Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A few more in another rapid-fire post...

If this is it for Bobby Abreu, I'm gonna miss the big lug, and I'm glad I got to see him have a pretty good game at Dodger Stadium back in May with Dan Epstein.

I really need to stop buying singles of these and just pick up the Series 2 and Update sets of them, but if this card was in front of you, even though this picture's been used a billion times on cards, would you have the self-discipline not to spend $.64 on it? I think not! Come on, people, it's Jackie Robinson. On an '87 Topps card. And it's a mini.

Of course, it's not a real '87 mini...even the '87 Mini Leaders aren't this real.

These were printed-on-the-box cards (I think it was 2 to a back panel). I just measured them up against the new ones, and they're the exact same scale. Here's some card backs...

Sadly, no stats on the back, but still.

Probably need to get the rest of this set at some point. Then I'll probably need to get an extra Ron Cey to send to Night Owl if he doesn't have it yet.

Missing In Action

But found at my local...


:( :( :(

Gotcha, part II

Didn't pull it, but Bob at my local did (in the same pack as a base Ichiro, when he was ripping packs for setbuilders to go through), and his price was cheaper than eBay's (plus, I unexpectedly sold a CD this week, which covered the cost of this). So, my major SP drama for the year is over.

After seeing this today (slept through the games last night)...

...right back atcha, Ichiro.


Stuff like this really has me torn between wanting the O's to advance, and wanting Ichiro to advance regardless of what friggin' team he's on or how much they've done to alienate me.
(Also: amazed that Angel Hernandez got the call right.)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Round-Up For 10/06/12

Just sending out a quick one today, because I didn't cover this stuff in my other, Update-centered posts this weekend.

This rather awesome on-card Jose Vidro autograph (Don't laugh! The guy was one of the last good Expos, and he was fantasy gold for a minute) came from Jeff at 2 by 3 Heroes, who's getting a Ben Petrick auto back for it, along with some minis, '12s and other stuff (Jeff's big into Whitehawks and Black Sox, or something like that, and I found a bunch of them hockey fellers and a few cool baseball cats within his interests, too). Jeff and I have been putting together one of a few deals I've done in the last few weeks, and it's been fun. I'm a little late in getting his stuff out to him (been under the weather this week, didn't have his address until Thursday and I was out of boxen until this afternoon), but he'll be seeing a package sometime next week with some cool stuff in it.

Still working on a few deals (Shane, should be getting into my doubles boxes again tonight or tomorrow), but I seem to be clearing 'em off the table pretty quickly lately, too. It helps when they don't get into large flat rate box territory, but even some of those get cranked out fast.

I've got '12 Update stuff (base and some inserts) for trade now, so send your lists. Mine looks like this right now (and will probably stay the same until I do some trading):

 2012 Topps Update (Have 202/330): 3-4, 9-10, 15-16, 19, 21, 24, 27, 31, 33, 35, 37, 48, 50, 52, 57, 63-66, 69, 72, 77-79, 81, 84, 86-88, 90-91, 93, 96, 101-103, 105-107, 110-113, 116, 119, 123-124, 129, 135, 137, 139, 143-144, 146-148, 150, 155-159, 161-162, 164-168, 171-174, 176, 181, 183-184, 186, 188-191, 194-196, 198-199, 202, 205, 210, 213, 216, 222, 225, 227, 232, 236, 238, 242, 250, 255-256, 258-259, 265, 268, 270, 274, 276-277, 282, 295-296, 299-300, 303, 311-314, 317, 320, 322-323, 325, 327

Down to my last few base '12 Series 2s, as well:

2012 Topps (Have 324/331): 402, 418, 458, 605, 614, 660-661

And there's a few other sets I'm really, really close to finishing that I'd like to close out before '12 ends:

2012 Topps Finest (Have 89/100): 19-20, 24, 26, 33, 35, 40, 73, 77-78, 85

2012 Topps Mars Attacks Heritage: 2, 15

 2012 Topps Mars Attacks Heritage 3-D: 1, 4

 2012 Topps Prime 9: 2, 4, 6-9

1983 Cramer Sports Promotions Baseball Legends Series 5 (Box Bottom): 121-124

 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Uninvited Guests: 1

 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter World’s Most Mysterious Figures: 2-3

 2011 Topps Opening Day Stars: ODS-6 (Sabathia), ODS-10 (Pujols)

 2007 Topps Update (Have 312/333): 43, 49, 147, 153, 158, 163, 175, 214-215, 220, 226-228, 230, 237, 251, 259, 269, 315, Checklist 1, 3

 1989 Upper Deck (Have 794/800): 5, 18, 24, 145, 582, 634

1992 Upper Deck (Have 740/800): 25, 60, 101, 104, 188, 200, 203, 213-214, 218-219, 234, 250, 272, 279, 281, 284-285, 301, 311, 336, 359, 386, 409, 417, 467, 484, 486, 491, 493, 496, 498, 500, 505, 507, 560, 570-571, 575, 587, 589, 592, 602-604, 617, 621, 629, 632, 636, 651, 656, 659, 694, 699, 702, 721, 723, 766, 773

2002 Upper Deck A Piece Of History Base Set: 16, 19-20, 36-38, 59, 74, 87

I did just finish off '89 Donruss (Thanks, Bo!), so that's one more thing I never have to worry about again. '86-'92 done there now, to go along with '78-'93 Topps, '88-'92 Fleer, '88-'91 Score and I'm closing in on '89-'92 Upper Deck.

So yeah, if you've got this stuff, help a brother out!

As posted earlier in the week, I did get one of my weirder white whales out of the way...

It arrived today! After shipping, I actually paid a whopping $3.25 for a friggin' early '90s CMG/Megacards single, because it was that much of a pain in the ass to get one. I probably could've gotten a complete set or a wax box for around that, had I shopped around more, but I've got the only other card I wanted from the set already, and at some point, I gotta draw some lines in the sand about what I let into my house. It's really one of the coolest, most surreal baseball pictures I've ever seen, though, and I'm very happy to have it in the collection.

So, an entire regular season has come and gone, and I have yet to receive a single entry in my Free Mariano Rivera Autograph Contest. Mind-boggling. Granted, I have pretty strict parameters for entry/winning the card in a pretty adult-centered hobby, but not even one kid likes Mo enough to write in? Baffling. Is it a "Mom, dad, a weirdo on the Internet wants my address!" thing? Entirely possible. May have to figure out another way to go about this. Thoughts?

Actually got an idea that I'm probably going through with soon: do any of you keep a doubles/trade box aside specifically for folks you trade with regularly, with sections for each trader and maybe even a quick note about what they collect on the divider? Strongly considering this. If I do and you want me to make you a section, let me know.

Closing out this edition of The Round-Up with another card from Jeff, and one of the most awesome relic cards I've ever seen. It's definitely top 5 in my collection, at least (it's pretty hard to argue with Spider Jorgensen, Roy Campanella's pants and the Charlie Sheen relic as well). Yes, it's a friggin' Deivi Cruz bat relic. Even better, it's post-prospect for him (there was some buzz about him when he was a Tiger; I actually drafted him in one of my fantasy drafts, no joke). Why can't I pull relics of guys like this when I open wax, instead of the "veteran relief pitchers that no one collects like Jose Valverde and Carlos Marmol" relics? I used to reserve these complaints for Miguel Tejada relics, but Ryan mercifully took those off my hands. Who would be a good modern counterpart to Deivi Cruz? Baseball Reference compares Deivi to Yuniensky Betancourt, but I dunno if I'd go there. Freddy Galvis? Maybe Emo Juan Uribe? At any rate, this card is awesome, and it even captures his 20 game, career-ending stint with the Nats. Thanks again, Jeff!

Gotcha, you mother...

It's a shame Topps couldn't just use the bowing picture for the base card (which I'm pretty sure is short-printed too, though they'd never cop to it; it's also worth noting that, after a hobby jumbo pack, 2 rack packs, about 10 regular hobby packs and a romp through the packs my local opened, I haven't seen a single Harper card yet), as it's a much better picture of our hero, but, well, Topps has gambling addicts to troll!

Speaking of gimmicks, here's a silly picture of Andrew McCutchen in a red bowtie. Pulled this today, too. Think I'll hang onto it. Starting to fish around for new guys to watch and follow as some of my old guys have retired or are close to it, and I'm really pulling hard for the Bucs to break The Curse Of Andy Van Slyke one of these years.

Friday, October 5, 2012

2012 Topps Update

It's actually been pretty shockingly quiet on my reading list on the "tons of posts about base Topps product" front, where Update's concerned. I think the early buzz about '13 might've killed interest in posting about '12 product. I'm all in, though. Love Update. Feels like Traded Set season when it comes out. Without further ado, some non-Ichiro (still haven't pulled him or Harper) cards I've enjoyed so far...

For most of recent history, it's felt like every Jamie Moyer card could be his last playing era card. If this one ends up being it, it's a damn good way to go out.

This one could be a "last playing era card" too, and it's pretty classy. Love the current Cleveland uniforms. Trying not to be distracted by all the pink gear or the guy in the Sox jersey who looks like he has 3D glasses on.

Speaking of guys named Johnny, here's JOHNNY MAC.

Another cool looking card of a Snake. Somethin' classic about this shot, not a word you think of often when talking about newer expansion teams.

This one's just weird, though I will say that the 'Shopped A's uni takes 10 years off Inge's age.

Whooooooo's a little slugger?

Jesus, this card feels like old news already. (See whut ah did thar?)

Andrew Cashner, the beigest man alive. His hat matches his beard matches the camo unis. When Bob at my local and I first saw this card, we thought it was a sepiatone short print or something, but it's not. For some contrast, look at how much less beige Joe Wieland looks in the same uni:

Weird, eh?

New insert subset in the Updates. Really, really love this card, even if it doesn't portray the transaction entirely accurately. It took Buhner a little ways to become this guy after the Yanks traded him to get the immortal Ken Phelps.

The long-term on this particular deal remains to be seen, obviously, but so far, Billy Beane looks like a genius, and Johnny Lawns may actually be as good as people thought he was gonna be.

Weird to see 'em bust out Rickey-on-the-Mets for a card again, isn't it?


Love the "Future Stars" graphic on here.

It's not uncommon for modern Ty Cobb cards to look weird, but this one looks weirder than usual. I can't even put my finger on all of what makes this card weird.

Finally today, a little Dickey. Doesn't it look like he's saying "YEAH, BITCH! MAGNETS!"?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This was way harder to get than it should've been: 1992 Babe Ruth Collection #132

Just won it on eBay, so it's not here yet, but this is what it looks like.

Overpaid on shipping, but it's still cheaper than a set in most cases (already have the other Babe-as-Dodger card in the set), and takes up less space.

At least so far as I've seen, I think this is the best card of Babe Ruth as a Brooklyn Dodger (he coached for 'em, if you're unfamiliar), way better than the '62 Topps "Coaching For The Dodgers" card.

Been a bit since I took one off the Top 25, and this one's been on there for a long time.