Friday, July 3, 2020

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From Greensburg, PA

A Happy Independence Day weekend to all! It's going to be weird without all the big fireworks displays, but hopefully you'll spend it with good food and good friends!

I'm slowly working my way back into trading. I'm still trying to limit my trips to the post office to no more than twice a month. One of my latest trades was with a TCDB member named Alan, who took a small stack of my 2019 Topps Holiday doubles in exchange for some Red Sox needs:

He even threw in a few bonus cards - the Tazawa and Betts.

Favorite Card: I like the jump/throw action on Lowell's card!

Thanks for the trade, Alan!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Repack Haiku #159 (Michael Barrett/Ben Davis/Robert Fick)

One was an All-Star
One won a Silver Slugger
All had long careers

1999 Topps #208 Prospects
(Michael Barrett/Ben Davis/Robert Fick)

Barrett won a Silver Slugger for the Cubs in 2005. Although he didn't play, Fick made the 2002 All-Star team as a reserve. Davis, despite the lack of hardware, was still good enough to carve out a 7 year MLB career.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Forgetfulness and Thoughtfulness

If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you know that I've been routinely showing off winnings from Johnny's Trading Spot. Johnny has become a game master of sorts. Every week he hosts a Big Fun Game, he's been sending raffle tickets along with the prizes, and recently has even added BINGO to the mix.

I've been having a lot of fun, and was more than eager to participate in June's offerings. Unfortunately, when my BFG was held, I completely forgot about it!

I knew it was coming, was ready for it, and even had an idea what number I'd pick. But that Friday turned into one of those work days where you're nonstop busy, yet feel like you got nothing accomplished. I was gassed when I got home, and my evening was spent eating dinner and enjoying a family movie night. It wasn't until the next day that I realized I forgot to play in the BFG!

Oh, it gets better too! That Saturday was Johnny's first BINGO round. Guess who forgot to play? Yep, me again! Back-to-back opportunities completely missed!

Johnny's a generous game master, though, and still sent a few consolation cards, along with another raffle ticket!

I've seen these Honus Bonus cards on the internet before, but this is my first look at them up close. For a non-licensed product, it's not bad. I kind of like the juxtaposition of the black and white player against a color background.

Thanks for the cards, Johnny! I'll have to set an alarm so I don't miss out next time! (Speaking of which...sign ups for July are out now! As of this writing, Johnny needs 15 more players for the last 3 Fridays of July. Sign up now!)

Friday, June 26, 2020

Do You Taboo?

Have you ever played the game Taboo? If you haven't, the essential premise is to try to describe an object without using a list of words.

I thought it would be fun to try this using baseball cards. For example, if I said "Naughty word on bat knob" , chances are you would know I'm talking about the 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken card. Easy, right?

Now, ideally I think this would make a fun Bat-A-Round, but I'll let my fellow bloggers decide if this is worthy. If anyone wishes to do this, let me establish a list of "Taboo" words and phrases:

  • Player names or positions
  • Team city/state/moniker
  • Card manufacturers or product names
  • The year the card came out
  • The following words: "rookie" "All-Star" or "Hall of Fame/Famer"

Got it? Fantastic! Let's see if you can figure outs these cards:

1. Integration pioneer slides into base

2. He's wearing a snake!

3. Milhouse just wanted the one with the big sideburns

4. Home run king's wood-grained debut

5. Knuckleball legend's great yellow sunset card

Go ahead and take your guesses in the comments! If any of my fellow bloggers choose to do their own version of the game, let me know too!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Repack Haiku #158 (Jim Thome)

An odd inclusion
Not a rookie or traded
A bit late for Spring

1998 Score Rookies and Traded
#RT261 Jim Thome (ST)

Such a weird set for one supposedly dedicated to rookies and traded players. The first 50 cards are short printed veterans, and the back end contains more veteran players during Spring Training. There really aren't many rookies or traded players in the set at all.

This is Thome's second appearance on Repack Haiku. Here's the first.

Monday, June 22, 2020

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From South Plainfield, NJ

Maybe Yordan Alvarez will become a superstar. Maybe he'll rack up awards and All-Star appearances. Perhaps he'll become an all-time great and earn induction to the hallowed Hall of Fame.

Maybe, just maybe, his rookie card reaches the financial stratosphere of a Mike Trout.

Maybe then I'll look back at this trade and wonder if it was the right call. For now, I had an extra of his 2020 Topps base card, and was glad to send it to a TCDB member named Billy. In return, he crossed off a lot of current Red Sox needs:

Just look at all that! Stat Leaders (including the famous Hanley Ramirez error), the amazing acrobatics of JBJ, a couple of Boston legends, and hedges as far as the eye can see. Billy hooked me up!

Favorite Card: You have to be Pedro-level cool to have your jacket collar turned up like that.

Thanks for the cards, Billy!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Wax Pack Wonders Pick 3

One of the great rookie blogs that has started up this year is Wax Pack Wonders. If you haven't popped over and added Jeff to your reading list yet, you really should! He's posted some fun and entertaining stuff!

Did you become a follower? Good! Anyway, last month he had a little giveaway. The first 6 people to respond got to pick 3 players, one from each of a tiered list Jeff provided. I managed to be the 6th and final participant! Here's what I was gifted:

Group 1 (HOF) - Pedro Martinez

There was quite a lot of names in each group, and Group 1 was stacked, but my boy Pedro was an easy choice! 

Group 2 (Former All-Stars and Such) - Ellis Burks

I like Burks. He was exciting as a young Red Sox outfielder, and carved out a great MLB career. I completely forgot he played for the Giants though!

Group 3 (Current/Recent All-Stars and Such) - Mookie Betts

The more the MLB negotiations drag on, the more I want to convince myself that the season will not be played, and Mookie will resign with Boston.

Favorite Card: Tough choice here, but I'm giving the title to Pedro's Pacific Revolution card - the scan truly does not do it justice!

Now, Jeff explicitly said he doesn't want any cards in return as a thank you, but that doesn't mean I can't thank him by promoting his blog! Seriously, add him to your blog roll! Leave him comments! Nurture this young blog and help it thrive!

Thanks for the cards, Jeff!