Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Artelopes- Buffalo Bandits

Still going through what has become a break of sorts from regular writing. Once again I am hitting you all with another of the famous artelopes.


Sent recently to the Buffalo Bandits who play in the National Lacrosse League. For those who don't know about the NLL. The league is an indoor lacrosse league with nine teams currently playing. The 2015 season is in full swing, and runs into May. If you have a local team its well worth checking out a game.

The results were exactly what I was hoping for when sending out the request.


Containing four of the usual add in of pocket schedules. Buffalo did a good job with the design for the schedule. More than anything the team filled the one thing I was looking for more than anything when I sent the request.

Keeping the streak alive of great returns so far this year. Buffalo put the needs for NLL business cards down to six teams. The going will be tough as three are Canadian, one I can't find an address for, one is coming via trade, and the last I've been trying for without luck the last few years. With any luck maybe I'll be able to atleast half the list this year.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Artelopes- Grand Rapids Drive

If all goes as planned there will be a ton of artelopes leaving the cat house in 2015. So far the few returns that have come back were everything I could hope for. That is the good news, the bad news is counting this return I have only gotten back three of the ten sent out. Hopefully more of those will start making their way home. Until then we have the third one of the year to return for your viewing pleasure.


When I did this one my brain was starting to get a little weak for ideas. Wanting to get something out to the Drive I decided to go with a simple huge DRIVE written on the envelope. Trying to keep things a little more interesting, and related to the sport the team represents. I went with a basketball as the dot on the "i". In the end I think it turned out great for what the idea was, and the results were just as great.


Contained within was two of these 2014-2015 schedules. That wasn't even the best thing inside.


My second business card for the year, and coincidentally second one for the NBA Developmental League. Not a bad way to start the year off by getting two business cards in the first three returns. As I've said before, if this keeps up 2015 will be an awesome year for the business card collection.

Currently I am still missing ten teams from the NBA Developmental League. Three of the missing artelopes are for teams in the league. Another two are ready for mailing, and the remaining will be prepared soon. If luck is on my side the league will be crossed of the wants by the end of February.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Atleast I Can Say I Tried

Not long ago another fellow collector from the group TradingBases contacted me about some cards. The man was Roland, and was someone who I don't believe I have ever exchanged cards with. Roland emailed to let me know that he was sending my final three cards from the Triple Play, Action Baseball subset.


All I could think of from here is to thank Roland for the final three cards, and allowing me to cross these off the wantlist.

The problem is I'm not going down like that. No I'm a blogger, and we do more than just say thank you, and move on. A small paragraph, and showing the three cards just doesn't do it in the cat's world. So in honor of completing the set we are going to play the game contained within one of the extra 15 cards from the same set that Roland sent as well.

Digging into the group I decided to go with California Angels versus Seattle Mariners. With none other than the great Ken Griffey Jr. pictured on the front.


Opening up the inside the scorecard put the Mariners as the home team so California bats first. Should have done a scan before scratching, but that would have made sense so I forgot.

Now a reminder of the rules to the game that matter. They have more listed, but for me these aren't important.
1. Game is three innings
2. Each player gets three outs per inning.
3. Highest score at the end of three innings wins.

Top of the first, and California goes first. After the California half of the inning lets see where we are.


Sadly after over twenty years of waiting to find out we won't get to know who wins. My first scratch was the box third row over, and fourth one down. If you can tell it just scratched down to the paper, and yielded no results. Wanting to see if it would scratch at all I attempted with most of the second row over at once. Didn't go down to the paper because I didn't need to. I could tell that it just wasn't going to work. As the title says atleast I can say I tried.

Thank to Roland's generosity I can say there was one winner from all of this, and that winner is me. Hopefully once I give his wants a look over I can find some sort of return, and we can both end as winners in this deal.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks Artelope

At the start of December through the first few days of this month. I sent out a total of ten brand new artelopes with requests for schedules, and business cards. While I put schedules in the request, in all honesty the goal is business cards. With my NHL wants down to ten teams who seem to be holding out in sending a card. Three of the artelopes went to NHL team in hopes of dropping down the wants.

Sending this little beauty out at the same time as the returned request from the San Jose Sharks, and still missing Anaheim Ducks.


My thinking was just doing the feathers part of the logo would be much cooler looking than the full on logo.Personally I felt at the time it looked better, and am still pleased that I went this route.

The first thought was to do the feathers on the far right, but I've done that design before with the Utah Utes, and it was fairly recent. So scrapping that idea I went with what you see above.

As for the results of this fine artelope.


Six schedules just like these were in the return. For a schedule return, six is a really good to see when you open the envelope up. The bummer part is I was hoping more for the business card than the schedules. I won't complain too much though.