Sunday, April 6, 2014

Machado MAIL Day!!!

Happy Sunday everyone!  

One week in to the baseball season and the Orioles are already on a 4 game skid.  Oh well, LOTs of baseball left.  Still you want to start out stronger than this!

Apparently Topps wanted to help me celebrate the start of the Orioles season by sending me my redemption for my 2013 Topps Archives Manny Machado 1973 mini framed auto.  It came in the mail yesterday morning and caught me by complete surprise.  

I had redeemed it in December after I purchased it on ebay for winning my Fantasy Football league.  I had been checking the status of the redemption at least once a week since then and the status was always the same... "pending".  

So I guess the last time I checked was right at the end of March.  It was shipped on April 1st and showed up in the mail yesterday.  #awesomesauce

Check it out!

I had been out all day with my daughter and when I came back home my wife tossed me this.  As soon as I saw Topps in the corner I knew it was my card and was insta-excited!

Inside was my prize, protected in bubbles.

BOOM! 11/25. I just wish this would have had the RC logo on it somewhere since this is technically a rookie auto.  I hate his autograph for the record.  It is impossible to discern his name from the autograph.   

3 Home runs in his first 4 games gave us all in Baltimore a great idea of what kind of talent we were getting in Machado.  A year later he would win the platinum glove award at one of the toughest positions to play defense at.  I hope the never move him to shortstop.  He's already the best 3rd baseman in the league.

I love the look and design of the card.  I would totally love to collect the set, but it's a pipe dream.  I'll work on it though for as long as it takes me!  Here are the other names in the set.  Fat chance I add any to my collection, but nothing worth doing was ever easy.  Thanks for reading! Happy Sunday!

73M-BG Bob Gibson
73M-CK Clayton Kershaw
73M-CS Chris Sale
73M-DF David Freese
73M-DS Dave Stewart
73M-DW David Wright
73M-FJ Fergie Jenkins
73M-FR Frank Robinson
73M-GG Gio Gonzalez
73M-HA Hank Aaron
73M-JB Johnny Bench
73M-JM Juan Marichal
73M-JP Jim Palmer
73M-KG Ken Griffey Jr.
73M-MS Mike Schmidt
73M-MT Mike Trout
73M-NR Nolan Ryan
73M-RA R.A. Dickey
73M-RB Ryan Braun
73M-RJ Reggie Jackson
73M-TS Tom Seaver
73M-WC Will Clark
73M-WM Will Middlebrooks
73M-YC Yoenis Cespedes

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Feast or Famine

Happy Sunday everyone!

Tomorrow my beloved Birds of Baltimore take on those damn defending World Series Champs, Boston Redsox.  It's been raining here in Baltimore for the last 2 days, but tomorrow is supposed to be around 65 and sunny.  I can't wait!  I think Baltimore has a run in them this year.  Even if all the experts pick them to finish 4th, I think they win the East and who knows beyond that.  It just feels like a lot of potential on this team compared to the last couple of years.

So yeah... like... Feast or Famine man.  What gives?

I've been coming up empty on recent trade offers.  Had a couple of people talking trade, including a huge one for Lineage relics that would have put me over 75 total.  However, I couldn't get a deal done.  Alas my collection has become somewhat depleted.  I've got plenty of autos and relics, and many of them are of star players.  They just aren't next level hits.  Solid mid levels.  Anything I have that would really draw someones attention is PC.  Makes it tough to get stuff done!  Plus, I've been a good little boy this year and have not bought any new packs in 2014.  Seriously, I'm going through hardcore withdrawal.  I've been watching case breaks on the youtubes and window shopping on ebay, but i'm going to need to complete a trade or rip some packs if i'm to really quell the beast with in.

So to that end... Here is an updated list of my Lineage Relic needs. Cards highlighted in red are ones that I currently own.  55 total.  47 left to go!  If you've got any that I need hit me up!  Thanks for reading!

1Adam Dunn JERSEY
2Adrian Beltre JERSEY
3Al Kaline BAT
4Albert Belle BAT
5Alex Rodriguez JERSEY
6Alexei Ramirez JERSEY
7Alfonso Soriano JERSEY
8Andre Dawson JERSEY
9Andre Ethier JERSEY
10Andrew McCutchen BAT
11Andrew McCutchen JERSEY
12Albert Pujols JERSEY
13Aramis Ramirez JERSEY
14Austin Jackson BAT
15Babe Ruth BAT
16B.J. Upton JERSEY
17Bob Gibson JERSEY
18Brian McCann JERSEY
19Brooks Robinson JERSEY
20Buster Posey JERSEY
21Cal Ripken Jr. JERSEY
22Carlos Beltran JERSEY
23Carlos Gonzalez JERSEY

Carlos Lee JERSEY
25Carlton Fisk
26CC Sabathia JERSEY
27Chipper Jones JERSEY
28Chris Carpenter JERSEY
29Clay Buchholz JERSEY
30Clayton Kershaw JERSEY
31Dan Uggla JERSEY
32David Ortiz JERSEY
33David Price JERSEY
34David Wright JERSEY
35Duke Snider BAT
36Dustin Pedroia BAT
37Eddie Murray JERSEY
38Edinson Volquez JERSEY
39Elvis Andrus JERSEY
40Evan Longoria JERSEY
41Felix Hernandez JERSEY
42Fergie Jenkins JERSEY
43Frank Thomas JERSEY
44Grady Sizemore JERSEY
45Hank Aaron JERSEY
46Honus Wagner BAT
47Ian Kinsler JERSEY
48Ichiro JERSEY
49Ike Davis BAT
50Ike Davis JERSEY
51Jared Weaver JERSEY
52Jason Bay JERSEY
53Jason Heyward JERSEY
54Jayson Werth JERSEY
55Jim Palmer
56Joe Mauer JERSEY
57Joey Votto JERSEY
58John Smoltz JERSEY
59Johnny Bench JERSEY
60Johnny Cueto JERSEY
61Johnny Mize BAT
62Jose Bautista
63Jose Reyes BAT
64Jose Reyes JERSEY
65Josh Johnson JERSEY
66Justin Upton JERSEY
67Justin Verlander JERSEY
68Kevin Youkilis JERSEY
69Kosuke Fukudome JERSEY
70Madison Bumgarner JERSEY
71Marlon Byrd JERSEY
72Matt Cain JERSEY
73Matt Kemp JERSEY
74Mel Ott JERSEY
75Mickey Mantle BAT
76Miguel Cabrera JERSEY
77Mike Schmidt BAT
78Nelson Cruz JERSEY
79Nolan Ryan JERSEY
80Ozzie Smith BAT

81Prince Fielder JERSEY
82Reggie Jackson JERSEY
83Ricky Romero JERSEY
84Roy Campanella
85Ryan Braun JERSEY
86Ryan Zimmerman JERSEY
87Sandy Koufax JERSEY
88Shane Victorino JERSEY
89Stan Musial BAT
90Starlin Castro JERSEY
91Stephen Strasburg JERSEY
92Tim Lincecum JERSEY
93Todd Helton JERSEY

94Tony Perez BAT
95Vernon Wells JERSEY
96Victor Martinez JERSEY
97Wandy Rodriguez JERSEY
98Whitey Ford JERSEY
99Willie McCovey BAT
100Willie McCovey JERSEY
101Yovani Gallardo JERSEY
102 Jay Bruce

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Something Magic Happenin: Woogie's Back!

That's right BABAY!

I'm back and everything is coming up Milhouse!

So much to talk about... but where to begin?

First I'll address the title of the post here.  Something Magic Happenin refers to the "Hit" theme song for the Baltimore Orioles back in their hey day!  You can jam out to that here.

Seriously though... someone needs to hop a ride to cloud 9 and bring me back down to earth.  The Orioles actually signed a decent starting pitcher to an unheard of in Baltimore 4 year deal in Ubaldo Jimenez and then not even a week later go out and sign Nelson Cruz to a 1 year deal on the cheap!?!

The Orioles already have a solid core with players like JJ Hardy, Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Crush Davis, Nick Markakis and Manny Machado.  Then they add Nelson Cruz to the mix for a full time DH and add quality depth to the pitching staff in Jimenez, Suk-min Yoon, and Ryan Webb.  Now throw in the fact that they are still being linked to Ervin Santana as reported here!  Even small signings still have potential to be big deals.  Maybe Delmon Young or Jemile Weeks find there form again this season and take over left field and second base duties.

Then again... maybe none of this pans out and the 2014 Orioles are essentially the 2013 Blue Jays.

All I know is right here and right now we have a lot to be excited about in Baltimore.  I can't wait for the first spring training game let alone opening day!


(but where the heck did ya go?)

No where really... I just couldn't post pictures and thus was prevented from writing posts that I felt lacked in appeal without visual support.

However, problem solved and now I'm back and in a big way.

A few posts ago I complained about a dry winter and not having done any trading in the longest time.  Since then (literally the same day I posted that) I've pulled off 5 total trades!


That's right playa's

Woogie got another Lost Card back!

First things first though.  I'll recap the trades I already blogged about.

As you'll recall I completed a trade that netted me a 2013 Topps Update mini relic of Stan Musial!  This was numbered out of 25 and is the first in what I hope will become a complete set in my collection.  To get it I gave up a fair amount.  Here is what I sent out below.

The Machado auto was a big card to give up paired with the Musial relic.  However I've already upgraded my Machado auto this past Christmas (still waiting for it in the mail) and the trade netted me a much better and more valuable Musial relic.  The Jeter card was cool and the DiMaggio was a neat image variation.  But it sealed the deal and I got this card in return!

Yes... the image is a little sideways but you get the point.  7/25 with a sweet seam right down the middle. I absolutely love love love this card!  Great addition to my collection.

I was also able to land an Ozzie Smith lineage relic for a couple of Brandon Phillips 2013 Gypsy Queen Relics.

Good bye cards...

Hello Ozzie!

Then after I completed those 2 trades I was able to nail down 3 more trades with very little cost to my collection!

2 more Lineage relics and an awesome Lost Card!

I landed this Cal Ripken Jr. Lineage relic for an Archives auto of Cleon Jones!

Goodbye Mr. Jones

Hello Cal!

Next I landed a great looking Joey Votto all red swatch Lineage relic!  In return I gave up a number of 2008 UD Masterpiece SP and Framed Cards as well as a Brian McCann captured on canvas relic to a set builder.

Welcome to the collection Votto!

Lastly... My LOST CARD

I found it on ebay and sent a message to the seller asking if they'd be interested in a trade.  He came back and said Yes, but that he only really collected 49ers.  I DO NOT collect football.  However I had 1, uno, single, football card in my collection.  Nearly 2 years ago I went to Arizona to visit my baller cousin Adam Woogrow and we hit up his local card shop.  Tony, the owner, had such a great time dealing with us he let us pop a couple of balloons in his store that had raffle tickets that went with prize bags behind his counter.  Mine came with a football auto.  Again... the only one in my collection.

It just happened to be a 49er.

Sadly this cat no longer played for the 49ers (Manny Lawson now a Bengal) so I threw in a Brandon Belt Gypsy Queen auto and a Wade Boggs Donruss bat card for good measure.

He accepted and in return I landed...

Frank Robinson Significant Signatures!

So for those keeping tally at home that would be a total of 8 Lost Cards I've reclaimed (all Orioles card coincidentally) and now only have 5 more left to go!  I'll be going hard after them all and will hopefully complete this journey before 2015!

Like I said... I've been a busy guy lately.  Since I just pulled off 5 trades I'm going to slow down a little bit and really concentrate on the Lost Cards.  

Before I part ways I do have to give a quick shout out.

To my favorite cousin ADAM.  He convinced me that Internet Explorer was for 70 year olds who know nothing about computers and to download Google Chrome.  So I did and he was right I guess.  I'm sure I could have done something to explorer to get it to work again, but downloading Chrome was much easier and I was instantly able to upload photos again.

Thanks Aaum!  YOU DA MAN!

and thanks to all of you who read my stuff!

Till next time...

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Help a blogger out

Did blogger change recently to make it impossible to upload photos?

I can load them to be selected but when I go to post them I get a multi colored circle and it just gets stuck.  No photos.

Any help out there to be had?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Trade Drought Busted!!!


It is true!

I ought to write more posts complaining about a lack of trading because hours after that post I completed this trade!

However, since the last time I posted about a trade it fell through I decided I'd wait until the cards were in the mail before I made an announcement.  Since cards went out Friday I feel good about announcing the trade now!

As you all know I'm in to the mini relics big right now and I have made the comment that I'd like to collect all of the /25 relics from Topps 2013 Series 1, 2, and Update. 

Well I got my first one... and I LOVE it! 

To get it I gave up a fair amount and some might think it one sided, but I'm happy and in the end that is all that matters.

To get my card I traded away my Bowman Machado auto as well as my SP Legendary Cuts Stan Musial relic card I got a couple of Christmas' ago. I also tossed in a 2012 Topps Joe DiMaggio image variation and a 1992 Front Row Derek Jeter "rookie" card.


In return I picked up the Stan Musial 1971 mini relic numbered 7/25.  It has a real sick old swatch with a seam down the middle of it!  It's a great addition to my collection and I'm extremely happy to have it!

Not too long after that I completed another trade.  I gave up a full size and mini framed relic of Brandon Phillips from 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen in exchange for a Lineage Ozzie Smith mini relic.  To complete this trade I also threw in some extra cards, but the most noteworthy of the bunch was a 2007 Topps All Time Fan Favorite gold parallel of Joe Morgan that was numbered to 25.

Again no photos, but 2 trades in the books.  One that gets me started on my goal of collecting all the 2013 mini relics and another that gets me over the half way mark for sure on the 2011 Lineage mini relics.

Hopefully blogger gets it's Sh!t together and allows me to post pics soon. 

Well I'm signing off for tonight!  Looks like I'll be waking up to a winter wonderland.  GREEEEAAAATTTT.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Greetings from the freezer!

How can people do it?

Live in a mostly frozen climate. 

What motivates people to get out of bed in environments like that?

This winter has been brutal for Maryland.  I've been forced out of bed at pre 5am hours on multiple occasions to unearth my drive way and sidewalks from hells topsoil... aka SNOW.

In fact as I write this blog I can see through my sliding glass door the tree in my backyard and it is covered in ice.  Now they're talking about a huge storm coming this weekend. 

Can a shovel get a break!? 

It's okay only 8 Days till Spring Training!

This winter has also been brutal for me as a collector.  Naturally I'm still waiting on my redemption from Topps, but I'm okay with that.  I'm more disappointed that I haven't pulled off a trade in a while.  I had a huge one right before Christmas that actually fell through.  Oh well... you snooze you lose!  (A Machado auto for a Harper auto, but the person I was trading with ended up getting a Machado for Christmas).

I've sent out a few feelers and have even gone back and forth with a few guys too, but nothing accomplished in the end.  I'll keep trying though. 

I also have yet to get a new pack of 2014 Topps.  Which just seems wrong, but life as a new dad comes with certain sacrifices, so I'll continue to wait on new packs.  However, I've done my fair share of watching box and case breaks online to see that I like what 2014 has to offer.

Furthermore and slightly off topic... 2014 Topps Tribute looks stunning.  Really love the design of those cards and the early pictures look like its going to be a great looking product.

Back to 2014 Topps Series 1.  Again... I'm loving these mini relics!  Like last year they are doing a vintage design paying homage to 1989 Topps, but they took it a step further and did a die cut.  These are also numbered to 25 and have a checklist of 15.  I think I'll try and collect these as well.

1989 Topps Mini Die-Cut Relics Set Checklist

15 cards
Serial Numbered #/25
TMR-AD Andre Dawson
TMR-BJ Bo Jackson
TMR-CR Cal Ripken Jr.
TMR-DM Don Mattingly
TMR-DMU Dale Murphy
TMR-FM Fred McGriff
TMR-GM Greg Maddux
TMR-JR Jim Rice
TMR-MS Mike Schmidt
TMR-NR Nolan Ryan
TMR-OS Ozzie Smith
TMR-RJ Randy Johnson
TMR-TG Tom Glavine
TMR-TO Tony Gwynn
TMR-WB Wade Boggs

(normally I'd attach a picture, but Blogger was actin a fool and wouldn't let me)

But WOOG, did you even get any of the 2013 relics?

NO, for the record... I don't have ANY of the 2013 Topps mini relics (not for lack of multiple trade offers).  But I'll be getting all of those one day too! 

As the Rolling Stones once put it....

Tiiiimmmeee is on my side... yes it is!

Thanks for reading...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Resolutions and Spoils of War!

Happy New Year everybody!
As I write my first blog post of 2014 I'm filled with ideas for the new year!
First things first though... reflection
In 2013 I pulled off some monster trades with mixed reactions from you guys...
I whittled down the Lost Cards to just 5 remaining cards (Jeter, Mantle, Carlton, Marichal, and Murray)
I had a couple of big pulls
but most important of all...
I became a Daddy.  My biggest accomplishment of my whole entire life by far! 
I can say without a doubt it has changed my life in the way of being a collector.  I no longer have the ability I once had to purchase cards and so I'm adapting as best I can.
Trades are crucial more than ever now and my direction and ambition as a collector has become more acute. 
So to that end I'd like to make some resolutions and declarations!
Last year I resolved to organize my collection and do inventory.  I failed miserably in that aspect and only piled on more cards to inventory! 
So once again... I resolve to organize my collection and inventory everything!
In terms of a NEW New Years Resolution I'd like to get complete my mission this year in getting back the rest of my Lost Cards. 
Once this happens I've decided I will retire this blog.
(clearly this is what you all must be screaming...)
Don't be sad fwiends! I'll start a new one... this is just too much fun to not keep doing!
That is a ways off (assuming I don't magically get all my remaining Lost Cards in the next month). 
Let's change the topic...
Awww sheeeeeeet! Your boy won his Fantasy Football league this year and got some money!
Not as much as I would have had last year, but that's because I had a co-owner on my team this year and we split the pot and then I split my split with my wife because the one thing I like more then buying baseball cards is dotting on my girl!
So all said and done I had $125 to spend on anything.  I could've purchased some Lost Cards... I didn't.  Could've purchased some Lineage relics... I didn't.  Instead I purchased a redemption card and because of it have a new objective of cards I'd like to collect.
Oh brother... I know.  Check it out!

2013 Topps Archives 1973 Framed Mini Auto of Manny Machado to 25!
Earlier I alluded to my ambitions as a collector.  So here it is...
I'm addicted to 1970 style Topps mini relics/autos.
I have over 50 of the 1975 mini relics and I would very much like to collect all 45 of the 2013 Topps 1971/1972 mini relics.
and now...
I'd like to collect all the 1973 mini autos from Archives.
(as well as complete the 206 booklets... still just 5 to go).
These obviously are long term goals, but I can tell you I've been throwing out a ton of trade offers for these cards.  No takers yet, but hopefully soon.
If any of you cats out there have any of these cards please hit me up and lets make magic.  I'll end this post with checklists of the cards I'm pursuing.  I'll be in touch soon friends!
Thanks for reading!

1973 Topps Minis Framed Autograph Set Checklist

Featuring 25 cards
Serial Numbered #/25
Hobby only
73M-BG Bob Gibson
73M-CK Clayton Kershaw
73M-CS Chris Sale
73M-DF David Freese
73M-DS Dave Stewart
73M-DW David Wright
73M-FJ Fergie Jenkins
73M-FR Frank Robinson
73M-GG Gio Gonzalez
73M-HA Hank Aaron
73M-JB Johnny Bench
73M-JM Juan Marichal
73M-JP Jim Palmer
73M-KG Ken Griffey Jr.
73M-MM Manny Machado
73M-MS Mike Schmidt
73M-MT Mike Trout
73M-NR Nolan Ryan
73M-RA R.A. Dickey
73M-RB Ryan Braun
73M-RJ Reggie Jackson
73M-TS Tom Seaver
73M-WC Will Clark
73M-WM Will Middlebrooks
73M-YC Yoenis Cespedes
2013 Topps Series 1 and 2 1972 Mini Relics
TMR-AG Adrian Gonzalez
TMR-AJ Adam Jones
TMR-BH Bryce Harper
TMR-CK Craig Kimbrel
TMR-CR Colby Rasmus
TMR-CS Chris Sale
TMR-IK Ian Kennedy
TMR-JC Johnny Cueto
TMR-JR Jose Reyes
TMR-JV Joey Votto
TMR-MH Matt Holliday
TMR-RB Ryan Braun
TMR-SC Starlin Castro
TMR-TG Tony Gwynn
TMR-YD Yu Darvish
TMR-AP Albert Pujols
TMR-BP Brandon Phillips
TMR-DO David Ortiz
TMR-DP David Price
TMR-GB George Brett
TMR-GS Gary Sheffield
TMR-JH Josh Hamilton
TMR-KG Ken Griffey Jr.
TMR-MC Miguel Cabrera
TMR-MCA Matt Cain
TMR-RC Robinson Cano
TMR-RD R.A. Dickey
TMR-RH Roy Halladay
TMR-SS Stephen Strasburg
TMR-TT Troy Tulowitzki
2013 Topps Update 1971 Mini Relics
TMR-CG Curtis Granderson
TMR-CR Cal Ripken Jr.
TMR-DJ Derek Jeter
TMR-EL Evan Longoria
TMR-GM Greg Maddux
TMR-HR Hanley Ramirez
TMR-JB Johnny Bench
TMR-JU Justin Upton
TMR-JV Justin Verlander
TMR-MS Mike Schmidt
TMR-MT Mike Trout
TMR-NG Nomar Garciaparra
TMR-RC Roberto Clemente
TMR-SM Stan Musial
TMR-WS Willie Stargell