Thursday, July 24, 2014

What kind of socks to Pittsburgh Pirates wear? Arrrrgyle!

I'm pretty sure I've used this post title before. Or maybe fifteen other bloggers have used an iteration of it. I don't know. A while back, I sent Greg Z over at Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle] a bunch of Russell Martins I had laying around, and he sent me a bunch of cards in return, including some HOFers for my son.
This is a cool card of Lawrence Moten, who is still Syracuse's All-Time scoring leader, as well as the Big East's all-time leader too. I'm always blown away when someone pays enough attention to my ramblings to know I'm a Syracuse fan/alum.
Here's a Topps USA card of Yanks' prospect Peter O'Brien. Although not much of a prospect because he only has one tool, that one tool is power and that's pretty damn cool. He's already got more than 30 HRs on the year, trailing only Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant for the most in minor league baseball. Pretty nuts. I assume he'll get the call at some point late this year or next, but he'll probably never be more than a Shelley Duncan, all-or-nothing kind of hitter. Still, it could be very exciting to watch him.
And here is a sampling of the HOFers for my little guy. He's going to have such a cool binder of cards one day. I just hope he doesn't sell them for beer money when he's 19.

Oh yeah, Pittsburgh Pirates was in the title, right? I'll double up on trade posts and include some cards sent over from our favorite Pirate collector, Mr. Bob Walk The Plank. Matt had a few Tino relics for me, both of which are awesome, and even included an Ivan Nova autograph (sorry for the dark scan). I'm 99% sure this is my first Nova 'graph of any sort.
 
Guys, thanks for all the great cards!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PWE Tino from Ryan's Pitch

I returned home from jury duty on Monday and had a PWE from my buddy Ryan over at Ryan's Pitch. He recently said he had a Tino for me, and he wasn't lying. He found a 1996 Finest Tino Refractor that I didn't have!
Boom! What a beaut.

That is my 55th different Tino from 1996, and my 645th overall. My goal of 650 different Tinos by the end of the year is looking good!

Ryan, thanks bud! Now, the only question is...to peel or not to peel?

TTM Success: Leonardo Molina

First, what a sweet name. Second, no relation to the Molina brothers.

Yankees prospect Leonardo Molina signed my 2014 Bowman in about six weeks time. I sent the card to the Yankees minor league complex, as Molina is currently with one of the Yanks' GCL teams.

Molina was signed by the Yankees last year for $1.4mil. He was one of the top international outfielders in last year's class. At just 16 years old, it was surprising to see him already make his US debut. According to Baseball-Reference, he's 3.7 years younger than the GCL average, so he's just a baby. When I was 16, I was playing JV ball for my high school.

While he's hitting just .200, his OBP is .100 points higher at .300, so that's a positive for a kid this young. I really look forward to seeing him develop over the next few seasons, and I hope he becomes the legit prospect many believe he will be.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grocery shopping can be fun!



A few days ago, I was on my way back from my sister’s house and stopped at a grocery store a few blocks south of my town. Usually I go to the A&P about two blocks from where we live, but I was already in the car and this one was on the way, so I dropped in. Plus, while still an A&P, it’s just larger and a lot nicer than the one closest to us.

I paid for my groceries, and headed out the door. However, a sight made me stop dead in my tracks:
Those aren't Reese's and Paydays! They are cards. Baseball cards in a snack vending machine!

I had never seen this before. I had seen the slot machines where you put in a quarter and two or three cards come out, but have never seen packs in a vending machine. Amazing.

Now, for the most part, there was expected crap. Packs of 1996 Topps and 1991-92 NBA Hoops, for example. But there was some good stuff too, including 2014 Topps Olympics, and a few team bags. There were also Mickey Mantle HR cards in top loaders.

It’s rare that I have cash on me. I’m one of those annoying people who buys a pack of gum with a debit card, but I had a few singles, so I opted for a 25-card team bag (“B8”), with Jason Giambi on the front. I figured that would be a little more enjoyable than a pack of 1996 Topps. Plus, it would give me something to post about. See what I did there?
 
  
It contained the usual junk, for the post part, although I did get two cards from the ‘70s which I didn’t expect. Everything else was about what you’d imagine. Still, a very fun surprise at the grocery store. I’ll have to stop back and check it out again.

Welcome Chase Headley!

Welcome to NY, Chase Headley. Let's hope a change of scenery brings him back to his 2012 form. Regardless, nice gamble by the Yanks for a career minor leaguer and a high-A pitcher.
And so long to Rafael DePaula. I like ya, don't love ya, but I wish you the best. I've always got this 1/1 auto to remember you by!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I've got gas...

...station cards.
Tricked you.

I still hit up the Lisia app once in awhile. I think many of us can agree the site has jumped the shark for the most part, but once in a while, there are deals to be had.

For a measly amount of credits, I won this cool Sunoco/Coca-Cola 2001 Dream Team set. I actually figured it was a little older than that, but 2001 it is. I feel like there is a massive lack of oddball sets like this nowadays...cards on cereal boxes, in Twizzlers, at gas stations, Denny's, etc. I'm sure it has to do with the Topps-exclusive, but stuff like this is great. Here is the Dream Team set:
 
I remember the 1994 Fleer Sunoco set as well, which were just Fleer base cards without the foil. My dad's co-workers always used to give them to him for me every time they filled up. I probably got 2-3 per week.
 
What are some of the better oddball sets you remember in the not-so-distant past?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Are parallels...refreshing?



When this card arrived in the mail the other day, the first thing I felt? Refreshed.

It was refreshing to see a Topps 60 insert in red. I saw so many of the navy blue ones (I swear they fell three per pack) back in 2011, that they became very redundant. Surely, you remember these:
 
It was nice to see a card design I’ve seen a million times, but in fresh, new color. Sure, the auto helps, but I feel like even if it wasn't signed, the red stands out in a different way.

Oops. I think I just justified and made an argument for why parallels exist. It's easy to bemoan parallels, especially when there are so many of them. But I admit, it's nice to see a different color splashed in for some variety.

I better stop. Here, just enjoy the card again.