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Sunday, August 28, 2016
I didn't think too much this year when the Orioles added a Rays far hand to the roster via the draft, but based on his strong spring, Joey Rickard really raised some eyebrows.
I picked up these Chrome cards at various vendors at the National. They are Rickard's first Topps offerings, and they look great. I got his auto at the top of the page for around $10, and the other two cards (his base chrome, and the prism refractor) were in dime boxes.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
I mailed to Kent Tekulve on April 20 of this year, and got back three of the five cards that I sent. He kept the 1977 and 1983 Topps that I sent. No big deal. He signed the cards in sharpie, one that was about to give out, but the cards still turned out ok. The cards came back on August 8, for a 110-day TAT.
Tekulve (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1974 to 1989 for the Pirates, Phillies and Reds. He had a career record of 94-90 with an ERA of 2.85, 779 strike outs and 184 saves. He finished as high as 5th in the NL Cy Young voting (twice, 1978 and 1979). He also won the World Series with the Pirates in 1979. He appeared on the 1995 Hall of Fame ballot, yet only received 1.3% of the vote.
Friday, August 26, 2016
This year, I picked up some great parallels and a couple autos. The above green refractor from 2015 Topps Chrome is numbered 7/99 and came out of a dollar box. It was cheaper than a dollar because I got a bulk deal on it, so that made it even better.
Schoop is having a great season for the Orioles. batting .282 with 20 homers through 127 games. He has been a solid piece for the Orioles and could very well top out at more than 30 home runs this year. I believe Schoop will have a few big moments for the O's down the stretch.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
I really appreciated Frankie hooking me up with this card. He didn't have to give it to me, but he did. I love Museum Collection, and this Machado will look great in my collection! Thanks Frankie!
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
I have never owned this 1986 Topps Traded Barry Bonds, so I was really happy that I saw it for $3.00 at the show. I bundled it with a stack of other cards, so I paid a lot less than $3.00. I really enjoy the 1986 set, and already had the Bo Jackson from 1986 Topps Traded. I will put this in a brand new top loader and store it with my other rookies. I know the card is nowhere near worth what it used to be back in the early 90s, but it is still cool that I got one of these for a good price.
I still have a huge stack of cards from the show (not to mention several signed baseballs as well) that I need to post. I think National posts may very well get me through the season into the off-season, to where I can start up some TTMs again, among some other projects.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
I ordered the 5-card deal when they were announced the next day, and promptly messaged Nolan's wife, Jenny, about them. She had no idea that Topps was doing this, so I was glad to let her in on it. Unfortunately, she was busy the day they were available and forgot about them. Not to worry, though, I ordered the 5-pack for a reason. I made sure to send her one, when they finally arrived (after I got home from the National).
Nolan has had a rough go as of late, but I'm thinking he will be able to turn it up for the stretch run. He is still a very good player and one that I definitely would love to see in a big at bat during the playoffs. He deserves it, after all that he has been through the last several years.
I (obviously) still keep in touch with Jenny. She is always helping me out and is always adding to my Nolan PC. She also still reads this blog, when she finds the time. I will always appreciate the help she has given me, and I was more than happy to pick up one of the Topps Now cards for her.
Monday, August 22, 2016
I found one for $15 at a booth, and jumped all over it. This has Manny, Jonesey, Gausman and of course, Chris Davis. It has patches from Manny and Davis, and jersey swatches from Jones and Gausman. The card is numbered 73/99. Including the Davis quads, I have 10 quad cards from 2014 Museum Collection. I really love the set and will keep picking them up, as long as I see them at reasonable prices.