Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Mike Nikorak - Bowman Black Collection

Card number 15 in this collection and up to date until something new comes out. Mike Nikorak was the 27th overall pick in the 2015 draft and struggled in his pro debut, going 0-4 with a 11.72 ERA over 8 starts, but as a 18 year old high school kid, you never know what you will get.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

2016 Gypsy Queen Box 2

Box 2 is torn apart and sorted and won't be posted in as much detail as box one. Above we have the short prints, all the short prints this year are retired players other than Kenta Maeda, The Killebrew being the highlight of these with a bat barrel photo. Surprisingly, two boxes completed my base 300 card set and left me with 69 doubles. Just out of curiosity I checked previous years two box totals. 2014 gave me 298/300, 2013 gave me 268/300 and 2012 gave me 282/300. I didn't keep track in 2015, but seeing as I still need base it doesn't seem close.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

2016 Gypsy Queen Trade/Wantlist

Updated April 13, 2015

Base: Complete!

SP: 302, 304-309, 312-316, 318, 319, 321-325, 327-330, 332, 333, 335-339, 341, 342, 345-350.

Framed Green: 76 (Jon Gray)

Framed Blue: 76

Framed Purple: 6, 17, 24, 76

Mini: 30, 76, 244

Mini Gold: 76

Mini Purple: 6, 17, 76, 122, 210, 244, 272

Mini Variations: 17, 76

Power Alley: Andres Galarraga

Autographs: Jon Gray, DJ LeMahieu, Corey Dickerson

Mini Retail Foil: 301-350


Base: 2, 4, 9, 13, 24, 25, 27, 30, 32, 39, 45, 52, 59, 60, 65, 68, 73, 74, 76, 77, 87, 93, 94, 100, 101, 102, 117, 123, 124, 126, 129, 131, 134, 140, 148, 155, 161, 162, 165, 166, 173, 174, 178, 180, 194, 198, 199, 204, 206, 207, 208, 222, 225, 232, 236, 238, 243, 264, 267, 269, 284, 288, 297, 299

Autographs: Brian Johnson, Rob Refsnyder

Autographs Green #99: Ketel Marte

Full Sized Relic: Matt Carpenter

Mini Relic: Shelby Miller

Mini Relic Gold #50: Javier Baez

Framed Purple: A.J. Pollock

Mini Base: 4, 12, 15, 36, 50, 56, 67, 70, 75, 82, 83, 105, 111, 112, 115, 136, 156, 170, 175, 178, 182, 204, 219, 238, 245, 249, 251, 265, 273, 274, 283, 289, 295

Mini SP: 317, 343

Mini Photo Variations: 1, 5, 14, 15, 18, 34, 44, 57, 61, 69, 71, 88, 90, 105, 125, 138, 155, 158, 163

Mini Gold: Logan Forsythe

Mini Purple: 206, 212, 237, 283, 284, 296

Mini MVP: Chipper Jones, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Stan Musial, Buster Posey

Glove Stories: Mike Trout, Juan Perez, Kevin Pillar, Billy Burns, George Springer, Freddy Galvis, Joey Votto

Power Alley: Willie Mays, Jose Canseco, Carlos Delgado, Dave Winfield, Andre Dawson, Reggie Jackson, Stan Musial, Eddie Mathews, Babe Ruth, Eddie Murray, Albert Pujols

Walk-Off Winners: Eric Hosmer, Manny Machado, Andruw Jones, Jackie Robinson, Josh Donaldson, Wilmer Flores, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout

2016 Gypsy Queen Box One

Base Cards 183 of 300 - No doubles, 61% of the base set. I wasn't sure about the design at first, but now that I have them in hand, I really like this years design. Simple and the red text really pops against the light background, a huge improvement over 2015. I won't flood you with base, but a few stood out.

Monday, 11 April 2016

The Signs of Spring

Snow melting, leaves coming out, baseball on TV, NHL playoffs and my annual 2 boxes of Gpysy Queen. Full review, breakdown, want and trade lists to follow.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

It's a Sickness, is what it is

Don't ask me why, but I now own the above card. I thought having 19 different 2013 Ramon Hernandez cards would be enough. It is not. I had to buy a 2012 Ramon Hernandez printing plate. At least 2013 has a nice photo, this is a photoshop. Don't ask me why, but it's here, on my card desk, looking at me, waiting for more of it's friends.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Opening some Opening Day on Opening Day

I never planned on buying any Opening Day, but a trip to the LCS for supplies always leads to a few packs, this time it lead to a box. Seeing as a box of Opening Day goes for under $40, it really wasn't that much more than my usual few sample packs. I am glad I did buy this box because my Dad was around over the weekend and we opened it while watching the Sunday games. Pretty cool to open a box with the man that got me started collecting.
So here's what we pulled.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Acetate Appreciation: 2004 Playoff Contenders - Rookie Round Up

About as far from football season as you can get, but I had to show this card off. I didn't even know this card existed until I saw it on comc, and a quick quick to the back view confirmed it was an acetate card of Sean Taylor, who is still the last player I would call my favorite Redskin.

Not the best use of the acetate format as the back is just a mirror of the front, but a clear card, numbered to 375 from Taylor's rookie season still wearing #36. This one ranks pretty high up in the collection.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

More Recent Pickups

Another show-off/empty the scan folder post. Starting things off is a part of a project that I have been working on for quite a while, getting a bat relic of the top home run hitting catchers. Lance Parrish sits 6th on that list with 299 homers as a catcher (324 overall) and this is his only bat relic I know of, so it nice to cross this one off the list.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Just Couldn't Resist

Sometimes a card doesn't fit into your collection, but it's so good that you make a place for it. This is one of those cards. A 1983 minor league card of a young, 6'3" 185 pound outfielder named Jose Canseco. This skinny 19 year old would go on to become one of the games biggest stars in the late 80' and early 90's. Then would write a pretty major book on steroid use in baseball, and from there would become just a general b-list celebrity weirdo doing weirdo things for money. I am not sure why I like this card so much, it might be the not-so-green grass that give it the perfect minor league feel, or the sweet yellow and green jersey, or it might be that in some different world, this young ball player doesn't turn into a guy that shoots his finger off and try and box the kid from the Partridge Family.