Tuesday, July 26, 2011

You Know It's 2007 When...



… when team exclusive sets featured Johnny Damon and Chien-Ming Wang.

(Thanks to …Joe from The Sandlot for these blasts from the short past).

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Long-Awaited Standing Ovation

Along with Smed’s Spring Cleaning from many moons ago, I have yet to show off my stack of cards I received from the Daily Dimwit’s group break a few months back.  He busted an entire CASE of 2006 Upper Deck Ovation, and I quickly jumped in on the great price and the awesome amount of cards I could receive.  Sure enough, I came out with an entire base set of the product, a lot of cool inserts, and these big hits.  I had the Yankees and the Diamondbacks.


2006 Upper Deck Ovation Apparel OA-DJ: Derek Jeter
Yeah that All-Star break really helped out that .260 average…

2006 Upper Deck Ovation Center Stage Signatures CS-CW: Chien-Ming Wang (Numbered to 25)
Man if I were only selling this… this card is very, very rare.  Now, it would make sense for this signature to be in Taiwanese, and it probably is, but there’s a slight possibility this might be in another Asian language.  I can read some Chinese (yes, I’m serious), but I don’t recognize these characters.

2006 Upper Deck Ovation Gold Rookie Autographs #112: Stephen Drew (Numbered to 99)
This is a great card of For Card’s Sake favorite Stephen Drew.  Unfortunately, the D-Backs put the young shortstop on the DL after breaking his right ankle.  Tough break for a team that’s looking to make a run at the pennant in a weak NL West division.


Thanks to the Dimwit for the awesome group break and I can’t wait for the next one!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Case of the Missing Team Bags (And Some News)

My team bags disappeared.  I have no idea where the hell they went.  They’re not with my penny sleeves or toploaders, they’re not in a random drawer in my computer room… they are gone without a trace.  I would blame the cleaning ladies (whom I blamed for my missing Chad Billingsley autographed card), but something tells me they wouldn’t be interested in that.

It’s quite eerie.

So, if I’m trading with you and I send you a nasty looking team bag, my apologies.  I’ll probably pick some up at the next card show or order some online.

I’ll also be down the shore on and off for the next two weeks.  If we try to work on a trade of some sort and I can only ship on select dates, that’s why.  I’ll have posts scheduled so no worries about missing your dosage of For Card’s Sake.

Yay.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

This Post Is Not from Any Specific Time, Year, or Blogger

The debate of jersey/bat/relic cards have been made time and time again, and I won’t be you with another opinion.  However, I will show you how pathetic it has become with evidence found right on Topps’s fingerprints.

You may remember these from yesterday as the two relic cards I received from Smed.  Let’s take a look at the backs.

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Relics GQR-JP: Jorge Posada
“You Just Received a Topps Certified Relic Card of Jorge Posada of the New York Yankees from 2010 Topps Gypsy Queen.”

You know, at least the acknowledge the fact that it’s from Jorge Posada.  Too bad they forget what year Gypsy Queen was released.

(As a side note: have you seen the checklist for the Gypsy Queen Relic set?  Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken Jr,, Ryan Braun, Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury… damn those are some impressive names.  I know, I know, relic cards aren’t all that awesome anymore, but considering on a set of 20 cards and arguably the worst player is Jayson Werth, that’s a pretty good checklist.)


2011 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Relics BG: Brett Gardner
First off, I love the cartoon.

But.

“The relic on this card is not from any specific game, event, or season.”

Jesus!  Might as well say it’s from the batboy instead of Brett Gardner.  Notice how small the font is?  And how readable it barely is?  That is truly pitiful.  In fact, that’s straight up turrible.

But I love that cartoon.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Smed's Spring Cleaning... In the Middle of Summer

I owe Smed a huge, huge, huge, huge, huge apology for taking this long to post all the fantastic stuff he sent over in his Spring Cleaning.  But understand why it’s taking forever… there was so much awesome stuff I had no idea what to scan and show and how much.  Should I break it up into a three-part post of the highlights?  Should I make a video going through every card?  These decisions, it torments a blogger endlessly.

I decided to post all the hits and “new” stuff Smed sent over, even though everything he shipped to New Jersey was fantastic and helped out this Yankees fan’s collection.  A lot of his stuff will be used for future posts and for the team binder.  Thanks man!


Smed gave me my first lick of 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen… and I can clearly see what the fuss was about.  These cards are very nice, from the inserts to the on-card autographs.  Yes, on-card autographs.  Sweet.





I remember when everyone was blasting this set when Topps first released the product information.  Now it’s considered one of the best products of the year.  Collector’s these days… sheesh.  Now the problem for Topps remains this: the only reason Gypsy Queen prices were high as a kite is because it was under-produced.  Now that people want it, Topps will run the presses like it was producing Allen & Ginter.  You’ll see either a) the popularity wane leaving a ton of product available for cheap or b) Gypsy Queen overcoming Ginter as the most sought out painted product Topps releases, putting the nail in the coffin for Ginter.  It’s fun to think about.

Keeping with painted sets, here’s a C.C. relic from 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter.
He pitched a good game last night… unfortunately James Shields pitched a better one.  So goes the life of an AL East team.

One final “retro” card, a Brett Gardner bat piece from 2011 Topps Heritage.
After a slow start, Brett Gardner is putting up a Brett Gardner-season; .290 AVG, .370 OPB, and is currently tied with Jose Reyes for second in the league in stolen bases with 30.

For all those shiny lovers, we have a 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Purple Refractor of Ivan Nova.
Yeah, it looks blue because of the scanner, but it is purple.  Nova, since being sent back down because of Phil Hughes’s return, is pitching lights out in Triple-A and we should see him back in New York fairly soon.


Smed, thanks so much for all the cards, they were a great help for the collection!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mmmmm.. Bread

I made a lot of pickups the past week, but this was probably the best one.

Free pastry with registry.  Hell yeah.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Epic Repack Box Break: Upper Deck Sets

How little did we know that Upper Deck would experience its last hoorah in 2010, leaving us with a smoldering of products to choose from through 2008 and 2009 in its absence.  Some were big hits, and some were big misses.  Yet, everyone had a taste of it and everyone can relate to the wonder of Upper Deck sets from those two glorious years.  And they frequent the wantlists of a lot of bloggers.  Winner, winner.


2009 Upper Deck Icons
#86: Roy Halladay

This is an unusual sight; Doc sporting a Blue Jays uniform.  Do you think if the Jays realized that their offense was going to be filthy that they would have kept Halladay?  Their pitching is young, and inexperienced at that.  Having Halladay in that rotation would have catapulted Toronto to AL East favorites every year.

Upper Deck Icons Retail Red #20: Chase Utley
Apparently Utley only has two cards in the entire Icons set; this card and its base counterpart.  Weird it has no other parallels.  I’ll be looking to move this to a dirty Phillies fan.


2008 Upper Deck Heroes
Upper Deck Heroes Jersey Charcoal #34: Wade Boggs
You’re always guaranteed a jersey card in one of these repack boxes, even if it doesn’t say right on the box.  It’s just one of those certainties in life.  Of course it certainly was great I pulled a relic of a Hall-of-Famer instead of… Jose Guillen.  Shudder.  While searching for this card on Beckett, I stumbled on a bit of confusion.  Charcoal was the only parallel that wasn’t serial-numbered, yet this color is nothing like the charcoal I’m used to being pulled out of retail.  Ah, who cares anyway?  It’s up for trade.


2008 Upper Deck Spectrum
Derek Jeter Retrospectrum DJ53: Derek Jeter
Nevermind that Upper Deck released 100 cards commemorating something in Jeter’s career on shiny card stock.  Instead focus on the back of card #53:

“Jeter had already done so much in his tenure in the Major Leagues before 2001, but he’d never reached the five-hit mark in a game.  That changed on 5/23/01 when the Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-3, and Jeter went 5-for-5 with a homer.”

Some stuff you just can’t make up.


2008 Upper Deck X
Upper Deck X Die-Cut #85: Aaron Rowand
Ew, ew, die-cuts!  Someone please take this off my hands.

Upper Deck X Xpotential 3 AP: Albert Pujols
I very much dislike the Upper Deck X set, but like these inserts.  Weird how they would save the great looking insert designs for such a boring set.


Along with these products, I had a couple of packs of some random Upper Deck sets and some Topps sets from 2008/09.  All of the following cards are available.

2009 Upper Deck Icons
#8, #32, #34

2008 Upper Deck Heroes
#94, #133 (x2), #185
Black #61: Dontrelle Willis (x2)

2008 Upper Deck Spectrum
#16, #81

2008 Upper Deck Timeline
#4, #31, #49, #139

2008 Upper Deck X
#17, #31, #65

Along with these UD products, I received a couple of packs from 2008 and 2009 offerings Topps came out with.

2009 O-Pee-Chee
#77, #222, #351, #382, #589
Black #354: Manny Corpas

2008 Stadium Club
#46, #127, #148


Well, that is all from this chapter.  I will leave you all now with a Bible quote.

Mark 3:18 “And the Lord said: Let there be Repack Boxes”

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Oh Romero, Romero

The Yankees have looked pathetic coming out of the All-Star break, and it doesn’t look to get any better because they are facing this guy today.

Ricky Romero is a very good pitcher.  An 2011 All-Star (along with half of the league), he posted some good numbers in the first half; 3.09 ERA, a 130+ ERA, 101 Ks, and a 1.2 WHIP.  They all sound like a recipe for a winning record!

Erm, not quite.

A 7-8 record is all poor Mr. Romero can show for it.  And they say baseball isn’t a team sport.