Monday, April 30, 2012

A Really Quick Update re: The Sports Card Blogroll


(now trying to calm down)


JayBee Anama

Two Months Worth of Blogroll Updating!!!

The Blogger glitches that has plagued the Sports Card Blogroll (and for that matter every blog that tries to link more than 160 blogs on a roll at a time) is still ongoing.  I am beginning to think that I should get rid of the Most Recent Blog Posts section entirely and reformat the rest of the rolls so that it features all the fun things (including pictures and blog previews) that made the Most Recent Blog Posts section popular in the first place.

I also realize that I did not do any maintenance on the SCBR at the end of March.  So now I'm a month behind (so what else is new).  So at our last post, we were up to 354 active blogs.  During March and April, a scant nine blogs were added, bringing the total to 363 blogs.  Here are the blogs that should have been removed back at the end of March (now reaching seven months of inactivity):

And here are the ones now being removed due to six months of inactivity:
That's eight blogs total.  This brings the grand total down to 355 active blogs, a net gain of +1 for a two month period.  

I'll be honest, the new job and hours has taken a bit of time away from the 'net (which in a way was a good thing as it was taking away productivity).  It didn't help that blogger was still having issues with the blog rolls and even after switching to Google Chrome, the problems still did not go away.  

I do have a few e-mails asking to bring back a few blogs (Old School Box Breaks for one).  And I'm still looking for new Hobby blogs to include onto the big blogroll, glitch or no glitch.  So if you happen to have a blog about sports cards, or if you know of blogs that should be on the active roster, please send me an e-mail at  Drop me a line on twitter (@bdj610) or send me a note through Facebook (if you've friended me) and tell me if you found a new blog.  If you're the writer of a blog that hasn't been used in a while and plan on bringing it back, please feel free to do the same.  There is so much going on in the Hobby.  We need a lot of independent voices and collectors to cover it all.  Until next time.


JayBee Anama

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Introducing the Next Iconic Card of the Hobby!!!

One of the 30 TBD RC spots has been taken...

by this guy:

So here we are, five weeks before Series 2 comes to market, and Topps now has to hurry and get Harper into the set and probably find a way to sneak him into EVERY insert set to boot (I see Golden Futures as a sure sign, not sure how he'll fit in with others).  How's that boycott looking now guys???

I get the feeling that if Lendy Castillo doesn't get a card in this set, I'm going to be very disappointed. Regardless, the hype continues.


JayBee Anama

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Are You Ready for Harper-Mania??!

Thanks to Ryan Zimmerman being placed on the DL, the brain trust of the Washington Nationals have decided to call up the number 2 ranked prospect in the minor leagues per (ironically, the Angels also called up the number 3 prospect in the minor leagues, but he made his Major League Debut last year).

That's right folks, Bryce Harper, the second coming of the Hobby apocalypse (the first was his teammate and today's starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg), is set to make his MLB debut today, April 28, 2012, at Dodgers Stadium.

Do you know what this means??!  DO YOU??!

It means that the wait is over for collectors of Topps cards (note I am not saying Bowman or Pro Debut cards) to get their hands on a card featuring the Nationals' wunderkind with this:

Now, the Hobby Twitterverse has been abuzz with speculation ever since @toppscards wrote this:

So we are hearing something about some" kid" named Bryce getting called up to the Bigs? Anybody know what this is all about? :)
Check in next week, will begin to share our BIG plans for Bryce Harper, we are excited for his debut tomorrow. Stay tuned... 
So speculation time folks.  Will Topps put him in Series 2 or Update?  Will Topps add a 2012 Topps designed card into their Golden Giveaway program akin to Strasburg just two years ago?  Will there be exclusives at this year's National (which I can't go to this year)?  Will there be #661 in the Update series AND Series 2 factory sets (again, just like Strasburg two years ago)?

I have a better question?

When Ryan Zimmerman is taken off the DL, will the Nationals be sending Harper down for more AAA seasoning?

Get ready for a storm folks.  Things are about to get interesting.


JayBee Anama

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Coming Soon to a Store Near You (If You Haven't Seen Them on the Internet Yet)...2012 Topps 17-Card Team Sets.

How about that? I'm actually going to get this in on time.

Unlike last year when my source for pictures didn't have everything I needed (and thus last year's post came out until the middle of May), I have all the pictures. I have all the checklists (edited because of a number of spelling mistakes from my source). The only thing I don't have, however, are the sets themselves. The goal is to get them all before the All-Star Game rosters are announced. But until then, this will have to suffice.

For the uninitiated, here is a bit of a background behind my history with Topps Team Sets (much of this has been written before):

Since 2006, as a way to bring kids back to the Hobby, Topps began issuing Team Sets for each of the 30 MLB teams. And they could be found EVERYWHERE!!! From big box stores like Target and WalMart, to your local Supermarket, these blister packed sets contained at least 14 cards of your local team's heroes. No leafing through pack after pack to get cards of the team you root for, it's all here in easy-to-carry-to-the-register-package.

While many cards had pictures similar to those found in the 2006 base set, there were a number of cards of players who were pictured in different uniforms, had different pictures than what was used in the base set (photoshop was used in more than one instance), or players who were left of the base set included, meaning that they were only found in these retail only sets. These must have sold very well because in 2007 and 2008, these 14-card packages returned to store shelves. In 2009, a bonus 15th card was added to each of the sets. These bonus cards could have been of the stadium, the manager, the team mascot, a bonus player, or even a President or two. In 2010, two more cards were added to the blister packs, so each set contained an astounding 17 cards. In 2011, Topps introduced AL and NL All-Star Team Sets along with the 30 team sets.  Of course I had to get those as well.

For the record, I have been insane enough to buy not just one set, or even two. I have bought ALL 30 TEAM SETS for the last SIX YEARS (plus the two All-Star Sets from 2011).That's 182 team sets, roughly 2764 cards total, that I have added to my collection. What can I say, I wanted to collect them all...

I found the preliminary checklists for all these sets back in February, just in time for spring training.  However, a number of players who had found new homes before the season started weren't included.  So the original checklist that I found vanished online.  Keep in mind that the information gathered on here might not necessarily be accurate (they are of course subject to change) due to gathering this information online.  If these are the correct checklists, before this post ends, I will share some of my grievances with the checklists (if you caught me on Twitter last week, you'll get the idea of what I'm talking about).

So who's in? It makes for one of the longest posts on the blog, but it's well worth it. So here they are again, the checklists for all 30 teams.

Arizona Diamondbacks
ARZ1 Justin Upton
ARZ2 Chris Young
ARZ3 Stephen Drew
ARZ4 Lyle Overbay
ARZ5 Ryan Roberts
ARZ6 Daniel Hudson
ARZ7 Gerardo Parra
ARZ8 J.J. Putz
ARZ9 Paul Goldschmidt
ARZ10 Ian Kennedy
ARZ11 Miguel Montero
ARZ12 Willie Bloomquist
ARZ13 Jason Kubel
ARZ14 Trevor Cahill
ARZ15 Aaron Hill
ARZ16 Josh Collmenter
ARZ17 Chase Field

Atlanta Braves
ATL1 Jason Heyward
ATL2 Jonny Venters
ATL3 Martin Prado
ATL4 Tim Hudson
ATL5 Freddie Freeman
ATL6 Mike Minor
ATL7 Michael Bourn
ATL8 Dan Uggla
ATL9 Tommy Hanson
ATL10 Brandon Beachy
ATL11 Jair Jurrjens
ATL12 Chipper Jones
ATL13 Craig Kimbrel
ATL14 Eric Hinske
ATL15 Brian McCann
ATL16 Julio Teheran
ATL17 Turner Field

Baltimore Orioles
BALT1 Adam Jones
BALT2 Nick Markakis
BALT3 Nolan Reimold
BALT4 Brian Roberts
BALT5 Chris Davis
BALT6 Alfredo Simon
BALT7 Kevin Gregg
BALT8 J.J. Hardy
BALT9 Endy Chavez
BALT10 Tommy Hunter
BALT11 Jake Arrieta
BALT12 Robert Andino
BALT13 Jim Johnson
BALT14 Brian Matusz
BALT15 Mark Reynolds
BALT16 Zach Britton
BALT17 Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Boston Red Sox
BOS1 Jacoby Ellsbury
BOS2 Josh Beckett
BOS3 Carl Crawford
BOS4 Kevin Youkilis
BOS5 Adrian Gonzalez
BOS6 Daniel Bard
BOS7 Jon Lester
BOS8 Dustin Pedroia
BOS9 David Ortiz
BOS10 Andrew Bailey
BOS11 Clay Buchholz
BOS12 Mike Aviles
BOS13 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
BOS14 Mark Melancon
BOS15 Fenway Park 1912
BOS16 Fenway Park 1967
BOS17 Fenway Park Modern Day

Chicago Cubs
CHC1 Starlin Castro
CHC2 Reed Johnson
CHC3 Alfonso Soriano
CHC4 Ryan Dempster
CHC5 Darwin Barney
CHC6 Kerry Wood
CHC7 Marlon Byrd
CHC8 Matt Garza
CHC9 Geovany Soto
CHC10 Randy Wells
CHC11 Carlos Marmol
CHC12 Bryan LaHair
CHC13 Anthony Rizzo
CHC14 David DeJesus
CHC15 Paul Maholm
CHC16 Ian Stewart
CHC17 Wrigley Field

Chicago White Sox
CWS1 Paul Konerko
CWS2 Jake Peavy
CWS3 Matt Thornton
CWS4 Gordon Beckham
CWS5 Brent Morel
CWS6 A.J. Pierzynski
CWS7 Alex Rios
CWS8 Dayan Viciedo
CWS9 Alexei Ramirez
CWS10 Adam Dunn
CWS11 Brent Lillibridge
CWS12 Alejandro De Aza
CWS13 Chris Sale
CWS14 John Danks
CWS15 Gavin Floyd
CWS16 Philip Humber
CWS17 US Cellular Field

Cincinnati Reds
CIN1 Joey Votto
CIN2 Jay Bruce
CIN3 Mat Latos
CIN4 Scott Rolen
CIN5 Johnny Cueto
CIN6 Homer Bailey
CIN7 Drew Stubbs
CIN8 Brandon Phillips
CIN9 Ryan Hanigan
CIN10 Bronson Arroyo
CIN11 Mike Leake
CIN12 Juan Francisco
CIN13 Zack Cozart
CIN14 Ryan Madson
CIN15 Aroldis Chapman
CIN16 Chris Heisey
CIN17 Great American Ball Park

Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
CLE1 Carlos Santana
CLE2 Lonnie Chisenhall
CLE3 Shin-Soo Choo
CLE4 Travis Hafner
CLE5 Jason Kipnis
CLE6 Ubaldo Jimenez
CLE7 Michael Brantley
CLE8 Jason Donald
CLE9 Vinnie Pestano
CLE10 Josh Tomlin
CLE11 Matt Laporta
CLE12 Asdrubal Cabrera
CLE13 Grady Sizemore
CLE14 Justin Masterson
CLE15 Derek Lowe
CLE16 Chris Perez
CLE17 Progressive Field

Colorado Rockies
COL1 Troy Tulowitzki
COL2 Carlos Gonzalez
COL3 Eric Young
COL4 Jorge De La Rosa
COL5 Todd Helton
COL6 Drew Pomeranz
COL7 Dexter Fowler
COL8 Juan Nicasio
COL9 Jason Giambi
CLO10 Jhoulys Chacin
COL11 Ramon Hernandez
COL12 Jordan Pacheco
COL13 Jonathan Herrera
COL14 Rafael Betancourt
COL15 Michael Cuddyer
COL16 Guillermo Moscoso
COL17 Coors Field

Detroit Tigers
DET1 Prince Fielder
DET2 Ryan Raburn
DET3 Brennan Boesch
DET4 Alex Avila
DET5 Miguel Cabrera
DET6 Doug Fister
DET7 Delmon Young
DET8 Victor Martinez
DET9 Brandon Inge
DET10 Justin Verlander
DET11 Max Scherzer
DET12 Austin Jackson
DET13 Jhonny Peralta
DET14 Jacob Turner
DET15 Rick Porcello
DET16 Jose Valverde
DET17 Comerica Park

Houston Astros
HOU1 Jed Lowrie
HOU2 Jordan Schafer
HOU3 J.D. Martinez
HOU4 Brett Wallace
HOU5 Chris Johnson
HOU6 Wandy Rodriguez
HOU7 Jason Bourgeois
HOU8 Jimmy Paredes
HOU9 Humberto Quintero
HOU10 Brett Myers
HOU11 Carlos Lee
HOU12 Brian Bogusevic
HOU13 Jose Altuve
HOU14 Bud Norris
HOU15 J.A. Happ
HOU16 Matt Downs
HOU17 Minute Maid Park

Kansas City Royals
KAN1 Eric Hosmer
KAN2 Jeff Francoeur
KAN3 Alex Gordon
KAN4 Salvador Perez
KAN5 Johnny Giavotella
KAN6 Yuniesky Betancourt
KAN7 Bruce Chen
KAN8 Alcides Escobar
KAN9 Billy Butler
KAN10 Lorenzo Cain
KAN11 Danny Duffy
KAN12 Mike Moustakas
KAN13 Jonathan Sanchez
KAN14 Luke Hochevar
KAN15 Joakim Soria
KAN16 Aaron Crow
KAN17 Kauffman Stadium

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
ANG1 Albert Pujols
ANG2 Peter Bourjos
ANG3 Vernon Wells
ANG4 Mark Trumbo
ANG5 Alberto Callaspo
ANG6 Ervin Santana
ANG7 Mike Trout
ANG8 Bobby Abreu
ANG9 Howie Kendrick
ANG10 Dan Haren
ANG11 Jered Weaver
ANG12 Torii Hunter
ANG13 C.J. Wilson
ANG14 Chris Iannetta
ANG15 Erick Aybar
ANG16 Jordan Walden
ANG17 Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Los Angeles Dodgers
LAD1 Matt Kemp
LAD2 Jerry Sands
LAD3 Mark Ellis
LAD4 Juan Uribe
LAD5 Juan Rivera
LAD6 Ted Lilly
LAD7 Andre Ethier
LAD8 Clayton Kershaw
LAD9 James Loney
LAD10 Kenley Jansen
LAD11 Aaron Harang
LAD12 Tony Gwynn Jr
LAD13 Dee Gordon
LAD14 Chad Billingsley
LAD15 Javy Guerra
LAD16 Nathan Eovaldi
LAD17 Dodger Stadium

Miami Marlins
MIA1 Jose Reyes
MIA2 Logan Morrison
MIA3 Anibal Sanchez
MIA4 Ricky Nolasco
MIA5 Omar Infante
MIA6 Hanley Ramirez
MIA7 Josh Johnson
MIA8 Emilio Bonifacio
MIA9 John Buck
MIA10 Mark Buehrle
MIA11 Heath Bell
MIA12 Mike Stanton
MIA13 Gaby Sanchez
MIA14 Matt Dominguez
MIA15 Carlos Zambrano
MIA16 Bryan Petersen
MIA17 Marlins Park

Milwaukee Brewers
MIL1 Ryan Braun
MIL2 Carlos Gomez
MIL3 Zack Greinke
MIL4 Aramis Ramirez
MIL5 Mat Gamel
MIL6 Shaun Marcum
MIL7 Nyjer Morgan
MIL8 Rickie Weeks
MIL9 Alex Gonzalez
MIL10 Yovani Gallardo
MIL11 Randy Wolf
MIL12 Corey Hart
MIL13 Jonathan Lucroy
MIL14 John Axford
MIL15 Francisco Rodriguez
MIL16 Chris Narveson
MIL17 Miller Park

Minnesota Twins
MIN1 Joe Mauer
MIN2 Danny Valencia
MIN3 Ben Revere
MIN4 Trevor Plouffe
MIN5 Ryan Doumit
MIN6 Carl Pavano
MIN7 Denard Span
MIN8 Nick Blackburn
MIN9 Tsuyoshi Nishioka
MIN10 Josh Willingham
MIN11 Scott Baker
MIN12 Chris Parmelee
MIN13 Justin Morneau
MIN14 Francisco Liriano
MIN15 Matt Capps
MIN16 Joe Benson
MIN17 Target Field

New York Mets
NYM1 David Wright
NYM2 Mike Pelfrey
NYM3 Jason Bay
NYM4 Johan Santana
NYM5 Ike Davis
NYM6 Andres Torres
NYM7 Lucas Duda
NYM8 Josh Thole
NYM9 Jon Niese
NYM10 R.A. Dickey
NYM11 Frank Francisco
NYM12 Ruben Tejada
NYM13 Daniel Murphy
NYM14 Dillon Gee
NYM15 Bobby Parnell
NYM16 Justin Turner
NYM17 Citi Field

New York Yankees
NYY1 Derek Jeter
NYY2 Alex Rodriguez
NYY3 Brett Gardner
NYY4 Russell Martin
NYY5 Michael Pineda
NYY6 CC Sabathia
NYY7 Curtis Granderson
NYY8 Eduardo Nunez
NYY9 Mark Teixeira
NYY10 Hiroki Kuroda
NYY11 Ivan Nova
NYY12 Nick Swisher
NYY13 Robinson Cano
NYY14 Freddy Garcia
NYY15 Mariano Rivera
NYY16 Phil Hughes
NYY17 Yankee Stadium

Oakland Athletics
OAK1 Jemile Weeks
OAK2 Cliff Pennington
OAK3 Coco Crisp
OAK4 Dallas Braden
OAK5 Kurt Suzuki
OAK6 Seth Smith
OAK7 Scott Sizemore
OAK8 Brandon Allen
OAK9 Tom Milone
OAK10 Brandon McCarthy
OAK11 Michael Taylor
OAK12 Brett Anderson
OAK13 Collin Cowgill
OAK14 Josh Reddick
OAK15 Brad Peacock
OAK16 Rich Harden
OAK17 Oakland Alameda County Colliseum

Philadelphia Phillies
PHI1 Roy Halladay
PHI2 Shane Victorino
PHI3 Kyle Kendrick
PHI4 Jim Thome
PHI5 Jimmy Rollins
PHI6 Cliff Lee
PHI7 John Mayberry
PHI8 Placido Polanco
PHI9 Carlos Ruiz
PHI10 Ryan Howard
PHI11 Cole Hamels
PHI12 Hunter Pence
PHI13 Chase Utley
PHI14 Joe Blanton
PHI15 Jonathan Papelbon
PHI16 Vance Worley
PHI17 Citizens Bank Park

Pittsburgh Pirates
PIT1 Andrew McCutchen
PIT2 Alex Presley
PIT3 Clint Barmes
PIT4 Neil Walker
PIT5 Garrett Jones
PIT6 Casey McGehee
PIT7 Michael McKenry
PIT8 Jose Tabata
PIT9 Chase d'Arnaud
PIT10 Erik Bedard
PIT11 Charlie Morton
PIT12 Kevin Correia
PIT13 Pedro Alvarez
PIT14 James McDonald
PIT15 Jeff Karstens
PIT 16 Joel Hanrahan
PIT17 PNC Park

St. Louis Cardinals
STL1 David Freese
STL2 Jon Jay
STL3 Matt Holliday
STL4 Carlos Beltran
STL5 Yadier Molina
STL6 Chris Carpenter
STL7 Allen Craig
STL8 Skip Schumaker
STL9 Rafael Furcal
STL10 Adam Wainwright
STL11 Kyle Lohse
STL12 Lance Berkman
STL13 Daniel Descalso
STL14 Jaime Garcia
STL15 Jason Motte
STL16 Fredbird
STL17 Busch Stadium

San Diego Padres
SD1 Cameron Maybin
SD2 Will Venable
SD3 Kyle Blanks
SD4 Huston Street
SD5 Orlando Hudson
SD6 Nick Hundley
SD7 Yonder Alonso
SD8 Jason Bartlett
SD9 Carlos Quentin
SD10 Edinson Volquez
SD11 Clayton Richard
SD12 Chase Headley
SD13 Jesus Guzman
SD14 Tim Stauffer
SD15 Cory Luebke
SD16 Dustin Moseley

San Francisco Giants
SF1 Tim Lincecum
SF2 Brandon Belt
SF3 Melky Cabrera
SF4 Matt Cain
SF5 Angel Pagan
SF6 Ryan Vogelsong
SF7 Mike Fontenot
SF8 Aubrey Huff
SF9 Freddy Sanchez
SF10 Madison Bumgarner
SF11 Barry Zito
SF12 Pablo Sandoval
SF13 Buster Posey
SF14 Brian Wilson
SF15 Nate Schierholtz
SF16 Brandon Crawford
SF17 AT&T Park

Seattle Mariners
SEA1 Dustin Ackley
SEA2 Ichiro Suzuki
SEA3 Trayvon Robinson
SEA4 Franklin Gutierrez
SEA5 Felix Hernandez
SEA6 Jason Vargas
SEA7 Brandon League
SEA8 Brendan Ryan
SEA9 Mike Carp
SEA10 Miguel Olivo
SEA11 Jesus Montero
SEA12 Kyle Seager
SEA13 Justin Smoak
SEA14 Alex Liddi
SEA15 Mariner Moose
SEA16 The Kingdome
SEA17 Safeco Field

Tampa Bay Rays
TB1 David Price
TB2 Matt Joyce
TB3 Desmond Jennings
TB4 Wade Davis
TB5 Sean Rodriguez
TB6 Jeremy Hellickson
TB7 B.J. Upton
TB8 James Shields
TB9 Kyle Farnsworth
TB10 Evan Longoria
TB11 Matt Moore
TB12 Ben Zobrist
TB13 Reid Brignac
TB14 Jeff Niemann
TB15 Jose Molina
TB16 Joe Maddon
TB17 Tropicana Field

Texas Rangers
TEX1 Josh Hamilton
TEX2 Nelson Cruz
TEX3 Craig Gentry
TEX4 Mitch Moreland
TEX5 Michael Young
TEX6 Joe Nathan
TEX7 Mike Napoli
TEX8 Adrian Beltre
TEX9 Ian Kinsler
TEX10 Colby Lewis
TEX11 Matt Harrison
TEX12 David Murphy
TEX13 Elvis Andrus
TEX14 Derek Holland
TEX15 Neftali Feliz
TEX16 Alexi Ogando
TEX17 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Toronto Blue Jays
TOR1 Jose Bautista
TOR2 Travis Snider
TOR3 Eric Thames
TOR4 Yunel Escobar
TOR5 Kelly Johnson
TOR6 Brett Cecil
TOR7 Colby Rasmus
TOR8 Ricky Romero
TOR9 J.P. Arencibia
TOR10 Brandon Morrow
TOR11 Henderson Alvarez
TOR12 Edwin Encarnacion
TOR13 Adam Lind
TOR14 Rajai Davis
TOR15 Sergio Santos
TOR16 Brett Lawrie
TOR17 Rogers Centre

Washington Nationals
WAS1 Stephen Strasburg
WAS2 Ian Desmond
WAS3 Jayson Werth
WAS4 John Lannan
WAS5 Wilson Ramos
WAS6 Gio Gonzalez
WAS7 Ryan Zimmerman
WAS8 Michael Morse
WAS9 Steve Lombardozzi
WAS10 Jordan Zimmermann
WAS11 Chien-Ming Wang
WAS12 Danny Espinosa
WAS13 Adam LaRoche
WAS14 Roger Bernadina
WAS15 Drew Storen
WAS16 Tyler Clippard
WAS17 Nationals Park

AL All-Stars
AL1 Albert Pujols
AL2 Evan Longoria
AL3 Miguel Cabrera
AL4 Josh Hamilton
AL5 Jacoby Ellsbury
AL6 Jose Bautista
AL7 Jered Weaver
AL8 Felix Hernandez
AL9 Justin Verlander
AL10 Ichiro Suzuki
AL11 Robinson Cano
AL12 CC Sabathia
AL13 Prince Fielder
AL14 Dustin Pedroia
AL15 Adrian Gonzalez
AL16 Derek Jeter
AL17 Alex Rodriguez

NL All-Stars
NL1 Matt Kemp
NL2 Ryan Braun
NL3 Jose Reyes
NL4 David Wright
NL5 Ryan Howard
NL6 Roy Halladay
NL7 Tim Lincecum
NL8 Clayton Kershaw
NL9 Troy Tulowitzki
NL10 Carlos Gonzalez
NL11 Dan Uggla
NL12 Hanley Ramirez
NL13 Buster Posey
NL14 Justin Upton
NL15 Joey Votto
NL16 Mike Stanton
NL17 Stephen Strasburg

All 30 team sets include the team's home stadium and unlike last year's "Home of the Reds" card, we now have a "Great American Ball Park" card.  All the stadiums are properly named (okay, save the debate about how corporate sponsorships in naming rights for stadiums for another time).  But I have a problem with this.

It's hard enough for some teams to get 16 players onto the eponymous set of 660.  That's why I like these team get players who would otherwise be ignored.  So I know that in past sets, we've had managers (Joe Maddon is on here this year), mascots (catch Fredbird with the rest of the Cardinals and Mariner Moose with the M's). I get that. If you notice, there is no trace of Mickey Mantle anywhere on the Yankees' team set (no offense to Mantle fans, but YAY!!!)  I can live with these...really, I can.

But is there any reason why...WHY!!!...there are three cards of Fenway Park on the Red Sox team set?  The Kingdome, I can understand (then again, is anybody in Seattle peeved that there are only 14 M's in your set to go with the Moose and two stadiums or are you content in knowing that 11 guys...maybe more...from your Opening Day roster was snubbed?) as it is no longer around.

Yes, Fenway is 100 years old. Was it really necessary though to include cards of what the Park looked like in 1912 AND 1967??? I think one card (of 1912 to show what the place originally looked like) would have made sense. But short of winning the pennant in 1967, why choose a picture from THAT year??? Hey Topps, any plans on doing a Fenway Park Legacy set since that other card company can't do it and the one with half the licenses can't use logos?

As prices for all 30 team sets are in the $4.99 - $8.99 range, I think I'll hold off on getting them right now (unless I happen to see them live at the Field of Dreams in Woodfield...all bets are off then) until the prices go down a bit (the one place I do enjoy ordering from doesn't even have anything listed). Regardless of when I get my hands on these cards and add them to my expanding collection, I hope putting these checklists online helps you decide to go out and get a team set, or two, or thirty.

Happy Hunting!!!


JayBee Anama

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Jackie Robinson Day 2012

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."

Thank you.


JayBee Anama

Friday, April 6, 2012

Four Cards Off the Wantlist

For years now (okay, since 2009), I have been searching in vain for the Target and Walmart exclusive Legends of the Game cards.  For those who don't remember, here's a quick history:

In 2009, Topps included an insert set called Legends of the Game.  Taking advantage of their CMG 17-player exclusive license, the set featured 17 legends whose feats were linked in a timeline, a history of the game if you will.  The time lines were featured in the early years of this blog.  Now to help retail sales at the two big box stores (that would be Walmart and Target), Topps inserted more Legends of the Game insert cards in packs distributed to either store.  But instead of designing these exclusive cards in the same color scheme as the regular cards, Topps printed what was called "Platinum" cards for Walmart and "Gold" cards for Target. These cards featured the same legends but highlighted different points of the player's career in the big timeline.

After a mass search, I was finally able to get both sets down to a point where I only needed seven cards to complete each 30 card insert set.  And then, the cards seemed to vanish.  I couldn't find these at card shows, and I was too impatient for eBay to put these out, so the quest to complete this set was stalled.

Until last week.

For a while now, one of the big eBay sellers has had these four cards on a Buy-It-Now sale.  However, nobody seemed to be biting.  And for the longest time, I kept the auctions for these cards in my watch list, hoping that the prices would eventually drop and that nobody else would come in and take these cards.  While the prices never lowered, the cards were slowly being snatched up by like-minded collectors.  It came to the point where there was just one copy left for one of the cards.  I had to get them now before they were gone for good.

So I bought them.

And after a week of waiting, they finally arrived:

Getting these four cards means a few things:

  • I finally completed the 30-card Walmart set (the Platinum set)
  • I am now down to three cards to complete the Target Gold set (and they were part of the Update & Highlights set from 2009).
So now I am down to these three cards to complete my master set:
  • LLG22 Ozzie Smith
  • LLG23 Babe Ruth
  • LLG25 Nolan Ryan
Anybody have these that they'd be willing to send my way???  They look like this (and while I know I could just buy them from Check Out My Cards...wait - the Ryan card is now Out of Stock..., I'd rather go the route of asking the people who read this blog first):

Help me finish this set. When I finally do, I'll enter the complete timeline on this blog.  Should be interesting to say the least.


JayBee Anama

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Season Already Started...

Tonight, MLB officially opens the North American portion of the season as the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals takes on the Miami Marlins (they're playing right now).  And as the new look Marlins take the field at their new stadium to take on the now Pujols-less Redbirds, let us pause and remember...

that the season started last week in Japan!!!  For those who didn't keep track, the Athletics and Mariners split their two game series at the Land of the Rising Sun. that it's out of the way.

Let the games begin. May your team have a successful 2012 season.  


JayBee Anama

Monday, April 2, 2012

2012 Topps Factory Set Sell Sheets are Live!!!

The sell sheet for this year's Topps Baseball Factory Sets is now live. Please take a look and see what is in store for 2012:

There was no checklist included, so we don't know who shows up in series 2...although that is a nice Prince Fielder card (notice he's in Tiger threads).

And instead of rookie variations (I think we don't have to worry about those anymore for the foreseeable future), each box will include a five card pack of ORANGE BASE PARALLEL CARDS!!!  For the insane set collector or player collector who just HAS TO HAVE every color of the rainbow imaginable (remember, there are red parallel cards exclusive to Target, blue ones exclusive to Walmart, and purple cards found at Toys R Us.  Who knows, maybe there will be green parallels when the Holiday set comes...making for an almost true rainbow experience (where does yellow fit in all of this???)

Thought I'd share.  Happy Hunting!!!


JayBee Anama

P.S.  I'm beginning to love this Google Chrome thing...jba

Two Shows and Twelve Cards Later...

With Blogger acting up saying that my Internet Browser is no longer able to see certain features, I now have Google Chrome as a third Internet browser (along with IE which I don't know what version I have, and Opera).

Anyway, I tweeted earlier (follow me @bdj610):
I don't know what the fuss is about. Went to 2 card shows within 2 miles of each other. Both full & there were kids. Hobby dying? Not here.
On the rare Sundays that there is not one but TWO card shows within distance of each other, I try to find ways to get to either, if not both.  Today, I was able to do just that.  Will I complete my ToppsTown set?  Will there be more surprise Original Backs found in the quarter bins?  Will I find my missing Gold Futures card?  Stay tuned.

I arrived at the first show at 10:00 am CST, and the place was already hopping.  It was packed as usual, and believe it or not, there were kids.  KIDS!!!  I found the one card I needed to complete my Gold Futures set (Mark Trumbo), and found an original back card from 2010 Topps Update Series (1975 Berra/Campanella MVP).  Total spent on both cards:  $0.50.

Seeing nothing else that I needed, I proceeded to the second card show.  This was another Fred Copp production.  Less of a crowd here (the spillover from the first show had not yet arrived).  Saw a stack of 2011 and 2012 Topps Stickers.  I do not yet have the 2012 Topps Sticker album, and I still need five more stickers to finish off the 2011 book.  Unfortunately, I did not find any of the five I needed.  I did find five of the nine Prime 9 Home Run Legends cards.  The dealer said he had six, and was going to sell them to me for $5.00, but it turned out that he only had five of them (missing #5, Alex Rodriguez).  Still paid him $5.00 for the cards.  

The same dealer also had three SP cards from 2010 Update series.  Now, I have really been bad about trying to hunt these down lately.  But thanks to other commitments (like mortgage, utility bills, groceries), these SP cards have been less of a priority.  And they're getting harder to find!!!  But this guy had three of them (Steve Carlton, Washington Senators, New York Giants).  And I could have them all for $15.00.  Unfortunately, I was out of cash, so I asked him to hold on to them and that I would return shortly.

I ran to the bank, but decided to stop back at the first show, just in case anyone had the missing Home Run Legend cards that I needed.  Sure enough, one dealer not only had the ARod card, but also card #7, Mr. Cub himself, Ernie Banks.  For $3.00, the pair was mine.  After double checking all the tables to see if there was anything I had missed (a stack of ToppsTown cards turned out to be from Series 1), I headed back to the Copp show.

The person who had the Prime 9 cards did find the ARod card in his possession, but because I already bought it at the other show, I had to decline.  But after giving the gentleman the $15.00 for the three SP's, my trip was done; and it was time to head home.

I wound up spending a grand total of $23.50 for twelve cards.  All make great additions to my want list.  I spent a bit more than I had anticipated, but I had to have those Prime 9 cards, and now only need the Frank Robinson #8 and I think it's Albert Pujols for #9 to complete the set.  Maybe I'll check the Bay later on for the last two.

Who said the Hobby is dead??!  It certainly isn't here in Chicago.


JayBee Anama

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I've Got Nothing

Really. Not a thing to write about today. Not surprising since I have been off in terms of my blogging habits. I had given thoughts of shutting the whole thing down since CBS announced that our Hobby is dead and there is no sense in continuing.

The Master Set that came in was even missing a few cards (ten to be exact). It isn't even worth it anymore, I think, if even the people on eBay aren't even putting in the effort to keep this sinking ship of a Hobby afloat. So I just have one card to post today. It's a favorite of mine, and I thought I'd share it.

Yeah right...Happy April Fools' Day everybody!!! If you really believe that our Hobby is dead? Then you most certainy are a fool. Keep the pranks to a minimum, will you?


JayBee Anama