Sunday, November 25, 2012

Garrett Atkins Autograph from 2007 Fleer Ultra

I recently picked up this 2007 Fleer Ultra Autograph of Garrett Atkins on Listia.  Of course, Fleer Ultra is (was) a lower level product and this is a sticker autograph.  But, the cost was only 600 credits.  I was the only bidder.  Sometimes the lack of bids scares me away, but 600 credits is a bit high for a starting bid.  That’s not a bad deal for an actual Major League player.  To be fair, Atkins has not been in the big leagues since 2010.  A quick internet search did not reveal what happened to him.  Any ideas?

Friday, November 23, 2012

TTM Mailbag: Chris Volstad

My latest TTM Autograph return comes from Chris Volstad of the Chicago Cubs.  I received a 2011 Topps and a 2008 Topps card signed in blue Sharpie.  I actually sent this request out during spring training.  It took 241 days to come back.  I thought this was a goner.  But, it was worth the wait, because both cards look great.  Apparently, the Royals recently claimed Volstad off waivers, realized how bad his season was, and promptly dumped him in less than a month.  Such is life. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Autographs from 2006 UD Future Stars

My latest eBay score was a lot of 10 2006 Upper Deck Future Stars Autographs.  I bought this lot mostly for the Russell Martin card.  He is in a Dodger uniform on the card, but he is still a Yankee.  I have been meaning to get his autograph for a while.  I put the rest of the cards back on eBay to recoup some of the cost.  Whatever I cannot sell on eBay will go into the personal collection.  I didn’t realize this at the time I purchased this lot, but much of these cards are clear.  The clear parts actually appear to be white on most scanners.  As you can see from the photo, the lot included some decent names. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Spare Change Spent Wisely

I recently won 5 individual baseball cards in 5 different eBay auctions from the same seller.  The total damage was 9 cents shipped.  There is really no common theme to these cards.  The first card is an Upper Deck X base card of Randy Johnson.  The next is an Upper Deck card of Alex Rodriguez showing off his quarter billion dollar Rangers jersey.  Then, there is an Allen & Ginter of Dan Haren.  I would rather have the base card.  I don’t care what his middle name is.  I can about wins and ERA and the like.  Next is a Upper Deck Spectrum card of Scott Kazmir.  Remember him?  The former All-Star was last seen playing independent ball in Sugarland, Texas.  Finally, there is Evan Longoria featured on a simple Upper Deck base card which is really a checklist.  Not a bad haul for the money.  This is better than some packs that run 5 bucks each. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

2012 Gypsy Queen Pack Break: Part 4

My fourth and final pack of 2012 Gypsy Queen was decent.  I picked up a Frank Robinson Moonshots card and a Nolan Ryan base card.  There was also a Jeff Niemann mini.  The remaining base cards were Jon Lester, Tim Lincecum, and Curtis Granderson.  I actually ended with three Granderson cards in four packs. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

2012 Gypsy Queen Pack Break: Part 3

I didn’t get anything interesting in my third pack of 2012 Gypsy Queen.  However, someone did throw in an extra card.  Here are the goods.
John Danks
Justin Masterson
Todd Helton
Colby Lewis
Alex Cobb
Nelson Cruz (Moonshots)
Josh Johnson (Mini)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

2012 Gypsy Queen Pack Break: Part 2

My second pack of 2012 Gypsy Queen featured another Josh Hamilton insert.  I also received two Curtis Granderson cards.  One was a Sliding Stars card and one was a mini.  The remaining cards were Chris Young, John Axford, and Nick Markakis.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

2012 Gypsy Queen Pack Break: Part 1

I purchased 4 packs of 2012 Gypsy Queen for less than two bucks a pack.  The first pack was full of retired players.  I received cards of Wade Boggs, Orlando Cepeda, Frank Robinson, and Ernie Banks.  That alone would be an excellent pack.  But wait, there’s more.  I also received a Josh Hamilton Moonshots card and a David Price mini.  That’s a pretty good first pack.