Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Retail

Today we are opening a retail pack of Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks.

This is sort of like a non-licensed version of Bowman Chrome.

Lets see how we do:

 Starting things off is Ian Clarkin, a current Yankees prospect. No historical data on this card.
 Brandon Dixon was a third round draft pick for the Dodgers. He's chugging along in the mid minors.
 Francisco Sosa spent 6 years in the minor leagues before exploring minor league options.

And finally, Mookie Betts, who is making himself into a solid big leaguer in Boston.

Monday, June 22, 2015

2004 Upper Deck Legends Timeless Teams: Auto Collection

I ripped a pack from one of my favorite sets, 2004 Upper Deck Legends Timeless Teams over at A Pack To Be Named Later. One of my favorite things about this set is how friendly the design is for autographs.

Here is my collection of autographs from this set... both pack-pulled certified autos, and autos I have gotten through the mail.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

2015 Bowman Baseball

Today I'm going to do a quick review of 2015 Bowman Baseball. I broke a retail rack pack.

Bowman's brand lays their claim as "Home of the Rookie Card" although I think "Home of a bunch of guys you will never see in an MLB game" might be more accurate. Famous for the big prospect rushes... Harper, Strasburg, etc. etc.

Here are the highlights from my pack:

 The "First Bowman Card" is a big part of these sets. Carlos Asuaje is in Portland playing for the Sea Dogs.
 Somehow this is Scott Schebler's first Bowman Card despite being in the Dodgers org. since 2010.
Jose Valdez makes his first Bowman appearance at age 32 after being in pro baseball since 2000, originally in the Yankees organization.
 Josh Bell is working his way through the Pirates organization.
 This serial numbered parallel of Greg Bird (/250) highlights the #4 Yankee prospect.

 Here are a couple of our base veteran cards.

Despite being the "Home of the Rookie Card" this was my only Rookie Card in the pack of 22 cards. So far a career .220 big league hitter.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Majestic MLB Alumni Association Jerseys - Charlie Hough

Ever try to use the custom jersey maker on MLBShop or Majestic to put a classic player on a jersey, and get your design rejected?

It used to be that you would have a few old-school players you could buy on jerseys on each team. If you wanted anyone else, you would have to buy from a third party who bought lettering kits and put them on blank-backed jerseys.

Well now, you can buy jerseys from Majestic with ANYONE* in the MLB Players Alumni Association.

The asterisk is because the list does not appear to include HOFers, and of course you have to buy a jersey for the team the player played on. You cannot put Fred Lynn on a Yankees jersey.

I wanted Charlie Hough, and I wanted him on a White Sox jersey, as that was the team he notched his 200th win with on August 5, 1992.

Awesome! The MLB Replica Jerseys from Majestic have come a long way in the past 10 years or so... the numbers and letters used to be pretty generic unless you bought Authentic (for $220 or so).
These jerseys run about $110 and I think it is well worth it.

You can pick these up direct from Majestic here. If you don't feel like shelling out $110 you can also get player tees. Hopefully someday they will add more throwback styles to this line.

Go get the Rudy Seanez Braves Jersey you've always dreamed of!

Disclaimer- I DO NOT work for Majestic or have any dog in this fight. I just like old school baseball :D.

2015 Leaf Heroes on A Pack to Be Named Later

I did a review of 2015 Leaf Heroes over at A Pack To Be Named Later. Check it out!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

2015 Topps Archives Baseball Box Break

Topps Archives has been one of my favorite sets in the past few years.

Stars of today and yesterday printed on classic designs. Each box is ripe with nostalgic and modern players. Rookie cards are plentiful. And each year there are usually a few cool insert sets.

The main draw for me, with Archives, is the on-card autographs. Unlike most modern card products that feature high loads of prospect and rookie autographs, Archives features players from the past. I've pulled everyone from Howard Johnson to Gary Carter in Archives from years past.

So, let's break the product:

Our base cards come in a number of varieties. In the top row, you see Jon Lester in the 1976 Topps design, Brooks Robinson in the 1983 design, and Henderson Alvarez in the 1957 design.

For inserts, we have the Topps 1968 game card variety (Mike Trout shown here), the 1990 Topps variety highlighting famous draft picks and rookies, and Presidential Chronicles, showing here Jimmy Carter and Herbert Hoover. I have to admit the Presidential Chronicals seem a little out of place in this set.

Next, we have our "hits". Here are our parallels:

The first two silver bordered cards are serial numbered to 199, and the gold bordered Luis Gonzalez is serial numbered 50 of 50.

One of the fun elements of this year's Archives set is the inclusion of 10 Will Ferrell cards highlighting the 10 MLB teams he played on in this year's Spring Training. There are also serial numbered autographed Will Ferrell cards.

I have to admit, I would have been a little sad if I hadn't run into at least one Will Ferrell card in this box. I got the Padres version. Not an autograph but better than no Will Ferrell!

Another interesting hit series in Archives this year is the buyback Topps Original cards. I got this one:

This is a vintage 1973 card, with an added Topps stamp. Mike Kilkenny's only noteworthy accomplishments are giving up Frank Robinson's 500th home run, and playing on four teams in the same season. Cool to see true vintage in a modern box, though.

Finally, my two fan-favorites autograph hits:

Joe Oliver (shown here in the 1989 Topps design) was a solid, reliable backstop in the 90's, with 100 career home runs. He got a ring with the Reds in 1990.

Kent Tekulve (shown here in the 1980 Topps design) is something of a Pirates legend, pitching in their 1979 World Series victory and making the 1980 All-Star Game. He had 184 saves and a dandy 2.85 ERA.

Pretty cool break! I'd open another.