A New Season

Well, I guess it is that time of year again. Time for the beer and hot dogs and the man to yell “Play Ball”. Sunday will mark opening night as they are now calling it, and I will be wearing my Bleacher Creature t-shirt (shout out to Bald Vinny – check his tee’s out – BaldVinny.com) and likely yelling at my TV.

Since today felt like spring and I could almost taste the bud light and hot dogs, I decided what better day to go out at lunch and buy some new wax. I ended up picking up some 2010 Topps as well as a few packs of 2010 Upper Deck (ya, unlicensed we know). Nothing really fascinating to report there, but did score a few cool cards I guess. Just doesn’t do it for me anymore, growing up a kid of the 90s with junk wax I guess busting some over-commercialized “junk 90s wax” still does it for me.

Here are a few cards that I picked up. (Pardon the borrowed images – google is just too easy these days)

2010 Upper Deck – Brandon Inge Game Used Jersey Card (#UDGJ-BI)

2010 Upper Deck Brandon Inge Jersey Card

2010 Topps Mickey Mantle (#7)

2010 Topps Mickey Mantle #7

This little game might just get me hooked on 2010 Topps – The Million Card Giveaway

Million card giveaway

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage – Rickey Henderson/Carl Crawford (#LL30)

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I also got a 2010 Upper Deck Pure Heat Albert Pujols (PH-2), can’t find a picture of it online so maybe I will have to scan my own. It is a pretty cool die-cut card.

Amazing that tossing $25 down can still afford to provide this much fun, suspense and surprise still at this age.

Anyone else out there cracking new wax in anticipation of the new season? Until next time…

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TTM Success – August 6, 2009

Got home today from being out of town for a few days and had that mysterious envelope in the mailbox. Always a treat to get a nice successful TTM return. I mark my address for both the send to and return address on the SASE I sent out so if it gets lost it will always (hopefully) come back to me anyway, as there is no sense in sending the player back his own autograph.

Today it was the Texas Rangers star center fielder – Andruw Jones. This is exciting as it marks a successful TTM return from an active major leaguer! It is always nice to see a guy take time out of his busy career and give a little back to the fans. In today’s game it is easy to get caught up in all the BS hoopla regarding rule breakers and steroid users, but in the end these guys are getting paid (handsomely might I add) to play a game – something that anyone of us as a baseball fan would love to do, and something all of us dreamed doing as a kid!

Here is what Andruw Jones threw some ink on for me. Andruw Jones c/o Texas Rangers 2/2 in 15 days:

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2008 Bowman – #91 – Andruw Jones c/o Texas Rangers

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2005 Donruss Classics – #183 – Andruw Jones c/o Texas Rangers

There you have it – another FlippingWax TTM Success – thanks Mr. Jones!

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t t t Throw the Ball

I met a co-worker for lunch yesterday and decided to bring along some wax for kicks. I know he has a few cards, not a collector like myself, but a sports fan in general and I thought he would enjoy busting some packs.

There we were two grown men at lunch with pack wrappers in front of us on the table thumbing though the cards we pulled. We were calling out hall of famers and just anyone that brought back a memory or two when he pulled this card…

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1992 Fleer – #515 – Mackey Sasser

Sure, you might have never heard of him, but he was smiling and I could tell he was itching to tell me a Mackey Sasser story. I was all ears…

It seems that Mackey Sasser after a collision at the plate with an opposing player developed some type of psychological problem with throwing the ball back to the pitcher in 1990. He would hesitate or double pump the ball and sometimes had to get up and nearly walk the ball back to the mound, this as you can imagine became an issue for his career. To note, he isn’t the only guy that has had some trouble between the ears when it comes to throwing the baseball – you guys remember Steve Sax, Chuck Knoblauch, Steve Blass and even a pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel – yep all of those guys had some issues at one time in their careers with throwing the baseball.

I am happy to see that Mackey bounced back from this issue after his career was over and was/is a coach at a community college, to note after some therapy he can successfully toss some batting practice to the kids with some type of consistency.

Believe I have a plan for this card, I hope to get a few more of my Mackey Sasser cards together and attempt to have him sign them via a TTM autograph attempt. I will certainly report back.

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