This is a long intro. Just scroll down to the first picture if you want the TLDR card haul.
I'm back again after quite a while! Did you miss me? Of course not. You have lives beyond my blog. At least, I hope you do. Otherwise, what have you been doing for the past month? What a sad life that would be, just endlessly refreshing my blog hoping to see the newest post, day in and day out, never bathing or seeing sunlight. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
But as always, I haven't just been sitting around myself, either. I've had a good bit of luck finding cards online in the past month, so I will (hopefully) get around to sharing many of them with you.
First thing's first, though it's not the first thing I received in January. In fact, these came over the weekend. Someone here in Japan listed four small boxes of random cards for about $7 each. There were pictures of about a dozen of the cards that could be found in each box: two boxes had NPB cards, seemingly all from BBM. The other two showed MLB cards. Both of the NPB boxes had already sold, as had one of the MLB boxes. But the unsold box flashed two cards which, right off the bat, would make this a worthwhile purchase for me. And there were some other appealing cards as well!
So I paid my $7 and waited just a day or two (Japan Post is amazing) before the box showed up. When I said "small box" before, it was about the size of one of those Disney clamshell VHS boxes. Am I dating myself here? There were twelve bags, each with about 35 cards. I'll do the math for you. That's about 400 cards for $7.
"Okay," you say to me, "how much 1989 Topps did you get?" Well, the answer is one card. Most of the stuff is from the past few years, though a lot of it is base flagship Topps and Bowman. There are some inserts, a couple parallels, and a couple nice cards in the final bag.
I've already flipped through the twelve bags. In each bag, I sorted the card by set and then scanned the cards, mostly in pairs. Then I put the stacks aside, and as I write this post, we'll see how many cards fit somewhere into my collection.
Despite seeing a lot of base, I think I'll do okay. I saw some familiar names which I might need for my awards collections, and there are my archives (one card for every player, ever) and live game (one card for every appearance of every player I've seen at an MLB stadium) collections. And I'm hoping for at least half a dozen cards tossed into the type collection.
Here we go.
Oh. Wait a second. I have to rotate the scans. There we go... Now to upload. And they're in reverse scanning order. I guess it doesn't matter, eh?
Altuve wasn't a cheater, and I've been a fan of his since his minor league days.
Well, that's one pack down, and it's basically 2 AM. I gotta get to sleep. What did you think of this pack? There are 11 more to share! I did pretty good here, needing 13 cards. I also pulled out the Altuve, Phillips Braves card, and the Guerrero. I might do something else with those sometime.
Until next time...