New (Old) Hamilton Pickup

May 13, 2010

I haven’t been here for a while.  I’ve been a bit busy.  If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I recently defended my Ph.D. thesis (successfully), so that took up a bit of my time.  Now that’s all done, except for some paperwork, I am hoping to have some more time for other interests, including cards.

To kick off this new start, here’s one of my recent Hamilton pickups.  I love the old Topps Gold Label stuff, even if I don’t know exactly what I still need.  This little guy is serial numbered /100 and die-cut around the edges.  Looks kind of scrapbook-ish.

I should have some more pickups showing up in the next few days, and I hope to find the time to do some threads about baseball as well.


National Chicle

May 1, 2010

This seems to be the hot product out right now.  It is getting a lot of favourable reviews.

I don’t think I am a fan.  Granted, this is simply from looking at online pics (the Hamilton singles I have picked up haven’t arrived yet), but it isn’t really working for me.  The picture on the Hamilton card looks nice, but for me this product doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor I was expecting.

I think Topps got lazy by using the same pictures from the base set on the relics.

Back on the baseball front, it appears Josh Hamilton’s power stroke might be returning a little bit.  He has three homers, but his RBIs are way down.  His average is OK, but hopefully he pulls things together again.

Caption This Contest (Hockey)

April 23, 2010

Check it out – you could win a patch card /6.

Hambino Sandwich

April 12, 2010

You know you have made it when they name a sandwich after you.  I heard the Rangers broadcasters talking about this during the game yesterday afternoon, so I hunted down some info on it:

Grilled, crispy French bread, filled with thinly sliced baked ham, topped with sauteed onions, provolone and spicy pepper-jack cheeses, finished with a creamy Dijon mustard sauce.

Sounds good, but I’ll pass on the onions.  I hate onions.

MLB Extra Innings

April 11, 2010

There is a bit of a long story that goes along with why I have the Extra Innings package this year, and I am going to share it with you, but the important part is – I get to watch Rangers games, even when they aren’t playing the Jays.  Hamilton stroked a double this afternoon against the Mariners, and he looks good out there.

As to why I have the Extra Innings package – here goes.  Around the start of the NHL and NFL regular seasons, I was pretty much confined to my desk because I was on a tight deadline to finish writing my PhD thesis.  So, I figured I would treat myself to the sports packages on my cable – I love watching a game while I write, because you can pretty much follow it without having to watch it all.  The deal with my cable provider is $26.99/month (for 12 months) for two of the sports packages (Center Ice, Sunday Ticket and Extra Innings) or $29.99/month (for 12 months) for all three.  For an extra $36 over a year, it seemed silly not to get all three, even though I was planning to be done writing my thesis long before baseball season started (I was done January 16, 2010).

And now it has all come together.

And in the time it took me to write this post, Hamilton got forced out at the plate.

2010 Goose Joaks

April 10, 2010


Originally uploaded by leafschik1967

You have probably seen these cards popping up around the baseball card blog world. With the availability of the Texas Rangers template this morning, I have fired off a Josh Hamilton card for 2010.

Hamilton Gets a Hit!

April 10, 2010

That was a slow, painful start to the season for me and my fellow Josh Hamilton fans.  Josh got his first hit of the season (a double) last night against the Seattle Mariners.

Here’s hoping he is getting back in the groove.