My 'under the radar' blog featuring my baseball card collecting endeavors and hopefully some of my autographs collected in-person / through-the-mail.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Featured autograph - Brad Peacock
Saturday, November 25, 2017
2017 collecting topics achievements
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
2017 Topps retail factory set pick-up
FWIW, I might have seen something on Twitter about the factory set cards being marked ‘complete set' on the backs to differentiate itself from the regular cards - if I wanted to pick up a complete factory set, I wouldn't want a completely different set over the cards I'd pull out out of packs.
I didn’t know if the marking was indeed something Topps had started doing, but after finding this thread on the Trading Card Database - I see, it’s just the 5-card rookie image variations that are designated and not the 700 cards from the base set.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Featured autograph - Mark Appel
Monday, November 20, 2017
Closing out the year - award winners
Sunday, November 12, 2017
2017 Bowman Mega Box Shohei Ohtani
It wasn't recently, but when I finally saw them for the first time, I bought the six Bowman Mega Boxes I found at Target - I went through four boxes and pulled Ohtani's first English card, even though it's sort of a 'phantom' issue since the 23-year old never played for Japan in the World Baseball Classic.
The biggest story this off-season is which MLB team Ohtani sign with once he gets officially posted by his Japanese team, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters - I've heard about him for at least a couple of years and with his ability to pitch and swing the bat, he has the potential to make the most impact out of all the baseball imports from Japan in the last 25 years.
I took a picture of Ohtani signing autographs and taking pictures early in the morning a couple of years ago - when he was in Peoria Arizona for his team's spring training workouts.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
TTM autograph received: Steve Balboni
Balboni's Kansas City royals record for home runs hit in a season  was surpassed by Mike Moustakas - who ended up hitting 38 in 2017.
Sunday, November 05, 2017
2017 Pro Debut 'Ben's Biz' insert finds
Through the eyes of a baseball writer who travels around the country, stopping at minor league outposts to chronicle the goofy promotions and nuances of different minor league teams - I see where the cards help flesh out a mainstream minor league card set besides just focusing on individual players.