Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Overall, the cards I've bought (up 47%) are above the overall average (up 26%). Brees should be allocated on Tuesday, and I completely expect his card to stay above IPO as well. As far as tomorrows new offering, I have a feeling we'll be seeing Cam Newton, and that one will be huge.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
I didn't think much of the Topps Heritage Minor League set that was recently released, but I was surfing around on eBay and saw that there were a handful of relic cards from Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC Royals AA) prospects. I still won't do much with this set, but I really wanted these and got them all for under $10 shipped. These cards are especially fun because my boy and I were able to meet all of these guys at a pre-season autograph session this past year.
50 prospect according to Baseball America (#18), but had Tommy John surgery and won't be available until late next season. He seems like a really decent guy and I hope he gets back on track and has a long career in the bigs.
#51 on the prospect list, he will probably start the season in AAA next year.
And finally, the prospect that many have said has as bright or brighter future than Eric Hosmer or Mike Moustakas is Wil Myers #10 on the list. He's really young, and didn't exactly tear it up this year in Arkansas, but had his moments. I'm hoping we get to see him one more year before he heads to AAA.
Getting relics of Naturals jerseys was fun, and I hope Topps keeps this set going. The best part? I can pretend the blurry guy in the seats in the background of the Myers card is me.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
I recently picked up a really nice auto/relic of Clayton Kershaw at one of Cleve's auctions. Greg must have really wanted it because he offered up a huge lot of nice cards for it. It was a tough card to lose, but his package offer was too hard to turn down. If you can get over me ending that sentence with a preposition, allow me show you what he sent. First, we have a couple of Tony Gwynn relics:
Thank you for a great blog and a great trade, Greg. Look forward to another one down the road!
Monday, October 3, 2011
man crush on Kinsler lately.
What a super trade package. I actually don't even remember what I sent for my end of the deal, so this is like a free lot of cards! Thanks for the trade Spiegel, and get back to blogging soon!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Here was something else that made me smile on Saturday:
Friday, September 30, 2011
First, the Rays announced they were starting a rookie phenom pitcher in game 1 of the ALDS. The Rangers seem to ALWAYS have trouble in situations like that. Then, in looking at the expert picks today on the various sports sights, too many people were picking the Rangers to win this series, with Jayson Stark even picking the Rangers to win the World Series. I knew Matt Moore would put the Rangers bats to sleep, and I knew they would lose this game. I just didn't think CJ would lay such an egg. When he got shelled early, I knew my annual crappy sports weekend was knocking at my door. So let me go ahead and call James Shields dominating game 2 tomorrow, too and taking the Rays up 2-0 and heading back to Tampa. Don't be surprised if Shields throws a shutout. I won't be.
And then my Cowboys will finish off the weekend with an uninspired performance against the upstart Lions. I don't yet have a feel for how it will unfold, but I'm sensing a blowout. This will be the least painful of the games this weekend, but it has the spotlight on Sunday and I will already be depressed from 2 loses from the Rangers and one from the Razorbacks.
My only solace is that I can now at least call this all out on record beforehand and have some proof my prognostication skills.
My kids are going to be animals this weekend too. Crappy weekend here I come.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Blog Name: The Lost Collector
For starting a collection, find something you like and don't go overboard. Pick a team or player to focus on and start small. There is always set building too. Try a few different areas of focus and then it'll be easier to narrow down what to collect.
Thank you for participating AJ! I would love to do this weekly, so please shoot me an email if you would like to share your Doonboggle story.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
1. A serious misjudgement regarding the potential value of a sports card. Usually occurs as an over-reaction to a hot streak by a player, in which the collector freaks out and buys an expensive card of said player and soon realizes he/she made a big mistake.
2. The point after purchase or trade in which a collector asks: "Why do I have this card?"
1. The actual act of misjudging the potential value of a sports card. This can include overspending of money towards a card, or the act of submitting a worthless card for grading, among other actions. The failing end of the process of prospecting.
Perhaps there already is a term out in cardboard land for what I am getting at above. I like "doonboggle" myself, and hope it catches on like "bipping". What was my inspiration for this post? I was petting my cards this evening and came across this thing:
It's a graded card of Kris Benson. Keep in mind, it is not my motif to make fun of players, past or present, if I can help it. Benson was a darn good pitcher for a while, so I don't mean any disrespect towards him. And it's a sharp looking card, too. But.... what in the holy hell am I doing with a graded card of Kris Benson? I didn't send it in for grading, but obviously I bought this along the way somewhere in my collecting life. I don't remember when or why I bought this, and I really hope I only got it because it basically a gimmee on eBay or part of a lot or something. Whatever the back story, there it was, sitting with some other graded cards in one of my boxes. I needed a word to explain what I had here, and doonboggle seemed to fit.
I am comforted by the thought that I can't be the only person out there that has committed at least one doonboggle in my collecting life. So I invite you all to submit your doonboggle stories. I'm going to tie this into a blogger/reader profile series that will have a place on the sidebar of my blog. If you have a doonboggle you would like to share (it's cathartic, trust me) please shoot me a note.
Great week from eTopps this week. The Ingram and Peterson are great buys for the game, and of course I'm stoked about the former Razorback Mallett getting a card. It's a little strange to offer Mallett a week after Brady, so I won't be totally shocked if the Mallett gets nixed between now and IPO time (1 pm est).
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Cheap Card Collecting blog is a prize itself, with great posts and lots of good "heads ups" of the best pricing for cards on the Internet. Thank you for the much appreciated cards!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Luck, nay, destiny had your pal Napkin in Dallas this weekend on business. When the opportunity to see the Rangers and Mariners play Friday night, I was all over it like a guy... who likes baseball... is on tickets for a baseball game..
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Could it be that the lovely wife now realizes what a shrewd purchaser I am and is coming around to my auction power? Nah... I don't think so either. She is either feeling guilty about something she bought, has something she wants me to do that she thinks I won't want to do, or she is SO REALLY, REALLY mad at me that she has skidded all the way off the anger charts and being nice is the only way she can express her feelings. Like a fire that is so hot it becomes blue and looks cool to the touch. The supportive words above may have been dripping with sarcasm and I was too dense to figure it out. But, I'll take it all the same and enjoy the non-scolding.
And who wouldn't be impressed at this haul? LOOK AT THIS!!!!