Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Some Progress

Admittedly I've been neglecting my Luis Torrens collection. I've been busy with other projects not remotely related to baseball. Plus there hasn't been much available that I really "needed."


That was until I found this printing plate. From 2014 Leaf Metal Baseball.


It's the yellow printing plate from the aforementioned product.

Last time I bought a card from this product it was the red auto numbered to five.

With this plate I am now only TWO cards away from the master rainbow. The base SP auto and the black printing plate. Of those two I feel like the black printing plate will be the easier one to find.

This card was actually available on COMC but I actually decided to pay for it through Amazon. I did so because I wanted to see if COMC's shipping on Amazon (and eBay) were quicker. It usually takes me three weeks to get packages on the COMC website. This time this only took me a week.  Of course the shipping fee was $3.99 but still, quicker = better.

Anyway that was my latest Torrens pickup. This brings me up to 11 different Luis Torrens 1/1's and 83 total cards in my Torrens collection. Yes, 83. For a guy who's only been in products from 2013 and 2014. Oy vey.

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

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 9/19-9/24


Received On: 09/19/2016

My first return this week came from Zech Lemond.
Zech Lemond was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the third round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. The righty hurler throws a mid-90's fastball, curveball and change up. Originally a reliever in his amateur days, Lemond has since been converted into a starter and the results have been mixed. Lemond's development has been slowed by injuries here and there and this year the Padres seemed to ease his workload as he made a few appearances in relief down the line. Whether or not his future is in the starting remains to be seen.

Received On: 09/19/2016

Next up is Cardinals farmhand Tommy Edman.
Tommy Edman was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. The Stanford product is a switch hitting middle infielder (primarily shortstop) who projects to be a consistent hitter who can hit for average. Edman's pro debut was very promising and only strengthens an already deep farm system for the Cardinals as he was selected to the New York-Penn League All Star Game and he was a key contributor for the State College Spikes during their run to the NYPL Championships. He killed the Staten Island Yankees in Round 1 of the playoffs BTW.

Received On: 09/20/2016

Here are a couple of returns that put me over the 250-count courtesy of former Yankees prospect Lyle Mouton. Mouton was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 1991 MLB Player Draft. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox as the PTBNL in the Jack McDowell trade in 1995. Mouton made his MLB debut with the White Sox and spent three seasons with them before he was sent to Japan to play for the Yakult Swallows. Not long afterwards he was back stateside after the Baltimore Orioles purchased his contract. After that he latched onto other teams/organizations before his career ended in 2003. A quick look back reveals that Mouton was a consistent hitter but didn't exactly amount to much other than a fourth outfielder. Still, the former LSU Tiger had himself quite a career that I'm sure many would love to have.
Shout out to San Jose Fuji for the assist.

Received On: 09/21/2016

Here's a return from Dodgers prospect Jordan Paroubeck.
Jordan Paroubeck was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the competitive balance round (like after the second round?) of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. The switch hitting outfielder (primarily left field) was traded to the Atlanta Braves in the Craig Kimbrel trade and then was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for international free agent bonus pool money. The smart Dodgers are smart. Paroubeck has yet to really tap into his potential but the possibility of him being a future outfielder (fourth outfielder?) with a fair bit of power and solid contact skills are what has made Paroubeck so in demand.

Received On: 09/23/2016

Continuing the Dodgers parade is a '79 Topps return of Manny Mota.
Manny Mota was originally signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent in 1957. Mota eventually made it to the big leagues in 1962 and his playing career largely known nowadays for being a part of the powerhouse Dodgers teams of the 1970's. He was even an All Star in 1973 with the Doyers.
Of course he might be more known (especially with Dodgers fans) as a long time coach. Mota spent over three decades with the Dodgers as a coach. He's still very affiliated with the Dodgers organization (I should know, I sent this request to Dodger Stadium) and is a member of the Dodgers' Spanish broadcasting crew.
Quick shoutout to Night Owl Cards for the assist. N.O. sent this along while also saying that Mota had a very nice signature, N.O. was not wrong.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Lemond, Edman, Mouton, Paroubeck and Mota for the awesome autographs.

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

Take care.

2016 TTM Count: 253

Sources:
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=607617#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2015/?list=sd
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=669242#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/2016/9/22/13013430/prospect-q-a-2016-6th-round-draft-pick-tommy-edman-st-louis-cardinals-stanford-cardinal
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/moutoly01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=641952#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2015/?list=la
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/motama01.shtml

Thursday, September 22, 2016

My First Gleyber!


It took until the end of the minor league season, but I finally got my very first Gleyber Torres.

It's not some super fancy autograph but instead something that I think is better. A MINOR LEAGUE TEAM ISSUED CARD OF GLEYBER TORRES!

This 2015 Choice card of Gleyber Torres as a member of the South Bend Cubs came to me from P-Town Tom.

Tom sent me back the Adam Warren cards I had previously sent him. And added this saying it was the "interesting" on the AW loan. I did not agree to such an interest fee and this is obviously a ploy to get me to feel guilty and up the ante on the next Zapping for him! Well, wish granted Tom ;).

Anyway I like these minor league cards more than most cards so I'll happily proclaim this as my first Gleyber. BTW, I'm still not sure exactly how to pronounce Gleyber. I've heard people say it as "Glee-ber" but I just pronounce it like G(l)ay-bar.


Gleyber Torres was the top prospect who came to New York in the Aroldis Chapman trade. Back in June I joked about Gleyber (or Ian Happ) being a future Yankee in a bullpen trade with Chicago (at the time I didn't think the Yankees would actually sell) but the Yankees became sellers and Gleyber Torres became a Yankee. Yes, I was shocked as well. But that shock turned to joy in an instant. Gleyber Torres is a Yankee! The Yankees had a new number one prospect (depending on who you asked)! Of course Torres' spot as the number one prospect would be usurped by the acquisition of Clint Frazier but still, landing a guy like Torres for a rental was huge.

Gleyber Torres projects to be a really good infielder (whether it's at short or at second is unclear at the moment) who can flat out hit. He could be the next heir to second base (because it's probably not Starlin Castro), one thing's for sure though, some scouts seem him as a potential top ten prospect next year (even over Clint Frazier). Boo-yah!

Anyway big thanks to Tom for this Gleyber.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

More Inbound Cards From The Motherland

Shortly after the package from Rizara-san over in Japan arrived, I got another package from ハーパーsan too.

I sent ハーパーsan an in person autograph (complete with inscription too) of Ryan Ripken as well as a few Nationals cards (he's a Nats fan) and he sent me back a ton of goodies.


After I got the base version of this Turn Two insert of Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge, I got this gold refractor version (the serial number is 16/50) too. What a world.

Aaron Judge's season ended prematurely due to an injury while Jorge Mateo's name is now in trade rumors. You know, like Gary Sanchez's name was a few years back...


Woof! A Bowman Chrome autograph of Aaron Hicks!
At the time of the Hicks trade I thought Hicks was a pretty decent acquisition. No he wasn't anywhere near the big league regular the prospect lists thought he was going to be, but there was still a chance he could become that with the Yankees. For the first half he stunk up the join, but he really picked it up in August (seems so long ago now doesn't it?) before an injury put him on a DL for a bit. Will he be back next year in the fourth outfielder role? Heck if I know.


Dellin Betances! 1979 Topps motiff! YAY!
To be honest the blue border around this is a bit unsettling. I'm not used to this kind of border on the 1979 Topps design. At least this thing is numbered thought (026/199). Betances hasn't had the best stretch here in the second half but he's better than most of the guys every other bullpen is running out there.


Alright, now here's where we get to the good stuff. Like the prospects. ハーパーsan is a prospect expert (he knows more than me!) and he knows his stuff when it comes to Yankees prospects. The Chance Adams was a legitimate need and I'm happy to have my first non-auto card of Hoy Jun Park too. Dustin Fowler's a nice dupe to have too.


Oh heck yeah! Japanese exclusives!
Well technically these are Asia exclusives but I don't care about the non-Japanese parts of Asia. What I do care about is that there are my first black refractors of Severino, Holder and Degano. I'm stoked!


USA stuff. Dig the cool Blake Rutherford who was all of 18 years old on that card. Also the reclamation project Dillon Tate and James Kaprielian who recently threw to live hitters.



SHINY!!!


Inserts of James Kaprielian, Luis Severino and Greg Bird.

The jury's out on Sevy's long term future. Some see him as a potential starter getting back to where he once was (throw the change-up already!), others see him as the next Betances/Rivera in the failed starter-dominant reliever mold. I say it's too early to give up on his potential as a frontline starter and to see what he can do next season before deciding on a definitive course of action.

Gerg Bird is going to the AFL this winter (again) to make up for lost time. He'll have to fight for a first base job next spring with Tyler Austin and the various shmucks the Yankees bring in for the first base job.

And those were some of the goodies in the package that ハーパーsan sent me. There was more but these were the really cool ones IMHO.

ハーパーさん今回もありがとうございました!

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Red Addition


Alright, throw out what I said about not spending money on cards this month (I'll really have to stick to my guns come October/November/December). That went out the window with some of my latest purchases, which included this Luis Torrens red Prizm refractor autograph from 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks.


It's numbered 039/100 and is a very spiffy card (most/all of these Panini Prizm autos are actually).
I've been after this card for a while but these seem to show up for for more than what I'm usually willing to pay ($10+ with S/H). For this one I was about to get it for around $5.

Torrens had himself a meh return to the field here in 2016. Obviously this year was all about seeing if Torrens was finally healthy and how his arm changed (if at all) after his surgery. By all accounts, it didn't really change. It was just as quick and dynamic as it was before Torrens went under the knife.

Torrens didn't really hit too well in his return, but I'd chalk that up to readjusting to playing everyday after spending over a year rehabbing an injury. 2017 will be the true challenge for Torrens.


If nothing else, MLB.com ranks Torrens as the 9th best catching prospect in all of baseball. This is after Gary Sanchez lost his prospect status for the record. Obviously this is eight spots too low but I'm guessing that not every scout was able to catch a glimpse of Torrens this year.

Next year. There's always next year.

And that was my latest Torrens pickup. As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Monday, September 19, 2016

Inbound Cards From The Motherland

I arranged another trade with another Japanese collector. This was my first trade with a Twitter user I've been following for a while named Rizara.

Rizara's a Mets fan so I sent them some Cyclones team sets, a Cyclones program and some Mets cards. In turn they sent back a lot of cool stuff.


Here's an insanely cool relic of Tony Lazzeri numbered 91/99. Tony Lazzeri was one of the members of the Murderer's Row lineup back in the 20's and 30's with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The son of Italian immigrants (it's the early 20th century folks!). Lazzeri was a pretty competent hitter but obviously playing with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig will reduce you to footnote status in the grand scheme of history. I understand that Lazzeri is cited by many to be one of the more lackluster players in the HoF and a case for many to say that "player-x deserves to be in the HoF because Lazzeri is in it and he was far worse than player-x." Is Lazzeri one of the worst HoFers? Hell if I care. He's a Yankee and he's an Italian, that's good.


Even better than a bat relic of a member of the Murderer's Row is this Gary Sanchez relic from Topps Museum Collection numbered 02/50. When we first negotiated this trade Sanchez was still in the minors and this trade would've been reasonable. By the time we finally sent each other out our cards, Sanchez's value went up and I now feel bad.


A purple Prizm of Justus Sheffield.
This was kind of a last minute throw-in on the part of Rizara-san but I still like it (ironically this came on the same day that Drew's package did meaning I got two Sheffields at once). Sheffield made it to double-A this year and (assuming he's not traded or gets injured) will stand to be in triple-A sometime next year and possibly the big leagues as early as next September (more likely September in 2018).


Oh heck yes. I saw that Rizara had pulled this card and I knew that I needed to acquire it. Why? Because P-Town Tom blogged about it. Also, director of smiles. Director of smiles. This card is headed to Tom BTW.


This Diamond Kings card of Howard is numbered 42 of 99. I find it very cool. Elston Howard is a very underrated Yankees legend and I don't think people truly understand how important he is to the Yankees. Then again I wasn't really there so it's hard for me to put his significance into perspective but screw it, he's great and he deserves to be treated as such.


There were some more DK's inside but these two were my favorites. I like Howard (as previously established) and I also like Roger Maris as a player. Those dingers.


There were some modern prospects too obviously. This turn two insert features both Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge.


I think I'll end this post with this. This is a base Leaf Trinity Pure Glass auto of Luis Torrens. Man, these are so slick in person.

Of course this is a dupe and actually the third of this kind to come into my possession but I don't care. If I have a shot at a Torrens card I get at it.

And that was my latest international trade. These international trades from the land of my ancestors are always a ton of fun and this was no exception.

リザラさん今回ありがとうございました!

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

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 9/12-9/17

Received On: 09/12/2016

My first return this week came from top Indians prospect Triston McKenzie.
Triston McKenzie was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. McKenzie is a 6'5 right hander who was drafted out of high school and projects to have a very high ceiling as a frontline starter. McKenzie is armed with a fastball that sits in the high-80's/low-90's, a plus curveball and a plus change-up. McKenzie projects to add some more velocity and stamina once his body starts to grow out a little more but he's done exceptionally well in his short time as a professional pitcher. McKenzie was one of the better prospects in the NYPL this year and he did well enough to earn a late season call up to the single-A level Lake County Captains.

Received On: 09/12/2016

Next up is a top prospect Phillies prospect, Adonis Medina.
Adonis Medina was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a non-drafted international free agent back in 2014. The righty throwing Dominican Republic product is one of the top pitching prospects in the Phillies org who projects to have the ceiling of a number three starter in the big leagues. Medina is armed with a fastball, curveball and change up. All of which he uses for strikes. Going forward Medina's main focus will probably be on refining his command and harnessing his low-90's fastball.

Received On: 09/12/2016

Here's a return from Astros outfield prospect Stephen Wrenn.
Stephen Wrenn was drafted by the Houston Astros in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Seen as a top 100 talent coming into the 2016 MLB Player Draft, an ill-timed injury wrecked Wrenn's stock a bit and the Astros were able to take the top 30 prospect in a later round. Wrenn is a centerfield with tremendous speed and a pretty solid bat. Offensively he projects to be a top of the order bat who can hit for contact and average more than for power, and swipe a lot of bases. Defensively he projects to be a very solid centerfield who has a lot of range.

Received On: 09/12/2016

Here's my first '79 Topps return of the week, this time from Tom Burgmeier.
Tom Burgmeier was originally signed by the Colt .45's as a free agent back in 1962 (this was before the MLB draft). Burgmeier spent a few years in the minors and was even released before he latched on with the California Angels. He made his MLB debut with the Angels in 1968 and appeared in 56 games (two of those games were starts). Burgmeier was then taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 1968 expansion draft and was a pretty good reliever/closer for them. Then Burgmeier was traded to the Minnesota Twins in a minor trade and spent a few years there. In early 1978 Burgmeier signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent and he had some of the best years of his career with the Red Sox. Burgmeier had a career year in 1980 especially when he had a career high 24 saves and was even selected to that year's All Star Game. As a Red Sox, Burgmeier accumulated 10.3 WAR (according to Baseball Reference) which is more than he accumulated with all of the other teams he was on combined. Burgmeier last played for the Oakland A's in 1984 before his career came to a close.
Once again, shout out to Night Owl for the assist.

Received On: 09/13/2016

Next up is top Tigers prospect, Derek Hill.
Derek Hill was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. Hill projects to be a complete package for the Tigers in the future, but at the present his biggest tool is his speed. With a pretty average/above average approach at the plate, Hill's ceiling is a table setter atop a future MLB lineup. Most likely his future on the field is as a center fielder with lots of range and a strong arm. Hill's biggest challenge since being drafted has been staying healthy. When healthy he could be quite the outfielder.

Received On: 09/13/2016

Here's Mets righty Corey Taylor.
Corey Taylor was drafted by the New York Mets in the seventh round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Corey Taylor is a righty reliever with a low 90's fastball and slider that he uses to primarily induce weak contact and lots of grounders. His ceiling projects to be anywhere between a long reliever and a middle reliever at the big league level. And at worst he'll be a guy who shares a name with the lead singer of Slipknot.

Received On: 09/15/2016

Here's a set need for my 2016 Staten Island Yankees team set courtesy of Taylor Widener.
Taylor Widener was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 12th round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Widener is armed with a low-90's fastball and a wipeout slider that he uses in dominant relief. Widener projects to be a very good reliever going forward and his 2016 professional debut showed as much (59 strike outs across two levels in 38.1 combined innings pitched). Woof. Widener pitched for the University of South Carolina prior to the draft and he was briefly able to be reunited with SC when he was assigned to the Charleston Riverdogs for the last month of the season as well as their playoff push. Next season Widener will likely either start the season in Charleston or Tampa.

Received On: 09/15/2016

Here are a couple of returns from Brewers farmhand, Troy Stokes.
Troy Stokes was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. Stokes is an intriguing player in the Brewers org due to his potential as a very good top of the order table setter. Stokes is an outfielder with plus plus speed and projects to be a steady leadoff man or steady hitting second in the order. Stokes spent parts of this past season on the DL at various times but with 65 professional stolen bases already to his name, he'll be an interesting guy to watch for guys in fantasy leagues looking for steals.
BTW, the chrome card on the right was a present to Stokes but he signed anyway. Instant cool guy points.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. McKenzie, Medina, Wrenn, Burgmeier, Hill, Taylor, Widener and Stokes for the awesome returns.

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

Take care.

2016 TTM Count: 247

Sources:
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=663474#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=cle
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=658431#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=phi
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=642227#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=hou
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/burgmto01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=656537#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=det
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664219#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.amazinavenue.com/2015/6/11/8764331/2015-mets-draft-profile-rhp-corey-taylor
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=642203#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://riveraveblues.com/2016/06/2016-draft-yankees-go-heavy-on-prep-players-and-power-arms-on-day-three-139603/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=657011#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-milwaukee-brewers/

Friday, September 16, 2016

Cards From The Hot Corner


Last month I met Drew from Drew's Hot Corner and I gave him some cards. He threatened me that he'd get back at me with his own generous package, and he was true to his word.


Yep, Drew knows how much of a stickler I am for Luis Torrens. He got back at me by sending me a Bowman Chrome autograph of his. Maybe I should start accumulating these for myself and have a 20-30 card stack of these like some maniac. C'mon, you all know that I'd totally do that.


Woof!
This Rutherford has been at the top of my want list for a while. This USA auto is important because it's from 2012. Rutherford signed that card when he was all of 15 years old. These 2012 cards are interesting because Rutherford displays a change in his autograph even before he turned pro. Rutherford has since had other autographs, most recently as part of the 18U National Team, and his autograph is much shorter. These early autographs still have his full last name on them. Which is why I've wanted a 2012 autograph in particular for a while. Thanks Drew!


Oh yes, a Justus Sheffield autograph from 2014 Bowman Draft!
Sheffield is pretty much the Yankees' top pitching prospect with Kaprielian having an injury shortened season this year.


Accompanying the autographs were team bags and team bags of random cards of Yankees.



There was a lot of great TTM fodder in there but what struck me the most were people who I had no idea were Yankees. Scratch that, people who I didn't know period. Seriously, I had barely heard of 1.5 of those eight players i just showed.


Then again I am that prospecting guy so these unknowns of these Columbus Clippers are very welcome. Even though the only "new" name to me is Van Snider.


Slamchez!

There were tons of cards in this package but these were the key highlights to me. Drew basically knocked off two of my want list needs (I put up a want list on the right side of my blog BTW) that I've since updated.

Big thanks for all of these great cards Drew. Now to pay you back with a Zippy Zapping at MAXIMUM POWER (only TLC has been able to survive this level of a Zappage).

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Better Than A Hobby Pack (2016 Bowman Chrome Edition)

So I've said my two cents about Bowman Chrome in the past. I don't really buy it because of how it usually offers the weakest checklists, how half of the base cards are of major league veterans, and how even though the packs/box contain nearly half of what their Bowman and Bowman Draft counterparts have, they're priced almost exactly the same.

This year 2016 Bowman Chrome seems to be an, interesting product.

For one thing this year's edition of Bowman Chrome is aiming to be like Topps Finest. The regular hobby boxes now contain two mini boxes (12 packs per mini box, five cards per pack) and within those two mini boxes are guaranteed autographs (one each). There's also something called a "Vending Box" made for vendors who just want the three autographs.

I'm sure both editions have their exclusive parallels but at this point I've stopped caring about parallels altogether because Bowman keeps pumping out new ones with every product.

Now I've said that Bowman Chrome usually has the weakest autograph checklist. In fact, I'm not the only one who has ever said that. In the past going the singles route was the best course of action.

This year it's a little different. The checklist is pretty good. And good in a way where it doesn't have to rely on repeaters, like there are guys genuinely making their baseball card autograph debuts in this product. Highlights include (but probably aren't limited to) Vlad Guerrero Jr., Cornelius Randolph, Harrison Bader and a few others I'm too lazy to look up.

Anyway I stopped by Chameleon Comics and Cards again to see if I could acquire some Yankees base cards from this latest offering since they have a dime box with some of the latest offerings inside.


I found one in the form of Dustin Fowler. Who also has an autograph in this product.

Outside of Fowler I picked up a bunch of interesting (to me) guys who I can use as TTM fodder and trade fodder. All for a dime each.


Zach Eflin is an intriguing righty. Eflin was a first round pick by the San Diego Padres back in 2012, then found himself traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Matt Kemp trade, then was shipped out to the Philadelphia Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins trade. The righty has a fastball, slider and change up and projects to be a middle of the rotation starter. Even though his 2016 has been largely a disaster, there's still hope for the righty. Especially with a rebuilding Phillies team.


I had a chance to get Chalmers' autograph this summer as he came to Staten Island with the Vermont Lake Monsters. This card would've really come in handy. And yes, Chalmers is a top pitching prospect for the A's, they desperately need them.




More top prospects (in their respective organizations) that I won't talk about here because I'm lazy. I also pulled a bunch of other First Bowman Chrome prospect cards. Because those are the bread and butter (to me) of this product.


The dime box has a surprising amount of numbered refractors. Like this purple refractor (numbered 146/250) of Vanderbilt hero John Norwood. Given how unpopular the Marlins are (and this isn't a knock on Norwood but), I wonder if cards and players like Norwood are included to cash in on the college baseball crowd. I know certain Vanderbilt alumni really like their baseball team.


There was also this purple refractor of Juan Hillman (numbered 184/250) and a regular refractor of Nick Plummer (numbered 304/499). Both are highly rated players in their respective farm systems.


To further add to how this dime box was better than a five-card hobby pack, I got these two inserts. Ha!


Of course the best part of the dime box is that it wasn't just limited to Bowman Chrome. It also had 2016 Topps Chrome. I picked up that black refractor (no number) of Pedroia and purple refractor (numbered 252/275) of Lackey and topped the trade bait portion off with that blue refractor (numbered 142/150) of new MLB call up Matt Olson.


In addition to all of the pretty recent cards, there were some cards from the 2000's! And from other decades like the 90's, 80's and 70's but who cares about them. This Mitch Jones is from 2002 Bowman and saves me the trouble of having to spend one whole dollar on it on COMC or eBay.


The very last card in my pile was another need of mine, this 2001 Upper Deck card of Shelley Duncan. Even though Duncan never really went anywhere, his career interests me greatly. A second rounder who had power (and not much else) who made triple-A his office for most of his professional career. He did manage to have a career as a big leaguer with the Yankees, Indians and Rays but unfortunately his power wasn't quite good enough to extend his career. He's a manager for a minor league team in the D-Backs org now (Hillsboro Hops I believe).

And there you have it. I also had three more Bowman Chrome cards of veterans I scooped up for Zippy Zappings but I didn't scan them. At the end of the day I got 25 cards for $2.50. Meanwhile I think the packs are like $4 for a pack of 5 cards. *fart noise*

For the record this month is one of my "no spending money on baseball cards" months for my goal. And to be honest (warning, I'm going to use a loophole), this wasn't exactly my money. I bought some medicine for someone close to me a while back and they paid me back (I wasn't expecting it because you don't repay family) but they did and I used some of that money to buy these. So this wasn't my money and doesn't count towards derailing my goal. /end very flimsily and not very good loophole.

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