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

Thursday, May 7, 2015


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.