Sunday, October 31, 2010

Georgia Mindset is out of his mind! Free Box of 2010 Topps Chrome!!!

Card collector, blogger, and fellow Braves fan Georgia Mindset is out of his mind. That's right, he's giving away 1 box of 2010 Topps Chrome baseball to one lucky collector. You can check out his blog here. Just remember though- if you found out about it from here, and you win the box, I'd like first shot at the Braves cards :)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

2010 Topps Update Box Break

I'm not one who breaks very many boxes or packs. Every now and then I'll pick up a blaster just to enjoy seeing what I can pull, but I'm usually content with buying or trading for singles on my wantlist. There's only two products that I try to build sets of: Topps base product and the Topps Heritage. So, I was pretty excited to pick up a hobby box of Topps Update recently from my LCS. I had been waiting for it for months, and even ponied up a little more $$ for it just to give a local guy some business.

After breaking the box, however, I am going to think long and hard about purchasing anymore boxes of the base Topps in the future. I still love the cards, and want the sets, but when each pack contains only 10 cards, one of which is a Topps Attax or Toppstown-type of garbage card I say enough is enough. The update set itself is 330 cards (bringing the total set to 990 cards), many of which aren't necessary. But being the baseball junkie I am, I really don't mind a big set like that, so I don't mind the All-Star cards or the "Rookie Debuts". My problem with Topps is that out of a 330 card set, I am still 76 cards short of a set-and that's taking into account that I only had seven doubles. Now, if the Topps Attax were not in each pack (or if they were an eleventh card), I would only be short perhaps 42 cards-which is much more realistic. As it is, I am now stuck with either buying another box (which isn't going to happen), trade for others I need (and remember, I only have 7 doubles), buy the 76 singles (which will still be spendy), buy a hand collated set (most likely scenario), or just give up on it. Anyone else feel the frustration that I'm experiencing?

Here's the breakdown:
Cyan Printing Plate #1/1 Bill Hall

(9) Million Card Giveaways (which I then redeemed for the following cards: '89 Topps All Star Kirby Pucket, 1980 Bob Forsch, 1987 Steve Carlton, 2001 Pedro Martinez, 1982 Charlie Lea, 2004 Toby Hall, 1972 Willie Davis (flipped for a '72 Ralph Garr), 1964 Pete Ward (flipped for a '64 Denis Menke), and a 1982 Dave Frost.

(6) Gold Cards- including Braves Kyle Farnsworth

(6) More Tales of the Game- including Warren Spahn

(9) Turkey Reds

(5) Peak Performance- including an autographed Andrew Cashner

(13) Cards Your Mama Threw Out- including an original back '82 Rickey Henderson

(1) SP Variation of Reggie Jackson

(4) Legendary Lineage

(9) Vintage Legends- my favorite of the Topps inserts this year.

and the Rookie Chrome Refractor- Rookie pitcher for the Washington Senators....Yes-

Drew Storen

Thursday, October 28, 2010

This Day in Braves History- 1995 World Series Champions!

It's hard to believe it's been 15 years, but on this day in 1995 the Braves delivered the city of Atlanta (and the nation of Braves fans) it's first championship. In doing so, the Braves became the first franchise to win championships in three different cities.

Series MVP Tom Glavine pitched eight innings that night, allowing only one hit (a bloop single by Indians catcher Tony Pena) before giving it over to closer Mark Wohlers, who preserved the 1-0 lead for the save. The other hero that night was David Justice, who hit a sixth inning home run for the games only run. Justice had ripped the fans earlier that day for what he perceived to be a lack of enthusiasm among the Atlanta fans. With a swing of the bat, all was forgiven.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

All-Star Game Gear: Prado and Infante

I received these two cards in the mail today. I normally wouldn't have chased any of these relic cards, but with it being the first All-Star game for each, I couldn't pass up the good deal on the 'bay.

2010 Topps Update #AS-OI Omar Infante

2010 Topps Update #AS-MP Martin Prado

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mailbag Monday: Jonny Venters Autograph

Nothing like starting out the day, and being a Monday-the week, with a root canal. At least it gave me an opportunity to come home, do some reading, take a short nap, finish going through my box of Topps Update baseball, and get this beauty in the mail...

2010 Topps Update Set Peek Performance Auto #PPA-JV

"Every Day Jonny" was a huge addition to the Braves staff this season, and could quite possibly get a few ROY votes. Atlanta knew they had a good arm in Venters, but probably didn't expect him to throw as well, and as often, as he did. He could end up as the successor to closer Billy Wagner next season, or in a dual-closer role with Craig Kimbrel.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Braves Baseball, or the King of Queens?

At times this year I didn't know if I was watching Braves baseball, or an episode of The King of Queens... and no- I'm not talking about comedy on the field.

Kris Medlen

Patton Oswalt (Spencer Olchin)

Kevin James (Doug Heffernan)

Eric Hinske

Friday, October 22, 2010

Going to the World Series- Vicariously Through the Rangers

2009 Topps Update #UH189

Well, I guess if the Braves couldn't go to the Series, us fans can at least enjoy it vicariously through former Brave Jeff Francoeur and former all-world prospects Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus. Good to see "The Natural", Josh Hamilton, get a shot at the big stage as well. Congratulations to the 2010 AL Champion Texas Rangers.

Watching Feliz and Andrus shine in the ALCS can only leave me wondering, "What if...."

For what was essentially one season of Mark Teixeira. It's like committing adultry on what you know will only be a one night stand.

2006 Bowman Chrome #122 Elvis Andrus

Speaking of former Braves, I find it amazing how some Braves fans in the blogosphere (and Twitter as well) still think it's their duty to take jabs at Frenchy. One fellow felt compelled to state "12 outs until Jeff Francoeur is in the World Series", which led another guy to tweet in reply, "This is the only thing that upsets me about Rangers making WS." Did Francoeur live up to the hype and expectations? Obviously not- but why do these people need to continue taking their swings at him? I really doubt that Francoeur ever did anything personally to you, other than disappoint your expectations-get over it, losers.
2009 Topps Update #UH177 Neftali Feliz

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mailbox Treasures: 2010 Topps Peak Performance cards

Latest mailbox treasures: 2010 Topps Peak Performance cards

#PPR-BM Brian McCann Jersey Relic

In 2008 Brian Mac became only the 10th NL catcher to win a Silver Slugger award twice, he then went on to win his third one in 2009. McCann's got a little more competition now that Buster Posey has arrived.

#PPR-CJ Chipper Jones Jersey Relic

If his comeback is a success, it will be awefully hard to duplicate the "Peak Performance" Topps recorded on this card: Chipper recorded 20 total bases over the course of back-to-back games in 20008. The only other Atlanta Brave to have recorded that many in two games: Bob Horner.

#PPR-TH Tim Hudson Jersey Relic

Timmy Terrific! It had been ten years since a Braves pitcher (John Smoltz) struck out 10 batters without issuing a walk, but in 2008 Huddy achieved this feat against the Reds.

#PP-39 Chipper Jones

Hard to believe there's still folks out there who want to argue that Jones is not a HOF'er. Topps tells us that Chip is the only switch-hitter to amass a .300 lifetime average and hit over 400 homers. Only two other switch-hitters have hit 400 homers: Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray.

Friday, October 15, 2010

2010 Topps Chrome Baseball Value Pack

During a recent trip to Target, I was surprised to find not one, nor two, but three different choices of 2010 Topps Chrome Baseball. There were the normal 4-card packs, the Blaster Boxes, and the $8.99 "Value Pack". Wanting more than the single pack, but not having the money to spend on the blaster, I chose the "Value Pack"- which had three 4-card packs, as well as a special 3-card orange refractor pack. Didn't get a Heyward card, but it was fun to open...

Pack #1
#47 Rich Harden
#152 Nick Markakis

#104 Todd Helton

#79 Jair Jurrjens- Could Jair be on the block, perhaps for a power bat in the outfield? Hopefully he can bounce back from an injury filled and very inconsistant season. I wouldn't mind seeing him traded for Colby Rasmus, though. It's a rumor on the 'net which isn't going to die very soon.

Pack #2
#214 Ivan Nova-RC

Life is just a fantasy-well, at least if your name is Derek Jeter.

#200 Jenrry Mejia-RC

Mets Rookie has only been playing baseball for 6 years- and made his mlb debut this year as a twenty-one year old.

#138 Carlos Zambrano
#119 Ryan Zimmerman

Pack #3
#101 Carlos Pena

Will Rays' fan(s) really miss his .196 BA, .325 OBP, and .407 SLG??? At 32, and appearing to be declining fast, I'm gonna say that even Scott Boras won't be able to perform his magic this off season for Pena.

#67 Josh Beckett- Xfractor
Wow- another highly paid, underperforming player (though injured) from this year's AL East. At least it is an Xfractor.

#99 Chris Carpenter
#5 Johnny Cueto
Would've perferred a former Cincinnati Red who wore the #5

Pack #4-Special Orange Refractors

#125 Jon Lester- a great lefty who only gets better each year. This card is centered, although the scan doesn't show it.

#93 Carlos Gonzalez- Perhaps the best player in MLB today. Absolute stud!

#91 Wandy Rodriguez- after his breakthrough '09 season, Wandy wasn't quite as effective this year.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

6 Honoring #6- Bobby Cox

As you Braves fans probably know, the Atlanta organization honored #6 Bobby Cox during a pre-game ceremony prior to today's Phillies/Braves game. Thanks to the internet, I was able to watch the ceremony live on MLBs website and decided to post my own tribute to one of the most successful managers in major league history...

Thanks Bobby for all the years of service and for bringing the Braves a World Championship! You will be missed.