Sunday, April 21, 2019

A Modern Day Masterpiece!

Happy Holiday weekend to everyone. Hope a slow work week up ahead (yea right). As I sit in my living room watching Top Gun (a classic) I thought why not post on my amazing baseball card blog. I have a few cards I need to scan this week some cool some not so cool but all cool to me so cool. (new record for using the word cool in one sentence)

This is the master piece.. from Upper Deck Masterpieces!

Numbered out of 50 the black parallel. This was when Upper Deck produced really nice looking cards. I wouldn't mind a type of set with these nice canvas looking cards coming out again. Might have to go back and buy some of these old boxes just to get a few more of these cards in the collection.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the week!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Called up!

Odubel Herrera is injured which is unfortunate due to his hamstring strain. He will be back at some point but this guy who is also often injured is getting called up!

Roman Quinn! The known speedster. He doesn't have a lot of power but boy can he run! I like the Topps Chrome on-card auto looks. they are typically nice cards and tend to age well. I picked this card up at the last card show I went for about 2 dollars. Figured thats fair to get my first Quinn auto.

Thanks for reading and Go Phillies!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Some Purple Cards!

Before Toys R Us went by the wayside.(still kinda sad about that) They were grossly mismanaged but that's a discussion for another day. Anyway, sometimes the Wife and I would make runs around Toys R Us in the area strictly to buy the blister packs with the loose purple parallels.

Here are the parallels we got from 2017 Opening Day.


The best in this bunch are the Yoan Moncada rookie and the Gary Sanchez. Moncada might be worth something now that he's starting to play like a decent player for the White Sox. He had some crazy hype that was just too much to live up to right away. 

The Yelich is a nice hit. He has been really good at Baseball the last couple years. Last year won the MVP and deserved it and starting off really strong this year. 

George Springer is a good player. He's a guy I would not mind having on the Phillies (probably won't happen but I would be ok with him starting in Center over Odubel) Arenado yea he's ok, the regular 30 HR 130 RBI machine.

These parellels are pretty nice and shiny out of Opening Day. I always say that I plan on selling them just rarely get around to it. Pretty sure I only sold 1 card out of this bunch (not shown Andrew Benintendi) Well if anyone wants to buy or trade for any that's fine, if not no big deal I'll keep them.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

A little bit of Belly!

Gotta  give some props to a guy who did not have a great post season or regular season for that matter last year and is coming out of the gates hot. He looks like he changed his swing and is seeing the ball much better through the zone in the early going. His numbers agree with me hitting 6 HR's in the first week and some change. (no I am not talking about Mike Trout, he only has 5 HR's!)

Some rookie cards of Bellinger...

A base Bowman Chrome!

The Bowman Platinum base card!

The crown jewel of my modest Bellinger Rookie card collection. The Heritage High mini numbered out of 100 (pulled from a hanger pack way back when). Always appreciate some good offense. He is a young guy too, many more HR's to come.

The Phillies bullpen didn't blow the game today! Hoskins carried the offense with the big 2-run HR but him and Harpers On Base Percentage are over .500 which is obviously very good.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Fun first week!

Baseball is buzzing again in Philly. Even with the basketball playoffs about to begin with Simmons and Embiid everyone is talking Harper and the Phillies. Even though they lost today in brutal fashion, the offense has been hitting. Scoring 8 runs and losing is more on the pitching and defense then the bats. Harper has started strong obviously and I would love to see him stay hot as long as possible. My fantasy teams have been up and down, but it's a long season, I'll just coach them up (come on Trout hit some home runs!)

I picked this card up at the last card show. Yes I already had 1 but I'm a sucker for Frank Thomas Rookie Cards. I have a few of them. Can never go wrong with adding to The Big Hurt collection!

Also picked up this nice on-card Jim Bunning auto. Only my 2nd auto of his but I liked the look of the card and wanted a nice auto to add to the Phillies PC. Also, pretty sure I paid like 8 dollars for it so yea I was going to buy it regardless if I needed it or not.

Going to another Phillies game next week, looking forward to it!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Opening Day Review!

Or re-hash more then a review. My friend and I went to Phillies Opening Day again! This year was awesome. The place was packed and the crowd was really into it. We arrived around 11:45ish and parked in the K lot at the Linc (where the Eagles play) under the solar panels. The lot is directly across the street from the stadium. We brought some adult beverages and had hoagies for food. Didn't really feel like dealing with charcoal to put the whole grilling together. Hoagies are always delicious and a nice alternative. Two other friends met up with us since they live close by and hung out for a bit before the game. They went into Xfinity live to watch after tailgating. (For those that don't know Xfinity is a bunch of restaurants and bars in the parking lot of the Wachovia Center, they show games on a massive screen and everyone can watch)

We headed into the game around 2:15, the line to get in was insane. The metal detectors really slow the pace down.


All the lines were open but there is such a mass of people everyone is in line but no one is really in line correctly. They should hire me to fix this problem.

We were able to get in before the first pitch thankfully. We did miss the guy parachuting in though but that's ok.


This is Aaron Nola warming up. We were sitting 3rd base side (obviously) in the upper deck. Good view of the field so no complaints there.


This was Harper taking a pitch in his first at-bat. For his first at bat everyone stood up the whole time which doesn't happen too often for an at-bat in the first inning of a game. He grounded out to first base and then everyone clapped for him. Never seen that before at a baseball game. By the third at bat some yahoo behind me was yelling to trade him. Gotta love Philly.


Overall view from our seats.

My guy Hoskins in his first at bat. I didn't get a picture right before he cranked that Grand Slam!

Had an amazing time at the game. The weather was great, people were genuinely excited. Nola pitched great like most of last year. McCutchen started the game off with a bang when he hit that HR right away. Some inebriated fellow behind us went nuts and kept yelling that he had 1,500 dollars on the game. Quite amusing. I didn't see any fan incidents or anything bad at all.

Side note, this was only the 2nd Grand Slam I have ever seen a person. Last time I saw one live was in High school against the Dodgers when none other then Travis Lee hit it. I remember the game well because Gary Sheffield almost got tossed for arguing with the umpires.

Did some digging, found the box score to that game!

https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI200108110.shtml

Travis Lee hit it off of Eric Gagne!

My drought of not seeing a Grand Slam is over!

Thanks for reading, cheers to many more games and Phillies wins this year!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Day before Opening Day!

Super psyched for tomorrow! The real season begins! Spring is in the air! (despite it being cold) I'm currently watching a documentary called Fastball and the first scene has Justin Verlander talking about baseball! I have my last fantasy draft tonight at 9 pm, all the injury news is out. Some insignificant (sorry Steven Souza Jr, sucks professionally and I would not wish that on you but for fantasy purposes doesn't matter) some significant (Francisco Lindor, hurt again! Might not be his year?) All I know is I'm a big Phillies fan and I already have Harper and Hoskins on 1 team and Hoskins on another, so double reasons to cheer for my own team!

I'll be going down to the stadium for the first game. I hope its buzzing like it was in 2008. Everyone hanging on every pitch and goes crazy when good things happen.

Also from a card point of view, I'm super interested in getting a Harper auto in a Phillies uniform. I was debating selling my USA one (not the Topps Chrome black) to fund paying for a Phillies uniform one. Or I'll just get a Phillies uniform one and keep the other 2. I collect like that.

 I was able to snag the Hoskins RC image variation for under 20 dollars. Pretty happy about that and the picture is fun.

Can't wait to watch this guy!

Thanks for reading!