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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Sparky Anderson

Greetings from frigid Baltimore, as I sit in my hotel room recovering from a day of standing in line on hard concrete, waiting for autographs.  Yes, I was at Fan Fest, today, but I will hold off posting about that til I get home tomorrow, because my hotel room is way too small for me to be spreading out all of the stuff I got.

I did get, however, another ball for my HOF signed baseball collection.  My mom and I were killing time before one of our signings, and decided to check out a vendor who had a bunch of signed baseballs.  I picked up this Sparky Anderson for only $65.00, which I thought was a great price.  He was the only Hall of Famer that I needed that he had for sale.

Anderson (b. 1934 - d. 2010) played in the majors in 1959 for the Phillies but is best known as a manager who took the Reds and Tigers to World Series championships.  Anderson managed the Reds from 1970 to 1978 and then the Tigers from 1979 to 1995.  He won the World Series in 1975 and 1976 with the Big Red Machine and 1984 with the Tigers.  He had a career won/loss record of 2,194 - 1,834.  As a manager, he compiled 19 full seasons with a winning record.

Anderson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000 by the Veterans Committee.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Instagram Trade With Caleb - Frank Thomas Game Used Bat Relic

I completed a trade recently with my friend, Caleb, when I sent him a multitude of Braves cards and in return he sent me this nice 2000 Upper Deck SP bat relic of Frank Thomas.  This is from the early stages of game used relics, and is a very nice card.  I agreed on it pretty fast when Caleb offered it in trade.  I wish I could remember what I sent him, I think it was an Evan Gattis card, but I forget.

In the package with this card was a few cards that Caleb sent along as a Christmas gift.  There were a few Orioles parallels in there, along with a diamond parallel from 2011 Topps of Sandy Koufax.

That actually wraps up the Christmas gifts that I got, well into January.  Thanks for the trade and gifts, Caleb!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Christmas Gift From Michael S.

I got a nice Christmas package from my friend, Michael S. recently.  It was funny to me, because I apparently have wiped him out of Orioles cards, so he had to dive deep into his collection to be able to send something for Christmas.  I would have been happy with just a letter, or a Christmas card, but Michael insisted on sending cards.  While they weren't really Orioles (there was a reprint Jim Palmer in there), I was still happy with what he sent.

The above Roy Halladay relic card is a really nice one; I like the blue and black background.

Michael also sent a 1990 Score Ken Griffey, Jr. which I will hold onto for a while.

Thanks for the nice Christmas package, Michael.  Again, you didn't have to send anything, but I sincerely appreciate the thought!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Care Package From Bryce

I got a surprise care package in the other day from a new friend off of Instagram named Bryce.  He and I have traded, I think, twice now, and I actually had sent him a care package the same time he sent me one.  So, this was almost a blind trade.  I sent Bryce a huge stack of Brewers cards that I had put aside for a deal I was working on with another Instagram kid who ended up not sending payment. Instead of putting all of the cards back into my trade box, I just contacted Bryce to see if he would take them, since I knew he was a Brewers fan.  Bryce happily accepted, and mentioned that he had assembled an Orioles package to send my way, as well.

The above 1965 Topps Brooks Robinson was the biggest surprise of all.  I already owned a Brooks card from '65, but I was more than happy to take another.  I really love this design, and who can refuse Brooks vintage cards?
Bryce also sent an assortment of color parallels from 2014 Bowman.  This JJ Hardy gold parallel was especially nice.  It is numbered 8/50.  Bryce also included green parallels of Wei-Yin Chen (41/150) and Adam Jones (110/150), as well as orange parallels of Chen (119/250) and Jones (74/250).
Among an assortment of recent Orioles cards was this 2012 Museum Collection Frank Robinson that Bryce included.  I don't have much from Museum Collection prior to 2014, so I will be working toward adding more to my collection.

Museum collection always looks great, and I feel like I never have enough cards of Frank represented in my collection.
Finally, while I already had one of these, it was really cool to see this Cal Ripken relic included in the package.  The card has a big crease running horizontally in the middle of the card.  It still does not take away from how nice the card is and how cool it is to have that orange swatch of jersey imbedded in it.

What might have been the best part of the package, was how Bryce included a separate envelope for my son, Chris.  Inside was an assortment of Giants cards, including what seems like a near complete team set of orange parallels from 2014 Bowman.  I love care packages for myself, but when you also include Chris, well, you really win me over (not that Bryce needed to win me over at this point).

Thanks so much for the care package, Bryce!  I really appreciate it, and I know who I'm going to first when I get any Brewers hits, from now on!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Christmas Gifts From Noah

I got a sweet Christmas package from my friend, Noah.  He really hooked me up in the package, and I wanted to show some of it here.

Noah gave me the above Hunter Harvey auto from Bowman Sterling as part of a deal, and included it with the Christmas package.  The Christmas stuff was mostly Orioles for my PC, many of them being Cal Ripken cards.  Noah is a really awesome guy, and really came through.

I sent him a really nice 2014 Museum Collection triple relic auto of Wilin Rosario for his PC.  Is it just me or was Museum Collection one of the best products of 2014?  Either that or Bowman Chrome.
Noah had busted a box of 1991 Score and ended up with quite a few Cals from there and I was the lucky recipient of them.  Thanks so much for the 1991 Score Cal Ripkens, Noah.  I mean, I already had like 20 of them, but 5 more couldn't hurt, right?  Haha.

Really, though, thanks for the Christmas package, Noah!  I really appreciate it!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Instagram Trade With Trevor - Brooks Robinson Trophy Card

This card looks familiar, I know.  My friend, Trevor showed me this Brooks Robinson and asked if I needed it.  I did, since the one I had was damaged.  I was happy to upgrade the one I had, and I didn't have to give up much for this.  Trevor takes any and all Reds that I have, so it is really easy to trade with him.

Thanks for the deal, Trevor!  I really appreciate the card, and thanks for helping me replace a damaged card!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Instagram Pickup - 2009 Topps Legends of the Game Letter Patch

I got a steal off of Instagram recently when I picked up this 2009 Topps Legends of the Game Jimmie Fox letter patch from a guy for $2.00 + shipping.  I couldn't pass up the deal.  I wish it was the Brooks Robinson letter that I needed but I'm still happy adding this to my Jimmie Foxx PC.

By the way, I will NOT be pursuing the set of these.  I have learned my lesson with my Brooks patches.  Maybe someone will come along with the R that I need.  One of these days.