Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Yankee, but not a Yankee

I'm still plugging away at my 2011 Gypsy Queen set. Although I completed the base set a while ago, as well as the numerous insert sets like the Great Ones, Home Run Heroes, etc. there are still a couple of insert sets I'm still chasing such as the Autographs, Relic Autographs and a Molina relic. This past week I was able to track down one more autograph I needed from the Autograph set, Mike Stanton. Not sure why he's called Mike in the set when his name is Giancarlo. Probably the same reason why Roberto Clemente was called Bob in the 50s and 60s Topps sets. With Giancarlo now part of the collection I'm down to just needing 5 more autographs to finish up this insert set.

Monday, March 9, 2020


According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of the term changeup is "a slow pitch in baseball thrown with the same motion as a fastball in order to deceive the batter". Wikipedia also mentions other names for the term changeup including: change, off-speed pitch, or change-of-pace. Over the weekend I was taking a look at the rookie cards I had acquired of Nick Senzel for my Senzational Rookies project and decided to change things up. While I could try to track down the numerous parallels of certain cards I had listed on the blog, specifically Bowman, Bowman's Best, Topps Update, Heritage and Chrome, I would be spending a large chunk of change on acquiring those cards just for different color borders and lower print runs. I've already attempted the rainbow thing with Joey Votto and his 2013 Topps Cards and I've been tracking down parallels for my 2008 Joey Votto rookie project. It just didn't make sense to me to throw a lot of money chasing parallels for this project too. Besides, it's been a while since I've devoted any funds to some of my vintage team sets and I would like to add more T206 and Goudey cards to my Reds binders before the end of the year. With that in mind, I've drastically pared down the number of Senzel rookie cards I'm chasing from 90 to 40. What boggles my mind is that out of those 50 cards I cut, all but 3 were parallels. I should definitely have this project wrapped up by the end of the year.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Buy Low, Sell.....Never!

Last week the market really took a beating with everyone in a panic over the coronavirus. I get it, the whole situation isn't something that should be taken lightly. While I'm not a market guy, watching the Dow drop more than 3,500 points can be a bit unsettling. Now that being said, every investor will tell you that when stocks are down, that's the perfect time to buy. I guess the same can be true for baseball cards. When prospects make it to the show their card values skyrocket and affordability diminishes quite quickly. However, if that prospect gets injured and requires surgery then his card values start to fall back down to earth. That's exactly the case with Cincinnati's number 2 pick Nick Senzel. Though his numbers weren't astronomical last year, they were decent. Unfortunately, he was bit by the injury bug towards the end of last season and had to have shoulder surgery. As a result, his cardboard prices have become easy for me to stomach and I've started acquiring his rookie cards from last season. So far I've been able to grab 20 different and I've decided to chase down 90 different rookie cards of the Reds center fielder. The parameters are the same as my Votto Rookie project with one exception, I'm not going to go after any non-licensed cards in this project. That means ABSOLUTELY NO PANINI CARDS will be joining this binder. What's fascinating is that I've identified 90 different Bowman and Topps cards to chase with room to spare, I could have added the Topps Gold parallels as well as Topps Fire, but there just isn't room on the wantlist. Anyway, I should enjoy working on this project as much as I have with chasing down Joey Votto rookie cards. You can keep track of my progress by clicking the link on the right hand column of the page titled Senzational Rookies

Friday, February 28, 2020

Striking Gold

The past few months I've been able to purchase a couple of additions for my 2008 Votto rookie collection. For those that aren't aware, I'm in the process of tracking down 90 different Votto rookie cards to fill one of those Ultra Pro 10 page 9 pocket albums. Today I crossed the 75 card mark in this project and it was a nice addition to the cards I already have. This Upper Deck Premier Signature Gold Parallel numbered to 50  means I only have 15 more cards to track down to put this project to bed. Unfortunately, of those 15 all but 1 are numbered to 300 or less which means it's going to be quite some time before I stick a fork in this. That's alright, though, because I've enjoyed this project immensely. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

It's been 2 years!

That's right, it's been 2 years since I've been able to add a card to my 2013 Topps Joey Votto Rainbow project. Talk about a dry spell. This card appeared on eBay last week with an option of Buy it Now or Best Offer. Needless to say, I decided to pay full price for this card since this was only the second time since 2013 that I had seen a copy. The card arrived yesterday in the mail and I've already added the card to the binder. This marks my 36th card for this project. My goal is to track down four more cards for this project: 2013 Topps Factory Orange numbered to 230, 2013 Topps Silver Slate Framed numbered to 10, 2013 Topps Opening Day Toys R Us Purple, and a 2013 Topps Chrome Pink Refractor numbered to 5. At the rate I'm going now, I should have this wrapped up in 2030.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

2020 Topps Reds Base Set is On the Way

I ordered my Series 1 Topps 2020 Cincinnati Reds Team Set today on eBay. Today's also the first day that I saw the design for this year's flagship brand from Topps. I'm not too thrilled with the look of this year's design. For whatever reason, I just get the feeling that Topps is slowly blending the look of it's flagship brand with Bowman. I can't stand it. You could once tell what cards belonged to what, not so much. In addition to that, Topps also decided to include short prints once again in this year's release. Some are ok, but this is the second consecutive year that they've included a super short print (that being the Aquino closeup). It's bad enough that the Aquino short prints are selling in the $40 price range on eBay and I've yet to see a super short print appear on the site. I'm sure those will be going well north of $100. Maybe in a few weeks the prices will drop as everyone's rushing to buy their cards now, but I doubt those Aquinos will fall simply because of what he did at the end of last season and the fact that his card has that little RC logo on it.

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Only Football Set I'll Own

Over the weekend I decided to purchase a complete 500 card set of 1991 Topps Stadium Club Football. I remember my mom getting a wax box (if you want to call it that even though the packs were plastic) of this for me Christmas 1991. It was fantastic tearing into it, looking at the full bleed photos and flipping each card over to look at the player's rookie card photo on the back. I loved everything about the Stadium Club brand in their inaugural debut. I've now acquired the baseball, football and hockey sets from that year. I'm on the fence as to whether or not I should track down the Charter Member and Member Only sets as well as the Stadium Club dome set. They're not "must haves" for me but I think it would be neat to have the full run from 1991 since I did want those cards 29 years ago. What about you guys? Are there still cards your on the fence about collecting that you wanted when you were younger?