Friday, September 14, 2012

My first Gary Sanchez jersey card

This is my first jersey card of Gary Sanchez, the Yankees next great catching prospect. It’s from 2012 Onyx Platinum Propsects. I have no clue what this brand is. I have no clue how to pronounce the word “Onyx”.

With that being said, this is a decent-looking card. I really wish the jersey swatch was a different color than the background. I have no clue what part of the jersey this is from. The back is decent, including some stats and the obligatory “Congratulations” message, as well as the vague description of there the jersey came from. It’s numbered to 500.

As a 19-year-old splitting time between low A and high A ball, he had a damn fine season.He hit .290 with 18 HRs and 85 RBIs. He did strike out 105 times in 116 games vs. just 32 walks. He did chip in 29 doubles, and a most surprising 15 SBs.

Based on his offensive stats and defensive improvement, Sanchez will be a Top 25ish prospect going into the 2013 season. I hope the Yanks hold onto this one.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

TTM Success: Wade Boggs

I have been traveling a lot for work as of late. I always say I am going to sit down in my hotel room and spit out a blog post, but then I just end up putting my feet up and ordering a dirty movie.

I haven't sent out a TTM request in a very long time, yet I've gotten a few responses back recently. They have gone to my old address and had to be forwarded to my new one, so the poor card goes through a bit more than it needs to.

I was really excited to get back a success from Wade Boggs. I saw a lot of people have success from him no-fee or for $5. I sent this card without any money, and was thrilled to see it come back. I've tried him a few other times without success, so adding this legendary player and HOFer to my collection is a special thing. I love that it's on a 1993 Upper Deck as well.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tino Tuesday #54: 1998 Ultra Big Shots #13

For Christmas in 1997, I got a box of Fleer Ultra baseball cards. At the time, boxes were around $70, so it was pretty high end for 15 years ago. Tino Martinez had just come off of his monster 1997, so I knew he’d be featured in a few insert sets in Ultra.

One of my favorites is this Big Shots insert card. The insert feels very mid ‘90s, from the name to the design. The purple is just ok. I wish it was an actual stadium, and not a random generic cartoony one at the bottom. Plus, I don’t love the image cutting off his legs. However, I do love the “Big Shots” block letters up the side.