not even have another baseball card. Honestly, as much as I really don't care for that yellow whatever-that-is, on blue, this set packs some punch. It was worth the hunt.

What's also interesting about this set, is what the cards don't tell you. When these were issued, Toronto fans were still high on Blue Jays baseball. We were champions of the world, twice over. Olerud, Molitor and Alomar did something that hadn't happened in a hundred years. We had guys like Carlos Delgado, Alex Gonzalez and Shawn Green (though he's not in this set). The future was bright.

Little did anyone know that the season would end in a strike. And that when that happened, our 55-60 record would only be good enough for 3rd in the AL East, 9.5 games back of second (16 games back of first). Little did anyone know that twenty years later, we'd still not have tasted post season baseball again. There I go looking back again. I'm not supposed to do that.

So here's to looking forward. The great thing about baseball is that there's always next year. And the great thing about technology is that just because the Blue Jays aren't involved doesn't mean I can't still watch some damn good playoff baseball.

And I get to do so knowing that I am no longer going to need to scour the Internet for a 1994 Blue Jays Oh Henry team set.

Anyone know where I can find the entire 1995 Blue Jays Oh Henry team set? ;)

Thanks for reading,


Thursday, October 2, 2014

This is what awesome looks like.

Arrived home from work today, to find a padded envelope with a big ol' Blue Jays sticker on the side. That, ladies and gentleman, is how to get my attention. If American Express, Bell, Citi and all those other corporations that mail me their trash want me to actually read it, they should speak to MLB and license the logos. Put those on whatever it is your sending me, and I guarantee, I'll fall for it at least a couple times. But I digress...

Today's arrival was from none other than Kevin over at The Card Papoy. And folks, let me tell you, this guy knows how to put a trade package together. A few weeks back I sent him some late 70's and early 80's stuff off of his wantlist. I may have snuck a Delgado or something in there, but really, nothing too amazing. What does he send in return? A spectrum of awesome. Alomar, Carter, Delgado, Wells, McGriff, Bell, Bautista, Lind, Hill, Iorg and more! And that's not even the end of it.

The guy put to rest 6 different Blue Jays team sets for me. SIX! That's so much awesomeness I can't even fit it all into one post. More will be coming. In the mean time, just take a moment to appreciate those cards...a little bit of everything.

Thanks Kevin, totally awesome trade package!