#21 A.J. Pierzynski
#153 Carlos Beltran
#BP 12 Collin Wiles
#BP 100 Carlos Correa
#152 Shin-Soo Choo - gold
#BP 69 Anderson Feliz - International
#BCP 80 Alex Meyer - Chrome
#BCP 91 Gabriel Guerrero
#26 Darwin Barney
#68 Zack Cozart
#55 Lance Lynn
#184 Johan Santana
#BP 19 Carson Kelly
#BP 27 Cory Vaughn
#197 Delmon Young - gold
#CC-SDP 2 Rymer Liriano - Mini Chrome Refractor
#BCP 54 Chris McFarland - Chrome
#31 Michael Young
#209 Jim Johnson
#36 Alex Rios
#51 Evan Longoria
#49 David Price
#150 Bryce Harper
#BP 39 Brett Gerritse
#BP 47 Michael Taylor
#56 Matt Cain - gold
#BDP 63 Andrew McCutchen - Blue Sapphire Continuity Program insert / reprint of 2005 Bowman Draft
#BCP 20 Darwin Rivera - Chrome
#81 Cliff Lee
#39 Dylan Bundy
#133 Anthony Gose
#132 Adrian Beltre
#BP 60 Yordano Ventura
#BP 77 Jorge Bonifacio
#BP 88 Dorssys Paulino
#140 Jose Bautista - gold
Bowman Prospect Challenge code card
#BCP 11 Jamie Callahan - Chrome
#BCP 17 Mitch Nay - Chrome
#171 Paco Rodriguez
#217 Brock Holt
#142 Matt Kemp
#101 Paul Goldschmidt
#BP 101 Ronny Rodriguez
#BP 110 Sam Selman
#10 Johnny Cueto - gold
#25 Dan Uggla
#BCP 67 Travis Shaw - Chrome
#BCP 81 Gabriel Encinas - Chrome
#43 Ryan Wheeler
#175 Ali Solis
#16 Ryan Vogelsong
#62 Raul Ibanez
#149 Yasmani Grandal
#BP 71 Pedro Ruiz
#BP 70 Casey Stevenson
#BP 50 Rafael Montero
#52 Jacoby Ellsbury - gold
#BTP 38 Allen Hanson - Bowman Top 100 insert
#BCP 89 William Oliver - Chrome
#77 Jaime Garcia
#207 Eric Hosmer
#195 Aaron Hill
#188 Howard Kendrick
#BP 36 Jose Peraza
#BP 26 Cory Hall
#91 Clayton Kershaw - gold
#BP 82 Yeicok Calderon - Silver Ice parallel
#BCP 84 Luis Sardinas - Chrome
#BCP 53 Steven Moya - Chrome
#73 Angel Pagan
#72 Ike Davis
#138 Jayson Werth
#181 Dexter Fowler
#BP 16 Tyler Gonzalez
#BP 7 Jesse Hahn
#46 Wei-Yin Chen - gold
#CC-MT 3 Oswaldo Arcia - Mini Chrome Refractor
#BCP 69 Anderson Feliz - Chrome
#113 Mat Latos
#155 Mike Moustakas
#154 Hunter Pence
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
As an Angels fan, at times I feel like I'm made to suffer through lackluster performances as the team limps towards the end of April with a sub-.500 record - the Angels roster construction is rigid and while fans were happy when owner Arte Moreno throws money around in the off-season on supposed franchise players, the results are not there when those main big money guys struggle so far during the regular season.
The Josh Hamilton signing has been an early albatross - the Angels could have used the money spent on him on a good starting pitcher or two and instead of going cheap on has-beens like Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson.
More imagination should have been used to patch up faults of the team in the past several years - the corpses of Albert Pujols and Hamilton aren't hitting the ball with authority and maybe both will round into form though Pujols' plantar fasciitis and his general well-being in particular scares the crap out of me.
A bright spot may actually be Mark Trumbo, who is off to good start - after his second half crash in 2012, I didn't expect him to recover but it looks like he's actually a better hitter so far.
Can it be possible that Trumbo is really becoming more of a guy who can hit the ball to all parts of the field - he's going to hit share of home runs but I'm sort of excited by the fact that maybe he's aiming to be a better all-around hitter instead of a one-dimensional, all-or-nothing power guy.
I don't hear too much about the supposed ace of the Washington Nationals anymore though I assume he's never been quite a peach and the less national attention he gets - the more comfortable he feels as long as he can go out and dominate on the mound.
However, it's been three or four years already since Strasburg was hyped as the greatest thing since sliced bread - though pitching relatively well despite his W-L record, maybe he doesn't seem to be as sure of a thing at the ripe old age of 24.
It's not like his future is all behind him - but I wonder if fans and or experts will ever get an opportunity to talk about his talent like a Justin Verlander or Felix Hernandez any time soon.
Strasburg missed much of the 2011 season after coming back from Tommy John surgery - in 2012, wasn't allowed to finish the 2012 season and it was a strange decision for the Nationals to make, even with Strasburg's long-term interests in mind.
I guess Strasburg has to take a back seat to position player and teammate Bryce Harper on the Nationals - and apparently Strasburg is no Matt Harvey, who is the hot rookie pitcher of the moment in Major League Baseball.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
From what I've read, the biggest difference between PSA/DNA flips is blue is basically for authentication and grading of the autograph - while red flips is for the authentication / grading of the card and authentication of the autograph.
This might be a one time submission so I wanted some autograph cards that meant something in my collection - if I sent some oddball autographs cards for submission, I might be stuck with a reminder of something I don't really care for either way.
I decided to submit with two Mariano Rivera, two Derek Jeter and two Kirby Puckett autographed cards - through the special.
Though not perfect, PSA/DNA is the industry standard as far as autograph authentication is concerned - on a whim, I was looking to submit some cards that have been in my collection for the last 15 years and maybe looking for some validation.
After putting together the packaging I was mailing to PSA/DNA and hoping it would get to their offices safely, I realized I'd forgotten to sign and date the submission form I'd filled out - after someone from PSA/DNA contacted me through e-mail to resolve that little problem, I assumed my order was good to go, though I didn't know if it was going to take a while to process my order.
I was waiting around the clock, day by day, looking for any confirmation of my order and/or results being posted - maybe I was looking for a courtesy e-mail, but I didn't get anything at all and perhaps an option would be to give PSA/DNA a call.
I signed up with my personal info to create an account on the PSA Web site to see if I can get some kind of status check - however, I shouldn't assume PSA/DNA would process my order and tie it back with the account I just created on the PSA Web site after I'd already sent my cards in. THERE WAS NOTHING IN MY CREATED ACCOUNT TO INDICATE ANY ORDER AND I WONDERED HOW LONG I'D HAVE TO WAIT AROUND.
The small box I received at the post office after signing / writing my name / giving my address was from Newport Beach, so it had to be from PSA/DNA - it looked sturdy enough that I was hoping there would be slabs inside.
From all the lurking and reading I've done on autograph message boards - a possibility is not having everything I sent in authenticated and I wondered what my reaction would be if none of my cards were slabbed.
Eventually I tried to rip into the well packaged box as delicately as possible and saw what I'd paid $18 each [with insurance/shipping] for - for my first time, I was relieved to see five cards slabbed, though it became apparent soon enough that I had one clunker that failed to pass muster with PSA/DNA.
Two Rivera autograph cards - I'm thinking both of these cards were sent through the mail in the late 1990's since I wasn't out at the ballpark for two or three years after 1996.
Both cards were slabbed with the autograph on the 1997 Score being graded a Gem Mint 10 - I like the 1993 Bowman second-year card though I wish I'd found a way to pick up his 1992 Bowman rookie card instead.
Two Jeter autograph cards - the one I got in-person back in 1996 was slabbed and the one I got TTM in the late 1990's was unslabbed and 'tagged' with 'N4' questionable authenticity.
Two Puckett autograph cards - which were both authenticated and slabbed with the autographs being graded.
I never had the opportunity to get Puckett in person but in the late 1990's - wrote to him a couple of times to get a couple of cards signed.
For all my worrying, my submission took about 20 business days then just these last several days to ship back to me - I was worried I'd have to wait at least a couple of months or longer to receive my order, but I got my autograph cards back, even though I don't know what to do with my supposed Jeter miss.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Through the first month of this season Bourjos has put up some nice stats on the board as a hitter, excelling at the top of the lineup - hopefully he can put up comparable numbers for the rest of the year, get his hits and get on-base in other ways.
Friday, April 19, 2013
2006 Topps Turkey Red Joe Blanton #434
2010 Topps Pro Debut Randal Grichuk #147 - x3
2013 Topps Jason Grilli #174 - gold serial #'d 1711/2013
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Jose Quintana #42
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Salvador Perez #136
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Dustin Pedroia #275
2013 Topps Heritage Memorable Moments #MM-TR
Thursday, April 18, 2013
#61 Josh Reddick
#149 Rickey Henderson
#196 Dale Thayer - Panini, you don't need to label an anonymous middle reliever a rookie when he's spent parts of the last four years in the Major Leagues.
#171 David Phelps
#84 B.J. Upton
#82 Zack Greinke
#39 Adrian Gonzalez
#160 Sergio Romo - RC / I assume labeling Romo as a rookie was a goof that just wasn't corrected.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Ankiel has bounced around from St. Louis to Kansas City to Atlanta - he played the last couple of years with the Washington Nationals before being released some time in 2012.
Hopefully he sticks with the Astros throughout the year - since I've got at least one more setter to try and get autographed [2010 Topps Allen and Ginter] and maybe a few other cards I've ended up with.
15 for $5
1991 Topps Stadium Club Dome Shawn Green #67
1996 Donruss Press Proof Steve Sparks #3
1999 Bowman Tim Hudson rookie card #375 - scan miscut the image of the card
1999 Topps Finest Pat Burrell rookie card #131
2005 Topps Turkey Red Ryne Sandberg #312
2007 Bowman Sterling Prospects Brandon Hynick #BSP-BWH
2011 Bowman Draft Chrome Ref Matthew Skole #BDPP 15
2011 Bowman Draft Chrome Ref Harold Riggins #BDPP 21
2011 Bowman Draft Chrome Ref Carl Thomore #BDPP 31
2012 Bowman Draft Chrome Ref Sean McAdams #BDPP 94
2012 Bowman Platinum Yorman Rodriguez #BPP 68 - X-fractor parallel
15 for $1
1991 Upper Deck Final Update Kenny Lofton rookie card 24F
1992 Fleer Tony Gwynn #5 of 10
1992 Fleer Tony Gwynn #9 of 10
2005 Fleer Ultra Joe Mauer #5 - Gold Medallion die-cut parallel
2007 Bowman's Best Joe Mauer #6
2007 Topps Allen and Ginter Miguel Cabrera #90
2007 Topps Turkey Red Vladimir Guerrero #185B - Ad back / SP
2008 Topps Allen and Ginter Jered Weaver #234
2010 Topps Heritage Ryan Braun #492 - All-Star subset / SP
2011 Bowman Josh Hamilton BB 9 - Bowman's Best insert
2011 Bowman Joe Mauer BB 22 - Bowman's Best insert
2011 Topps Update Kevin Jepsen #US-101 - Cognac parallel
2011 Topps Update Scott Downs #US-198 - Diamond Anniversary parallel