This blog is about sports cards. I tend to only purchase cheap items so don't come hear expecting to see big money cards. My teams collections are Chicago White Sox and Michigan Wolverines. I also have a bunch of player collections.

Sunday, April 21, 2013


I’m thinking about changing my collections again.  I was thinking about more or less becoming just a player collector and getting rid of the majority of my White Sox cards.  But I realized that I like my vintage White Sox teams sets too much so I’d have to keep those.  But then where would I stop with the team sets so I figured I’d have to just collect them to the current year.

But I also like the autographs and some of the relics so I don’t want to get rid of those.  So I feel like I’m not really getting rid of anything.  So this is what I have decided, I’m not going to collect all Sox cards anymore.  I will collect what I want to collect instead of having an “all” Sox cards collection.  I will probably add some more player collections to the lists as well.

I haven’t completely thought this out yet but as of right now, this is what I’m collecting.

All of those I was already collecting and you should have known about them.  I dropped the Peyon Manning collection because I just don’t follow him anymore now that he left the Colts and I was never really into football cards anyways.

Here is some additional player collections I am adding and a short reason why if it’s not obvious.  There may be more to come.

  • Ryan Zimmerman collection – Any and all Ryan Zimmerman cards.  (He is very active on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis).
  • Chris Sale collection – Any and all Chris Sale cards. (That one should be obvious).
  • Bill Melton collection – Any and all Bill Melton cards. (I really like him on the pre and post game shows and he’s vintage).

I may add some more, I may subtract some more.  We’ll see.

As far as my White Sox team sets, I am going to continue to collect all of the base sets from the following.

  • Topps (1952-current).
  • Fleer (1981-1999).
  • Donruss (1981-1997).
  • Upper Deck (1989-2010).

You may wonder why I stopped at the years I did for Fleer, Donruss and Upper Deck.  Those were the last years they issued an actual team set and not a limited team set.  I basically like team sets to be at least 15 cards.

So anything else that I have, I will be getting rid of or maybe even giving to my son.  I will check with Jeff at “2 by 3 Heroes” before I get rid of anything because he is my fellow White Sox collector.

My Michigan Wolverines collection won’t change any.  It isn’t overly huge because they only make so many cards in their college uniforms.  I’ll let you know if there is going to be any more changes.  I haven’t actually sat down and figured all this out yet so I don’t have want or have lists for the new collections.

I still owe a few trades and I promise I will get to them.  I haven’t forgotten about you.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

1973 Topps

Here is the last of my 1973 Topps purchases.  You’ve seen 18 so far and this post will round off that number right at 25 cards.  All these purchased during the COMC Spring Cleaning sale.


It’s either a called strike or no where near the strike zone because the batter doesn’t even look like he’s going to attempt to swing.  Maybe a 3-0 count and he’s taking.


It’s miscut but it’s a team card, I don’t think I have too many of these.  I do like the manager cards.  I like how they have the supporting staff (coaches) as well.


Another team card, yeah.  I always loved the leaders card as a kid, mainly because you could get hall of fame players and they didn’t book as much as their base cards so you could afford them.  I already had that card for my Billy Williams collection.


A rookie cup card but another of those hideous uniforms.  Another great leaders card as well.  More hall of famers, sweet.   And yes, I already had one of these in my White Sox collection because of the Wilbur Wood.

  • Total price paid – $92.07
  • Average price per card – $0.26
  • Percentage completed – 358/684 (52% completed)

These are the final tallies after all of this purchase were added to the totals.  These 25 cards put me over half-way completed and I only raised my price per card by a penny.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

1973 Topps

You’ve seen 12 of my 1973 Topps pick-ups the last couple of days from my COMC Spring Cleaning purchase.  Here’s 6 more for your viewing pleasure.


Have always liked the Cincinnati Reds, not much feelings for the San Diego Padres.  I will say those Padres jerseys are kind of hideous.


That, my friends, is a long name.  Not sure I’ve ever heard of him either which there isn’t too many players I can say that about, at least in the 1970’s till now.


Another long name and another Red.  As per typical in the 1970’s cards, you have a photo shopped hat on Andy Messersmith.  But at least I’ve gotten one great action shot out of these 6 cards.

  • Total price paid – $92.07
  • Average price per card – $0.26
  • Percentage completed – 358/684 (52% completed)

National MS Society- Walk MS- Michiana 2012

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

1973 Topps

You saw 6 of my 1973 Topps pick-ups yesterday from my COMC Spring Cleaning purchase.  Here’s 6 more for your viewing pleasure.


While the 1973 set is known for it’s photography, apparently I didn’t get too many of the action shots with this purchase.


A much better catcher shot than the one above it.  A young Ed Farmer too who, I think, is still doing White Sox broadcasts on the radio.  I know he used to, but I don’t listen to the radio broadcasts to know if he is still doing them.


I believe that’s the 3rd Atlanta Braves card I’ve shown from this purchase.  At least it’s another action shot.

  • Total price paid – $92.07
  • Average price per card – $0.26
  • Percentage completed – 358/684 (52% completed)

National MS Society- Walk MS- Michiana 2012

Monday, April 15, 2013

1973 Topps

I picked up a few 1973 Topps cards along with my previous COMC purchase.  I basically did a search for 1973 Topps, set it for cheapest first and then picked up what I didn’t have, up to $.50.


I’m going to divide these up to 4 posts because I actually picked up quite a few for the set.


Not sure about the whole Boyhood Photos of the Stars subset.  Nothing I really need to see.


Not a big fan of the lower case A for the Atlanta Braves, just doesn’t look right.  Of course, neither do those eyebrows.  Yikes!

  • Total price paid – $92.07
  • Average price per card – $0.26
  • Percentage completed – 358/684 (52% completed)

National MS Society- Walk MS- Michiana 2012

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Annual MS Walk

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for my annual plea for money.  On May 4th, we (my family) are doing the MS Walk to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.  Here’s the post from last year after the walk.  For those not aware, my wife has MS.  She was diagnosed a few years ago but has battling it for many years, maybe over half her life.  But we have done this walk for 3 years now, and this year there will be a few changes.

  • The Positive - We should have a lot more money to donate this year.  Cheri has had a 31 party and has worked out a deal with the local 31 representative.  We rented out a local fire station (it’s really cheap) and she threw a fundraiser 31 party.  We ended up running a 50/50, had a gift certificate to sell tickets for and sold some chocolate covered pretzels.  But where the most money came in was the 31 party itself.  25% of all sales went to the MS Society.  That ended up over $300, it was awesome.  I’m glad it worked out that well because Cheri worked her ass off to get it all set up.
  • The Negative – As it is looking right now, this will be the first year that Cheri won’t be able to walk.  If you followed my other blog any, you know she has been fighting a ruptured disc which was pinching a nerve in her foot.  She has been getting steroid injections right into the site and things are getting better, but there will be no way that she would be able to walk it.  So I’ll be pushing her in her wheelchair, she’s not happy about it.  But I think she is more than making up for it with the party.

I’m not going into all the issues that Cheri deals with, just click the MS tag on my “Random Thoughts From A Random Guy” blog on the right side and you can find out.  But what I am going to do is ask for your help.  I’ve asked for donations before and I’m asking again.  I don’t care if you only give $1, everything is appreciated.  You don’t even have to leave your name, it can be anonymous.  I will certainly accept any paypal donations as well (jccsst1022 at gmail dot com).

Donate or not, I’ll still love you.  But if you donate, I’ll love you more.  Thank you for all of you who continue to read this far.


National MS Society- Walk MS- Michiana 2012

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

COMC’s Player Collections

The past couple of posts you’ve seen the rainbow parallel pick-ups from COMC’s Spring Cleaning sale.  Here are the cards I’ve picked up for 2 of my player collections.


I picked up the same parallel’s that I did for John Danks of Paul Konerko.  Target, Emerald, Gold and Walmart.  Although I have the Konerko Walmart, I want to say from 2 by 3 Heroes so that one will go into the White Sox Collection instead of the Paul Konerko Collection.


I also snagged this Chasing History insert of Tom Seaver.  There are a few of my player collections that I need to fill from the newer sets.  I believe there is a Luis Aparicio insert somewhere that I need to pick up as well.

Monday, April 8, 2013

COMC’s Rainbows #2

In my previous post you saw some spring cleaning COMC purchases.  I showed the players that I picked up 1 or 2 cards.  Today, you’ll see more of the rainbows as I picked up 3 or 4 cards of these players.


I picked up the Target, Walmart and the Emerald of our new ace, Chris Sale.  I’m really liking this kid, other than he needs to eat a cheeseburger or 20.  But I can’t hold that against him since he’s the stud of our pitching staff.


Picked up the same 3 of John Danks, plus the gold parallel.  He’s out on the DL, pitching some in the minors and trying to build some arm strength.

Tomorrow, you’ll see some player collection pick-ups.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

COMC Rainbow’s #1

As I stated in my previous post, I picked up a bunch of the 2013 parallels during COMC’s spring cleaning post.


I picked up the infamous Emerald parallel of Gordon Beckham.  These are pretty slick looking cards.


Also, picked up the Kevin Youkilis for under a buck.


I grabbed these 2 parallels of our closer Addison Reed.  Another Emarald and I assume the Target (red) parallel.

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you some more rainbow pick-ups from the 2013 sets.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

MSO Update with some Peavy love

I know I haven’t been around too much but I haven’t had a whole lot of money to purchase too many cards.  I do have a few things to post, even already have them scanned, just haven’t been able to take the time to post them.

I do have a bunch of cards that I got from COMC.  Most of you know about the spring sale they had for a couple of weeks.  Well, I put a discount on all the cards I listed, then the 2nd week, I discounted them even more and while they didn’t sell for a lot, I had enough cards listed to make it worthwhile.  I’ve only got 6 cards left on my profile.  So I have cards to show, mainly 2013 parallels (because I know you haven’t seen those yet).

I will post a card for you with this post.  I picked this up on Ebay, one of the few cards I’ve purchased there.  It’s rare that I find a card there cheaper than on COMC.  Plus, he pitched us to a 2-0 start today.


I paid $.99 for it, which is what I’ve capped myself on the 2013 parallels.  I normally wouldn’t pay $.99 for an insert but this one seems to be harder to find judging by the costs of the others I scouted.

I have a few people I owe trades too, I haven’t forgotten about you yet.  Just be patient and I will get them out to you.  Hopefully this weekend I can start getting some other posts up.