Friday, October 2, 2015

2015 Tigers game report: 9/21 vs. Chicago White Sox

A couple Mondays ago (Sept. 21) I went to my first (and only) MLB game of 2015.  This was the first part of a day/night doubleheader against the White Sox as a make-up game from a couple months ago.  While it was cold and rainy for the originally-scheduled day, the weather was absolutely gorgeous on Monday.  Not a single cloud in the sky and the temperature was perfect--basically an ideal day for a game.
I was taking a work friend as a retirement gift and thanks to Stubhub was able to land us seats in the front row between the two bullpens in left field:
There's Detroit's starter for the day, Kyle Ryan, warming up.  I knew not to expect much out of him but was pleasantly surprised by his effort.
And here's the be-mulleted Jeff Samardzdzdidzjiddza.  Detroit may finish behind the Sox this year but at least we didn't trade for this jackass.  That's what you get for overpaying for a Notre Dame alum!  Jeff Samartass ended up getting the last laugh, though, as you'll see later.
One last shot of the view from my seats as the Tigers took the field.

And here's a look at my scorecard:
So I came to this game expecting fireworks--Detroit's Kyle Ryan was more of a spot-starter and Jeff S. had been absolutely brutal for much of the year.  Instead, Ryan went a quality 7 IP while allowing a pair of runs.  The first was on an Adam Eaton double that required a replay to overturn what looked like a beautiful throwout by RF Steven Moya while the second was a HR by #9 hitter Carlos Sanchez, a shot that bounced off the bullpen about five feet to my left and then a few rows up.

The story of the game turned out to be Chicago's starter, who needed all of 88 pitches (and just a bit more than two hours) to dispatch a Tigers squad resting some of its best players for the evening game (notably Miguel Cabrera and Rajai Davis).  The one hit he allowed was a cheapie blooper by Victor Martinez.

Despite all that, it was a fun day to be at the park for beautiful weather and another Tigers game.  Hopefully next year I'll be able to start a new in-person winning streak!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

2015 COMC purchase: very Lou-perstitious

It may be a while before I post the bulk of my latest COMC shipment over on TMM but today I have for you everything I grabbed this time to show off over here.  That happens to amount to 14 cards of PC guy and Tigers 2B legend Lou Whitaker:
1979 O-Pee Chee; 1980 O-Pee-Chee;  1984 O-Pee-Chee (#181)
1984 Topps Tiffany (#666) (with Jack Morris);  1984 Topps Tiffany (#695); 1986 O-Pee-Chee
1990 Topps Tiffany;  1990 Bowman Tiffany;  1993 Ultra

Call this scan "Lou-Pee-Chee" because almost half the cards hail from that product!  The '79 and '80 cards give me a complete run of Whitaker from 1978-83, so I've got that goin' for me.  Meanwhile, with the three Topps Tiffany cards I added, I'm missing just his '91 card from his run of that parallel set.  Also, don't ask me why I scanned the '90 Bowman Tiffany second, I couldn't tell you.
1994 Flair;  1994 Upper Deck Electric Diamond; 1995 Leaf Limited
1996 Collector's Choice;  1996 Fleer Tiffany

This scan goes a bit higher-end thanks to the Flair and Leaf Limited cards from 1994 and 1995, respectively.  The '94 UD parallel features one of my favorite photos of a smiling Whitaker, and a '96 Fleer Tiffany joins in today's parallel party.  Fleer's 1996 and 1997 products, clearly the high point of the brand's run, are so fantastic that you can't go wrong with either or both of the base and Tiffany sets!  Finally, in typically awesome form, Upper Deck honors a great player's career with a tribute card in Collector's Choice.

14 newbies put my supercollection of Whitaker at 188/292, giving me a fun milestone to look forward to, and another will soon join it as my overall Whitaker total is 199 cards!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

9/5/2015 card show report: Grandyman and the Mad Dog

I don't have a whole lot to show off from last Saturday's monthly card show--just six cards split down the middle between this here blog and TMM, but what I do have is 100% relevant to baseball season!

This time I made just two purchases--one for $5 and another that set me back $50--and as usual most of my money went towards trade bait for the many folks to whom I owe cards!  The $50 purchase in particular was a great source for good stuff both for me and others because I got a lot of heavily discounted stuff by buying multiples.  The following three cards came from that purchase and were essentially $4 each:
Curtis Granderson 2012 Topps Triple Threads Relics Emerald 9x jersey (#TTR152) (#13/18)
Since Brad from Brad's Blog came out of nowhere and sent me an A&G Wood Mini of Grandy as a Yankee back in July I've lifted my moratorium on collecting his non-Tigers cards.  That made this fun Triple Threads relic an easy pickup.  I suppose it's possible the lower price was due to the minor damage to the paper that's part of the border of the "R" but it's not like I especially care.  This is a cool nickname card of one of my favorite PC guys and it comes with pinstripes, so that's a plus.  I'll have to see what other interesting Grandersons I can turn up regardless of which team he's pictured with.

Greg Maddux 2012 Prime Cuts Retired Jersey Numbers jersey (#15/31)
Greg Maddux 2015 Elite Throwback Threads jersey
I was a bit surprised to find this pair of Panini-branded Maddux jerseys in that very same box.  Granted, he's appeared on a good number of relics and these suffer from the stigma of being logo-less, but I mean come on, the top card is numbered to 31!  And the Elite card clearly depicts him with the Cubs with the only blemish being the missing "C" on his hat.  Mad Dog is a HOFer and one of the best pitchers my generation got to see, so I'll throw down $8 for this pair any day!

Please don't forget to check out my post on TMM this evening to see the rest of my pickups, including a low-numbered Barry Larkin!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

2015 trade package #25: more like Bob "WOW" the Plank!

Both of our teams won today, including his West Virginia Mountaineers, so why not show off another trade package from Matt of Bob Walk the Plank?  This was one of the smaller envelopes Matt sometimes sends my way, and surprisingly it didn't include any Michigan stuff, but it's pennant race time (from which my Tigers will be conspicuously absent this year) so it fits right in.  And don't think there was any kind of shortage of goodies either--as the man himself said, "Not much in the way of quantity, but I don't think you will mind!"  Read on to see if you and I agree!
Prince Fielder 2014 Donruss Jersey Kings Studio Series patch (#05/15)
Fielder is an excellent subject for relic cards since his muumuu-like jerseys must be extremely cost-effective for manufacturers.  He's pictured here as a member of the Rangers (still love that trade!) but that patch--and I do mean patch, and a nice one!--is definitely from a Tigers jersey.  Add in the very low numbering and the fun Donruss design and you've got a great card.
Max Scherzer 2014 Immaculate Collection Immaculate Swatches Prime patch (#02/49)
Here's another former Tiger, albeit one that didn't leave the organization after acting like a jackass, on another 2014 Panini-branded patch card.  I'm not sure how visible it is for everyone, but there's some nice stitching going on in that lower-left corner near the orange portion.  That's a great pitching action photo of one of the better guys at the position right now, so this is another great addition to my collection.

Pretty good so far, right?  Actually, already better than good, but wait until you see what else I got:
Al Kaline 2001 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures auto
Al Kaline 2001 Donruss Signature Award Winning Signatures Masters Series auto
Wow, nothing against the first pair of cards, but there's your quality!  Not one, but two autographs of Mr. Tiger, Al Kaline, from a pair of 2001 Donruss Products.  It's fun to see Al looking so young again on these signature cards.  The first is from Classics and is kind of a signature parallel of his base card in the set, plus the autograph is on-card, a nice bonus.  The other comes from Donruss Signature and it honors Kaline's 10th and final Gold Glove.  I'm sure plenty of Tigers fans remember Kaline tutoring future star Kirk Gibson at his RF position, and this was why.  As usual I love the look of the stickers Donruss used to use.

These are the first Kaline autographs in my Tigers collection and I couldn't be happier with them!

Thanks for an amazing, quality package, Matt!  I don't know if I can match up to these on my next package that heads your way, but I'll sure try.  Wow!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

2015 trade package #24: Canadian bakin'

Blog favorite trading partner Doug of Sports Cards From the Dollar Store and resident of the great white 3 1/2 hours northeast of me sent me another fantastic two-part trade package a couple weeks ago, and now I'm finally getting around to showing off the goods:
First up:  a trio of terrific Topps Tigers from twenty fifteen.  Temporary Tigers ace David Price, who'll hopefully lead the resurgent Jays (one of Doug's teams!) over the tiresome Yankees, is first up with a nice base from this year's Heritage that mimics the '66 set.  Minor league signing diamond in the rough J.D. Martinez and Alfredo "We traded Eugenio Suarez for him?!" Simon, meanwhile, represent the about-freakin'-time (plus a year) return of Stadium Club.
Nick Castellanos 2014 Bowman Inception Rookie Autographs Blue auto (#65/75)
And then there's the real highlight of this side of the package:  an Inception auto of young 3B Nick Castellanos, a guy who's slowly improved a number of his stats from 2014.  Nick has a fun signature with lots of loopage going on, and I like that he took advantage of the large signing area on this super on-card auto.  It's now my fourth of Castellanos (you can see all of them here), and I believe all of them have come from Doug or from Matt at Bob Walk the Plank.  No surprise--that's a pair of extremely generous traders there.

Thanks a ton for the great stuff, Doug.  I've got a few things for you in-hand with more on the way, and it probably won't be much longer before I'm hitting you back, eh?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

2015 trade package #23: Cool original Maddux card from GSNHoF

Another month, another Great Sports Name Hall of Fame trade package from Tim, one that almost blew up my mailbox because it was bursting at the seams with greatness!  I only have one card to show off to you over here, but please stop by Too Many Manninghams tonight to see why I continue to laud SpastikMooss as one of the hardest-working and most generous traders out there.  Here's what I have to feature for you baseball fans this evening:
Greg Maddux 2003 Sweet Spot Patches manupatch
It's about time I did more to beef up my Maddux PC (which still requires a ton of scanning, of course), so I asked Tim if he would grab this for me with the copious amounts of credit he piles up as an effective COMC flipper, and then send it to me in a future deal.  Trust me when I say that I owe him plenty to justify all the great stuff he's sent me, including this excellent Maddux manupatch from 2003 Sweet Spot.  

It's actually my second from that specific set (Zito) and one of quite a few patches of this type that I've accumulated.  They make fun PC additions, especially for collectors like me that don't acquire things just to try to re-sell them, and that allows me to throw the "value" complaints out the window.  They look nice and I get them knowing full well that they aren't "real" relics, whatever those even are nowadays.

Anyway, Maddux is a guy I still love to collect after having been a kid for a good part of the 90s, a.k.a. his heyday, so stuff like this is always on my radar.

Thanks again, Tim, and hopefully I won't have to make you wait too much longer for an appropriate response of a package!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015 COMC purchase: Sweet SweetLou's Baadasssss Post

Although Barry Larkin's post featured the most cards, I figured I'd end this series with a bang by posting the 34 new Lou Whitaker cards I nabbed for his PC.  That's nearly four full pages and I managed to fill in a lot of gaps in Lou's run over his entire career, not just from the 80s or 90s alone.  (NOTE:  there's actually 35 cards in the scans below, but I added one via trade before posting these, so I'll note that below.)  Here they are!:
(NOTE:  card #4 in this scan is Whitaker's 1995 Upper Deck base, and that was already sent to me by GCRL in this trade.)

Lots of variety here, from 1984 all the way through 1996, plus a 2014 Leaf buyback numbered 4/5 (which I nabbed for an insane $3.29!).  Mixed in are some Glossy and Tiffany parallels, lots of different brands, and an extremely cool "turn two" photo on his 1996 Upper Deck issue (second-to-last card in the last scan).

Those of you who remember that I'm supercollecting (LOUpercollecting?) Whitaker might be curious how much these additions help with my progress on that project.  Wonder no more, friends:  I now own 174 of his 292, good for almost 60%, and that's before accounting for another little bunch on the way out of my next COMC package!

That's all for this time, but watch for more COMC additions soon (when I get around to scanning 200+ cards), and make sure to check out today's TMM post, one that ends its own COMC series with a bang!