Saturday, April 30, 2011

Random Packs from the Coin Shop

My last basketball game was in March. My dad would take me to lunch after Saturday practices or games and sometimes we would eat near a coin shop that carries baseball cards. We bought a few packs on our last trip and got really, really lucky.

First – a numbered card of one of my favorite players.
2008 UD Heroes Markakis Brown 269 of 299

Next – A gold refractor David Ortiz. I forget what this is numbered to.
2010 Bowman Chrome Ortiz Gold Refractor

Next – a Black Border card from the 2011 Topps set.
2011 Topps McCutcheon Black Border

Last – a Dominic Brown autograph from 2011 Topps.
2011 Topps Brown Auto

These are all up for trade. I’m trying to talk my Dad into letting me sell them on ebay though.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Great Weekend at Busch III!!!

Despite the rain and tornados, it was a great weekend at the ballpark. The Cards took 2 of 3 from the Reds (and blew the lost game late… a common theme this year), Isaac took his Aunt and Uncle (White Sox and Cubbie fans from Chicago) to their first Cardinals game, and we had great Easter weekend with family.
The Cardinals honored two HOF greats on Saturday and Sunday, offering fans a Red Schoendienst replica statue and – amazingly – the first ever Stan Musial bobblehead giveaway. I also took advantage of a coupon from the 2011 Winter Warm Up to buy some game used and stadium used memorabilia… more on that in another post.

Saturday Giveaway
20110423 Red Statue

Sunday Giveaway
20110424 Musial Bobble

And if you’re wondering where our seats are this year… here’s the view of the field.
20110423 Seats

And here’s the view to the right… aisle seats next to the Cardinals Bullpen!!! Here’s Carp warming up before Saturday’s game.
20110423 Bullpen Carp120110423 Bullpen Carp2

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Another Dance Competition…

My sister had another dance competition last month and my dad surprised me again with a box of cards to open during the day. One routine = one pack. It was another box of 2006 Ovation. I got a numbered rookie Skip Schumaker card but the auto wasn’t as cool as the Griffey, Wang or Cabrerra autos from the other boxes. I’m keeping Schumaker – everything else is available for trade including the base cards.

Skip Schumaker Rookie #290 of 999

2006 Ovation Schumaker 290 of 999

Mark Prior Jersey

2006 Ovation Prior Jersey

Jeff Kent #6 of 499. I guess he might be a HOF’r some day?

2006 Ovation Kent 6 of 499

Dave Gassner Rookie Auto #38 of 99

2006 Ovation Gassner Auto 38 of 99

Dad – According to Baseball Reference, Dave Gassner debuted on April 16, 2005. His last game in the majors was April 21, 2005.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

2004 Fleer Platinum Hobby Rack Pack Box

Dad: So I bought the kid a cheap box from Atlanta Sports Cards. Four rack packs per box, one auto per pack, and a shot at a Pujols autograph… or a dreaded expired redemption. We had a blast opening the box and wait until you see what he pulled out of the last pack!

First – the base cards. Those throwback uni’s are great.
2004 Fleer Platinum Edmonds2004 Fleer Platinum Hart2004 Fleer Platinum Pujols2004 Fleer Platinum Renteria Heroes2004 Fleer Platinum Sanders2004 Fleer Platinum Williams

And one for CCC…
2004 Fleer Platinum Crawford Heroes

And now the autos…
Delmon Young #86 of 210
2004 Fleer Platinum Young Auto 86 of 210

Vernon Wells #180 of 200
2004 Fleer Platinum Wells Auto 180 of 200

Billy Wagner Redemption – Ugh!
2004 Fleer Platinum Wagner Auto Redemption

… and the last auto more than makes up for the redemption. Ryan Howard! One for Ike’s favorite player binder!!! #40 of 160.
2004 Fleer Platinum Howard Auto 40 of 160

And just for kicks – there’s nothing Platinum about the checklist cards.
2004 Fleer Platinum Checklist

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thorzul’s March Group Break

It took my dad too long to scan this card from Thorzul’s March Group Break. We got a few Cardinals and a few Rays but nothing that can compare to this one: A Stan Musial Jersey Card from 2005 Throwback Threads. Its AWESOME!

2005 Donrus Musial Jersey

Can’t wait to see what Cardinals he pulls this month!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Diamond Code 18: HOF Straggler

Friday, April 1, 2011

Second Box of 2006 Artifacts: A Trio of Pinstripes

My sister had more dance stuff and my dad let me open another box of Artifacts. I'm still waiting to get my first Cardinal jersey card from this set. At least all of the jersey cards from this box had pinstripes. These are up for trade if anyone is interested.

2006 UD Artifacts Demaria Auto 244 of 8002006 UD Artifacts Utley Jersey 215 of 2502006 UD Artifacts Iguchi Jersey 145 of 2502006 UD Artifacts Barmes Jersey 248 of 250

Dad - Got a great deal on these boxes in February from Atlanta Sports Cards - my favorite place to pick up cheapo boxes for Isaac.