|Vintage - 1973 and before||Old-school - 1980 and before|
|Cult baseball players||None||None||None|
|Tools of ignorance||51||None||None|
|Inking it up||10||None||None|
|Beyond the glory||8||None||None|
|Star on star cameos||2||None||None|
|Broken bat shots||1||None||None|
My 'under the radar' blog featuring my baseball card collecting endeavors and hopefully some of my autographs collected in-person / through-the-mail.
Monday, December 30, 2019
2019 collecting topics subsets count Pt. I
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Saturday, December 28, 2019
Some finds off a card show appearance #2
So I went to this random card show earlier in the month and besides what I'd picked up, I stumbled upon a table with a bin of loose junk packs for $0.50 - I tried to look for some premium UV coated era baseball packs from the mid 1990s, though any particular one might be brick city, so I had to think twice.
The same booth had a bin of repacks sorted by team - maybe 25 or 30 cards for a quarter.
The guy manning the booth probably thought I was nuts going through his junk cards, trying to look at the top / bottom cards like I was picking fruit - he said I could go and open them up, which seemed odd but I got the sense that he didn't really care.
I didn't bother doing that since I didn't have time, feeling like I was in either my element or just a hoarder - trying to make a stack out all these bagged up cards, setting aside the ones I'm planning to grab.
I didn’t particularly care which teams I got, though interesting, if worthless cards were a lure - the guy at the table wasn't saying much otherwise but said go ahead and make a mess, since cards were supposed to be fun.
Maybe he thought I was a straight up lunatic who was seeing trading cards for the first time - I spent $5 on 20 assorted 'packs' and while the seller didn't have a spare bag handy to hold my hauls, he ended up handing me a bag of more cards just to hold what I'd bought.
Just because I'm probably going to 'show off' the contents of my team repack breaks - one post at a time until I get through them all.
Chicago Cubs - 40 cards 1998 Fleer Tradition Update Gary Gaetti #U54 1992 Topps Jerome Walton #543 1993 Topps Jessie Hollins #487 1988 Donruss Andre Dawson #9 - players smiling 1993 Donruss Mike Morgan #394 - grips 1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Frank Castillo #494 1992 Upper Deck Rey Sanchez #562 1993 Topps Mark Grace #630 1993 Donruss Shawon Dunston #268 - dirt 1993 Topps Stadium Club Jim Bullinger #118 1993 Fleer Ultra Frank Castillo #16 - grips 1993 Topps Butch Hobson / Jim Lefebvre #502 1993 Topps Aaron Taylor #786 - he’s the Cub among the quad of one-time prospects pictured. 1994 Topps Kevin Orie #762 1994 Topps Randy Myers #575 - Topps sampler run 1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack Mark Grace #17
Posted by Laurens at 3:37 PM No comments:
Labels: card show trip, Chicago Cubs, hoarder, junk wax, random, team repacks
Friday, December 27, 2019
Some old-school Garret Anderson finds
At a card show in the middle of this past year, I saw a mid 1990s 'GA' insert - I didn’t pick the card up because it might have had a ding, but it was a card I’d never seen before.
All I was sure of was the card was likely from a mid 1990s Pinnacle brand - thinking about that insert [after the fact, maybe a 1996 Score Diamond Aces #27], it surprises me between all this time, I'm just not familiar with many of the UV coated, shiny, Dufexed, foil stamped inserts or parallels that were found in a flood of late 1990s baseball products.
'GA' probably wasn't a fan favorite compared to his peers like Tim Salmon, Jim Edmonds or Darin Erstad - expectations were sky high after his hot rookie season, but GA seemed content doing his own quiet thing for a bit.
Maybe he was still a bit too 'sleepy' for Angels fans or made too many outs because he didn't walk a lot - but GA figured out some 'launch angle' skills with his naturally sweet swing and had a solid 4-5 year run in the early 2000s.
I liked GA as a player but probably doesn’t get as much love in my regional collection - why not pick up some nice, forgotten cards of an Angels Hall of Famer who has long since settled into anonymity.
Posted by Laurens at 5:28 PM 1 comment:
Labels: 1990s, California Angels, Garret Anderson, inserts, Los Angeles Angels, random, Score, Select
Monday, December 23, 2019
2019 Topps Archives Topps Magazine inserts
I almost wish there was such a Topps branded trading card magazine today - though maybe the magazine was printed when baseball cards still had mainstream appeal among youth vs. devolving into a niche hobby over the past 30 years.
Labels: 1990s, 2019 Topps Archives, eBay, Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Topps Magazine
Saturday, December 21, 2019
A mini-collections boost thanks to Bob
A fellow collector named Bob from The Best Bubble left a comment he wanted to trade cards and had around 50 off my collecting topics wantlist to send - he mailed the cards off relatively quickly and I actually something to look at sooner than later.
I went through the cards and it looks like a nice mix of mostly late 1990s UV-coated stuff and stragglers from other years - not exactly from the junk wax era but maybe as the years go by, cards that I might not get to pick up outright.
I'd just updated the yearly totals on my 2019 collecting topics count - but this late-year trade gives me more cards to list up and tally up before the year is over.
Go figure, the trade allowed me to knock out a chunk of cards off my wantlist - which has been neglected for the longest time i.e. I don't even look at it as and maybe I've never thought about posting a most wanted, so people's attention can focus on a smaller group of cards.
Maybe just as a 'reference guide,' I'll look to add that 'Top 10' or 'Top 15' most wanted - but also look to add cards that I can end up looking for myself, instead of letting things go stale.
I counted out about 65 cards and a sample of the cards I received are posted - thanks again Bob!
Posted by Laurens at 3:59 PM 2 comments:
Labels: awesome action, Collecting topics, mini collections, organization, random, trade
Monday, December 16, 2019
Featured autograph - Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons
I thought I'd gotten at least one during the 2007 spring training time frame when he was a coach with the Milwaukee Brewers - as far as I was concerned, the newly minted Hall of Fame catcher was just another retired player to get an autograph from.
I thought the autograph card wasn’t in the A-Z box I tried to create as an archive for autographs - because I'd looked through a pile of loose cards with the last name 'S' and Simmons wasn't there.
What I didn't realize was there was another grouping of 'S' cards that was actually in the box - I did some digging and I finally found my Simmons card sandwiched around other common autographs from 10-15 years ago.
From the bits and pieces I've heard, Simmons generally isn’t good about signing [he’s done paid signings, but it seems like he just doesn’t like to do it] - maybe I'd seen him a few times as a 'scout' in the Arizona Fall League, where you knew not to ask.
He'd give you a quiet "no thank you” like Eddie Murray [from my personal experiences] - where the person wouldn't make a big scene but basically refuse to pick up a Sharpie for you when approached.
Labels: 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites, featured autograph, Hall of Fame, Marvin Miller, MLBPA, Ted Simmons, through the mail
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Featured autographs - Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon
As is, after choosing to pick their spots over the past 5-6 years, maybe the New York Yankees decided to keep things real and get their man - there have been supposedly guys that have wilted under the New York spotlight, but if I’m a Type-A personality getting paid the biggest money, I want the challenge of playing for the Yankees.
The Angels can’t really compete in selling itself like the Yankees can and even with baseball's top player, they are a sleepier team - though not everything is glitters with gold, the Yankees now have the legitimate ace to lead them into a deep postseason run.myth, having another all-world hitter like Rendon adds considerable pop to a lineup featuring Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton, etc.
Signing Rendon doesn't solve the sore need for pitching and the Angels might as well have blown it with Cole signing elsewhere - but they made their big splash move to improve the team and that's a big deal.
The Angels are that much better now with Rendon on the team - mission accomplished, thought it's stupid to assume the Angels front office is done trying to look for a serviceable No. 2 or No. 3 arm [preferably a couple of them] to sign or trade for.
Posted by Laurens at 1:00 PM 1 comment:
Labels: Anthony Rendon, Featured autographs, Gerrit Cole, in-person autographs, Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nations
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Some finds off a card show appearance #1
With my external exposure to collecting mainly limited to online activity - I wanted to check out a card show that seemed fairly close by, but had only been put together a couple of times within the past year as something new.
When I got to the spot, I was relieved that there were vendor tables setup and this might have been a show where I could work with - it wasn't a big show, though I didn't know where to start at first.
I'm not as particular with my priorities, so I didn't know whether to stop at someone’s 'booth,' particularly when the person's face manning the table looked to be a little long - I didn't want to make like I'm wasting someone's time digging around 'just looking' with nothing concrete in mind.
Even if I had to share some personal space, maybe I'd be more comfortable getting lost among other collectors browsing around - while the show wasn't completely dead, the lack of foot traffic was pronounced.
I thought these dollar cards were parallels, but they might be base cards - still anything that pops like featuring guys I generally collect might be keepers as binder material.
During a spring training trip this past year, I actually didn’t recognize Joyner as an Angels guest instructor - but got him to sign a card when I realized who it was.
Still, I have to make allowances not to overthink things and make various parallels [in this case, a store exclusive one] of base cards keepers - if they are as 'special' as this almost NSFW celebration card, featuring one-time Kansas City Royals legend Nori Aoki being swarmed by his teammates.
Posted by Laurens at 8:40 PM 1 comment:
Labels: card show trip, inserts, parallels, random
Monday, December 09, 2019
2019 Topps Chrome Update value pack recap
#2 Josh Donaldson
#60 Corbin Martin
#53 Eloy Jimenez
#84 Lucas Giolito
#150C-8 Steve Carlton - 150 Years of Professional Baseball refractor
#FBC-16 Tony Gwynn - The Family Business refractor
#67 Willson Contreras
#61 Austin Riley
#CUA-GU Gio Urshula - autograph
#FBC-22 Pedro Martinez - The Family Business refractor
#48 Mitch Keller
#91 Clayton Kershaw
#82 Francisco Lindor
#150C-3 Ichiro Suzuki - 150 Years of Professional Baseball refractor
Posted by Laurens at 10:23 PM 2 comments:
Labels: 2019 Topps Chrome Update, pack break, random, recap, retail, Target, value pack
Thursday, December 05, 2019
1993 Topps Traded Todd Helton RC #19T
I don't see Helton as an outright Hall of Famer, but with the idea of the nerds rejiggering the advanced stats of retired players - there are more ways to view Helton's playing numbers, where he at least has a case to be a borderline HOF guy.
Helton's one or two DUI issues doesn't make the one-team, face of a franchise fan favorite for the Colorado Rockies look good - but for the right players, their off-the-field missteps may not be enough for any particular writers not to give them a Hall of Fame vote.
Labels: 1993 Topps Traded, Colorado Rockies, rookie card, Team USA, Todd Helton
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
What the Angels need this offseason
As an Angels fan, I like thinking about who my team can get in the offseason and with pitching the obvious need - it maybe Gerrit Cole or bust.
However, I'm not going to fret about Cole at all until I check my phone and see he has signed with a team - Cole might 'hold out' until the spring and as much as the Angels desperately need him, they need to move on getting other guys.
This is my crack at attempting to solve the Angels pitching problems - that almost has little to do with actually getting the guy the Angels are thirsty for the most.
Though he was relatively healthy in 2019, I wouldn't want to sign the guy and see him breaking down again where he might pitch like a Cy Young contender - but someone who may make only so many starts and pitch so many innings.
Posted by Laurens at 11:00 AM No comments:
Labels: Cole Hamels, Dylan Bundy, free agents, Gerrit Cole, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Julio Teheran, Los Angeles Angels, pitching, random, trades, transactions, Wei-Yin Chen
Sunday, December 01, 2019
Catching up with Topps image variations
Besides what I might pull, I don't think I've actively collected the various Topps image variations released over the years - I can't keep up with the flood of gimmicky cards that might be harder to find [not always the case] and may cost a premium [not always the case].
As it goes, unless super short printed and/or featuring hot players like Mike Trout or Ronald Acuña Jr. - the cards have gotten fairly common, so there might be an opportunity to grab a run of the unique image cards featuring Hall of Famers or retired stars to add to my own mini-collection subsets or my decade stars binders.fired up after recording an out with the base runner [Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith] out of luck.
Labels: 2019 Topps, inserts, Montreal Expos, Ozzie Smith, random, San Francisco Giants, variations, Vladimir Guerrero, Will Clark
Sunday, November 24, 2019
2019 Donruss football value pack recap
While the big box store football cards are pretty much entry level product - it gives me cards to go through featuring a professional sport in season; maybe find some NFL cards with unique images, find some ‘hot’ NFL rookies [even at the most cheapest, low-end level] or find cards of NFL players for my mini-collections [even though I’ve always been a baseball first and only kind of guy].
Go figure, I tend to think football cards lends itself to more unique images - but I guess basic Donruss is the wrong place to look for such NFL cards.
The cards look fine but there were just about no ‘awesome action’ cards, which left me a little underwhelmed - I thought this was going to be a party in a pack, but every card I pulled showed players in seemingly stationary, frozen positions, whether it’s running with the football, guys set in their positions or quarterbacks about to throw the ball.
#330 Tyler Lockett
#100 Aaron Jones
#211 Le’Veon Bell
#104 Jaire Alexander
#42 Christian McCaffrey
#207 Michael Bennett
#108 Jadeveon Clowney
#38 Jordan Poyer
#99 Clay Matthews
#26 Gus Edwards
#9 Josh Rosen
#60 Tyler Boyd
#124 Myles Jack
#20 Tevin Coleman
#94 Kenny Golladay
#147 Kenyan Drake - Blue parallel
#62 Shawn Williams - Blue parallel
#41V Cam Newton - Blue parallel / variation; apparently variations featuring the more unique images for the guys on the checklist.
#262 Jerry Tillery
#282 Chandler Cox
#257 Dexter Lawrence
Posted by Laurens at 12:59 PM 3 comments:
Labels: 2019 Donruss football, NFL, pack break, random, recap, retail, Target, value pack
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