As I was checking EBAY today to see what new Carl Crawford cards, that I cannot afford, were listed I came across this listing. The seller thinks this is a Carl Crawford sketch card. I am not so sure. Either the artist is not very good at capturing the essence of Carl, or this is someone else. I am leaning towards Desmond Jennings. What do you think??????
Here are a few recent pick ups. Like I always say I am a sucker for serial numbers!!!
2010 Topps Gold Carl Crawford 1156/2010
2010 Topps Opening Day Blue Carl Crawford 1831/2010
The backs, is anyone else mad about the cheap looking numbering this year on the back of the Topps product. What happened to the embossed gold foil? What happened to the gold foil? These are some lousy ink jet printed serial numbers. They are a little smaller on the Opening Day card as you can see in the scan, which I think looks a little better by the way. I still think it is garbage that Topps has gotten cheap on these parallel cards this year!!!!
2007 Topps Copper Aki Iwamura 55/56
I remember when this came out in '07 you could not touch one on ebay for less than about $40. I got this one for less then $5 shipped. Good things come to those who wait!!!!! I never understood why COPPER would be more rare then the gold, but I guess that is the way they wanted it.
The Back.... Notice the gold foil stamping.... Classy!!!!
Well that is all I have time for tonight. I still have to get these up on my Zistle.com account. Please voice your opinion of the way Topps is doing the serial numbers this year. I think it sucks!!!
I decided for my 100th post I was going to treat myself to a break of my all time favorite baseball cards. 1986 Donruss!!! I imagine the main reason I love these cards is because I really started collecting cards around the time these were hitting the stores. In 1986 the Topps cards were kind of boring but the Fleer and Donruss products were both in my opinion great looking cards. However I have always preferred the look of the '86 Donruss.
So last week I decided to search Ebay and see if I could pick up an unopened box of wax. What I found instead was these beauties.....
Thats right 6 unopened rack packs. The auction started at $9.99 with free shipping. I bid $9.99. As you can see I won the auction. I know what you are saying to yourself right about now.... and yes I probably could buy a complete set for $9.99 + shipping but that is not what I did. I bought 6 unopened rack packs. What can I say? I am an addict.
Here are the highlights of the 1986 Donruss break!!!! Wish me luck!!!!
Pack number 1
Andres Galarraga-Rated Rookie
Goose Gossage-Diamond King
Lou Whitaker-sweet LOU!!!
"OIL CAN" Boyd- the glasses plus the embroidered jacket = Awesome
Harold Reynolds- Before TV
Dennis Eckersley- Awesome photo
Pack number 2 A little SCARY or maybe I should call it HAIRY!!!!
No stars in this rack, but check out the mid eighties hair!!
Don Aase- I would like to introduce you to the man groomer
Lynn Jones- I am surprised you don't see that hairy animal on your upper lip with those glasses!
Von Hayes- This style seems to be making a comeback... all the young whipper snappers are wearing it like this!
Bob Stanley- Is that a barber pole your staring at?
Nelson Simmons- That is one sweet natural fro!!!
Sammy Stewart- That is not!!!
Pack number 3
Carlton, Kirby, and Fred... What else needs to be said?
Pack number 4
Frank Viola- Nice action shot here
Steve Garvey- as a former Cub fan Garvey in a Padres uni makes me physically ill
Tony Gwynn- hitting machine
Dale Murphy- Did anyone else play for the Braves in the 80's
Darryl Strawberry- THE STRAWMAN
Joel Guzman- Who is rating these rookies????
Todd Worrell- Rated Rookie
Pack number 5
Where is my Canseco????
Kirk Gibson- Before THE home run!
Ken Griffey- Before JR.
Nolan Ryan- sweet card
Tom Foley- future Rays third base coach
Hal McRae- future and former Rays coach
Fleet Feet- Willie and Vince, hey Willie do you have something in your eye?
Juan Nieves- Rated Rookie??
Cory Snyder- At one point in history this was a very hot card!!!
Last pack #6
Pete Rose- all time hit leader
Kirby Puckett- Double
Ken Griffey- Still before there was a JR.
Nolan Ryan- Still bringing the heat
John Habyan- Rated what?
Mike Woodard- Rated who?
Jose Canseco- the second to last card I pulled in this break! I think I will take this to the local mall show this week and sell if for $30-$40 bucks.... if it was only 1989 again!!!!
Marty Clary- Nice jacket Rook!
So there you have the 6 rack packs that helped me celebrate my 100th post. Not bad for the cost of one jumbo pack of 2010 from my local shop!
Before I collected Carl Crawford, but after I started collecting Rickey Henderson, DON MATTINGLY was my favorite player. A fellow Hoosier with the most bad ass hair in the MLB. Donny Baseball was my idol. I have since learned to loath the evil empire, but back then I ran around my neighborhood every weekend checking to see if any of the kids I traded with had Mattingly cards. It was one of the best times of my life.
Recently Upper Deck lost a court case and the ability to produce baseball cards. Although I am not a huge fan of Upper Deck it was nice having a choice when it came to which product to spend my money on. Back when most of these cards were made we could pick between a number of companies as you can see. Some of them had a license to use the logos and some did not. I always wanted my Don's to have the Yankee logo, but I did trade away a lot of Gooden, Strawberry and Canseco cards to score most of these. I hope you enjoy my random 99 Don-Sanity.
Do you have any of these cards in your collection? If you do which one is your favorite? Leave a comment. I would love to know someone looked through the Don-Sanity!
I know what your saying to yourself right about now.... What a creative title The Card Addict came up with for this post! All I can say to that is Thank You! Here is a card that I recently bought from EBAY. For some reason I have really been hitting the Bay hard this month. I have a problem. I admit it. Is that the first step?
Carl Crawford will be my favorite player hopefully for most of 2010. I say this because I hope he makes it the whole year without getting traded. I don't really expect him to be a Ray in 2011 so I will just have to see where he goes to determine if he will still be at the top of my list. So for now CC is my main man and here is the newest item in my growing collection:
2008 Bowman Sterling GOLD 22/50
I like it for a few different reasons, number one: it is shiny. Number two: it is numbered in gold foil. Number three: it is a refractor. Number four: it is now part of my collection.
I can go and add it to my zistle.com account now and cross it off the list. Thanks for checking out my blog. If you want to set up a trade with me for your old tired Carl Crawford cards, email me at: email@example.com
This morning I had a huge bowl of Life cereal with my daughter.... Does it get any better?
At lunch today I was reading a great book, which by the way is the basis for the Showtime drama Dexter. If you like dark creepy crime books and are not familiar with this series, I highly suggest you pick it up and read it. You will not be able to put it down. Does it get any better?
Then I received a package in the mail box when I got home from work!!!! I placed a $1.99 bid and ponied up the $3.50 shipping price for this lot of 6 serial numbered Carl Crawford cards!!!!
2008 Topps M&M 02/25
2009 Topps Unique 1179/1199
2007 Topps UH Gold 0432/2007
2009 Topps Triple Threads 0101/1350
2008 UD Heroes 031/499
2008 Topps M&M 028/150
In the legendary words of ICE CUBE, "I gotta say it was a good day!"
If you have any numbered Carl Crawford cards that The Troll or Carl Crawford Cards has not snapped up shoot me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org , I am sure I can come up with something you will like.
I always feel so good driving home after work on Friday! The work week is over and I have a couple days to do whatever I want. It is this good feeling that comes over me that makes me stop in at my local dealers and feed my fix.
This week I decided to go with one JUMBO 2010 Series 1 pack. Hoping beyond hope to beat the odds: 1:19 and pull a Black short print..... Well I did beat those odds, but here is what I did pull:
PP-21 Jimmie Foxx
TR39 Vladimir Guerrero
CMT-54 Ryan Howard / Cole Hammels
HOTG22 Ryan throws 7th no hitter
#163 Gold Josh Butler
TOG-20 The Jeter Flip
LL25 Tom Seaver and Roy Halladay
I also pulled a few more RCs, base, a toppstown, and a Million Card Giveaway. Here is what I got when I redeemed the Million Card Giveaway:
So after 4 redemptions I have 3 cards from the 70's and one from 2007. Not too bad, still not enough to pay to have them shipped to me, but not bad.
I picked up this sweet Rays card from ebay this week. I love these black bordered beauties. Still need a Crawford, Burrell, and Price!
Love the BIG AIR Aki is getting in this shot, I will miss watching him play for the Rays this season. Pirates fans should be very happy they acquired this guy, he is as steady as they come and a really exciting player to watch. I am sure he will become a fan favorite in Pittsburgh.
I have been putting in some work on Ebay the last week or so trying to win some of these elusive creatures. Prices on these Black Parallels are all over the board on my favorite auction site. So I try and try and bid and bid in hopes that someday I will get that special email notification that says you have won this item. Well last week I received that good news twice. Here are the two items I finally won:
JAMES SHIELDS 16/59
WADE DAVIS 37/59
If the Rays have any chance of being in the Playoffs this year, both of these guys need to have good to great seasons. Now if I could just score a Crawford, Zobrist and the rest of the crew!
So I received my first 2010 Rickey Henderson card in the mail yesterday via an Ebay auction win. Then, when I stopped by the local shop I picked up another '10 Henderson. I am not sure how many more I have to go, but I feel better knowing that I have a couple of them.
Cards your mom threw out. Original Back!!!!
Front and A's Franchise History Nothing makes me happier then seeing my man Rickey in his Green and Gold!!!
Ok so I pulled another One in a Million card today. Here is what I added to my collection....
Here are the two cards in my virtual online collection so far.....
I still think it is a great promo, and I still like reading about everyones redemptions. Keep them going. I read today that they are going to be putting contests together for your collection.... ie most catchers, most cards from a single year. When they start doing these all of us with blogs should combine our card power to become one unstoppable Million Card Giveaway juggernaut!!!!!
Here are the results of 4 HOBBY packs that I bought at my local "brick and mortar" hobby store. They were selling them for $3 bucks a piece or 4 for $10. Ten cards per pack on the HOBBY side of things. How much are hobby packs going for in your local shop? They also had an empty box of Jumbo packs. 50 cards for $10. However it was an empty box...... On to the cards...
ADAM WAINWRIGHT DREW STUBBS RC Mr. Stubbs sure looks happy here! TED LILLY MICHAEL DUNN RC Photo taken across the Bay in Tampa PEDRO MARTINEZ Cards my mom tossed. DERREK LEE Turkey red, is it just me or does this look like a retirement card? MIKE HAMPTON warming up in the pen BEN ZOBRIST all right, a Ray.... I hope Ben can repeat as Zorilla in 2010! ADAM DUNN toppstown.com enough with these already!
JOE BLANTON curse you Joe I am still not over the '08 World Series DARIN ERSTAD a lot of red on this card, but a good action shot MARK DEROSA even more red here GARY SHEFFIELD Future Star indeed 500 home runs later..... JONATHAN PAPELBON JERSEY! too bad it is a Red Sox UP FOR TRADE VLADIMIR GUERRERO toppstown.com really KELLY SHOPPACH a new Ray in an old uni TOPPS ATTAX really This pack only had 9 cards in it due to the jersey, but did one of them have to be a topps attax?????
NEFTALI FELIZ good looking baseball card! ADAM LAROCHE another good looking card! JASON KENDALL two for three isn't bad..... MICKEY MANTLE TotG 500-734ft.? wish we would have had hr tracker! MIGUEL CABRERA gold toppstown.com c'mon AKINORI IWAMURA former Ray in a new airbrushed uni... nicely done! VLADIMIR GUERRERO I love watching this guy swing JERRY HAIRSTON sweet photo, nice card!
BRANDON ALLEN RC could he be the next Ryan Howard??? JULIO LUGO Julio oh Julio what happened to your skills? LUIS DURANGO RC cool card! CHASE UTLEY curse you Chase Utley...... ZACK GREINKE toppstown.com again... JOE MAUER why use a shot you cannot see his face in? HOWIE KENDRICK sweet card SKIP SCHUMAKER very nice shot
SAN DIEGO PADRES pointless TONY GWYNN AND JOE MAUER two sweet swings!!! PHOTO DAY FUN all I can say is wow... could be the worst of 2010... YANKEES FRANCHISE HISTORY pointless MARLINS FRANCHISE HISTORY even more pointless TOPPS MILLION CARD GIVEAWAY!!!!! I will let you know what I got on the next post!