Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Trout has to be 'the guy' among my list of players to collect, but Topps and whomever else can make baseball cards picturing big leaguers will be making up Trout inserts for a long time - so there may not be any real rush to add any new Trout cards unless I stumble upon them.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
2016 Topps Heritage Yunel Escobar #306
2016 Topps Archives Sandy Alomar Sr. and Jr. - Father / Son insert; I was vaguely aware of this card and I thought I maybe able to use it.
2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Raul Ibanez #148
2007 Topps Heritage Shea Hillenbrand #220
1992 Upper Deck Hubie Brooks #709
1988 Topps Butch Wynegar #737
1988 Fleer Dick Schofield #504
1987 Topps Dick Schofield #502
1973 Topps Jim Spencer #319 - this one ends up being a dupe in my Opening Day collection.
1976 Topps Jerry Remy #229
1977 Topps Jerry Remy #342
1981 Topps Rick Miller #239
1981 Topps Dave Frost #286
1981 Topps Bob Clark #288
1984 Fleer Bob Boone #509
1984 Fleer Brian Downing #515 - this one ends up being a dupe in my Opening Day collection.
1985 Fleer Bob Boone #295
Thursday, August 25, 2016
As is, he is a catcher and they take a little while to develop as opposed to another position player on the field - if Bandy could just continue to hit a little bit and presumably do what he has to satisfy manager's Mike Scioscia's demands for his backstops, then Bandy maybe the Angels No. 1 guy at catcher for at least the next few seasons.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Marte has put in time with the Angels this year, has some pop in his bat and is only 25 - at this point however, Marte is nothing to get too excited about since he's an unproven guy playing on a dead end team.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
There was also 2016 Topps Allen and Ginter cards of Pujols [#211] and Street [#193] included - I'll probably see if I can pick up a regular set [1-350] at some point though haven't touched any loose packs or blasters.Fangraphs would say is more of a result of the players getting on-base infront of you than any particular skill attributed to a batter] was 20 years ago.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Prince's body type and while an iron man of sorts for the bulk of his career, he'd already been in decline - his slugging percentage had dropped from 2011-2013 while he was limited to 42 games in 2014.
Prince had sort of a bounce back bounceback year in 2015 and while I hoped he would continue slugging his way back into prominence - he labored for much of this year and a neck injury cuts his big league career short at 32.
Unlike his father, Prince swung the bat from the left side and while the body type was similar, Prince was a bit shorter than Fielder the elder - while father and son each hit 319 home runs for their careers, Prince seemed to be a better all-around hitter, with four seasons of 150 OPS+, compared to one for 'Big Daddy.'
Sunday, August 14, 2016
A one-time Angel in 2008, Teixeira hit .358 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 193 at-bats in a 54-game stint after being acquired from the Atlanta Braves near the trade deadline - he provided such a boost with a bat, that it was disappointing [even if any sort of long-term deal wasn't really meant to be] not to see him back with the Angels.
Losing Teixeira through free agency meant the Angels were compensated with a 2009 first-round draft pick - the team used the pick to select Mike Trout, who at 25, continues to build on a monumental career.
The circumstances that gifted the Angels with Trout was something that happened because Teixeira bolted for New York - so there maybe indifference but no real ill will towards 'Tex' after the fact.
After leaving the Angels, I probably hoped Teixeira would be more of an albatross as the years passed by - but in his first season with the Yankees, Teixeira got what he came for when he had another big season and helped the team win a World Series championship in 2009.
Friday, August 12, 2016
After a bounce back year in 2015, reality caught up to the 41-year old - who really knows what is on his mind and what maybe his possible options if he isn't bent on hanging it up just yet.
If A-Rod doesn't play in a big league game again, it will be interesting where he ends up as far as Hall of Fame consideration goes - because of the players' PED ties, I think the baseball writers have resigned themselves to letting three of the greatest players in baseball in Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and A-Rod sit in limbo as opposed to inducting them into the most exclusive club in any professional sport.
I think Bonds and Clemens have to get in first and that doesn't look like that is happening anytime soon - before they A-Rod gets any actual consideration.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
I'd rather take the time to put together quarter box stash of loose cards or pick up a cheap single card or two - though at times the urge to bust something new is too hard to resist.
Pink refractor pack
#22 Brian McCann - meh
#71 Carlos Ruiz - meh
#142 Cole Hamels - meh
#58 Joc Pederson - meh
#4 J.D. Martinez - Prism refractor
#166 Kyle Schwarber - meh
#71 Carlos Ruiz - meh
#172 Kyle Seager - meh
#PC-18 Corey Seager - Perspectives insert; the first time I’ve pulled a pair of brothers back-to-back in a pack.
#200 Bryce Harper - refractor variation parallel; I guess this is a card to put in a penny sleeve and place in a dingy box, to add to my mini-collection of players signing autographs.
#147 Johnny Cueto - meh
#192 Felix Hernandez - meh
#73 Noah Syndergaard - refractor
#76 Nick Markakis - meh
#111 Marcus Stroman - meh
Saturday, August 06, 2016
Friday, August 05, 2016
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
I don't know if any particular baseball products held their value, so no one really talks about them [so it would seem] - but the discoloration issue maybe more prominent for basketball card collectors.
Various message board links:
Monday, August 01, 2016
While Cano still has 7 years left on his hefty contract, he already has the numbers of a probable Hall of Famer - particularly for a second baseman who still looks like he can post big batting numbers to pad his counting stats.