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My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2011: Number 6

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Card #6 on the list features the only player, Grant Green, that appeared on last years list. This is his 2010 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor /5. Ironically, last years card was his 2009 Elite Extra Edition Gold Status Autograph /5. This card could only be better if it were the autographed version, but maybe I’ll get my hands on that one day as well.

Baseball America rated Green the #1 prospect in the A’s organization in 2011. It will be very interesting to see where he ranks in 2012 when the list comes out on January 25th. The A’s added a lot of talent to their organization recently through a number of trades. It would not surprise me to see Green slip out of that #1 spot, especially considering he’s been moved from shortstop to the outfield.

Green had a nice 2011 hitting .291 for AA Midland. The A’s promoted him to AAA Sacramento in September so he could get a taste of the PCL playoffs. He will start 2012 in Sacramento and most likely spend the majority of the season there honing his outfield skills.


Mail Week – 2/19/2011

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I had an awesome mail week this week. Here is the list of what I got, followed by the picture of it all.

1. 2010 Bowman Draft Chrome Autographed Refractor Grant Green 011/500
2. 2010 Bowman Draft Chrome Autographed Refractor Grant Green 419/500
3. 2010 Topps Pro Debut Gold Aaron Hicks 35/50
4. 2010 Topps USA Autographs Jason Esposito
5. 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition TOTC Autographs Dustin Ackley 45/75
6. 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Jameson Taillon 099/699
7. 2010 Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption Team USA Autographs Francisco Lindor 81/99
8. 2010 Bowman Chrome Team USA Autographed Refractors Dillon Maples 197/199

Grant Green, Dustin Ackley, Jameson Taillon and Aaron Hicks are guys I’ve been actively buying for a while now. I love the Ackley card as it’s only numbered to 75 and cost me less than $50. Lindor, Maples and Esposito are a few of the 2010 Team USA guys that I’ve been looking to purchase lately. I got the Lindor for below $30 so I was happy with that purchase.

Christian Colon Mail Day!

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

As you know by now, Christian Colon is one of the prospects that I’ve amassed a pretty good stash of over the last year or so. I’ve got quite a bit of his cards so all I’m really after at this point are low numbered autographs.

I saw this 2008 Sweet Spot signed glove card pop up on eBay and I had to have it. They only made 32 of these so I wasn’t sure what my competition was going to be. USA issues become far less popular once Bowman Chrome cards come out with players in their major league uniforms. As it turned out, I was able to pick this up for less than $20. I was very happy to add this to my ever-growing Christian Colon stash.

Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption 38 Pack Break

February 8, 2011 2 comments

Well, they finally arrived. I missed the UPS guy a couple days in a row and finally had it held it held at the UPS facility and picked it up on the third day. The first thing I’ll say about these is I’m really disappointed in how these were shipped by Topps. The 38 packs were all put into a large padded envelope loose to bounce around during shipment. This obviously caused damage to many of the corners on my base cards. I know some people that had a larger number of packs coming to them received theirs in a box.

The bonus on these is that Topps initially stated there would be 5 cards per pack, but there ended up being 10. There are 11 per pack when you hit an autograph. There are 11 different packs, all with the same collation. I ended up with three of each pack so I was able to build 3 110-card base sets. Of the other five packs, one was the Strasburg pack, so that was a nice bonus to get an extra of him.

Now for the good stuff. Autographs are coming out of these packs at an average of around 1:18. Did that hold true for me? Yes, I got two autographs in my packs. I was sort of expecting a better ratio than that but it’s pretty much the same as buying a hobby box at those odds. The picture below shows an example of the black bordered base cards and one of my autographs, a Matt Barnes Team USA Chrome Autograph numbered out of 99.

I paid $255 for 684 empty 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball wrappers on eBay back in December. I remember thinking “What have I done?” when I opened the priority mail box full of wrappers. I promptly went through them and repackaged them in an envelope to send off to Topps. I figured that this would be money well spent considering the amount of great low numbered autographs available in these packs. Little did I know it was going to pay off way more than I ever imagined. There is obviously one card everyone is hoping to pull from this product, the Bryce Harper Team USA Chrome Autographed numbered to 100. Well, as you can see below, I pulled it! This is far and away the most valuable card I’ve ever pulled from a pack. The $255 gamble back in December is going to pay off nicely once I decide to sell the card. I can tell you this much, it will not be until after Baseball America releases their 2011 Top 100 Prospect list.

My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2010: Number 7

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

This is the only card on my list that I actually pulled from a pack of cards. Sadly, it was one of my better pulls of 2010. Not to bash the card, but I’d hope for something better than this card for my pull of the year.

Zack Wheeler was rated the #3 prospect in the Giants organization by Baseball America entering last season. The two players in front of him were Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner, now with the Giants. This means that Wheeler could earn the #1 spot in the Giants organization when Baseball America releases its 2011 Giants top ten on January 26th.

What really makes this card special is the grade given to it by Beckett Grading. It earned the elusive BGS 10 Pristine grade, my first card to ever receive this grade. This is his autographed Xfractor from 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft, only 225 produced.

I never could figure out why the autograph received a 9 grade. I’ve had a couple come back that way with no explanation.

My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2010: Number 10

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Over the next five days I’m going to count down my ten favorite card purchases of 2010, two per day. As I was going through my cards tonight I realized that I’m partial to my favorite team and a particular type of card. You’ll notice these trends over the next five days. I only have a couple players I collect and they both have a card represented in this list.

On New Years Day I’m going list a card, or list of cards that I’m most looking forward to purchasing in 2011. Hopefully I’ll be able to show off those cards during the year as I obtain them.

Most of you are going to say who is Liam Hendriks? Well, as you can see from the card pictured, he pitched for Team Australia in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He’s 21 years old, from Perth Australia and had a fantastic 2010 season between LoA and HiA in the minors.

Hendriks is in the Minnesota Twins organization. He split 2010 between Beloit (LoA) and Fort Myers (HiA), posting a combined 1.74 ERA in 108.2 innings pitched He had an 8-4 record, 105 strikeouts, just 12 walks and a 0.84 WHIP. Baseball America ranks him the #6 prospect overall in the Twins organization. Among pitchers he ranks #2 just behind #1 overall Twins prospect Kyle Gibson.

The card pictured is his 2009 Bowman Sterling World Baseball Classic Game Jersey Black Refractor numbered 24/25. This was his only card until 2010 Bowman Chrome came out this year. I’ve purchased quite a few of 2010 Bowman Chrome autographs but I still prefer this card as it is very hard to find. I spent almost the entire year looking for this version after I’d already picked up the base, refractor, blue refractor and gold refractor versions. I was thrilled to finally add this one to my rainbow.

Bowman Chrome Wrappers!

December 21, 2010 1 comment

You guys have all seen the results of my Topps Chrome wrapper redemption packs. I redeemed enough wrappers for 24 packs. I was really happy with the results of those so I figured I should dive into the Bowman Chrome wrapper redemption program. I purchased a lot of 684 wrappers on eBay which will yield 38 redemption packs.

For the Topps wrappers I paid an average of $3.35 per box of wrappers. For the Bowman Chrome wrappers I paid an average of $6.75 per box of wrappers. I think the increase is price for the Bowman Chrome is very reasonable considering what these packs can yield.

Topps tweeted last week that the redemption packs will start shipping in January. I’ll be sure to post the results of my packs as soon as they come. I can’t wait!

Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption Program Details

For every 18 wrappers of the hobby version of 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball set to the company, collectors will receive an exclusive 5-card pack of exclusive Black Bordered Parallels of 2010 Bowman Baseball cards. All 110 prospects from the Bowman checklist will be included.

In addition, Topps will randomly insert the following cards into 5-card redemption packs:

  • 37-card USA Baseball Bowman Chrome Black Bordered Autographs numbered to 25 featuring the 2010 Collegiate National Team as well as the 2010 18 & Under National Team.
  • 5-card Bowman Chrome Rookies & Prospects Autographs numbered to 100 featuring Buster Posey, Mike Stanton, Mike Moustakas, Miguel Sano and Dustin Ackley.
  • And due to a production error, the previously announced Autographed 2010 Bowman Chrome USA BUYBACK program will now be included as part of the wrapper redemption. Cards will be numbered to 100 and will include big names like Bryce Harper, Jameson Taillon, Yasmani Grandal, Drew Pomeranz, Michael Choice, Christian Colon, Manny Machado and Bryce Brentz.