Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Reds Spring Training Autograph Recap

Yesterday and today I went out to the Reds Spring Training complex in Goodyear, AZ. I live in Goodyear, so it's less than a 5 minute drive.

Here is what I got yesterday.




This was the biggest success and failure of the day. I had one ball and Joey Votto started signing for people so I got out my ball and pen. He signed on the sweet spot for me, but the pen didn't start working right off so I ended up with only half a signature.


Here is what I got today.




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ryan Roberts ebay Pick-Ups and a Rainbow

A couple of days ago I was browsing ebay and found some good deals on a couple of cards of Ryan Roberts cards that I've had my eye on for a while.

I got this 2014 Choice Pawtucket Red Sox card for just under $2 shipped.


Roberts has one other card from his time in the Red Sox Minor League system. It's a Dunkin Donuts card that I could pick up for just over $5 shipped, but I'm trying to see if I can get a better deal on it.

The other Roberts card I picked up was this 2012 Panini Red parallel.


I've wanted this card for a while, but the price tag has always been too high. I found this one for $4.46 shipped. It finishes a rainbow for me. 

Base


Green (Retail)


Blue (Wal-Mart)


Red (Target)


Gold numbered to 10


Finite Black 1/1



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Contest Winnings from The Chronicles of Fuji

Fuji, of the blog The Chronicles of Fuji, held a contest recently in connection with some 1995 Denny's cards he had picked up.

The prize was a starter set of 15 different cards and 15 unopened packs. I ended up winning and I got my prize the other day. Thanks Fuji!

It's a 28 card set, so it was possible, but not likely that I would get be able to make a complete set.

I didn't, but I think I did pretty good. Out of the 15 unopened packs 8 cards were needed for the set. Now I only need 5 cards to complete the set. I still need #5, #8, #12, #13, and #28.

Here are the doubles that I got from the unopened packs. I actually ended up with 3 extra Maddux cards, which is a good one to get extras of in my opinion.





I was also really happy to get an extra Griffey which I can put with my Griffey PC. I love the back of the card. Check out the size of his bat. 


Thanks again for the contest Fuji!

D-Backs Fan Fest Recap

I'm a week behind in my recap of D-Backs Fan Fest, but better late than never right.

I only bought vouchers for one table at the D-Backs Fan Fest. It's $5 per voucher and that gets you 1 autograph per person at the table. You can buy up to two vouchers per table.

I bought two vouchers for a table with Paul Goldschmidt, Tuffy Gosewisch, and coach Andy Green.

I debated on what to have Goldschmidt sign, but in the end I went with these two tickets and I had him inscribe "MLB Debut" and "1st Career HR".



Tuffy Gosewisch was next. We got his team issued postcard and we had him sign a picture of him and my son on the field prior to a game last season.




Andy Green was next. Even though it was 1 item per voucher I took a chance and asked him to sign 5 cards. He was really nice and seemed to enjoy it. He even joked around with Tuffy and Goldschmidt saying that the cards were proof that he had actually played. Here are 4 cards. There was a double of the last card. 





We also got the team issued postcard of Andy Green as well.  


Dip Shots from Johnny's Trading Spot

John, of the blog Johnny's Trading Spot, recently offered up some mini collections for grabs and I took a shot. I was one of the winners and got the Dip Shots (players with tobacco).

This was already a small mini collection of mine although I think I just call it Tobacco, but John sent me 138 Dip Shot cards, so now it is a large mini collection that I will now call Dip Shots.

Here are just a few.

This 1981 Fleer Jason Thompson was the oldest card in the bunch.


This 2006 Fleer Billy Wagner was the newest. 

Most of the cards featured the tobacco can on the front of the card, but...

...there were several that featured the can on the back of the card.
 


Most of the cards were from the late 80's - mid 90's. 





There were plenty of stars in the bunch.




 

How many ball players still use tobacco? Can't be very many. I know Major League Baseball has put rules in place to discourage the use of tobacco by it's players.

For example, it's banned in the minor leagues. So here's something you won't see any time soon. It's a 1992 Upper Deck minor league card of John Johnstone with a can of tobacco in his back pocket.


How many current players even still use tobacco. I know the Diamondbacks are really against the stuff, so I can't think of a D-Backs player the uses. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Trade with Waiting 'til Next Year

I sent Tom, of the blog Waiting 'til Next Year, some Cubs cards that I thought he would like. It wasn't anything that we arranged beforehand. Tom returned the favor recently by sending me some great D-Backs cards (and a tin)! Thanks Tom!

Speaking of a tin...


...Tom sent this awesome 1998 Donruss Preferred tin featuring Travis Lee. You can see that it says it has "Five Cards Per Tin", but this tin had 9 cards in it and they made up this Justin Upton Triple Play puzzle. Love it! 



This was my favorite single card out of the package! I love getting Goldschmidt cards that I don't already have. Shoot. I love getting Goldschmidt cards I already have, but since I didn't have this one it was even better!


Every time I see this card it makes me think of The Lord of the Rings. To me Brandon looks like one of the elves.


Corbin should be back sometime mid season after Tommy John surgery and I expect Archie Bradley to get called up to the big leagues at some point this season.



Trumbo won his arbitration hearing this off season and I hope he performs up to his contract. The D-Backs could sure use his offense in the lineup for the entire season.