Monday, September 17, 2012

Quarter box finds

Any baseball card I can't get signed in-person or even through the mail are redundant for me - but I impulsively rescued these cards out of the quarter boxes at the card shop I frequent.

The 2012 Topps Finest cards were fairly new, shiny and features variety of all-star caliber talent - they make nice fillers for a baseball card collection I don't particularly pay much attention to at the moment.

2006 Topps Allen and Ginter Dan Johnson #66
2012 Topps Finest Alex Rodriguez #2
2012 Topps Finest Justin Verlander #10
2012 Topps Finest Ichiro #11
2012 Topps Finest David Price #21
2012 Topps Finest Troy Tulowitzki #25
2012 Topps Finest Evan Longoria #26
2012 Topps Finest Prince Fielder #30
2012 Topps Finest Ryan Zimmerman #32 x2
2012 Topps Finest Dustin Pedroia #49
2012 Topps Finest Chipper Jones #58
2012 Topps Finest Miguel Cabrera #70
2012 Topps Finest Joey Votto #80
2012 Topps Finest Starlin Castro #82
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Ian Kinsler #145
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Ian Kinsler #145 - making the throw is the SP variation.
2012 Topps Heritage Minor League Jesse Biddle #127
2012 Topps Heritage Minor League Pratt Maynard #167
2012 Topps Heritage Minor League Zeke DeVoss #182

Friday, September 07, 2012

Featured autograph - Kris Medlen

Featured autograph - Bobby Valentine

I got embattled Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to sign two of my cards when the Boston Red Sox played the Angels at Angel Stadium a couple of weeks ago - he hasn't done himself any favors with his seemingly contrarian and abrasive demeanor but he's been turned into a scapegoat by the Boston Red Sox players, the media, the fans and maybe the people who hired him.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

2012 Topps Chrome value pack recap

2012 Topps Chrome Value Pack [$9.49 each a Target] - not that I don't spend money on a blaster box or value pack, but I try to stay away from any retail much of the time I go into a Target or Walmart.

The worst part of this break was pulling three scrubs out of the pack of orange refractors - only to pull regular Chrome cards of the three same scubs.

Top section

Exclusive parallel pack
#194 Wily Peralta
#11 Ian Kennedy
#54 Ike Davis

Pack one
#9 Brian McCann
#57 Nelson Cruz
#194 Wily Peralta
#11 Ian Kennedy

Bottom section

Pack two
#118 Ryan Zimmerman
#8 C.J. Wilson
#54 Ike Davis
#90 Evan Longoria

Pack three
#99 Jemile Weeks
#6 Jon Lester
#130 Miguel Cabrera
- refractor
#170 Jesus Montero - surface ding