Saturday, February 28, 2009
Blaster: 10 packs per box, 8 cards per pack*, 1 jersey card per box
*Pack with jersey card contains 6 cards
78 Total Cards
55 base cards with 0 doubles
1 jersey card
Stars of the Game
GG-AS Alfonso Soriano
HF-2 First Athlete to Win 8 Gold Medals
UD 20th Anniversary Set
#326 Duke wins first national title
#22 Greg Maddux
#36 Lance Berkman
SQ-5 Chase Utley
SQ-15 Jose Reyes
SQ-22 Prince Fielder
SQ-23 Ryan Braun
Yankee Stadium Legacy
6742- Andy Petite
6687 Jorge Posada
UD Game Jersey
GJ-AN Rick Ankiel
For card image highlights, see the slideshow.
Friday, February 27, 2009
They were both loved and respected members of the Bulls family and will both be missed for their colorful insight into the game, their undying love of their team, their senses of humor and being all-around class acts.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
If you haven't read the article, the next time you see one, read it. It doesn't deliver anything ground-breaking but the editorial content of the article seemed so contrary to the obvious collusion that occurs between the manufacturers and Beckett (Sucks).
Schwartz makes the point that this will be a turning point year for the Hobby as it will be up to, not only, the manufacturers, but MLB, the MLBPA and the players themselves to change the economic model currently in place.
First, MLB needs to realize that they will eventually stop seeing licensing revenue altogether if manufacturers are forced to cease trading card production or if further contraction takes place. The current licensing fee puts the manufacturers in the red before the first case of cards hits the market.
Second, the MLBPA and athletes need to be less greedy in their asking price for autograph signings. Being part of the MLBPA entitles you to revenue sharing from the sale of trading cards. Players shouldn't be allowed, to in essence, double charge the manufacturers for the use of their autographs. This should be a concession made by the MLBPA in the next collective bargaining agreement prohibiting players from cutting seperate deals for autographs provided to the manufacturers. Now, if an athlete wants to sign a deal with Mounted Memories, Steiner, or the like for memorabilia autographs, I don't have a problem with that.
Finally, manufacturers need to provide more value in EVERY product. To paraphrase Schwart, "Gone are the days where 2 relics and an autograph card per box are the acceptable return on a $100-$150 purchase."
So really, who will blink first? It would seem to me that in order for the MLBPA to follow suit, MLB needs to take a leadership role and lower their licensing fee or manufacturers might not ever have the chance to blink on their own.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Synopsis: The central premise of Moneyball is that the collected wisdom of baseball insiders (including players, managers, coaches, scouts and the front office) over the past century is subjective and often flawed. Statistics such as stolen bases, runs batted in, and batting average, typically used to gauge players, are relics of a 19th-century view of the game and the statistics that were available at the time. The book argues that the Oakland A's front office took advantage of more empirical gauges of player performance to field a team that could compete successfully against richer competitors in Major League Baseball. Read More on Wikipedia.
Thoughts: This book is obviously several years old, but this was the first time I have read it. The revolutionary thinking brought to the game, by Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta, back in the late 90's forever changed the way the game is played and players are scouted and evaluated. Quite simply Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta are a mix of mad scientist and front-office genius. The current parity in baseball is due to a couple of things. First, is the revenue sharing, negotiated in one of the last collective bargaining agreements that basically, subsidizes smaller market teams. The second, is in no small part due to the theory originally put into practice by Beane and the Oakland A's. You see it being played out still today with franchises like the Tampa Bay Devil Rays who accomplished the once unthinkable last year by ousting the Evil Empire and their Nemesis and riding a young and talented team all the way to the World Series.
This book is a fascinating read and a must for any baseball fun. I can't believe I just got around to reading it but hey, it only cost me $1.
Monday, February 23, 2009
However, all is not lost. I think the product can be successful if the pack-out configuration and distribution channel is overhauled. Documentary, in essence, should be targeted, geared for and distributed to the team collector. Much like Parkhurst Original 6 in hockey a few years ago, that featured hobby boxes by team, why not do the same thing with Documentary? I can't be alone in stating that I personally, would be much more inclined to buy this product if it were team specific. It would transcend the basic team set to a whole new level that would actually be unique and kind of fun to collect.
In addition, instead of waiting until the end of the season to release the product, thus putting it at a competitive disadvantage against the eagerly anticipated releases of the new season's product, why not split it into a Series 1 and Series 2. Reason being, that attempting to put together even a team oriented set of this size together so late in the year just isn't going to be realistic to most collectors.
Finally, produce the product with no parallels and no game-used jersey and autographs in pack-out. Now before you say, "We can't to that, no one would buy it.", hear me out. Collectors who successfully complete the entire team set would be entitled to receive some team-themed insert type reward. For example, (1) game-used card, (1) dual game used card and (1) autograph card or some combination thereof that would be equal to what a typical hobby box would contain, plus a little something extra to entice collectors to purchase multiple boxes to complete the set. My thought is that 90% of the set should be attainable with a (2) box purchase per series. For the additional 10% of the set, embrace social networking and create and facilitate a micro-site where collectors could congregate make trades, upload their set progress, etc. The micro-site should require registration via the UPC codes of the boxes purchased to insure that only collectors of Documentary are allowed to use the site.
You could take this idea to the next level for the few people that would actually attempt and complete the entire Documentary set for the entire league and allow them to choose (1) custom, made to order multiple game used card AND (1) custom made to order multi-autograph card.
Product and brand managers, the ball is in your court. If you want Documentary to have a remote chance of succeeding, incoporate these changes into the product's '09 configuration. . . . or at lease some of them.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Do you ever feel this way about your collecting pursuits? The never ending chase, the one more card, the waiting for new product to feed your jones? Maybe it's because the new year is well underway and the card companies are once again spoon feeding us again like toddlers on a feeding schedule. First with their respective flagship products, then the "kid-friendly" low end sets like Opening Day, First Edition, Draft, Prestige, etc.
I think part of it is the repetitive nature of the product release schedule. We know what's coming and when and as a collector we either wait anxiously, or pay little attention, looking ahead to the product we are really waiting for. I still haven't finished last year's sets and now I'm already behind on this year's. That, in and of itself, is frustrating.
The Hobby needs a breath a fresh air, some landscape changing innovation that throws a monkey wrench into the whole gerbil wheel of the product release schedule.Whether that is a shake up in the schedule itself thus breaking the monotony of routine, some new brands, or the return of added value like high end box-toppers, it's time the manufacturers do something, anything truly different.
I have my own thoughts and ideas which I have expressed in the past as many of us have had in the blogsphere, but I'mcurious to know your take on the topic of The Collecting Treadmill.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Arizona Diamondbacks Claimed RHP Bobby Korecky off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Designated RHP Jailen Peguero for assignment.
Minnesota Twins Signed RHP Luis Ayala to a one-year contract.
Seattle Mariners Signed OF Ken Griffey Jr. to a one-year contract. Invited C Israel Nunez to Spring Training.
Milwaukee Brewers Re-signed RHP Eric Gagne to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
San Diego Padres Signed OF Emil Brown to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Boston Red Sox Signed OF Brad Wilkerson to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Los Angeles Angels Invited RHP Eddie McKiernan to Spring Training.
Seattle Mariners Signed C Jason Phillips to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training. Signed 2008 Draft pick RHP Joshua Fields to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Cleveland Indians Signed INF Tony Graffanino to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
Milwaukee Brewers RHP Luis Pena claimed off waivers by Seattle. C Vinny Rottino cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. RHP Ramiro Mendoza did not successfully complete his physical and departed camp.
Seattle Mariners Claimed RHP Luis Pena off waivers from the Brewers. Designated INF Tug Hulett for assignment.
New York Mets Signed RHP Livan Hernandez to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Baltimore Orioles Sent 3B Scott Moore outright to Triple-A Norfolk and invited him to Spring Training.
New York Mets Re-signed INF Ramon Martinez to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
New York Yankees Signed RHP Brett Tomko to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Toronto Blue Jays Re-signed RHP Dirk Hayhurst to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Chicago White Sox Signed 1B Ben Broussard to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Los Angeles Angels Signed OF Bobby Abreu to a one-year contract.
Milwaukee Brewers Signed RHP Braden Looper to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2010. Designated C Vinny Rottino for assignment. Claimed RHP Nick Green off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Designated RHP Luis Pena for assignment.
New York Yankees Invited RHP J.B. Cox, RHP George Kontos and RHP Kanekoa Texeira to Spring Training.
Tampa Bay Rays Designated RHP Juan Salas for assignment. Invited C Craig Albernaz, C Nevin Ashley, SS Timothy Beckham, LHP Jason Cromer, RHP Neal Frontz, LHP Carlos Hernandez, RHP Calvin Medlock, 3B Chris Nowak and C Matt Spring.
Colorado Rockies Signed LHP Randy Flores to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Kansas City Royals Invited C Kiel Thibault to Spring Training.
New York Mets Re-signed 2B Jose Valentin to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Toronto Blue Jays Signed 1B Kevin Millar to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training. Sent INF Russ Adams outright to Triple-A Las Vegas and invited him to Spring Training.
Washington Nationals Signed 1B/OF Adam Dunn to a two-year contract.
Arizona Diamondbacks Invited RHP Hector Ambriz, RHP Tony Barnette, RHP Brooks Brown, C Ed Easley, OF Evan Frey, C John Hester, RHP Reid Mahon, OF Trent Oeltjen, OF Gerardo Parra, INF Rusty Ryal, LHP Daniel Schlereth to Spring Training. Signed OF Brandon Watson to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Baltimore Orioles Signed INF/OF Ty Wigginton to a two-year contract. Designated INF Scott Moore for assignment.
Cincinnati RedsInvited C Chris Denove to Spring Training.
Colorado Rockies Invited RHP Jhoulys Chacin, INF Christian Colonel, OF Chris Frey, RHP Brandon Hynick, C Michael McKenry and OF Matt Miller. Signed C Sal Fasano to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training. Invited C Wilin Rosario to Spring Training.
Kansas City Royals Signed RHP Jamey Wright to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Los Angeles Dodgers Invited SS Ivan DeJesus to Spring Training. Signed RHP Ronald Belisario, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Tanyon Sturtze and LHP Eric Milton to Minor League contracts and invited them to Spring Training.
San Francisco Giants Signed RHP Ramon Ortiz to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
St. Louis Cardinals Invited LHP Brad Furnish, RHP Shaun Garceau and LHP Kat Maekawa to Spring Training.
Tampa Bay Rays Signed LHP Brian Shouse to a one-year contract with a club option for 2010.
Toronto Blue Jays Acquired RHP Matt Bush, who had been designated for assignment on February 5, from the San Diego Padres for a PTBN or cash considerations. Released RHP Dirk Hayhurst.
Los Angeles Dodgers Signed RHP Jeff Weaver to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Oakland Athletics Signed RHP Edgar G. Gonzalez to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
San Diego Padres Invited 1B Kyle Blanks, RHP Greg Burke, RHP Matt Buschmann, C Mitch Canham, 3B Peter Ciofrone, RHP Gabe DeHoyos, OF Chad Huffman, OF Cedric Hunter, RHP Will Inman, RHP Mat Latos, LHP Arturo Lopez, RHP Edwin Moreno, C Colt Morton and LHP Nick Schmidt to Spring Training.
San Francisco Giants Signed INF Rich Aurilia to a Minor League deal and invited him to Spring Training.
St. Louis Cardinals Released 2B Adam Kennedy.
Tampa Bay Rays Signed 3B Morgan Ensberg to a Minor League contract.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
2009 Topps Baseball Series 1 costs around $66 and for that collectors can get the next batch of solid rookies that came in late last season like Bobby Parnell, a young Mets flame thrower, or Phil Coke another young promising reliever from the Yankees and you can still get a David Price rookie (as I did), not bad, but there’s more…
The “Turkey Red” inserts are nice and I loved the one that I got of Jimmie Foxx, the forgotten member of the 500-homer club. His card shows him in an Athletics uniform and on the back it talks about his legendary power. However, when I saw Philadelphia I thought about the Phillies and the last season he spent there in 1945.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
However, as a collector, and knowing I am a Cal Ripken collector, would you rather have this:
or this:Dumb question, I know. This is one of the "Signing Bonus" box toppers from 2003 Absolute Memorabilia. I have always loved these pieces and have wanted one for my Ripken collection for a long time. Yesterday my goal was realized as I took possession of this beauty.
I haven't been able to afford to buy one outright because when they do come up for sale on eBay they are typically over $100. Thank God for the "Email Me Updates to this Saved Search" feature. I go an email about this peice with a BIN of $50. It just so happened that I has sold Aunties Christmas gift (which I would never have used in a million years even if there wasn't a single deodarant stick on the planet) for $30. So you got it, my NET cost out of pocket $20.
Numered 99 of 200 with a gray road jersey swatch, this piece displays beautifully. In addition the jersey swatch shows heavy wear as there are snags and dirt in the fabric (like from sliding).
Needles to say I stoked!!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Since the NHL lockout ended, there hasn’t been a set that I’ve anticipated more, year in-and year-out, more than SP Game-Used. I’ve been fortunate, 3 of those 4 years to break a box, and this year’s might very well have been the most fun.
Weighing in at six packs, each with three cards (give or take a couple that have more than the stated insertion), SPGU isn’t for every foil ripper – it’s definitely a more elite set; but thanks to monster sales, the gamers show up on the secondary market in droves, letting every collector get a piece of the action.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
This is a quote for UD Chirman Richard McWilliam from an email to UD's Diamond Club VIP list.
“As many of you are aware, the NBA trading card market has been in a state of steady decline for the last five years,” McWilliam wrote. “Significant revenue losses and eroding profit margins led to an unsustainable business model. Based on the success of our exclusive relationship with the NHL and NHL Players Association, we encouraged the NBA to consider an exclusive licensing relationship for their trading card business, and we aggressively lobbied for Upper Deck to be that exclusive partner.”After negotiating with the league, McWilliam said his company could not reach an agreement with the NBA on the “financial value of an exclusive license.”
This was first reported here by SCD.
Serves them right. That whole NHL deal still ticks me off. I thought a monoploy was illegal.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Boston Red Sox Invited 1B Lars Anderson, RHP Daniel Bard, OF Zach Daeges, LHP Kris Johnson, OF Josh Reddick, LHP Dustin Richardson and RHP Charlie Zink to Spring Training.
Philadelphia Phillies Signed 1B Ryan Howard to a three-year contract extension.
Texas Rangers Signed RHP Brendan Donnelly to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Toronto Blue Jays Signed RHP Shawn Camp to a one-year deal.
Arizona Diamondbacks Signed RHP Tom Gordon, who had been with the Phillies, to a one-year contract.
Boston Red Sox Re-signed C Jason Varitek to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2010. Sent OF/1B Jeff Bailey outright to Triple-A Pawtucket and invited him to Spring Training.
Los Angeles Dodgers Signed LHP Randy Wolf to a one-year contract.
Tampa Bay Rays Signed RHP Winston Abreu to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Texas Rangers Re-signed RHP Jason Jennings to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Toronto Blue Jays Signed Japanese LHP Ken Takahashi to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training. Sent C Curtis Thigpen outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Cincinnati Reds Signed OF Jacque Jones and 1B/OF Daryle Ward to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training.
Minnesota Twins Agreed to one-year contract with RHP Matt Guerrier, avoiding arbitration.
New York Mets Signed RHP Elmer Dessens to Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
San Diego Padres Signed OF Cliff Floyd to a one-year contract. Designated RHP Matt Bush for assignment.
Seattle Mariners Signed LHP Tyler Johnson to Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Toronto Blue Jays Signed LHP Brian Tallet to a one-year contract. Claimed RHP T.J. Beam off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Designated INF/OF Russ Adams for assignment.
Washington Nationals Signed LHP Odalis Perez to a one-year contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Baltimore Orioles Signed LHP John Parrish, who had been with the Blue Jays, to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Colorado Rockies Acquired OF Matt Murton from the Oakland Athletics for INF Corey Wimberly.
Detroit Tigers Outrighted the contract of RHP Eddie Bonine to Triple-A Toledo.
Kansas City Royals Avoided arbitration with RHP Brian Bannister, agreeing to a one-year deal.
Milwaukee Brewers Acquired LHP Chase Wright from the New York Yankees for OF/C Eric Fryer. Signed RHP Ramiro Mendoza to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
New York Yankees Acquired OF/C Eric Fryer from the Milwaukee Brewers for LHP Chase Wright.
Oakland AthleticsTraded OF Matt Murton to the Colorado Rockies for INF Corey Wimberly,
Toronto Blue Jays Claimed LHP Brian Burres off waivers from the Orioles. Designated catcher Curtis Thigpen for assignment.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
That's right, The Big Hurt!!
and the Kid!!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
This product offers one autograph and two relics in every box. I did get that combination and when you hear who I got I think you will say I got a decent but not great box.
I managed to get 22 rookie cards (all serial-numbered), which breaks down to more than 1 per pack (18 in a box) four of them were low numbers and the rest were numbered to 2009. The best of the bunch was the potential rookie of the year and last year’s top draft pick - - Chicago’s Derrick Rose. The card is numbered to just 299 and this kid is averaging 16.7 PPG and 6.3 assists! Kevin Love (T-Wolves), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City numbered to just 175!) and Donte Green (Kings) are all solid cards. The rigid feel of the cards fits with the set.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Cleveland Indians Signed RHP Vinnie Chulk to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Milwaukee Brewers Avoided arbitration with 2B Rickie Weeks, agreeing to a one-year contract.
New York Mets Re-signed LHP Oliver Perez to a three-year contract.
Texas Rangers Re-signed LHP Eddie Guardado to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Washington Nationals Signed C Javier Valentin and IF Alex Cintron to Minor League deals.
Atlanta Braves Agreed to terms with 1B Casey Kotchman on a one-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration.
Baltimore Orioles Acquired LHP Rich Hill from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a player to be named. Designated LHP Brian Burres for assignment.
Chicago Cubs Traded LHP Rich Hill to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named. Traded RHP Michael Wuertz to Oakland Athletics for Minor League OF Richie Robnett and IF Justin Sellers.
Cincinnati Reds Signed C Humberto Cota to a Minor League contract, with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Announced the retirement of Minor League C Ryan Jorgensen.
Colorado Rockies Signed RHP Josh Fogg to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Oakland Athletics Acquired RHP Michael Wuertz from the Chicago Cubs for OF Richie Robnett and INF Justin Sellers.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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Monday, February 2, 2009
Ken Griffey Jr
Sunday, February 1, 2009
2006 Holmes and 2004 Fitzgerald