Here are a few recent McFarlane purchases that I have made. I think there are two McFarlane stores in Arizona, one in Peoria and one in Tempe. The one in Peoria is not too far from where I live, so I stop every once in a while to see what they've got.
However, this one I got at Toys R Us because it was on clearance, and I thought it would look nice next to my Larry Fitzgerald autographed football.
I got this one at the McFarlane store. I'm not a big Joe Morgan fan, but couldn't pass it up for $2.50.
This also came from the McFarlane store. They had these marked down a few months ago and I didn't get one. The next time I went they were all gone. So this last time when I went and saw that they had them again for $3.00 I made sure I picked one up.
The Card Investor offered up some free sets a while back. Yeah, that's right, I didn't say cards, I said sets. He was looking to add some followers to his blog and get some feedback, and in return he sent out sets of cards. Here are some of the sets he was giving away.
•2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects base set (Steven Strasburg RC, Buster Posey RC, Jason Heyward RC)
•2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects prospect set (Manny Machado, Jameson Taillon)
•2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects base set (Evan Longoria RC, Clayton Kershaw RC)
•2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects prospect set (Jesus Montero, Rick Porcello)
•2008 Donruss Threads ("Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, Jesus Montero, Madison Bumgarner)
•2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition (David Price, Mat Latos, Drew Stubbs)
I ended up getting the 2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects base set, which was awesome because I wasn't really collecting in 2008 and didn't have any of the cards, other than maybe Max Scherzer which I got as trade. Thanks Card Investor! Here are a few highlights rom the set.
I bought a pack of 2010 Topps Update Series at Wal-Mart about a week before Christmas. Believe it or not, I pulled my first and only Stephen Strasburg card out of this pack. Not exactly sure how I missed out on Strasburgmania. Oh well. Here are the highlights of the pack.
Three All-Star cards: Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, and Rafeal Frucal
A couple of rookie cards: Omar Beltre and Brian Matusz
J.J. Putz - The Arizona Diamondbacks recently signed Putz to a two year deal.
More Tales of the Game - Cleverly titled "There's No Tying in Baseball"
Legendary Lineage - Walter Johnson and Stephen Strasburg
Ryan, of the blog The Great Orioles Autograph Project, sent me a box of cards this past week. We have traded a few times in the past but these cards were totally unexpected. He slipped in a little note saying "Hope you enjoy these cards. Happy belated holidays!" I am definitly enjoying the cards Ryan! He sent over a great stack of D-Backs and a few cards for my Multiple Bat collection. Thanks Ryan! Here are a few of the highlights.
2009 UD O-Pee-Chee Diamondbacks Checklist
2010 Topps D-Backs Franchise History
Next up, a few other players from that 2001 World Series Championship team.
Scott of the blog Scott Crawford on Cards held a contest a few weeks back in which the idea was to provide the best caption to a 1959 Topps Larsen - Stengel card. I didn't win, dayf did. He was very deserving. I was the first runner up though. Scott was nice enough to offer a "uniquley defaced 1987 Topps card" to everyone that entered. So here it is. Thanks Scott!
This 2001 SP Legendary Cuts Bat Card of Willie McCovey is my latest bat card of a 500 Home Run Club member. This card came today via eBay. I got it for $7 shipped. I need just five cards (soon to be four) to complete my goal; Ruth, Rodriguez, Killebrew, Palmeiro, and Foxx.
Barry Bonds 762 Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714 Willie Mays 660 Ken Griffey Jr. 630 Sammy Sosa 609 Frank Robinson 586 Mark McGwire 583
Alex Rodriguez 583
Harmon Killebrew 573
Rafael Palmeiro 569 Jim Thome 564 Reggie Jackson 563 Mike Schmidt 548 Manny Ramirez 546 Mickey Mantle 536
Jimmie Foxx 534 Willie McCovey 521 Frank Thomas 521 Ted Williams 521 Ernie Banks 512 Mel Ott 511 Gary Sheffield 509 Eddie Murray 504
I got a Fan Pack from the Cleveland Indians this week. It contained a form letter, coloring page, word search, 2 pocket schedules and a Slider mascot card. Not too bad. Definitly geared towards kids. We'll see how it compares to Fan Pack of other teams.