Thursday, October 23, 2014

Johnny's Spot Trades Me

Starting out this month I did a full week of getting rid of cards I no longer have use for. Cards that were in need of brand new homes where they could be better appreciated. When all was said, and done the posts were a complete success. So much that I'm hoping to drop a few more before the month ends. All that is missing is me getting my butt in gear, and doing the posts.

It was during the first week that John who runs the blog Johnny's Trading Spot staked his claim on some cards. What happened next is a little secret that I might be the only one until now knew about. Getting a return from John in the form of a decent sized box. Included inside were loose NASCAR cards of one of my favorite drivers.

From there the box continued to give even more as two well wrapped groups of schedules sat inside. One was labeled 'to keep', and the other 'for trading'. I just sat there excited about what could be contained within each pack. Before opening them I couldn't help, but think "how does Johnny do it?" That is when I remembered an old commercial.

I'm not sure if others remember this guy or not?

For those that don't know who this is. His official name was Cool Spot, and he was a sort of mascot for 7 up in the late 80's. One day he disappeared, and from what I believe to be true. Spot accepted a deal with Johnny to do trades for him in return for some unknown to even me payment. It has been a deal that not only the two of them reap the benefits of. Anyone who is lucky enough to trade with John reaps the benefits of. How else can you explain these three Jeff Gordon cards being included in the box?

The set was a Pepsi promotion from 1997. Anyone else here starting to see a trend starting? Cards from a Pepsi promotion, and 7-up a Pepsi product. If you still aren't convinced of Cool Spot, and John relationship. I present to you one last proof for your viewing pleasure.

Included among many other schedules were these two that prove my point.

Looks like two normal schedules don't they? That is where you are wrong. A look at the back of these proves even more the theory of Spot doing John's trading.

That's right! Pepsi as the sponsor of these two schedules. How can anyone question all this proof?

So taking in all the evidence I came to one conclusion. John has Cool Spot do all his trading, and that is where his blog name came from. When you have Spot doing all your trades you have to give your blog a cool name such as Johnny's Trading Spot. John, please let Cool Spot know he did a great job, and sorry that I didn't show more of the goods you sent.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Since getting the new hobby room more organized than the old room ever was.Things have hit a form of chaos when it comes to the room, and my hobbies.

While on the outside it appears that things have become more organized than ever. To me the truth is far from that. When it comes to the three hobbies of baseball cards, business cards, and pocket schedules. I have let two of the three fall to the wayside as I have been getting the other organized.

Baseball cards have been taking a front seat to the other two since I started this blog almost two years ago. Since starting the blog I make sure the baseball card wants are well organized, and updated every time a new set is added.

Business cards have been a hit or miss affair these days. Yes, there are moments when I go after new business cards like the college bowl games, and NASCAR tracks. The problem is that if you were to look at the baseball wants it is incomplete right now.

Basketball, and football are a whole different story. Basketball has NBA developmental teams listed that no longer exist, and new teams not added yet. That doesn't even count that New Orleans changed names to the Pelicans, and Charlotte to the Hornets. Football still has teams listed for the Arena Football League that are gone, and new teams unlisted as well. NHL, soccer, bowl games, and NASCAR haven't even started to get wantlists yet. As you can see, the business cards are a mess.

From there we hit the pocket schedules. Much like the business cards, I haven't made a list of schedules missed since starting this blog. So it would be a safe bet to say that my schedules are a mess too. Adding into all this is the trip to Eugene for schedule trading. This trip is what I refer to ass the blessing in disguise. After the trip there is no telling what I have, and don't have in schedule for trade. While I call it trading, what really happens is we both look through the other trade stock, and pull stuff out. When all is said, and done there is no count on who got what. Once finished the blessing is it forces me to go through all my trading schedules, and verify what I have. So it is a great thing for making sure everything is up to date.

Even with all this chaos going on things are looking up. On the bad side my hobby room is a bit more cramped than I expected. Since the other room was such a disaster I bought stuff, and ended up with to much. All this is forcing me to evaluate what is in the room, and will force some tough decisions in the future. It's a slow process as I hate just donating stuff I bought less than a year back to where I got it.

The good news is I have a room where I can lay things out, and not worry about the mess. They can sit there for as long as I'd like. Then whenever I'm feeling like working on the pile it can get done at my own pace. All this gives me hope to catching up with where things were. Maybe I will finally achieve the complete organization of all three hobbies. Then will be the challenge of keeping them organized.

I can always dream can't I?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Chase- race 6

I'm going to be totally honest here. There will be no picture, and a very small update on what happened in today's race. The reason is a simple, I didn't watch the race.

Instead of hanging around the house playing with my baseball cards, and watching one of our favorite tracks. I had prearranged plans to head south, and trade pocket schedules. So those plans took precedence over watching the race. After six hours of looking through schedules, business cards, and just chatting. I am left a little too drained to look up pictures, or scan any.

What I did learn it was for the best when everything was said, and done. Brad Keselowski who needed the win to advance into the next round got just that. This left out Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. who both needed a win to advance as well.

The huge surprise came when our driver Kyle Busch was knocked out on lap 140, and finished a very disappointing 40th place. Needing to finish 26 or better, or having other finish worse than they did. Kyle missed the cut by seven points. Hanging out at the back of the pack didn't pay off as Kyle was rear-ended, and sustained what was race ending damage. Under the circumstances the team practically rebuilt the entire car, but it wasn't enough. Every race fan regardless of their allegiance has to admit it was a valiant effort. If another wreck would have happened earlier, then the effort would have paid off. Unfortunately the next big one was to late in the race for Kyle's chances.

Now the field has been narrowed down to eight remaining drivers with a chance to become champion. All points are again reset, and the winners of the next three races will become part of the final four. The next highest points over those three races will be added to the group as they run one final race for all the marbles. Should be interesting to see as Jimmie isn't in contention now.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

What's Up Dog?

Thanks to fellow TradingBases member Phil, this week a long neglected set took a few hits. Much like I have been doing with the 'Clearing The Closet' posts. Phil was looking to unload cards, and try to help other get closer on their sets. Luckily for the cat one of those sets was in my wheelhouse.

1993 Milk Bone Superstars cards. 

While this blog might be called The Prowling Cat, I love me some cards with baseball players and their dogs. Its a beautiful set that whenever I see it leaves me torn. Torn on glad that it was only done the one year, and sad at the same time. Sad because it is a cool set with the cool concept of baseball players, and their dogs. Whenever I see these cards it reminds me of what has become my wife's favorite calendar the Greg Biffle Foundation NASCAR drivers, and their pets. Another year or two of these would have been great in the binder.

My joy comes from the fact that here we are 21 years later, and this set still haunts my wantlist. So if there had been more years I'd be in big trouble trying to complete these. Getting this far in the building of this set has been an adventure so doing more might have crossed into the driving me mad zone.

 I know that these pop up on the bay quite often, and I could have either bought a full set by now, or built it in pieces. As of now I thought that might take away from the joy of finally trading for the remaining cards I needed. With time I have eased on that stance, and in the near future might take a crack at adding a few cards using the ebay method.

Adding to the craziness is during my non-collecting time frame. I had walked into a Goodwill, and saw a 330 count box jam packed with these cards. The thought of buying the box had crossed my mind, but I wasn't buying cards and passed. Now that box haunts me every single time I see one of these cards. Until the day I complete the set it will always be one of my card collecting regrets. Having an easy way to complete a set staring right at me, and walking away.

Onto the good news about these set additions. Included in the PWE from Phil was four of these sweet cards. This leaves the set at just over half completed now. Hopefully for my sanity it won't take another twenty years to finish adding the remaining cards.