Monday, May 8, 2017

1973 Deans Photo Service Photos

Being a photographer, I appreciate a well-framed, crisp, concise photo as much as anyone. Posed shots are fine, but it's the in-your-face action shots that I find are the most fun to shoot. That's why I enjoy bringing my camera (and telephoto lenses) to sporting events such as baseball games and auto races.

For example, here's a few photos I shot over the past few years, while attending games at Sec Taylor Stadium here in Des Moines during Iowa Cubs games.

Recently, I managed to combine my love of photography with E-Bay to obtain yet another unique San Diego Padres collectible.

In 1973, Dean's Photo Service put their talents to good use, producing a 31-photo set of the San Diego Padres.

The actual set consists of 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 black-and-white photos, with posed player portraits hemmed within a white border. They also included a team and sponsor logo at the bottom of the front of the photos. These blank-backed photos were given away by the Padres in five, six-card groups at various home games throughout the 1973 season.

One cool thing about this set, but sad to say it wasn't incuded in the batch I received, is a rookie-year photo of Dave Winfield. Unfortunately, I didn't get the Randy Jones photo either.

The actual photos included within the 31-photo set of 1973, are (listed alphabetically):
1 Steve Arlin
2 Mike Caldwell
3 Dave Campbell
4 Nate Colbert
5 Mike Corkins
6 Pat Corrales
7 Jim Davenport
8 Dave Garcia
9 Clarence Gaston
10 Bill Greif
11 John Grubb
12 Enzo Hernandez
13 Randy Jones
14 Fred Kendall
15 Clay Kirby
16 Leron Lee
17 Dave Marshall
18 Don Mason
19 Jerry Morales
20 Ivan Murrell
21 Fred Norman
22 Johnny Podres
23 Dave Roberts
24 Vicente Romo
25 Gary Ross
26 Bob Skinner
27 Derrel Thomas
28 Rich Troedson
29 Whiley Westlemann
30 Dave Winfield
31 Don Zimmer

The photos I was able to obtain include Ivan Murrell and Nate Colbert.

Fred Norman and John Grubb.

Clay Kirby and Bill Grief.

Gary Ross and Rich Troedson.

Fred Kendall and Don Mason.

Mike Corkins and Vincente Romo.

Coaches Bob Skinner and Dave Garcia.

Jerry Morales and Leron Lee.

Derrel Thomas and Manager Don Zimmer.
Dean's Photo Services ended up producing four different photo sets. Besides their 1973 release, they offered a photo set in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

February COMC Haul

While I haven't been checking out the blogging biosphere tooo much lately, I've at least continued to help COMC with their inventory efforts. February produced my latest batch of cards resulting from that assistance.

According to COMC's statistics, I've thus far accumulated 685,965 points, good for about $685 ($1 COMC cash for every 1,000 points) which I've since converted into 624 cards purchased to date. I'm actually in 47th place on the all-time leaderboard for their inventory challenge.

As for my February order, my selection of more than 50 cards was all over the board. They ranged from San Diego Padres and Tony Gwynn cards, to Packers, Wild, autographs, and political pieces of printed cardboard.

I'll begin my February COMC package with scans of my most favorite Padre of all, Mr. Padre himself, Tony Gwynn.

It's possible to say I found a few Tony Gwynns aplenty, beginning with retro cards relating to his college days as a San Diego State Aztec (I'll be getting back to this Aztec theme later). The three SDSU cards include his 2009 Press Pass Fusion (#3), 2014 Upper Deck 25th Anniversary Silver (#37) and 2015 Panini Contenders (#91). I also picked up his 2015 Donruss Tony Gwynn Tribute (#5), the only card of this mini-set I didn't have yet, as well as a 1998 Leaf (#166), and a 2003 Topps Retired Signature (#30).
I also updated my Padres player collection with the addition of a 2016 Donruss Optic Travis Jankowski RC (#57), 2004 Absolute Memorabilia Akinori Otsuka RC (#211) S/N 346/1000, 2016 Topps Heritage Chrome Alexei Ramirez (#THC606) S/N 978/999, 2016 Bowman Prospects Yellow Ruddy Giron (#BP20), 2007 Artifacts Divisional Artifacts Trevor Hoffman jersey (#HO) S/N 23/199, 2009 Sweet Spot Everth Cabrera Autograph RC (#109) S/N 251/699, 2014 Elite Turn of the Century Autographs Reymond Fuentes (#85), and a 2007 Sweet Spot Kevin Cameron Autograph RC (#129).

Otsuka, a pitcher who I enjoyed watching pitch and who toiled from the San Diego bullpen from 2004-05, now serves as their Triple-A bullpen coach at El Paso. As for the Cameron Sweet Spot helmet card,  I just felt it was especially sweet.

Since we're now in our fourth year as Iowa Wild hockey ticketholders, we're seeing more and more of our players moving up to (and sticking with) the Minnesota Wild. So, I decided to go off onto another collective bent and start collecting autographs and rookie cards of those players we've seen skating here at Wells Fargo Arena. I already have autographed sticks and programs these players have autographed over the years during team autograph sessions, but I felt having certified autos and nice RCs of these players would be a nice touch, too.

So, the only stipulation to this new Iowa Wild collection is the fact each player must have played at Iowa, since it stands to reason we would of seen him continue his Wild career through Minnesota's AHL affiliated. 
So, what better place to begin, than with a 2011-12 Panini Contenders NHL Ink Brett Bulmer (#24), 2012-13 Fleer Retro Autographics  1996-97 (96JF), 2002-03 BAP Signature Series RC (#187), 2011-12 Dominion Carson McMillan RC (#121) S/N 062/199, 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Retro Phenoms Autographs Tyler Cuma (Wolf Logo) (#RPTC1), and a 2012-13 Certified Signatures Cody Almond (#37).
My autographed goalie trifecta displaya 2013-14 Dominion Private Signings Darcy Kuemper (#PSUE) S/N 144/199, 2013-14 Score Hot Rookie Signatures Johan Gustafsson (#748), 2007-08 Be a Player Signatures Josh Harding (#SHA), 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Christopher Bertschy RC(#60) S/N 183/399), 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Green Script Mike Reilly RC (#276), 2016 Upper Deck MVP Mike Reilly RC (#276), and a 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Retro Mike Reilly (#551)

When it comes to the rookie cards for these lads, you can't beat these 2015-16 Upper Deck Michael Keranen RC (#466), 2012-13 Upper Deck Warren Peters RC (#230), 2012-13 Upper Deck Tyler Cuma RC (#228), 2012-13 Certified Jason Zucker RC (#144) S/N 396/999, 2013-14 SPx Mathew Dumba RC (#139), 2011-12 Panini Contenders Carson McMillan RC (#172) S/N 747/999, and a 2014-15 Spx Christian Folin RC (#129).

During my last shipment, I picked up a few Green Bay Packers autographed cards. Now I'm not too sure if I want to really attempt to collect all the Packers autos.

In any case, I did pick up a few nice ones with a 2009 SP Authentic Quinn Johnson RC (#324) S/N 766/999, 2006 Sweet Spot Signatures Ingle Martin (#IM), 2005 Ultimate Collection Terrence Murphy RC (#209) S/N 26/225, and a 2013 Momentum Rookie Signatures Johnathan Franklin RC (#212) S/N 329/399. Like Cameron's Sweet Spot San Diego Padres helmet auto, I really like that Inge Martin Packer helmet auto. It's just too bad he couldn't of done a lot more during his brief stint as a Packer.

I also added a few RC to the collection, both for tradebait, and for a few team-collecting friends. They include these 2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns of Nick Shore RC (#216), Nickolay Goldobin RC (#453), and Frank Vatrano RC (#455), 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Update Artemi Panarin RC (#U45) and Max Domi RC (#U35). And then there's a trio of football cards, with a 2015 Topps T.J. Yeldon (#430A), 2015 Prestige Ameer Abdullah RC (#203B), and a 2015 Topps Nelson Agholor RC (#146A).

 And finally, remember how I began this blog with the Tony Gwynn San Diego State baseball cards? I'll now conclude it with this 2011 Sweet Spot Rookie Signatures Vincent Brown (#RVSB), S/N141/599. And again, like the Padres helmet and Packers' helmet auto, I really do like this San Diego state helmet auto. Considering I almost went to San Diego State during the time we lived here, the Aztecs are one of the teams I actually follow on college football Saturdays. Rocky Long has done one heck of a job with this team.

Monday, February 20, 2017

2010 Topps 206 minis from the dime box

In my last post, I was talking about the single row box of cards of 2010 Topps 206 cards I found during the September Urbandale American Legion card show. These cards, going for a dime apiece,  didn't look as if anyone had dug through it yet.
Besides a bunch of Topps 206 SP cards, I was also able to find a whole mess of minis, including a pair of serial-numbered ones, all for one shiny dime each.

Of the 2010 Topps 206 Minis I dug out of the dime box, there were a total of 36 cards, consisting of mini cards of Cycle (2), Polar Bear (3), American Caramel (9), Old Mill (2), and Piedmont (10).

The two mini Cycle cards were both serial numbered, which included a Martin Prado (S/N 23/99) (#43) and a Roy Oswalt (S/N 50/99) (#118). The two Old Mill minis included Gil Meche (#180) and Scott Kazmir (#149). The three Polar Bear minis include Freddy Sanchez (#117); Prince Fielder (#125); and Ryan Ludwick (#150).
Of the nine Piedmont mini cards, I found Daniel McCutchenn (#261); Christy Mathewson (#99); Felix Hernandez (#53); Jeff Francoeur (#235); Cristian Guzman (#67); Rick Ankiel (249); Cliff Lee (#152); Jason Kubel (#21); and Joe Mauer (#218).

Among the 10 American Caramels card, I found Justin Verlander (#58); Clay Buchholz (#76); Justin Upton (#33); Yadier Molina (#115); Chris Carpenter (#86); Alex Gordon (#202); Brett Anderson (#146); Luke Hochevar (#70); and Robinson Cano (#273).

I'm not entirely sure why I picked up these 2010 Topps 206 Historical Events minis, but I figured, for a dime each, I could probably find someone who would actually be interested in them. This is actually a 20-card set, so I managed to pick up half the set, which included: Joan of Arc Beatified (#HE5); Francis' Louis Bleriot makes 1st Airplane Flight Across English Channel (#HE7); First Short Flight in a Plane With a Jet Engine (#HE20); 1st Junior High School in U.S. Opens (Columbus, Ohio) (#HE10); Chicago's Comiskey Park open, St. Louis Browns Beat White Sox, 2-0 (#HE16); 1st Radio Contest Held (Philadelphia) (#HE13); Earth Passes Through Tail of Comet Halley (#HE15); The Boy Scouts of America is Incorporated by William D. Boyce (#HE12); British Miners Strike For 8-Hour Working Day (#HE11); and 1st Movie Stunt: Man Jumps Into Hudson River From a Burning Balloon (#HE18).

Actually,  this turned out to be a rather bittersweet find. It turns out someone was selling these, and a few other cards for, Chuck's Sports Cards Plus. According to the guy who was selling the cards for Chuck, said that Chuck was shutting down his Des Moines shop. 
Back in April, someone broke into Chuck's Store at 5 a.m., prying open the front door and making off with about 200 cards worth more than $100,000. Apparently, the crook knew where the vintage cards were and that's what he concentrated on. Someone saw him breaking in and called the cops, but he was long gone by the time law enforcement arrived.
If that's the case, it's truly sad indeed, as that will leave Des Moines with just one or card shops and the monthly Urbandale card show.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Dime Box 2010 Topps 206 SP cards

While I was shopping at the September Urbandale American Legion card show, I came across a dealer who had 10 huge, 5,000-count boxes full of baseball and football cards for 10 cents each. After digging around, I also found a single row box of 2010 Topps 206 cards. What was especially interesting was the fact this box didn't look as if anyone had dug through it yet, and yes, all the cards in this box were 10 cents apiece as well.

Unfortunately, I struck out on finding any Padres in this box, what did make this a fantastic find, however, was the fact there was a boatload of Topps 206 short-printed SP cards in the box, including a whole mess of minis.

For those not aware of the 206 SP cards, the backs are unnumbered, and were only distributed one in every four packs. This Tim Lincecum Bronze (#255) and Lincecum SP (#333) card demonstrate the difference in the SP cards, which only have the player's name, team name and "American League," or "National League."
As for the card fronts, as shown by the Lincecum Bronze and Lincecum SP, the SP cards are also unique in that they feature artwork of the players with their hats on. 

Of the 50 SP cards in this set, I managed to find 16 different cards, including a Jason Bay (#319), Shin-Soo Choo (#309), Rajai Davis (#327), Stephen Drew (#342), Neftali Feliz (#339), Roy Halladay (#304), Austin Jackson (#338), and Ubaldo Jiminez (#322)
I then found these Stephen Strassburg (#331), Stan Musial (#343), Brian McCann (#303), Joe Mauer (#316), Mickey Mantle (#340), Cliff Lee (#308), Evan Longoria (#310), and Matt Kemp (#318) SPs in the box. Needless to say, I was more than a little surprised to find the Mantle card in the box.
I was able to pick up a few more interesting cards, including this Bronze Allen Craig (#203), Ian Desmond RC, (#171), Jason Heyward RC (#60), Derek Jeter (#162), Bronze Derek Jeter (#162), and an Austin Jackson RC (166)

And then there were these rookie cards for Mike Leake (#17), Tommy Manzella (#295), Daniel McCutchen (#261), Buster Posey (#193), Stephen Strasburg (#55), and Drew Stubbs (#179). If I remember right, Strasburg had just been called up to the Nationals, so I believe this may have been one of his first rookie cards.

If mini cards are your things, check out my next post, when I'll show the awesome mini cards I found from the same dime box from the Urbandale American Legion card show.

Monday, January 2, 2017

September Urbndale Card Show haul

Since it's been awhile since I've been posting again, I figured now would be a good time to showcase my purchases from the September Urbandale American Legion card show. I wasn't able to attend the October show due to drill weekend, but I did attend the November show, which I'll detail some of those goodies later.

The December show, held on Sunday, Dec. 18, was a whole different story. With blowing snow and temperatures in the sub-zero range (including a -31 degree windchill at 8 a.m. that morning), I figured a) the vendors may be a little thin that day, (especially those coming from longer distances) and b) it was too damn cold to go anywhere. We threw a few logs on the fireplace and stayed home all day.

You just have to love Iowa sometimes. Especially when you have friends who still live in San Diego call you up, reminding you about how gorgeous the weather is out there.

I'll start out with a 2015 Topps Pro Debut Pennant Patches Matt Wisler (#PP-MW), 2012 Bowman Sterling Prospects Autographs Travis Jankowski (#BSAP-TJ), 2016 Donruss Ted Giannoulas (#151), 2016 Donruss Optic The Famous San Diego Chicken/Ted Giannoulas (#165), and a couple of 2016 Wacky Packages MLB Padres Deep Friar (#35) and Padres Head Shavers (#36).

I'm not a huge fan of manufactured patches, but how can you not like El Paso's Chihuahua with an attitude. When it comes to the San Diego Chicken, we talk to him every time he's in Des Moines at an Iowa Cubs game and I have almost every Chicken card made (now that sounds like a good idea for a blog column). However, Donruss has released a large amount of serial numbered, memorabilia and certified autograph cards of the Chicken this baseball season. These two cards should at least help get me started on getting back in the Chicken groove again.

Of course, I had to get me some Gwynns. 2015 Panini Contenders Old School Colors (#14), 2003 Diamond Kings (169), 2015 Panini National Convention VIP Party (#59), 2014 Topps Allan and Ginter (#223), 2011 Topps Kimball Champions (#KC59), 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions (#101), 2000 MLB Showdown Unlimited Foil (#359), and a 2013 Topps Allen and Ginter Across the Years (#ATY-TG).

Since we do live in Des Moines, which is home to the Triple A Chicago Cubs affiliate, I have do collect a few Iowa Cubs cards. The only stipulation is, however, they have to be wearing an Iowa Cub uniform. The following cards fit that criteria to a "T" - a 2010 Topps Pro Debut David Cales (#302), 1999 SP Top Prospects Kyle Farnsworth (#46), 1996 Best Autographs Brooks Kieschnick (#36), 1998 SP Top Prospects T10 Kerry Wood (#4), and a 1994 Action Packed Ozzie Timmons (#40).

Here's a couple more Padres cards, as well as a pair of MLB showdown strategy cards I picked up. The Padres cards include a 2016 Topps Archives '69 Topps Super Tyson Ross (#69TSTR) and a 2016 Diamond Kings Framed Colin Rea (#156). The MLB Showdown Strategy card is courtesy of the 2001 MLB Showdown Pennant Run Strategy Mike Piazza/Go Up Hacking (#S6).

I used to actually play in an MLB Showdown league at a local card shop. One season, we each bought a booster box and three packs. They were all opened and then we drafted the players like a normal team. My first pick was a foil Randy Johnson, who was the ace of my staff that year. I think I actually finished fourth out of nine teams that season. This was one of, if not the best, strategy cards in the game. I still have most of my cards in the hope that I can someday find someone to play again.

For that matter, I still have a bunch of MLB Sportsclix figures from Wizards of the Coasts. We used to play in a league at another neighboring card store here in Des Moines and I was actually a referee for Wizards of the Coast for this game. That's another game I'd still love to play again.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
And of course, I had to pick up a few hockey cards. I found these 2015-16 Upper Deck UD Portraits of Dylan Larkin (P95), Artemi Panarin (P110), Jack Eichel (P61), and Connor McDavid (P100) for a buck apiece. While these may not be their rookie cards, they are affordable cardboard for the quality of players.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Another COMC package, just in time for Christmas greetings

With Christmas just around the corner, I managed to receive yet another great package from COMC, just in time for Christmas. Since it was part of their "Black Friday" sales frenzy, I was also able to get free shipping, to boot!

Besides my usual array of San Diego Padres goodies, I was also able to include a few selections for my annual Christmas gifts, which I pass along to a few of my blogging brethren. Of course, I'm not going to display those cards here. I'll let them be surprise when they show up in mailboxes across the country, with their fellow Christmas greetings.

Let's begin with a pair of Randy Jones autographs, including a 2016 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs (#FFARJ) and 2016 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Blue Autographs (#FFARJ) (S/N 100/199), 2012 Panini Cooperstown Famous Moments Signatures Nate Colbert (#9), 2014 Panini Black Friday Rookie Manufactured Patch Autographs Tommy Medica (#TM), 2016 Bowman Inception Prospect Autographs Manuel Margot (#PAMM), 2016 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractors (#RATJ) (S/N 281/499), 2015 Donruss Signature Series R.J. Alvarez (#10), and a 2016 Stadium Club Autographs Colin Rea (#SCACRA).

Randy Jones was one of my favorite Padres, especially as I was able to watch him pitch at Jack Murphy Stadium, back when we lived in San Diego. I've always been on the lookout for a Colbert autograph, as the St. Louis native was one of the Padres' first studs, despite being an 18th round pick from Houston in San Diego's initial expansion draft. He was the first Padre to bat in an All-Star game (July 25th, 1972) and a week later (Aug. 1), he hit five homers, drove in 13 runs against the Braves in Atlanta.

An Austin Allen 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Sky Blue Refractors (#123) and a 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Black Asia Refractors (#123), 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Black Refractors Dane Phillips (#BCP18) (S/N 67/99), 2015 Topps Pro Debut Promo Night Uniforms Cody Decker (#PNCD), 2016 Topps Heritage Derek Norris (#122), 2015 Topps Update Brandon Morrow (#US328), 2016 Bowman Prospects Purple Ruddy Giron (#BP20) (S/N 115/250), and a 2014 Topps Toys R Us Purple Border Robbie Erlin RC (#281).

In my continuing pursuit of obtaining a card of every player who's worn a San Diego Padres uniform, I found this 1978 Wiffle Ball Discs Dave Kingman (34), 1970 Topps Pat Dobson (#421), 1971 Topps Ron Slocum (#274), 2010 Topps Update Jerry Hairston, Jr. (#US207), 2016 Topps Heritage Christian Bethancourt (#221), and a 1991 Bowman Wes Gardner (#653).

In case you didn't know it, I've been a long-time Green Bay Packers fan, as well as a Packers shareholder. So, I decided to add an old-time Green Bay player, as well as a plethora of autographs. The old? How about a 1959 Topps Bill Forester (#39).  By the way, that's not an "X" in the upper left hand corner of the card - it's line art of a quarterback ready to throw a football.

The autograph collection includes a 2011 Topps Inception Autograph Alex Green (#124) (S/N 38/900), 2005 Topps Pristine Personal Endorsements Autographs Terrence Murphy (#TM) (S/N 1466/1500), 2011 Playoff Contenders Autograph RC Ryan Taylor (#174), 2007 SP Authentic DeShawn Wynn Autograph RC (#214), and a 2015 Panini Contenders Autograph RC Alonzo Harris (#263).
Of course, being the hockey geek that I am, I also had to pick up a few cards from my favorite winter sport. They incude a 1996-97 Zenith Champion Salute Promo Mike Richter (#14), 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Update Signatures Matt Fraser (#USMF), and a trio of 2015-16 Upper Deck rookie cards, one of Malcolm Suppan (#211), one of Garret Sparks (#480) and one of Gustav Olofsson (#486).

We're season ticket holders for the Iowa Wild hockey team and have enjoyed watching the 22-year old Swede mature as a defenseman. He's received two call-ups to Minnesota - two games in 2015-16 and once this season, and only has a +1 to show for his efforts. He currently has three goals, nine assists and 12 penalty minutes in 23 games at Iowa.

I am in no way a basketball fan, but I am helping a friend work complete a rookie project he's working on, which included the 2015 Topps Valor Melvin Gordon RC (#4), 2015 Topps Heritage Melvin Gordon RC (#86), 2015 Topps Todd Gurley RC (#422A), 2015 Topps Amari Cooper RC (#451A), 2016 Topps Chrome Dae-Ho Lee RC (#179), and a 2015-16 Hoops Frank Kaminsky RC (#281).

Gordon and Kaminsky both played for the University of Wisconsin, and Gordon is currently out with a hip injury. Just don't get me started about the Chargers' threatening to move to Los Angeles since they didn't get the vote to build a new stadium in San Diego. The NFL is not a fan-friendly league, in my book, and I'm getting rather tired of NFL teams moving out their teams away just because their "fans" aren't willing to be taxed for those fancy new stadiums they want. At least we don't have to worry about that with the Packers.

But enough with rants. I'll conclude with two more Tony Gwynn cards which found their way into my Gwynn collection, namely a 2007 Topps Triple Threads (#55) (S/N 668/1350) and 2016 Topps Hallowed Highlights (#HH12).

I have now amassed 602,530 points (good for more than $600 in free sports cards) with Check Out My Cards. I'll continue to help with their inventory challenges as long as they continue to post them and I have the free time to complete them. As far as I'm concerned, it's definitely a win-win situation.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Urbandale Card Show March cards

Now that I'm back on my horse again, I'll show you the group of cards I picked up the last time I attended the monthly card show at the Urbandale American Legion Hall. I'm almost ashamed to say it was last March, but I know at least two of their past shows were on drill weekend.

I'll begin with last year's Bowman cards that haven't found their way into my collection yet, namely these 2015 Bowman Draft Hunter Renfroe (#159), Austin Allen (#123), Austin Smith (#180), Jacob Nix (#153), Trevor Megill (#62), Zech LeMond (#127).
While the 2016 season is now heading into the final stretch, I also took the opportunity to begin my collection of this years' edition of Topps cards. Here's my newest 2016 Topps Jedd Gyorko (#40), Colin Rea RC (#141), Alex Dickerson RC (#281), 2016 Topps First Pitch Tony Hawks (#FP19), 2012 Topps Pro Debut Minor League All-Stars Rymer Liriano (#RL), and a 2014 Allen and Ginter The Pastime's Pastime Jedd Gyorko (#PPJG). Who would have thought by the end of the 2016 season Gyorko and Liriano would be ghosts of Padres past.

And while we're on the subject of First Pitches, I picked up these additional Topps First Pitch cards - A 2016 Topps First Pitch Bill "Lean on Me" Withers (#FP15), 2015 Topps First Pitch Jeff Bridges (#FP01) and Suzy (#FP13), a 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Stan Lee (81), and a couple more 2016 Topps First Pitch Irone Singleton (#FP20) and Evelyn Jones (#FP5). While I'm not a particularly huge First Pitch fan, I know a few collector's who'd be happy to find these in a trade package. Not bad for a dme box, eh?

Being a life-long comic book fan, how could I pass up this Stan Lee card, a man who I've admired for most of my teen, then adult life. The man, the myth, the legend is now 93 years old, after all. 'Nuff said.

I picked up a few 2015 Bowman Chrome cardsf, with Austin Hedges RC (#188), 2015 Bowman Chrome Prospects Kyle Lloyd (#BCP151), 2013 Bowman Chrome James Shields (#13), 2015 Topps Chrome Cory Spanagenberg RC (#132), 2015 Topps Heritage Combo Cards Wil Myers/Justin Upton/Matt Kemp (#CC10), 2011 Topps Samuel Deduno RC (#412), and a 1996 Bowman Minor League POY Gabe Alvarez (#12).

I also included these 2015 Topps Heritage Brendon Morrow (#637), Melvin Upton Jr. (#619), 2014 Topps Heritage Daniel Webb RC/Chris Robinson RC (#398), 2009 Upper Deck Goudy Matt Antonelli (#164) and an Upper Deck Goudy Mini Green Back Matt Antonelli (#164), and a 2005 Donruss Chris Oxspring (#311).

You know, you just can't turn down a couple of Padres legends, so I grabbed this 2002 Sweet Spot Classics Game Bat Dave Winfield (#BDW) and a pair of new to me, Tony Gwynns - one a 2014 Allen and Ginter (#223), the other a 2015 Diamond Kings (#133).

My last item is a 2002 Donruss Super Estrellas Posters de Jugadores Tony Gwynn (#11), basically a four-fold Gwynn poster.

You know, this Sunday marks the September version of the Urbandale American Legion Hall card show. This might be the perfect opportunity to darken their doorstep again. I know a few vendors who would more than likely be happy to see me again.