Its about time.
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!
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.)
Nice little story here on SI.com 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.
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.
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.
Not much to say about this pickup. It pretty much speaks for itself.