Saturday, March 08, 2014
Friday, March 07, 2014
I didn't see him, but just as I'm only putting away the two cards [just yesterday], sorting a little bit for the upcoming baseball season - I read that he's been signed by the Angels, according this transactions list posted on Baseball America.
Martinez could be this year's Billy Buckner [who did get a few appearances with the Angels last year] or he may strictly AAA fodder [who might not be in the organization for long] - however his signing gives me some hope I could get my 2009 Topps Allen and Ginter set card signed in-person.
On the surface, he seemed to be a good guy to collect even though he plays for an East Coast team I wouldn't see much - he's always put up decent numbers and had the ability to come through in clutch situations for the Nationals in his career.
I guess Zimmerman is still a viable major leaguer - living the life, playing for a potential World Series contender while being paid nearly like a franchise player he once was thought to be.
It seems peculiar that I don't seem to hear much about him through the national media - he seems like just another good player who maybe trending downwards at he enters his 30's.
Has had the yips throwing the ball and maybe more of a passable first baseman in the near future - rather than a star third baseman for the rest of his MLB career.
A comparable player to Zimmerman maybe David Wright, but while Wright has sort of gone through his up and downs - I think he sorts of still has the allure of a star.
Am I'm wrong about Zimmerman being merely 'meh' over the last several years - does it matter that perhaps he isn't the first guy fans talks about when mentioning the Washington Nationals?
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I’m thinking there is a chance the seven letters put in was included among the 100,000 - though considering the following players I sent to, I might not have been realistically counting on getting any responses back.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
2011 Donruss Americana Pamela Anderson #1 - wow wow wee waa, a random card of the 'it' girl of the last 20 years.
2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Kevin Kouzmanoff #336 - sp
2013 Topps Update Series Jose Dominguez #US 109 - x2
2014 Topps Jhoulys Chacin #69 - Gold parallel serial #'d 0222/2014
2014 Topps Anthony Rizzo #71 - Gold parallel serial #'d 0752/2014
2014 Topps Anibal Sanchez / Bartolo Colon / Hisashi Iwakuma #117 - Gold parallel serial #'d 0054/2014
2014 Topps Junichi Tazawa #131 - Gold parallel serial #'d 1314/2014
2014 Topps Jonathan Herrera #152 - Gold parallel serial #'d 1663/2014
2014 Topps Nolan Arenado #275 - Gold parallel serial #'d 0986/2014
2014 Topps Reymond Fuentes #32 - Red Hot Foil parallel
2014 Topps Aroldis Chapman #77 - Red Hot Foil parallel
2014 Topps Adrian Beltre #161 - Red Hot Foil parallel
2014 Topps Jose Altuve #210 - Red Hot Foil parallel
2014 Topps Andrew Cashner #227 - Red Hot Foil parallel
2014 Topps Justin Upton #229 - Red Hot Foil parallel
2014 Topps Don Mattingly #50YD-4 - 50 Years of the Draft insert
2014 Topps Wil Myers #FN-17 - The Future Is Now insert
2014 Topps Neftali Feliz #310 - Black parallel serial #'d 53/63
I'm thinking I'd get to watch one of Baez's spring training at-bats, but during the time I'd momentarily gone back-and-forth - the guy had already hit a home run, so there goes my fleeting interest in the game.
I remember when I was trying to get him to sign stuff, trying to get a picture with him at Maryvale five or six years ago - but now I don't really like seeing Ryan Braun interacting with teammates, coaches, opposing players or umpires on the baseball field like it was not a big deal what he put himself and fans through the past two or three years. The cover up is worse than the crime as far as I'm concerned.
As far as the Angels game was concerned, I can't believe catcher John Hester is still lurking around as a Halo this spring - however, I see he went to school at Stanford and since catchers are supposed to be smartest guys on the field anyway, he's probably a guy looking to be a coach or manager soon enough, besides hanging onto some sort of Major League dream as a player.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Even though these cards aren't licensed by Major League Baseball - these cards probably fill the void as a 'midlevel' alternative to 2014 Topps, though interest may lag with 2014 Topps Heritage coming out this upcoming week.
#178 A.J. Pierzynski
#135 R.A. Dickey
#159 Pablo Sandoval
Thick dummy card
#40 Tim Beckham
#78 Max Scherzer
#53 Jacoby Ellsbury
#128 Miguel Cabrera
#185 Todd Helton
#143 Bryce Harper
Thicky dummy card
#127 Paul Goldschmidt
#151 Marlon Byrd
#47 Alex Gordon
#73 Paul Konerko
#173 Trevor Bauer
#130 J.J. Hardy
#34 Gio Gonzalez - Breakout Pitchers insert
#133 Hyun-Jin Ryu
#190 Nolan Ryan
#95 Albert Pujols
#60 Joe Mauer
#114 Matt Moore
#171 C.J. Wilson
#16 Paul O'Neill - The Elite Series insert; serial #'d 761/999; if nothing else, these cards my favorite from this re-imagined Donruss product, since I never had the opportunity to come close to having any of the original Elite Series inserts from the early 1990's in-hand.
#113 Everth Cabrera
#170 Yasiel Puig
#54 Ryan Zimmerman
#63 Adam Dunn
The re-imagined retro look of the cards is passable, while still feeling glossy and modern - though the images seem constricted with too much cropping, they sort of pop with the borders giving the illusion that the images are matted within the cards.
The backs are supposed to mimic the 1988 Donruss set - a non-glossy finish of sorts help the 'retro' feel of the cards backs, though it's not quite the original, dingy card stock use on the junk wax era Donruss cards; not as much stat lines / information are crammed on the back of these 2014 cards compared to their original counterparts.