Saturday, May 28, 2011

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2010 Topps Tribue Bat Card

This has to be the nicest Lil Luis relic card we have in our collection. It's from the 2010 Topps Tribute set and is numbered to only 99. I won this off eBay last week for $3 shipped.

# TR-LA - Luis Aparicio - 2010 Topps Tribute ( # 21/99 )

Friday, May 27, 2011

Luis Aparicio Collection - Autographed 8x10 # 1

A big part of our Luis Aparicio collection are autographed 8x10 photos. I'm not sure how many different ones we have but it's quite a few.

Here's the first one to get a blog post...

It's a 1970's team issued photo from the Boston Red Sox. Pretty cool

Thursday, May 26, 2011

# 44 - Jonathan Broxton

Here's another card we got from a friend on This one is of two-time All-Star, Jonathan Broxton.

# 44 - Jonathan Broxton

Progress: 417/990

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

# 62 - Rich Thompson

Angels reliever, Rich Thompson signed a card for our set. Rich was a member of the Australian team in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.

# 62 - Rich Thompson

Progress: 416/990

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

# 17 - Cristian Guzman

Thanks to a friend on we were able to add another signed card for our set. This one is of two-time All-Star Cristian Guzman.

# 17 - Cristian Guzman

Progress: 415/990

Sunday, May 22, 2011

# 162 - Andy LaRoche

Former Los Angeles Dodgers prospect, Andy LaRoche signed a card for our set. Andy is currently on the Oakland A's. I knew he was with the A's organization but was a little surprised to see he's actually on the big league roster. He's played in 29 games so far in 2011.

# 162 - Andy LaRoche

Progress: 414/990

Saturday, May 21, 2011

# 428 - Jair Jurrjens

Got another good one back. Atlanta Braves pitcher, Jair Jurrjens signed his card from Series 2 for our 08 Topps set.

# 428 - Jair Jurrjens

Progress: 413/990

Friday, May 20, 2011

Team Set: Seattle Mariners

Thanks to eBay I was able to add another 14 card 2008 Topps team set to our collection. This one is of the Seattle Mariners.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

# 403 - Nate Robertson

Former Tigers pitcher, Nate Robertson signed a card for our set. Nate is now with the Seattle Mariners organization.

# 403 - Nate Robertson

Progress: 412/990

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

# 34 - Mike Quade - Team Gift Set

Good news! We just got our first signed card from the 2008 Topps Chicago Cubs 55 card team gift set. Back in 08 Mike Quade was the third base coach for the Cubbies. He is now the manager and we're proud to announce he signed a card for our collection.

# 34 - Mike Quade - Team Gift Set

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2001 Topps Archives Reserve

The Topps Archives Reserve sets feature some of the nicest cards ever made. Topps took their classic designs and modernized them by turning them into REFRACTORS. How awesome is that?

This Lil Luis is from the 2001 set and is of his original 1974 Topps card. I have a few more cards from this set of other players that I'll have to do a post for sometime.

Monday, May 16, 2011

# 605 - Andre Either

Former Arizona State star, Andre Either signed a card for our set. I actually got this one back sometime last year but it ended up in the wrong pile and never was scanned. Andre's done pretty good since he signed this card for us. I remember something about a 30 game hitting streak.

# 605 - Andre Either

Progress: 411/990

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pack Break - 2011 Gypsy Queen

This is only the second pack of Gypsy Queen I've bought and it was a good one. I'm now the proud owner of a Derek Jeter jersey card. Even though I'm not really a Yankees fan, this card is still pretty cool.

The pack also included a nice Duke Snider card, a Dustin Pedroia mini, and an Andruw Jones Home Run Heroes insert.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

# UH 158 - Chad Durbin

Blog reader Dan came through for us again with three more signed 08 Topps cards.

The final card Dan sent is of former Phillies reliever, Chad Durbin. Chad is with the Cleveland Indians this year. Dan got this one signed before an Indians game earlier this year.

# UH 158 - Chad Durbin

Progress: 410/990

Friday, May 13, 2011

# UH 295 - Aaron Miles

Blog reader Dan came through for us again with three more signed 08 Topps cards.

The second card Dan sent us is of former St. Louis Cardinals infielder, Aaron Miles. This one's got a nice picture and Aaron has a cool signature. I've never gotten his autograph before so this one is extra great.

# UH 295 - Aaron Miles

Progress: 409/990

Thursday, May 12, 2011

# 472 - Shawn Marcum

Blog reader Dan came through for us again with three more signed 08 Topps cards.

Dan had better luck writing to Shawn Marcum this Spring Training than I did trying to get him in person. Shawn's off to a pretty good start with the Brewers this year. It's really great to have this one in our collection. Thanks, Dan!

# 472 - Shawn Marcum

Progress: 408/990

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Luis Aparicio Collection - 1959 Topps

Here's the first vintage Luis Aparicio card we're posting and it's a good one. Who doesn't love the classic 1959 Topps design? This one's in pretty good shape. Nice centering, bright red coloring, and good corners.

# 310 - Luis Aparicio

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

# 234 - Callix Crabbe - Chrome Certfied Auto

Here's another certified autograph we picked up from the 2008 Topps Chrome set. This one is of former Padres infielder, Callix Crabbe. I think we're getting close to getting all of the autos from this set. Just a few more to go.

# 234 - Callix Crabbe - Chrome Certified Auto

Monday, May 9, 2011

# 237 - Johnny Cueto - Chrome Certified Auto

Picked this one up off eBay recently. It's a certfied autograph of Cincinnati Reds starter, Johnny Cueto.

# 237 - Johnny Cueto - Chrome Certified Auto

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Custom: Alcides Escobar - 2008 Topps

Here's a card I made of former Milwaukee Brewers prospect, Alcides Escobar. The photo is from when he played in the All-Star Futures Game in 2007.

Have I mentioned that the 2011 game is in Arizona and I'll be going? I've been wanting to go to the Futures Game since it started in 1999. This year, I'll finally get the chance to go. Super cool.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Walter Johnson TTM Success!

On March 14, 1942, Keith Sutton sent a letter to Walter "Big Train" Johnson requesting an autograph for his Hall of Fame collection. A few weeks later on August 10th, he received his index card back signed by arguably the best pitcher of all-time. Flash forward almost 70 years and that same index card resurfaced at SCP's recent auction.

This autograph was sold in the same auction that saw a record price for Wayne Gretzky's rookie card. I've seen other posts on the Gretzky card this week but I thought the Walter Johnson autograph and Sutton's letter to him was much cooler. I can't imagine too many people were sending autograph requests back in the 1940s. This guy was a pioneer of autograph collecting.

You can check out the details of the auction

Friday, May 6, 2011

Pack Break - 2011 Topps Attax

On Tuesday, A Cardboard Problem did a pack break for 2011 Topps Attax. One of the cards they got was of the Diamondbacks mascot, Baxter. Being a DBacks fan, I thought it was pretty cool.

I was at my local Target today and decided to buy a pack for myself. Lucky for me, I got the one card I wanted plus a nice Starlin Castro and a foil Heath Bell. Sweet!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

# 220 - Nyjer Morgan - Opening Day

Former Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals outfielder, Nyjer Morgan signed his card from the 2008 Topps Opening Day set for us. Nyjer is now with the Milwaukee Brewers.

# 220 - Nyjer Morgan - Opening Day

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

# 300 - Chien-Ming Wang

We sent off a few TTM requests this Spring Training but didn't get a whole lot back. Our best return for the set was from former Yankees ace, Chien-Ming Wang. Wang hasn't pitched since 2009 due to injuries. He is currently attempting a comeback with the Washington Nationals.

# 300 - Chien-Ming Wang

Progress: 407/990

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2010 Topps Peak Performance Certified Auto

I really liked the Peak Performance Certified Autographs from the 2010 Topps set. Usually a sticker auto being added right into the middle of the card is a disaster but these are still nice. I have a dozen or so cards from this set. Obviously my favorite is this Luis Aparicio.

These were going for quite a bit on eBay for awhile but I was finally able to snag one at a good price last December... just in time to give it to my dad for Christmas.

# PPA-LA - Luis Aparicio - 2010 Topps Peak Performance Certified Auto

Monday, May 2, 2011

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2008 UD Premier Certified Auto

Upper Deck scored big with another great design with their 2008 Premier set. The only draw back on this one is that it featured sticker autos. Still a great card. This is the gold version and is numbered to only 15.

# SP-LA - Luis Aparicio - 2008 Upper Deck Premier Certified Auto ( # 4/15 )

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2004 Donruss Classics Certified Auto

I remember when the 2004 Donruss Classics Team Colors set hit eBay. It was a pretty big deal at the time. It was one of the first sets to have low numbered certified autographs & relics of retired players. Pretty simple design with a sticker auto and a decent sized piece of jersey. Not bad at all.