Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Don't get too excited. These aren't 2010 packs.
I went to Target to spend two $10 gift cards on something from the card rack. I picked up a Chicle blaster, which I'll be posting soon. I also found 6 of these.
2008 Ginter packs in the discount box. I never find anything good in the discount box. Well, never anything that I want to buy, so I was glad to find these.
I wasn't back into collecting when these were fresh and new and I've only managed to pick up a few through trades. I'd like to put the set together, but it's not a high priority. Anyway, here is what my retail finds gave up.
#270 Lance Berkman
#204 Julio Lugo
#251 Matt Cain
#7 Mickey Mantle
#22 Chin-Lung Hu mini
#8 Brian Bass
#127 Billy Butler
#136 Javier Vasquez
#303 Jason Bay SP--Some type of ghost image on the scan.
#175 Chipper Jones A&G back mini
#US 9 Lastings Milledge State card
#37 Pedro Martinez
#294 Torii Hunter
#67 Kevin Kouzmanoff
#20 Vladimir Guerrero
#33 Nick Swisher
#179 Hidecki Matsui A&G back mini
#4 World's Greatest Victories Man Walks on the Moon
#109 Joey Chestnut--Really?
#131 Todd Helton
#149 Freddy Sanchez
#118 Geovany Soto
#175 Chipper Jones
#234 Jered Weaver black border mini
#294 Torii Hunter--only 6 packs, 36 cards, and I get a dupe.
#55 Josh Beckett
#96 Carlos Zambrano
#87 Aaron Rowand
#128 Golden Gate Bridge--Leave it to Ginter to put a bridge on a card.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Let's start with the oldest card first.
1981 Topps John Ellis. John's final season in the majors was 1981. He played 6 mostly forgettable seasons with the Rangers. He did have one fairly decent season. In 1979, he hit .285 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs in 316 at bats.
My favorite card of the package wasn't even a Ranger. It was this 2009 Goodwin Joe Mauer foil mini. That's my first foil mini from the set. I know Night Owl will tell you a real team collector doesn't collect players from other teams, but I have a certain affinity for catchers. I can't help it.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
1995 UD Collector's Choice Best of the '90's Sid Bream
The play is described in detail on the reverse of the card, but basically, it's Game 7 of the NLCS and the Braves are down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth. David Justice is on third and Sid Bream is on second. Francisco Cabrera gets one of the best pinch hit singles of all-time and Justice scores, followed closely by Bream who slides in safely, beating the tag of LaValliere. The Braves win a thriller and go on to play Toronto in the World Series.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
It's a nice shot of Slaughter scoring the winning run. It's amazing what you can learn from blogs and the cards we collect.
To think, my wife thinks cards are a waste of time and money.
Friday, June 25, 2010
The Rangers wrapped up their scoring with a 6 run 4th inning. Andrus had 1 RBI, Young had 2 more, Kinsler had 1 and Cruz had the final 2.
The final score was 13-3 and it made for a fine wrap up to my son's birthday. He and his friend celebrated entering double digits by getting their names on the center field scoreboard and getting some very cool gift bags from the Rangers. The icing on this birthday trip to the Ballpark occured in the 4th inning ( I think it was the 4th anyway). Michael Young rips a ball down the left field line. We were sitting near the foul pole, right on the rail of section 11. The ball hits off the wall about a foot or two foul. This guy...
...Jose Tabata picks up the ball and starts to walk away. My friend, father of the other birthday boy, calls Jose's name and Jose throws the ball up to him. Right to him! He passed it down to his son who later proclaimed this "his best birthday ever". That was very cool.
All in all, it was a great night and I can't think of a better way for a couple of 10 year olds to spend their birthdays. This nearly 40 year old had a pretty good time too.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I'll show my favorite cards from the pack and then give you the details.
I may be the only one, but I really like these blue back cards. I need to update my list, but I think I'm still one or two short from series one.
The Legendary Lineage may be the worst insert (next to Topps Town or Attax), but I like having a card with two of my favorite players on it.
That's pure, unbridled joy right there. That is what baseball should be about.
He busted a box of 1997 Metal Universe, 2002 UD Vintage, 1996 Emotion XL, 2003 Topps Chrome and 1998 SPX. I could have listed those in order of production, but I chose to go with the order in which he busted the boxes.
This is a small sample of the Rangers Joe pulled.
1997 Metal Universe
These cards are as wild as any you are likely to come across.
I got 7 of these including Rusty Greer and Ivan Rodriguez.
It's hard to tell from the scan, but it looks like a bomb went off behind Pudge.
Joe, thanks again for the break!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Here is one of the black background cards. I'm not a big fan of these, mostly because it's just another gimmick. This is Yadier Molina. I didn't get any Rangers so all of these are earmarked for trade partners.
It should be a great thrill to open a pack of cards and see Babe Ruth. It really should, but it wasn't. This is the Vintage Legend insert.
1968 Fritz Peterson. I hope the card isn't as badly miscut/off center as the image on the MCG site. I'll probably try to trade it for a vintage Senator anyway. At any rate, the '68 card is the best card of the box if you ask me.
He started up a new blog called Two Strikes. Go check it out and help him get off to a good start!
Good luck Matt!
Sal has the coolest business card. This was included with the package and is a great item to include with packages. It's full color, heavy stock, glossy paper. The other side is just as cool, but has his phone number so I didn't scan it.
I didn't have a hockey card handy to compare the mini with so you'll have to enjoy the 2010 Bowman Nelson Cruz.
This is the card back. Obviously.
I love the old Minnesota North Stars uniforms. Speaking of Stars, I'm going to miss Mike Modano when he leaves whether it's this year or next. Dino was announced as a Hall of Fame Inductee yesterday. Congrats Dino!
This guy doesn't need anymore introduction than Gretzky.