Olagato House

February 23, 2009

yet another exciting blaster problem

Filed under: baseball cards — Tags: — morineko @ 10:03 pm

To update my last post, I do still have a job; I just have more work than I’d like per day, with more days off. This should increase my blogging eventually.

I have been buying bits and pieces of the 2009 baseball base sets. I finally saw an Upper Deck blaster at Target tonight. I am not particularly interested in UD Series 1–the McClung card is in Series 2 ^_^–but if you’re getting one series you may as well get the other. When I opened it, I noticed that the box had eleven packs in it. What? ::reads box:: It’s supposed to only have ten.

What’s in the extra pack? Apparently an extra jersey card. If I was a bigger fan of memorabilia cards, I’d have a bigger w00t here, but I’m not. One of them is a Jason Varitek card. Mother’s Day is only in 3 months and Mom is going to love it. ^_^

I also managed to score the best Yankee Stadium Legacy card EVAR–or at least of the 2008 games. It’s the 2008 All-Star Game card. I was going to put all my YSL cards up for trade, but I’m keeping that one. After staying up to watch all 15 innings of that game, I think I deserve it.

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November 29, 2008

Card of the Day: 2007 Topps ’52 Rookies Troy Cate

Filed under: baseball cards, Card of the Day — Tags: — morineko @ 7:19 pm

Yes, I got an autograph card out of a $1.59 pack at Target. Not only that, I hadn’t intended to buy this pack in the first place but I forgot to take it out of the cart when I checked out. I bought it anyway.

2007 Topps '52 Rookies Troy Cate

The name sounded familiar. As it turns out, he was playing in the Brewers organization this year. I guess this is a card I keep, although I can’t recall if he was still with the Sounds when I actually saw them play in Iowa in July. (It may help me in my quest to find out exactly what bullpen pitchers I was photographing.)

November 27, 2008

a package! and scanned things!

I received a package from White Sox Cards the other day, part of a trade we’ve been working on since March or so. It looks like it’s going to be, um, a bit lopsided, as I received a small white box full of 2007 Upper Deck (too much to list) and a few other things, like 2007 Goudey and 2007 Bowman Heritage and 2008 Allen & Ginter. It’s exactly what I needed. I’m thankful for the PO not smashing the package, too. Here’s some examples of what I was sent. ^_^

2007 Goudey Kevin Kouzmanoff
I didn’t realize that 2006 was indeed Kouzmanoff’s rookie year. It seems like he’s been around forever.

2007 Bowman Heritage B.J. Upton
I kind of miss the Rays’ green uniforms. I don’t miss the bad play, however.

2007 Upper Deck Claudio Vargas
I was watching this guy pitch in winter ball last week. He’s still soooo slow. ^^;;;

2008 Upper Deck Julian Tavarez
I suppose he counts as a 2008 Brewer, as much as I wish he didn’t.

2008 Allen & Ginter Matt Tolbert
He uses the Cranberries’ “Zombie” as his walk-up music. Completely lolarious when you hear it the first time. Also the last time, because after the series I attended he promptly got hurt and didn’t return until the end of the season.

November 21, 2008

aarrrgh Topps

Filed under: baseball cards — Tags: — morineko @ 5:03 pm

So here I wait all year to see if any card company will make a Seth McClung card that’s not an insert and now I find out it’s a freakin’ SHORT PRINT? Oh, Topps, you fail so, so hard.

(and here I thought I wouldn’t have anything to post about today.)

November 18, 2008

Pack of the Day: 2008 Upper Deck Timeline

Filed under: baseball cards — Tags: — morineko @ 6:02 pm

I really like looking at these cards; however, they do seem to get easily damaged. Just by opening the pack. I know I know how to open packs correctly so there must be some other avenue of fail here. I’d like to collect this set, but according to other posts I’ve seen it’s just full o’ short prints. Boo.

23 Matt Kemp (dinged! ;_; )
5 Johan Santana
41 Justin Verlander
14 Derrek Lee
106 Clete Thomas RC
300 Albert Pujols (2008 Timeless Teams)

All are available for trade except for the dinged-up Kemp (if you want it, though, you’re welcome to it if you’re getting something else from me) and the Thomas because the picture on the back amused me that much and I need to scan it in. I’ll have a scanner this weekend!

November 16, 2008

Card of the Day: 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Troy Tulowitzki

Filed under: baseball cards, Card of the Day — morineko @ 9:52 pm

I don’t really have too much to say about this card, other than I like the picture effect on the 2007 Goudeys more than I do the 2008s, which is why I’ve only bought one pack of the ’08s.

2007 Upper Deck Goudey Troy Tulowitzki

the hole at Rockies' SS

Tulowitzki reminds me of a knight from a Pre-Raphaelite painting in that card. No, I’m not talking about lead glove.

November 13, 2008

2009 (and 2008) Topps rant

Filed under: baseball cards — Tags: , — morineko @ 9:47 pm

I see the sell sheets and checklists for ’09 Topps base are out and I’m only semi-pleased. I really like this design, so that’s a plus. I may end up buying a factory set of this.

The other qualified plus is that there’s a Craig Counsell card in the set. The problem with that is that Counsell finally gets a card in Topps base in a year there’s a pretty good chance he will not play in when as far as I know he didn’t get a card in 2007 or 2008. Nice memorial to a career, though.

I’m also belatedly lamenting the loss of Topps ’52 Rookies. I wasn’t that fond of this set concept until I realized that it was the only card issued for a lot of guys who just got a cup of coffee, or even guys who got a whole pot of coffee. Mark DiFelice will probably not get a major league card, and that’s a shame. (Here’s hoping that he makes the 2009 roster so that he may get a card. However, Seth McClung didn’t get a non-insert card in any set from any manufacturer this year–unless it’s true that he’s in Heritage High Numbers–so that’s no guarantee.) Of course, this also means no ’52 Rookies of Angel Salome, Mat Gamel, Brad Nelson, and Alcides Escobar. They’re denying us our full fill of 2008 Brewers!

November 11, 2008

Card of the Day: 1991 Score Dana Kiecker

Filed under: baseball cards, Card of the Day — Tags: , — morineko @ 10:30 pm

Let’s take a break from all the ’93 UD and move just a bit back a few years to another sort of card with pictures on the back. Yes, I’m talking about 1991 Score. Score was my favorite brand of cards because a) it had nice portraits of players on the back; b) it was cheaper than Upper Deck, which was my actual favorite brand but one I couldn’t really afford.

Here’s a card of the guy you can partially blame my Red Sox fandom on (one of my teachers was a buddy of his or something along those lines–it was 18 years ago, I’ve forgotten the exact nature of the relationship.)

1991 Score Dana Kiecker (front) 1991 Score Dana Kiecker (back)

Kiecker was one of those career minor leaguers with Surprise Contending Action! that magically activated upon his callup. Unfortunately, he blew out his elbow and missed a lot of 1991, and in 1992 his major-league career was over. He’s currently one of the TV guys for the independent league St. Paul Saints.

November 10, 2008

Card of the Day: 1993 Upper Deck Todd Stottlemyre

Filed under: baseball cards, Card of the Day — Tags: , — morineko @ 10:42 pm

Here’s another one out of my endless supply of ’93 UD, back from the days of quality and quirky card photography.

1993 Upper Deck Todd Stottlemyre

are his ears pointed?

Apparently, back in the ’80s, Toronto was attempting to sign Elves as international free agents. They ran into a snag when they discovered this particular Elf was actually born in Washington, but they decided to blow their first round draft pick on him anyway. He then proceeded to have a 14-season MLB career mostly consisting of being a league-average starter.

November 8, 2008

Card of the Day: 1993 Upper Deck Curt Schilling

Filed under: baseball cards, Card of the Day — Tags: , — morineko @ 10:32 pm

Why, yes, I do have a 1993 UD factory set. I had scanned these for general amusement purposes before my scanner died on me. (I went to Best Buy today…and bought a toaster oven. Next paycheck, maybe?)

Here’s the back of a card. The front is your standard Pitcher Throwing a Ball In-Game shot. The back….

1993 Upper Deck Curt Schilling

warning: bunts

Relief pitchers bunting! It’s the greatest! OK, so Schilling was a starter for half the year, but you know relief pitchers never usually take BP (only wacky dudes like Seth McClung do that) and AL relief pitchers take BP even less so, and that’s what he was until 1991. Even after 17 seasons in the NL and 3 of AL interleague games, Curt Schilling was still dead useless at batting, with a lifetime batting average of .151 and OPS of .349. (He drew a lot of walks in 1999 for no discernable reason, and also hit a triple. How?)

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