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I’ve always liked that phrase. A hodge-podge.

hodgepodge or hodge-podge

(ˈhɒdʒˌpɒdʒ)

n

1. a jumbled mixture
2. (Cookery) a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables

Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): hotchpotch

I’m guessing that it is because I grew up in a house with English parents.

I picked up a hodge-podge of cards (the jumbled mix, not the stew) on Friday from a guy I met online. He was looking for 86-87 OPC in great condition to trade and I just happened to have a bunch from the replacements I had after buying the full set a couple weeks back.

So needing an excuse to travel to city I took my nephew for a road trip and we went and made the trade.

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A hodge-podge within a hodgepodge. Some 1983-84 OPC Stickers. I’m pretty sure I had this whole set at some point in my life, but it’s been lost to the sands of time. Look closely. It’s the bottom half of Ray Bourque, the bottom of Glenn Anderson and the top of Wayne Gretzky.

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I’ve always liked the 1977-78 OPC set. Simple design and one of the last sets to show Team Cards. Today you can still get Team Logo cards, but not team picture cards very often. Such a simple idea, I’m really not sure why it hasn’t been brought back.

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WHA Cards. I love ’em. Hard to find sometimes, but always a blast when you do. Marc Tardif. In an LA Sharks uniform on a Quebec Nordiques card. Whats not to love?

Yes, it has been a few weeks since my last post. That’s because I was away for work and didn’t really have anything new to share.  I was quite happy to come home a see a box on my table that was the right shape and size to be cards. And it was.

I’m not sure about you but even on a cold November day getting mail like this makes me smile.

And what was inside this lovely box?

The smiling faces of the San Francisco Giants Management team.

I’ve never really understood the penchant for baseball staff to wear uniforms. I’m sure it would look silly with them in suits in the dugout, but I’m not convince it wouldn’t e better than this. I suspect there must have been a time when it was perhaps common to have a player/manager and then they would need to be ready to go in. But I can’t picture Charlie Fox stepping up to the plate at that point in his career.

There was in total a couple hundred cards. Including this checklist.I like checklists. I know that might be an unpopular position to take, but they serve their purpose. Unmarked checklists are great for my set building, but its kinda fun to find marked ones. Sometimes I like to see what someone else was missing or had. I once had a checklist that only needed 2 cards on it. I could feel the pain of that person who was so close to completing the set. When I went to check my set I needed those 2 cards as well (still do). It was from the 77-78 OPC Hockey set. I’ve never bothered to look up images of those cards as I want the first time I see them to be when I finally get them.

 

More checklists/team cards.

 

 

 

 

l’m not sure how I would have felt getting these at 10 years old. Cool with the autographs? Or wasted space? I like team cards, and as mentioned I like checklists, but usually with team pictures like this.

Team photo on the front, team checklist on the back. Simple. Should be in every set of sports cards every year.

 

 

We recently opened a branch office in the Dominican Republic. You think they like baseball in the USA? You should see it down there. They love it with a passion that I’ve never seen in the USA.

It turns out that Billy, the new office manager, is a pretty cool guy so naturally we chat about a bunch of stuff. Invariably the conversation turned around to baseball and baseball cards.

Billy mentioned he used to collect when he was younger and that he might still have some kicking around.

To get him back into collecting I set him a box of newer-ish cards. New to him, old to me.

He sent back a small box that had, some 92 Topps (and about 25 older cards)

You could tell these were loved as a kid as they had dented corners, creases, nicks and tears. It was clear that Billy had actually carried these around as a kid, traded them and played topsies, knock downs or other such games with them as kids (I’ll have to ask him what they are called).
In other words they were cards with the story to them, which I prefer to hermetically sealed cards that have never seen the light of day.

Cards like these are great for me as I am not to worried about condition.

Buried in among them were the following 4 cards.

Rose, Bench, Ryan and Yaz. Not a bad set of 4 players. Again the condition on these is about a 5 of 10 but I personally need all 4 so to me they are priceless.

He mentioned he likes the Red Sox and might just start collecting them again, so I am putting together a big box of just Red Sox for him to thank him for this trade.

Lessons learned?

1) You never know who is going to have baseball cards to trade so talk to everyone about it and maybe they will be nice like Billy.

2) You can rekindle the spark of  interest in a former collector to get back into the hobby.

 

One of the main reasons I got this blog started (along with the fun of writing about sports cards and the occasional showing off of something neat) was the ability to interact with fellow collectors.

The thought of  trading with other people via the mail was the most intriguing part of it. I mean seriously, who doesn’t like to get real mail with something cool in it?

So today I am happy to make two announcements.

1) I completed my first trade. (of which I hope to have a lot more)

2) I set a new record for oldest cards in my baseball collection.

My baseball collection is not nearly as extensive as my hockey collection so the amount of stuff I have to trade is not as deep. The one thing I do have as a benefit is OPC versions of the cards of the late 70’s and early 80’s, so this is what I can trade with.

Thanks to Robert at http://30aweekhabit.blogspot.ca/ for making my first trade so simple and fun.

To see what I sent Robert go here ->  http://30aweekhabit.blogspot.ca/2012/07/late-70s-were-lean-years-in-blue-jay.html

Here is what I got back (which to mean seems like a great deal)

I have no idea who any of these guys are..but that’s what I love. I can now do some research and find out.

Nice simple design, full stats on the back.

Love the sunglasses on Darrell.

Overall I got about a dozen cards for about the same going to Robert. It’s like we were back on the schoolyard making the trade.

I’ve got a long way to go on my collection of Topps Base sets, but every journey starts somewhere.

Thanks Robert for making my first trade so easy and for the great cards.