Sunday, June 28, 2009

2009 O-Pee-Chee...All the rest...

Pack #7
Yadier Molina
Carlos Marmol
Brandon Inge
Placido Polanco (Black)
Ricky Romero Rookie
Raul Ibanez (WooHoo!)

Pack #8
Justin Upton
Felix Hernandez
David Ortiz (Face of the Franchise insert)
Travis Buck (Black)
Orioles TC
Sean Gallagher

Pack #9
Brendan Harris
Joe Saunders
Ryan Madson (Black) !!!
Brian Duensing Rookie
Clayton Kershaw
Ryan Freel

Pack #10
Scott Kazmir
Brett Gardner
Alex Rios (Black)
Grady Sizemore Moments
Francisco Cordero
Eddie Guardado

Pack #11
John Baker
Aaron Laffey
James Shields
Brewers TC (Black)
Brewers TC (Um, ok)
Chad Durbin (Yay, but I have it already)

Pack #12
Brad Lidge !!!
Magglio Ordonez
Marlon Byrd
Vlad Guerrero (Midsummer Memories insert)
Manny Corpas (Black)
Kevin Jepsen Rookie

Pack #13
Aramis Ramirez
Luis Castillo
Brian Giles (Black)
Reds TC
Jeff Baker
Huston Street

Pack #14
Jody Gerut
Chase Utley (!!!, already have it, though)
Dontrelle Willis (Black)
K Leaders (Lincecum/Haren/Santana)
Brian Moehler
Adam Dunn

Pack #15
Lyle Overbay
Scott Baker (Black)
20th Anniversary Insert (Hong Kong Int'l Airport)
Jesse Chavez Rookie
Andy Sonnanstine
Jason Giambi

Overall, nothing too exciting -- a handful of inserts, a bunch of parallels, and some Phillies.

Here are all the Phillies base cards I still need. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

10, 29, 175, 191, 201*, 257, 259*, 286, 332*, 341, 366, 467, 528

2009 O-Pee-Chee Packs 3, 4, 5, & 6

Alright, a few more packs to open for your enjoyment...

Pack #3
Ryan Spilborghs
Lastings Milledge
Rickie Weeks (Black)
20th Anniversary insert (Nashville Predators)
Angels TC
Jeremy Reed

Pack #4
Cameron Maybin
Torii Hunter (Award Show insert)
Jim Thome (black)
Jonathan Papelbon Moments
Brandon Phillips
Willy Taveras

2 packs and still no Phillies...what is wrong with world!

Pack #5
Seth Smith
Alex Gordon
Grady Sizemore Moments (Black)
David Patton Rookie
Matt Albers
John Smoltz

Pack #6
Carlos Lee
Keiichi Yabu
Bobby Jenks
Joey Gathright (Black)
RBI Leaders (Howard/Wright/Gonzalez)
Jose Guillen

Finally, a card with a freakin' Phillie on it!

2009 O-Pee-Chee Blaster Box (Packs 1 & 2)

So, I was at Wal-Mart today and could not resist the urge to buy a blaster of OPC. This is the second blaster I've bought and overall, I like the product. From strictly a autograph collector point of view these cards are pretty good -- clean design, nice photography, and a non-glossy surface. I can't wait to get some of these signed!

I don't have time right now to post the whole box, but I'll bust open 2 packs to hold me over until later.

Pack #1
Brandon Moss
Ryan Garko
Ricky Nolasco (Black)
Brian Schneider (New York, New York insert)
Brett Anderson (Rookie)

Decent, even though I didn't pull any Phillies. That is the first New York, New York insert I've pulled so far. Thicker and glossier, but an attractive looking card. Too bad it's a Met...

Pack #2
Nick Blackburn
Ryan Braun
Jason Kubel
Kurt Suzuki (Black)
Mariners TC
Scott Rolen

Two Twins, but no Phils??? The more I see the black parallels, the more I like them. I may have to dust off my set collecting status and go for the whole set.

Ok, so only 13 more packs to go...

I'll post some pics later, too.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fabio Castro 6/25/2009

c/o Las Vegas 51s

Fabio graciously returned my first success for my 2008 Reading Phillies set. Castro was traded at the end of the 2008 season to the Blue Jays to complete a trade for Matt Stairs. He is currently with the Las Vegas 51s.

"Deacon" Jones - 6/25/2009

c/o Home

"Deacon" Jones kindly signed this 1963 Topps that was already signed by Len Gabrielson and also signed a custom 4x6 for me. If you are interested in the address, comment or email me.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Custom Phillies Draft Cards - Kelly Dugan

Fun with Photoshop, yay! I totally ripped this design off of the 1988 Fleer All-Star Team set. I was really just looking for a simple design that I hadn't seen anyone do before and this is what I came up with. Let me know if you like it. I may actually print some of these off and send them out to be signed.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

J.J. Furmaniak 6/16/2009

c/o Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Backtracking a few days for this one. Received this one back after 56 days, I believe. I'm pretty happy with how this card turned out since I've gotten back some 04 Topps with horribly bubbled sigs, even with prepping.

J.J. was drafted way back in 2000 by the Padres and didn't make his MLB debut until 2005 with the Pirates. In 2006 he was granted free agency and signed with the A's. In 2007, he refused an outright to the minors and was again a free agent. In December of 2008 he signed a minor league contract with the Phillies.

Larry Harlow 6/18/2009

c/o Home

This is another card that I had to send out more than once. The first time I had the wrong address. I can't remember exactly when I sent this out the second time, but I guess it took about a month to come back.

Larry Harlow (not to be confused with the salsa musician with the same name) played a total of 6 season in the majors with the Orioles and the Angels. He also played in Japan during the 1982 season. 1978 seems to be Larry's peak year -- he recorded 67 runs, 112 hits and 14 stolen bases.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Small Update

Last week of school is always crazy...

Working on getting my new returns scanned in, so hopefully I can update soon. Also going to be at 2 games this weekend (Senators and R-Phils), so hopefully I will have some good successes to report.