Saturday, December 3, 2016

Johnny does it again

Not long after Johnny sent me a flat rate box, another one showed up.
While there were a few Tinos in there for me (to show at a later date), nearly everything else was for my kids.
There was a set of Snow White cards for my daughter, and a bunch of sportflics and Power Rangers pogs for my son. And the sportflics, aka "moving cards", have become quite an incentive for good behavior. If Joey comes home from school with zero timeouts, he gets a sportflics card.

In addition, John contributed to Joey's growing HOF collection too:
There were also a few guys who will never make the HOF, but were once worthy., These cards will make for a good history lesson one day.
Johnny, I can't thank you enough!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Eamus in the morning

P-Town Tom is not only a World Champion fan of the World Champion Cubs, he’s also a World Champion blogger and trader. Recently it looks like he did a little pre-holiday cleaning, and sent some Yanks my way with a most appreciated “I don’t need anything back” note. Now, I’m sure I’ll hit him back at some time, but I am depleted of Cubs inventory right now (and Red Sox), so I need a while to stock back up.

First and foremost, Tom sent an awesome “moving card” for my son, Joey. He knows that Joey loves sportflics types card, and this one is particularly cool. It’s a little more advanced than the 1980s set, and shows a bit more animation. It was hard to scan, so I apologize.
Enough about my 4-year-old. Time to show cards for ME.

Tom sent me some great Jeters, which I’m guessing might have come from the big estate sale haul a few months back. The Ultra Pizzazz is especially cool. There are so many amazing Jeter cards out there, as his prime coincided with endless amounts of base and insert sets from every brand. From 1996-2005, Jeter easily has the most cards out there, I’d assume. Maybe Griffey has more, but Jeter is definitely up there.

Any package with a hologram wins extra points.
Also, any package with Don Mattingly tenderly holding Lou Gehrig’s bat also wins major points.
Tom also included some nice autographs. Peter O’Brien was in the trade that brought Martin Prado to the Yankees in 2014. I was kind of annoyed by it because O’Brien has massive righty power, but doesn’t really have a position. He has made it to The Show with Arizona, and has 6 HRs in limited ABs. He’s probably always going to be a minor league mashers who doesn’t enjoy a ton of ML success, but I would have liked to see the Yanks stick with him in hopes of turning him into a solid DH. However, the Yankees didn’t really have that luxury with so many veterans needing time at DH. Oh well! Here’s to wishing O’Brien the best of luck and hope he finds success.
I’m not sure where this Jose Valdez auto might have come from. It’s not the same Valdez that is currently a reliever with the Angels…at least I don’t think it is.
Vintage! Just a great, great Elston Howard. Not the best choice with the yellow font, Topps, but an iconic card of an iconic player, and I'm always really thankful for cards like this that come my way.
Lastly - a Mick from Starting Lineup Baseball Greats. The action figure was not included, but I did a search and here's what it looks like.
Thanks, Tom! I hope your Christmas is filled with Cubs Championship gifts.

Monday, November 28, 2016

SuperTraders #22: Cardboard Clubhouse

I've vowed to try and catch up on trade packages and clean out the scanned folder this week.

I'll start with a #SuperTraders package I got from Adam of the Cardboard Clubhouse. Prior to SuperTraders, I don't think I had the pleasure of swapping cardboard with Adam, so this is certainly one of the intended purposes of the group.

Adam is a big Halloween fan, and sent me some treats just before October 31, placing me about a month behind showing these off.

One of the greatest treats was an unopened Yankees 1993 Stadium Club team set. I had received a few of these cards in various trades, but definitely didn't have the complete set in one place. Now I do. Love that Brien Taylor led off things off. Man, what could have been...
I haven't busted this thing out of the plastic wrap yet, but I'm sure I will for storing purposes. It's too bulky!

There was also a ton of '70s vintage! Some cards I definitely didn't have, and some that will undoubtedly be used for some TTMs. It's kind of crazy that I still get taken aback when vintage falls out of trade package, but it hasn't lost its luster on me at all. These were also in really nice condition.
Of course, there was also a mixture of new cards too. I seem to receive less and less A&G every year, and since I don't really buy the product myself, I appreciate what is sent my way. This foil-stamped mini McCann 10th Anniversary is pretty cool, even though he's now an Astro!

Lastly, I thought this year's Pro Debut cards looked really nice. I actually liked the blues of this card more than the Yankees regular flagship design. Degano had a pretty horrid season and went from someone who looked like a stellar prospect to someone who couldn't find the plate. He had 34 BBs in 27 innings. Weird how that happens. Maybe he can straighten it out a bit this season. I'm pulling for the guy, as he seems like a good dude and is a great TTM signer.
Adam, thanks again for all these great cards. Halloween is only 11 months away!

Monday, November 21, 2016

A scary contest win

A few weeks ago, I was a victor in the awesome Halloween horror film sketch card contest over at Pack War, run by Corky. I was lucky enough to have first pick, and as tough as it was, I think I made an awesome decision:

Freddy Krueger!
I love how Corky make Freddy a silhouette, and used the red background to accentuate some of Freddy's features. Plus, it's just a downright scary pose. It's really well done! The back is really cool too. I'm not sure if Corky orders these or prints himself, but it's a great touch.

Corky also sent me this Tino which I definitely didn't have. I don't even recall seeing it anywhere. I love it when a blogger can dig up a Tino that's completely new to me. It happens a lot!
Thanks, Corky!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The unshiny new toy

With the Yankees barrage of new talent in the farm system, it has been very easy to become enamored with the shiny new toys. Guys like Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, and Gleyber Torres quickly supplanted upper-level Yankee prospects like Jorge Mateo has the new crown jewels of the system.

One guy who is being a little overlooked is James Kaprielian, a 2015 first rounder. He entered the year as the Yankees best pitching prospect, and he certainly lived up to that in his first few starts, going 2-1 and striking out 22 in 18 innings at High A Tampa. Unfortunately, his season ended there with an elbow injury. He didn't require TJ Surgery and has ended up pitching in the Arizona Fall League. Still, it was a blow to lose all the development time.

The injury and lost time definitely took away some of the shininess of Kaprielian, but make no mistake, he's a great arm with a real opportunity to help the Yankees, maybe even in 2017 at some point. While he is no longer the shiny new toy like he was heading into 2016, he's quietly still one of their top prospects, and a guy I expect to have an impact on the team, assuming he's healthy.

The injury actually did help one thing: his card prices, which are fairly low right now. He's got a decent amount of autos and relics out there so far, and I'm stocking up, as I believe he'll be back on the prospect radar in 2017. The relic above cost me just a buck, and I'll probably add a few more during the upcoming COMC Black Friday promos.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Simply the Finest

1993 Toops Finest.

I remember drooling over these cards as a youngster. I thumbed through magazines and looked at pictures of them, or looked at them behind the glass at my local shop. Those cards were not for me. I wanted them, but they were out of my league.

In 1994, I bought a grab bag at a card show with a '94 Finest Tom Glavine on top. I knew it wasn't 1993 Finest, but this is as close as I was going to come.

Years later, I did end up with that elusive 1993 Finest Mattingly. However, I eventually sent it elsewhere to a collector who would have valued it more than me. No regrets!

Well, thanks to Chris at The Collector, the 1993 Finest Mattingly once again sits in my collection.

Christ reached out a while back mentioning that he had the card, and I was excited to take it off his hands. He was also kind enough to send me a few other Yankees, including an equally cool Jorge Posada Bowman's Best RC. This too, was one of those shiny sets that always stood out.

There were also a few nice prospect cards to round out the package. While I was excited to get them (especially Kaprielian), those cards just don't move me the way these two legendary sets from the '90s do.
Thanks, Chris!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

TTM Success: Josh Rogers

The Yankeres drafted Josh Rogers in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB DRaft, and he's been nothing short of great for them so far. As an advanced college arm, he spent most of last season at High A Tampa, going 10-5 with a 2.53 ERA and 90K/20B in 113.2 innings. The lefty clearly has some good control.

He's not part of's Top 30 Yankee Prospects, further showing how far their system has some.

I'd expect him to be part of Trenton's rotation next year, and it shouldn't take long before he's knocking on the door of NY.