Wednesday, January 24, 2018

2017 Diamond Kings - Originals

Year: 2017
Manufacturer: Panini
Set: Diamond Kings
Card Number: DO-22
Card Type: Insert
Insert Set: Diamond King Originals

Still have a few Younts left from my Black Friday shipment.  Next up is a great insert from last year's Diamond Kings.  I bought a couple packs hoping I might just luck into this card, but in the end I found a cheap one on COMC.  And then not to long ago I also received one in a trade package from Julie who write the blog A Cracked Bat.  In the age of all these low numbered auto relics that I have no chance of picking up I love that Robin gets included in sets like this and he rightfully deserves to be there.  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2014 Panini Hall of Fame - Crusades Red

Manufacturer: Panini
Set: Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary.
Card Number: 83
Card Type: Insert parallel
Insert Set: Crusade
Parallel: Red
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 49/75

Still working through all my Black Friday COMC Yount acquisitions.  I ended up snagging 4 Crusade cards from the 2014 Hall of Fame set.  Next up is the Red Parallel.  I really like how these pop with the chromium and the bright colors and the black and white photo really works for me with those bright colors.  Plus it's got lions! 

Monday, January 8, 2018

2017 Donruss Retro Variations Career Stat Line parallel

Year: 2017
Manufacturer: Panini
Set: Donruss Baseball
Card Number: RV-43
Card Type: Insert Parallel
Insert Set: Retro Variations
Parallel Set: Career Stat Lines
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 236/500

I've already featured the Aqueous Test back parallel for this insert and I was also able to snag the Career Stat Line parallel last year and had it included with my most recent COMC Black Friday delivery.  The Career Stat Line cards are numbered to 500 and not the stat, unlike the season stat line cards which are numbered to whatever stat Panini decided to feature for the card.  Robin's card features his career hits total, which Robin is currently 17th in total.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Yount Collector 2017 Year in Review and 2018 outlook

Here we are another year gone.  This year marked a very low point in my collecting in just about every way I collect.  The biggest event was buying a new house.  Late in 2016 I pretty much boxed up most of my collection and moved it into storage so we could get read to sell our old house.  That took longer than expected, but eventually everything fell into place and we moved into a beautiful new home, or at least new to me, in early June this year.  What that meant was a lot more space.  In fact my wife was nice enough to offer up one of the larger spare bedrooms as an office/man-cave/studio.  That also meant I got to unpack, organize, re-organize, re-re-organize, stack, unstack, restack,  you get the idea.  It's taken the better part of the last half of the year to get the office to a point where I could find stuff.  My winter project has been going through my major collections, which include my player and team collections and finally using the tools that the Trading Card Database has to catalog those collections.  I've also been scanning and adding images of anything that need one on the database and that's been time consuming.  I have yet to fully tackle my Yount collection, but it's on the list.

I also took over a year off of eBay.  Both buying and selling.  I started to dip my feet back in this past September selling a few cards and I bought my most recent Yount autograph.  Most of my collection acquisitions have been through luck (opening packs), trades, the occasional purchase (which is now for those interested), and my annual COMC delivery.  Actually I would say 90% of my new Yount cards came from my most recent COMC delivery from their Black Friday event.  I had been picking up Yount cards all year.

Last year, by my count and Beckett's, Robin had 139 new cards released.  Many of those were 1 of 1's and very low numbered, but there were still quite a few base cards, inserts, and parallels to be had for a budge collector like myself.  I did not add the HITS Memorabilia cards for lack of a decent checklist and product description.  I'm still not sure if it's just two guys in a garage cranking that stuff out.  But I also haven't taken a lot of time to look into their products, I've just seen a lot of their cards pop up on ebay. I did include the Topps Online 10x14 and 5x7 cards.

As it stands my collection stands at 1130 pieces.  That includes cards, magazines, drinkware, rulers, art, etc.  I've set a goal to get the collection to 1200, but I'm not worried if I don't make it.  I've always found it funny how we put milestones like hitting 100, 500, 1000 in such places of honor.  We humans like a our round numbers. 

As for the year to come.  I still plan on featuring individual cards from my collection on the blog.  I also plan on posting about and adding images of new Yount cards as they come out and adding them to the running 2018 checklist.  I really like the format I've got on the blog and I plan on keeping that up.  My goal is to still have every item on my collection page linked to a featured blog post and it's a project that's still years away from being complete if it ever is.  I would like to add at least one new Yount auto to the collection this year.  I follow a lot of auctions simply to track what prices are doing and it seems like Yount autographs have been dipping in price pretty significantly.  That's not to say that the old products and rarer stuff doesn't pull in decent prices, but I think Robin's autograph is now averaging about $30 a pop, down from about $50 from the past couple years.  And I ended up picking up my Leaf Q auto numbered to 15 for under $20.

I want to thank all the readers who stop by and occasionally leave a comment.  I'm not a writer by any means, but I do love to blog about my Yount cards.

With that said I hope everyone had a great holidays and here's looking to a great 2018!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2015 Panini Cooperstown - Red parallel

Year: 2015
Manufacturer: Panini
Set: Cooperstown
Card Number: 82
Card Type: Parallel
Parallel Set: Red
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 08/35

Even without a license Panini has done a pretty decent job with it's Hall of Fame sets using induction photographs and nice close ups like this one.  Plus while the photos are in black and white, negating having to photoshop the colors, they are incredibly clear and detailed.  The set has 5 base parallels, not counting the 4 printing plates.  And at just 35 copies each the Red parallel is the most numerous.  Like all the recent cards I've been featuring I was able to pick this up sometime last year and had it delivered as part of Black Friday shipment from COMC.