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 Topps Mickey Mantle (#7)
This little game might just get me hooked on 2010 Topps – The Million Card Giveaway
2010 Topps Legendary Lineage – Rickey Henderson/Carl Crawford (#LL30)
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…
Something special happened tonight in Chicago… no there wasn’t a record broken, but when Mark Buehrle took the hill today who would have thought something special was going to happen? Sure, in Buehrle’s last start he was totally shelled – letting up 5 runs in 6 and a third worth of work… but tonight, tonight was different.
Mark Buehrle isn’t really a star name in the bigs, but this kid gets it done in his own sort of way. With a ring to show for it and a no no in his historical data, tonight he entered a true class of freaks on the mound. It was tonight that Mark Buehrle tossed a nail biting perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Buehrle’s perfect game on July 23, 2009 marked only the 18th in major league history.
Take a look at one of the not so household names on his rookie card from 2000 Fleer:
Sure, what Mark Buehrle did tonight was no world series perfect game that Don Larson tossed, but it had all the makings of something special (if you can get more special than a perfect game that is), with a nail biter in the ninth, Chicago center-fielder Dewayne Wise went up and over the wall to rob a home run and keep the PG in tact.
So, congrats to you Mr. Mark Buehrle you are now part of baseball’s elite, slowly making a name for yourself in a game of so many… take a bow kid!
With all the hype surrounding the 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter release, I had to stop by the card store last week and grab a few packs to see what all of the hoopla was about.
My local card guy is a small operation, he doesn’t have great quantities of cards, so he had less than a box to choose from and said that would be all the 2009 Allen & Ginter he would be getting – I really need to look into other options that are close enough to hit on the ol’ lunch break. Whatever, it wasn’t too important, he is a nice enough guy and I like stopping in every week and picking up some new cards.
Without further ado I present my first pack of 2009 Allen & Ginter…
Favorite card from my first pack of 2009 Allen & Ginter is a toss up… I have a hard time deciding between the following two cards:
- 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter – #LMT1 – Bigfoot (Creatures Of Legend, Myth and Terror Mini)
- 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter – #209 – St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Overall, I would say I like the 2009 Allen & Ginter series and will likely be back for a few more packs. If you see any card’s you are interested in from my first pack, contact me and we can work something out!
Last night marked the mid summer classic, MLB All Star Game – one in which the American League was victorious… again. This post is not about the game, but something that happens before every game – the ceremonial first pitch. It is a baseball tradition that has some history, did you know, the first ceremonial first pitches were delivered by the guest of honor from their seat in the stands? It then moved on down to the field where the guest could give a go at toeing the rubber.
Last night was special because President Barack Obama was scheduled to toss the first pitch. Now being a political figure and the President of the United States no doubt comes with some experience in the public eye, but I have a hard time thinking Obama didn’t have just a few butterflies before stepping on the mound. After all, you don’t want to bounce it!
I always get a joy out of watching the first pitch, whether it is a star musician, entertainer or political figure you never know what your going to get when they take hold of the baseball. A few thoughts on last night’s first pitch…
- Nice to see Obama stay true and come out wearing the White Sox jacket – way to keep it South Side
- Who dresses the guy? I thought Mom jeans were for mothers…
- I am damn proud that the President towed the rubber and didn’t half ass it from in front of the mound – way to go!
- Mechanics! Let’s get some catch in the days workouts Barack – its only 60’6″, good thing the Say Hey Kid got you to follow through!
- Couldn’t tell if it was a lob or if Obama has a nice breaking pitch – I am going to go with lob
- Southpaw – a nice touch… fist pump after a nice scoop by Pujols – a nicer touch
As my favorite sports anchor growing up Warner Wolf would say – “Let’s go to the videotape!”
I will say that President Obama had a nice delivery for a politician, certainly way better than Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory’s go at it on opening day of the 2007 Reds season.
Warning: The following video is nearly painful to watch as a baseball fan… I present to you – pitching trickery by Mayor Mark Mallory
I am contemplating opening a clinic for ceremonial first pitchers – consider it a Spring Training of sorts for the one strike wonders. Rates and schedule should be posted soon.
As I had previously mentioned, at the recent Dania Beach Card Show I purchased a box of 1992 Upper Deck on my way out of the show. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but figured it would be fun to break a box again and maybe I could get a Manny RC which I could have burned up for a funny YouTube video or something.
Well Last night was the night and it was time to finally break the box of 1992 Upper Deck. I have to say when I took out those 36 packs of cards it somewhat brought me back a few years to my childhood and the excitement of not knowing what you were going to pull!
It was fun to make a little mess with the contents of the 1992 Upper Deck box.
I went through the cards and pulled a few that I thought might book decently, but most were just the early 90s junk cardboard that isn’t worth much. I guess the contents of the box were good and worth $7, but there is no doubt the suspense and fun I experienced breaking the box were well worth the money.
I figure I will use the bulk of the other stuff for TTM. Leave a comment or send an email if you are interested in any cards from the set, and I will look through and see if I have them and send them out to you.
I figured the first post of actual cards on my blog should be of a player who is my favorite player of my lifetime. No doubt, a player who’s talent could perhaps make him a candidate for the Hall of Fame, although in recent years this has come into question. The player I am talking about is none other than Donald Arthur Mattingly – Donnie Baseball to many of you.
The lefthanded firstbaseman wore the pinstripes for his entire career and became the Yankee captain. One of the best players to never make it to the World Series, Don Mattingly had a career batting average of .307 having his best season at the plate in 1986 batting .352.
Mattingly was a standout high school prospect that most teams passed off as a player who would attend college, but the Yankees were able to draft him in the 19th round of the 1979 amateur draft. As a highschooler, he appeared in a Sports Illustrated article in 1979 as well, an article that I wish to make part of my collection at some point, but haven’t pulled the trigger on eBay for just yet.
Don Mattingly made it to the bigs in 1983 as a backup firstbaseman and outfielder, securing his full time position at first base in 1984, a year in which he hit .343 and beat out teamate Dave Winfield for the AL batting title. That also happens to be the year he changed his uniform number to the now retired by the New York Yankees – #23. The number was retired by the Yankees in 1997.
Enough about my favorite player for now I guess, but I will certainly revisit thoughts of his career in future blog postings.
Did You Know: Don Mattingly was benched a game in 1991 by then Yankee Manager Stump Merrill for refusing to cut his hair as per team policy by none other than Mr. Steinbrenner. Mattingly sure did that mullet style cut proud!
So I guess this is the theoretical place to start this baseball card blog. What makes me decide to write a blog about an old hobby that I was done with almost 10 years ago some might ask? Well, it seems as though the bug has bit once again and I have come back to the sport that I have grown to love so much… baseball.
You see, it wasn’t until a trip back to my Dad’s house in New Jersey that I remembered what I loved about collecting cards as a kid growing up. A spring day that could have likely been spent doing much more constructive and fun things with my girlfriend and father during our vacation to New Jersey ended up with me standing in my fathers kitchen going through cards I had all but forgotten about. Then it hit me, and I began to ask myself why I grew out of the hobby, but there wasn’t a single answer I could put my finger on. I guess the hobby of baseball card collecting just fell by the wayside when things like having a driver’s license, cars, high school, and college came into play, and then of course entering the workforce and moving out on my own seemed to overshadow the necessity to snag a new pack of baseball cards.
Now, I am 1200 miles away from my cards, but they are in route to me and I couldn’t be more excited about having them in my hands again. It will be a long few weeks or months to sift through and re-organize the nearly twenty thousand in my collection, but I will do so with a smile on my face remembering to not forget the hobby I once loved so dearly again.
I guess I will end this first post with my intentions for the blog. I intend to use this blog to share with others the journey back into the hobby of card collecting, I will also be posting some experiences I have with getting players autographs through the mail (TTM) as well sharing any in person autograph experiences.
I will continue to buy some new wax and hopefully get into some box breaks to share with the audience. I have already attended one card show since I last sifted through the collection I once adored, and I am sorry to say it was sad to see how the hobby is dying (the card show could have been hosted in my living room), so I will likely be posting any card show stories or finds.
I would love to hear some feedback from any visitors so please comment away. I want this blog to be about the visitors just as much as it is about me, and hopefully I can inspire some other people to get back into a hobby we enjoyed so much in our youths.