Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I always view Thanksgiving as the perfect opportunity to show off my cards of Jimmy Gobble.  Gobble pitched for the Royals in the mid-2000s before ending his career with the White Sox.  This is a 2004 Topps Future Stars card that Gobble was forced to share with some other guy.  

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Listia Mailbag: Jose Reyes Silk Card

I picked up this 2013 Topps Update Silk Card of Jose Reyes on Listia for about 4800 credits.  I am a fan of silk cards even though they are kinda gimmicky.  However, I prefer the silk cards that look like the design from the given year.  Here, the Reyes card shows a rookie card from 2001. The card came with a small crease on the right side, which is visible in the photo.  Otherwise, it's a great looking card of a former Met.  

Friday, November 6, 2015

2012 Topps Stickers Part 2

The rest of my 2012 Topps Sticker packs were relatively uneventful.  There aren't any parallels or inserts to look out for.  However, I did pick up cards of Mickey Mantle, Alex Rodriguez, and Derek Jeter.  I do have a few complaints.  First, many of these cards were damaged.  I don't know whether the retailer, Listia seller, or Topps is to blame on this one.  The cards do seem a little flimsy since they are actually stickers.  Second, there are way too many cards of team mascots.  Some of them don't even have names.  Finally, there are many cards which feature two team stickers on them.  That's fine, but don't put two card numbers on one card.  You can see the picture below.  It's confusing.  The price was right.  However, for similar money, I think I would prefer Topps Opening Day.  That's just my two cents. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

2012 Topps Stickers Part 1

I won an auction on Listia for 20 packs of 2012 Topps Stickers.  The whole lot set me back about 4400 credits, which is less than two bucks by my calculations.  You can see in the photo that the packs were marked down from 99 cents to 93 cents.  So, I would have paid 18 bucks and change in a retail store.  What a bargain!  Well, let's see what's inside the packs before declaring this a bargain.  Here's the first pack:

Nothing too spectacular.  I'm not a fan of wasting cards on team mascots like the beloved Raymond from the Rays.  I assume that fans love him.  The Ichiro is definitely the pull of the pack.  I will share the highlights of the remaining packs in a separate post. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Baseball Season is Over

The baseball season is over.  That also means that the fantasy baseball season is over.  My team finished first in the league.  Hurray.  Enough with the bragging though.  The playoffs start tonight.  I don't know if the wildcard game can be considered the playoffs, but it's baseball and I'm ready to watch the game.  I'm worried about my Yankees.  CC Sabathia is busy not drinking alcohol, so he won't be a factor.  I don't think his absence will be a big loss.  He had a terrible year.  I don't think the Yankees will go far into the playoffs though.  I just have a bad feeling.  The best team in New York might actually be the Mets. 

My World Series Prediction: Blue Jays over the Cardinals in 6 games (Sorry Yankees)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Remember Johan Santana?

I picked up this Fleer Ultra game used jersey card of Johan Santana on Listia for about 2,000 credits.  Listia credits seem to be subject to a bad case of inflation, so that's not a terrible deal.  The jersey swatch is navy blue, which beats the standard plain white.  Santana hasn't pitched for the past 2 years.  He has been with the Orioles and Blue Jays organizations, but has not played in the majors due to injury.  Apparently, he will attempt another comeback in 2016.  Santana last pitched in the majors in 2013.  It would be a longshot, but I would like to see him succeed.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pack Break: 2007 Fleer Ultra

I found a lonely pack of 2007 Fleer Ultra and decided to liberate it.  Here are the results:

Tim Hudson
Brad Lidge
Hunter Pence
Hideki Matsui
Jim Edmonds

That's not a bad haul.  I got a Pence rookie and a Yankee card.  I like the design of this set.  But Fleer could have given us a few more cards in the pack.

Monday, June 1, 2015

1989 Bowman: The Cadillac of Junk Wax

I decided to bust open 4 packs of 1989 Bowman that were sitting around.  Would I get a Ken Griffey rookie card?  No.  But, I did find a Gary Sheffield rookie card.  That's not a bad second prize.  Also, I came around a Barry Bonds that was badly disfigured due to its proximity with a stick of gum for the last 25 years.  I mean this thing was gnarly looking.  Otherwise, there wasn't really much to write home about.  Maybe next time.  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Listia Mailbag: Eric Chavez

I picked up this 2007 Bowman Heritage game-used jersey card of Eric Chavez on Listia recently.  It cost me about 1,000 credits.  It has a couple of minor imperfections, but it's a really nice card.  Chavez is best known as an Athletic.  He retired as a Diamondback last year.  He also spent a couple of years with the Yankees. 

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