Archive for Matt Garza

Congrats Matt Garza; hello Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on July 26, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

It’s about time. That’s all I can say after Matt Garza threw his no-hitter Monday night. A few years ago, when Jay Bruce was hotter than Satan himself, I splurged and opened a box of 2005 Bowman Draft. It wasn’t cheap, but I did defeat the odds. Not only did I pull every solid base Chrome rookie, I also I managed to pull this blue refractor Matt Garza. I was happy to have pulled the card as Garza was showing promises of being a star. Then he went back to being mediocre this card became somewhat of an afterthought. Fast forward to this evening and suddenly Mr. No-Nonsense is Mr. No-No.

Card of the Day: 1997 Bowman’s Best International Preview Atomic Refractor Mariano Rivera

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Refractors are a beautiful thing. In their basic form the refractor coating on the card catches the light in a certain way, and suddenly every man has an appreciation for the colors of the rainbow. OK, that’s a little fru-fru, but you know it’s true. Refractors look awesome. But in 1997 the Topps company started a new refractor, the Atomic Refractor, something very similar to today’s X-Fractor. Continue reading

2008 Cardboard World Series

Posted in Cardboard World Series with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

When I was younger, I would create my own baseball diamond on poster board and then affix cards of my favorite players. From time to time, I would switch up the cards to create two fantasy all-star lineups and pit them against each other, cardboard style.

In honor of the World Series starting today, I’ve decided to put a twist on that old diagram. Instead of actually drawing one — or stealing someone’s digital version and making it my own — I decided to pit the two MLB World Series teams against each other here using cards from my collection just like the old days. Continue reading