Archive for rookies

For Trade: 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Clayton Kershaw Auto BGS 9

Posted in For Trade with tags , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2006BowmanChromeCLAYTONkERSHAWThis Clayton Kershaw 2006 Bowman Chrome auto rookie here on the right is for trade, seeking offers of rookies something of similar quality. This card was pulled from a box last year and submitted to Beckett grading, which gave slabbed it a a Mint 9 (3×9; 1x 9.5) with a perfect signature. Serious offers only, please. Traders whom I have not dealt with before will ship their item first.

Bargain Blaster: 2007 Ultra Baseball

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , on June 3, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

packsIn these times of economic uncertainty, a card collector has to find his kicks any way possible. For some of us, that means bargains, not high-dollar gambles. It’s not often that you find bargains at Big Box stores, but recently there have been a few older Blasters that have returned to shelves with nice 50 percent off stickers on them. I uncovered this week at Wal-Mart a small blaster of 2007 Ultra, a product I originally neglected. This blaster contained six packs for a whole $4.97. Sure as heck beats two packs of search 2009 Upper Deck. Results of the break inside. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1991 Leaf “Gold Leaf Rookies” Jeff Bagwell

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

bagwellgold1In my mind, this is the card that started the insert craze. Chase cards have been around since the 1980s — see all of the Fleer and Topps All Star cards — but until the early 90s, they were nothing more than an afterthought, a bonus when buying a retail cello or jumbo pack.

But in 1991, Leaf hit the market with a bang, offering the “Gold Leaf Rookies,” some of the slickest looking cards in the world. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2007 Bowman Draft Picks Jay Bruce Printing Plate Magenta

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

bruceplatemagentaThis week I fight a serious urge. I never really considered myself a prospector, although I do fancy myself a baseball card collector who likes to be “in the know” (read: own rookies/first cards of everyone). So with the release of 2008 Bowman (Chrome) Draft Picks and Prospects this week, I fight the urge to buy a box or two.

When I got back into collecting in 2006, after a on-and-off couple of years during college, it was because of a random blaster I purchased at Wal-Mart. In that stray blaster, I pulled this. I had no idea who Travis Snider was, but I learned minutes later via eBay that he was a top prospect and the card I pulled could have instantly paid for my box, and three others. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1989 Topps Pete Rose

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I own thousands of baseball cards. Some worthless, some worth hundreds of dollars, some I’d even consider irreplaceable. But of all the cards I have, one card in particular kept me up Friday night. And believe it or not, it was a 1989 Topps Pete Rose.

Don’t bother going to Google to see what the latest is on Rose. He’s still alive, bannished from baseball, and shunned from the Hall of Fame; all the while remaining one of the greatest the profession has ever seen. If it were up to me, Pete would be in the Hall tomorrow. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractors Travis Snider

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve been a card collector for more than 20 years — since I was seven years old — but have gone through points in my life when cards were placed on the back burner. When I was in college, I bought stuff here and there, mainly retail products, but really did not have time to go to the shops. Anyhow, if you look at my inventory, there seems to be a pretty sizable gap between 2002 through 2005. That’s because in 2006, there was one card that brought me back to the hobby: 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractor Travis Snider. In late 2006, while shopping for white T-shirts at my local I decided to try my hand at a blaster of 2006 Bowman Draft. In that box I unearthed a shiny blue gem of a youngster named Travis Snider. It was not until later that day did I realize that I had pulled one of the best cards in the set, and one of the most desirable ones of the Blue Jays prospect. This card has been graded 8.5 by Beckett, which kills me. The front is absolutely stunning. Sharp corners, crisp edges, smooth surface and spot-on centering. BUT the back is where I get dinged the centering is 80/20 right to left, which was a problem with the 2006 product. Oh well, more the reason to keep this bad boy in the collection. It’ll forever serve as one of the most memorable cards in my collection, even if Snider does not pan out. Continue reading