Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Topps Living Set Ronald Acuna #19

At the end of April I picked up a couple of copies on eBay for $5 each and just got the cards in-hand this week - wanting to keep up with the occasional hot rookie chase, I'm trying to see where I can channel impulse purchases from loose unopened packs and blasters to relevant Topps Now or Topps Living Set singles.

With over 45,000 cards made, no one was sleeping on these rookie year Acuna cards, though they should be nice cards to put away - according to what I've read on the Blowout Cards forums, these cards are condition sensitive, though ones I received had no obvious imperfections.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Featured autograph: Mystery Player

Sometimes I get baseballs signed by accident and this may have been one of them - I could imagine this could be an autograph of anyone, from a Little League star, to a high school phenom and first round pick who made his debut as a teenager.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

2018 Topps Living Set Albert Pujols #22

Pujols's Topps Living Set card maybe a topical pick-up since he collected his 3,000th hit and join three others with 3,000 hits / 600 home runs - it's not that I've completely warmed up to the Topps Living Set, but it's kind of a no-brainer to spend $5 on a Living Set card of a hot rookie or a guy from 'my team?'

Because it’s an ongoing set, I just don’t know if there will be any sort of completion or closure - but maybe a plan is to pick up Topps Living Set cards of Angels players when they pop up.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Featured autograph: Ichiro Suzuki

I'm afraid as the years pass and new players sprout, there will be less guys to count - but it's fun to go back and remember times when I've gotten someone like Ichiro's autograph in-person.

Now, the all-world hit king is stepping away for a bit away for a bit, likely maybe forever as a player - despite the feel good aspect of Ichiro signing with the Mariners in spring training, the team just couldn't carry his corpse any longer as one of the guys on the team's 25-man roster.

I don't exactly play the game I've seen fans do [through occasional posts on Web sites] where when someone accomplishes a feat, leaves the game as a player or gets into the Hall of Fame - they do a mental calculation whether if they've seen him play in-person.

Too many times where I'm at a game and the last thing I'm paying attention to is the action on the field - as odd as it may sound, it maybe harder to get into a MLB game in-person because there is just this huge separation from the cheap seats to the field.

My up close big league action happened before the game started when players might have once come by the stands and signed an autograph - it's easier for me to mentally check off notable players whose autographs I've gotten in-person, than make note of the notable players I've actually seen play in-person.

Monday, April 30, 2018

An assortment of cards pored over and picked up

The idea I'd only put aside $20 to spend on some loose packs or a jumbo pack of 2018 Bowman meant - I knew I had no realistic opportunity of sniffing any of the new Bowman flagship product at a card shop.

A day after release, I'd overheard the store owner say he was wiped out and from what I understood - you basically had to be on a list, to be able to purchase whatever 2018 Bowman [boxes] the shop had in reserve.

As is, I made do with what I usually do, rummaging through some of the loose cards in boxes and maybe left on counters - just to see what I could take home for the day.

2015 Topps Josh Beckett #613 - feat. Don Mattingly
2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Starling Heredia #BCP18
2018 Bowman Austin Hays #46
2018 Bowman Walker Buehler #59
2018 Bowman Luis Robert #BP21
2018 Donruss Matt Olson #21 - Diamond Kings; the only reason I picked up this card was it’s actually Ryon Healy pictured and it’s an uncorrected error.

2018 Panini Diamond Kings
#1 Babe Ruth
#4 Lou Gehrig
#7 Mickey Mantle
#19 Roberto Clemente
#28 Jackie Robinson
#30 Joe Jackson
#34 Ty Cobb
#70 Mike Trout

#A9 Ichiro - Aurora insert x2
#50 Kirby Puckett - Framed Red
#62 Mookie Betts - Framed Red

#78 Bryce Harper - Framed Red
#GS2 Justin Turner - Gallery of Stars insert

#GS4 Nolan Arenado - Gallery of Stars insert
#GS16 Reggie Jackson - Gallery of Stars insert

#PP11 Ernie Banks / Anthony Rizzo - Past and Present insert
#P3 Cal Ripken Jr. - Portraits insert x2
#P4 Chipper Jones - Portraits insert

#P8 Tony Gwynn - Portraits insert
#P9 Ty Cobb - Portraits insert x2
#P10 Ted Williams - Portraits insert
#500-HK Harmon Killebrew - The 500 insert

#500-JR Ken Griffey Jr. - The 500 insert
#500-MM Mickey Mantle - The 500 insert
#500-WM Willie McCovey - The 500 insert
#TC2 Aaron Judge - Trophy Club
#TC3 Cody Bellinger - Trophy Club
#TC10 Kris Bryant - Trophy Club

#TC15 Carlos Correa - Trophy Club

Saturday, April 28, 2018

2018 Bowman 22-card rack pack x6

On a random stop at a Walmart, I thought I'd struck gold with six $5.98 packs of this year's latest baseball card lottery product - turns out, I may have only gotten the leftovers of someone else's unopened plunder, though it's all just a crapshoot with the all or nothing hunt for something with Shohei Ohtani's picture [and really with his autograph] on it.

Pack one
#37 Sandy Alcantara
#95 Jonathan Schoop
#14 George Springer
#21 Noah Syndergaard
#8 Hunter Renfroe
#56 Nomar Mazara
#50 Carlos Correa
#43 Joey Votto
#33 Anthony Rizzo
#5 Paul Goldschmidt
#BCP96 Junior Fernandez - Chrome
#BCP40 Pedro Avila - Chrome
#-SK Scott Kingery - Bowman Trending insert
#ROYF-AV Alex Verdugo - ROY Favorites
#BP28 Kolby Allard
#BP33 James Nelson
#BCP83 Ian Anderson - Chrome
#BCP110 Eric Pardinho - Chrome; that 2001 birthdate...makes him 17
#BP57 Luis Urias
#BP26 Alfredro Rodriguez
#BP9 Alex Jackson
#BP93 Royce Lewis

Pack two 
#69 Bryce Harper
#20 Raudy Read
#4 Zack Greinke
#99 Ryan McMahon
#73 Nick Williams
#48 Jackson Stephens
#26 Clint Frazier
#1 Mike Trout
#67 Giancarlo Stanton
#16 Matt Olson
#84 Paul DeJong
#BCP60 Brian Miller - Chrome
#ROYF-WC Willie Calhoun - ROY Favorites
#BP4 Hunter Harvey
#BP133 Tyler Stephenson
#BCP104 Nick Solak - Chrome
#BCP89 Mike Soroka - Chrome
#BCP119 Gavin LaValley - Chrome
#BP147 Forrest Whitley
#BP139 Travis Lakins 
#BP80 Matt Hall
#BP12 Thomas Hatch

Pack three
#74 Garrett Cooper
#11 Jen-Ho Tseng
#64 Clayton Kershaw
#13 Maikel Franco
#63 Robinson Cano
#92 Josh Bell
#96 Raisel Iglesias
#51 Marcell Ozuna
#72 Alex Verdugo
#90 Max Fried
#BCP90 Stephen Gonsalves - Chrome
#BCP142 A.J. Puk - Chrome
#BTP92 Monte Harrison - Bowman Scouts' Top 100
#-FT Fernando Tatis
#BP34 Josh Ockimey
#BP17 Kevin Newman
#BCP148 Trevor Rogers - Chrome
#BCP95 Jorge Mateo - Chrome
#BP46 Cristian Pache
#BP44 James Kaprielian
#BP131 MacKenzie Gore
#BP63 Dylan Cozens

Pack four
#6 Victor Robles
#94 Chris Sale
#53 Charlie Blackmon
#24 Aaron Judge
#87 Tommy Pham
#85 Andrew Stevenson
#65 Marcus Stroman
#61 Dansby Swanson
#9 Zack Granite
#10 Rhys Hoskins
#2 Francisco Mejia
#BCP121 Jose Adolis Garcia - Chrome
#BB-MCH Matt Chapman - Bowman Birthdays insert
#BCP13 Sam Hilliard - Chrome refractor serial #'d 048/499
#BP13 Sam Hilliard
#BP38 Mitch Keller
#BCP61 Matt Thaiss - Chrome
#BCP140 Blake Rutherford - Chrome
#BP55 Kyle Tucker
#BP49 Nick Gordon
#BP115 Cal Quantrill
#BP58 Sean Murphy

Pack five
#62 Ozzie Albies
#42 Harrison Bader
#12 Chance Sisco
#91 Luiz Gohara
#75 Miguel Andujar
#22 Albert Pujols
#38 Andrew Benintendi
#17 Nicholas Castellanos
#93 Michael Conforto
#27 Wil Myers
#BCP141 Blayne Enlow - Chrome
#BTP-34 Alec Hansen - Bowman Scouts' Top 100 insert
#TP-CHI Jose Albertos, Adbert Alzolay and Mark Zagunis - Talent Pipeline insert
#BP1-06 D.J. Stewart
#BP92 Ryan Vilade
#BCP45 Greg Deichmann - Chrome
#BCP27 Jose Trevino - Chrome
#BCP19 Johan Mieses - Chrome
#BP6 Austin Beck
#BP2 Bryan Mata
#BP149 Steven Duggar
#BP102 Matt Sauer

Pack six
#57 Anthony Banda
#77 Avisail Garcia
#58 Josh Donaldson
#89 Brandon Crawford
#54 Byron Buxton
#47 Cody Bellinger
#81 Nolan Arenado
#88 Felix Hernandez
#76 Tomas Nido
#36 Dustin Fowler
#78 Jack Flaherty
#BCP91 Spencer Howard - Chrome
#BTP-40 Lewis Brinson - Bowman Scouts' Top 100 insert
#BP23 Jeren Kendall
#BP134 Wander Javier
#BCP124 Alex Faedo - Chrome
#BCP113 Taylor Clarke - Chrome
#BCP144 Jahmai Jones - Chrome
#BP41 Jason Martin
#BP37 Jake Burger
#BP14 Kyle Wright
#BP135 Bryse Wilson

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mail day - 2012 Topps Bryce Harper #US-183

I don't think Harper can ever match Mike Trout's run of excellence but Harper is still the player big league fans are waiting on to go HAM for years to come - I had seen this card on the Dime Boxes blog and I wondered if I should look into picking one up.

I was looking for a graded copy and lost an impulsive bid for a BGS 9.5 - for just about the same price as a discounted blaster however, I found another listing after the fact and jumped at it, even though I want to have some peace of mind as far as something slabbed.

From what I've read up on, I would assume Harper’s 2012 Topps Update rookie debut maybe his most popular ‘mainstream’ rookie year card even though it is from a subset - I think the rookie debut subset cards are annoying, but Harper's 2012 Topps Series II card is an SSP that is simply hard to find.

Harper does have 2012 Topps factory set cards [a non SSP version of #661 and a factory set rookie insert card] - but the demand for those cards are relatively soft, presumably since the factory sets are usually printed in abundance and contain the pair [as opposed to being pack pulled issues].