Olagato House

November 28, 2008

I prefer Blue Monday

Filed under: postcards, Postcrossing — morineko @ 11:21 pm

I had to work today. I didn’t do Buy Nothing Day, though, because I had to buy lunch. 6 people + turkey sized for 3 people = no leftovers.

Also due to the surprise relatives, I only managed to get 12 cards uploaded to my postcard wall. This is only about 1/12 of the easily available postcards I need to scan. Also, I didn’t have time to scan in anything for future Cards of the Day.

Right now, I’m watching some winter ball I recorded from earlier this evening. It was not raining in the Dominican Republic when the game started. I am shocked. (At least it’s not that 22-20 Venezuelan game I recorded earlier this week.)

November 23, 2008

I have a scanner!

Filed under: postcards — morineko @ 10:32 pm

Unfortunately I have no time to hook it up until probably next weekend. I also have an ear infection. Vertigo, mmmmm.

The only benefit: the local CVS has started to carry postcards, which is great because the local Wal-mart no longer does. (I’ve seen postcards at CVS, but that was in Boston, and my friends and me were too busy running around looking for instant icepacks to care. Woodbury, Minnesota is not exactly a touristy area.)

November 17, 2008

current baseball postcards?

Filed under: postcards — Tags: , — morineko @ 10:14 pm

I was planning on doing this post when I got a scanner, but I’ll go into it a bit now. Are there any teams still selling team sets of postcards? I was thinking about this after seeing Paul’s post about his eBay Mets postcard find; then I was looking at the postcard section at TwinsCards.com and noticed that the Twins haven’t issued a set of postcards to the public since 1987. Any official team postcards later than that were sent out in response to fan mail.

The only recent baseball postcards I’ve seen for current players were some I picked up in Boston at the Yawkey Way souvenir shop back in February 2008. I purchased a 10-pack of assorted cards–and when I say assorted, it’s correct. I ended up with two of the same Jason Varitek card, another Varitek, two different ones of David Ortiz, and one each of Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Jonathan Papelbon, and Manny Ramirez. (There’s a 10th missing; it may be another Manny. The extra Tek and one of the Ortiz cards were sent out to Postcrossers.) The other pack they were selling was a 10-pack of Daisuke Matsuzaka cards. I’m unsure if any other 2007 Red Sox appeared on those postcards. I’ll be scanning what I have soon. If the range of postcards I’ve received from Japanese Postcrossers is any indication, postcards are still popular in Japan; this may explain why Red Sox postcards were produced in 2007. It probably explains the Matsuzaka-only pack, for what it’s worth.

If anyone has any idea if there were other 2007 Sox cards or if there were any other commercially-available MLB postcards produced in the 21st century, I’d love to know. (I’m also interested in NPB postcards, but I’m probably better off asking that on the Postcrossing forum.)

June 4, 2008

paper hobby updates

Filed under: baseball cards, postcards — morineko @ 10:13 pm

I haven’t been posting because of family and work concerns. Also, the price of everything has gone up and I haven’t bought any baseball cards in months–except for today. More on that in a bit. The price of international postage has gone up to 94 cents at the same time the limit on travelling Postcrossing cards has increased. Because I have sent more than 150 cards, I can have 11 cards travelling at a time. I bought postage instead of cards.

I haven’t lost interest in baseball (far from it) but I have to agree with this post on gimmicks and the quality of base sets. I know large sets and cards of lesser-known or lesser-quality players drive some, no, many collectors up the wall but I’d love to see a set of every player who has played in the majors for a given season. For example, I follow the Brewers. My favorite player on this year’s squad is Seth McClung, the former long reliever who’s now attempting to hold on to a fifth starter position. There isn’t any card of him in the main Topps or Upper Deck sets for this year–but there’s apparently an insert in the upcoming Allen & Ginter set. I know that McClung was one of the last players to make the team in spring training, but it’s June, he hasn’t been DFA’ed yet, and is most certainly here to stay for at least the rest of the month. Couldn’t any of the companies put a card for him in Series 2?

As for cards I have purchased, I was at Walgreens tonight picking up something to assist a cranky toddler with strep throat into being less cranky and noticed some very odd Topps series 1 packs by the checkout counter. They’re some sort of odd cross between a wax pack, a rack pack, and Opening Day; they’re clear packs in which you can see the top card clearly through the cello (and the bottom card not so clearly) and contain 7 cards and one stick of gum for 99 cents. If only I had my checklist with me, but I didn’t.

As for fun stuff I’ve been doing, I have pictures from the 4-game series the Red Sox played against the Twins here in Minneapolis. I don’t recall if I linked the Fenway Park pictures from my trip in February before, but here they are.

March 22, 2008

more February and March Postcrossing

It’s been a good month for Postcrossing receives. I’ve found the card I misplaced. There are a few I have received this week that I need to scan in, including a great lenticular stamp on a card from Finland. I’m recovering from the flu, so I didn’t get around to the scanning yet.

BR-28012, sent by JOGL2 in Brazil and received 27 February 2008

FR-23174, sent by mimosa in France and received 10 March 2008

GR-1977, sent by Nezumi in Greece and received 15 March 2008

March 7, 2008

Postcrossing arrivals for February and March

It’s been a while, but I really didn’t receive that many cards during February, just three. The other two cards in this post were received today. I can’t find what I’ve done with one of the cards, although I clearly remember receiving it!

Card 1, IT-12572 sent by joja70 from Italy and received 2 February 2008:

Card 2, AT-14584 sent by TinaMaus from Austria and received 12 February 2008:

Card 3, DE-138516 sent by Nalan from Germany and received 7 March 2008:

Card 4, DE-141663 sent by waws from Germany and received 7 March 2008:

February 24, 2008

my nontriumphant return to blogging

Filed under: admin, postcards, scrapbooking — morineko @ 11:39 pm

As it turns out, the knee I “screwed up” in Boston was actually a dislocated kneecap. It’s not as severe as the dislocation I had in fall of 2006 where the entire kneecap went to the right and had to be manually adjusted, but it was bad enough that it was rubbing against the side of my knee when I walked. Yes, I was an idiot and walked two miles with a dislocated kneecap, not to mention the giant haul I had to make from the gate to the baggage claim here in Minneapolis. I don’t recommend flying in coach with a dislocated kneecap, either, unless you’re under 157cm. I am 157cm exactly. In any case, I really didn’t feel like recapping my trip to Boston or finally posting that UD box break because that would have involved more sitting at a computer and scanning things. My scanner is attached to the computer in my craft room. My craft room is in the basement. My knee should feel better by this weekend.

Speaking of UD and boxes, I bought a blaster at Wal-Mart this afternoon and one of the packs only had five cards in it, and that must have been the pack where the “one game-used card per box!” was supposed to be in. Do you think I’ll have better luck with calling Upper Deck to complain or emailing them about it? I still have the box and the wrappers from all the opened packs. (That’s another break I’ll post once the scanner is accessible.)

The administrative part of the post (other than delaying the posting of more card minutiae) is that I’ve added a fair amount of sites to the blogroll. If it’s on my roll, I’ve been reading it through RSS and Google Reader since I found out about the site but have been too lazy to add it to the blogroll until now. Welcome, you all, and thanks for the nice comments from some of you.

Trading activities may be assumed soon as well. That’s also related to the lack of scanner. I’m also out of penny sleeves, toploaders, and the small envelopes I use to send books. This is also causing delays in my BookMooch sendouts. (The books I read on the plane weren’t good enough to keep in my permanent collection; the great thing about BookMooch is that it allows me to give them to people who really want to read them and that I can get something else neat from someone else with a book credit. The only drawback is shipping, and I’m out of envelopes again.)

My trip to Boston as expressed in paper: I was there for Boskone, which unlike every other sf or anime convention I’ve attended did not have any artists or dealers selling postcards. Of course, my congoing activities up until now have all been in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. I was sorely disappointed. For one thing, sf fans like cats, and Postcrossers love requesting postcards of cats. I have a severe lack of cat postcards to send out as I sent all of the batch I bought at last year’s local cons out already. I didn’t buy any generic tourist postcards (seen at both the hotel giftshop and the CVS on Newbury Street where I bought instant icepacks.) I did get postcards at the Museum of Fine Arts, mostly the ones featuring the special exhibition of early 20th century British printmaking (no photos allowed, so I bought the postcards) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (no photos allowed, period, so I’m using the postcards for my scrapbook.) I also picked up two packs of postcards at the big souvenir place outside Fenway Park. I bought one ten-pack of assorted Fenway views and one ten-pack of assorted players. They also had a ten-pack of Daisuke Matsuzaka postcards only, but I’m not that into Dice-K (shhh, if not for Schilling being broken he’d only be the 3rd starter) but apparently lots and lots of other people are if the souvenir stock is any indication. I didn’t get to any of the historical-type sites at all, unless you count Fenway Park. That’s two ballpark tours off my list this year; I did a Metrodome tour during Twins Fest. I’m going to Coors Field for a game in August during Denvention 3 but I’m unsure if I’m going to do the tour; after all, I am going to see a game ;)

I do have to mention the MFA’s sumo exhibit which had some great sumo postcards that you can see on that virtual tour. Part of that exhibit that isn’t in the virtual tour included some interesting trading cards and memorabilia. During the postwar period, there were playing cards issued that doubled as sumo trading cards. There were also some straightforward sumo trading cards from the 1990s on display with the familiar pictures and stats on the back sort of trading card layout. In the 1970s and 1980s, mass reproductions of wrestler handprints on paper were a popular form of sumo memorabilia. There were a few of those on display as well; those guys also have really big hands.

January 26, 2008


Filed under: baseball cards, postcards — Tags: , , — morineko @ 8:52 pm

No pictures (because I didn’t take any) and no scans because I’m sick sick sick and feeling too lazy to scan (how do I pick up con crud at a card show?) but I had fun, when I wasn’t waiting in line, climbing up lots and lots and lots of steps, and feeling like something was stabbing me in the nose. The clubhouse tour was interesting. The Twins clubhouse is v.v.v. tiny. The new stadium will have a bigger one. I hope the Twins get along well because that is more closeness to one’s coworkers than is really desired.

1991 Fleer factory set, $8
1990 Upper Deck factory set, $8
“grab bag” with 21 odd cards and 1/3 of a 1991 Donruss rack pack, $1
1979, 1982 and 1983 Twins postcard sets, $25
autographs of Dennys Reyes, Craig Monroe and Nick Punto, $10

Don’t ask me why I ended up in that autograph line, other than creative uses for 2007 Upper Deck doubles. Can anyone explain the fangirl appeal of Nick Punto? That entire line was filled with squeeing young ladies. IMO, they should have been squeeing over Craig Monroe…oh well. XD

January 21, 2008

not for the intended use

Filed under: baseball cards, paper crafts, postcards — Tags: , , — morineko @ 9:10 pm

I bought a mailbox. All the project ideas I’ve seen for it indicate it should be used with valentines. I’m going to put it on my desk at home and use it for postcards. Heck, it comes with 12 chipboard postcards. It wants to be filled with postcards. (Speaking of valentines, did anyone remember seeing baseball valentines back in the day? I recall receiving some, although I could be completely off here. I invariably gave out the cheap ones with the unlicensed designs. eBay is of no help but there are some lovely albeit expensive early 20th c. baseball-themed valentine postcards.)

I also bought a small metal tin that is also supposed to be decorated with paper. It’s just the right size to fit a small amount of toploaders. Yes, I’ll be storing baseball cards in it. Right now, there are three opened but unnoted packs in there. I will note further when I get some time; just thought people may be amused by the fact the mini flag insert in the Allen & Ginter pack shot out of the pack and onto the floor and nearly into the path of the oncoming dog. My dog likes paper about as much or more as she likes attacking unprotected feet. Don’t worry, I saved it in time.

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