Month: January 2011

We Have a Winner

Congratulations to the Collective Troll who wins the Curt Flood book. I’ve emailed you and I will get the book and the cards in the mail to you as soon as I get your address.

A big thanks to all my new followers. Feel free to ignore me!!!!!

(And Troll, I would apologize for the quality of the cards you “won”, but I’m so damn happy that I won’t have to look at them anymore, I can’t bring myself to say I’m sorry.)

A Happy Day

Derek over at Tomahawk Chopping found packs of 2011 Topps at his local Target today so I decided to stop in on my way to my in-laws, and I’ve got my first two packs.

Thanks for the heads up Derek!!!!

Maddux Collection: 2003 Donruss Classics #100

How did Maddux not reach 200 IP in 2002? Was this one of those years where Greg started taking himself out in the sixth inning when he felt he didn’t have it anymore? Just seems odd he’d have so few innings pitched with such a low ERA.

Maddux Collection: 2008 Topps Chrome #163

Topps hit a big time design lull through most of the 2000’s and this design just didn’t work that well for me at all. The team name and the Topps logo (or in this case, the Topps Chrome logo) seem to crowd out the picture. Typically, Topps designs look better in the chrome version, but this year’s set was an exception.

As a rule, I love the backs of almost every Topps base set. Lots of stats, the way it should be. I like when they make the league leader stats stand out, especially when viewing a Maddux card.

Group Break Hit: Random Braves Hits

Well, I’ve shown you the hits I got from Thorzul’s December group break. He also ran a “interim cheapo” group break late last month where I also had the Braves. Basically, he found a lot on eBay that promised numerous random inserts, autographs and relics from virtually every team. Naturally, I didn’t expect to land any big hits, but it certainly sounded like fun. Here are a few of the cards I picked up.

This would be my second Brandon Hicks autograph, and by far my favorite of the two.  My first auto has him in his college uniform in a Donruss Elite Extra Edition set from a few years ago. Now I have two Atlanta Braves Topps Chrome autographs from 2010: Brandon Hicks and Jason Heyward.
I don’t remember Caellan at all. Either way, it looks like this player with this name is out of organized baseball in the US right now. (There are others with the name, so I could be wrong.) However, I just wanted to say, that I’m heading to Athens on Friday for the Braves Caravan where I will attempt to get a Brian McCann autograph. I just need to pick which card I want him to sign. Any suggestions? 
In better economic times, I would probably have built this set. Well, to be honest, I would have started building it and spent years and years slowly chasing SPs. I am a sucker for cards on cardboard and I’m a sucker for painted cards. Sure, this set has some dogs (such as the Babe Ruth – Chipper Jones abomination), but overall, I like it. Honestly though, without his name on the card, I’m not sure I would have been able to identify this as an Eddie Mathews card. That’s no intended as an insult of the painting. It could just be a problem with my eyes.
This is a terrific card and I was fortunate enough to get two. If you have to get two cards of a Braves player, it might as well be Eddie Mathews.

P.S. – I’m running a contest.

Yet Another Contest Reminder

In case you didn’t notice, I’m running a contest. If you’re interested in winning an excellent biography about Curt Flood, a Greg Maddux card with no value, a Tom Glavine card with no value, a John Smoltz card with no value, and a stack of utterly pointless cards, see this post. It just may be the worst contest in the card blogging world so far!

Group Break Hit: Legendary Cuts

The other box Thorzul broke in his December group break was a box of Legendary Cuts from 2007. I didn’t get a relic or an auto, but I got a few nice Braves cards.

I keep falling into cool Niekro cards lately. I’m not complaining. I really like the look of these cards and I love that they used the old Atlanta logo.

Not necessarily one of my favorite Braves in history, but the guy had a few big years and an above average career. He even finished in the MVP voting 4 times.

On the other hand, Eddie Mathews is one of my favorite players of all time. I’m sure someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that Eddie is the only player to have played for the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves.

I recognize that Walt Whitman isn’t strictly a Brave, but I did pick him up as well in the break. According to Annie Savoy, he pitched for the Cosmic All-Stars, and that’s not nothing. More importantly, his epic poem, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” was forced upon me as my term paper topic my Junior year of high school. The poem itself isn’t bad, but it is LONG. My advice, is have the one you love strip down to their underwear, tie them to the bed posts, and then read Whitman to them all night. They’ll love it. Trust me.

Group Break Hit: Bowman Sterling Relics

(In case you missed it, I’m running a contest. Click here for details.)

I picked up a few nice cards in Thorzul’s December group break. Opened first was a box of 2005 Bowman Sterling. I had the Braves and was assigned the Rangers as my random team, which yielded the two cards below.

I don’t want to like Mark, but I can’t help myself. He seems like a pretty OK guy and his taped message that played during the Bobby Cox tribute last season was excellent. Still, he’s a Yankee, and I would be OK if he never got another hit in his career.
There was a brief moment in time where Giles was almost my favorite player on the Braves. Then they moved him to the lead off spot, he started whining, and his career was pretty much over. From an All Star to a bum in less than a season. Kind of a shame.

I guess it’s a strange turn of events that when he was one of my favorites, I had very few of his cards, and in the past year, I was sent an auto of his in a trade with Alfredo and now I pick up a relic in a group break.