Archive for Daisuke Matsuzaka

New Additions from the Night Owl

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2009SPXTripleJerseyMatsuzakaSchillingBeckettI’m going to go on record again and state that Night Owl cards has been by favorite blog since I discovered it last year. Is it the best and most informative blog? No. But is it entertaining, one that always keeps my attention? Absolutely. In addition to all of this, Greg — the author of NightOwl — and I have managed to become pretty good trading partners. He wants Dodgers, I want Red Sox; we agree to swap whenever possible. As he noted on his blog earlier this week I sent him a package last week consisting of some vintage Dodgers and a  pair of through the mail autographs (Andre Ethier and Brett Butler) f0r this 2009 SPX  Red Sox Triple Relic.

But as many people in the Blogospehere know, there are many generous card bloggers, and Greg is one of them. He also sent along this care package of Red Sox cards — all of which I needed for  my growing Boston collection.

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Big shouts to Wax Heaven and Night Owl Cards

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2008agbaseballiconscampanellaMy mail man came extra early today and he might as well could have been Santa Claus. In the mail were two packages from fellow bloggers Mario from Wax Heaven and  Greg at Night Owl Cards … AND my three boxes of Topps Gallery, which I wrote about here.

Because I’m a fan of making things right, I’m going to show off the cards that were sent to me by these fellow bloggers before even discussing the Topps Gallery hobby boxes, which are still sitting here in their factory wrappers.

First, let’s look at the amazing stuff Mario sent me.

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A quick look at Topps Town (2009 Topps Baseball)

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2009toppstowndaisukematsuzakaOK, let me say first that it’s pretty obvious that ToppsTown.com is a card and game Web site geared toward kids. I figured as such when I started pulling these coded cards from packs of 2009 Topps baseball this week, but I was curious what I might be missing out on.

The Topps Town stuff existed last year, but honestly I chucked every single card I pulled because they looked like they were just filler. This year, the cards feature actual players, so there is some collectible factor to them. They are seeded one per pack and each card features a special code on the back redeemable for nonsense on the Web site. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2008 Topps Opening Day Daisuke Matsuzaka

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

gyro1I’ve had this card in my collection since March 31, 2008 — literally Opening Day (it’s at the bottom of my live Opening Day Blog posted here) — and it was not until Thursday night did I realize how cool this card it is. All you have to do is look at Daisuke’s hand for the reason. Is that not the supposed gyroball? Continue reading

New Additions Part I: 1 “rookie”, 1 autograph and a bunch of Red Sox

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

soxmasterNot to be confused with New Edition, “New Additions” is my new segment in which I will showcase new pickups acquired through trade, from purchases eBay or otherwise. It’s also my way of giving thanks (via shout outs and name drops) to the good folks who take the time to trade cards with me. So, without further ado, let’s get on with it … Continue reading

Cards of the Day: 2008 Rookie of the Year autographs

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

longosotoThe arrival of my Daisuke Matsuzaka through the mail (TTM) autograph yesterday re-energized my faith in the TTM process. I think I might actually send out a few in the next month or so. But that card’s arrival not only made me want to send more out, it also reminded me of what I already had — autographs of 2008 Rookie of the Year winners Evan Longoria and Geovany Soto.

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Card of the Day: 2007 Upper Deck Star Rookies Daisuke Matsuzaka autograph*

Posted in Card of the Day, TTM Success with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

matsuzaka1Holy bleepin bleep! Look what showed up in my mail box today. For the last two weeks I’ve gotten a weird feeling every time I’d checked my mail when returning from work. I sent out nearly 100 autograph requests during Spring Training this year and really didn’t have much success. But for some reason I got a feeling recently that one or two might trickle in now that the season is over. But never in a thousand years did I expect to see Matsuzaka — whom I sent to in July 2007 and had already written off! Continue reading