Saturday, March 23, 2019

A 3-Pack of Nola!

I've been on a Nola kick lately. I've amassed a few autographs some rare some not so rare but he always signs with a nice signature. He obviously is currently the ace of the pitching staff and is the Opening Day starter. Harper is seemingly getting it rolling in spring training. I hope he has his timing down when the season starts in FIVE days! I did my first fantasy draft before the Japan Series. I had 12th pick which is fine. I ended up getting Harper, Judge, Hoskins and Carrasco as my top 4 picks. I wanted Judge or Harper and when they both fell I said screw it and took both.

Here are the trio of autos I picked up at the last show.

This is a sticker auto but its a nice Rookie card auto from Bowman Platinum.

These Strata autos are really sharp. The window around the auto is acetate. 

I really liked the look of this auto. The red on red make it pop quite nice.

Pretty happy with the 3 pickups. Excited for the upcoming season. Even happier the Phillies signed Harper now seeing that every single player is signing an extension before hitting free agency.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Transcendent card!

I saw this card in one of the showcases in the Philly show. I asked the dealer to look at it outside the case and it is quite nice in person, so I decided right then and there I would buy it. Very tough decision making!

It's the Roy Halladay/Carlos Ruiz sketch card commemorating his no-hitter against the Reds in the playoffs. I remember watching that game in the Tropicana in Atlantic City since we were down there to celebrate my sister's birthday that year.

Only 11 more days until opening day! Can't wait!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Some Pretty good Pitchers..!

Earlier this month the Wife and I went to the Philly card show in King of Prussia. As I mentioned in a previous post. I just got around to scanning all the wares. Figured I would start with some 'oldies' but goodies. I didn't go all the way back to the 50s this time (still going for some old bowman but just didn't really look for it at the show)

These cards satisfy my unofficial but ever growing Hall of Fame RC PC. I haven't created a list (probably should since I've picked up quite a bit of random) so I pick up cards by memory.

 Some guys name Randy, Pedro and Roy. They were pretty good. Pedro was a Phillies player for a short time. It was at the tail end of his career but he was still fun to watch. Halladay spent 4 years in Philly, although a short term he made a big impact. Won a well deserved Cy Young, threw a no hitter and a perfect game. Johnson I always wanted to join the Phillies when he was playing but it just was never in the cards. I wonder why the Pedro is so cheap and the Rivera goes for so much in the same set. Is it simply just the Yankees effect? I thought Pedro was pretty popular being on the Red Sox for a good chunk of his dominant years.

As I was typing this OBJ got traded. Didn't see that coming.. uh go Browns?!

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Chrome Hoskins!

I recently picked this card up off of ebay. I really enjoy Stadium Club even though the technical value isn't there. I did enjoy the one box I opened last year. It was fun to open and the cards are pretty. The chrome cards come one per box. I'm really on the hunt for the gold minted variation. I saw one on ebay early on and got outbid but I haven't seen one since. If you have one or know someone who does please let me know! Willing to trade or just outright purchase. I'm flexible when it comes to that.

Check out Rhys rounding the bases, hopefully lots of jogging around the bases this year!

I chopped his name off via scanner, but that's ok I am not a professional scanner.

Eagles free agency has been a nice distraction to leading up to baseball. Howie is usually pretty active and this year was no different. Grabbing Malik Jackson and DeSean Jackson on day 1 (or the legal tampering period which is dumb) (we all know the deals are in place well before free agency opens)

17 days until Opening day!

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Sunday, March 3, 2019


I'm glad my prediction in my previous post came true. He did sign somewhere at some time! It just happens to be the team that I am clearly a fan of and have been most of my life. Went to the Philly Card Show on Saturday. The casino finished the renovation on the floor. The layout was basically the same though but that's okay, I actually like the layout. Bought some stuff passed on some stuff and saw some stuff I usually don't see in person. Memorably the Mickey Mantle Ken Griffey Dual signed card from 1994 Upper deck. PSA 8 and signatures were authenticated. Of course he wanted 4 grand so slightly out of my price range but still fun to see.

I'm super psyched for the Phillies season and fantasy baseball season. I already had tickets to a few games before the Harper news. Hopefully be going to a couple more throughout the year as time permits. Thankfully already had opening day tickets! It will be awesome with the sell out crowd, rocking like its 2008!

These are the 2 Harper autos I own. I bought the UD Signature stars while waiting for the Chrome redemption (took 2 years).

Thanks for reading! Almost baseball season!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Negative that's a Positive!

I kind of like the look of these cards. I was able to grab the Hoskins rookie a little bit ago.

Not my best scanning job but you can see the artistic integrity. I'm hoping for a big year out of Rhys. Obviously it would be good for the Phillies to have his power bat going all year. He had some ups and downs last year but when hes on hes a tough out.

One day Harper will sign a contract with somebody, that is my official prediction.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Howard Plate!

I was able to pick up a 2015 Topps Chrome Printing Plate. I do want all the Topps Chrome plates eventually. I try to pick them up when I see them and if the price is reasonable. The black ones look decent.

Will soon be starting my Ryan Howard card printing machine.

Just a quick post, Thanks for reading! Maybe the Phillies will sign someone over the weekend?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Shiny Atomic Hoskins!

I recently picked up a few more Hoskins rookies. I have a decent collection now of base rookies and a couple numbered ones and 2 autos!

I'm a big fan of the atomic look..

I grabbed these for about 8-10 dollars a piece. Haven't been able to find them cheaper in a while. Either way nice cards!

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