Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 COMC purchases: JV and the HOF

It's time to show off some more COMC pickups!  As usual most of what I scored this time will be displayed over at TMM, but I did find a few things I wanted to highlight here.

First up is a trio of cards from the 2002 Fleer Fall Classics HOF Plaque set:
I was surprised that I was able to land these three greats for a total of just $5.50 considering what some of them go for.  You may recall that I started the set back in April when I found 19 of the 30 in quarter and $0.50 boxes for a total under $10 at a show.  Well, I now have three to add to that pile--and three GREATS, to be more specific, leaving me needing these eight:

1  Ruth
3  Wagner
6  Young
9  Gehrig
12 Musial
20 Bench
26 Brett
30 Ozzie Smith

If any of you has any of these available for trade, please let me know as I'd love to be able to show off the set in its entirety soon!  As a reminder, it's the only set left on my baseball set wantlist, which means it's literally the only set I'm still chasing now that I've completed everything on my football and hockey lists.

While I was at it I dug around for some cool Tigers stuff and came up with this:
Justin Verlander 2014 Topps Commemorative All-Star Rookie Team Cup manupatch
As far as Topps manurelics go, I thought this was kind of a fun one.  I got it for a low enough price that it doesn't matter to me that it's not a "real" relic.  Instead, it highlights Verlander as a member of the 2006 Topps All-Star Rookie team, and of course he earned that distinction after being named the AL Rookie of the Year thanks to his 17-win debut.

This is actually my third Verlander manurelic as I received this All-Star Stiches card and this rookie reprint manupatch in separate deals.  I've still got a ton of his stuff that needs to be scanned (which I'm obligated to mention every time I post his stuff), but that'll be a good winter project.  Here's the link to the album again.

With November just a couple days away I may put more time into getting some nice Tigers (and other baseball) stuff on my watch list for COMC's Black Friday specials, which are usually worth it if only for the usual free shipping deals, not to mention credits based on how much you buy.  Hopefully I'll have more nice stuff to show off to you in a few weeks!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 Sportlots purchase: You Complete Me is back once more

As many of you know, from time to time I like to hit up Sportlots when I feel an itch to work on my various set wantlists.  Well, a few weeks ago I again put in some time trying to track down what little was left on my football wants (plus a few Michigan PC cards you can view on today's TMM post) and five sellers later here's what I came up with:

2005 Topps Draft:
This product was one of the very first boxes I busted waaaay back when I started this here blog--the post was dated September 3, 2010!  I grabbed a 24 pack box on eBay for around $25 as my second attempt towards completing the set, but despite not pulling any dupes, I added only 28 to my original haul (from a box I grabbed quite a while ago).

As of the start of this month I still needed 31 cards from the 165-card set, including 18 rookies.  Thanks to Sportlots I grabbed them all, including the nine you see highlighted above.  I decided to show off "new" Raider Moss, a Bill for Doug, a Hokie for Adam, and a pair of Mountaineers for Matt.  I also included a few other guys most people would know in Campbell, Williams, Orton, and White.  It sure is nice to have this set completed nine years after it came out!

2013 SPx:
Bo knows he deserves his own scan
2013 SPx is a box I picked up at a show and busted back in early August.  In my 10 packs I picked up exactly 40 out of the 50-card veteran base set with zero doubles.  I managed to find one Sportlots seller who had the ten I was missing, plus help with both other sets I'm completing today, so that was another case of money saved on shipping.

Because I showed all 40 cards I pulled from the box, I figured it would make sense to post the remaining 10 in lieu of showing the whole set at once.  The real highlight here is Bo Jackson, who earned the right to be the card I highlighted with the remaining nine filling one scan page, mainly because he was awesome.  No disrespect meant to guys like Marino and Moon, though!

2013 Upper Deck:
The gorgeous 2013 UD set is one I started last May with a couple rack packs I picked up with my brother while visiting Milwaukee (and attending a Brewers game).  I followed that up with a hobby box at a show this April, and that allowed me to complete the veteran group, cards #1-50, which I don't always work on since the rookies are usually more obtainable in rack packs by themselves.  I also fell 27 rookies short of the Star Rookies cards, #s 51-150, since I scored just 40 from the box, with others coming from the racks.

Happily, I was able to find all 27 cards on Sportlots, and without breaking the bank too.  I scanned a few highlights, including another Hokie (Davis) and Mountaineer (Geno "Interception McGee" Smith), some great photos (Rhodes, Webb, Swearinger, Hopkins, and Mauti), and a hilarious name:  "Trevardo."

All of those purchases put the kibosh on my football set wantlists entirely, which is a great feeling.  I'm really not used to being in a position where I'm building some sets, and right now the only one I'm working on at all is the 2002 Fall Classics HOF Plaques on my baseball wants page.  I'm sure this won't be the end of my football set collecting, though, especially as I find some fun UD products to pursue.

I hope you guys enjoyed some cool scans and seeing me get something done.  As for me, I'm off to file these away with their respective sets and put triumphant check marks on the boxes!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 trade package #31: Bob Walks the Tigertown

I think by now we all know that Matt of Bob Walk the Plank is awesome to trade with, so don't be too shocked at how great this latest trade package is.  While Matt has been an amazing source of Michigan PC cards for me, he often comes through with some nice Tigers stuff as well.  Peep these:
I scanned these two together because I'm actually making them available for trade.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Magglio, but I already have one.  It's definitely one of my faves of his because it's a great callback to the original UD baseball game jersey cards.  On the other hand, I couldn't stand Gonzalez's stupid whiny ass while he was briefly with Detroit, so he can take his PED-inflated stats and fade into obscurity for all I care.  Also, Fleer confusingly labels it as an Indians card when Juan is clearly pictured with the Tigers.  Anyway, if anybody would like to trade for either of these, please let me know!
Austin Jackson 2010 Topps Chrome auto
Aw yeah, here's where it gets good!  AJax may be gone from Motown for good after the deadline deal that brought David Price to the Detroit sent the young star to the Mariners.  Still, I remain of fan of him and his Tigers cards.  How can you NOT like a Chrome, on-card signature of a significant Tigers player of the last few seasons?  This is just my second autograph of Jackson overall (here's the Triple Threads version I already had) and I must say I was surprised to have something this nice pop out of the package!
Mickey Lolich 2004 Sweet Spot Classic Game Used Memorabilia jersey (#222/275)
Speaking of nice additions, here's another one I know I didn't have before--my first relic of Lolich, the hero (and MVP) of the '68 Series.  Mickey won all three of his starts in that series, including games 2, 5, and #7, in which he outdueled Bob Gibson.  He even chipped in a homer in game 2!  And did I mention all three of his wins were complete games?  That's about as good as it gets for a pitcher in the Fall Classic!  This sweet Sweet Spot Classic jersey will go nicely with my Lolich autograph, and maybe I can see if I have his RC to put together the trifecta.

Matt, thanks a ton as usual for some fun new cards that have (or will have) found a new home.  Better yet, I can even promise that I have an interesting return package I'll be sending your way soon!  Readers, head on over to Bob Walk the Plank once you're done reading this post.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let's get World Serious for a second

After what's been a very good playoffs to this point, tonight's game 1 of the World Series.  Giants.  Royals.  West Coast vs. Midwest.  Posey vs. Gordon, Bumgarner vs. Shields, Bochy vs. Yost.  Two wild card teams duke it out, featuring the experienced Giants (winners in 2010 and 2012) against the Cinderella Royals, who've yet to lose in the 2014 postseason.

Personally, I'm predicting that Kansas City's magic ends and the Giants win in six, but in the end I hope I'm pleasantly surprised by the Royals bring to an end San Fran's even-numbered year mojo.  Regardless it's a pretty good matchup, so good luck to both teams.  And at least the Yankees and Red Sox aren't involved, right?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2014 trade package #30: SCFtDS TPTP: Tigers

That's a Sports Cards From the Dollar Store two-part trade package for those of you who couldn't read my mine.  Doug, my favorite Canadian blogger/trader sent another great package my way that I'm able to divide among both my blogs (catch the rest over at TMM).

Have a gander at the Tigers Mr. Corti sent my way:
Here's some Motowners new and old (and maybe soon to be old).  Blog namesakes Granderson and Verlander highlight the group, as do Tettleton, one of my favorites, and Cabrera.  Possible free agent departures V-Mart and Scherzer join the action with closer (minus the "C") Joe Nathan.  Doug also included an EEE base of IF prospect Devon Travis, #2 on Detroit's BA top 10 before this season.  His future depends on what Detroit does with Ian Kinsler, but his bat should earn him some looks in the Bigs before much longer.
Hey, I've been out by those statues!  Doug also threw in a few "vintage" cards too.  I think I'd like to pick up some of those old Donruss Rookies sets as they usually include a few good players among the guys that never made it.
Corey Knebel 2013 Bowman Sterling Prospect auto
And here's the Tigers hit of the package, a nice on-card auto of pitching prospect Corey Knebel.  He was included in this year's midseason deal with Texas in which the Tigers tried to bolster their tire fire of a bullpen with Joakim Soria.  Knebel was Detroit's #7 prospect on the pre-season BA list, though I'm unclear on whether or not he'll end up a starter or in the bullpen.

Thanks for another fun two-parter, Doug!  I may very well have a return package on your way this week that's bursting at the seams with hits.  Readers, here's my usual reminder to head over to Sports Cards From the Dollar Store regularly.

Monday, October 13, 2014

2014 trade package #29: Rats! Hoyled again!

I'm betting enough of you have received cards from reader Mark Hoyle that you mainly associate one word with the guy:  vintage.  For the third time so far (June, August), Mr. Hoyle lived up to that reputation with another quality PWE:
Mark started things off with a pair of 73s; the Hendrick card kicked off the package because he realized blog favorite Bill Freehan also featured on the play at the plate card.

In the deciding game 5 of the 1972 ALCS, Reggie Jackson led off the top of the second with a walk and eventually knotted up the score (Freehan had grounded in a run earlier) by stealing home.  Hendrick replaced him in center in the second, reached on an error in the 4th and came around to score on a Gene Tenace single for the winning run, slipping past Bill's tag.  Oakland went on to beat the Reds in 7 games.

Coleman is a nice addition too as he joins some of the other 73s Mark sent me a few months ago.  If I wasn't getting them from him I might not be getting them at all!

Mark also found a few other things to throw in to make it worth the postage:  a pair of '90 Classics (Tony Phillips!), an '89 Fleer Tanana, last year's Gypsy Queen base of clubhouse leader Torii Hunter, and a 2014 Topps sticker of Jose Iglesias, a guy the team surely missed this year.

Thanks again for a great PWE, Mark!  I promise to get a nice response chock full of recent Red Sox headed your way soon!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

2014 Tigers game report #2: vs. Minnesota 9/28

Well the Tigers may have been swept out of the 2014 playoffs by a very good Baltimore club, but a week ago today I went to my second in-person game of the year (my first was against Oakland back in June) as Detroit hosted the Twins for game #162.  The Tigers' magic number to win the division was 1, and the White Sox had already proven they were of no help to Detroit as they gave in to the Royals, who went on to take the wild card, so it was a must-win for the home team.

A co-worker of mine had offered me a ticket just a couple days earlier, and we ended up in the right field balcony, a view I enjoyed while planting my butt in some of the most comfortable stadium seats I've ever seen.  I snapped a few pics, but first we'll take a quick run through my scorecard:

1.  David Price was Detroit's starter for this all important game, and he proved to be the right guy, going seven-plus innings while allowing just four hits. He also struck out eight, which allowed him to finish with the league lead in that category with two more than Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Dude was ON! I was also happy to see my fifth different Tigers pitcher going back to last year (Verlander, Scherzer, Fister, Sanchez).
2.  Ian Kinsler was the other star of this show. From my vantage point in right field I watched as the 2B hit a beautiful arc of a homer to left in the third. He singled in the sixth, then doubled home a run in the 8th, amassing 75% of the team's hits and 67% of its RBIs.
3.  With one out and Kinsler on first in the sixth inning, Miggy came up to face Twins starter Kyle Gibson for the third time.  The righty hard mostly held the Tigers in check to that point, but Cabrera had already seen him twice, and sure enough the slugger absolutely tattooed a ball to center that kept going, and going, and going...into CF Aaron Hicks' glove at the warning track.  A bit to the left or right and that goes out for a big hit!
4.  Extremely light-hitting SS Andrew Romine keyed the eighth inning rally with a one-out walk and a steal.  Young OF Ezequiel Carrera also chipped in a walk, and both of those guys came around to score a pair of key insurance runs.
5.  I loved that Price lasted as long as he did, getting the first out of the eighth, but based on his pitch count it made sense to go to the (awful tire fire of a) bullpen.  I really don't care for any of our relievers, but Joba may be my least favorite.  Still, he managed to induce two quick grounders for a hold.  Joe Nathan then got three popups, the final caught by catcher Alex Avila, to end it.  To say this was the pen's last hurrah would be putting it lightly.
6.  We stayed for a while to enjoy as the fans and players celebrated, the latter of whom came back out of the clubhouse to douse a good portion of the third-base line with champagne.  The scoreboard made sure to note that this was Detroit's fourth straight division title.  I'm old enough to know I shouldn't take that kind of success for granted--after 1987 we didn't sniff the playoffs until 2006, so that was definitely worth remembering!

Now here's a few shots I took from my seats:
My view from right field.  The seats were a swivel, meshy kind of thing, and came with a table in front and full service.  Not bad for $34!
Torii mans RF.  The fans in this corner of the park simply love him, and it's fun to see him return that love with a wave.
I snapped a quick pic of Romine and Carrera on the bases in the 8th with Kinsler up, and not long after we were up two runs.

Detroit may be done for 2014 but I had a blast at this game, which put me at a 2-0 record for the season.  The Tigers face some big decisions in the offseason as they seek to shore up a complete disaster of a bullpen, but the second half proved that the David Price acquisition was an excellent move.  I look forward to next year, and now I'll turn my playoff rooting interests primarily towards the Cardinals, though I'm really not rooting against anybody this year.  Good luck to your team if it's still in it!