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Sunday, April 20, 2014

From Instagram - Another 2014 Topps Museum Collection O's Quad Relic

I made a deal with a kid named Adam on Instagram recently when I purchased this 2014 Topps Museum Collection quad relic Orioles card.  I might have overpaid by just a little bit, but Adam seems like a good guy and I didn't mind helping him out in exchange for this card.

This one has patches from Manny Machado and Adam Jones and jersey relics from Kevin Gausman and Chris Davis.  The card is numbered 33/99.

I know I've said it already, but I'll say it again, I love Museum Collection.  I have two more of these cards I want to show, so keep on the lookout over the next few days.  I have a ton of other stuff I want to show off, too, so I may mix other stuff in here and there.

Thanks for the deal, Adam, I hope we can trade again!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ebay Pickup - 2014 Topps Museum Collection Orioles Quad - Amazing Patch

Ok, I'll admit it.  I have never been more excited about a high end product than I have been about 2014 Topps Museum Collection.  Ok, well, I did LOVE 2006 Upper Deck Epic.  Anyway, the Orioles patches I have seen on the 2014 Museum Collection cards have been amazing.

Look no further than the patch next to Chris Davis.  That, my friends, is a piece of the 2012 sleeve patch commemorating the 20th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  Don't believe me?  Take a look:
To me, this is just an amazing patch on a card.  I won't use the term "sick" because I feel like that is overused, but it definitely is amazing.  THanks to my good buddy, Michael, for providing me with a picture of the actual patch.

Just so you guys know, I have a few more of these patch cards coming and you know that each will be posted on here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Auction Pickup - Phil Cavarretta Signed Baseball

Something else I picked up from the most recent Collectauctions.com auction was this Phil Cavarretta signed baseball.  The ball was part of a lot of two signed baseballs.  The second ball I didn't need (a Bobby Thomson ball - I already have a ball signed by Thomson and Branca), so the key to the auction was this Cavarretta.

I wanted to pick it up because I had heard that in the past, Cavarretta had been a great TTM signer, but unfortunately, I missed the boat on getting him and he passed away before I could send a ball.

Cavarretta (b. 1916 - d. 2010) played in the majors from 1934 to 1955 for the Cubs and White Sox. He had 1,977 hits, 95 home runs and a lifetime batting average of .293.

He was the NL MVP in 1945 when he captured the NL batting title with an average of .355.  His MVP award is (much like Marty Marion) is likely the product of wartime baseball, but I still think this is a great addition to my collection. Cavarretta did lead the Cubs to the World Series in 1945, which they lost to the Detroit Tigers (a team that I know a lot about, given my research on Virgil Trucks).  Coincidentally, 1945 was the last time the Cubs have been to the World Series.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Carl Yastrzemski

It has been a little bit since I have added a new baseball to my Hall of Fame collection.  This ball, my 101st, is of Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski.  I got the ball for a steal during the Spring auction at collectauctions.com.

Yastrzemski (b. 1939) played in the majors from 1961 to 1983, all for the Red Sox.  He was the 1967 AL MVP when he captured the Triple Crown while batting .326 with 44 home runs and 121 RBIs.  He had amazing career numbers as well, collecting 3,419 hits (8th all-time), 452 home runs (35th all-time), 1,844 RBIs (13th all-time) and a lifetime batting average of .285.

Yastrzemski was a 3-time AL Batting champ (1963 - .321; 1967 - .326 and 1968 - .301).  His Triple Crown year was the only year that he led the league in RBIs and home runs.  Something funny to note, although he had seasons where he hit 40, 40 and 44 home runs, he never had a season where he ended with a home run total in the 30's.  Take away those three seasons of 40 or more homers, he only had 5 seasons where he hit 20 or more with totals of 20, 23, 21, 28 and 21 home runs.

Furthermore, in his Triple Crown year, not only did Yastrzemski take top honors in those categories, but he also led the league in runs scored, hits, OBP, slugging, OPS and total bases.

It is common knowledge that Yastrzemski never won a World Series.  Though, it is no fault of his own when you look at his stats.  In the two World Series in which he played (1967 and 1975) he batted .352 with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs in 14 games (this means both World Series went 7 games).

Yaztrzemski was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989 (his first ballot) when he was named to 94.6% of the ballot.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Set Needs in the Mail From the Junior Junkie

I got a nice surprise package not too long ago from TJ, the Junior Junkie that had a good bit of set needs that he had seen on my wishlist.

In the package were 1 - 1959 Topps card; 3 - 1969 Topps cards and 4 - 2013 Topps Emerald parallels.
It was really awesome of TJ to randomly hook me up.  I have a stack of Griffeys that I will be sending his way shortly.

Thanks so much for the cards, I really appreciate it!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Instagram Pickup - 2002 Topps FInest Brooks Robinson Auto

Here is another card in what is becoming a long line of cards that I have gotten from trades and/or purchases off of Instagram.  I got this 2002 Topps Finest Brooks Robinson auto off of a guy who, with his cousin, are the first people I met off of there that are actually from NC.  Pretty cool, right?

Sadly, though, they are from the Wilmington area, so that 2 hours or so drive rules out any kind of trade day or anything like that.  I'm really hoping I can organize something soon, because I would really love to do some more in person dealing, but I can't afford the table prices at the card shows.

Anyway, this card is SHARP!  I paid $15 Paypal for it, and I know I probably could have gotten it maybe a hair cheaper, but I don't care.  The card is really nice and now its mine!  I can't believe how I didn't know about this one before now.  I love the bold colors of it and don't look now, but its an 'on card' auto!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Another From Dana - 2013 Topps Triple Threads Joe Morgan

One of the coolest cards I got in my latest package from Dana was this Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Triple Threads relic.  The card is amazing and is numbered 15/27.

Since we had met Morgan twice, and that he was really cool to us, I decided I wanted to do a kind of PC of him.  Maybe not all of his inserts (for now at least), but I want his RC and definitely some relics and stuff.  I also will probably get all of his Topps base cards as well.

I love this Triple Threads card.  Again, thanks so much for the trade, Dana.  This card is amazing!