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Things are starting to look up for Mets fans as Curtis Granderson was just signed to a 4 year deal. In my estimation the team needed a big signing, not only to acquire more power at the bat but also appease a growing starvation of wins in New York.
I am completely enthralled with this major signing as it serves as a beacon of hope for the future for the team and I get to collect some pieces from a player that I was already collecting. This is an exciting part about being a player collector from various teams. Sometimes those players end up on your favorite squad.
I haven't yet filled out two pages of Grandersons but we're getting there and can't wait to file my first one away in a Mets uniform.
I don't think he is going to bring in the numbers like he did at Yankees stadium as he will be coming off an injury and the dimensions at Citi Field are quite different. He won't have a hard time adjusting to the New York fans and media as he is quite familiar with the way baseball is handled in the Empire State.
My personal collection of Curtis is decent -- And by that I mean a selection of base cards and parallels, not autos and patches. I am more of a budget collector and I find a greater beauty in collecting this way.
Yes, I even busted out a mini for this one. I'm not exactly a huge fan of the minis in this dimension but they do look pretty good on the blog! I think they have grown on me slightly though -- Just never got around to getting any pages of that size.
I bet I'm not the only happy Mets fan in the Baseball-verse. The past couple seasons have been quite dismal at times. It gets old seeing David Wright pulling over 200% of his weight. The captain must be getting tired and at Wright's signing, he was told that the Mets would be a competitive team again.
Hopefully Granderson is a sign of a turnaround for the team.
I've got a lot of hope and while the offseason surprises are far from over, I am all the more stoked for opening day and I can't wait until my first pull of this former Yankee star in the beautiful Mets apparel.
Roger Clemens was the Cy Young winner 3 times during the 90's and wound up with 7 overall during the span of his career. If that isn't crazy, I don't know what is. Most pitchers will never achieve just one Cy Young, let alone three in one decade.
On cardboard, Clemens would be wearing a Red Sox uniform for the first half of the decade. After that he would be sporting either a Blue Jays blue and white or the classic Yankee pinstripes.
I admit that I wasn't a huge Clemens collector and still only have very few to this day. This is not due to anything other than the fact that I rarely came across his cards growing up and was simply the "luck of the draw."
I remember the Diamond Kings to be a refreshing subset, although the borders still have that abstract "trapper keeper" feel to it. The clash between the artsy set and confusing designs entering the 90's was...well let's just say it was a little crazy.
We also had something called Collector's Choice-- the always thin and inexpensive sets made a good choice for the younger collectors. "Traditional Threads" was a decent subset-- one which I had hoped to collect entirely but never happened for whatever reason. It could easily be done now as these cards sell for pennies on sites like Check Out My Cards and Ebay.
Seeing Clemens in a Blue Jays uniform for the first time was a little strange. I was semi Jays fan growing up as they were basically the only team I could watch because our good ol' antenna only captured about 4 channels -- 3 of which were Canadian!
I also played "minor league" for the Blue Jays. I put that in quotations because I don't mean a real Minor League farm team but merely the stage before one hits Little League. That meant I was a fan of guys like John Olerud, Paul Molitor, Roberto Almar, Jose Cruz Jr., Carlos Delgado and to a lesser extent --Roger Clemens
When I think about cardboard of the 90's, one of the first brands that comes to mind is Fleer Ultra and was certainly a brand that I highly sought after. That was time where a simple base card of Roger Clemens could be valued in the $5 dollar range.
Of course, when I was picking up anything Ultra, I was mainly hunting for inserts. Now that I am older and wiser I can really take the time to truly admire some of the cards that were more simplistic and a little less crazy.
And then again, craziness was pretty hard to ignore being a pre-teen. When you had cards that weren't really cards at all or cards that were actually a bunch of stickers -- many of them might have ended up on your wall, or in my case....My trapper keeper.
The story of Clemens on cardboard is far greater than anything contained in my little post here but I can assure you that his cards are a big part of my overall collecting story. My binders would surely have a void and if you were a collector in the 90's who did not come across a Clemens card or two.....
Recently I've moved all my cards to a better, safer and more accessible place in the bedroom. When I was in full collecting fury I actually had a decent amount of organization going on and I could almost tell you off the top of my head where a single card was located in my collection.
That is a good skill to have but alas is surely not as fun. I remember a time where I had piles and bricks and buildings and walls of cards surrounding me. No tidyness and full of sheer joy is what I like to call it. Actually, that is the first time I've ever called it anything!
When the cards are all put away neatly in their dwellings, a slight sadness looms over me as I haven't given them the proper "thumb-through" that they deserve.
I'm going to stop writing now and grab a binder- blind folded and pick a few cards from said binder..............................................................
OK! Are you still with me? Let's see what I got.
First up, a good ol' Wade Boggs from the era that I was originally a collector. I've always kind of liked the simplicity of this one. The ball seems have a taken a routine hop and appears to be making it's way into Mr. Boggs glove. I remember Pinnacle being expensive for a 12 year old boy so I do not have very many cards like this one!
And... Ah, Yes! The Fleer Underwear card of Cal Ripken Jr. To be honest, I really hated these when I was a youngster. I thought they were vastly inferior to their original counterparts. I admire it much more now though and would gladly take a set of "Fruit of the Loom" cards any day!!
And last but never least, the apparently safe slide from Rickey Henderson. Is that Frank Thomas in the upper left? It really looks like him but I could certainly be wrong.
Sure my collection has been sitting around for a while and sure, I haven't had much time to tend to it lately but you know what the best part is? It's always going to be there. Well, unless the house burns down or something. That would really suck.
It's safe to say that I've been absent from the card world for sometime. I haven't even picked up anything lately besides a couple of random picks from ebay. A lot of it has to do with budget constraints and of course time.
Then there is my plethora of other projects going on. I've started my own VLog on YouTube as as a means to gain communication skills and also connect and engage with fellow Google Plussers and YouTubers alike. The response I have received has been far greater than I ever thought possible.
You can check my channel out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/chaseisgame and subscribe, although it has nothing to do with cards, I do plan on starting a channel with various product openings and other card related musings.
I'm also in my second semester attending Penn State World Campus which is very challenging but I am doing quite well. I finally feel like I'm heading in the right direction in life and the best part is being able to collaborate with students from around the globe. I have met some very cool people on this journey.
I would also like to take the time out to give some assertion to the power of Google Plus -- specifically when it comes to promoting blogs and websites. It is a VERY good tool when used properly and effectively. I've started to notice a few more Sports Card websites and bloggers show up and make their way into the Sports Card & Memorabilia Talk Community created by Cardboard Connection's own +Mike Smeth .
In my humble opinion, if more bloggers shared their content with these communities the more engagement and interaction your blog/website will receive. I've personally seen great success for businesses and personals websites from various authors from different interest areas.
I hope you enjoy tonight's game in Boston as the Red Sox look to win the World Series at home for the first time since 1918!!
Around this time last year, I was rooting for the A's in the postseason. When it comes to October, I love seeing fresh teams and faces and there is ust something more exciting about it seeing the Athletics make it this far.
I don't really follow the A's throughout the season simply because they aren't my team, however they just seem to give you a breath of fresh air as they try to dismantle the Tigers, one more time.
Would I mind seeing the Tigers win tonight? Not at all. While I was sad to see the Pirates exit, I still admire the Cardinals for their solid play.
And how bout them Dodgers? You can bet you A** that I will be rooting for them all the way! For some reason, it just feels like more of a postseason with the Dodgers on board.
But as for tonight, I'm rooting for the Athletics although I do predict the Tigers to to move on to the ALCS. Either way, it's going to be some great baseball.
This particular David Wright pink parallel is one that I've had on the radar for quite sometime. Although, I am not the biggest fan of minis, I am a big fan of parallels and numbered cards.
While most major sports organizations are busting out the pink for breast cancer awareness, this card seems to be quite fitting of the occasion.
With only 25 copies in circulation, I am proud to have snagged this off ebay for about $11. I usually don't plunk down money like that on a single card but for me-- this is one of those "had to have its."
Hope everyone is enjoying the postseason madness, as I am! My team is of course not in it, but I ALWAYS root for the underdogs... so I hope the NLCS and ALCS bring us some great baseball.