Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Trade from the Quarry

I recently completed a trade with Cards from the Quarry, who is a devout Rockies fan. He should be receiving his package shortly, which contained a slew of Rockies cards, the prize of which was a Troy Tulowitzki relic. This is my first trade in a long time, but after rediscovering how awesome it is to receive cards in the mail I hope to have many more here soon. Anyway, here's what I got in addition to gang of Brewers, Warriors and Blazers cards:
 A Giancarlo Stanton card that showcases his defensive abilities.

And a pair of nice Felix Hernandez parallels. Again, I'm expanding my King Felix collection! Then the booty of the trade:

 A couple Andrew McCutchen parallels from 2014 Topps. Since I have two already I might as well try for a sort of rainbow thing for McCutchen, so if anyone has any other parallels of him I'd love to talk trades.

I always love trades like this. I knew the McCutchens were coming, but had little idea as to what else and it's always nice to find surprises. The silk Hernandez was a huge surprise. Hopefully, I was able to do the same sending some surprises to the Quarry as well.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My Flea Market "Pack"

Buying packs of cards at retail price is a rip-off and we all know it. If you're like me, however, there's an undeniably urgent, persistent and insatiable desire to open a pack every once in a while. That itch probably stems from some childhood memory of ripping open packs of cards, trading them and sliding them neatly into my nine-pocket pages.

I'm far from that time and at a time when my card collecting has become a frugal hobby to say the least. That's why I pick up as many cheap affordable baseball cards I can. Of course I'll buy some packs this year. I'll take what my three bucks got me today over a pack of cards at Target any day:


1974 Topps Sal Bando #103
I know 1970's cards kind of fall into that not-old-enough category to be worth a ton, but they are from 20 years before my collecting time, so they still feel old to me. Plus the price is right when I can pick one up in fairly good condition and it has a name on the front that I recognize.


1974 Topps Vida Blue #290
Same as above. Plus, for some reason I love this staged picture. Hopefully the open-web glove that Blue is rocking with a batting glove under neath is for shagging fly balls during batting practice. Actually, judging by some other pictures it looks like blue pitched with an open-web glove. I don't think any pitchers do that today with fear of batters seeing their grip on the ball. 
1981 Topps Sticker Ozzie Smith #230
Just like many of today's packs, my "pack" included a mini. This card was in half-off box and I offered the gentleman $3. I always feel bad negotiating deals with card dealers because I know it's a pretty tough business right now, but it's always nice to have the convenience of not breaking a Washington. And I wanted to make it $3 to compare it to a pack of cards.

Of course actual packs have a chance at a refractor, game-used relic, auto, rookie, printing plate—or all of that combined of your favorite player. And I guess that's why we play the game. That game, however, results in all too often dupes of a no-name utility infielder and inserts that aren't related to baseball.

Like I said, I love packs and that's something I'll probably never quit cold turkey, but it's nice when $3 can get you some cardboard goodness instead of a lottery tickets chance at a big "hit'.

For the record I'd be willing to trade any of these cards and I have a ton more to trade. As you can see I had to resort to iPhone pictures as my scanner isn't working.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What I'm Collecting in 2014

I haven't written a post since Halloween, what is wrong with me? I guess that's what happens when the previous baseball season sees my favorite player admit to using PEDs and my favorite team miss the postseason.

Teams are reporting to Spring Training now and it's time for baseball, so here's what I'll be collecting more of in 2014. This is, of course, in addition to Brewers, Ravens, Blazers and Oregon Ducks:

ANDREW MCCUTCHEN:


I have a few McCutchen RCs, but I'd love to really get a solid player collection of McCutchen going, I'll get a list posted of what I have, but I know I don't have an auto. Side note: I also collect gold refractors of anybody.

KING FELIX:

Having King Felix stick around in Seattle until now has been amazing. I feel like it's my duty as a northwest kid to expand my collection of this icon. Unfortunately, I parted with most of my Felix collection through the years, so I don't have much.

 AFFORDABLE HOF RELICS:


There's just something about having a relic from a Hall of Fame career that revs my collecting engine. I'd like to have a relic from every HOFer someday, but for now I'm starting small.

PATCHES:
 Especially unique patches like the Castro one above. I probably don't have the resources to acquire the pictured patch, but patches of a lesser player are cool too. I'd like to pick one up of Gallardo or Gomez.

JUMBO RELICS:
I'm not a fan of Jumbo relics that are so big the player isn't even pictured on the card, but I like the not-so-jumbo Jumbo relics. I first received one of Giancarlo Stanton and knew right away I'd love to get more.

So there it is. That's what I'm looking for in 2014. I'll probably be looking for sets and inserts and all that jazz too, but if you want to make a trade send an email to cameronclow12 AT gmail.com

I haven't made a trade in a long time and would love to get back into it.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

MLB 2013 Wrap-Up: Congrats Red Sox

I've been a rather outspoken hater of the Red Sox in recent years. That's been directed towards a few bandwagon fans I've encountered. It was partly due to them stealing Carl Crawford (at the time a big move I was opposed of) and signing the likes of John Lackey, Adrian Gonzalez, etc.

I just didn't like the loveable loser mentality that accompanied a team with a payroll over $100 million.

This team was different and I tip my cap.

Yes, you still gave more money that most teams could to Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and Johnny Gomes, but that's alright. I actually enjoyed watching David Ortiz murder the Cardinals' pitching staff and Jon Lester was nothing short of spectacular.

Since all who read this blog are die hard baseball fans I hope we can all respect the Red Sox run. And I suppose it's nice that they got to win one in Fenway.

Note to Red Sox fans: You are no longer loveable losers, you are now perennial threats, so you can't play that card. Your loveable loser membership doesn't get renewed until another 50+ year drought. I have a feeling that isn't a problem.

Congrats to Carlos Gomez and the Gold Glove and fingers crossed for next year. Here's a festively scary Red Sox card for your Halloween pleasure:


Saturday, October 5, 2013

2013 MLB Postseason: Braves, Dodgers, who will survive?

I think this series covers the rooting interest of half the blogosphere. And I gotta say all fans in the postseason turn it up a bit, but Braves and Dodgers fans seem to really dial it up. I going to come out and say that the NL representative in the World Series will come out of this Divisional match-up.

Even without Matt Kemp the Dodgers can still make a run. I wouldn't count them out of any series with Mr. Kershaw pitching two or three games. The Braves on the other hand have a well-rounded offense with a starting rotation that can dominate you on any day. It's all about who's going to get hot. Will BJ Upton have another stellar postseason like 2008? Will Justin Upton light it up? Will Yasiel Puig stoke the fire that he caused in the hobby? Will Clayton Kershaw lose a game? Will Craig Kimbrel make every hitter look like a fourth grader?

Who knows, but what we do know is that this guy probably won't be satisfied.





PS: I somehow picked this face out of the crowd after the Braves won. I thought it looked familiar. Could it be a member of the blogs? The question remains, why is he so sad?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's Buctober!



Man how great was it to see the Pirates play a meaningful game in October? Unless you're a die-hard Reds fan, which I know some readers are, you have to like seeing a perennial basement dweller like Pittsburgh finally reach the postseason.

And you could tell that crowd had been saving some screams for their Bucs. They clearly rattled Cueto and probably delivered one of the better home field advantages in baseball. Being a Brewers fan my cheering season is mostly over. There's just one problem with that—I still love watching baseball. Most years I adopt one or two teams for my rooting interest.

This year it's the Rays and Pirates. Your standard underdogs. I like the Pirates because I can't get enough of Andrew McCutchen and I can't get enough of the story. Like how Marlon Byrd hits a home run in his first postseason at-bat. Or how Russell Martin is only on the team because the Yankees salary situation is so horrendous they couldn't re-sign him. Or how their best player's mother sings the National Anthem at some home games. Or how a pitcher who had a career threatening surgery is still throwing 95 off the bump and only using his fastball 25% of the time (Liriano). Or how a local kid with a tie to Roberto Clemente takes the field at 2B. Seriously, if you haven't seen or read about Neil Walker and his family tie to Clemente look it up. It's definitely worth a watch/read. You know what I'll find it for you. Here's one retelling.

It's just fun to watch and there's always a new feel-good angle to the Pirates story. Not saying this is their year, but I sure wouldn't mind watching them run through the historically good Cardinals and say the cash-loaded Dodgers.


I chose the Rays because I've always liked David Price. While he's had a down year I'm really pulling for him in the postseason and Evan Longoria is one of the best hitters in baseball right now. Not to mention Wil Meyers, Alex Cobb and the rest of the pitching staff for that matter.

Again, it's not likely that these teams face each other in the World Series, but it's something that I sure wouldn't mind seeing. So if there's room I'm hopping on the bandwagon. Go Bucs! Go Rays!

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