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Collecting Kershaw: Game Used baseball likely used for his 898th career K (Mark Buehrle)

Posted in Collecting Kershaw, Misc. with tags , , , on November 6, 2020 by Cardboard Icons

I think I found myself a gem in the rough. Today I present you with what I believe to be the ball used for Clayton Kershaw’s 898th career strikeout on August 10, 2012.

This ball bears the Florida Marlins Park 2012 inaugural season stamp and is authenticated by MLB as a third inning foul tip by batter Donovan Solano, who would end up being Kershaw’s 899th career K.

Authentication processes at the time did not detail the same way as we see these days with multiple pitches, their speeds, pitch type, etc. So I did a little research and here’s what I came up with for the life of this ball.

In the prior at-bat, Kershaw faced opposing pitcher Mark Buehrle, and got ahead 0-2, the second strike coming on a ball fouled out of play. A new ball is introduced — the ball I believe I now own — and Kershaw missed high (73 MPH curve) on the next pitch and then away with a 94 MPH fastball on the following one. The third pitch is a 93 MPH fastball that Buehrle can’t catch up to and he’s down on a swinging strikeout; the catcher throws the ball around the horn.

Video shows Kershaw circling the mound and then waits for the third baseman throw him the ball and he gets right back on the mound. No new ball is introduced.

Kershaw then faces Solano, starting with a 94 MPH fastball down the middle of the plate, then an 84 MPH (changeup?) pitch off the plate. His next pitch is an 85 MPH curve that spikes at the plate and Solano swings. The ball hits either the bat (play by play said swing and miss) or the catchers knee saver/shin pad and then ricochets toward the Marlins dugout. A new ball is then introduced and Kershaw then misses with a ball and then gets Solano to swing and miss on another curveball in the dirt which the catcher gloves and tags the batter — the catcher keeps the balls and heads to the dugout.

Given that the ball is authenticated as a “foul tip” and Solano only swing twice in that atbat, it’s likely the ball is from the third pitch of the atbat, which with a swing and an audible “thud” and ricochet could be construed by the authenticator as a foul tip. And we know that ball to have been used for pitches 2 and 1 of the Solano atbat, which I also believe to have been used for the final three pitches of the previous atbat which ended in a strikeout.

Not sure if I’d be able to get MLB to add a note to the authentication, but the evidence looks pretty strong to me and I’ll plan to display it in my collection as such. It’s NFS anyway. 🙂

Link to the YouTube video (full game) is here ( The Buehrle atbat is around the 47:00 mark. This ball was in play for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Team Lots for sale

Posted in Misc. on August 26, 2020 by Cardboard Icons

The follow team lots are for sale at the listed prices PLUS SHIPPING. The description for each team gives you an estimate of how many cards are included and some estimate on the number of certain players. I usually rounded down to account for errors.

These lots contain mostly 2008 through 2018 with some 2019 sprinkled in. There are some earlier cards as well, but the majority is from the last decade. The brands are mostly Topps related – flagship, Heritage, Bowman, Chrome, etc and others. There are also some Panini brands as well. Most of these are base cards, but there are some inserts and parallels included, also prospect stuff as well. There will be duplicates.

I realize that shipping is cost prohibitive when dealing with these kind of lots which is why I priced each team as a stand alone and am offering the following shipping options: ONLY SHIPPING TO UNITED STATES ADDRESSES AT THIS TIME.

Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail – fits 3 550-count boxes: $15

Large Flat Rate Priority Mail – fits 4 550-count boxes: $20.

I have included the number of boxes that each team is made up of. If you buy multiple teams I WILL COMBINE SHIPPING when possible. This may include combining teams into boxes if necessary. I am NOT looking to make money on shipping — I hate the cost, but its necessary. I am NOT offering other methods at this time.

If a team is listed as “Sold” or “Not Available” it is not available.

If you buy two or more teams I will offer a 10% discount on the team price. Payment expected after deal is completed; payment through Pay Pal only.

If you see something you want, contact me via Twitter: @cardboardicons. These will be sold on a first come, first serve basis … unless a larger deal is made. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

***** AL West *****

Mariners: About 830 total cards, featuring Felix Hernandez (~50), Ken Griffey Jr (~15), Robinson Cano (~40), as well as cards of Ichiro, Randy Johnson, Mitch Haniger, Edgar Martinez, and many more. All contained in 2 550ct boxes. Price: $25.


Angels: About 770 total cards, featuring Albert Pujols (~75), Mike Trout (~15), Shohei Ohtani (~20), and many more. All contained in 2 550ct. Boxes. Price: $40


Rangers: About 730 cards featuring Nolan Ryan (~14), Joey Gallo (~30), Roughned Odor (~30), Adrian Beltre (~50), Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, And many more. All contained in two 550ct boxes. Price: $20.


A’s: About 875 cards featuring: Rickey Henderson (~23), Matt Chapman (~12), Matt Olson (~17), Marcu

Astros: About 970 total cards including Jose Altuve (~85), George Springer (~69), Carlos Correa (~71), Alex Bregman (~47), Justin Verlander (~38), and many more. All contained in two 550ct boxes and one 400ct box. Price: $60.


***** AL Central *****

ROYALS: Not Available.

Indians: About 980 total cards including Francisco Lindor (~60), Shane Bieber (~12), Corey Kluber (~62), Bob Feller, Mike Clevenger, Carlos Santana and many more. The cards are contained in two 550ct boxes with a small amount in the side. Price $20.


White Sox: About 810 cards including Jose Abreu (~45), Frank Thomas (~32), and many more. Note: There are NO Luis Robert cards in this lot. These are contained in two 550ct boxes. Price: $25


Twins: S


Tigers: SOLD


***** AL East *****

Rays: More than 800 total cards including Evan Longoria (~48), David Price (~15), Blake Snell (~15), and many more. These contained within two 550-count boxes. Price: $15


Blue Jays: About 930 total cars including Jose Bautista (~40), Josh Donaldson (~50), Troy Tulowitzki (~15), Marcus Strowman and many more. Contained in a 550-CT and 660 CT box. Price $20


Orioles: About 800 total cards including Cal Ripken (~25), Manny Machado (~65), Brooks and


Red Sox: SOLD


Yankees: SOLD

***** NL West *****

Giants: SOLD

Padres: SOLD


Rockies: About 840 total cards including Nolan Arenado (~40), Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story and many more. Inside two 550-count boxes. Price: $20


Diamondbacks: About 890 cards including Paul Goldschmidt (~50), Zach Greinke (~40), Randy Johnson and many more. Contained within two 550-count boxes. Price: $15.


Dodgers: About 1,000 total cards including Cody Bellinger (~60), Sandy Koufax (~22), Jackie Robinson (~10), Clayton Kershaw (~13), Walker Buehler, Duke Snider, Corey Seager and many more. These are in three 550-count boxes. Price: $50

***** NL Central *****


Pirates: SOLD


Reds: About 925 cards including Joey Votto (~70), Johnny Bench (~30), Barry Larkin (~25), Joe Morgan (~25), Frank Robinson, Tom Seaver and many more. Contained within three 550-count boxes. Price: $30.


Brewers: SOLD


Cubs: SOLD


Cardinals: About 1,200 total cards including Yadier Molina (~45), Lou Brock (~18), Albert Pujols (~8), Stan Musial (~17), Paul Goldschmidt (~18), Ozzie Smith (~40), Bob Gibson (~12), Adam Wainwright (~35), and many more. These are contained within three 550-count boxes. Price: $50

***** NL East *****

Mets: About 990 total cards including Jacob DeGrom (~55), David Wright (~40), Noah Syndergaard (~50), Tom Seaver (~20), Nolan Ryan (~15), Mike Piazza and more. These are contained in three 550-count boxes. Price: $40.


Nationals: About 960 total cards including Bryce Harper (~85), Stephen Strasburg (~50), Max Scherzer (~60), Anthony Rendon (~30), Trea Turner (~25), and many more. There are NO Juan Soto cards in this lot. These are contained in two 660-count boxes. Price: $50.


Marlins: About 690 total cards including Christian Yelich (-20), Giancarlo Stanton (~40), Ichiro (~30), Jose Fernandez (~20) and many more. These are contained in two 550-count boxes. Price: $15.


Phillies: About 830 total cards including Aaron Nola (~35), Roy Halladay (~10), Mike Schmidt (~25), Ryan Howard (~15) and many more. These are contained in two 550-count boxes. Price: $20


Braves: About 925 total cards including: Ronald Acuna (~5), Freddie Freeman (~75), Hank Aaron (~9), Chipper Jones (~20), Greg Maddux (~7), Ozzie Albies (~12), Warren Spahn and many more. These are contained in two 550-count boxes and a smaller box. Price: $50

This feels like a bad time to be investing in unknowns …

Posted in Commentary, Misc. with tags , , , , , , on July 27, 2020 by Cardboard Icons

This surely is an interesting time in our hobby. Money is flowing like water for some folks and many are willing to take more chances than ever.

You do you. But if you ask me … this sure seems like a horrible time to be investing in unknowns.

Major League Baseball returned to action this week after having the season delayed due to COVID-19. And after three games we have our first major outbreak with more than a dozen Miami Marlins players and personnel returning a positive test.

The result has been at least one canceled game, which immediately reignites the talking point that some have had for months: How the are they going to play a completed “season” during a health crisis like this?

You can believe what you want about COVID. Fact of the matter is that it’s real, people have died — and yes many have not — and we don’t know how each individual is going to react if they contract the disease so safety protocols are enacted all over the world t slow the spread until a vaccine is produced. In the sports we’ve been introduced to a term like “in the bubble,” and we frequently hear about mandatory testing and quarantine.

So how does all of this relate to card investments? Well, here: If games can’t be played, then players can’t prove or disprove their relative worth to their sports or teams, and thereby collectors/investors have nothing to really gauge their value.

Don’t you find it odd that during a 100-day period where none of the major sports were being played that values of young players — and a fair amount of stars — skyrocketed?

It’s because much of the investing side of this hobby/business is built on “promise.” It’s built on the idea that today’s big prospect is tomorrow’s next Mike Trout, who of course is still in the midst of being the next Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays. This is the baseball analogy, but there are similar arguments in other sorts.

And if this 60-game baseball season can’t have a proper conclusion — all games being played and a playoff — how are those guys going to show their worth?

Luis Robert had a really good weekend, Kyle Lewis did as well. But if the season got called off today, or in a week or month, is that going to be enough to keep your interest longterm?

And how on earth is Jasson Dominguez ever going to show us how he performs in a game with professionals if the Minor League season has been canceled? I mean batting practice homeruns can only keep the pilot light on for so long.

Investing, or maybe flipping is better term, is an art. I realize that. None of the aforementioned players have to become a Hall of Famer for YOU to have done well on your particular investment, after all the key is being able to capture the money between buying low and any higher price. But for the ones who keep buying at the high end, doesn’t the uncertainty of games even being played scare you away?

Again, you’re going to do what you do with your money. I’m no financial guru. But for me, I just don’t see how this is an optimal time to be buying on the high end for any player whom I can’t sit and at least think about their good years simply because they’ve not been able to have them.

Collecting Kershaw: Near-Rainbow of 2006 Bowman Originals

Posted in Collecting Kershaw, Misc. with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2020 by Cardboard Icons

A week and a half ago I secured a deal for a blue border 2006 Bowman Originals Clayton Kershaw Card serial numbered /249. It was what I thought was the final card I needed for the “rainbow” of one of Kershaw’s earliest cards.

Of course what I failed to recognize is that there is a red parallel limited to just one copy.

I don’t anticipate ever acquiring that card, let alone seeing it, so I’ll just roll with the punches and not diminish this feat.

Here are the base, black /99 and blue /249 border versions of the Kershaw Bowman Originals Card.

For those not familiar, these cards were released in an odd pick out. Topps created this product which essentially contained a two buy-back Bowman autos that were inside a snap case case (like Magnetics for the time), then surrounded it by a handful of unprotected cards. The product was expensive for the time and really isn’t much different than Archives Signature that we see today.

The saving grace, as it turns out, we’re these prospect cards. The auto checklist was littered with mediocre signatures and there was concern about forgeries being placed inside the cases.

In 2006 I attended my first show after a two-year hiatus and the hobby had changed so much during that time frame. I spent two hours wandering the showroom floor looking for something to buy. I wound up grabbing a pack of Bowman Originals and it contained signatures of Fausto Carmona and Brandon Phillips … but had a blue border Evan Longoria, which was a great card for the time.

The Kershaws to me were somewhat elusive, mostly because I felt they were too expensive. The prices have come down a bit in recent years and now I’m proud to say I own these three

Introducing “Collecting Bumgarner” – a new PC

Posted in CollectingBumgarner, Misc. with tags , , on March 1, 2020 by Cardboard Icons

There’s something about pitchers that make me revere their skills above most others.

From the time I was young I always admired the way pitchers can dominate – Roger Clemens, Bret Saberhagen, and Dave Stewart were three of my favorites when I was a kid.

Of course I went on to collect Clemens — I kept his 1985 Topps rookie in a Card Saver taped to the inside of my school binder in 1990 and 1991.

And in the late 2000s I became enamored with Clayton Kershaw and that knee-buckling curve ball. Of course it only seemed to make sense to collect him when unearthed his Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor auto in 2006.

Officially speaking, Clemens and Kershaw have been my PC guys for several years. I’ve often toyed with adding a third pitcher, one whom I had the pleasure of watching in person locally for years.

Over the years I’ve amassed quite a bit of Madison Bumgarner cards. In 2008 I actually pulled his Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractor auto — a card I later sold to acquire a base auto and a few other items for my rookie collection.

But I recently made an acquisition from a friend of mine. Tom in Las Vegas is a guy with whom known for about 20 years. A few weeks ago he bought into a Nation Treasures baseball break and wound up with a sweet One of One Bumgarner pitch card that I instantly recognized as the “S” from the “World Series Champions” patch the Giants wore in 2015. I expressed interest; he cut me a good deal and we both won.

So now that the card is in my possession, I’ll formally announce that Bumgarner is a PC guy. Now I’ve got to catalog those and get them into a binder.