Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rangers @ Red Sox, 4/8

I already had the day off from work, so I headed down to the stadium and decided to buy a ticket for $7 at the last minute.  It was definitely worth the price of admission to get Darvish.

Outside the park:
  • Mitch Moreland- 11 Topps
  • Tanner Scheppers- 12 Topps team card
  • Robbie Ross- 10 Upper Deck stadium card
  • Shin Soo Choo- 13 Heritage
  • Prince Fielder- 08 Allen & Ginter
Inside the park:
  • Yu Darvish- 13 Heritage

Brewers @ Red Sox, 4/6

 It was a brutally cold morning with very few players signing, but Braun made it worth the trip.  I might be waiting a while to get the other half of that All-Star card done.

  • Mark Reynolds- 12 Allen & Ginter
  • Ryan Braun- 09 Topps U&H

Spring Training TTM Autos

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Brewers @ Red Sox, 4/4 Opening Day and Ring Ceremony!

It was a chilly day at Fenway for Opening Day last Friday, as it didn't quite feel like winter was over yet.  Even though the game ended poorly, it was great to be there for my first ring ceremony.

Autographs were tough to come by for the opening series.
  • Jim Henderson- 13 Topps
  • Brandon Workman- blank card

Spring Training Update: 5 Returns

Spring training returns have pretty much come to a halt since the season started, but it still seems like I had a decent percentage come back compared to a lot of other collectors out there.

  • Brock Holt 1/1 c/o Red Sox, 30 days
  • Luke Gregerson 2/2 c/o Athletics, 31 days
  • Khris Davis 2/2 c/o Brewers, 18 days
  • Nyjer Morgan 2/2 c/o Indians, 12 days
  • Joe Kelly 2/2 c/o Cardinals, 12 days

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Training Update: 8 Returns!

Over the past week or so, I've managed to get 4 new cards for my 09 Topps set, including a few surprises in Matsuzaka and Hoffman.  Hopefully the returns keep rolling in as the season begins and the players head out from spring training.

  • Kyle Farnsworth 2/2 c/o Mets, 10 days
  • Danny Espinosa 1/1 c/o Nationals, 34 days
  • Randy Choate 2/2 c/o Cardinals, 11 days
  • Carlos Martinez 2/2 c/o Cardinals, 12 days.  He carved into both cards with a dying ballpoint pen.
  • Ricky Nolasco 1/2 c/o Twins, 21 days.  Kept one of my cards.
  • Trevor Hoffman 2/2 c/o Padres, 7 days.  Hope these are real, one of them smudged.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka 1/1 c/o Mets, 34 days
  • Dillon Gee 2/2 c/o Mets, 16 days.  Personalized both.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Training Update: 3 Returns

  • Curtis Granderson 0/1, 1/0- Returned my card unsigned, but included a signed 4X6 photo in his new uniform.  Sent 2/20 (25 days)
  • Andy LaRoche 1/1- I sent this to Blue Jays spring training camp last season, and got it back just under a year later.  Sent 3/22/13 (361 days)
  • Peter Bourjos 1/1- Peter signed a 2010 Topps Heritage previously signed by Ryan Kalish, Chris Heisey, and Logan Morrison.  I just need to get Daniel Nava this year to finish it.  Sent 3/7 (12 days)