Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How Will the New BCS Playoff Format Benefit Collectors?

College football fans have been clamoring for years about the need for a playoff format to determine a National Champion instead of the myriad of polls and computations. While far from perfect, in my opinion, it's a step in the right direction.

Collectors will see potential benefit by the exposure players will receive in the National spotlight. Often times our Bowl watching habits are determined by the teams playing and our level of interest for those teams. Now, much like the NFL, regardless of who is playing, I imagine more people, collectors included, will be watching.

I know some people are idiot savants when it comes to draft prospects but for the less in tune collector (like myself) I believe the new format will help identify potential draft prospects earlier in the process leading up to the draft.

Maybe not. What do you think?


Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Magglio Ordonez Collection

I have always had a fond appreciation for .300BA, 30HR, 100 RBI guys. Any way you slice it, that is solid production that any team in the league would appreciate having on their roster at multiple positions. So it was with my White Sox and Magglio Ordonez when I really started ramping up my collecting pursuits 10+ years ago and at the time I heavily pursued his cards.

Unfortunately for me, when Ozzie Guillen became manager, Ordonez was one of the first pieces to be moved in the Sox quest for their eventual championship in 2005. Being prone to injury, a defensive liability possessing a lack of situational hitting and base running skills, coupled with his salary, doomed the slugger as he became the poster boy for the antithesis of what Guillen wanted in his players. 

Trading Ordonez for an eventual World Series Championship was well worth the sacrifice however.

I have what I feel is a pretty nice Ordonez collection, but as you know I am focusing on quality over quantity at this point in my collecting career and it is now time to pass this player collection on to someone who will appreciate it.

Here are some pictures and the details and highlights are as follows:

Total Cards:  Approximately 290

Game Used Cards: 31

Autographed Cards: 2

Graded Cards: 2

The collection starts fittingly enough with (2) PSA Graded Rookie Cards:

1998 Bowman Card #185 PSA 8 NM-MT
1998 Bowman Chrome #185 PSA 9 Mint

Autograph cards include:
A hard signed 2004 Fleer Genuine, Genuine Insider signature card, serial numbered /250

2003 Topps Tribute Contemporary Collection, Modern Marks on card auto.

Key Game Used Card is the 2002 Fleer Flair Sweet Swatch over-sized jersey card featuring a jumbo 2-color pinstripe swatch. 

The collection is housed in a binder with a sweet color 8"x10" MLB authentic photograph on the cover.

If you are interested, you can find it here or email me an offer to: thevotc@gmail.com