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


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 :).