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Monday, October 24, 2016

2013 Topps Emerald Stack From Ryan

I was surprised to get a package in the mail from my good friend, Ryan.  I counted 50 cards for my set, which really helps make a dent!  I want to finish this thing out one day, and I believe that I can.  I was able to be patient and finish the Brooks Robinson letter patch set, so I know anything is possible in cards.  Except for rainbows.  Rainbows are impossible.

Thank you so much for the huge stack of cards, Ryan!  I really appreciate it!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Instagram Trade With Dugan - DJ Stewart Auto

I love these Leaf Trinity auto cards.  I have a few of them now, and always enjoy finding more.  I got a message from my friend, Dugan, recently and made a quick and easy deal to land this DJ Stewart.  I traded Dugan a Bowman Chrome auto of Ruddy Giron from this year in order to get the Stewart.

Stewart has yet to live up to his potential as a first round draft pick.  He was promoted to Frederick this season, even though his numbers at Delmarva weren't all that impressive.  He ended the season with 105 hits, 10 home runs and a .254 batting average.  He was supposed to be a power hitter, but has yet to really demonstrate that in the O's system.  My hope is that he can work through it and re-establish himself during the 2017 season.

Thanks so much for the trade, Dugan!  I love the card.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Congratulations Cubs Fans

I just watched a long drought in sports take a major dent tonight when the Cubs won the National League Pennant for the first time since 1945.  I couldn't help but think of my good friend, Max, who is a huge Cubs fan, and lives in Chicago.  He is an amazing guy, and deserves the amazing season that this team has given him so far.  I truly hope to see the Cubs win four more games so Max, along with Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray, etc etc etc can celebrate a World Series victory.  COngratulations, Cubs fans, this is a fun team to watch!

Fun fact, Wrigley Field opened in 1914 and the Cubs have played there since 1916, eight years after their last World Series victory.  This makes it by far the oldest baseball stadium to not hold a World Series Champion.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Topps Now Hyun-Soo Kim RC

I have had a slew of Topps Now cards coming in lately, and I was happy to get this Hyun-Soo Kim rookie card in first.  His pinch hit home run was probably the biggest hit of the Orioles season, and it came from the most unlikely of sources.  Kim was asked to take a demotion upon the completion of Spring Training since he had a horrible time at the plate in March.  He refused the assignment, as was his contractual right, and remained on the Orioles 25-man roster.

Kim ended up endearing himself to Orioles fans and completed his rookie season with 92 hits, 6 home runs and a .302 batting average.  He won't win the Rookie of the Year award, but will definitely get votes.  I wasn't sold on Kim at the beginning of the season, but I am happy that he is an Oriole, now.  He really won me over!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

TTM Success - Buck Farmer

I received a TTM success from Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer yesterday after sending to him at Comerica Park on April 13.  I don't normally send to active players, but I heard that Farmer is a pretty good signer, so I figured I would give it a shot.  The above 2015 Topps Finest card turned out pretty nice, regardless of the beading of the ink.
I liked these two offerings from 2015 as well.  If I remember correctly, I found the 2015 Bowman right before I out the envelope together for the TTM, so it barely made the cut to be sent out.

Farmer (b. 1991) has played in the majors since 2014 for the Tigers.  So far, he has pitched in 32 games, but has yet to register a win.  He is 0-6 with a 6.84 ERA and 62 strike outs.  I wonder how long of a leash he will have in the majors if he keeps carrying that high of an ERA?

I mailed to Farmer on April 13 and got the cards back yesterday, for a 188-day TAT.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ebay Pickup - 2016 Triple Threads Chris Davis Patch

Recently, on EBay, I found this ridiculous patch card of Chris Davis at a really good price, so I pounded on it.  It is numbered 2/3 and features the Maryland Flag patch from the Orioles' jersey sleeve.  I still contend that the Orioles have some of the best patches on their jerseys, which make some of the bast patch cards.

The Triple Threads product itself is still one of Topps best offerings of the year, and I really liked this year's design.  I also like that the photo of Davis shows off where the patch came from.  That's pretty cool!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Dilan Comes Through Again

I meant to post this yesterday, but I was out of the house from 6:15 AM to 1:15 AM, and when I got home, all I wanted to do was go to bed.  Also, these cards kind of got shifted around on my desk, so they ended up not being posted when I got them, so this is long overdue.

My friend, Dilan, has helped me out by doing some 50/50s at Durham Bulls games this past season.  I sent him a bunch of Bulls cards, and he got me a few signed back in June, but I told him to hold the rest until the end of the season.  You know, just in case he was able to get more.

So, he was able to get some more signed, and the top two are of a guy I have followed a little bit.  Richie Shaffer went to high school in Charlotte with my good friend, Corbin.  I have followed his career since he was drafted and am happy to see that he has made it to the majors.  I was also glad to be able to add a couple 2016 Topps and Bowman to my album.
Finally, Dilan hooked me up with this 2014 Topps Danny Farquhar.  Here is another guy who has been in the majors, but was at Durham at the time.

Dilam also sent me back the extra cards that he wasn't able to get signed.  I'm hoping I can get him some more stuff for next season, when rosters are announced.

Thanks, Dilan!