Monday, May 25, 2015

Pack Break: 2014 Topps Jumbo Pack

I popped open a jumbo pack of 2014 Topps Series 1 over the weekend.  It was a decent pack with plenty of parallels and inserts.  The Mariano card has got to be the best card in the pack.  Here are the highlights.

 

Yu Darvish
Junior Lake
Carlos Villanueva







Lee Smith
Mike Carp
Ryan Howard




Mariano Rivera
Mike Trout
Manny Machado

Thursday, May 7, 2015

U-S-A...U-S-A

I picked up a jersey card of Cody Satterwhite on Listia for about 700 credits.  This is a Team USA issue from Upper Deck.  Satterwhite is now a prospect in the Mets minor league system.  I'll be impressed when he hits the bigs.  I'm not a big fan of the Team USA cards.  It seems like most of the players turn out to be duds.  My favorite Team USA card has got to be the 1985 Topps Mark McGwire rookie card.  That was a cool card. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2009 Topps Sampler

I picked up this lot of 9 cards from 2009 Topps on Listia for a little over a hundred credits.  I don't have any of these cards, but I particularly wanted the Ian Kinsler card, which is pictured dead center.  I don't have too many Kinsler cards.  The photo on this card actually shows Kinsler from behind as he rounds the base.  There aren't any big names here; just your average base cards.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TTM Mailbag: Evan Gattis

Here's my second TTM autograph success from spring training.  The good news is that I received my 2013 Topps card back from Evan Gattis signed in blue Sharpie in just 24 days.  The bad news is that the blue Sharpie was badly smudged and went everywhere it wasn't supposed to.  I used a little baby powder on the card to decrease the glossy finish on the card prior to mailing.  The card has a partial fingerprint on it, so I don't think I had a chance.  Just the same, I'm happy to have the card back signed. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Angels on eBay

I recently picked up a bunch of later year Angels cards on eBay.  There were 21 cards in all costing me $1.06 shipped.  Although I had some of the Topps cards, I didn't have any of the Topps Heritage or Bowman cards.  That's why I went after the lot.  My favorite cards were the 2 Andrew Romine rookie cards.  I love rookie cards.  Also, Romine's brother, Austin is in the Yankee organization. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

If It's Shiny, I'll Take It

I picked up a 2013 Topps Chrome card of Nick Franklin on Listia recently for 25 credits.  Why?  I cannot say.  It was shiny so I snagged it.  Also, I don't have much of the Topps Chrome product.  Franklin is shown as a Mariner on the card.  However, he was traded to the Rays last year in the David Price deal.  Franklin hasn't really impressed anyone in the bigs so far, but he is still young. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

TTM Mailbag: Tyson Ross

My first TTM autograph return of spring training came from Tyson Ross of the Padres.  Mr. Ross signed my 2014 Topps Update card in just 15 days.  The card came back in great condition with his signature in thin black Sharpie. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Autographs By The Pair

I picked up a pair of certified autographed cards on Listia recently for 999 credits each.  The first is a Stadium Club card of Travis Denker.  I love Stadium Club cards from any year.  The photos are always great.  Denker was last seen playing for the Laredo Lemurs in the American Association.  But, he did get his cup of coffee at least.  The second card features Andy LaRoche.  LaRoche is still hanging out in the big leagues.  He used to be the next big thing for the Dodgers back in 2005.  But looking back, it was brother Adam who made a bigger impact in the majors.  LaRoche is currently with the White Sox organization.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bern Baby Bern

I picked up a pair of early Bernie Williams cards on Listia for just 23 credits.  The cards are from 1992 Score and 1993 Topps.  These are second and third year cards respectively.  Bernie still looked like a dorky kid in these photos.  I'm fairly certain that I already own both cards, but you can't have too much Bernie.  And the price was right.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cards from Drew

Thank you to Drew who sent me a bunch of cool Minnesota Twins cards. Here are a few of the highlights.


Three oddball cards of Kirby Puckett circa 1992 courtesy of McDonald's

 
My first 2015 Topps card

 
My first 1970 Topps card (I think)

 
And mini Delmon Young