Sunday, November 23, 2014

Reggie: A Season with a Superstar

I'm reading a book right now called "Reggie: A Season with a Superstar". It's basically Reggie Jackson's journal from the 1974 season.

Whenever I read a baseball book, I always end up looking for baseball cards that relate to what I'm reading. Most of the time they only end up making it onto my mental Want List.

But then I came across this 1974 Topps Reggie Jackson card for $2 at my LCS and jumped on it.

Reggie spends a lot of time talking about his teammates. One of his teammates was Vida Blue. After reading about Blue I checked eBay to see about adding his rookie card to my collection, but didn't pull the trigger because of the shipping costs.

I'm glad I didn't.

I picked up this nice copy of his 1970 Topps rookie card for a quarter.

The 1974 season was also the debut of Herb Washington. The A's owner Charles Finley signed sprinter Herb Washington to a contract as a "designated runner". 

This prompted another Google search and a scan of eBay. The cost of shipping outweighed the cost of the card, so I passed, but this 1975 Topps card, the only baseball card to list the position as Pinch Runner, made my mental Want List.

This card came from my LCS's dime box during the same visit that I picked up the two cards above. 

I'm about 2/3 of the way through the book, so we'll see if any other cards make my mental Want List. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

eBay Pick-Up: 2005 Prime Patches Steve Finley

I picked up a new card for my 2005 Prime Patches Steve Finley collection recently.

For just under $10 bucks shipped I picked up this card. It's a jersey and number patch along with the autograph.

It's numbered on the back 01/25.

I can't show off an new addition without showing off the rest of my 2005 Prime Patches Steve Finley cards.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Some 3 cent 1982 Donruss

My LCS has a nice dime box and I dig through it each time I go, but they also have boxes of "junk wax" sorted by brand and year.

These cards are marked by the box at anywhere between 3-7 cents.

On a recent trip I picked up some 3 cent, 1982 Donruss cards.

I wasn't collecting in 1982...because I was only a year old. But I was happy to pick them up now.

Take a look at how great these cards are!

Friday, November 14, 2014

eBay Pick-Up: 2014 Topps Triple Threads Paul Goldschmidt Transparencies Auto

I haven't bought anything on eBay for about a year. Okay, it was quite a full year. It was almost 2 months, but it felt like a year.

I used my time away from eBay to organize and sort my collection. I'm pretty much done with the first phase of that organizing process and so I decided to celebrate by picking up a card on eBay.

I think I picked a good one.

It's a 2014 Topps Triple Threads Transparencies card of Paul Goldschmidt.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Bobblehead - 53/63 = 84.1%

I picked up a 2009 Stephen Drew bobblehead that I needed yesterday at my LCS for $5. This is my 53rd different D-Backs bobblehead. I need 10 more. You can check out my list here.

Here is the Drew bobblehead.

The Drew completes the set of 5 from 2009.

Here is an updated picture of the bobblehead shelves.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

4 New Brandon Webb Cards

I've been really busy sorting and organizing my collection recently. It's a long and tedious process, but I've really enjoyed it.

In going though cards that a friend recently gave me I came across 11 Brandon Webb cards.

Of the 11 cards I already had 7 of them. That means that 4 of them were new to me.

This puts me at 274 different Brandon Webb cards for my collection.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Arizona Fall League with a fellow blogger!

Adam, of the blog Thoughts and Sox, sent me an email letting me know about a couple of Arizona Fall league games where Carl Crawford and Dustin Pedroia were being inducted into the Arizona Fall league Hall of Fame last week.

I couldn't make it to both, but I was able to make it to the game where Pedroia was being honored. I had hopes of getting his autograph, but so did a few hundred other people.

Here is Pedroia addressing the crowd. They also retired his jersey number from when he was in the Fall League and announced that no other player would wear number 77 again.

My oldest son came with and he got a foul ball from one of the players. One of the nice things about the Fall League is that you can sit anywhere you want so we sat a few rows behind the dugout and one of the players tossed it up to us.

Adam was at the game as well and it was fun to visit with him. He brought me a few D-Backs items.

First up were a 2000 APBA Major League Baseball Stats & Strategy Game Premiere Edition Diamondbacks team set.

I'd never seen these before. It's for some sort of game.

Here is the back.

Here's the front of the Randy Johnson and Travis Lee.

Adam had one other BIG surprise for me. It's a custom made Dan Haren poster signed by Haren. Adam said he picked it up at a Goodwill several years ago and that it was in his son's room until recently.