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An Auto A Day … #5

Posted in An Auto A Day with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

Here’s another solid Major Leaguer who used his skill set on the field to help him get a job in the dugout.

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Brad Ausmus, a three-time Gold Glove winner and an all-star, spent 18 seasons as a Big League catcher. His career started in 1993 with the San Diego Padres and ran through 2010 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. And just three years after retirement, he found himself as the skipper of one of the best teams in Major League Baseball, the Detroit Tigers.

Often regarded as one of the game’s nicest guys, Ausmus proved to be the same to fans as he frequently signed Through The Mail (TTM). That said, how does a guy spent nearly two decades in the majors — a time frame that coincides with a book in certified autographed in the hobby — yet he only has one signed card (1996 Leaf Signature Autographs), with two parallels of the same. Ausmus only has one true rookie card as well, a 1992 Topps card that he shares with three other guys.

An Auto A Day … #4

Posted in An Auto A Day with tags , , , , , on August 22, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

If you were a baseball fan after the strike of 1994, you surely remember that the Montreal Expos (which later became the Washington Nationals) were one of the better teams in baseball at the time, and in 1995 they had a hell of a left handed phenom on their hands by the name of Carlos Perez.

IMG_2984The brother of two Major Leaguers — both of whom were right handed — Carlos Perez was a flamboyant pitcher during his rookie season in 1995 — he made the all-star team that season –and after each strikeout, he’d do this funky twitch movement on the mound to celebrate his punch outs. Some people liked it; others hated it. Go figure.  At the time SportsCenter was really the only sports cable show available nationwide, so he was a constant on. He wasn’t really a strikeout machine but seemed that way given the rate at which is highlights were shown.

But due to injuries and off-the-field nonsense, Perez’s career never blossomed to the levels that many figured he could reach. He would miss all of 1996 due to injury and played parts of two more seasons with Les Expos before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where his MLB career ended in 2000.

Perez made it into nearly all of the 1995 products and has an astounding 15 rookie cards — his Bowman’s Best or Topps Finest are best in my opinion — but only really has one certified autograph. If you guessed 1996 Leaf Signature Series, you’re right. The base autograph is shown here and then there are two parallels of the same card.

Rookie/Prospect Card Six Pack #31

Posted in Rookie Card Six Pack with tags , , , , , , , on March 16, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

IMG_72492010 Bowman Chrome DJ LeMehieu, 201 Bowman Chrome Kyle Seager, 2010 Bowman Chrome Yasmani Grandal, 2010 Bowman Chrome Refractors Gary Brown, 2010 Bowman Chrome Refractors Zach Lee, 2010 Bowman Chrome Refractors Felix Doubront

Thrift Treasures 65: Ripken Jr. signed book for 99 cents

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , on March 10, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

Still playing catchup on some TT posts, we’ll go with this one real quick. A month or so ago I was digging through the book section at one of the local thrift stores and found a paperback book documenting Cal Ripken Jr.’s career. The book was authored by Ripken and a writer.

I’ve documented here before that I do look through the book section at stores because every now and then you’ll find a signed book. A a general rule of thumb though, I typically don’t bother with paperbacks.

Well, something made me pick this up and thumb through a few pages. And sure enough, some four pages, there’s some ink — a live Cal Ripken Jr. Autograph for less than a buck.

If my name was Matt, I’d be in heaven …

Total cost for this Thrift Treasure: 99 cents

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Five-Pack 2014 Donruss Baseball break + Box Topper

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

Hit one of the local shops yesterday and was lucky enough to be there right when they opened a fresh box of 2014 Donruss Baseball.  I actually intended to buy a box last week, but changed my mind this week after I essentially spent my Donruss box money on a pack of 2012 Panini Signature Series that wound up yielding a Mike Trout auto /25.

I digress. The employee agreed to sell me the box topper, and so I picked five packs to go along with it.  With each box containing two autographs and a game-used relic card, I’d say I did fairly well in my packs.  Here’s the loot:

Box Topper:

IMG_6935Stephen Strasburg Jumbo Diamond Kings.

Pack :1

IMG_6941Colby Rasmus, Roberto Alomar, Adam Dunn, Jason Kipnis auto, Travis d’Arnaud Rated Rookie, Ryan Zimmerman, Kiroki Kiroda, and Matt Harvey.

 

Pack 2:

IMG_6940Gerardo Parra, Curtis Granderson, Aroldis Chapman, Don Mattingly Press Proof /99, Andrew McCutchen, Ichiro, Yan Gomes RC, Josh Dolandson.

Pack 3:

IMG_6939Jean Segura, Chris Sale, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Trout Breakout Hitters insert, Buster Posey, Hisashi Iwakuma, Felix Hernandez, Zack Wheeler

Pack 4:

IMG_6938Jay Bruce, Wei-Yin Chen, Adrian Gonzalez, James Paxton Rated Rookie, Tim Lincecum, Alfonso Soriano, Chase Headley, Hiroki Kuroda

Pack 5:

IMG_6937Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton, Jose Fernandez, Edwin Encarnacion Game Gear Relic, Roy Halladay Hall Worthy, Robinson Cano, Hyun-Jin Ryu RC, Carl Crawford, Zack Greinke

Video Break: 2012 Panini Signature Series Baseball — Big Pull

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

I don’t do this very often.  I don’t buy a lot of “high-end” products to begin with, and my history of recording box/pack breaks hasn’t exactly been all that successful. BUT this time was different.  This one comes from Stevens Creek Sports Cards, in San Jose, California. Good times. Enjoy.

“Cowboy” Joe West, 2004 Bowman Heritage Signs of Authority autograph

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , , on January 24, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

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