Thursday, February 19, 2015

A.J. Burnett: Part Two

OK, so here is my second A.J. Burnett purchase on Listia.  It's a 1999 Topps Chrome Traded rookie card graded PSA 9.  It only set me back 2,500 credits.  I have always had a soft spot in my heart for 1999 Topps Traded and its Chrome counterpart.  It had rookie cards of Adam Dunn, Carl Crawford, CC Sabathia, Josh Hamilton, Alfonso Soriano, and about a hundred guys who now work in a car wash.  I had bought individual cards from the set over the years, but never a card of Burnett.  I was also tempted  to buy the base set as it contained an autograph.  I never bought one though, fearing that I would pull a Mike Nannini autograph.  Anyway, I am pleased to add the Burnett card to the collection. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A.J. Burnett: Part One

A.J. Burnett has been a rather respectable starting pitcher with many teams over the years.  He was garbage with the Yankees, but decent elsewhere.  I recently picked up 2 of his cards on Listia from different sellers.  The first is this Topps 206 game used jersey card.  That's a swatch of bright green jersey for those of you keeping track.  That's pretty unusual.  It made the card stand out to me.  And it only cost about 1,000 credits which is economical.  Stay tuned for the second Burnett card. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!  Here's a gratuitous Bobby Valentine card from 1989 Topps and a link to his sports bar in Stamford, CT.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


I picked up a pair of 2013 Topps Sticker cards on eBay for less than a quarter.  Both cards are Giants: Sergio Romo and Matt Cain.  I have inadvertently been accumulating Cain's cards for quite some time, however I have very few of Romo.  I'm not a big fan of sticker cards, in general.  These cards remind me of the sticker cards found in the 1980's.  The stickers don't actually have a practical purpose.  But if we need them, they will be there. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

TTM Mailbag: Clayton Kershaw

After a long period of no returns, I finally received a TTM autograph in my mailbox this week.  It comes from Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.  It was postmarked from Dallas, TX.  I originally sent it to Dodgers Spring Training in Arizona last March.  The return took 339 days, but was well worth it.  The card is a 2011 Topps base card and is signed beautifully in blue Sharpie.  I'm thrilled to get the card back.  I doubt many 3 time Cy Young Award winners would take the time to sign.  Very cool.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cheap Topps Heritage

I won a Listia auction for this 2013 Topps Heritage of Logan Forsythe recently.  Forsythe is sort of a spare part for the Rays these days.  However, I like Topps Heritage, so I pulled the trigger.  Also, most importantly, the card only cost me 4 credits.  That's a rounding error.  That being said, how hard is it to put a baseball card in a penny sleeve before putting it in a plain white envelope?  I'm not complaining.  I am just making a public service announcement. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2014 Topps Chrome: Now with Bonus Pack

I recently purchased 3 packs of 2014 Topps Chrome which happened to come with the bonus 3 card pack of Orange Refractors. The Orange Refractors turned out to be the best cards of these packs. Without further ado, here are the spoils.

Pack 1
CC Sabathia
Tommy Medica (Xfractor)
Marcus Stroman
Mark Trumbo

Pack 2
Giancarlo Stanton
Francisco Liriano
Joey Votto (Refractor)
Yangervis Solarte

Pack 3
Curtis Granderson
Brandon Moss (Refractor)
Tommy Medica (again)
Robinson Cano

Orange Pack
Justin Verlander
Stephen Strasburg
Kolten Wong

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Who Is This Guy?

I bought this 2012 Bowman Draft Picks card of Matt Olson for less than a dime on eBay.  I'm always prone to picking up single cards from Bowman, since packs go for such exorbitant prices.  Olson was drafted in 2012 and has played as high as Single A in the Athletics organization.  Yet, he has a Bowman baseball card.  Go figure.  Check out the background of the photo, though.  I believe those might be Mets colors on those players.  Anyone have a different opinion?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Random 2011 Topps

I picked up this 2011 Topps base card of Tim Collins on Listia for 23 credits.  This card is from Series 2.  I don't have much Series 2 from 2011, so I pulled the trigger.  Collins has been a reliever for the Royals for the past few seasons.  2011 counts as a rookie card.  Note the logo on the card.  Also, check out that cool leg kick. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Trade With Bo

Not so recently, I completed a trade with Bo from Baseball Cards Come to Life.  I sent over some of my extra junk wax and miscellaneous cardboard.  In exchange, I received some nifty Twins and Yankees cards.  In the picture, are two cards from 1996 Fleer Ultra – Chuck Knoblauch and Brad Radke.  The Radke card is a rookie.  I also received a National Pastime card of Hideki Matsui.  The last card pictured is a 2007 Allen & Ginter rookie of Kei Igawa.  In 2007, there were tons of Kei Igawa rookie cards.  In the end, Igawa was way overhyped.  It was a nice haul of cards though.  Thanks for a great trade Bo!