Sunday, January 24, 2021

Hall of Famer?

There is debate amongst the baseball people if this guy deserves a Hall of Fame nod. Either way he fits into my collection and personally as much as I'd like to see it I'd lean towards no. Defensively he was great before his shoulder got messed up but offensively I feel like he didn't do enough. 

 I promise the card has a bottom. I was glad to add a nice Rolen rookie to the collection. He did get a jump in votes this year to 40%.

Here are some career stats:

Rolen finished his career with a .281 batting average, 316 home runs (15th among third basemen), 1,287 RBI (14th), 1,211 runs scored (16th), 118 stolen bases, eight Gold Gloves (only Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt won more at the position) and a 1997 NL Rookie of the Year award. 

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Monday, January 18, 2021

What a RIP!

I did not buy any boxes of Topps Rip this year. I don't know how popular the product has been on the secondary market either. I personally don't collect too many random mini's. Although, I was able to grab one unripped ripped card for the PC. It's nice that someone left this one intact and it wasn't expensive on ebay. 

 The black variation out of 50. I don't think that has any bearing of anything is good inside. I didn't scan the back but it says it could be an exclusive mini base card or exclusive mini image variation base card or an exclusive mini autograph card, Tear if you dare! I like the Ginter rip cards. I've only ripped one of the few that I have (Paul Molitor for those that are wondering) (Also, have 2 Howard's, and 2 double rips intact (Hosmer/Perez and Kershaw/Maeda)) I feel like a lot of the ripped cards in this set were ripped since that was the main point of buying it. 

Phillies made a real offer to Realmuto. We'll see if he takes it, don't think he has too many big bidders at the moment. I like the Archie Bradley signing. Reasonable price and not a long term deal. 

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Mini cards.. but big attitudes! (I was having a tough time on a title)

 I was able to procure 2 nice Ryan Howard cards for the collection recently. These are both from 2020 Ginter X. I technically don't have the rainbow cause I do not have the base mini. Not super worried about it but I've yet to see one. Go figure. 

Red mini out of 5 and Silver mini out of 1! They look nice together. I'm not a huge mini collector (see what I did there) but I now have these ones and 3 wood minis from A&G. Those would be the highlight of my collection. I have a couple EXT mini's but I don't know how many Phillies I'm missing. Probably most of them. 

I just started the process of sorting about 7K Phillies cards I had randomly in boxes. This may lead me to getting to a point of having a legit want list beyond the 80s. I may not put every set on the proverbial list because I don't want to type that much but I figure I can start with Topps Flagship and branch out from there. I may have a lot done, who knows?! (process will probably take several months, better yet lets make it a 2021 goal)

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Warp Zone! Another rare insert!

I recently posted the Derek Jeter that I was a bit surprised I won for so cheap. This next card was not cheap and I had to overcome an aggressive bid with 4 seconds left. Luckily, I was able to land it and begin my official quest to hunt down this insert set. It won't be easy and will probably take a while to find all the cards but that's the fun of it! Toying with the idea of going after the autos in the set too. I know some are readily available and cheap but some of the bigger names I've never seen before. 

 A sweet Griffey! I wonder if the Junior Junkie has this one! Hopefully he wasn't the other bidder, I hadn't considered that at that time. 

The slowest moving baseball offseason continues. Will anyone be signed? Does every owner fear losing money? (that was rhetorical the answer is yes) 

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