Thursday, January 29, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
I updated the link for my set needs for 2013 Gypsy Queen and Triple Threads Amethyst. You can checkout what I need here. I'm probably going to jump on eBay or COMC and bang out the Triple Threads sometime in the next week. I think there is about 46 cards that I need to complete the Gypsy Queen set.
Well my new pick up was another Mets auto from 2014 Topps High Tek. The card I picked up was a Zack Wheeler base auto for under $6.00. I was kind of amazed at how cheap it was being the product has only been out about a month. I may try to chase the diffractor/refractor autos of the same card. Hopefully Mr. Wheeler can improve upon a decent season last year.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
This morning I received an MLB email with some headlines. First one was NL East favorites add Schrezer so their goes another top arm to the Nationals for the Mets to deal with. Another one was how Wainwright couldn't open up kids on jars and had to have his wife do it. And there were some others but the below email promoted as staff pick their top destinations to use their timeless ticket really got me thinking.
What game would I pick. First one to pop into my head after reading the article was of course the Mets World Series game, but then I got thinking. What would it be like to see the greats of the game play like Ruth, Wagner, Cobb, Robinson, etc play the game.
So I still have yet to pick my game and thought it would be fun to see what fellow bloggers say. So leave a comment long or short on what game you would pick past or future. Go into detail if you want.
But first here is a new card added to my trade bait. A relic of Nick Markakis from UD Sweet Spot. I stumbled across this in the back of an old binder from a purchase years ago from a Walmart blaster.
This week, the Brewers revolutionized the world of baseball ticketing when they released the "Timeless Ticket" offer for fans. Basically, for $1,000, Brewers fans can purchase a ticket to nine games in 2015 (including Opening Day) and one to a Game to Be Named Later. Any game. Opening Day 2016, future All-Star Games, Game 7 of the World Series. Everything is fair game.
That got us (the Cut4 staff) thinking about how we'd use that GTBNL ticket. And, more importantly, how we'd use that ticket if we could hop anywhere on the space-time continuum.
1. You can go to any game -- past or future -- but attending would not alter the outcome of the game (i.e. You can't use your ticket to take Steve Bartman's seat at Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS).
2. You can use your total knowledge when deciding which past games to attend. Basically, you'd rather go back to see Game 6 of the 1975 World Series because the game was incredible, even though you wouldn't have been privy to that information when actually choosing to cash your ticket in for the game in '75.
3. You can't pick your specific seat. So no garbage like picking the seat of the fan who hauled in an incredibly valuable souvenir ball. (No, you can't just pick a different seat and walk to the one where the ball landed. Don't make this more complicated than it is.)
Now, get your DeLoreans up to 88 mph and cash those puppies in.
Here are the picks from the staff.
Mike Bertha - Game 3, 1932 World Series - The '32 Series featured the Cubs, a 107-win Yankees club and a record 13 future Hall of Famers, including the Yankees' Game 3 starter Lefty Gomez. It was Babe Ruth's last Fall Classic and the first ever in which players wore numbers on the backs of their jerseys. Ruth and Gehrig put more than a dozen balls into the then-temporary bleachers at Wrigley Field during BP before the game. In the actual game, Ruth homered in the top of the first and then he and Gehrig went back-to-back in the fifth. The Yankees won 5-2 en route to a four-game sweep.
Oh, and Babe Ruth might have called his shot on that homer in the fifth.
Michael Clair - Game 1, 1903 World Series - I would head to Game 1 of the 1903 World Series -- the first one ever held. I want to see Honus Wagner in his prime, coming off a season in which he hit .355 with 19 triples. I want to see a not-quite-in-his-prime Cy Young, but still a pitcher who won a league-high 28 games with an also league-high 341 2/3 innings. I want to see just how loudly the Boston rooters chanted "Tessie," instead of the modern, please-don't-make-me-ever-hear-it-again "Tessie" by The Dropkick Murphys. I want to be there for history being made.
And, if possible, I would like to strap a Go Pro to my head so that we can watch this game in sparkling HD forever
Benjamin Cosman - April 2115 - I want to see the first MLB game played between teams composed entirely of robots. I'm not entirely sure how this will come to be -- if sentient robots form their own league that eventually merges with MLB, or if MLB teams slowly begin drafting robots, or if it starts with cyborgs and then slowly trickles down until robots have replaced every human player -- but I am confident that sometime in the next century, there will be at least two professional robot baseball teams.
And I want to see them play. Because let's be honest, humans are great and all, but our bodies age and decompose and are all-too susceptible to injury. Robots are eternal. I want to see a robot baseball game that never ends. I imagine it will be the San Francisco Iron Giants versus the Houston Astrobots and I imagine it will go something like this:
Dakota Gardner - Game 6, 1975 World Series - That game had it all: an iconic location, absurdly high stakes, lots of offense, and one of baseball's most memorable and lasting finales.
With the Reds on the brink of winning the 1975 World Series, Game 6 at Fenway Park was a must-win game for the Red Sox. And, to that effect, it started out well -- Fred Lynn clocked a three-run homer off Gary Nolan in the first inning, giving Boston an early lead. But then, in the fifth inning, Sox starter Luis Tiant gave three runs back, kickstarting the back-and-forth finale. With the game tied going into the bottom of the 12th, Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk stepped to the plate and launched a deep fly ball off the left-field foul pole atop the Green Monster, waving it fair the whole time. If aliens landed on Earth, and we were forced to explain exactly what makes baseball so magical, this game would be the perfect place to start.
Gemma Kaneko - First female MLB player - As much as I'd like to catch the 1968 Tigers, if this is a truly timeless ticket, I'm headed to the future. Reserve me a seat at the first Major League game featuring a female player. It might not happen for decades, or maybe Mo'ne Davis will be starting for the Phillies in 2027. But as long as Jennie Finch is striking out the likes of Albert Pujols, I'm confident the day will come.
Matthew Monagan - "Game 162" Rays vs. Yankees, 2011 - Sure, I could've picked Bobby Thomson's game-winner, Babe's Called Shot, Mookie's roller down the line or Bartolo Colon's day of birth, but instead, I'm going to see Dan Johnson play Major League Baseball on Sept. 28, 2011. The 31-year-old first baseman who'd been out of the Majors entirely two years beforehand.
The player with just two home runs and a .119 batting average.
The man they called "The Great Pumpkin."
I probably will not be buying any boxes of High Tek myself being there is only 8 cards per box with one auto. I will be however chasing some of the autos out of this product and have to chase one less now because of this break. I already opened a box of Stadium Club and probably will open some more if the price drops for daily specials.
Well I received my priority box Friday or Saturday and couldn't wait to receive it being I got a hit from one of the boxes opened, but more on that later. First in the box was a NY Mets pencil which instantly reminded me of my younger years of first and second grade when all the kids had themed pencils. Needless to say this pencil was swiped by my kindergartner to use for home work. I didn't get to snap a picture of it before it was swiped.
Next up was some good old 80's 90's and 2000's cards from the Mets, which probably consisted of close to 200 cards. Some of the cards I remember collecting as a kid back in the late 80's and probably still have the binders at my mom's house full of them. Time to make a mental note for the next time we visit to try an locate them an bring them back. Here are a few actually just 4 cards from the stash that Chris sent. The classic late 80's Topps of Hernandez, 90's Donrus of HoJo, a late 2000's of an UD Tom Glaveine running the bases, and a Heritage rookie card of Philip Humber who pitched a perfect game for the White Sox.
What a sweet mini of Kevin James really getting into it. I knew he was a Mets fan from his time on King of Queens.
Chris thanks for doing this group break and will keep an eye out for any other group breaks that you do.
LETS GO METS and LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!!
Judson has graciously sent me stuff before from when a trade didn't work out, see here. I was totally blown away by what he sent this time around. I don't actively seek these types or kinds of cards, but will happily acquire them via trades or PWEs. So without further blabbering I present to you a 2014 A&G back red mini hand numbered to 25 of Curtis Granderson.
Judson give the link a click and follow him. He collects Ranger cards and may currently be hit or miss in the blogosphere as of the moment.
LETS GO METS and LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!!
Friday, January 16, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
I am behind, strike that way behind, actually strike that too....I am way way way behind on posts and breaks and updates.
If my oldest ever has school this week I'm hoping to get caught up on some posts, but being the past few days the temperature hasn't cracked higher than 15 degrees and with the wind chill at or below zero most of the day he hasn't had school. As I type this it is currently 11 degrees at feels like 1 degree. Needles to say trying to keep two kids entertained through out the day is a tall order and prevents me from getting some posts done and caught up.
Well a few weeks back I made a trade with Andrew over at Need More Cardboard for a redemption card for a relic of Tom Seaver and David Wright from series 2 that you can read about here. Well much to my surprise I actually received the card rather quickly about a week or so ago from Topps. I figured it would take a while being I've never seen the redemption on ebay.
So without further ado here is the card I received from Topps. Pretty sweet patch of Captain America and a nice chunk of wood from Tom Terrific. This is the first relic/auto of Mr Seaver in my collection and hopefully more to come.