Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lost in Cards: Where's Woogie Files


So I haven't posted in forever and honestly it's not because I don't like the blog anymore...  I'm just so busy being a daddy and unwinding from being a daddy (once my little one is asleep) that I don't have as much time to dedicate to the blog.

However, it's a nice Sunday morning and my wife and daughter are playing house in the other room watching Frozen and I've decided to take advantage and finally post up.

So much has happened with my collection that I'm not sure where to start.  I guess the best place would be the collection that started it all... The Lost Cards

At last check I had acquired all but 1 of my Lost Cards.  Derek friggin Jeter.

No.  I haven't acquired Jeter.  Don't get me wrong I'd love to still, but I *gasp* traded away three of my Lost Cards.  I know... I know...

The premise of getting the cards back was a great one and it was an excellent adventure in doing so.  However what was I going to do with them once I got them all back?  I pondered this often as I wasn't sure I wanted to keep them PC for the rest of my life.  The Lost Cards once made up the cream of the crop of my collection.  However, because of this blog and meeting other collectors I discovered new goals and desires for my collection.  So I traded 3 Brooks Robinson Lost Cards to a personal friend from childhood who is a SUPER collector of Brooks Robinson.  They have a great home in my buddy's collection.

In return? Only an amazing card of the GREATEST player of all time. (It's not up for debate. He is the King of Baseball)

2011 Topps Tier One Triple Bat Card 11/25

I also got a 2014 Topps Heritage Mike Schmidt relic card /99 that I have since traded and a few nice RC of Tanaka, Bryant, and Abreau.  Felt like a lopsided deal in my favor, but Nathan loves Brooks so much that I think he thought he was getting over on me! Regardless, we have two very happy collectors at the end of the trade and I can assure you this card has found a permanent home in my collection.

So I have three other sets I'm working on completing and one of them is of course my Lineage relics.  I've decided to just do the 99 card player checklist.  I know a few other players have either a bat or jersey relic, but the only card that has two different versions is Willie McCovey.  I am very pleased at the progress I have made on that front as well!  I now have 89 out of 99.  I only need the following players to complete my set!

Ruth, Mantle, Koufax, McCovey jersey, Musial, Ford, Gibson, Ott, Strausburg, and Pujols.


I've also been working on the 2013 Topps Update 1971 mini relic set.  This is much tougher... All cards are numbered to /25 and has a 15 player check list.  I now have a total of 6!

I have Curtis Granderson on the way!  The rest of the checklist is loaded with studs and is not going to be easy or cheap to complete!  Please PM me if you've got one I can add!

Clemente, Jeter, Trout, Longoria, Garciaparra, Ramirez, Verlander, Schmidt, and Stargell


Many of you (okay... one of you) may remember a trade I made a while back to acquire a number of 2010 Topps 206 mini book relics with the intention of completing the set.  With a 25 card checklist and numbered out of /99 this was bound to be a challenge.  

I'm proud to say that I have completed the set!!!!

A Case Hit Complete Set! I know of one of other person to complete it as well.  Maybe there are a few others who have as well, but regardless... it puts me in rare company.  Take a look at the complete set!

Now I'm working on a display case to proudly show off the new completed set!  I can't wait to complete the Lineage set!

Sadly, I have taken my bumps too...

My basement flooded partially after all the snow melted (apparently I have a drainage problem) and I had to remove half the carpet from my ManCave.  No worries... because no cards or memorabilia was hurt in the process!  

Well fwiends! It's been real.  Now back to Frozen and Daddy/Daughter play time.

Thanks for reading!

Till next time... (or next year...)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wait!? I have a blog??

I've been a bad baseball card blogger as of late.

Things were so much easier when my little girl was a newborn baby...

She literally just ate, puked, slept, and pooped.  Mostly in that order.

So sitting down to write a post about my favorite hobby was very much in the cards. (pun intended)

However, my little sweetheart is now 19 months old and every time Daddy sits down to write on the lap top she begs to sit in my lap and then naturally wants to push ALL of the buttons on the keyboard.

So, on this lovely Saturday morning I have decided to take a few minutes to write you lovely people a post whilst she eats her cereal and strawberries. 

Confined in her high chair.


So I'll make this quick... bullet point style!

1. The Lost Cards.  I still only have one left to get... Derek fricken Jeter.  The quest continues...

2. Once again I've kicked ass in my Fantasy Football League and am the 1 seed and play in the semi finals this weekend.  If I win Sunday, I'm in the money... and all of that will go to baseball cards.  If I happen to win a championship... mayhap I'll get Derek fricken Jeter.

3. Lineage mini relics... I've decided that I'm just going to get the 99 players and leave it at that.  If I get the other variations (bat v. jersey) I'll just file them away.  I'm up to 76 total relics... OH SO CLOSE!

4. 2010 Topps 206 mini booklets... still only need 3 left! Bench/Mauer, Pettitte/Sabathia, and Utley/Howard.  Utley and Howard are currently on ebay and I have every intention of scooping them up.  Then I'll be down to just 2 for a complete set!

5. 2013 Topps Update 1971 mini relics.  I recently just acquired the Ripken, Bench, and Upton relics to go with my Musial.  That would make 4 out of 15.  I plan to complete this set as well.

6. Popping tags... I recently went to an antique store across the street from my work and found a couple niiiccceee baseball relic cards for dirt cheap.  One I've already flipped for a lineage relic.  Keep your eyes peeled fellow collectors.  There is treasure every where!

7.... oh snap.  Breakfast is over.  Gotta run!

Till next time!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

All Apologies...

Hey Baseball Card Guru's.

I've lost touch with my inner blogger... basically life has happened and I haven't had the time to sit down and get in touch.

My little girl is 16 months old now and basically takes up all my free time... and baseball card money.  Fortunately I still have money for postage and have been very busy pulling off trades.

I know this is kinda anti climactic but I got another LOST CARD back!

I was able to acquire the Juan Marichal card in exchange for a Ray Lewis signed 8x10 framed and matted.  It was a sweet item in my cave, but this Lost Card was particularly hard to find so I had to jump on the chance when I saw it pop up.  In fact it's print run is limited to 90 so I knew it wouldn't be easy to find.

So that leaves only the 2009 Sweet Spot Derek Jeter auto and I've gotten all of my Lost Cards back!

In the meantime I've also cleaned up in my quest for Lineage relics and have now gotten a total of 70!  The checklist includes 98 players, but 4 of them have both a jersey and bat relic and a lot of them have variations of jersey swatches.  I've decided to just make it an even 100 as I plan to display them in a framed type of set up and it helps make it work... so that being said... just 30 left to go!

Check out my link for the Lineage project and the relic section will be up to date.

In other news I was at the ALDS game 2 for the Baltimore Orioles and watched them kick some more 8th inning ass again!  It's been a magical year and I really feel like its a team of destiny.  So bring on the third Cy Young winner in a row... I'm fairly certain this team can beat him too.

I'll carve some time out in the future to detail the new cards I've gotten and the ones i've shipped away.  Or not... WHO KNOWS!

Not me anyways...


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stay tuned...

Brothers and Sisters in collecting... I have much news to share!

Trades on top of trades!

I've taken great strides in my Lineage quest and am one step closer to my T206 Goal!

I'm working on remembering and documenting all of my past trades that need posting about so I can update all of you who check my blog daily with baited breathe wondering what Woogie has been up to!

Fear NOT!

I shall return...



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hometown Trades and O's Games

Happy Father's Day weekend!

I hope all the Dads out there are enjoying themselves to the fullest and that maybe you're lucky enough to get to rip some wax on Sunday.

My Father's Day weekend started off great!  I went to the Orioles game Friday night with the wifey and had an amazing time!  Yes, the Orioles lost... but anytime you get a babysitter and a night out on the town you'll find a way to even enjoy the losses!

The seats were great too! We were only 18 rows off the field on the third base line.  I saw Caleb Joseph gun down a would be base stealer for the third out of an inning and also saw Chris Davis strike out on three straight pitches.  That wasn't very cool, but on his way back to the dug out I saw Davis snap the bat over his knee in frustration.  That was pretty sweet.  Dude is The Hulk!

It's a bummer we lost, but I still had a good time.

I'll be going again soon with my buddy Karl in a couple of weeks.  Karl texted me the other night after he busted some packs and pulled this little gem!

2014 Topps Series 2 Ivan Rodriguez Rookie Class Pin Relic

Karl knew I was a huge Ivan Rodriguez fan and had previously hooked me up in a trade with a Pudge auto he had signed in person when he was on the groundskeeper crew for Camden Yards.  

Karl had seen my last post and had his eye on my David Eckstein auto.  So I pulled the trigger and agreed to the trade.

So long David... Karl will take good care of ya!

After we pulled off the trade we got to talking about the Orioles and sure enough my boy invited me to the game. That'll be my third game this year and all three times I got tickets for free.  At this pace I might just make half a dozen games this year!

So far my Saturday morning has been awesome.  The wife let me sleep for an extra hour... she made me a slammin' breakfast and I opened my daughters Father's Day gift a day early.  She made me a photo book of our first year together.  If her end game was to make Daddy cry... well... mission accomplished.  Jules also bought me a few rack packs of 2014 Topps Series 1.  Got a few cool inserts for Harper and Puig.  All in all a great Father's Day weekend so far and still have the rest of the weekend in front of me!

Happy Father's Day to all of the Dads this weekend!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Mojo Risin'

Greetings fellow Baseball Card and Blog enthusiasts! I hope June has been treating you well so far.

As you all recall from my last post I recently got my biggest Lost Card find yet in the form of the 2000 Fleer Traditions Update Mickey Mantle Pieces of Mantle relic card.  It only took two days to arrive and the card was finally in hand.  It came well shipped and included some Orioles base cards from that set as well.  I'm ecstatic to have it back in the collection. Here are the base cards I was hooked up with!

Tha's right... what do you know about Albert Belle in an Orioles uniform?!?  Nothing! The man got hurt after two seasons and stayed on the payroll for 3 more!

and the main attraction...


This card was one of the best pull moments I've ever had.  A total odds beater.  I grab one box on a shelf out of 5 with a 1 in 80 chance of pulling this card.  Opening that box and seeing that solid silver line among the sea of dark grey cardboard is a thrill i'll never forget.

Now I've only got 2 Lost Cards left.  Help a brotha out (especially with the Juan Marichal!)


Woogies Most Wanted #1
2009 Sweet Spot Derek Jeter Blue Auto /299

Woogies Most Wanted #2
2005 Topps All Time Fan Favorite Juan Marichal Auto
(not serial numbered, but print run is only to 90)

Help me bring these two cards to justice and bring them home to The Cave!

Now I know what you're thinking...

What the crap are you talking about "Mojo Risin'"?

Let's just say if I was in Vegas and was playing cards I'd be on a hot streak.

But I'm not...

I'm in Baltimore and I'm not playing cards...

Just opening them!

Since my little girl was born I've been on a hiatus from buying new packs and boxes.  It's been tough, but she's worth it!  Plus it gave me more time to focus on my collections and Lost Cards.

Anyways, I'd recently spend $30 total in the last month or so on a few hobby packs and rack packs from Target/Wal Mart.

All I can say is I'm on a hot streak and have pulled a number of Relics and Autos.  I think all together I picked up 10 packs and hit on half of them!

Check out my newest additions.  All for trade!

2014 Topps Heritage Chris Sale Clubhouse Collection Relic with pin stripe!
2014 Topps Archives David Eckstein Auto
2014 Donruss Michael Choice RC Auto
2014 Topps Series 1 David Price Relic
2012 Topps Series 2 Tim Lincecum Cut Above Relic /50

Not a bad little haul at all!

Let's just say I've walked away from the proverbial card table. Take the house before the house takes you!

That's all for now! Thanks for reading!

See you next time