Hey everybody! Well, the name of my division is simply after the embarrassment that is Vernand Morency! The Check Point! So, here are my matchups, please vote on the sidebar polls for the auto that is worse (not player, auto!). Here we go:
MATCHUP 1- Seed #1 vs. Seed #16
Is somebody vote for the Bass I swear, something has to be wrong with you, but... use your opinion!
Matchup 2- Seed #8 vs. Seed #9
This is a tough one.. your choice!
Matchup 3- Seed #5 vs. Seed #12
Ok, so we have Jman vs. EBS! Choose wisely yall.
Matchup 4- Seed #4 vs. Seed #13
A QB dual, who will win? It's your choice, ROCK THE VOTE
Matchup 5- Seed #6 vs. Seed #11
Uhhh... tough one again... TIE
Matchup 6- Seed #3 vs. Seed #14
R______S vs. Gscribblescribblescribble. Yeah I feel crazy but after seeing these I have a reason to be crazy!
Matchup 7- Seed #7 vs. Seed #10
Well, this time we have N vs. AD 28, choose wisely.
Matchup 8- Seed #2 vs. Seed #15
CL or scribble?
Ok, I'll have the polls up in a sec! VOTE ALL OF YOU PLEASE!!!!
Hey guys, Drew back here, after a few very busy days of Confirmation testing and baseball, I am back. I do notice that I'm the only one that hasn't started their bracket yet, that is next, because I don't want to get caught behind because of it. So, today I went 0-2 with 2 more walks and a reach on error, I also made a nice play at third and a few more things too. We won like 22-5 and we are now 6-0 to start the season! Anyway, Thorzul and I made a small trade recently and here's what I got:
So, we have 4 2010 Topps Turkey Reds that I needed, Rick Porcello, Clayton Kershaw, Kevin (I can't stand this guy) Youkilis, and Ozzie Smith. The Ozzie is an awesome card, and certainly makes the package. Also a Cards My Mom Threw Out insert of Dustin Pedroia (another one I'm not a fan of).
Well, to complete a set you do need to get those cards that you normally don't like, and now I don't have to buy them! YAY!
Thanks a lot Thorzul, your stuff will be in the mail in the next day or so. See Ya!
Hey guys, Drew back here, and we filled the list! So, very similarly to Stale Gum's Gimmick Tournament, the 4 bloggers (if you haven't read them please check them out) are going to pick a region and name it, and do a NCAA-esk bracket. Right now the #1's are Tim Lincecum, Vernand Morency, Jason Jennings, and Chris Johnson. So, once the polls start going in a few days, please vote your butt off to help us out!
Finally, the 4 bloggers that will do 1 region each for this tournament are:
Hey everyone, I'm kinda having trouble thinking of more nominees for the Bracket. It's been on the sidebar for a few weeks and I've added a few a little at a time, so it's getting pretty high. We have 49/64 contestants so far, and I do need 1 more blogger to step up and volunteer. Right now we have Mike (JD's Wild Cardz) and Chris (On Card Autos) as helpers as well as me and one more lucky contestant.
So, if you can help, please do, we gotta make this awesome! See Ya!
Hey guys, Drew back here. I'm kinda bored and don't have anything else to post, so here is a little wantlist for my new Yankee team sets. I'll probably consider the Jets too, but after a dreadful day yesterday (WTF @ Jets GM???) I'm not gonna bother.
I'm starting with 2010 to make things simple. And by the way, I am hoping to get all of the future team sets finished, the link will be on the side bar soon. Here is the 2010 set wantlist:
YANKEES TEAM SET NEEDS
Series 1 Base- COMPLETE Gold Parallel /2010 (Have)- 34 (Michael Dunn), 185 (Hideki Matsui), 260 (Franchise History), 269** (Anthem in the Bronx) Legend SP's (Need)- 56b (Whitey Ford), 175b (Roger Maris), 250b (Lou Gehrig), 294b (Babe Ruth) Granderson SP (Need)- 222b (Curtis Granderson) Cards Your Mom Threw Out (Need)- 1 (Mickey Mantle),10 (Roger Maris), 20 (Thurman Munson), 33 (Don Mattingly), 42 (Derek Jeter) History of the Game (Need)- 7 (Babe Ruth), 10 (Babe Ruth), 11 (Babe Ruth), 13 (Babe Ruth) Tales of the Game (Need)- 2 (Babe Ruth), 3 (Babe Ruth), 8 (Roger Maris), 9 (Mickey Mantle), 25 (Yankees Dig Up Ortiz's jersey) Legendary Lineage (Need)- 2 (Mantle/Chipper Jones), 4 (Gehrig/Teixeira), 19 (Whitey Ford/CC Sabathia) Peak Performance (Need)- 5 (Babe Ruth), 12(Lou Gehrig), 15 (Alex Rodriguez), 17* (Reggie Jackson), 18 (Mickey Mantle), 20 (Mark Teixeira), 28 (Johnny Mize) Turkey Red (Need)- 20 (CC Sabathia), 28 (Mickey Mantle), 40* (Mark Teixeira), 46* (Babe Ruth) When They Were Young (Need)- AR (Alex Rodriguez) Topps Town- COMPLETE Ticket to Topps Town Gold- 23 (CC Sabathia)
* Need 2, 1 for 2010 Topps set and 1 for Yankees Team Set ** Need another for Cano or Swisher PC
If you have anything that I need (a good amount at least), for either a set or the Cano/Swisher PC's, or off these lists, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. Thanks, and See Ya!
Hey guys, Drew back here. Today, although I was not invited to do this, I felt like getting in on this and posting myself. Some of us have left our opinions on Topps' "Round Table Discussion" questions. Ok, here goes my little self interview, since I feel like trying this out:
1. How long have you been collecting? What are your favorite players, teams, sets, etc. to collect? Which card in your collection means the most to you and why?
I've been collecting for now close to 7 years on and off. I started as a kid at age 8 or so, and it was big in my school. I had gotten some cards before that, especially Yugi-Oh and Pokemon cards. A lot of my friends in 5th grade or so (I'm in 8th now) traded so I got into it and became the one with the most cards. I sort of slowed down a bit after it wasn't as popular into summer of 2008 when I got into it again, this time buying boxes, blasters, and posting them on YouTube. My parents made me delete the YouTube account, and so I started blogging.
My favorite baseball team is obviously the New York Yankees, and in football, the New York Jets. My favorite players are Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, Mariano Rivera, Prince Fielder, Tim Lincecum, Pujols, Tulowitzki, and Joe Mauer in baseball, and in football, Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, Jerricho Cotchery, Dustin Keller, and a few others. I am a set collector, but it isn't my main focus. I'll try to collect some sets on occasion, like 2010 Topps or 2009 Allen & Ginter.
Either the first card I ever had in my collection, a 1995 Denny's Don Mattingly card (now bent in half since it was given in toddler age, haha), or maybe the 2008 Threads Don Mattingly auto I pulled. I like him a lot and he has shown up all over my collection. I've had some good success with boxes/packs in the past, Chipper Jones patch auto /15, David Ortiz triple relic auto, Ryan Zimmerman Sweet Spot bat barrel auto /10, and a few others, but the Mattingly's may be the biggest cards in my collection.
2. In the time that you have been collecting, what is your favorite story, memory, experience, etc?
Well, I had a blast about a year and a half ago opening my 1st box of cards, 2008 Upper Deck A Piece of History. I pulled a Mariano Rivera/Jonathan Papelbon dual jersey and a Pujols jersey. I was pumped and it got me started.
I do also remember sorting out a bunch of old Pro Set football cards that I got in a deck when I was a kid. I loved sorting them out by team, and although all of them were commons, I really enjoyed it.
3. What are the effects on the hobby of major card companies moving toward exclusivity deals with sports leagues? Given that this could be the direction that the industry is headed, what should card companies do to continue to provide a quality product to collectors.
Well, it certainly isn't as great as it was with Upper Deck, to be honest, I liked the huge amount of sets. It gives more to chase, and since I grew up during the beginning of this craze, I'm used to having a lot to choose from. Now, I'm bored out of mind of Finest, Heritage, and Pro Debut and have to wait longer for big products.
One thing that Topps or any of the other companies that are producing cards these days could do to provide a quality product to us to use all On Card Autographs, and not only do that, but since you have the money to do so, get strong checklists for autographs and game used. I've darn near had it with Kevin Millwood jersey swatches and Bill Hall autographs, come on. We are addicted to your product, and we are blowing our money on that garbage? Come on. Put some thought out into the sets more and just ditch any ideas that come to your mind that have to do with the letter X.
4. Pick a timeframe- 5, 10, or 20 years. In that timeframe, what has been the single best and worst development in the hobby?
Well, I'll go with 5 years since I haven't been around that long. The Sweet Spot auto has by far transcended the use of autographs, and while some may be extremely faded, most still look great.
Another big thing is the Refractor technology, fantastic looking cards came out of the past few years of Topps Chrome and Topps Finest.
Lastly, Allen & Ginter's return to the hobby after around 100 years was fantastic and almost everyone loved the players and gimmicks used.
The worst development, easily, are these ugly things...
Sticker autos look very bad most of the time and have just gotten worse. Nobody likes these I think, and they certainly haven't helped the hobby by any means.
5. What are your thoughts on prospecting? Do you do it personally? Why? Has the clamoring to find the next big rookie affected the quality of products, either positively or negatively?
I would like to try prospecting, but it could turn out to be a waste in money, which scares me and forces me to turn away most every time. I'm always too late as well. I wanna pick up one of Heyward's Bowman Draft rookies, but I've been too late too much. It has affected the quality of products because the price always goes up when a big prospect comes about, which makes a product that is affordable at the time of release that may or may not provide excellent quality more expensive. If a set that may be a ripoff already goes up due to one big rookie that most likely you won't get it's not very fair.
6. We are collecting tangible products in an increasingly intangible world. As our lives move more and more online, what will the effects on the industry be? Will the next generation of kids be as excited about collecting cards as we are? How should the major card companies respond?
Right now, we have Topps Attax, Toppstown, and the Topps Million Card Giveaway sites. All 3 have been fairly successful in bringing kids into collecting. I don't like Toppstown, it's very kiddish, and not that fun. But, the Million Card Giveaway is great, and I've enjoyed it so far.
To be honest though, we have kids interested in two sets right now, flagship and Attax. In some way, they need to be more involved in the rest of the sets. Sure, I'm a kid still, but I don't consider myself a kid while blogging. I'd like to see the prices go down and more fun sets for kids.
7. How has new media changed the way you collect? How should the major card companies utilize new media to connect with their consumer base? How can new media change and/or revitalize the hobby?
Well, Topps did do well with the YouTube rip parties and such, I watch them but they aren't really popular. Topps is all over the social networks and everything, while I'm not, I'm glad they are and the free giveaways involved with Twitter seem really nice. eTopps seems kinda cool and I sort of want to pick up one to see how they look, however, they aren't popular at all with collectors. The redemption process is pretty slow however, and I think that Topps should try harder to get redemptions shipped out. If we have to wait for a card for months and want to trade it, we're forced to hold back. It's not a fun wait.
8. How has the recent rise in counterfeits and scams affected the way you collect? What advice would you give the major card companies to help combat this?
It makes collecting harder to be honest, because you need to make sure the card you're getting is real, which adds another step to the process of buying a card. I've seen some ridiculous scams throughout the hobby, and they never make me happy.
One thing that was very disappointing was the Topps Tribute issue. People didn't know that they were spending hundreds on Ruth seat relics, and it's a ripoff and not fair to us all. Something like this should be on the backs of the cards:
"Congratulations! You have received a relic card of Robinson Cano featuring a swatch he wore on April 11th, 2009 against the Boston Red Sox. Cano had 3 hits in this game and was named the player of the game because of it."
Topps, if you're gonna scam us, do it right at least!
9. The poor economy has affected all of us in recent years. In what ways would you like to see card companies respond to provide interesting, affordable products for collectors?
Like I mentioned earlier, on card autographs all the way! Stickers almost never look good, and they are a waste of time, especially in the redemption process. Better checklists, and less scrubs!
More variety in swatch color if possible would be nice, I'm kinda sick of gray or white swatches. It was a cool concept, but it's gotten stale and could get a little revamp.
Make products cheaper too. There is no reason that 2009 Topps Sterling should be 200 dollars. Most boxes just have jersey swatches, which is 1) a ripoff to people who don't know what they're buying and 2) just plain stupid. Sure the cards look nice but for that price I could buy some MUCH better stuff.
10. We’ve done autographs. We’ve done just about every kind of relic/game used product you can think of. What’s next? Where do we go from here?
More unique parts of uniforms. Cleats, Helmets, Sunglasses, mustaches, and maybe some sunflower seeds. I don't know, be creative with your cards, maybe some shin guards! Do whatever but make it cooler!
11. If you could say one thing-anything- to Topps and know that the CEO will read it, what would you say?
1) When you think of your customers, think about what kids would like. They wouldn't want white or gray swatches in their packs after opening many packs and boxes!
2) We are in a recession and can't afford many of the products you have to offer. High end may be the thing for the rich collectors, but there aren't many of them, so think about the general first. I'm sure everyone would prefer cheaper wax.
3) Faster Customer Service! Have someone work the computer all day! We are purchasing our product and if you make the mistake, it's not our fault and it should be solved!
4) More fun in collecting! If you don't have a collecting goal you could get bored easily doing this.
5) More commercial advertisement, it will open up a new world of collectors!
Hey guys, Drew back here. A few days ago, my dad gave me 2 big tins with one containing a ton of cards and the other had some penny sleeves. He got them from a guy that he works with that gave them to me. My dad loves to show off my blog to his friend's at work, shoutout to any of them that may be reading right now, and this was plain awesome. He grew up as a Cubs fan I'm pretty sure, and most of these are Cubs, but I picked out my favorite ones, and here they are:
First off, some vintage Cubbies. I don't know these guys but the cards are nice and are in good condition. One is sporting the awesome rookie of the year trophy so that's a nice touch.
Next are some 1967 Cubs Rookies, none of them that I've heard of, but again, nice condition and nice cards!
Here are some good ones, a 1987 Ron Cey, Rick Suttcliffe, Shawon Dunston, some nice names here, 70's and 80's stuff.
Some very good names here, Goose, Gene "The Stick Michael", Jamie Moyer, Don Zimmer, Lee Smith, and "The Hawk"! I always like seeing cards of Zimmer, I liked him as the Yankees bench coach. And, well, you know I like Goose after that last acquisition especially. I just sent a Through the Mail to Andre so I'm hoping to get back from him.
The last highlights of this nice tin, are some 1993 Upper Deck Grand Slam cards. I picked some of the best ones, Sheffield, Juan Gonzalez, Big Daddy Cecil Fielder, Bichette, Chili Davis, D-Straw, Edgar Martinez, and Eddie Murray. These cards are really cool, my 1st card ever actually was pretty similar, I'll have to share it with you sometime.
Wow, I didn't expect these to come in! Thanks so much for the cards if you're reading, I really appreciate it! See Ya!
Hey guys, Drew back here, with one nice card to display before I go, here it is:
2008 UD Premier Swatches Triple Patch #PS-NS Nick Swisher/50
WOW! That's a low price! I love this card, and the patches are amazing on it. The middle may just be a jersey piece but I'll go with patch for the heck of it. The first patch has 3 colors and 4 breaks and the third has 3 colors and 3 breaks. Considering this being a big hit in an expensive product like Premier makes this even nicer!
Hey guys, Drew back here. I am having my induction into the NJHS tonight, so that will be awesome, but just wanted to put the results up and have a little discussion about the previous Grandpa Roy question. I posted it a few days ago and I did make a minor mistake, saying team in general not current team. It's all good though, and here is the question just to refresh your memory:
Ubaldo Jimenez threw the 1st no hitter in the Colorado Rockies' 18 year history yesterday against the Atlanta Braves. Which are the 4 teams who have never thrown a no hitter in teamhistory?
Your correct answers were-
1: New York Mets 2: Tampa Bay Rays 3: San Diego Padres 4: Washington Nationals
So, on Sports Center and various other blogs, we've heard constantly that the Mets, Rays, and Padres are the only 3 teams to not throw a no hitter. But, keep in mind that although the roster stayed the same, all team records from the Montreal Expos were thrown out after the Nats were created. So, some may consider them a new team and some may not. So, the 4 teams that haven't thrown a no hitter yet are the Mets, Rays, Padres, and Nationals.
I hope that all makes sense, and until next time, See Ya!
Hey guys, Drew back here. I ended more busy than planned so I'll try to get some more stuff posted tomorrow. I had my 3rd game today, and we are now 3-0, and I went 1-2 with a single, two walks, a run, a steal, and an RBI. Not bad! Anyway, I gotta post this quick, here is a very special edition of Drew's TTMs.
Bobby Doerr! Well, having a cold streak on TTM's brought me to send out to Mr. Doerr. He is 92 yet automatic on TTM's, this one got back to me in about 10 days, very quick! The card looks good for the most part, that one spot is marker and there is a crease, but the design, auto and inscription make it look great! I love this card even though it's a Sock, but hey, any Hall of Fame auto is just plain awesome, even a Bubble Gum Blowing Hall of Famer is awesome to have, especially with a little piece of bubble! But yeah, thanks Mr. Doerr!
Hey guys, Drew back here. I had a game today following a CCD retreat day instead of school that was a legal absence for Confirmation, and an orthodontists appointment. Well, in my game I was late so I was benched for innings 1, 2, and 3, but following that I struck out and reached on an error. I missed another steal sign (I suck at those) and threw a horrible ball over the 1st baseman's head at third. Not a great day for me, but we won 3-2 despite. Ok, enough of me, onto the Upper Deck mail.
It's been a few months since I had my little incident of receiving this in my blaster,
I finally got back from Upper Deck on Saturday. They included a letter of apology, and if you're bored, you can read it here:
(you can click on it to make it bigger)
So, they included 2 hobby packs of 2010 Upper Deck, and here are the highlights of them...
Nothing special in base but a Brian Matusz rookie, Ramiro Pena and Cervelli were my 3 highlights.
The inserts were nice, and I'm really happy about the Jeter since I didn't have it yet. The Kershaw is for trade but it is really nice, I think I know someone who may want it. I have 2 of the Cliff Lee's now too so that is for trade as well, but I like the Howard so I'll probably keep that.
And to make up for 1 non-jersey...
2 Real Jerseys!!! And yes, there is something on the Dye this time, and a Derrek Lee too! I like that card especially with the blue jersey, yet they are both for trade (anyone have the Cano???).
Thanks Upper Deck! Now moving on to the last part for now, I got a nice TTM in today so that will most likely be up tomorrow as well as some Grandpa Roy Column stuff if I have the time. I bought this on eBay recently for $20 and I really like it! It's not a Cano or Swisher, but it is 3 great pitchers from the 70's-80's for the Yanks, and here it is.
2005 Donruss Signature Series Inkredible Triple Auto Ron Guidry/Goose Gossage/Luis Tiant!!!
This is an awesome card, and it looks fantastic. Tiant has a wild signature, but it looks pretty nice all in all. The stickers actually help the design, and the rainbow look is by far the BEST looking stickers I've ever seen. These actually look nice to be honest! You can't go wrong with a Hall of Fame auto and a borderline Hall of Famer in Guidry. This is my 1st Goose and Tiant, and 2nd Guidry auto so far in my collection. I love this card and it looks great in the collection!
Hey everyone, I know this is pretty inexcusable but it has now been over 2 months without a question. Well, since baseball has started and the season has already provided a lot of thrills, Grandpa Roy got a question to me today and I figured lets get it up now. It's a pretty easy one, because it was all over blogs and TV today, but we figured we'll start you all off with a pretty simple one. Yesterday was crazy in the baseball world, with a 20 inning game and a no-hitter, baseball fans are seeing some exciting moments. On that note, here is your question: Ubaldo Jimenez threw the 1st no hitter in the Colorado Rockies' 18 year history yesterday against the Atlanta Braves. Which are the 4 teams who have never thrown a no hitter in teamhistory?
1: New York Mets 2: Tampa Bay Rays 3: San Diego Padres 4: Washington Nationals
Hint:TEAM history UPDATE:Sorry, I didn't say current team but that's what I meant. So, the Seattle Pilots may be right, but I apologize for that. A final post will be up tomorrow or Wednesday!
So, that is the big question, now since I've gained some viewers since the last trivia post, here are the rules. You can only guess one answer per 24 hours. Only 1 of the 4 teams, not all 4 in one comment. Be fair and try not to look it up, this is a game, and there is no prize, so have fun with it and if you don't know off hand then take a guess!
Hey guys, Drew back here. I just got my report card, and I saw an instant replay of exactly what happened last quarter, I came .375 of 1 point short of Principal's List, which really should be rounded up and it's extremely ridiculous. Anyway, I got back from Upper Deck yesterday, and I'll have that posted soon, but for now, the last 5 cards in my Check Out My Cards purchase. Let's see what Drew bought shall we?
2007 Sweet Spot Classic Bo Jackson Jersey
This card is very nice. I got it for I think 2 or 3 dollars, and the baby blue jersey doesn't really fit Bo Jackson, which makes me laugh. I love the Sweet Spot relics, and I'm considering getting even more! I have an Al Oliver, Goose Gossage, Don Mattingly, Reggie Jackson, and I think Dave Parker too, so I admit I'm hooked to these!
2008 Sweet Spot Robinson Cano/Brian Roberts Dual Jersey
Now this is an awesome card! I like Brian Roberts and I also really like unique jerseys! This is a nice add to the Cano collection, and I gotta try to find the patch version.
2008-09 UD Radiance Devin Harris Sweet Shot Autograph
I'm not a basketball collector, but I do watch and love to play basketball. You may remember WAY back on this blog when I went to a Nets game, and from that day on, Devin Harris became my favorite basketball player, ahead of LeBron, Kobe, and Dwayne Wade. So, when I saw this auto at a cheap price on COMC, I rushed to buy it. It's really cool, similar to Sweet Spot.
2008 SP Authentic Dustin Keller Rookie Leatherheads Auto /150
One of the big 2 cards in this purchase was this one. I got it for $10, and I wanted it from the second I saw it. It's monster thick, about the thickness of the Sweet Spot autos, and I really liked the concept of the cards. Now, if they didn't have autographs I wouldn't have wanted it, and even though Keller will most likely be a candidate for the Worst Auto tournament, it adds more to the card and it looks really nice. Plus there are only 150 of them.
1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card
Even as a diehard Yankee fan, I love to expand my collection into some of my other favorites too. Some of my favorite non Yankees are Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum, Prince Fielder, Vladimir Guerrero, Albert Pujols, and definitely Griffey. I didn't get this card because I like Griffey, well, that is partly the reason, but the other part is that it is a monumental card. It's the only card in the BCHOF that I could afford so far, and I needed to try to get it. Now, 20 dollars later (a steal in my opinion), I now am holding possibly the most famous baseball card of all time (ok, second to Honus).
I think I made out well for $60 on Check Out My Cards, and after my good report card, I earned myself a trip to the next White Plains card show in May. That's what a 94.675 overall average (and 100 in Spanish) gets me! Anyway, I had a disappoint yesterday courtesy of The Man, Stan Musial. I sent him my custom card, and was hoping I wouldn't get one of those postcard things. So, I got it back yesterday, and not only was the custom sticking out of the side of the S.A.S.E, bent in half, and unsigned, but he included a post card. Take a look at it:
Nope, that isn't a signature. It's a biography with a picture. Yay. Now I can read about what I missed out on. I think either A) He'll give you a signed postcard if you include $, or B) he ran out of signed ones and wouldn't sign more. He is 90. This isn't as bad as the Whitey Ford disappointment but I'm mad about what happened here.