Monday, December 25, 2023

Can I Take Something Out For You?

*sits down for a very quick cup of coffee before the present onslaught begins including the packages I got*

*takes a sip*

Today is the day! The day we all have been waiting for....IT'S Christmas!

When trying to come up with a Christmas post, I always try to make it short and sweet but also show something cool off I haven't before.

This year, I am fortunate to be able to show off a really cool piece to my Christmas Vacation collection thanks to my buddy Wes, who sent this in his Christmas package last year.
One of the most iconic scenes in the movie with the most memorable lines when Clark Griswold is at the mall and meets Mary one of the mall merchants who was selling a lot of revealing clothing. Clark claimed to just be blousing...browsing but I think there was more to it. Especially because of the pool scene later in the movie.

Mary is played by Nicolette Scorsese who signed some photos and included the iconic inscription that led to all of Clark's ramblings.

This is probably one of the coolest pieces I have in my Vacation collection because it relates directly to the movie.

Thanks again to Wes for this major surprise last year.

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

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season, and we wouldn't be here without Him. Hope God blesses you all!

In comments, let me know what you hope to find under the tree or what you did find depending on when you read this.

I will let you know if I find any coffee....or cards.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Friday, December 15, 2023

Don't Be A Grinch

*takes a sip, sits down and gets ready for a new post on Cards Over Coffee*

*changes mind, stands on chair*


If you don't like Christmas, Christmas songs, Christmas lights, the word Christmas or Christmas card blog posts, all I ask is that you just walk away and ignore it until after the New Year.

Don't be a Grinch. Don't take the joy away from others. Let them enjoy the season. The season of Christmas is magical, and everyone has a different reason for why they enjoy it.

Thank you.

*steps down off chair*

*takes sip*

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Monday, December 11, 2023

The Santa Clauses

*takes a sip. cards nearby, breakfast as well, its time for some Cards Over Coffee*


When I say breakfast is nearby....
I probably should have put that as "breakfast". One of my favorite treats this time of year are the Little Debbie Christmas Tree cakes. I hadn't tried the chocolate one until this year and it's not even close to as good as the original.

And before you say, you shouldn't be eating that stuff for breakfast, with decaf coffee I need the extra boost some days. Also, I should also update my weight loss as I am now only three pounds away from my goal :) So a Christmas Tree cake here and there isn't going to kill me and if it does, I will die happy.

*opens up the first cake, takes a bite, takes a sip, another bite and sip and gets ready for the cards portion*

This week will be a busy one for me as I prepare for family coming from afar to do an early Christmas with us. There are a lot of preparations I must do before they arrive such as house cleaning, filling the fridge and making some goodies along with being sure to have their gifts wrapped.

I am sure up at the North Pole this week, they must be busy as well.
If Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer special told us anything, it told us that Mrs. Claus is spending all of her time right now getting Santa fat. That's got to be the life.

And I am sure the Big Man himself is soaking it all in while checking all of his naughty and nice lists along with all of the kid's requests. I hope he got my list I posted a few weeks ago. Only other thing I would add is a Dunkin' Gift Card and an eBay one.

Hopefully while the Clauses are busy, they remember to leave Frosty in the Christmas snow and not bring him in to help with the Christmas preparations.

Or there will be some wet cleanup on aisle Claus.

Luckily for me, I will have some time this week without appointments and other errands to get things prepped. Though it would have been nice to have some elves to help and to have the Mrs get me fatter with some extra treats.

*takes a sip, finishes up first cake before closing up today's post*

There are other relics I need to add to my Christmas collection above that aren't strictly based on sports. I really enjoy the novelty ones that Topps puts out every year. One of the next ones I hope to get is the Elf relic. I am not sure if they have a reindeer one yet, but that would be on there as well.

I hope all of you have a magnificent Monday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Family Matters

*sits down, takes a sip, turns on Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee*


It's what Christmas is all about.

Most of my fondest memories around Christmas are the moments I have spent with family.

When I was younger, it was spending time with my grandmother who would play all of the classic Christmas songs on the radio and would dance to them. Part of the reason I chose the Brenda Lee song to play while I type this. I can still remember her dancing and singing along, makes my heart warm.

Or the one time my parents got me something other than underwear and a notebook and surprised me with a couple Darkwing Duck figures.

Or when I was a bit older after I got married, and my wife and I would play guess what I got you under the tree.

Or a little later in our marriage, where we would go to the local Christmas Eve service at Church, then have my nephew, sister-in-law, the parent in-laws over to do stocking gifts and watch Christmas Vacation while eating cookies and drinking cocoa.

Or a few years after that, the family expanding and having to do four Christmases -similar to the movie-where we would have to host one and go to three others. One of those four was my favorite because we would all order takeout, play Balderdash and laugh all night long. It was a great time. Not that I didn't like Christmas number two with the amazing breakfast food.

To now where things have drastically changed. Family comes in sections since most have moved away. We no longer do Christmas on Christmas, no more Christmas Eve services or stocking gifts, no adult gifts, no breakfasts, and no game night. I know most of that sounds like things have gone downhill, but they really haven't. We all still have fun when we are all together.

Every little moment matters, and I try to treasure them all I can. The older I get, the more I realize all of this.

For me, around Christmas time, Family Matters and I hope it does for you as well.

In comments, I want to hear some of the things you do with family this time of year or your fondest memories.

*finishes up cup of coffee, turns off song, gets ready to close out post*

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Saturday, December 9, 2023

90's On The 9th:1994 TCM Santa Around The World Pack Break

*takes a sip, gets ready for today's 90's on the 9th*


I can't believe we are only 16 days til Christmas. Luckily for me, I am well prepared and all wrapped. It's go time baby!

Today I am doing my very first pack break in this segment while also doing the very first Christmas 90's On The 9th as well. Even though this segment lags when it comes to views and comments, I will continue it on for at least this month.

*takes a sip*

Last Christmas I was mailed, hold on a second you probably thought I was going to sing the Wham song right? Well, I was humming it but today isn't a singing or lyrical post.

I am strictly opening a pack of 1994 TCM Santa Around the World that I was mailed five packs of last Christmas by the legendary Wes.

Here is what the packs look like. I honestly am hoping for a Gold Foil Santa. How cool would that be?

Each pack comes with 8 cards. The cards have a green border with a mistletoe in the corner and a candy cane down one side.

The 72 card set covers late-19th Century to mid-20th Century Santa paintings from different parts of the world. Those parts include, USA, Holland, Asia, France, Germany, Switzerland, England, Belgium, Mexico, and Scandanavia.

Let's see how it goes,


While the fronts capture these paintings, the backs form a 70-card puzzle image of a Santa Bear.

Sorry for not picturing those.

No gold Santa in this pack, maybe the next one will as Wes sent along 5 packs. Maybe I will open one next year.

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

That was a fun break, especially looking at the different images painted and used on the cards.

Hope everyone reading this today has a great Saturday and weekend.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Friday, December 8, 2023

Mailmas Tree


Hey! Not to sound like an old man, though I feel like one, but no coffee sipping tonight as I should be in bed already. I just thought I would pop on really quick and show you an updated picture of what I am now calling my Mailmas Tree.
To go along with Grady M's box of mystery I got a couple days ago is a package from Dennis from Too Many Verlanders blog that showed up today! Dennis always sends tremendous mail days so I know this will be a good one. The hardest part will be deciding which to open first!

I am not sure how much fuller the tree will get before Christmas. This could be it. A couple of packages I thought would arrive on time, most likely won't now and one has already told me it will be after Christmas.

*insert sad tired face*

But, hey, two amazing ones is better than nothing right? If anymore happen to arrive though, I will be sure to post another update.

That's it for tonight. As I said, a very quick post. I guess I better to get bed before I fallllllllllllll aslllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeepppp sorry *insert big yawn*. I am not a Night Owl like my buddy Greg at Night Owl blog.

It's bad enough I will pay for staying up even this late in the morning. Guess that just means an extra cup of the good stuff. Oh, and by the way, I have another new post publishing in a couple hours I finished a couple days ago. So, be ready for that one as well.

*another yawn*

*Coffeeless Card Blogger Out*

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

A Few Of My Favorite Things

*coffee smells good, cards are ready, laptop is fired up, it's time for some Cards Over Coffee*


I have posted a variety of my Christmas cards so far, but I haven't really posted a lot of Topps Holiday baseball which is the main chunk of my collection.

Most of it is base, but I do have some of the short prints which are the cooler cards from the product other than the Santa hat swatches. At least in my opinion.

So, I thought I would show off a few of my favorite things...well cards.

*takes a sip*

*read the following to the tune of My Favorite Things*
Santa sack on Cavan.

Francisco with presents.

Ohtani is gifting.

Altuve is swinging.

and Soto with trees and these are a few of my favorite things.

When the Topps Sp come. I collect them. I will binder them. Because they are a few of my favorite things.

*end tune*

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

I do have other Sp's but most are pretty similar to the above ones.

I will say between all of them that my favorite is the Soto. It may take some extra creativity to beat that one in my eyes.

I hope everyone has a Wonderful Wednesday. We are one step closer to the weekend and to Christmas.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

It's Beginning

*sets up small tree*
*places an item under said tree*
*takes a pic, makes sure coffee is ready and laptop is open, now it's time for Cards Over Coffee*


It's the time of year where I don't open any packages or PWEs that come my way. I don't usually get a lot of them and usually they are from the same people, but no matter who they come from or what they come as, I don't open them.

Yesterday kicked off my first package of the year to go under my tree.
This heavy box came from longtime friend and blog reader Grady M who is a heck of a guy overall and very generous. I can only imagine what surprises are within but I can assume there is plenty of shiny material.
I have placed it under the tree for Christmas. I plan to open it that day or night.

As more packages come in, I hope more do, I will add to the tree and update the picture for here as it gets closer to Christmas.

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

I have begun myself sending out PWE's and a couple of packages soon both for Christmas and for trades that may have a bonus Christmas element in them. This is slower than usual when it comes to me mailing as I like to get things out right after Thanksgiving before the holiday mailing times slow everything down.

But, I guess as long as everyone gets them before Christmas, it works.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Hanging Up The Ornaments

*sits down, has coffee ready and is ready for today's new post on Cards Over Coffee*


Every year I put up my Christmas decorations early usually around the second week of November. Don't roll your eyes at me.

I do this for a few reasons. One, it takes a really long time to get everything dug out and put up. Two, I don't usually turn the lights on/etc until it gets closer to Thanksgiving. Three, I take everything down on December 26th because Christmas is over and it's time to countdown to spring. Four, I simply love Christmas and want to enjoy my decorations as long as I long as it's before Christmas.

When it comes to my Tree though, I don't put that up until Thanksgiving night.

*takes a sip*

There was a time I would get a fresh Christmas Tree, but after years of cleaning up needles and seeing the prices go way up, I ended up investing in a fake tree that already has the lights built in. Even though it doesn't have that same feel or Christmas scent, it still is pretty.

This year though, I decided to actually cut back on so many decorations including ornaments on my tree. I have never not put ornaments on my tree, but this year, I wasn't feeling it and I think it looks good as is.

Even if I had put ornaments on the tree, I wouldn't have hung up my Topps ones from Topps Holiday. I would rather keep them safe from any tree damage...or cats.

I don't have a lot of the ornaments, just ones I have traded for, but here is my ranking in terms of design for the ones I do have.
3. 2020 version. Not a lot of pop to these, but they are shaped like an ornament so I will give them that.

2. 2021. Definitely a huge improvement over 2020. Added shine, I like the die-cut star. 

1. 2022 is a beautiful design. I am not sure if they can top this one. Christmas tree die-cut, full of color, beautiful.

I still need to add a 2023 ornament to my collection, but from a distance look at it, it doesn't top number one and not sure if it even gets by number two on my list. 

Definitely beats out number three though.

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

My tree is lit brightly every night now and my outside lights as well. Things are beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....everywhere in my house I go.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday. In comments let me know when you decorate and take down your decorations.

Also, your favorite design for the Topps Ornaments above and your favorite ornament you put on your tree and why.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Friday, December 1, 2023

Blog Bat Around: Letter To Santa

December 1st, 2023

Dear Santa,
I have been a good coffee card blogger this year. I have made people smile through social media and real life, I have treated others the way I want to be treated, I have held doors, helped reach stuff on the top shelf for those who needed it and even shared a cup of coffee or two. 

And the list goes on.

For being so good this year, here are five items I would love to see under the tree in no particular order.
  1. 2004 Topps Chrome Eli Manning
  2. 2020 Donruss Rookie Sweaters Dual Joe Burrow/Tee Higgins
  3. Any hobby box to open
  4. 2017 Metal Spider-Man Homecoming Purple Precious Metal Gems Spider-Man
  5. 2023 Leaf Pop Century Lou Ferrigno Autograph
Thank you Santa. I promise to be a good coffee card blogger next year as well!

I will leave the coffee and cookies on the counter.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

(let me know in comments or join in on the Blog Bat Around which may turn into a yearly tradition of five items you are hoping to find under your tree)