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 :).