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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Hart and Givens have both done well for the Orioles this year, especially Givens. A former shortstop, Givens was converted to a reliever. With his unorthodox sidearm delivery, he has been tough to his this year. He even got a tast of the majors this month.
Hart is currently batting .290 for low A Delmarva and should see some time at high A Frederick this season. He was a first round pick by the Orioles in the 2013 draft (#37), their second pick of that round behind Hunter Harvey.
Monday, June 29, 2015
I need to update my list, but I already have quite a few parallels from 2015 Bowman. I need to get the 1/1s so I can get a rainbow accomplished.
I have been going for rainbows for a while, but have yet to be successful. I'll keep trying, though. I have several more Davis cards coming in, so I need to keep up on my list. I have done really well with it so far. It's just a chore. Imagine the kind of blizzard it is going to take for me to log all of my Cal Ripken cards. Oh joy.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
The card just looks really cool. I wonder what parallels they will think of for next year.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Seeing this in person makes me really excited for Chrome to come out later this year. This design of Topps affords a lot of opportunities to see how the other parallels and sets will look. So far, they have looked really cool.
I'm just glad I was able to find this really quick and was able to get it in.
Friday, June 26, 2015
These are really amazing cards. They're clear acetate cards, which I really enjoy. I remember when Marvel put out acetate cards in one of their sets back in the 1990s, and I had a great time building that set.
I saw that there is a Brooks Robinson like this one, so you know I will be going for that pretty soon.
Mountcastle was the Orioles second pick in the 1st round of this year's draft. He looks to be a pretty good hitter, even thought many of the "experts" felt like the O's drafted him way too high. I'll let his performance tell me how he turns out.
I just hope he doesn't turn out like Billy Rowell.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
This is another piece of the "Baltimore" patch with the Maryland flag. I got it for $14 on Ebay; I couldn't pass it up. I need to make a special trip to the card shop this weekend to pick up some more magnetic cases. I have quite a few cards now that need magnetics.
I believe that I will continue to hoard these patch cards as I see them pop up here and there. They just look too cool.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
I was able to pick up this 2014 Bowman Silver Ice parallel that I thought I already had. Yet, one look at my list, and no, I didn't have it, so I added it to my card.
Andrew had actually gotten me one, as well, since it wasn't listed. I have since corrected that error, and now will have three, once I take delivery of the one Andrew got me.
Oh well, never a bad thing to have several numbered parallels.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
I actually pulled two of the coin/stamp cards, the other being Jose Abreu. This Ted Williams, though, really did it for me. I mean, numbered to 50 (44/50) and with a silver Mercury dime. Oh man, what a cool card.
I collected coins as a kid, long before I got into baseball cards. My dad would bring me little plastic bubbles home that had a couple wheat pennies in them; my grandfather would show me his coin collection (which I wish I could have gotten my hands on when he passed) on rainy Sunday afternoons, and my mom would always facilitate a trip to the local coin shop (do those even exist anymore?). I still have quite a few coins and even some paper money that I have hoarded over the last several years, but whenever I go through it, I always stop and admire the Mercury dimes. I don't know why, but the Mercury dime, along with the Morgan dollar, were always my favorites.
Even more, I also collected stamps for a while. My grandmother is quite the stamp collector (I see a pattern here), and I became interested in it one of those rainy Sunday afternoons. So, somewhere around here is my stamp album (yes, I still have it). I just find this baseball card really funny, in that it kind of reminds me how my collecting has evolved over the years. Plus, it is a Ted Williams; You can's go wrong with that.
So, I was really excited when I pulled this card. I probably will sell or trade the Abreu, but this Williams is getting slabbed in a magnetic case, and will be in my collection for a while. I really like this card!
By the way, I saw the Ty Cobb 1/1 dime/stamp card in Ebay this morning. For bid, already at $1,200. Oh man, that would have been a cool pull.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
I had plenty of time to get up and move around, so I found a fellow dealer who had some low priced vintage, which I browsed a few times. In his bargain bin, I found a good bit of well loved vintage that I needed for my collection. The above Lou Brock is badly creased, but still a nice card. I got it for a steal (can't remember the price).
So, I had a really successful card show, and I am seriously considering signing up for the three day show in July, right before the National. That would continue to help me clear out room, and maybe raise just that much more money to take with me to Chicago. We shall see, but I bet I do the July show. I had so much fun this time, why pass it up?
Saturday, June 20, 2015
I was really happy with the turnout today, and I hope I can sell a few more things tomorrow. I didn't take much money with me to spend, but I was still able to get a few deals. The theme of today's show seemed to be "well loved vintage."
I didn't have a whole lot of time to browse, but I did stop by the Huggins Auction booth where he had some vintage cards for 50% off of his sticker price. He had a bunch of Hall of Famers, so I figured I would take the opportunity to add to my collection, a few cards that I wouldn't be able to afford otherwise.
The above '52 Bowman Yogi Berra has a really nice front. Pretty worn, and all, but it looks really nice.
Anyway, I am really tired, so I am going to close this entry. I would like it if any NC/SC/VA collectors were able to come by the show and say hello. That would be really cool. I will have some new 2015 Topps hits and inserts available in the morning.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
I pulled a black parallel of Astros pitcher, Collin McHugh, but otherwise didn't get much else. I did, however, pull my first 2015 Topps Chris Davis. I will, as always, attempt the rainbow for this, but I know getting the platinum 1/1 is going to be tough. I'm excited to get my jumbo boxes, though. I'll bust them Saturday night after I get in from the show. I will be setting up and selling there, so if you are in the Raleigh area, come on by and say hello (and buy some stuff).
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Manny is having a great season, so far. Hopefully, he can stay healthy, and remain on the field for the entire season. He sure would have helped out last year in the playoffs. The Orioles are playing amazing baseball right now, and I hope they can keep it up. There is nothing like seeing your guys on the biggest stage.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The Phillies were embarrassed, and it got even worse when they had to use outfielder, Jeff Francoeur, to pitch two innings. He was laboring in the 9th, and really should have been removed, except the bullpen phone was apparently off the hook, and a call to warm anyone up could not be made. Chase Utley was visibly upset, and I'm sure Ryne Sandberg is feeling some heat, although it wasn't his fault.
I have a few friends that are Phillies fans, and I felt bad for them. Sure, I won't complain about an Oriole win, ever, but I do know what it feels like being on the other end of one of those routs. I remember vividly when the Orioles lost 30-3 to the Rangers in the first game of a double header in 2007. Talk about embarrassment.
I am glad the Orioles won, and have been playing better as of late. I figured I better post about it now, because I have already ranted on them earlier in the season. This is yet again, a good reason to remember that the season is a long one and things can change pretty quickly.
Monday, June 15, 2015
I have found quite a bunch of PC stuff in there, like the two Brooks Robinson cards that I want to show today. The above 2015 Topps Archives is an awesome looking Brooks card, on the 1983 Topps design. I've said it before, but the 1983 set was the most difficult set I built in 80s decade. I was able to find tons of commons of all of the other 80s sets except for 1983. I never understood why. The set is very nice-looking, and it is cool to see Brooks on that design. It especially fits, since 1983 was the year in which Brooks was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
I enjoy searching the boxes of cards at the shop, and while I usually end up buying singles for other people, it is nice to find something for myself every once in a while.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
I remember when Prospects Plus came out. It was a nice set with first cards of quite a few big names. I opened a bunch of packs, hoping to pull a Wieters and ended up with two Madison Bumgarner autos, and a ton of good cards of guys who are now stars. I had put a bunch of the base cards up and went through them last year. I was impressed with all of the names I had. Good thing I saved them all, and was patient.
Thanks for the trade, Caleb!
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Olson was a first round pick (#47 overall) by the A's in the 2012 draft out of a Georgia high school. He has shown a great deal of power so far in the minors, with 76 homers over 381 minor league games. He strikes out a lot, and has a pretty low batting average (.246). He is still really young (21), and would likely be finishing college right about now, so he still has a chance to move up in the A's system. He is currently at AA Midland (GO ROCKHOUNDS!!).
I don't think I did too bad with this pull. I love getting patches, and for the $4.00 price of the pack, I am pretty sure I got my money's worth.
Friday, June 12, 2015
He sent me a bunch of Orioles cards, but some of the most remarkable cards in the package were non-Orioles. There were 4 of the orange parallel cards from 2013 Panini Cooperstown. The scan didn't really do the Newhouser card justice, but trust me when I tell you, they look nice in person. The Newhouser card is numbered 290/325. He is one of those guys, who a lot of folks don't realize is a Hall of Famer. His two AL MVP awards as a pitcher are a huge reason why, but he definitely was a great pitcher in his day.
I really appreciate the package, Joey. Thanks so much, but more importantly, thanks for being a good friend.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Thanks for the care package, Judson! It was greatly appreciated!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Anyway, I have this one, now, and a few more other parallels on the way.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Matt wanted to see what Chris pulled, so Chris opened the two packs I got him (a jumbo pack of 2015 Topps, and a pack of 2015 Panini Diamond Kings). Matt really liked the Diamond Kings, so he showed me his box of cards he was carrying around the store. It looked like he had opened a few packs, and had some decent base cards. I noticed really quickly that Matt liked Hall of Famers. He had made a point of telling Chris that there were Babe Ruth cards in the Diamond Kings packs, but he had yet to pull one. He also made mention that he really wanted a Ty Cobb card.
So, I opened my pack of Diamond Kings to see if I could pull the Ruth that he was after. I didn't, but I pulled a couple Hall of Famers that Matt liked. I had noticed a card that he had in his little box that I asked him about. Would he be interested in trading me the Jimmie Foxx, if I gave him a good Hall of Famer. He said he would, so I handed him a Roberto Clemente that I had just gotten out of my pack. He loved the Clemente and quickly handed me the Foxx (shown above). He also handed me a nice David Ortiz, saying "Here, you can have this, too." I thought it was really sweet that this little guy was willing to make trades, and was so happy to have folks to talk cards with, that he gave a free card.
I gathered Chris up, thanked Matt for the deal, and the extra card, then said my goodbyes to Jacob and Wendell. I made the quick drive home, put up my cards, then looked through a stack that I had on my card desk; some Hall of Famers that my good friend, Max, had sent me. In it were a few cards I could spare, so I put some in a team bag, along with an Orioles rally towel, then drove BACK to the card shop to surprise Matt.
When we got back, I told Matt that I had some stuff for him, so he came from the back room and gratefully accepted the rally towel and the cards. However, he didn't open the team bag. He turned around, and went back to work, since he was helping Jacob assemble storage boxes. It wasn't until he had completed his task, that he went back and opened the team bag. I was really impressed that this young man made sure his job was finished before he sat down to look at some cards.
Matt tore open the team bag, and his jaw dropped. What were "base" cards for me, were treasures for him. There were 5 Babe Ruths, 2 Ty Cobbs and a Yogi Berra. I wish I had taken a picture of the look on his face, because he was so amazed that he now owned several Babe Ruth cards. I was really happy that I made this kid's day, and hopefully, he will cherish those cards as his collection grows.
It was a pretty cool day at the card shop, to say the least.
Monday, June 8, 2015
I've met Nolan several times and his wife, Jenny, is a friend of the blog. I am really happy that Nolan will make his way back to Baltimore. Hopefully, his past injuries are behind him and he can be a huge contributor to the MLB team.
Nolan was batting .286 with 2 homers over 46 games with Norfolk. I think the O's will put him in the leadoff position, since he does well getting on base. If that works out, then Manny Machado can slide down to the second slot in the lineup, where he has played much better.
The question is, who gets removed from the team in order for the O's to add Reimold to the 40-man roster? I think Steve Pearce is in danger, but it could be Travis Snider or David Lough, as well.
Good luck, Nolan, I'm happy to have you back!!
Sunday, June 7, 2015
The card is incredibly thin. I took it back into the shop and put it in a screwdown for tobacco cards, but the card still slid around inside the case. So, the shop owner cut up one of his business cards to slide behind the card to give it a little more thickness, which worked. The fact that he used the actual card itself to match up with the business card while he was cutting, well, the both of us were wide-eyed as those scissors came down. After it was all said and done, I laughed and said, "You don't know how close you were, with one slip of the hand, to seeing a grown man cry." He looked at me and said "You mean two grown men.."
Wendell is a good man, and I had all the faith in the world that he wouldn't mess up my card.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
I am really happy with these cards, they remind me a lot of UD Masterpieces, a favorite set of many folks. I may consider purchasing a box at some point, and maybe doing the set. In the meantime, I will enjoy the cards I have gotten of these, so far.
Friday, June 5, 2015
I don't have a lot from Five Star, so adding this card helps out my Palmer PC. It is numbered 14/15, and the signature looks really good, except for the minor bubbling at the bottom of the J. I think I need to look for some more Five Star stuff for my collection.
I really enjoyed chatting with Drew. I always enjoy meeting other collectors from NC, and he lives not too far from me.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Also, the way the Orioles have played recently has really made me want to step away for a bit and regroup, somewhat. Man, have they been mediocre.
Anyway, I did get a little bit of mail in over the last few days, and one of them was a mailer from my good friend, Ben. I saw that he had gotten this Dylan Bundy in, specifically to trade to me, so I did my best to work up something nice for him. I actually overspent quite a bit, but I wanted to do something really nice for Ben, since he is a really good guy. So, I got him a nice Felix Hernandez auto for his new PC, which he was really happy to receive.
This Bundy is a really nice card, as you can't do too wrong with Topps Tribute (aside from the 2015 version, apparently). Bundy's signature looks good on this card, and is an on-card signature, not a sticker auto.
I'm very happy that Ben and I made this deal, if only because of his response when he saw the Felix. I'm glad I could hook a friend up. Thanks for the trade, Ben!