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Starling Marte

A long, long time ago, I said I’d post my Starling Marte PC when I got to 50 cards. Number 50 and 51 arrived in the mail today, so here they are, all 50, plus 1.

More are always welcome!






60% of 100% of about 50%

Just a short one to point you to another blog post about another blog post.

Dark Confessions of a Player Collector

Now, from the title I expected something about how he flew to St. Louis to collect pieces of sod from players’ yards or something, but that isn’t the case. It is a good read (pointing to another good read) on the challenges and frustrations, or great joys and accomplishments, in collecting a player’s cards.

I suppose I am settled with never being 100% done with a collection of a specific player, but since I am not really close to that, it is easy to say. I also refuse to go after unlicensed cards, I just don’t count a card if there isn’t a team logo on it, so by some standards I will double-never finish.

That being said, if you find yourself with some Starling Marte cards laying around, I’m interested.

2012 Bowman's Best Prospects Printing Plates Magenta #BBP23 Starling Marte 1/1

2012 Bowman’s Best Prospects Printing Plates Magenta #BBP23 Starling Marte 1/1

Back to Normal

I added pages today for my For Trade list and my Wanted list. First, I put it up as a post, and then realized the error of my ways. So check out the new list pages if you are here for card business, and for the people who aren’t into long lists of numbers, here is a more normal style post!

After swim lessons today, well, the card shop was right across the street, and the boys did do a good job swimming and behaving, so…

They got some cards, the good ol’ 50 cent packs from the ’90’s. And I found a couple things to make our transaction come out to an even number.

I can’t decide what to do with Scott Rolen. Really, the only reason I think I might collect his cards is because he’s from Indiana, which is a good reason. I always try to pull for the Indiana people and teams. Well, not always. The Colts could actually pack up and go back to Baltimore for all I care, and Lucas Oil could become a full-time, year-round marching band venue. Actually, that’s a great idea. Anyway, the price was low and I need some trade bait, so I grabbed this Rolen patch.

2001 Upper Deck Pros and Prospects Specialty Game Jersey #SSR Scott Rolen

2001 Upper Deck Pros and Prospects Specialty Game Jersey #SSR Scott Rolen

Then to eliminate my need for change, I grabbed a few singles out of the dime box to pump up the Bears collection, and I found a Josh Hamilton too. Last but not least, I could not resist a few packs of 2013 Topps Heritage, and I am glad I did not. I must have heard Starling Marte singing in there, it was the first card out of the first pack I opened.

I really like this set, which is great, I didn’t care for last year’s at all. I pulled out several of last year’s beloved Indianapolis Indians, and there is a lot of cool stuff in the set for a Cubs fan. With less than two months until my birthday, let me direct your attention to the checklist which has a great Ernie Banks bat knob book card, a Billy Williams/Andre Dawson dual auto, and many more. The more I look at it, the closer I get to blowing off Allen & Ginter and going after this one as my set build of the year. I like the Mint Set, and I’d like to have the Gil Hodges cut signature card.

All these extra purchases also give me an excuse to play with WordPress’ little gallery tool. I had to include the Justin Upton card I pulled, for some reason that guy shows up in every pack I buy it seems. Everybody’s got that one player they always seem to get, and he’s mine. Hopefully he’ll end up in a Cubs uniform or something so I won’t feel so irritated about having stacks of pictures of him.

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Oh yeah, I have a blog now.

Sorry faithful reader, I sort of forgot I did this. Earlier today I thought, “I should start a bl… hey!”

I spent Super Bowl Sunday sorting out a 3,000 ct. box of 1990 Donruss, which was fun. Hoping to get a full set or two out of it and I’m enjoying the stroll down amnesia lane.

This is where my pic of a big box of '91 Donruss goes, but since my phone stinks, here's a pic of it instead.

This is where my pic of a big box of ’90 Donruss goes, but since my phone stinks, here’s a pic of it instead.

There are a lot of errors in the set, which is often infuriating when you’re trying to figure out which variation you have in your hand. The other problem I find is, while building a set, I may notice I have 2 cards numbered 80 in my set, so I pull one and put it up for trade. Later, I go back and realize I am missing the #80 variation and have to go find someone else to trade me my former card back.

For that reason alone, I’m avoiding the Topps 2013 Gypsy Queen set. 2012’s issue has caused that particular irritation more than once and I’m simply done buying and trading for Ryan Braun base cards. It’s over!

But not entirely over, I still need 44 cards from 2012 Gypsy Queen to finish it with several lessons learned. I’ll list the ones I need at the end, and here’s a helpful link to distinguish the SP variations from the base set.

I have purchased a handful of packs of 2013 Topps, mostly to give the boys some reward/bribe for doing good stuff. Maybe the oldest will become a set builder like the old man and then we can have some fun with it, but it’s too much for me to handle. Watching Topher’s breaks on Crackin’ Wax was pretty impressive, but also daunting. Some guys really get into the inserts and parallels, but it’s not for me. Since I like to build the complete set, that leaves a lot of extra stuff to collect, or for me to pretend like it doesn’t exist like a Star Wars purist refusing to own the “enhanced” versions of Episodes 4-6.

2013 Topps #288 Starling Marte blue and emerald foil parallels.

2013 Topps #288 Starling Marte blue and emerald foil parallels.

I did get the blue and green Starling Marte parallels from Topps this year, oddly I got 2 blues and still lack the base card.

Speaking of Starling, he and Jeff Locke had good days today, which is nice but since I don’t care at all about the Pirates, I hope they start the year in Indianapolis. Maybe we can at least keep Gerrit Cole around for a little while.

And then there are the Cubs. Only 6 cards in Topps Series 1 (ignoring variations and inserts), all the more reason for me to pretty much ignore it. I’m glad they beat up the Angels today, but my poor heart can’t handle giving them too much of my attention yet.

So, that’s about all I’ve got, I’m still sorting old worthless junk cards and passing time until July. As much as I can’t wait for 2013 Allen & Ginter, I am way off the pace in saving up to buy a hobby case. Back to work!

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