Saturday, June 24, 2017

TTM Success: Steve Kemp

Former Yankee Steve Kemp signed two Drake oddball cards for me in just 8 days c/o his home.
Kemp spent 1934 and 1984 with the Yankees. He's best known as an All-Star OFer with the Tigers. After his two-year stint in NY, he was traded to the Pirates for Dale Berra, Alfonso Pulido, and Jay Buhner. I actually had no idea Buhner was a Pirate. I thought he was drafted by the Yankees. Go figure.
These were the only cards I had of Kemp, but definitely are two cool ones to have signed.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Diving into vacation

For the next week and a half, I’ll be on vacation. We’re headed on our yearly trip to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

I anticipate still finding time to read blogs on my phone, but otherwise, hope to be pretty out of touch…especially with real work. As for this here blog, I’ll be on autopilot for a few days with a couple of scheduled posts (including this one), although not nearly as many as I had hoped to write.

I’m also excited to visit All Sports Cards in Laconia, NH. It’s about a 10-15 minute drive from where we stay, and I always enjoy sneaking out for a little bit toward the end of the week when I need a break from my family. I first visited the shop in 2013, and again last year. I tried to go in 2015, but I showed up before the it was open and didn't have time to stick around and wait. Oops. Feel free to check out my visit to the shop in 2013 HERE. I guess I didn't write about last year's visit.

See you in July!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Two special rookies, one card

Man, the year of the rookie!
These two guys are really creating quite a commotion in the baseball world. They are not only ROY of the candidates, but legitimate MVP candidates.

And guess what? It's a good thing. A great thing! It's not secret baseball is failing to attract young fans and viewers. That may be a surprise to many of us, but it's important to remember how few people read our blogs (no offense) and are part of our Twitter circles. We might think we're surrounded by baseball nuts, but it's not reflective of the actual population of sports fans.

A recent SBJ feature showed the average age of an MLB viewer to be 57. That's a number that's too high if baseball is going to continue to prosper. And young players like Bellinger and Judge have a great opportunity to capture the attention of fans of all ages.

Hopefully they both take part in the HR Derby and put on a show in the actual All-Star Game.

While many eyes, mine included, will be watching the NBA Draft tonight, you can't help but wonder what Judge will do each AB. I'll be flipping over whenever he is due up.

Stealing eyeballs from other sporting events is good thing. Let's hope these great stories continue all season long.

And I sure am glad to have this Topps NOW card featuring the two of them.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Officially losing it

I have seriously lost it.

Last week, I picked up the only Topps NOW Aaron Judge I was missing from this season. I felt guilty about not having it. So I bought it on eBay.
And then you know what happened? I accidentally bought it again.
One day later.

Seriously, is my memory so shitty that I can’t remember a card purchase from the day before? I literally bought one on June 11 and another on June 12, and had zero recollection until I was looking at my “Purchases” tab on eBay and saw the two cards back-to-back. It’s not like I’m a huge buyer either. I buy maybe a card or two per week. I don’t have hundreds of transactions to follow.

I literally bought the same card on consecutive days because my memory is horrible.

Am I officially losing it? Maybe you shouldn’t answer that. But if you see two card packages arrive from me on back-to-back days, you’ll know why.

Just don’t tell me what I did.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A new Otto-graph

Similar to the Matt Sauer card I showed yesterday, I also snagged an autograph of Yankees 5th Rounder Glenn Otto, a RHP out of Rice University.

Otto has already signed with the Yankees for a straight up slot bonus. I'd fully expect him to head to Staten Island, although sometimes minor league assignments can be a little unexpected. Although he pitched at a major program, he only made two starts, and the Yankees are planning to groom him as a starter. For this reason, maybe he'll actually head to Pulaski or the GCL.

Either way, I'm happy to already add his autograph to my collection!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sweet and Sauer

Every year for the MLB Draft, one of my favorite traditions is trying to quickly scoop up a card of the Yankees top picks. It's fun to beat the clock before sellers add "Yankees" to the title and jack up the price.

In the second round, 54th overall, the Yankees took Matt Sauer, a HS right-handed pitcher from California.

Sauer was ranked 28th overall by, but the Yankees were able to snag him mid-way through the second. From what I've read, he intends to sign and turn pro. The Yanks took Clarke Schmidt in Round 1, a pitcher who just had TJ Surgery, and the thought is that they'll sign him underslot and use the savings to sign Sauer for an above-slot bonus to help sweeten the pot.
I quickly snagged this 2016 Leaf Perfect Game National Showcase jersey/autograph of Sauer. It's a neat card with a cool patch, although "patch" is a loose term since it's more of a t-shirt material with screen-printed letters. I'd assume that this is from the jersey he's wearing on the card's photo.

It's pretty easy to tell that this is part of the "E" and "R" in his last name, which is another reason I liked this particular card.

I'm looking forward to Matt signing and starting his career with the Yankees.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Derek Jeter Topps Now

On May 14, the Yankees officially held Derek Jeter Night at Yankee Stadium.

He was honored with his jersey being retired, as well as a plaque in Monument Park. I was half expecting the Yankees to give him an ACTUAL monument versus the standard plaque, as one could argue that his career certainly is deserving of one. Perhaps the Yankees will wait to do that once he is formally enshrined in Cooperstown in a few years.

It was a cool night, and great to see Jeter back at Yankee Stadium.  True to his word, he hasn’t been around much.

Topps captured the night with two Topps Now cards. I was tempted to only get the one with Jeter next to his retired number, but an eBay a seller has both listed for $10.99, or $1 more then it would cost to buy one card directly from the site. I figured I’d regret it if I didn’t, so I pulled the trigger on both.
I haven’t gotten any Archives yet, so these are my first Jeter cards of 2017.