This is a blog dedicated to documenting the life of a short, chunky, Japanese guy who collects cards.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
PC Spotlight #2: Tony Gwynn Promos
Thursday, July 29, 2010
My 2 Cents: Beckett's Topps Tribute Break
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sports Card Bust #20: Shelden Williams
Williams was drafted 5th overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, ahead of Brandon Roy and Rudy Gay. Since then, he's also played for the Kings, Timberwolves, and the Celtics. It's debatable, but it looks like his best season was his rookie year when he averaged just under 19 minutes per game, 5.5 ppg, and 5.4 rpg.
Some may argue that it's too early to call him a bust, but in my mind he was the 5th pick overall and he hasn't produced very much. Maybe, he'll turn his career around playing under Coach Karl. If not... I'd call him a Sports Card Bust.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Set Showcase #1: 90/91 Fleer Basketball
Overall, I was actually pleased with set. The card design is simple and plain and the backs offers full career statistics, which cover all of the important categories. Since this product was way overproduced, it doesn't offer much value. My guess is the cost of shipping would match the cost of the actual 198 card set. However for the price of a few bucks, you get base cards of 21 Hall of Famers and rookie cards of Tim Hardaway and Shawn Kemp.
By the way, if you're into busting boxes... you can find these for under $10 and it produces close to 2 sets. You'll also pull 6 to 8 of the all-star inserts, which was the best part of this break and will be featured in a future post.
Thanks for reading!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I love the 80's (Baseball Edition) #1 - Jack Morris
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Do you want to win a free Lebron James jersey card?
The Prize: 2010 Court Kings "Masterpieces Jersey" card of Lebron James
The Task: Guess the box score for Sunday's Cardinals/Cubs game.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Fuji's Flea Market Finds #2
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Hobby Hero #3 : Colin Tedards (Sports Card Radio)
In addition to this podcast, Colin and Ryan also run a online forum for collectors called, Sports Card Radio Fan Forum. I encourage all collectors to sign up on there if you're interested in meeting other collectors for discussions, trading, group breaks, or if you want an opportunity to win some free cards.
I think that both of these guys are great influences on our hobby, because they spend a lot of their personal time and finances into bringing collectors together. They're both always positive and their generosity is second to none. I've never seen so many free group breaks and card giveaways.
Here are just of few of the highlights from their box breaks:
Card #1: Seattle Mariners Franchise History (Free Topps Series 2 box break - Mariners)
Card #2: Antawn Jamison Panini R&S "Red Parallel" #'d 098/250 (Free box break - Wizards)
Card #3: Luis Durango on card autograph (Free 2010 Chicle break - A's, Padres, & Mariners)
Card #4: Alex Rodriguez Allen & Ginter bat relic #'d 8/25 ($5 box break - 3 team: Yankees, Mariners, & Tigers)
Thanks Colin & Ryan for everything you do for the hobby. You're heroes in my book!
Podcast: Sports Card Radio
Forum: Sports Card Radio Forum
Ryan's Blog: Sports Card Report
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Will Carlos Zambrano ever turn things around?
I purchased these cards in January as a Valentine's Day present for a girl that I had been dating. Before you make fun of me, let me tell you that she's a die-hard Cubs fan and Zambrano was her guy. Long story short... we stopped seeing each other right before V-Day and now these cards are resting in my collection.
So, my question to all of you is... Will Carlos Zambrano ever turn things around?
If you look at his past, he's a three time all-star who consistently won 14 to 18 games a season. He frequently was in the top 10 in each of these categories: innings pitched, win-loss %, ERA, wins, strikeouts, and hits per 9IP.
Then in 2009, he had an off year. He posted a record of 9-7 with a 3.77 ERA, which wasn't terrible, but it wasn't typical of Mr. Zambrano either. In fact, he told the media that he'd quit if things didn't turn around in 2010.
Well unfortunately for Cubs fans, he hasn't turn things around. In fact, things have gotten worse. Three weeks ago, Zambrano and teammate Derek Lee got into a heated confrontation in the dugout. Since then, he's been put on a restricted list and sent to some type of treatment program. Originally, I thought he was suppose to return after the all-star break... but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.
Up until this season, I didn't know much about Zambrano. In fact, I still don't very much except for the negative media exposure. I think it's great that he has passion for the game and it doesn't bother me when a player wears his/her heart on their sleeves (as long as it's in a respectful manner). However anger issues and tantrums are another story.
So... let's get back to his future and my cards. I ask again...
Will Carlos Zambrano ever turn things around?
I'm not sure what I'll do with these autographs. I think eventually, I'll trade them for some A's or Padres autographs. But, for now... I'll just wait to see if he can learn from his mistakes and get back to where he was at a few years ago.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Derek Fisher fits both definitions to a T. The past few seasons, Derek has been a leader on and off of the court for the Los Angeles Lakers. His work ethic has never been questioned and he one of those players that consistently gives everything he has to his teammates. He's also one of the most "reliable" players on the court. He may not score 20 points, grab 10 rebounds, or even get 10 assists per game. But, when the game is on the line, Fish is about as reliable as it gets. In fact, he's so reliable that he's one of the few players that Kobe has "trusted" to make and take key shots at the end of the game.
Thanks Derek... You're a class act.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I'm thankful for...
#6: Trevor Cahill is having a sensational sophomore season. He has 9 wins and only 3 losses with a 2.93 ERA. These stats have earned him a spot on this year's all-star roster. Unfortunately he pitched today, which means he's unable to pitch in Tuesday's game. However this actually helped one of his teammates out (see #8).