Monday, August 31, 2020

My 2020 Newest Braves

Last week I showed the card aisle pics where I left new cards on the shelf. I left them because I had already bought what I wanted online.

Topps Chrome, I am still waiting on the Acuna. I really need to clean my scanner bed again.

The Gallery preview from Chrome and a refractor.

Now for the 2020 Archives.

I still need the #311 Hank Aaron.

Tomorrow I will show you the rest of the Best from these two new products. Thursday, I'll show off this set. Here are my Braves, call these a teaser.

Have a great night.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Left on the shelf

I HAD to go to Walmart the other day. As always I look at the card aisle. This is what I seen.

2020 Archives. I left these there too. I already have bought from Sportlots the base cards that I wanted and a few Braves inserts. They should be here next week.

Speaking of being on a shelf......these items are sitting on a shelf right near me as I type this.

Some vintage stuff, albeit not baseball cards. Sat. 8/29 updated. I just realized the confederate salt & pepper shaker in the pic, there was the union cap as well, but when the roof was being replaced a couple of months ago and the shingles were being dropped on the roof it was knocked off of the shelf and broke.

The Coke thermometer is cool but the real doozie is the bottle above it.

I say nothing.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Dgao wins the BFG (for tomorrow)

David no need to pick tomorrow, you win automatically. No one else signed up. There will be no sign up for September. The last few months has had at least 1 if not 2 blank weeks. Going forward if I do a BFG I will announce it, but for now  they are over.

Meanwhile, I picked Julies pockets.

There was another card too, but it was horizontal and didn't fit the scan. Thank you Julie!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Monday, August 24, 2020

DK sends Braves

DK sent along 4 more Braves. I needed 3. So he joins the folks already ready for the October Bingo game.

Thanks DK. I'll e-mail the Bingo cards to everyone closer to the game.

Friday, August 21, 2020

DK repicks #1


Original 1974 series 3 Wacky Packages.

Thanks for playing guys. Have a good night.

Gavin steals from DK

DK normally you would just have a chance to steal, but now you can pick 1 or 4, or steal anything you want.

Chris picks 2. Gavin your turn


some 57' FB

NO gets the boot. Chris your up

Pick or steal.

Mike picks #5

Mike picks #5

I did my best to cut out the good parts.  Greg your turn. Pick or steal.

DK picks #3


some Hostess.

Mike your up, pick or steal

BFG starts now: DK you're first then Mike, NO, Chris, and Gavin

Heads up, we need 4 new players for next week.  DK pick between 1-5.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Wacky Packages 2020: June week 2

Here they are:

Puzzle 1 for June.

The five stickers. I do not have any of the chase or parallel stickers for week 2 or 3 because I had to buy them from Ebay instead of directly from Topps. Those are the ONLY weeks that I missed.

The checklist.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

All Time Diamond Kings: 2020

2020 Diamond Kings besides some great HOF names within the set had an insert set. ATDK.

I grabbed up a dozen for pennies (.18-30) each.

I already had the #1 Gwynn, and #21 Chipper before getting these.  They are reminders of the 1993 DK cards. I like them.

This week's BFG LINE-UP: Need 1 more player

This week we have 4 players thus far. Need 1 more. Kick off is at 7 pm. Let everybody show up and we can be done in 15 minutes. WE CAN DO IT.  Yes, we can.

Up first is





Friday, August 14, 2020

Brett picks #3

Brett gets

some Big League.  Thanks for playing. Game Over

Brett your turn again

You may steal anything or pick 2, 3, 4.

Jafronius steals Brett's prize. Tom T you may steal

Tom you may steal the Star Wars and lock them in or keep what you have. After Tom chooses, Brett will go again. Who can steal or pick a new number.

SCC gets the boot too. Jafronius your turn. Then Tom again

pick or steal

The last legit play was at 7:07. time to pick SCC

ONLY thirty minuted between plays. The unknown thing messed things up.

SCC your turn followed by Jafronius

pick or steal

Kazi tick tock. BOOTED

tick tock

Brett picks 1

Brett gets

Some crisp Star Wars cards. Kazi, pick or steal.

BFG starts now. Tom picked #5. Brett you're up then Kazi

Tom picks

A Benny rookie and some 1990 Fleer World Series cards. Brett your turn. Pick or steal. Kazi your after Brett then SCC and Jafronius.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Let me tell ya a story.....

No, not about a man named Jed although I am sure there were 1 or 2 with that name involved.

No, this is about a man named John......Yes, ME!  It is about the last few weeks around here.

Some of it is about baseball cards, and some of it isn't. Some of it is good, and some of it is bad.

Let's get started.

Over the last month I have been scanning my butt off. Not literally of course, just bindered sets. I am trying to get everything I can scanned and uploaded to those new blogs before THIS version of blogger goes away on the 24th.  I hit it hard starting with what we used to and still do for the most part call JUNK WAX. We've done this not because the cards were junk cards, but simply because of the over production by all of the manufacturers which ultimately reduced the MONETARY value of the cards to a mere nothing. I specify monetary here for a purpose which I will explain shortly.

Most of us don't wake up in the morning and say.....hey I want to flip through my 1988 Topps binder. We just don't do that. It is WRONG. You see, I thought that I often looked at my Junk cards. What I found is that I have had those sets primarily 1985-1990 doubled paged already sitting in binders. Now, I don't like doubling the cards in pages. I like to see the backs. However, back when these cards were put in binders that was not my concern. I've never changed them they are still that way. Sure it saves money, but I NEED to see and read the backs. I didn't change it when I scanned them so it saved me time too, but now when viewing those sets you can't see what the card number is. Another point about these particular sets mainly the 86-89 sets is that the binders themselves are made just for those sets.

The front of the binder view for 1986 Fleer.

The spine view for the 1987 Fleer.

I love this, but not a serious issue for the other sets. Let me dig in to what I eluded to earlier regarding that it is WRONG not to pick up those sets and look at the cards. Many reasons.

1). If you don't flip the binder pages they will compress together which was evident that I hadn't flipped those pages in decades. Shame on me.

2). There are a boat load of GREAT cards. I would show you some here, but I really want you to break out your binders/sets and LOOK at those cards.

3). As usual you will see things that you never seen before. Granted, some of those are simply we just flat out forgot about those little things. But it is so great to see and remember them again.

4). I had the ABSOLUTE best time going through my 1985-1990 card sets. Just as good as opening up some 2020 Stadium Club. Seriously, the same enjoyment that we will be sharing as soon as they hit the shelves. But these cards won't cost you anything (especially not your retirement account) because you already have them.

Don't give up after a few pages, or sets. Go look at them all every single card. You will enjoy it, there is just no way NOT too.

Now, for the other stuff that has been going on the last few weeks. Lightning struck my neighborhood and also took out my well back home last weekend. SUCKS! I could go on about how difficult it is getting things done from up here....I won't. I tried to let my daughter's boyfriend have a crack at fixing it. He gave up, and I drove down (and back) on Monday replaced the shattered plumbing, replaced the check/pressure valve and contacts. Didn't work, I knew then the pump was out too. I had to call a well company, call my insurance company. No one could come out on Monday. Came out Tuesday after I was back in GA. I was right, the pump was DEAD. Problem....there are a half dozen trees in front of the well that will have to be removed before they can do the repairs. 3 Days later still can't get a tree service out to provide estimate. Insurance company flat out told me that if lightning didn't strike the trees they would NOT cover removing them even it the repair can not be done without doing so. Actually suggested that I encourage the tree people to say it was lightning. OMG. Lying is now okay with an insurance company? WTF. Lying is not okay, I won't do it. Even if lightning hit the trees (I really don't know if it did) the insurance would only pay a partial amount of any estimate. UGH. The pump replacement alone is $1500.00 plus any additional work like replacing the tank, and pipes etc. $1,000 deductible. CRAP. The last time lightning took out a well of mine was in 1995 and my deductible for that was $100.00. I haven't changed my coverage. This is the lowest deductible they allow now. WTF.  Anyways, this is now my 2nd claim in my life on my home owner's policy, both lightning taking out my pump (25 years apart).

Moving on..... Here in GA, my main caregiver (besides me) for my Uncle has been out all but Monday when I went to FL. She has been ill off & on all year. They are now looking at Lupus as a cause for a lot of her issues. They also hit her with Narcolepsy, and sleep apnea.  normally, she calls and lets me know each day that she won't be in. I haven't heard a word in 2 days. No replies to my inquiries to her.

Wow! that is a lot of not good stuff. Let's get to something NOT so bad. The first time I GOT the internt was back in 1995. It was dial up with AOL. (an account I still pay for BTW). Everyone says why are you paying them. You can keep your e-mail. No I have tried to cancel it several times, and NO they will not allow me to keep my same e-mail address if I switch to a free e-mail. Why I don't know, they did for a sister. Not me. I can not change my aol e-mail acount as that would require me to manually change my e-mail with every health insurance and financial services company in America. Well, just the ones that I have written business with and that is a few hundred. I can not and will not attempt that. Even thinking about that for more than 5 seconds gives me a migraine. OOPS, off track, internet.

I have not had an internet service that I use other than the hot spot on my phone in 13 years. I have not had cable or satellite service in 13 years. I used an antennae that gave me 19 channels for FREE.

That has all changed now. I now have Internet and cable here in GA. I did this (well the cable company did) on Monday while I was in FL. Anyways, I can now upload download images much faster than with my phone's hot spot. I am hoping that I can get those sets scanned up before the 24th. This was my only shot at it. At least the completed sets. With that said. I have already added MORE sets to the Fleer, Leaf, OPC, Topps, and Bowman. By all means go check them out. you will be surprised that you might stumble across a card that fits into your mini collections, or team sets that you missed. I haven't started putting my Upper Deck into binders yet, other than the 1989 set which has been done for decades now. I have a long way to go to get Score and Pinnacle done as well. Don't let me forget about Stadium Club either. One day I'll have those scanned up too.

Who needs books? When you can read the card backs, especially some of those Did you know statements on the card backs those are great! Of course the cards I uploaded these last few days don't show the backs, but many of the scanned sets I already did do. Plus, the sets that I will be scanning moving forward. I also want to say regarding all of the work in scanning every flagship set that I have and get can be boring sitting there scanning page after page after page. I will say this though I have come up with several ways to occupy my MIND while waiting for the scan to complete. May ways:
1) there are several ways in which you can play Tic Tac Toe:

One way is to use colors (this can be done on front and on some sets the backs too. Even with secondary colors are many more recent sets. Above you can see a BLUE tic tac toe from top left to bottom right diagonally.

Here you see the colors again BIG TIME 3 wins. You can also use player positions. The Pitchers dominate this no matter how you slice it up, but I go with the pitchers, the infielders, and the outfielders with the catchers. Any MGR or DH are considered wild cards. This can be quite fun.

2) another thing you can do while scanning is to pit back to back pages for either PC guys, or what I call FF team guys. Former or future Braves in my case, not in Braves uniforms. This is the fastest and works the best between scans. There are several other ways to attach points to a particular card as well.

Well, this has been long enough. Check out my other blogs, give them a follow.

Good night.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

BFG line up for this week

Tom T

Brett A




The following week still needs 3 players. N.O. where ya at?

Wacky Wednesday: 2020 June week 1

As previously posted Topps does a WEEKLY On Demand 5 card set plus 3 chase cards and 2 parallels. Each 5 card set cost $15.00. You get the 5 standard stickers plus 2 chase cards which could include a parallel. Lately I've been getting the chase cards. But Initially I got parallel stickers instead.

This is one of the guest artist chase cards. Topps sent me that one at no charge, because when they first sent me my set I only got parallel stickers and no chase cards.

I got a Ludlow back (Livin Dead) and Thingles ad back

Below are the 5 stickers for June week 1.

It takes two weeks to get a full puzzle. Also the 2 checklist comes in week 2 and the last week.

That's it for this week. I did get week 3 in already and week 2 should be here in a couple of days.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Just 1 more

This is a one card post, highlighting the next to last card I needed for the 2020 Donruss complete set. Normally I SP's are not included in the "complete" set builds for me.But I have been doing it with the last few years of Donruss.

Yeah, I'm nuts. Now the last card I need is "The Chicken" #261.

The few, the proud, the Braves

No not making a plug for the USMC. Got a couple of PWE's in last week from AJ & Bo. These qualify both for BINGO cards. Bo is joining P-Town, Nick, and Alex for round 3 & 4. And AJ for round 3.

Bo's 2 round contribution.

and here is AJ's.

AJ sent along a full PWE of cards, but I needed these 3 Braves. I didn't even know I needed the Fleer Chipper. I didn't have it listed in excel or my web page. But I did in fact need that booger.

Thanks guys.

Friday, August 7, 2020

BFG is done for the night

Thanks all for a great game. Should all be in tomorrows mail. Elliptical Man I need you to e-mail me your address.

BBCardz picks 2. Bo may steal if he wants too

CORRECTION. I messed up, dog gone it. But it is okay. Bo should have got to make a steal if he wanted too before BB went again. It's okay. Bo you can NOT steal #2. That was my bad.

2020 Topps exclusive Topps 52 cards.

Bo you now can steal anything but #2

Matt stole the Fleer. BBCardz your turn again.

You may pick 2, 3, or steal anything. After that Bo will have a chance to steal if he wants too.

Alex got booted. Matt your turn.

Pick 2 or 3,  or steal.

6 minutes left Alex

Alex pick or steal.

E-Man picks #1.. Alex you're up.


a 6 pack of stars.  Alex pick or steal.

BB picks #5

gets these


Bo knows #4

gets a big one....

a big card 56' Exhibits, big star, big Brave.

BBCardz your turn.  Pick or steal. Followed by Elliptical man

BFG starts NOW. Bo up first then BBCardz followed by Elliptical

Rock n Roll time.

Heads UP. BFG starts at 7pm EST

Tonight's lineup:



Elliptical Man


Diamond Jesters

Remember guys, thirty minute max time limit between plays or you get the boot.  Let's roll through this, by 8pm  :).

Next week's line up

Tom Tessier





The 3rd week only has 1 player at the moment. Need 4 more players.

Thursday, August 6, 2020


Yesterday was this blog's 7th anniversary. Yesterday was also a themed post. So you get this one a day late. No cards or images. Just a opportunity for followers to comment below for a chance at a prize. Simple enough.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wacky Wednesday: 2020 style

I'm not sure that style is the right word. Back in June, the first week that is I stumbled onto Topps Website, and seen they had a weekly ON DEMAND Wacky Packages set.  Turns out that Topps started it the month prior in May. I ordered up my June week 1 set and quickly went to Ebay and picked up the complete 4 week set for May. Those I will show you tonight. The May 2020 complete standard set. I say standard, because you know Topps. There are parallels! You have Red Ludlow backs and coupon/ad backs. They also have chase cards 3 each week. We used to call these inserts if they were baseball cards. You have Guest Artist (for the week), Wonky Packages (for the week-May through July) then they switched up this month with Wacky Initials (I don't get that one at all), and a third chase card. I haven't gotten any of the third chases yet. Each week when you order from Topps you get the 5 standard stickers which all are puzzle backs and 2 of the 3 chase cards. 7 stickers each week for $15.00 and free shipping. That comes out to mainly 20 stickers (at most 25 stickers) plus the 2 chase card each week. So a base set will run you $60-75 for the month (and you get the 8-10 bonus stickers). Kind of like the 1974 run where there released 9-10 sets or so. Of course those had 27-33 base stickers. But it is what it is. You can go on Ebay and grab up the weekly sets for basically the same 15.00, but no chase cards. The chase cards are way up there in price. So I order from Topps every week.  That pretty much explains so let's look at some BRAND NEW WACKYS.

The complete 4 week May checklist.

This is puzzle 1. In 4 week sets you get 2 complete different puzzles.

That is the 20 stickers.  I bought this complete off of Ebay so I didn't get any parallels or chase stickers.  I think I only paid 25.00 for the set though. I can't remember now.

The 2nd puzzle.

Now for the June release. I bought week 1 and forgot about weeks 2 & 3. It wasn't until week 4 that I remembered I need to do this every Wednesday yes. Wacky Wednesday. I won't pay 15.00 for each of the 5 card standard sets without chase cards on Ebay, so I will just keep watching until someone throws a standard complete set up for cheap. Meanwhile, i will be highlighting a "week's worth on my Wacky Wednesday which will ultimately always be at least a month behind. I have week 1 & 2 of July already, but still waiting on weeks 3-5, and of course I ordered Aug week 1 already today.