It’s been longer than expected… (much longer)

Well.

8 months. Kind of flies by, time. One minute it’s Spring, and hopes of Postseason and a brand new years worth of wax fill the air. Blink and it’s nearly Christmas, the World Series won again by the Giants (is it a dynasty?) and everyone looking forward to 2015 releases of product. In between so much has gone on, especially in my first year of collecting Baseball cards. So, where to start…

Cards

So, originally I had NO IDEA where to start (more choice than a Pic ‘n’ mix!) and drifted towards Heritage. I loved the retro take on the modern players, and the feel of the cardboard. So I decided to start set collecting! (Anyone who knows me will know about my slight addiction to completing something once I’ve started) I’m still missing a few of this years base set but I’m almost there.

Then I read and hear about peoples collections of single players and this BLOWS MY MIND. So, naturally I’ve started a couple! My main focus has been Michael Wacha but If I see any Yadi Molina going I snap ’em up! (I❤ Yadi!)

The main problem I’ve been having is with import duties & tax. It’s a b***h. So, if any friendly US based readers would like to help a brother out (or know someone who would) PLEASE get in touch via this blog, Twitter (josh_hall66) or e-mail.(josh_hall66@hotmail.co.uk) THANKYOU!

So, I’ve got some cards to sort through & eBay trawling (Bob Gibson autos anyone?) to do. Therefore, I’ll post soon.

Catch y’all on the flipside…

J


Oscar Taveras 1992-2014

On the 26th October 2014, baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals lost a tremendous talent in Oscar Tavares in a terrible car accident along with his girlfriend. Oscar had just completed his rookie season, which at the start of MLB.com ranked him 2nd highest rookie prospect in the entire MLB. His first ever hit was a home run against the Giants, with his last hit also being a home run against the same opposition in the postseason. His statistics were a Batting Average of .239, 3 HR & RBI 22.

Oscar, whatever your doing now I’m sure your smiling away. We will always remember you, El Fenómeno.

RIP O.T #18

The Whole 9 (Packs of) Cards

Well, folks, here it is.

My first 9 packs of Topps 2014 Baseball cards. My ‘postie’ arrived at lunchtime yesterday with the package (thanks Andy!) and I had to almost breathe into a brown paper bag to calm down! But I managed to regain composure and settled down to open them.

So without further ado, here’s all the packs in order:

Pack 1

Yoenis Cespedes (Upper Class Insert)

Andrelton Simmons (Future Star)

Carlos Gomez

Torri Hunter

Wilmer Flores (Rookie)

Kyle Seager

Brandon Morrow

Joel Peralta

Abraham Almonte (Rookie)

Brandon Barnes

Pack 1

Pack 2

John Purdin (Retro!)

Alberto Callaspo

Adeiny Hechavarria

David Ortiz (World Series)

Justin Upton

Josh Fields

Chris Davis (Baseball Highlights)

Adrian Gonzalez

Joaquin Benoit

Brandon Crawford

Pack 2

Pack 3

Manny Machado (’89 Topps Minis Die Cut)

Todd Redmond (Red Border)

Ubaldo Jimenez

Chris Young

Joakim Soria

Michael Young

Mitch Moreland

Melky Cabrera

Edwin Encarnacion

Hector Santiago

Pack 3

Pack 4

Jurickson Profar (The Future Is Now)

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Trevor Rosenthal

Everth Cabrera

Andrew Cashner

Todd Redmond

Will Venable

Ryan Howard

Kyle Lohse

Matt Adams

 Pack 4

Pack 5

Brandon Belt (0884/2014)

Julio Teheran (Future Star)

Brayan Pena

Jason Castro

Mark Ellis

Matt Harvey

Wainwright, Zimmerman, Kershaw (League Leaders)

David Murphy

Trevor Cahill

Aaron Hill

Pack 5

Pack 6

Andrew Cashner (Red Border)

Kevin Gausman (Future Star)

Todd Helton (Baseball Highlights)

Jake Marisnick (Rookie)

Casey Janssen

Hisashi Iwakuma

Alvarez, Goldschmidt & Bruce (League Leaders)

Chris Perez

Doug Fister

Mike Leake

Pack 6

Pack 7

Robinson Cano (Upper Class Insert)

Mark Buerhle

Jim Henderson

Josh Phegley

Chia-Jen Lo (Rookie)

Anthony Rizzo

Davis, Cabrera & Encarnacion (League Leaders)

Michael Brantley

Hiroki Kuroda

Paul Goldschmidt

Pack 7

Pack 8

Rennie Stennett (Retro Style)

Sanchez, Colon & Iwakuma (League Leaders)

Neftali Feliz

Jason Frasor

Nick Castellanos

Adrian Beltre

Troy Tulowitzki

Jason Kipnis

Erik Johnson (Rookie)

Pack 8

Pack 9

Mike Trout  (Topps All Rookie Cup Team)

Manny Machado (Future Stars)

Coco Crisp

Rex Brothers

Carlos Quentin

Sean Doolittle

Howie Kendrick

Victor Martinez

Johnny Cueto

Ben Revere

Pack 9

So their you go! My first 9 packs all opened! I don’t think I did too badly (although I’m no expert). Anyway, I’ve also picked out a few of my favourite cards that I got for close-ups:

So yeah, I now have a (small) collection! Hopefully soon more cards will arrive and I can share them with you!

If you want to contact me , hit me up on Twitter (@josh_hall66) or leave a comment below.

See you soon,

J

Hello and Welcome!

Hi there,

My name is Josh. For years I have tried collecting various items. Rubber ducks, signed merchandise, old football programs. But I have always collected cards. Be that Pokémon (as a kid and later as an 18 year old), Yu-Gi-Oh! (at secondary school) and Magic (very shortlived), I have always ploughed pocket/birthday/Xmas money into cards. Granted, as a young child, I didn’t realise their value or the fun of collecting them. (I just wanted a Charizard to show off in the playground!) But with the advent of eBay we all now know how much cards go for, and the thrill of a rare pull is a great feeling

But I digress. Now I’m 23, and I need a new hobby to collect. One I can really stick my teeth into. And I believe I’ve found it.

Baseball Cards.

So here’s how it started. A few years ago I was hospitilised with pneumonia. I have a condition called Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. This is basically a muscle wasting disease that also affects my respiratory. Therefore when I get a cold I have to be very careful it doesn’t go onto my chest. Unfortunately this time it had. So I was in hospital for a few days, and when I came out I bought a load of NFL cards. I didn’t really follow through with it, but it distracted me a bit. While I was searching I found lots of Baseball cards, and thought they looked cool. At this time I had never really followed Baseball and forgot all about it…

A couple of years later I subscribed to ESPN through SKY. This is when I started watching Baseball a bit. I loved all the statistics and jargon, but again just watched the odd game. Now fast forward to last Monday. I was trying to figure out what to do sport-wise over the summer, after the World Cup. So I started reading up on Baseball rules and news. By Tuesday I was hooked, with the sport quenching my American sport lust (I’m a huge NFL fan), my craving for statistical data, and they’re season is during the summer. So I did a quiz to pick a team, and am now a proud St. Louis Cardinals fan.

But what about the cards?

Well, I Googled ‘UK Baseball cards’ and found a blog called The Wax Fantastic. This blog hooked me. Within 5 minutes I knew this would be something to collect alongside becoming a fan of the sport. I have already ordered several boxes from the US and found some cards from UK sellers.

Anyway, now I’ve explained the background, about this blog. This is basically going to be me documenting my Baseball card collecting exploits, whether buying, selling or trading. They’re might be the odd random post but don’t hold that against me! Hopefully you’ll enjoy this odyssey into Baseball card collecting, or just find it curious.

Anyway, I’m off to watch some Breaking Bad or True Detective. I’ll decide when I’m settled. Tomorrow or Monday I will post a list (maybe photos) of my first 8 cards that came today.

(Sorry if I waffled :))

J

PS Please visit The Wax Fantastic, it’s a great blog and really interesting. Without it I might not have started this journey.

PPS Feel free to follow me on Twitter (@josh_hall66), I will follow you back!