Thursday, July 30, 2009
Book Review: Big Papi - My story of Big Dreams and Big Hits
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Trade with Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius
Here are 3 cards of D-Backs ace and 2009 All-Star Dan Haren!
Here are a couple of 2008 Topps Finest insert cards of Brandon Webb
(Finest Moments and Refractor #'d on the back 173/199)
And last but not least, a 2007 TRISTAR Prospects Plus Farm Hands Auto
of D-Backs minor league prospect Wes Roemer
Get to know D-Backs pitcher Clay Zavada
TTM Success - Duke Snider and Ron Cey
I sent each a copy of their 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game card and a Signature Card that I purchased from TheAutographCard.com. I think they all turned out great and would like to thank both Mr. Snider and Mr. Cey!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Prize for winning Thoruzul's HR Derby contest
Look at the back of the Upper Deck card. They forgot the 000 after the 3, and I knew that there is no "i" in team, but I guess there is also no "i" in field either, according to Upper Deck.
50% off Topps at Wal-Mart
Mantle Story #MMS 49Topps All-Star Rookie Team 50th Anniversary #AR17 Justin Verlander
OWN THE GAME - Mike Lowell
Mickey Mantle Homerun #533
Mail from Stats on the Back
A few weeks ago fellow blogger Mark of 'Stats on the Back' made a very generous offer - Tell him your favorite team and he would send you a stack of that teams cards. On Wednesday day of last week I got a package from Stats on the Back with 48 Arizona Diamondbacks cards to add to my collection. Thanks Mark! I will be sending you a thank you package soon. Here are a few of the highlights, or since I am talking about the D-Backs, should they be called lowlights.
Here we have 3 current Diamondbacks: Brandon Webb, who pitched 6 innings on Opening Day -giving up 6 runs before getting injured. He hasn't pitched since. So what does giving up 6 runs in 6 innings do to your ERA? It puts it at 13.50. The 2007 Allen & Ginter card is great though and hopefully Webby will be back on the mound soon so that he can lower that ERA. Next, we have a 2008 Bowman card of Centerfielder Chris Young. After signing a contract extention last year, CY has officially done nothing. Okay, he has done something. He's batting a whopping .200! Keep up the good work Chris, maybe you will get up to .210 before the seasons over! Oh, and then we have a 2008 Topps card of Eric Byrnes. Byrnes is tearing it up right now! He's batting .216 this season, which is 7 points higher than his batting average last season, so I guess I should be happy.
Next is a 2007 Topps insert card commemorating Opening Day 2007, and the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. I would like to mention that the D-Backs beat the Rockies 8-6 that day. The second card featured is probably my favorite out of the entire group. It is a 2009 Topps Black bordered Classic Combos card of Brandon Webb and Dan Haren. When healthy, I think they are the best pitching combination in the National League.
Here are some cards of D-Backs fan favorites Steve Finley, Luis Gonzalez and Matt Williams.
Next are cards featuring two current players, Stephen Drew and Miguel Montero, and one former manager, Bob Melvin. The Drew and Montero cards are great action shots. I especially like the Montero card since it appears that he prevented a run from scoring. I was sad to see Melvin get let go this season. I don't think it was his fault, but I understand that something had to be done.
Speaking of action cards. These next two are absolutly awesome! Matts Williams in full swing and Craig Counsell going head-first into second! Thanks again Mark for the cards! I owe you big time.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Best 'stache since Rollie Fingers
It chronicles the fact that Clay's mother passed away when he just 3 years old, leaving his father to raise Clay and his brother. Clay was drafted in the 30th round of the 2006 draft by the Diamondbacks. His father died unexpectedly of a heart attack that December and it devestated Clay to the point that he did not report to Spring Training in 2007. The Diamondbacks dropped his contract later that summer. Clay decided to go back to college and complete his Bachelors degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to honor his fathers wishes. After more than a year without so much as picking up a baseball, Clay decided to try out for an independent league team, the Southern Illinois Miners. It took a few games, but Clay eventually caught the attention of the Diamondbacks, and in June of 2008, they re-signed him to a one-year contract. From that point, it took Clay less than a year to reach the majors. That is some story and that is some 'stache. Congratualations Clay and good luch in the big leagues!
If anybody has any of Clay's cards I would love to trade. I just checked ebay and there wasn't a single Clay Zavada card listed.
Jersey & Card Set
So for $7.99 I get a jersey card (actually it's not a jersey card - it's a jersey & card set, according to the package) and 3 packs. One of the packs was a 2007 Topps rack pack and I can't remember what the other two were, 2007 Fleer Ultra and maybe 2007 Topps Heritage, something like that. Anyways, back to the Jersey & card set. Here is what I got.
Jeff Bagwell. Not bad. I liked Bagwell. I like baseball design on the card. I think they choose a nice Bagwell card. The jersey piece (patch) is awesome! So, for $8 bucks I was pretty happy. I have gotten 2 more since then. I got Johnny Damon and Greg Maddux.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
2009 Topps Heritage Box
Baseball Flashbacks (1:12) Expected - 0 Recieved - 1 # BF4 Paul Richards Mitt
News Flashbacks (1:12) Expected - 0 Recieved - 1 #NF2 Bathyscape Trieste
Clubhouse Collection Relics Group C (1:193) Expected - 0 Recieved - 1 #CC-CC Carl Crawford
Nothing spectacular, but I thought it was a pretty good retail box, considering that the odds were stacked against me.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Book Review: The Yankee Years by Joe Torre
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
2008 Topps Allen & Ginter box
I also got Vladimir Guerrero and Carlos Zambrano.
I really like the design of the base cards. Very clean. I like that all players on the same team are featured in the same style jersey. See a few of my loveable yet very frustrating D-Backs below for example. Too bad I only got 5 D-Backs cards out of the whole box. The 3 below and Alex Romero and Orlando Hudson.
Other than the D-Backs cards, everything is for trade or I will be posting it on ebay. So the end result of my $50+. 5 Diamondbacks cards that I will keep and probably ebays sales in the $4-$5 range. I should have listened to myself.