September 30, 2008
OK. Please forgive me for the terrible title. I have some cool new cards to show off, so I think it kind of makes up for it. As you may have guessed, its a run of Hamiltons from Upper Deck X.
There’s the three easiest cards to knock off. I am still on the lookout for a Gold Die Cut, and a Memorabilia card. I haven’t seen a copy of either, but I’m sure they will show up eventually. I like die-cutting, when it is used appropriately. And sparingly. When every set is die cut, it just gets boring. Not to mention, die cuts are sometimes ridiculously easy to pull damaged from a pack. No damage on this one though. The XPonential inserts are actually very nicely done. A little bit of holofoil, a very traditional photo, and it actually looks like it should be in a set called “Upper Deck X.” Or SPx, but that’s a question for another day.
September 29, 2008
Every so often, I get the urge to spend a few minutes browsing through Flickr. I have a few of my pictures uploaded there (I’d like them, but I’m not sure this is the place to show off kittens). There are a ton of great baseball pictures on there, from little league to MLB. During my standard Josh Hamilton search, I found this one. The combination of lighting, and the interesting angle just really caught my eye, so I decided to share it with everyone.
If the photographer happens to find your way here – great shot!
September 23, 2008
Today’s card came from an eBay purchase. It was from the same seller who had the Topps Fusion Jersey from yesterday’s post. Both these cards had a rather circuitous journey to get to me, as the seller didn’t ship to Canada, so I had to get a friend to snag them and then ship them off to me. I wish more baseball card sellers would ship to Canada, but there are a few more hoops to jump through, and Paypal doesn’t make it the safest way to ship by any means – so I get by with a little help from my friends.
On to the card itself – I love mini cards. I am putting together both the base A&G minis and the black bordered minis from this year. Really sharp looking sets. Topps has had the plastic frames they use in A&G around for a little while. They are used in this set, and they are also used on the jersey and autograph cards from 03/04 Topps C55 hockey (which also featured a stash of minis). As for the swatch – bat pieces tend to be boring, unless they of the barrel variety (preliminary checklists show that Hamilton has a bat barrel card in UD’s upcoming Ultimate Collection). This piece is no exception to the ‘boring’ rule, but it is a nice switch from jersey cards.
September 22, 2008
Going back a few years for this card. This is one of the only pictures I’ve seen of Josh playing in the MLB Futures Game. Held in conjunction with the All-Star game, it gives the future of MLB their moment in the spotlight. At the time, I doubt anyone thought it would take so long for Hamilton to make his debut in the main event, but stuff happens.
The COA on the back of this card is suitably vague, but I am fairly certain this is a piece of the Futures Game jersey. I suppose a little research would likely turn up a release from when the product was issued confirming the fact, but based on the material, and on what has appeared on other Hamilton jersey cards, I am guessing this was a one-off deal. Also of note – these jerseys would have been heavy. Not at all like the thin material you usually see in basic jersey cards. If its anything like hockey events of this ilk, Topps probably sponsored the event, and the players wore 3 or more different jerseys for a couple innings each. No matter. Its still a really cool addition to my collection.
September 21, 2008
My fantasy team is winning today, but the eBay account took a loss today on the card pictured to the left. The listing is here. Went for $185.00. I had predicted it would end up between $150 and $200, I was just hoping I would come out on top. It happens. Just figured I’d share the lows of player collecting (which, let’s face it, are really minor lows in the big scheme of things), to go along with some of the highs.
September 21, 2008
I snagged this card from a Best Offer on eBay. I really like the Best Offer feature. I dislike how some people use the best offer feature. If I make an offer, its my ‘Best Offer’. I’m a bit of a literalist. So, if I offer 80% of your BIN price, that’s what I am willing to pay. A counter offer of 2% below your price is just going to make me laugh. As a seller, I only rarely counter offer. When I get an offer of 30% of my BIN price, I’m going to assume you aren’t serious. The cards I am listing aren’t the ones where someone has taken the going rate and added $1500 to. My BIN price is typically the highest recent closed sale on eBay. My auto-accept is usually the average going rate. I used to just set the BIN at the average price, but I found my sales results were better when people could knock a few bucks off the price with an offer. I understand that, my brain works the same way.
That’s my little eBay spiel for the day. Bottom line: be reasonable! OK, now onto the card at hand. I have always had a soft spot for minor league and junior issues for players of any sport. This was a sweet hard signed autograph on a card with a nice, simple design. I love cards with a big space for the player to sign. Nice looking signature as well. Hard signed cards give players a bit more room to spread out their sigs, and the result is pretty awesome.
September 19, 2008
Another base card today, but an interesting looking one at least. I really like the looks of Goudey this year. The ‘sketch’ of Hamilton is really sharp. It also makes him look very young. More like his early Bowman cards than his 2007 ‘RC’ logo cards.
The back of this card talks about Hamilton hitting a 430 ft home run against the Jays earlier this year. Sounds about right, as far as the Jays went early this season. The little ‘Derek Jeter says’ on the front of the card is kind of weird. I think I’d like it better if they had written the card backs like he was actually saying something. I realize Jeter probably has better things to do than write blurbs for card backs, though. I hear that being a ballplayer keeps one kind of busy.
September 13, 2008
This beauty was in the mail yesterday. I’ve really liked the design of the card, ever since I first saw it on eBay. Of course, I have an issue with paying $15 for a basic jersey card, so I had held off picking it up for a while. Then, I managed to snag it in a trade on Beckett a couple weeks ago, and it was all good.
I’m about 50/50 on the Beckett changes. I like the new trade system, I like the My Collections and OPG, and I like how there is a lot of ‘stuff’ to do. For trades, I just set the entire Josh Hamilton collection to ‘wants’ and then it shows me who has those cards available for trade. And, my all time favorite – its completely eliminated the “Please check my bucket” line for trades. I hate Photobucket trade lists. The message boards are pretty much toast, but I find myself OK with that, as there are lots of other places to talk cards out there.
Also, I finally bit the bullet and picked up a Nintendo Wii yesterday. So, updates may be sporadic while I attempt to box my way to a Pro ranking on Wii Sports.
September 12, 2008
My next rookie card pickup is the focus of today’s post. 1999 Topps Traded. I really like the simple design of this card. This copy is a bit off center, but the corners and edges are sharp, so I can’t complain. I picked it up off Sportlots sight unseen, so I was very happy with the pickup. I’ve actually never had a bad purchase on the site.
Also notable – no tattoos in this picture.