Thursday, March 31, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
There are just enough wrinkles that makes 2016 Donruss a little different alternative besides the usual Topps flagship or Topps Heritage - for at least the casual baseball card collector, who can embrace the quirks of a non-MLB licensed baseball card product.
While clean and relatively colorful the Donruss base cards are simply boring however - maybe it's defeats the point of collecting, but it's all about parallels, assorted inserts and one autograph or memorabilia card per blaster box.
Unlike pictures seen on many Topps cards this year, there is not much personality going on with the images used for Donruss - having team logos on cards and on uniforms is something I take for granted, but when the logos aren’t there on cards picturing ‘big league’ players, it's kind of a blemish that sticks out.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
In 82 games during the strike shortened 1994 season, Owen had his best year with the bat - hitting .310 with 17 doubles, 2 triples and 3 home runs in 268 official at-bats.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
#D82-3 Lorenzo Cain - Base 1982
Monday, March 21, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
#D82-30 Manny Machado - Base 1982
#SGS-TJ Travis Jankowski - Signature Series auto insert serial #’d 107/199
Monday, March 14, 2016
Hats-off - players wear caps on the field and batting helmets at the plate, so it maybe nice to see an occasional baseball card image of these players captured without headgear.
2010 Upper Deck Ichiro Suzuki #SB-172 - Biography insert
2004 Fleer Sweet Sigs Mike Piazza #8 of 25 BH - Ballpark Heroes insert
2000 Upper Deck Yankees Legends Mickey Mantle #55
Saturday, March 12, 2016
2008 Bowman Chrome Kazuo Fukumori #214 - refractor
Fukumori was a veteran reliever coming over to try and pitch in Major League Baseball, but couldn't get his career going with the Texas Rangers - however I can check out what he did in his pro career and look him up on YouTube making an old-timers game appearance and whatnot.
I randomly picked these cards [along with two random Hideo Nomo cards] up just to add variety to my Japan section of my nations collection - so my collection representing players from Japan seems a little deeper.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
I think the scan ended up a little lighter than what the card actually looks like in-hand - but I wasn't planning on sending the card to the 87-year old former big leaguer until I realized I'd rather have it signed sooner than never.
Monday, March 07, 2016
The images used are boring for the most part with no action shots - these Heritage cards either show the players from the waist up and/or boring poses from spring training photo shoots.
The images on the cards look like they are grainy, maybe part of a process [scanned newspaper effect?] - trying to make these new cards look old-timey.
The card backs seems like they are easier to read - so that is probably a good thing.
It’s probably not a consideration for strictly baseball card collectors but the images used and the facsimile autograph - makes the cards seem a little too cluttered to get a random in-person/TTM autograph on.
Thursday, March 03, 2016
While I'm not hunting for specific brands or sets digging through the dollar and under boxes - I'd like to believe that I'm building up a stash that makes some sort of sense, so I'd separated the cards I bought into some of the themes in my collections.
Though not all cards are pictured, here are the cards I bought for my 'awesome action' mini-collection showing something unique - maybe a 'nice action shot' or maybe a 'personality shot' that captures the immortal qualities of mortal ballplayers.
1994 Donruss Nolan Ryan #1 - Special Edition parallel
1994 Upper Deck Cal Ripken Jr. #425 - Electric Diamond parallel
1996 Upper Deck Randy Johnson #VJ12 - V.J. Lovero Showcase insert
1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Cal Ripken #12 of 22 - Ripken Collection
2005 Bazooka Albert Pujols #124 - mini
2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Prince Fielder #PH29 - Player Highlights insert
2010 Topps Derek Jeter #TOG-20 - Tales of the Game insert
2012 Topps Chrome Dustin Pedroia #21 - refractor
2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Xander Bogaerts #13
2015 Panini Prizm Miguel Cabrera #8 - Field Pass insert