Saturday, January 30, 2016

Logo Awesomeness Of The Newest Yankee

IT IS FINALLY OVER!!! The test that I've been studying for since November is finally over. I took a look a high school back in October, and I loved it. It specialized in writing and even broadcasting (which is exactly what I want to do when I'm older) so I spent an extra 4 hours on math and language arts every week since November. I don't get the results back until the first week of March, so all I can do is wait. In the meantime, I'll be catching up on blogging. I had a period of a few months where I only scratched out a few posts, and I definitely want to make up for that missed time. Over Christmas, I managed to sell a few legos, and with that money I bought this off of someone on blowout:

Aroldis Chapman/Mike Leake 2013 Allen and Ginter 1/1! I saw this on blowout for a very fair price, and since the Yankees had just acquired Chapman I decided to jump on the deal. I forget that Leake is on the card, because all I really care about is the Chapman side. This is probably the best patch I own, and I absolutely love the card. The Yankees bullpen now consists of Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, and Chasen Shreve who some people forget about. Shreve had a stellar first half, pitching to an under 2 ERA; after the all star break it fell apart for Shreve, but I do think he can rebound in 2016. The Yankees bullpen is basically telling the opposing team to go home after 6 innings. The question is how Girardi will use them. All in one game? Will they share the closer role? I think in some situations they will be used all in one game, but other than that I'm not too sure. Either way, I'm happy to have Chapman on the Yankees!
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Silver And Black

The last box I got for Christmas, was a box of 2015 Topps Museum Collection. I've had great luck with 2015 museum, so I decided to try my luck one last time before the year ended. I didn't do as well as previous times, but it certainly wasn't bad! The only card worth noting is this awesome Nomar Garciaparra premium prints autograph /25:

This is one of the case hits, so I definitely wasn't upset with this one! It could have been Trout, but I wasn't disappointed with Garciaparra! The card is beautiful, and the silver ink with the black back round looks amazing. This will most likely be headed to BGS, even though the corners are a little rough. I don't expect a 9.5, but a 9/10 would be nice. 
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Abbott And Dykstra

Over Christmas, I broke 3 boxes of the newly released 2015 Topps archives signature series. The checklist seemed great, and there were a few really cool low numbered cards to pull. So why not give it a shot? Players like Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neil, Mariano Rivera, along with some other interesting names had cards in this product. I was definitely hoping to pull one of those names, but I wasn't disappointing with the names I pulled!

Although I probably could have gotten this card for a 1/5 of the price I payed for the box, it's always fun to pull a Yankee! He isn't in a Yankees uniform, but it's still a cool card nonetheless. Abbott's career lasted 13 years, and he played in 12 of those 13 seasons.

Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to 3 years in jail, and his name was also mentioned in the Mitchell report... But he was apart of the 1986 Mets!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016


When was the last time I blogged? A month ago? Two months? All I know is it's been too long. I've never wanted to stop blogging, but 5 extra hours of math and language arts work a week has really taken up my time. I had plans to take a flight to Colorado next weekend to visit my sister, but the high school application test that I was going to take last weekend got postponed... So... I had to cancel my trip. I've stopped collecting for the most part, and haven't made a purchase or trade since the end of December. Shocking. Next week is the application test for the high school I want to get into, so after that everything should calm down quite a bit. For now, I want to show off a few recent cards I picked up.

I broke a box of 2014 panini classics on Christmas, which landed me this awesome Bill Dickey relic /25! Not to mention it's his jersey number, 8/25! As a lifelong Yankee fan, I really appreciate pulling this card. As crazy as it sounds I'd take this card over an autograph of a current superstar... Pack pulled cards always add a little sentimental value of course, so this will be one that stays in my collection!

My second hit from classics was this really cool Harold Baines autograph /10! I'm not really a fan of the plain design, but you can't go wrong with a low numbered autograph of an 80's and 90's star. Looking at his statistics, it does look like he belongs in the Hall Of Fame, but I never saw him play so I can't be the one to start that argument. 
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas Present From Drew!

What better way to start the new year off than to get a package from Drew in the mail? Time really has flied. The time between 2015 and 2016 has seemed like a few seconds. One more blink and it'll be next year!

The first card that Drew sent me, is this very interesting Craig Biggio relic. I believe it's from a repack product, but it's still a very cool card! The next card makes the package though.

From the start of 2015 to the end of 2015, my Nolan Arenado collection has definitely grown a ton. This will be my 13th certified Nolan Arenado autograph, and I'm hoping to have 30 by the end of 2016. Drew sent me a blue refractor autograph /199 from 2013 bowman platinum, which I did not have prior to this! The card looks really clean, and will probably be on its way to BGS sometime soon.
Thank you so much Drew!