Sunday, April 8, 2018

Is The Pressure Of New York Too Much For Stanton?

I wouldn't know how to answer that question. It's obvious that Stanton has gotten off to a terrible start in pinstripes. It seems all he does is strike out. In fact, he's the first player in the live ball era to have multiple games with 0 hits and 5 strikeouts EVER. Stanton is already being put in the history books! 

I understand it's only April 8th, but Stanton has been having some really really bad games. I don't think it's the end of the world yet, but I definitely am worried. I also think it's time to move Stanton down in the lineup. 


Drury got off to a hot start, but just like half the team, he was placed on the DL because of blurred vision. Andujar stepped in his place and he's been struggling, but he's only had a handful of games in the majors so I'm not too worried.

Sabathia was also placed on the 10 day DL, but he'll be missing only 1 start which is great news. You can't expect Sabathia to start 30+ games anyways.

Surprisingly, Tanaka is still healthy and dealing. 

Needless to say, it's been an opening week from hell for the Yankees. Oh, and they head to Fenway now.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Boone Or Bust

The first two games went great for the Yankees; Stanton showed off his power, Wade and Austin came up clutch, and of course the pitching performances. Then came Betances. As expected he blew the game. That was Boone's first mistake; leaving Betances in too long. Then the very next day he decides to intentionally walk Donaldson, someone who was struggling all series and had a weak shoulder, to pitch to Justin Smoak. Robertson eventually gave up a grand slam to Smoak and that was the game. It's safe to say Boone has already made a few very questionable decisions. 

Girard's binder was better I guess.

On the bright side, Sonny Gray looked good even though he only went 4 innings. I think now that he's settled into New York he's going to have a big year. 

I only own two Sonny Gray autos, one of them being his first bowman autograph. 

The second one is an inceptionized auto from 2016 bowman inception. For whatever reason he's wearing #72 on this card, compared to #2 in the original card. Fishy Topps business.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ronald Acuna: The Real Deal?

There has been so much hype surrounding Ronald Acuna and the Braves. Acuna had a ridiculous year in AA and AAA, and then continued his hot hitting in the Arizona Fall League. He eventually rose to the #2 overall prospect right behind Ohtani. He didn't make the major league roster due to the extra year of service time, but come mid April there's no doubt that he'll be in Atlanta. 

His card prices have also sky-rocketed, rising to nearly $600 for a BASE chrome auto. He hasn't even played a major league game yet and his prices are already higher than Lindor, Bryant, and many other solidified stars. Fortunately for me, I bought in at a good time and it's sure been fun watching his prices rise. 


Do you think these prices are reasonable for someone for someone who hasn't even reached the majors yet? Do you believe in the hype surrounding him?

Friday, March 30, 2018

Another Gem For Severino

Yesterday was opening day and Severino was lights out, allowing only 1 hit through 5.1 innings. Severino is certainly capable of putting up cy young numbers and he showed that yesterday. Stanton stole the show from Sevy though, hitting 2 home runs in his first game as a Yankee. Today I decided to show off two more of my favorite Severino's. 


It's sure going to fun watching Severino the rest of the season 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Opening Day 2018

It's been almost exactly one year since I last posted. I've still been collecting, but I lost interest in blogging at the time so it was tough for me to write out posts. One year later I'm looking to give it another shot. I'm hoping some people are still following this blog so I have an audience to write to, even if it's just small.

 Anyways... IT'S FINALLY OPENING DAY. There's no better feeling than waking up to a full day of baseball and that's what tomorrow is. Finally. 5 long months of boring winter. Nothing says spring more than baseball. In the time that i've been a Yankees fan, they've never looked this good. 2012 was good, sure, but this team is young and ready for a championship. 2017 was awesome to watch, with Aaron Judge leading the Yankees into the postseason, and absolutely tearing the cover off the baseball. Game 7 of the ALCS was an absolute heartbreaker especially since the Yankees had a 3-2 lead before heading to Houston, but I have even higher hopes for the 2018 Yankees. Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez hitting back to back to back... Is that even fair?

Yes, I still collect Arenado, but during the 2017 National my main focus was Luis Severino and other young Yankees studs such as Gleyber Torres. I have around 70 autos/relics of Severino, but I'll only be showing off two today. They happen to be two of my favorites:


Same card, different numbering. Although I rarely buy Panini, immaculate and national treasures are two exceptions. These cards are too unique to pass up. 

Hopefully there are a good amount of bloggers still around. It's been too long for me to be able to tell who's active and who's not. Let me know if you're still around!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Another Box Of 2017 Topps Tribute - Absolutely. Speechless.

Just about 2 weeks ago I broke my first box of 2017 Topps Tribute and it did not disappoint. I pulled a 1/1 to go along with autographs of both Trea Turner and Paul Konerko. In case you didn't read my last post, here's what I pulled out of my first box.

Yep, a redemption. It seems like there's a redemption in every box I open, but all of them are pretty good (Kris Bryant, Sandy Koufax, Jose Abreu, the list goes on). 

I ordered this box from blowout, and after ordering it I had second thoughts about whether I should rip it or not. Long story short, I decided to break it. I patiently awaited my mailman to deliver my package. I had plans on opening the box while I was watching the Yankees game, but my postman came at 12:00 (an hour before the game started) and I wasn't able to wait any longer. I noticed one pack was really thick, and another was really thin. I decided to save the thin pack for last since it was most likely a redemption, and there are some pretty good names for the redemptions such as Bryant, Harper, Tanaka, Kershaw, and also possible booklets. A booklet would be awesome.

I opened the fattest pack first. I thought it was a patch card at first, but it was just a thick relic card along with a rookie card, which is a case hit.

The rookie, which only fall 1 per case, David Dahl. I'm hoping to complete the set so it was nice to get a head start on the rookie set as well as the rest of the base.

My second hit? Would you look at that it's George Springer again! My initial thought was that it was going to be one of those boxes where 6 cards of the same player show up in the same box. The autograph definitely could have been worse though, as Springer is baseballs hottest player with 5 home runs in his first 9 games.

If I'm going to hit a Red Sox card at least let it be David Ortiz. When I say I get a Red Sox hit in every box, I mean I get a Red Sox hit in every single box. Well this time was no different.

To go along with that David Ortiz relic, here is a David Ortiz purple parallel /99.

The third relic of my box was a Felix Hernandez stamp of approval relic /199. I really like how Topps now has the sticker of authenticity on the relics, it adds a little extra sentimental value, especially when it's of a favorite player.

My second autograph was Sonny Gray. Gray may be a good pitcher, but he's in about every product so it's not very exciting to hit an auto of a pitcher who signs just about everything. I had just 1 pack left. I purposely left the thinnest pack for last since I knew it probably had a redemption.




I open the pack and I can clearly see that there is a redemption in the middle of the two base cards. It wasn't your typical blue background redemption though, it was white. 




I slowly slid down the card hiding the redemption...





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DEREK. JETER. I'm still shocked that I pulled this. Jeter did not sign much at all in this product (less than 70 I believe). This is the second lowest parallel, the only one lower being the black (1/1). I absolutely cannot wait for this card to come in.
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

1 Box of 2017 Topps Tribute - O' Wow!

Museum collection would usually be released around this time of year, but since museum collection is featuring WBC relics, it was moved back to the end of August. My local card shop had topps tribute for a hefty price (much higher compared to prices on blowout cards), but I decided to take a shot.
Topps tribute definitely offers a different look this year, looking a lot like 2007 Bowman's best. The parallels are a strong point in this years product.

The colors really pop out, especially on this Stephen Piscotty green parallel.

I still wonder why Topps continues to put out $5 relics in a $300 product, and this Lindor is no exception. In my opinion Topps should at least put a little color into the relics, not just plain white relics.

At least one of my relics was low numbered. Yet another plain white relic though.

What box would be complete without me getting a Red Sox hit? It's a really nice looking card, and even has the MLB authentication sticker. Although the relics weren't the greatest, all of the autographs I pulled definitely exceeded my expectations.

The first autograph I pulled was this Paul Konerko auto /199! Konerko was always fun to watch back when he played and I've always wanted an autograph of his. It's always nice when the worst autograph you pull is of Paul Konerko...

The second autograph of the box was this really nice Trea Turner orange /25! Turner is easily one of baseballs best young players, and is equipped for another great season. 

I purposely left the lightest pack for last because I knew a redemption would be in it. I was hoping for a Bryant, Harper, Kershaw, or a cool booklet of some kind, but I didn't get any of the above. If I did happen to get one of those players, I probably would've redeemed and kept the card, but I already received an offer I could not refuse for this redemption...






Adam Jones autograph patch black (black is a 1/1) parallel redemption! Unfortunately it's a redemption... If it wasn't a redemption, I definitely would have kept the kept. Not knowing if Topps would ever make the card or how long it would take to be made, I decided to take the safe way out and sell it. Overall it was a great box!
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