Opening Day!!

March 31, 2008

Its about time.

Another Sweet Spot Single…

March 25, 2008

After a bit of a hiatus for an Easter holiday, I am back.  I also have an observation to make – Josh Hamilton stuff is really starting to heat up.  Right now, I am focusing on picking up the singles I need for my Moments and Masterpieces project, and also snagging a few select other singles.  Just from observing what his cards are selling for though – its impressive, and is very indicative of the type of spring he is having.  I can’t wait to see him get started in the regular season – its been a while since I was this excited about baseball season!

Without further ado, here is one of my other mini projects I have going on – I love Sweet Spot!  These bat cards look awesome, and the blue ink is really distinctive.  Its not regular blue Sharpie, its a bit different shade of blue.  Maybe a paint pen of some type.  Regardless – it looks awesome!

Masterpieces Indeed…

March 19, 2008

I love framed cards. Something about them just appeals to me. It makes the card something more than a card – because you wouldn’t just frame any old card, would you? That brings me to today’s scans. A couple of parallels from 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces Baseball. This is a really cool looking set – very artsy, if you are into that sort of thing. I’m not as a rule, but I do like it when something different is done with cards.

My only complaint with Masterpieces? They gave the parallels stupid names. Pictured below are ‘Green Linen’ and ‘Hades.’ Personally, I was excited when I heard about a ‘Hades’ parallel. And then disappointed when I actually saw it. I was thinking flames, or at a minimum – a black and red design. Not plain black. And ‘Green Linen’ – I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have suffered any from being called ‘Green’ or maybe ‘Emerald.’ I don’t see the need for the fabric comparison in there.

Regardless, feast your eyes on these guys for a while. This is one of my favorite photos that was used on a Hamilton card last year (not that it was tough to beat the ‘standing in front of the school picture wall’ shot that Topps used repeatedly.)

More Good Press…

March 18, 2008

Nice little story here on about Josh’s performance during spring training (stellar!) as well as some quotes, background and other good stuff.  Nice, honest coverage.

The card section has been lacking here, partly because most of the stuff arriving in the mail looks essentially the same (Topps M&M), and partly because I have been really busy, with neither the time to scan nor write.  Hopefully that changes in the next week or so.

First M&M Single Arrives

March 13, 2008

My first single from the newly issued Topps Moments and Milestones set.  The blue parallel for 39 RBIs.  Very happy with this card.  Ideally, I’d like to complete the set for Hamilton in all three non 1/1 versions.  I’m not sure how that will work out, as his cards seem to be heating up a bit on ebay, but I am willing to give it a shot.

Rangers cards coming soon (hopefully)

March 11, 2008

Very cool article here about the photographer that does a lot of work for Topps.   Normally, this would just be an interesting sidebar, but they are following the guy while he is doing a photoshoot for the Texas Rangers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Josh Hamilton.  Not that I don’t like the Reds cards – it would just be awesome to get some fresh new Rangers pictures out there on some cards.


March 8, 2008

Not much to say about this pickup.  It pretty much speaks for itself.

Hamilton Superfractor

Moments & Milestones

March 7, 2008

When I first heard about this set – all I could think was ‘How can they do that to collectors?’  Then I started looking, started researching, and I realized that it was actually a pretty neat idea.  Basically, it gives me a Josh Hamilton set to work on.  No other players messing up my beautiful binder pages – just Josh.  Initially when I saw the idea, I figured I would pick up one version of each card, and then settle back in for the next release, but the ‘base cards’ have been reasonable to pick up, and even some of the parallels have fallen into place quite quickly.  It helps that they are very nice looking cards.

It also helps that Hamilton got paired with a ‘reasonable’ stat in my mind.  47 RBIs.  Enough to keep it interesting, and look nice when it is displayed, but not enough to be discouraging.

First Pack Pull!!

March 2, 2008

Hamilton 2008 Topps Heritage ChromeAt the card show today, I snagged seven packs of 2008 Topps Heritage baseball.  This is pretty much the first baseball product I have opened since 1991 Fleer Baseball.  The first pack brought a Travis Hafner relic card.  Not bad.  I love pulling jersey cards.  Second pack – Josh Hamilton Chrome!!  Its always great to pull a card of the guys you collect.  Super nice card, and I did still need it. 

Great start to a Sunday, my status report for this week will be slightly delayed because I needed to get this posted.

Red Refractors…

March 1, 2008

Topps Chrome Red RefractorBeing primarily a hockey collector for the past few years, before jumping in with both feet to the Hamilton market, I have missed out on some of the coolest cards out there – refractors.  The hockey market for NHL cards consists solely of Upper Deck, with In The Game putting out some admirable minor league stuff and high end memorabilia cards.  Topps is nowhere to be found, and thus – no refractors for the ice bound set. 

The Red Refractor pictured here was one of my favorites as soon as I opened up the bubble mailer.  Just a great looking card.  One of the fun parts is trying to figure out the best way to scan these cards.  Turning them around and varying scanning methods can really cause the light to get picked up in different ways. 

Red is my current favorite refractor colour, but that will likely change when I get some other colours to compare it to.