Long time no see - nearly a month. Once again I've found myself to be quite busy. I'm living on the road during the week, and while I have a comfortable apartment, it makes handling my cards, scans, and posts challenging.
I actually haven't been that busy at work, but I can't just bring my laptop into the office and whip up a post or two. And it's not that easy to transport a laptop back and forth every weekend just to write a few posts... if I have time.
In a couple of my discussion classes this week, we talked about ghosting. And it seems that I have a horrible habit of ghosting - on this blog and via emails and other communication. It's not that I want to break off our relationship, it's just that I have too many things going on sometimes!
So today I'm forcing out a post... not because I have to, but because I want to. I just wish I had a few more extra hours in the day...
Today's card is appropriate, as I waited for quite some time for this one.
I got a good deal on the redemption card, and I just had to wait for Topps to finally get the cards back and forward this one on to me. The one good thing about redemption cards is that Topps will ship them to Japan for free!
I've never seen McGrath on TV... or anywhere other than A&G, since she doesn't do baseball. But maybe some day she'll do some meaningful broadcasting? She's from San Francisco, though - my home town!
Until next time...
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
A couple weeks ago, I took an overnight trip to Nagoya. I got a late start, putting me in town around 1 p.m. But that was fine, since I was spending that whole day just going from card shop to card shop. My first stop was CAPS, a former Mint shop that will be closing down in the next few months. They're slowly clearing out a lot of their singles, though apparently they plan to keep some sort of online business going.
I picked up a lot of good cards there, but most importantly and confusing were these bromides. I can't identify them. I can't tell you much about them, but if you know anything to add to them, let me know!
Note: the measurements are being made with my iPhone app, so they might not be very accurate.
I wasn't able to identify the cards looking through Engel's guide, but I might have missed something. Regardless, they're neat cards, and given their sizes, are probably prize cards from various sets. And at least three of the four are hall of famers!
And I got one more big bromide, but it's so big I couldn't scan it. That one has Shigeru Chiba, who is also in the Hall of Fame, so I'm at least four for five.
Until next time...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
BBM's first 2019 set was released in late 2018. American card collectors might understand this concept, since manufacturers rushed to release the first sets with the prior year's stats as quickly as possible. I remember finding cards with prior-year statistics before Christmas in the 1990s. Of course, a lot of that changed around 2006 or so, when the MLB started setting some rules on card releases.
These days, the year's first release is a flagship - 2019 Topps came out recently, and 2019 Donruss will be out soon. Some manufacturers (Leaf, mainly) seem to issue some sets into the next year; there are still some "release-pending" 2018 issues six months into 2019.
But in Japan, BBM issues its first 2019 sets long before its flagship. Both this set and Glory came out before New Years, the annual retirement set came out this month, and Rookie Edition is either out now or will be out very soon. In fact, a couple of BBM's team sets might be released before the flagship First Version.
Time Travel focuses on a particular year in the past; if you haven't guessed from the title, the 2019 set goes back 40 years to 1979. This is BBM's only "throwback" set.
I really look forward to this set every year, mainly because of the throwback design and the inclusion of some pop culture references. It's a nice replacement for the Historic Collection sets BBM used to do. And it must be pretty popular, as it is always a bit difficult finding a full set at a reasonable price.
Moving on to inserts, we get to the Title Holders series.