Thursday, October 20, 2016

Set Completed

It is now completed. Seven years ago, Upper Deck put out 600 card O-Pee-Chee baseball set. The packs were affordable and so were the boxes. It was no-frills, old school just cards type set while few inserts. I put this set together when it came out buying up packes, boxes both blaster and hobby, and acquiring singles online from closed down Sportsbuy to Sportlots. Yesterday I received the envelope of cards to add and complete a set. One of the cards was this:
The last card I needed to complete 2009 O-Pee-Chee baseball set. I put that card in 2K9 OPC blinder. Then I looked through 67 pages of OPC cards checking to make sure every spot filled and the numbers aren't skipped. Page after page of cards til I go to last page and saw card 600 (Joe Martinez) I knew my mission was completed. After seven years I finally completed 2009 O-Pee-Chee baseball set.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016 Topps Minor Baseball box break

Got my hands on box of this year's Topps Minor League baseball. For those who enjoy minor leagues its a fun set put together. Got 3/4 of the base set and no duplicates. As for the variations and the inserts I got the following:
Three Minor Miracles cards featuring the following highlights: Derek Fisher California League debut, Mike Hessman the minor league homerun king, and Jordan Patterson game-winning homerun at New Britain final game. I would not be surprise if Fisher made it to Astros club next season. Patterson did get cup of coffee in the majors this season. Hessman retired and became a coach.
Blue border base card of Felix Jorge and Willie Calhoun which runs 1:10 packs and serial to 99.
1967 Topps sticker cards of the following: Dansby Swanson (this gonna sting Diamondbacks for a long time), Christian Arroyo, Jon Harris, Derek Fisher, Mike Gerber, and Screwball (Reading Fightin Phils mascot)
Base facsimile signature of one Dodgers hottest pitching prospect Jose DeLeon.It runs 1:123 pack. Impressive.
On-card autograph of Brett Phillips who spent his season at Double-A.
Raimel Tapia game-used jersey card who spent time with Rockies AA, AAA, and major league club this season. For the jersey its likely from his time as New Britain Rock Cats from last season which became Hartford Yard Goats.

Now I need to finish the final 1/4 of the base set along with the short prints.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fragments of the Farm

I purchased a pack of this year's Topps Pro Debut. I wasn't expecting much out of it. I ended up getting one card......a very thick card. What did I pull?
A game used base card from Rome Braves stadium. It's a damn nice relic card. This is not first time I pulled a rubber base card from a pack. My first one from 2001 Topps with autograph of then Pirates manager Gene LaMont. Both are nice cards. Another relic card to my collection.