Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2012 Bowman Platinum blaster recap

2012 Bowman Platinum blaster break [$19.99 each at a Target] - I like the refractor foil board finish of the base cards though perhaps I prefer, a lighter, brighter design.

Pack one
#11 Jose Reyes

#BPP 24 Starling Marte - looks like it has a refractor finish
#54 Evan Longoria
#71 Tim Hudson

Pack two
#17 Tyler Pastornicky
#62 Alex Gordon

#BPP 19 Brett Jackson - looks like an X-Fractor
#86 Ryan Zimmerman

Pack three
#75 Kevin Youkilis
#BPP 71 Zach Cone

#CES-1 Ichiro -
Cutting Edge die-cut insert; the left hand corner of the back is creased.
#98 Freddie Freeman

Pack four
#83 Devin Mesoraco
#BPP 86 Cory Spangenberg
#26 James Shields -
Gold parallel
#92 Wilin Rosario

Pack five

#78 Jered Weaver
#BPP 16 Billy Hamilton
#TP-JM Jake Marisnick - Top Prospects insert
#40 Ubaldo Jimenez

Pack six
#50 Josh Beckett
#BPP 98 Jordan Swaggerty
#34 Ryan Braun
#26 James Shields

Pack seven
#64 David Ortiz
#AP-TC Tyler Collins -
certified autograph; blue ink on card

#35 Joey Votto - Ruby Red parallel
#10 Carlos Gonzalez

Pack eight

#16 Mike Trout
#BPP 92 Bryce Brentz

#89 Hanley Ramirez -
Emerald parallel
#3 Liam Hendriks

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Weighing in on Ichiro

I've been thinking about Ichiro's last couple of years - he's nearly 40, he can't get on-base, doesn't run as much, doesn't hit for any sort of pop anymore and getting to the 3,000 hit milestone as a MLB player seems like a pipe dream at this point.

Maybe the flair is still there and perhaps a desire to compile numbers - but maybe the nail in the coffin may have been his trade from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees.

It doesn't compute anymore that is anywhere close to being a good player - it is sort of fascinating to see how he deals with what seems to be the tail end of his great professional baseball career, though it's sad that anything he good he does at this point seems to be a mirage and he's just seemingly hanging on after a 10-year period of metronomic excellence.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Featured autograph - Josh Hamilton

I got Hamilton to sign my 8x10 Photofile composite photo when the Rangers played the Angels this past weekend in Anaheim - even though he plays for a division rival, when the Rangers are in town, Hamilton is the guy to get since his stature in the game is larger than just your average superstar player.

He is treated as baseball royalty and actually getting his autograph in-person can be tough - with the number of people just wanting to reach out to him for a signature, shake his hand, take a photo op or tell him he is a role model.

Friday, July 13, 2012

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter's value pack recap

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter's Value Pack [$9.49 each at a Walmart]

Top section

Gold bordered mini parallel pack
#227 Michael Young
#213 Joe Nathan
#172 Chris Perez

First pack
#203 Ian Kinsler
#193 Jackie Joyner-Kersee
#235 Victor Martinez
#NNO Bruce Klugman - Murder in Willow Cove
#222 Yovani Gallardo - mini
#WIN 62 Jered Weaver - What's in a Name? insert

Bottom section

First pack
#97 Max Scherzer
#145 Drew Storen
#36 Kirk Herbstreit
#HTP 14 The Emancipation Proclamation - Historical Turning Points insert
#120 Mariano Rivera - mini
#WIN 47 Jacoby Ellsbury - What's in a Name? insert
Murder in Willow Cove - info card

Second pack
#263 Jason Motte
#137 George Brett
#AGR-CP Carlos Pena - framed relic card
#ML-17 Duke of Marlborough - World's Greatest Military Leaders mini
#305 Wilin Rosario - SP

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter's jumbo pack recap

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter's Jumbo Pack [$5.19 each at a Target] - I could probably pick up a hand collated set on Ebay, but I haven't gone into the site in a while since I don't use Paypal.

I might have to use primitive and more expensive ways of gathering 2012 Allen and Ginter's base cards for my in-person autograph endeavors - which is through loose pack purchases and maybe digging around quarter boxes.

Top section
#52 Cameron Maybin
#196 Lou Gehrig
#20 Miguel Montero
#160 Shane Victorino
#240 Steve Lombardozzi -
#WIN 37 Jason Heyward - What's in a Name? insert

Bottom section
#249 Phil Hughes
#239 Liam Hendriks
#241 Andrew Bailey
#304 Kyle Farnsworth -
#GS-13 Gray Whale - Giants of the Deep mini
#WT-B7 Chrysler Building - World's Tallest Buildings insert

Saturday, July 07, 2012

2012 Topps Series II 72-card retail hanger box recap

I impulsively picked one up from Target after being inspired by this post on another card blog - the one per box Golden Giveaway code yielded a Rickey Henderson die-cut card, which was a nice surprise.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Featured autographs - Derek Jeter and Paul Konerko

Among the people who try to get autographs, I'm probably known as an in-person autograph collector who tries gets mostly cards signed - but I've gotten my share of baseballs for my collection; probably too many to count and keep track of.

Two of my favorite baseballs I've gotten signed in-person from this past year and in 2011 are these two pictured - one from New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and one from Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko.

I've gotten their autographs before but had not actually gotten the opportunity to do so again in recent years - I hadn't snagged a Jeter in about 15 years and hadn't gotten a Konerko in about six years, so I was pretty happy to be able to get something 'inked up' by the two veteran MLB players.