Thursday, January 30, 2014

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2012 Bowman Platinum Die-Cut Auto

Dang! This card is sweet. I liked the regular versions of these die-cuts from the 2012 Bowman Platinum set but the certified autos are even better. Sure it's a sticker auto but I can overlook that since its numbered 12/25 on the front. Another great addition to our Daniel Hudson collection. 

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2013 Topps Mini Gold Border Parallel

Think you've seen this Daniel Hudson gold border parallel card on our blog before? Nope. That was the regular sized gold border parallel. This is the mini. It's little and is numbered 62/62 on the back. eBay 1/1!!!

The gold border parallel is the classic parallel. It's where it all started and just has a royal feel to it. Like if Prince Henry had a baseball card collection, I'm sure he would just own gold border parallels.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Brandon Webb Bobblehead

A coworker who sits at a cubicle near mine is moving to a new area of our building. While packing up her belongings she decided it was time to downsize some of the miscellaneous things she had acquired over the years. This Brandon Webb bobblehead was one of the items up for grabs. I didn't have it so I was glad to take it home.

This was a stadium giveaway from 2007 and commemorates Webb winning the Cy Young award the year prior. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2013 Panini Cooperstown Green Crystal Parallel

When I bought this 2013 Panini Cooperstown Green Crystal Parallel I thought it was the final parallel I needed. It turns out there's an orange one too. There doesn't seem to be one available anywhere right now so I guess I'll have to be patient. 

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2007 UD Masterpieces Windsor Green Parallel

Here's another card we picked up as part of our COMC Black Friday purchase. I like how this parallel of Luis Aparicio's 2007 UD Masterpieces card is described as "windsor green" not just "green." Classy.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

# 477 - Ben Broussard

I remember hearing an interview with Ben Broussard on MLB Network Radio last Spring. He had just finished playing winter ball in Mexico and was trying to make a comeback. It took a while but he reemerged in the Atlantic League later that summer. A friend on SCN helped us out by getting this 2008 Topps card signed for us.

I've been a fan of Ben's since he played in the Arizona Fall League back when he was the Reds top prospect. I wish him the best in his comeback and musical career.

# 477 - Ben Broussard

Progress: 523/990

Saturday, January 25, 2014

2005 Donruss Team Heroes - Doug Devore

I picked up this certified autograph of Doug Devore from the 2005 Donruss Team Heroes set as part of my COMC Black Friday purchase. You've got to love these mid-00s Donruss sticker autographs.

Doug's big league career didn't last long. He played in 50 games for the Diamondbacks in 2004. During that time he .224 with 3 home runs and 13 RBIs. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2012 Topps Triple Threads Green Parallel

The design for the 2012 Topps Triple Threads set was great. Nice and simple with decent sized jersey swatches and an on card autograph. Almost perfect, right? I think so. I just wished they scanned better. That foilyness just doesn't come across well digitally.

This is Daniel Hudson's green parallel from the set. It's numbered 30/50 on the front. This is the third version of this card in our collection.

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2009 Kannapolis Intimidators

I've always liked minor league team sets. While I don't have a minor league team close by I've been able to pick up a few sets online or when traveling.

I found this Daniel Hudson card from the 2009 Kannapolis Intimidators team set for a great price. In fact the seller had a lot of three of the same card listed for a price I would have gladly paid for just one.

When I googled "Daniel Hudson Kannapolis Intimidators" an interesting article from Jonathan Mayo from came up. He has a nice breakdown of Daniel's first season in pro baseball. It chronicles his journey from single a all the way to Chicago in just a few months. You can check that out here

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2012 Topps Sticker Collection

AJ from The Lost Collector sent over a few cards including this Daniel Hudson from the 2012 Topps Sticker Collection. I had seen packs of these stickers at the store before but never bought any. They're pretty cool. Thanks, AJ!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2012 Leaf Memories Originals

Here's another nice pickup from our COMC Black Friday purchase. This Luis Aparicio card is from the 2012 Leaf Memories Originals set. It's numbered to 99 on the front and only set me back 91 cents. A nice deal for a nice card with a classic 90s design. 

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2006 Topps Turkey Red Red Parallel

Ah Turkey Red. Remember how Topps crammed out down our throats until we couldn't stand you any longer?

I picked up this 2006 Topps Turkey Red red parallel as part of my COMC Black Friday purchase. I prefer the base to the red border but I'm glad to have another new Lil Luis card for our collection.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Nomo's (D-Backs) Platter

Spiegel from Nomo's Sushi Platter sent over a package full of awesome Diamondbacks cards. There were way to many to scan everything but here are a few of my favorites.

Oh yah! Three new Daniel Hudson cards. It's hard to tell in the scan but the Chrome is a refractor. It's out shined by the Lineage anniversary parallel. That's not just any Gypsy Queen parallell. It's a Straight Cut back. 

Spiegel came up with about twenty different parallels that I didn't have. Here are three of my favorites. 

One reason I always like getting trade packages is to see what kind of older, random D-Backs you guys have lying around. Steve Sparks! Turner Ward! Awesome! Todd Stottlemeyer's not bad either. All new to our collection.

Of course anything 2008 Topps is always welcome around here too.

My favorite card in the package is this Justin Upton SP from the 2012 Topps set. I love the picture of him celebrating with the fans after the D-Backs clinched the Western Division in 2011.

Thanks again, Spiegel!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

# 261 - Josh Barfield

A friend from SCN helped us out last season with this signed Josh Barfield 2008 Topps card for our set. Josh signed it before a Long Island Ducks game. I remember when Josh was the Padres top prospect. He last appeared in the big leagues with the Indians in 2009. Since then he's bounced around with a few organizations and has played in the Atlantic League.

# 261 - Josh Barfield

Progress: 522/990

Saturday, January 18, 2014

2005 Leaf Autographs - Andy Green

I picked up this certified autograph of Andy Green from the 2005 Leaf Autographs set as part of my COMC Black Friday purchase.

After putting up some big numbers in AAA, Andy was called up to the Diamondbacks in 2004. He got 109 at bats in 46 games but never really got going. He found himself back in the minors for most of 2005 and won the Pacific Coast League's MVP award. Unfortunately he didn't do much at the big league level. 

Andy is currently the manager of the D-Backs Double A team, the Mobile BayBears.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2013 Topps Mini Pink Border Parallel

Ah another 2013 Topps Daniel Hudson card. This one is the pink border parallel from the mini set. Nice and pink and numbered 03/25 on the back. It's hard not to like anything that's numbered to 25 or less. 

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2013 Topps Mini

I realized recently that I've got a ton of Daniel Hudson stuff to post. Somehow I missed this 2013 Topps mini card. It looks just like his regular card but it's smaller! OMG! Sorry... omg! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Luis Aparicio Collection - 1960 Topps World Series Game 5

When I was doing my Black Friday shopping on COMC this was a must add. For only $1 I took home this 1960 Topps World Series Highlights card of Luis Aparicio. It came with the warning that it was in poor to fair condition. Well that was no secret because you could see plenty of creasing and damaged corners in the scan. Sometimes a perfect card is great but this one has lots of character and I love it. That was the best dollar I've spent in a long time. 

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2008 Topps Heritage Seat Relic

Each year I always look forward to the new Topps Heritage set. In addition to the classic designs used for the base set they have great inserts. This Luis Aparicio Stadium Seat relic card from the 2008 Topps Heritage set is no exception. The best part is it commemorates Luis and the White Sox winning the AL pennant in 1959. 

I picked this one up as part of my COMC Black Friday purchase for just under $4. It was one of the more expensive cards I bought that day but it's been on my want list since it was originally released.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Dan Haren Bobblehead

I had a great idea this morning. I was going to go to the swap meet. After seeing other bloggers find cool stuff at their local thrift stores and flea markets I wanted to give it a shot too. 

I hadn't been to a swap meet in many years and didn't know what to expect. There were tons of people selling new hats, beauty products, and cell phone accessories. I was also surprised to find several dealers selling only underwear. New items I think.

I only found one booth that had something that interested me. One guy had a table with some newer Star Wars action figures, an unopened 1994 Chad Curtis Kenner Starting Lineup figure, and a Dan Haren bobblehead.

After a tough negotiation I brought home the 2009 D-Backs stadium giveaway for $5.

# 44 - Neal Cotts - Team Gift Set

I first remember hearing of Neal Cotts when he was a prospect for the Oakland A's. After he made the big leagues with the White Sox, he spent a few years in their bullpen. He was part of the 2005 team when the Sox won the World Series. Before the 2007 season he was traded to the Cubs and never really had much success. Some injuries set him back for the next few years. After not pitching in a big league game for nearly four years he returned to the mound for the Rangers last season. He did pretty well and ended up pitching in 58 games for Texas.

Neal signed his card from the 2008 Topps Chicago Cubs 55 card team gift set for us via from a mail request last season. 

# 44 - Neal Cotts - Team Gift Set 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

2011 Topps Pro Debut - Chris Owings

I wasn't able to get an autograph from Diamondbacks prospect Chris Owings last year during Spring Training so I sent him a request in the mail. After the season ended, my 2011 Topps Pro Debut card came back signed in blue Sharpie.

After posting some decent numbers during his cup of coffee at the end of last season, Chris will enter Spring Training this year in a battle with Didi Gregorius for playing time at shortstop.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2013 Topps Orange Border Parallel

Topps through in yet another parallel in their 2103 factory sets. This time it's an orange border parallel numbered to 230. Of course I had to get the Daniel Hudson one for myself.

You may remember the rainbow I was working on. If not, you can check it out here. Way back in mid-April I thought I was basically done with all of the parallels. Topps fooled me. I'm still searching for the Opening Day purple and a few of the minis. When I find those I'll do an updated rainbow post. 

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2013 Topps Museum Collection Jumbo Bat

Whoa! I had been hunting this Daniel Hudson bat card from the 2013 Topps Museum Collection for awhile. I finally pulled the trigger and landed this one numbered to 30. There's a few different numbering sequences with this set but they all basically look identical. It's the first jumbo relic of any type that I have in my collection.

I like that Topps chose to use a picture of Daniel hitting for this bat card. Even though his left arm and bat are completely cropped at least you can see the 2011 All-Star game patch on his right sleeve. This easily becomes one of the coolest Daniel Hudson cards we have. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2013 Topps Chrome - Tyler Skaggs Auto

I picked up this Tyler Skaggs auto from the 2013 Topps Chrome set before he was traded to the Angels.

Even though his time with Arizona is done, I hope Tyler has a great career. He should have a good chance at cracking the Angels rotation out of Spring Training. Hopefully he'll live up to his potential out in California.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Luis Aparicio Collection - 1957 Topps

I'm trying to fill in some of the missing vintage Luis Aparicio cards we need. I saw this 1957 Topps card and had to have it. It has great centering, great corners and no creases. I don't mind a little damage but this one looked so great I knew it was coming home with me.

Fresh off the Rookie of the Year award, Luis led the league in stolen bases in 1957 for the second time in as many years. 


Luis Aparicio Collection - 2011 Tristar Obak Cut Signatures

I found this one on eBay before the holidays. I'm not much for cut signatures but I feel like I got a pretty good deal. The seller had it listed at a reasonable price with the best offer option. I threw in a modest offer of $6 shipped and he accepted. That's a great price for a HOF auto even if it's a cut. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Luis Aparicio Collection - 2006 WBC Signed Jersey

When I stumbled across an auction for this Luis Aparicio 2006 World Baseball Classic signed jersey I knew I had to have it.

I'm not sure what the history of this jersey is exactly. It might be something that was sold in team shops during the 06 WBC. I'm not sure why they would have one for Luis unless it was sold in Venezuela. The patches on the sleeves and tags look identical to this Victor Zambrano game used jersey that was sold back in 2007 by Lelands.

While I'll probably never know the full history, I'll just enjoy it as a unique item for our Luis Aparicio collection. I'd like to get it framed and hang it up sometime soon. We'll see I can get my wife to agree with that.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2013 Topps Blue Sapphire Parallel

I probably overpaid for this 2013 Topps Blue Sapphire Parallel of Daniel Hudson. After a few weeks only one other had popped up on eBay. I missed the first so I felt more pressure to get this one. Being numbered to 25 isn't super scarce but I didn't want to miss out.

This whole rainbow thing Topps is doing with parallels was kind of fun at first but they keep cranking these things out. Isn't this like the third blueish sparkle parallel we got this year. It's a nice card but the concept is getting a little old. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Luis Aparicio Collection - 1956 Topps

You can't have a player collection without the rookie card right? I was going through a box of my dad's cards before the holidays and came across this one. I knew he had it, I just hadn't seen it in awhile.

Behold the glory of Luis Aparicio's 1956 Topps rookie card:

It's in pretty good shape for being fifty-eight years old. Sure the corners are slightly rounded and there's some creasing by Luis's hat but I love it. A great card with a little character. Thanks, Dad!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Hi, everybody!

You may have noticed I posted a few housekeeping posts this morning. You can now find all of the cards I've posted for our player collections in two handy posts. I've also simplified and updated our Diamondbacks autograph collection post. All three can be over in the right hand column for easy access.

I have big plans for 2014. I have a ton of cards scanned and ready to post. Hopefully this will lead to a record year here at My 2008 Topps Set Blog. Expect some vintage Luis Aparicio, tons of Daniel Hudson parallels, lots of D-Backs and of course some new autographs for our 2008 Topps set. I've saved up some really great stuff for January that you won't want to miss.

Also, I'm trying to consolidate my overall baseball card collection. It's time to get rid of some of that junk wax I've been holding onto since I was a kid. In doing so I've been working on putting together some packages. If I've sent you something in the past there's a good chance you've got some cards coming your way soon. Don't worry you won't be getting a bubble envelope full of just 1990 Topps.

Thanks for reading! Happy New Year!

My Official Diamondbacks Collection Post # 2

Want to check out my Arizona Diamondbacks autograph collection?

I currently have autographs of 66 different players and coaches on D-Backs cards. 

This is an update. You can view the original post here.  

Brandon Allen
Trevor Bauer
Heath Bell
Andy Benes
Willie Blair
Emilio Bonifacio
Billy Buckner
Chris Burke
Eric Byrnes
Trevor Cahill
Alex Cintron
Josh Collmenter
Patrick Corbin
Matt Davidson
Doug Davis
Elmer Dessens
Stephen Drew
Adam Dunn
Adam Eaton
Jake Elmore
Armando Galarraga
Bernard Gilkey
Paul Goldschmidt
Andy Green
Aaron Heilman
David Hernandez
Shea Hillenbrand
David Holmberg
Daniel Hudson
Orlando Hudson
Conor Jackson
Edwin Jackson
Ian Kennedy
Josh Kroeger
Adam LaRoche
Travis Lee
Albie Lopez
John McDonald
Bob Melvin
Wade Miley
Miguel Montero
Mike Morgan
Xavier Nady
Vladimir Nunez
Augie Ojeda
Russ Ortiz
Micah Owings
Al Pedrique
Dan Plesac
A.J. Pollack
Martin Prado
J.J. Putz
Stephen Randolph
Jon Rauch
Mark Reynolds
Ryan Roberts
Max Scherzer
Tyler Skaggs
Chris Snyder
Chad Tracy
Justin Upton
Jose Valverde
Brandon Webb
Ryan Wheeler
Matt Williams
Chris Young

Total: 66

My Daniel Hudson Collection

Want to check out my Daniel Hudson collection?

I currently have 91 different cards.

Cards (51)
2008 Razor Letterman Printing Plate
2009 Bowman Chrome
2009 Kannapolis Intimidators
2010 Bowman
2010 Bowman Chrome Topps 100 Refractor
2010 Topps
2010 Topps Allen and Ginter
2010 Topps Heritage
2011 Topps Lineage Diamond Anniversary Refractor Parallel
2012 Bowman
2012 Bowman Gold Border Parallel
2012 Bowman Orange Border Parallel
2012 Bowman Blue Border Parallel
2012 Bowman International
2012 Bowman Silver Ice Parallel
2012 Bowman Red Ice Parallel
2012 Bowman Chrome X-Fractor
2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Mini
2012 Topps Archives Rainbow Foil
2012 Topps Chrome Refractor 
2012 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor
2012 Topps Chrome Purple Refractor
2012 Topps Gold Rush
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini Straight Cut Back 
2012 Topps Opening Day
2012 Topps Red Border Parallel
2012 Topps Hope Diamond Parallel
2012 Topps Sega Card Gen
2012 Topps Silk Collection
2012 Topps Sticker Collection
2013 Topps
2013 Topps Red Border Parallel
2013 Topps Blue Border Parallel
2013 Topps Purple Border Parallel
2013 Topps Emerald Foil Parallel
2013 Topps Gold Border Parallel
2013 Topps Orange Border Parallel
2013 Topps Black Border Parallel
2013 Topps Camo Border Parallel 
2013 Topps Pink Border Parallel
2013 Topps Silver Slate Parallel
2013 Topps Silver Slate Redemption Parallel
2013 Topps Blue Sapphire Parallel
2013 Topps Cyan Printing Plate
2013 Topps Opening Day
2013 Topps Opening Day Blue Foil Parallel
2013 Topps Mini
2013 Topps Mini Gold Border Parallel
2013 Topps Mini Pink Border Parallel 
2013 Topps Heritage

Certified Autographs (36)
2008 Razor Letterman S
2010 Topps Update Next 60 
2010 Topps Finest Letterman H
2010 Topps Finest Letterman U
2010 Topps Finest Letterman D
2010 Topps Finest Letterman S
2010 Topps Finest Letterman O
2010 Topps Finest Letterman N
2010 Topps Finest Letterman Blue Parallel D
2010 Topps Opening Day
2010 Bowman Sterling
2010 Bowman Sterling Refractor
2011 Topps Allen and Ginter
2011 Topps Gyspy Queen
2011 Topps Marquee # 1
2011 Topps Marquee # 2
2011 Topps Marquee # 3
2011 Topps Marquee Gold
2011 Topps Tier One
2011 Topps Tier One Gold Parallel
2012 Bowman Platinum
2012 Bowman Platinum Gold Parallel
2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Parallel
2012 Bowman Platinum Die-Cut
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Relic
2012 Topps Tier One
2012 Topps Tribute # 1
2012 Topps Tribute # 2
2012 Topps Tribute Orange Parallel # 1
2012 Topps Tribute Orange Parallel # 2
2012 Topps Triple Threads Sepia Parallel
2012 Topps Triple Threads Gold Parallel
2012 Topps Triple Threads Green Parallel
2012 Upper Deck SP Triple Signatures

Relics (4)
2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Jersey
2012 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection
2012 Topps Golden Moments
2013 Topps Museum Collection Jumbo

In Person / TTM Autographs (8)
2010 Bowman Chrome Refractor 
2010 Topps Allen and Ginter
2011 Topps
2011 Topps Allen and Ginter
2012 Bowman International Parallel
2012 Topps Archives
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen
2012 Topps Heritage

Misc (3)
Autographed Baseball
Autographed 2014 Fan Fest 5x7
Autographed 8x10 # 1

My Luis Aparicio Collection

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I currently have 112 different cards. 
Cards (81)
1956 Topps
1957 Topps
1958 Topps
1959 Topps
1960 Topps
1960 Topps All-Star
1960 Topps World Series 
1961 Topps
1962 Topps
1962 Topps All-Star
1964 Topps 
1964 Topps Coins
1967 Topps
1969 Topps Deckle
1972 Topps In Action
1973 Topps
1977 TCMA
1993 Action Packed
1994 Yoohoo 
2000 Fleer Greats of the Game
2001 Fleer Red Sox 100th Anniversary
2001 Topps Archives Reserve 
2002 Topps Archives # 1
2002 Topps Archives # 2
2003 Bowman Heritage # 1
2003 Bowman Heritage # 2
2003 Bowman Heritage # 3
2003 Fleer Fall Classic
2003 Fleer Flair Greats
2003 Topps eTopps Fan Fest Promo 
2003 Topps Fan Favorites Refractor Parallel
2004 Fleer Greats of the Game
2004 Topps Fan Favorites
2004 Topps Retired
2004 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts
2004 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection
2005 Playoff Prime Cuts MLB Icons
2005 Topps Pristine 
2005 Upper Deck Classics
2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game Nickname Greats
2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts
2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces
2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces Black Border Parallel
2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Lineage
2008 Donruss Threads Gold Century Proof
2008 Upper Deck Goudey
2008 Upper Deck Goudey Mini
2008 Upper Deck Premiere Stitchings Patch2009 Topps Ring of Honor
2010 Topps Manufactured Bat
2011 Topps 60 Years of Topps 
2011 Topps Kimball Champions # 1
2011 Topps Kimball Champions # 2
2011 Topps Leather Nameplates
2011 Topps Leather Nameplates Black
2011 Topps Lineage
2011 Topps Lineage 1975 Mini
2011 Topps Lineage Diamond Anniversary Parallel
2011 Topps Throwback Commemorate Patch
2011 Topps Tier One
2011 Topps Tier One Redemption Card
2012 Panini Cooperstown
2012 Panini Cooperstown Crystal Parallel
2012 Panini Cooperstown High Praise2012 Panini Cooperstown Stand-Up
2012 Panini Golden Age
2012 Panini Golden Age Mini
2012 Topps Golden Moments
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Printing Plate
2012 Topps Heritage Then and Now
2012 Topps Historical Stitches Patch
2012 Topps Retired Rings
2012 Topps Timeless Talents
2013 Panini Cooperstown
2013 Panini Cooperstown Blue Parallel
2013 Panini Cooperstown Gold Parallel
2013 Panini Cooperstown Red Parallel
2013 Topps Heritage Then and Now
2013 Topps Tier One Redemption Card

Certified Autographs (17)
2000 Fleer Greats of the Game
2001 Fleer Greats of the Game
2003 Topps Record Breakers 
2004 Donruss Classics Jersey
2004 Upper Deck Chirography
2005 Donruss Signature Series Hall of Fame
2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants
2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts
2007 Topps Heritage
2007 Upper Deck Premier Certified Auto
2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Signatures 
2008 Upper Deck Premier Gold Parallel 
2010 Topps Peak Performance 
2011 Topps Tier One Crowd Pleasers
2011 Topps Tristar Obak Cut Signatures 
2012 Topps Tribute
2013 Leaf Memories Auto

In Person / TTM Autographs (4)
1964 Topps Giant
1993 Ted Williams
1995 MCI Ambassadors
1996 MCI Ambassadors

Relics (6)
2005 UD Trilogy Bat
2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Jersey
2008 Topps Heritage Seat 
2009 Topps Sterling Bat
2010 Panini Century Collection Jersey
2010 Topps Tribute Bat
2014 Panini National Treasures Game Used Bat

Misc (5)
Autographed Baseball
Autographed Bat
Autographed World Baseball Classic Jersey
Autographed 8x10 # 1
Autographed 8x10 # 2