The Apropos Pack

I don’t like posting one off hauls on here so when I do, they have to mean something. Well I was just looking for a reason to smile and opened a jumbo pack of 2018 Topps baseball series one that I have been sitting on for almost a month. Nothing special right? Well, have you ever opened a pack of cards that was just so apropos that you had to laugh? I am not talking about hitting a great relic, I am talking about cards that mean something. Well this pack just felt like it was destined for me in this moment.

Let’s start my personal collection. I bought this pack because I am a big Ozzie Albies fan and my goal was to chase some of his insert cards. Bang, this pack gave me one of those. Now just with that, I would have been happy but there is more.
I am a big Jose Altuve fan. His rise from suspect to prospect happened when I lived in Lancaster and saw him put himself on the map with the Lancaster Jethawks, high A ball team. So I get his insert. But wait there is more.
3 weeks, Brewers cards would have no meaning to me. But now, I am watching them everyday as they play my Dodgers. If you are reading this week, you will know that Orlando Arcia has made a huge name for himself and is performing out of this world.
The cherry on top of this apropos pack is the fact that the pack yielded a Brewers team card.

The pack yielded 50 cards and was very Red Sox and Brewers heavy. The Travis d’Arnaud rainbow foil was cool.

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What do I do with all of these cards?

What do I do with all of these cards that I don’t want? The age old question. Whether it is a pile of junk wax or cards from packs where you were hit chasing.

As some of you may know, I am considered a community leader in my town. As a result of keeping tabs on things, I thought to ask if a local charity that gives out care packages to troops if they wanted cards. I was expecting a ‘thanks but no thanks.’ However I was given an unenthusiastic ‘YES.’ I wish that I thought of it earlier.

Not every place will take your cards. What works in one community, may not work in another. It is the reality of dealing with people. I know that a lot of you are introverts, I am myself, but don’t be afraid to ask. It is easier than asking your dream date out.

Knowing that not everything will work, I have seen so many people be creative. Here are more ideas that I have personally done: giving them to teachers for prize boxes, giving them to a local little league, giving them out at Halloween, and of course giving them to a church yard sale. Other places worth hitting up are local boys and girls clubs and hospitals. In some cases, I have had to give places team bags. Considering how rewarding it is to give the cards a good home, the team bags are no skin off of my back; especially considering they would be a sixth of shipping anyway.

So did I miss anything? Do you have ideas?

Here is something that a lot of us experience as modern card collectors: This week, my sister handed me a stack of 5 cards that she wants to know the value of. I don’t remember them exactly but the details are as follows:

  • Kobe floor relic, not protected
  • Antawn Jamison jersey
  • Brad Johnson autograph in a screw down
  • a random Tim Salmon insert from the junk wax era
  • and finally a random Nene numbered rookie card

I estimated the value at give or take $20 to $60. She was so disappointed that she asked me if I was sure and I showed her my sources, COMC & eBay sold listings. She was convinced that because the card was in a screw down that it was worth more. I hated having to explain to her that if she sold it in a screw down then that would make a lot of hardcore collectors run away. I also had to explain that with the exception of Kobe that a lot of the values on the cards peaked when they were playing because we are not talking about Hall of Famers.

With the Kobe card selling at $12, I told her to keep it because it is the only one that will age well. I told her that if she might as well sell the Brad Johnson card. My reasoning for that is that his value will probably stay the same. An $8 autograph now will sell for the same price later just adjusted for inflation. I said that she might as well give the other cards to her kids.

If you are reading this as someone new to the hobby then the first things that you need to realize is that those cards you are sitting on are probably not worth the cost of annual storage space.

Thanks for reading, expect a Random Review on one of the social media channels today. That will be posted here in the next day or two.

Challenge Final Days

I was guilty of putting a penny sleeve on a card today. I was cleaning and the card was staring at me.
I should have cleaned my desk as I have several stacks of cards on there but then I would have had to sort through it. I felt that I was cheating if I had to sleeve more cards, make a pc pile, make a donation one, and if needed trade bait pile.
I started reading a book. I didn’t start it to distract myself because I read a lot. What is relevant is that I used a card as a bookmark. Instead of a card, and touching a card consistently during this challenge, I used something else.
I put off picking up an order at a store so I pretty much haven’t cheated.

Did a ton of work for the site. I can’t believe that I started this site 4 years ago. The ‘Who’ and ‘Why’ portions are no longer 4 years old. I have been playing around with logos for ages and finally came across that I was happy with. I am happy with the logo above but you can’t exactly put it on a shirt or sticker because of the colors and way that it is designed. I have spent a good 50 hours since I started this site working on logo related material. I have downloaded a lot of image editing programs, paid a few people to design one, and turned over a few more stones. As I spent 2 more hours doing on logo related work, I said to myself that the best things come by accident. I should add, and with patience. As I essentially gave up, I stumbled upon something that I am finally happy with.

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Challenge Days 3, 4 & 5

Still feeling the effects of not checking card sites; especially for the trade deadline. There were two prospects traded that I wanted to check values on because I may have their cards. Between cross referencing receipts to see if I had them and checking recent sales, I felt it on Tuesday.
Of course a redemption that I was waiting six months for comes in the mail . I did not open the package. Also an eBay purchase came in the mail. Another one that I didn’t open. I haven’t been on eBay a lot and that was my only one.
Where I have been spending my money was on Random Review material and a breaker. You may have noticed that I publicized Maine Sports Cards changing their name to The Breaker Exchange. I don’t consider that a cheat as I have been sitting on that information for a while and was waiting to publicize it.
I may have lingered on a Steel City post and a sale post that I thought was too good be true. It took a few seconds to go ‘no, bad Daniel.’ I gave myself a break as it was 8 seconds of hiccups on a day that I fee the homeless. Speaking of that, there is another day that I felt this. You may notice I do a lot of my Random Review, usually Twitter preview posts, on the third and fifth Tuesdays of the month. I have been known to bust open some product afterward on those days.

Day 5 has been the easiest to date. I am appreciating the money that I saved. Two dollars here, five there, twenty there add up. I say this as I am catching myself doing it with other purchases regarding necessities that I would do anyway.
This has made me appreciate the work that I put into AngryCardCollector as a whole. I am constantly on the lookout for things to post, people to interact with, cool products to buy that would be cool to write about. I am the type who feels like I can always do more but doesn’t take time to smell the roses. This is what makes me a good coach. I can tell you a thousand more ways that I want to improve the site even though I am doing a thousand currently.

Seeing a lot of posts from National. Shout out to the average collector who didn’t/couldn’t attend. Remember, it may not seem like it but we are in the majority. That said, I hope to make National one year; hopefully next year.

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Challenge Days 1 and 2

If you read my last post, you will know that I gave up cards for a week.

Not sure if this is because of my card break but music has helped me so far. Specifically my love for punk music. Hulu has an L7 documentary and Amazon Prime has the Fat Wrecords documentary.
I am underemployed but I am constantly working. No joke, I am either reading or trying to make money as I rarely play games. The videos above have been mainly background noise. I didn’t appreciate how much cards were a mental break from the monotony of my daily hustle. Sometimes I need to turn off my music, and just let my brain relax for a few seconds. That is where cards help.
Doing this during the MLB trade deadline has been my hardest part. When I see a prospect traded, I don’t go to the prospects lists. I check out their card value or if they even have a card first to help me determine if they are a good prospect.
Also with NFL training camps opening I am tempted to check the price on some stand out draft picks. With this, my challenge has at probably saved my wallet as I have been known to buy someone’s card on COMC if it is under $3 and an analyst thinks they have potential.
Looks like COMC is having a sale through August 5th. Noticed from an email headline and Facebook scrolling. I manage a few brands on Facebook so it wasn’t cheating. Regardless, I will miss it and it is for the best. If you read my last post, you will see that I called a sale happening right now; granted I didn’t name COMC.
It is still hard to avoid all the National Collectors Convention hoopla. I can’t exactly shut down my Twitter account for a week; and I definitely can’t get away with that on Facebook. I am doing my best.