Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Team Set Time

The 2017 Staten Island Yankees team set is finally out. Which can only mean one thing, Zippy Zappy is now in beast mode.


Yesterday the Williamsport Crosscutters (PHI) came to town. But thanks to Twitter I knew that the SIY team set was out. I picked up one for me and a friend of mine, and got straight to work on getting the cards signed. As of yesterday the store had yet to have the top prospect set for the NYPL but that will come soon enough.


First up is Trevor Stephan. The Yankees' third rounder from the 2017 MLB player draft, making him the very first 2017 draftee I've acquired an autograph of. So far Stephan's made a few starts for SI and he's looked good in most of them. Armed with a low-to-mid 90's fastball that can reach 97, a curveball and a changeup, Stephan projects to be a solid MLB contributor in some fashion. The Yankees will try to develop him as a starter until he shows he can't anymore, but for now it's looking pretty nice. The 6'4" righthander will likely be in Charleston next year.


Next is one of my personal favorites (my "buddy" you could say) in the Yankees org, Alex Bisacca. Bisacca was drafted by the Yankees in the 35th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft and has seen some success as a member of various bullpens in the organization. Bisacca remembered me from 2015 and still follows me on Twitter and Instagram to this day. He's a cool dude. I got him some of his cards from Pulaski as a thank you present.


Next up is Jeff Degano, the Yankees' second rounder from 2015.
Degano is another guy who knows me by name now. Which is pretty cool IMHO. Degano is still working his way back from his case of the Yips, but he's making progress. Looking forward to see him rebound in the future.


Will Jones, the Yankees' 28th rounder from 2016, has steadily been a reliable and consistent member of the SIY bullpen this season. As of this post he has 11 strike-outs as opposed to four walks in 10 games.


Yup, got Wilkerman Garcia.
He's proven to be one of the steadier bats on the team this year as a 19 year old while being one of the youngest in the whole league. He even played a key role in this particular game.


It appears that 2017 is the year where whenever I go to SI, Jorge Guzman is pitching (although there are exceptions). The top prospect is having a fine season in SI and he continued his roll with this game where he started. Guzman went five innings, allowing one run and striking out eight batters. He reportedly also hit 101 mph at one point.


Ryan Krill was drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Unfortunately injuries wrecked his 2016 season and he's making up for lost time this year as a member of the baby bombers. As a first baseman, Krill might be needed in the future if the 1B fiasco that happened this year happens again.


Cesar Diaz was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent back in 2013. His development has been slow but steady. I can't really find a whole lot about him other than how he's a switch hitter who hits for contact.


Justin Kamplain was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. Kamplain was with Staten Island in 2014 but in 2015 the Yankees tried him out as a starter which didn't not end too well. They've shifted him back into a reliever and he's working his way back up the ladder now.


Brian Reyes was originally signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent back in 2013. After opening the season with Pulaski Reyes was promoted to Staten Island in late June. He's appeared in four games since then (a byproduct of having four catchers on the active roster).


Reyes had eluded me for a while now because I was looking to get this Pulaski card of signed a while ago. Now I got it and the SIY team card signed too.


Brian Trieglaff was drafted by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. The righty is a power reliever who's success at the higher levels may be contingent on the development of a second pitch.


Next up is Leonardo Molina. Molina has seen his fair share of success and improvements since joining the SI Yankees. He's still refining his approach for the game but he is starting to make some strides.


I actually asked Molina to sign two of his cards. One from the Staten Island Yankees team set and one from the Charleston Riverdogs teamset. I like the look of the Charleston one a bit more, namely due to it showing Molina hustling.


Kendall Coleman was drafted by the Yankees in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. I thought Coleman was poised to go to Charleston this year (and stay there) but unfortunately injuries put him on the shelf for all of spring training. The poor guy just can't catch a break. Hopefully he can finish the year off strong and get back on track soon.


Eduardo Rivera was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent back in 2010. Rivera was the SIY' closer last year before he promoted to Charleston and then Tampa. Rivera is due to be a minor league free agent at the end of this season so he'll have to show the Yankees that he's really worth keeping around. If not, he and his fastball could latch onto a new home.


David Palladino was originally drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Palladino has been at Staten Island for various parts of the last four years, but the organization's reluctance to let him go is due to how he fits their mold. As in, Palladino is a 6'8" giant. If he can ever harness his pitches, he'd be a legitimate threat in the bullpen. One cool thing is that if Palladino returns to SI for one more year, he'll have sole possession of the title of "longest tenured SI Yankee" at five years.


HARK, A NON-YANKEE!
Yes, this Jhailyn Ortiz was pulled in the Clone Break a few weeks ago and I'd been keeping it safe hoping to get it signed when the Crosscutters came to town. My friend who needed players on the Crosscutters had this signed for me (I had a Stephan card signed for him in return). And boom, I have an orange refractor auto of a top 30 Phillies prospect.


Next up is the Yankees' manager (even though he's listed on the card as a coach), Julio Mosquera. The back of Mosquera's card is quite detailed. Giving an extensive bio about the former Blue Jays/Brewers backstop. Mosquera had a long career in the minor leagues playing for teams like the Jays, Brew Crew, Rays, Rangers, Mariners and the Yankees. Mosquera has been in the Yankees org as a coach for 12 seasons now and according to the card, he's been a key part of developing the likes of Francisco Cervelli and Gary Sanchez.


Here is another coach I was lucky enough to get an autograph from. Travis Phelps.
The back of the card is quite detailed in terms of Phelps' background as well. An 89th rounder by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 1996 MLB player draft (89 drafts!), Phelps had some short MLB stints with Tampa and with Milwaukee but spent most of his time as a journeyman in the minors. He even pitched in indyball for a few years as well. Phelps eventually decided to go behind the scenes by running a training facility and being a sports agent before joining the Yankees as a pitching instructor.


I offered Mr. Phelps a copy of his 2016 card but he just signed it and gave it back to me. Thanks Mr. Phelps!


Last but not least is the second 2017 NYY draftee I got yesterday, Glenn Otto.
Glenn Otto was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. After some brief stints in the GCL, Otto was promoted to Staten Island in late July and hasn't looked back since. Otto is armed with a low 90's fastball, a very good curveball and a work in progress changeup. The outlook for now is that the Yankees will try to develop the righty from Rice University as a starter (like Chance Adams and Josh Rogers before him) until he shows he can't.


Otto was a dominant reliever/closer in college and he's started his professional career in the GCL/Staten Island bullpen as well. He'll likely get stretched out more next year in Charleston or Tampa.


I asked Otto to sign three cards for me (the most from any player on this day). The last two were obtained via an eBay lot the day Otto was drafted. My hunch that he'd be in SI paid off handsomely. The shiny insert from two scans ago is numbered 131/999 and the relic is numbered 105/199.

In all I got 24 autographs yesterday. Which is not my record overall, but is the record for this year. I think it might be the most number of cards I got signed though, I'll have to check. It's pretty tough to compete with the 2014 and 2015 years where I was at peak energy. But I guess 24 isn't a bad number of autographs to get.


As for the game it was a bit of a nail biter. Jorge Guzman gunned down the Crosscutters while allowing a run. Josh Roeder (who wasn't in the team set this year) relieved him and gave up one more run but rebounded for a nice 3.1 inning outing. Kamplain came in the ninth with two batters to go to finish off the game.


For the first few innings the Yankees were hitless but eventually they were able to get a rally going and tie the game in the 6th inning thanks to a two-run single by Kendall Coleman. Wilkerman Garcia had a walk off single in the 9th where he single to right and drove home the newly promoted Andy Diaz.


Oh and around the time the game started I got a ball from Will Jones. Thanks Will!

One final note is that the Yankees had ZERO guys selected for the 2017 New York-Penn League All Star Game. Dafuq? Oh sure, just exclude players from the first place team in the McNamara Division. Like Jorge Guzman who now leads the entire NYPL in strikeouts with 64. Meh, somebody's probably going to game anyway as a sub or something but still, the anti-Yankees bias has emerged. Tony is grinning somewhere.

Anyway that was my latest game. Cards, balls, walk-offs, what baseball is really about (for me lol).

Big thanks to everyone that signed for me and big thanks (as always) to you the readers for stopping by :).

Take care.

2017 IP Auto Count: 45

Monday, August 7, 2017

New Unofficial Mini-Collection?

Every now and then I find myself subconsciously collecting a player.

For the most part these would be ex-PC guys like Dellin Betances and Francisco Cervelli. As well as the three Dodgers prospects I've written odes about. BTW, don't look now but since I've written those posts Jose De Leon has been traded for a key major leaguer for the Dodgers (although my friend Stealing Home will tell you that that major leaguer stinks) and is now an important part of Tampa Bay's future. Walker Buehler has become the Dodgers' top prospect and the cards I bought for cheap are worth ten times as much now. Also, Yadier Alvarez has really managed to rise up on the prospect rankings. #ReverseJinx

I don't exactly collect those guys to the extent of Torrens or Kuroda, but I do pick up a few singles of them here and there if the price is right. And if I pull them out of packs, they're definitely staying with me.

But recently someone else has been making a case to enter this "unofficial mini-collection" realm.


Matt Antonelli, a first round pick by the San Diego Padres in 2006. The Massachusetts native enjoyed a few cups of coffee as a big leaguer during his career as a minor league journeyman. Some notable tidbits of his career include how his first MLB hit was off of Greg Maddux and how he was in the Yankees organization at one point (as if you couldn't tell by the card above).

By the time I started watching baseball obsessively, Antonelli's career was coming to a close but what's really made me a fan of his recently are his YouTube videos.

In addition to running his own baseball training program called Antonelli Baseball, Antonelli runs a YouTube channel where he talks about his experiences as a major/minor leaguer, and also offers guides and instruction videos to all of the various aspects of baseball from hitting, fielding, throwing, running, catching, pitching, etc...


The tutorial/breakdown videos are entertaining in their own way but the videos about his experiences appeal to me the most. I'm pretty sure the video that would interest this part of the collectosphere the most is his video on baseball cards (embedded above). Or more specifically signing baseball cards, and autographs in general. It's fun to get a player's perspective on a pretty big part of this hobby.


My key takeaway from his video is that, for all we know, the ineligible signatures we all often mock players for having may be intentional. As in, they want their signature to look that way. They want it to be distinct and all their own. And it makes even more sense that as time goes on and the players sign more autographs, their signature changes. They're getting more and more comfortable with their autograph.

Other takeaways of mine from that video are:

1). Getting paid to write your name does sound silly (easy gig though lol).

2). This confirms my suspicion that players have less than favorable opinions of people I'd call "binder hawks" (autograph hounds who have binders filled with multiple pages who ask for dozens of autographs at a time from one person). I'm an autograph collector and I hate them.

3). The only question I had that wasn't addressed was whether he ever got tired of signing the same cards. I mean Antonelli got a lot of cards thanks to Topps, Bowman and Just Minors, but I have heard that sometimes players get sick of signing the same cards over and over again (like if they only have one Bowman card). I'm genuinely curious if that has an effect.


The rest of Antonelli's stories about his time as a minor leaguer are fun as well. Like the video above where he talks about getting paid to hit dingers thanks to "passing the hat." Something I didn't even know about before I saw this video. Proof that I still have a lot to learn about what goes down in the minor leagues.


I also thought the video where he talks about housing arrangements in the minor leagues was pretty enlightening too.

Pretty much all of his stories are fun to listen to. Getting a player's perspective on this kind of stuff is interesting to me, especially when it revolves around what happens in the minor leagues. Hopefully Antonelli's channel continues to grow and his program also has a lot of success. Apparently he's starting to get recognized for these YouTube videos so I'm guessing he's almost getting to that level lol.

So yeah, give his channel a look and watch a video or two if any of them piques your fancy.


Meanwhile, I'll start looking into how many cards he has. After all, he is an unofficial mini-collection now.

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Month End TTM Roundup: 7/3-8/6


Received On: 07/05/2017

My first TTM return in July came from A's prospect Dakota Chalmers.
Dakota Chalmers was drafted by the Oakland A's in the third round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. The 6'3" right-hander is armed with a low-90's fastball that can reach 97 mph, a curveball and a changeup. Chalmers projects to have a ceiling of a middle of the rotation starter (number 3/4 type), and the floor of a serviceable reliever. Consistency is a bit of an issue with Chalmers but he still has a lot of time to harness it and really show what he can do.

Received On: 07/08/2017

Next up is a return from Yankees org coach, Jose Javier.
Javier was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2010, and spent six seasons in the Yankees org as an infielder, reaching as high as single-A Charleston. However he hung up the spikes following the 2015 season and became a defensive coach in 2016. He's still a defensive coach for the Charleston Riverdogs as of 2017.

Received On: 07/17/2017

Here's a return from Cleveland backstop prospect, Logan Ice.
Drafted in the competitive balance round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft, Logan Ice projects to be a very competent catcher with a high floor. The floor of a backup catcher in the MLB. Ice's best attribute is his elite defense and catching ability behind the plate. Offensively Ice still has some work to do but if he can tap into his power a little, he'd be a very solid backup catcher for the Clevelands in the future.

Received On: 07/24/2017

A rare MLB return from Raisel Iglesias.
Raisel Iglesias was signed out of Cuba as a non-drafted international free agent in 2014 by the Cincinnati Reds. Initially the then-24 year old was seen as a potential starter with a fastball in the low-90's that can reach 95 mph at times along with a changeup and a slider. The Reds immediately brought him up to the big leagues in 2015. He faltered a bit as a starter, his work-in-progress changeup was especially getting hit hard (although he used it the least out of his offerings). Midway through 2016 the Reds decided to transition Iglesias into a reliever where he performed much better and relied more on his fastball-slider combination to get hitters out in limited innings. Here in 2017, Raisel Iglesias has really flourished as a closer/late inning reliever. A big reason for that is that there's an uptick in his velocity, his fastballs were around 93 mph in 2016, this year they're around 96 mph. They've reportedly even hit 100 mph at times this season. According to Brooks Baseball, his slider has also seen an uptick in velocity. Now Iglesias is an interesting piece for the Reds. A quick look at a lot of baseball news sites reveals that he's a wanted commodity by teams needing bullpen help (all of them basically), especially the Nationals, although a lot of those whispers were before the Doolittle/Madson trade. The rebuilding Reds can either keep Iglesias (who is signed through 2020 on a pretty nice deal), or use his years of control as a bargaining tool in a trade to get even more prospects to help their rebuild. Should be fun to see what the Reds do with him, just like it's fun to see Raisel throw pure heat in the ninth.

Received On: 07/28/2017

Here's an awesome return from Rangers SS prospect, Charles LeBlanc.
LeBlanc was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. The Quebec (Canada), native has a little bit of an uphill battle due to how he's a bit of a late bloomer. LeBlanc didn't play baseball full time until 2015, but thus far he's shown that he can get on base like nobodies business. According to Fangraphs, Charles LeBlanc is hitting for a very good .365 BABIP (as of the time of writing this) as well as a .313 batting average and .397 OBP. Not a lot of power, and a few too many strikeouts, but give him some time to adjust and he'll probably a key sleeper prospect in the Rangers org for years to come.

Received On: 07/29/2017

Next up is Rockies lefty, Helmis Rodriguez.
H-Rod was signed by the Colorado Rockies as a non-drafted international free agent in 2010. Armed with a high-80 mph fastball, curveball and changeup, the Venezuelan southpaw had the ceiling of a back of the rotation starter, but after a pretty down 2016 campaign, the Rockies have moved Helmis to the bullpen. His curveball is his best offering, and his curveball-fastball combination can induce a lot of a ground balls. This season too has been a bit of a down one for Rodriguez. Hopefully he can still make something of himself as a LOOGY in the Rockies bullpen one day.

Received On: 08/03/2017

Here is Twins prospect, Bailey Ober.
Ober was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft (making this return my first from a 2017 draftee). Ober has been on draft radars for a while but right when he was starting to get really noticed, he got Tommy John surgery in 2015. Then in 2016 the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him in the 23rd round (but didn't sign). He has a really lively fastball that allowed him to rack up a ton of K's in college, as well as a changeup. The Twins will monitor his health closely as he gets farther away from TJS and hope that he can reach his ceiling of a capable MLB pitcher.

Received On: 08/04/2017

Here is my first retired and completely out of baseball return in a while, Seth Fortenberry.
It features Seth Fortenberry who was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 11th round of the 2006 MLB Player Draft. The outfielder had some promise thanks to a strong arm and good defense. Offensively he hit pretty consistently in the lower levels of the minors, even hit with some power. But injuries wrecked his potential when he was getting to the higher levels. All in all he spent five years as a professional minor leaguer with the Yankees and Marlins orgs, as well as indy ball before retiring in 2010. He later spent some time coaching at Sam Houston State University. He's a high school principal now.

Received On: 08/05/2017

Next up is former Yankees prospect, Josh Gardiner.
Josh Gardiner was originally signed by the Schaumburg Boomers (indy ball) as a non-drafted free agent in 2016.  He had a pretty nice stint with them that caught the attention of the New York Yankees who then signed him to a contract. Gardiner spent the rest of the 2016 season with the Pulaski Yankees and put up some nice numbers. Unfortunately he was caught up in a lot of roster crunches and was released earlier this year. He's now hustling for the Schaumburg Boomers again and hopefully plays well enough to be in affiliated ball again soon.

Received On: 08/05/2017

Next up is a return from Twins prospect Wander Javier.
Wander Javier was signed by the Minnesota Twins as a non-drafted free agent in 2015. The 18 year old shortstop was deemed one of the top international free agent prospects back then and has finally arrived stateside to show what he can do. A five tool talent who can do a bit of everything, the shortstop still has a lot of things to work on, such as hitting for consistency, but most think that he'll get better with time. The power isn't there yet but he's still 18, in a few years from now he could be an above average hitting shortstop with a strong arm and lots of range. That should be fun.

And those were my returns this past period. Big thanks to Mr. Chalmers, J. Javier, Ice, Iglesias, LeBlanc, Rodriguez, Ober, Fortenberry, Gardiner and W. Javier for the awesome autographs.

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

Take care.

2017 TTM Count: 93

Sources:
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=663793#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2017?list=oak
*http://pinstripedprospects.com/patrick-osborn-tabbed-as-riverdogs-manager-18824
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=593733#/career/R/hitting/2015/ALL
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=668681#/career/R/hitting/2017/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2017?list=cle
*https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/iglesra01.shtml
*http://www.brooksbaseball.net/tabs.php?player=628452&p_hand=-1&ppos=-1&cn=200&gFilt=&time=month&minmax=ci&var=traj&s_type=2&startDate=01/01/2017&endDate=01/01/2018&balls=-1&strikes=-1&b_hand=-1
*http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2017/07/02/raisel-iglesias-now-topping-100-mph-out-cincinnati-reds-bullpen/446749001/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=641779#/career/R/hitting/2017/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/news/article/183345246/rangers-pick-canadian-charles-leblanc/
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa738521&position=3B
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=599481#/career/R/pitching/2017/ALL
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=641927#/career/R/pitching/2017/ALL
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=502167#/career/R/hitting/2010/ALL
*https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=forten001jef
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=670667#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=gardin002jos
*http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/yankees-purchase-contract-of-josh-gardiner/n-5164198
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=665820#/career/R/hitting/2017/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2017?list=min

Monday, July 31, 2017

Back To Sleep

A while back Night Owl Cards and I had a conversation on Twitter where he tweeted me this.


This is basically Night Owl's way of explaining the insane hype what happens whenever a rookie comes up and has a great start to his MLB career. We've seen this phenomenon the last few years with flavor of the years like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Stephen Strasburg, Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge. This is essentially the only reason that Topps Chrome is releveant (those rookie card autos!).

This is the kind of insight I expect from the wise owl. He's been in the hobby longer than I have (even if you limit it to after his return), he's seen the rise of short prints, the shift from a single company releasing cards on a national level to a single company releasing licensed cards on an international level, everything.

In the schedule he tweeted, I'm usually in the 5-6 AM group, possibly even earlier :P. If you ever need a tip of who to really keep an eye out for in the lower levels of Yankees' minor league organization, well, I can at least direct to you to someone who can confirm if the guy I'm thinking of is the right one.

Then when the 6 AM - 8 PM group begins to start waking up and clocking into the office, that's usually when I clock out. I collect minor leaguers hustling their way to the top, not major leaguers.

Of course I do have exceptions.


Like my main PC-guy Luis Torrens.

Torrens has been a big leaguer for nearly four months now. I still collect him.

For good or for bad, he hasn't exploded out of the gate ala Aaron Judge. And he's in San Diego so no one cares about his future potential like people do with Andrew Benintendi. Those two factors keep his value very low.

So even if Torrens is a rookie right now and he's a candidate to either get rookie cards in Update, or sophomore cards in Series 1 (or neither as some of you have pointed out to me), no one is awake for him. Only me.

Well okay, maybe me and the rest of you who keep an eye out for him because you know I'm awake for him lol. You're all the best, BTW.

The fact that people never even woke up for Torrens helps me greatly when acquiring rare limited cards the like the one above.


This is from 2013 Bowman Chrome, meaning that my path to completing the master non-auto rainbow begins.

This printing plate was mine for less than a retail rack pack :P.


Will people wake up and be alert when Torrens has his first official card as a big leaguer? We'll see. Make cards of Torrens already Topps! To be honest though, I kind of see Torrens already skipping right past the 6-8 group and already being in the 9 PM group. No complaints from me if it keeps costs down. I wouldn't want the number of 1/1 Torrenses I have to stay at 12 now would I?

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Clone Break: 2017 Bowman Platinum


Rex has been assigned a new mission. Rescuing Yankees padawans from four rack packs of 2017 Bowman Platinum. A mission that could potentially result in something like a Gleyber Torres autograph.


To ensure the mission goes smoothly, both Rex and Kanan agreed to have different troops inspect different packs at different parts of the base.


Rex left the first one with red squadron near the "craneyard."


Already the mission is off to a success, with Clint Frazier right smack dab in the middle. How appropriate that Red Squadron rescues Red Thunder. Bonus points for the Bryce Harper too. Accompanying these prime nine, were the following.


An orange parallel of Jhailyn Ortiz numbered 17/25.


An exclusive prospect card (really just an unnumbered blue parallel) of Lewis Brinson.


And an insert of White Sox catching prospect, Zack Collins.


The back of the prospect cards look like this (the back of the veteran cards coming shortly).


Just then there was a small brigade of droid fighters who ambushed the clones.


Thinking quickly Rex used the power of the Red Thunder to put an end to the droids' attacks.


The attackers likely came with the Red Sox card in the pack. There may be a chance the base is infiltrated now.


Rex and Kanan took off immediately to go see how green squadron was doing with pack two.


By the time they arrived they found that the green squadron's position was under attack.


The only chance the clones had to save the port from being overrun was to see if they could get reinforcements within the pack.


The first nine cards provided nothing.


Here's a look at the backs of the veteran player cards BTW.


The exclusive prospect card was Nolan Jones.


The insert was a Rookie Radar card of NL ROY Cody Bellinger.


The situation at the dock grew worse, our heroes had to put their hopes into the very last card of the second pack.


BLARG! Another Red Sock!

This made the situation impossible to handle for Rex and Kanan.


Plot convenience, er I mean the force, called upon Rey and Satele Shan to take care of the droid attackers while Rex and Kanan were immediately called to the main hanger.


The main hanger was in ruins and very few of the ships our heroes had left were in working order. The third rack pack was really going to have to step up.


It did not.



The exclusive prospect card and the Next Generation insert were meh at best.


And the purple Platinum parallel of a Red Sock (numbered 171 of 250) brought the situation down to all new levels of bad.


Now the first order had barged in and our heroes were dwindling in number. Unless pack four contains a miracle, they're dead.


Inside the pack was Jedi Knight Tyler Austin, who could not help Rex or Kanan due to a sore hamstring, but brought word than an even mightier force was coming to help.


No, not the exclusive prospect card of Dawel Lugo.


BOOM! Judgement day is here!


With one mighty swing of his gavel, the honorable Judge sent The First Order back into the abyss. However, there were still droids to be dealt with.

Rex reached into the pack for the remaining card. Would it be a Gleyber Torres autograph?


No, it was a Nick Senzel Platinum Presence autograph numbered 47/50...


Despite not being a Yankees Padawan, the power of the rare specimen decimated the rest of the attacking forces.


With that our heroes had managed to rescue three Yankees and gain some more fun extras to help with their cause. Tune in again next time for the next clone break.

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So that was my first clone break in like forever. Was a lot of fun to do this again. Thought it took a lot of time to set up all of these shots.

Anyway here's a brief recap highlighting this haul.


These inserts are very shiny in your hand. I'm impressed.


The orange parallel is of a Phillie but, hope he works out. As far as the purple parallel goes, you could do a lot worse than pull a Red Sock numbered to 250.


These were all of the "Exclusive Prospect" cards advertised on the rack packs. The scans make them look darker than they actually are.


Based on recently completed eBay listings, these three alone could've paid for half of the rack packs.


Throw in this and yeah, my $25 purchase has been more than fulfilled.

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