Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Card Supplies

One of the least glamorous purchases I make for my baseball card collection has got to be supplies. I just bought a box of 100 9 pocket Ultra Pro pages for about $20.00 on eBay. I go through these like water. Almost all of my cards end up in these pages. In a pinch, I will buy them in Target. If a card show is coming up, I will buy supplies from a dealer at the show. I haven’t bought supplies from a local card shop in over 10 years. Am I getting ripped off? What is the best source for card supplies?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dollar Store Packs Part Two

So here is my second pack of 2011 Topps from Dollar Tree. I only received five cards. There’s nothing spectacular, but I could’ve done worse.

Reid Brignac

Vladimir Guerrero

Chase Headley

Marlon Byrd

Jose Contreras

The Guerrero card is probably the highlight of the pack. The Contreras card certainly isn’t. I think he just turned 70. Decent pack for a buck.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Dollar Store Packs Part One

I haven’t opened any packs lately. So I figured I would pick up a couple of packs of 2011 Topps Series 1 from Dollar Tree. These packs only have five cards in them, but the price is right. Anyway, here are the results from the first pack. I didn’t get anything terrific, but who cares? The pack only cost a buck.

Brandon Morrow

Desmond Jennings

Daniel Descalso

Jay Bruce

Yunel Escobar

Monday, September 5, 2011

Jesus Montero Has Arrived

In case you live under a rock or just don’t live in New York, Yankees prospect Jesus Montero made his Major League debut this week. He got his first hit this weekend. Today, he hit his first (and second) home runs against the Orioles. This guy is supposed to be the real deal. Of course, that’s what they said about Todd Van Poppel and Brien Taylor. A search of eBay for his cards yields 850 results. Judging by the prices, I won’t be buying any of his cards anytime soon. The 2008 Bowman Chrome Autos seem to be the high dollar card so far. Different variations are going for $100-$200. It looks like Montero, who is a catcher by trade, will serve as the DH for the Yankees for the rest of the season. This means that Jorge Posada is now a bench player. It is sad to see Posada’s run with the Yankees end like this, but father time catches up with every player. I can’t imagine that Posada would return to the Yankees if he doesn’t retire. As an aside, for the price of a 2008 Bowman Chrome Montero autograph, you could buy an ARod or Jeter autograph. Let that sink in.