Saturday, June 23, 2018

TTM Success: Braden Bristro

It's been a while since a TTM request returned, but luckily I got home from work on Thursday with a nice little PWE waiting for me. Braden Bristro signed my Choice 2017 minor league card. Shout out to Zippy Zappy for sending me the card.
I definitely didn't prep the card, as it didn't feel like it needed it. I can't tell if the marker bubbled on the surface, or if it was ball point pen. I think the former, so that's my fault.

Bristro has had a solid season for Charleston, pitching to a 1.33 ERA in 17 games, striking out 30 in 27 innings. Hopefully he can continue to move up the ladder and be a valuable bullpen arm one day.

Thanks for the autograph, Mr. Bristro!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jeets and Judge

You people are so nice, you know that? A few weeks ago, Jason from Hoarding Cardboard emailed me saying he was cutting down his Derek Jeter collection, and wanted to give me dibs on any I needed. His list had a whole bunch that I needed too!

And right before he mailed his package, he also asked me if I wanted this:
Of course! It was the card of 2017!

Here are a few of the Jeters he sent. The 1992 Classic is definitely my favorite!
Jason, thanks so much! If you don't follow his blog, you should do so.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Some homemade wall art

As I mentioned in my last post, Bert from Swing and a Pop Up sent me a set of 1981 Topps Giant Photo Cards featuring the Yankees. Bert also included one of the wrappers, which was in great condition. I loved the look and size of it, and decided to make something fun.
On Friday night, my wife went over to the neighbor's for some wine. I stayed home watching the Yanks, as the kids were in bed. I found some motivation to do an art project, and the wrapper was a perfect test experiment.
Taking a slab of wood I had from the hobby store, I found that the wrapper fit nearly perfectly. I applied a few coats of Mod Podge, and ended up with a pretty cool piece!
It's not perfect. I didn't line it up well and it's a little slanted. Additionally, it dried with a few lumps underneath it.
Still, I think it looks cool, and it's an authentic wrapper from 37 years ago.

Pretty awesome!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Swing and a Pop Up pops up

It's been awhile since I've conversed with Bert from Swing and a Pop Up. I've always known him to be a very generous guy though. Out of the blue a few weeks back, Bert popped up in my inbox, offering me a full set of Yankees 1981 Topps Giant Photo Cards. He informed me that he bought a box expecting all Red Sox, and the Yankees found their way into it. I chuckled at that!

Regardless, Bert sent me all the Yankees from this fun product. Here are a few:
 
I've always like them! I want to figure out a cool way to display them.

Speaking of display, Bert also sent a wrapper from '81 Topps Giant Photos. I thought it was cool, and decided to turn it into some wall art. More to come!

Bert, thanks for your generosity!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

I've been waiting for you

There aren't many Ty Hensley cards that I don't have.
This is one I knew has existed, but haven't gotten my hands on it. There is a gold version on COMC for $35 (nope), but the neither that nor the silver come around very often. Then an eBay listing popped up with a minimum bid of $.99 + $3.50 shipping.

I was the only bidder!

Not only that, but a second card was part of the lot. I do already have this one, but hey, I would have spent the $4.50 without it, so I look at it as a nice bonus.
The top card would have been a great card to save for my July 4th post, but I am too excited about finally checking it off the list and adding to my Hensley collection.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Latest TTM success from Ty Hensley

Here's a spring training TTM success that I haven't gotten around to posting. I was going to use it as part of a grander post, and I probably still will, but for now it's clogging up my scanned folder so I figured I'd at least show the cards.

While he was still a member of the Rays organization, one of my main dudes Ty Hensley signed three more cards for me.
 
Since then, Ty has moved on from the Rays and is currently pitching for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. Yes, it's independent ball, but I'm just happy to see him on the mound after several years lost to injury. Thus far, he's appeared in four games for the Otters.

I am hoping the Otters put out a baseball card set too, as it would be so cool to get a 2018 Hensley.

As usual, I included a few extras for him to give to his family and friends. Ty was also kind enough to send a nice hand-written note as well. I'll probably shoot him an envelope this week with a few more cards in it for his Evansville teammates and fans.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Domingo on a Sunday

I gotta say, I'm very impressed with the way Domingo German settled down last night after giving up 3 first inning runs to the Mets.

There are going to be some bumps, but he has shown quite a bit of potential as a future regular member of the Yankees rotation. Many pitchers would have let the game get out of hand after the first, but German settled down, moved past the inning, and ended up throwing five scoreless frames after that. Not easy to do, but he showed some serious mental strength.

I hope to see some more cards of him in the near future. For now, my collection consists of just four cards: