Monday, February 22, 2010

Multiple Bats Collection

One of my 2010 Card Collecting Goals was to collect cards featuring players holding more than one bat. I have always wanted to collect cards of a certain theme (i.e. play at the plate, pitchers batting, etc.). I finally decieded what my theme would be and set a goal to have 50 of these "theme" cards by the end of 2010. Here is my list. I currently have 76 out of the 50 cards for my goal. If you have any cards of players holding more than one bat, that is not on my list please let me know so that we can work out a trade. Thanks!

  1. 1993 Upper Deck Carlos Delgado
  2. 1998 Skybox Dugout Access Matt Williams
  3. 2000 Ultra Brad Fullmer
  4. 2008 Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy Dave Winfield
  5. 2003 Leaf Carlos Beltran
  6. 1993 Topps Frank Thomas
  7. 1999 Fleer Metal Johnny Damon
  8. 1990 Donruss Craig Biggio
  9. 2004 Donruss Studio Jeff Baker
  10. 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Todd Helton
  11. 1991 Topps Danny Gladden
  12. 1993 Fleer Dan Gladden
  13. 1985 Topps All-Star Williw McGee
  14. 1988 Topps Dave Clark
  15. 1991 Upper Deck Tom Brunansky
  16. 1993 Topps Jerald Clark
  17. 1987 O-Pee-Chee Gary Ward
  18. 2005 Donrus Diamond Kings Derek Lee
  19. 1990 Upper Deck Marquis Grissom
  20. 2004 Fleer Greats Moose Skowron
  21. 2008 UD Goudy Dave Winfield
  22. 2002 UD World Series Heroes Harmon Killebrew
  23. 1991 Score The Franchise George Brett
  24. 1990 Upper Deck Kevin Elster
  25. 1990 Upper Deck Gregg Jefferies
  26. 2004 Upper Deck Alfonso Soriano
  27. 1991 Fleer Pro Visions Don Mattingly
  28. 1991 Upper Deck Fred McGriff
  29. 2002 SP Legendary Cuts Ted Kluszewski
  30. 2003 Donruss Studio Frank Thomas
  31. 1999 Skybox Premium Andruw Jones
  32. 1990 Upper Deck Andres Galarraga
  33. 1994 UD Collectors Choice Carlos Delgado
  34. 1992 Upper Deck Team Checklist Frank Thomas
  35. 1993 Upper Deck Teammates Joe Carter
  36. 1989 Upper Deck Mike Diaz
  37. 1998 Score Ron Coomer
  38. 1990 Upper Deck Alex Cole
  39. 1991 Donruss Brady Anderson
  40. 2009 Topps Heritage Baseball Flashback Bobby Richardson
  41. 1999 Bowman Adam Dunn
  42. 1997 Kenner Duke Snider (Starting Lineup card)
  43. 2008 UD Masterpieces Rod Carew Black Border
  44. 1992 Upper Deck Star Rookie Checklist Ryan Klesko and Jim Thome
  45. 1998 Donruss Dimitri Young
  46. 1991 Upper Deck Mike Lieberthal
  47. 1998 Topps Hall of Fame Collection Eddie Mathews
  48. 1991 Line Drive Reggie Sanders
  49. 1977 TCMA Ernie Banks
  50. 1960 Fleer Johnny Mize
  51. 1990 Swell Baseball Greats Monte irvin
  52. 2003 Upper Deck First Pitch Aaron Boone
  53. 2004 Upper Deck J.D. Drew
  54. 2003 Upper Deck Todd Walker
  55. 1997 Fleer Carlos Delgado
  56. 1987 Fleer Steve Balboni
  57. 1999 Skybox Premium Todd Hundley
  58. 1991 Leaf Carlos Quintana
  59. 1995 Pinnacle Phil Plantier
  60. 1990 Upper Deck Eric Davis
  61. 1999 Bowman Jason Dewey
  62. 2000 Fleer Tradition Who To Watch D'Angelo Jimenez
  63. 1991 Upper Deck Minor League Diamond Skills Ryan Klesko
  64. 1984 Fleer Tony Pena
  65. 1982 Topps Champ Summers
  66. 1984 Fleer Dan Meyer
  67. 1984 Ray Knight
  68. 1985 Fleer Kurt Bevacqua
  69. 2009 UD Goodwin Champions Paul Molitor
  70. 1991 Upper Deck Dimaond Skills Checklist with Sanders and Klesko
  71. 2002 Leaf Rookies & Stars Shannon Stewart
  72. 2011 Topps Everth Cabrera
  73. 1998 Bowman Jason Fitzgerald
  74. 2003 Bowman Heritage Billy Hogan
  75. 1955 Bowman Vic Wertz
  76. 1955 Bowman Mel Clark

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The other 4 cards of an eBay purchase.

I recently posted about a 2001 UD Sweet Spot Barry Bonds bat card that I got as part of a 5 card lot on eBay. I bought the lot because I needed the Bonds Bat card for my 500 Home Run Club Bat Collection. Here are the other 4 cards from that lot.

1996 Score Board TODD WALKER Autograph - Todd played 12 season in the Majors and ended his career with a .289 batting average and 107 home runs.

2002 Topps Traded Signature Moves MATT COOPER Autograph - Matt never made it to the big leagues and was out of baseball all together after the 2003 season.

1997 Bowman JUSTIN TOWLE Autograph - Justin never made it to the big leagues. An injury ended his baseball career and he never played after 1998.

1997 Bowman RICHIE SEXSON Autograph - Richie is a 2 time all-star (2002 & 2003) who played 12 years in the big leagues. He hit 306 career home runs and made over $60 million!

Indians vs. Reds (Fan Pack Style)

Last week I emailed several teams and requested a Fan Pack. I started with the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds because I live about 2 minutes from their Spring Training Stadium and plan on seeing several games this year. I recieved Fan Packs from both teams on the same day.

Cleveland Indians

  1. Official Goodyear Arizona Visitors Guide
  2. Slider Mascot card
  3. Pocket Schedule
  4. 3 Activity Sheets (Trivia/Coloring page/Word Search)
Cincinnati Reds

  1. 2009 Team Photo
  2. Reds Mascot Car Magnet
  3. Reds Mascot Sticker
  4. Reds Lanyard
  5. Reds/Goodyear Visor
  6. Cincinnati Reds Bumper Sticker
  7. 2009 Cincinnati Reds Baseball Card Team Set

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I'm half way there! (500 Home Run Bat Collection)

I added a 2001 UD Sweet Spot Barry Bonds bat card to my 500 Home Run Bat Collection. I now have a bat card of 12 of the 24 members of the 500 Home Run Club. I'm half way there!

This one came via eBay. I got it as part of 5 card lot. The lot included 4 on card autographs and this bat card. I got the lot for $9.99 plus $2 shipping. I'm trying to get as many 500 Home Run bat cards from 2001 Sweet Spot as I can, (I already have Thomas, Sheffield, Sosa & Jackson from 2001 Sweet Spot) so I  wanted to get Bonds from the same set. I will do a seperate post on the 4 autos that I got as part of the lot.

2001 UD Sweet Spot Barry Bonds Bat Card

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

If you have any bat cards of any of the 500 Home Run Club members that I still need, and you are willing to trade, let me know so we can work something out. Thanks!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

D-Backs Fan Fest

I'm a huge D-Backs fan and I had never been to a D-Backs Fan Fest before yesterday. It was awesome! I planned on attending with a buddy of mine, but we weren't able to meet up, so I went by myself. Subway was the main sponser and they had a promotion going where if you bought two value meals, you could bring in your reciept and get in an hour early and get Dan Haren's autograph for free. So I took advantage of that opportunitty and arrived right at 9 am. When I got in I was surprized to see that people could pick between Dan Haren, Luis Gonzalez, and Miguel Montero for their free autograph. I wanted Haren, so I got my voucher and got in line. I probably waited about 45 minutes or so, not too long. Here is a picture of Dan handing me my ball back. Not the best picture, but a picture nontheless.

Here is my new Dan Haren autographed baseball.

From there I walked over to section 132, where I could enter the field. Here is a shot of the field.

I headed over to the Foundation Yard Sale. Again, this was my first D-Backs Fan Fest, so I was unaware of the Yard Sale. I walk in and right off the bat are a couple thousand autographed baseballs for sale, mostly from former D-Backs. They wanted $50 for Gonzo and then had several players for $25, $10 and $2. That's right, $2 for an autographed MLB ball. I could have gone nuts, but I controlled myself and picked out two balls that were each $2. They had broken bats, game worn hats and jerseys and a smattering of other items all for great prices. All proceeds went to Diamondback charities. Here is what I got.

Robby Hammock autographed ball ($2)

Shane Reynolds autographed ball ($2)

Josh Wilson Locker Nameplate ($3) - my last name is Wilson, so I had to get this

Alex Cintron Locker Nameplate ($3) - these are the actual nameplates that were above the players lockers

Troy Glaus Locker Nameplate ($3)

Carlos Quentin Bobblehead ($3)

After checking out at the Yard Sale I started wandering and ran into Matt Williams, who was signing autographs while waiting for his turn to go on the radio. I pulled out my card binder, but for some reason I had forgot to bring any Williams cards.

I did however, have some Signature Cards, so I had Matt sign one for me. Thanks Matt!

Next I went over and took a tour of the locker room/clubhouse area. Here are some of the teams lockers.

Brandon Webb

Mark Reynolds

Dan Haren

Justin Upton

Conor Jackson

Chris Young

Clay Zavada

The tour ended with you coming out in the dugout, which was pretty cool.

I had a great time! My time and funds were both low, so I didn't stay for any of the autograph sessions that required a $5 per player per item donation, but I still ended up with some sweet auto's to add to my collection. I can't wait til next year!

Ken Griffey Jr. wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!

Mark Reynolds Autographed Ball

Well, I finally got a good picture of the Mark Reynolds autographed baseball. While waiting in line someone mentioned that they weren't sure if Mark would sign the sweet spot because these were free autographs. When I got closer, I saw a guy hand Mark a ball and Mark signed it on one of the side panels. So when I got up there I asked if he would sign the sweet spot and he said he would. Then he started looking around for a pen - all he had was Sharpies. The guy in line behind me gave a pen to Mark and said he could use it, but it was a black pen, so I said, "Is that blue?" Mark looked at it and said "No, it's black." Then A.J. Hinch leaned over and handed Mark a blue pen and he signed my ball. So, it wasn't without a little drama, but I ended up with a Mark Renolds autograph on the sweet spot in blue ballpoint pen. Thanks Mark!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I hit the jackpot! D-Backs Autographs

I listen to KTAR Sports 620 on the way to and from work everyday. Earlier this week they mentioned that several D-Backs would be at the Wild Horse Pass Casino on Friday, February 12th, signing autographs from 6 pm - 7pm. The lineup included Manager A.J. Hinch, catcher Miguel Montero, newly aquired pitcher Ian Kennedy, and star third baseman Mark Reynolds. I spent about an hour in traffic, but arrived at the casino a little after 5 pm. I was probably about the 15th person in line. Every person could get 1 item per player signed. If you didn't have an item, then they had 5x7 cards of each player. They started promptly at 6 pm and I was able to get cards signed by Hinch, Montero, and Kennedy. I got a ball signed by Reynolds on the sweet spot (I'm still trying to get a good picture of the ball). I got through the line, left the room and noticed that the line wasn't very long, so I got back in line and went through again and got a photo of each player signed. I was at my car by 6:20 pm. I had a great time!

A.J. Hinch

Miguel Montero

Ian Kennedy

Mark Reynolds

Friday, February 12, 2010

4 cards, 10 bats!!

One of my 2010 Card Collecting Goals is to collect 50 cards of players holding multiple bats. I just think that they look cool and have always wanted to collect cards with a theme, I could just never decide on a theme. As I continue to go through my collection I look for cards that I can add to my Multiple Bat Collection. Surprizingly, they are not all that common. I did however find 4 cards recently that qualify.

I now have 25 out of the 50 cards I need to reach my goal.

1991 Score The Franchise GEORGE BRETT

2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes HARMON KILLEBREW

1990 Upper Deck Kevin Elster


Pack Break - 2010 Topps JUMBO

The other day I purchased a Jumbo pack of 2010 Topps and a pack of 2010 Upper Deck from Wal-Mart. It was my first 2010 Upper Deck pack and I wasn't impressed. I realize that they don't have much to work with, but I was much happier with the 2010 Topps Jumbo pack. Lots of inserts in the Jumbo packs. I got 8 . Here are some of the highlights of the jumbo pack.


Topps Town Gold BRIAN McCANN

Tales of the Game JOSH HAMILTON

The Cards Your Mom Threw Out WILLIE McCOVEY

Mickey Mantle #7

Peak Performance JUSTIN MORNEAU


History of the Game INTERLEAGUE PLAY

Peak Performance Jersey JOSH WILLINGHAM