Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Return of El Cheapo: AL East

Well, the El Cheapo Group Break cards arrived today in a big, fat envelope, and I spent part of this afternoon sorting them by team. As it turned out, there were a couple of orphans that also happened to be some of the bigger hits in this break. Both of these cards are from 2009 Upper Deck, part of a USA Baseball set. Both contain jersey pieces and are autographed (on-sticker). I did some research and came to two conclusions.
1. Brad Miller, as far as I can tell, does not belong to any MLB team. There are a couple of Brad Millers who have been in the minors recently, but they are not this Brad Miller. If anyone wants to look a little harder than I did, go for it. This Brad Miller was born on 10/18/89 in Orlando, FL. If you find conclusive proof about Miller's rights being owned by any specific organization, please let me know.
2. Chad Bettis has a little more information about him. Bettis was drafted in 2007 by the Astros, and then again in 2010 by the Rockies. To be consistent, I'm going to have to go with who claimed him at the time of printing. Since this is a 2009 card, I'm going to have to say he belongs to the Astros. Nobody claimed the Astros, so the card would go to me be default. I, however, would rather have a participant take home this hit.
3. Here's what's going to happen. After all of the teams' best cards are posted, I will be randoming both of these off to any participants who did not get either a relic or an autograph. Speak now on this, or forever hold your peace.

Okay, let's get started with the big reveal for the American League East.

Team: Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays
Buyer: BS
Best Card: 2008 Bowman Sterling #BS-CC Carl Crawford (Game-Worn White)
The Rays did rather nicely with a couple other serial numbered cards, some inserts and parallels, and a good-looking B.J. Upton refractor.

Team: New York Yankees
Buyer: IkesCards
Best Card: 2004 Upper Deck SP Authentic #14 Jason Giambi (009/499)
For a change of pace, the Yankees had a rather meager output this time around. This Giambi was one of a couple of numbered cards (both featuring him), but not much to speak of other than those.

Team: Boston Red Sox
Buyer: AdamE
Best Card: 2010 Topps Heritage Chrome #C36 John Lackey (0116/1961)
The Sox came away with the largest pile of cards (close to 20, I think), and this was one of a couple of numbered cards.

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Buyer: Tunguska
Best Card: 2005 Upper Deck MLB Artifacts Future Stars #249 Miguel Negron (496/799)
Unless Tunguska is a huge Paul Molitor-as-a-Blue Jay fan, this will qualify as the best Jays card.

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Buyer: beardy
Best Card: 2008 Upper Deck #USJR-9 L.J. Hoes
I'm not going to let any of you feel bad for Beardy. I've failed to come through again as of late with his Orioles, but I think he's getting the steal of the draft... er... break. From now on, Beardy need not worry. Whenever he is asked, or asks himself, "Where my Hoes at?" he now has a definitive answer. All he needs to do now is find the courage to tell his wife that he took part in some group action and is bringing home some Hoes.
Perhaps one of the three Frank Robinson History of the Game (2010 Topps) cards he's getting will help smooth things over.

Up next: AL Central


hiflew said...

Bettis never signed with the Astros (and I have two other Rockies autos of him) so if you do keep it (understandable) I would love to trade for it.

Thorzul said...

With that information, I suppose the team with the closest connection with Bettis has to be the Rockies. Unless anyone else objects, that card will go to you, hiflew.

Mad Guru said...

Brad Miller is currently playing for Clemson. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers out of high school.

Nathan said...

Definitely give the Bettis to hiflew, I was going to recommend that even before reading his post.