My 'under the radar' blog featuring my baseball card collecting endeavors and hopefully some of my autographs collected in-person / through-the-mail.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
2016 Topps Gypsy Queen value pack
#90 Carlos Correa
#68 Anthony Rendon
#37 John Lackey
#84 Starlin Castro
#170 Joey Gallo
#171 Taijuan Walker
#MVPM-BE Johnny Bench - MVP Minis insert
#185 Ian Kennedy
#235 Joe Panik
#97 Carlos Carrasco
#8 Freddie Freeman
#192 Justin Turner
#336 Babe Ruth - Green mini parallel serial #’d 43/99
#230 Carlos Beltran
#293 Jean Segura
#89 Anthony Rizzo
#95 Aaron Nola
#123 George Springer
#223 Yordano Ventura - mini
#319 Sparky Anderson - short print
#176 Billy Hamilton
Sunday, April 24, 2016
2016 Topps Series I hobby jumbo pack
I balked at the single pack prices [maybe $4-$6] for stuff like 2016 Panini Diamond Kings and 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen - though 'old news,' I knew I hadn't picked up my lone jumbo pack of 2016 Topps Series I for my breaking ritual, so I settled for that.
#18 Francisco Rodriguez
#99 Taijuan Walker
#194 Chase Headley
#17 Billy Butler
#300 Buster Posey
#113 Aaron Sanchez
#9 Eric Hosmer
#267 Chris Heston
#298 Ryan Braun
#230 Ryan Vogelsong
#56 Salvador Perez - World Series Highlights
#172 Carter Capps
#142 C.C. Sabathia
#273 New York Mets team card
#166 2015 NL RBI Leaders - feat. Arenado, Goldschmidt and Rizzo
#65 Pittsburgh Pirates team card
#BB-33 Don Mattingly - Berger’s Best insert
#P-11 Kris Bryant - Perspectives insert
#265 Luis Severino - Rainbow Foil parallel
#WRIG-5 Jake Arrieta - 100 Years at Wrigley Field insert
#PIS-4 Michael Cuddyer - Pressed Into Service insert
#39 Mark Trumbo
#106 Jordan Walden
#347 Jason Grilli
#104 Jeremy Hellickson
#173 Jose Abreu
#159 Erick Aybar
#295 Jonathan Schoop
#102 Doug Fister
#312 Curtis Granderson
#149 Chad Bettis
#66 Kyle Schwarber
#40 Jedd Gyorko
#191 Brian Johnson
#83 Starling Marte
#287 Alcides Escobar
#226 Brian Ellington
Friday, April 22, 2016
Featured autograph - Jake Arrieta
I think I got this card signed [along with three others] when Arrieta was a rookie with the Baltimore Orioles back in 2010 - he had emerged in the minors as someone who could be a decent major league starter, but after floundering for parts of four seasons with the Orioles, it took a trade to the Cubs before Arrieta would start to blossom.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Featured autograph - Greg Mahle
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Featured autograph - Rafael Ortega
Monday, April 18, 2016
Featured autograph - Geovany Soto
As he gets into his mid 30s and his playing career winds down - Soto still maybe a useful piece that can put together a decent season or two with the bat to pad his modest lifetime numbers.
Friday, April 15, 2016
A shout-out to an outgoing great - Kobe
Because Kobe's Laker teams had decayed over the last 4-5 years as his health had deteriorated - maybe it's easier for him to leave the game now, instead of struggling to hang on for a little bit longer with no apparent pathway to a championship, much less winning, competitive seasons.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Featured autograph - Nomar Mazara
However the 20-year old was called up and made his MLB debut against the Angels on Apr. 10, filling in for a hobbled Shin-Soo Choo - when I had the opportunity, maybe I should have put Mazara on a non-card item, but his autograph is really odd looking.
As is, Mazara is supposed to be a real good player with an even keel attitude - when he is a star and is signing for more prominent memorabilia companies, maybe his agent should get in his ear about improving his scribble.
Saturday, April 09, 2016
Featured autograph - Ross Stripling
Regardless of an eventual 3-2 loss, Friday was a memorable day for him, his friends and family - rookies tend to come and go, but hopefully Stripling can get that first 'W' out of the way sooner than never.
Stripling was pretty much a nondescript Dodger minor leaguer a few months ago, but I pulled out his cards hoping it was him who I saw walking to his car - I think he was about to start up his car when I gestured to him with a card of his in my hand and he was nice enough to get back out and sign for me.
Stripling took a second glance at this 2013 Topps Heritage Minors black border card as he signed it for me - though it's not really for a set, I didn't have an extra copy that I could give to him.
Friday, April 08, 2016
Featured autograph - Trevor Story
If Story continues to play well further into the season, how are the Rockies going to dump Reyes with $47 million left in his contract - there is no way the fans are going to be happy seeing Reyes ever take the field at shortstop for the Rockies.
When Story was playing for the Modesto Nuts against Lake Elsinore in 2014, I remember telling a fan at a minor league game that Story was the opposing team's best player - however, I think Story's path to the big leagues got a little blurry because it looked like Troy Tulowitzki was going to be a lifelong Rockies player.
Though random as anything else to come mind when referring to particular players - I think about the scene in the movie Shallow Hal, where Hal's best friend Mauricio explains that he literally has a tail.
- What is it? - l have a tail. - A tail. - What do you mean, like a story? No, a tail. lt's like a waggy tail.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
2012 Hudson Valley Joey Rickard
He posted a .390 on-base percentage in parts of 4 minor league seasons and can run - so after a good spring training performance, perhaps he can stick around.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
TTM autographs received: Aaron Nola
There doesn't seem much to Nola's autograph, though I'm glad I got my request back sooner than later - the 22-year old looks to be the ace of a rebuilding Phillies team.