Thursday, December 31, 2009

I read his blog,and boy am I sure glad I did.

I'm trying to complete the 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights set, and today I got a package in the mail from fellow 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights set collector, Jeremy of the blog no one's going to read this blog. Jeremy and I arranged to help each other out on this set. He sent me 8 cards that I needed plus a bunch of D-Backs cards (Schlereth Auto!) and I sent him a couple of cards he needed plus some Turkey Red and Propeganda insert cards. Here are a few of the Updates cards and some of the Diamondbacks cards that Jeremy sent. Thanks Jeremy!

Randy Johnson Season Highlight card of 300th win - Why didn't the D-Backs resign him so he could get number 300 in a D-Backs uniform?

Adrian Gonzalez Home Run Derby card - The Home Run Derby is my favorite part of the All-Star game.

Ryan Howard All-Star card

A couple of Brandon Webb inserts

The D-Backs celebrating beating the Cubs to advance in the 2007 playoffs.

2009 Goodwin Champions cards of Brandon Webb and Stephen Drew

Former D-Back Max Scherzer (2009 Topps T206)

2007 Goudy Mini of Chad Tracy - Chad will not be a D-Back next season. Injuries prevented him from living up to his full potential.

2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Career Quest Autograph of Daniel Schlereth - It's always sad to see a young promising arm leave your favorite team, but I wish Mr. Schlereth much success in Detroit. I had been wanting to get a Schlereth auto for a while and then Jermey offered this as part of the trade. Thanks again Jeremy!

2008 Topps Updates & Highlights Trade Bait

In a moment of weakness this morning, I purchased a 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights blaster from Wal-Mart. It was 40% off! It guaranteed a relic! When will I learn, when will I learn. My card money is better spent on single cards that I actually want, rather than on packs and boxes. So, please help me and trade me some D-Backs for what I got in this blaster. I did get the Jay Bruce RC, which somehow did not get scanned. If you are working on this set let me know what cards you need to see if I can help. Thanks!

2008 Topps Update World Baseball Classic Preview - Justin Morneau

2008 Topps Update Ring of Honor 1986 New York Mets - Keith Hernandez

2008 Topps Update First Couples Nancy and Ronald Reagan

Mickey Mantle insert

2008 Topps Updates Gold - Raul Chavez 0599/2008

2008 Topps Updates Gold Game-Worn Pants - John Maine 03/99

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ebay Purchase

Got this in the mail today. I picked it up on ebay for $0.99 + $4.00 shipping. $4 is a lot for shipping, but I still consider $5 for a Brandon Webb autograph to be a pretty good deal. It's not numbered or anything but I like the design of the card. I know that there are numbered versions of this card and I would love to get one of each variation.

2005 Donruss Signature Series - Brandon Webb Auto

A "Wicked" Trade

About a month ago Wicked Ortega of the blog My Past Time ....... I Love It!! asked if anyone would be insterested in trading cards for MacFarlane figures that he had. I emailed and told him that I was interested in the Randy Johnson and we worked out a trade. I sent him a stack of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz cards and he sent me the Randy Johnson figure pictured below. He also sent me a few D-Backs cards and I am going to show you a few of my favorites. Thanks Alfredo!

The pictures don't do this justice. It is awesome! I have a few other MacFarlane figures, but this is my first of Randy Johnson.

2008 Upper Deck Season Highlights card of Brandon Webb - Great looking cards commemorating Webb's 42 consecutive scoreless innings pitched in 2007.

2008 Upper Deck Dan Haren - I really like the photos that Upper Deck used for the 2008 set. Here is a good one of Haren pitching in Tucson during Spring Training.

2008 Upper Deck Justin Upton - Great action shot! I love it when you get to see the entire player on the card. I love the green grass as a background.

2009 UD Goudy Chris Young - I have seen some really interesting Goudy cards, and when I say interesting I mean horendous. But I really like this Chris Young card.

2008 Upper Deck X XPONENTIAL Brandon Webb - I have purchased some 2008 Upper Deck X recently and these XPONENTIAL insert cards are growing on me. I would like to get all 4 of them for Brandon Webb.

$3 well spent and $6 I would like back

I recently purchased 3 packs of 2008 Upper Deck Timeline at the Dollar Tree store for $3. I had not previously purchased any Timeline, as I am just getting back into the hobby this year. For 3 bucks I was pleasently surprized. I liked the simple design and I also got some good players.I recently purchased 2 packs of Topps Heritage High Numbers at Target for $2.99 each. I wasn't impressed and I would have rather gotten 6 more packs of Timelines from the dollar store for the same price.

Jake Peavy, Brandon Webb and John Smoltz - These 3 came out of the same pack.

Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols

Ryan Braun and BJ Upton

Chris Jakubauskas and Brad Mills - 2009 Rookie Stars

Aaron Poreda and Michael Saunders - 2009 Rookie Stars

Brooks Robinson and David Wright - Then and Now insert

My kids first packs... and the rest of the blaster

I have two boys, one is almost 2 and the other is 3 and a half years old. I wanted to get them each their first pack of baseball cards this year for Christmas. During one of our many holiday related trips to Wal-Mart I spotted a 2008 Uper Deck X blaster for 40% off and decided to pick it up and put a pack in each of their stockings. Well, that left eight extra packs. So, first I will detail each of my boys packs and then I will show what remained in the left over eight packs.

Kolby's first pack of baseball cards

Albert Pujols - This card was on top. Not a bad start to a collection. This was actually just one of many Pujols cards from this blaster.

Chipper Jones
Howie Kendrick
Aaron Rowland

David Ortiz XPONENTIAL 2

Joe Mauer - Die Cut

Brady's first pack of baseball cards

Derek Jeter - This card was on top. Also not a bad start to a collection.

Chase Utley
Johan Santana

Yankee Stadium Legacy - Joe DiMaggio MLB All-Star Game 7/11/1939

Justin Verlander - Die Cut

Now onto the rest of the blaster.

I mentioned that the blaster contained a few other Pujols cards. XPONENTIAL 2, XPONENTIAL 3 and Gold Die Cut

I got two other Yankee Stadium Legacy cards. Well, one other one and another Joe DiMaggio.

Jeremy Bonderman Jersey Card

Not a bad blaster if you ask me. And at 40% off, it's even better.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas to myself!

I'm sure I'm not the only one who bought themselves a Christmas present this year. Maybe I'm just the only one willing to admit it. Oh well! I picked these two cards for myself this year on ebay. One arrived Christmas Eve and the other the day after Christmas.

2008 Upper Deck A Piece of History 500 Club bat card of Manny Ramirez - I was watching a few of these on ebay. One auction and several Buy-It-Now's. The one auction ended at $52 and some change, so I jumped on the Buy-It-Now priced at $25 plus $5 shipping. That is the most I have paid for a single card in a long time, but I am trying to get a bat card of every 500 Home Run club member, so I couldn't pass it up.

2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom Opening Day Ticket Stub card of Brandon Webb numbered 19/50. - Card features actual ticket stub from 2009 Opening Day, Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies. I had seen this card on ebay and tried to get it once but was outbid at the last second. This time I outbid somebody else at the last second.

Anyone ever had a "Reggie" bar?

I know that the Reggie Jackson inspired "Reggie" candy bar first appeared in the late 1970's. In 1993, to commemorate his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Clark (Candy Company) and Upper Deck teamed up to reissue the "Reggie" candy bar. This time each candy bar came with a Reggie Jackson Upper Deck baseball card. There were 3 different cards in the set, 2 of Jackson in New York (minus the Yankee logo) and 1 with Oakland (minus the A's logo).

I remember my Dad buying a big box of the "Reggie" bars at Sam's Club (or whatever it was called in 1993)  so I have 5 sets (4 extra) of the Reggie Jackson candy bar cards, plus a few other single cards. If anyone is interested in a set, let me know. First come, first serve. Just send me some D-Backs cards in return. Thanks!

"Mr. October" - 1977

A.L. Most Valuable Player - 1973

Inducted into Hall of Fame - 1993

Baseball Cards from a Secret Santa

The day before Christmas, our door bell rang and when we opened it we saw a pile of presents. Their was one for my wife and both of my boys, as well as one for me. Mine was two blasters. A 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom and a 2008 Upper Deck Series 2 blaster. We have a pretty good idea of who our Secret Santa is, but know one will confess. So...thanks to whoever it was! Now onto the highlights.

3 Diamondbacks - Jon Garland, Max Scherzer, and Chris Young

Big Ticket insert of Ryan Braun - I seem to pull a lot of Braun cards, no big hits, but lots of inserts.

Ticket to Stardom inserts of Jacoby Ellsbury and Kenshini Kawakami

Seasoned Veteran insert of Alex Rodriguez

USA Baseball Junior Team card of Jordan Wagerty

Here are 4 of the common Starquest cards I got. Randy Johnson, Jeff Francoeur, Cole Hamels amd Russell Martin. I also got Jimmy Rolins, Vladimir Guerero, Carlos Beltran, and Felix Hernandez.

An Uncommon Ichiro Starquest

A Rare Vernon Wells Starquest

McCain vs. Clinton Presidential Predictors

Yankee Stadium Legacy - Tommy John

Yankee Stadium Legacy - Dave Winfield

UD Jersey card of Jered Weaver