Wednesday, September 22, 2021

First Day Of Fall

*sits down at the table, looks out the window to see the rain falling. First day of fall wouldn't be the same if it wasn't raining. The scent of fall blows in the window....the rain blows in with it soaking my couch...I guess I should shut that....well...that was an enjoyable lead up to today's newest post. Guess I better just get my coffee ready for the latest Cards Over Coffee*

Today marks the official first day of fall, though my fall always starts when September does. As you saw in my last post, it was already Pumpkin Spice and football season, now its the countdown to Halloween and Thanksgiving. Possibly my thoughts have already turned to my favorite holiday Christmas, but, I can feel your glares when you read that part so I won't mention that part yet.
The color of the leaves here have begun to change here and have been for about a week.


They still have a ways to go before they reach their full color, but I am in no hurry to see that still.

When the trees do reach their full color, my wife and I usually drive around and try to take some amazing pictures.

*takes a sip, wonders if the rain has slowed down some to re-open the windows. Walks over, opens window, wind blows rain in on me, nope not quite time yet*

When the trees are full in color, it's looks like a piece of art. Something you just want to paint. Which is what my wife and I recently attempted.

Of course, she is more like Michelangelo and I am more like a preschooler looking for a participation ribbon.

Originally I was going to do a fall picture, but to me nothing says cooler weather in the fall like coffee. Are you at all surprised?

 
So the beginning of the coffee cup painting.

And then the 4 year old me messing up the cup

So I had to fix it the only way I knew how.

And the final piece once I got it together.

Not great, but not my worse. Maybe I will get a white ribbon this time.

Then came my wife's fall painting,
 
Like I said earlier, she earns a blue ribbon every time.

Side by side, there is no comparison.

*takes a sip before moving onto some cards for this post*

It took me a lot of years before I started to appreciate cards with artistic twists. I was always pro photography, but in the past year I have reached the point where some art cards have reached equal status.

A lot of those have come from the 90's, my favorite collecting era.

First it started out with adding some Fleer Metal Universe and then it expanded to other inserts. One of those inserts were these pretty cool 1996-1997 Stadium Club Mega Heroes cards I grabbed a couple of on eBay.
This is the one that caught my attention the most first, THE BEAST Joe Smith with a beast behind him. Card look even more amazing in person.

The other I added was of Charles Oakley who is known as Oak and appears to be guarding a oak tree.

Both cards are made with foil etching and I can't find the odds on these. The baseball version of this insert fell 1:48 odds.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's 2 hour long post*

Fall has begun, there is no turning back to summer at this point. But, I have come to realize that I like September thru December more than I used to. I guess as I age I begin to appreciate things I never did before such as the art cards. If only I could art myself then it would be the best of all worlds. It still makes me happy to try though just like that preschooler who does their first finger painting picture to bring home to their parents.

Hope everyone has a great first day of fall and tell me some of your favorite things to do in the fall or your favorite art cards or even tell me if you paint in your spare time.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Pumpkin Spice And Everything Nice

*sits down at his laptop, feeling like he had never left it almost a month ago to post on here. Takes a sip of coffee and thinks about today's fun post. Fingers on keyboard completely now and ready to go, it's time for a new long awaited Cards Over Coffee*

In Cinderella, when the clock hits midnight on August 31st, everything turns to Pumpkin Spice. That was my favorite part of the movie. Oh, you don't remember that part? I guess you either missed the giant pumpkin or didn't watch the version I did. Either way, I promise you that's exactly what happened.

*takes a sip*

For me, the power of seasons changes hand to fall when September 1st arrives. Out goes summer, the heat, BBQ's and fruit smoothies and it becomes fall and pumpkin spice everything.

I am always sad when summer ends, but I have come to realize even more this year how much I actually like fall and the first part of winter. It brings football, Thanksgiving, Christmas and once again, Pumpkin Spice. And yes, I love pumpkin spice.

It always starts out with Dunkin' Pumpkin Spice coffee and that usually leads to one of their Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spice donut. So far this year I haven't had a Apple Cider one as they are always sold out.

Of course when I can't have a pumpkin spice donut from Dunkin', luckily Entenmann's makes their version of one as well. These are glazed as opposed to Dunkin' version. Another one I enjoy is the pumpkin and cider donuts that Price Chopper puts out, just haven't gone there to get any yet.

*takes a sip, wishing that a donut was in front of him now though the glazed ones gunk up the keyboard*

I really enjoy most Chobani Flip flavors as I have posted on here before, the Peanut Butter Dream and Banana Cream Pie are tops,
So when I saw a Pumpkin Harvest Crisp version, I had to give it a go. It was also really worth it. Though, doesn't make it to the top of my favorites.

 
It also wouldn't be me or fall if I didn't have some Ben And Jerry's in my life. So that calls for me yearly dip into the Pumpkin Cheesecake flavor.

And finally,

 
I may have purchased five bottles of this. Literally five. It's actually in the coffee I am drinking with today's post and something I use in my coffee until December.

*takes a sip of pumpkin spice bliss before finishing up today's post*

I will pretty much try anything pumpkin spice, except pumpkin pie. I have never liked it and usually will choose any other pie instead of it. With my love of pumpkin spice, you would think pumpkin pie would be at the top of my list. NOPE.

Pumpkin spice is also the scent of the season at my house. My wife's Scentsy holders and wax items light up the house in fall along with other decorations I set up.

I know not everyone likes Pumpkin Spice, so what about you? Let me know in comments.

*takes another sip, Coffee Card Pumpkin Spice lover Blogger Out*

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Final Brew?

*takes a sip of freshly brewed coffee, mmmmm soothes the throat. Realizes I am far behind on posts on here and it's been awhile since the last. So it's time for Cards Over Coffee*

I have been feeling sick the last four days or so. Apparently I caught a head cold (assumingly) from my father-in-law and it hit me hard since I haven't been sick in forever. As I type this, a box of Kleenex sits nearby for that just-in-case moment. Luckily (if you can call it that), the runny nose stuff has seemed to stop for now but the post nasal drip is causing me to cough. FUN FUN!

Fortunately I survived my dentist cleaning (dentist appointments are comparable to scotch tape in the hobby) and my procedure which also involved a biopsy of my stomach last week before all of this hit me. Hope to feel better so I can get to the results of that procedure this Friday because they won't let me in that appointment sounding like this.

*takes a sip to help "flush" the throat*

It's become more apparent to me recently that juggling three blogs is more challenging than I expected. I should have known since I have attempted this before but I guess I need to learn the hard way. So I have decided I am taking a break from both my Big Blue Cardboard blog and Cards Over Coffee to focus directly onto Sport Card Collectors. Yes, the name is back....back again.

Does this mean these blogs are done for? Have I stuck a fork in them? No. You can never rule any of that out. I actually still have drafts of posts for each so who knows. For now though, this could be the final brew on here.

*takes a sip, gets ready to finally showcase the cards*

For today's post, I decided it was time to catch up on Cards Over Coffee reader Oren's trades we have had. This post will cover all but one which will be featured on Sport Card Collectors in September. Why so long, that's how far behind I am on posting.

First up in this recent round from Oren, these were two leftovers from another post I mentioned I would post in my next Oren mail day.

Kevin Boss xfactor

 
Hakeem Nicks xfactor rookie

Now onto one of my biggest mail days to date.

It included two unopened packs of Star Wars Attack Of The Clone Wars gaming cards,

The results from that rip.

And then I told Oren how much of a Allen Ginter non baseball collector I am and he was more than happy to unload all of the stuff he didn't want onto me.
Including this autograph of the "king of the high wire" Nick Wallenda.

And a stack of base

That included a Bigfoot

Thunderlips or as the rest of us know him as, Hulk Hogan

Val Kilmer

Rocky Balboa! One of the biggies on my want list!

Speaking of biggies on my want list, I am still seeking the other three impractical jokers base cards

 
Shawn Michaels

Albert Einstein rookie?

First name is not Han....we Hope.

Doggies!

There was many others as well, WAY TOO MANY to post.

Especially since I have to squeeze in my favorite Superhero.
BATMAN BABY!!




1989 Batman was a great movie, Jack played the Joker to a T. With that being said, Ledger's Batman is a close second.

Thanks again to Oren for the trade.

*takes another sip as the coughing has dragged this post out*

It's been a lot of fun posting on here the past year and I hope to bring some of this energy over to Sport Card Collectors. Just as a forewarning, I have no intentions of actually bringing Cards Over Coffee to Sport Card Collectors. This is it's own brand, it's own blog and will remain that way.

Remember this isn't a goodbye, this is see you another time.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

More Than One

*sits down and takes a sip. Mmmm coffee. nothing hits home better than coffee on an early morning of not a lot of sleep. But, with some coffee and some cards to do, it's time to wake up and get this thing done*

I have been slacking on posts on here as of recent but as I stated before, my main focus is on Matt's Wonderful Blog Of Hobbies as this one is just a side blog for when I have time.

I sometimes wonder if I am making a mistake trying to keep up on three blogs and I may be, but for now I will see how it goes. 

I will admit that somedays trying to keep up makes me feel like this.

All I know is that this blog has given a few opportunities that none of my others have so I sometimes feel I owe it to this blog to continue on.

One of those great opportunities it has given me is being able to trade with reader Oren. I think Oren discovered Cards Over Coffee back at the beginning of the year and about that time we began our trading and as of recent, that trading has really revved up recently as I am more than one behind on posting. Today's mail day is actually turning out to be two trades ago, so I figured it was time to finally get this posted.

*takes a sip, begins to show off the mail day*

Our trades usually have a theme to them, well to an extent. 

The main focus of today's mail day was 90's baseball inserts.

1997 Upper Deck Rock Solid Foundations, both helped my set chase.

1998 Upper Deck National Pride Rey Ordonez

1998 Topps base League Leaders

1996 Upper Deck Power Package Manny Ramirez 

1997 Donruss Longball Leaders Mo Vaughn

And then there were a few other cards involved in this trade including that Disney Villains base above.
1996 Summitt Premium Stock base

 
2002 Topps The Simpsons Maggie Sticker (I loved watching The Simpsons in the 90's, really need to get back into watching them again)

Another big thanks goes out to my buddy Oren for this trade.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

I hope to get caught up on some other mail days along with the next Oren one as well soon. It can sometimes be tough to figure out which blog to post what on which is where some of the frustrations of running so many come into play. Which is why it's so much easier to run just one.

The only thing that is great to have more than one of, is cups of coffee.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Thursday, August 5, 2021

The Griffey-Coaster Ride

*takes a sip, may had snuck a couple bites of chocolate chip cookies during that sip. Looks over at the stack of cards next to me and it's now time for some Cards Over Coffee*

This past Saturday, my childhood best friend Brian came over to my house for the first time since moving back here. Between working 55 hours a week and the unpacking still, he hasn't had time to stop by. But, he finally had the chance to squeeze some time in for me and took a good portion of this past Saturday off to do so.

Not only had it been years since he lived here, but it has also been over 20 years since we last played sports against each other. Let me tell you what, it was just as much fun as it once was.

*takes a sip before continues on*

Back in the day, 80's and 90's, Brian and I would spend 6am until 9pm outside. We would wake up, grab a few Mountain Dews, a bag of beef jerky and his boombox and we were rocking. Some days it was football (a lot in the winter), other days it was basketball and summer days were mainly spent playing baseball. It was 1 on 1, 9 innings of pure fun.

When he arrived Saturday, I made sure we would bring back some of those memories...now in a much older time. Gone was the boombox (didn't want the loud music for my in-laws) and the Mountain Dew (I can't have caffeine), and baseball but I came in with the fun with..... Wiffle Ball.

*takes another sip, starts to think about some form of breakfast today...probably not beef jerky*

Ah yes, Wiffle ball. The game with a plastic ball that has holes in it that makes the ball curve all wacky. It's not baseball, but just as if not more fun...when you are older.

So I set up a field,

(cones serve as foul poles and a homerun line. Also own a backstop for a strikezone)

(my wife's glove and ball on the pitchers mound)

(bat and home plate ready to go)

 
(I am not that tall, though some may see me this way at 6ft 2in)

And we played.

The game that was over 20 years in the making went to extra innings with myself coming out victorious. It was a ton of fun, but after throwing all of those pitches, my arm is still feeling it. Hello heat, Icy Hot and Salonpas and of course not all at the same time.

I realized after giving up a lot of hits that I  may not have the arm I once had (back when I pretended to be Randy Johnson), but my offense was still rolling. It may have helped that I still attempted my best right-handed Ken Griffey Jr swing. Though it is near impossible to mock either right or left handed for anyone. Ken Griffey Jr was da man as they say.

*takes another sip, then another, well finishes the cup. Gets up and quickly gets a second cup brewed and returns to sitting to continue on with today's post*

Ken Griffey Jr's swing was only apart of the reason I followed him and his career. He was also an incredible Centerfielder and an icon for baseball. He was a player I quickly jumped on collecting as well.

However, over the years, even though I haven't really ever quit collecting, I have been on and off with Griffey. It's sort of been a rollercoaster ride with my collecting of him. In the 90's, my friends and others knew me as the Griffey guy as my collection grew to 300 different cards back then. But, as the 2000's hit, I dropped Griffey some especially after he had multiple injuries and put my focus on football. Since then, I will trade/add some, then take a long break only to add some more later on.

I would be safe to say though, about 95% of my Griffey adds now are thanks to my friend Shane of Cheap Wax Wednesday fame.

Which is where today's nice stack of Griffey's came from.











I may note that these are only a few of my adds from Shane as I focused on the best for today, there were a lot more that aren't featured here. I will save those for another time and will have to do a recount on my collection to see how far past 1,000 different cards I am now.

With my rollercoaster collecting of Griffey, I have found a big key to my new adds. I mainly focus on cards that are either numbered, relics and autographs or anything eye appealing. You know, the shiny stuff. With well over 16,000 cards out there for Griffey and with it being a rollercoaster PC, I feel I have the right to be fussy. It's not like I am really Super Collecting him and need every card like I do with Rodney Hampton.

*takes a sip before closing up today's post*

Before closing, I just wanted to thank Shane again for the trade that helped me add the above Griffey's and any future trades when I ride that rollercoaster of needing to add more.

My friend Brian before he left said he would be back in a couple weeks for another round of Wiffle Ball, maybe some football and a game of Madden.
 
Until then, I will enjoy my cup of coffee, overlook the field and hopefully rest my arm up for next time. Maybe even get out there and practice my Griffey swings again.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*