Thursday, October 30, 2014

This card tricked me

I got a new Tino relic in the mail the other day. Plain grey swatch. It happens. But you know, nice, low-numbered gold parallel. I liked it.

Then I looked at the card a little closer. Notice anything?
 
Not yet?

Ok, here's a hint. Team.
See that? Cardinals!

Annoying! I still collect Tino Cardinal cards - I want 'em all - but everything about this card, from photo to jersey, is Yankees.

Oh well. Still a card I needed, but I let out a groan when I noticed!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Club PWE strikes again

Jeff from 2x3 Heroes runs something I'm very fond of - Club PWE. Every so often, a Yankees-filled PWE shows up in my mailbox simply because I'm a member of Club PWE. It's every bit as awesome as it sounds.

Here are some goods from a recent Club PWE mailing. The envelope itself was tremendous. It looked like Octavio Dotel's luggage.
Jeff, let me know if I need to may my Club PWE dues to stay on the 2015 distribution list.

Monday, October 27, 2014

1998 Donruss Collections - an interesting set concept



Recently, I picked up two Tino Martinez cards from 1998 Donruss Collections. I wasn’t sure what these were. Baseballcardpedia is actually quite helpful – I will quote directly from there:

1998 Donruss Collections is a massive 750-card Topps Chrome-esque parallel brand that draws from four previously released sets: 1998 Donruss Series One, 1998 Leaf, 1998 Donruss Elite, and 1998 Donruss Preferred. Like Topps/Bowman Chrome, all cards are printed on chromium stock and feature Refractor-like parallels.
The set is fractured so that the 200 Donruss cards are the most common and the 200 Donruss Preferred cards are the rarest -- in fact, according to Donruss only 1400 copies of each Donruss Collections Preferred cards were printed.
Each card is sequentially numbered twice: Its regular card number in the original set, and its place in the Donruss Collections set. For example: Derek Jeter is card #8 in the 1998 Donruss Elite set; but in Donruss Collections Elite, Jeter is #408
So essentially, it’s a “best of” from the year. I think Topps could do a cool set like this, actually. Take the best/most memorable 50 cards or so from each product and make a Topps Collections-type set. Although, back then, they didn’t have a bunch of different cardstock discrepencies like there are now.


While these all look a bit differently, they are tied together by the chrome-like cardstock and the “Donruss Collections” stamp. Topps could simply print all the designs on one stock, and stamp them accordingly. Overall, pretty cool idea for a set of cards. I'd be on board with something like that.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thank you, JBF

In case you haven’t heard, Wes of Jaybarkerfan’s Junk is hanging up his blogging keyboard (?) for a while. There is an inkling that it might not be permanent, and let’s hope that is the case.

I know a lot has been said over the past few weeks (and years), but I wanted to reiterate what a generous and overall great dude Wes is. I am sure he’s given away far, far more cards than he has ever received in return. For every PWE I’ve sent Wes over the past few years, I’ve basically gotten a flat rate box back.

Wes also paid attention. I probably mentioned once or twice that I am a Bengals fan (long story), and he took note. Nearly every package since has included a few Bengals cards. While I’m not a football collector, per se, I do enjoy receiving cards of my favorite team. I know have a pretty sweet Bengals collection.

Beyond Bengals there always seems to be a Tino or a Pineda tucked into packages Wes sends as well.

It’s guys like Wes that really keep me interested in the hobby.

Wes, I’ll miss seeing your blog posts. You always tried new things, like The World Cup of Trading, and you always made for a fun read. Hope to read more of your stuff soon!

I am about three boxes behind in showing off some stuff Wes sent, but those will be shown in due time. Here’s a few sweet cards from a (not so) recent bubble mailer JBF sent me awhile back.

Let's start with some shiny. That Ruben Rivera Atomic Refractor is just sweet. The Bernie Williams Refractors are actually two cards that look exactly the same but are serially numbered to different print runs.
Moose batting! This is the first time I saw this Gold Label set. Always felt like a classy product.
Closter and Cumberland vintage! Two solid last names.
And the aforementioned Bengals. I’m a big David Pollack fan. He was a great Bengals draft pick, but suffered a neck injury in his second year that ended his career. Now he’s solid on ESPN.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Royal contest winnings



With the World Series starting tonight, I figured I’d show off a contest prize I won from Josh over at Royals and Randoms from his Baseball Sheep contest waaaaay back in the spring. I’m sure when Josh had this contest, he didn’t think he’d be getting ready to watch the Royals in the World Series on October 21..or reading a post about the winnings five months later. Oops.

As for the World Series, I can honestly say I don’t care who wins. I’d love for it to be a good, competitive series. Go American League and DH, I guess? Pitchers batting is dumb.

Moving on, here’s some of the winnings Josh sent me. I finished second in the contest. Not bad, eh? It was a big ‘ol box of cards I received, so here are some highlights.

We’ll start with the hits since you all hate base cards (kidding, kidding). A very cool jeter All-Star manupatch from Upper Deck. I didn’t know manupatches were being made so long ago. I thought it was a recent Topps thing. 
Two more hits in the form of future Yankee first basemen Greg Bird (no, really), and a catcher they should have kept. 
 
I like this Jeter Stadium Club, mid-bubble with a guest appearance by Cal Ripkin. Pretty cool. 
I love it when unforgettable moments make it on cards. The ‘double stolen base’ by Johnny Damon in the 2009 World Series was so cool, and I’m glad it made it into this set.
There was NO SHORTAGE of vintage, which is always most appreciated. Let’s start off with Thurman Munson. I will never, ever say no to a vintage Munson card. How could you? Just look at that face! 
Here’s a couple more, including a near-complete 1976 Topps team set. Freaking great stuff! 
Thanks, Josh. Good luck in the World Series!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Purple and blue - my arm and my cards

Last week, I got a flu shot. No big deal. I've gotten them the past few years since I became a dad and my kid (now kids) are walking germs. I say that in a nice way, of course.

What was weird is that this year, my arm bruised like hell after the shot. I'm talking baseball-sized black, blue, and purple. It looks like I took a Randy Johnson fastball to bicep. It's now in that ugly green and yellow phase. I've never had that sort of reaction to a shot. It was odd, for sure.

Similarly, my newest Ty Hensley cards share these characteristics. Behold, #'s 39 and 40 in my Hensley PC. That Purple Ice is so, so pretty. #'d 9/10 too! The blue, while pretty in it's own right, is #'d to 99.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

TTM Success: Nathan Mikolas



Yankees prospect Nathan Mikolas recently returned a card I sent him signed. He played in Staten Island this past season. Minor leaguers are very cool and sometimes include notes, and Mikolas dropped this gem on me:

I thanked him via Twitter, and he was cool enough to respond and say it got lost in his locker. Even cooler in my book!
Nathan, thanks for the great success! Best of luck next year.