Monday, June 16, 2014

What I Got for Father's Day


I guess this onesie could partially explain my absence from blogging.  I usually get some new cards from the dogs for Father's Day but this year I actually got this from my wife.  This was not a surprise however, since we've known since before Christmas we are having a baby.  Baby Hughes will arrive in late August/early September.  My money is on September 5th.

There are several other reasons why I haven't been posting and this will be a short list with little explanation.

1. Gardening has become my #1 hobby right now.  Since early spring I've spent a good amount of time working in our vegetable garden.  It's about 1000 square feet so it takes a lot of effort to keep the weeds, bugs, and varmints out.

2.  I've been playing a lot more XBOX since the beginning of the year.

3.  Topps really isn't holding my attention that much with the products they put out.  All of the "low-end" stuff they put out just doesn't have much feeling anymore.  This hobby has become a rich man's game with all of the high end products that come out anymore.

4.  I've really cut back on buying new products because of reason #3.

5.  I was put in charge of my church's community garden so that took some time organizing and helping some members get their plots ready for planting

6.  It's somewhat more relaxing for me to watch a ballgame on TV when I come in from working in the garden than it is to blog.

7. My company decided that everyone at my facility makes too much money so they decided to give everyone a 12.5% PAY CUT effective July 1st.  (this will eat into the card budget even more).

I have some long overdue trade posts that I need to put up as well as some trade bait from some pack breaks that I've done over the last 3 months of my hiatus.  I won't make any promises as to when I'll get those posts up.  Thanks for bearing with me!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Trade with Patrick of Hot Corner Cards

A quicky trade post today.  I send Patrick of Hot Corner Cards some of my 2014 Topps Tigers that I pulled and he sent me some various Orioles cards that I needed.  Patrick has become a good trading buddy of mine and he didn't disappoint with this package.
There aren't a ton of Luis Aparicio Orioles cards out there.  I understand that he isn't normally associated with the Orioles since he only played a few seasons in Charm City.  Anyways, This manu-relic is actually from 2010 Topps.  I'm still not a huge fan of the manu-relics Topps shoves down our throats but this one is ok in my book.  I'm surprised at the amount of detail that is in this particular card.
Patrick also helped out with a few 2014 Topps Orioles needs.  He sent me a couple base cards as well as these 2 Wei-Yin Chen parallels.  The Robitussin-fractor will go in my Orioles Parallel-o-mania binder and the Gold bordered will go into my 2014 Orioles team sets binder.

I'm still in need of quite a few flagship, Heritage and Opening Day Orioles cards from this year and last year. My card collecting budget has been cut in half over the last year so I've almost stopped buying packs and hobby boxes just because new products are out.  I've had to become much more selective on what I buy and search for more deals.  I'm trying to get the most bang out of my buck if you will.  So if anybody has any Orioles cards from my lists that I need I'd love to trade with you especially if I've never traded with you before.  I love making new personal connections with people that read my blog!

Thanks Patrick for the great cards!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Re-Drafting the Orioles - 2004

2004
    For the Orioles, the draft of 2004 will always be know as the Wade Townsend draft.  It's a pretty good example of the Orioles being cheap and it really bit them in the butt... or did it?

1st Round, Pick #8: Wade Townsend, RHP, Rice University

The Orioles picked Townsend as a college junior.  He was one of the top pitchers at the collegiate level during the spring before the draft.  There were red flags for me when it came to Townsend.  One of them being that Rice University had a tendency to pitch the living dog sh*t out of its "horses".  He was a college junior he had leverage of returning to school for his senior season instead of signing a contract to become a pro.  That's exactly what he did.   He spurned the Orioles "slot value" contract and went back to Rice for his senior season.  There is a little more to the story however.
From articles I have read, it seemed like the Orioles really wanted to draft Stephen Drew (picked by the D-backs as the 15th pick).  There were rumors at the time that Drew wanted huge money.  Stephen Drew's agent was none other than Scott Boras so you can draw your own conclusions from that.  I remember really wanting Homer Bailey to drop to the Orioles but the Reds took him with the previous pick.  That would have worked out pretty good for the O's.  Instead here's my new pick for the Orioles:


New Pick: Jered Weaver, RHP, Long Beach State (picked by the Angels as the #12 pick)
I would say this would happen in the real world of 2004.  Boras is also Weaver's agent.  Scott Boras is the reason that the Draft went to the new slot value system in 2012.  The Orioles didn't pick Weaver or Stephen Drew for the simple fact that the Orioles owner Peter Angelos wasn't willing to shell out the money to sign them.  Say what you will about Weaver but he's had a good career.  He was the guy I wanted when Homer Bailey went off the board.  There were several other good options drafted right after the Orioles pick at #8 including Neil Walker (#11), Weaver (#12) Billy Butler (#14), and Drew (#15).  Farther down the list, Gio Gonzalez (#38), Yovani Gallardo (#46), Hunter Pence (#64), and Dustin Pedroia (#65) were all available.

3rd Round, Pick #79: Jeff Fiorentino, OF, Florida Atlantic University.
Jeff was a solid pick at this slot.  He was a polished college hitter and made sense at this point in the draft.  I remember watching him make his major league debut and getting a hit in his first 2 ABs.  What I'll never understand is why they pulled him all the way from High-A ball straight to the majors less than a year after being drafted.  Maybe the front office was trying to cover up the Townsend debacle by promoting its next highest draft pick saying "Hey, look at this guy, he's great, we didn't need Townsend anyways!"  In turn I think they stunted his growth as a player where they could have let him develop a year or 2 in the minors to build up some confidence.  I guess that's why I'm a blog writer and not front office personnel!

New Pick: Ian Desmond, SS, Sarasota HS, FL (picked by the EXPOS as the #84 pick)
I'm not saying Fiorentino was a terrible pick but it could have been a better pick with Desmond if you look at it from a 2014 perspective.  Desmond has gone onto become an All-Star SS for the Nationals while Fiorentino played independent ball last year after couple shots at the big leagues.

4th Round, Pick #109: Brad Bergesen, RHP, Foothills HS, Santa Ana, CA.
The Orioles luck with high school pitchers hasn't been overly great over the history of the draft.  Bergesen stands out though since he worked his way up the minor league ladder and made his major league debut in a game that I actually attended.  He will always have that soft spot in my mind just because of that fact.  2009 was his best season and he faded from the Orioles plans which led to him pitching in the Far East last year.  Ever since Billy Butler broke Brad's shin with that screaming line drive, he was never the same.  I'm keeping this pick for sentimental reasons even though Chris Iannetta was the next pick in the draft.
5th Round, Pick #139, C.J. Smith, OF, University of Florida - Gainesville
I admittedly don't know much about CJ Smith.  I have several of his cards and there are some certified autographs in various products around.  This was a period of time when I was in college full time and working full time so I didn't have a ton of time to play with baseball cards or pay close attention to the draft.  He must have been somewhat highly regarded as a prospect since Topps went to the trouble of making cards of him.  Judging from his minor league record, he never got the bat going.  I think I'm going to stick with this pick mostly because there aren't any obvious upgrades in the next 10 picks of the draft, and partly because in a parallel universe maybe his bat was a little bit better.

2004 SP Prospects #427 - B.Chamberlin AU/400 RC (Rookie Card) - Courtesy of COMC.com

6th Round, Pick #169, Bryce Chamberlin, RHP, Washington State University
Here's an interesting story that I didn't know until I started researching him a little more.  Bryce was assaulted off-campus during the college baseball season before the draft.  He sustained a broken jaw while trying to end a conflict between 2 other people.  The injury ended his best season up to that point.  He was 6-1 with a 5.18 ERA.  The Orioles still saw some potential and drafted him.  Unfortunately, he never got it going in the minors and posted a 6.00 ERA for his career.
New Pick: Joe Koshansky, 1B, University of Virginia (Drafted by the Rockies with the 170th pick)
Again I am robbing the Rockies pick here with another player I followed pretty closely through the minors.  UVA is my favorite college baseball team and they always seem to field a competitive squad.  He destroyed minor league pitching during his career but never could put it together in the majors when he got a chance.  Getting a good shot to play First Base in Colorado during the 2000s was going to be tough since legendary Todd Helton played there.  Had Joe been given a shot to play somewhere else besides the Mile High city, he might have had better numbers.  Other players taken in the 6th round were Ben Zobrist (#184), and Cla Meredith (#185 from Virginia Commonwealth, VCU for short)

2007 Bowman Heritage Signs of Greatness #SJ - Seth Johnston G - Courtesy of COMC.com


7th Round, Pick #199, Seth Johnston, 2B, University of Texas at Austin
I don't know much about this guy or remember hearing about him in the Orioles farm system.  He didn't sign a contract, returned to school and was drafted again the next year by the Padres.

The 7th round of the 2004 draft wasn't very successful in terms of players making the Big Leagues.  Only 3 players have had just brief cups of coffee.  I guess I'm just going to stick with the pick.

8th Round, Pick #229, David Haehnel, LHP, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David Haehnel is a prime example of the Orioles ruining a prospect before they could reach their potential.  During his first 2 years in the Orioles system he was an outstading reliever racking up saves and keeping a very respectable ERA.  Then came 2006 when someone had the wonderful idea of turning him into a starter.  That's when the wheels came off.  He was hit hard the next 2 seasons and then released.  Its a shame that they didn't leave well enough alone and just let him be a reliever.

While I'm tempted to change the pick here, I'm sticking with Haehnel on account of what could have been.  I was tempted by future and short time Oriole Jim Miller (drafted with the next pick) but figured Haehnel could have been just as successful if the O's hadn't screwed up his development.


After the 8th round things became dismal for the O's.  None of the players drafted after the 4th Round made an impact for the O's.  In the 15th round they drafted Future San Diego Padre Will Venable as well as future St. Louis Cardinal Jaime Garcia in the 30th Round but neither signed and went back to school.

There were several future O's drafted later than the 8th round that year including:

Troy Patton (by the Astros, 9th Round, Pick #274)
Steve Pearce (by the Red Sox, 10th Round Pick #305, Did Not Sign)

Mark Worrell (by Cardinals, 12th Round Pick #360)
Mark Reynolds (by Diamondbacks, 16th Round Pick #476)
Zach Phillips (by Rangers, 23rd Round, Pick #681)
Jake Arrieta (by Reds, 31st Round, Pick #918, Did Not Sign)
David Hernandez (by Diamondbacks 34th Round, Pick #1016, Did Not Sign)
(sorry about the upside down scan!)
Chris "Crush" Davis (by Yankees, 50th Round Pick #1496, Did Not Sign)


So plenty of late rounders were later grabbed by the O's in trades and waiver claims.  I had no idea that Davis was drafted by the Yankees.  Late rounders like himself are usually players that have a strong college commitment and teams just take a flier on them hoping that they will take the money and not go to school.  Chris spurned the Yankees offer, went to school, increased his draft stock, and was drafted by the Rangers a few years later.


Here's a few good players that were drafted that year.  I'm sure there are more than a couple teams that wouldn't mind picking these guys as first rounders seeing how they turned out!
Dexter Fowler (by Rockies, 14th Round, Pick #410)
Mark Trumbo (by Angels 18th Round, Pick #533)
David Price (by Dodgers 19th Round, Pick #568, Did Not Sign)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Trade with Marcus of All the Way to the Backstop

At the risk of sounding too cliche, there are not enough hours in the day to do everything.  I've been pretty busy lately (truly, who isn't these days?), being pulled every which way but loose.  When I have had "free" time, I've just been too exhausted to put finger to keyboard and come up with coherent material here on the blog.  I have been keeping up on reading as much as possible and I was lucky enough to catch a trade bait post put up by Marcus of the All the Way to the Backstop blog.  Here's a few of the awesome cards he sent my way:
It's a shame that the Tsuyoshi Wada era in Baltimore didn't work out.  He would have been the second Japanese player to play for them in an official game. He had the once-feared Tommy John surgery in 2012, pitched for Triple-A Norfolk in 2013 and signed with the Cubs for 2014.
I was able to add a few Ripkens that I didn't yet have in the collection.  Not much to say about these other than that early '90's unlicensed oddballs don't turn my stomach like that Panini garbage that comes out these days.
Last but not least, a card I've been half-heartedly chasing over the past year.  I hadn't been able to find a copy of this card for a reasonable price on Ebay, COMC, Sportlots, or card shows so I was happy to see Marcus offer one for trade.  I didn't buy any packs of the Heritage last year and I don't plan to this year either.  I'll just rely on my wonderful blogging buddies to trade me the cards I need for the Orioles team set.

Thanks for the great cards, Marcus!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Re-Drafting the Orioles - 1999


     Welcome to my brand new series that I'm very excited to bring to the blogosphere.  I will start off by saying that this is not my own idea but one that I am borrowing from Johnny of Cards from the Quarry fame.  His blog is one of my favorites since he comes up with so many innovative and original ideas.  He also does a great job of creating a custom card for each and every player in his Quarry Unlimited set each year.
   
     I became quite interested in the draft around the year 2000.  I was in high school at the time and playing varsity baseball.  I knew several of my friends had a chance to be drafted as well as players/friends on rival teams in our district.  Some of my buddies went on to play ball in college after we graduated in 2002.  That year my HS team battled another team in the district who had a hotshot junior pitcher by the name of Harold Mozingo.  Our team beat him 3 times in 2002!  I even had a few hits off of him.  Trust me, standing in the batters box with somebody chucking low 90s heat is not easy.  I've been there and done that.  Harold went on to be drafted in 2003 by the Mets.  He didn't sign but went to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and was drafted by the Royals in 2006.  He played several seasons for them in the low minors.  So that's my claim to fame, I hit off of a minor leaguer!

Anyways, back to my other claim to fame, this blog, I hope you enjoy reading what I've put together.  I'm going to re-evaluate the draft picks the Orioles made in certain years and see how those picks turned out.  I'm sure that the picks the Orioles made at the time were the correct picks and some look bad now.  But some turned out great.  The draft is a crap shoot.  I'm going to stick to Johnny's template pretty closely.  Only players that were drafted within the next 10 picks of the Orioles pick are eligible to be swapped out.  I won't swap out players from the 46th round into the 3rd either.  it just wouldn't have happened then so it won't happen now.  Most of the cards that I will be scanning will be ones from my collection.  There will be a few exceptions overall and I will get the images from COMC or other sources.

I'm going to start out with the first draft I remember.  1999.  The Orioles had a whopping 7 picks in the first round.  The Free Agent compensation was much different back then than it is now.  Teams who signed free agents had to surrender draft picks to the team that the player came.  There wasn't a qualifying offer back then either.  Just about every player that was a free agent had draft pick compensation attached to them.

So without further ado:
1st Round, Pick #13: Mike Paradis, RHP, Clemson University

While picking 4th year college pitchers is usually a safer bet, drafting pitchers in general is a risky proposition.  Looking at Paradis's college career, he looked like a sure thing to make an impact in Baltimore.  Sometimes things just don't work out.

New Pick: Jason Jennings LHP, Baylor University (Drafted by the Rockies with pick #16)

I think it's fitting that I steal Johnny's idea for posts and then I steal his pitcher.  Jennings was a fairly average pitcher in Coors Field.  I think I heard that he was a groundball pitcher somewhere though I could be mistaken.  Either way, I dare to say that he might have had better success in Baltimore than the thin air of Colorado even though both ballparks are notoriously hitter friendly.

1st Round, Pick #18: Rich Stahl, LHP, Newton HS, Covington GA (Pick surrendered by Cardinals as compensation for signing Eric Davis)

Drafting HS pitchers is the most risky pick teams can make.  They are more susceptible to injury since they haven't grown into their bodies and they lack the tutelage of college pitching coaches.  There usually is a huge learning curve switching to pro hitters.  Most dominant HS pitchers just blow away the hitters with pure gas and don't have to really "pitch" to be successful.  Pro hitters are pro hitters for a reason!

Back to Stahl, injuries plagued this guy.  When he was on the field, he was pretty decent.  Just staying healthy was a challenge.

New Pick: Alex Rios, 3B, San Pedro Martin HS, Guayanbo, PR (Drafted by the Blue Jays with pick #19)

Yes, this is the same Alex Rios that is still active today.  Most of us have heard of Rios before.  He has gone onto a solid career so it's not hard to see why he would be a better pick here.  Bonus Fact: I've been to Guayanbo, PR on a business trip!

1st Round, Pick #21: Larry Bigbie, OF, Ball State University (Pick surrendered by Rangers as compensation for signing Rafael Palmiero)

I think I am going to keep this pick.  Bigbie had a couple good years in Baltimore and then kinda faded away.  He was named on the Mitchell Report and that hurt him big time.
Bigbie is the first player I really followed through the minors when I was in my formative years.  I was learning about the draft and college players and how the whole farm system worked.

1st Round, Pick #23 Keith Reed, OF, Providence College (Pick surrendered by Cleveland as compensation for signing Roberto Alomar)

Reading the back of several of Keith's baseball cards, it seems he had tons of raw power and overall athleticism.  The Orioles have been drafting these types of players for a long time and more times than not they haven't panned out.  In his case however, I think it is Baltimore's fault for not giving him more than a shot in the majors.  He got 6 ABs with the varsity squad in 2005 and that was it.  If I was Baltimore and I had this guy in the minor leagues for 6 years having some decent success, I'd certainly have given him more than a cup of coffee.  It will always be a mystery to me why and for my own selfish reasons I'm keeping this pick because of what he might have become.  Sure Mike McDougal and Mr. Jennie Finch were drafted within the next 10 picks but Reed is my man here.

1st Round, Pick #34 Josh Cenate, LHP, Jefferson HS, Charlestown, WV

Not having a card in my collection of Cenate doesn't bode well for this pick.  Another high school hurler that injuries hammered.  He missed 3 full seasons and then had 2 cameo batting appearances in 2003 in SSA- ball.  Poor guy.

New Pick: Colby Lewis, RHP, Bakersfield College (Drafted by the Rangers with Pick #38)

I had my pick between Lewis and Jerome Williams who have gone on to have decent success in the majors.  Lewis has had trouble staying on the field where as Williams disappeared for a couple years before resurfacing with the Halos a few years ago.

1st Round, Pick #44 Scott Rice, LHP, Royal HS, Simi Valley, CA (Supplemental pick for losing Eric Davis to Free Agency)

This guy has been around for quite some time.  He's the ultimate underdog story since I was surprised to see that he made his major league debut last April 1st, 2013 (no fooling!), nearly 14 years after being drafted!  Congratulations to Scott for chasing his dream!

New Pick: Chris Duncan, 1B, Canyon del Oro HS, AZ (Drafted by the Cardinals with the 46th pick)

Duncan has Baltimore ties because his dad played for the O's in the 70's.  I think injuries derailed his career and forced him to retire but he had a few good seasons for the Cardinals before that.

1st Round, Pick #50 Brian Roberts, SS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

I don't think I really need to explain why I'm keeping this pick.  Roberts will more than likely be in the Orioles Hall of fame.  I could probably hand this section over to my buddy William and let him explain it a little more though he's still a little mad at him for joining the Evil Empire for 2014!  It's kinda crazy that a player like Roberts fell this low in the draft.  For every Matt Bush there is a Mike Piazza and every Johnny Bench there is a Matt Bush.  The draft is so much like scratch-off lottery tickets!

There are several interesting players drafted in the next 10 after Roberts.  Carl Crawford, Brandon Phillips, and Ryan Doumit are all solid players but not comparable to what Brian Roberts means to the Orioles.

3rd Round, Pick #104 Jon Kessick, C, Ball State University

I would guess that the scout that was watching Larry Bigbie also found Kessick since they were teammates at Ball State.  Looking at his minor league numbers, he was probably a catch and throw guy with a below average bat even though his caught stealing percentage was only 21%.

New Pick: Hank Blalock, 3B, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego, CA (Drafted by the Rangers with Pick #105)

Blalock was picked right after Kessick and would have benefitted from playing his home games with the short right field porch at Camden Yards.  Texas isn't too bad of a place to play in regards to hitting however.  I find it hard to believe that Hank was out of baseball after 2009 not even yet turning the big 3-0.

6th Round, Pick #187 Erik Bedard, LHP, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT.

A great pick for Baltimore in a round where the talent starts to drop off in regards to how many players make the majors.  He was the ace of the staff for a few years until he was traded to Seattle before 2008.  That trade fetched the O's Adam Jones, Chris Tillman, George Sherrill and 2 others.  Bedard was good while he was here and set the O's up long term when he was traded.  It's a shame that he's battled injuries since the big trade but that's baseball I guess.

7th Round, Pick #217 Dave Farren, RHP, Texas HS, Texarkana, TX

A HS pitcher that had middlin' results in his time with the Orioles organization.  I don't know much about him.

New Pick: Coco Crisp, 2B, Los Angeles Pierce College (Drafted by the Cardinals with the #222 pick)

Coco has gone onto have a pretty good career.  He might be better known for his 2014 Topps base card.  I think it's interesting that he was a 2B in college!

The next few rounds were pretty much a wash for the O's.  Nobody stands out as a much better pick.

The 13th round is where Albert Pujols was picked with the 402nd pick, 5 after the O's picked Drew Hassler at #397.  Whoops! Thirty teams had at least 12 chances to draft him and the Cardinals were the team that took a chance on him.  I think it turned out pretty well for them!

Other Orioles Draft picks that year to make the majors were:

Aaron Rakers (23rd rd, #697)

2001 SPx #187 - Willie Harris YS RC (Rookie Card)/1500 - Courtesy of COMC.com
Willie Harris (24th rd, #727).


Side Note: When I went digging through my 2003 Topps set to get the Chris Duncan and Alex Rios cards for the scans, the whole set was stuck together in one complete brick. I've heard of cards sticking together when they've sat for a while.  As you can see, both cards have "battle damage" from me pulling them apart.  I'm pretty upset that it seems like the whole set is ruined because if I pull them all apart, the paper loss will be on every single card.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this little look back at the 1999 MLB draft through my eyes.  I really did have fun putting this post together and I'm looking forward to doing more posts like this.  Doing the research and digging through cards to scan really invigorated me in regards to blogging.  Hopefully I can keep the flame burning!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Trade with Jimmy of S.Mack Talk

I haven't been as active here on my blog recently nor have I been trading as much.  Its getting harder for me to match up with traders here in the blogosphere since I'm no longer building sets and a lot of my Orioles wantlists are harder to crack.  That fact didn't seem to bother Jimmy from the brand new S.Mack Talk blog.  He found me some cards that fit right into my collection.
This Rodrigo Lopez card from 2003 Bowman has eluded me for quite some time.  It was also on my Top 10 Wanted list (which I have discontinued for the time being) for a good while.  Lopez was my favorite O's pitcher during the dark days of the early to mid 2000's.  He had fairly good results playing for some dreadful teams of retreads, never-has-beens, and never-will-be's.  I cautiously wonder what his spot on the Orioles would be today.
Talking about today's Orioles we have a 2013 Bowman Platinum base card of Adam Jones.  I'm slowly filling on my team set holes from '13.


Last but not least, Jimmy nearly completed my 2013 flagship set.  I consider the Update part of the regular set, sue me!  All 990 cards fit nicely into a 1000 ct box with a little room to spare.  I wish it would just be called series 3.  There's no need to call it an Update set because nothing is really updated.  The card design is the same!

Head on over to Jimmy's new blog and give him a follow.  I'm sure he'd appreciate the support.

Thanks Jimmy for the trade!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Trade with Matt of Red Cardboard

Trade is probably a loose approximation of what went on between Matt of Red Cardboard and myself.  A couple weeks back, Matt made a post on his blog about how he had lots of team lots(!) that he had no use for and they were available for trade. The obligation of claiming one of the lots is that you had to send him cards of only the Reds. I have plenty of Reds tradebait so I took a chance on the Orioles lot not knowing what the contents were going to be.  I usually don't agree to trades these days when I don't know exactly what is being sent.  I am glad I decided to go against my new thinking this time because I ended up with some pretty sweet cardboard!
First and Foremost, I got this Brooks Robinson from 1974 Topps.  While I already had one for my O's Team set, I didn't have one for my Brooksie binder.  I was totally not expecting a semi-vintage gem like this! 
The numbers of parallels in Topps sets these days has become maddening.  I had accumulated so many over the last few years that I started a new binder a couple months ago.  I call it "Orioles of a Different Color".  It's kind a of a play on words from the Wizard of Oz's Horse of a Different Color.  So now I can now proudly add these to the binder that is nearly full already.

It's hard to believe (or not so hard) that I'm still looking for base cards of 2013 releases.  I didn't buy any packs of 2013 Topps Re-Hash (2013 Heritage) or 2013 Topps Re-Hash Preview 2021, 2031, 2034, 2039 (2013 Topps Archives). There were several other cards not shown here that filled in some team set needs from 2013.

Thanks Matt for the Giveaway/Trade!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Trade with Brad of Red Sox Fan in Nebraska

I've been reading a lot of 2014 Topps box breaks and pack rips over the last week.  I can tell that 2014 Topps isn't going to go down in history as an all-time favorite design.  Anyways, while perusing my daily reading in the blogosphere, I noticed Brad from Red Sox Fan in Nebraska pulled a couple O's cards from his rips that I was interested in.  We came to a trade agreement so here's the cards he sent:
Even though I have stopped doing my daily searches on Ebay and COMC for Nick Markakis cards, I will still get his cards when they are available.  I've got quite a collection of Nick the Stick but I think my days of super-collecting him may be over unless I win the lottery.
This Manny Machado Power players parallel/game card also caught my eye.  Manny is the future of the O's franchise though I don't currently have the resources to start a huge collection of his cards.  Like Nick above, I'll pick up as many as I can and not fret when I don't get his urine yellow or booger green parallels.

Thanks Brad for hooking me up with these new release O's cards!