Thursday, April 17, 2014

PC guys on Listia? Scoop 'em up.

When browsing Lisia, my PC guys don't show up very much. If they do, it's usually crap...1991 Donruss or something else I have. However, sometimes one pops up and lo and behold, it's one you need. What do you do? You go all out and grab it.
That was the case with this 1998 Score Artist Proof Tino Martinez. I saw it, checked my list, and noticed I didn't have it. Bidding started at 100, but I let others kick it off. With a few minutes left, I put in a high bid, and ended up scoring it. I spent a little more than I wanted, but sometimes you have to. You can't not add a free card you need!

This marks my 635th different Tino card.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baby coming today = Blog on auto-pilot

By the time you read this, I should be a Dad for the second time! My wife is set to have c-section today to deliver our second child, this time a baby girl. Some unfortunate circumstances lead us to needing a scheduled c-section, but I won't go too in-depth there.

I tried to get a bunch of cards out over the weekend and in the early part of the week, so if we had a deal in the works, we should be square. If not, feel free to email me a reminder. As you can imagine, things have been nutty.

Anyhow, let's hope everything goes well today (or that it already went well). You'll still see a few posts from me in the coming days, but those have been written in advance.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Discount bin Whitey on eBay

Look, I don't have an LCS with discount bins. The local card shows are a little out of the way, so I don't hit those either. Nope. To find my discount vintage, I hit up my NCS (National Card Shop), eBay.

I don't find many cheap vintage gems on eBay, but once in awhile, there's something where the price is right and truly reflective of what one might find in an actual vintage discount bin. Lo and behold, this 1962 Topps Whitey Ford.
Sure, it's got some warts. Rough corners. Someone drew a star above his name. There is one big crease. At a card show, this might cost what? $3-$5? I found it on ebay with a Buy It Now of $1.49, plus the same for shipping. So for about $3, it was mine. Not bad, right?

These deals are few and far between, but I feel damn good about them when they happen.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Another Monday, another Ty Hensley auto

Of the 29 different Ty Hensley cards I have, seven are autographs. That's not a bad percentage at all. He signed a lot in 2012 between Bowman, Panini, and Leaf, so I've got a lot of options. Plus, Ty signs TTM, so I've added two autos that way as well.

My latest pickup is his 2012 Bowman Draft RC. Along with the refractor, this is THE card for any prospect autos. The unlicensed stuff is nice, but Bowman Draft takes the cake.

Next order of business: pick up the Refractor.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mmmm, Leather

Ok, maybe fake leather. But it still sort of smells like leather.

I saw this card on eBay with a Best Offer option. I submitted what I thought was fair. The seller responded with a counteroffer that $.25 more. Ugh. I wanted to decline out of principle, but I wanted this Michael Pineda too much. So I sucked it up, gave in, and accepted the offer. Well played, Mauer.

Anyhow, this is from those nifty 2011 Topps Update manu-leather nameplates. I'm not sure if they came in blasters or packs or what. They aren't that easy to find three years later, so it was a Pineda I wanted to grab on the cheap before his card prices shoot up.

I still need to find the black one #'d to 99. I messed up and didn't pull the trigger on a pretty cheap one a few weeks ago. Oh well. I'll live.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Junior Junkie sends cards to the Tino Junkie

Everyone's favorite Griffey collector sent me 13! Tinos in a PWE this past week. He also has fancy new address labels!

I always appreciate when people think of my when they come across a Tino.  It really does mean a lot to me. There was a great assortment here, including the ever-frustrating Yankee Stadium Legacy cards. If you see a giant hole in one of the Tinos, that's because there is one. A fancy Pinnacle Mint coin goes in there!
TJ, thanks for thinking of me!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gold...or pine tar brown?

Michael Pineda mowed down the Red Sox last night. It was awesome. This is a guy I've been waiting for two years to anchor the Yankee rotation, and finally, he stood on the mound, stared down the mighty Red Sox, and pitched with a swagger I haven't seen since 2009 CC Sabathia.

The big story of the game, as you know by now, is the pine tar (or "dirt") that Pineda wasn't shy about showing on his hand. The story blew up on Twitter. And it just so happens that the man on the hill, Clay Buccholz, had been accused of using a foreign substance last year during a start in Toronto. Understandably, the opponent played a role in not calling this to the umps attention, as both Buccholz and Lester have been subject to these same conversations in the past. I actually applaud John Farrell for not being a hypocrite. It would have been easy for him to call it to the umps attention, especially with the way Pineda was pitching.

If the majority of pitchers use pine tar or other sunscreen or whatever for a better grip, and it's widely understood within the game, I'm not too upset. I think it was apparent when the Red Sox players said they have no issue with it. From everything I've seen or read, those associated with the game had much less of an issue with it than writers and other media folk. I thought it was funny that there were so many people who were outraged, but the people actually affected (the opposing team) weren't. And if you think the pitchers on your favorite team aren't using something, you're probably wrong. Not justifying it, but just saying...

I'm sure Pineda will keep using whatever he was using, especially on colder nights. I would hope he's a bit less blatant about it next time. Regardless, pine tar or not, his stuff was fantastic. He sat in the mid-90s with devastating off-speed stuff. His change-up, widely considered his weakest pitch, was responsible for several Ks. Just an enjoyable experience to watch. He definitely tired after 85-90 pitchers, but it's understandable, as he's still working his was bay from a serious shoulder surgery.

Which brings me to the card above. This 2012 Topps Gold parallel is my 59th different Pineda, and came courtesy of a PWE from Kerry over at Cards on Cards. Thanks, Kerry!