Sunday, March 18, 2018

Why Topps? Why?

I picked up this 2018 Topps Postseason Performance Autograph Relic of Paul Goldschmidt on eBay recently. I bought it knowing that the "game-used memorabilia item is not from the 2017 postseason". I also bought it knowing that the autograph is on a sticker.

Just because I bought it knowing its flaws, doesn't mean that I like it. I've seen multiple Postseason Performance Relic cards and Postseason Performance Autograph Relic cards of Paul Goldschmidt and almost all of them have a purple pinstripe through the jersey, so I picked this one specifically because it didn't have a pinstripe and so I can pretend that the jersey matches the jersey in the picture.

But why should I have to pretend? I get that postseason jerseys are probably hard to come by, by why make the set if you can't get them. How about using baseballs or a base, something that they could actually get and it would be from the postseason?

I paid decent money for this card, but had it featured a ball or base from the postseason I would certainly have paid double. If it contained a piece of jersey or bat that was used in the postseason I would have paid triple or more. I know some people might not think that Topps cares much about the after market price I'm willing to pay, but I think they have to care about that because it would help determine the price they could charge for boxes.

What are your thoughts on cards like this?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Snow on a Denver Rockies card from a game played in Phoenix, Arizona.

I have a lot of mini collections and whenever Adam, from the blog Infield Fly Rule, sends me cards he always sends me cards for my mini collections.

Adam's a Rockies fan so I have an extra appreciation for him sending me this 2016 Topps Holiday card of Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu. You see, not only does this card feature a cameo of D-Backs third baseman Jake Lamb, but Jake is also wearing a throwback uniform and the photo on the card is clearly from Chase Field. Add in the Pepsi advertisement in the background and this card hits four of my mini collections. Well done Adam!

Also included were a few cards for my dirt collection including this 1996 Topps card of Joey Cora. The same image could have been used for  Mo Vaughn's card. I wonder if that has ever happened before. I think it would be kinda cool. Not if they did it all the time, but may just one time per set.

This next card almost fits the dirt mini collection, just a small strip of grass and chalk line show on opposite corners of the card. The card is of Ryan Roberts and is one of my favorite Ryan Roberts cards of all-time. More on this card in a future post.

Adam knows my all-time favorite player is Ken Griffey Jr. and I can count on at least one Griffey card in every package he send me. Check out this League Leader card featuring The Kid and his trademark backwards hat and smile along with The Big Cat, Andres Galarraga, from Collector's Choice. Again, Adam sacrificing a card of one of his beloved Rockies. Thank you Adam!

Check out some of the other great cards of some D-Backs legends that Adam sent.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

1985 Donruss Diamond Kings

Starting in 1982, just it's second year producing baseball cards, Donruss turned to renowned sports artist Dick Perez to create the artwork used to produce it's Diamond Kings subset cards for the next the next 10 years (1982-1991) and the next several years (1992-1996) as an insert set with the cards being serial numbered to 10,000 in it's final year.

I picked up the 1985 subset at a local card shop recently for $1.25. With it being a 27 card set, that works out to less than 5 cents per card. I'm hoping to be able to add more Diamond Kings to my collection.

I know some people don't care for the Diamond Kings cards, but I love them. To me they are Donruss. When I think about Donruss,  I think of Diamond Kings and puzzles. How about you? Are you a fan of Diamond Kings?

Monday, March 5, 2018

2018 Topps Paul Goldschmidt Inserts

I picked up a nice lot of 2018 Topps Paul Goldschmidt inserts off eBay recently. $4 shipped for 7 cards; all new to me.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hank Aaron

I picked up two Hank Aaron cards last weekend. The 1974 Topps New All-Time Home Run King card set me back $2 and I picked up the 1958 Braves' Fence Busters card for $14 and change. It was originally $18, but was 20% off. The condition is a little rough, but I don't mind.

By my count Hank Aaron has 68 different base cards in Topps sets during his playing career. I;m happy to knock another two off the list.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Spring Training Autographs

Back on February 16th I posted about these 5 x 7 Topps online exclusive cards and Scribbled Ink and Fuji recommended trying to get them signed. 

On President's Day my two oldest boys and I went to the D-Backs spring training facility and we were able to get Goldy to sign both cards. 

We got a few other autographs as well.

We met my sister-in-law and nephew there and had a great time!

Here is Ketel Marte signing an autograph.

Not all players signed, most who did signed for a few minutes. Archie Bradley started at one end of the fence and went all the way down signing for everyone and taking selfies.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Haven't gotten one of these in a while!

I started my First Night Game at Wrigley Field Project about 5 years ago and have been working on it ever since. Up until about a week ago I still needed three players to sign a card for me: Mitch Webster, Damon Berryhill, and Darrin Jackson. Last Tuesday I got a ttm request back from Darrin Jackson. it was postmarked from Phoenix. I've actually sent to him a couple of times (8/16/13 and 6/1/15), so I'm assuming this is the one I sent to him at Spring Training.

Now I'm only missing two. Mitch Webster and Damon Berryhill. If anyone has any leads on either of them i'd appreciate it. Thanks!