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Monday, June 30, 2014
Bowie took Saturday's game, 3-0 behind a stellar pitching performance by Tyler Wilson. Wilson went 7 innings, allowing only 2 hits, one walk and striking out 9. He was awesome. The win put Wilson at 10-5 on the year with a 3.72 ERA. He was aided by Nolan who went 2-4 with a SB, Christian Walker who went 3-4 and Dariel Alvarez who went 2-4. Walker and Alvarez appear to be legit prospects and should be in Baltimore very soon.
After the game, Ryan and I met Nolan as he was exiting the stadium. I'm sure I came off a little Kathy Bates-like (I'm your number one fan) when I talked to Nolan. I couldn't help it. I got nervous and ended up running off at the mouth. I hope Nolan understood that I was just excited and didn't want to come off looking like some crazed fan.
The second game wasn't as eventful as the first. The Baysox lost 4-3 with Nolan going 0 for 4, lowering his AA average to .314. Walker and Alvarez each went 0-4 as well. The game was further marred by a dud of an outing by Orioles pitching prospect, Eduardo Rodriguez. I'm sure folks have seen him throw better, but Ryan and I picked a bad time to watch him as he lasted only 3.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. Rodriguez looked like a typical Baltimore pitcher, throwing a ton of pitches early and walking a lot of guys. I don't know what it is, but the Orioles need to work on better pitching development and finding guys who don't walk a ton of batters.
I had a really good time at the game with Ryan, who I hadn't seen in over a year (wow). I didn't mind the concrete monstrosity that was "The Diamond" (the RIchmond field). It was very easy for us to get autographs, as we could stand by the wall right by the field, reminiscent of Kinston's Grainger Stadium. The experience was fine and the hot dogs were really good. The aesthetics of the park get a -1 out of 10, but other than that, I have no complaints whatsoever, so I would have to rate my overall experience as very high. I miss being able to catch minor league games, so I think I need to go out and catch some more like I had been back in 2010 and 2011. We'll see how that goes.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
I got this plate off of Ebay for $9.99 BIN, which was a steal! Murphy is doing pretty well at Low A Aberdeen, even though the team isn't playing well at all right now. So far, this season, Murphy has played 16 games in Aberdeen and 4 at Delmarva. In all, he is batting .274 with 2 homers and 7 RBIs. Not terrible, but he needs to pick it up some more. I think he'll be fine, since this is his first full MiLB season.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Scott just recently graduated High School and is set to attend JMU in the fall. I'm really happy for him. I'm a little disappointed that my graduation gift to him, which was supposed to ship on June 21 has not arrived yet, but I'm holding out hope that it will get here soon!
Thanks so much for the cards, Scott!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
I was happy to get a chrome Frazier, since I didn't have much of him. He's a pretty good prospect and it's nice to grab a few here and there before they reach the majors. I don't do much prospecting at all, but in this case, I was happy to get the card.
Thanks for the trade, Max, I really appreciate it!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The card looks great, though, and I'm happy to have it in my collection.
Anyway, I was glad to add these three Nolan parallels to my PC. I'm glad he was included in Series 2. Hopefully, he will be on the O's roster soon.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I busted one box of 2014 Heritage and didn't get one of these. I got one of the crappy advertising panels, which I promptly sold. I don't care for those at all. I wish I had gotten one of these, instead. Anyway, Ebay helped me out on both ends and I'm happy.
Monday, June 23, 2014
I really like these Ice parallels and will try to get a few more Davis cards, if I can.
I doubt I will go for the entire rainbow, but we'll see. If I can find a 1/1 at a reasonable price, then I may just go for it. I have yet to complete a rainbow of any recent player, thanks to the 1/1 Platinum parallels. One of these days a Davis or Reimold platinum will fall into my lap. I can dream, right?
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Some of the silk parallels are pretty tough to find and knowing that, I immediately jumped on this one when I saw it. I got it for $11.00, so I think I did pretty well.
I just need to find the Reimold silk now...
Saturday, June 21, 2014
I really like this 2013 Bowman Blue Wave Refractor of Orioles prospect, Jonah Heim. The blue wave cards are amazingly beautiful and it helps that one of Heim's family members follows me on Twitter. I've picked up a few of Heim's cards and this one is my favorite so far.
Luckily, the world we live in now has smart phones where we can log onto the internet and pay someone via Paypal while you are standing there talking to them about cards. So, in a matter of minutes, I paid the guy electronically for the program and added on the previously mentioned 1959 Topps Yogi Berra.
Well guys, there you have it. One of the most successful card shows I have been to in a long time. Yeah, I spent a good bit, but I made a huge dent in my 1959 set and scratched a bit of the surface on my 1969 set. Plus, I got a few sweet relic cards. Oh, I also bought cards for a few friends as well.
I hope you all enjoyed these 5 posts.
Ok, so, check back in a sec for the final installment from the card show where I show off my pickups of more recent Orioles.
So, there you go, those are all of my set needs pickups from the card show. My next post will be about my few vintage PC pickups.
Stay tuned for my next installment, set to be written in a few minutes, my 1959 Topps pickups.
This was the first show that I have gone to completely by myself. Chris is with my parents for the week and my wife respectfully declined my invitation to go (saying "hell no" is respectfully declining, right?). I also checked on Instagram and texted a few of my card buddies to see if they wanted to go, and no one was available. This worked out well for me, since I didn't have anyone rushing me or asking to go home 5 minutes into the show. So, I was really able to look through stuff and find a lot of good deals.
The above card is a 2010 Topps Sterling Jimmie Foxx multi-piece bat relic card. The was the single most expensive card that I bought at the show, at $50. I think it was a good price, though, and believe the card is amazing. It is numbered 22/25.
Stick around for part two, coming up in a few minutes.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The plate is pretty cool, as all plates are. It is the Cyan plate. Thanks for the super easy deal, Ryan, I hope we can trade again!
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Nolan has recently begun a rehab assignment at AA Bowie after missing most of the last two seasons recovering from 2 spinal fusion surgeries. Nolan is sorely missed by many an Orioles fan and most of all, me.
Thank you so much for the shirt, Jenny, I think it is awesome and I can't wait to put it on and celebrate the night Nolan comes back to the Orioles!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I got a surprise bubble mailer from Kyle yesterday that contained the above Adam Jones 2013 Topps Tribute auto. The card is beautiful. I was so surprised that Kyle sent it to me and am appreciative beyond words.
Kyle is a great guy. who also posts on Youtube as MrPhilliesphan04. If you are active on Youtube, you definitely should subscribe to him. He's a big Phillies and Roy Halladay fan.
Thanks so much for the package, Kyle, I really appreciate it!