Thursday, December 31, 2015

コレクターとしての目標

皆さん、新年あけましておめでとうございます!あっという間に一年がすぎていきました。

このブログは毎年元日になりますと昨年の目標は果たせたかとともにこの新しい年の為のコレクターとしての目標をたてるブログポストを書いています、今年は初めて日本語で書くつもりです笑。


本当は昨年の目標を果たせたのかから始めるのですが前回自分がたてた五つの目標の内一つしか果たせませんでした笑(汗)。


ちょっと自慢させてすみませんがその唯一果たせた目標は20個以上も生のサインを手に入れることでした。2015年では何と136個もサインを生で貰いました!

他の四つの目標は不合格でしたためそれらを飛ばして2016年の為の目標に行きます!

その⑤:一週間もカードを買わないようにする
ある意味出来て当然なもしれないのですが私は毎一枚くらいカードを買っていた時期ありましたのでデトックス作業をすこしせねばと思っています。

その④:一ヶ月間もカードを買わないようにする
一月を丸っとカードを購入せずに行くのは出来そうでここしばらくできなかったため今年やってみるつもりです。トーレンスのスーパーコレクターとしていつトーレンスの凄い珍しいカードが出てくるかが分からなくて恐ろしいですが、とりあえずこの目標は果たしたいです。

その③:半年間(六ヶ月間)もカードを買わないようにする
前の目標のハードルをさらにあげました(笑)!一応私は毎年最初の六ヶ月間はあまり興味ないカードしかでません。しかもBowmanなどのような数少ない私が興味ある商品になりますと商品が出て少し時間がたって(特にシーズンオフまで待機できましたら)欲しいカードをシングル買いしたほうが一応財布に優しい上本当に何かが欲しいのかどうかテストできます。何となくこの目標は成功できなさそうですがとりあえずよ上手く行くように願います笑。

その②:TTMの返事が(少なくとも)一個戻ってくること
昨年私が果たせなかった目標はTTM(郵便を通じて選手などにサインを求めること)を250個も戻ってくることでした。しかし昨年は240個でそこに届きませんでした。なので今年は成功できるように返事の数を下げました。今年返事は(少なくとも)一つくらい戻ってきてほしいです!これは結構厳しい目標だとご存知ですが頑張ってやってみます!

その①:IPのサインを(少なくとも)一つ貰うこと
IPとはIn Personのやくです。要するに私は今年生でその場で貰うサインを(少なくとも)一つくらい手に入れるようにしてみたいです。昨年ほど近所のマイナーの球場に行けるかどうか分かりませんが、これも成功できるように頑張ります!


という訳でこれらが私の2016年のコレクターとしても目標です。あともう一つあるとしたらもっと金を節約することですかね。750ドル(約7万5千円)までしか使わないようにしたいです(カードだけではなく運送料に試合のチケット代なども含めて)。半年間もカードを一枚も買わないですみましたらなんとかそれも成功出来る気がします(生意気ですみません笑)。

まあまあ楽しい一年でした:)

今まで皆さん本当にありがとうございました。これからもご迷惑かけますが今年もよろしくお願いします!

では良いお年と良い一日を:)。

お元気に。

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wee Willie & The Highlanders

That sounds like a great band name doesn't it?

So recently Bob Walk The Plank sent me what's most like the last card I receive via trade in 2015.


BWTP sent me this 1/1 printing plate of the legendary lumberjack himself, Wee Willie Keeler.


I knew that something was coming my way because BWTP said he found something cool for me. I never thought it'd be something THIS cool though.

What's really cool about this is that the card says he's from the NEW YORK BASEBALL CLUB.
During Keeler's 19 year career he was a member of the NY Highlanders, NY Giants and BK Dodgers. I choose to believe that this is a Highlanders card because if it was a Dodgers card it would've said BROOKLYN BASEBALL CLUB. And the New York could also be the Giants but the Giants stink, so this is a Highlanders card by default. And I refuse to think otherwise. Any argument you bring up will be repelled by my "Keeler spent more time as a Highlander than with any other team" argument. So there.

So now that my inner 7 year old has confirmed that this is a Highlanders card. I thought this would be a good enough time to revisit my Highlanders collection.

This Keeler is the latest addition to that stagnant collection in months. I was hoping the first Keeler added to this collection would be of the tobacco card variety but my limited impulses called for other things.


A few months ago this was sent to me by Nick The Dimebox King. I've been meaning to give this a proper post but that's for a future Revisiting Profiles post I guess.

This is from the 1980 Nostalgic Enterprises set commemorating the 1903 NY Highlanders. And it's freaking awesome.

I believe Nick sent me all of the Nostalgic Enterprise cards I have (all two of them). Which is no surprise since he's probably the only guy who can find these.


After that we have my six T206 Highlanders. It would be eight but I just had to surprise AJ & Nick.

For now the Tannehill is an "honorary" member as he was a Highlander at one point but that T206 doesn't depict him as a Highlander (stupid Washingtons) so it's days with me are numbered.


And after that we have my Jack Chesbro PC. Unlike Keeler there's no mystery which team Chesbro's supposed to be on, because almost nobody remembers Chesbro as a Pirate or as a Red Sock. And that suits me just fine.


And now back to Willie Keeler. A guy who should be in monument park but isn't. Hard to say what 2016 has in store, but hopefully my Highlanders PC takes a few steps forward somehow.

Big thanks to BWTP for the plate, Nick for the Deering and AJ for the unscanned Chesbro (the felt thing was excluded because the Highlanders did not last until 1914).

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Estradin' Up Cards

Like P-Town Tom I have what I'd consider my two most favorite prospects in my favorite team's organization.

Like PTT, both of my favorite prospects are liable to be traded away at any given moment. But unlike PTT I haven't had to say goodbye to either of them yet.

Obviously my number one guy is Luis Torrens. I've completed two rainbows of him. I've been in touch with his father. I named my freaking blog after him.

But there is another prospect I like that's not too far behind Torrens in my personal favorite rankings.


Hell yes, Thairo Estrada.

Like Torrens, Estrada is a Yankees prospect who has yet to celebrate his 20th birthday (Estrada & Torrens were both born in 1996) who also hails from Venezuela. And like Torrens he made a big impression on me and also gave me his batting gloves.

Unlike Torrens I don't really see myself going all gung-ho over Thairo Estrada's cards. At least not all of them. I have a superfractor that's been signed by him personally. Which, for the record, was the only card to make it onto my Prime 9, most important binder page. I don't really think I need to go after much else.

Although I do have to admit that he'd be a lot easier to super collect (he's only been in two mainstream sets so far).

Back

The card above is a special card distributed solely at the 2015 NYPL All Star Game in Aberdeen this year (note the logo on the bottom right). The picture used is the same exact one used for Thairo's card in the 2015 SIY team set, but the different back (well it's sort of different) makes up for it.

Personally the way I'm not 100% into super collecting Thairo Estrada is why I like collecting him. As a guy who feels obligated to collect everything Torrens, I've felt burned out (or close to it) several times. Of course I'm not burned out because cool Torrens cards pop up only once every other month.

I like having a PC guy who I can just be like "no, I don't need to scoop up all of his cards and I'm okay with that." Although I probably will make a small effort to pick up Thairo Estrada's MiLB issued cards in the future since they're the coolest.


So in conclusion. In the event that Luis Torrens gets traded away (God forbid), I'll either end up switching allegiances to whatever team he goes to, or switch to Estradin' Up Cards. As of this moment they are both very likely.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care ;).

Monday, December 28, 2015

Instead Of A Box... Pt. 2

So the other day a post of mine went up before it was even completed. It was supposed to be a "I got all four NYY prospect autographs from 2015 Bowman Draft for the price of a box along with some cool cards I had recently gotten in the mail" but before I got half of the four subjects I accidentally pressed the publish button. Which is pretty much why in that post I never explained exactly how much I had spent on the cards I obtained.

Well here's part two to tie up the loose ends.


Here's Kyle Holder.
Those of you who read my blog during the summer knows that I got to see him a lot in Staten Island. In a sentence I'd say that he showed both glimpses of brilliance and glimpses of mediocrity.

He's really good defensively and I can definitely recall him making some really flashy plays at shortstop. Offensively he struggled but I'd say that he was probably a little fatigued after a full season of college ball, and he appeared to have been struggled with some sort of injury later in the season. What he does in 2016 will be a lot more telling of his future than what he did in 2015 I'm sure.


And here's the Yankees' third rounder in 2015/fourth pick/fourth prospect autograph in 2015 Bowman Draft, Drew Finley.

Out of all of the players the Yankees drafted in 2015, Finley is the closest to being the high upside, some risk player who was drafted. He was one of the few high school selections the Yankees made and they managed to convince him to forgo his commitment to USC. Armed with a low-90's fastball, a change up and curveball, the son of Steve Finley looks like he could be a quality arm for the Yankees.

Finley was the lone NYY autograph subject I didn't see in SI in 2015 and I was compensated for it by being able to acquire two of his autos for the price of one lol.

And with that here are the four NYY prospects in 2015 Bowman Draft.

YOUR NEW CORE FOUR!

All four autographs cost me roughly $55. Which isn't bad considering I got them out of desperation right as as the product came out. Truth be told however, I wouldn't be surprised to see some people get all four for less than half of that next year (patience is a virtue).

Now a jumbo box is around $130, so using the rest of the budget I had tucked away for one I bought a hobby box. As most of you already know, Rex is due to go on one more adventure. Only this time there's no pressure as the four BIG cards have been obtained.

What will Rex find? Who knows. Hopefully we can land something good like a Jeff Hendrix base card (i.e. the last really important card from 2015 Bowman Draft I need).

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Weekend TTM Roundup: 12/21-12/26

Received On: 12/26/2015

The only return I've gotten these past two weeks came courtesy of none other than THE Aaron Judge.

Judge was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2013 as one of the compensation picks between the first and second round.
Since then he's ascended as one of New York's top prospects and a guy who has quite a fair number of people excited.

I've spoken about Judge in the past and for the most part nothing has changed. He is NOT going to be Giancarlo Stanton. His ceiling is an everyday right fielder who can hit 20-ish home runs. That's not Stanton (who hit 3 home runs in only 12 at-bats against the Blue Jays in 2015), but that's incredibly good compared to what the Yankees have produced in recent memory. And that's pretty much going to be a perfectly suitable replacement for Carlos Beltran.

Judge's 2015 didn't exactly end on a high note as he struggled after a promotion to triple-A but there is still plenty of time and potential for him to be in the big leagues as early as next September.

Anyway big thanks to Mr. Aaron Judge for what could potentially be my last TTM return of 2015.

And as always thanks to you (the readers) for stopping by :).

Take care.

2015 TTM Count: 239

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Instead Of A Box... Pt. 1

Note from the editor,
This post was originally an incomplete one that got published prematurely because the editor is an idiot. It was published despite not being finished and thus some parts may feel awkward and missing (because a few things are missing that will be touched upon later).

With my scheduled clone break of 2015 Bowman Draft thrown out the window, I decided to try something else. Seeing what could be obtained for the money I was originally going to spend on a box. Now this year I was planning on getting a jumbo box which is around $130 per box (give or take), a hefty sum I know but I wanted an extravagant clone break. So let's see if I could get the cards I would've wanted for, hopefully, under that amount.

A big reason I was looking forward to Bowman Draft this year was because it had four Yankees padawan autographs. Three of which I saw in Staten Island.


Naturally we have the Yankees' first rounder James Kaprielian in refractor form to lead us off.
I'm pretty sure that this is the same photograph (minus the photoshopping) that the Panini Contenders James Kaprielian autograph used.


In the span of a few weeks I got myself three certified Jeff Degano autographs. Woof!

After browsing through a few listings and whatnot, I've found that the product offering as a whole was kind of "meh." Don't get me wrong, I love Bowman Draft even with all of it's pretty bad photoshop uniforms. But despite the padawans it felt, empty. I don't know, maybe it needed more Yankees padawans.

I didn't get to pick any up but the inserts (from what I saw) didn't really knock my socks off. Possibly because there weren't too many Yankees inserts. Who knows, maybe if I can pick some up for cheap at a card show or whatever I might think differently of them.

Now I would end it there but let's see some more cards I got even if they have nothing to do with Bowman Draft.


This James Kaprielian relic here came to me courtesy of Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown.
Apparently I yap about Yankees prospects so much that Gavin has become one of the cardsphere's finest in terms of Yankees prospecting. He got a masters degree in it, a certification for it and everything.


The package featured a ton of gray whales I needed but the most impressive card was this custom LUIIIIISSSSSSSSSS.


Look at that. That is tremendous. The amount of work that went into the Torrens pic on the back alone must've cost Gavin a night's sleep. Plus see the shiny star on the lower right hand corner? That's not a sticker, that's actually embedded into this card. Gavin actually cut a hole that's shaped like a star in that card and sandwiched the shiny piece of whatever that is in between the two pieces of pretty great card stock that this card was printed/made on. It's byotiful!


Austin DeCarr here was sidelined with an injury for all of 2015. He was briefly on the Staten Island Yankees roster but he was just there to go on the SIY disabled list. This Bowman Chrome autograph was part of the COMC package that I got the Luis Torrens blue prism refractor in. Prices on his autos are phenomenally low thanks to his status as a third rounder and a guy who didn't throw a single pitch in 2015.


Speaking of Yankees prospects who spent 2015 on the shelf, I engaged in probably my last international trade of 2015 with a collector in Japan. I sent them a bunch of vintage from the 70's and in turn I got back this wonderful Domingo German autograph. Don't let the Marlins uni fool you, German is in the Yankees organization. He was part of the Eovaldi/Jones for Phelps/Prado trade. He spent the entire 2015 season on the DL but he's still full of upside.


This new contact of mine in Japan was quite generous. They sent me YET ANOTHER YANKEES PITCHING PROSPECT WHO SPENT 2015 ON THE DISABLED LIST autograph with the Ty Hensley Bowman Sterling base auto. And they also sent along jersey cards of Don Mattingly and Gary Sheffield. Even though I don't like relics, I like getting these cards out of nowhere.

As stated before this was a post that went up WAY too early. There are some things that are missing from this post and all I can say is to stay tuned for Part 2 for the missing bits.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Go, Go, Go!

So something pretty odd happened. I completed a rainbow.


Yep, I completed another Luis Torrens rainbow just in time to say that I completed TWO rainbows in one year.

It's really interesting (to me) how this all came together. Prior to this month I had four of the seven colors of the rainbow (the 1/1 on the left, the red, the refractor and the base). But then I was browsing eBay when I noticed that the VERY elusive green prism refractor had popped up.


For those of you who don't know the green refractors were retail only parallels. Making them quite difficult to find due to how they weren't easy pulls to begin with in addition to how it's unclear how many people actually bought the retail version of 2013 Prizm Draft.

Anyway I managed to win the auction for the green prism refractor. At the same time I noticed that the very rare gold refractor was also up on eBay, this time as a Buy It Now listing.

#'d 08/10

The price was fairly reasonable so I pounced on it. Now I had three of the BIG pieces (the 1/1, the /10 gold and retail refractors) out of the way, there was only one more parallel keeping me from completing the rainbow.

#'d 01/75

The blue refractor which had happened to be available on COMC for a reduced price. Naturally I swooped in and bought it (along with a few other cards). Earlier today it finally arrived.


And here I sit. Looking upon the SECOND Luis Torrens rainbow I've completed. And this time this is really complete as 2013 Panini Prizm Draft didn't release printing plates. It begins and ends with these seven cards. #Blessed

I'm still quite surprised that this managed to come together. On the same day (technically) no less. But then again, I live in the 21st century with the internet.



As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cleared For Takeoff

Bowman Draft is due to come out in a little over a week (as of this post).

Yesterday Bowman just released the checklist and there are four Yankees in the autograph checklist (Kaprielian, Holder, Degano & Finley). Six Yankees in the base card checklist (those four plus Hendrix & Judge).

Anyway, there are padawans in need of rescue.

Stormtroopers suck

Get ready Rex, it's almost showtime.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Monday, November 30, 2015

What A Deal

So the other day I finally got my first official Jeff Degano baseball card.


Well okay I didn't just get one Jeff Degano card.


I got two. Both for the price of one (shipped) at that. I was quite pleased that the only bid I put in won.

Jeff Degano was the 2nd rounder in the 2015 player draft who I met in Staten Island. I'd say more but I'm sure I'll have plenty of things to talk your ears off regarding Degano these upcoming years so I'll leave it at that.

With this I have official cards of the first five Yankees 2015 draftees and I'd suspect that the fifth rounder Chance Adams is due to receive some sort of card soon. In the meanwhile I'm now down to 12 2015 Yankees draftees I need an official card of.

Hopefully that number will go down in like a week from now when Bowman Draft finally comes out. I'm getting excited :D!

As always thanks for stopping by and take care.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Card Show Pickups: Hundreds & Hundreds, For Them

The semi-local card show happened. It was the November show which meant that the show itself was smaller than usual. Three of the four vendors I usually stop by didn't come this time. The overall selection was "meh." The less variety there is, the worse the card show is for a low budget collector like me.


As usual nobody had any of the players I collect. So I just ended up going to cheap vintage land by going through dime boxes, 20 cents each boxes, quarter boxes and 50 cents each boxes. Most of my time was spent thumbing through this one vendor's box that was filled with cards from 1973 to 1976 Topps there were 50 for $5 (a dime each). I was originally only planning to pick up 50 but I ended up picking up 150 while leaving some behind. Coupled with a few cards I picked up from another vendor, I ended up getting a hundred-something cards from the 70's and 4 cards from the 60s for around $20. I spent more than I wanted to TBH, but I managed to get dozens of trade bait for my Japanese contacts.

When all was said and done I picked up a total of seven Yankees cards for myself.


The most I spent on one card was a whopping three dollars for this 1958 Elston Howard. One of the most underrated Yankees legends ever IMHO. I had some thoughts about maybe adding a Bill Dickey or Left Gomez card to my collection too but those were shot down when I realized nobody had vintage cards of either of those players. At least not for prices I'd be willing to pay (I didn't get out of bed to pay above eBay prices).


Of course I got an in person autograph at this show as well. There were two rookies signing there. Some scrub on the not-Yankees named Matz and the Yankees' very own #GREGBIRD.

I had gotten Greg Bird via TTM before and obtained his certified autograph as well but I figured I'd complete the trifecta with an IP autograph. It was costly ($49) but it's worth it.


I had Bird sign my Asia exclusive 2015 Bowman Chrome Black Refractor. After taking a photograph with him I gave him another copy for himself.

There was also a free signer (Omar Moreno) but I couldn't find any Yankees era cards of his at the card show so I left.

All in all I'd say this show was adequate. The Bird and Howard were nice additions to my collection but the rest is just trade fodder to get me what I really want. I suppose that's a success in of itself. Unfortunately finding the one card to push Mark Hoyle's package over the top didn't materialize (my go-to T206 didn't have anything I could use this time), but don't worry Mark, I had a plan B stored just in case.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Friday, November 13, 2015

How'd He Know?

Fuji over at the Chronicles Of Fuji sent what appears to be everybody something this past week. I myself was one of the people he sent a few cards to, and like everybody else I was overwhelmed.


Mainly because Fuji appears to have read my mind and managed to pinpoint one card I really needed.

Fuji knows that I like Yankees prospects and I have to assume he also knew that I was looking for a Rony Bautista Bowman Chrome autograph since I've (unofficially) started trying to build the 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects autograph Yankees team set. Since I gave away my previous Rony autograph to his buddy Domingo, I went back and forth looking at various eBay listings before Fuji sent this my way.

Fuji sent along a note saying I don't need to send him anything because his reserves are at an all time low. But saying "don't" to me is a great way to make sure that I do ;). Especially when you knocked off a critical need.


Fuji also sent along what became my first 2009 Bowman Chrome autograph of a Yankee with this Pat Venditte refractor (#'d 492/500). I remember Fuji showing off a Pat Venditte BoChro autograph a while back and I kind of hoped that this wasn't that one since I'd feel really guilty if it was. Well I went back and yes it was the same card. Now I feel like a douche for taking a card away from him.

I had a small stack of cards prepared for Fuji's next Zippy Zapping. After this recent development I've decided that it isn't enough and I'll have to beef up my own reserves. *Grins evilly*


Accompanying the BoChros were these autographs of Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna. Both were basically the token Yankees rookies included in many Topps/Bowman sets back in 2014. Solarte was the kind of cinderella story media types like to write and fans love to eat up. Solarte spent years toiling in the minors before making a huge impression on the Yankees brass as a non-roster invite in Spring Training. He had a really good April of 2014 before regressing and he was eventually traded along with Rafael De Paula to the Padres. Dean Anna was a Padres farmhand who the Yankees picked up to serve as the ultimate utility man. He played a dozen games for the Yankees and even pitched in one, but he was eventually demoted and selected off of waivers by the Pirates. He's now with the St. Louis Cardinals (Pete Kozma 2.0?).


There were two more cards inside. One is for a future post the other was Fuji's standard calling card.

So I kinda broke my own rule and blogged about a trade. Sort of. This wasn't really a trade per-se, none of the transactions I make with people are "trades" anymore. More like I send people cards I don't need and they send me cards they don't need. But when a package you get hits a bullseye (I'm serious Fuji, how'd you know I needed Rony?) you blog about it.

So yeah, thanks a bunch Fuji.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Weekend TTM Roundup: 11/2-11/7

Received On: 11/6/2015

My only return this week came from Jim Mason. This is actually the second time this year that I sent a request out to a retired player this year, and it's actually my first signed 1975 Topps card.
James Percy Mason was drafted by the Washington Senators in the second round of the 1968 MLB Player Draft. He stayed in the organization long enough to see the org change into the Texas Rangers before his contract was purchased by the New York Yankees.
Known as a weak hitting shortstop, he had a pretty good career year in 1974 where he put up a career high 1.2 bWAR (source). However not long afterwards he regressed back to his career norm and was later taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1976 expansion draft. The next year he was traded to the Rangers (his first team) and then to Montreal the next. Must be pretty surreal to say you were a member of the Washington Senators and Montreal Expos today.

Big thanks to Mr. Mason for the awesome autograph.

And as always thank you (the readers) for stopping by. Take care.

2015 TTM Count: 226

Sources:
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/masonji01.shtml

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It's That Time Of The Year Again

Yep, we're in November. If you're like me and live in the Eastern part of the United States (aka the colder/superior part of the country) then you're pretty much in the midst of fall.

More specifically we're in the part of fall where the weather suddenly falls like 30 degrees from the temperature it was last week. Resulting in a bunch of people who pretended that they could still wear shorts, skirts and short sleeve shirts outside getting colds (or something similar).

Basically it's the time of the year where people around you are constantly sniffing, sneezing, coughing and feeling worse than they usually do (and they probably felt pretty bad to begin with, especially here in NYC).

If you walk into your local drugstore you'll notice that most of them have probably changed their displays so that the tissues, cough drops, antibiotics, etc... are front and center. My local Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS (yes I have three drugstores near me, I'm blessed) sure did.

In addition to the drop in temperature, this is the time of the year where people stop spending time outside in the cold and huddle inside warm buildings. Making it easier for people who're sick/semi-sick with something to transmit their diseases onto other individuals. This has happened at my college, and I guarantee it's happening in a ton of other schools, offices, buses, subways, elevators, indoor social settings as I type. Shoutout to a certain teacher in Chicago-ish I know, good luck fending off all those germs.

It's also the odd time of the year where the mornings and nights are bitter cold, and yet during the day it's a bit too warm to keep wearing the three layers of jackets you put on when you left the house this morning. But you know you'll need them later so you end up lugging around those three jackets anyway, feeling like a chump as you wait in line to get into the $1 per slice pizza joint during lunch.

So what is the point of this post? Basically, it's sniffing season so be prepared. If you catch something, consult a doctor. If you're too stubborn/lazy/poor to go see a doctor, at least drink lots and lots of water (not ginger-ale, water) to piss that virus out. Eat like a rabbit (for once) and get some vitamins and minerals from apples, oranges and various other produce in your system. Stay warm, wear a scarf around your neck even if you think it's an unfashionable ugly scarf your family gave you for your birthday because they thought you're still joking about wanting baseball cards.

If not prepare for the awful smell of mucus in your nostrils as it messes up your sense of smell and makes you feel even sicker.


So to all my brethren in cold/colder climates. Be well, you're going to need to be as healthy as possible to shovel snow off your driveway six times a day in a month from now.

And to all of you in consistently warmer climates who don't really have to go through things like this, I hate you (lol ;).

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Last Of My Splurge

Alright, so the one final piece of my previous splurge came in.


That my friends is the Jake Cave 2015 Bowman Chrome autograph. It's the last Yankees autograph I needed from 2015 Bowman Chrome.
Jake Cave is an interesting prospect. Based on the things he allegedly can and can't do, he reminds me of Brett Gardner. He can hit for a high average, make consistent contact, has some speed, is pretty competent defensively, power is kind of iffy, and hits from the left side. Depending on how he works on his approach against left handers, he could range from Gardner's heir as the everyday left fielder, to a fourth outfielder. He was promoted to triple-A very late in the year and saw some time in the triple-A playoffs. He'll likely repeat the level next year and be one of the many lefty hitting outfielders currently providing the Yankees with outfield depth. Oh and he's a huge fan of Eminem.


Now I have all three Yankees prospect autographs from 2015 Bowman Chrome. Now to wait for the autographs in Bowman Draft as well as the hype/prices on the Bowman trio (Refsnyder/Mateo/Severino) to die down. Can't forget Domingo German (even though he's a Marlin) either I guess.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Bit Of A Splurge

After the disappointing card show earlier this month, I decided to go about and splurge a little online. During the process I was reminded that I have zero patience and should opt for overnight shipping whenever it's available to feed my want for instant gratification. It may cost more, but since there is a legitimate chance I might die before the package reaches me, I want it NAO!
Unfortunately sellers on eBay didn't really offer that as a shipping option and my COMC scratch card was only good for $3 standard shipping (still better than nothing though ^_^). So with normal flat rate shipping everything lined up to make for an interesting week for my mailbox this week.
To hold me over during the wait I've been catching up on music some friends mine kept recommending, as well as a few songs I used to like but haven't listened to in a while. So today I thought I'd share some random tracks I've been listening to these past few days to accompany each card.


The crown jewel was this Wilkerman Garcia autograph. Wilky was one of the international free agent prospects the Yankees signed as part of their insane 2014 IFA haul. The Yankees have a logjam of sorts of promising high caliber middle infielders in the minors and Wilk-man there is one of them. His pro debut in 2015 was quite good and the Yankees aggressively had him arrive stateside after a few games in the DSL. Some scouts believe he's already a better prospect than Jorge Mateo.


Oh and here's the back because this is the refractor version. The back says he's 5'11" but according to MiLB he's already 6'0" this year. Now these measurements are always bad and inaccurate, but this much is clear. He's still just 17 years old and won't turn 18 until next April.
Okay, now for the unrelated track.


Can Modest Mouse be considered a one hit wonder? Like in the same way Jimi Hendrix was technically a one-hitter?

I REALLY need to clean my scanner

Here's Dermis Garcia, another top shortstop prospect for the Yankees. He was also one of the prospects the Yankees scooped up in the insane 2014 IFA haul. Garcia was also aggressively pushed and made it stateside pretty quickly. Unfortunately his 2015 was derailed by injuries so hopefully he can bounce back and show everybody his stuff in 2016 :).

Unrelated Song:

This is so British. In a good way.


Here is the overlooked Leonardo Molina. He was basically the high profile IFA signing in 2013 and was aggressively pushed as well as he started almost immediately in the USA the following year. He's had a few struggles since he arrived but he just turned 18 so there is still plenty of time. He made significant strides at the plate and in the outfield these past two years so if all goes well he should be on a time schedule similar to a domestic high school prospect from next year and onward.

Unrelated Song:


This is the first time I ever heard of this group. I'm somewhat optimistic to find out what the rest of their discography may hold.


Here's promising third baseman Miguel Andujar. Andujar has his highs and lows but overall he's a solid prospect who could be a nice return on the Yankees' investment. He has a cannon for an arm and has a ton of power. He even won the FSL Home Run derby this past summer! Hopefully he can put it all together in 2016 and make other third baseman in the system like Jagielo nervous.

Unrelated Song:


This song reminds me of The Neighborhood's Sweater Weather. Speaking of which, I waited until Autumn to share this with you all for extra irony.

And that concludes the cards I picked up (minus one which is on it's way right now). Here are a few more tracks from various genres that I'm going to listening to to hold me over while I wait for that card to arrive.


What did you expect from the Vaccines?


Mick Jenkins' interview with Nardwuar is the best.


Big K.R.I.T. and guest rapper Lupe Fiasco deliver a fantastic track.


Wait, the singer was a dude?!


I need to catch up on the singer-songwriter scene.


Lord Huron sure is soothing.


Remember 2004?


I need to take a look through my dad's record collection.

And those were some of my latest card purchases and some random songs I wanted to share.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Monday, October 12, 2015

Estrada Comp

I don't have much of a blogpost today, but I do have three things to share with you all.


The first is that I finally bought a shadow box for my Thairo Estrada batting gloves and picked up a magnetic for the (autographed ;)) mini superfractor. I love how it looks.


I also made this compilation video using the Estrada at-bats I recorded in SI this past summer. Feel free to check it out if you'd like :).

Admittedly the video isn't very good because the clips were filmed on my iPhone and because I'm not a videographer (nor am I much of an editor). But I did manage to get three Estrada hits in there.


BTW, the crew at MLB.com finally decided to add Estrada to the top 30 Yankees prospect rankings. He entered the list at number 29 (this was after both Luis Severino and Greg Bird lost their prospect status). Former SI Yankee Ben Gamel entered at number 30. I have no doubt that Thairo will be the 29th best overall prospect come 2016.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Saga Continues...



It's just the yellow plate for the MINI Bowman Chrome, but it'll do.

It's my 8th 1/1 LUIIIIISSSSSSSSSSS card. And now I only need two more of the mini Bowman Chrome plates ;).

As always thanks for stopping by and take care.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

If I'm The Nats...

So this year the Nationals have collapsed and are an utter mess. It's actually quite amazing how they managed to lose the division that has three teams competing/losing on purpose for the first overall pick in the draft next year, to the Mets of all people.
As such I've constructed a list of things I'd do if I were in charge of the Nationals franchise. I made these with careful consideration and made sure I was as objective as possible (haha, yeah right).

05. Trade Stephen Strasburg to the Yankees for nothing


It is clear that Washington cannot get their potential-ace to turn into a "legit"-ace. Thus they should dump him onto the Yankees and let him be their problem.

04. Launch Jonathan Papelbon Into The Sun

I've spared you all the horrible fate of having to see crotch-grabber's face again. You're welcome.

03. Fire Matt Williams

Thanks again for the TTM return though

Somewhere out there Night Owl is smiling as his least favorite player has been the least efficient manager in the majors. Throughout the year I've heard and read a ton of complaints about how Williams is a piss-poor manager. It's to the point where it looks like 2015 Williams will be the latest cautionary tale of relying on managers who have little to no experience actually managing.

02. Trade Bryce Harper to the Yankees for cash considerations

One of my favorite Harper cards

There is an ongoing narrative that Bryce Harper is a "clubhouse cancer." If that's the case (I doubt it TBH), a change of scenery would do wonders for the 20-something who's handled various situations better than the people twice his age do. If I'm the Nationals I'm going to trade Harper to the Yankees for cash. That way Harper can "learn to play the game the right way" from the best team in the sport, and the Nats can send one final message to Harper that they didn't even think the MVP-caliber Harper was worth an actual player in a trade.

Also, the Nationals should totally send along Victor Robles as a PTBNL to the Yankees to sweeten the deal and make it worth the Yankees' while.

01. Move the team back to Montreal.


It is clear that these fools in Washington are a waste of our time. Send them back to Montreal for the sake of sending them back to Montreal.

And those are my top five suggestions for the Washington Nationals franchise going forward. I think these are sound suggestions that the Nationals front office should consider very heavily this offseason. And if you disagree, well, there's a reason you're not a GM.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Woof

I've never been one to objectify women. I don't bark like a dog whenever a fine piece of work passes by me (#obligatorycontradiction).

However, in recent times my go to phrase whenever I see a really cool card has been "woof."

I go to a card show and see some Paul Goldschmidt patch autograph numbered to 10 with some cool patch embedded in it and I let out a "woof."

I see one of my foreign contacts post a really cool dual autograph of Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax, I reply with "woof."

I pull an autograph out of one random pack I purchased for the heck of it. I say "woof."

Now the last instance is rare. In the past 6 months I think I've purchased less than 10 packs. But every now and then I seem to get really lucky. So much so I'm getting disappointed my luck isn't present when/where it counts. But these small victories are satisfying nonetheless, and I'm grateful because things could've gone a lot worse.

Like the other day when I went to Target. I was only at Target because I needed a quick meal and decided to stop by the fast food joint right next to it. I ordered my processed food that took a good 5 years from my life and decided to stop by the card aisle, seeing as how I already made the trip out.


I only bought one single pack of 2015 Bowman retail edition. It was pretty much the last one on the shelf (in this form). I thought why not take a $3 gamble. I could always use some more TTM ammo or trade fodder. Most of the pack included dupes (like the Mitchell above), but it wasn't an ordinary run of the mill disappointment.

A few cards into the pack I pulled something that made me go "woof."


That my friends is the red refractor parallel of Tyler Beede's 2015 Bowman Chrome The Farm's Finest mini.

1/5!

It's numbered 1/5. Who would've thought you could pull something like this from retail?

It's a cool card that did make me go "woof" right when I saw it. Unfortunately it's not worth a whole lot because San Francisco is a poor market and the Giants farm system is quite weak. In fact, Beede is arguably the best prospect in the Giants farm system but not even he made it onto MLB.com's top 100 prospect list (meaning that no Giants prospects are on MLB.com's top 100 prospect list).

Still, this is a small victory that was just big enough for me to let out a "woof." And I got my $3 worth. Or at least I think so. The gold parallel of this card numbered to 50 seem to be barely going for $2.00 so I might've just ended up breaking even.

And no I'm not sorry for objectifying baseball cards.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Recreating The Draft

So this year's draft class was a pretty decent one for the Yankees. It's way too early to say what'll become of the many guys drafted in 2015 but considering how the Yankees are dead set on making their farm system a legitimate source of big league talent, I'm quite excited for this year's crop.

As such I decided to take on a semi-daunting undertaking. Obtaining at least one official card of the 2015 New York Yankees Draft Class (that actually signed with the Yankees). This excludes guys like Deacon Liput or Andrew Miller (a different Andrew Miller) who were drafted by the Yankees but didn't sign. If a player only has an official card from his pre-Yankees days like Isiah Gilliam that WILL count. If a player does not have an official card but I made a custom and got it signed, it does NOT count (I just included some of my customs to serve as placeholders). This is only for official cards.

1st Round



James Kaprielian and Kyle Holder are both present and accounted for.

2nd Round


As of this moment there are no official Jeff Degano cards. However I expect that to change this winter.
Took longer but, here's Jeff Degano's first official card.

3rd Round


Drew Finley (the name on the official card is a typo, lol) has a few cards in a few Leaf products as well.

4th Round


Jeff Hendrix possesses Gold Glove caliber defense.

5th Round

Chance Adams is one of the two 2015 Staten Island Yankees I never got an autograph of. Grrr. He does not have a card yet either.

6th Round


From Pags to Wags.

7th Round


Damn bruh, look at those forearms.

8th Round

Donny Sands does not have an official card. Yet.

9th Round


Ryan Krill will Krill the competition next year. Yeah I'll see myself out.

10th Round


Lefty who says a lot of interesting stories in the bullpen.

11th Round


Josh Rogers, surrounded by darkness, is present and accounted for.

12th Round

Terrance Robertson does not have an official card yet.

13th Round


Trey Amburgey does not have any official cards yet but after the way he hit every ball that was thrown to him to kingdom-come in 2015 I suspect he'll have an official card soon enough.

14th Round


Will Carter really didn't do a whole lot in 2015, I guess the Yankees wanted him to take the first year easy and see what they have in him in 2016.

15th Round

"If he was allowed, he'd get (Ricky) Vaughn's lightning bolts shaved into the side of his head." - Dustin Dopirak on 15th round selection Bret Marks.

16th Round


Kolton Mahoney has a heart of gold. Just look at how he even brightens up the background of his own card.

17th Round


Brody Koerner has a card in the Pulaski Yankees team set.

18th Round


The Zack (Zehner) Attack will continue in Charleston come 2016.

19th Round


Mark Seyler will unfortunately be out for a while as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

20th Round


Isiah Gilliam has a few unlicensed cards by Leaf out there. Unfortunately I haven't picked any up yet.

21st Round


Josh Roeder had a magnificent beard before joining the Yankees org.

22nd Round


Cody Carroll, the Pulaski Yankees team set came through big time.

23rd Round


Garrett Mundell, the Pulaski Yankees team set came through big time (again).

24th Round

Patrick O'Brien does not have an official card yet.

25th Round


Austin Afenir, the Pulaski Yankees team set came through big time (again x5).

26th Round

Icezack Flemming does not have an official card yet but with a name like that, he'll have one soon enough.

28th Round

David Sosebee has a Pulaski card. And like the others it's kind of grainy.

29th Round


Kane Sweeney. Saved by the Pulaski set yet again. Although the picture is still grainy.

30th Round

Chad Martin was promoted to high-A Tampa near the end of the 2015 season after call ups shook the entire balance of the Yankees org. He does not have an official card yet.

31st Round


Hobie Harris, despite the fact that he made it to high-A in 2015, does not have a card yet.

32nd Round


Alex Robinett received a card in the 2015 SIY set after he was promoted to Charleston. A little after that he was deployed to the army. May he return safe and sound.

33rd Round


Christian Morris was promoted to high-A Tampa as part of a huge roster shakeup near the end of the season after September callups came into effect. But he does not have an official card out yet.

35th Round


Alex Bisacca came to Staten Island near the end of the 2015 season. He does not have an official card yet.

36th Round

Dustin Cook does not have an official card yet.

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And that concludes the 2015 draft class that did sign with the Yankees.

Of the 35 humans who were drafted by the Yankees and signed, only 12 have yet to be immortalized on cardboard. I foresee Degano getting a card as early as this October. With everybody else a maybe late in 2016 in various team sets spanning across Pulaski/Staten Island/Charleston and possibly Tampa.

Anyway this is my first attempt a recreating a draft through cards and my first attempt at a quasi-frankenset so wish me luck. As it stands I'm 22/23. Here's to hoping the remaining 12 have cards released soon.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).