Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My first Dynasty !

Topps does make my life diffcult, being a Glavine collector and all. I bet they know I have the irresistable urge to collect all Glavine cards hence they apparently feel the urge to include Glavine cards in every high-end set that comes out these days !

Anyways, here comes Topps launching Dynasty with 8 different Glavine cards, all numbered to only 10. So my quest started to get my hands on some of them. Here's my first succes, meet Glavine card number  7 !!

Anyone else chasing the Dynasty cards or too high-end for your liking ?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Here's Some World Series Winners !

Quick post with two "vintage" Yankee autos. Well to be honest, the autos are not old but ther players are !! Both were fairly cheap but I think it's awesome to get my hands on an auto by players from the 50ties (depsite not having seen them play :-)).

First up, Tony Kubek who played for the Yankees between 1957 and 1965 as the short-stop. I love the America's Pastime set that Panini did last year, although I would have prefered the absence of the sticker ! Tony was Rookie of the Year in 1957 and won 3 world series !

Next up, Don Larsen, a cool addition to my Pitchers PC !! Don played for a stream of different clubs in the 50ties and 60ties and played for the Yankees between 1955 and 1959, winning two world series and even becoming a world series MVP !!

That's it for today, hope to add some more oldies to my collection !!

Thanks for visiting my blog today !

Sunday, January 18, 2015

2003 Donruss MasterpieceSet ?

It's always fun to add a 1/1 to one of one's player collections. These situations don't happen that often but recently I was able to pick up a cool Glavine 1/1 !! However, browsing the internet a bit I am still not sure if this is a "real" 1/1 or that someone put on a nice 1/1 stamp to sell it for some nice money. Here's the Glavine I came across:

It's a 2003 Donruss Champions card. One the left side there is a clear "stamp" saying "MasterpieceSet 01/01". However, I have been trying to find some detail on this "MasterpiecesSet" but for now have been unsuccessful.

Anyone of you ever came across this set ?

Thanks !

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What a huge difference 2 years make !

Two years ago I decided to make my Kershaw collection a more important part while I also decided to let my Verlander collection take a back seat. Why you may ask ? Did I know that Kershaw would be awesome in the next two years and Verlander would disappoint after hooking up with a certain someone (or the latter was maybe a coincidence).

Nope, no perfect foresight on my end. It was simply the costs of their cards. Getting my hands on a Verlander Auto or Relic card was way too expensive after he trew a couple of no-hitters. At the same time it felt like I was the only Kershaw collector around as I could get my hands on a cool Kershaw auto for around $25, sometimes even less.

As a result, I was able to have a lot of fun building my Kershaw collection until 6-9 months ago, ending up with 461 different Kershaw cards of which 117 different Auto cards and 105 Relic cards. Although this is still a mere 20% of his total cards (According to the Beckett database) it still feels like a great accomplishment that I have enjoyed a lot.

Although Kershaw remains my most favourite pitchers in the MLB today the prices for his cards have gone through the roof. Even a fairly simply auto card still sets one back at least $50, if not more, while any of the higher-end cards now easily go for $100+. Recent Dynasty auto cards even go for over $200-$250 (vs around $100 for HoF-er Tom Glavine). So out of my league for the moment and I have to face reality and start focus on singles (although even numbered cards have become really expensive). Here's my latest "high-end" Kershaw card, although some will claim it's crap given it's an unlicensed Panini card. I love the Americas Pastime set so I am very happy with this one !

How different is the world now for Verlander cards. I remember his auto's easily go for $100+, his printing plate the same ball-park with me skipping his relic cards as well. In the last few months I started noticing, on the back of a difficult year for Verlander, that his cards dropped off sharply. Printing plates are now like $15-20 while I feel I am often the only bidder for relic cards. Therefore, I have been picking up some Verlander cards. He will probably never be the centerpoint of my collection but I am happy to chase some of his cards for now ! Here are a few I was able to pick up in recent months ! A 2013 Relic card and 2014 Triple Threads printing plate.

I really am a bit disappointed that I have to take a back seat when it comes to chasing Kershaw cards. Luckily I have my Glavine, Blyleven and Rizzo focus as well as my other stuff, including Verlander, continuing.

Any of you ever had this experience with one of your favourite players ?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Awesome package from William !

Some of you might remember that I pulled a A&G RIP card (or actually two last year) and from one of them came a Chris Davis high-numbered mini. Clearly this card was something for William at Foul Bunt. Due to the fact that I was swamped with a lot of (work) stuff I contacted William only recently but of course in the end a great trade was born ! Here's a few cards that William send me.

The trade was mainly around a pink mini. Yes, today pink is my favourite color !! Meet my favourite, still active, pitcher, Clayton Kershaw !! All in pink and numbered to only 25 !!

It's getting harder and harder to (super) collect Kershaw, more on that in a future post, so this is a great addition to my Kershaw Collection !!

William also send me a bunch of extras, awesome extras !! Here's are two cool Blyleven cards !

First one is a 1981 Topps card and the second one some kind of stamp ? Any hint on the origin of the second one is very welcome as the back is simply blank !!

William also included my favourite (ex) Yankees pitcher, Rivera ! This one from Topps Update if I am not mistaken. He also included a bunch of Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan cards, probably the two pitchers I would more seriously collect if I weren't so busy with my Glavine, Blyleven, Kershaw and Rizzo collections !

A few more Kershaw cards were included, these two are new additions so very happy with those. Both from Topps Update if I am not mistaken.

Although a bunch more cards were included in the pack let's finish with two more Blyleven cards, the Flying Dutchman !!

Many thanks William for an awesome package. Hope you like the return package and I am already looking forward to a future trade !!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Contest Pimping !!

It's Contest time. This time not on my blog (wait for that a couple of weeks !!) but over at Dodger Penguin so check out his Contest Post. Contest seems simple enough with future HOF-ers prices !!

Given that each post deserves a card, here's a recent addition to my Rizzo PC !! One of my Power Players !!

Thanks for visiting my blog today !

Thursday, January 8, 2015

More Gypsy Queen !

Quick post today with the latest 2011 Gypsy Queen addition, Beckham !! One of the more lower-end additions but still !! I am gradually making my way to completion as you can see on my dedicated GQ page. At the same time, still missing a few more high-end (read expensive) ones so not sure if I will be able to complete it but it's a fun ride !! If you have any for trade do let me know of course !!

I also noticed the "relic" cards below and decided to add it to my collection. I own a few now, not sure why but fun to complete !

 Thanks for the visit today !