Sunday, August 30, 2015

Featured autographs - Miguel Sano

Maybe serious collectors / speculators are not really interested in Sano's handful of certified autograph released in various prospect sets over the last several years - besides his true first year Bowman Chrome autograph back in 2010, the other certified autographs [before his RC logo cards come out] maybe all kind of 'junk' unless it's some hard to pull, low numbered parallel.

Considering Sano's potential as a slugger, I was eager to pick up a couple certified autographs - even if the particular cards [2014 Bowman Inception relic auto and 2014 Bowman Sterling] are some of the ones serious collectors / speculators would turn their nose up at.

Sano was subject of a documentary who [along with his family] received a lot of scrutiny when he was looking to sign with a MLB team for a big bonus - now he is mashing home runs in the Major Leagues and maybe a franchise star for the Minnesota Twins for years to come.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

2008 Upper Deck Timeline Nick Adenhart #321

I busted a couple of 2008 Upper Deck Timeline some time ago and it didn't look like I had the Adenhart among the partial set of cards I'd put together - so for my Angels frankenset, I picked up this card picturing the one-time Angel who was among three people killed by a drunk driver in 2009.

I like how the card design mimics the 1993 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects subset - I was looking at images of the Adenhart online and thought the card scanned too dark until I realized the card was designed to highlight the player's image with a muted background.

It's a shiny card which is appealing - though it's not exactly refractor shiny where the image pops off the card like a firecracker.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

1995 Pinnacle Jose Valentin #127

I may have been browsing a dealer's listings on eBay when I discovered this Valentin card with what looks to be a Roberto Alomar cameo - while it's not for my Angels frankenset, I picked up the 'nicer' Museum Collection parallel for my 'bonus babies' mini-collection, consisting of star players' cameos on common players' cards.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2009 Topps Updates and Highlights Nolan Ryan #UH232

I picked up this nearly seven-year old base card variation for $3 and change - the image of the Hall of Famer looks like it might have been originally black and white, then colorized on Photoshop to make it stand out on a trading card.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen blaster recap

Pack one
#230 Howie Kendrick
#82 Mookie Wilson
#147 Jarrod Parker

#72 Carlos Martinez - Gold mini parallel serial #'d 1/99
#47 Ozzie Smith
#218 Jake Peavy

Pack two
#41 Ivan Rodriguez
#164 Tony Gwynn
#176 Yasiel Puig
#26 Freddie Freeman - mini

#QT-7 Nelson Cruz - The Queen's Throwbacks insert
#209 Sean Doolittle

Pack three
#30 Jose Bautista
#189 Daniel Norris
#24 Joey Votto

#150 Felix Hernandez - mini
#337 Jorge Posada - short print
#74 Julio Teheran

Pack four
#23 Adam Jones
#14 Jose Altuve
#162 Jonathan Lucroy
#62 Kenley Jansen - mini
#259 Mike Foltynewicz 
#163 Willie McCovey

Pack five
#216 Scott Kazmir
#154 Ryan Howard
#270 Mike Minor

#243 Pedro Alvarez - Silver mini serial #'d 069/199
#281 Wade Davis
#290 Jay Bruce

Pack six
#6 David Wright
#72 Carlos Martinez
#264 Alex Rios
#128 Anthony Ranaudo

#332 Fred McGriff - mini
#193 C.C. Sabathia

Pack seven
#84 John Smoltz
#96 Edwin Encarnacion
#115 Chipper Jones
#112 Evan Gattis - mini

#GWO-25 Mookie Wilson - Walk-Off Winners insert
#220 Francisco Liriano

Pack eight
#11 Hanley Ramirez
#102 Johnny Cueto
#251 Ervin Santana
#219 Carlos Carrasco - mini

#GS-9 Alex Gordon - Glove Stories insert
#138 Greg Maddux

Saturday, August 22, 2015

2015 Topps Archives blaster recap

I impulsively picked up a couple of blaster boxes [the other was 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen] even though I'd already put them back on the shelves once as I went to the check out counter - I had figured with other things going on, none of the cards I might pull would fit anything I'm trying to do and would only add to the card clutter I've hoarded and otherwise mismanaged.

As is, I should have gone with my better judgement and left the blasters where I found them in the card section - the cutesy Archives inserts are missing from years past and I'm also vaguely aware that the short prints are harder to pull.

Pulling mostly base cards, I didn't care how thin the card stock was and the cards look fine - maybe I can't be making snap judgements busting only one retail box, but I felt like these should probably be $10 blasters i.e. like 2015 Topps Opening Day.

Pack one
#248 Catfish Hunter
#66 Dalton Pompey
#192 Matt Barnes
#WF-2 Will Ferrell - Seattle Mariners
#175 Masahiro Tanaka
#211 Kenley Jansen
#33 Oswaldo Arcia
#134 Duke Snider
#213 Brooks Robinson
#35 Eddie Murray

Pack two
#261 Gary Brown

#82 Buster Posey - I just like this card, so I posted a picture of it.
#155 Brian Dozier

#109 Steven Moya - Silver parallel serial #'d 198/199
#173 Ryan Zimmerman
#267 Nick Castellanos
#61 Tanner Roark
#197 Bob Lemon
#214 Orlando Cepeda
#43 Alcides Escobar

Pack three
#232 Carlos Gomez
#74 Devin Mesoraco
#129 Drew Smiley
#188 Yoenis Cespedes
#298 Trevor Rosenthal
#25 Yasiel Puig
#195 Adrian Beltre
#272 Adrian Gonzalez
#89 C.J. Wilson
#116 Carlos Carrasco

Pack four
#277 Edwin Encarnacion
#67 Jose Altuve
#142 Khris Davis
#274 Jose Reyes
#187 Matt Harvey
#292 David Ortiz
#8 Jayson Werth
#210 Carlos Santana
#28 Elvis Andrus
#120 Felix Hernandez

Pack five
#86 Mookie Betts
#118 Ryan Braun
#270 Nelson Cruz

#PC-GF Gerald Ford - Presidential Chronicles insert
#199 Joey Votto
#290 Jason Kipnis
#73 Ian Desmond
#245 Garrett Richards
#44 Jonathan Lucroy
#102 Ken Giles

Pack six
#59 Yadier Molina
#176 Zack Wheeler
#203 Yu Darvish
#164 Aroldis Chapman
#260 Andrelton Simmons
#15 Jason Rogers
#190 Daniel Norris
#291 Jose Bautista
#27 Lorenzo Cain
#183 Matt Shoemaker

Pack seven
#64 Shin-Soo Choo
#174 Trevor Bauer
#265 Starlin Castro
#21 Billy Hamilton
#208 Cory Spangenberg
#58 Bruce Sutter
#124 Phil Rizzuto
#242 Manny Machado
#95 Pablo Sandoval
#113 Salvador Perez

Pack eight
#140 Austin Jackson
#257 Andrew McCutchen
#68 Aaron Sanchez
#207 Fergie Jenkins
#69 Nomar Garciaparra
#179 Frank Robinson
#243 Phil Hughes
#46 Tyson Ross
#194 Yusmeiro Petit
#216 Wil Myers

Friday, August 21, 2015

J.T. Snow finds for the frankenset

1995 Pinnacle Museum Collection #215 - like the Eduardo Perez card from this post, the image caught my eye and I had to add this particular card.

Regardless of what the Rawlings Gold Glove meant 20 years ago and what it means now [with regards to advanced metrics] - Snow was a six-time winner of the award and had a great reputation as a defender at first base.

1996 Topps Finest Refractor #B144 - the card is a shiny add.