August 31, 2011

Reap the Heap #4: Sharing Some Flea Market Bernie (CLAIMED)

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How "Reap the Heap" Works

Occasionally I will add a card to the heap.  In order to "Reap the Heap" all you have to do is leave a comment that you want the heap of cards and that you have one (or more) of the cards on my wantlists to send to me.  That's it, just one card (or more) from my wantlists for the entire heap of cards.  First come, first serve of course on claiming the cards.


BA Benny reaped this heap!!


I'm not gonna hog all the flea market fun.  Here's a Bernie mini for the trade heap.



Card 2
2001 Private Stock PS-206 Action #41 Bernie Williams 


Card 1
2011 Topps Town #TT42 Kevin Youkilis



Previous Heaps
Heap #3 (2 cards) reaped by Captain Canuck (Waxaholic)
Heap #2 (1 card) reaped by Ryan (This Card is Cool)
Heap #1 (13 cards) reaped by Cheap Card Collecting

August 30, 2011

The WAR Set: Card #6

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2008 UD Timeline #6 Hanley Ramirez
7.6 Wins Above Replacement
Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 24 FLA 153 693 589 125 177 34 4 33 67 35 12 92 122 .301 .400 .540 .940
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/29/2011.

In 2008, Hanley Ramirez signed the richest contract in Florida Marlins history that would keep him in south Florida through 2014.  After signing that contract, Hanley went on to enjoy the best season of his still young baseball career.  Ramirez finished 2008 batting .301 with 33 homers and 35 stolen bases.  He became just the second Marlin to reach the 30-30 club after Preston Wilson did it in 2000.  Ramirez led the league in runs scored and was also among the top ten players in on-base pct, slugging pct, OPS, hits, total bases, homers, walks, and stolen bases.  He was also voted to his first All-Star game and won his first Silver Slugger award in 2008.


Loved to hit against Tim Redding: 12 for 25 with 5 home runs (1.748 OPS)
Loathes to hit against Johan Santana: 3 for 21 with 7 strikeouts (.360 OPS)




Here's a decent user created highlight video.
Wonder how long it stays up before MLB axes it into oblivion

August 29, 2011

Flea Market Treasure Hunt: Victory

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For the next part of the Flea Market Treasure Hunt, I pulled out a stack of 2000 Ultimate Victory baseball cards.  First the pics:



After the initial excitement of the minis, these Victory cards led me to dismay.  There were over 90 of these cards in the box but the ones that I scanned were the best cards I could find in the stack.  These were obviously picked through before being put in the box so I didn't get anything really special from them.  There were no parallels, rookies, or inserts and worst of all, there were NO Braves cards.





Hopefully the rest of the box holds some nice surprises.

August 26, 2011

Reap the Heap #4: You know you want Youk

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How "Reap the Heap" Works

Occasionally I will add a card to the heap.  In order to "Reap the Heap" all you have to do is leave a comment that you want the heap of cards and that you have one (or more) of the cards on my wantlists to send to me.  That's it, just one card (or more) from my wantlists for the entire heap of cards.  First come, first serve of course on claiming the cards.


New heap.  Same ol Youk.



Card 1
2011 Topps Town #TT42 Kevin Youkilis



Previous Heaps
Heap #3 (2 cards) reaped by Captain Canuck (Waxaholic)
Heap #2 (1 card) reaped by Ryan (This Card is Cool)
Heap #1 (13 cards) reaped by Cheap Card Collecting

August 25, 2011

Braves Mail Day in Pictures

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Quick Post. Few Words. Pics. Thanks to DLub15 on SCF



Refractors





Colored Platinum




Horizontal Inserts


"Not once. But who would get on him, anyway? He could pick me up and throw me into a locker." - Eric Hinske when asked if Jason Heyward needed any "rookie scolding"

August 24, 2011

Flea Market Treasure Hunt: The Minis

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Since it was the sight of the minis that compelled me to purchase this box-o-cards, I figured I would use them for my first post in the Flea Market Treasure Hunt.  But first a visual aid:


There were about 30 of these in the box all together but I only scanned some of the bigger named players.  

The name of this set is PS-206 Action and they were inserted into packs of 2001 Private Stock at a rate of 2 per pack.  I have never seen these cards before because they appeared at a time when I was doing a lot more partying than collecting.  These minis are glossy and the photography is pretty sharp.  The backs are a little bland though, without any stats or write ups.

I love the fact that minis have made a big return in the modern day hobby and I hope they stay around for a long time (or until Topps figures out a way to make me loathe them).



I did get a Braves mini though and that already makes this box worth the price I paid for it.

August 22, 2011

The WAR Set: First Replacement Player

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2006 Fleer Tradition #1 Andruw Jones
6.5 Wins Above Replacement


Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2006 29 ATL 156 669 565 107 148 29 0 41 129 4 1 82 127 .262 .363 .531 .894
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/21/2011.
  

Now that I received a duplicate of this card, it has unseated 2007 John Lackey from the WAR Set.  Jones' 2006 WAR rating of 6.5 beat out Lackey's 2007 rating by just 0.2 points.  In 2006, Jones followed his breakout 2005 season with another very successful season.  He belted 41 homers and plated 129 rbi while playing in over 155 games.  Andruw also earned his 9th consecutive Gold Glove award and finished 11th in MVP voting.  


Loved to hit against Denny Neagle: 9 for 16 with 5 home runs (2.300 OPS)
Loathed to hit against Turk Wendell: 1 for 24 with 4 strikeouts (.190 OPS)


This year's cards still in the running for this spot:
2011 Topps #1 Ryan Braun (current WAR = 5.9)
 

August 21, 2011

Reap the Heap #3: Sensational (Claimed)

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How "Reap the Heap" Works

Occasionally I will add a card to the heap.  In order to "Reap the Heap" all you have to do is leave a comment that you want the heap of cards and that you have one (or more) of the cards on my wantlists to send to me.  That's it, just one card (or more) from my wantlists for the entire heap of cards.  First come, first serve of course on claiming the cards.

Captain Canuck Reaped this Heap!

Unlike the last heap, this one makes it past the first card.  Jon Lester makes heap two strong.


Card 2
2007 Fleer Rookie Sensations #JL Jon Lester





Card 1
2011 Topps #505 Tommy Hanson



Previous Heaps
Heap #2 (1 card) reaped by Ryan (This Card is Cool)
Heap #1 (13 cards) reaped by Cheap Card Collecting

The WAR Set: Card #5

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2008 UD Timeline #5 Johan Santana
6.4 Wins Above Replacement
Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2008 NYM 16 7 2.53 34 34 3 2 234.1 206 1.148 7.9 0.9 2.4 7.9 3.27
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/21/2011.


Prior to the 2008 season, Johan Santana was traded by the Twins to the Mets in exchange for 4 players.  In Santana's first season with the Mets, he showed the same pitching brilliance that made him a dominating force in the American League for many seasons.  He finished the 2008 season with a 16-7 record while not recording a single losing decision during the season's second half.  Santana led the National League in ERA (2.53) and innings pitched (234.1).  Johan finished 3rd in the 2008 Cy Young race behind Brandon Webb and winner Tim Lincecum.



Loved to pitch against Jose Valentin: 1 for 20 with 9 strikeouts (.145 OPS)
Loathed to face Frank Thomas: 10 for 21 with 5 home runs (1.815 OPS)


This year's cards still in the running for this spot:
2011 Topps #5 Clayton Kershaw (current WAR = 5.0)






August 20, 2011

Flea Market Treasure Hunt

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So I went to a flea market last weekend for the first time in years looking to find some deals on cards or anything else I could use.  I perused a few booths and tables that had some singles (all priced at high book value of course) but I was mostly looking for a box of random cards that I could purchase as a lot. 

Luckily on the last row of vendors I spotted a man and his wife selling knick-knacks and parakeets (yes the birds).  As I was walking past their table I noticed they had a box of 1988 Donruss sitting on a rack behind them and on the bottom shelf of that same rack they had a card storage box with "$5" written on the side. 

I peeked inside the box


The minis caught my eye and immediately I knew this was what I was looking for.  I paid the nice lady 5 dollars and left the flea market with a grin knowing I had some cards to search through once I got home.

So did I find any treasure in this box? 

Stay tuned to find out.

August 18, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

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I have been really busy this week and have not been able to post regularly like I would like.  Do not fret compadres, I will be back on the blogging grind in a short bit.


Here are some of things to look forward to as soon I can get back into the swing of blogging:

Flea market shopping
More Football
More of the usual (WAR set, Trade Heap, general shenanigans)
My take on the University of Miami allegations and college football
and More (or less)!

See you soon

August 16, 2011

My Sports Obsession Contest

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Jeff over at My Sports Obsession is holding a contest in celebration of his 100th post. So head on over there and follow his blog for a chance at some free cards. The deadline to sign up is Thursday. Good luck!

August 14, 2011

Reap the Heap #3: Another Heap Begins

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How "Reap the Heap" Works

Occasionally I will add a card to the heap.  In order to "Reap the Heap" all you have to do is leave a comment that you want the heap of cards and that you have one (or more) of the cards on my wantlists to send to me.  That's it, just one card (or more) from my wantlists for the entire heap of cards.  First come, first serve of course on claiming the cards.



The last heap began with a Brave and ended quickly with the very same Brave as Ryan charged in and snatched up the heap after only one card.  I doubt that will happen this time, but keeping with tradition I will start off with another Brave, this time young Tommy



Card 1
2011 Topps #505 Tommy Hanson



Previous Heaps
Heap #2 (1 card) reaped by Ryan (This Card is Cool)
Heap #1 (13 cards) reaped by Cheap Card Collecting

August 13, 2011

A Really Cheap Mail Day

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By using the word "cheap" I do not mean anything derogatory about the cards or the postal service.  They are cheap because I received them from Anthony over at Cheap Card Collecting in exchange for my first trade heap.

Anthony sent me two Ascent of Man inserts:

Thanks Anthony!
I still need the majority of these cards to complete this insert set so if any of you have any these for trade, let me know and we can work out a deal.  The ones I still need are listed in my 2011 wantlists


Some other stuff arrived in the mail as well.


JDHhorns sent me these 2010 Allen and Ginter's inserts with a trade on the Beckett site.  While I'm not a big fan of this particular insert set, they do feature Braves players and I will gladly take them.



yet there is more....




Soxfan30 from Sports Card Forum sent me these inserts along with some other cards to add to Braves PC. Thanks Soxfan30!

August 11, 2011

Retail Double Dip

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Oh yeah, time to rip some more packs.  Another double dip of sports with a 2011 Topps Series 2 blaster box and one rack pack of 2011 Panini Prestige. 

First off is the 2011 Topps Series 2 blaster box.  This will be brief as I'm sure everyone has seen everything that series 2 has to offer.


Here are the inserts from the box.  Like always, the Kimball minis and the Topps 60 cards are cool while I think its time for Topps to nix the Diamond Duos inserts and the reprints




These are shiny.




The obligatory manu-patch. 



Moving on to football with the rack pack of 2011 Panini Prestige:


Here is a small sample of the base cards so you can see what the design of these cards look like.
Bonus: Got another Roscoe to add to my Canes PC.


Here are what the base rookie cards look like.  I really do not like this design for the rookies because they are not in their pro uniforms and the logos on their college helmets have been edited out.  Just bland cards in my opinion.



These are the two inserts from the rack pack.  The Rookie Review card looks too much like the base cards and doesn't stand out enough to be considered an insert.  On the other hand,  the Prestigious Pros card is a quality insert with a great layout and slick color.

I have yet to see the other inserts or parallels from this set but so far I am not very impressed with 2011 Prestige.  Perhaps I will give it another shot in the future.

August 09, 2011

The WAR Set: Card #4

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2004 UD Diamond All-Star #4 Curt Schilling
6.4 Wins Above Replacement


In November of 2003, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded Curt Schilling to the Boston Red Sox and his first year in Boston did not disappoint.  Schilling finished the year with a 21-6 record while recording a 3.26 ERA and posting a 5.80 strikeout to walk ratio.  During the 2004 ALCS Schilling cemented his legacy in Red Sox history.  Schilling had a minor surgical procedure done on his ankle prior to game 6 against the rival New York Yankees and as the game wore on, Schilling's sock became soaked with blood that had seeped from the sutures around the ankle.  With the bloody sock, Schilling pitched seven strong innings to help force a game 7 which the Red Sox won as well.  He also won Game 2 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals and helped Boston rid themselves of the Bambino's Curse en route to winning their first World Series title in 86 years.  Schilling finished second in the 2004 AL Cy Young voting behind Johan Santana


Loved to pitch against Rey Ordonez: 1 for 20 with 5 strikeouts (.100 OPS)
Loathed to face Derrek Lee: 11 for 26 with 5 home runs (1.521 OPS)

August 08, 2011

Reap the Heap #2: The Heap Begins Anew (Claimed)

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How "Reap the Heap" Works

Occasionally I will add a card to the heap.  In order to "Reap the Heap" all you have to do is leave a comment that you want the heap of cards and that you have one (or more) of the cards on my wantlists to send to me.  That's it, just one card (or more) from my wantlists for the entire heap of cards.  First come, first serve of course on claiming the cards.


Ryan G. Reaped this Heap!


Since the last heap ended with a Brave, then this heap will begin with a Brave and we got Chipper leading off.



Card 1
2007 Upper Deck Triple Play Performers #TPCJ Chipper Jones



Previous Heaps
Heap #1 (13 cards) reaped by Cheap Card Collecting

August 07, 2011

This Week in the Mail

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I had a ton of cards come in the mail this week.  I received a little over 80 cards to add to my collections from various traders.  Big thanks go out to Dirtylittle87 and Shotgun1970 on the Sports Card Forum, Thelostfan on Beckett, and from bloggers Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle and Jaybarkerfan's Junk.

I'm not going to list all the cards from these trades, just my top ten favorite cards in no particular order:



1997 Collector's Choice #264 Kenny Lofton
This is a great picture of Kenny.  I really like candid photos of players mainly because the majority of sports cards are in-game action shots.




1996 Denny's Holograms #1 Greg Maddux
This is the first time I have seen one of these cards.  The hologram shows a moving picture of Maddux throwing a pitch during the 1995 World Series.  Sweet.



2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Run Producers #3 Andruw Jones
Sweet looking card with a refractor background.



1996 Metal Universe Platinum Portraits #6 Ryan Klesko
Great use of space on this card with the photo on the left, logo on the right, and metallic background.



1992 Upper Deck #1 J.Thome/R.Klesko Checklist
Awesome card featuring Klesko next to a young Jim Thome.  The background make we want to sing the theme song from the Jefferson's.



2003 Leaf Hard Hats #5 Rafael Furcal
This is a very nice insert card.  Action photo of a player superimposed over their batting helmet with refractor technology.  Kudos to Leaf on this one.



1999 Topps Gold Label Class 1 #16 Chipper Jones
Now this is a slick card.  Refractor background with sharp hitting and fielding photos on the front and a super glossy finish make this an amazing card.



2000 Upper Deck Legends #34 Bob Griese
Wow, another beautiful card.  The slightly grainy image that fades into Griese's name and number at the bottom of the card gives me the sense of watching an old NFL films production of the 70's Dolphins.



2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Relics #TH Tommy Hanson
Thanks to Greg at Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle for sending me my first Hanson relic card in exchange for a 2011 Allen & Ginter's Russell Martin relic.


1995 Score #SG1 Ryan Klesko AU/6100
I got this card off of Ebay for next to nothing.  Nothing real special about this card's design minus the signature.  This is now the oldest card that I own that is serial numbered on the back.

I loved that I received so many cards this week, but I am dreading get these things organized

August 05, 2011

Football has Returned

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College teams are beginning fall practices, NFL camps are underway and six months from today two teams will meet in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI (or Super Bowl 46 for the roman numerically impaired).

Today marks the beginning of six months of football card collecting for myself.  I will still collect and trade baseball cards but during football season I focus more and more on football cards until the final whistle of the Super Bowl.  Then I return to my baseball ways when pitchers and catchers report for spring training next year.  It's my vicious collecting cycle.

So tonight is a double sport retail pack rip.  I am opening one rack pack of 2011 Allen & Ginter's and one rack pack of 2011 Score football.  I'm excited.

First up 2011 Allen & Ginter's:

Notable Base Cards
#127 James Loney
#145 Victor Martinez
#285 Alex Rios
#300 Ryan Braun


Inserts/Parallels
The Morrow is an A&G back mini.

What a blah rack pack. I was hoping for something to add to one of the subsets I am collecting.




Now for the super thick 2011 Score rack pack:

Here are the base rookie cards.  I'm not a big fan of the combine pictures as I would rather see rookies in their pro uniforms.  A lot of these cards have short print variations with different photos on them, unfortunately I didn't get any of those. But I did get my first Daniel Thomas rookie!


These are the glossy parallels.  As you could guess, these cards have a super shiny finish to them when compared to the normal cards.  The Devin Hester heads to my Canes PC.



Here are the inserts from the pack.  I like the design on the "In the Zone" cards while the other inserts seem a little bland.

Other cards headed to PC's
#36 Roscoe Parrish (Canes)
#156 Karlos Dansby (Fins)
#181 Jonathan Vilma (Canes)


A lot of collectors seem to snub this product because it is considered "low end" but I think this a great product at a great value.  Of course, if the only thing you are looking for is a high-dollar hit card then this is not the product for you.  However, if you enjoy ripping packs in the search of cards of your favorite team/player and don't want to break the bank then I suggest picking up a pack or two of this.  I'll probably rip a couple more of these in the future.