Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Custom Card: 2005 Team Heroes Jose Acevedo

A weird custom of a weird player from a weird set. After 4 years with the Reds, Jose Acevedo was traded to the Rockies in April of 2005 for Allan Simpson (another weird player). He bounced between the rotation and the bullpen, but mostly bullpen, and earned his only career save pitching the final 3 innings in a September 11-3 win over the Dodgers in a game that featured such great names as Choo Freeman, Sun-Woo Kim. Hee-Seop Choi, Hung-Chik Kuo and Steve Schmoll (my personal favorite by the way), all real people, you can look it up if you want.

After looking through some 2005s, I can honestly say it was not a banner year for cards, Topps Total was the obvious choice for a player like Acevedo, but there is something about Donruss Team Heroes other than the overly cumbersome name that I like. And why Jose "Don't call me Juan" Acevedo? He is the first alphabetically in the list of Rockies who never got a card with the team.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

TCDB Trade #7


It is always nice when a trade doesn't have to cross international borders or go through customs as was the case with a small recent trade from tcdb. It even has a little Canadian theme, starting with what was probably a big deal when it came out. Eric Lindros was going to be the next great player and Score pumped out cards of him like crazy, even including him in their 1990 Score Rookie & traded set. 

Friday, 16 June 2017

COMC Spring Cleaning 3: Everything Else


On to part 3, everything else. I have been looking for a Yogi Berra bat card for a while and this is one of the nicest ones I have seen design-wise. The relic is very small, but I am still very happy to add this card to my catcher bat card collection.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

COMC Spring Cleaning 2: Redskins


On to the Redskins, and more credit to Panini, they are the current kings of crazy parallels. This one is from Spectra and I was surprised at how thick this card is, I honestly can't keep up with Panini's many releases, but I guess this is a high end product? Whatever, crazy parallel and my first Josh Norman are enough for me.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

COMC Spring Cleaning Sale 1: Rockies


A recent sale over at COMC led to a few purchases which led to a shipment coming my way which led to a stack of cards to scan and post. Starting with one of my top 2 favorite cards from 2016. There were a lot of Trevor Story cards covering his rookie year, but this one really stood out, not an action shot, but a different look with a dugout shot. The high socks and the black vests really sell it for me.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Not quite Bowman Black Collection, but it's close.

One card mailday from 2017 Topps Inception. My love for the Bowman Black Collection series spanning multiple brands and years is no secret here, so I was pretty choked when it disappeared. This is the closest Topps has come to bringing it back and it's pretty damn sweet. There is something about a black card with silver ink that is just straight classy. 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

A Small TCDB Trade


Along with slowing adding my collection to TCDB, there have been a few trades happening. After the Rockies called up Ryan Hanigan his cards made their way to the want-list. Just a professional catcher who is a joy to watch behind the plate, with the added bonus of fitting into the Goalie mask catchers collection.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Combined Shipping Mailday


Bored browsing online leads to weird places, the above Metal Red Pelle Lindbergh caught my eye, as it should, it is an awesome looking card. I noticed it was a Canadian seller, so the "sellers other items" search began.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Custom Card: 1988 Topps Stephen Cardullo

A small tribute to the recently released Stephen Cardullo in the form of 1988 Topps. Cardullo was signed by the Rockies before the 2016 season after 4 years of independent league baseball, winning the Canadian-American Association MVP in 2015. He eventually earned a call-up and hit two home runs, one in each game of a double-header, on his birthday (disappointingly no Topps Now cards though). Earned a spot in the 2017 roster mostly due to Ian Desmond being hurt. Not a household name, but a great story, Purple Row recently has a great article on him that is worth the read.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

To Peel or not to Peel (aka Golden Mailday)


I fought the urge to call this post "From now on, we'll all be taking golden showers" but couldn't resist mentioning it. A couple recent acquisitions in my current parallel madness phase I am going though. Really nice looking cards, but I am not thrilled with now they scan, this was the best one with the scanner lid open, any tips on scanning refractors?