Saturday, May 25, 2019
The last time I was at this card shop was in fall of 2017 and think I saw a 1995 Upper Deck Minors box for $15 last fall which was intriguing because regardless of how bad the content has aged - those mid 90s UD sets still look good.
However, there is probably lots of turnover - even if any particular box / set is just squirreled away somewhere else as opposed to someone actually buying it.
I saw some hand collated sets [junk wax era] on the counter closest to where all the junk boxes / junk sets are - this isn’t what I’m really looking for because the brown card boxes look ancient and taped shut, so who knows if there are just repacked garbage in there.
One of the store employees was explaining to an older collector that he just got those sets in and they did have the key cards - the older collector was looking for a run of old-school Topps sets.
I was lingering by, but the older collector was coming along looking for this and that - it felt like I kind of snatched the box with the 1983 Topps set [marked at $20] from just under his grasp.
Maybe the value has bottomed out, but old-school, pre junk wax era cards printed through the mid 1980s are still intriguing - it would be an impulse buy, but could I beat the price?
I really wasn’t about to mess with the set because who knows where it came from - even if the rookie cards of Ryne Sandberg [#83], Tony Gwynn [#482] and Wade Boggs [#498] would make the set seem like a no brainer purchase.
I have a PSA graded Sandberg and do prefer PSA graded rookies of Gwynn and Boggs - since there is some assurance someone looked at the cards to deem them authentic and assign a numerical grade.
For a price of a blaster, I could at least mimic the experience of going through the 35-year old cards like they came from unopened rips - maybe I could try to finish off my Topps team runs for 1983 with cards leftover for various, miscellaneous interests.
I actually took the time to put the set in plastic pages to see what a full set of 792 cards would look like in a book - during a few different times, I emptied out just about 90 plastic pages filled with assorted inserts and added the 1983 Topps cards.
To the naked eye the Sandberg, Gwynn and Boggs are presentable - maybe kind of examples I'd find in a more common showcase of cards at a card show or card shop.
The rest of the cards are probably in 'ex-mt' condition, with examples of cards - being off-center, miscut or otherwise having some sort of noticeable blemish.
I'll probably leave the misfit condition cards as fillers since I'm not a set guy - it's not really worth it to me to track down countless 1983 Topps so I can upgrade a random common here, a random star card here, etc.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
One of the collecting things I'd like to focus on at the moment is gathering the loose autographs I have of players who are playing or have played for the Angels - I've counted up around 290 autographs for my all-time autograph collection so far and the goal is perhaps not completion, but to get a good representation of players in franchise history.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
I was looking for 2019 Bowman Mega Boxes at a random Target stop but didn’t find any - so I relented to grab a blaster this other baseball product that might have just come out.
I like the cards though a concern has always been the card stock because they seem a little fragile - I’m not going to be literally playing with my cards, but I do like the flip through them and feel like these cards shouldn’t be handled too much.
The non-glossy finish on the cards maybe prone to fingerprints and blemishes - I can’t complain too much and the design seems to be much nicer than the debut issue last year, though I probably won't embrace it like it’s some awesome product for a penny pincher collector.
Blue border parallel pack
#378 Josh Hader - Award Winners subset
#147 Willy Adames
#268 Ryan Zimmerman
#269 Caleb Joseph
#154 Jose Berrios
#76 Nick Williams
#143 David Dahl
#WC-6 Billy Hamilton - Wall Climbers insert
#156 Daniel Palka - Gold parallel
#90 Brandon Belt
#183 Victor Robles
#216 Pablo Sandoval
#342 Noah Syndergaard
#129 Max Scherzer
#323 Max Kepler
#287 Jesus Aguilar
#95 Kevin Newman
#SCR-RA Ronald Acuna Jr. - Star Caricature Reproduction insert
Take the Field contest info card
#40 Blake Snell
#294 Kyle Tucker
#371 Stat Kings 2018 AL Innings Pitched Leaders - feat. Kluber, Verlander and unemployed Keuchel
#141 Joc Pederson
#50 Ronald Acuna Jr.
#242 Whit Merrifield
#265 Andrew McCutchen
#BO-6 Trevor Story - Blast Off! insert
#108 Corey Kluber
#56 Mark Trumbo
#246 Starlin Castro
#384 Mookie Betts - Award Winner subset
#275 David Peralta
#5 Josh Bell
#93 Salvador Perez
#PW-27 Tim Anderson - Players’ Weekend Nicknames insert ‘TA7’
#202 Paul De Jong
#209 Ian Desmond
#25 Chris Archer
#29 Eduardo Escobar
#326 Ian Happ
#340 Randal Grichuk
#203 Tommy Pham
#WC-6 Billy Hamilton - Wall Climbers insert
#347 Stat Kings 2018 AL Runs Scored Leaders - feat. Betts, Lindor and Martinez
#119 Mallex Smith
#180 Jonathan Villar
#235 James Paxton
#217 Wil Myers
Thursday, May 16, 2019
As it goes, I didn’t actually look to see which big league team Round Rock was affiliated with at the time and what level [Round Rock had been the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A farm team since 2011, when I thought it was Houston's Double-A affiliate] - it's just not a big deal, but now I had this 'weird, phantom' in-person autograph card signed by a player whose relation with the subject featured on-card was non-existent.
Alvarez reached the Triple-A level in 2018 with the Fresno Grizzlies [when the Grizzlies were affiliated with the Astros] - but was in playing in Double-A when the Fresno made its only trip to Round Rock, so I couldn't say he at least played at the ballpark as a visiting player.
Go figure, after the completion of the 2018 season, the Astros ditched Fresno and had a new agreement with Round Rock to be their Triple-A affiliate - I could finally show off this card, signed by a Cuban slugger tearing up the Pacific Coast League so far as opposed to stashing it away in a box of fails.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Fast forward to this year, I saw some collectors getting him back from requests sent from a year or so ago - fingers crossed, I was going to get mine sooner than never.
I just about called it when one of my SASEs showed out of the blue - inside were my cards signed and also preprinted form letter talking about Adell's new foundation.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Sunday, May 05, 2019
I added a column to the Google Sheets file where I could 'tag' listed cards I had in-hand according to a sport - I'm always a 'baseball first' guy, but I want to account for cards from basketball, football, hockey, etc.
As far as cards from other sports, I'll have cards I'll physically add to the end of specific classifications / groupings that were made for my baseball collection - but there will also be a stand alone collection of cards for each sport.
Basketball - actual on court action - in the air; stick this with my baseball ‘in the air’ collection
Football - skill players - quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, tight ends
Football - special teams - running backs, defensive backs
Football - offense - kickers, linemen
Football - defense - cornerbacks, linebackers, linemen, safeties
Football - unique perspectives - celebrations
Hockey - actual on ice game action
Hockey - unique perspectives - celebrations, photo ops
Classifications / groupings for my stand alone cards may be just a little different from my baseball ones - I was trying to think of some unique themes for the football cards, but stuck with trying to arrange them by position.
Saturday, May 04, 2019
Pham seems to have a little bit of a ‘bite’ to him and maybe because of injuries, it took a while before he reached and established himself as a big leaguer - the window for him to be an outright star has never quite opened, but when healthy, he has put up numbers.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Compared to the Vladimir Guerrero [Sr.] universally noted in professional baseball as a guy who can hit them wherever it was literally pitched - the already jumbo sized Vlad Jr. is supposed to be a better slugging talent at the same stage of their MLB careers, so the hype has been through the roof.
Admittedly, I hesitated on pulling the trigger to get my one lousy copy when eBay sellers had them up for pre-sale [usually for around $5, though in mass quantities, they may get them for roughly a couple of bucks each] - I waited until the next day's set of Topps Now cards came out until browsing around to see if the listed prices had spiked just a bit and whether I can order one.
The print run for the Vlad Jr. cards was 19,396 [which is the most for any Topps Now card] and the game dated, on-demand cards just doesn’t have the same appeal as pack pulled cards - maybe as an extension of the love for Vlad Sr. however, I'll see about trying to collect his son in here and there, even if prices for his key cards are just not within my budget.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Retail configurations are a tease, but collectors and speculators are mining for prospect gold and there was a little FOMO [that nasty acronym] - in case I wouldn’t be able to find any in-person at a big box stores.
As is, there might be a window to buy the same unopened retail products online - it saves a trip, without having to hope and pray the vultures haven't ravaged through the stock in-hand.
Unopened purchases is not a means to add something for my personal collections, but a break gives me an opportunity to flip through new cards - I'm hoping for at least a retail autograph pull, just to have some ink to show for my gamble, though the odds are long I'll pull someone who is a decent prospect.
I haven't decided or just might not bother on a hand-collated set purchase to build up the in-person / through the mail card depth, particularly for teams closest to me - things are bloated however and I get bummed out, when I can't get ink on cards I've ended up with.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
I added a column to the Google Sheets file where I could 'tag' listed cards I had in-hand according to a classification - I might have around 1,000 cards listed in my main awesome action collection and so I don't get overwhelmed, I'm only grabbing a certain number of cards at a time [like all the cards of players with the last names A-B, B-C, etc] to get through the year.
To dig a little deeper perhaps, I added a grouping column where I want to label cards within the main awesome action subset and classification - so far, I only have my A-B cards off my main collection and awesome action cards I had in my temporary setups to classify.
I’ve tried to conjure up groupings that come up as I’ve played and listed out cards in a specific classification - as is, it was a little confusing to sort what I had all over again, going in different directions, trying to herd into one place, that might fit better in another place, etc.
I worry the names of the groupings sound too basic, where there isn’t really have a ‘bite,’ but the cards that are tagged under an occasional boring sounding grouping - were collected within the awesome action umbrella.
Actual on field game action - baserunning, batters bunting, batting, celebrations, confrontations, curtain calls, fielding, in the air, making the throws and pitching.
Dirt fetish - maybe not as specific as long as I see dirt
Fun cards - goofing off, gum cards, having fun, mascots, mugging it up, oddities and props
Game face cards - focused, men at work
Personality shots - fired up, tributes
Unique perspectives - angles, event captured, horizontal, interviews, lounging around, majestic / panoramic, multiple-exposure manipulation, posed photo shoots and signage.
Maybe by the end of the week, things got more clear cut - where I was able to organize by classification and grouping, though it is just the start.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Even though the cards weren't randomly inserted in packs, due to a little FOMO - I picked up a copy of each for my micro-mini Harper personal collection.
I wouldn't say pulling one is common, but I’ve seen the 'screaming variation' found enough times through $5 repack boxes that I wanted one outright - so at the very least, I don’t go fiending out trying to find my own copy of the card.
The screaming Harper is 1 of 5 factory rookie variation cards inserted as a bonus - the card to the right ['front leg up'] is the factory set variation of Harper’s super short print rookie card from 2012 Topps Series 2.
Presumably the factory set variation was issued because Topps wanted traditional set collectors to have a Harper card with 2012 sets - even though it just isn't the flagship SSP Harper card coveted by serious collectors / speculators.
Monday, April 15, 2019
I don't remember when I got this odd-sized card but it was probably handed out at a MLB game to honor Robinson's MLB debut - as much as I know only the player for being a pioneer for African-American integration into the major leagues, I think digging deeper makes his life experiences relevant in 21st century America.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
I maintain a loose box of cards to stash 'adds' to count towards my year end achievements and a stash of 'haves' that may have been loose cards otherwise already in my collection - it's kind of 'grunt' work to empty the box but I get the satisfaction of playing around with my actual cards and making sure they are 'officially' part of my collection as opposed to just not giving a hoot.
I’ve started to put away some cards for the following but I think I’ve got to stop somewhere - there has to be a time where I can say I’m done with something at the moment, where I can catch my breath and pat myself on the back.- I’ve got to stop somewhere and there has to be a time where I can say I’m done with something at the moment, where I can catch my breath and pat myself on the back.
I can take myself through a ‘trip’ as a collector flipping through cards that belong to particular themes perhaps - but it feels irrelevant, where I’ve objectified strangers’ [regardless of their status as professional athletes] cards [like having a snapshot of someone else’s personal achievement] that mean bupkis to my life.
It’s because I’m a collector and one-time in-person autograph hound that thinks chasing ink got me closer to the game than it actually did - going through the cards or scrutinizing them because a bit more important because I was looking to get them inked up.
Not to get too dramatic, but maybe through collecting, I’ve kind of marginalized my own life where I wonder if trying to do something with miscellaneous cards are a waste - once in a while, maybe it’s peculiar to see ‘dead cardboard’ I flipped through and passed over at one time ‘archived to oblivion’ like commons from 10-15 years of once ‘current’ players that have moved on [when I haven’t].
Friday, April 05, 2019
On the other hand, I still get impulsive and maybe I was looking for some whoopee out of a random break - there are probably smarter ways to get newer cards in my collection, but things feel stale sometimes and I have to make a choice to grab something off the trading card hanger display at my big box store.
Green parallel pack
#170 Lou Trivino - Mr. Mem [of Cardbarrel fame] mentioned on Twitter the card numbers printed on the back are tiny and my eyes agree.
#21 Matt Davidson - I saw the base version from browsing on eBay perhaps and because of the image selected off Getty, I was happy to get a parallel of the original card.
#175 Jack Flaherty
#196 Yoan Moncada
#271 Trea Turner
#185 Jose Leclerc
#29 Dawel Lugo
#229 Zack Cozart
#22 Ryan Borucki
#273 Jose Urena
#182 Yu Darvish
#187 Justus Sheffield
#14 Josh Reddick
#227 Jose Ramirez
#146 Kyle Freeland
#101 Blake Snell
#81 Trevor Bauer
#124 Joey Gallo
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
I bought a copy of this card last year, but there was a stray mark on the top left hand corner and on principle, I returned the card to the seller - even though it cost me s/h to send it back.
Because the impulse buy didn’t end up working last year, picking up a copy of the card ended up itch I had to scratch - Ichiro was a universally loved player and as a personal tribute to the player and the man, I wanted a cheap, classy looking 'bookend card' for my micro-mini Ichiro PC.
While I don’t have an extensive Ichiro card collection [maybe three or four of his cheapest rookies in addition to whatever loose cards I may have] - I do have several in-person autographs I was able get through parts of his legendary career with a few stories on those IP quests for his scribble.
I would have originally settled for a raw copy of the card as they were released, but after the fact, a slabbed copy [$10.99 BIN - $3.00 eBay promo on purchases of $3.01 or more] only cost several dollars more - while third party grading can be a straight up joke, especially for the most recent of cards, having a card entombed in plastic gives me some peace of mind as far as getting a relatively clean card.
These cards aren't hard to find at all, so PSA 10 listings are not much more than the PSA 9 ones - as far as I’m concerned a PSA 9 is what I'll usually what settle for as the most common grade for most modern cards I’m looking to pick up.
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Even though this old-school Sports Illustrated magazine showed Rod Carew on the Twins and not the Angels - I bought the copy on eBay to have it signed by Carew at the local card show back in 2007.
I put away the magazine for good and never thought about getting Foster’s autograph until I saw he was doing these spring training autograph signings with Fergie Jenkins - in recent years, maybe Foster has been a white whale of sorts, since he has shown up where it may not have been convenient for me to go.
I was able to go the Cactus League for a couple of weekends this past spring and on my last day, I saw a Facebook post by Jenkins' foundation that they were going to be signing at the Texas Rangers game in Surprise - regardless of whether I got any actual active players, one of my priorities was getting Foster.
I saw the Fergie Jenkins booths as I finally got in through the left field gates after going through security / a metal detector - Jenkins’ table was between Foster on his left and Byron Browne, a former Cubs player, who I knew because he participated in a kids camp in Peoria 11 years ago.
During the start of the game, I made my way to the Jenkins booth [Rollie Fingers was actually signing on the concourse, behind home plate, so it seemed like he getting most of the foot traffic] to get things over with - I looked over the price list posted on the tables [Jenkins was $30 and Browne was $20 maybe for the flat / balls] and Foster was the only one that the basic price was dependent on what you had.
I dug out my magazine and asked how much it would cost to sign - hoping it wouldn't be like $30 or $40.
"$20," Foster said.
As I handed him my magazine and my Sharpie - I gave my money to the handler next to him.
Foster suggested a spot where to sign my magazine and I pointed at a different place - he signed where I wanted and shook his hand after he was done.
I thought about taking a picture of him signing my item or maybe a photo op but it was nighttime and I was a little harried - to worry about anything but getting ink on my SI and leaving for a 5-hour trip back home.
Friday, March 29, 2019
I waited around until he was walking to the dugout to ask him to sign one of those preprinted The Autograph Card blanks - “I don’t sign those” he said.
I don’t know why I wanted his autograph in the first place - for the 30 minutes I'd waited around, this guy shut me down rather quick and had to rummage through my autograph book to see if I had anything that could be signed.
Maybe just where the netting ends, he stopped to sign for at least a couple of kids and I whipped out a ticket stub from the previous night's game - he relented to scribble on that and my mission to get this random Cal League pitcher was done.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Reese didn’t play for the MLB Angels, but was a beloved figure as a longtime coach for the team - he was also a one-time roommate of Babe Ruth.
I started following baseball during Reese's later years in life in the early 1990s - I picked this autograph card up through Baseball Card Exchange to flesh out my Angels PC and as a small nod to this man working behind the scenes until his passing,
Sunday, March 24, 2019
#96 Mallex Smith
#49 Steven Duggar
#110 Luis Severino
#82 Austin Meadows
#54 David Peralta
#88 Clayton Kershaw
#47 Ramon Laureano
#66 Sean Manaea
#98 Kyle Schwarber
#62 J.D. Martinez - Holo Red parallel
#N5 Juan Soto - Vector parallel / Nicknames insert
#231 Framber Valdez - faux 1985 Donruss style
#168 Hunter Pence
#238 Bryse Wilson - faux 1985 Donruss style
#147 Freddy Peralta
#243 Matt Boyd - faux 1985 Donruss style
#171 Matt Carpenter
#246 Eric Haase - faux 1985 Donruss style
#140 Kevin Pillar
#209 Tanner Rainey - faux 1985 Donruss style
#239 Ryan Tellez - faux 1985 Donruss style
#181 Blake Snell - ‘Zilla’ variation
#21 Christian Yelich - Diamond Kings
#185 Trevor Story
#192 Matt Chapman
#9 Yoan Moncada - Diamond Kings
#165 Javier Baez
#198 Sandy Alcantara
#157 Gleyber Torres
Saturday, March 23, 2019
I liked him just like everyone else seemed to - mainly it was because he was all about infield singles, stealing bases, showing off his arm and his defensive skills as a fast-paced contrast to the plodding all-or-nothing players who had one skill [slugging a lot of home runs], but offered little else.
Maybe for years, the media couldn't pin a narrative to Ichiro's career - part of the appeal was the quirkiness and mystery of this far east hit machine who crashed the major leagues at 27, yet was a year-to-year threat to reach the 200-hit plateau that he made up for 'lost years' to reach the 3,000 hit milestone.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
As far as Trout cards, I'll keep the ones I pull or stumble upon, but don't really go looking for ones to pick up since his better cards are always in demand - maybe two or three years ago, this particular second-year card was probably worth $3, but interest had picked up and it caught my attention.
I remember having a fling with trying to build the 2012 Topps Heritage set off loose pack / blaster breaks but lost interest soon enough - after the fact, it's easier to start with a hand-collated set purchase on eBay.
I didn't find a Trout among the 150-card box that housed my loose Heritage set-build from seven years ago - to scratch the itch, I had to get a copy even if it meant paying the going rate for a graded '9' example of his first Heritage card.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
While injuries suffered saps some of the prospects rankings hype for Adell entering the year - hopefully his circumstances doesn't affect his rise towards becoming a big league star, even if he'll be on the shelf in the meantime.
I got another copy of the Adell card when I recently purchased a full hand-collated set [1-220], including the SPs [201-220] - there wasn’t an incentive to get last year's Topps Heritage Minors set because I didn’t go to the Arizona Fall League to sort of get started on getting at least 15-20 inked up.
However, because of the odd in-person or TTM opportunity to get some of the cards off this set signed, it’s hard to think about not having stocked up on the most recent Topps Heritage Minors set - I’ve tried to go ‘cheaper’ in years past, only buying the base 1-200 set, but just so there are no questions about not having certain cards, I got a set with the 20 short prints.
Monday, March 04, 2019
I sort of like the heaviness of the packs in a blaster - it's kind of like a brick and it almost doesn't feel like a waste spending $20 for a casual rip of baseball cards.
The grey borders do seem boring and maybe drab, but that is how the original 1970 cards look - the inserts I might find in an average box may stand out a bit more than the base cards, though I would assume any particular one wouldn't be too hard to find if I wanted them outright.
#370 Mike Moustakas
#148 Ronald Guzman
#71 2018 National League Strikeout Leaders - feat. Scherzer, deGrom and Corbin
#249 Jeremy Jeffress
#443 Matt Kemp - SP
#287 Mike Fiers
#183 Wilmer Flores
#346 Pedro Strop
#388 Carlos Santana
#119 Michael Wacha
#219 Jesus Sucre
#262 Padres Rookie Stars - feat. Nix and Urias
#224 Chase Anderson
#THC-477 Mitch Haniger - Chrome parallel, serial #’d 522/999
#333 Manny Pina
#244 Angels Rookie Stars - feat. Arcia, Buttrey and Jerez
#310 Red Sox Celebrate World Series Title Win
#294 Justin Anderson
#75 Jake Lamb
#296 Tucker Barnhart
#36 Reds Rookie Stars - feat. Trahan and Reyes
#255 Jonathan Gray
#NAP19 Jacob deGrom - New Age Performers insert
#58 Gorkys Hernandez
#362 Freddie Freeman - All-Star subset
#316 Dansby Swanson
#367 Bryce Harper - All-Star subset
#107 Joe Panik
#222 Hunter Dozier
#152 Matt Boyd
#77 Tony Watson
#438 Matt Carpenter - SP
#344 Joe Musgrove
#82 Austin Romine
#312 Yairo Munoz
#338 Jarrod Dyson
#271 Kyle Seager
#95 Joe Jimenez
#94 Francisco Cervelli
#2018 American League RBI Leaders - feat. Martinez, Davis and Encarnacion
#6 of 15 Lorenzo Cain - Baseball Scratch Off insert
#199 Jackie [Bradley] Clears Ducks on the Pond!
#270 Jorge Alfaro
#176 Will Smith
#2018 American League HR Leaders - feat. Davis, Martinez and Gallo
#103 Miguel Rojas
#217 Tim Anderson
#378 Max Kepler
#290 Jose LeClerc
#NF-3 Earth Day Festivities Sprout in U.S. - News Flashbacks insert
#13 Chris Stratton
#147 Yangervis Solarte
#198 When [Yasiel] Puigs Fly!
#398 Teoscar Hernandez
#193 Devon Travis
#21 Athletics Rookie Stars - feat. Laureano and Martini
#213 Mark Trumbo
#334 Jose Quintana
#5 of 15 Anthony Rizzo - 1970 Topps Baseball Candy Lids
#321 Arodys Vizcaino
#2 Felix Hernandez
#153 Seth Lugo
#124 Marcus Stroman
#78 Mookie Betts
#235 Ryan Zimmerman
#137 Jurickson Profar
#85 Chris Iannetta
#429 Gerrit Cole - SP
#259 Chad Pinder
#285 Isiah Kiner-Falefa
#16 Jake Junis
#359 J.D. Martinez
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
I might have last opened one of these in 2015 as noted from my pack breaks that year - though I’ve turned my nose at repacks because they seem all the same redundant types of cards.
Though these repacks are pretty generic, Walgreens maybe the go-to spot for these - a football one had a sticker that said it could only sold at Walgreens.
These continue to be occasionally blogged about, mentioned on Twitter or shown off on YouTube as a way to go through a bunch of assorted cards - I don't think there is any reason why repacks should exist, but it maybe a cycle where guys looking to get back to collecting want to start somewhere or someone like me is looking to flip through the junkiest of cards.
2018 Topps Opening Day pack
#23 Willson Contreras
#123 Chance Sisco
#12 Nick Markakis
#M-12 Orbit - Mascots insert
#145 Zach (k) Britton
#32 Raisel Iglesias
#132 Walker Buehler - I thought there might have been some chipping or blemishes, but in addition, the best card out of the pack actually has a bent corner, go figure.
There was a sticker that said, ‘Team Set Inside!’ but a 2016 Topps Chicago White Sox 17-card factory set is quite random - what in the world would I do with these cards?
2017 Topps Jon Lester #162
1990 Upper Deck Mike Krukow #639
1988 Fleer Randy Velarde / Adam Peterson #646
1991 Upper Deck Rob Dibble #635
1997 Topps Stadium Club Walt Weiss #287
1987 Donruss Steve Sax #26
1987 Donruss Mark Langston #568
1990 Fleer Kevin Bass #223
1992 Bowman Mike Stanley #370
1992 Bowman Tom Pagnozzi #241
1990 Best checklist #143
1993 Fleer Ultra Mike Morgan #21
1988 Topps Jim Morrison #751
1990 Topps Joe Boever #410
1990 Topps Donn Pall #219
1990 Topps Rick Schu #498
1990 Topps Mike Boddicker #652
1988 Topps Danny Tartabull #724
1992 Leaf Terry Steinbach #501
1992 Fleer Pascual Perez #240
2012 Topps Opening Day Josh Johnson #106
1992 Score Mitch Webster #643
1991 Upper Deck Scott Cooper #22
1991 Fleer Jeff Montgomery #564
1990 Topps Doug Rader #51
1990 Topps Dave Magadan #135
1992 Score Al Shirley #802
1987 Fleer Danny Heep #11
1990 Donruss Billy Ripken #164
1981 Topps Larry Gura #130
1997 Upper Deck Randy Myers #18
1993 Leaf Jose Rijo #411
1989 Fleer Luis Aquino #275
1992 Donruss Ron Jones #738
1992 Score Jack McDowell #62
1990 Donruss Randy Velarde #630
1992 Fleer Ron Karkovice #88
1991 Topps Craig Grebeck #446
2017 Topps Jean Segura #123
2017 Topps Ervin Santana #678
2017 Topps Julio Urias #582
2017 Topps Kyle Hendricks #468
2017 Topps Jeff Hoffman #335
2017 Topps Michael Brantley #605
2017 Topps Jerad Eickhoff #12
2017 Topps Julio Urias #582
2017 Topps Tony Watson #256
2017 Topps Jon Lester #1442017 Leaf Cody Bellinger #02 - the odd card of Bellinger that looks like the worst Broder ever.
The image used was likely from some sort of rookie league game where Bellinger looks barely out of high school - but these may have been printed ‘en masse’ to capitalize on the hype of his 2017 ROY campaign as it has in-season rookie highlights on the back.
1997 Topps Donny Hill #339 Maybe the path will not be as clear cut, but if Barnes makes one big league start in his professional career - I’ll consider this hit as a a ‘nice pull.’
1991 Fleer Bobby Thigpen #137
1987 Topps Candy Maldonado #335
1987 Topps Bill Schroeder #302
1987 Topps Storm Davis #349
1990 Fleer Neal Heaton #468
1987 Topps Maury Wills #315 - x2
1990 Upper Deck Junior Ortiz #389
1990 Upper Deck Ozzie Guillen #267
1986 Topps Luis Salazar #103
1992 Donruss Bob Patterson #590
1990 Upper Deck Sid Bream #250
1990 Donruss Doug Drabek #92
1990 Topps Rafael Belliard #143
1990 Upper Deck Bob Walk #596
1995 Score Jon Lieber #461
1995 Fleer Update Mark Johnson #U-149
1992 Score Gary Redus #67
1996 Upper Deck Charlie Hayes #436
1988 Donruss Felix Fermin #144 - got 'jammed up' with a run of 10 Pittsburgh Pirates cards in a row [plus 7 more in the rest of the repack] and found it peculiar.
2001 Topps Archives Joe Garagiola #228 - I didn’t know what these were when I bought a couple of packs at Target when this product was originally released; obviously they were reprints, but what was the hook to them? The numbers and set information are on an itty-bitty line on the back of the cards.
1993 Leaf Glenn Davis #45
2008 Playoff Contenders Tony Delmonico #46
1990 Donruss Steve Rosenberg #253
1984 Topps Lee Mazzilli #225
1983 Fleer Jim Morrison #313
1983 Fleer Jason Thompson #325
1988 Donruss Richard Dotson #124
1993 Upper Deck Bo Jackson #775
1983 Fleer Dave Parker #315
2017 Bowman Draft Charlie Barnes #CDA-CBA - according the box, one in four packages on average contain a hit and I actually pulled a recent Bowman Chrome Draft Pick autograph.
1990 Score Steve Lyons #88
1995 Topps Stadium Club Ray Durham #548
1983 Fleer Chili Davis #257
1991 Fleer Donn Pall #130
2013 Topps Roy Halladay #264
Maybe the path will not be as clear cut, but if Barnes makes one big league start in his professional career - I’ll consider this hit as a a ‘nice pull.’
Sunday, February 24, 2019
With the $300 million contract signed by Manny Machado and Bryce Harper still looking to sign a similar or likely better arrangement - the speculation over Trout's future has mushroomed.
It pisses me off because it has me uneasy about Trout's standing with the Angels - I think the Angels have always had Trout's back, even as fans [like me] have thought about how the best player in baseball should not be playing on a team that isn't contending for anything.
I want things to play out for the next two years and don't want to face the reality the face of my home team and yes, Major League Baseball - might be lured by the Philadelphia Phillies [his home team on the East Coast] or end up in the middle of the lineup for the New York Yankees.
I can't imagine Trout playing for another team and maybe an ideal extension would be a 7-8 year deal for something approaching $400 million of Angels owner Arte Moreno's money - if Trout does move on, the way I think about it is that someone else will get his 30s, but the Angels and their fans got his prime years.
Maybe the cliche don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened applies here - though the only acceptable scenario is Trout gets locked up as Angel for life and things turn around as far as getting other pieces to build around him.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
In real life, my youth is ancient history and I don’t know if can find others anywhere who might care - when I dig around and look for occasional baseball card 'war' stories on social media, forums or blogs mentioning this card in particular, I’ll pat myself on the back for having a nostalgic status symbol from way back when.’
As it stands, Canseco is a buffoon, a shyster and a Twitter troll - maybe long declared irrelevant, I did enjoy parts from his two books where [regardless of where one stands as far as Canseco 'ratting out' his old teammates, friends and frenemies] he exposed how the raw the Steroid Era was.
He said he wouldn’t have made the big leagues without PEDs but he had some staying power - maybe for three or four years, he might have been Mike Trout with ‘bite,’ a 5-tool player with power and speed as his prominent attributes.
Canseco was always the bad boy jock, but had he cultivated a little more of a clean cut image and a bit more discreet about his indiscretions - he might be a borderline HOFer with his numbers.
Because they were valuable commodities, I don’t know if I seriously chased after any one particular Canseco rookie era card - I still remember the friend whose house I used to go to having the 1986 Donruss Rookies as a likely centerpiece card of his collection.
Maybe in one of the first times, I splurged on a handful of singles at a card shop, I picked up Canseco's 1987 Topps - in the mid 1990s, I might have had a couple of Canseco's cards from the 1986 Donruss Highlights boxed set.
Canseco was the ‘it’ player in MLB and he was posed swinging a bat topless by a notable fashion photographer - probably through means I’m not proud of, I might remember pulling the card off loose packs from the local supermarket.
Years later, I remember getting autographs at the ballpark in 1999 and Canseco came out of the front after a game - I must have been going batty when I spotted him and rushed to have him sign a couple of the Beckett magazines I must have bought at a card show.
He scribbled on them dismissively, but here I was seeing one the biggest stars of my childhood in the flesh - I tried asking him for a photo and he said, 'no' but I may still have it somewhere where I got the worst picture of me and him 'together' as he's walking.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Once I start rummaging through loose cards at a card shop - I don’t know if I’ll be able to restrain myself.
There maybe a certain thrill, going through a box at some random card shop that has piqued my interest enough - that I'd bother seeing if I can pick up enough cards, so I sort of get a deal, even if most are picked over.
At times I get a sense that I’m influenced by others and want to entertain taking in all sorts of cards - though after the fact, I don't like idea of doing some mental gymnastics, in order to justify assorted loose card purchases that ends up being fool's gold.
These were finds I'd 'saved' from an out of town card shop trip and wanted to see if I could make a post.
I pulled a copy of his 1987 OPC and maybe a copy of the Topps version years ago and I don't know where either card ended up - but I’ve liked the photo chosen compared to Bonds' other 1986 XRC and 1987 RC issues.
Maybe a card I hope to get inked up in-person - even though Lamb hasn’t been at the annual alumni game in recent years.
product that might have relatively 'too rich' for tastes, so I don't even think the non-hit base trickled down to where I found them loosely.
I grabbed the card because it reminds me of the retired player short prints / variations Topps has made over the past 10 years - this particular rejiggering of the 2005 Topps design uses the old-school Topps logo on the front and had full career stats on the back.