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Monday, October 31, 2016
Poole (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1990 to 2000 for the Dodgers, Rangers, Orioles, Indians, Giants, Tigers, Phillies and Expos. He had a career record of 22-12 with an ERA of 4.31 and 256 strike outs.
I mailed to Poole on October 24 and got the card back today for a 7-day TAT.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
The card didn't cost much at all and will be nice in the Davis PC. I'll keep trying to get the parallels as I can, but I highly doubt I will be able to get the rainbow. Still, no rainbow is as nice as 2014 Bowman. That was such a nice set, especially combined with 2014 Bowman Chrome.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Topps issued a few Topps Now cards to commemorate the moments from the last day of the season when Matt Wieters hit two home runs against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium to punch their ticket to the post season.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Zach is a really nice guy from California who I have been helping with his Chris Betts PC and also sending him some Mike Trout and Red Sox cards. I have really enjoyed helping him grow his collection.
He sent me some nice Orioles cards for the PC, one of which is the above 2011 Topps Zach Britton RC. Britton has a strong shot to be named the AL Cy Young Award winner, which would be a really awesome accomplishment. He had an amazing year, and I hope the award seals it.
Thank you so much for the birthday gift, Zach!
Thursday, October 27, 2016
This leads me to today's post. On September 6, I paid a guy I know from Facebook and Instagram a sweet price for a Jonathan Schoop bobble head and another bobble head. He was desperate for money, and after I initially declined his offers for the items, he finally lowered the price to something I just couldn't pass up and I reluctantly said we had a deal. He was even going to throw in an OMLB ball that I had sent him to graph with, but never ended up using. Subsequently, communication stopped after the Paypal payment (friends and family, of course) and I wasn't informed that the stuff had shipped in the days that followed. I messaged him a couple times about a week later to see if he had shipped yet and I got no response. Finally, he asked me for my address on September 19 and apologized for taking so long to ship. A couple weeks went by, and still nothing, so I sent a couple messages to see what was going on, and they weren't even opened. I kept my cool, but I was obviously frustrated, so I finally messaged him on every platform I had followed him on and said that he could just refund me the money and not worry about shipping the goods. I wanted to end the deal amicably, since I still believed we were friends. Within a minute of sending the message to refund me the money, he said that his mom had forgotten to ship. He said on October 6 that he was sending extras to make up for the slow shipment. Finally, on October 23, I got the package. Inside the package was the stuff I bought, in good shape, yet, the OMLB wasn't there.
He did add a bag of autographed cards to the shipment, I guess to make up for everything, but has not actually sent me any kind of message since October 6. I was never rude at all in the transaction, but my thought was that with the ignoring of messages and lack of communication, we probably weren't as good of friends as I thought we were. That's a real bummer, but honestly, it probably is for the best.
I've known the guy since I started on Instagram, but we have only completed one trade, and it went just as poorly as this one. I tried to let things go and not let it bother me, but I will not be trading with him any more. I don't think it will be an issue, since he pretty much stopped talking altogether. That's a real shame.
I just feel bad about this whole deal, though. With the nominal amount that I sent him, I really shouldn't complain, but I think the lack of communication at all was a slap in the face. I even thought about sending him some additional money via Paypal to cover the cost of shipping, but then I thought that if it really were that important to him, he would have at least messaged me a lot more than he had been. The fact that this was the second time this has happened with the same person tells me that I will not be doing any kind of deals with him again. It's really sad.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
My Cardboard Habit" and has been a good friend for several years, now. He surprised me with two really nice Chris Davis cards.
Thank you so much for the surprise care package.
Thank you so much for the surprise care package.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The design of this card is really nice and I'm glad I didn't have to give up much to get it. I don't remember what I sent Nick, but I feel like it was a couple Bowman autos.
Thanks so much for the deal, Nick!
Monday, October 24, 2016
Thank you so much for the huge stack of cards, Ryan! I really appreciate it!
Sunday, October 23, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Seton turned out to be a pretty cool guy. I felt bad blowing him off so many times when he was trying to sell some stuff, but since the National, I really haven't been able to pick up a whole lot of stuff. He and I chat often and I try to help him out since there have been quite a few people who have been really rude to him due to his strong beliefs. I'm not one to judge people, so I definitely want to be friendly.
Thanks for the deal, Seton!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The plot thickened, though, when Nick showed me that someone had created an Instagram account with the name, and had pulled a couple of my posts from the National and posted them on their page. I was confused, so I messaged the person to let them know that I didn't appreciate them creating an account that was so close to my name. My fear was that they were planning on scamming a few people based on the reputation that I had built these last few years. I was up til 1AM messaging this kid back and forth. I also was getting notifications from members of the card community who were tagging me in posts on Topps's page explaining that they had misspelled my name, and the person created a fake account so they could claim the prize.
Frustrated that the person wasn't budging on closing the account, I went to sleep. I woke up the next morning to a huge apology message from the kid asking for my forgiveness for trying to deceive Topps. It seems that they messaged him themselves and told him the he would not be winning the prize. Worst of all, this is a 14-year old kid. I accepted his apology and gave him a few words about how he should work to conduct himself better in the community. We chatted for a while, and he seemed to be a decent enough person. So, I gave him some collecting tips, checked out the card videos he posted on his card page and actually completed a trade.
It wasn't long after the trade that he disappeared from the community, but not before pretty much messaging me out of the blue and telling me he didn't want to talk or do any more trades. I decided that I would move on, because I felt like I had done plenty to help the kid, and didn't need to extend a hand in helping him any further. My hope is that one day, he will grow up and realize that he was really lucky that I showed him some compassion and forgiveness for his mistake. I definitely didn't have to!
So, I did get the prize from the giveaway. This realy cool 2016 Allen & Ginter Clayton Kershaw National Exclusive 1/1. I have had a few people ask if it was available, but I think that I am going to hold onto it. One, because Kershaw is a badass, and two, it will serve as a reminder that the community backed me up 100%. I am really appreciative that so many people (and quite a few of them I had never even talked to) messaged Topps to try to fix the problem.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The cards are pretty thick, a little more than a Heritage card. They all look great and got here really fast. The set features key moments from Cal's career, as you can see. I kind of wish there were more than the six cards, but they are great nonetheless.
I really enjoy the exclusive content on Topps's website. I have a few Topps Now orders pending, so be on the lookout for those posts.
Monday, October 10, 2016
So, I wanted to show a card that I got as a gift recently while I was having a lunch meeting with my client and friend, Neil, and his brother, Mike. We met at a BBQ restaurant in Kinston and talked baseball for a little while. Neil surprised me at the outset of the meeting with this really nice 1983 Fleer Ryne Sandberg rookie card. I actually bought one of these from a bargain bin at the National, but it was a gift for my little buddy, Max/ Now, since Neil gave me this one, I can have one of my own!!
I really appreciated the gift, Neil! It will go with my other Hall of Fame rookies!
Sunday, October 9, 2016
This photo is from the October 2009 "Evening With Brooks" event that I attended with my brother, Andy. We met Martinez, Chris Hoiles and Brooks at the event. I now have my photos with Martinez and Brooks signed. I need to get my photo with Hoiles signed as well. The photo turned out pretty well, I think.
Martinez (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1974 to 1986 and 1988 for the Yankees, Orioles and Twins. He had a career record of 55-42 with an ERA of 3.45 and 632 strike outs. He was an All Star in 1983 and finished 27th in the AL MVP voting. He won the World Series with the Orioles in 1983.
I mailed to Martinez on September 27 and got the cards back on October 7, for an 11-day TAT.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
My box also had one hit, which was an Albert Pujols relic card. I am sending that along to my good buddy, Andrew, who PCs Pujols. I also ended up with a Marcus Stroman action SP, a couple high number SPs and a Tim Lincecum as an Angel card (which went to Chris).
Friday, October 7, 2016
One of the people I was able to meet with at this year's National was Matthew. I met Matthew through a Facebook trading page several years ago when he was only 10. I believe one of the first trades I ever actually completed with him was for a Jose Fernandez chrome RC (but Matthew may have to confirm that). I helped him get his collection started by also sending him some care packages and introducing him to blogging and other Facebook card pages. Matthew actually started a few of his own trading pages and would Skype regularly with my son, Chris, since they are really close in age. It stuck with Chris so much, that he asks about Matthew all the time, even though the don't have the time to chat any more.
So, I met up with Matthew and his dad at the National and he had this great Hunter Harvey auto from 2015 Bowman Inception. He gave me the card "just because" which I thought was really nice of him. I always enjoyed how appreciative Matthew was of the care packages I sent. I now see his instagram page and enjoy all of the super high end cards that he has acquired since our introduction. I'm happy to see that his collection has grown by leaps and bounds, and also how he himself has grown into a well respected member of the card community. I see articles all of the time that spell the death knell of the hobby, but with kids like Matthew, I feel like it is alive and will carry into the next generation of collectors just fine.
Thanks so much for the awesome card, Matthew!
Thursday, October 6, 2016
This 1995 Studio Gold card was the #1 card that I wanted to get signed. I didn't have any in my auto album yet, and this was one of my favorite sets from back then. The concept was pretty cool, and still looks pretty good today. The card turned out great signed; I couldn't have asked for it to have turned out better.
Gonzalez (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1989 to 2005 for the Rangers, Tigers, Indians and Royals. He had 1,936 hits, 434 home runs and a .295 career batting average. He was a 3-time All Star and 6-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He was the AL MVP twice (1996 and 1998). He hit 40 or more home runs five times. He batted .310 or better five times as well. He appeared on two Hall of Fame ballots (2011 and 2012) but only received as much as 5.2% of the vote before receiving 4.0% that dropped him off of the ballot in 2012.
Gonzalez on paper looks like a sure-fire Hall of Famer, but being mentioned in the 2005 Mitchell Report and also Jose Canseco's book as a steroid user. This is the reason why he barely got a sniff of any Hall of Fame votes. I doubt he ever gets in, but if some of the other known users get in, maybe he will have a chance in the future.
I mailed to Gonzalez on September 26 and got the cards back today for an 11-day TAT.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Thank you so much for the card, Jeff, I really appreciate it!
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The Orioles won the first wild card play-in game in 2012 against the Rangers, and that is who they will play if they can move on. I suggested yesterday afternoon that the Orioles should start Ubaldo Jimenez but they opted for Chris Tillman. I can't believe I suggested Ubaldo. Just a few months ago, I was one of the many Orioles fans who were calling for his release. He has had a rocky tenure with the birds, but has really come on in his last 7 starts.
I'm no fan of the Blue Jays. I don't like Jose Bautista at all, and I didn't like their wooing of Orioles GM Dan Duquette last off season. There is a bit of bad blood between the two teams, albeit nowhere near that of the Rangers and Blue Jays. It will be interesting if Darren O'Day pitches against Jose Bautista in the later innings tonight.
So, I will watch the game with a lot of apprehension. I don't want my guys to lose. I feel like they can pull it out, but I always worry. I hope they win it. I'd love to see the O's bats erupt and Tillman throw a gem. That would really be awesome. Anything can happen in the Post Season, right?
I got this 2016 Bowman Chris Davis gold parallel off of Instagram from a guy named @lonestargraphs. I sent him some quick Paypal and got the card. I already had one, but since they are numbered, I didn't mind picking up another. This one is numbered 33/50.
So, I'm off to watch the game. Thanks to everyone who messaged me good luck wishes today. It really meant a lot to me!
Monday, October 3, 2016
Gausman has seemingly turned the corner in his progression as a former top prospect into a top of the rotation starter for the Orioles. His won-loss record isn't spectacular by any means, but he suffered from a lack of run support throughout the season. He still managed a 9-12 record with a 3.61 ERA and 174 strike outs this season. Not too bad, really.
I hope that the Orioles can continue their season beyond tomorrow night, but they have to go through Toronto first. Let's go O's!
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Also, I dusted off my lucky 2005 Brian Roberts jersey for today's game. I figured there may still be some magic left in there after I called his walk off homer in the June 28, 2005 game. The Orioles need to win today to assure themselves of a playoff spot. An Orioles win and Jays and Tigers losses would give the Orioles the Wild Card game at home. I really hope they can win.
The above 2016 Topps Archives is nice, but I really want to find the Desert Shield parallel. I looked around the show while I was looking for the Cal, but didn't locate one.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
These are really cool cards. Not numbered, of course, but still tough to pull out of packs. I opened three jumbo boxes of Series 2, but only pulled two of the laser booklets. One was a case hit (auto patch) as well!