Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Word to the Wise

Be careful when looking for "Yount" items on eBay.

No, I don't think I want a relic of that one.

I'd also come up on the short end of a heated bidding war against (___________).

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thorzul: Published Author

If you enjoy reading Thorzul Will Rule, give it a try in book form.

I've recently gotten my debut novel published. I can't promise much about baseball cards on its pages, but I can guarantee a laugh on every page. Will this first edition become a collector's item someday? Don't regret the decision not to purchase After the Newbery when you had the chance.

Only one review has come in, and it's a good one. Let's see what Jon Matlack had to say:

"Oooooooooh!"

Critical praise, indeed.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

CC: Mag-neato!

Tonight, a few Sabathia items to share.

2008 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Micro Magnet

As a Sunday-only newspaper subscriber, this nice little piece of memorabilia slipped under my radar last season. If I remember correctly, these Brewer magnets could have been obtained by clipping a Journal Sentinel coupon and marching it off to a local participating establishment. I'm sure my preferred grocery chain took part, but I never took the initiative to head out to Pick n' Save (a name that took all sorts of multiple entendres amongst my circle of boyhood friends) with coup' in hand. This promotion is being duplicated as we speak with the Brew Crew in their throwback 1980s uniforms. The artist depicting the big lefty decided to give him some bunny teeth. Not sure how I feel about that.

The magnet itself it almost exactly the height of the average baseball card, but the packaging prevents me from sliding this into a 9-pocket sheet. Not really a card, but I still like owning it.

2008 Upper Deck SP Authentic Marquee Matchups (w/Mauer) #MM-43

Despite his trade to the Brewers, this was a Marquee Matchup that was allowed to continue in the 2009 season because of his acquisition by the New York Spendies. Although brief, this matchup has been won by CC. He has faced the Twins only once this year, but in that game he held Mauer to an 0-3 performance, striking him out once.

And how about the August this guy has had? He has gone 5-0 so far, with two wins against the hated Red Sox. I'd say that makes him a shoo-in for AL Pitcher of the Month. Plus, he looks to be pitching against the White Sox on Saturday with a chance to make it six wins in the month. You know what Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jeff Suppan calls six wins?

A season.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

CORRECTION!

UPDATE!
Turns out I fabricated the whole Kim/Jeopardy! thing. Well, part of it, at least. The winner turned out to be Michael, the Canadian champion in the 1997 edition of the Jeopardy! International Championship. I nailed the recollection of Boris from Israel, who came in third. Sandwiched between them was Per Gunnar, a shy, awkward Norwegian whose command of the English language (the language in which the show was conducted) was the worst of the three but who surprisingly made a very impressive showing. Here's the Final Jeopardy! from the decisive episode:


I still remember something about a guy named Kim playing Jeopardy! who looked like a lion.

A fucking lion.

Trade and Win Update #2

The next Trade and Win entry that made it to my mailbox came from madding from Cards on Cards. I'm encouraged that followers are taking part in this contest in the spirit that it was intended: Send me something you find useless, and perhaps you might get on the juicy side of one of history's most lopsided trades. The cards madding sent are all from 1992 Upper Deck Let's take a look.

72 Joe Vitello Top Prospect, 197 Alex Cole, 304 Mike Heath

422 Kim Batiste, Ken Griffey Jr., Ken Hill

Lots of interesting stuff popping up here. In the first set of images, I chose to show the back of Joe Vitello's card because it features one of my favorite things on cards from this era, the obscure minor league logo. The Memphis Chicks are no longer around, but their stadium is now occupied my the Redbirds, the Cardinals' AAA affiliate. At 6' 2", 170, Alex Cole is still one if the skinniest dudes to ever play ball. His somewhat comical appearance was always aided by his ever-present Rec-Specs. And Mike Heath looks like he just saved a Braves pitcher from a wild pitch, or he saved his nether regions from being some passed balls.

Ken Hills is uninteresting, Griffey is caught in a quad exposure, and Kim Batiste is making a fan's wildest dreams come true. Let's talk more about Kim Batiste. According to my research, Batiste, with five seasons under his belt at the time of retirement, is easily the most prolific first-name Kim ever to have played major league ball. He had to contend only with Kim Allen, who played in 42 games with Seattle in 1980 and 1981, Kim Andrew, who got 2 at bats with Boston in 1975, and Kim Seaman, a salty dog who pitched for the Cardinals in 1979 and 1980. Byung-Hyun Kim, sadly, does not count.

And what about naming a boy Kim? It's hard to think of many accomplished men with that name. The first one that pops into my mind is the guy named Kim who, I believe, won this international Jeopardy! tournament held at least a decade ago. The guy looked like a lion, his main competition was a Russian (or Israeli) named Boris, and they played with these really messed-up plunger systems instead of the regular hand-held buzzers. Whenever the contestants wanted to signal, it looked as if they were playing pinball and desperately trying to keep their ball in play in a last-ditch effort between the flippers. Big Dunc, can you help me verify this?

In any case, keep those contest entries coming! Oh, and madding, you can get one more point if you link to the contest from your blog. Let me know.
Update: Checked the link, point given!

STANDINGS
7 points -- Nathaniel Edwards
7 points -- madding
(Remember, you don't have to have the most points to win, but it certainly couldn't hurt.)

BOLD = Received
Italics = Offered
1992 Upper Deck Baseball (One Point Each)
33 51 61 62 73 74 75 77
195 197
204 213
304 315 343 383 384 386 387 388 391
422 424 447 449 459
602 628 687 688

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces (Five Points Each)
93 102 107 120

2008 Topps Chrome
Base (Two Points Each; #224, 227 Ten Points Each)
24 30 124 209 211 224 227
X-Fractor Parallel (Five Points Each)
1 3 5 6 7 8 10 11 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 27 29 30 32 34 36 38 40 41 42 43 44 46 47 48 52 53 54 57 58 60 66 68 70 72 73 74 80 81 83 85 86 90 94 97 101 106 107 109 110 111 112 116 120 121 122 124 127 129 130 131 133 135 137 138 139 141 144 145 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 155 156 157 159 161 162 164 165 167 168 170 172 175 176 181 182 184 186 191 192 193 195 196 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 213 214 215 216 217 218 219

2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes
Base (One Point)
144
Charcoal Parallel (Three Points Each)
5 25 26 35 39 69 91 102 105 112 121 123 127 131 133 168 172 177 180 198 200

2008 Topps Heritage Need List
Short Prints: (Seven Points Each)
430 436 437 444 445 446 448 453 489 492

2007 Topps '52 Rookies
Chrome /1952 (Four Points Each)
2 3 8 11 13 14 18 19 20 23 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 37 38 39 43 45 46 47 48 50 52 53 54 55 56 57 60 61 63 64 66 67 68 69 70 71 7273 74 75 76 77 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 90 92 93 94 95
Debut Flashbacks Chrome
DC12

2007 Topps Mickey Mantle Story (Three Points Each)
38 45

2007 Allen & Ginter (Five Points Each)
Relic Cards: Robinson Cano
National Pride Cabinet Cards
1 Japan
2 Japan
3 Venezuela
4 South Korea
5 Canada
6 Dominican Republic
8 Puerto Rico
9 USA
10 USA

1994 Fleer Football (Three Points Each)
All-Pro: 1 24
NFL Prospects: 18
Living Legends: 4
Scoring Machine: 1 3 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

2001-02 Topps Basketball (Five Points Each, Twenty Points For Tony Parker)
235 (Steven Hunter) 237 (Michael Bradley) 239 (Zach Randolph) 241 Joseph Forte) 242 (Jeryl Sasser) 243 (Brandon Armstrong) 244 (Gerlad Wallace) 247 (Tony Parker) 248 (Trenton Hassell) 253 (Ousmans Cisse) 255 (Kenny Satterfield) 256 (Alvin Jones)
Kareem/Alcindor Reprints (Six Points Each)
1 2 3 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Team Topps (Four Points Each)
2 Duncan
3 Jamison
4 Terry
5 Davis
7 Stojakovic
9 Marion
Mad Game (Five Points Each)
1 Iverson
2 O'Neal
3 Duncan
4 Carter
6 Bryant
7 McGrady
8 Francis
Lottery Legends (Four Points Each)
2 Francis
3 Miles
4 Marbury
6 Walker
7 Williams
11 Houston
12 Croshere

1982 Topps Baseball (Three Points Each)
1 5 10 17 22 23 31 34 38 43 46 52 53 55 56 60 66 72 75 76 81 83 84 85 89 90 96 105 110 111 118 119 126 127 129 138 140 141 147 148 162 164 166 171 173 179 180 185 199 200 201 202 203 205 210 212 222 226 240 247 248 250 251 252 255 276 284 291 295 297 300 301 304 306 310 312 316 320 335 336 360 367 372 375 382 390 391 393 394 396 400 415 422 423 426 431 434 438 440 454 455 466 471 475 477 486 501 503 507 511 523 525 528 532 542 572 576 579 580 582 595 600 609 615 618 620 621 623 626 632 634 636 639 645 646 651 654 660 666 674 680 681 683 685 699 709 715 730 744 748 754 759 760 761 779 780

1978 Topps Baseball (Five Points Each, Ten For George Brett)
100 205 363 503 567 599 608 618 659 667 678 704

Monday, August 24, 2009

CC: The Proof is In the Pudding

2008 Topps Satdium Club Photographer's Proof #10 (66/99)

Unfortunately, CC ate all of the pudding, and all that's left on the desert plate at the church fish fry is something a little old lady donated called "Raisin Surprise." I'm not sure how I forgot about these proof cards until recently, since I pulled one in one of the two packs of Stadium Club I bought last year.

On a related note, what is your favorite flavor of pudding? Vote in the sidebar.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Trade and Win Update #1

You aren't seriously going to let this guy run away with the grand prize, are you?

Well...?

If you're not sure to what I'm referring, let it be known that the first contestant has made his entry into this summer's Trade and Win contest. Today I received in the mail a lot of six 1992 Upper Deck cards from my want list from Nathaniel Edwards from Nate's Card Blog. Here's what he sent:
602 Adam Peterson, 447 Tom Candiotti, 391 Mookie Wilson

387 Casey Candaele, 386 Alvin DAvis, 62 Steve Hosey Top Prospect

Each of these cards are worth one point (entry) in the contest. Nate's also getting a bonus point for linking to my contest from his blog. Come on, people, have you ever had a chance to get a really nice autographed jersey card of a Hall-of-Famer in return for a handful of forgotten junk? And remember, if your junk is a little bit nicer, you have a better chance to win. Here is the Leader Board, along with the updated trade list.

STANDINGS
7 points -- Nathaniel Edwards
(Remember, you don't have to have the most points to win, but it certainly couldn't hurt.)

BOLD = Received
Italics = Offered
1992 Upper Deck Baseball (One Point Each)
33 51 61 62 73 74 75 77
195 197
204 213
304 315 343 383 384 386 387 388 391
422 424 447 449 459
602 628 687 688

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces (Five Points Each)
93 102 107 120

2008 Topps Chrome
Base (Two Points Each; #224, 227 Ten Points Each)
24 30 124 209 211 224 227
X-Fractor Parallel (Five Points Each)
1 3 5 6 7 8 10 11 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 27 29 30 32 34 36 38 40 41 42 43 44 46 47 48 52 53 54 57 58 60 66 68 70 72 73 74 80 81 83 85 86 90 94 97 101 106 107 109 110 111 112 116 120 121 122 124 127 129 130 131 133 135 137 138 139 141 144 145 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 155 156 157 159 161 162 164 165 167 168 170 172 175 176 181 182 184 186 191 192 193 195 196 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 213 214 215 216 217 218 219

2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes
Base (One Point)
144
Charcoal Parallel (Three Points Each)
5 25 26 35 39 69 91 102 105 112 121 123 127 131 133 168 172 177 180 198 200

2008 Topps Heritage Need List
Short Prints: (Seven Points Each)
430 436 437 444 445 446 448 453 489 492

2007 Topps '52 Rookies
Chrome /1952 (Four Points Each)
2 3 8 11 13 14 18 19 20 23 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 37 38 39 43 45 46 47 48 50 52 53 54 55 56 57 60 61 63 64 66 67 68 69 70 71 7273 74 75 76 77 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 90 92 93 94 95
Debut Flashbacks Chrome
DC12

2007 Topps Mickey Mantle Story (Three Points Each)
38 45

2007 Allen & Ginter (Five Points Each)
Relic Cards: Robinson Cano
National Pride Cabinet Cards
1 Japan
2 Japan
3 Venezuela
4 South Korea
5 Canada
6 Dominican Republic
8 Puerto Rico
9 USA
10 USA

1994 Fleer Football (Three Points Each)
All-Pro: 1 24
NFL Prospects: 18
Living Legends: 4
Scoring Machine: 1 3 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

2001-02 Topps Basketball (Five Points Each, Twenty Points For Tony Parker)
235 (Steven Hunter) 237 (Michael Bradley) 239 (Zach Randolph) 241 Joseph Forte) 242 (Jeryl Sasser) 243 (Brandon Armstrong) 244 (Gerlad Wallace) 247 (Tony Parker) 248 (Trenton Hassell) 253 (Ousmans Cisse) 255 (Kenny Satterfield) 256 (Alvin Jones)
Kareem/Alcindor Reprints (Six Points Each)
1 2 3 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Team Topps (Four Points Each)
2 Duncan
3 Jamison
4 Terry
5 Davis
7 Stojakovic
9 Marion
Mad Game (Five Points Each)
1 Iverson
2 O'Neal
3 Duncan
4 Carter
6 Bryant
7 McGrady
8 Francis
Lottery Legends (Four Points Each)
2 Francis
3 Miles
4 Marbury
6 Walker
7 Williams
11 Houston
12 Croshere

1982 Topps Baseball (Three Points Each)
1 5 10 17 22 23 31 34 38 43 46 52 53 55 56 60 66 72 75 76 81 83 84 85 89 90 96 105 110 111 118 119 126 127 129 138 140 141 147 148 162 164 166 171 173 179 180 185 199 200 201 202 203 205 210 212 222 226 240 247 248 250 251 252 255 276 284 291 295 297 300 301 304 306 310 312 316 320 335 336 360 367 372 375 382 390 391 393 394 396 400 415 422 423 426 431 434 438 440 454 455 466 471 475 477 486 501 503 507 511 523 525 528 532 542 572 576 579 580 582 595 600 609 615 618 620 621 623 626 632 634 636 639 645 646 651 654 660 666 674 680 681 683 685 699 709 715 730 744 748 754 759 760 761 779 780

1978 Topps Baseball (Five Points Each, Ten For George Brett)
100 205 363 503 567 599 608 618 659 667 678 704

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

CC: Sketchy

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Highlights #AGHS20

This card commemorates Sabathia's three consecutive starts on three days' rest that helped push Milwaukee into the playoffs last year. A personal memory of mine from the last of those three starts involves the foibles of technology. Shortly before Bob Howry threw the pitch to Ryan Braun in the bottom of the 8th inning, I heard screams of joy erupting throughout my normally quiet neighborhood. Yes, the privilege of enjoying a baseball game in high definition comes with the caveat of being a little bit more behind the actual action. My neighbors must have been listening to the game on AM 620 WTMJ or watching the game in regular definition. Never mind that, the result was still great and the experience unspoiled.

Only one Allen & Ginter card to collect, thank goodness!

THE LIST
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Gold Foil
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Gold (0313/2008)
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Black (56/57)
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Magenta Printing Plate (1/1)
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #39
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #39 Gold
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #162
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #162 Gold Stamp
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #242
2008 UD Documentary #3048 MIL103
2008 UD Documentary #3138 MIL106
2008 UD Documentary #3228 MIL109
2008 UD Documentary #3318 MIL112
2008 UD Documentary #3948 MIL133
2008 UD Documentary #4038 MIL136
2008 UD Documentary #4128 MIL139
2008 UD Documentary #4218 MIL142
2008 UD Documentary #4308 MIL145
2008 UD Documentary #4398 MIL148
2008 UD Documentary #4488 MIL151
2008 UD Documentary #4578 MIL154
2008 UD Documentary #4668 MIL157
2008 UD Documentary #4758 MIL160
2008 UD Documentary #4848
2008 UD Documentary #4398 MIL148 Gold
2008 Topps Stadium Club #10
2008 Topps Stadium Club First Day Issue SP #10 (463/599)
2008 eTopps #54 (344/499)
2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot #18
2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #27 (081/350)
2009 Topps #170
2009 Topps #170 Gold Parallel (0949/2009)
2009 Topps #170 Black Parallel (28/58)
2009 Topps #170 Target Black
2009 Topps #170 Target Old School
2009 Topps Silk Collection (35/50)
2009 Topps Magenta Printing Plate #170 (1/1)
2009 Toppstown #TTT14
2009 Toppstown #TTT14 Gold Parallel
2009 Topps Vault First Edition Blank Back (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck #212
2009 Upper Deck Team Checklist #476
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS Game Jersey Triple Swatch MIL (45/99)
2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #OPC-6
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Dual Swatch "52" (136/149)
2009 Upper Deck #R6 Rivals (w/some guy on some other team)
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Gray Swatch "J"
2009 Upper Deck #GG-CS Stars of the Game
2009 Upper Deck Documentary #4903 MIL-NLDS2
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Turquoise Parallel #54 (10/25)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Black Parallel #54 (16/50)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Red Parallel #54 (016/250)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Green Parallel #54 (82/99)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Blue Parallel #54
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Jersey #54 (36/99)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches #SS-CS (White Jersey)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum #54 Magenta Printing Plate (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches #SS-CS (Red, Blue, White, Silver Patch) (24/25)
2009 Upper Deck SPx #WM2-PS (w/Peavy, Game-Used White Jersey)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History #51
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Red Parallel #51
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Blue Parallel #51 (161/299)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Green Parallel #51 (041/150)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Gold (47/75)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Red (49/99)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Blue (923/999)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Green (064/149)
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Blue Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Red Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Green Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini #112
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini Black Parallel #112 (10/21)
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini Blue Parallel #112
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Highlights #AGHS20

Monday, August 17, 2009

Who Wore It Better? -- Mike Cameron


My wife subscribes to the magazine Us Weekly, a celebrity trash rag that keeps both of us up-to-date on parents of eight children who share but two dates of birth. This publication provides me with between 90 and 120 seconds of entertainment per week (the maximum amount I can stomach), and I've found that one of its more enlightening features is a spot called "Who Wore It Best?" Despite the fact that the title uses a superlative adverb when a comparative one will suffice (based on the observation that this feature displays photographs of two women, usually, who have recently worn the same outfit somewhere in or around Hollywood, and then have the readership vote on who looks better in said outfit), I have decided to partially borrow the title for a mini-feature that will appear on this blog periodically.

With about six weeks left in the regular season, I finally summoned the brain cells to bring a camera to a Brewer game, last Friday's against the Astros. Like past seasons, the Brewers scoreboard crew has partnered with Topps to provide a player photo in a 2009 Topps card mock-up during each player's first at-bat. There's no fancy animated graphics like there were last year, but the pics are still worthy of showing, mostly because different photographs are used than the standard 2009 Topps release. It's your job now to let the world know which looks better in the comments.

In today's case, "best" is actually the appropriate word choice, since Topps made a pretty obvious goof-up that I hadn't noticed until now. Mike Cameron actually got two different 2009 Topps cards, one in each series. While I vaguely remember a recent precedent for this, I can't recall who it has been. Happily, Topps used two different photos for the cards, so we get to choose from the three below:
2009 Topps Version A #162

2009 Topps Version B #346

2009 Topps Scoreboard

So... Who Wore It Better?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

CC: Man, That's a Lot of Magenta

2009 Topps Magenta Printing Plate #170 (1/1)

I have recently acquired another printing plate depicting CC Sabathia as a Brewer, and yet again, it's the magenta one. Not that I'm complaining, but I'd like one of the other three colors for one of these plates. As for CC, word on the street has it that the printing plate is only his eleventh favorite of all plates. Here are his top ten plates.

10. Plate tectonics. The big fella's a geology junkie. Can go on about feldspar and schist ad nauseam.
9. Plate spinning. Wanted to join Ringling Brothers Circus as a child.
8. River Plate. Closet Argentine soccer nut.
7. License plates. Still trying to track down an elusive low-numbered Northwest Territories bear-shaped plate.
6. Dental plate. Surprisingly, all teeth fake except upper incisors.
5. Gold-plated stereo cable connections. Audiophile.
4. Dinosaur plates. Mitch Stetter once sat upon an Ankylosaurus model CC had left lying around the clubhouse.
3. Lithographic plates. Enjoys leather-bound volumes containing Birds of North America lithographs.
2. Plate armor. Renaissance Faire enthusiast.
1. The dinner plate. Was there ever any doubt?

THE LIST
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Gold Foil
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Gold (0313/2008)
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Black (56/57)
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Magenta Printing Plate (1/1)
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #39
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #39 Gold
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #162
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #162 Gold Stamp
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #242
2008 UD Documentary #3048 MIL103
2008 UD Documentary #3138 MIL106
2008 UD Documentary #3228 MIL109
2008 UD Documentary #3318 MIL112
2008 UD Documentary #3948 MIL133
2008 UD Documentary #4038 MIL136
2008 UD Documentary #4128 MIL139
2008 UD Documentary #4218 MIL142
2008 UD Documentary #4308 MIL145
2008 UD Documentary #4398 MIL148
2008 UD Documentary #4488 MIL151
2008 UD Documentary #4578 MIL154
2008 UD Documentary #4668 MIL157
2008 UD Documentary #4758 MIL160
2008 UD Documentary #4848
2008 UD Documentary #4398 MIL148 Gold
2008 Topps Stadium Club #10
2008 Topps Stadium Club First Day Issue SP #10 (463/599)
2008 eTopps #54 (344/499)
2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot #18
2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #27 (081/350)
2009 Topps #170
2009 Topps #170 Gold Parallel (0949/2009)
2009 Topps #170 Black Parallel (28/58)
2009 Topps #170 Target Black
2009 Topps #170 Target Old School
2009 Topps Silk Collection (35/50)
2009 Topps Magenta Printing Plate #170 (1/1)
2009 Toppstown #TTT14
2009 Toppstown #TTT14 Gold Parallel
2009 Topps Vault First Edition Blank Back (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck #212
2009 Upper Deck Team Checklist #476
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS Game Jersey Triple Swatch MIL (45/99)
2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #OPC-6
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Dual Swatch "52" (136/149)
2009 Upper Deck #R6 Rivals (w/some guy on some other team)
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Gray Swatch "J"
2009 Upper Deck #GG-CS Stars of the Game
2009 Upper Deck Documentary #4903 MIL-NLDS2
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Turquoise Parallel #54 (10/25)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Black Parallel #54 (16/50)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Red Parallel #54 (016/250)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Green Parallel #54 (82/99)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Blue Parallel #54
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Jersey #54 (36/99)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches #SS-CS (White Jersey)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum #54 Magenta Printing Plate (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches #SS-CS (Red, Blue, White, Silver Patch) (24/25)
2009 Upper Deck SPx #WM2-PS (w/Peavy, Game-Used White Jersey)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History #51
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Red Parallel #51
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Blue Parallel #51 (161/299)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Green Parallel #51 (041/150)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Gold (47/75)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Red (49/99)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Blue (923/999)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Green (064/149)
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Blue Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Red Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Green Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini #112
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini Black Parallel #112 (10/21)
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini Blue Parallel #112

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Trade and Win: Summer 2009

Last summer many of us were in the midst of the phenomenon that took the Internet by storm, Trade Me Your Brewers. Due to a confluence of circumstances, this promotion will not be repeated in 2009. Another event, however, is taking its place. I'd like to take this opportunity to announce Thorzul Will Rule's inaugural edition of Trade and Win!
What can you win, exactly? Look down.

That's right, someone will walk away with an autographed Robin Yount jersey card from Upper Deck's 2005 Baseball Heroes set, numbered to 15!

Let me give you a little background here. Earlier this summer, I purchased a very similar Robin Yount card, forgetting I already had this one. For you math tracksters out there, this means that I now own 2/15 of the existing copies of this card. Since I really don't need both of them, I've decided to trade it away, and the person who gets it just might achieve the steal of a lifetime.

Here's how it will work: Below I am posting my Want Lists. I've come to a point where I've decided that I am not going to buy any more wax until I've completed at least half of the sets that I currently would like to finish. The problem is, I'm tired of finding them in dribs and drabs and getting bent over on shipping. This is where you come in. To enter the contest, all you have to do is send me one or more of the cards on my Want List. Each set and subset on these lists has been assigned a point value. Each point you earn is good for one slot on a random.org randomizer list. The more cards you send, the more points you earn and the greater chance you have of snagging that Yount card. No entry is too small. This means that someone could trade me a 1992 Upper Deck base card and get traded the Yount AUTO/jersey in return. Not too shabby!

And that's not all! If the total number of cards sent to me from my Want Lists exceeds 50, I will throw in another awesome card (i.e. an AUTO, jersey, numbered, or something vintage) and there will be two winners. Additional cards will be added at every 25-card increment after the original 50.

In addition, anyone sending me at least a single card will be eligible for two bonus points for linking to this contest on their blog. (Let me know when you do this, so I can give you credit.) Bonus points are not available just for linking, you have to send something. I will also plan on posting all of the cards that come in and linking to the blogs of their senders.

Please make sure you leave a comment about what you plan on sending me before sending me anything. Also make sure to email me at bill13boehm@yahoo.com to offer any cards and to request my mailing address. I will do my best to keep the lists current. Please make sure your cards get to me within a week of offering them, so there is a fair chance for someone else to offer that card. I plan on highlighting any card numbers in italics once they are offered and in BOLD once they are received. I have no fixed date on when the drawing will take place, but I will do my best to gauge when trades have slowed and will go from there.

Here's the list:
BOLD = Received
Italics = Offered
1992 Upper Deck Baseball (One Point Each)
33 51 61 62 73 74 75 77
195 197
204 213
304 315 343 383 384 386 387 388 391
422 424 447 449 459
602 628 687 688

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces (Five Points Each)
93 102 107 120

2008 Topps Chrome
Base (Two Points Each; #224, 227 Ten Points Each)
24 30 124 209 211 224 227
X-Fractor Parallel (Five Points Each)
1 3 5 6 7 8 10 11 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 27 29 30 32 34 36 38 40 41 42 43 44 46 47 48 52 53 54 57 58 60 66 68 70 72 73 74 80 81 83 85 86 90 94 97 101 106 107 109 110 111 112 116 120 121 122 124 127 129 130 131 133 135 137 138 139 141 144 145 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 155 156 157 159 161 162 164 165 167 168 170 172 175 176 181 182 184 186 191 192 193 195 196 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 213 214 215 216 217 218 219

2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes
Base (One Point)
144
Charcoal Parallel (Three Points Each)
5 25 26 35 39 69 91 102 105 112 121 123 127 131 133 168 172 177 180 198 200

2008 Topps Heritage Need List
Short Prints: (Seven Points Each)
430 436 437 444 445 446 448 453 489 492

2007 Topps '52 Rookies
Chrome /1952 (Four Points Each)
2 3 8 11 13 14 18 19 20 23 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 37 38 39 43 45 46 47 48 50 52 53 54 55 56 57 60 61 63 64 66 67 68 69 70 71 7273 74 75 76 77 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 90 92 93 94 95
Debut Flashbacks Chrome
DC12

2007 Topps Mickey Mantle Story (Three Points Each)
38 45

2007 Allen & Ginter (Five Points Each)
Relic Cards: Robinson Cano
National Pride Cabinet Cards
1 Japan
2 Japan
3 Venezuela
4 South Korea
5 Canada
6 Dominican Republic
8 Puerto Rico
9 USA
10 USA

1994 Fleer Football (Three Points Each)
All-Pro: 1 24
NFL Prospects: 18
Living Legends: 4
Scoring Machine: 1 3 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

2001-02 Topps Basketball (Five Points Each, Twenty Points For Tony Parker)
235 (Steven Hunter) 237 (Michael Bradley) 239 (Zach Randolph) 241 Joseph Forte) 242 (Jeryl Sasser) 243 (Brandon Armstrong) 244 (Gerlad Wallace) 247 (Tony Parker) 248 (Trenton Hassell) 253 (Ousmans Cisse) 255 (Kenny Satterfield) 256 (Alvin Jones)
Kareem/Alcindor Reprints (Six Points Each)
1 2 3 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Team Topps (Four Points Each)
2 Duncan
3 Jamison
4 Terry
5 Davis
7 Stojakovic
9 Marion
Mad Game (Five Points Each)
1 Iverson
2 O'Neal
3 Duncan
4 Carter
6 Bryant
7 McGrady
8 Francis
Lottery Legends (Four Points Each)
2 Francis
3 Miles
4 Marbury
6 Walker
7 Williams
11 Houston
12 Croshere

1982 Topps Baseball (Three Points Each)
1 5 10 17 22 23 31 34 38 43 46 52 53 55 56 60 66 72 75 76 81 83 84 85 89 90 96 105 110 111 118 119 126 127 129 138 140 141 147 148 162 164 166 171 173 179 180 185 199 200 201 202 203 205 210 212 222 226 240 247 248 250 251 252 255 276 284 291 295 297 300 301 304 306 310 312 316 320 335 336 360 367 372 375 382 390 391 393 394 396 400 415 422 423 426 431 434 438 440 454 455 466 471 475 477 486 501 503 507 511 523 525 528 532 542 572 576 579 580 582 595 600 609 615 618 620 621 623 626 632 634 636 639 645 646 651 654 660 666 674 680 681 683 685 699 709 715 730 744 748 754 759 760 761 779 780

1978 Topps Baseball (Five Points Each, Ten For George Brett)
100 205 363 503 567 599 608 618 659 667 678 704

Monday, August 10, 2009

Now THAT'S What I Call A Return Address Label!

I bought a card form a guy (forget which one, to be honest), and this was the image he has chosen for his return address labels:

You won't find that in your Sunday-fucking-circular, thank you very much!

If you use or have received a good one, send me an image, and perhaps I'll use it in a future post.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

What Baseball Cards Do When the Lights Go Out and Your Head Hits the Pillow

Mr. Yount, we're slowly creeping up on the seventeenth anniversary of your historic 3,000th base hit that cemented your place among baseball's all-time elite. Could you share with the viewers some of your memories surrounding that period of time?

Well, we were in the thick of the AL East division race at the time, and I was just trying to get us into the post-season. It certainly was an honor to... to... (Pause) Erin, I hate to break it to you, but the thing that sticks out the most in my mind was the teal.

I'm not sure I'm following you... The teal? Would you care to elaborate?

The Hornets, the San Jose Sharks, even the impending debut of the Marlins down in Miami... teal was everywhere. I myself owned at least three or four different Starter jackets, in an array of styles and pocket placements. Teal...
Teal...
Teal...

Mr. Yount? Mr. Yount? Are you alright?

Sorry, I blacked out there for a moment. I'm going to have to cut this short, young lady. I've got a teal party to organize.

Later that night...

Ryan, the kids on the current squad seem to look up to you as a natural leader. I think some positive word-of-mouth could really turn this dream into a reality. My place, tomorrow, eight o'clock. Get the word out.

You got it.

The next day...

I can't believe this is really happening, Mr. Yount. I'm so excited! Nice place you have here. Where should I put this bottle of Sprite I brought?
(In the distance, twangy singing is heard. "♫I'm the son of a third generation farmer...♪")
Corey!

I'm down with the teal, but the DJ sealed the deal. Here's my stack of CDs... Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Craig Morgan. ♪ I’ve been married 10 years to the farmer’s daughter
I’m a God fearin’ hard workin’ combine driver...♫


Hey guys, the party can start, the Prince has arrived!

Oh, uh, hi Prince. It looks like you, uh, brought somebody with you. How... um... nice.

Sorry, man, but this dude just invited hisself along when I mentioned it on my cell phone at the grocery store.

I think... yeah, I know that guy, man. Did he tell you what I did to him on April 15, 1987?

Naw, man.

Humph.

Yo, Ed man, you got to go. I'll drop you off at the bus stop.

♫Hoggin’ up the road on my p-p-p-p-plower
Chug a lug a luggin’ 5 miles an hour
On my International Harvester ♫


Is it cool that I'm here? I mean, I guess I'm not officially--

Mi casa es su casa, dude.

Alright, ditched that dude. Oh, and he said, "Kiss my ass. 1983." Ummmm... and, "Bitch."

(A knock is heard at the door.)

Never fear, Bill Hall is here. I brought Twister, and Jenga, and--

SUCKER!

Damn, Ryan Braun, you told me this was a black-tie event!

Sorry, Billy. Teal is for guys hitting over .200.

Fin.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CC: Making a List and Checking It Twice

... although I doubt he could fit down the chimney.

2009 Upper Deck Team Checklist #476

Seriously, though, I can't believe it took me this long to acquire this measly base card. However, this territory does come with a head-hurting paradox:
When looking for a certain card within a set, doesn't it make sense to start your search at the team checklist? Yet, the team player I sought WAS the team checklist. Had I known CC represented the Brewers on the checklist, I would have already possessed said checklist card, eliminating any need to have the checklist card in the first place. It's your basic chicken/egg scenario. Just ask Yossarian.

"You fell victim to one of the classic blunders.  The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia; and only slightly less well known is this:  Never go in against a Sicilian, when death is on the line!"