2010 Upper Deck Tape Measure Shots

May 28, 2010

I really think there should be more fuss over this particular insert set.  These cards look awesome.  So clean, and to the best of my knowledge they are actually a little tiny bit original.  Sure, Upper Deck broke pretty much every legal and ethical rule available to them by putting out their baseball cards this year, but I haven’t seen a Topps card that I liked this much in a while.


2009 Ultimate Patch Josh Hamilton

March 14, 2010

I picked this one up in a deal on Freedom Card Board.  I think it pretty much speaks for itself.  Plus, I am drooling just a little bit.

2009 Sweet Spot Ryan / Hamilton Dual Jersey

December 28, 2009

I picked this card up at a local show – I might have overpaid a little bit, but I didn’t have to wait and I didn’t have to pay shipping.  I dodged the bullet with 2009 Sweet Spot in that Josh Hamilton didn’t have too many autographs – UD really loaded up on jerseys for him.  This is one of my favourites.

Hits From Another Goodwin Box

October 31, 2009

I love this stuff.

Autograph: Dave Scott

Memorabilia: Chris Young (this guy looks terrified in this picture) & Yogi Berra (my first vintage GU piece).

Base Set Variation: Ken Griffey, Jr night sky variation.

I have the usual assortment of base, minis and SPs.  I will probably be posting what I have for trade in a few days.  If you want to let me know what you are looking for, drop me a note and I can look.

Break Results: The Hamiltons

September 26, 2009

In addition to the (awesome) box of Goodwin I broke today, the shop had Ballpark Collection in.  I am a sucker to pull relics.  There is no better place to pull relics than Ballpark Collection.  I will give everyone a complete breakdown of Ballpark probably tomorrow, but I decided to show off the Hamilton cards that I ended up with out of today’s breaks.

First up, a Goodwin base card, and one of those awesome Upper Deck 20th Anniversary Collection cards.  This one actually is awesome, because it features Josh Hamilton.   All other hits aside – this is probably one of the most impressive Hamilton cards I could pull.  Sure – he has 10 different cards in the 20th Anniversary set, but there are 2500 total cards, spread out over how many different products this year?

I also hit a pretty cool Hamilton out of Ballpark.  Yes, relics are incredibly easy to pull from this product, but the checklist is incredibly varied, and it is awesome anytime you pull your guy.  Hamilton headlines (yes, headlines) this quad jersey card with Holliday, Markakis (these two get paired up a lot), and Chris Young.


2009 UD Piece of History Franchise History Patch

August 23, 2009

I have a lot of Josh Hamilton cards.  I just checked with my Beckett collections, and the current count is 275 different cards.  Twenty-one memorabilia cards, 17 autographs, and 79 serial numbered cards.  Of that number – not one of them was a patch.

That changed today.  I snagged this beauty off eBay via a best offer.  It came to me from Hong Kong for $27 shipped.  There is a minor ding on the upper left hand corner on the rear, but it doesn’t take away from the eye appeal of the front.  Its a four colour patch, serial numbered /25.  Lots of stitching , as well.  I think it is a pretty good way to break into the patch segment of the Josh Hamilton market.

Updates here have been sporadic for the last little while.  I have been swamped, as I am trying to finish up my PhD (or at least most of it) by Christmas.  I still read all the blogs I used to, comment when I can and post my cards when I have some free time to do some scanning, but grad school has been consuming my life for 6 years, and I would be very, very happy to have it done.

CNNSI: The Last Iconic Baseball Card

August 19, 2009

One of my favorite places to kill time on a slow workday is The Vault at CNNSI.com.  Basically, free (ad-supported) access to every Sports Illustrated article ever published.  There have been some duds, and there have been a lot of gems.  There is always a way to kill a few idle minutes.

The new issue (I’m not sure if it has even hit newsstands yet, features former football player Marc Buoniconti on the cover.  Its a great story.

The article that caught my eye though was about baseball cards.  Luke Winn takes a tour through Upper Deck’s headquarters, including the Game Used Jersey room.  It features pretty much what you would expect – oodles and oodles of game used memorabilia.  It also offers the somewhat terrifying prospect of Miley Cyrus cards being inserted in future products.  Um….yay?!?  Cargo pants from Farrah Fawcett, a briefcase from Sammy Davis, Jr.    Upper Deck has all this stuff.

The article also delves into the somewhat uncertain future of cards.  They are not anywhere near as possible as they once were.  Twenty years ago, things were good.  Twenty years ago when the last iconic baseball card was issued – Ken Griffey, Junior’s 1989 Upper Deck rookie card.  One of the interesting features is notes about the airbrushing done to make it look like Griffey was in a Mariners cap. 

Basically – read the article.  It talks about the good times in collecting, and some of the bad times as well.  Its worth a readto get perspective from someone who is outside the hobby.  Too much self-examination is never a good thing.