Monday, September 15, 2014

Knocking on Completion's Door

Inching closer and closer and closer. That describes the long process for my 2013 Player Collection Project...and by the end of this post you will see exactly what I'm talking about.

But before we go there, I must show you what I was able to swipe at my card show ventures from Myrtle Beach. 

There are only three parallel sets included in the collection that are numbered. Topps Gold, Topps Heritage Purple Refractor and this...

I'm not sure why Topps went from the red-lettering (2006) to gold-lettering (2007) to blue (2009) to blue sparkle (2013), but the Sparkle definitely specific to the Opening Day label and not borrowed from the flagship color pile.


Hey, look. Weren't we just kinda talking about this design. To be completely honest, I prefer the Target Red to the Walmart Blue. It just looks better. Seeing as how the closest Target is approximately 30 miles away and the Walmart is 3 miles away tops, I get the bigger crop of Blues.

Let me also say, that I enjoy the All-Star and Home Run Derby cards Topps throws into Update. Probably the loner on that one. Oh, well.

Ready for more colors?

Boom! I do live in the heartland of Rocky Top Country and am a University of Tennessee grad, so this Chrome Orange Hosmer is right up my alley.

For the record, I don't have a preference to the Orange or Purple Refractors for 2013. 2012 is a different story, though. You'll have to glance at my Want List to see which I'm referring to.

Blue Sparkle, Walmart Blue, Orange Refractor...what else could I possibly have in store for this post?

Emerald, of course! I'm really torn on the Emeralds. It was a great change of scenery to the parallel landscape, but did it have to be sparkly? Apparently, yes. Let's just say, I like it better than the Orange and Yellow parallels from this year. Quit overdoing the colors, Topps!!!

A promised here is an updated standing on this Project.

Overall, I'm at 85.2% complete and scoring a C+ or better on all but one set (I've never liked Bowman Chrome).

A little research, box searching, eBay perusing and friendly help and I'll be able to finally put this puppy to rest.

Let me get my John Walsh voice on. Uh hmmm....If you or a loved one have seen or know the whereabouts of any of the missing cards from my set, please contact me at one of the email addresses above, Facebook or Twitter. Thank you and have a great night.

Anybody have a throat lozenge?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Can't Close My Book

What would a sweet out-of-town card show and card store haul be without a few cards for my Player Collections?

Terrible. That's what!

But never the proof right here! Let's start with Joey Bats.

Love the Gold Platinums and Bowman Hometown! Got a nice addition with the Finest and Allen & Ginter insert. Oh and the Lineage is a Venezuelan back. 

What about the newest Red Sox outfielder?

How about a sweet 2014 Series Two insert? Totally reminds me of the mid-90s Fleer Provision. Anyone else?

Speaking of 2014, check out my trio of Craig Kimbrel parallels. I was actually unaware Kimbrel had two cards in the 2014 flagship set.

Is it me, or does the Platinum Sapphire not look ridiculously awesome on this Longoria? Gotta love the oversized A&G, too. It will go great with my Hosmer.

Did some one say Eric Hosmer?

I honestly don't know much about these Gold Rush card, but I like them. Anyone have a clue?

This goes to show you the show had something for everyone. Mark Trumbo, everyone. I'm kinda shocked he's not taken to Chase Field and the National League better than his first year shows.

Finally, here's your Freddy Sanchez fix for the day.

Not a big fan of the Moments & Milestones. Couldn't pass up on the sweet deal for more Freddy, though.

That Upper Deck is one from the Special F/X sets. You know, UD's version of Chrome. Oh, and you can never have enough Gold. Bowman to be exact.

Those are just the bright spots. Starting to same up pretty good, huh? This is only the knob of the bat, friends.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Beach City Rockies

Outside of Helton, Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and maybe Larry Walker, it's difficult to find any other Rockies on this side of the country. Very few shops or even shows have a row, box or section dedicated to the boys of Denver.

Needless to say, if I find a Rockie I want, I snatch it up.

There were no rows, boxes or section at the card store or show in Myrtle Beach...but there was nickel, dime and quarter boxes that have a few hidden Mile High gems.

I'm not a huge fan of the 2011 Diamond and Cognac Sparkle cards. That doesn't mean I don't pull out every Rockie I see, though. They just seem to look better.

I like Rex Brothers as the Colorado closer of the future, but Walt Weiss is going to have to take the reigns off the big horse once he is 100% healthy, which I feel he hasn't reached yet. At least two of these six are fighting for the 2014 Playoffs (Hammel & Street).

Let's time-travel to 2013 with this group of Rox.

I'm just going to throw this out there: I can't stand Adam Ottovino or Matt Belisle (not pictured). Every time I watch them come into a game, the lead is gone! And leads are hard to come by in Denver this year, friends. Hopefully Friedrich and Chatwood will break out in 2015 and lead a full-out Rockies assault on the National League.

Speaking of...this guy might be able to help.

According to reports, Jon Gray has been honing his control in Double-A Tulsa this year, which ultimately brought down his velocity. Gray, a former Oklahoma Sooner, is another hard-throwing hoss that once he puts everything together could be Roy Oswalt 2.0.

Talk about young talent. This guy has a huge bright side. I like the tools Kyle Parker has. Hits for average, has some pop and drives in runs.

Got my first taste of Bowman Platinum thanks to South Carolina, too. Pretty simple design, but I like it.

Coming soon to a Rockies blog near you...I'll finally reveal my ever-growing Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe Rockies stash. Don't worry. I'll share eventually.

I even found some affordable Colorado Game-Used and Autos.

If only Chacin could stay healthy and put every thing mechanically together...As for the auto, it was pretty. That's about it.

Gotta get the Cuddies in this post.

Bowman Hometown and Emerald Update. Not a bad looking De La Rosa and Cook either. Remember the days of Cook and Jeff Francis atop the Rockies rotation? At least we knew they'd be there for their starts.

I was even able to grab some never-before-seen Rockies for my collection.

I'm actually working on something similar to a lot of other bloggers and getting at least one card of every Rockies player who appears on the card as a Rockie. Tricky, I know.

Finally, some odds and ends.

Got a numbered Heritage Chrome Huston Street and Gold Seth Smith along the left side. Ubaldo even sneaks into this post. I honestly couldn't believe I didn't have this RC already.

Vacation post number uno is complete. Didn't like any of these? Just stay tuned. They're not all Rockies...just mostly. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Every Vacation Has to End

As you may have noticed, I took a short hiatus from blogging. This time, though, it was not due to negligence or lack of ideas; however, it was because Ashley and I went on vacation. No, we weren't gone for an entire three weeks, but we did have to plan and pack.

This year our destination was Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, one of the hottest vacation spots for East Tennesseans like myself to visit.

The good news is we were at the beach. The better news is there is a pretty nice card store. The best news, though...THERE WAS A CARD SHOW IN TOWN!!!

So over the next few days or weeks (probably weeks since I bought a lot!), I will be posting my treasures.

Getting excited, yet. I'm giddy with anticipation to show you. Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see the first of these diamonds in the sand...(beach reference, gotta love it).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Feels Like the First Time

WAs you all I'm sure are aware of, I'm normally a day late and a dollar short when it comes to new products. I've never pre-order or bought the day they are released. 

The tradition is continued with Finest and Donruss Series 2. 

A trip to the LCS for boxes proved to not be the only thing I had in hand upon exiting the establishment...and I didn't figure it would be. 

Wanna see?

I loved last years Finest as I've publicly stated. This year's? Even better!!! I love the colorful, techie designs! Too bad a box is way too rich for my blood. 

I've also shown my support of the resurrection of Donruss. It just do happens there were some singles laying around. 

Love the inserts! All those Rockies are going to the PC. 

I couldn't leave the shop without a pack of Series 2, though, could I?

Ok, so the Marte DK I bought as a single (on the cheap FYI). The rest are pack fresh. But that's not all...

McCuthen Elite and Solarte Stat Line. Not thrilled with the latter, but that's the luck of the draw. 

Overall, I'm very ecstatic about both sets. So much so that I have a box of Donruss Series 2 on the way! 

Um...if anyone has any Finest they don't need/want, I know someone that does. This guy!

(Posting from my phone. Video will be up soon.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Change It Up

I would like to take this time to announce that I have finish reorganizing my keeper sets!!! (For now, of course.)

In accordance with such a joyous occasion, I've decided to change up a few things on the ole homepage. You will notice as you look to the right of this post a new list comprised of all the spreadsheets I've been working so diligently on these past weeks. Any card listed on those sheets are ones I need.

With the addition of the new box mentioned above, I have taken the liberty of deleting the wants tab from the top bar as all my set wants are listed in the nice box to the right.

I've also started another box for my "Other Wants". I'm not sure exactly what else will go into said box, but something else will eventually.

Finally, to the left of this post, you will see that I've added another email address as well as my Facebook profile url and twitter handle. Feel free to add or friend me on either...

unless you're a profile creeper.

Don't creep on my Facebook page, people! Haha!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Rockies Gone Wild

Good evening ladies and gents.

As you will recall (and if not scroll down a ways), I bought a blaster of Allen & Ginter a while back. In said blaster, I pulled a Mini Tim Lincecum hand-numbered /25.

My first thought after realizing what I Adam at ARPSmith's Sportscard Obsession, who happens to be the biggest Giants fan I know.

After a few correspondences back and forth, I got this package in the mail.

Adam had a few extra 2014 Rockies Archives laying around and sent them my way. Overall, I'm on the fence for this installment. Just not much to get me to get into the set this year. That's not to say I won't still trade for/buy my players and other Rockies, though.

Along with the Rockies of the present, Adam dropped these in for me as well. I've heard some really good things about Kyle Parker. Here's to hoping we see him with September call ups. Rockies don't have much to lose. On the other hand, I'm not familiar with Tapia. Looks like I've got some research to do.

Finally, let's not forget this awesome Deckle Edge Tulo. I love the black and white photo. Great action shot, too.

Great mail day from out Californy way! Don't worry, Adam. I'll have yours out very, very soon.

By the way, if you don't know Adam, get over to his site ASAP. Great stuff and great guy.