Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Repack Haiku #9 (Gary Sheffield)

Oh dear Lord, my eyes!
Upper Deck's Ionix set
What were you thinking?

2000 UD Ionix #22 Gary Sheffield

Wow. This...this is just painful.

Monday, July 24, 2017

SEC - Bracket Match Up #10

Read all about it! Ugly red border advances!

Dave Stewart lost mainly because voters didn't like the splatter paint red background of 1990 Donruss. I was fairly certain Ozzie would fall to the same fate, but since we have a tie, he moves on! This would probably qualify as the upset of the competition so far.

Next up are two young pitchers. (Well, at least Roger was young when the photo was taken!) It's an all time great vs. new blood:

2017 Topps #8a Jose Berrios
1985 Leaf/Donruss #99 Roger Clemens

The Case for Jose Berrios: Like I mentioned in the original post, the photography on this card is amazing. Berrios is an exciting young pitcher who hopefully has a long career ahead of him.

The Case for Roger Clemens: It can be argued that the Rocket is one of the greatest pitchers ever. How can you say no to that green leaf and black border with red striping?

I leave the decision to you small number of readers. (by the way, thanks so much for the handful of you who have voted so far! I'm glad to have a little bit of interaction on my posts!) As always, leave a comment with which card you want to see advance!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pirate Booty

A few months ago, Brian from Collecting Cutch held a contest challenging his fellow bloggers to post their Top 10 cards from a favorite player. As a new blogger, any potential new post is worthwhile, so I presented my 10 favorite cards of former Red Sox All-Star Ellis Burks. According to Blogger's stats, it is to date my most viewed blog post. It was a fun project and I'm glad it was well received.

I completely forgot there was a prize element involved...

Last week, I got an email stating my prize was on it's way. I was excited and wondered what random card I might get. I got a package. I was not expecting that!

He started off with a welcome note written on a plastic sleeve:

Collecting Cutch is a good blog - you should read it!

The card underneath all that wording is a Pittsburgh Police Department issued card featuring Mr. McCutchen himself. I must say the card itself is pretty sharp! Simple, with a nice action shot.

Before I share what other spoils I received, let me state that without a doubt, the best part of the package was Brian's sense of humor. A few of these cards were also packaged in sleeves he had written on, and the stuff he wrote put a big smile on my face.

If only Captain Kirk could play 3rd base...

I feel bad for Sandoval. (Not too bad mind you, he's still getting paid!) He was a good signing at the time. The Red Sox didn't need a superstar at 3rd base, just someone to hold down the position and contribute. He couldn't do that, and now you're looking at his last base set card in a Red Sox  uniform. Although I maintain I am not a Star Trek fan, this makes the second time in my blog's short life that I have included Mr. Shatner. I may need to throw some Star Wars references on here just to balance things out.

Collecting Cutch also included a lot of Red Sox goodies...

The Melancon card has kanji on back, making this my first card from over the ocean!

... including a trio of Hall of Famers,

Jacoby surrounded by greatness!

...my first Bunt cards,

Me like!

...and this relic card of 3x All-Star Dan Uggla

This guy won me a number of fantasy leagues back in the day!

The centerpiece prize, however, was this relic card of none other than Ellis himself.

Well played, CC! Well played, indeed!

So yeah, my collection got significantly more awesome thanks to the generosity of my fellow blogger. If you haven't checked out his blog, I highly recommend it! Thanks again Brian!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Repack Haiku #8 (Dave Hansen)

Loved the blue border
Hated the nineties striping
like Trapper Keepers

1991 Donruss #45 Dave Hansen (RR)

Since this is the second card from the repack from the 1991 Donruss set, let's talk about that border for a minute. As the haiku states, I thought that blue border was a great color. The name and position boxes meshed well. But those stripes...there was definitely a very 90s vibe going with it. It reminds me of the Trapper Keepers that were popular at school once.

I had this one. It was rad.

Monday, July 17, 2017

SEC - Bracket Matchup #9

Extra! Extra! Tie Breaker Decides Winner!

Another tie means the older card advances!

The main reason why I was able to get a bracket out of the 30 Day Challenge was because some of those posts featured multiple cards. Today's competition features two cards from two of those posts. Based on the comments on I got from the other 1990 Donruss in this championship, I'm fairly certain this will be another lop-sided vote:

1990 Donruss #15 Ozzie Guillen DK
2004 Topps World Champions Boston Red Sox #49 Team Celebration ALCS7

The Case For Ozzie Guillen: Um....Ozzie has a sweet 'stach? The fondness for Diamond Kings has no limit? Ozzie did lead the White Sox to their first title in 87 years - a longer World Series drought than the fabled Curse the Red Sox broke!

The Case For The 2004 ALCS Game 7:  The card says it all - Greatest Comeback Ever! Yeah, I'm biased, but even if you're not a Red Sox fan, you have to admit this was an impressive feat!

Leave a comment and tell me who should advance and why!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mookie Knows

I was reading some baseball blogs the other day and saw this:

2017 Topps Archives #210 Mookie Betts

By the looks of it, apparently Mookie can juggle. (One handed, even!) This is just the latest of impressive things the Red Sox All Star is talented at. Over the All Star break, we learned he's also got his pilots license.

Photo via MLB.com

He's also an accomplished bowler, having bowled in professional tournaments during the off season and even being credited with two 300 games!

Photo by Hollis Bennett/Rolling Stone

Oh, and he's pretty good at this baseball game too...

Mookie is starting to remind me of the old Bo Jackson Nike commercials, where the premise was that Bo Knows how to do pretty much anything. I think if Nike ever decides to revisit that concept, Mookie would be an excellent candidate. Mookie Knows Baseball!

*One of the great things about Google is their image search can lead you to some great content: That bowling photo came from a Rolling Stone article that came out last year. It's a good read: Bowling With Mookie Betts: Red Sox Star Is On A Roll.

*As of this publishing,  Bo Jackson and Amos Otis have an equal number of votes in my latest Bracket Challenge. Anyone want to be the tie-breaker?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Payday Pack - Raising Cain

While I was creating my last post, it dawned on me that the Daniel Murphy card was part of some Gypsy Queens I had purchased awhile back. I had started a Payday Pack post for them, but it never got finished.  Seems like motivation enough to finish the post for this week's Payday Pack!

So a couple weeks after its release, I decided to give the Gypsy Queen set a try. It looked like a nice enough set, and the blog reviews have been mostly positive. The only packs available were the Jumbo packs, with 3 6-card packs plus 5 of their green border parallels. Rather than pick my usual Top 3, I'll pick one from each pack and one from among the parallels.

Pack #1

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen - Missing Black Plate #40 Nomar Mazara
Also Got:
#195 Sonny Gray
#83 Tyler Austin (RC)
#96 Daniel Murphy
#146 Ricky Nolasco
#263 Colin Rea

I'm going to have to do some scanning soon. I had to borrow this picture. So, I'll be honest, I don't really get the appeal of the missing black plate.  It's really bland. None of the other cards really stood out though, so Nomar gets the nod.

Pack #2

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen #168 Aaron Judge (RC)
Also Got:
#172 Jon Gray
#60 Jameson Taillon
#219 Lorenzo Cain
#70 Leonys Martin
#204 Carlos Gonzalez

You can't go wrong with an Aaron Judge rookie card! Even us Red Sox fans have to admit he's likable and fun to watch. He deserved to win the Home Run Derby, and in my opinion once he got past Justin Bour in the first round, he made the rest of the derby seemed a little anticlimactic.

Pack #3

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen #225 Jose De Leon (RC)
Also Got:
#83 Tyler Austin (RC)*
#172 Jon Gray*
#219 Lorenzo Cain*
#70 Leonys Martin*
#175 Gregory Polanco

That De Leon card is a beaut! I love the cloudy sky backdrop. Nicely done artwork! The rest of this pack was a letdown. The asterisks next to the names here represent the doubles from this jumbo pack. I would have expected better collation here.

Green Parallels

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen - Green Border #219 Lorenzo Cain
Also Got:
#257 Addison Russell
#127 Yoenis Cespedes
#69 Randal Grichuk
#210 Adam Jones

Here we have the third card of Lorenzo Cain! 3 out of 23 total cards is a little odd, but at least it's a parallel. I like the green borders quite a bit. It emphasizes the border art very well.

Overall, I like the set. I may not buy another pack unless it hit clearance price, but a worthy add to the collection.