Daily Archives: October 22, 2013

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Sepia mini

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Sepia mini

When I tell you that securing this card for my collection was a lengthy journey, I am not exaggerating.

I have been on the hunt for this card since the new Gypsy Queen set hit the scene a few months ago.  The Sepia mini versions from the GQ set are serial numbered to just 50 copies so I usually take a different approach when trying to pick them up.

That approach is more aggressive than my normal one, but when cards are on the more rare, or limited, side a collector has to do what a collector has to do.

So, for this card, I shopped it quite hard.  I monitored three different on-line baseball card marketplaces and I made offers when I could.  Ultimately, I had been shut-out each step of the way.

On Ebay, this card has only been listed 4-5 times, and I recall seeing two of the cards sell for more than what I was willing to pay.  The two that are listed now have high asking prices, and my proposals for lower pricing have either been ignored or shut down.  The card has been on COMC.com once or twice, but the asking price was 3-4 times more than what I was willing to pay…  Enter Sportlots.com.  The card has never been listed on the site that I know of – until last week.  And the price it was listed for was too good for me to ignore.  I scored it for just $3.00 – I could not believe it!!!

As soon as I saw the asking price, I bought it.  And I did something I have never done before with Sportlots, I immediately checked-out my transaction.  I did not shop for other cards from the same seller.  I did not throw it into my cart to hold on to it.  I scooped it up as fast as I could.

And now, she is mine.  And she is serial numbered as 30/50.

Have a look:



Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Opening Day ‘PLAY HARD’

Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Opening Day ‘PLAY HARD’

Of all of the Bryce Harper cards that I have brought into my collection so far, this one from the 2012 Topps Opening Day subset tagged as ‘Play Hard’ is the most action-packed.

Have a look:



I love the action that was caught here with Harper sliding into home plate.  The only thing missing that would take this card to another level in my opinion is showing the actual plate.

This is a solid, action-packed addition to my Harper PC, and I look forward to trying to find another one to challenge it for the top-spot.

Stay tuned!

Reggie Jackson 1986 Donruss

Reggie Jackson 1986 Donruss

The 1986 Donruss baseball card design is one of my least-liked designs from the 1980’s.  For me, it is just way too busy and I find the thin horizontal lines with the trapezoid frame to be quite nauseating….

So, while this card from the 1986 Donruss set does feature one of my favorite baseball legends, I really do not care for it all that much.

See for yourself.



Just too much going on for me – kind of has an optical illusion kind of feel to it…


Carlton Fisk 1985 Topps ‘Record Breaker’

Carlton Fisk 1985 Topps ‘Record Breaker’

The 1985 Topps baseball card set was the first set that I put together as a kid.  My dad, a collector as a child as well, taught me how the set was constructed and gave me a few ideas on how to accomplish the goal of building the set.

As a 9-year old kid, I took the challenge very seriously.  And in the process, I learned quite a bit about the players in the set.

One of my favorite parts of the ’85 set was the Record Breakers.  And this may be why I have such an affinity for in-set subsets.  The ’85 Record Breakers are numbered to start the set.  And in that group is a pretty solid group of players – Pete Rose, Dwight Gooden, Nolan Ryan, Joe Morgan, Bruce Sutter, Steve Garvey, and more.

And oh yeah, this guy too – Carlton Fisk!!!



The card pays homage to Fisk catching the longest game by a catcher in major league history.  For the record, the game was 25 innings long, and Fisk caught the entire thing!!!  I’m not 100% certain that this record still holds up 30 years later, but my knees ache a bit just thinking about it….

A great card for my Fisk PC!!!


Did You Know….

George Mullin was the first pitcher in major league baseball history to pitch in a World Series in the same season in which he lost 20 games or more.

In 1907, Mullin went 20-20 for the Detroit Tigers.  The Tigers lost the World Series that year to the Chicago Cubs.


Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Ichiro turns 40 years old today!!

Easily one of the best hitters of the last 15 years, Ichiro Suzuki has proven to be an extremely talented contact hitter, maybe one of the best ever.

In 13 professional seasons in major league baseball, Ichiro has collected 2,742 hits.  In ten of thirteen years, he has accumulated 200 or more hits in those seasons.

For his birthday, I wish Ichiro perfect health.  And I want that health to hold until he gets into the 3,000 hits club.  Based on his average he will need just 2 more years to accomplish that task.  And while that means he will be 42 years old when that time comes, I do believe that he is conditioned to reach that mark with relative ease if he wants it.

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Andre Dawson 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts ‘Retired Numbers’ Game-Used Jersey Card #2/10

Andre Dawson 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts ‘Retired Numbers’ Game-Used Jersey Card #2/10

For me, it is really simple – unlicensed baseball cards either look s really, really good or really, really bad.

And thankfully, this one swing to the good side!!!

The card comes from the 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts ‘Retired Numbers’ set and it features my ‘Main Man’ Hall of Famer, Andre Dawson.

The card is serial numbered as 2/10, and it is supposed to recall Dawson’s time in Montreal as a member of the Expos.  The small, Silver disc you see above the piece of jersey is stamped with the #10, Dawson’s jersey number with the Expos.

Check it out:



I won this card in a Twitter giveaway.  I try to stay active on Twitter, though I do find that task pretty tough.  Still, I keep a search going on any tweets that have the term ‘Andre Dawson’ in the text just to see what is happening and may be newsworthy.  When I saw that this giveaway was occurring, I threw my name in the hat, @30yoc, and I was the lucky winner!!!

And the prize was sweet!!!!