To my surprise, Allen & Ginter hit retail shelves this week as evidenced by this single Blaster I purchased. There also were two regular retail boxes at this Target store, but it was clear those had been picked through by some searcher. Blasters are the way to buy this product when it comes to retail anyway. You get eight packs for $19.99, or about $2.50 per. … BUT there are only six cards per pack. The hobby version carries eight cards. Anyway, the odds look pretty similar to the hobby version, save for the frequency of the hits, and the lack of Rip Cards. (Here is the scan of the wrappers. The top one is Hobby, bottom is Retail.) Keep reading for the Blaster break. Just a heads up, I beat the odds. Continue reading
Archive for C.C. Sabathia
What can I say. The last few month have been good to me in regards to older through the mail autograph requests. First it was Daisuke Matsuzaka, then Chipper Jones, and today I received one I’d pretty much forgotten about; one of the newest additions to the New York Yankees, Mr. C.C. Sabathia.
I sent my request to the Indians Spring Training camp on Feb. 11, 2008. And it arrived today — 361 days later — post marked from Oakland, Calif., the nearest major postal hub to Sabathia’s home in Vallejo, Calif. Continue reading →
CC is on his way to New York. OK, I know, not exactly breaking news at this point. Then again, this is not one of those blogs that’s going to be the 52,000th one to re-post information reported by a legitimate media source and then pass it off like I did some real reporting. I hate that crap. I’ll at least give you an opinion … and cite my sources.
Anyhow, what I would like to discuss is this 2008 UD Sweet Spot card I pulled Tuesday night, and CC’s fantasy baseball value … sorta. Continue reading →
With C.C. Sabathia’s trade over the weekend to the Milwaukee Brewers, I felt it time to discuss this particular card: 2005 Prime Patches Portraits Team Logo, serial numbered 136. This card features a swatch of Sabathia’s game-used road uniform with a three-color patch from the team’s logo, which was sewn into the chest of the jersey. What I’ve been unable to discern is if this patch is from the infamous Indian head mascot — which is highly controversial — or from the script “I” the team has taken a liking to in recent years. At first I figured it was the Indian head mascot, but the patch is a bit rigid for that. Notice straight lines and apparent 75 degree angle at the bottom. Anyone have any insight? As for the card and Sabathia itself, I always wondered how other team collectors feel about memorabilia cards of players who are traded from their teams. I think there is some initial sorrow, and the market softens tremendously. But in the long run, do team collectors — and by those I mean who collect everyone who ever donned their team’s jersey — really care? Personally, if I had a chance to acquire a sweet Johnny Damon patch from his days with the Sox, I would not be able to pass it up. But that’s just me.