Thursday, 19 March 2015

Thoughts on Topps changes for 2015

Topps recently announced some changes to the baseball line-up for the 2015 season, nothing really huge to most people, but the fact they discontinued one of the few brand I really liked in Bowman Platinum was pretty disappointing, so I am just going to over what changed and what I think as a collector.

Say good-bye to Bowman Platinum - Debuting in 2010, for me Bowman Platinum has consistently been the best Bowman brand as far as design goes (other than maybe Inception), and I personally thought that 2014 was the best of the bunch. While I never broke a tone of Platinum, I always picked up singles and participated in a few breaks. Where Platinum suffered is the fact that few people care about prospect auto's other than Bowman Chrome and Draft making the box never worth the price-point.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Zistle Trade #39

I generally try and stay away from small trades just because of the cost of International shipping, but the odd time a fellow Canuck and I can set up a PWE that doesn't have to cross the border. TBJC had some extra 1987 OPC Blue Jays that came my way, I seem to be making a little progress on this set, which is a little surprising. Also surprising is Willie Upshaw making his second appearance of 2015 on this blog.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

A "Highly Subjective" Trade

Sometimes you never what you are are going to get in trade package, this trade with "Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary" was one of them. Starting with the Canseco above, of a the very few cards showing a position player pitching, and one of the more famous incidents with Jose wrecking his arm throwing knuckleballs.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Zistle Trade #38

More trades, this time trade #5 (I think) with hpennington22, the majority of the package was 2012 Prestige, a set that I am chipping away at slowly, rather than scan a bunch of base, here are 3 short printed rookie cards, one of the few times you will see Dallas or Philly pictured here.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Ebay Package from Japan

I never shy away from ordering from Japan, for some reason packages come faster and cheaper from across the ocean than from the States. The latest one started with the last 3 Rockies I needed to complete the 2013 Sega Card-Gen team set. The now former Rockie Micheal Cuddyer, along with a 7 star Carlos Gonzalez and one star Chris Nelson, who has bounced around the majors since leaving Colorado. With combined shipping being offered it was time to check for any other interesting goodies, and a couple were found.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

First Trade Package of 2015

The first trade package of 2015 has arrived, as usual through, with the usual mix of Rockies, catchers and assorted weirdness. Leading off with a card that fits the random weirdness is a 1992 Classic Draft of John Lynch, better known as a 9 time Pro-Bowl defensive back and Super Bowl XXXVII champion. Not only do we get a two sport cross-over player, but we get a pitcher at the plate card as well. Judging by the back of card, it was a good thing Lynch went with football as he is listed as having a 7.77 ERA over 20 innings.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

2015 Topps - Just 5 Packs

I usually head to the LCS for supplies and end up with a few random packs, but this time packs were Topps (get it) on the list. People are probably bored of base cards so I will lead off with the hit, an Ian Kinsler Career High Relic, listed at 1:49 packs, I was pretty luck to pull this out of one of five.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Breaking the Seal on 2015 Topps

This weekend looks like the soonest that I will physically get my hands on any 2015 Topps, but I have started with a few saved searches and made one purchase so far. I really can't explain why I am drawn to more obscure players, but the only player I really wanted to collect out of 2015 Topps was Tommy Kahnle. When one of his acetate cards popped up with a reasonable "buy it now" price, I couldn't pass it up.

A Rule V pick-up from the Yankees, Kahnle stuck with the Rockies all season and lead the team with 68 2/3 innings out of the bull-pen, and had a 2.62 ERA from from April until the end of July before a few roughs outing and a trip to DL left him with a 4.19 mark on the year.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Bowman Black Collection - Daniel Winkler

Kind of a bitter-sweet card in Daniel Winkler, who started 2014 with Double-A Tulsa, and proceeded to go 5-2 with a 1.41 ERA over 12 starts, with a 9.1 SO/9 and 2.2 BB/9. The previous season Winkler was just as good with a 13-7 record, 2.98 ERA and 10 so/9 across two levels. Pretty exciting to a pitching starved franchise like the Rockies. Then he hurt his elbow, resulting in Tommy John surgery in June, and then in December was selected by the Braves in the Rule V draft. There is a chance he will be back with the Rockies if the Rule V thing doesn't work out, or maybe he will be a star with the Braves, hopefully he recovers and can continue his career no matter which organization it is with.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Cards from a younger me (pt3)

More cards liberated from my childhood and brought into my current collection. Being a good Canadian boy there is a ton of hockey that should be sorted out one day, but for now just a few gems made it.