Monday, August 17, 2015

1954 Topps Henry Aaron RC

I've always been a big Hank Aaron fan. My first "vintage" purchases as a kid were two 1976 Topps Hank Aaron cards. One was his base card and the other was a '75 Record Breaker card for Most Runs Batted In, Lifetime - 2262.

1976 was Aaron's last season in the big leagues and Topps didn't include a card of him in their 1977 set, so these were his last cards as an active player and feature him as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

On the other end of the spectrum, Henry Aaron began his Major League Baseball career in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves. I picked up his rookie card today from my LCS.

Far from perfect condition, I absolutely love this card and all its imperfections! It's way off-centered, has a nice crease, and rounded corners among other things, but I absolutely love this card.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TTM Success: Tony Clark

On May 29th I sent out a bunch of ttm requests, including an 8 x 10 to Tony Clark. Clark had a great baseball career and is now the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Clark spent the first 6 seasons of his career with Detroit and was known as Tony the Tiger. He then bounced around Major League Baseball spending a year with the Red Sox, Mets, and Yankees before coming to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005. He spent 3 seasons with the D-Backs before signing with the Padres in 2008. In July of 2008 the Padres traded Clark back to the Diamondbacks,. The Diamondbacks signed him to a contract for 2009 but ended up releasing him mid-way through that season. Clark 's time as a player had come to an end.

On Monday of this week I got the 8 x 10 back signed by Clark.

Trade with Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary

Brian, of the blog Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary, recently posted some Diamondbacks cards for trade. I put together a package of Twins and we traded.

Here is a small sampling of what Brian sent.

Lots of great memories with these two.

Nice 2015 insert of another former Diamondback!

Alfredo Marte is with the Angels organization now.

Now, some current D-Backs.

This Patrick Corbin is actually a mini and numbered to 100! 

Tomas is a having a good first season, but I think most D-Backs fans expected more out of the highest paid free agent in D-Backs history.

Next up are two nice 2015 Stadium Club cards of Patrick Corbin and David Peralta. 

Corbin came back from Tommy John surgery during this season and is doing pretty well. 

David Peralta is following up his rookie season with a great sophomore season! In fact, he hit a grand slam last night. 

Finally, here is a cool insert of Chris Owings! 

Thanks again for the trade Brian! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks retire Randy Johnson's #51

My family and I went to the Diamondbacks game last night for the retirement of Randy Johnson's #51.

They gave out shirts at the gate and then we got these posters at our seats. I also got to see Moe, of the blog, My 2008 Topps Set Blog. briefly in passing. He is posting again so be sure to go show him some love.

The game was supposed to start at 5:10 pm, but the pre-game ceremony went long and so I don't think the game started until after 5:30 pm, but the D-Backs did a great job and it was awesome to see Randy so emotional.

I decided today to do a Randy Johnson PC, and what I mean by that is I will be sorting and storing all my Randy Johnson cards together. I won't be going after any high dollar inserts, relics, or autos, but if I see a card I don't already have of his in a dime box, I'll pick it up.

I went through what I already have as far his cards with the Diamondbacks and have just over 200 different cards. With Expos, Mariners, Astros, and Yankees I probably have another 100, so I'm off to a nice start.

TTM Recap

I got two ttm returns in this past week. One was from former D-Back and current Brewers manager, Craig Counsel. He signed 2 out of 3.

Brad Ziegler signed one card for me and sent back 3 unsigned. In my letter I told him that my 3 boys and I are big D-Backs fan, so he wrote on my letter "Tell me your boys' names & I'll sign the others. So those 3 cards will go back out today. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Package from Sweden: Holmbergs Corner

I got a surprise package in the mail this past week from my friend Rasmus. Rasmus lives in Sweden and we became friends through YouTube (Holmbergs Corner) and then Facebook. 

Alright, for all of you who didn't click on the link, some very generous customers of Cardsmiths Breaks chipped in to help Rasmus make the journey from Sweden to Chicago to attend the National! How cool is that! 

Okay, so here is what Rasmus sent me. Thanks Rasmus! 

2014 Topps Chrome Base RC of Chris Owings

2014 Topps Chrome Refractor RC of Chris Owings

2014 Topps Chrome Refractor of Aaron Hill

2014 Bowman Chrome Blue Parallel of Didi Gregorious

2014 Bowman Chrome Black Parallel of Didi Gregorious