Sunday, August 22, 2021

French Connection

 Hey everybody !

I miss you all.

And Topps losing its licence has me wanting to embrace the little things in life, because nothing lasts forever. Or not for more than 70 years

So I'll try to post a little more often here.

For the past 2 or 3 years, I hardly had anything to show, and my interest in cards waned (I suppose it's the other way around). As the pandemic roared and card prices soared, I lost interest completely (I did check my boxes to see if I was rich. Apparently, not just yet)

I did get a Comc order in July (that was checked out early December) and I'm waiting for a baseballcardstore order from early july, so all isn't stale. But I haven't opened a pack of cards since forever.

But you know what ? I met someone. Yeah, most stories start that way

He's sweet even though he collects Derek Jeter cards and has the same view about the hobby as me. Plus, he's French and loves bikes

Oh Boy.

We started talking, we quickly connected, I'll show you mine if you show me yours and we took it to the next level: a bonafide trade.

I don't think you guys realize how it is to collect cards in France: nobody cares. Especially baseball. I have never shown my collection to anyone, it's very frustrating. What's the point in having a 1960 Mantle if you can't show it off ?

Anyway, here's what I got !

On card stadium club auto ! Yay ! Great picture as always (oh and sorry about the photo qualities, apparently I need to clean my lens). He was included in the trade that sent Donaldson to Cleveland. A 29 year old Rookie who won't get me rich either, but very nice card anyway

Needless to say, those are my first 2021 cards. No radical changes in the SC design, but then again, that's not why we love that set (then again, I love the changes between the 93, 94 and 95 sets)

My other team being the Mets (yeah, I know...), he sent me another batch

What's not to love about those cards ? All cards that I needed. Those horizontal Flair showcase are actually the first ones I see.

More shiny needs ! I miss Pillar...

2021 Archives !
This is probably also my first 2020 A&G. I have a lot of catching up to do

Same thing for 2021 flagship. I will not pay $150 for a box of series 1 Topps. This simply won't happen.

Vladdy ! So, MVP or not MVP ? I guess they'll have to sort out that Ohtani MVP vs Cy Young thingy

And for good measure, he even added a Maple Leafs relic

Greg (that's his name) has an amazing Jeter collection, it's always great to follow him on Instagram or for him to show me his prized (and non graded) pieces.

And even though I have a new friend, I'm not forgetting about you all.

Because, again, seriously, I miss you


  1. Glad to see a new post on your blog!

  2. Glad to see the post. If my memory serves me well....I still owe you a return package from like 6 years ago..maybe 7.

  3. Of course we missed your posts!

    Glad you found someone to share cards with in that hobby outpost. Although don't know what to think of sharing my name with someone who collects Jeter cards.

  4. You posting more often would most certainly be a good thing. It's pretty cool to hear that you found someone to trade with over there. I didn't think baseball would be very popular, but I didn't think that things would be quite that dire.