Sunday, September 14, 2014

Overwhelmed at the card shop

I just started digging through quarter boxes from past years and I couldn't stop picking out cards - even when I had to cut down the number of cards I wanted to pick up, there were a few others that replaced the ones I'd put away.

Awesome outfield action

1999 Fleer Ultra Willie McGee #58 - he was a very good ballplayer for a long time and it looks like he stuck it out as a fourth outfielder / semi-regular type in his last four MLB seasons.

1999 Fleer Tradition Rickey Henderson #133 - in his late 30's, he was still as spry as he was in his prime.

2003 Upper Deck Dave Roberts #189

2002 Fleer Ultra Chris Singleton #160

1999 Fleer Ultra Andruw Jones #25 - he was an athlete in his prime, too bad he got fat in his 30's.

1999 Fleer Ultra Carl Everett #22

1999 Topps Stadium Club Vladimir Guerrero #80 - the ball is actually by his feet.

1999 Topps Stadium Club Jose Canseco #32 - by this point, his athleticism was gone and all he had were his bat and his roids.

1998 Topps Orlando Merced #119

1999 Fleer Ultra Tony Gwynn #59

Awesome action - these were the silly cards

1992 Upper Deck Minors Adam Hyzdu #244 - juggling

1992 Upper Deck Minors Jimmy Haynes #168 - has some odd frisbee thing

1999 Topps Stadium Club Chan Ho Park #112 - I love this card

Awesome action and misc

1999 Upper Deck Encore Jeff Cirillo #50 - I wonder what he is putting into his water cup.

1992 Upper Deck Minors Juan De La Rosa #73 - losing his bat

1999 Fleer Ultra Mike Lansing #8 - looks like a play where he grabs the ball and gestures to the umpire to perhaps record the force out at second base.

1999 Fleer Ultra Otis Nixon #44 - love the face guard

2002 Fleer Ultra Ryan Klesko #148 - on a knee

1992 Upper Deck Minors Tarrik Brock #189 - x2

Bonus babies - cards where a star player appears on a more common player's card,

1999 Upper Deck Choice Damion Easley #86 - Rickey Henderson

1999 Upper Deck Ray Durham #66 - Rickey Henderson

1998 Topps Kevin Polcovich #79 - Larry Walker

1999 Topps Vinny Castilla #199 - shares the card with Dante Bichette and Todd Helton

2002 Fleer Ultra Bret Boone #120 - Ivan Rodriguez

1999 Fleer Ultra John Wetteland #3 - Ivan Rodriguez

Star on star cameos - a new collecting topic?

1999 Fleer Ultra Albert Belle #78 - I want to make a distinction whenever I find a card of a star player [like Frank Thomas does on Belle's card] popping up on another star's card.

Inking it up - seeing pro ballplayers sign autographs affirms the belief that it is still a thing, even if reality dictates it's harder to have a moment with any number of them.

2003 Upper Deck Mike Cameron #313

2003 Upper Deck Sean Burroughs #466

2003 Fleer Ultra Jeffrey Hammonds #187

1999 Upper Deck Encore Eric Davis #75

Pitchers hitting

2003 Upper Deck Vicente Padilla #237

2002 Fleer Ultra Mike Hampton #69 - I count cards showing pitchers running bases, having bats in their hands and basically pitchers doing 'hittery' things in this collection.

2003 Fleer Ultra Mike Hampton #26

1999 Topps Stadium Club Rick Reed #31

2003 Fleer Tradition Update Glendon Rusch #U136

1999 Topps Stadium Club Kevin Tapani #101

1999 Topps Stadium Club Andy Ashby #133

Tools of ignorance and misc

2002 Fleer Ultra Brandon Inge #75 - maybe symbolic of the early 2000's Detroit Tigers teams

1999 Topps Stadium Club Brady Anderson #127 - looks like a play at plate where the catcher has to apply a hard tag on a incoming runner [Anderson] who doesn't slide.

2003 Fleer Ultra Ivan Rodriguez #152

2003 Fleer Tradition Update Jason Simontacchi #U11 - x2

1992 Upper Deck Minors Skeets Thomas #95 - broken bat shot

2013 Topps Prime football Jimmy Graham #74 - I think because he was doing it so much, dunking a football over the goal posts now result in a penalty.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 Topps Chrome blaster recap

My lousy $3 off Topps coupon was my excuse to pick up a blaster, even though I believe the following:

1.) Retail is feast or famine for something like Topps Chrome - there are only 32 cards in a blaster and while I may pull some cheap refractors and/or inserts, I'm probably not going to find anything that makes me think I spent $20 wisely.

2.) I like shiny cards, but the chromes are condition sensitive and I worry about handling them too much - I like cards I can flip through without being scratched up.

Purple refractor pack
#140 Justin Verlander
#88 Michael Choice
#193 Josh Donaldson
#75 Billy Hamilton

Pack one
#133 Onelki Garcia
#74 Dexter Fowler - X-Fractor
#23 Stefen Romero
#131 Desmond Jennings

Pack two
#163 Greg Holland - with two guys on a card, it looks like a mini project to chase after.
#81 Kevin Siegrist
#148 Avisail Garcia - refractor/ I thought basic refractors were unmarked until I checked out the breaks at the Play at the Plate blog.
#213 Rougned Odor

Pack three
#48 Alex Cobb 
#77 Robbie Erlin 
#130 Albert Pujols 
#158 Aramis Ramirez

Pack four
#170 David Wright 

#EB Eddie Butler - certified autograph / Silver and Black serial #'d 22/25 / the silver marker seems dull on a whited out surface, but it's a might fine pull for a blaster.

Butler has pretty good credentials, though he wasn't as good this year as he was in previous seasons - not to mention, he is going to be making his home starts in Colorado.

#218 Max Scherzer 
#51 Matt Adams

Pack five
#31 Clay Buchholz 
#162 Zack Greinke - refractor
 #189 Madison Bumgarner 
#178 Danny Salazar

Pack six
#132 Chris Davis 
#83 Jon Lester 
#79 Mike Minor 
#29 Victor Martinez

Pack seven
#175 Yu Darvish 
#120 Jeff Samardzija 
#168 Manny Machado - X-Fractor
#125 Paul Goldschmidt

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Featured autograph - Gordon Beckham

The only autograph I have of Beckham is a certified autograph card I picked up for about $30 and change when I thought he'd an all-star talent - as is, he wasn't good at all and was mostly a disappointment with the Chicago White Sox.

Now that he is on the Angels, I do see Beckham as a warm, live body to put at third base to spell David Freese - who seems to have been micromanaged by Halos manager Mike Scioscia as if not to overextend him.

Maybe the change of scenery revives Beckham a little bit - even if his future beyond this season maybe a little uncertain.

Monday, September 08, 2014

2014 Topps Chrome value pack recap

Orange Refractor pack
#190 Carlos Gonzalez
#114 Sonny Gray
#203 Jimmy Nelson

Pack one
#24 Yosmil Pinto
#149 Jose Reyes
#207 Anibal Sanchez - refractor
#204 Dustin Pedroia

Pack two
#22 Taijuan Walker
#97 Ian Desmond
#102 Matt Moore
#58 Anthony Rizzo

Pack three
#16 Yadier Molina
#CC-MT Mike Trout - Chrome Connection die-cut
#214 Jason Heyward
#204 Asdrubal Cabrera

Featured autograph - Wade LeBlanc

He failed in his one start audition to fill in for Garrett Richards, but LeBlanc has got some stick-to-itiveness, to be back with the Angels even after being designated for assignment three times this season - his current role is undefined but at least he is a part of an Angels team looking to finish the season strong and make a postseason run.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Featured autograph - John Buck

I got this autograph in-person when Buck was still with the Seattle Mariners early this year - Angels starting catcher Chris Iannetta has had a strong season [.372 on-base / .415 slugging] at the plate, but Buck sort of gives the Halos a veteran catcher as an option to rest Iannetta, when Hank Conger hasn't done much.

Featured autograph - Shawn O' Malley

In the team's 14-4 win over the Minnesota Twins, the newest Angel was 2-for-2 with an RBI in his MLB debut - it's nice to have a random in-person autograph I got years ago as a 'new' addition to my all-time Angels autograph collection.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Assorted former Angels players' cards

A collection of cards I have stuffed in a box somewhere are cards of Angels players whose autographs I still need for my all-time Angels collection - I want to keep cards handy of guys whose autographs I still need in case there is an opportunity to get them signed in-person and/or to have cards set aside for possible through the mail requests.

However, the collection is sort of vague because how many players in Angels history have I not accounted for - it's not quite a comprehensive collection, so I wonder why don't I just have an an wantlist of players I need, without the guise of having a pile of unsigned cards?

The collection consist of cards featuring players who have played with the Angels at some point in their MLB careers - but maybe they've moved on or retired.

If I have multiple cards of individual players, I hope to get them all signed, but then again I only need one - it's a plus if the player is pictured in an Angels' uniform, though I'll deal with the cards picturing players in other uniforms as well.

Ideally I'd like to get cards in the box signed sooner than never, though the collection has become sort of a cardboard morgue - the push to put together TTM requests has really slowed down and maybe I'm lazier to try and track down autographs of former Angels that way.

If I end up purchasing a certified autograph card or an in-person / TTM autograph - then the cards in the box are pushed back into 'general population' within my main A-Z archives.

Monday, September 01, 2014

2014 Donruss II value pack recap

Top section
#259 Patrick Corbin
#338 Matt Adams
#332 Madison Bumgarner
#325 Francisco Liriano
#317 Brian McCann
#308 Jose Fernandez
#330 Brandon Belt
#322 Cole Hamels
#313 Yovani Gallardo
#356 Doug Fister
#354 Anthony Rendon
#351 Yu Darvish
#6 Evan Longoria - Studio
#13 Yan Gomes - Elite Series
#251 Enny Romero

Bottom section
#287 Justin Masterson
#280 Erik Johnson
#274 Xander Bogaerts
#269 Nelson Cruz
#265 Julio Teheran
#262 Alex Wood
#261 Wade Miley
#357 Gio Gonzalez
#355 Bryce Harper
#353 Brett Lawrie
#348 Jurickson Profar
#343 Ben Zobrist
#337 Lance Lynn
#38 David Holmberg - The Rookies
#232 Carlos Gonzalez - Diamond Kings