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Special Long-Term Project – Topps Blue Jays

Back in the winter, I decided to work on a card project that (a) I was interested in, and (b) wouldn’t be done in a week. Seeing as how the family has gotten back into watching and following the Toronto Blue Jays over the last couple of years, I came up with something fun, and not overly onerous on the wallet and time. I would compile a binder of Topps (regular – i.e. Series 1, Series 2, Update, Traded) Blue Jays team sets for every year the team has had baseball cards.

Now, I know I could just go and buy all the team sets out there off of eBay in one shot, but that kind of makes my “point (b)” above kind of moot doesn’t it? I have been taking my time and starting at the beginning, just getting one year at a time. I didn’t start following the Blue Jays, myself until probably ’87 or ’88, so seeing these teams from the ’70s is kind of fun, reading the backs of the cards and learning about those very first Jays teams!

So right now, I’m putting them all in pages, by year, and hope to have some sort of title sheet in a protector page as well for each year, with a nice high-resolution logo from the team that year (if anyone knows where I could find the logos from each year in high rez, that would be appreciated), and compiling them into a large binder.

Here is what the 1977 team looks like:

1977 Blue Jays Set - Page 1

1977 Blue Jays - Page 2

1977 Blue Jays - Page 3

Right now, I’m up to 1983 and just need to find some time to get them in the pages and then start designing my yearly “cover” pages for each team year.

Has anyone else worked on a team lineage project like this before? How did you enjoy it? What was it that kept you interested in it? For me, I think, it’s learning about players I had no clue about, and seeing some earlier cards of guys I did follow in the later ’80s.

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Mailday #7 – It’s not a Bowman Chrome, but…

…I still love it! I haven’t been able to find the time to snag a Brett Lawrie ’11 Bowman Chrome auto yet (or possibly the coin, either) but I did get this for a very good price off of eBay last week. It just showed up yesterday, so figured, what better way to start posting again than showing off my latest Lawrie auto 🙂 There are a couple of endearing qualities to this card for me…first off, HARD-SIGNED! Secondly, he hasn’t shortened his autograph (yet) to what some a lot of athletes have these days.

Brett, if you by chance ever read this, remember, keep the quality of your autograph…it’s a great quality and shows you still care for the fans!

I didn’t bust any Gypsy Queen this year, but I have to say the design is a bit cleaner than last year. If any of my readers busted any, how were the hits this year?

I’m off on another business trip tomorrow (the main reason I haven’t been able to post anything in the past month), so while I’m down in New Orleans, keep collecting and enjoy the hobby!

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Baseball, Brett Lawrie, Topps

 

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Mail Day #6 – Tomas Kaberle on Black Ice!

Well, Score has been out now for, what, about six months? I had no trouble (as was to be expected) setting aside a base and a glossy parallel from my own case breaks back at launch, and even procured a gold parallel relatively quick via eBay. I was starting to wonder, though, if I was ever going to see the Black Ice parallel. These were only seeded one per case (as per Panini’s notes, anyway), and I only managed one in my two cases, so I think they’re a tad rarer than you may expect.

Fast forward all the way to March 7th and I managed to find one at auction…which I won quite handily for under $10 delivered ($8.00 total in fact)!

Now I just have to get my act together and get my 2011/12 section of my Tomas Kaberle collection updated!

2011/12 Score Black Ice

2011/12 Score Black Ice

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Hockey, Mail Day, Panini, Tomas Kaberle

 

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Busy couple of weeks at work!

Sorry for the sparse hobby-related posts the past couple of weeks…it’s that time of year at work where annual employee reviews are being worked on. I have eight staff to work on, and our company makes it quite a process for sure. I actually don’t mind the whole activity…I like being able to sit down one-on-one with each person and go through what they feel they did well (and poorly) and then compare to where I feel their strengths and weaknesses are.

While the preparation and working on reviews takes the better part of a month, and nothing else stops in the day-to-day business, it’s a necessary part of everyone’s work “existence” and hopefully everyone gets something out of this, like I do!

Hopefully this week I will have a few Kaberle additions to show off…maybe even a couple of rare, harder-to-get cards… 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in General, Tomas Kaberle

 

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Mail Day #5 – Brett Laaaawwwwrie!

OK…work has been insanely busy thus the sparse posting, but today’s mail just made me make time to post these up…and I’m going to go straight to the eye candy 🙂

2008 Razor Letterman "W"

2008 Razor Letterman "W"

2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects Blue Refractor /150

2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects Blue Refractor /150

2011 Bowman Chrome Throwbacks Superfractor /25

2011 Bowman Chrome Throwbacks Superfractor /25

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Brett Lawrie, Mail Day, Topps

 

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Mail Day #4 – Leaf Lovin’

Well, despite the poor performance over the last week and a bit from my Leafs, I had to show off the two mailers that showed up today…one is for the Keith Aulie collection, while the other was just a “random Leaf” pickup in an easy trade over on Hobby Insider. On to the show…

First up is my very first Aulie printing plate…and from the top-tier Panini release of 2010/11 no less. Panini does up their plates much differently than Upper Deck, for sure…they mount the plate to a “patch-thickness” card that actually has the back of the actual card on the reverse…take a look:

10/11 Dominion Printing Plate (Blue) 1/1

10/11 Dominion Printing Plate (Blue) 1/1

10/11 Dominion Printing Plate (Blue) 1/1 (Back)

10/11 Dominion Printing Plate (Blue) 1/1 (Back)

Then, as I said, in a random trade, I picked up this Joe Colborne addition from this year’s Crown Royale. I typically don’t go outside my own PC guys, so this is very odd for me, but the /75 print run and the autograph in red ink made me do it! Not sure if the red is unique or not, as I haven’t had time to really look around, but who cares? I like it!

11/12 Crown Royale Heirs to the Throne Jsy/ Auto /75

11/12 Crown Royale Heirs to the Throne Jsy/ Auto /75

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Hockey, Keith Aulie, Mail Day, Panini, Random Leafs Cards

 

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Mail Day #3…Keith Aulie

Well, I’m multi-tasking here at home today…had to go for a follow-up x-ray on my ankle (broke it playing hockey back on January 6th)…the good news there is, I can start walking again…even without the air cast a bit…will be nice to not have to rely on crutches 24/7 now! With that done, I’m also working from home today instead of wasting time driving to the office. I’m also trying to list some of the 1,200+ cards I just received yesterday to get some of that out of the way!

For now, though, let’s focus on another of my player collections – this time, back to hockey…another Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman that has a lot of promise (despite that last game against the Canucks and being re-assigned to the Marlies). He’s big, strong and (usually) smart with the puck. It will be interesting to see where he fits in with the excess defence that the Leafs have right now…who knows, this could be a short-lived collection for me LOL.

I figured I would start off with a “rainbow” of sorts from last season – Aulie’s Rookie year – and make it one of my favourite sets despite it being a low-end release every year. Of course, it’s the old staple – O-Pee-Chee. I don’t know why, but I love OPC every year. It’s a fun set for the boys and I to put together, and there’s enough inserts and parallels to make it interesting, without going overboard (a la Artifacts). The retro design seems to get a different look each year, after being introduced in the 08/09 release (featuring the famous 79/80 design), and is a popular set for many collectors to put together. On top of that, we now have foil “Rainbow” parallels and serial numbered “Black-Bordered Rainbow” parallels (#’d /100) to chase down, making some even tougher sets to build if one is so inclined.

Here are my 2010/11 O-Pee-Chee Keith Aulie Rookie Cards for your viewing pleasure. Since Aulie was later in the season to debut, his OPC RC’s were actually part of an “update” set that came randomly inserted in 2011/12 OPC boxes…

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Hockey, Keith Aulie, Mail Day, Upper Deck

 

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