Archive for Ryan Howard

2009 Cardboard World Series: Yankees v. Phillies

Posted in Cardboard World Series with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

CardboardWorldSeries2009bWelcome to the 2009 Cardboard World Series. I am your host, Newspaperman. We’ve got an on-the-field competition pitting two of the most powerful lineups in all of baseball in the American League Champion New York Yankees and the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

But what happens on the field matters not in the Cardboard World Series. In this fictional championship battle, wel take a look at Newspaperman’s collection and pit the rookie card* (or best available card of the player if no rookie is available) of each player at each position against one another.

Last year we saw the Tampa Bay Rays defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in a stunning 5-3-3 victory. This year the same rules apply with a few tweaks: I’ve lumped the outfielders all together, scraped the DH and added late-inning bullpen guys.

With Hobby studs Ryan Howard, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in play, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top. Without further adieu, let’s play ball. Continue reading

Coming Soon: 2009 Cardboard World Series

Posted in Cardboard World Series with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2009 by Cardboard Icons


Rookie Card Showcase: 2003 Bowman’s Best Ryan Howard

Posted in Rookie Card Showcase with tags , , , , on October 25, 2009 by Cardboard Icons
Can this card again see a boon in popularity?

Can this card again see a boon in popularity?

I’m in the midst of preparing for the 2009 Cardboard World Series,  and felt it appropriate to show off perhaps the most intriguing card you’ll see in the Series. This is Ryan Howard’s best rookie, bar none.

At one point this piece of shiny, signed cardboard was getting $600 CASH on eBay. Yes, cash. But in recent years the card has come back to Earth and rested in the range of $250 book value, or $125-$175 cash. I got mine for $160 (it’s a BGS 8.5 about 16 months ago.)

As the Phillies look to defend their 2008 World Series against either the California Angels of Anaheim of the United States or the New York Yankees, I wonder where collector’s think this Howard will go in the future.

I cannot foresee the card reaching the magical $600 plateau again, but can it increase significantly in value? Will it sustain that new price if the Phillies repeat as champions?

When Howard burst onto the seen in 2005, clubbing 22 homers in an abbreviated season en route to his Rookie of the Year award, I was shocked at how fast this card rose in popularity. The reason: Howard was already 26 when he entered the league.

Alas here we are four years later and Howard looks as good as ever. He’s got his championship ring, trophies for Rookie of the Year and MVP, as well as one for being 2009 National League Championship Series MVP. But will another piece of hardware, namely another World Series Ring, translate into additional hobby love? Somehow I am doubting this.

This is the part nine of an ongoing series. To see other parts in this series, click here.

Celebrating America with Pack Breaks of ’07 Goudey

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2007GoudeyPacksTarget got a new shipment of “Power Packs” this week, among them were these four 2007 Goudey. Priced at $1.59 a pack, I figured it was worth the “plunge” even though the miniature nature of this set leave me with mixed emotions. Is Anyone still working on this set? Continue reading

The Opening Day Blog is Back!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

After thinking about things for a few days, I’ve decided to attempt the third annual Live Opening Day blog. As best as possible, I’ll be blogging about the happenings of the first full day of the 2009 season, from the first pitch of the first game to the last one of the latest game. If you’re unfamiliar with the Opening Day blog, check out seasons past here (2008) and here (2007). I write these things for, and this year I will do so again. I tend to write frequently, often times about whatever is on my mind. If you’re stuck at work on Monday — the REAL Opening Day — and need updates, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Got questions? Just leave a comment and I’ll answer them as soon as possible.

As it is right now, I’m sitting here watching the Braves and Phillies Opening NIGHT game on ESPN and being a Brett Myers fantasy owner, I’m pissed. I’m even more perplexed by the fact that Myers is reluctant to throw his damn fastball, which sets everything else up. You know things are not going you way when Brian McCann takes you into the second deck, Jeff Francoeur lights you up and skinny-as-a-toothpick Jordan Schafer goes deep in his first Major League at-bat.

A couple things of interest:

* Did the Phillies add gold trim to their jersey patches? It looks almost Rainbow Bright-ish

*With Ryan Howard’s monster spring, where can his 2003 Bowman’s Best rookie go in terms of demand. Remember when those things wre SELLING for $600? I still feel like the $150 I paid for mine was a bargain … I guess.

*This is the most ESPN I’ve watched since 2008. Thanks to the MLB Network (MLBN) I’ve not had to change the channel for anything but a few World Baseball Classic games and this Opening Night beatdown by the Braves. (Note: Just as I wrote that sentence, Yunel Escobar launched a double that should have been a home run.)

*Poor White Sox and Royals fans. I can’t imagine what it’s like to wait all winter and spring for Opening Day and then have to wait an extra day. In case you msised it, the Royals-White Sox game scheduled for Monday has been postponed due to rain. They’ve rescheduled for Tuesday. Ugh.