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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/29 – Cyber Monday Edition

First things first, having a big sale over at my Amazon webstore ( ). I’ve dropped prices on pretty much everything. I’m not crazy about peddling stuff on the blog, but I’m only doing this for Cyber Monday, so I figured one day of the year shouldn’t be too bad, right? And I think the prices really are pretty good.

Didn’t exactly go crazy over the weekend when it came to baseball cards. The only thing I did was finalize the 1991 project, which only strengthened my resolve to avoid the 1992 Project. I used the biggest binders I could find for the 91 Project and it still flowed over into a second binder. It’s insane. I don’t even want to think about how much storage space would be required for a 92 project. So, alas, no more past 91.

I got the Expos and Blue Jays on Nachos Grande’s ongoing group break, and managed to get a sweet hit, a Vernon Wells GU with a nice sweet swatch on it. Check it out, it’s a damned sweet card, though I will likely be dealing it away.

Saw some crazy Black Friday deals on cards, but since we decided it was finally time to upgrade our TV, the money I made from my own crazy sales went right into that discounted TV. It was a fun weekend, but like I said, not so much focused on cards. I seem to have lost my verve for collecting at the moment, but I think it will eventually return. Probably a side-effect of the offseason.

Let’s see what other folks said in the last week. Apologies if I miss some of my favorite posts, as there was just way too much for me to cover in one post.

And that’s all I have for today. Have a great one!

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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/22 – Last of the Week Edition

Yeah, I have no plans to write this tomorrow. I think a break from collecting and writing about cards will be good for me; the process of putting together the 1991 project has been incredibly discouraging for me. Watching the card world explode like that has given me a first-hand example of why the junk wax era ended up falling apart on the card manufacturers. It’s depressing. You can see that the manufacturers were caught off-guard by the rapid expansion and started sourcing their photos to the same photographers. A Classic card will have a photograph from the same reel as a Fleer Ultra card. Willie Fraser’s 1991 Bowman, O-Pee-Chee, and Stadium Club are all essentially the same picture. Part of me really wants to know how they dealt with the continued expansion in 1992, but the effort and money involved in collecting sets that will ultimately not be worth the cardboard they’re printed on…I don’t know. Maybe I’ll go backwards? Start at 1987 and go backwards? Something to ponder.

I did receive a card that reminded me of why I collect yesterday: this beaut, the blue refractor Jordan Zimmermann auto I mentioned yesterday.

Other than that, not too much going on. Gearing up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as we’re going to be discounting prices and going for the gold, but that’s about it. Let’s see what other folks were up to yesterday…

And that’s it for today. Have a happy holiday and great weekend!

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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/22 – Short Week Edition

There’ll only be two morning coffees this week, I think, with the holiday coming up, but no worries – I have the entire week’s non-roundup entries planned out and 90% written. I’m actually kind of excited about the whole deal. I like the idea of being able to spend time with my family and have a nice, relaxing weekend while still keeping the blog (my baby) updated.

Got some free money out of paypal this past week and got a really nice Topps Chrome Blue Refractor Jordan Zimmermann auto. I think it’ll arrive in the mail today, and I’ll definitely have to show it off here. I may eventually go for the rainbow on that set, but we’ll see how difficult that might be.

Little plug here…my girlfriend’s first book/collection was published this weekend! It’s Kindle-only at the moment, but I’ve heard from a little birdie that real paper copies are on the way very soon, and I’ll have an ad up soon (need to check with her “people” about officially-sanctioned ads and all that nonsense).

Speaking of fiction writing, finally knocked out the outline for my novel and am commencing with the first draft. I’m hoping to find a publisher after the first of the year, but only time will tell.

Picked up an Update rack pack this weekend and managed to score a 1959 card on the million card giveaway. Promptly flipped it for a 59 Senators card. All I need to do is unload the 77 Buckner card and I should have enough cards built up for another shipment of vintage goodness. The MCG has been really kind to me; I hope next year’s version is, as well.

Okay, so let’s see what everyone else was up to this weekend, as I’m running out of time:

And that’s all for today. Have a good one!

 

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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/19: Back in the Saddle Edition

Missed yesterday, obviously. Just could not make it with having a half-day of work and so much to do.

Lots going on on the Nationals front. Looks like the Nats have had discussions with Jorge De La Rosa and Carl Pavano. I’d love to have Pavano return, even if just for the whole Expos/career coming full circle thing. It’s also unlikely that Josh Willingham is going to get an extension, and I’m a little annoyed about that one. Josh is one of my favorite Nationals, and I’m not sure I see many more outfielders coming up through the system that would take his place. It’s also likely to piss Ryan Zimmerman off even more, as he already cannot be happy with losing Dunn. How do you make the cornerstone of the team question their commitment to win? Well, this is a good way to do it. I guess the good news is that Jesus Flores is finally healthy. Yay! I had hoped for such an event.

I’ll be damned if I understand the deal with trying to trade Justin Upton. What are the Diamondbacks thinking on this one? You have a 23-year-old future superstar who’s cost-controlled…why? It’s like the Mariners trading Ken Griffey Jr. in 1991. I don’t get it.

Anybody want a 1977 Bill Buckner? I scored it in the Million Card Giveaway and am looking to move it for any like player from the Expos from 76-79. I’m crimnos, if you’re looking.

Music Friday!

Okay, let’s see what other folks were talking about yesterday…

Have a great weekend all!

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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/17: Hump Day Edition

Hump-catting…similar to bear blasting.

Putting most of the 1991 Project into albums last night, I was struck by how damn many cards there were, and what a massive undertaking it had all been. And for what…some junk wax-era cards? So I’m strongly rethinking whether I should continue past 1991, as 1992 is going to be pretty expensive, and I’m not sure if my heart is in it past this point. As I’ve said before, learning about the development of the industry has been fascinating – it’s ironic that traded and rookie sets started to die right around 91 and yet there were more cards of traded players and rookies than ever. It’s interesting to watch the hobby transition to a more season-long thing, but I don’t know. Maybe some time off.

Danny Espinosa hit for the cycle in winter ball yesterday! Very cool. Gets me a bit more excited about his first full season in the majors. Oh, and how about the Marlins? On a damned rampage. First the Maybin/Miller deals, now the Uggla trade, and coming down the pike is a stupid contract for John Buck. I’m not sure what the hell they’re doing down there, as the Uggla trade is just…not good.

Busy day today, so I’m going to go straight to the card-o-sphere:

And that’s it for today. Catch you tomorrow…

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Morning Coffee and the Blog Round-up 11/16: Domain edition

As I mentioned yesterday, I finally ponied up and registered natscards.com; I’m not sure if it completely went live, but I went ahead and changed it to the primary domain, so as to make the blog easier to find. WordPress also decided to retire my theme, so I upgraded and changed the color scheme to something a little less…white. This is probably not the final version, and I expect to make a few tweaks.

I think I officially give up on my fantasy teams this year. This year I was determined to work hard on the teams and study up, and it made absolutely no difference. I’m now starting to feel like it’s pretty much the same as gambling – even when, on paper, a player should do better than another player, and everything points toward that player doing well against a bad defense, etc., it still may break the other way. I’ve learned this with enormous amounts of preparation (okay, I screwed up a kicker one week, but other than that) and very little preparation – I’m doing just as well this year as when I did zero prep. And I mean, hell, that’s cool if that’s your thing, I’ve just never been crazy about games where it’s largely dependent on luck, which is ironic given how much of baseball is about luck, I suppose. Anyway, whining over. Here, have a puppy:

Received a bunch of the 91 sets last night. Most fascinating was the trend I noticed in which Topps either re-used photos or used slightly different photos from the same roll between O-Pee-Chee and Stadium Club. I may scan some of those in in advance of the 91 project. Also received 1985 Topps Traded, and what a cool little set that is. Love it.

Busy morning, so that’s it for me. Let’s see what other folks said…

And that’s all for today. Have a great one!

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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/15 – I Love The Holidays edition

I really do. I enjoy the atmosphere of it, the time with family and friends, and…oh yeah, being a good capitalist, I enjoy the sales aspect of it. What I’m trying to say is I’ve been very fortunate on Amazon this year, both selling and buying. While my sales have skyrocketed, I’ve found great deals on sets like 1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier, sets that may not show up on eBay, and if they do, go for a lot more than a 1991 vintage set should go for. I received my 1991 Stadium Club and Fleer update sets on Friday, the OPC set is waiting for me in my PO Box, and the Leaf set has shipped. That leaves 1991 Bowman as the last link in the 1991 Project. After that…I think I might take a break, as the 1992 project is going to damn near kill me financially, between the Fleer Update set and the Bowman set. Not to mention I’m lagging quite a bit behind on the site, so I have some time. It’s been very fun so far, though, and I’ve learned a lot about hobby trends from that era. That’s why a part of me wants to proceed onwards, to see how things continue to morph and change.

Going to be reordering the 1989 project again just a tad. I’ve been so busy at home with other projects (mostly the Amazon sales) that I haven’t had time to do proper scanning, so there are some gaps in the later teams. Rather than put the whole project on hold, I figured I’d reorder things and plow ahead.

Bryce Harper’s doing pretty well in the AFL; color me surprised. Not that I wish the guy to fail or think he will, but it seemed like an 18-year-old, coming to a completely new league with some stiffer competition after no time in the minors and playing with wood bats for the first time, might struggle a *tad*. But he’s hitting (.323/.400/.613) with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR, 6 RBI’s, 4 walks, 10 K’s and 1 stolen base. That’s an awful lot of K’s, but like I said, total adjustment, so I’m not worried yet. I’m actually quite a bit more excited for him than Strasburg, even if he’s a frontrunner who hasn’t developed a filter for his PR stuff yet.

And now let’s see what other folks said this weekend…

And that’s it for today!

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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/12 – New Fang Edition

Or, well, new cube. Alas, I have been forced from my old place and thrust into a cold new world, but I will survive.

It was kind of cool to log in this morning and see the post counter sitting at an even 700. Did some math last night…even though I’ve had this blog since something like April of 09, I took a long period off from last October to this June, so I’ve been actively writing on this site for a little over a year. I think it comes out to something like 12 posts a week, in that ballpark. I’ve been more prolific than I thought I had. Very, very cool.

Mike Rizzo went on Sirius XM yesterday.  These would be the highlights:

We love Adam Dunn, he’s had two terrific years here, he’s a great guy in the clubhouse, he’s a guy that drives in big runs for us, and he’s a big part of our offense, protects Ryan Zimmerman and all that, we recognize that and we’ve certainly had interest throughout the year and he’s a guy that we continue to have communications with.”

“I’d be a fool if I didn’t like Cliff Lee or want Cliff Lee on our club. He’s the prize pitching guy in this year’s free agent market. But I’m not going to delude myself to the fact that we have a great chance of landing Cliff Lee. He’s going to have enough takers and enough competition for us to pick and choose whatever ballclub he wants to go to. So, suffice it to say, I love Cliff Lee, I’d love to have him on the club. He’s a number one starter in the major leagues. We have contacted his agent and begun discussions with him, but I’m certainly not going to all my eggs in the Cliff Lee basket cause I think the chances of Cliff wanting to come to the Washington Nationals at this time in our franchise is small.”

He keeps harping on in the interview about signing Adam Dunn, but it’s pretty clear to me that it’s probably not going to happen. I guess Wilson Ramos is expected to contend for a Major league shot this year? Yay!

Oh, Ryan Zimmerman won a silver slugger this year, too. Pretty cool, and I think this one was dead-on…Zim was #7 in OPS+ for all NL players this year. There were no third basemen ahead of him, so I applaud the choice and can enjoy it.

Oh, hey, it’s music Friday!

Now let’s see what else was going on yesterday.

And that’s it. Have a great weekend!

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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/11: NL Gold Glove Edition

So I sit here sipping on my first gingerbread latte of the season and realize they announced the NL Gold Gloves. I decide to browse on over to bbref.com to see what happened…

*sigh* I don’t know why I get worked up about this stuff. It’s obvious by now that the Gold Glove has little to do with fielding and more to do with hitting. I know this. But come on, Carlos Gonzalez? He was a good hitter, but he wasn’t even the best defensive outfielder on the Rockies, let alone in the top three in the league. And Scott Rolen? He wasn’t necessarily a bad fielder, but he wasn’t the first in any of the significant defensive categories for third baseman – even when it comes to fielding percentage, the hoary old flawed stat, he wasn’t tops. I just…argh, whatever.

Dave Niehaus passed away. I’d never heard the man call a game, and I feel the less for it, as I hear he was amazing. Condolences, Mariners fans.

The Nationals unveiled their new jerseys yesterday.

I never cared for that blue/star-spangled…thing, glad to see it’s back, and the new home jersey is a hideous redesign of the Reds’ jersey. Seriously, Nats, are you ever going to stop riding the Reds’ coattails? It’s getting a little annoying.

Ian Desmond was all stylin’ up on the fashion show, thing though.

Received two trade posts in the mail yesterday. GREAT stuff, but unfortunately I may not be able to post them until Monday. For now, thanks to Rhubarb Runner of E Rayhahn, Rayhahn and Mike of BA Benny’s Card Buffet. You guys rock, and I think I found some good stuff for you.

And that’s all for today. Let’s see what everyone else was talking about…

And that’s all for today. Have a good one!

 

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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/10 – AL Gold Glove Edition

Presented without comment…

Oh, that link goes here, by the way. Wtf, voters?

Speaking of crappy decisions…

That video just never fails to amuse me. I think Alou is the funniest part of it.

Added a new feature yesterday, the Card of the Day. I have a lot of scanned cards sitting around that I want to show but can’t figure out how to work them into proper article/posts, so I thought this was a good middle-ground. I hate making low-content posts, but as long as I’m working on some true content-filled posts, then I’m good with the little bite-sized stuff. I guess that’s something I haven’t talked about much: my goal is to have at least one post with true content on weekdays. Sometimes life intercedes, but I’ve been doing that fairly well to this point, I think. Part of it is a goal of providing content, part of it is continuing to hone my writing in between work assignments and working on my novel.

Going to start porting over the posts from my “I Was a Teenage Prospector” site on the weekends; when I created that site, this site was purely Nationals/Expos, but with a more diffuse approach on this site, albeit still heavily Nationals/Expos-leaning, I think it’s okay to bring that stuff over and maybe eventually restart the concept on this site. It was a fun site to write, it was just too much for me to maintain with everything else I work on.

I’m rapidly approaching 700 posts, but I don’t plan on celebrating in any way. I think 1,000 is when I’ll really do something up proper, maybe hold my first giveaway or something along those lines. We’ll see.

I guess that’s all I have to say for today. Let’s see what other folks were saying!

And that’s it for today. See you guys tomorrow.

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