Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Some players really do read my letters!

As an active TTMer, I often wonder whether or not a player actually reads my letters, or simply grabs the cards, signs them, and moves on to the next letter. I always try to put something personal in there...a memory, a question, etc. Some repsond, some don't.

I recently sent to Mike Easler (thanks for the tip, Kenny), and enclosed two cards: a 1987 Topps and a 1987 Fleer All-Star. Now, I mentioned in my letter that the 1987 Fleer All-Star card had significant meaning. I didn't send the exact card (which I have), but in 1988 I was sick in the hospital. I was five years old. I remember that my Mom stopped at the local card shop and brought me a few packs to open in my hospital bed, as well as this single Mike Easler insert card. Yes, I was five years old and already loved cards.

I was too young to know what an insert was, but I knew the Easler was special. It didn't look like the other cards. Mind you, I was used to seeing 1987 Topps cards, so seeing a gray card with yellow stars, it was the most special card I had ever seen. I told Mr. Easler this story, and asked him to sign my upgraded copy of this card.

Without asking for an inscription or personalization, Mr. Easler wrote "God Bless You, AJ!" on the Fleer card, as well as writing "Hit Man" under his name. So cool! On the 1987 Topps, he signed fairly normally with just his name.
Do I know for sure that Mr. Easler read my letter? No. But I feel pretty confident he did by treating the 1987 Fleer card as he did.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Introducing Baby Lucy

Last Wednesday, I mentioned that my blog was on auto-pilot with the pending birth of my daughter. I'm happy to report that everything went perfectly and according to plan. We got home Saturday morning and enjoyed a very nice weekend as a family.

I'd like to present to you, Baby Lucy Lost Collector:
Both mom and baby are doing great. In terms of Joey...he's having his ups and downs, as you'd expect. He's still just two, and has been the only child with the world revolving around him for as long as he's known. He's been mostly great about everything, with a few hiccups along the way. Easter candy sugar didn't help, either.

Now let's bring it back to baseball. Lucy came on the 16th, when the Yanks had a doubleheader vs the Cubs. In Game 1, Masahiro Tanaka dominated the Cubs. In Game 2, my main man Michael Pineda wasn't as sharp, be he still threw six shut out innings. I was actually able to watch that game in my wife's hospital room (wooo on an SD TV), which she was thrilled with. In all, the Yanks swept the doubleheader while not allowing a single run. Pretttttty good.

I'm not sure which card(s) to pick up for Lucy as a birth gift. Obviously, my PC-guy Pineda pitching on her birth day is a pretty good sign. Namewise, the White Sox recently had a player named Donny Lucy. Birthday-wise, not a very impressive group: Xavier Avery, Dall Keuchel, Fernando Tatis, and Hank Greenberg among others. Only two guys played for the Yanks: Charlie Devens and Earl Torgeson. Hmmm, I'll have to think about this.

Anyways, the blog will still be coasting for a few days, but you'll see some posts pop up.

JBF Epic Boxes: Packs 1-2

About a month ago, my buddy Wes over at Jaybarkerfan's Junk sent me not one, but TWO flat rate boxes filled with team bags of Yankees cards. It was nuts how many cards were in there. It was like busting a wax box full of just your favorite team and players.
Upon retrospect, I wish I had only opened one team bag per day, but like a kid on Christmas Day, I tore through them. It was silly, really.

In order to show everything off, I took a sharpie and wrote numbers on each team bag, 1-17. That way, I can show a "pack" or two off at a time.

So let's start with packs one and two, shall we?

Pack 1
The first pack contained three cards in top loaders. These were either inserts or low-numbered cards. Did I say low-numbered? Oh, I mean 1 OF 1. Of a guy I collect! Yep, Wes sent me a 1 of 1 Phil Rizzuto card! There is also a sweet Deion Sanders Flashback card, as well as an Aroyds Vizcaino Tristar #'d to 25.

Total cards in pack: 3
Running total: 3

Pack 2

This was loaded with a bunch of Topps Archives and retired Yanks stars.
My favorite card of the pack? This 2011 Topps Chrome Mariano Rivera. I've always loved this card. Mo walking to shake the catcher's hand after notching another save.

Total cards in pack: 16
Running total: 19

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

For those of you who celebrate, Happy Easter! Hope you have all have great days with your family.

If all goes according to plan, I'll be celebrating Easter with my 2-year old son and dive-day-old daughter at home. Fingers crossed that's what's going on.

And for the first of many times (I hope), Joey will be getting a pack of cards in his Easter basket from the Easter Bunny. It's just a pack of 2014 Topps Opening Day, but still cool. I'll put whatever he gets in his binder as a reminder of the first pack he ever opened. There is probably a 1/1 Mike Trout in there or something...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Inching closer to the rainbow

I've been trying to pick up as many 2013 Bowman Draft colored parallels of Ty Hensley as possible. I have no clue how many exist. I should sit down and figure it out, but I just keep surfing eBay and grabbing colors I know I don't have. Eventually I'll see what I need (minus 1/1's), but that's not for today.

These are both fairly low-numbered. The Black Refractor is #'d 18/35, while the Silver Wave is 07/25. Not too shabby at all, and both nice looking cards.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PC guys on Listia? Scoop 'em up.

When browsing Lisia, my PC guys don't show up very much. If they do, it's usually crap...1991 Donruss or something else I have. However, sometimes one pops up and lo and behold, it's one you need. What do you do? You go all out and grab it.
That was the case with this 1998 Score Artist Proof Tino Martinez. I saw it, checked my list, and noticed I didn't have it. Bidding started at 100, but I let others kick it off. With a few minutes left, I put in a high bid, and ended up scoring it. I spent a little more than I wanted, but sometimes you have to. You can't not add a free card you need!

This marks my 635th different Tino card.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baby coming today = Blog on auto-pilot

By the time you read this, I should be a Dad for the second time! My wife is set to have c-section today to deliver our second child, this time a baby girl. Some unfortunate circumstances lead us to needing a scheduled c-section, but I won't go too in-depth there.

I tried to get a bunch of cards out over the weekend and in the early part of the week, so if we had a deal in the works, we should be square. If not, feel free to email me a reminder. As you can imagine, things have been nutty.

Anyhow, let's hope everything goes well today (or that it already went well). You'll still see a few posts from me in the coming days, but those have been written in advance.