Category Archives: baseball

A Note From Management

In my pursuit of certified Twins baseball card autographs, every now and then I find non-player cards (TC the mascot, scout Mark Wilson) and even less frequently, ones that are reasonably priced. Recently I found two, and along with a card of prospect Brent Rooker that now makes 224 different Twins players people.


clockwise, from top left: 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-TK Tom Kelly (auto); 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects #PHT-BR Brent Rooker (auto); 2008 Upper Deck UD Premier Red #154 Joe Mauer [24/25] (auto); 2012 Topps Update General Managers #AGM-TR Terry Ryan (auto)

And, as always, a few other pick-ups:


clockwise, from top left: 2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Six Swatch Memorabilia #305 Joe Mauer w/Posada,Rodriguez,Johnson,Santana,Woods [225/300] (jersey); 2018 Allen & Ginter #MA-FJ Felix Jorge (auto); 2018 Topps Chrome #FA-FJ Felix Jorge (auto); 2017 Topps Update Commemorative Medallion #MVPR-RCA Rod Carew

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An Order of Nachos, Please

I’ve been very remiss when it comes to revisiting some of the gang of card collecting bloggers, and decided to remedy that a bit. I noticed that there were a few Twins I needed on the trade page at Nachos Grande, and interrupted Chris’ Gint-a-Cuffs posts to put together a trade with him. It had been over five years since our last trade (?!) which does not really seem possible.

You can tell that someone went to a lot of work looking through their cards by the variety of cards in the trade, and besides the handful of Twins A&G minis from his trade page, here are some examples of what else he found:


clockwise, from top left: 2018 Panini Donruss Signature Series #SS-MG Mitch Garver; 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Missing Blackplate #88 Byron Buxton; 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter #348 Trevor Plouffe; 2009 Topps Target Retro #212 Denard Span; 2003 Topps Heritage #293 Cristan Guzman; 2003 Fleer Box Score #121 Lew Ford; 2017 Topps Rediscover Topps Silver 1993 Topps #363 John Smiley; 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter #78 Jose Berrios; 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter #74 Brian Dozier

Meanwhile, I took his wantlist webpage and visited the friendly neighborhood LCS to roust up some cards he was looking for — scavenger hunt! It was good to get back to my roots, so to speak, and flip a trade with a blogger instead of off of a board like The Bench. Thanks for the swap, Chris!

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And as usual, a few more additional pickups:


clockwise, from top left: 2015 Topps Chrome Refractor Purple #AR-TM Trevor May [147/250] (auto); 2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Sweet Swatch Dual Memorabilia #DHM Justin Morneau w/Hafner (dual jersey); 2003 Donruss Team Heroes #290 Michael Cuddyer (auto); 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Materials Framed Red B&W #132 Lew Ford [63/100] (jersey/bat)

When It Was A Game

As stated in my last post, one of my baseball card collecting goals is to try and get one (certified) autographed Twins card of as many Twins ballplayers that I can. Since then, I now have an additional 221st different ballplayer.

Earl Battey is one of the autograph cards I’d been watching for for a while now. He does not have many certified AU cards, and most of those are the “cut auto” type, where his signature on a previous item (letter, contract, check, etc) is cut to size and embedded into a baseball card. The one I finally nabbed was one of these:


2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts When It Was a Game #WGC-EB Earl Battey [16/25] (auto)

And here are a few other pick ups from the last few days:


clockwise, from top left: 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Full-Size #FSRB-MS Miguel Sano (jersey); 2018 Topps Archives Signatures #313 Max Kepler [10/86] (uncirculated auto); 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Dual Materials #UD-ME Joe Mauer w/Estrada [07/15] (dual jersey); 2011 Topps Triple Threads Relics Sepia “AL MVP ’09 .365 28 96” #TTR-TTR-68 Joe Mauer [02/27] (jersey)

Winfield Of Dreams

One of my goals is to try and get one (certified) autograph Twins card of as many Twins ballplayers that I can. I have 220 different ballplayers with the most recent one.

I had a gift card for a spot reward from work that I was hoping to turn around into a Kirby Puckett AU card, but the price for his cards are out the roof. There are 25 different Twins ballplayers that I know of with certified AU cards that I don’t have — some of them are cut autos of deceased players (Bob Allison, Earl Battey, Zoilo Versalles) which are difficult to find; some are Real One cards of past ballplayers from Heritage sets, others are just recent prospects whose AU cards are overpriced right now. And then there’s Dave Winfield.

There are autographed cards of Dave Winfield out there, but I only know of one which showed him in a Twins uniform. That finally changed last year when Topps included him in the Dynasty set with several autographed cards all showing him as a Twins player. I latched onto one of those that was uncirculated and a low serial number that included a slick jersey patch as well, and got it at a reasonable price.


2017 Topps Dynasty #AP-DW6 Dave Winfield [04/10] (uncirculated auto/jersey)

Additionally, here are some cards from my LCS (local card shop), from my Good Trading Buddy™ BobFranklin, or that I’ve just picked up in the past:


clockwise, from top left: 2018 Topps Major League Materials #MLM-MS Miguel Sano (jersey); 2018 Topps Commemorative All-Star Patch Red #ASP-HK Harmon Killebrew [08/25] (manu-patch); 2018 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-JM Joe Mauer (jersey); 2018 Panini Diamond Kings Jumbo Materials Signatures #JRMS-ZG Zack Granite [20/99] (auto/jersey); 2004 Donruss Leaf Certified Materials Red #175 Shannon Stewart [139/150] (jersey); 2018 Topps Tier One #BA-MKE Max Kepler [097/275] (auto)

Quicker Than Bob’s Yer Uncle

When it comes to looking for cards to trade and throwing an exchange package together, it doesn’t get any easier than with Good Trading Buddy™ BobFranklin at baseballcardz.com. Mark at my LCS knows to set aside any non-standard Braves and Phillies, and if they’re ones that Bob can use, I pick them up and add them to his pile. Not sure where Bob gets his Twins, but he’s always got some good stuff, including the odd AU or GU cards. When our respective stacks get to critical mass, they get bundled up and sent on their way. Thanks again for the trade, Bob!


clockwise, from top left: 2006 Topps Co-Signers #CS-74 Francisco Liriano w/Ervin Santana (dual auto); 2010 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-JCR Joe Crede (jersey); 2017 Topps Chrome Purple Refractor #54 Joe Mauer [209/299]; 2009 Upper Deck Gold #734 Francisco Liriano [55/59]; 2014 Bowman Silver #6 Oswaldo Arcia [27/75]; 2017 Bowman Draft Chrome Blue Refractor #BDC-191 Nick Gordon [044/150]; 2017 Topps Toys ‘R Us Purple #126 Miguel Sano; 2016 Gypsy Queen photo variation #16 Miguel Sano

Some additional acquisitions below the break…
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Been A While

It’d been so long since I traded with Spiff (almost seven years?!) that when we made a trade at The Bench and he pointed out that we’d traded before in the past, I had to do a little research. Sure enough, I’ve done business with the proprietor of the Texas Rangers Cards blog twice. Really, shame on me for not visiting some of the other card collecting bloggers more often.

With our PWE trade, Spiff sent an exemplary package; besides the three Holiday Topps cards I needed, he used in a recycled penny sleeve with a ridiculously high price sticker still on it, within a recycled yellowed top loader (one with scotch tape residue is also considered acceptable), and masking tape instead of scotch tape sealing the top. I personally use blue painters tape, but either way, it leaves the toploader in great shape to turn around on another trade, unlike the gummy transparent stuff. Well done, Spiff!

Additionally, here are a few more of my recent pickups:


clockwise, from top left: 2017 Bowman’s Best Best of 2017 #B17-RL Royce Lewis (auto); 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Refractors Purple #CDA-CBA Charlie Barnes [188/250] (auto); 2018 Topps 1983 Black #83A Zach Granite [34/99] (auto); 2017 Topps Update All-Star Stitches #ASR-ES Ervin Santana (jersey); 2007 Upper Deck SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures “I” #BL-13 Boof Bonser [38/50] (manu-patch/auto); 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Full-Size #FSRB-MSA Miguel Sano (jersey); 2017 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-BB Byron Buxton (jersey); 2007 Bowman’s Best Blue #83 Glen Perkins [28/99] (auto)

Offseason Activity

Pitchers and catchers report shortly, and like the Twins’ front office, I’ve been busy this offseason as well. Between Black Friday purchase from COMC, visits with Mark at my friendly neighborhood Local Card Shop, and swapping card-filled padded envelopes with my Good Trading Buddy Bob from Peggy’s, I’ve added several nice cards to the collection. Figured I’d best get this post out the door before the 2018 cards hit the street…


clockwise, from top left: 2005 Leaf Limited Lumberjacks #LJ-27 Paul Molitor [39/50] (auto); 2015 Topps Supreme Simply Supreme Green #SSA-TM Trevor May [34/50] (auto); 2016 Topps Strata #SA-MK Max Kepler (auto); 2017 Topps Tier One Break Out #BOA-MKE Max Kepler [245/300] (auto); 2009 Topps Commemorative Patch (1985 All-Star Game) #LPR-87 Tony Gwynn (manu-patch); 2015 Topps Museum Collection Signature Triple Auto #SST-KV Kennys Vargas [033/249] (auto/triple jersey); 2017 Topps Tier One Break Out #BOA-MK Max Kepler [147/300] (auto); 2007 Topps Co-Signers Silver Gold #117 Glen Perkins [059/100] (auto)

Additional acquisitions below the break…
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