More from the Not Topps Million vintage haul in lieu of a couple of jumbo packs. I don't know much about these vintage sets but its tough to argue with Ken Boyer. He may be my next vintage target behind Brock and Gibson.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
What do you do when you see the last few packs in the box? Do you impulsively pick them up even if they weren’t on your radar? I’m guilty. I pick them up knowing that they’re just like any other pack in the box but I can’t resist the urge to empty that box out *just in case* something in those packs are special. I’ve been lucky enough to perpetuate the myth and did so again last night. I stopped by the hobby shop to pick up a 10 pack of tobacco top loaders & sleeves and four, count ‘em – four, binder pages for a few oddball cards Isaac and I have picked up recently. Total expected cost: $2.50. At the counter, I spy two last packs in the T206 box and one pack in the Ginter box instinctively grab them and instantly more than quadruple my bill. Once again, nothing fancy but enough to perpetuate the impulse.
Cy Young SP Piedmont Mini
The second card didn't scan well at all but was a Conor Jackson x/ 10 silk card!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
We were at Garcia's first Major League start two summers ago. Unfortunately, we haven't see him since. He apparently pitched with pain in 2008 without telling the coaching staff and ended up needing Tommy John surgery that fall. Brilliant. He rehabbed last spring and started for Memphis down the stretch, helping the AAA affiliate to a league crown. He's a long shot for the Cardinals 5th starter, even though he brings a much needed lefty to the rotation. I suspect that he'll be in Memphis at the start of the season to strengthen his arm and have spot start duties through mid-year. If he's as good as he was last fall for Memphis, he'll join the Cards for the stretch run.
As far as the auto's go, the top two Winter Warm Up signatures seem a bit lazy... J - squiggle G - squiggle. He more than makes up for it with his Big League uniform inscription of 64 though! That was his number in 2008. The current roster lists him as number 54 now.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This could be a fun, albeit short lived given the paucity of auto pulls we have, set of posts!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Isaac went to a Cardinals baseball camp last summer to learn the basics. In addition to a day's instruction and snacks with Fredbird, the kids had a chance to talk to the players, ask for autographs, and generally be in awe of these former big leaguers. Did they have any idea who these guys were? No way. Heck, aside from one of my childhood heroes, The Zamboni, I barely remembered these guys! Anyway, these are the autos Isaac brought home on the camp supplied cards. He also had a cap autographed by Rich Hacker.
Click on the pic for the XL version.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
From Baseball Reference: Brad Sullivan was a top-flight star in college, but as of 2007, his career appears stalled in the minors.
On the plus side, Isaac said I could have all of the Million Card cards as long as he gets all the Topps Town cards. Deal.
Why couldn't I have gotten this card, which was pulled at roughly the same time (assuming the ticker is in real time).
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Lance Lynn is yet another 4th or 5th starter type at Memphis. But to his credit, Lynn moved quickly up the ranks last year and while not spectacular, he apparently has great control and manages to get people out. Shane Robinson follows in the Mighty Mite footsteps of Aaron Miles... plus he wears cool socks. How great is that pic on the Springfield Cardinals card (below)?
Mitch Boggs has been wearing out I-55 the last couple of years but did a nice job over an extended stay last summer. He's in the hunt for the 5th starter slot this year. Super nice guy and Isaac was excited to get a chrome card auto'd.
P.J. Walters, like Lynn and Boggs, is another back-end starter type. Josh Kinney was a key piece in the 2006 playoff & World Series bullpen who's been trying to make a comeback. We wish him well. We close this page with one from *my* younger years, Ken Dayley. Dayley was lights out in the 1985 bullpen by committee. One of the few second guesses in Whitey Herzog's career might be pulling Dayley early agains the Royals in the World Series.
465, 510, 556, 605, 658
Updates and Highlights
1, 8, 11, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 32, 33, 35, 37, 39, 44, 48, 52, 54, 57, 58, 65, 68, 73, 76, 81, 101, 102, 107, 116, 117, 118, 119, 121, 124, 129, 132, 140, 145, 147, 152, 155, 160, 162, 164, 167, 170, 171, 182, 184, 186, 194, 198, 209, 217, 221, 223, 224, 226, 229, 242, 243, 254, 257, 262, 269, 271, 272, 283, 289, 301, 309, 318, 319, 321, 327, 329
Too many to list... guess that's what happens when you go after a set with random retail packs!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Baseball cards still provide a thrill - ESPN
Nice video with the shop owner. Not sure why ESPN couldn't pony up for a pack of 2010 cards for the photo. 2007? Really?