Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Assorted Angels prospects pick ups

The Major League team is mostly down with the exception of Mike Trout and the farm system is barren - perhaps there aren't a handful of 'future Angels' to latch onto before they reach the Major Leagues.

After the Angels drafted Matt Thaiss 16th overall in this year's amateur draft, I searched for some early cards of him and it looked like he had some USA baseball cards - I picked up what I assumed to be a patch card sight unseen and while I didn't know what I was getting, in-hand, this card looks pretty sweet with the noticeable patch piece and also the camo jersey material.

Jahmai Jones is an 18-year old outfielder who was the Angels' second round pick in 2015 - he was drafted out of high school, so while an 'athlete' perhaps, it may take him time to gradually climb through the minors as opposed to a guy who ends up on the fast track.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Featured autograph - Fred McGriff

I probably didn't need another certified autograph card of the longtime MLB slugger [I picked one up several years ago] - but the autograph is bold and clean on the baseball material used, so I picked it up for ownage sake.

Hopefully the baseball material for these 2015 Panini National Treasures inserts will be durable so the autograph will not fade over the time - the most infamous examples of these types of 'sweet spot' cards going bad come from 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot products [kind of like this example or this one], where cheap baseball material [not leather] was used.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Featured autograph - Albert Belle

I like these certified autograph cards where presumably a baseball is ripped up and the sweet spot [the area between the seams, the preferred spot for single signed baseballs] - is put together to mimic a signed baseball on a trading card.

Pacific Trading Cards may have been the first card company to incorporate a swatch of a baseball into a card - but Upper Deck was the first company to popularize this type of autograph with their Sweet Spot product in 2001.

I picked this 2001 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Signatures card of one the most fearsome big league hitters to play in 1990s - when looking at completed auctions on eBay, maybe it's a little weird to see that Belle's autographs don't really go for much.

Maybe it's hard to call Belle a typical baseball 'fan favorite' when he seemed like a mean, angry SOB as a player - but he put up numbers, hit home runs a long way and didn't take any nonsense from anyone who dared challenge him.

Belle was robbed of the 1995 American League MVP because he didn't want to deal with the media at the time - though a hip injury cut his career short in his 30s, he might have garnered stronger Hall of Fame support if he had been a little friendlier to the press.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Featured autograph - Chris Coghlan

I picked up a junk auto of the current Chicago Cubs outfielder to add to my award winners collection - the autograph is fairly clean and I like the cutesy design of these framed tobacco sized cards.

Coghlan was the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year and while his numbers have generally been an up-and-down - he has played parts of 8 MLB seasons and seems relatively viable as a semi-regular type for a contender.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

2016 Topps Series II hanger box

#620 Daniel Hudson
#610 Adam Morgan
#446 Tom Murphy

#514 Michael Taylor
#638 Michael Pineda
#519 Kyle Barraclough
#676 Jarred Cosart
#525 Jurickson Profar
#432 Cameron Rupp
#411 Brian Matusz
#574 Ryan Dull
#452 Gerrit Cole
#565 Matt Den Dekker
#454 Greg Holland
#378 Jeff Mathis
#459 James Loney
#467 Giovanny Urshela

#360 Eduardo Escobar
#615 Miguel Castro
#690 Jimmy Nelson
#556 Abraham Almonte
#388 Evan Longoria
#666 J.T. Realmuto
#635 A.J. Pierzynski - Gold parallel serial #’d 1140/2016
#KID-17 Ken Griffey Jr. - A Tribute to the Kid insert
#3000-19 Ichiro - Chasing 3K insert
#BB-2-1955 Roberto Clemente - Berger’s Best insert
#HH-13 Robin Yount - Hallowed Highlights insert
#FP-13 Edward Burns - First Pitch insert
#CTG-6 Kyle Schwarber - Changing of the Guard insert
#MLBD2-12 Bill Mazeroski - MLB Debut insert
#376 Brandon Barnes
#462 Jumbo Diaz
#499 Carlos Perez

#489 Adeiny Hechavarria
#643 Elite Meet & Greet - feat. Cespedes and Wright

#657 Johnny Giavotella
#471 Kolten Wong
#681 Joe Smith
#679 Nate Jones
#362 Cory Spangenberg
#488 Colton Murray
#408 Jason Castro
#497 Devin Mesoraco
#601 Leonys Martin
#575 Ryan Strausborger
#480 Mike Foltnewicz
#521 Chris Archer
#559 Cliff Pennington
#381 Bartolo Colon
#639 Rubby De La Rosa
#416 Johnny Cueto
#364 Keon Broxton
#636 Arodys Vizcaino
#384 Michael Morse
#396 Matt Reynolds
#515 Ryan Flaherty
#430 Ariel Pena
#662 Masahiro Tanaka
#544 Jeremy Jeffress

#619 Dustin Ackley
#509 Mark Canha
#543 Carlos Rodon
Info card / 50 cents off 

#527 Jordy Mercer

#438 Paulo Orlando
#602 Keith Hessler

#398 Cleveland Indians team card
#377 Scott Kazmir
#594 Lonnie Chisenhall

#590 Anthony Gose
#545 Hector Santiago

#492 Many Healthy Returns - feat. Molina and Grichuk

Friday, June 17, 2016

2000 Just Lance Berkman #108

This is the hilarious if un-PC card of Berkman wearing a sumo costume - I'm vaguely aware of this card, I've seen it featured on other card blogs I read and I figured to pick up a copy for myself.

The upper left corner is a little warped though I guess this is just one of those cards that has been sitting around for the last 16 years - until it was decided some guy randomly wanted it out of the blue and it became my card.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A couple of Rookies of the Year adds

2008 Topps 50th Anniversary All Rookie Team Lou Piniella #AR6 - 1969 American League ROY

2005 Topps Rookie Cup Chris Chambliss #24 - 1971 American League ROY

As I fill holes in my award winners collection, I try to make 'era appropriate' card finds - this doesn't mean always looking for original player-era cards, but any cards picturing players with the teams they've won an award with as well as finding cards that sort of focus on the award winning season.

I'm trying to weed out cards in my award winners collection that seem mismatched, even if the card pictures the player - it seems odd to use a manager card for Piniella to represent an award he won as a player and for Chambliss, using a late career card that doesn't picture him with the team he won an award with.