Friday, December 31, 2010

4 packs of 2007 SP Rookie Edition (Auto)

I stopped by the card shop today and picked up 4 packs of 2007 SP Rookie Edition. Don, the owner of AZ Sports Cards, opened up a fresh box and offered them to me for $1.50 a pack. Each pack contains 8 cards, 4 of the 8 are rookies. Autographs are 1 in 7 packs. I got 1. Take a look at what I got. Not bad for $6 bucks.

Derek Jeter base card

Hunter Pence RC

Adam Lind RC

Phil Hughes RC

Tim Lincecum RC

Michael Bourn AUTO

126 Jeff Bagwell cards up for trade - Make me an offer!

I am looking to trade 126 (59 different) Jeff Bagwell cards. I've done my best to list each and every card accurately. If you have any questions about the cards listed please let me know. I am looking for one card in return. Just one card. Make me an offer. As long as it's baseball, I don't care what it is. It just needs to be one card. I am looking to downsize my collection. Keep in mind that it will probably cost me about $5 to ship the cards to you, so I would appreciate something at least in that range. Make me an offer and on Friday, January 7th I will select one of the offers and arrange the trade. You'll send me one card and I'll send you 126 Jeff Bagwell cards. Thanks!

1992 Donruss #358 x4

1992 Donruss NL Rookie of the Year #BC6 x10

1992 Donruss Triple Play #200 x2

1992 Jimmy Dean #3 of 18

1992 MJB Holographics 1991 Rookie of the Year

1992 O-Pee-Chee #520

1992 Pinnacle #70 x2

1992 Score #576

1992 Score National League Rookie of the Year #793 x3

1992 Stadium Club Member’s Choice #606

1992 Topps #520 x2

1992 Upper Deck #276 x3

1993 Donruss #428 x3

1993 Fleer #46 x2

1993 Hostess #19 of 32 x4

1993 Score #113

1993 Score #89 x2

1993 Studio #34

1993 Ted Williams Dawning of a Legacy #156

1993 Ted Williams Dawning of a Legacy #158

1993 Topps #227 x7

1993 Upper Deck #256 x3

1993 Upper Deck Peter Gammons Inside the Numbers #452 x3

1993 Upper Deck Team Stars #475

1994 Pacific #257

1994 Pinnacle #290 x4

1994 Score #4 x4

1994 UD Collector’s Choice #590 x2

1994 UD Collector’s Choice Fantasy team Special Edition # 254

1994 UD Collector’s Choice Scratch Off Barry Larkin vs. Jeff Bagwell

1994 UD Collector’s Choice Team Checklist #329 Silver Signature

1994 UD Collector’s Choice Team Checklist #329 x3

1994 Upper Deck Home Field Advantage #272 x10

1995 UD Collector’s Choice NL MVP #76

1995 UD Collector’s Choice You Make the Play #3

1996 Bazooka #40

1996 Leaf Preferred Checklist #148

1996 Pinnacle #10 x2

1996 Pinnacle NL Checklist #197

1996 Pinnacle The Naturals #151 x2

1996 Topps #380 x5

1996 Ultra Ultra Stars # 574

1997 Donruss #146

1997 Pinnacle Certified Certified Stars #145

1997 Pinnacle Mint Collection #13 of 30

1997 Pinnacle X Press #78

1997 Score #1

1997 Score Goin Yard #502 x3

1997 Upper Deck Capture the Flag # 370


1998 Pinnacle #26

1998 Score Rookie Traded #RT20 x3

1998 Skybox Thunder #150 x2

1999 Fleer Metal #5

1999 Pacific Collection #121 x2

1999 Topps Stars Luminaries #167

1999 Upper Deck Challengers for 70 #C16

1999 Upper Deck Home Run Highlights #75

1999 Upper Deck Power Corps #19

2000 Upper Deck #126

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My White Whale

My white whale is the 1997 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Game Jersey card. Not only was Griffey my favorite player growing up, but this is from the first set of Jersey Cards ever made for a baseball set. There are only 3 cards in the set; Griffey, Tony Gwynn, and Rey Ordonez. I have the Gwynn and Ordonez cards and just need the Griffey to complete the set. The Griffey rarely comes up on eBay. There are two up right now, however. This one has a Buy It Now price of $225.00. This one has a Buy It Now price of $359.00. I don't have an extra $225 just laying around right now, so once again my white whale will have eluded me.

Cards from Crinkly Wrappers

A few weeks ago Ted, of the blog Crinkly Wrappers, offered up some free Topps cards. I can't say no to free cards, so I quickly commented and sent an email. A week or so before Christmas I recieved a box in the mail that contained 6 team bags filled with cards. Ted sent a variety of Topps cards from the 70's, 80's, 90's, and 2000's. He included an assortment of stars and hall of famers in the mix. All of the cards were Topps, but several different brands were included; Topps, Stadium Club, Topps 206, Topps Kids, Opening Day, Topps Chrome, and National Chicle. Here are some of the highlights. Thanks Ted!

1991 Stadium Club John Candelaria (front)

1991 Stadium Club John Candelaria (back) - Remember how the old Stadium Club cards featured the players Topps Rookie Card on the back?

1976 Topps John Candelaria RC - Ted also included this card.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thank you Diamondbacks!

In November I was on the Arizona Diamondbacks web site and noticed something called the Arizona Diamondbacks Season Ticket Scholarship. You could nominate yourself or someone else to win season tickets for the Diamondbacks. I nominated myself, noting my love of baseball and the D-Backs. I mentioned how I would love to go to games to spend time with my family, but that it was difficult because of the cost and my wife and I schedules because she is working now.

A week before Christmas I got a large envelope in the mail from the Diamondbacks. The letter thanked me for applying for the scholarship. It said after careful consideration "we are unable to grant you with full season tickets. However, since your support is so important to us, we would like to invite you to ten games during the 2011 season. You can redeem the encolsed certificates at the Chase Field ticket office to recieve your tickets."

I was shocked! The vouchers that they spoke of are good for 4 Baseline Reserve tickets each. That's a total of 40 tickets. Each ticket has a face value of $25. That's $1000 worth of tickets! I can use them for any game besides Opening Day. I didn't even get to go to 10 D-Backs games this year, so to get to attend 10 games is awesome! I want to say "Thank you" to the Diamondbacks and I look forward to rooting them on in 2011!

Christmas Cards

For Christmas, my wife and kids got me a few packs of cards. 1 pack of 2010 Topps 206 and 2 packs of 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects. Each pack had a decent Rookie Card in it. Here are the highlights.

2010 Topps 206 Buster Posey RC

2010 Topps 206 Carlos Gonzalez Old Mill Mini

2010 Topps 206 Johnny Bench

2010 Bowman Chrome Austin Jackson RC

2010 Bowman Chrome Josh Thole RC

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

TTM Success: Kevin Gross

I sent Kevin Gross a TTM Autograph request back in early to mid November. I got it back on November 30th. Somehow I forgot about it until recently coming accross the envelope on my computer desk. Kevin signed 2 cards for me. Thanks Mr. Gross!

1993 Score Season Highlight of Kevin Gross - Card commemorates Kevin's No-Hitter in 1992.

1992 Topps Kevin Gross

2 cards - 11 Bats

Mark, of the blog Mark's Ephemera, sent me a couple of cards for my Multiple Bat Collection. I owe Mark big time! I am checking your want lists to see how I can repay you. Thanks Mark!

1990 Swell Baseball Greats Monte Irvin - Irvin is holding 4 bats.

1963 Fleer Johnny Mize - My first pre-1981 Fleer card! Johnny is holding what appears to me to be 7 bats!

Secret Santa

I wanted to participate in the 2009 Baseball Bloggers Secret Santa, but didn't. So when I saw that Sarah over at A Rookie (baseball) Card Collector was hosting it again this year, I signed up. I had a lot of fun picking out gifts for my person and I got an awesome card and a D-Backs Christmas ornament as my gift. My digital camera broke a few days ago, so you'll have to take my word on the ornament, but here is the card that I got. Thanks Santa!

2008 UD SPX Superstar Signatures BRANDON WEBB Auto

Trade with Night Owl

I sent Night Owl some Dodgers and a couple of packs of Club Penguin cards that Topps had sent me after I complained about being shorted some cards out of a box of 2009 Updates and Highlights. Night Owl enjoyed the Dodgers cards and his daughter enjoyed the Club Penguin cards. In return, Night Owl sent me some D-Backs, so I guess in the end, everyone was a winner! Here are a few of the cards that Night Owl sent. Thanks Greg!

A trio of Dan Haren cards. 2010 Opening Day, 2010 Bowman, and 2009 Topps Chrome.

2006 Allen & Ginter cards of former D-Backs Chad Tracy, Orlando Hudson, Orlando Hernandez, and Shawn Green - I wasn't collecting in 2006, so I appreciate cards from that year and even more so the Allen & Ginter.

2010 Topps Chrome Cole Gillespie Orange Refractor - Gillespie made his debut in April and then got some more playing time down the stretch. It will be interesting to see how much, if any playing time he gets in 2011 since he will have to share time with Xavier Nady and Gerardo Para.

1991 Donruss Brady Anderson Multiple Bat card - I have a couple of these already, but it's one of my favorite multiple bat cards and it's nice to know that people out there remember what I collect and send it along with D-Backs cards.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Brandon Webb is a Texas Ranger (if he passes the physical)

Brandon Webb has agreed to a 1-year deal with the Texas Rangers. Webb, arguably one of the best pitchers in all of baseball from 2005 - 2008, has not pitched in a regular season game since April 6, 2009. Webb went 70-37 with a 3.23 ERA during that 3 year stretch and won the 2006 National League Cy Young Award. Webb injured his shoulder on Opening Day of 2009 and has not been able to pitch in the big leagues since, although he is expected to be ready to pitch in Spring Training.

As a Diamondbacks and a Webb fan, I really wanted the D-Backs to resign Webb and hoped that he would be able to pitch at the same level as before. However, I understand both sides in this situation. The D-Backs have paid Webb $15 million over the past two seasons and have got nothing out of it and would be understandably cautious about signing him for another year when his future is uncertain. Webb on the other hand, I'm sure feels like he can be as successful as he was before and wants to be valued and have an opportunity to win. I'm sad to see Webb go, but I wish him the best. I'm not sure what this will do to my Webb collection. I'll have to wait and see.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Trade with Derek

Derek, a reader of my blog, contacted me a few weeks ago and then sent me some cards. He can expect some Braves cards shortly. Here are a few of the cards that Derek sent. Thanks Derek!

2002 UD Vintage Diamondbacks Team Checklist - This was my favorite card! It's fun to rember a time when the Diamondbacks were winning!

1999 Topps Randy Johnson

2004 Ultra Curt Schilling

2000 Topps League Leader Hits Luis Gonzalez - Derek Jeter is on the back, having led the American League in hits that year with 219.

2000 UD Victory Steve Finely

2010 Topps Update Chris Young All-Star - Young was the D-Back only representative in the 2010 All-Star game.

2010 Topps Update Sam Demel RC

2010 Topps Update Aaron Heilman

2010 Topps Update Adam LaRoche

1992 Ultra Pat Listach RC - for my RC's of Rookie of the Year winners collection

1996 UD Collectors Choice Award Winner Marty Cordova - this would make for a great TTM autograph