Friday, February 22, 2019

A Rare-ish Ryan Howard Parallel

I picked this card up cheap on ebay but I know they are hard to come by. Numbered out of 99 but from several years ago so they are either still hiding in packs, locked away in collections or locked away in monster boxes and people don't know the retirement they are sitting on!

I cut off the numbering with my scan but it's the Gold Parallel from Upper Deck. Back when Upper Deck wasn't paying for its license but was using logos anyway!

On a side note Ryan Howard just got a job at ESPN. Pretty cool. I hope he's a good broadcaster/analyst and is able to get a bunch of air time. Always neat to see former Phillies in that role.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Happy day after Valentine's day!

I forgot to post on the day but in fairness I was working as usual. Then I cooked dinner for the wife (steak with peppers and onions). Just wanted to show off a couple red cards in celebration! The wife was also kind enough to get me a holiday box for the holiday. I do like the snowflakes on the card. The metallic ones are really shiny too.

Only ever seen one of these out in the wild before and the guy wanted 200 dollars. I got mine for much much less bidding on ebay.

This card is really nice. On-card auto in Topps Finest.

Some of the 'cooler' ice parallels (see what I did there)

A red factory set from 2011 Topps. (and a random Jesse Biddle refractor)

Hope everyone had a nice Thursday, looking forward to the weekend! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Haseley and Something different!

I'm really liking the Philly sports scene right about now. The Sixers made some bold moves and suddenly are real contenders for the finals. That starting five is legit and they even attempted to make the bench better! I like the winning now mentality. They were completely unwatchable when they were winning 10-15 games a year in an effort to get a better draft pick.

Also, really liking the JT Realmuto trade. I understand they gave up Sixto Sanches but he's a pitching prospect. I hope he's good in general but its very hard to project these guys accurately with injuries and all that. If they can add a Harper or Machado to that lineup it's going to be super strong. Even if they don't it should still be good with Realmuto, McCutchen, Hoskins and company. Either way should be fun to watch. We will see how some of the younger pitchers do after Arrieta and Nola in the rotation.

Maybe this guy will be a big name in the lineup in a couple years..

Picked this card up at the last card show I went to for 10 dollars. As far as I know he's been solid in the minors so he should get a shot on the big club sooner or later.

This card just caught my eye in one of those random hit boxes. I just thought it was really cool. Also, the Durham Bulls are obviously the team from the movie Bull Durham.

Thanks for reading, getting hype for baseball season!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cards from Too Many Verlanders!

I owe Dennis a nice return package. He always manages to surprise me with some cool stuff. I'm going to a card show in early March and I'll be sure to be on the lookout for some nice Tigers stuff. Never know what you may find. In case you dont know he writes a blog too: Too Many Verlanders!

The Rolen is a really cool insert that's numbered. The Schilling is a nice in person autograph. Any new Ryan Howard card is a good Ryan Howard card. The Rediscover Topps card is pretty nice.

Also included were 3 relic cards. Always happy to add to my Phillies hits collection. A large part of my PC is devoted to it.

Thanks for the cards and hope to hit you back with something nice in the near future!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

All that Glitters is Gold -- Rhys Hoskins!

But only shooting stars break the mold! Smashmouth references aside I picked up 2 really nice cards for the Rhys Hoskins rookie card collection! Two shiny gold looking cards. Side note I recently had lunch with the wife and my brother in law at Two Stones Pub and that song came on the radio there. I am not a shy person and I totally sang it (I am tone deaf though I really can't sing but why would that stop me) Anyways onto what you really came to see!

I promise this card is not cut off. It was my scanner auto cropping or something. Either way it's number 1 out of 50! (not that I personally care but just in case someone wanted to know) I like the double sided face mask even though I know he was wearing it cause he broke his jaw the week before. Once he came back from injury last year he had a nice season, I think that short rest really helped him out despite getting hit in the face on a foul tip. Also, I had him on all 3 of my fantasy teams last year (1 championship, 1 last place and 1 lost in the playoffs) so no real correlation there but we can go with he caused the championship!

I know its a sticker auto but that ok. Card is still awesome. Always on the lookout for Hoskins rookie cards. Thankfully there is a lot of them out there. I'll have to take inventory of what I have. This isn't my lowest numbered auto but it's my first Chrome one!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Halladay in the Hall!

I was happy to see that Roy Halladay made the Hall of Fame. I was saddened to hear when he passed away in that plane crash. I had actually seen him a month or 2 before at a card show, he was there as a signer. If I recall correctly it was 100 dollars for a signature. Which I figured he'd be around Philly more since he had said more then once that he liked the town and I'd be able to get him to sign something cool another time. Unfortunately he passed away not too long later. Not to be too serious but thats what I remember. He was great to watch on the mound. A great pitcher and most definitely deserved to be in Cooperstown. Seemed like every year he was in the Cy Young conversation and you knew every 5th day he was bringing it. I saw him pitch in person a few times when he was with the Phillies. I remember the moment when he pitched the no-hitter against the Reds (I was in Atlantic City at the Tropicana watching in a bar) (was a good night!).

I'm not going to re-hash his numbers but he definitely passed the eye test for Hall of Fame.

I don't have a ton of cards of his. Some nice 2012 Five Star. He was a big part of that vaunted Phillies pitching staff of Lee, Hamels and Halladay. Home stands were quite fun when those 3 were going back to back to back.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Back from Vegas!

I am now back from a little vacation. I would say the Phillies invited me to be in on the Bryce Harper meeting but unfortunately that didn't happen. The Wife and I flew out of Baltimore on Sunday morning. We thankfully did not get delayed even though it was legit snowing. Just had to sit on the tarmac a bit longer for the people to de-ice the wings. Kind of important when flying so I get it. We still got into Vegas well before the Eagles game started. We had time to sit down for a nice lunch in Ceaser's Palace and get a seat at the massive sports book in Ceaser's. The screens there are legitimately large. The front row seating was free and first come first serve. The other rows were 150 a seat and you get 3 drinks and then they had some vip seats that were 350 a seat but you had open bar the whole time. It was pretty lively during the game.

Obviously I was not happy with the ending but I still had fun watching with that crowd. Lot of money flowing for betting. Literally every commercial break the lines changed and you could place fresh new bets on either team.

The Wife and I got roped into one of those time share presentations. Ended up working out. We did not buy a time share (super expensive for these ones) and with the free swag in my opinion it was worth it. We got 2 Free Buffets (at the Paris Hotel), 2 Free Tickets to the High Roller (pretty cool Ferris Wheel thing), 2 Free show tickets (saw Zombie Burlesque in Planet Hollywood, very funny) and 25 dollars in free slot play. (Turned that 25 bucks into 31 dollars, killed it!)

Doing that time share did save us a couple hundred bucks in stuff we were going to do anyway. Don't know if we would've picked that exact show but we were going to see something regardless. We were pleasantly surprised though.

Did a ton of walking which worked off the buffets, also side note, Southwest Airlines has free Wifi and movies that you can stream on their flights. Pretty awesome. Make sure your phone/ipad is charged before the flight! cards.. still collecting and looking for the next big thing. Haven't made any huge purchases lately but always on the lookout!

This Hoskins I picked up at the last show I went too. I like the on-card auto and I'm a sucker for the Tek look. These cards look really sharp in person.

Thanks for reading, can't wait til Harper and/or Machado sign with the Phillies.