Thursday, March 22, 2018

Who you callin' a Squirt?

Matt from Doc Holoday is one of the best blogging dudes out there.

First off, his customs are true works of art...even when they have Red Sox players on them.
Some of my best blogging buddies are Red Sox fans, so it just goes to show what a great group of collectors we've got around these parts. Matt is no exception, and this trade package meant a lot because I know he's been dealing with a lot since late summer when Hurricane Harvey affected him and millions others in Texas and the southeastern US.

Matt sent me a message that I had 2 lbs of Yankees headed by way, and right away I was greeted with a card I had always wanted:
Squirt! I love this card. And I love squirt. Full disclosure - on New Year's Eve this past year I was shopping for food to make that night, and wandered down the soda aisle and my eyes immediately went to Squirt. The colors are so catchy! I bought a 2 liter and drank the whole thing that day. It's delicious! And I'm really happy to have this card.

He wasn't joking about the 2 lbs of cards either. Holy moly was their great stuff, including this Dellin Betances holiday relic.
And some really, really shiny Yankees. I don't know much about Topps Finest these days other than knowing the Refractors still look awesome.
Roger Clemens was represented well in this box. I really like the Double Play insert with Greg Maddux on the flip side.
Derek Jeter cards are always welcome in my collection:
At the time, this was probably a stretch. Now, even more so! Ruben Rivera sharing a card with The Big Hurt? Not a great look.
Oddballs besides the Squirt Reggie were found too. Sweet Woolworth card of Mattingly!
I keep saying it, but Severino is criminally under-priced right now.
Some nice cards of Yankees legends from some newer products - Reggie, Gehrig, and The Mick finding his way into Donruss.
I had no idea that Steve Sax's brother, Dave Sax, played in the majors!
Two trippy ARods. The old Fleer Ultra inserts really hold up today. This was a Diamond Mine insert.
Big Mike /499! Good luck in Minnesota, my friend.
Look how young Jorge looks! I collected a ton of Collector's Choice growing up, but I don't think I have this card. The base card designs were always pretty tastefully done.
Trust me, there were many, many more great cards. Matt, I really appreciate you thinking of me. Keep up the amazing work with the customs!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Yankees New QB

Over the winter, the Yankees traded for a former minor leaguer named Russell Wilson.

If that name sounds familiar, it's because it's THE 2013 Super Bowl winning QB of the Seattle Seahawks.

As you surely heard, Wilson suited up in Yankees Pinstripes and attended camp for a few days with the Yanks several weeks ago. While many decided it was gimmicky, I decided it was great. I don't think he took reps away from any player by trying while he was trying to fake it as a baseball player.

Instead, I think the Yankees got to pick the brain of a successful star athlete who has reached the pinnacle of the sport in which he plays. They got to see how he prepares. How he focuses. How he carries himself. While he's only 29 years old, he is older than Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Sonny Gray, Luis Severino, Didi Gregorius, Brandon Drury, and Jordan name a few. The Yankees are young. And having another veteran presence in camp - albeit a QB - is a cool thing that the players really seemed to enjoy.

Let's not forget that he was always a baseball player, but excelled at football. Still, baseball is in his blood, as he said. In a cool arrangement, Wilson got one AB and struck out. I was really hoping Topps would make a Topps NOW card of him as a Yankee, and they didn't disappoint. It'll definitely be one of the more unique cards in my collection.

I hope Wilson stays on as a Yankee for many springs to come. He's always welcome in Tampa!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Unofficial Blog Bat Around: Cards from A Cracked Bat

I think equally as popular as the current blog bat around are collectors showing off cards from Julie over at A Cracked Bat. She must’ve really held up the line at the post office. I guess I should get in on the fun and show the spoils of a great package she sent me as well.

First off, Julie’s filler cards to protect the actual intended cards were 2017 Donruss Optic cards. Those might be the most high-end fillers I’ve seen. 
The reason for the package, as Julie said in an email, was that she had some leftover Yankees from 2018 Heritage. I was really happy to get my first Giancarlo Stanton card depicting him as a Yankee.
While I enjoyed the three-box break from Nachos Grande, the collation wasn’t great. In three boxes, I didn’t get either of these guys. And I’m still looking for the Judge base.
The purple Chrome refractors look incredible!
In all, there were four other team bags filled with Yankees. I LOVED this ARod from the National Convention. Definitely wasn’t expecting anything like this.
A few other cards that caught my eye were from 1995 Score Summit edition. They are striking in person. Cards like this make me feel like we haven’t progressed that much with card technology from 1995-2018, at least when you think about the progression we would’ve seen in the previous 23 year period.
Although I guess that’s not completely fair since we now have cards that have freakin’ jerseys baked into them.
And autographs galore!
The “oddest” card was more of a promotional paper, but I hadn’t see it. Very cool!
Although unrelated to the above, there were some cool discs.
Lastly, a few others that caught my eye.
Julie, this was a fantastic trade package. Thank you! I’ll be sure to send some cards your way soon!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

An affordable trip to the Pacific

Earlier this month, Colbey from Cardboard Collections held one of his patented Affordable Group Breaks. This time, it was for a box of 1993 and 1994 Pacific.

I'm a lover of the Pacific brand, notably from the late '90s and early 00s, but I still wanted in on these. One thing I noticed is that they did a great job on the card backs. Those are some great, full-sized images of the players.
And early on, they were in Spanish, of course!

I think I like the 1994 design the most. It took a big step forward from 1993, and I think it holds up pretty well. Simple, but nice.
And here's 1993:
Great cropping though. Would love to see this from Topps.

My second team slot was the Phillies, but not much to show there.

Thanks for the break, Colbey!