Monday, December 28, 2009

Four Team Gift Sets

To go along with their 2008 base set, Topps produced six, limited edition 55 card team gift sets for some of the more marketable teams. Each 55 card set includes a card for each player on the entire 25-man roster, classic combos cards, 2007 highlights & team leaders cards, and a stadium card.

I was able to pick up the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and New York Yankees for a great price. Nothing too exciting with the various highlights & leaders cards but the individual player cards are pretty cool because they feature a different picture than the regular issues.

The stadium card is by far my favorite. I'm planning on sending these off as TTM requests to an all-time great player from each team. I pretty much have the Red Sox and Dodgers decided but am looking for suggestions for the Mets and Yankees. Any ideas?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

# 296 - Paul Konerko

Another nice success. Former Chaparral High School star and current Chicago White Sox first baseman, Paul Konerko signed a card for our set.

# 296 - Paul Konerko

Progress: 184/990

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

# UH 106 - Josh Hamilton / Carlos Guillen - Printing Plate

Here's another early Christmas present... Josh Hamilton / Carlos Guillen classic combos cyan printing plate from the 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights set.

I've been wanting to get an 08 Topps printing plate of some kind to go along with our collection. Josh Hamilton is one of our favorite players so there was no way I could pass this one up.

# UH 106 - Josh Hamilton / Carlos Guillen - Printing Plate

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Red Hot Rookies: Taylor Teagarden

The last Red Hot Rookies card we got is of Taylor Teagarden. I saw Taylor play a few games during the Arizona Fall League and am looking forward to getting this card signed during Spring Training.
With the injury to Jarrold Saltalamachia it looks like he will have a good shot at being the Rangers starting catcher in 2010
. Best of luck, Taylor!

# 18 - Taylor Teagarden

Red Hot Rookies: Gio Gonzalez

Each time I've met him, Gio Gonzalez has gone out of his way to be fan friendly. He's a great guy and this is a great looking card.

All of the Red Hot Rookies are pretty cool cards. Basically they are just a Refractor with an redish-orange border. The scans look okay but they are great when you hold one in your hand.

# 10 - Gio Gonzalez ( Red Hot Rookies )

Red Hot Rookies: Brad Ziegler

The four Red Hot Rookies cards I bought are all players that I should see during Spring Training next year. So hopefully there will be an update to these posts showing an autographed version of the same cards.

I've heard Brad Ziegler collects baseball cards. I wonder if he has this one?

# 9 - Brad Ziegler ( Red Hot Rookies )

Red Hot Rookies: Chris Davis

One of the inserts from series 2 of the 2008 Topps set were the Red Hot Rookies redemption cards. While I didn't buy enough packs to pull any of these, I was easily able to go to my favorite baseball card shop ( eBay ) and pick up a few of the ones I wanted at a great price. We'll just call these an early Christmas present to myself.

I'm really hoping Chris Davis returns to the form he showed in 2008. It sounds like the Rangers might be shopping for a DH / First baseman but I hope they give him another chance and that he is able to make the most of it.

# 6 - Chris Davis ( Red Hot Rookies )

Monday, December 21, 2009

# UH 139 - Jon Lieber

Another nice offseason request came back today. Former Chicago Cubs pitcher, Jon Lieber signed a card for our set.

I really liked Jon Lieber during his first stint with the Cubbies. His 21 wins in 2001 probably had a lot to do with that.

# UH 139 - Jon Lieber

Progress: 183/990

Saturday, December 19, 2009

# 151 - Adam Loewen

Back in October & November, my son and I went to a few Arizona Fall League games. Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher, Adam Loewen is now with the Toronto Blue Jays organization and is trying to make his way back to the big leagues as a position player in. Adam grasciously signed his card from the 08 Topps set for us before a Phoenix Desert Dogs game.

# 151 - Adam Loewen

Progress: 182/990

Friday, December 18, 2009

# UH 130 - Mike Cameron

Our Mike Cameron success from yesterday was even better because Mike has two cards in the 08 Topps set. Always a great guy, Mike signed his U&H card for us as well. Thanks, Mike! Good luck in Boston!

# UH 130 - Mike Cameron

Progress: 181/990

Thursday, December 17, 2009

# 121 - Mike Cameron

Got a great offseason request back today. The newest Boston Red Sox outfielder, Mike Cameron signed his card from Series One of the 2008 Topps set.

# 121 - Mike Cameron

Progress: 180/990

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

# 2 - Justin Ruggiano

When I purchased my two 2008 Topps factory sets back in March, each one came with a ten card "bonus pack" of ten rookies. There are twenty cards in the set and they look exactly like the regular issued Topps cards but feature a different player picture. Unfortunately both of my packs were the same so I only have half of this set.

Back in June I was able to get Justin Ruggiano's regular card signed and recently I was able to add the "bonus pack" rookie version to our collection. These kind of go along with the World Baseball Classic insert set. Very nice to have but don't count toward the official total.

# 2 of 20 - Justin Ruggiano

Monday, December 14, 2009

# 126 - Brandon Jones

I'm still trying to catch up on some of the stuff I received around the end of the regular season. I got the Brandon Jones card below in a 50/50 from a friend on who got it signed at a Gwinnett Braves game.

# 126 - Brandon Jones

Progress: 179/990

Friday, December 11, 2009

# 111 - Ubaldo Jimenez

A 50/50 with a member on yielded a signed card from Colorado Rockies pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez.

# 111 - Ubaldo Jimenez

Progress: 178/990

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

# 373 - Casey Kotchman

Another great TTM success. Casey Kotchman signed a card for our set. This was sent around the beginning of the season c/o the Braves.

# 373 - Casey Kotchman

Progress: 177/990

Monday, December 7, 2009

# UH 112 - Josh Hamilton

Everyone's favorite Texas Ranger, Josh Hamilton signed a card through the mail for us. Josh has five cards in the 2008 Topps set so it's good to have the first one out of the way.

This is the first "Classic Combos" card we have been able to get signed. Hopefully I'll come accross J.D. Drew sometime and be able to have him sign it as well.

# UH 112 - Josh Hamilton

Progress: 176/990

Saturday, December 5, 2009

# 411 - Jason Kubel

The second card I bought from a friend on was of Minnesota Twins rising star, Jason Kubel.

# 411 - Jason Kubel

Progress: 175/990

Thursday, December 3, 2009

# 475 - Adrian Gonzalez

Picked up two cards recently in exchange for a little bit of Paypal from a friend on

The first card is of San Diego Padres first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez. I usually see the Padres a few times each year during Spring Training but Adrian has always been tough. Since he has 3 cards in the 2008 Topps set, I didn't mind spending a few dollars on this one.

# 475 - Adrian Gonzalez

Progress: 174/990

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

# 73 - Mike Napoli

Another success that came back over a month ago. Angels cather, Mike Napoli signed the card below.

# 73 - Mike Napoli

Progress: 173/990