Thursday, June 27, 2013

Going Dutch, Trade Style

Dutch Card guy sent me a slick set of Tigers, what a trade!  Hot Corner Cards is now an official worldwide trader (sorry Canada)

The crux of the deal was in response to my need of some final touches on the Cooperstown Tigers

Two autos of Chris Beattie (2nd Round, 2nd pick of 2004 draft) and Chris Shelton (remember Big Red?!)

Rob Deer, one of the big swing or big whiff Tigers of the 1990s is now the assistant hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs!  I am well aware that it may not be particularly necessary for a hitting coach to have been a great hitter (see: Lloyd McClendon, well what do you think he says to Cabrera?) but what do you think Rob says to the guys? 

Plenty of solid adds to the Tigers collection here, from Pudge, VMart, AAvila, Higgy, Tony the Tiger, Jeroen really took some time to make sure I got some Tigers I didn't have!


Keep it Hot on the Corner, pat.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cards from the Backstop

Backstop Cards sent a nice mailer my this morning!  Some love for Livingstone a favorite for the Padres fan and a decent utility player for the Tigers.

Say what you will about the 1990 Topps design, I like them, I was 10, no big deal for me.


This trade is never going to end!


Keep it Hot on the Corner, pat.

6,222 Tigers on Return from Wrigley Field

A belated birthday gift from my wife landed me at Wrigley Field Friday afternoon to take in a 3 hour rain delay and a solid outing by Matt Garza.

A cool story to share --- while waiting it out in the walkway up to our seats we noticed a couple Astros coaches coming out of the what I would assume be the visiting clubhouse to take a peak at the rain.  Sure enough, Astros pitching coach Doug Brocail walks out (former Tiger) and starts talking to fans and taking pictures, while I am kicking myself for not searching for a mid-1990s Tigers Brocail to get his auto, I never thought I would have had the chance.  It was also neat to see Eduardo Perez step out and sneak some french fries from the fans.

Upon return from the Windy City, some parcels arrived to boost the ol' PC.  Let's take a look.

A quick pickup from the bay netted these 1962 beauties, (there was another that got away, more later) I have always enjoyed the wood border of '62 and, say what you will '87.

I also acquired this rare (as the listing said right?) 1974 TCMA 1934-35 Detroit Tigers Champions

I really need to hook up the scanner as there is some Schoolboy Rowe, Hank Greenberg in this set, CLASSIC, very happy with this add.

Finally, I put the finishing touches on the 1974 team set with these

I believe the final card for Al Kaline and the first for John Knox (which I am sure is more valuable with Frank White on the card!) 

All in all more quality here than the quantity, which is just fine!

Looking forward to the return trip to Chicago at the end of July for the National!!

Keep it Hot on the Corner, pat.

Monday, June 17, 2013

6,208 Tigers on the Wall

Summer (for me, at least) is here!

I know the posts have been lagging behind, but there are things to be done and tasks to be tackled.

As we speak the Hot Corner family is getting ready to head to the big city of Chicago to welcome the newest addition to the extended family.  Mrs. Hot Corner scored us some tickets to the Cubs/Astros game this coming Friday and we'll soak in some big city life.

After a whirlwind Bowman, Archives, Heritage buys --- I am getting back to the basics this summer and first going to complete as many Topps team sets as possible, mostly just need to fill in some holes (go to my wantlist page and help a blogger out!)

1974 (sans two rookie multi-cards is checked off the list this week.  Plenty of great legendary Tigers here with Kaline, Horton, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash, Mickey Lolich and others in this set.  
These three wandered their way in somehow...

That makes a total of 11 for 1954, with the big prize in a Kaline rookie, that one will have to wait, maybe at the National this year!

Finally, to wrap up Archives ( I think, still need some AUTOS) Prince's basketball card made it's way to the corner.

See ya sometime this weekend.

Keep it Hot on the Corner, pat.

Monday, June 10, 2013

A Surprise from It's Like My Own Cardshop!

Sometime last week a pleasant surprise was overflowing from my mailbox.....Dan from It's Like Having My Own Cardshop sent me a note saying he thought I would enjoy this.

Several Tigers fill the baseball, but check out the Sweet Spot, none other than Al Kaline & Sparky Anderson, super slick!  Thanks Dan!

Another pickup this week in a TTM  ---- Craig Monroe

Keep it Hot on the Corner, pat.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Need 2 : 2013 Archives

After a whirlwind pace, I only need two more for the base set

97: David Wright and 134: Wei-Yin Chen

I have several duplicates to send your way,

Let's set up a PWE, pronto!

Keep it Hot on the Corner, pat.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A Handful Makes 6,000

When I made the goal of reaching 6,000 Tigers by October, that was quite generous.  Now I was very aggressive in pursuing several lots of Tigers on ebay, getting in on some blogger drafts, a couple of box breaks, and here you have it. SIX THOUSAND.

The Detroit News put out a commemorative set in 1981 celebrating 100 years of Tigers baseball of 135 cards.  I had been eyeing this set for some time and wanted to commemorate my goal of 6,000 by making the purchase when I was in closing distance.  As always (at least for me) I had some cards not accounted for that pushed the number up on June 1 to 6.089.

I had been scouring the local retail stores for Archives this weekend and finally got a tip from This Way to the Clubhouse that Super Wal-Mart would have some, sure enough and 2 Blasters and 6 rack packs later, I had my fill of archives, love these sets especially 1985 and for some reason 1990 (prolly cause I was 5 and 10 at those points and the peak of my collecting)


Now just because you or I have a certain quantity of cards doesn't mean it's quality.  If you were to knock my collection it would be this: several holes in the team set variety.

A couple of highlights this week....
I am not much of a repack warrior, but this was definitely a treat to pull.

That's going to be the focus for me heading forward, to fill up those Swiss chesse team sets and make them whole.  Sounds like some touchy-feely psych session.  Maybe this is therapy....

Keep it Hot on the Corner, pat.