Daily Archives: April 7, 2014

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Heritage Purple Refractor

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Heritage Purple Refractor

OK, here is the card that I spent the most money on at the show.

It is Giancarlo Stanton’s Purple Refractor from this year’s Heritage set.

Check it out:

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This is just the second ‘Purple Refractor’ that I have added to my entire collection, and you guessed correctly if you guessed that my first one was Stanton’s card from the 2013 Heritage release.

The card is nice.  And it is shiny.  I just don’t know why it was designed for a set that is supposed to pay home to the heritage of Topps baseball cards.  Surely this kind of cardstock and glossy finish was not issued on baseball cards back in 1965…

Still, I am very happy to have picked one up for my collection and I am hopeful that I can nab a few more Stanton cards from this set in the coming weeks as well.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Reggie Jackson 2014 Donruss

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Reggie Jackson 2014 Donruss

The lone modern card of a legend of the game that I scored at the card show came from the new 2014 Donruss release.

And had it not been for the fact that this card was sitting on the top of a stack of cards from that set, I more than likely would have missed it altogether.

The star?

Reginald Martinez Jackson – Yessir, Reggie!

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I like the look of this one.  It is the first one that I have seen with the Blue border accents and it works nicely with the Yankees colors and ‘New York’ banner on the bottom of the card.

And the image works too because you don’t get the sense that it was solely chosen due to the fact that the Yankees logo has been removed from Reggie’s jersey and cap.

A very nice addition to my Reggie Jackson collection.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – 2-Card Lot Of 2013 Topps Opening Day With Pedroia & McCutchen

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – 2-Card Lot Of 2013 Topps Opening Day With Pedroia & McCutchen

My final purchase from this same seller came from the 2013 Topps Opening Day set.

I knew that I was missing a few cards from this release for my player collections, and I was able to grab two of them.  And for just twenty-five cents each.

I pulled the cards of Andrew McCutchen and Dustin Pedroia.

Have a look:

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I’m happy with these buys as it really allowed for me to add some depth to my player collections.

I especially like that I was able to grab so many cards from the Opening Day issues as these are not as commonly found at cheap prices online.

 

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Heritage

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Heritage

Sticking with the same seller, I dug into his section of cards that were tagged as ‘2014 Topps Heritage’.

And while the number of cards in this section was grand, I did not have as much luck pulling singles for my collection.

As a matter of fact, I pulled just one.

Yep, One.

So. I might as well make that one a card of one of the best all-around players in the game, right?  A supreme defender.  A great baserunner.  A home run threat.  A talented contact guy.

I give you your reigning NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen!

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I really like this card.  And yes, some of it has to do with that sweet Pirates patch on his sleeve.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – 2-Card Lot Of 2013 Bowman Chrome With Stanton & McCutchen

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – 2-Card Lot Of 2013 Bowman Chrome With Stanton & McCutchen

The same seller with the 2014 Topps Opening Day cards had all of the releases from 2013 at his table as well.  And they are all organized and tagged by set making it so much easier to identify where you want to go and how you want to attack.

I dove into the lot of cards tagged as 2013 Bowman Chrome and rescued both of these beauties:

 

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Andrew McCutchen on the left and Giancarlo Stanton on the right – Gotta love that!!

These cards are brilliantly colored and the Chrome super-glossy finish is a very nice touch.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 3-Card Lot Of 2014 Topps Opening Day With Harper, Pedroia, McCutchen

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 3-Card Lot Of 2014 Topps Opening Day With Harper, Pedroia, McCutchen

Since the last card show that I attended, two major releases have hit the shelves courtesy of Topps – Heritage & Opening Day.

I found one seller that had cards from each set on display and ready to sell.

Best of all, each card was priced at just $0.25 each.

So, I nabbed a few cards from the Opening Day set for my modern player collections.

Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, and Dustin Pedroia – all for just seventy-five cents!!

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All Day, Brother!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Lot Of 57 Cards For My 1975 Topps Set Build

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Lot Of 57 Cards For My 1975 Topps Set Build

As I mentioned in my ‘Review’ post, I did well again with the vintage seller at the show.

He has two large boxes of 1975 Topps ‘commons’ that are all in VG to NM condition.  The cards are all in penny sleeves, and best of all they are ALL in numeric order.

This makes it so easy to shop – All I do is compare my list to what he has and start dropping cards on the table.

Still, I stay on track and on budget as I have no desire to drop $50 on any dealer at a single purchase.  So, I limit myself and get a little picky with the cards.   I check the corners.  I check the front of the card for the bleeding of ink that littered the ’75 set.  And I check for centering on both the front and back

And still, I walk away with 57 more cards for my set build.

Have a look:

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I won’t show them all off at one time.  That is not fair to what I want out of this build.  Instead, I will take the slow and methodical approach as it allows for me to do what I want to do with this set – honor and learn more about the 1975 baseball season.

I’m thrilled with this purchase!  And I will surely see this dealer again next month.

Baseball Card Show Review

Baseball Card Show Review

Well friends, another baseball card show has come and gone.  And this one was at a new location as my monthly card show has changed venues for the third time in a year.  And while not as nice or as large as the prior hotel, the show was still full of baseball cards.  And that is what it is all about.

As for my purchases, I did ok – not great and not bad.  Just ok.

I was able to hook up again with the vintage seller at the show and that netted me another nice selection of cards for my 1975 Topps set build.  I’ll get into more of those details later.

As for modern stuff, I brought home a nice stack of cards for my modern PC’s and my Marlins collection as well.

So, while I did not walk away with anything that is going to make headlines across the globe, I did add some depth to my player collections, I did get caught up with some modern card releases, and I  did grab a great stack of needed cards for my 1975 Topps set.

Get ready as I will start showing you all of my haul from the card show as the day continues.

Thanks for reading.

Happy Birthday Bobby Doerr!!

Happy Birthday Bobby Doerr!!

Mr. Bobby Doerr turns 96 years old today.

Doerr is baseball’s oldest living Hall of Famer, having made his professional debut in 1937.

A 14-year veteran, Doerr was a 9-time All-star for the Boston Red Sox.  He has a lifetime batting average of .288 with 2,042 career hits.  Other notable stats from his career include 1,094 runs scored, 223 home runs, 1,247 RBI, and 54 steals.  In 7,093 at-bats, Doerr struck out just 608 times – less than 10% of the time.  Doerr finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 7 times during his major league career.

Doerr played in the 1946 World Series but the Sox lost to the Cardinals in 6 games.  In that match-up, he hit .409 by collecting 9 hits in 22 at-bats.

Happy Birthday Mr. Doerr!!!

Doerr signed these for me TTM in 2009.

Rangers’ Pitcher Yu Darvish Fastest Ever To 500 K’s

Rangers’ Pitcher Yu Darvish Fastest Ever To 500 K’s

From MLB.com

ST. PETERSBURG – Yu Darvish set a Major League record by striking out the first two batters he faced in Sunday’s start against the Rays.

The two strikeouts gave Darvish 500 for his career in 401 2/3 innings. The Rangers’ right-hander becomes the fastest pitcher as a starter to ever reach 500 strikeouts as far as number of innings it took to get there. Kerry Wood held the old record by doing it in 404 2/3 innings. Mark Prior did it in 421 2/3 innings and Stephen Strasburg did so in 426 1/3 innings.

Darvish was activated off the disabled list before the game. He had been sidelined with stiffness in his neck that forced him to miss his Opening Day start against the Phillies.

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