I bought 2 2008 Upper Deck cards on eBay of two of the worst pitchers in New York: Daisuke Matsuzaka and Phil Hughes. Both pitchers have gone from the penthouse to the outhouse. The Red Sox paid over $100 million for Dice-K. He spent most of the year in the minors for the Indians and Mets. Hughes has been terrible this year. He has been relegated to the bullpen. I doubt that the Yankees will re-sign him this winter. So I figured that both cards couldn’t be worth less than they are right now.
I bought this 2006 Bowman rookie card on eBay for just 6 cents shipped. That’s a bargain for a pitcher of this caliber. It always seems like Wainwright is injured. But when he’s healthy, he is a stud. I already had a Fleer Tradition rookie card from 2006 and this card is a nice addition.
I don’t have many cards of Mark Teixeira wearing a Yankee uniform. I now own 5 more and they are all identical. I won 5 copies of Teixeira’s 2012 Bowman Platinum card for just 45 credits on Listia. The card is quite a beauty. And it was a good deal for a recent Yankee card. Maybe I will put one of the cards up for bids on Listia to get some of my credits back.
The Yankees held an outstanding ceremony before today’s game to honor Mariano Rivera. I was surprised to see so many of Rivera’s past teammates in attendance. I was even more surprised to see that Metallica was in attendance to perform Enter Sandman. Rivera was showered with tons of gifts and love. Fellow retiree Andy Pettitte started and was excellent. Rivera pitched 1 2/3 innings. However, the Yankees lost a tough game. Hopes of a playoff berth look bleak.
I won 2 2013 Bowman Gold cards on eBay recently. The cards of Yonder Alonso and Cody Ross cost me a dime each. I don’t buy many Bowman products in any given year. I probably own about 5 cards from this year’s base set. But I like Gold parallels cards no matter who the player is on the card. I am probably finished with my Bowman shopping for this year.
I picked up this 2012 Topps card of Jacoby Ellsbury on Listia for just 12 credits. It has such a great photo on it. It shows a play at the plate against the Mariners. The catcher’s helmet has already been knocked into the air. The dirt is still flying. It looks even cooler in landscape format. I think the catcher is Miguel Olivo. This card was certainly worth the credits.
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.