Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Lost Files- Ducks, and Pelicans

After holding out for just over two months I've decided it is finally time to give up on these two requests.

At the time this request was sent out I was in a sort of creative funk. Despite this funk there were a few requests that needed to be sent out as I was testing the waters with NHL teams. While the other two came home with pocket schedules, but no business cards. The Ducks have left me holding the bag by not sending any sort of return.

Another of the three artelopes sent out around Christmas. I thought why not give this one some sort of holiday feeling to it. From the fact that I am now writing these two off, sending out requests so close to Christmas might not be the best idea.

These two failures will stay on the mind whenever the idea comes to send out requests close to Christmas. With how bad I was doing when it came to idea's. Maybe staying away from that time of year might be my best idea yet.

Monday, March 2, 2015

First Pack of 2015

It has been awhile since I've gotten to do any sort of a baseball card purchase. With that in mind, and itching to buy cards in some form. On Saturday the wife, and myself were at a big box store where I broke down. Deciding I had to have something as it has been over three months since buying a single card. I picked up a hanger pack.

(1st card of 2015)

Not a bad looking card with the double play turn. Sadly getting Baez as the first card signaled things weren't going to go in my favor. 

With 36 cards in the hanger I was hopeful that I could get a few hits to the player collections. After all there is a decent amount of cards for players that fit the bill. That was the good news, the reality is only one card will be invited into the binder.

I haven't heard to many things said about this one subset. Giving my opinion I personally think the card has a good look to it, and will enjoy putting it into the Trout collection.

As for the other subset cards here they are all their glory.

If you have any interest in one, two, three, or all four card hit me up. They would rather find themselves in a binder, or box with a full set rather than the fate they will have at the cat house. Here it will be in a box of cards looking for a home other than here. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Just Some Business

Normally I wouldn't post about a trade like this, but when these cards came in I was so excited that I just can't not post about it. The trade which is my biggest, and best ever for sports related business cards took out some serious wants.

Things started while doing the good old famous search for sports related business cards on e-bay. During this search the name of a fellow member or the business card collectors club I'm a member of popped up. Normally these searches will come up with cards from the wantlist, but nothing from the level that this batch had. Usually containing only a couple cards I've never felt it was worth it to pay the price only for two or three cards. Jeff's batch had a good amount though, and was worth trying to contact him in hopes that there might be more.

Luck was on my side as Jeff got back to me with the news that he did have more of a few of the cards in the batch. Thinking I would do something I'm not normally willing to do with a blind trade. We exchanged e-mails a couple times a week for one month to hash out what I would be sending his direction. Jeff wanted some other hard to find categories that weren't sports related for his. In the end this blind trade worked out better than I ever imagined.

I might not be the biggest basketball fan, but getting these was an awesome start. Being able to cross two more NBA teams off the shrinking wants is always good. Now all that is remaining to finish off the NBA is Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, and Toronto Raptors. If you either have one, or can get a business card from any of these teams I'd love to hear from you.

Ironically I have been thinking about artelope ideas for the Hawks, and just never sent one out. As for the Cavaliers I did send out an artelope which I've given up on, and consider a member of the 'Lost Files'. So why not just make it official, and show it off now while I'm talking Cavaliers.

Why the Cavaliers never responded will remain a mystery. Their business card shows the Lake Erie Monsters logo, and they have always been great to me. No loss as thanks to Jeff their is a Cavaliers business card residing in the collection.

From there two more wants from Major League Soccer joined into the fold.

Soccer cards were the reason I made this contact. The good news is he still had these two cards, the bad news is I think there was another two in the batch that he sold. No complaints though as adding these two works for me. As for the MLS there are 14 teams still missing, two are franchises that will be in their inaugural season in 2015. That is if they have a season due to the players, and owners currently having contract issues. Hopefully they work it out as I'm in the camp that believes no play could be devistating to the league.

Not to be left out the sport that rules the roost right now got some much needed attention. Thrown in was two cards for NFL teams that were missing in the collection, and one that is a new design.

Indianapolis is one of those teams I've thought about writing a few times, and for some weird reason just never did. Maybe the reason is one day this card would make its way into the collection without writing the team. Denver is a new design for a card that I'm beaming to add into the collection. As a fan of the Broncos it's always nice to add a new card from your favorite team into the mix. Jacksonville is another of those I didn't think I'd ever acquire. One of the first teams that I'd ever done an artelope for, I've been kind of shy about attempting again being they didn't return anything.

Closing out the showing off is some odds, and end that have never crossed my mind.

These are just four fun cards that will find some form of home in a binder. Adding cards that you've never even given a thought about is always a cool thing. Believe it, or not I have an area in a binder where these will fit perfectly.

Included was baseball, college, and some other sports that didn't get shown here. Inside was so much good stuff I had to do something I don't normally do, and share one of my business card trades.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Artelopes- Clearwater and Daytona

With baseball not far away some teams have already started putting out schedules. Currently among the list is Clearwater, and Daytona who both play in the Florida League.

The Threshers are one of two teams in the league that I collect schedules from. Finding out that the team had put out a schedule this early in the year I had to write the team.

With Clearwater using a shark as their logo the idea of doing sharks in the water only seemed natural. Originally the plan was to just do a couple fins, but the daughter injected her opinion. She said that there needed to be a little more shark than just a couple fins. So going with her idea what you see above is the end result.

Clearwater is one of the few teams that I don't mind just getting schedules, and no business card from. They have been so good to me in the past in sending business cards. Since getting all those cards the team hasn't gone through any sort of changes so everything is good.

Daytona went through two big changes this off-season. First the team went through an affiliation change from the Cubs to the Reds. Second is due to this huge change the team went from the Cubs to the Tortugas. What this did is left a huge hole in my Florida State League business card collection. While affiliated with the Cubs, Daytona was always good to me.

Attempting to do the full logo had me feeling a little out of my league. I could have probably pulled it off, but thought why not go with the partial design? Sometimes its better to go with something that you feel more confident about rather than forcing something you just aren't feeling. In the end it was a wise choice.

As a collector that has contacted Daytona in the past one thing about this schedule sticks out. Across the bottom it says early bird. Whenever you see this one a schedule another edition is sure to follow in a couple months.