05 December, 2013

All Hail the King! (a Box Break)

Nice try, Topps.  I will never forgive you for the trespasses you have committed against me in the past.  This box of 2013 Topps Chrome Baseball was quite nice, nevertheless.  I don't buy as many baseball hobby boxes as I used to - namely because I feel Topps is uncreative and doesn't provide enough value, while Panini and Upper Deck aren't as desirable because they lack MLB licenses.  Consequently, I've gravitated toward buyback, oddball, or prospect boxes like what Leaf or Pastime has been putting out.

This type of purchasing behavior doesn't help people like my friend "J," though, who owns a brick and mortar sports card shop in Northern California.  It's just easier and cheaper for him to stock and sell Topps (and Panini and Upper Deck to a lesser extent) products to the masses than stuff from lesser known brands.  So, once in a while I'll visit his store and buy some Topps (usually Bowman) cards from him.  Solidarity!  Bros!

Here's some highlights from a semi-recent 2013 Chrome Baseball box I got from my friend:

Todd Frazier desert camo refractor numbered to 15 and a Joey Votto black refractor numbered to 100.  The camoflage border is different.  I like it.


This Darin Ruf rookie autograph was actually the last hit I pulled.  At that point the card was just a third "bonus" hit to me.  You'll see why.  (Yes, indeed, three hits.)  The Ruf auto is in my trade bait.

Paco!  This was the first hit I pulled out of the box.  Man, what a year the Dodgers had.  Also, what great rookies we had this season.  I wanted a Paco Rodriguez rookie autograph card, and I pulled this redemption.  I still don't technically have it in hand, but I eagerly await the arrival of the actual card from Topps in like 12 years.  It's a "variation" too, so I imagine it's a refractor of some sort.  I already own a Yasiel Puig prospect auto.  It'd be awesome to have Hyun-Jin Ryu's rookie auto too.

"HUURRRNGH!" I believe was the reaction when I pulled this beaut.  "King" Felix Hernandez bigass four color patch auto, #'d 03/10.  What a monster patch!  This makes for my second Felix autograph card.  I didn't even know these existed in 2013 Chrome.  Imagine my surprise when I opened the surprisingly thick pack and found this dude in there.  Awesome!  I think the patch is from the Seattle Mariners away jersey?  What portion exactly?

Speaking of the Mariners... it'll be super bananas if they manage to pull off signing Robinson Cano!  Payday.

04 December, 2013

Pair o' Dodgers Hurlers

Showing off some loot:

Left: 2004 Fleer Greats of Game, Johnny Podres autograph, #GBA-JP2.  Right: 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game, Carl Erskine auto.

The Podres auto is a sticker and the Erskine signature is on card.  I love autograph cards of old timey (at least, old timey to me - I was born in the 80's) Brooklyn Dodgers.  Both Carl Erskine and Johnny Podres were part of the 1955 World Series winning Dodgers team - and what a team that was!  I just noticed I subconsciously put the lefty Podres on the left and the righty "Oisk" on the right in the photo.

Anyone paying attention to all the wild hot stove action the past day or so?  I wonder if the Dodgers will make any crazy moves soon?  Think we'll make a serious play for David Price?  MLB Trade Rumors is a daily read for me.  I recommend it!

Trade bait!

27 November, 2013

New Trade Bait

I've posted some new trade bait!  You can also find a link to my gallery of cards for trade on the right side of my blog per usual.  Oddly, all my old trade bait photos got deleted from Photobucket.  Do they delete your photos after a period of inactivity?  I'll keep adding more stuff.

I got laid off recently, so I have more time to pay attention to sports cards and my poor, ignored card blog while I plan my next moves.  My roommate also got me back into playing Magic: the Gathering after about a 15 year hiatus.  That's been a time and fund drain, though one I pay gladly, because MTG is fun!

My last post occurred during the Dodgers vs. Braves NLDS.  Now that was awesome.  I don't have to explain how the Dodgers' postseason went after that, but I'm definitely excited for the coming season!  Funny that I was hoping for a Dodgers vs. Tigers World Series (one team I love, one I generally like), and it ended up being the Red Sox vs. Cardinals (two teams I generally quite despise).

Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday, everyone!

08 October, 2013

17 September, 2013

Reign Man: the Continuation

This is sort of "part two" of my post from yesterday.  I got nostalgic, so I looked up some awesome highlight videos of Shawn Kemp (one featuring Gary Payton):

Here comes the Alley... and there goes the Oop!

16 September, 2013

Holy Grail Card: Reign Man

I've been a fan of Shawn Kemp since the 3rd grade, back when I used to collect all his cards.  Up until I started collecting sports cards again in 2009, the most I ever spent on a single card was one of Kemp.  I paid a whopping $10 for it on a playground.  I remember my Mom got me a Shawn Kemp #40 Sonics jersey for my birthday when I was a kid too.  I don't have the jersey anymore, I think, but it's still probably the coolest present I've ever received.  Even as a kid I wanted a Shawn Kemp signature, and now I own what is undoubtedly one of my all-time top-five "Holy Grail" cards:

2012-13 Leaf Metal Basketball, Shawn Kemp prismatic autograph, #'d 08/50.  Reign Man!  Original Lob City.

I spent a little over $20 for this card.  Hell, I would've gladly paid more than that to acquire a Shawn Kemp auto.  I'm happy that Leaf got him to sign though, because it was pretty tough to obtain Kemp's autograph cards at a reasonable price prior to this.  Now to get a Gary Payton autograph card to complete the awesome duo?

04 September, 2013

Some Fan Favorites

Favorites of fans, indeed.  I was trying to get a Davey Lopes autograph card from the recent Archives Fan Favorites set but ended up with three signatures instead:

Very nice.  The on card autos are pretty sweet!  I'm definitely keeping the Lopes.  Not sure about the other two yet, but I really dig this kind of thing - old-timers and clean-looking on card sigs.  (Enlarge for awesome.)

Like many of you, my fellow collectors, I love reading stats and being reminded of great sporting feats.  Lopes, the Dodgers' current first base coach, stole 38 consecutive bases without getting caught in 1975.  That year Davey stole 77 total bases.  Hell, he stole 63 the following year in '76.

Go Dodgers!  Not gonna lie - the SF Giants being in last place kind of makes me happy.

23 August, 2013

Zombie Wes Welker

I'm a great fan of the "GRITTY WHITE RECEIVER."  Wes Welker is perhaps the prime example of this archetype in football.  I recently picked up a Welker signature card that features a slightly unsettling portrait of the former-Patriot, now-Bronco:

2009 National Chicle, West Welker autograph card.  Sticker auto, but I'm happy to own this card nonetheless.

Apparently the artist decided to paint Welker as a zombie.  His skin tone in the portrait is slightly greenish, grayish, and ashen.  It's a bit creepy.  Zombie Wes Welker has come to feast upon human flesh!

19 August, 2013

Bo Knows

Well, it's been 2+ months since my last post.  (And that last one was quite monumental.)  I really should try to post at least semi-regularly and with more frequency, perhaps starting now.  Work is very busy.  When I get home I try not to use the computer at all, since I've been having some carpal tunnel and lower-arm muscle issues again.  Weekends are for vegging out.  I do have a pretty spiffy card to show off, however.  It's a card that depicts one of the greatest athletes of all time:

Bo Knows!  2012 Press Pass Legends Hall of Fame Edition, Bo Jackson autograph, #'d 54/75.  I pulled this from a box I purchased at All Star Cards in Santee, CA (essentially, San Diego).

This wasn't necessarily the best or rarest card from the pack, but it is undoubtedly my favorite one.  Another one off the wish list, on to the next one!

15 June, 2013

Lemonade and Iced Tea (and the Pull of a Lifetime)

I recently pulled something incredibly awesome from a box of 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Sports Edition.  It is a "1 of 1" and it involves golf.  I wrote a blurb about my card for Dave and Adam's Card World.  You can see photographs of it after the jump.

13 May, 2013

Mail Forwarding

Man, it is a pain to manage multiple addresses.  It was easy to decide where to have my recent sports card purchases shipped though - to me!  These are some recent pickups:

 My main rule of buying prospect cards?  Get them for cheap!  I sure missed the boat on Matt Harvey and Shelby Miller, as I half-assedly tried to obtain their prospect autograph cards for the better part of two years.  Nevertheless, Wil Myers is a good one to have!  I like ITG products.

I was so pumped to have a job again (that is, money) that I went a little crazy.  Here's a graded Jurickson Profar prospect auto.  It is, indeed, a very nice card in very nice condition, Beckett grading be damned.  I'd consider busting this thing out and sending it to SGC purely out of spite.

So, how 'bout dem Dodgers?  Losing.

08 May, 2013

A Triumphant Return?

I'm back!  I guess.  I have barely been up here in northern California for a month and I've already had some incredible ups and downs in my personal and professional lives.  Maybe semi-regular crad blogging will signal a preliminary return to normalcy?  An awesome thing I should mention though - I just got back from a metal show at Slim's in San Francisco where I met James Hetfield of Metallica and shook his hand.  Very cool!  He was in a rush to get into a black SUV with tinted windows, so my friend Jake and I had no time to get a photograph with him.  Still, it was pretty awesome nonetheless.

For this, my first blog post after moving back to the SF Bay Area (boo), I have decided to post a holy grail card I very recently acquired:

2011 Panini Playoff National Treasures, Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl MVP on-leather autograph, #'d 15/27.  YEA!

Well, now I can stop collecting.  I (mostly) kid, though.  As we collectors are wont to do, I'll inevitably find something else of interest to collect.  Next up, an Aaron Rodgers rookie auto?  Also, the Dodgers are playing poorly.  At least Matt Kemp still finds a way to be awesome.


17 April, 2013

Auf Wiedersehen, Los Angeles

I'm moving up to northern California tomorrow after being back home in Los Angeles for almost a year.  A few of you fellow bloggers might recall that I got a job at Pinterest in San Francisco.  It should be cool beans.  Nevertheless, I ultimately prefer living in southern California.  One of the best things about living in LA?  Being able to make the drive to Dodger Stadium and watch my team, the Dodgers:

Dodger Stadium panorama
Click to enlarge and see it high quality or original size on Flickr.  You can see my friend Adam at the right of the photo.  You can also see Greg Zakwin's (of Plaschke) knee and elbow to the far right of the picture.

I took the above photograph on Monday, April 15 during the Jackie Robinson Day game against the San Diego Padres.  I had totally forgotten it was Jackie Robinson Day, though I knew they were handing out Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, and Don Newcombe statues.  Packing and the prospect of moving has made me spaced out at times.  It was awesome to catch a ballgame in my hometown before I move back up to the land of poor weather (to be fair, poor for California but better than most places) and dumb SF Giants.  It was also great to hang out with fellow blogger and friend, Mr. Zakwin.

Go Dodgers!  I'll be back.

04 April, 2013

Giant Robots and Giant Monsters!

I love mechs.  I will pretty much play any video game or watch any movie that features mecha.  If I had millions or billions of dollars, I would likely have one built for me.  Pacific Rim is a movie I very much look forward to seeing when it is released in July.  The film is essentially about giant robots fighting giant monsters, is directed by Guillermo del Toro, and features an awesome cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman.

My girlfriend and I attended the Friday, March 29th date of Wondercon 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  It was fun!  Unfortunately for us, the Pacific Rim panel was on Saturday.  Fortunately, however, some ladies were walking about the convention handing out some Pacific Rim promotional goodies:

I saw card-sized cellophane packs being handed out and I think my "collector sense" tingled.  I immediately knew that the Pacific Rim promo girls were handing out some sort of trading cards.  Here's what the packs looked like.  It seems that different nations will have their own robots in the movie.  This one apparently features the "Crimson Typhoon" from the People's Republic of China.

The "Cherno Alpha" from Russia.  I think "Cherno" means black.  The mech is black, so that would make sense.

The Pacific Rim promo ladies, who were dressed in a sort of army green military-esque go-go uniform, were also handing out temporary tattoos.

I love this kind of thing.  The backs of the cards show stats for each mech.  It makes me feel like a kid again.  It shows the robots' speed, power, and armor ratings, as well as their monster (or "kaiju") kill count, and their height, weight, and scale.  Looks like China-bot is all about speed and mobility, while Russia-bot is a powerhouse tank.

I hope Pacific Rim turns out to be good and entertaining.  Hannibal is on in half an hour.  Mads Mikkelsen is fuckin' awesome!

*Update: Hannibal was merely OK.

2012-13 Panini Select Basketball Box Break and Review

I should start off by mentioning that Panini is one of my favorite card companies.  They consistently release products that offer great designs, good collation, and decent value - all backed with excellent customer service.  However, just because Panini is one of my favorites does not mean that they can do no wrong.  You often see this with unapologetic Topps fanboys.  In fact, it is your unalienable right as a consumer to be able to fully and honestly speak your mind about the things you purchase.

I do know that my expectations were very high for 2012-13 Panini Select Basketball.  Hell, it's called "Select," and the dude that sold it to me seemed pretty stoked on it.  I probably shouldn't have pumped myself up for it so much.  I also should have looked at some of the press releases.  Unfortunately, Select was ultimately underwhelming.  A tale of the good, the bad, and the ugly - told with pictures:

We'll start off with the good.  I love the base cards in Select.  The cards are classy and the players are elegantly displayed.  There is a museum portrait-like quality to the regular base cards, with their  cohesion of silver/gold borders, color-matched backgrounds, and cropped action poses.  I bet these would look awesome as a completed set.

I hate James Harden's beard.  Hate it!  Here are two Prizm parallel base cards.  I did not pull any of the gold or black Prizms, respectively numbered to 25 and 1.  The Prizm technology makes the base cards pop even more.  Very aesthetically pleasing.  I am suddenly kind of inspired to collect a complete base set of Select Prizms.

Here's where it gets a bit ugly.  (Yes, I'm aware that I am going out of order.)  The inserts in Select are plain ugly.  They look uninspired.  That Patrick Ewing card on the left looks heinous and ridiculous.  The Chris Paul insert on the right is boring.  Panini did such a good job on the base cards that the insert cards became so underwhelming for me.

The elegance is gone.  Nice players, but these cards look like posters that would be hanging in Guy Fieri's man cave.  The cards above might be much improved without the shoddy flames in the background.

I like the idea of the "In Flight" set (see Ricky Rubio on the left), but the execution was bad.  It looks like an in-flight magazine ad, not a sports card.  "White Hot" bollocks.  Pointless inserts.  You might be able tell that my photography quality went down for the insert cards because I stopped caring.

This is just bad.  Really, Panini?  Apologies to Royce White, but no one wants this.  Goddamn you.  I guess at least one hit is always going to be a "garbage" hit.  At least the card looks nice.  In fact, the rest of the hits are as excellently designed as the base cards.  Rookie Prizm auto #'d 004/199.

Kyle Singler, rookie Prizm auto-relic, #'d 012/199.  Singler went to Dook.  The team logo could be bigger on these cards.

Tobias Harris, on-card rookie autograph, #'d 002/299.  This kid is tearing it up.  Not a "garbage" hit, indeed!

This card is sweet!  J.J. Redick, Select Stars prime Prizm autograph-jersey relic, #'d 10/10.  I have been searching for a nice Redick auto for a while, and what do you know, pulled one here.  I believe there are only 25 players in this subset.

I feel that Panini could have been, well, more selective for a higher-end basketball product like Select.  Royce White was taken in the first round, yes, but come on.  Also, I thought the inserts were completely awful.  I probably would not be so underwhelmed if I had tempered my expectations too.  All things considered, I guess 2012-13 Panini Select wasn't so bad.  It could have been a Topps hobby box where half the cards are damaged and you get shorted a hit.

I leave you with the Kobe Anthology pack that came with the box:

These make for much better inserts.

Please make the playoffs, Lakers.  More Nash.

01 April, 2013

A trade with GCRL

I've been hanging around and partying hard for several days, so my blog has been a bit ignored.  Here's a quick post to make up for that.  I recently completed a trade with GCRL.  It was cool to trade with him, as Jim is one of the longest-standing and most prolific Dodger bloggers around.  I sent him an Adrian Beltre autograph from 1999 Gallery (plus a few extras) that I originally posted at the Blog of Trade Bait.  This is what I received in return:

2004 Upper Deck Legends, Timeless Teams #181 Pedro Guerrero auto.  On card.  Sweet!

I don't have many Pedro Guerrero cards, but this is a great one to own.  Opening Day is today.  Baseball!  Yaaay!

I accepted an offer to work for Pinterest.  So, I will be moving back up to the shoddy half of California soon.  I will definitely try to fly back for some ballgames at the new and improved Dodger stadium though.  Go Dodgers!

27 March, 2013

A trade with Brad

I recently completed an awesome trade with Brad of Brad's Blog.  You can see some of what he got from me at his blog.  Brad's a rad dude and he was very easy to deal with!  I forgot to take a photo of the 1989 Fleer #616 card of Bill Ripken that Brad sent to me in the trade.  However most, if not all of you, should already know what that infamous "Fuck Face" card looks like.  Here are the hits I received (Brad sent an awesome chunk of Dodgers cards, which I will post separately):

2012 Chrome, Yu Darvish sepia rookie refractor, #'d 66/75.  As I mentioned to Brad, I have an odd affinity for collecting cards numbered "66."

2011 Chrome, Brandon Beachy base rookie autograph.  Beachy is one of my favorite young gun pitchers, both for spectating and in fantasy baseball (when he's healthy).  This card is an upgrade over my first Beachy rookie auto, an ugly dud from Tier One.  He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012, but should return this upcoming season.

Here is a gorgeous 2012 Chrome blue rookie refractor auto of Jesus Montero, #'d 055/199.  Brad actually sent me both Montero rookie autographs that he owned - a black and a blue refractor from this set - so that I could choose which one I liked best.  A class act, that's what Brad is.

This card is the highlight of my trade package.  2012 Five Star Fergie Jenkins auto, #'d 17/25.  I've always wanted an autograph card of Ferguson Jenkins - first Canadian enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cy Young winner, member of the 3,000 strikeout club, and a Harlem Globetrotter.  Sweet!  On card signature to boot!

Thanks for a great trade, Brad!

26 March, 2013

Dodger Southpaws

While browsing the glass display cases at my local card shop this past week, I happened upon this card, next to an entirely faded and ruined travesty of what was a once-proud Sandy Koufax autograph card:

1961 Topps #207, Dodger Southpaws.  Koufax two days in a row!

I purchased the card to rescue it from the harsh, inexorable ravaging of the Sun.  It is in pretty good shape, no?  The colors are still rich and vibrant too.  I enjoy the blurb on the back of the card.

I do not own very many vintage cards, but when I do I try to collect awesome ones.  I think this one of Koufax and Johnny Podres qualifies as pretty awesome.  The Dodger Southpaws are now the newest old card I own, being my fifth-oldest vintage card.  I will post those older cards eventually!

25 March, 2013

It's My Burfday! Here's a Holy Grail card!

Happy baseball birthdays to Tom Glavine and Hyun-Jin Ryu!  Also, happy birthday to Jim Lovell, Elton John, Tatjana Patitz, Anders Fridén (\m/), Bob Sura, Wladimir Klitschko, Lee Pace, Danica Patrick, Arnošt of Pardubice, first Archbishop of Prague (only included him because his name contains "Arno"), and many, many others!

I thought I would wait until today, my birthday, to post a recently acquired baseball card of most epic proportions:

1998 Donruss Signature, Significant Signatures #R3 Sandy Koufax autograph, #'d 0905/2000.

"Yurp," believe what you are seeing ladies and gentlemen!  Gaze upon madness.  Gaze upon prismatic card-stock perfection.  Indeed, I obtained a "Holy Grail" card of mine.  It is quite possibly a "Holy Grail" for many other collectors too.  No, I did not purchase this Sandy Koufax auto for my birthday.  I received a substantially large tax refund this year because I apparently overpaid thousands in taxes last year.  This card represents my big refund splurge.

I bought it a few weeks ago, in fact, at All Star Cards in Santee, CA.  They are one of my favorite card stores in California, so check them out if you happen to be in the San Diego area.  My girlfriend and I were in the card shop when I noticed an Albert Pujols signature card.  I said, "Man, I should just buy that instead of a risky box of cards."  However, I then looked behind the Pujols autograph on the shelf and saw the beauty you see above.  It was an epiphany of sorts, and love at first sight.  The awesome father-daughter team at All Star Cards even knocked several dollars off the asking price.  The black ink of the "K" and "O" in "Koufax" is imperfect, but to me the card is perfection in cardboard form.

I got my Koufax!

(Sweet trade post from Brad to come soon.)

22 March, 2013

Two Bees

2B's, that is!  I have a tendency to acquire cards of players I own on my fantasy sports teams.  As a collector, it just feels right to obtain cards of players I follow throughout an entire season - even if they are not usually players or people on teams I usually collect.  For example:

I certainly don't loathe the Padres like I do the Dodgers' other divisional rivals.  In fact, I like the Padres second best out of all the teams in the NL West.  I do feel bad for the city of San Diego, with their relatively poor sports teams and the constant threat from those teams' owners to move elsewhere.  I have Jedd Gyorko on several of my fantasy baseball teams.  I think Gyorko could have himself a breakout year.  Prices for his autograph cards have risen quite dramatically over the course of spring training.

I am a fan of Jason Kipnis' combination of speed and power.  Second base is a pretty thin position for fantasy baseball in 2013.  I really like Kipnis' signature.  Awesome!  This card is an upgrade over my other Jason Kipnis rookie auto, a sticker from Tristar OBAK.

I dread the eventual day I will have to move back to the SF Bay Area for work.  So many Giants fans again.  I shudder to think it.

21 March, 2013

My Get from a 2012 Triple Threads Baseball Group Case Break

I participated in a group case break of 2012 Triple Threads Baseball last week at Rip Kings.  There were 9 boxes in the case.  I had a $5 credit from Rip Kings toward a break and saw that a few good teams (well, "good" in terms of box breaking) were available at a reasonable price, so I purchased the Kansas City Royals team slot.  The Royals are like a fifth team I root for, and they have some decent players and hits in the product.  I was hoping to score a George Brett autograph.  I did not get one, but I think I still did quite well for myself:

Hey, still managed to get some sort of George Brett card!  What do they call this, a sepia parallel?  Brown?  Not an especially aesthetically-pleasing color combination here.  Looks like a big dust storm is about to engulf the Hall of Famer, Brett.

Country Breakfast!  Sweet.  Billy Butler auto-relic, #'d 2/9.  The blue ink on the sticker is a bit imperfect for some reason.  Maybe the pen Butler used was drying up.

Cool beans.

20 March, 2013

Check out my new blog: "Worst Fantasy Sports Trades"

After receiving several ridiculously bad trade offers in fantasy baseball recently, I decided to create a blog to share the best of the worst fantasy trades with everyone.

So, please to check out Worst Fantasy Sports Trades on Tumblr.  Also, if you'd like to share some awful trades of your own, please feel free to send me a screenshot.  I would love to feature them on my new blog!

17 March, 2013

Happy St. Paddy's!

I sort of celebrated St. Patrick's Day yesterday.  I definitely have not been partying today.  In fact, I have to make a same-day, roundtrip flight to San Francisco and back tomorrow.  I usually make the mistake of drinking too much booze the night before I travel.  Being super hungover on an airplane is one of the worst things ever.

A few months ago I opened up two boxes of 2012 Leaf Memories Baseball.  It is an awesome product.  From one of those hobby boxes, I pulled an on-card autograph of one of the greatest Irish-American baseball players (and, well, I guess one of the greatest American ballplayers in general for that matter):

This Texan is #'d 32/34.

Yipee-ki-yay!  A high quality photo looks much better than a supposedly HD video box break, no?

By the way, I have a bunch of cards up for sale on EBAY this week.  Also.

14 March, 2013

It's Good to be King

King Felix, that is.  Not as good to be the Mariners organization, I suppose?  I read today that the Seattle Mariners only gained a profit of less than $5.9 million in 2012.  You can check out the same blog post at Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew here.  With that kind of profit margin, they could sign... an NBA player that never plays!  $5.9 million is less than a third of Felix Hernandez's yearly salary under his hefty new contract.  This card definitely did not cost anywhere near those numbers:

2005 Series 2, Felix Hernandez rookie autograph.  On card!  Sweet scrawl there.

I purchased the above card a few months ago at a very reasonable price, almost exactly a month before Hernandez signed that massive contract.  It sure took me a while to post!  The prices for Felix's signatures seem to have risen gradually yet substantially since then.  Now, if only that elbow anomaly or what ever they found in his physical does not become something serious or detrimental, then the "King" will live long and prosper indeed.

There was a moment when I was concerned that the card actually depicted someone named Hernandez Felix and not the Seattle ace as I expected.

13 March, 2013

The Awesome, and Possibly Disgusting, Card I Pulled Today

I purchased a hobby box of 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions with some of my tax return money.  I really like Goodwin Champions and I have pulled a monster hit out of it before.  After today, make that two big hits!

I pretty much did this when I pulled it from the pack.  So, I've already redeemed the Entomology card.  I hope it gets shipped to me soon, safely and undamaged.  I am also really hoping the card I receive does not contain a spider.  I truly dislike spiders.  Hell, I even detest butterflies.  Nevertheless, I'm sure it will look awesome!

Besides the Entomology Redemption, this box of Goodwin Champions was very good.  I managed to get four hits - a Matt Packer autograph (who?), Maryeve Dufault auto, Thurman Thomas jersey relic, and a Hakeem Olajuwon (The Dream!) jersey.

11 March, 2013

Two Morrows

After many tries to acquire a Brandon Morrow rookie or prospect autograph card, I have finally obtained one!  Well, two actually:

2006 Tristar Prospects Plus, Farm Hands Brandon Morrow signatures.  The one on top is a gold version, #'d 02/25.

As you can probably see, I was overzealous when bidding on these two cards.  My perseverance paid off two-fold.  Morrow is a good pitcher, with high heat and strikeouts, though if he could only stay healthy...