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...


WELCOME HOME MANTLE!


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!)

WANTED: LOST CARDS PUBLIC ENEMIES 1 & 2


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






Monday, May 26, 2014

Facebook Brings Home Another Lost Card!

And then there were two...

IT'S OFFICIAL

This morning I completed a trade that landed me a Lost Card and it's all thanks to this great Facebook group that I joined a little over a month or two ago.

It's a "private" Facebook Group that hasn't really stayed all that private!  When I joined "Baseball Card Collectors and Trading~ Keep It Real", they maybe had 2,500 members.  In the last couple of months it has ballooned to over 7,400 members.  

The group is great and well run.  I've not made any trades on it, but have enjoyed watching others complete trades, help newbies figure out what they've got, and just plain congratulate others on excellent pulls they've made.  As satisfying as blogging has been for my cardboard addiction, this group has basically taken it to another level.  I actually discovered it through my buddy, Nathan from high school, who had been looking to unload a Bryce Harper auto...

Yeah... it's the same buddy who almost completed a trade with me for a Machado prospect auto that would've netted me that Harper.  As you recall that deal fell through because Santa brought him a Machado auto for Christmas and I didn't get my ass in gear and complete the trade in time.  Funny thing is I was only going to use that Harper as trade bait for one of my bigger Lost Card needs, specifically the Derek Jeter Sweet Spot auto.

Well he'd been shopping the Harper in this group for a quality Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle relic card (not to toot my own horn, but I'm fairly certain I nudged him in that direction).  A member in the group named Robert threw up an offer for a pair of Mantle relics and one of them happened to be my Lost Card!  Nathan wasn't interested in the pair and I sent a message to Robert to see about pulling off a deal.

The exchange actually took place around midnight Saturday morning as I checked in to a hotel in WV after a 5 hour car ride from Baltimore.  Nothing eases the pain of a long car ride like the prospect of a trade for a Lost Card... well... that and a nice stiff drink!  I thought hard all weekend about what I was going to deal for this particular card.  Lucky for me Robert was pretty clear about what he collected... 

Red Sox, 500 HR Club, 3,000 Hit Club, and Triple Crown Winners.

I knew I had some cards that would fit the bill that I was willing to part with!

I came back home Sunday afternoon and sent Robert my offer and it was loaded!  Check it out!


2004 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Rafael Palmeiro dual relic 240/250
2012 Topps Tribute Eddie Mathews bat relic 48/99
1982 Topps Bob Bonner RC... J/K Cal Ripken Jr. RC
2012 Topps Tribute Roberto Clemente Green Parallel 29/75
1978 Topps Eddie Murray RC
2009 Topps Legendary Lineage Mickey Mantle commemorative patch 13/50
2011 Topps Lineage Ivan DeLock autograph
2000 St. Louis Cardinals NLDS ticket stub signed by Stan Musial

Did I mention my offer was loaded and pretty much nailed everything he was looking for?

Robert was gracious and actually has read my blog and knew about how important it was for me to get these Lost Cards back.  He took my offer and in return I landed a Lost Card that I have particularly coveted.

!BOOM!


2000 Fleer Tradition Update Mickey Mantle Mantle Pieces game used pants relic

The thrill of pulling this card personally stayed with me for a long time and I've always regretted losing this card the most out of all the cards I gave up when I sold them in my time of need.

Now it's back!

And to bring it full circle I can still say that Nathan's Harper auto still ended up bringing me a Lost Card!  
So thanks Nathan! (Later that same night Nathan pulled off a trade that landed him a triple bat relic of Babe Ruth to /25.  Did I mention how GREAT this Facebook Group is?!?)

More importantly...

Thanks Robert for understanding just how important this adventure is to me and for being a part of the journey!

I'll be dropping off the cards in the mail tomorrow and I'll update the blog with an exciting MAIL DAY!

Stay tuned...

and

Thanks for reading!





Saturday, May 17, 2014

Baltimore Dogs and Baseball

I'm having one of those rare Saturday's today.

Just a perfectly productive day and some free time for work in the man cave.  I kicked off the day getting up early to drop the wifey's car off for an oil change before heading in to the office, you see she happens to be going to see her old girlfriend tonight and daddy's got the night to him self. 

Now I couldn't get too crazy.  I still had my daughter to take care of.  So I got out of work around 11am and headed home just in time to put her down for a nap.  My wife was going to be using nap time to get ready for her trip and I was free to get my night started in the cave.  Ever since I've started to reel in my Lost Cards I've thought about how I should display them.  Up until now I've only kept them filed away in the catalog, but I had to do them justice and put them out to be seen.  I looked up display cases online, but the truth of the matter was that I'd rather spend the money for a display case on actual baseball cards.  There was only one thing I could do...

D.I.Y.

Basic Woogenomics states if you don't feel like paying for a display case, build one out of scrap wood lying around your basement!

So that's what I did...

Now I didn't plan on writing about it, but my wife came out and saw what I'd done half way through and she told me it would make a good blog post. So here I am and there you are... now where was I?  Oh yea...

I had an old TV stand sitting in my rubbish corner of the basement and it had this removable shelf and I decided it would be a good board to use as the base to my display case.  Besides an old TV stand the rubbish corner also has a stack of scrap wood including various lengths of wood trim.  I grabbed four scraps of trim and did my best to measure them for cuts to fit the board.  I would be basically making them mini shelves to have the cards displayed properly.  However I don't own any power saws and only have an old fashioned bow saw.  So I taped all four together to make it easier to cut them to size and it actually worked okay.  I sanded the ends afterwards and while it wasn't "exact" it looked good enough.

I then laid out the distance between shelves to have the top 2 only hold standard sized top loaders and the bottom 2 shelves be spaced enough for graded cards.  After I had them placed I nailed them down and that's about the time I started snapping photos.

Above are the four pieces of trim nailed to the shelf of my old TV stand.  Once it was all nailed together I spray painted it all black.


I laid it on a crate to dry and it was around that time that my daughter was getting up from her nap.  Not bad work for deciding to get creative on the fly in a 2 hour window.

Once it was all dry, I drilled a hole in the top center of the board and then screwed it to a good spot on the wall by the shuffle board table.  

Once it was up on the wall I noticed the spots I had missed with the spray paint.  Always thinking on my feet I quickly devised a plan...


and I did a little coloring.


Problem solved!  Check out the final results!  Looks GREAT in my own humble opinion.


I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and also really impressed that I could make something like this out of scrap wood laying around the basement. Just goes to show what you can accomplish with a little Do It Yourself attitude!

Now normally this is where I'd end the post, but I've just gotta tell you about the best hot dogs I've ever made in my whole entire life... and I just happened to have eaten them tonight and be documenting the whole way.

For those who have not already been privy to this delicious take on the American Classic, may I introduce you to the one and only...

The Baltimore Dog


The Baltimore Dog is essentially a hot dog wrapped in fried bologna.  Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make the best Baltimore Dogs right in your own kitchen!  If you live in Baltimore I recommend you pick up a pack of Esskay All Beef Hot Dogs and 1/4 lb. of Esskay All Beef Bologna (The brand recommended by your Baltimore Orioles!)


The best way to cook your hot dogs other then the grill is to take a sauce pan and fill it with about an inch of water and get it to a boil. Then pop a couple of doggies and steam cook them covered till just about all of the water has cooked away.  Add a table spoon of butter per hot dog and fry the out side of the hot dog to get a crisp skin.  Once you toss the butter in to the pan with the hot dogs and you get it all melted I recommend you take a half  an onion chopped fine and drop it in to the pan.  Once the onions are perfectly cooked down your hot dogs are ready.



Simultaneously while cooking the hot dogs take another pan and melt some butter and fry two pieces of bologna per hot dog and also toast your buns.  Once that's done it's time to build your Baltimore Dog!


Lay out your toasted buns and place your two pieces of fried bologna down.


Next lay down a bed of your cooked down onions.  Raw onions would do just as nicely.


Then lay down your hot dogs...


And lastly top with ketchup.  Some people think this is child's play, but I will always favor ketchup over mustard on my hot dogs.


Plate with some hot fries and you've got yourself a Baltimore classic!  My wife would never eat like this for dinner, so naturally I took advantage tonight and was left wondering why I only decided to make two. They were so freaking good! The only thing that could have made this night better would've been an Orioles win.  They lost a tough 1-0 pitchers duel.  Danny Duffy lost a perfect game in the 6th or 7th and Bud Norris only gave up one run in the first inning and pitched in to the 8th.  Tough to take a loss like that when you pitch that well.  At least I got to watch it in The Cave.  Even if it is the smallest TV on earth it's nice to enjoy the space I've worked so hard to put together.


Well that's a wrap on this post.  

Till next time...

Thanks for reading.







Saturday, May 10, 2014

Epic Update!

!!!WOW!!!

Where'd the time go? It's 11:24 pm and in exactly 36 minutes my little girl will be one years old.  This time last year my wife was getting prep'd for surgery and I had no clue just how much my life was about to change.  Being a father has by far been the greatest achievement of my life.  It hasn't been easy, but it has always been a joy.  Part of being a new daddy has been the realization that my hobby is going to take a back seat from here on out... a lot.

So I haven't bought a single box in the last year.  But I have made a few trades and have purchased one or two packs very sparingly.  And I'm happy to report that I've made some good pulls!  As well I've acquired a few cards for the PC and that would include not one, but TWO Lost Cards.

That's right boys, Woogie has his Lost Cards down to just 3!!!

The first one I got back was the Steve Carlton Fleer Greats of the Game autograph card.  In order to get it I traded away a couple of solid cards from the collection including my Pete Rose autograph card from his Leaf product and a 1982 Donruss Cal Ripken Jr. RC.  Check'em out below.



The seller was really cool to work with and the transaction couldn't have gone more smooth!  Welcome back Steve Carlton!


Check out all the Lost Cards that have made there way home since I've started blogging about this quest.


Once I pulled this trade off I felt my luck was getting hot.  I was trolling eBay and found one of the 206 mini booklets I needed for the low price of $10.  I took a chance and just put the minimum bid and ended up being the only one interested enough to put one in.  So all of a sudden my 206 collection is only 4 shy of being complete.  Check out the latest edition!


2010 Topps 206 mini booklet Lincecum and Halladay.  Take a look at the total lot!


I posted about this newest addition to a new Facebook group for Baseball Card collectors hoping that one of the 6,000 strong members had one of the 4 left.  Sure enough someone messaged me that they have an extra Josh Hamilton/Hunter Pence and are going to hook me up with it!  I can't believe my luck sometimes!  I haven't been at this a whole year and I'm just three shy of a complete set of case hits!

If you or anyone you know has Sabathia/Pettitte, Mauer/Bench, or Utley/Howard please let me know.  I'm ready to make some deals!

The mojo doesn't stop there either.  I found myself on a rare occasion with a $10 spot in my pocket.  Now i've already said I haven't purchased any boxes since my daughter was born, but I really haven't even picked up any packs either.  Well I couldn't take sitting on the side lines any more and had to get a few packs of the new 2014 Topps Heritage.  My LCS had them for $3 a pack so I picked up 3 and then a 2012 Topps Series 2 pack for $1 out of the dollar bin.

I sat in my car and ripped them open.  What a rush!  Ripping wax for the first time in a year and I actually hit on two relic cards and both are solid hits!  Check it out!


2012 Topps Cut Above Tim Lincecum relic 9/50 and 2014 Topps Heritage Chris Sale relic with pin stripe!
I didn't pull really much out of the other two packs of Heritage, but who cares! I got the hit from the box!

That'd be enough action to last me the new few months or so but it doesn't end there.  I found another Lost Card online.  The seller and I talked trade for a bit, but couldn't come to an agreement, but at the same time this specific card is so short printed and hard to come by that I couldn't pass it up.  It was online for $30 or Best offer.  I offered $20 and he accepted.  I'd have like to have gotten a better deal, but I can't complain!  Welcome back the latest Lost Card!


2008 Topps Triple Threads Eddie Murray STEADY 6x relic /27.

This means I'm down to just 3 Lost Cards left.  The Mantle and Jeter are pretty much always popping up on ebay.  It's just a matter of finding someone who is interested enough to trade with me.  The Juan Marichal is going to be a different story.  It's the one Lost Card I have yet to see pop up on ebay.  I see in Beckett it's print run is listed as 90 so it is a SP.  Hopefully it pops up soon and I can jump all over it.

The additions to the collection have been awesome and the Cave looks great.  I'll be excited when I complete this mission and I appreciate everyone who has been along for the ride.  I ended up staying up late tonight to watch my Orioles win in the 10th inning for their 5th in a row.  Hopefully they can get the sweep tomorrow for a nice Mother's Day/Birthday gift for my two favorite girls.

As I end this blog post it is 12am on the nose.  Happy Birthday to my wonderful daughter Julia Ruth!

Daddy loves you.

Thanks for reading!

Till next time







Sunday, April 6, 2014

Machado MAIL Day!!!

Happy Sunday everyone!  

One week in to the baseball season and the Orioles are already on a 4 game skid.  Oh well, LOTs of baseball left.  Still you want to start out stronger than this!

Apparently Topps wanted to help me celebrate the start of the Orioles season by sending me my redemption for my 2013 Topps Archives Manny Machado 1973 mini framed auto.  It came in the mail yesterday morning and caught me by complete surprise.  

I had redeemed it in December after I purchased it on ebay for winning my Fantasy Football league.  I had been checking the status of the redemption at least once a week since then and the status was always the same... "pending".  

So I guess the last time I checked was right at the end of March.  It was shipped on April 1st and showed up in the mail yesterday.  #awesomesauce

Check it out!


I had been out all day with my daughter and when I came back home my wife tossed me this.  As soon as I saw Topps in the corner I knew it was my card and was insta-excited!


Inside was my prize, protected in bubbles.


BOOM! 11/25. I just wish this would have had the RC logo on it somewhere since this is technically a rookie auto.  I hate his autograph for the record.  It is impossible to discern his name from the autograph.   


3 Home runs in his first 4 games gave us all in Baltimore a great idea of what kind of talent we were getting in Machado.  A year later he would win the platinum glove award at one of the toughest positions to play defense at.  I hope the never move him to shortstop.  He's already the best 3rd baseman in the league.

I love the look and design of the card.  I would totally love to collect the set, but it's a pipe dream.  I'll work on it though for as long as it takes me!  Here are the other names in the set.  Fat chance I add any to my collection, but nothing worth doing was ever easy.  Thanks for reading! Happy Sunday!

73M-BG Bob Gibson
73M-CK Clayton Kershaw
73M-CS Chris Sale
73M-DF David Freese
73M-DS Dave Stewart
73M-DW David Wright
73M-FJ Fergie Jenkins
73M-FR Frank Robinson
73M-GG Gio Gonzalez
73M-HA Hank Aaron
73M-JB Johnny Bench
73M-JM Juan Marichal
73M-JP Jim Palmer
73M-KG Ken Griffey Jr.
73M-MS Mike Schmidt
73M-MT Mike Trout
73M-NR Nolan Ryan
73M-RA R.A. Dickey
73M-RB Ryan Braun
73M-RJ Reggie Jackson
73M-TS Tom Seaver
73M-WC Will Clark
73M-WM Will Middlebrooks
73M-YC Yoenis Cespedes

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Feast or Famine

Happy Sunday everyone!

Tomorrow my beloved Birds of Baltimore take on those damn defending World Series Champs, Boston Redsox.  It's been raining here in Baltimore for the last 2 days, but tomorrow is supposed to be around 65 and sunny.  I can't wait!  I think Baltimore has a run in them this year.  Even if all the experts pick them to finish 4th, I think they win the East and who knows beyond that.  It just feels like a lot of potential on this team compared to the last couple of years.

So yeah... like... Feast or Famine man.  What gives?

I've been coming up empty on recent trade offers.  Had a couple of people talking trade, including a huge one for Lineage relics that would have put me over 75 total.  However, I couldn't get a deal done.  Alas my collection has become somewhat depleted.  I've got plenty of autos and relics, and many of them are of star players.  They just aren't next level hits.  Solid mid levels.  Anything I have that would really draw someones attention is PC.  Makes it tough to get stuff done!  Plus, I've been a good little boy this year and have not bought any new packs in 2014.  Seriously, I'm going through hardcore withdrawal.  I've been watching case breaks on the youtubes and window shopping on ebay, but i'm going to need to complete a trade or rip some packs if i'm to really quell the beast with in.

So to that end... Here is an updated list of my Lineage Relic needs. Cards highlighted in red are ones that I currently own.  55 total.  47 left to go!  If you've got any that I need hit me up!  Thanks for reading!

1Adam Dunn JERSEY
2Adrian Beltre JERSEY
3Al Kaline BAT
4Albert Belle BAT
5Alex Rodriguez JERSEY
6Alexei Ramirez JERSEY
7Alfonso Soriano JERSEY
8Andre Dawson JERSEY
9Andre Ethier JERSEY
10Andrew McCutchen BAT
11Andrew McCutchen JERSEY
12Albert Pujols JERSEY
13Aramis Ramirez JERSEY
14Austin Jackson BAT
15Babe Ruth BAT
16B.J. Upton JERSEY
17Bob Gibson JERSEY
18Brian McCann JERSEY
19Brooks Robinson JERSEY
20Buster Posey JERSEY
21Cal Ripken Jr. JERSEY
22Carlos Beltran JERSEY
23Carlos Gonzalez JERSEY

24
Carlos Lee JERSEY
25Carlton Fisk
26CC Sabathia JERSEY
27Chipper Jones JERSEY
28Chris Carpenter JERSEY
29Clay Buchholz JERSEY
30Clayton Kershaw JERSEY
31Dan Uggla JERSEY
32David Ortiz JERSEY
33David Price JERSEY
34David Wright JERSEY
35Duke Snider BAT
36Dustin Pedroia BAT
37Eddie Murray JERSEY
38Edinson Volquez JERSEY
39Elvis Andrus JERSEY
40Evan Longoria JERSEY
41Felix Hernandez JERSEY
42Fergie Jenkins JERSEY
43Frank Thomas JERSEY
44Grady Sizemore JERSEY
45Hank Aaron JERSEY
46Honus Wagner BAT
47Ian Kinsler JERSEY
48Ichiro JERSEY
49Ike Davis BAT
50Ike Davis JERSEY
51Jared Weaver JERSEY
52Jason Bay JERSEY
53Jason Heyward JERSEY
54Jayson Werth JERSEY
55Jim Palmer
56Joe Mauer JERSEY
57Joey Votto JERSEY
58John Smoltz JERSEY
59Johnny Bench JERSEY
60Johnny Cueto JERSEY
61Johnny Mize BAT
62Jose Bautista
63Jose Reyes BAT
64Jose Reyes JERSEY
65Josh Johnson JERSEY
66Justin Upton JERSEY
67Justin Verlander JERSEY
68Kevin Youkilis JERSEY
69Kosuke Fukudome JERSEY
70Madison Bumgarner JERSEY
71Marlon Byrd JERSEY
72Matt Cain JERSEY
73Matt Kemp JERSEY
74Mel Ott JERSEY
75Mickey Mantle BAT
76Miguel Cabrera JERSEY
77Mike Schmidt BAT
78Nelson Cruz JERSEY
79Nolan Ryan JERSEY
80Ozzie Smith BAT

81Prince Fielder JERSEY
82Reggie Jackson JERSEY
83Ricky Romero JERSEY
84Roy Campanella
85Ryan Braun JERSEY
86Ryan Zimmerman JERSEY
87Sandy Koufax JERSEY
88Shane Victorino JERSEY
89Stan Musial BAT
90Starlin Castro JERSEY
91Stephen Strasburg JERSEY
92Tim Lincecum JERSEY
93Todd Helton JERSEY

94Tony Perez BAT
95Vernon Wells JERSEY
96Victor Martinez JERSEY
97Wandy Rodriguez JERSEY
98Whitey Ford JERSEY
99Willie McCovey BAT
100Willie McCovey JERSEY
101Yovani Gallardo JERSEY
102 Jay Bruce