September 29, 2011

A Contest Reminder and the Agony of Defeat

First off I just want to remind everyone that I have a contest that will run the length of October.  Click here to check out the contest and earn some early entries.  The deadline for early entries is tomorrow night.

Now on to more somber news,  the Braves September collapse.  How did this happen?  Well, the explanation is very simple:

The Braves batted an astonishing .195 average with runners in scoring position over their last 26 games.

September 26, 2011

Time for My First Contest!

Geez, what a crappy week I've had.  The boss is working us like dogs, the Dolphins lost to the short-handed Browns, Kansas State stopped the Hurricanes one foot short of a victory, and the Braves are trying to slump their way out of a playoff spot that they had pretty much "locked up" less than 30 days ago.  Sorry for the rant, but I'm tired and needed to do a little online venting.  Anyways, on to the point.

I have seen many, many contests on the net by all the wonderful card bloggers out there and I figure it is about time for me to hold a contest of my own.

On November 6th 2011, The Card Hobbyist blog will be celebrating it's first birthday.  To give thanks to all of the readers and bloggers out there, I present you with my very first contest.

Contest Details
  • Throughout the month of October every time you comment on a post, I will give you one entry into the contest. All you have to do is comment on an October post. Easy.
  • Only one entry per person per blog post (Not including this post, read below)
  • Here's the catch:  You have exactly 48 hours to comment on post after it's published.  Comments left on a post after the 48 hour window closes will not earn entries.
  • The cards I will be giving away will include some vintage, game-used, rookies, inserts, short prints, parallels, and autos (nothing really earth shattering, but free cards for you nonetheless)
  • On November 6th, every card will be randomly given to a random entry using (yes, I do love the randomness of it all)
  • You can win multiple cards.

Early Entry
Now here's your chance to get some early entries in the contest.  If you comment on this post, you will earn 1 entry and if you shamelessly pimp my contest on your blog I will give you another 2 entries.  If you do pimp the contest, don't forget to link your post with your comments. You have till Friday, September 30th to get your early entries in so get to pimping. Good luck!

September 25, 2011

Flea Market Treasure Hunt: High School Bowman

I was in middle school when the cards from my last Flea Market Treasure Hunt post were released but for this post, we have moved on to my final high school year with 1997 Bowman.  These cards don't make me feel old like the '91 Bowman set did mainly because in 1997 I was pursuing other interests rather than any "childish" sports card collecting.  Look at me now.  Life sure is funny that way.

Enough with the retrospect.  On to the cards:

Here are the notable veteran cards. Ugh, three Yankees and a Brave sliding into an obvious out. Could've been better.

What would Bowman be without rookies?  For some reason Mark Kotsay looks really worried in his photo.  And it's tough to believe that Brad Penny was ever that skinny.

There were some international parallels mixed in as well.  I like what Bowman was trying to do with these parallels but I think they are poorly executed.  I think these would look a lot better with horizontal designs to keep the flags looking more like actual flags.

Some decent cards here but with the exception of Jermaine Dye contributing to an inevitable putout by Barry Larkin, there were no Braves with these cards.

September 16, 2011

Trades with Ryan and Dawson

Some card pickups for this past week. The first set of cards come courtesy of Dawson16 over at the Sports Card Forum.  He sent me some Braves cards in exchange for some Royals cards.  Thanks Dawson16!

This next batch is from Ryan over at This Card is Cool.  He sent me a few vintage Dolphins in exchange for some cards for his type collection:

He also sent me some Ginter minis I needed.  Thanks a bunch Ryan!

I'm waiting for a someone to do a touchdown dance like this

September 14, 2011

The WAR Set: Card #7

2007 Topps Co-Signers #7 Curtis Granderson
6.3 Wins Above Replacement
2007 26 DET 158 676 612 122 185 38 23 23 74 26 1 52 141 .302 .361 .552 .913
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 9/13/2011.

After giving the Detroit Tigers' fans a glimpse of his talent in 2006, Curtis Granderson burst onto the scene in 2007.  Granderson finished the season with a .302 batting average with 28 doubles, 23 triples, and 23 home runs.  He became the first player to join the 20-20-20 (doubles, triples, homers) since George Brett accomplished the feat in 1979.  Granderson led the the league in triples and finished top ten in runs, slugging percentage, OPS, total bases, and extra base hits all while playing stellar defense in center field.  He also finished 10th in the 2007 AL MVP race.

Loves to hit against Fausto Carmona:  17 for 39 with 3 homeruns (1.419 OPS)
Hates to hit against John Danks:  2 for 25 with 4 strikeouts (.195 OPS)

September 12, 2011

Flea Market Treasure Hunt: Middle School Bowman

Yes, there are still more cards in my flea market box that I have yet to write a post about.  This next batch was released 20 years ago while I was in middle school.  Ok, I'm going to stop typing now because I just made myself feel really old.

I wonder if they told Orel to stare directly at the sun and smile

There were a little over 50 cards of 1991 Bowman in the box and the above cards were probably the best of the bunch (sorry Todd Van Poppel). 

Sadly, there were not any Braves cards in this part of the box.

But there were some...

Nose Brooms!!
Doug Jones is half walrus

September 02, 2011

Flea Market Treasure Hunt: I See Red

No random box of baseball cards is complete without it's fair share of "junk wax".  But who is to say that all that "junk wax" has to suck?

There were about 50 cards of 1990 Donruss baseball in this box.  The amazing thing is that these cards are in way better condition than the "decade-newer" 2000 Ultimate Victory cards from the previous flea market post.

Let's take a look at some of these beauties:

Early 90's Superstars

Familiar Names with Young Faces

The Staples of Card Collecting

These are only considered "junk wax" because of the lack of monetary value.  I had a great time looking through these.  Mainly because I got some.........

Steve Avery looks like a stone-cold killer in this pic.

And now for what most modern sets are missing out on:

Cookie Dusters!!!