Wednesday, April 1, 2015

JBF Week: I shall call him Mini Me

I've grown to like Topps Minis over the last few seasons. I like this type of mini a lot more than A&G or Gypsy Queen minis.  I actually don't really know why. It's the same card, just smaller. I guess I've always liked to see the same thing, just downsized. After all, I loved Topps Micros in the early '90s.

The above Brett Garnder and CC Sabathia were from 2013 Topps Mini. The Gardner is #'d to 63, while the CC is #'d 5/5, which is awesome. I've actually found that these are fairly affordable online, and I've picked up a few for trade packages from time to time.

Here is another batch, courtesy of the same JBF package. I might need to try and complete this team set!

JBF Week: Always turn your cards over!

The relic card above of former Bengals WR TJ Houshmandzadeh came with a bunch of other cards, but I'm going to focus on this one first. It's a nice card in its own right. A very shiny, orange refractor with a jersey swatch from TJ's Pro Bowl jersey. I like that the photo shows him at the Pro Bowl as well, complete with a Hawaiian lei around his neck. Nice touch.

When I turned the card over for more info, I saw something I didn't expect to see. In fact, I didn't notice it the first few times I looked at the card, but once I re-examined the entire package, this jumped out at me:
In my defense, it's hard to see! Here's a closer look:
Um, yeah. This card is a 1/1 jersey! I felt awful for not noticing at first, but it just goes to show what a valuable lesson it is to check your cards! I know we've all overlooked a Topps sparkle or photo variation. It's fun to discover elements of a card that make it rarer than you first thought, and well, it doesn't get much rarer than this. 

The lesson: turn your cards over!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

JBF Week: AJs for AJ

My Bengals collection has grown immensely since Jaybarkerfan found out I support the team. I have a really nice binder of AJ Green cards going, and he often includes some nice Bengals hits and cards with his packages to me. While I don't think I'll ever dive fully into football collecting, I love having these Bengals cards of current players.

Mostly, after really just seeing baseball cards, it's fun to see what football products are out there. Some are really nice. Some make baseball cards look like crap in terms of design or production value. Mostly, it's just enjoyable to see the diversity in sets and brands.

Here are a bunch of Bengals recently sent my way in various packages:

JBF Week: Small and Shiny

Jaybarkerfan had a "claim this card" promotion on his blog a while back, and I was lucky enough to reserve this Topps mini Ivan Nova jersey relic. I love the Pinstripe, and very simple design that the card entails. Being a mini card, there isn't a lot of wasted space, but this feels well done...almost like a base card with some jersey. Sometimes inserts are designed with the intent of leaving space for a relic, but this one doesn't feel that way.

But was that all he sent? Of course not! This is JBF we're talking about it. He dominated this package with refractors and other shiny cards. It might not be a great scan, but these cards were blinding all next to each other!
 Wes also included a really nice Phil Rizzuto card for my Rizzuto PC, as well as two cards from "National Trading Card Day." With JBF, it's always National Trading Card Day!

Monday, March 30, 2015

JBF Week: Bern baby Bern!

I don't believe I had a Bernie Williams jersey relic before, and now I have two as a result of some care packages from Jaybarkerfan.

I work in marketing. I get that a phrase like "Core Four" attached to a group of people helps to sell that product. In this case, the "Core Four" of the Yankees is commonly referred to a Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Any Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera.

It annoys me how Bernie is left out of this gimmick. Just because he wasn't on the 2009 title team, he wasn't one of the four main pieces of the 1995-2009 Yankees run? It was a fairly long time between the 2000 and 2009 titles. So long that Andy Pettitte left for another team and came back. Bernie was massively important to those championship teams in 1996 and 1998-2000. He led the AL in batting in 1998. He then hit .342 the next season. He hit 29, 21, 26, 25, and 30 HRs in each respective season from 96-00, and won Gold Gloves from '97-'00.

Not to mention his post-season heroics, including 1996 ALCS MVP, 22 HRs, and countless big hits.
Maybe he was not the flashiest CFer of his era, or even the best at any point in time, but he one was one of the steadiest and most consistent. As we now know, many of the OFers putting up big numbers at that time were juiced up, but Bernie remained amazingly consistent for a long time. Looking back, I certainly appreciate his reign in CF a lot more now than I did at the time.

JBF Week: Toys & Oddballs

Yesterday, I showed a few cards from a recent JBF package. However, it was also filled with some really unique toys, oddballs, pop up cards, a pin, and even sunglasses!

My favorite of the bunch is these Fleer pop ups. I had never seen them before, and let me tell ya, it was not easy to put these together. Maybe the original packaging had directions? I think I did it close to right, but it was tough! However, the end product is super cool!
Speaking of pop ups, some fresh, unpopped Donruss pop ups from the '80s!
This little Wade Boggs figure is super cool. I don't remember "Micro Stars." Do any of you?
This wasn't even the most "mirco" toy. Check out this little guy, along with a sweet mantle pin from an appearance, and some Yanks shades.
Also, this very cool boxed Donnie Baseball set from The Colla Collection!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

JBF Week: The Start

Over the past few months (ok, years really), Wes at Jaybarkerfan’s Junk has sent me countless packages. They are all amazing and thoughtful. There’s a reason he was voted “Most Generous Blogger.”

For the next week, I’m posting all JBF, all the time. I have a bunch of cards/packages to show from his last few shipments, and while I feel guilty for not posting many of these sooner, it’s because I’ve been planning on having a “Week of Wes” for a while now. 

Here's a start with an assortment of cards from a recent package. Wes always sends a huge variety of Yankees, and knowing I'm a Bengals football fan, has sent me a bunch of them too.I've ended up with a pretty nice collection of Bengals hits, mostly because of Wes!

So take the next few days to enjoy a bunch of various goodies from the legendary Jaybarker Fan!