Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Listia Mailbag: Yonder Alonso

I bought this 2014 Topps Heritage card of Yonder Alonso on Listia for just 22 credits.  It’s a great design.  I especially like the little team banner on the bottom left of the card.  Alonso arrived with the Padres in the Mat Latos trade from the Reds.  The Padres got the better of that trade in my opinion.  Alonso hasn’t been great so far, but he’s still young. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Randomness from 2014 Topps

Here’s a bunch of random 2014 Topps cards that I picked up on eBay for less than a buck.  In all, there are 16 cards.  That’s a better value than buying a pack.  Sure, there’s no chance at a jersey card or an autograph, but I probably wouldn’t pull one out of those out of a pack anyway.  Also, check out that cool Red Chris Young card.  Anyway, here is the loot. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Here's Some Topps Heritage

Here’s what 12 cents of Topps Heritage looks like courtesy of eBay.  On the left is a 2011 card of Jair Jurrjens.  Jurrjens is best known for his work with the Braves before injuries derailed his career.  On the right is the 2012 card of Chase Utley.  For my money, I prefer the 2011 design.  It’s a cleaner design, and reminds me of 1987 Topps.  Although 1987 Topps was the height of the junk wax era, it still brings back a good childhood memory. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Autographs Anyone?

I picked up a lot of 4 Autograph cards on Listia.  The entire haul set me back about 3600 credits.  I wanted this lot for the David Hernandez and Jeff Francis cards.  Hernandez is now with the Diamondbacks.  He should be a good pitcher once he gets healthy.  Francis made his name with the Rockies.  In recent years, he has floated around with various teams on minor league contracts.  In fact, he just signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays.  The other cards feature Brandon Duckworth, who was a serviceable pitcher in the 2000s, and Andy Wilkins, who got his cup of coffee this year with the White Sox. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Pair of Rays

Here’s a nifty little card from 2013 Topps Update that I picked up on eBay for a few cents.  It’s a dual card of Wil Myers and Evan Longoria.  I usually don’t like dual cards because I sort my cards by team.  Fortunately, the two are teammates.  I bought the card mostly for Wil Myers.  Myers is a highly touted prospect, and I have very few of his cards.  Myers was the key player in the trade that sent James Shields to the Royals.  It was probably a good trade for both teams.  The Royals make the World Series and the Rays have a potential star for year to come. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

I Miss Baseball Already

Happy Halloween boys and ghouls … I mean girls, yeah that’s it.  The baseball season is over, which means that we won’t see a game until March.  That’s scary enough for any baseball fan.  I was pulling for the underdog Royals in the World Series, but what can you do?  I can’t wait for Spring Training to start.   I would like to go again, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen this year.  I’m already starting to get withdrawals.  For those of you who are eager like me, here is the link to the MLB Spring Training site.  Tickets are not available yet.

Friday, October 3, 2014


So there I was innocently bidding on baseball cards on Listia when I came across a Goudey base card of Ryan Braun.  I figured I would place a lowball bid of 25 credits.  Due to my fat fingers, that bid somehow became 258 credits.  By the time I had realized my mistake, it was too late.  But lemons quickly became lemonade.  I won the card for 108 credits.  In addition, the seller threw in some pretty cool cards as a bonus.  So, now I own the card and I have a story to go with it. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's Official

It’s official.  The 2014 regular season is over.  The big story is the end of Derek Jeter’s career.  It’s a bittersweet moment for us Yankee fans.  I can’t remember watching too many Yankee games before Jeter was the shortstop.  Also retiring at the end of the season were Paul Konerko and Bobby Abreu.  It’s a shame that Konerko and Abreu didn’t receive more attention.  They were certainly deserving of it.  All three left the game with class and dignity, just as they played it. 

Also with the end of the regular season, comes the end of the fantasy baseball season.  About a month ago, I posted (bragged) about my sizable lead over the second place team in the league.  Shortly thereafter, I lost that lead and held second place for about two weeks.  During that time, I constantly searched the available free agents in search of an edge.  Fortunately, I reclaimed the lead and won the league.  There are no prizes – just the right to brag on this blog.  But, there is a lesson to be learned here.  Don’t count all of your chickens until Trevor Plouffe is your third baseman. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pack Break: 2012 Topps Update

I recently opened up a pack of 2012 Topps Update.  I remember when this was called Topps Traded and it only included players who were in their first years or traded to another team.  Now there are cards for participants in the Home Run Derby and All Star Game.  That seems unnecessary.  Anyway, here is the haul.

Ryan Ludwick
Joe Mather
Matt Lindstrom
Travis Snider
Jeremy Hafner
Melky Cabrera (Gold)
Yoenis Cespedes (Blockbusters)
Weird Royals Card
Michael Saunders
Jose Bautista
Joey Devine
Jeremy Hermida
RA Dickey

The question on the blue Royals card is what happened before George Brett homered in the first at bat of his 4 for 4 game in the 1985 ALCS.  Bueller?  Bueller?  The correct answer is that Willie Wilson was caught stealing.  But, we all knew that. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Junk Wax Pack Breaks: Part 2

So here is my 1988 Donruss haul.  When you look at these cards, it’s amazing that any team had a winning record in 1988.  Actually, I did pretty good with these packs.  By the way, if anybody needs anything from this set, I probably have it.  Here are the best cards from each pack.  And yes, I got two Glavine rookie cards.

Don Mattingly
Mike Schmidt
Jack Morris
Tom Glavine
Tom Glavine
Dave Parker