Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fantasy League Update


I’m not one to brag, but September is upon us and I am on top of my fantasy league.  I seem to have cornered the market on every stat except for home runs.  However, I have even made some progress in that category with free agent pickups like Chris Carter, Lucas Duda, and Mike Napoli.  I currently have 56 more saves than the team second in that category.  I tend to stock up on closers assuming that a few will be busts.  The only bust was Ernesto Frieri.  And boy, was he a bust.  How did the Angels get Jason Grilli for this guy?  I have had a few injuries lately.  Joe Mauer was hurt for a while.  Miguel Montero became the starter, while I picked up Kurt Suzuki as for backup.  Yes, Mauer is still eligible at catcher.  Paul Goldschmidt has been shelved for a while.  But my power trio of Carter, Duda, and Napoli have been good replacements.  I recently dumped Anibal Sanchez who has been on the DL.  My thinking is that if he comes back, it will only be for 3 or 4 starts anyway.  I acquired Chris Archer to replace him.  Archer has had a heck of a season.  He is a relatively unknown young player who should be around for many years to come.  In sum, it’s looking good.  But like I said, I’m not one to brag.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Listia Mailbag: Ryan Howard

Here’s my latest Listia acquisition.  It’s a 2014 Topps Heritage card of Ryan Howard.  It only cost 22 credits.  Of course, Howard is sort of on the downswing.  He is currently underperforming his bloated contract.  He is still with the Phillies as the team is unable to unload him.  I love the Heritage design this year.  The color is well done.  Also, I like the photography.  Heritage is usually a good product. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shiny...Chrome.. Must Buy

I picked up a pair of 2012 Bowman Chrome cards on eBay recently.  I paid a total of 12 cents shipped for everything.  The cards are Salvador Perez and Kevin Youkilis.  I wanted the Perez card more than the Youkilis.  I really didn’t have any Perez cards except for one that was dinged up.  I don’t really buy much of the Bowman products, but these are some nice cards.  I don’t actively seek out Youkilis cards, but whatever.  And Youkilis was a Yankee for a brief moment. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pack Break: 2012 Topps Series 1

I tore open a pack of 2012 Topps Series 1 recently.  Not an exciting pack but it was good enough.  There was 1 Yankee card in Phil Hughes.  I also found 2 Twins cards in Carl Pavano (former Yankee) and Scott Baker.  The Twins have become my second favorite team.  Anyway, here are the spoils:
32 Detroit Tigers
265 Aroldis Chapman
257 Seth Smith
276 Scott Baker
254 Philip Humber
TM20 Evan Longoria (Less is More, Right?)
TT19 Musial/Berkman
42 Drew Pomeranz
313 Phil Hughes
164 Carl Pavano
157 Anibal Sanchez
86 Brett Cecil

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Matt Holliday is ... Out?

Here’s a quick one card eBay purchase.  It’s a 2013 Topps card of Matt Holliday.  I paid just a few cents for the card.  It features a nice landscape photo of Holliday sliding into home, possibly playing an away game against the Phillies judging by the catcher’s uniform.  The catcher's glove is in an awkward spot, but that is a subject for another post. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pack Break: 2012 Topps Series 2



Here’s a pack of 2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball that I opened recently.  It was an OK pack.  The best card is probably the Mike Trout 2nd Year card.  I also found an expired code card for the Topps Golden Giveaway, which would have been exciting two years ago.  The insert card was a Cliff Lee Golden Moments card.  Meh.  Otherwise, it was mostly relievers, rookies, and backup players. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tales of Former Yankees

I picked up a 2012 Gypsy Queen card of Phil Hughes on eBay recently for a mere 6 cents.  Hughes is in Minnesota so the Yankee premium no longer exists.  He is actually having a decent year.  Why didn't he pitch like this when he was in New York?  But, I digress.  I rarely will pass up a Gypsy Queen card at this price.  And the fact that this is a former Yankee in a Yankee uniform is icing on the cake.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Here Comes Suzy Hotrod

Here is an unusual card that I picked up on Listia.  It is a game-used memorabilia card of Suzy Hotrod.  Who is Suzy Hotrod you ask?  I actually didn’t bother looking up this fact until after I won the auction.  Apparently, she is a roller derby athlete.  I didn’t realize that was a thing.  I also didn’t realize that roller derby was such a thing that it deserves a memorabilia card.  But anyway, here it is. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 Topps Randomness




I picked up a random bunch of 2014 Topps base cards on eBay for less than a buck.  Nothing special.  It’s basically the equivalent of a cheap pack.  Although, I really like the photo on the Henderson Alvarez card from his no-hitter.  It was a strange game because the Marlins scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.     

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pack Break: 2011 Topps Series 2

I opened a pack of 2011 Topps Series 2 recently.  I have bunches of Series 1 but not much Series 2.  Anyway, here are the spoils:
620 Luke Hochevar
411 Josh Bell
659 Clint Barmes
602 Ivan Dejesus
521 Joaquin Benoit
549 Jayson Nix
496 Gavin Floyd (Diamond Anniversary)
TDG-13 Diamond Giveaway Nolan Ryan
448 Colby Rasmus
399 Adam Moore
599 Travis Ishikawa
585 Dan Johnson
Topps Attax Promo
If anyone is interested in anything here, let me know.