venerdì 26 agosto 2016

Just Zistling around

Here's the question:

What does a card collector when he/she has no new cards to organize or catalog?
He/she organizes/catalogues old cards!

This is why I'm planning to spend some time in the coming days/weeks in adding new cards to my collection on Zistle.
I hope this will make easy to find and setup new trades with members of the website, even if I already have a detailed wantlist in form of checklists available on this blog.

I decided to embark in this epic quest today, after a collector on Zistle said that a trade would have been very hard to arrange if he had no visibility of what are the cards I am looking for.
This is as obvious as it can be, except for me apparently.

Having all these checklist here isn't much useful for possible new trading partners that do not use Blogspot, but instead are very active on Zistle... and in order to ease the activity of verifying what could help me fill in some gaps, I decided to replicate on Zistle the wantlists.

When I first joined Zistle I decided to use it mainly to virtually replicate my collection, and to make it more easy and keep track of everything the rule was to add cards to the virtual collection only for the completed sets.

I broke my own rule today as I started to massively load all my Allen & Ginter cards (the non auto and non relic ones at least) and generating the corresponding wantlists by exception, so even faster than I thought.

If anybody reading this blog is interested in a different sight at my wantlists, and a partial look at my collection, can have a look at my profile on Zistle, Italiancomplestist.
Also feel free to add me to your contacts and message me!

But wait, what kind of Baseball Cards blog has a post without pictures of Baseball Cards?
Not this one fur sure, so here are some more cards patiently waiting in my mailbox at COMC.

2009 Topps Unique Jumbo Jersey Relic of CC Sabathia #'d to 40

Thankfully this card, despite the set name, isn't just plain jersey, but rather has a nice chunk of patch from his days as a Brewer.

2012 Playoff Prime Cuts Century Gold Justin Upton #'d to 25

Another nice patch featured on this card, unfortunately it's pretty hard come by cards from this set on ebay (at least for a reasonable price), so this came from a deal I got on Instagram.

2016 Topps Museum Meaningful Material Prime Relics Ian Kinsler #'d to 50

The super long name of this set essentially stands for "nice patches", this came together with the Chapman I showed in my previous post, and again was an Instagram deal.

I am very happy of this second post in two days, it looks like I'm getting back to normal activity on this humble little blog.

Keep collecting, CIAO!

giovedì 25 agosto 2016

Breaking the silence

It's official, the summer is over!

Well, not the summer that ends on September 21st, but the summer that equals Holidays!
I've been back at work since Tuesday, and since I'm the only person in the office (sigh), what better way to spend the lunch break than posting something on this blog, after almost three months of complete silence?

I spent my Holidays in Paris, and despite there were (obviously) no card shops to visit, I had a great time there.

I've also picked up some cards from ebay, not as much as I did in the same period of last year, but still a lot of cool new additions to the collection.

On one hand I picked up several new cards for my 2013 Tribute WBC sets, and all the scans are already available in the dedicated sections, and on the other hand I picked up some nice things from other sets, some vintage cards and other that will soon have a dedicated page, and that I'm not going to show here.

So if you had enough of all this bla bla bla, here are some nice scans of cards that I hope to receive soon from my mailbox at COMC.

First let's show some vintage cardboard....

1950 Bowman Gus Niarhos

1952 Bowman Joe Collins

Maybe the second card is a little creased, but hey these cards are more than 60 years old!
And also consider that I paid 2 cents (yes you read right, not dollars, but cents) for the pair, so unless someone is willing to give cards like these away for free, I don't think I could possibly get a better deal!

Then I'm showing off a couple of cards depicting pitchers, one of them unfortunately left the Yankees for a chance to the postseason, while the other is having a great season with 13 wins already...

2015 Topps Tribute Jose Fernandez #' to 189

2016 Topps Museum Aroldis Chapman #'d to 99

I really love the encased cards in Tribute products, almost as much as I love sick patches from great players, so this pair of cards deserves a spot in my post.
Both these cards came from deals I got from Instagram users, that proved to be a very interesting alternative to ebay.

I jump back to the vintage section of this post just because I was able to snag the following two cards from ebay for the insane (in my opinion) price of a dollar here they are!

1949 Bowman Earl Torgeson

1949 Gene Hermanski

I really love the way these old cards look, they usually have a clean back and great front pictures, and they prove that cards can be totally cool even without autographs or 4 color patches!

The last cards for this posts came in a bundle from an Instagram user that gave me a sweet deal on these cards, and two of them are autographed by players that I included in a list that I recently prepared with (almost) all the autographs that I'd like to add to the collection.

2010 Topps Tribute Cliff Lee #'d to 50

2010 Topps Tribute Matt Kemp #'d to 75

2015 Topps Museum Max Scherzer #'d to 99

The two autographs that I was looking for are Kemp and Scherzer, not that I don't like Cliff Lee, but the first two are something I decided to actively chase.

That's it for today, I promise that I will recover from these three months of silence by going back to the old rate of posts on my blog.
I hope your summer was great, and possibly still going!

Keep collecting and CIAO!

domenica 29 maggio 2016

Ooops I did it again!

I bought some more cards!
I bought them off COMC!
Some more completed sets...

Just try to imagine the above words on the music of the famous song of Britney...awful right?

So let's move to something we all love, baseball cards and set completing!
Since I earned some money on Paypal by selling old stuff, I decided it was time to buy some new stuff, and what better place to do it than COMC?
At first I was tempted to have a look at ebay, but then I thought, "on COMC I wouldn't have to pay shipping, processing fees and there's no possible negative outcome as an average auction", so there was not much discussing about what was the most smart thing to do...

I decided to focus on two main goals:
- try to complete some of the sets that were the closest to completion;
- spend some money on 2013 Tribute WBC cards to mark some cards off of the wantlist

For the first goal, I'd say that I did pretty well, in fact I completed the following sets, by picking up the cards depicted (I'm not listing all the cards I bought to complete every set, but maybe a couple from each one)

- 2008 Topps Heritage Then and Now (# of cards I was missing: 3)

# TN2 Ernie Banks and Alex Rodriguez

- 2011 Topps Opening Day Presidential First Pitch (# of cards I was missing: 1)

# PFP3 Calvin Coolidge

- 2011 Topps Opening Day Spot the error (# of cards I was missing: 1)

# 3 Jose Bautista

- 2014 Bowman Prospects (# of cards I was missing: 5)

# BP25 Kris Bryant

- 1992 Fleer Ultra (# of cards I was missing: 4)

# 82 Jaime Navarro

- 2011 Topps 60 Years of Topps: the lost cards (# of cards I was missing: 4)

# 60YOTLC3 Mickey Mantle

# 60YOTLC10 Stan Musial

The Bryant was definitely the most expensive card of the lot, with a price of almost 4 dollars, but I expected an even higher price due to the hype surrounding him, so I thought it was a fair price.
I've also checked some cards off the wantlists of other sets such as 2011 Topps Opening Day, 2011 Topps Opening Day Superstars Celebrations, 2012 Topps A cut above, plus all the base 2013 Tribute WBC I picked up, and even some autos and relics from the set...

So stay tuned (I'd say about one month from now) for the update in the Tribute WBC checklists and keep collecting!


sabato 21 maggio 2016

Too many autographs to count...or not?

If you know the type of collector that I am, you know that there isn't an amount of cards big enough to scare me and prevent me from count and organize it!

During the week I prepared a sort of checklist of all the autographs I have (only the certified ones), to have a better evidence of the players that signed at least a card that's now in my hands...

Turned out that I have 510 different autographed cards, which is a great achievement, and also that there are some players that have multiple entries in the collection, but who are the players that signed the most cards in my collection?

Not surprisingly at all, some of them are included in the set I've been more focused on (2013 Tribute WBC), justyfying the multiple entries, so let's get to the ink!

With 6 autographed cards each, Yovani Gallardo and Derek Holland, followed by Andre Rienzo,J.P. Arencibia, John Axford and Wandy Rodriguez with 5 entries.
As I said, the majority of these autographs can be viewed in this dedicated page , so maybe I'll show just the cards that cannot be seen in the above link.

Yovani Gallardo

2007 Bowman Sterling

2010 Topps Finest

Derek Holland

2014 Topps Tribute Traditions Autographs

Andre Rienzo

2014 Topps Trajectory

2014 Topps Turkey Red Autograph

J.P. Arencibia

2007 Tristar Prospects Plus Farm Hands Autograph

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Certified Autograph

That's it for today!
Let me know if you liked this post, and maybe I could do a second part with other players and their autographs!

Have a great weekend and don't stop collecting!


martedì 17 maggio 2016

Oh Zistle, where have you been?

It's probably always been there, but I was too lazy to check it out...

But thanks to the request of a new possible European trading partner called Paul, I finally joined the vast community of

So far I just added a handful of thousands of cards, but I think this will be an interesting activity in the coming weeks... probably the most funny thing to do will be update as many missing pictures as possible, and watch the digital collection grow and hopefully reach the proportions of the real one..

Whoever is a Zistle user, please feel free to contact me, I'm always very curious to peep other collector's collections!

My username is Italiancompletist, just to avoid the risk of being confused with a different collector based in Italy, and that tries to complete as many sets as possible...

Speaking if which, since there will be no more need of my low quality, excessively uncomfortable for the user, scans. So I will soon delete the page and the links to dropbox, that will still be used as a repository for my wantlists...

I also recently received the last package from COMC, with the cards I picked up from ebay during February and early March, so I'm going to show my favorite card from that lot...tell me what you think!

2001 Topps Archives Autographs - Ralph Branca

Ciao and keep collecting!!!

sabato 23 aprile 2016

Completing the task...of a zero balance store credit

In his second part I'll show some more cards I picked up on COMC this week, and briefly describe the sets that will be completed thanks to these additions.
We can argue on whether or not consider one of them as a complete set, but let's start with the cards...

1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team
I could repeat the same description I did for the 1988 set, but it might sound boring, so I'll get to the card that completed this set, ok? Nice mustaches by the way...

# 32 Fernando Valenzuela

2006 Upper Deck National Baseball Card Day - National Pastime
Probably one of the longest names ever for a set, and at the same time one of the smallest sets ever!
This set consists of 3 cards, Kenji Johjima, Nomar Garciaparra and the card I picked up

# IS Ichiro

2006 Upper Deck National Baseball Card Day
Celebrating baseball cards is something we all do, so I felt I had to complete such a special set.
When I previously said that we could argue on a set, I was referring to this one, because it has been produced by two companies, both numbering the cards from 6 to 10, which leads me to think that in 2005 the first five cards were issued. I consider the part issued by UD as a set on its own, as well as the set produced by Topps. So I picked up the last missing card in the UD portion of the issue.

# UD7 Ken Griffey Jr

2006 Upper Deck Future Stars - World Future Stars
Another pretty long name for a set! This one at least consists of 25 cards of players from different national teams, like some sort of Topps WBC set. I needed three cards, so I digged through COMC archive and snagged them! A couple dutch players and a portorican dude...

# 19 Sidney De Jong                                     # 20 Shairon Martis

# 21 Len Picota

So far these cards allowed me to write 4 sets off the checklists, which is very cool!
It's even cooler the fact that I completed also a bigger set, consisting of 220 cards, and issued in 2014 by Bowman...yes you guessed, the 2014 Bowman base set!
This time I was looking for the final 12 cards, and don't worry, I'm not going to show them all, just a couple that might be representative...why not choose two pitchers, one of them being also a rookie for example? Plus, they both play for NYC teams!

# 36 Matt Harvey                                            # 88 Masahiro Tanaka

To complete the lot I also picked up a Sammy Sosa card from 1990 Bowman, and a bunch of 2014 Bowman Prospects, leaving me 5 cards away from completing also that set. Unfortunately some of those cards depict Kris Bryant and Jacob DeGrom, meaning that it will be very hard to get them for a reasonable price!

Thank you very much for reading this second post for today, keep collecting and 

Minimizing the gaps...and store credit

Since I received a refund from COMC after my Ripken auto wasn't authenticated by BGS, I decided to use that amount of money, plus the remainings of my "old" store credit to pick up some singles that could help me to complete sets that were almost finished.

I had a look at all my checklists and decided that I could try to complete some of the sets for which I was missing less than 10 cards, only if the missing cards could be picked up in COMC marketplace for a decent price (between 30 to 50 cents).

Here's what I got, and the sets I was able to finally complete!

2008 SP Authentic
I really like the SP Authentic sets, and to complete this one there was just a single card missing, so I decided it was the right time to write off this set from the list of the "non complete" sets.

# 90 Chieng Ming Wang

2007 SP Authentic
As per the previous, I really like the idea of sets consisting of 100 cards, with a nice design and made of thicker than the average cardboard. There were five cards that eluded me for too long, so they are now part of the collection, and there's already a binder ready for them..

# 10 Carlos Zambrano                                       # 11 Ken Griffey Jr

# 75 Francisco Rodriguez                                  # 81 Derek Jeter

# 100 Frank Thomas

1988 Topps K-Mart
I think these sets were distributed as complete, so you don't have to search for that one particular card missing in your set. That's not my case, since I got to just one card away from completion hand collating the set through blind ebay lots, so the last card could be an easy COMC pickup.

# 10 Dwight Gooden

1996 Upper Deck Hideo Nomo Highlights
Back in 1996 apparently Hideo Nomo was a sensation, and UD dedicated a mini set of 5 cards to the highlights of his career as a Dodger. Despite the small size of the set, there were still 2 cards missing in my checklist, and I'm very happy that I finally checked them!

# 1 Hideo Nomo                                                  # 4 Hideo Nomo

1988 Fleer MVP
Since I never completely worked out the fact that a sealed complete set was in fact not complete, and you can read the story here, I didn't mind the higher than average price of 1,5 USD and picked up the missing card of the set

# 21 Mark Langston

In the same spending and completing effort I picked up some other cards, but I'll save them for the next post, so that this one won't be too long.
I'm very happy for these 5 sets that I now can call "complete", and it is very satisfying how easy and cheap it was to pick up the missing pieces.

Thanks to everybody that's reading this post, have a great weekend!


P.S. I apologize for having said "set" so many times!
Keep collecting!