Wednesday, August 24, 2016

PC Needs Are Getting Harder to Find

First, don't forget to vote for your favorite card room!

My Matt Harrison PC is and has been my primary focus for the last few months, maybe even a year. I've been buying more cards for it than any other. I've done so well in building it, in fact, that the cards I haven't acquired are becoming harder and harder to find.

However, on occasion, one will pop up that I need. Usually, I have to overpay for it to ensure that I get it. Sometimes, though, I can get one for a steal. For instance, I snagged this off eBay last Wednesday:

Though it looks a little orange-ish, this is actually Harry's gold refractor from 2008 Bowman Draft.

Numbered 39 of 50, this is a welcome addition. Now, if I can only find the other low-numbered parallels...

Contest Entrants!!!

After a delay, the contest has officially closed! Thanks to everyone that posted and shared, and thanks to everyone for reading the posts!

I'm glad that I don't have to choose a winner because I don't think I could do it! Here's how the judging will work: below, you will find a link to each card room/man cave that was entered. Take a moment to read each one, then select the room you like the most in the poll that is located on the right-side column. It's that simple! Voting will remain open through Friday, August 26!

Contestants, feel free to link back to this post to encourage your readers to vote for you!

Here are the entries:

Click 'em all and read 'em all! Then make sure you vote!

Thanks again to everyone that participated and read!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Contest Extended!!!!

My trip to my alma mater lasted longer than I expected. As such, I am extending the "show me your card room" contest for a few extra days!

I am accepting entries until noon (Central time) this Wednesday, August 24!!!

All you have to do is create a post showing off your cardboard dojo and then post the link in the comment section here!

That's it! So incredibly simple!

I also have a few more pics to share...Some things I keep in my office. Let's take a look!

I keep a few bobbleheads on my bookshelf in my office. I'm working on acquiring more, though I don't know if I will ever be on Dan's level.

I also display my Dallas Mavericks team-signed ball from (I think) 2013. I can't remember when I got it. And yes, I think America needs American oil. hahahaha

Baseball cards are not the only things I try to collect. I also love music. Here are a few concert posters that I have:

This is a signed gig poster from the rock band Taproot. Taproot has been one of my favorite bands since I was in high school. I finally got to see them around Thanksgiving in 2013. While performing one of my favorite songs ("Mine"), lead singer Stephen Richards took my phone and recorded while he was singing (around the 2:20 mark in the video below). I know some people frown upon recording songs at shows, but when the band and their music has been a serious part of your life, I think it's perfectly fine.

I have a couple more concert posters in my office:

I haven't had an opportunity hang these yet. One is from the Weezer/Panic tour earlier this year. The other is from a Trombone Shorty show that was in Fort Worth last Christmas.

So there it is, go forth and conquer.

MASSIVE EDIT ALERT - I originally posted this right after a 17-hour drive and I was falling asleep while working on it. There were A TON of issues with this post, but I think I have corrected them. Thanks for not making me feel like a moron for the incoherent gibberish that was in this post!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Contest Extension!!!

I'm still on the road, so I am extending my contest until this Wednesday! More details to come!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Surprise From P-Town

I have been too busy to check my mail for most of the week, but I managed to get over to the mailbox today. I was surprised to see a PWE that made its way from Peoria.

Tom, the mind behind Waiting Till Next Year, sent me a card that he pulled from 2016 Topps Chrome:

This is the refractor version of Luke Jackson's rookie card. I have yet to buy a box of Chrome this year, but this card was certainly on my list of cards I wanted from the set!

Thanks Tom!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

My "Card Room" is Code for "My Entire Apartment" (And a CONTEST!!!!)

Word on the street is that Jaybarkerfan declared war on Bob Walk The Plank....

With that in mind, I am going to get this post out so I can sit back and watch the battle unfold.

Since joining the cardboard blogging community, I've learned that there are some incredible writers out there. There are also a ton of fascinating posts. Of all the different topics that are featured, one thing I like to read about the most is a blogger's "card room." 

I have joked in the past about having OCD tendencies - I really do have them - so seeing how someone has their collection organized really makes me happy. 

So I've been thinking about how I can get my collection organized. The weeks leading up to my visit to Minneapolis featured very little time at home, much less working on my collection. Today was my first real day to take a break from school and relax, so I decided to start getting organized.

Before I start, however, I want to show you how my "card room" stands at the moment. Rather than being a room, it has pretty much spread to my entire one-bedroom, 800 square-foot apartment. Let's take a look (no judgment!):

This bookshelf was intended to be a temporary storage spot for a few books and some binders until I bought a better bookshelf. I'm kind of a tightass, so I can't yet bring myself to spend a large amount of money on a "proper" bookshelf. You can see my binders on the bottom shelf. The middle and top shelves are holding actual books and a few cards. The top of the bookshelf has quite a few loose cards that need to be logged and sorted into my collection and trade bait. 

This is the corner of my dresser. On it, a ton of loose Bowman. To the right, a small box of unsorted Rangers cardboard on top of my sorting tray...which is full of Rangers cardboard that is in the process of being sorted! Underneath the tray are four 3200 count boxes (which you can't see) that are slowly being sorted as well. Even further to the right (and not in the photo) are my autographed and game-used bats.

Now we move to my one and only closet. The top rack has a few cards that are parts of various collections (Along with some of my Funko Pop! bobbleheads - I know, I'm a nerd)....

On the top rack we have a few of the sets I've decided to keep from my days of trying to build every set that Topps releases (which was a stupid idea)....

Up top, boxes from my Rangers bobbleheads. Below, in the box on the left resides my trade bait. The middle box houses my slabbed cards, and I'm not really sure what is in the box on the right.

Tucked away in one corner of my living room are my Blu-Rays and DVDs. On top are a few of my autographed baseballs. I'm working on a better way to display these, but I haven't found a way that I can afford yet. Remember, I'm a poor graduate student!

Lastly, and perhaps most embarrassingly, is my desk. I have cards all over the place here, all of which need to be logged and put away. This desk is really a mess.

So there you have it. Now you know why I am trying to get organized. The collection is officially an absolute mess. 

But wait, this is all just an intro for a CONTEST!!!!

Here's what I'm asking: Write up a post that features your "card room" and share it with us all! Include some pictures, as I need ideas on how to get organized. Once you've finished your post, paste a link to your post in the comments below! The contest will be open until Monday, August 21, so that gives you 8 days!

Once all links are posted, I will make a post strictly for them. Then I will put all entries into a poll and allow my readers to vote for their favorite post! The voting will be open until Friday, August 26. The person receiving the most votes will win a package of cardboard from me! 

I hope to see a ton of card rooms! LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Joey Gallo PC

2016 Bowman Chrome Top 100 Gold Parallel
2016 Gypsy Queen Base
2016 Gypsy Queen Relic Gold /50
2016 Gypsy Queen Relic Base
2016 Heritage Base SP
2016 Heritage Chrome Black Refractor
2016 Heritage Grainy Front Glossy Back
2016 Topps Series 2 Reverse Negative Parallel

2015 Bowman Chrome Farm's Finest Mini Green Refractor /99
2015 Bowman Chrome Power Players
2015 Bowman Futures Game Relic /25
2015 Bowman Inception Auto Relic
2015 Bowman Inception Inception Auto Base
2015 Heritage High Number Base
2015 Heritage High Number Wood Grain - Glossy Back
2015 Topps Career High Auto
2015 Topps Chrome RC SP
2015 Topps Chrome Update Pulsar Refractor
2015 Topps Heritage '51 Base
2015 Topps Heritage High Number Action Variation
2015 Topps Strata Shadowbox Auto
2015 Topps Update US14
2015 Topps Update Photo Variation
2015 Topps Update US103 Base
2015 Topps Update US103 No Topps Logo

2014 Bowman
2014 Bowman Chrome Bowman Top Prospects Insert Die Cut /99
2014 Bowman Chrome Bowman Top Prospects Insert
2014 Bowman Chrome
2014 Bowman Chrome Refractor
2014 Topps Pro Debut

2013 Bowman Chrome Base Refractor
2013 Bowman Chrome Blue Wave Refractor
2013 Bowman Chrome Black Wave Refractor
2013 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor
2013 Bowman Chrome Cream of the Crop Mini Refractor Blue
2013 Bowman Chrome Rising Through The Ranks Mini Refractor
2013 Bowman Chrome Top 100 Diecut Insert
2013 Bowman Chrome Top 100 Insert
2013 Bowman Platinum Base
2013 Bowman Platinum Refractor Base
2013 Bowman Platinum Refractor Blue
2013 Bowman Platinum Refractor Green
2013 Bowman Platinum Refractor Purple
2013 Bowman Platinum Xfractor
2013 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects Insert
2013 Heritage Minors
2013 Topps Pro Debut Gold

2012 Bowman Draft Chrome Base