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Card of the Day: 2010 Topps Stephen Strasburg

Finally pulled this from a pack of Topps Update a week or so ago. Glad to get it off the damn needs list.

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Trades with Rhubarb Runner and BA Benny

Apologies guys for combining both trades into one post, but I’ve run late on this one long enough. My first trade was with Rhubarb Runner from e Reyhahn, Reyhahn, a blog I’ve enjoyed for quite awhile now. He contacted me with a trade proposal, and we worked something out, with an eye toward a future, larger trade, I hope (the holiday season is just kicking me around timewise). Here’s a sample of what he sent!


2009 Topps Traded Gold


Very cool, goes straight into the Zim collection. I dig it.


2009 Topps Gold


And then here’s that OTHER Zim. I’m always happy to get Jordan’s cards, and I like this one a lot – I feel the photo works a lot better with the gold borders than the white ones.


2010 Topps Opening Day Blue


I think this was my first Opening Day blue card for this year, and I like it a lot. I may try to collect the entire team set.

And the centerpiece of the trade on my end. Everts never really panned out to be much, but I’ve been trying to get his autograph and GU for awhile now; I like obtaining stuff like this from obscure players almost as much as the All Stars, and it’s a nice addition to the collection. Thanks, David! I still plan to dig through that

Okay, now to Mike’s trade. Mike, of course, runs BA Benny’s Baseball Card Buffet and Pack Rip Cafe, both of which are great blogs worth checking out. This was actually our second trade, a follow-up to our previous trade. This began when I saw he had broken a box of 2010 Topps Update and scored some Nationals and Senators that I wanted. Let’s look at the targets first:


2010 Topps Traded Gold


Well, duh. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to part with this one, but I appreciate that he did. It’s definitely going to occupy a cherished spot in my collection, especially as it has both Stras and Zim on the same card. Very cool.

That coloring job is horrific, but I will always ALWAYS want a card with The Big Train on it. Walter Johnson was the man.


Original Back


I’ll also always want cards with Killebrew as a National/Senator. He was in Washington for such a brief time that these cards, even reprints, are always a treat.

There were a few other update cards, but that was the core of what I wanted. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trade without a few throw-ins, and he threw in a LOT of cards. My favorite, and what turned out to be my favorite of the package even ahead of the Strasburg, is this:

Detwiler will likely not become much, but this is cool because I have the non-gold edition of this card…putting the gold next to the regular is incredibly sweet. Like I said, sometimes it’s not about the player’s star power; there are lots of other factors.

1999 Bowman Chrome International

The 98 and 99 Bowman Chrome International cards are AWESOME, and this one is no exception.

2006 Topps Own the Game

2006 Topps Stars

A couple of cool 06 Topps inserts.

2006 Topps Trading Places

Another insert that seemed highly appropriate next to Soriano.

2007 Bowman Heritage Refractor/Rainbow

Are these refractors or rainbow cards? I’m never quite sure. Either way, love the set, and I like Jesus Flores. I keep holding out hope he’s not injured again.

There was a lot more stuff, but this is all I really have room for. Thanks a lot, guys! I hope you enjoy what I sent your way.


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Card of the Day: 2010 Topps Chrome XFractor Stephen Strasburg

Hang in there, Stephen, and come back strong in 2012.

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Mail Call!

Oh yeah, yesterday was a sweet mail day, probably the last I’ll have for awhile, as spare cash is drying up in advance of a car repair *sigh*. First up I got Stephen Strasburg’s Syracuse card from this year:

I think this is just team-issued, but man, it’s kind of snazzy, and I like the Syracuse uniforms. Definitely a worthy addition to the collection. But this is what I was really excited about:

Yep, that’s a 2009 SP Jordan Zimmermann auto, my fourth Zimermann auto overall. It’s not my favorite autographed card of his, but it is pretty far up there, even for being a sticker auto. I feel like the sticker is handled fairly well. Even though it cuts off some of his legs, it’s not enough to really keep the “meat” of the photo from being the focus. I think that vaults it above a couple of my other autos for that reason alone.

It’s nice to be able to pick these things up now and then. I’ll have to scan in my new Ross Detwiler auto sometime soon.

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Analysis of Stephen Strasburg’s Pitching Mechanics

Hell of a fascinating, if depressing, read at http://www.chrisoleary.com/projects/baseball/pitching/professionalpitcheranalyses/StephenStrasburg.html

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Weekend Pickups

I mentioned in several posts this weekend that I busted some Topps Value Boxes…four, to be exact, as I was looking to get the entire Chrome set that comes exclusively in the set and was lacking only the Ruth at the end of the day. This was the also the first time I’d gotten Topps Million Card giveaway redemptions, so I was giddy about those.

Here’s some of what I scored in the boxes:

Didn’t get to scan the Ruth card yet, but yes, I have the entire set now. And I’m very pleased with it. I’m a complete refractor whore, so I knew these were a must-have, especially with a National involved.

I also got a “hot box”, comparatively. The following all came from one box, the one with the Strasburg:

These copper cards are kind of cool, but the edges chip VERY easily, so they’re going to be incredibly condition sensitive as time goes on. But yeah, that was a pretty great box.

My other copper was a Paul Maholm:

I also got a big handful of Turkey Red, always welcome:

All in all, I give the Value Boxes an A+. I feel like I got more than $15 worth of material in those boxes, and the chrome cards are a nice addition. I’ll eventually cover my Million Card Giveaway stuff, but I’m in the process of trying to convert what I got to Senators, Expos, and Nationals. I have, however, already requested delivery on this card:

1968 Topps

That card began its life as a Jose Vidal 1969, then was transformed into a Denny Lemaster 1967 and ended up here. I’m always happy with a new 68 card! Thanks for these, Topps.

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Strasburg’s press conference

I applaud Strasburg for his news conference. Rather than letting it get him down, he looked at it as an opportune time to have this happen rather than when the team might be heading into the postseason. Its so refreshing to hear a National with that attitude for once. I’m impressed finally.

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Well That’s That… (Strasburg)

Torn ligament. Tommy john surgery. Wow. I suspected it might happen in a year or two, not now. I don’t know what to say, I’m honestly stunned. As much as I’m experiencing the hobby version of Schadenfreude, I have to emphasize that this really really sucks as a Nats fan.

On the upside, I guess I can finally start picking up those rookies on the cheap. Ugh.

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Tonight was ugly

Strasburg lit up in his first start back…did anyone else catch it? Didn’t look like the same pitcher. He was hanging stuff left and right. I’m officially concerned.


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A Word About the State of the Hobby

Getting my first 2010 cards has made me think some more about why I haven’t bothered with any of the 2010 issues to this point, and I think I need to share some about it, even if no one cares.

Now, I’m generally a pretty positive person, and so posting something that might be perceived as negative feels…uncomfortable to me, but if I don’t get it off my chest here, I don’t know where else I really could. The Voice of the Collector posted recently and covered some of the thoughts that I’ve been having.

Let me try to organize my thoughts, though. Let’s start with the Nationals and why there’s been such a dearth of coverage on this site lately. As a Nationals fan, I couldn’t be more thrilled with the state of the team. We have some legit superstar prospects, more people are interested in the team, and I think the team has a shot to be great and maybe even get to the world series in the next five years.

As a Nationals collector…

Look, I like Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper as much as the next guy. Maybe even more, given that it’s “my” team. I’m over the moon that “my” team has these players. But damn has it made collecting this team discouraging. Strasburg may well be a Clemens of his generation, but even in his prime Clemens’ cards didn’t go for this much. I’m tired and still getting over an illness, so I’m not going to be as eloquent as I might usually be: it’s stupid. Just plain stupid. You can buy good cards of Hall of Famers, multiple cards, in fact, for the price of some of these Strasburg cards. Hell, even the regular Bowman.

And let’s not even get into the fact that Topps was all about making the sets affordable for kids this year and now they’re shoving Strasburg into every set they can possibly stuff him into, making it out of the price range of collectors who don’t want a second mortgage to buy wax or even team sets, let alone kids.

It’s the same old crap that I’ve noticed ever since I got back into the hobby. They’re turning collectors into gambling addicts, forever chasing after the next big score. Remember when game-used was exciting? How about autographs? Then it became 1/1s. Now it’s these ultra-expensive 1/1s that often feature all three.

Look, I get it that some people do this as a business. Hell, I do the same thing with video games, and it doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for them (though it has made me a lot more discerning), but at the same time I deal in old video games. If new video games came with the kind of price premium that cards are now dealing with, I’d give up the hobby – it just wouldn’t be fun or worth it anymore.  I bet a lot of people are considering doing just that, even as the Strasburgs bring in more fans with a gold rush mentality (early 90s all over again, hello?). I know I have very little interest in this new generation, and wonder where that will leave me in a few years.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say. Yes, I know there’s vintage to collect (and that’s what I’m doing), but it just makes me sad about the state of the hobby moving forward. Hopefully it’ll work itself out, but who knows, really.


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