Saturday, March 23, 2019

Opening Day and Heritage Pack Breaks

I was bored the other day and was itching to open up some packs.  I am still looking for Donruss.  For some reason the Walmart near me does not seem to be getting it in.  That's unfortunate.  If anyone has any versions of the Brock Holt Highlights card, I really want that one.

Well onto the breaks.  First up was two jumbo packs of Opening Day.  Those resulted in three Red Sox cards, including two parallels:
Now, I am not a big collector of the mascot cards or ballpark cards.  I keep them in my collection when I get them, but I do not go out of my way to get them.  Porcello was the only base card I received.  I really like this Pedro Martinez insert showing him hoisting the 2004 World Championship trophy.

Up next was a hanger pack of Heritage:
Once again, three (actually four but one was a double) Red Sox cards.  It included this cool insert of Yaz and Mookie Betts.  It also included a World Series Highlight card of Steve Pearce and a League Leaders card with J.D. Martinez on it.

The highlight of the day though was this:
I have been pretty lucky with packs this year.  This is the third auto or relic I have pulled and I really have not been buying much.  And they have all been pretty good too.  An Albert Pujols relic, the Bud Selig rare auto that I recently traded, and now this.  Once again, I am holding out for something decent for my Red Sox collection, but it is available.

Here is the team-by-team breakdown from the breaks:
BOSTON RED SOX: 7
ATLANTA BRAVES: 6
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 5
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 5
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 4
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 4
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 4
NEW YORK METS: 4
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 4
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 3
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 3
HOUSTON ASTROS: 3
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 3
MIAMI MARLINS: 3
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 3
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 3
TEXAS RANGERS: 3
WASHINGTON NATIONALS: 3
CHICAGO CUBS: 2
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 2
MINNESOTA TWINS: 2
NEW YORK YANKEES: 2
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 2
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 2
CINCINNATI REDS: 1
DETROIT TIGERS: 1
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 1
SEATTLE MARINERS: 1
COLORADO ROCKIES: 0
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 0

The Red Sox came out on top for the second time in a row.  That is nice to see after having so many struggles with Topps Series 1.

Here is the updated team-by-team breakdown for the year:
ATLANTA BRAVES: 28
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 24
BOSTON RED SOX: 22
NEW YORK YANKEES: 20
CLEVELAND INDIANS: 20
CHICAGO CUBS: 19
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 19
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: 18
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 18
HOUSTON ASTROS: 17
WASHINGTON NATIONALS/MONTREAL EXPOS: 17 (16 Nationals/1 Expo)
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 16
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: 16
SEATTLE MARINERS: 15
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 15
TAMPA BAY RAYS: 15
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: 14
NEW YORK METS: 14
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: 14
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: 14
TEXAS RANGERS: 14
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 12
MINNESOTA TWINS: 12
DETROIT TIGERS: 11
COLORADO ROCKIES: 10
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 10
CINCINNATI REDS: 9
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: 9
MIAMI MARLINS: 8
SAN DIEGO PADRES: 7
With two straight strong showings, the Red Sox have vaulted their way into third place.  The Braves are just insane this year.  The Padres will likely make up ground once Manny Machado cards find their way into packs.  I always seem to pull a bunch of cards of him.  

Friday, March 22, 2019

And Here it Is

As promised, this is the monster.  I traded my Bud Selig autograph I pulled from Heritage awhile ago for all of the cards yesterday and this one.  This is an amazing autographed patch card of David Price, who I still think should have been the World Series MVP last season.  Price made me a huge fan with his postseason performance.  I love this card.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

A Monster at the End

Here we have Part 1 of a two-part trade.  The monster is coming in Part 2 tomorrow.  Part 1 is a whole bunch of wantlist hits, including a bunch of prospects, at least some of whom may never end up playing for the Red Sox.

Here is the first scan:
Of particular note in this scan is three of the Red Sox' top five prospects.  I expect Michael Chavis to be called up to Boston at some point during the season.  Bobby Dalbec is probably another year away with the possibility of getting the call late in the season.  Jay Groome needs to start showing some results after being a potential #1 overall pick a few years back.
Here we have a number of pitching prospects who could make appearances in Boston at some point during the season, including Darwinzon Hernandez, Tanner Houck, Durbin Feltman, Bryan Mata and Mike Shawaryn.  Triston Casas was Boston's first-round pick last year.
And here we have Josh Ockimey and some other prospects.  We also have a Hall of Famer and a couple of current stars.
And here is the last scan for now.  Just wait until tomorrow...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Throwback to 1954

Just a one-card post today.  This is a trade I did on the forums recently:
This is one of those Throwback Thursday cards.  It is always nice to find someone trading these because you have to buy them from Topps in sets of five and they cost $20 each.  This is a 1954 Topps design with hopeful 2019 breakout Rafael Devers. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Topps Now Postseason Auto

I have done four autograph team sets for Topps Now.  The first two times, I received Chris Sale autos, which I am happy about, but I would have liked someone else the second time through.  Then I got a Brock Holt auto from the World Championship set.  This set had three auto possibilities: Sale, Andrew Benintendi and David Price.  Honestly, I wanted Price. 

And I got...
Yep, my first David Price auto.  Though not my last.  Wait until you see something coming in the next few days.  I am thrilled with this card.  Price was electrifying later in the postseason last year.  I hope he keeps it up this season.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Finally

I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get this.  I placed an order for the autograph version of the Red Sox postseason Topps Now set back in early October.  I got the World Championship set back in like December, but still had not received this one until last week.  So here is the basic set, and I will get to the autograph card tomorrow:
No real huge surprises with the player selection there.  Brock Holt and Ian Kinsler are mildly surprising, though I am thrilled both were there.  Kinsler will go down as a one-year wonder and Holt is a big fan favorite.
And here are the rest.  I am a little surprised at Nunez being there.  I feel it may have made a little more sense to get a bullpen guy or two in the set.  Someone like Matt Barnes, or even better, Ryan Brasier would have been welcome additions.  I'm just glad the set finally arrived.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Zippy-Zapped from the Land of the Rising Sun

In the midst of the big flooding I received a package from the great Kenny, the Zippy-Zapper himself.  This one was full of a bunch of new stuff for me, including a few wantlist hits.  Just a terrific package.
The first three cards include a failed prospect in Lars Anderson (who has remained in the public eye with some truly funny musings on baseball for various sites), a refractor of Adrian Gonzalez, and a minor league card of an even bigger bust in Kolbrin Vitek, one of the worst first-round picks Boston has made in a long time.  The rest of the cards are the truly interesting part of the package.  You might notice the colors seem just a little bit off.  I did, and came across quite the shock after turning them over.  This is the back of the Pedro card:
Yes, all of the rest of the cards, and the first three in the next scan, are Topps cards from Japan.  Specifically listed as Kanebo cards.  I think these are my first Kanebo cards in my Red Sox collection.  That is what makes the Zippy Zappings so great is finding stuff like that in them that can only be found in Japan.
Here are the rest of the cards.  Among the highlights are minor league cards of Xander Bogaerts, Travis Shaw (who has turned into a nice player for the Brewers), Will Middlebrooks and Anthony Ranaudo.  And then there is Henry Owens who has washed out as well.

Thanks a lot for the package Kenny!