Sunday, December 29, 2013

Can't Stop Collecting 2007 Bowman Heritage

In my continued quest to wrap up my 2007 Bowman Heritage set, (which is only a couple cards away, by the way, so help me out, if you have a way) I keep acquiring cards I don't really need from the hits of this set.

What's weird about the GUs is the middle names on the front of the card. Well, that and Swish's obscenely long locks and too perfectly groomed soul patch.

An auto of some guy I've never heard of. Is he still playing? A free agent, it seems, after a year in the minors for Boston. Maloney's chances are looking a little baloney. What I want to know is what's up with those dudes in the red back there.

Now this guy I remember rooting for. You have to love catchers, but Towles might be all fizzled out at this point, stuck in the minors. So much for this Sign of the Future.

And now we're back to another guy I've never heard of. Chorye Spoone has a cool name and a unique signature. Was the dot at the end really necessary, I wonder.

Even if they're a bunch of nobodies, this auto insert set is so well designed, like everything in 2007 BH. On card autos always rock. I'll pick them up wherever I see them when they only cost me a buck or so, as these did.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Steve Garvey, You're Not Special

It just so happens to be some special guy's birthday.

Here's the last hit of his I haven't traded away, a pretty sweet card, which I probably will trade away at some point. But for now, this will serve as the image for my garvey cey russel lopes contest entry. Jim has orchestrated a blogosphere-wide symphony of birthday greetings.

In honor of Garvey's recent Hall of Fame snub, and this day, here's a fitting song for him in under one minute:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Freehan without a Plan

Do I need a reason to post a great Tigers autograph card and say almost nothing about it?
Almost nothing: this set me back under $3 shipped on eBay.
Do I deeply desire to crack this from its uncirculated plastic tomb? Indeed.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Trade Bait: Flashing Some GUs

Time to get back into the trading scene with some game-used trade bait. Or event-worn. Or, hell, some human wore this fabric at some point in time. Well, in some cases, it was Phil Niekro's dog Elvis who game-wore the fabric in the form of a sporty doggie sweater.

Anyway, on with the bait:

Phil Niekro: 2003 Topps Gallery HOF ARTifact Relics

Andruw Jones: 2006 Topps Turkey Red Relics

Ryan Braun: 2010 Upper Deck Game Jersey

Kevin Youkilis: 2011 Topps Update All-Star Stitches

Drew Stubbs: 2004 SP Prospects National Honors USA Jersey

Freddy Sanchez: 2002 Bowman's Best Bat

John Olerud: 2001 SP Game Used Edition Authentic Fabric

Brian Roberts: 2006 UD Game Materials

Roberto Alomar: 2002 Topps Traded Tools of the Trade

Curt Schilling Big Ol' Jersey Thing

Mark Prior: Also a Big Ol'd Jersey Thing

Ian Kennedy: 2004 SP Prospects National Honors USA Jersey

Jim Thome: 2002 UD Authentics Retro Star Rookie Jersey

Steve Garvey: 2005 Donruss Greats Souvenirs Material

Johnny Damon: 2012 Topps Golden Moments Relics

Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, Delgado, Juan Gon: 2002 Upper Deck Diamond Connection Bat Around Quads

Bobby Grich: 2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970s Game Bat

Alex Rodriguez: 2008 Topps Moments and Milestones 500 HR Wall Relic

Jay Bruce: 2013 Topps Archives Relics

Jason Heyward: 2013 Allen & Ginter

Derek Dietrich: 2009 UD USA National Team Jerseys

Mike Minor: 2009 UD USA National Team Jerseys

Tom Glavine: 2005 Leaf Certified Materials

Leave a comment or send me a message if you're interested in anything. Make me an offer. My want lists are up at the top of the page. Also, don't forget to check out trade bait from Christmas' past, also linked at the top of the page. Thanks for looking. I look forward to exchanging bubblers. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Vintage Pulls Me Back In: Can You Spare a '52 Kell?

I've been away from the blog for nearly a month and a half. I've never been a super frequent blogger, but slow and steady. This is the longest hiatus I've taken.

The Tigers blew it. I got sad. Leyland left. I felt complicated. We won some awards. I got happy again. But the blogging void has more to do with new-baby-bliss and being very busy with my new teaching job.

Anyway, I'm not saying I'm back to regular, but here's something that also makes me excited to talk about cards: vintage.

This 1951 Bowman gets me one card closer to my vintage Bowman Tigers team sets. A great looking card that came PWE-style from 2 by 3 Heroes. Hey, anyone got a 1952 Bowman George Kell? If so, I got an arm and a leg for you.

I have the least amount of cards from this Bowman set, which I'm not a huge fan of. Hey, oversized pictures! Whew. Meh. I prefer undersized art cards for my vintage. But, this is a Tigers card, Ned Garver, so of course I needed it. This one came in a trade from The Lost Collector.

Oh, and this one was the most exciting of all. My doppelganger trade partner Dennis at Too Many Verlanders sent this beauty. And with this card, I'm now just one card away from finishing my Tigers team set of 1952 Bowman--my favorite vintage set!! So, what's the one card I need? Remember that arm and leg? That's right. Need me a '52 Kell.

Thanks for the great trades, fellas. Hope to chat with you again soon, blogger boys and gals.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tigers Win! The Stars Revived

Game 4 was a nail-biter. Game 5 was a little smoother. Once this guy sent one over the fence.

And what a beautiful thing it was to see Miggy doing what Miggy does. He's still hurt, but perhaps we're seeing an upswing. Speaking of a beautiful things, this snazzy card comes from a trade with Mr. Baseball Scott.

But it wasn't just Miggy having a comeback.

Verlander's game was a masterpiece. Let's take a moment to humbly reflect with Justin.



So are all the doubters finished asking what happened to Verlander, as if he's been a junk pitcher all season. He had what would be a career year for most pitchers, and now he's pitching at an unbelievable level again. Let's take this right on over to Boston!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Tradey Bait: Used Pieces O' Game

Time for some more bait.

Vladimir Guerrero: 2000 Fleer Tradition Lumberjacks

B.J. Surhoff: 2005 Donruss Champions Impressions Materials (jersey)

Michael Cuddyer: 2009 Upper Deck Icons Jerseys (crease)

Todd Helton: 2002 Fleer Hot Prospects We're Number One Memorabilia

Andruw Jones: 2007 Turkey Relics

Hiroki Kuroda: 2010 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Relics (crease)

Barry Zito: 2007 Allen & Ginter Relics

Pedro Martinez: 2006 Turkey Relics

Roy Oswalt: 2003 Donruss Gamers

Wilin Rosario: 2013 Gypsy Queen Framed Mini Relics

Carlos Delgado: 2005 Upper Deck Matinee Idols Jersey

Adrian Beltre: 2004 Sweet Spot Sweet Sticks (bat)

Lance Berkman: 2001 Donruss Class of 2001 Scrapbook (jersey)

Alfonso Soriano: 2004 Fleer Sweet Sigs Sweet Stitches Jersey

Jose Tabata: 2006 Bowman Draft Future's Game Prospects Relics

Kevin Youkilis: 2010 Upper Deck Game Jersey

Shawn Green: 2004 Upper Deck Peak Performers Jersey
Mike Stanton: 2012 Topps Golden Moments Relics

Alexi Ogando: 2011 Topps Update All-Star Stitches

Mike Moustakas: 2013 Topps Chasing History Relics

If you see anything you like, leave a comment or send me an email: dustinhoff86 at gmail dot com. Find my want lists at the top of the page and my player collections at the top right. And there's also plenty more bait up at the top, or if your finger's too tired to scroll back up: here and here. Thanks for looking. Thanks for trading.