Jump into the way back machine!

July 11, 2010

I picked up these cards as a gift from an excellent member (r2d2) on Freedom Card Board.  He had picked up team sets from some of Tampa’s minor league teams to get the cards of players he collectes, and then was left with a bunch of guys he doesn’t collect – including Josh Hamilton.

Its been a bounce back season in a lot of resepcts for Hamilton, I wish I could say the same for my collection.  One positive for me is that I like the looks of Hamilton’s cards in A&G – and he finally has a Ginter jersey card!  I am looking forward to picking those little guys up.  On the field, it has been exciting to watch Hamilton.  He seems to be well and truly back.  He was recently voted to the starting lineup for the 2010 All-Star Game – again.  He has declined to participate in the Home Run Derby, which I think is the right decision.  He doesn’t want to mess up his swing or throw things off for the second half of the season – a season in which the Rangers are gearing up for a potential playoff run.  And really – is there a chance that he can better his performance from his last appearance in the HR Derby?  I really don’t think so.

Hamilton’s appearance in the All-Star game will also give him a chance to do something that probably should have happened a few years ago – share the outfield with fellow 1999 draft pick Carl Crawford.  Hamilton and Crawford spent time together in a few minor league stops before Hamilton derailed his life.  They finally get the chance to play together in the majors.


2009 Topps Triple Threads All-Star Patch

January 26, 2010

I posted a little while back about my dilemma concerning having money to spend and not being able to decide.  Well, this card came along via BIN and it made up my mind.  Not only is it a low-numbered patch card – its from one of the defining moments of Hamilton’s career to date.  This probably isn’t the jersey that Hamilton was wearing when he was lighting it up in the Home Run Derby, but he was probably wearing it that day.

OK, that part sounded just a little bit creepy.  But – here it is.  My triple patch from Triple Threads /9.  I like it very much.


2009 MLB Home Run Derby

July 14, 2009

Pujols has yet to hit, but I am really feeling the let down after last year’s festivities.  The Home Run Derby was Josh Hamilton’s coming out party in a way.  He was playing well in the first half of the 2008 season.  After the All Star festivities, it was out of this world.

Last year’s home run derby was also responsible for the highest traffic day for my blog.  That shouldn’t be much of a surprise.  Here’s hoping Pujols lights it up and gives the fans something to talk about.  Two outs so far.

He got that one.

Morneau out for HR Derby

July 9, 2009

Last year’s Home Run Derby Champion has bowed out of the running for this year.  Justin Morneau declined to participate this year.  That leaves two titles up for grabs.  The guy who actually wins (Morneau), and the guy everyone remembers (Hamilton).

Perhaps the winner and the most memorable performance will come from the same person this year.  Currently, the confirmed participants are:  Albert Pujols (that’s huge), Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez.

I still want to see Aaron Hill.

Josh on the ASG and Home Run Derby

July 6, 2009

Josh Hamilton is well on his way back into the lineup for the Texas Rangers.  He was selected as a starter for the All-Star Game by the fans this weekend, and plans to attend if the Rangers give him the go-ahead.  He won’t be participating in the Home Run Derby, though.

I’m going to cast my vote for Aaron Hill to get a shot at the HR Derby.  He’s got a sweet swing, and he has been hot lately.

2009 Home Run Derby News

June 14, 2009

Even though Hamilton is on the shelf for a little while, he is still making the news in MLB, thanks to the newly enacted fan voting for the Home Run Derby. I don’t think Hamilton will be back in time for the All-Star festivities, but it shows that a lot of fans remember his performance from last year, and would be happy with a repeat.  Albert Pujols is leading the votes for the National League sluggers that fans most want to see in the Derby.

Its been a busy week for me, so I haven’t had time to post as many new additions to the collection as I would like, but I have some great things to show you all in the next little while.

2008 Upper Deck Documentary Appears to be Live!

December 18, 2008

I finally got around to checking my morning emails from eBay for my saved searches just before noon.  I wasn’t expecting too much – a 7-day auction right now would end on Christmas Day.  Great for bargain hunters, not so great for sellers.

There wasn’t a whole lot of interesting items for Hamilton today, but this card, from Upper Deck’s new mega-set Documentary caught my eye.

I am not sure how exactly this set is going to work for the regular players – if Hamilton is on cards for 15 or 16 different Rangers games with the exact same picture, it will depend on how easy they are to pick up.  This card, commemorating his HR Derby performance will definitely be on my list of ‘must-haves’ though.  It looks like there is a series of HR Derby cards, as this one is numbered HR2 – there is probably a corresponding set of All-Star Game cards as well.

I imagine this set is going to be interesting for the dedicated team collectors out there – any of you guys care to comment on how you are tackling this?  Is every card a must-have for you, or will you pick and choose?