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


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…


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.( 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…


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 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,