Friday, June 25, 2010

Edwin Jackson's No-Hitter

Congratulations go out to Edwin Jackson of my Arizona Diamondbacks as he pitched a no-hitter today against the Tampa Bay Rays! Jackson pitched the second no-hitter in D-Backs history, as Arizona beat Tampa Bay 1-0 on an Adam LaRoche solo home run in the second inning. Jackson gave up 8 walks and threw a career-high 149 pitches in the no-hitter.

0 hits, 9 left on base - something you don't see very often.

Jackson and teammates celebrate on the field after the no-hitter.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Card Shop Purchase - 6/24

I stopped by the card shop today on the way home from work. I spent $3.00, the cost of and pack. What did I get for my $3.00 you ask? An auto and 4 numbered cards. The Webb I picked up to add to my Brandon Webb collection. The other cards were just so cheap I couldn't pass them up.

2003 Yankee Signature Series Pride of New York STEVE BALBONI Auto

2008 Ultimate Collection PRINCE FIELDER #'d 286/350

2008 Topps Opening Day BRANDON WEBB, RYAN BRAUN & TIM LINCECUM all #'d out of 2199

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Multiple Bat Card - 1999 Bowman Adam Dunn

I found this 1999 Bowman Adam Dunn Rookie Card the other day while going through some of my cards. It's always nice to add a card to my Multiple Bats collection!

2010 Topps Series 2 Needs

Here are the base cards that I need. If you have any of the cards that I need please contact me so that we can work out a trade. Thanks!

345, 346, 355, 356, 359, 364, 370, 376, 386, 400, 410

411, 413, 416, 418, 420, 421, 424, 425, 430, 431, 435

438, 440, 448, 450, 463, 476, 479, 491, 501, 503, 514

515, 519, 520, 523, 525, 529, 532, 548, 552, 561, 566

571, 584, 585, 591, 592, 594, 595, 599, 608, 610, 614

621, 631, 632, 642, 650, 654, 656, 657, 659, 660

I am also going to collect the Vintage Legends insert set. I need the following:
2, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Card Shop Purchase: Luis Gonzalez Bat Card

I picked this 2002 Topps Reserve LUIS GONZALEZ Bat Card up at the card shop on Saturday. I had almost bought it a couple of days earlier for $2, but couldn't pass it up when it was marked down to just $1. This will make a nice addition to my Personal Collection.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Million Card Giveaway Redemptions

Here are the 6 cards that I redeemed using my Million Card Giveaway cards that I got from my 2010 Topps Series 2 Hobby box yesterday. Nothing great, but it could have been worse.

1976 Cookie Rojas

1992 Mike MacFarlane

1971 Chico Salmon

1981 Dave Stieb

1994 Jerald Clark

1979 Toby Harrah

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Box Break: 2010 Topps Series 2 Hobby

First off, Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! My wonderful wife, and mother of my two children got me a 2010 Topps Series 2 Hobby Box for Father's Day. I got no doubles and am missing 83 cards out of 330 to complete the set. Here are the inserts. I will post my 6 Million Card Giveaway unlocked cards on a later post.

Gold Parallel #'d to 2010

The Cards Your Mom Threw Out

The Cards Your Mom Threw Out Original Backs

Topps Legends Vintage Collection

The History of the World Series

Topps Turkey Red

Legendary Lineage

Peak Performance

Red Hot Rookies Redemption

Topps 2020

Peak Performance Jersey

You Sketch It

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Would you ever knock on someone's door and ask for an autograph?

Would you ever knock on someone's door and ask for an autograph? I was in Las Vegas this past week for my nephew's high school graduation. He went to Las Vegas High School, the same school that Bryce Harper, this years #1 Draft Pick attended before dropping out after his sophomore year so that he could get his GED and enter the MLB draft 2 years early. My brother's family know the Harper family a little bit, but apparently they aren't comfortable getting his autograph, because the last time they were down visiting I gave them a baseball and Beckett to try to get signed, but they haven't. While in Vegas, we were headed back to my brother's house and I asked my nephews to show me where Bryce Harper lived, so we drove by his house. My nephews and wife wanted me to walk up and knock on the door and ask for his autograph right then and there. I thought that would be a bit stalker-ish, so I said no. We went back to my brothers house and I convinced my nephew to call the Harpers and see if Bryce was there and ask if we could come over to get an autograph. He called, but no one answered. We had to leave early the next morning, so alas I still do not have a Bryce Harper autograph.

Have you ever knocked on someones door and asked for an autograph? Would you if you had the opportunity?

2010 Topps Series 2 Jumbo Pack Break

Here are the inserts from a recent card shop purchase. A 2010 Topps Series 2 Jumbo pack. At $13 a pack I guess I was hoping for something a little bit better. I do like the Vintage Legends cards and think that I might go after that insert set, but everything else is up for trade. Let me know if you are interested. Thanks!

Joba Chamberlain - Gold, Yogi Berra - History of the World Series, & David Price - 2020

Christy Mathewson - Vintage Legends, Ty Cobb - Turkey Red, & Willie McCovey - Peak Performance

Luis Apricio and Alexei Ramirez - Legendary Linage & Bo Jackson - The Cards Your Mom Threw Out

With my Million Card Giveaway Code I got this 1973 Topps Jack Brohamer card.

Cards so cool...I don't have to write anything! (Card #12)

2008 Stadium Club ROBERTO CLEMENTE #98

Card Shop Purchase - On-Deck Circle

I picked up this 2004 Topps Clubhouse Albert Pujols All-Atar Appeal Relics On-Deck Circle card at the card shop yesterday. The On-Deck Circle was used during the 2003 MLB All-Star Game and the card is numbered 82/90. I enjoy cards like this that feature memorabilia from specific games/events, so when I saw this card I had to add it to my personal collection. I probably paid too much for it, $15, but I figured I could spend $15 and get an awesome card or I could spend $15 on a pack or two and end up with nothing.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The D-Train delivers in Arizona

I inherited $300 worth (6 - $50 tickets) of tickets to yesterdays Diamondbacks game against the Colorado Rockies. Thanks Brent! They were great seats and the D-Backs won! What more could you ask for? Well how about seeing the D-Train, Dontrelle Willis, in his Diamondbacks pitching debut. I thought he pitched well, giving up 5 hits and 4 walks in 6 shutout innings. He also got a single in his first at bat of the season and scored the Diamondbacks first run of the game on a headfirst slide in a play at the plate.

The D-Backs bullpen came in in the 7th inning and gave up 3 runs, but the D-Backs were able to hold on for a 4-3 victory. I took my 4 year old to the game and was a little nervous because he has never been to an entire MLB game before. The first couple of innings were brutal, but once he got some popcorn and a hot dog he settled down. We all got D-Backs batting helmets as the promotional giveaway for the game and the D-Backs were running a promotion where if you turned in 25 completed All-Star ballots then you got a Justin Upton / Dan Haren 2009 All-Star lithograph, so I got one of those. It's pretty sweet! I'll try to post a picture of it soon. The Diamondbacks have a serious 2 game win streak going on right now. Ubaldo Jimenez, (10-1, 0.78 ERA) today's starting pitcher for the Rockies had better watch out!