Thursday, March 31, 2011
I hope the Tigers beat the Yankees today. I hope the Yankees go 0-162. It could happen.
I’m not real happy about Faux Opening Day. Only 12 teams out of 30 are playing? That’s not Opening Day! Every single team should be playing on Opening Day. Today or tomorrow, I don’t care. They should all be hitting the diamond for MLB to call it opening day.
No, I’m not just saying that because my team, THE DEFENDING AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPION TEXAS RANGERS, isn’t playing.
I’m playing fantasy baseball. Again. Every year I tell myself, no, not this year. I don’t want to do it. Then I do it. Fantasy baseball coerces you into rooting for players and teams you don’t like. We may tell ourselves that isn’t true, but it is and you know it you fantasy playin’ fool.
The Rangers win the West by 2 games this year over the Angels. Don’t ask me about the other divisions. I haven’t thought that far ahead and just like the other day, I’m at the tail end of a 16 hour double shift.
Verlander just struck out Gardner…yay!
I got an email from Topps last night. My MCG cards were shipped yesterday so I’ve got that to look forward to. I’ll Iphone them up on the blog when I get them.
Happy Baseball to All!
PS: Jeter is batting .000!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
First up is NF-3, Mona Lisa.
I don't know what's up with Blogger. It keeps turning these images sideways even though they are saved in the horizontal position. Another cartoon that caught my eye was this nice play at the plate on the back of Juan Pierre’s card.
I had no idea Pierre stole home twice last year. I’m sure I saw the highlights on ESPN at some point last year, but the info didn’t stick in my brain.
I’m not familiar with vintage 1962 Topps cards at all and only have a few in my collection. Someone with more knowledge of that set will have to tell me if what I noticed next is a carry-over to the 2011 version.
I’m probably showing my ignorance with that question, but I’m 7 hours into a 16 hour shift, so I’ll have to ask for a little leniency.
It seems like so long ago when my now 10 year old didn’t care about baseball. His first Little League season was rough as the team only managed one win. However, he came away from the fall season having found his position: catcher. Shocking right? Well, I’m a bit biased towards catchers and was happy to see him settling in behind the plate. He earned the game ball in his very first game as catcher and it wasn’t for his hitting.
Here we are, just two days before MLB Opening Day, and his team has already played two games. The surprising thing is they’ve already doubled their win total from last year and he’s having a great time. The team has outscored the other two teams 21-4. Overall, he’s 1-2 with 2 walks, 2 steals (the Little League variety of course) and 1 run scored. He also tagged out a runner trying to steal home! It was a SWEET play at the plate!
I’m looking forward to the rest of his season with high hopes. Oh yea, and I’m looking forward to that other local team. You know, the defending A.L. Champs…
Sunday, March 27, 2011
That certainly applies to my 2011 Heritage post. I bought a blaster, a couple of racks packs and two or three loose packs. I'd like to get one of those Target blister packs I've seen around the 'sphere, but I don't get by Target too often.
I like the cards more than I thought I would. The design isn't my favorite, but the more I see it, the more it grows on me. I love the feel of the cards. At this point, anything that's not glossy and slick feeling is great. I think these will be great for anybody who likes to do the TTM thing.
Now that we've established that I like the cards, let's get to a few of the ones I pulled. We'll start with the two chrome cards.
Lucas May Chrome...numbered out of 1962 of course.
Will Venable Chrome...
I'm not overwhelmed by these two players, although I do like the Chrome cards. I won't be going for any Chrome cards except the Texas Rangers ones.
Obviously, with the limited number of packs I've opened, I haven't seen all the cards, but next to the hideous and unmentionable (and certainly not "postable") Brian Wilson card, this is the weirdest.
It may also qualify as the ugliest. I'm not sure if Aaron is trying to look like a zombie, but that's the first thing I thought of when I saw the card. I only got a couple of Rangers cards, but this was my favorite.
I'll be carrying this one to the games this year to see if I can get it signed by both players. Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus bring such a kid-like spirit of fun to the team. I really like watching them play. Hopefully, this year, they'll be on the field more often than the DL.
That's pretty much it. No hits, no weird color tinted backgrounds, nothing. I want to say I don't want to put the whole set together. The 75 SPs make it tough, but who knows. Maybe I can finish it by the time they do a Heritage set for 1970 (please make them stop before then!).
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I'm watching my son's last baseball practice before his first Little League game of the season. He's wearing the tools of ignorance while the coach hits grounders to the team.
The boys are laughing and playing the sport of my youth. I'm transported back to a simpler time. No bills, no job, no worries.
Baseball is back.
Life is good.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Is that even possible?
I'm back on the job after a few days off to enjoy my staycation with my kids. Not an overly exciting way to spend Spring Break, but it's not work so it has that going for it.
Card-wise, I received a couple of packages, I mailed a couple and I have a few more that need to go out this week. I bought one rack pack of 2011 Topps, which resulted in nothing spectacular. I did get one code card that unlocked this nice Senators card:
I also bought a few packs of 2011 Heritage. Nothing major to report to report there because other than one Chrome Will Venable, I didn't get much. The cards aren't bad, but the '62 design isn't one of my favorites.
As for the blog, I'm trying to get it out of neutral and start doing some regular posting again.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I don't have much to say lately, as you may have noticed. If you haven't noticed, don't sweat it.
I was at the LCS looking for some stuff for the winner of the End of the Year contest (you know who you are and you'll be happy to know that package is hitting the post office today!) and I picked up a couple more overpriced packs of 2004 Topps Chrome. I don't know why, but I like these and those Presidential Pitch cards that I like fall 1:9 or somesuch.
I didn't get one of those, but I got something unexpected.
These First Year autos fall 1:22 packs. Of course, I'm not overly thrilled that it's Lastings Milledge, but at least it's on card and will make some Mets fan happy. I got a Cubs refractor in the other pack, but it wasn't anyone to write home, or the blogosphere, about.
Enjoy your time these next few days (unless you're working all the time like Night Owl). I know I will. I'll be commenting here and there, but I'm hoping a few days away will rekindle the creative juices for the blog.
Friday, March 11, 2011
I was going to write all that, and more, but then I got to work and saw the news of the huge earthquake in Japan. The news footage of the tsunami sweeping across the landscape is jarring. The tsunami warnings for all the Pacific Islands and the west coast of the U.S. are unsettling. I still have a number of Navy buddies in Hawaii and California.
I'm praying for all those affected already and those who may be affected in the coming hours. It makes a gripe session about one guy being out of touch with reality seem inconsequential.
I'll save that for another day.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
It's getting to the point that blogging is no fun without a scanner, so I'm going to bite the bullet and buy a new one.
If you have a scanner that you really love, or really hate, let me know. I'd like to get the opinions of some people who use their scanners primarily for cards.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
This season, my biggest fear is Adrian Beltre playing the "I just signed a big deal, now I'll disappear" game. In his two big contract years, 2004 and 2010, he had career years. In '04, he hit 48 homers and drove in 121 while hitting .334. He then signed a big contract with Seattle and failed to hit anywhere near those numbers. In '10, he hit 28 homeruns and drove in 102 while hitting .321. Those are the only two years in his career that he has over 100 RBIs or better than a .300 AVG. I'll cut him a bit of slack for 2009, a season that saw him only play in 111 games. He only hit 8 homeruns that year.
Unfortunately, I don't think my boss would give the whole baseball season off. Not to mention my wife being really ticked about me living in New York.
I think there has to be a blogger or wanna be blogger out there in Cardland who would be great at this job.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Now for the reason you clicked on this post. I used random.org to randomize all the entries.
Here is a short video of the randomization.
Jonathan@rgb cards. I know I didn't spell Jonathan correctly on the randomization, but I don't think he'll mind.
Did you ever open a box of cereal or cracker jacks as a kid and get double prizes? I was 7 or 8 and talked my mom into buying this sugary cereal because I wanted the prize and when I tore open the box, it had 2 prizes! It was so awesome!!
Well, due to the incredible response from all you great people, this contest has double prizes!
That means the 2nd person on the video also gets a prize. Double awesome super congratulations go to The Dimwit for getting a prize as well!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
My oldest son has a big stack of cards he wants to send away for some Spring Training TTM requests. If you were reading this blog last season, you might recall he was bitten by the autograph bug. He got Nelson Cruz (twice), Derek Holland, Seth Smith (at the game in Denver) and a few others. Now he wants to send some cards off in hopes of getting some returns.
I haven't done a TTM in a long time and wondered what is the best way to go about it.
I know it's best not to have the cards in toploaders, but should they be in penny sleeves? Is it acceptable to send 2 or 3 cards at the same time? Should he send a short hand-written note with each request? Cost wise, should we send one PWE inside a larger PWE? I'm sure there are questions I haven't even thought to ask.
Any help you can offer on this matter will be greatly appreciated. If you have ever posted any TTM tips, give me a link to that post and I'll gladly read it. He's very excited to see what may come from this and has many Rangers cards as well as some others to send out.
Thanks in advance for any help!
I'll make it easy for you and post a link to each post. As of the writing of this post (5:30 CST), the number of comments range from 58 for the first post, down to 24 for the last post. You get one entry for each post you comment on. Darn, there I go ending another sentence with a preposition.
Entry 1 Post
Entry 2 Post
Entry 3 Post
Entry 4 Post
Entry 5 Post
Entry 6 Post
I'll do the randomization tonight and post it late or in the morning!
Many thanks for all the great comments.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Mr. X from (insert company name here: Topps, Panini, Upper Deck, New Co.) approaches you for some market research for his company. He wants to know what you want in a new product. No, he's not kidding, he really wants to know. Rank these things in order of importance to you in a new product. We're talking about a product that would appeal to the masses here, not some $300 per 5 card "box" product.
Number of hits per box
Quality of hits per box
Other-anything else you want to add in
There you go. In a nutshell, it's all about what you want most in a product, so speak now or forever hold your piece. Or is it peace?
By the way, if you missed out on the 5th entry post, you might be missing out on some good stuff. Go here to check it out.
I can't begin to explain the difference the blogosphere has made to the enjoyment I get from this hobby. Connecting with people who have some level of passion for baseball cards has taken me back to the days when I opened my first pack of 1981 Fleer cards. The trades, the comments, the contests....it's all been a blast.
For this entry, I'm looking to give your blog a little love.
Post a comment with a link to one of your posts that got zero comments. That's all you have to do. As you look through the comments left by others for this post, maybe you can spread a little joy and comment on whatever it is they took the time to post. That's not required for the contest, but you never know what undiscovered gem you might find.
If you don't have a blog, you can still enter. Just leave a comment telling me which blog post from the comments you went and read. Easy as pie.
Thank you blogomanics.
Here is your chance for entry #4.
Let's assume two things for the sake of this post. First, let's say Upper Deck never returns to prominence as a major manufacturer of baseball cards. I think that is a very real possibility, regardless of whether they make wholesale changes in the company leadership. It really all depends on how long the memory of MLB is and whether another company can come in and present a better alternative.
Second, let's pretend that the Topps monopoly doesn't last forever. I don't believe it will last forever and someone has to be there to step up when MLB comes calling.
Who do you think that will/should be? Would you like to see some revamped form of Fleer or Donruss (assuming these companies were not controlled by other companies)? Would you rather see Panini make a move into the realm of a licensed baseball set? Maybe you'd rather see an upstart, innovative company come in like Upper Deck did in 1989.
I realize these questions assume a lot and we all know what happens when we assume things. I won't hold that against you, no matter what your opinion reflects in the comments.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Now is your chance to get a third entry into the March contest. There will be a randomization of all the entries for those who were wondering.
Knowing full well some of the shenanigans Upper Deck has pulled in recent years, would you rather see them under new management or just see them go out of business? Do you think having new people leading the company would ever allow MLB to issue them a license again or has Upper Deck done to much damage for that name to be trusted again?
Do you even think it's possible for them to return to their glory days?
I'll be looking forward to your comments.