Monday, April 30, 2012

Without Further Delay (and With Some Explaination)

I should announce how much I spent on my Eckersley card. 

First, the guesses.

Greg Zakwin said...10 cents

Nick said...25 cents.

jaybarkerfan said....05 cents

The Diamond King said...1 penny! That's my price is right bid!

  eltoro2012 said...15 cents

and Robert said...30 cents

First of all, thanks for all who took the time to guess.  Second of all, apparently none of you have ever shopped for baseball cards at a hotel-lobby card show in Colorado because if you had, you'd know that there is no such thing as a nickle-, dime-, and/or quarter-box.  In fact, it was a pain in the butt for me to even find a baseball card that was in my budget and that was interesting to me.  All around me were MAJOORZ MOJOZ HITZ!!! from recent football, basketball, and baseball releases, which everyone knows is not my niche in the card market.

So, with that as a way of background, the grand total paid for the Dennis Eckersley cards was....  THREE DOLLARS!!!!!

I know, right?  Crazy sauce.  And, yes, I knew I was over paying for it.  But here was my rational.  I'd already driven the 60+ miles to the show and, up until that point, I'd found nothing to buy.  Second, even if I did find the card under 50 cents online, the shipping costs would probably bring the total up to $3.00 I was paying the guy.

So, there you have it.  With a guess that was ten-times too low, Robert is our big winner.  I shall be sending you a plethora of cards that will fit into your collection this week, sir. 

And be sure to stay tuned for future editions of "Guess How Much I Overpaid for this Card." 

(Actually, that might be a really great feature.  I'd better trademark that shizz).

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Early Eck

I keep forgetting to post this 1978 Topps Dennis Eckersley that I picked up at the Colorado Springs card show I went to a month ago.  So, since I'm still waiting on a few other eBay pick-ups to arrive, I'll throw it up here on the blog and see what everyone thinks.

How about a little bit of fun? 

I paid money for this card.  The person who can come the closest (without going over) to guessing the price I paid for the above card at the card show will get a bubble mailer filled with as many cards that I have that they collect.  For example, if a Braves collector who also collects cards of catchers will get every Braves and catcher card that I can stuff into a bubble mailer.

I'll close the guesses at 11:59pm, April 27, 2012.  I'll announce the winner Saturday morning and will get their winnings into the mail next Monday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Looking to Break the Streak Tonight


Royals snap skid behind homers, Hochevar


As Hochevar faces off against the Indians' Ubaldo Jimenez.  The (currently 12-game) losing streak has got to end something (right?  RIGHT!!!?!??!!?  ANSWER ME!!!!!) and it might as well happen while Hoch is on the mound.

Speaking of impressive streaks, I now own eleven of the sixty-one 2012 Topps Black Boarder Hochevars (with one more on the way).

I was starting to think that no more of these beauties would emerge onto the bay once the other newer/hotter products started hitting the shelves, so I was happy to see two more emerge last week.  I think I'd be happy if I could somehow own over 50% of these cards, but I'm not going to hold my breath for that one.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dualing Stars Emerge

Been waiting for this card to show up at my doorstep for a little bit now.  I was about one day away from filing a complaint against the seller, but decided to wait a little longer, and it turned out just fine.

As it is getting tougher and tougher for me to find unique Hochevar cards that I don't already have in my collection, when one comes along, I pounce.  I ended up hitting the BIN on this fella within the hour it was listed.

I present a 2008 UD Premier Emerging Stars Dual Autograph Luke Hochevar/Alex Gordon, which is serial numbered 12/35.

I love all the blue and white flowing through the card.  This is also the second card I have with a Hochevar/Gordon autograph on it. The other is a Triple-graph with Hochevar, Gordon, and Billy Butler.

So, as another one bites the dust off the checklist, and you're wondering what cards I could still possibly need, a fairly comprehensive list can be found here:,=hochevar

Also, just wanted to add another vote to the growing chorus of people who dislike this new blogger format.  The old format was way easier for me to navigate.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

One More Reason Why I Don't Prospect

Saw that Philip Humber pitched a perfect game today and thought that the name sounded familiar.  So I went back into the archives and sure enough, I pulled one of his Bowman rookie autographs last year.

I ended up trading the card to BA Benny.  And, if Twitter is to be believed, people are snatching up the cards like crazy today.  So, if you're still out there BA, maybe you could make a nice little chunk of change if you put the card up today.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Let's Give'em Something To Blog About

You know you've been away from the blog for too long when out of the blue someone sends you something to blog about.  In my case, that someone was the fabulous Jaybarkerfan.  And did he ever send something worthy of a blog post.

How about a low-numbered Hochevar autograph to reignite my blogging urges?

And, just for good measure, a little shiney to polish off the package.

Thanks a ton for the package JBF!  Your generosity continues to impress this blogger.

Now, here's hoping that an extra two days of rest help Hoch recover from the shot to the ankle he took in his last outing.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

That's What I'm Talking About!

  6.1 IP, 5 H,  2 R,  2 ER,  2 BB,  4 SO,
 2.84 ERA over 95 pitches, and, most importantly, The W.

Big Fun Game Cards from Napkin

I once again participated in Napkin Doon's Big Fun Game and received these two cards.

Unlike last time, I was one of the early drafters, so I missed out on a sweet St. Louis Cardinals manupatch.  But, like last time, it was Big Fun to be a part of the game.  Thanks for including me Doony!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Nice Catch Rook

In protest of Bruce Chen getting the Royal's opening day start instead of Hochevar I'm going to post some pictures of football cards.  I know it's probably card-blog sacrilege, but I don't care.  I'm very sad that Hoch doesn't get to face-off against Jered Weaver on opening day for a second year in a row.  Now that I've got that off my chest, on with the show.

The third card I've added to my Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXII Roster Rookie Set (I may need to shorten that name in the future) is one of my man Eddy Mac's rookie cards.

Until I got this card, I never knew that I wore both of McCaffrey's jersey numbers in high school football.  I wore 81 my freshman year and then 87 the rest of my high school career.

And since I'm showing off McCaffrey cards at the wrong time of year, I may as well unveil this monstrosity.

This card is one of the few times that I'm glad they don't make cards like they used to. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Best of Both Worlds

I've been on the hunt for this card since well before this blog was created, and, as the song suggests, it hits the best of both of my main collecting worlds.

The only thing that could have improved the card would have been a 007 serial number.  Missed it by that much.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Trade Report: Fishing for Manupatches with SpastikMooss

Did a little vintage-for-manupatch trade with SpastikMooss of The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame blog last month, and along with a nice little cache of staches, I received this Marlins Manupatch.  

I have no idea who CARL is or why he deserves to be on a manupatch, but regardless, this card's a beauty.  Thanks a ton for the trade Mooss!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sharpe Looking Rookie

The second addition to the Denver Broncos SuperBowl XXXII Roster Rookie card set is this 1990 Action Packed #46 Shannon Sharpe rookie.

The scans don't do this card justice, as the gold credit-card-like front is quite appealing to the eyes.  My favorite part of the card is probably the fact that he's wearing jersey number 1.  I kinda wish he would have worn that throughout his career.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Tackling Another 2012 Goal

I've been chipping away at a few of my 2012 Collecting Goals, including making some great progress toward my 1910 Murad College Series set and completing my Eckersley Trifecta.

Well, I've decided to start making progress toward Goal #2:  

The Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXII Roster Rookies Set.

I figure I might as well kick off the set with the grand-daddy of them all, the 1984 Topps #63 John Elway rookie.

While it's not in the most pristine condition, the price was right for what will probably be the most expensive card in this rookie collection.

Also, I received a tip that using lower-resolution scans might solve my picture capacity problem, which explains the grainy scans.  I'll try using lower quality scans for the foreseeable future in an attempt to avoid paying for more photo storage capacity.