Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A trio of Albert Pujols cards

I picked up a 2015 Topps Stadium Club [card #170] and a 2014 Donruss Diamond Kings subset [card #205] for my Angels frankenset - the 2014 Panini Donruss The Elite Series insert was a random pick up.

Pujols had his season resurgence in June, hit 26 home runs by the All-Star break and starred in the Home Run Derby - as September comes however, it looks like he and the Angels are gassed.

The Angels have faded out of playoff contention and any last month resurgence from Pujols - may merely bump up his final numbers a little bit.

Despite having an opportunity to hit nearly 40 home runs [not sure if he is going to get there at this point] - it looks like Pujols about to set a career low in batting average, on-base percentage and his ability to hit doubles has been sapped.

Teammate Mike Trout has struggled in the month of August, but there is more confidence in the 24-year old bouncing back - with six years left on Pujols' contract after this season, I'm afraid what you see is what you are going to get from the aged slugger.

Monday, August 31, 2015

1967 Topps Minnie Rojas #104

I picked this card up to add a vintage element to my Angels frankenset - Rojas pitched for the Angels for three seasons before arm problems cut short his career.

Rojas was apparently part Angels lore as he was paralyzed in a car accident, which killed his two daughters - however, it wasn't until he already left the team did the accident happen and at least his part in the long time franchise curse may have been debunked.

Rojas died in 2002 at the age of 63.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Featured autographs - Miguel Sano

Maybe serious collectors / speculators are not really interested in Sano's handful of certified autograph released in various prospect sets over the last several years - besides his true first year Bowman Chrome autograph back in 2010, the other certified autographs [before his RC logo cards come out] maybe all kind of 'junk' unless it's some hard to pull, low numbered parallel.

Considering Sano's potential as a slugger, I was eager to pick up a couple certified autographs - even if the particular cards [2014 Bowman Inception relic auto and 2014 Bowman Sterling] are some of the ones serious collectors / speculators would turn their nose up at.

Sano was subject of a documentary who [along with his family] received a lot of scrutiny when he was looking to sign with a MLB team for a big bonus - now he is mashing home runs in the Major Leagues and maybe a franchise star for the Minnesota Twins for years to come.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

2008 Upper Deck Timeline Nick Adenhart #321

I busted a couple of 2008 Upper Deck Timeline some time ago and it didn't look like I had the Adenhart among the partial set of cards I'd put together - so for my Angels frankenset, I picked up this card picturing the one-time Angel who was among three people killed by a drunk driver in 2009.

I like how the card design mimics the 1993 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects subset - I was looking at images of the Adenhart online and thought the card scanned too dark until I realized the card was designed to highlight the player's image with a muted background.

It's a shiny card which is appealing - though it's not exactly refractor shiny where the image pops off the card like a firecracker.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

1995 Pinnacle Jose Valentin #127

I may have been browsing a dealer's listings on eBay when I discovered this Valentin card with what looks to be a Roberto Alomar cameo - while it's not for my Angels frankenset, I picked up the 'nicer' Museum Collection parallel for my 'bonus babies' mini-collection, consisting of star players' cameos on common players' cards.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2009 Topps Updates and Highlights Nolan Ryan #UH232

I picked up this nearly seven-year old base card variation for $3 and change - the image of the Hall of Famer looks like it might have been originally black and white, then colorized on Photoshop to make it stand out on a trading card.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen blaster recap

Pack one
#230 Howie Kendrick
#82 Mookie Wilson
#147 Jarrod Parker

#72 Carlos Martinez - Gold mini parallel serial #'d 1/99
#47 Ozzie Smith
#218 Jake Peavy

Pack two
#41 Ivan Rodriguez
#164 Tony Gwynn
#176 Yasiel Puig
#26 Freddie Freeman - mini

#QT-7 Nelson Cruz - The Queen's Throwbacks insert
#209 Sean Doolittle

Pack three
#30 Jose Bautista
#189 Daniel Norris
#24 Joey Votto

#150 Felix Hernandez - mini
#337 Jorge Posada - short print
#74 Julio Teheran

Pack four
#23 Adam Jones
#14 Jose Altuve
#162 Jonathan Lucroy
#62 Kenley Jansen - mini
#259 Mike Foltynewicz 
#163 Willie McCovey

Pack five
#216 Scott Kazmir
#154 Ryan Howard
#270 Mike Minor

#243 Pedro Alvarez - Silver mini serial #'d 069/199
#281 Wade Davis
#290 Jay Bruce

Pack six
#6 David Wright
#72 Carlos Martinez
#264 Alex Rios
#128 Anthony Ranaudo

#332 Fred McGriff - mini
#193 C.C. Sabathia

Pack seven
#84 John Smoltz
#96 Edwin Encarnacion
#115 Chipper Jones
#112 Evan Gattis - mini

#GWO-25 Mookie Wilson - Walk-Off Winners insert
#220 Francisco Liriano

Pack eight
#11 Hanley Ramirez
#102 Johnny Cueto
#251 Ervin Santana
#219 Carlos Carrasco - mini

#GS-9 Alex Gordon - Glove Stories insert
#138 Greg Maddux