Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The first card is of a young Met ballplayer Eric Brown who played this past season with the Binghamton Mets - Now I had the pleasure to meet Eric this year and talk to him a bit and it was a real treat - down to earth kid who needs a haircut - like myself, but I'm not talented. unfortunately - I also had the displeasure of watching him blow almost every game he got into with us this year. hopefully he comes back this next year and I can get him to 1) sign this card for me! 2) give him some kind words and tell him to dominate the league in his second go around. This card is from 2008 Bowman Chrome and is numbered 378/599.
Next up is a duo of cards that I cannot believe Matt was Generous enough send to me. Here we have a 2007 Bowman Heritage Game used Carlos Beltran Bat and a 2008 Topps Carlos Beltran Bat card. I know that Carlos hasn't always lived up to his potential during his time with the Mets - but for all the time he is maddeningly inconsistent, he can also take the team on his back and carry us for weeks at a time. I feel strongly that his presence does indeed make us a much better team and I am glad to have him.
So thank you Matt very much - these cards are great and I am very happy to be able to add them to my collection.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Well, this was received a few days before the holiday, but I have been busy (as have most of us)
and am just getting around to putting the post together now. Adam included a handful of 2008 Topps Series 2 cards for me, helping to knock down my want list - still need about 20 or - so please if you have a stack of doubles - I have holes in my pages.
Here you see 2 of the cards, Brad Hawpe and Frank Catalanotto - 2 good players - not great - but both are guys who could certainly help your team - I fear that hawpe would regress to play like Catalanotto if he were not playing half his games in Coors Field.
Next up is a surprise that I was not expecting - but am totally in love with. This is a 2005 Fleer National Pastime card of Mike Piazza - The back reads "You have just received a Game-Worn jersey card. This card contains an authentic piece of a jersey worn by mike Piazza of the New York Mets". wow - that sounds a lot more official than a lot of the verbiage on the back of many of the Game Used cards we come across!
So thank you very much Adam - it is greatly appreciated - My Piazza collection is getting better and better each week it seems!
Monday, December 29, 2008
1) If I didn't collect baseball cards, I would collect Music. - As of writing this post I have 14,570 songs on my I Tunes - I used to have more - but I have deleted a lot of window dressing from my collection - I used to be a completest, but know if a band just puts out a clunker of a record, I'm not going to keep it around just because I have their other 3 records. I don't have the time for mediocrity.
2) My baseball heroes include one you probably wouldn't know from my blog or comments, and that person is Frank Thomas - oh man - when I was a kid I was ALL ABOUT Frank Thomas - I had an airbrushed windbreaker with a picture of him swinging a bat in old Comiskey - oh man was it awesome (I also had a David Robinson one - he would be my all time sports hero not including baseball players). It was Frank Thomas that really got me to focus attention on Robin Ventura from when they were teammates - we all know that Robin ended up passing him for my all time favorite player.
3) Every New Years I resolve to do nothing to my collection - this is my first new year as a collector since I was 13. But, I'm probably going to have to slow my roll this year until I know whats happening - we will be moving soon and of course baby - can you tell I'm unsure how that is going to impact my hobby?
4) If I could spend one day with a person from baseball history, it would be George Brett - ever since I saw the George Brett Shits Himself video - I've really just wanted to have some beers with the dude.
and now Lucy's questions
5) What is your favorite kind of dog - yellow Labrador - I miss my puppy Dakota.
6) Who is your favorite baseball player - all time - Robin Ventura - currently - David Wright!
7) What is your favorite team - NEW YORK METS!
8) What is your favorite baseball movie - Sandlot. No question
9) What is your favorite baseball book - The Bad Guys Won - great rundown of the 86 team - they were a bunch of debaucherous bastards.
10) What is your favorite card - 1989 Topps Robin Ventura Rookie
I've been loving reading everyone's answers - I really like this blogtopia themed themed posts and hope to see more of them in the future.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I, like our good friend the Night Owl - got not a single card for Christmas. (I Will also note that my birthday was 12/5 - and the only card related goodies I got then (that I didn't have to buy for myself was a binder and some pages). Not one - The thing is, while yes its disappointing as that is the ONLY thing I asked for - that's it - handwritten want lists with names of stores/addresses/urls to get the best deal - nothing.
But I did make out really well. From both sets of parents got a bunch of clothes that don't fit so well, but its not their fault I am becoming - whats the hot word for fat in blogging.... - Rotundus? Well, not really becoming - already there - just getting bigger - more on that some other time - so I've got a huge (pun?) stack of clothes to go back to the Mens Wearhouse and other fine retailers - but i did get some super fun gifts this month - gifts that have certainly taken away from my blogging time.
My wonderful wife for my birthday got me a PS3 equipped with Madden 09. Under the tree to go along with that this year was NBA Live 09, Guitar hero Aerosmith, and ROCK BAND 2! You would think I was 14 - but this game is super fun and all of my peers agree based on the sweet jam session that was happening until all hours last night.
I got some cash and won a fantasy football league - but all of that money is earmarked for a tattoo that I will go into more detail of at a later time - Also just had a $500 car repair bill - so my dreams of 2009 pre-orders are for the moment just that - dreams. but as the poster in my Dentist's office says - any dreams worth having are worth fighting for. So there you have it - I will fight for my right to set build. Who's coming with me?
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Like most of you, I will be taking a blogging break over the next weekend - I will be spending this time with my wife and my family - i should be back by Monday however, so please the 9 of you read, hang in there.
And now since I've seen visual proof - I can come public with the info I don't think I have shared here, but I am very happy to say that me and my wife are expecting our first child to arrive in July of this year! We just saw a heart beat a few weeks ago and could both not be any more excited. What does this mean to the blog?
Probably less money spent on cards, but I have a closet full to write about, so that's not too big a deal - plus a few other interests may show up now and again. Also - I am sure that now everything will stay the same, but come crunch time - I am sure that posts will slow down - but that is quite a ways away yet.
So everyone out there - please enjoy your holidays with your families - Take care and be safe. hopefully you all get lots of cards - I know that I am not - while they don't make fun of me for this hobby, my family are hardly enablers of it. Who knows - Maybe there will be a special treat under the tree?
58, , 114, 308, 345,
Gold Ultra Team
1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10
2007 Bowman Heritage
2, 6, 7, 10, 20, 23, 35, 42, 44, 46, 47, 50, 51, 59, 60, 62, 63, 66,. 73, 74, , 78, 79, 80, 82, 84, 86, 87, 88, 90, 95, 103, 105, 106, 115, 117, 118, 119, 127, , 130, 131, 140, 143, 144, 147, 150, 156, 158, 159, 160, 170, 175, 177, 179, 182, 183, 187, 190, 194, 198, 199, 201, 203, 204, 206, 212, 213, 214, 218, 221, 222, 224, 225, 228, 230, 234, 235, 236, 240, 246, 247, 248, 250
2, 3, 4, 10, 14, 15, , 21, 26, 30, 31, 33, 35, 36, 40, 42, 47, 51, , 55, 58, 60, 62, 63, 68, 69, 74, 76, 78, 82, 83, 86, 90, 98, 100
9, 11, 14, 30, 38, 40, 62, 63, 73, 80, 90, 102 ,104, 106, 112, 116, 123, 125, 128, 131, 145, 149, 152, 158, 160, 173, 182, 185, 194, 222, 238, 245, 261
6, 138, 145, 395, 561, 588, 600,
1994 Upper Deck Collectors Choice
4, 16, 29, 65, 117, 122, 131, 183, 189, 208, 240, 249, 263, 302, 306, 307, 310, 311, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 324, 327, 330, 331, 334, 335, 336, 338, 340, 343, 344, 348, 353, 354, 357, 380, 400, 425, 430, 456, 500, 510, 525, 545, 550, 588, 590, 595, 610, 631, 632, 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 640, 642, 644, 647, 657, 661,
1/26/09 - thorzul from Thorzul Will Rule sent 20 91 Fleer ultra cards!
3/13/09 - Mark from Stats on the Back sent in 53 Fleer Ultra cards - only a few more to go!
4/2/09 - Greg fromLake Effect Cards sent me 13 more 91 Fleer
4/3/09- reader Brandon got me 1 card closer to 91 Fleer
4/4/09- 31 more from reader Steve K
5/21/09 - steve from White Sox Cards sent me 14 Bowman Heritage, 5 91 Fleer, and 2 91 Ultra!
6/4/09 - 35 more bowman Heritage from teh Collective Troll!
8/20/09 - only need 6 more 1990 fleer thanks to the Average Joe!
Monday, December 22, 2008
A closer look shows me that they are both card # 103
Sunday, December 21, 2008
First up with a Chpper Jones All Star Relic from 2008 Topps updates and highlights - I pulled an Adrian Gonzalex out of my box - That will also be up for trade someday
Next we are looking at Mr. Barry Zito from 2005 Bowman heritage - I am very glad he did not sign with the Mets - that was close.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
So on that topic - we have Richard hidalgo - this is a game used bat card from 2005 Topps Bazooka - I see these cards a lot in bargain bins and think that they are super ugly - I don't ever really see myself buying anymore unless they are super cheap and Mets related. ugh.
Next up are 2 - thats right, I am now the proud owner of 2 Kaz Matsui game used cards. I think the screw cases these cards are in are worth more than the actual cards - maybe i should take them out? The first is from 2005 Donruss Playoff Prestige and the 2nd from what appears to be 2005 Upper Deck Origins. Neither one of these cards are too special - but I love them non-the-less.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Now, He also had a box about 500 autographed (in person from spring training trips) cards organized by team for $1 each. He offered me the whole box for $200 - but that was well out of my budget - (but I did get his email - after the holidays maybe?). Below you will see the 10 cards that I chose to take home with me from said bin.
First we have a Bowman Heritage first year card of Manny Parra. I picked this card 1) Manny is a good young pitcher with tons of potential 2) I love the Bowman Heritage Series and missed it this year 3) It's just a nice looking signature.
Next up is a string of young talented pitchers with ties to the Rays. First up is Jeff niemann who has had a few cups of coffee with the big club but has yet to really hold his spot down. This card is from the 2005 Donruss Champions set. Next is another Ray prospect from the left side now - Jake McGee. This is his 05 Just Minors card - If you dig into Baseball America - Jake's name is all over the top lefty minor league pitchers top 10s. Its too bad he has an ugly auto. Finally, we have a 2006 Just Minors card of Matt Garza when he was still in the Twins organization. Garza is now an established MLB pitcher with lots of upside - just wish this card did not have that little smear near the end of the sig - oh well - just a buck right?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
So many thanks to you Danny - Everyone go check in out and leave him some well wishes and hope hes not totally buried in the upstate NY snow.
Stopped at a card show this morning and only need *3* more
Here is what I am needing for the 2008 Upper Deck base set - I have lots of doubles out of here if anyone else needs some gaps filled in.
Joe from the wonderful Cardboard Addiction blog has sent me 21 cards towards my set goal! Thank you so much! He also threw in a couple of sweet other goodies that I will be posting as soon as I get my scans and a little bit more free time! Make sure to check him out - I still need to put your package together, but dont think I forgot about you!
The Cardboard Junkie helped me out with a handful more - the list is getting smaller and smaller!
Cliff @ Capewood's Collections sent me 20 more cards towards the set - the list keeps getting smaller
Reader Chris got me 14 cards closer!
Reader David helped to get me down to needing only 26 more cards!
Reader Ray got me a stack closer!
20 more to go thanks to Greg @ night Owl Cards
4 more cards from our favorite Addict Jeff Wolfe
4/2/09 - 2 more to go thanks to Greg @ Lake Effect Cards!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Product of the Year - Alan and Ginter - Now while this was not my personal favorite - that will be discussed later, I do think that this product does indeed have it all - good size base set w/ decent checklist - great design (even though they did little to change it) - a fair amount of attainable short prints, and great inserts from world leaders, to autos and relics.
Card of the Year - Topps Stadium Club Jackie Robinson base- beautiful card of one of the most iconic ball players ever
Rookie Card of the Year - Evan Longoria, Topps - yes - Topps sucked this year - it usually does - however its hard to foresee that in 20 years - if all the rookies that had hall of fame or great careers starting 2008, I bet you that the Topps cards end up the most iconic. They have the history,
Best Base Set - Upper Deck - Great, simple full bleed design - checklist by team - looks great in a binder - love it to death.
Best Insert Set - Topps trading card history - flexing the little muscle they have left
Best Autogamer Set - Stadium Club Beam Team Autos - beautiful - that's all you can say
Best Retro Themed Product - Goudey - I would have said Heritage, but the High Numbers product has not impressed me, and I just cant get fully into A & G even though I know its a fantastic set
Best Hobby Idea/Innovation - Stadium Club Beam Team autos - nothing else like them this year and DNA cards creep the fuck out of me.
Worst Overall Product - Artifacts - The one thing that made X look nice.
Worst Base Set - UD Heroes - Ian Kennedy is not a hero - too many of these players are not heroes - I get it - I am collecting the set - but that's because of $15 blasters - they really blew this one
Most Meaningless Product - UD X - If we wanted gaudy cards, we'd buy late 90s boxes on ebay
Most Disappointing Product - Heritage - High Numbers blew it -but at least I'm close to finishing the set!
Worst Insert Set - Mickey Mantle / Yankee Stadium Legacy - I'm sick of the fucking Yankess - these cards suck. If you had told me when I was 10 I'd be annoyed with having a stack of Mickey Mantle cards, I would have spit in your drink. Now, I need one
Worst Gimmick - Topps - all of them
Best Cardblog (You can't vote for your own!) CardboardJunkie - If I only have a change to read one blog a day - Dayf it is.
Best Hobby News Source (Again, you can't vote for own.) Handcollated - Hat Tip to Wax Heaven - it was almost you -
Hobby MVP - Evan Longoria
Hobby ROY - Evan Longoria
Hobby Top Prospect David Price - Next years rookie of the year
Jefferson Burdick Award for Contributions to The Hobby (this goes to a person) - Mario Alejandro @ Wax Heaven - Putting muscle and legitimacy to the blogging world.
Well, There's my thoughts - what are yours? let me know if you agree, disagree - so on so forth
Saturday, December 13, 2008
When I got Jeff's package, the first thing I noticed was that there is no way that he included any chocolate milk as I request last time I sent him a package - you see Jeff is in State College Pa and the Penn State creamery kicks complete ass. If you have not partaken, next time you are in that neck of the woods, make the time to stop.
So, onto the contents that were actually there. First up there was a nice note from Jeff including a table of contents and best wishes.
Next up it looks like a special bonus that I was certainly not expecting! I am now the proud owner of a famous wax pack!
Next up we have a 92 Fleer record Setters and 90 Fleer David Cone. The record in question is when David struck out 19 Phillies on the last day of the season to tie the NL game record. This was a bad era for the Mets and Mets fans alike - if you want more info - read the Worst Team Money Can Buy. There are some crazy stories in there, including some tales of Mr. Cone partaking in some extra-curricular activities with female fans in the bullpen area. Hey, I cant blame them - I might give David Cone a hand job to hang out in the Mets pen....
And finally -another Robin! This is one that I already have, but I don't care about doubles of my favorite players! Keep em coming please! The back says that Robin isn't known as being a power hitter - boy would that change as he became one of the superstar slugging third baseman throughout his career.
so Jeff, thank you so much, everyone be sure to go check him out and leave some love~!
Also - This is funny
Friday, December 12, 2008
Next up is the most valuable card in my collection - a 2007 Fleer Ultra Alex Gordan Lucky 13 RC AUTO #d 48/99. I got this when I bought about 5 packs of the Ultra Hobby Edition packs while visiting my wife's hometown at her local over priced understocked hobby shop - He did have the pack on sale for $7 a pop - I had some money to burn and the lure of guaranteed relics/autos got me. After getting crap like Omar Vizquel and the like - I pulled this card of Alex which now Beckett lists @ 80 bucks - again, I know that's not what I could sell it for, but I like it - nothing else in my collection comes near that listing. Would I sell or trade this card? Yup - no real attachment - I would just be looking to get back similar value.
Now, we have my two favorite cards. Keep in mind there is a space here for a David Wright Rookie card which like a jackass, I have yet to go get one. Foolish of me I know - I do have a David Wright game used card, but its boring. So you will get to see 2 other players that I collect mostly due to their tenure as New York Mets. The first up, is my all - time favorite ballplayer Robin Ventura (even if he did rush Nolan Ryan - LAME). Here is the first card of his I ever pulled - the 89 Topps Draft Pick card, pictured in his Oklahoma State uniform. I loved Robin for lots of reasons - Not a GREAT power or average guy, but just a good hitter, professional. I always felt he was a winner - Had that great grand slam walkoff and was a part of what Sports Illustrated dubbed the "Best Infield Ever" with Rey Ordonez, Edgardo Alfonzo, and john Olerud. Would I trade or sell this card? No, no one else wants it anyway.
Finally - We have a 1993 Fleer Ultra Mike Piazza Rookie Card. I Don't really have too much else to say about this card besides he is the 2nd greatest Met in the history of the team (Hat tip to Tom Seaver) and one of my all time favorites. There were rough patches when I really could not stand the guy, but looking back at his career and the highlights it had - I now know he belongs where he is as an All-Time great and sure fire Hall of Famer.
Now - as I discussed for the inaugural blog bat around - I am a set collector - with a hint of player/team - so for me, the focus is not on having a "centerpiece" in my collection - Since I do this just for me, I'm just has happy with my 87 Topps set as I am any Auto in my collection, and it has everything to do with building that set and the time I put into it. So yeah, when I go to my local shop or shows and see 30 David Wright cards in the dollar bin, they do usually come home with me instead of the one RC (which I may be amending this weekend got willing), but I am okay with that.
So you have heard my piece and may be silently mocking my lack of a big ticket card, but I'm cool with it - I'd rather you have the Slice of Willie Mays skin or Megaladon or some dead president - Save the rest for me.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
And now finally - there was one last special present in the case in form of a mix cd from our good friend. Now, I am not as dedicated as he is so you wont see a full track list here - Just will let you know there were some truly bitchin' tunes here. Great songs from the Beastie Boys, Butthole Surfers (Pasture of Muppets is the greatest album title ever), Breeders, Flaming Lips, Nirvana (sweet B Side from the Teen Spirit single I believe), Pearl Jame, L7, REM and Willy Shatner. My sister loves the Shatner cds so I was an old hand to this, but its still a fun listen non-the-less.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
12 - 1992 Topps Cards
Here we have an 86 Upper Deck Gary Carter card that I am surprised Greg let go - it's either a photo taken with the worst camera ever, or a night shot. I wish I liked Gary more - something about born agains that doesn't sit right with me.
Next up is a severely miscut, but wonderful 74 Topps Tom Seaver Card. When I started collecting, I never really thought that I would get into the vintage stuff - but now its just another thing I will spend too much time and money on - love the card - Thank you
finally - Chris Donnels Score Rising star from the 1992 Set I think. Chris sucked, but he's a great dude - my buddy joe @ mlb collecter wrote Chris with a TTM request, and not only did he sign a bunch of cards, but wrote a really nice letter back to him. Someday hopefully this card will make the same journey.
Finally - the best card of the bunch is a 2008 David Wright Heritage Refracter #'d to 559. It looks like a normal chrome in the scan - but I assure you, it is not (and if you dont believe me, you can eat a box of cocks).
So Thank you very much Greg, and everyone should really check out his blog - it is quickly becoming one of my favorites and is for sure one of the first ones I read each day.
Now that I guess I am mildly established - what I am doing that you like? what dont you like? what could I add? what could I do more? I would love to hear your suggestions - drop me a line and let me know!
2, 14, 21, 33, 38, 49, 70, 128, 134, 146, 176, 212, 218, 240, 242, 278
help me please - so close to the end and I now have tons of doubles available. If anyone has everylast one of the cards listed above for me - I'll send a game used card of your choice (I've got a stack of approx 20 for trade) that can be yours - if you have them all. Let me know!
Scott @ Hand Collated sent me #44- dayf - the ball is in your court now! Thanks guys!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The first package comes from Steve K who wanted to swap some 08 heritage High Numbers. there are 9 less cards on that list now thanks to Steve - was even kind enough to include an SP or 2!
The cards included were
2nd package came from a wonderful fellow named Ray who emailed me to take a chunk out of my 2008 Upper Deck, Heritage, and Baseball Heroes Sets
Here's the haul
Greg Maddux Season Highlights
Tom Glavine Checklist
Johan Santana Checklist
Cheeseburger Season Highlights
Thank you both so much - sorry for no scans - its loud and the wife is sleeping!
Monday, December 8, 2008
3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 63, 66, 69, 72, 75, 78, 84, 87, 93, 94, 96, 99, 102, 105, 108, 111, 114, 117, 120, 123, 126, 129,132, 138, 141, 144, 147, 150
First Day Issue Rookies
101, 102, 107, 108, 110, 112, 113, 116, 119, 122, 123, 124, 125, 127, 128, 131, 133, 135, 136, 139, 140, 143, 145, 149,
I will be buying more of this so I wont depend on you fine people for all of it - but please if you get doubles or a few stragglers you are not attached to, think of me.
Chris from Nachos Grande got me 5 closer
Greg @ Night Owl Cards got me 2 closer
Reader Steve got me 20 closer!
Now, its a shame that Topps had to bring back a brand in order to finally commit to some nice photography. In the 2 blasters I got, I found 5 cards depicting nice action shots of plays at the plate. If they could start using photography like this consistently in their sets, I think combined with the history of Topps, they would easily be back on top of the card world.
Now, while hits are not guarenteed in these boxes, I have been very lucky. Last time I pulled a Beam Team insert of Jeff Salazar - this time getting a redemption card for Mariner Prospect Jeff Clement - Now lets see if they can get me the card by March 09 as they are predicting
Sunday, December 7, 2008
First up we have a trio of the regular base cards. Nothing too fancy here - just a nice trio of All Stars and perennial MVP contenders. I was able to get doubles of all of these seen here so 1 for the set and 1 for the team sets. Very happy.
Cheeseburger. Thats all.
Here we have a couple of die cut rookies whos cards I am sick of getting.
Next up is a card of a rookie I am not sick of - In fact I have a bit of a man crush on Mr. Max Sherzer - if his arm doesn't fall off, lets just say his first name ain't baby - it's Max, Mr. Scherzer if you're nasty
Finally we have the 2 "Hits". A Game used Jim Edmonds bat (any cubbies fans out there?) and a Andrew Miller Jersey (already sent an email to Mario to see if he needs it)
So - I guess I know I will be picking up a few more blasters of this before I make my final decision - I have a strong feeling I am going to need to get most of this set on E-Bay and trades - not so much by packs unless I want 10 copies of each base card. But at least the look nice enough to send out for a signature or 2. Time will tell.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Please read the story linked off the last card about Kevin Mitchell - mind blowing
We have all seen these cards now, and I am sure for the most part, we are interested in them more out of obligation than truly caring. Heck, if I have all of Series 1, most of 2, I may as well finish this one as well. Here's a few rookies
A few of the Target inserts - along with Chipper and Josh I also got Adrian Gonzalez, Edison Volquez, Lance Berkman, and Dan Uggla Stick - anyone working on this set? they are available.
And of course everyone's favorite cat murderer Kevin Mitchell. I have to like this set because of its Mets focus after dealing with all this Yankee bullshit all year.
I will be putting together a want list for this set shortly.