Saturday, May 2, 2015

New Paul Goldschmidts Additions

I've been so busy lately it isn't even funny. School is coming to a end and I'm trying to make sure to keep me grades up. I've also been real busy with track just doing lots and lots of running.

During the week that I haven't posted I have picked up a lot of card that I need to show some being some Goldscmidt's that I picked up. The shown above card is a 2014 Topps Triple Threads auto relic patch #D/9 "Granny Man". This card is pretty awesome and I'm happy to own it.

Next Goldy that I was able to pick up was this 2015 Topps Heritage relic. This is pretty cool because it has some game used dirt on it along with game used jersey. Two game used for the price of one.

This is the last Goldy that I was able to pick up it is a 2014 Topps All-Star Relic. I was able to pick this up off Comc for $1.50 witch was a huge steal for a card like this.

My Goldschmidt PC has come a far way from where I have started. I have several nice cards of his and could become a major PC of mine. If you are interested in seeing my other Goldys you can click on the tab near the top of my page that say "Paul Goldschmidt PC".

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mail From Will

Sorry about not posting for a week I meet to post this last week, but I have been busy with school and trying to get keeps my grades decent. I already failed geometry and have to take summer school now due to my lack to care about it because 90% of it will do nothing for me in life. Proofs suck.

Ok I will get on with what I got.

In the package I got this really sweet 2014 Bowman Orange auto of Tim Conney #/250. Cooney is another up and coming star prospect for the Cardinals.

Next I got this 2011 Bowman Chrome Paul Goldschmidt. Surprisingly I don't have the paper version of this so I went ahead and pick one up and it should be here soon.

Thanks for the package Will.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Instagram Trade With Tyler

I got a package in the mail yesterday for a trade that I completed on Instagram. I decided to trade my Jason Hayward auto relic that I had because I'm not really a huge fan of cards of Cardinals players if they aren't in Cardinals uniforms. 

I though that I would be able to get something nice out of the card so I decided to try to get more Paul Goldschmidts for my new PC. I was able to acquire the above 2014 Topps Triple Threads sepia auto relic #/75. This is a pretty sweet card and I'm glade that I was able to get it.

In the deal I was also able to get this 2013 Topps Tribute blue auto #/50 of Paul Goldschmidt. My Goldy PC is really growing now and I have another auto that should be coming in soon as well. I was surprised that I was able to get both the Triple Threads and this for the Heyward, but that wasn't all he offered.

This was the last card that he offered me was a 2014 Topps Tribute Aroldis Chapman relic #/50. Overall it was a good trade. 

There was only one problem that I had with the trade was that the card were sent the cards in a PWE (Plain White Envelope) and there was no top loader or penny selves on the cards and the only thing protecting it was two pieces of cardboard and a team bag.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AL Central Predictions

If you missed my post on the AL East click the link below.

AL Central Predictions:

1.) Chicago White Sox
Key Players- Chris Sale, Jose Abreu

I think that the White Sox finally have the team that they have been looking for. They were one of the teams this offseason that were able to get some pickups to help out with the team. They were able to get the following players: David Robertson, Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, Jeff Samardzija, and Zach Duke. They also extended Adam Eaton to a 5 year contract. They look to have a good pitching rotation with Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija, and Jose Quintana as the big three starters. They have ROY Jose Abreu that I expect will do just as good as he did last year, if not better. Abreu went .317/.383/.581 his .581 SLG. was the highest in the AL. So with all that being said I think that the White Sox are a playoff team this year. This is a division that you have to play well in the be number one in with the dominate Detroit Tigers and now the Kansas City Royals. In my option they are that number one team because of all the smart pickups that they got this off-season to fill in the missing spots that they needed last year.

2.) Detroit Tigers
Key Players- Miguel Cabrera, David Price, Yoenis Cespedes

The Tigers have been a playoff team for the past 5 years having both good pitching and batting. The Tigers will have to watch Miguel Cabrera who struggled with power last year due to some injury. With the loss of ace Max Scherzer the Tigers pitching is not going to be as dominate as is has been in the past. It doesn't mean they won't be good without him still having aces Justin Verlander and David Price. Anibal Sanchez is a pitcher that they still have that can be dominate but was hurt some last year and missed a few starts. They were able to get Alfredo Simion in a trade with the Reds. Simions had a good 2013 season and has shown that he has potential. The Tigers were also able to pick up 2X home run derby champion Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes is going to be a huge help to the Tigers defensively wise in the outfield with that cannon arm of his. He won't only be helpful defensively but offensively as well being able to hit 20+ HR every season. I had a hard time trying to decided the first place spot between the White Sox and the Tigers but the Sox just ended up looking to be a bit stronger than the Tiger to me and that's why I have the Tigers the second spot.

3.) Kansas City Royals
Key Players- Yordano Ventura, Lorenzo Cain, Greg Holland

The Royals made the world series last year and surprised everyone last year showing that indeed that they had a good team last year. The Royal lost three main guy last year including James Shields, Nori Aoki, and Billy Butler. Without those player I just wasn't seeing how that they could preform the same as they did last year. The Royal were able to pick up Edinson Volquez and Kris Medlen in replacement of James Shields. Lets be honest, those two guys won't be the same as Shields. Shields was a huge factor to their success last year. Don't get me wrong Volquez and Medlen are good pitchers but are good pitchers just not the same dominates as Shields. If Yordano Ventura can do as good as he did in the postseason I think that he will end up having a good regular season, the same goes with Lorenzo Cain who preformed awesome during the postseason and only decent during the regular season. If these two guys can do their stuff all season long I think that they will end up having a really nice season and will be a huge help to the for this new season. One last player that stood out to me last year was the CL, Greg Holland. He has been a dominate reliever since 2012 really showing whats he got in 2013 getting 47 SV with a career low 1.21 ERA. He was also very dominate in 2014 getting 46 SV with a 1.44 ERA. I think that they are still a good team but not the same as last year is the reason the got third place for me.

4.) Cleveland Indians
Key Players- Jason Kipnis, Brandon Moss 

In my opinion the Indians are just not going to do to well this year with so many of their players getting hurt last season. Nick Swisher is coming of some knee surgery's, Jason Kipnis had some kind of finger surgery, and the new addition the the Indian Brandon Moss had surgery on his right hip. It seems that everyone thinks that since Corey Kluber did so well last year and won the Cy yong last year that he is going to end up doing the same thing this year. I would like to think that is the case, but it just came out of nowhere and I don't think that he will end up having as low of ERA as last year but something closer to a high 2 or low 3 ERA. The Indians Pitching is still young and talented but need a couple more years to learn some more to become better. I placed them in fourth because just because I don't think that they will be able to produce much at all this year and beat the Royals for the third spot.

5.) Minnesota Twins
Key Players- Joe Mauer, Alex Meyers, Byron Buxton, and other prospects

The Twins did nothing this off-season but garbing little things. They defiantly aren't the best team but they sure aren't awful. The truth is that they don't really have many good player on their team. One player that they do have that is good is Joe Mauer who has won 3 batting titles, 1 MVP, and is a 6X All-Star. Mauer is a great player and a possible future HOF'er in my eyes. The Twins are one of those teams that are work in progress, that's for sure. They have so many good young prospects in their farm system that I'm thinking in about 3-5 years that they will end up being that team that will work it's way up to the top of their division. Right now at this moment the Twin just don't have what is takes to get out of this last spot in their devison. 

Division MVP: Miguel Cabrera
Division Cy Yong: Chris Sale
Playoff Team(s): Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers (Wild Card)

Do you guys agree what I think or not just let me know and comment below what you thought! I'm pretty confident about this division except my placements on the White Sox and Tigers, I think that those could easily be flipped around.

I choose Miguel Cabrera as the division MVP because I think that he will end up coming back this year and be back to the normal guy we are use to hitting 30+ HR and .300 BA.

I choose Chris Sale as the the division Cy Young because I just don't think that Corey Kluber will end up doing to same stuff that he did last year leaving Chris Sale becoming the best pitcher in this league once he comes back from his ankle injury. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AL East Predictions

I took this idea form Drew and I hope that he doesn't care. I thought that I would write in my option in the next couple post my prediction for the AL East, Central, and West, same with the NL. Right now I will do my predictions for the AL East.

AL East Predictions:

1.) Boston Red Sox 
Key Players- David Ortiz, Hanley Rameriz, Pablo Sandoval

I'm not a big fan of the Red Sox because I'm a Cardinals fan and they beat them in the 2013 World Series. I only choose the Red Sox as number one because they got so many key pick-ups this off season picking up players like Hanley Rameriz and Pablo Sandoval. These two players will definitely be to two key factors for getting RBI's, runs, and both are power hitters. You can't forget the face of Boston, Mr. Ortiz. You would think that he would be slowing down a little with being 38 last year and 39 this year but he has proven that age is not a factor still hitting 35 HR's last year. Boston picked up some new pitchers to their rotation including Justin Masterson and Wade Wiley. I think that Bostons only weak point is that they don't have a veteran pitcher for the number one spot in the rotation.

2.) Baltimore Orioles
Key Players- Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Chris Tillman

The Orioles have become a really good team in the last three years. They've seemed to have developed into a playoff team. Adam Jones has been a team favorite being very consistent with a batting around .280 AVG and around 25 HR every year. Chris Davis is also a very good when he is seeing the ball well. He has definitely shown that he has power, hitting a whooping 53 HR's in 2013. Chris Tillman has really become a good pitcher for the Orioles having a pretty good ERA and has the number one spot in the rotation. I think that Baltimore will end up doing good this year without Nelson Cruz, I mean the did OK without them in 2013 making the wildcard.

3.) Toronto Blue Jays
 Key Players- Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarncion

Toronto looked like it was going to be a pretty good team during off season but with the loss of Marcus Stroman due to a torn ACL and will be missing all of this season. Toronto hasn't really ever had a very dominant pitching in awhile and losing him was a big loss. The two big key player for Toronto is Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarncion. Bautista could be a lot better for the team if he stays healthy which he end up being good last year and ended up up with some good numbers. Encarncion is know just as a power hitter, hitting 30+ HR in the last three years. I'm very interested to see how Toronto will end up doing but the same is with them that stands with a lot of other teams is that they have dominate bats and not so much to say for the pitching.

4.) New York Yankees
Key Players- Masahiro Tanaka, Alex Rodriguez

The Yankees don't look so hot this year, it might because they have a bad farm system and never have any good prospects to come up. It also might be the fact the they just buy all their player and they never preform as well as they would like. I think that one good buy that they did make was getting Masahiro Tanaka who looked very dominate last year against all batters. He had the problem with getting hurt last year though which really set him back a lot. You probably saw ("Key Player") and saw A-Rods name under there and had a weird look on your face. Everyone seems to hate him and I my self am guilty for that, but I think that he can have one last good season. I think that he still has power even with out cheating for it.

5.) Tampa Bay Rays
Key Players- None

The Rays are not the same team that they were a couple years ago, that's for sure. They have a new team in the making right now with getting ride of some good players such as Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce, Yunel Escobar, and Manager Joe Madden. I don't really have much to say about the team other than they are team that will be a work in progress and is the reason that I placed them very last.

Division MPV: Jose Bautista
Divison Cy Yong: Chris Tillman
Playoff Team: Boston, Orioles (Wild Card)

This was a pretty hard decision to make with most all the teams in this division pretty much evened up for the most part. I really don't see any of these teams being a team is the leading team in the American League with 90+ wins, but I could always be wrong.

Don't be offended if you don't like my results because they are just my own personal thoughts and it's not like that they are garnered to be right.

I hope that you guys enjoyed it and I will have the AL Central tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Chrome auto for the set.

I looked up and found out that there is 148 auto's that I would have to get for this to complete the entire 2014 Bowman auto set with players like Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, and Bryon Buxton I don't think that I will be completing anytime.

Right now I only have 13 autos from 2014 making that only 8% that I have done. More the most part there are still a ton auto there that I can pick up for around $1-$2. I'm mostly just doing this because I figured that in the long run it would be a good investment.

Some of these prospects could end up being something good and worth some money. Even though that a lot are late rounders doesn't mean much they could always end up being a John Smoltz who was drafted in the 22nd round, Ryan Sandberg in the 20th round, Orlando Hudson in the 43rd round, and Albert Pujols who was drafted in the 13th round. 

So on to the card, I got this card from my friend Weston and this is Dylan Unswarth who plays for the Mariners. He was signed as a free agent and hasn't been to hot in the minors having a 4+ ERA.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Huge Package From William

I got a package in the mail the other day from my good friend William that contained a ton of goodies in it. One card that Will just gave me was this 2014 Bowman Draft auto of 1st rounder Jack Flaherty. I think that Flaherty will end up being pretty good and something like a Michael Wacha.  

Will was able to find this 2014 Panini Prizm Diamond Dominance Purple refractor #D/99 for my new PC of Paul Goldschmidt. My Goldy PC is turning out pretty good with the two auto's that I already have in it, and I have two more coming in sometime soon.

I acquired this 2015 MLB logo pin of Yadier Molina in a trade with William's son, Chris. Chris is a giants fan so I traded some giants that I thought that he might like.

Last card that I got in the package was a card that I don't remember talking to will about  and was a complete surprise to me was this 1970 Topps of HOFer Red Schoendienst as a Manger.

Thanks Will and Chris for the Package!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Instagram Trade With Linklatercards

I was able to complete a trade with a kid on Instagram that goes by the name linklater_cards. He is a Red Soxs fan so I was able hooked him up with a low numbed Allen Graig card since he got traded to Boston last years trade deadline in a stupid trade for John Lacky. It wouldn't have been so bad if we didn't get rid of Joe Kelly. OK, I will stop complaining about that and get back to the post.

In return I was able to get this 2014 Topps Chrome Blue of Aroldis Chapman #D/199. I'm not sure if I like the blues in 2014 or not, I think that they look OK but are just a bit to light of a blue. If they had been a shade or two darker and I would have liked them a lot more.

Thanks linklater_cards for the trade!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Instagram Trade With Eric

I have been doing a ton of trading lately trying to speed things up a little by getting some cards in. Instagram seems to be the one place to go to get the fastest and easiest trades done. One of those people on Instagram was Eric. I traded him my Matt Carpenter auto so that I would be able to add more to my player PCs. 

One of the cards that I was able to get off him was this 2001 Topps Traded RC of Ichiro and Albert Pujols. This is a awesome card that I'm glad that I'm able to add to my PC. These are definitely two future hall of famers.

It's always nice when I'm able to add new Pujols relics when I don't have to pay for them. I was able to add this 2005 Bowman relic. I think that this was a pretty cool looking card so I had to add this.

This is the 2008 Upper Deck Series 2 Materials relic

Last Pujols that I got in the trade was this 2003 Upper Deck Finite Elements. I have been able to add a lot more Pujols cards lately which is really nice.

Last card in the trade was this 2014 Topps Triple Trades relic #D/27 of the flame thrower Aroldis Chapman. This is a pretty sweet add to the Chapman PC since I haven't been able to get much new Chapman's lately.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

LCS Pickups

Well not really.... As in local I mean I have to dive 2 and 1/2 hours to get there. It's diffidently worth the time to go up there because it's a real nice looking shop that's real well keep. Another plus about going there is that every time that I go up there I  always got to go to the Panda Express there for the amazing orange chicken.

There wasn't really ton at the card shop as in memorabilia cards and autographed cards come because they are more of a set filler and souvenir shop.

I was able to find this 2014 Spring Fever Paul Goldschmidt for $0.50 for the PC. My Paul Goldschmidt PC as slowly been coming along pretty well.

One of the really interesting cards that I was able to find was this 2002 Upper Deck Minor League card of Matt Holliday when he played for the AA Mud Cats. I was also able to pick this up for only $0.50. This is a really sweet pre-rookie card that I'm happy to add to my Holliday PC.