Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Featured autograph - Chien-Ming Wang

The 36-year old pitcher picked up his first MLB win since 2013 and there is a MLB human interest story here - about a professional baseball player from Taiwan who once starred for the New York Yankees through the mid 2000s before getting hurt and losing his way.

After bouncing around the minors for the past 6 years, it was a surprise Wang made the Kansas City Royals Opening Day roster in 2016 - maybe Wang finds his late career calling as a MLB relief pitcher, who maybe stretched out as a fill-in starter, if he continues to put together solid outings to build trust.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

2016 Marketside Cheesy Breadsticks

I might not have been looking for the pizza at the right place [or they might not have been at my Walmart yet] the first time I started to hear about this card promo - in a recent visit, I found the Marketside pizza / breadsticks were in the freezer aisle but in an another aisle from the usual pizzas.

I checked to see if the card pack was inside the boxes it was packed loose in the bottom of the food item - the pack wasn’t stuck by some sort of adhesive to keep them intact. 

I'm more into pizza than breadsticks but I'd rather get two packs of cards with two packages of breadsticks [$4 each] - instead of one pack with a purchase of a single pizza for the same price.

Pack one
#22 Noah Syndergaard 
#8 Miguel Cabrera
#17 Chris Sale
Topps info / coupon card - $2.50 off a Topps 2016 Value Box / $1 off a Topps 2016 Jumbo or Value Pack.
Topps Bunt info / jumbo pack code card

Pack two
#35 Tyson Ross - I figure there are no real ‘duds’ in the checklist though Ross is kind of ‘meh’ at best.
#1 Mike Trout
#6 Carlos Correa
Topps info / coupon card
Topps Bunt info / jumbo pack code card

Sunday, May 01, 2016

2016 Bowman hand collated set

Bowman is the flagship brand of prospects and rather than buying into the product by picking up a blaster and loose packs - I went with the sure thing and for about the same price, went with a full paper 300-card set featuring veterans, rookies and prospects.

Admittedly, it's the Chrome autographs and related parallels prospectors are chasing - so presumably the big volume breakers dump the basic cards in various ways [hand-collated sets, lots, team sets] as a complement to whatever key cards they may pull and speculate on.

The Maeda is my first U.S. card of the 28-year old Japanese rookie sensation - by the end of the year, it will likely be his least important card [actually a prospect card and not a MLB rookie logo card], but it's nice to have at the moment before there are all sorts of cards printed for the guy.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen value pack

Bonus framed parallel pack - the top card was peeking out, so I grabbed this pack.
#90 Carlos Correa
#68 Anthony Rendon
#37 John Lackey

Pack one
#84 Starlin Castro
#170 Joey Gallo
#171 Taijuan Walker
#MVPM-BE Johnny Bench
- MVP Minis insert
#185 Ian Kennedy
#235 Joe Panik

Pack two
#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

Pack three
#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

After a prolonged hiatus, I decided to drop by my LCS to stave off some boredom - in addition to small stash of loose cards I put together, I was looking to bust some loose packs.

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

#TLR-YM Yadier Molina - Topps Laser Relic insert serial #’d 28/99
#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

It's fun to dig up at least a signed card [if nothing else] of an ace pitcher who has just thrown his second no-hitter in as many seasons - who knows how long this run of excellence will last for Arrieta, but it's fun to watch a pitcher use his arsenal of pitches to impose their will against opposing batters.

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

The 15th round pick in 2014 made his MLB debut on April 13 with a scoreless inning - admittedly, Mahle's ceiling maybe a LOOGY, but there is still a novelty to seeing an unheralded guy come out of nowhere to reach the big leagues.