I picked up a 2009 Upper Deck card of Nick Swisher for just a few cents on eBay. The photo is a cool staged shot of Swisher that must have been taken right after he came to the Yankees. I can’t help but to be a Nick Swisher fan despite the fact that he has left the Yankees. He just always seemed like a cool guy.
I bought a lot of 5 Topps mini cards from 2012 and 2013 on eBay for just 30 cents. Two cards feature the 1972 design. The other three feature the 1987 design. I grew up during the junk wax era, so I can appreciate that wood grain design. Plus, we all have a ton of this stuff in our collections somewhere. The 1987 cards feature Hanley Ramirez, Mike Stanton, and Giancarlo Stanton who is the same person as Mike. The 1972 cards feature Carlos Santana and Ian Kennedy. The design is a little too funky and colorful for my tastes. I still prefer the familiar look of 80’s junk wax.
There are quite a bit of Yankee haters out in the blogosphere. There are a few Yankee fans though, including myself. However, I think it is fair to say that almost everyone hates Alex Rodriguez. I am not a huge fan of the guy. But he is a Yankee and thus I must collect his cards. I have a number of ARod cards but there is no such thing as too much. So if any of you Yankee haters are about to burn your ARod cards, please leave a comment with your team/player. I am sure I can send you something nice in trade. And yes, I do feel a little dirty.
I am not much of a fan of baseball cards that do not show baseball players. But this particular card is relevant on Veterans Day. This card highlights President George H.W. Bush’s service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Veterans Day to all of those who have served our nation.
I picked up a 2012 Topps card of Kelly Johnson on eBay. I have been accumulating 2012 Topps for some reason. I didn’t buy much back in 2012. Johnson is a bit of a journeyman. I forgot that he was a Blue Jay. I mostly remember him as a Diamondback and Brave. Johnson was a Ray this year and will probably play for other teams before he retires.
I picked up a 2010 Topps Heritage game-used jersey card of Jeff Francis on eBay recently. Don’t let that $8.00 price tag fool you. I only paid $0.65 for this card. Francis used to be the best pitcher on the Rockies, but his stock has fallen in recent years. It’s a nice card with a nice black swatch of jersey.
I recently completed a trade with Kerry from Cards on Cards. He posted the 2013 Topps Aaron Hicks red parallel on his blog and I knew I had to have it. After some intense negotiation, I sent out a bunch of Cardinals cards. In turn, I received a bunch of Twins cards. I only scanned a few, but there were a lot more cards. I received a blue parallel of Trevor Plouffe and a Gold Sparkle of Brian Dozier. The other card that I scanned is a nice insert of Rod Carew. Thanks for a great trade!
I picked up a few random cards from 2013 Topps from three different sellers on eBay. The cards cost less than 50 cents in total. However, each of the three sellers shipped the cards to me without a penny sleeve, top loader, or any other protection inside of a bubble mailer. That is a strange and dangerous way to ship baseball cards. As luck would have it, all 7 cards arrived in great condition. The Cahill card looks slightly twisted, but there is no crease so I can fix it. I got lucky this time. But would it kill eBay sellers to use a penny sleeve every now and then?
I bought a 2012 Topps card of Liam Hendriks on eBay for just a dime. Hendriks is probably best known for his through the roof ERA. He had a 6.85 number in 2013. I best remember Hendriks for getting hit in the head with a line drive in a spring training game in Fort Myers in March of this year. It looked worse than it was but Gardenhire still took him out of the game.
I purchased a rather large lot of baseball cards at a garage sale recently. Most of the haul consisted of junk wax, which I was fully aware of when I made the purchase. I was very happy with the purchase overall. I ended up with about 25,000 to 30,000 cards, so I expected some duplication. However, I did not expect such an epic Bipping. Actually, Bip Roberts was not involved, but Randy St. Claire and Ken Howell certainly were involved. I found 65 cards of Mr. St. Claire from 1986 Topps in my boxes. But wait, there’s more. I also found 325 cards of Mr. Howell also from 1986 Topps. I am fairly confident that I am now the world’s largest holder of 1986 Topps Ken Howell cards. It goes without saying that these cards are all for trade.
I have been a New York Yankees fan for my entire life. I have collected baseball cards for over 20 years. I did take a brief hiatus from 1996 to 2004. Nine years is brief, right? I prefer cards made after 2004. I also prefer cards that measure 2.5 in. by 3.5 in. I also have a thing against baseball cards that don't feature a baseball player. I collect all teams and players, even the Red Sox.