Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cleaning Out The Clutter 5

With a clean slate after the unclaimed stuff is now gone, and the latest treasures claimed fairly quick. How about we mix it up again, and offer up some non card related goodies?

Salute To Armed Forces Medallion

I got this medallion, coin, whatever you want to call it when we went to the April 13, 2013 game. Personally I think the Mariners do a great job on these, and saw another recently which I passed on which was something I now regret.

Emeralds Ice Cream Helmet

If you are anything like me you remember the small batting helmets that you could get ice cream in. Around the cathouse we know them well as the Eugene Emeralds have been doing these for awhile. Being we like to get ice cream when it's hot outside we've bought a few of these. I've kept one of each design for myself, and had some disappear, but still have the one above.

Remember to claim either of these just leave a comment below on what you'd like to add into your collection. If you follow it by an e-mail to by Monday morning it will get sent out with the other treasures leaving on Monday to their new homes.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Cleaning Out The Clutter 4

It's been a couple crazy days that honestly I am still recovering from. This morning was the big one as we got up early to go out for some deals. Yes, I know it's kind of unnecessary these days because of online shopping, but I still kind of enjoy it.

Anyway, how about we get down to the business of clearing out some more things looking for new homes. First let's start with the information on the claimed, and unclaimed things. How about we go with the fun, also known as claimed treasures. If you haven't contacted me via e-mail at with your address then I'd appreciate it so I can send you your goodies. I've tried to contact most of you, but haven't gotten a response which I'll say is due to this being the holiday weekend.

Next is to save you some time I will let you know that the following items are still up for grabs. From the original post I have tons of the Rockies police cards, but no complete sets. Post two still has one full set of "Fievel Goes West" cards available. The third has two logo baseballs from the Eugene Emeralds, and the Corvallis Knights. The lifespan on all these are about to run out as I am taking the daughter south to check out a longboard. Once we return I will check here, and any of the treasures unclaimed from the first three posts will be making a trip to the Goodwill truck.

How about we get back to business now.

1994 Parkinson Set
This is a set of art cards from the artist Keith Parkinson. The artwork is fantasy style with lots of dragons, and castle type paintings. There are 90 cards in the set, and it is a great looking set of cards.

San Diego Zoo
A weird sized 110 card set that was produced in 1993 Cardz. This is an awesome set in my mind that I'm hoping will find a new home through this post. Back in the days of me collecting non-sport cards I was into the endangered animal sets probably more than any other type of card. These were by far the best of all the endangered sets in my opinion.

Remember that if you want any of the treasures offered in the first three posts you need to claim them ASAP. By Saturday night they will all be on their way for sale at one of the Goodwill's in the region. The two sets above only have a span of how long it takes for someone to claim these two sweet sets.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cleaning Out The Clutter 3

With only one of the four treasures being offered up claimed. I am going to go a new route today, and offer something up that is non card related.

Salem/Keizer Volcanoes Baseball

The Volcanoes are the Northwest League affiliate of the San Fransisco Giants.

Eugene Emeralds Baseball

Much like the Volcanoes the Emeralds play in the Northwest League. For 2015 the team changed affiliations from the Padres over to the Cubbies. As you can see this giveaway is still in the bag that it was handed out in.

Corvallis Knights Baseball

Another giveaway only this ball comes from a local team in the college wood-bat league West Coast League. The Knights are consistently one of the top four teams in the league each year.

Sacramento RiverCats Baseball
Closing out the logo baseballs is this ball from the RiverCats. Unlike the other three this ball appears to be one of the type you buy from the team store.  

Depending on how well these are received there might be a couple more logo baseballs offered in the future. If you aren't interested in these remember there are still cards available from the first two posts.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Cleaning Out The Clutter 2

Seems I am off to a slow start as all the cards offered up on Sunday are still available if anyone is interested in anything. Hopefully today will get better results, and I can clear atleast a little room by seeing these go to new homes.

Hanna Barbera

This fun 60 card set was put out in 1994 by Cardz. If you are any sort of fan for Hanna Barbera cartoons I would recommend staking a claim on these cards.

Fievel Goes West

A huge 150 card set that was made for the movie 'Fievel Goes West' in 1991. Most the cards are scenes from the movie with a few other movie information thrown in.

Nothing earth shattering here, but hopefully something you can use for the collection. Remember Sunday's goodies are still up for grabs, and if you have any questions on how to claim today's cards refer to the post Clearing Out The Clutter 1     

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Clearing Out The Clutter 1

Last year I did a series of posts where I offered up various sets or group of cards taking up space in the closet of the hobby room. It was a great series that cleared out some cards that I'd held on to for years not knowing what to do with them.

Even then I'd held back some sets that for some reason I just wasn't ready to unload. 2015 has come with some changes that are about to see all, and I mean all of those sets go out the door. With the hobby room coming together, and getting closer every day to becoming the dream I've had for the room. The sets of cards, and other assorted treasures getting offered up in the next week, two weeks, three weeks, or however long it takes to clear these out will be gone. This year I am holding nothing back as all these treasures are all in the way of the dream I have.

First off lets start with the rules for all of these treasures being offered up. I'm going to keep them simple because I want these gone, and making it easy on both you the receiver, and me the giver will help them go away.

1. If you want one of the things I'm offering up here on the blog then claim it by leaving a comment with what you are claiming. Don't feel bad about claiming too many things. Last year I had a couple people start to slow down because they were feeling bad about claiming so many sets. In the end some of those cards went their direction anyways, and I'll bet some they thought about claiming went unclaimed. Once again... I want these gone, and if you want them then stake your claim to them.

2. If you want one of the things I'm offering up here on the blog then claim it by leaving a comment with what you are claiming. Don't sit there, and look through my baseball card wantlists, and then say I can't hit those so I'll leave them up for grabs. Claim the stuff, and then figure something out afterwards. I want all this stuff gone, and it is going away. Be that going into your collection, or to the local Goodwill. All this stuff will be going away so it might as well be into your collection.

3. All these will be getting posted here on the blog, but hopefully bloggers won't be the only people claiming some of these treasures. I am a member of an online trading group that much like all of you has been really good to me over the years. Keeping that in mind I will be sending a link to the post there, and they will be e-mailing me any claims. So, just because no one has left a comment doesn't mean something hasn't been claimed. I will do my best to change available to claimed on the post as soon as possible when something has been claimed. This means sitting there thinking too long can be the difference in you adding a treasure to your collection, or another adding it to their collection.

Told you I would do my best to keep it simple. Yes, it was a ton of words, but I think it was simple. If it was confusing I will now sum it up. Claim anything you want by commenting on the post, and figure out a return later.

So, you've just claimed a set of cards, and are sitting there thinking to yourself. I don't have any of the baseball cards on his wantlists. No problem! I am here right now with a solution that you can't help but love. If you know anything about The Cat you know that baseball cards are not my only hobby. I have a few more hobbies, and would love to accept anything that falls in the realm of those hobbies. Rather than have you try to figure out what those things are here is a list.

A. Pocket Schedules- If you have ever come to this blog more than just the last three or so posts. You know that collecting pocket schedules is another of my hobbies. There are so many teams out there in so many sports at so many levels. Can't find any baseball cards? Go out to wherever you live, and find some schedules from the local team, teams, or college. Gather up a group of twenty or more of the same schedule, and send them my direction. If you can find other covers, sponsors, or anything different I'd take those.

B. Bobbleheads- I have been building quite a collection of bobbleheads since starting to put together the hobby room. As with the schedules I am all for any team, or sport when it comes to bobbleheads. Have an unwanted soccer bobblehead, send it my direction in trade.

C. Baseballs- Secretly, and not so secretly I have been collecting baseballs. One day I am hoping to have a collection of a game-used, or batting practice  baseball from every league. My only rule for these is I want the league information on the ball to be readable. Its no fun to have a ball with all the writing on it smeared so you can't tell what league used the ball. Have a ball with the teams logo you got at a promotion? I'll take those too since I use them in the room as decorations.

D. Business Cards- Sports team business cards is my true collecting passion. For years now I have been trying to build a collection of business cards from every team in all the sports. There are still teams missing in all sports at all levels of play. If you have a team in your area I am interested in a business card. Don't be shy about sending me a business card, and worrying about it not being good enough. In my world it means so much for someone to take the time to get a business card for my collection.
        I would even say that if you go to a stadium, or team office to get a couple schedules see about a couple business cards to toss in. College athletic programs are very rare in the collection so if you hit the local college athletic office you'd be striking gold. Last is I'm also doing college bowl games, sports venue's, and racetracks so when I say any sport I mean any sport.
          Besides the sports related I collect Best Western, Rainforest Cafe, Red Robin, KOA Campgrounds, Buffalo Wild Wings, amusement parks, or water slide parks business cards. While these aren't as sought after as the sports related. Who am I to stop a person from tossing one, or more of these into the return sent my direction.

Now that I have covered everything I can think of, and probably bored you to death. Lets get into the first batch of goodies that are up for grabs.

1993 Hostess Baseballs

One full set of 1993 Hostess Baseballs cards. I ate a ton of those cupcakes when I was building this set, and honestly enjoyed every one. Good news is I was very physically active back then so it has taken all the way until now for all those calories to hit me. If you are building this set, and need just a few cards I have a few extra's that I can look through to hopefully complete your set. 

Rockies Police Cards

I have multiple batches of these cards that if I recall came from the 2003 set. What is available is what I believe is one full set of 26 cards, and then partial sets that will go down from there. If you are looking for just one player such as Galarraga, Weiss, or Girardi to name a few. I would be more than happy to send you a couple of that players card for your collection. Fair warning, these cards are larger than most baseball cards, and were put into four pocket sheets by me to use as a size gauge.

Let the claiming begin, and look for more stuff Monday.  

Monday, November 9, 2015

Christmas Cards

While you might think it is a little early to send out Christmas presents. Sometimes getting them out early is best for people with busy lives. One of those people is fellow collector, and TradingBases member Mike. Just under one week ago I got a PWE with a letter, and this picture inside.

Included in the letter was an explanation that he forgets to send out thanks to fellow collectors for the holidays. In order to prevent that from happening this year he was getting these presents out while he had them on his mind.

If you ask me I can't do anything, but applaud Mike for realizing something that many of us don't. With all the hustling, and bustling we sometimes intend to send out some holiday cheer. Doing all the family stuff takes over, and we forget our card collecting family. Next thing we know as Mike also added the holidays are over, and we never sent the cards.

Well done Mike on the cards, and the thoughtfulness behind sending them my direction. Hopefully I can focus long enough to spread some holiday cheer like you have this year. I keep failing to do the things around the house I should be doing. So, maybe spending some time on a project like this can get me going on the other things needing done.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mickey Does The NBA

Not being any sort of an NBA fan I can't tell you where last years NBA All-Star Game was played at. Knowing this it shouldn't come as any surprise that until a couple weeks ago I didn't know that the 2012 game was played in Los Angeles. If it wasn't for this find right here I still wouldn't know that little tidbit.

While not a huge basketball fan I am a fan of Disney, and Mickey Mouse. Being a fan of those two I found it in myself to overlook the NBA thing, and pick this statue up.