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Thanks, but no thanks, Topps.

Hey everyone, Drew back here today, with a post that has been delayed longer than any other post in the history of this website! On July 15th, 2012, my Dad, friends Schuyler, Connor, and I all met up at a local card show at the Mid Hudson Civic Center. At that show, we not only met Whitey Ford, but we also won a door prize and I came home with a Tino Martinez signed baseball. Plus, my Dad got me a beautiful Mariano Rivera signed 16×20 for my collection. Boy, those were the days. Also, that was the same day I bought and activated two redemption cards from my 2011 Topps Tier One set; the relics they were supposed to make of Rickey Henderson and Ryne Sandberg. These have been the last two cards I have needed to complete my set ever since that day.

And well, they’re clearly not making them. Topps is far past their 2011 Tier One set, instead focusing on this year’s product, leaving behind all of the now expired redemption holders in the cold. It really is a shame, as I was particularly excited to have the Henderson card, but sure enough Topps found a way to disappoint. After waiting over a year and a half for the cards with no response, I emailed Topps Customer Service and spoke to someone who said my cards would be replaced and handled within 6-8 weeks. Two months later, I was still left in the cold (keep in mind about $40 was spent on the two cards), but I continued to keep my faith in the company, hoping they would eventually pull through.

Another year passed, until I finally decided to give it another shot; this time with a little bit more of a temper. I normally don’t like to raise my temper, but this was something I grew livid about as two and a half years of my life went by. And you may ask, why didn’t I just throw in the towel and give up? The simple answer is because I don’t like giving up when I know there is something I have purchased or earned. More promises were made by Customer Service, and this time they actually delivered. I was hoping they would provide me with cards that would fulfill my PC’s, especially considering how fed up I was over this situation. I let them know who I collect, and they said they couldn’t make any promises as to what I would receive. For once, they actually prepared me for a letdown.

Albert Pujols is a tremendous player, and easily one of the best players I’ve had the privilege of watching in my lifetime. This 2013 Museum Collection card is beautiful, featuring four pieces of material; 3 bat relics and 1 red jersey relic. It is numbered 98 of 99, adding to the overall value of the card, which I presume was meant to match the Henderson card. But this is not what I purchased; if I wanted to spend $25 on an Albert Pujols relic I would have went to eBay and done that myself. The best part about this, as well as the next card, is that I finally have some trade bait. Again, I do appreciate all that Albert Pujols has done for the game, but I would’ve taken a Joe Panik autograph instead of these two cards any day.

The only saving grace of this 2013 Allen & Ginter Bruce Sutter relic is thanks to Sutter’s beautiful facial hair. Otherwise, it’s a very dull card, to be honest. I just listed Sutter as one of my most undeserving Hall of Famers, and I really don’t have any need for this in my collection. I understand his place in baseball history as one of the better relievers of his era, and I’m sure someone else reading would love to own this, and if that is the case I’d love to work something out.

All in all, I’m pretty frustrated still with Topps despite finally sending me something. I get that the two cards I was given equalled the Beckett value of the cards I was waiting on, but there was more to it than that. I stopped buying Topps cards for the most part of two years in a row because their Customer Service was so lackluster, and you would think the company would provide the care for their customers a little better than just throwing two cards I don’t want or need at me. With this, I am now officially done with the 2011 Topps Tier One set; it ended on a bitter note, but at least I can say I have some nice cards from that set to drool over.

Thanks but no thanks, Topps. Comment below if you’re interested in either card.

See Ya!

2015 Topps Heritage hanger box recap

I heard about a 35-card Heritage hanger box and went to Target to see what they were about – I’m familiar with the Topps flagship 72-card hanger boxes, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen Heritage hanger boxes.

The Holofoil parallels look sharp though at first I thought they were the usual Chrome parallels from previous years – unlike the Chrome parallels, the Holofoils are not numbered and looks like a retail only parallel.

#297 Colby Rasmus
#223 Clayton Kershaw / Johnny Cueto / Adam Wainwright – 2014 National League Pitching Leaders; wins
#328 Denard Span

#414 Alex Rodriguez
#243 Pablo Sandoval
#350 Masahiro Tanaka
#315 Koji Uehara

#405 C.J. Wilson
#20 J.D. Martinez
#201 Jason Heyward
#322 Tsuyoshi Wada
#381 Eric Hosmer
#418 Matt Garza
#231 Brock Holt
#310 Adam Jones
#493 Kyle Seager – SP

#NAP-15 Javier Baez – New Age Performers insert
#TN-1 Harmon Killebrew / Nelson Cruz – Then and Now insert
#TN-10 Sandy Koufax / Adam Wainwright – Then and Now insert
#THC-70 Yoenis Cespedes – Holofoil parallel
#THC-496 Albert Pujols – Holofoil parallel
#THC-431 Billy Hamilton – Holofoil parallel

#THC-300 Andrew McCutchen – Holofoil parallel

#THC-493 Kyle Seager – Holofoil parallel
#347 Danny Santana
#58 Brandon Moss
#65 Logan Morrison
#10 Julio Teheran
#235 Kevin Gausman
#16 Anibal Sanchez
#121 Kevin Kiermaier
#337 Billy Butler

#99 Angels Belters feat. Albert Pujols / Mike Trout
#352 Seth Smith
#355 David Robertson
#372 Juan Lagares

Card shop trip

I had some time to stop at this particular shop I don’t get out to, but perhaps only a few times a given year – I guess this card shop has a deeper selection of cards to dig through because the owner basically rents out display space [probably between at least four or five different people], though the cards start to look the same because they feature mostly spring training teams.

I picked up ‘old’ Photofiles 8×10’s of Torii Hunter, Michael Young, Ichiro x2 for a dollar each – I picked them up to get autographed, though Ichiro seems like he’s on his last legs as an MLB player and never was an easy ‘get’ in the first place.

I picked up a lone 11×14 top loader $2 – maybe I’m trying to branch out to larger photos and need something to protect such photos.

Eight quarter cards – labeled from a specific box owned by a display space renter.
2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Vinnie Pestano #73 – refractor
2011 Bowman Chrome Eric Sogard #81 – refractor
2013 Bowman Chrome Francellis Montas #BCP 129
2014 Bowman Draft Francellis Montas #BSB-FM
2014 Bowman Platinum Jorge Soler #BPP 2
2014 Panini Extra Edition Jorge Soler #97
2014 Panini Extra Edition Jorge Soler #17 – Elite Series insert

2014 Topps Stadium Club Albert Pujols #60

Assorted quarter cards – I think these are the store owner’s boxes; I guess he just had all the cards ‘as is’ for a quarter each, even though a box was marked ‘8 for $1′ and a box marked ‘4 for $1.’

2013 Bowman Sterling Addison Russell #BSP-45
2014 Bowman Chrome #DDC-SB Corey Seager / Eddie Butler
2014 Bowman Chrome DDC-WP Matt Wisler / Joc Pederson
2014 Bowman Draft Chrome Franmil Reyes #BCP 13 – x5
2014 Bowman Draft Chrome Franmil Reyes #BCP 13 – refractor
2014 Bowman Draft Chrome Jose Urena #BCP 45
2014 Bowman Draft Chrome Jake Sanchez #BCP 88 – refractor serial #’d 386/500
2014 Topps Hector Sanchez #399
2014 Topps Chrome Marcus Semien #43 – refractor
2014 Topps Chrome Andre Rienzo #206

2014 Topps Chrome Ken Griffey Jr. #89TC-KGJ – 1989 Topps
2014 Topps Finest Matt Davidson #17 – refractor
2014 Topps Finest Marcus Semien #21 – refractor

2014 Topps Rickey Henderson #FV-RH – Finest Vintage insert
2014 Topps Update Jose Abreu US-100 – gold parallel serial #’d 1789/2014
2014 Topps Update Jace Peterson #US-174 – Red Hot Foil parallel
2014 Topps Update Jose Abreu US -325 – gold parallel serial #’d 1576/2014

2015 Topps Guilder Rodriguez #103 – x2
2015 Topps Paul Konerko #177 – I figure I’ll end up with one of these eventually, though grabbed it just to have it in hand now.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 9, 2013

Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I talk about Albert Pujols, Jack Clark, Tim Lincecum and why Jose Canseco should be sitting on a gigantic throne.

Tim Lincecum, Victor Martinez, Bruce Chen and Neil Walker and all owned baseball on August 8, 2013.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 9, 2013

Albert Pujols Proves Once Again Who The Most Dangerous Hitter In The Game Is…

Albert Pujols Proves Once Again Who The Most Dangerous Hitter In The Game Is…

Baseball has not seen a weekend like the one that Albert Pujols delivered in a very, very long time.

In case you missed it, here are a few notes:

Friday, June 3:  1-for-3 with a home run, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

Saturday, June 4:  3-for-4 with 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.

Sunday, June 5:  2-for-4 with a home run, 1 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

Oh yeah, two of his home runs were of the game-winning, walk-off type!!! 

Congratulations Albert, we’ve been waiting to see this from you since April!!  Keep it up!!!

A good job interview for Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols stayed at home plate and watched his beautiful walk off home run against the Cubs sail for an extra beat.

It was his second straight walk off homer against the Cubs. And that look he gave to me has extra meaning.

It might just be saying “Take note Chicago… I could be doing this in Wrigley next year!”

I still think there will be a lot of pressure on Albert to go to either the Mets, Dodgers or Cubs next year.

I’ve written that before.
Well if that is going to be the case, smacking walk offs against his future employers can’t hurt.

But remember Cardinals fans… you can’t boo!

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’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Current Players On My Signed Baseball Want List’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Current Players On My Signed Baseball Want List’

OK, let’s get right down to it.

I’ve shown you the legends that I would like to add to my collection.

And I have shown you the guys that will soon be calling Cooperstown home that I would like to add to my collection.

So, now it is time for me to show you the “Top Ten” players in the game today that I would like to add to my collection.

And away we go….

Honorable Mention:  Jim Thome, Hanley Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Johnny Damon, and Josh Beckett.

And now onto the “Top Ten”.

10 – Ryan Braun

9 – Mariano Rivera

8 – Pudge Rodriguez

7 – Ichiro

6 – Chipper Jones

5 – Alex Rodriguez

4 – Albert Pujols

3 – Derek Jeter

2 – Tim Lincecum

1 – Roy Halladay

And there you have.  Sure to spark a little controversy but that is fine by me; after all it is my list.  :)

Stay tuned next week as a I have a list that offers up a detour as it relates to this baseball blog.  It will be fun nonetheless…

Thanks for reading!!

1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

We’re at the 1/4 mark of the 2011 baseball season, so it is time for an update as to how some of the milestones that stood to be reached are faring so far.  I will keep the original post in tact, and just provide a quick update on each below.    All 1/4 season updates will be in Red.  Enjoy.

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

And away we go….

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

30 hits to go until Jeter hits 3,000.

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

9 dingers away – Thome has homered just twice in 20 games.

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

Mo has already collected 13 saves this season; he sits 28 saves away from 600.

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

Through 43 games, Ichiro has 53 hits.  He is well on his way…

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Uggla has 7 home runs through 46 games; he needs to pick up the pace if he wants to hit 30.

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

15 homers away from 300 – looking good!!

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

With 7 and 25 through 45 games, the streak looks like it is in serious jeopardy.  If anyone can turn it on quickly, it is Pujols.

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Just 4 home runs in 2011, the 400-mark will not be met this year.  But we’ll keep watching.  :)

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

A-Rod has just 8 and 24.  He has almost missed this mark a few times, and he always seems to deliver at the end.  Will 2011 follow suit?

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2011 season gets under way.

Next update will come during the All-Star break…  Stay tuned.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

LaRussa puts Pujols at third… all of Fantasy Baseball rejoices

Seriously, if you have Albert Pujols on your fantasy team then you are already winning.
Now imagine if you have Pujols as your first baseman and someone like Chris Johnson as your third baseman.

Well now you can dump Johnson, find some other good first baseman on the trash heap and slip Pujols into the third baseman slot.

Not only is that cool but I am convinced this is the first ever blog post in history where the only names mentioned were Albert Pujols and Chris Johnson.

You’re welcome Chris

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Albert Pujols Starts At Third Base For The First Time Since ’02

Albert Pujols Starts At Third Base For The First Time Since ’02

By Matthew Leach / MLB.com 

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols is moving across the diamond at least for one day.

About two hours prior to the Cardinals’ game against the Phillies on Monday night, the Redbirds announced that Pujols would start at third base, rather than at first, where he has played almost exclusively for the past seven-plus seasons. Pujols last started at third base on Sept. 23, 2002.

When manager Tony La Russa initially posted his lineup, it had Pujols at first as usual. However, Pujols approached La Russa and offered to play third, and the manager took him up on it. Nick Punto moved from third base to second, Allen Craig from second to right field and Lance Berkman from right field to first.

Pujols played 1 1/3 innings of third base on May 1 in Atlanta. Other than that, however, he hasn’t played the position since that last start in 2002.

Top 10 Best Selling Baseball Players on eBay

Ever wondered who the hottest players in the baseball card and memorabilia hobby are? Chances are you have. Look around in any large hobby related forum or website (including this one) and chances are you will see at least one player hot list. But as fun as these lists are to read they rely on editorial opinion rather then fact based data, which doesn’t prove anything but the writer’s opinions. The Cardboard Connection has scores of these types of articles, so we figured we would try something…

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B2B Connection

So now that you made it to the blog I bet you are wondering what the hell is a B2B connection. Well, I am getting bored with the term ‘mail day’ or whatever, so I came up with this. I shall dub this ‘Blogger 2 Blogger’ because it sounds different. I can also say that I will probably forget about it by the next time someone sends something, so I will enjoy my (un) clever name for now.

I got a package in the mail today from Field Level View, which included all kinds of good things. Jason had been making a nice pile of cards for me, some of which I was aware of, others came as a total shock. I think I may have forgotten about some and honestly that made opening this bubble mailer way more fun.

Take a look at my newly acquired loot and feel free to tell me which was your favorite.

Some sweet Yankees from the 2010 Bowman Platinum including Gary Sanchez, Jesus Montero,
Slade Heathcott
, and Austin Romine. All of which I would love to collect but can’t afford any new endeavors. So if anyone pulls any cards of these guys, feel free to send them my way or we can work out a trade.


Pujols Diamond Anniversary

Pujols, Dunn, Votto gold card

Some Yankee prospects from 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition

2010 Donruss EEE Gary Sanchez This kid may be the one that I would most like to collect if I hit the lotto. His cards are pretty damn pricey and so far with good reason. Let’s hope he keeps hitting the ball as well as he has been as he moves up in the minors.

Nice cards, right? They sure are, but there were WAY cooler mojo cards in the envelope. I suppose you will want to see what they were, yes? OK, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.

2010 Donruss Elite Ben Gamel auto /50
He was born in 1992, that is enough to make me feel ancient. I will have to put on my reading glasses and do some research on this little tyke. I do like that the auto is a die-cut. Not too often we see them anymore.


2010 Donruss Elite Ron Blomberg auto /299
Love it! I am a big fan of any Yankees autos, especially of the old timers. He could probably be Gamel’s grandfather…


2010 Bowman Sterling Albert Pujols/Ichiro dual game used jersey card /199


Well, I think it is safe to say that I absolutely love the dual relic card. I’d like to think of it as a quad relic. The other cool thing is that Albert’s side is not white or gray. I am sick of only having white or gray swatches of anyone, unless they are dirty white or gray swatches then I will love them as much as a patch.

Albert Pujols will be a Dodger or a Met… and I predict a conspiracy theory

A bizarre and round about series of events and coincidences have made it clear to me that Albert Pujols will almost certainly not be a member of the St. Louis Cardinals next year.

Before Pujols files for free agency, two large market franchises will change ownership and be in position to bid for him, and I believe Bud Selig will be manipulating the whole thing to help preserve his legacy.

That’s right, I am predicting a conspiracy before there are any facts or events to back up my theory. I admit that is no easy trick. But I think I am on to something.

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Bud Selig is retiring in 2012. With the steroid era evidently behind him and if baseball avoids a work stoppage (and the NFL and NBA have one) then he will be able to claim that he left the game clean and thriving with labor peace.

But there are four gigantic messes he needs to clean up before riding off into the sunset.

Two won’t be covered here, but I will mention them: The Rays and the A’s stadium disasters. Neither team can last in their current dumps and nor have a viable solution for survival, especially if the Giants can block the A’s move to San Jose. But that is another post.

The big BIG mess is the state of the Mets and Dodgers, two of the flagship franchises of the National League. According to USA Today, only the Yankees and Red Sox are worth more than the Dodgers and those teams plus the Cubs are the only ones worth more than the Mets.

I don’t think it is stretch to call New York and Los Angeles big markets. And guess what? They are both in financial chaos.

The Dodgers have been mismanaged to the point where MLB had to take the unprecedented steps of essentially removing the owner from power. (We’ll see if Frank McCourt surrenders the power of the team.)

And the Mets should be on notice. If the twisted finances of the McCourt divorce can make Selig and company take over the Dodgers, then being swindled by Bernie Madoff (and not being sure what they knew in advance) should be even a greater cause for MLB to step in and take the car keys away from the Wilpons.

In the very least, the Mets should be forced to sell.

So that would mean the Mets and Dodgers would have new ownership going into the 2012 season. And also have a disillusioned fan base, declining attendance and a natural division rival playing well (the Phillies for the Mets and the Giants for the Dodgers.)

Whomever is going to run the Mets and the Dodgers will need to assure their paying customers (and TV viewers and sponsors) that not only are the bad days behind them but glamorous superstar days are ahead.

The Giants were in a similar boat when Peter Magowan took over the team in the wake of the proposed move to Tampa Bay. He found the quickest way to get the fan base energized: He signed the best player in baseball, Barry Bonds.

Which brings us to Albert Pujols. He’s a free agent to be. He has nothing left to prove in St. Louis when he finishes this, his 11th season. He has given the Cardinals a championship, post season heroics, MVPs and done so with class and a flair for the dramatic. And, as I said in a previous video, Cardinal fans can NEVER boo him.

Pujols could need a new challenge in his life, the biggest contract in baseball history and a chance to be a hero in a brand new market.

(See Rose, Pete. See Jackson, Reggie. And Albert is better than both of them!)

And if just so happens that the Dodgers have an opening at first base. I may not be 100% sure how VORP works, but I can guess that Albert Pujols replacing James Loney is an improvement.

And the Mets have Ike Davis, who is a nice player. When you have the chance to get one of the great offensive players of all time, you might think about sacrificing a nice player or two!

Both the Dodgers and the Mets will have new owners, money to spend and a city to impress. And they will BOTH bid on Albert Pujols.

Why do I say that with such certainty? Because Selig will make sure of it. Captain Bud will not let an owner take over the Dodgers nor the Mets unless they were intending on trying to sign Pujols.

It makes sense for the Dodgers to win back their fans and show there is a new era in Chavez Ravine.

It makes sense for the Mets to turn the page on the Wilpon fiasco (and no doubt Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins would welcome Albert’s arrival.)

It makes sense for labor peace as players making big contracts is always looked on fondly by the Players Association.

And it makes sense for Selig as he leave the game with franchises other than the Yankees and Red Sox bidding over the biggest free agents.

And which ever team can’t land Pujols will have a nice consolation prize in Prince Fielder.

Think Selig is above this sort of backroom dealings? Or perhaps not clever enough?

PUH-lease. I am not going to even go into the whole “Used Car Salesman” past of Mr. Selig.

This was the guy who maneuvered the ownership of the Expos, Marlins and Red Sox around so his hand picked successor would take over in Boston instead of the McCourts.

This was the guy who claimed to have no clue about the steroid culture, even though allegations were made public as far back as 1988, when Peter Ueberroth was commissioner.

This was the guy who was part of the owners group that ousted Fay Vincent for not doing their bidding and installing himself as owner/commissioner. It was supposed to be temporary. That was 1992.

This was one of the many owners found guilty of collusion in the 1980s.

Shady wheeling and dealing are right in Bud Selig’s wheelhouse.

So a nudge here and there and making sure the new owners come with an aggressive eye on Albert is not as outlandish as colluding, kicking the commissioner out and not noticing that the players all were bigger than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

You heard it here first on Sully Baseball.

I am declaring it a conspiracy before it actually happens.

Colluding is and always will be part of Bud Selig’s legacy.

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Topps Tribute’s Albert Pujols Rookie Card buybacks include extra twist

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

The Albert Pujols Rookie Card buyback redemptions found in packs of 2011 Topps Tribute aren’t just good for copies of Pujols’ Topps RCs.

They’re good for graded copies of Pujols’ Topps RCs that have been examined and slabbed by Beckett Grading Services.

The big one in the brand is the most sought-after modern day Rookie Card — the $4,000 2001 Bowman Chrome. In all, there will be 30 copies of three different Pujols 2001 autograph cards to be found via an autograph redemption card.

The redemptions will not say which card they are good for until the code is input online. A collector could land the Bowman Chrome or a 2001 Topps Finest autograph or a 2011 Topps Reserve autograph. The Reserve card sells for as much as $1,500, while the Finest card sells for $450.

The company did not disclose how many of each card will be made available or what grades the cards received.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Long Fly Ball to my Mailbox

There is only one person who knows how long it has taken me to post this mail day, and that guy is my friend David over at Long Fly Ball to Because. I would be embarrassed to admit how long it has taken me, so I won’t. But I will post some of the cool cards I got in the mail.

There were a bunch of cards for both Sooz and myself in the giant bubble mailer. I swear we loved them all. Part of the fun of the bubble mailer was the sweet giant index card with the Yankees logo and a note from David. I don’t have cool stuff like that, I sometimes don’t even think to put a note in a trade. If I do, it’s either on a midget sized post-it note, or a piece of paper laying around on my desk.

Anywho…. Here are the sweet cards that will get added to my collection and the pile of cards awaiting entry into my spreadsheets. You can stay tuned to find out what is going on with my backlog of work here.

Drumroll………………

2009 T-206 Robinson Cano Old Mill GU

2006 Bowman Heritage Robinson GU

2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Albert Pujols All Star Game jersey

2009 T-206 Robinson Cano Polar Bear mini
2009 T-206 Albert Pujols Polar Bear mini

These cards will definitely fill in some of the holes in cards from recent years that I need. The mini cards have been pretty hard for me to grab, but the serial numbered Cycle card of Cano I have. Sometimes it’s just so odd when you can find a steal of a deal on eBay on a serial numbered card but then the SP gives you such a hard time.

If you guys haven’t read Long Fly Ball to Because, I suggest you do so. NOW! =) Oh and follow him on Twitter, he’s a good guy and a big baseball fan.

Hey Matt Hollday’s Appendix… you aren’t helping things

Seriously, the Cardinals are having a trying enough season already.

Adam Wainwright had the dreaded words Tommy John associated with his name. Plus he was on a plane that skidded off the runway. (Nobody was hurt, but there are bad vibes about this team.) So they lost their Cy Young contender. Not good.

The Cardinals are relying on big players who had some injuries (like Yadier Molina) or young guys who need to fix their attitude (I’m looking at YOU Colby Rasmus) or old players that will discover the fountain of youth (like Lance Berkman). And they need to have Dave Duncan work his magic on broken down pitchers. (Didn’t work with Jake Westbrook yesterday.)

In other words the Cardinals were built on a shaky foundation, and that was BEFORE the poison bag inside of Matt Holliday’s gut exploded. (Hey evolution, take your time phasing out the appendix!)

The Cardinals don’t have a lot of wiggle room in their lineup and having Matt Holliday sit in a hospital bed doing crossword puzzles can be put in the “We Didn’t Need This” file.

Without Holliday batting behind him, then why on Earth would a sane pitcher throw a strike to Albert Pujols? Yesterday David Freese was protecting Albert in the lineup. No offense to David who is a nice young player, but I would walk Albert intentionally with the bases loaded in the 9th inning of a 1 run game to face David Freese.

Holliday will be gone for at least a few weeks and the number of strikes Albert will see can be counted on your nose.
And that can’t make the prospect of Albert sticking around any better.

I hate to keep harping on this, but Pujols’ contract will hang over the Cardinals season the way that the Madoff situation will be the bane of the Mets existence.

OK, Pujols contract isn’t a historic financial scam that ruined many people’s lives. It is just the elephant in the room and will eventually be $300 million from some shmuck’s checking account.

And I can’t help but think that anything that makes Albert think St. Louis is the wrong place to stay will help add up to his taking the show on the road.

So I reiterate to Matt Holliday’s appendix… you aren’t helping.

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Contest CONTEST Update – it’s between 1001 and 1050 – another JERSEY card added to PRIZE

No winner yet, but you are getting close. Yesterday one of you was just one number off. Please follow the rules of the contest and click on the ad below this post each time you guess. I plan on using the money I make from AdSense to sponsor more contests like this, so please click on the ad every time you enter. Be sure to enter once every 24 hours for your chance to win. Here is how the contest works.

I want to have a winner soon, so I am going to narrow it down for you even more. The number I selected is between 1001 and 1050. To enter the contest please click on the ad below this post and then enter a number between 1001 and 1050. You can enter one guess ever 24 hours until we have a winner. If you advertise my contest on your blog, you can enter two guesses per day, just include a link to your blog as part of your comment the first time that you guess two numbers. Good luck!

Up for grabs is this 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum, Spectrum Swatches IAN KINSLER Jersey Card, a 2008 UD Ultimate Collection PRINCE FIELDER card numbered 286/350, a 1996 Score Board TODD WALKER certified autographed card, a 2003 Fleer Platinum, Platinum Portraits ALBERT PUJOLS card, a 2002 SP Authentic JOSE CUETO Prospect Signatures Autographed card, a 2004 Fleer Platinum MARLON BYRD Name Plates Patch card numbered 332/470, an 8 card lot of 2008 Allen & Ginter mini cards, and I just added a 2003 Upper Deck National Pride KYLE SLEETH Jersey card.



CONTEST update – it’s between 1001 and 1100 – 8 minis added to PRIZE

No winner yet, but a couple of people have been close, within 3 or 4 of the correct number. Please follow the rules of the contest and click on the ad below this post each time you guess. I plan on using the money I make from AdSense to sponsor more contests like this, so please click on the ad every time you enter. Be sure to enter once every 24 hours for your chance to win. Here is how the contest works.

I want to have a winner soon, so I am going to narrow it down for you even more. The number I selected is between 1001 and 1100. To enter the contest please click on the ad below this post and then enter a number between 1001 and 1100. You can enter one guess ever 24 hours until we have a winner. If you advertise my contest on your blog, you can enter two guesses per day, just include a link to your blog as part of your comment the first time that you guess two numbers. Good luck!

Up for grabs is this 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum, Spectrum Swatches IAN KINSLER Jersey Card, a 2008 UD Ultimate Collection PRINCE FIELDER card numbered 286/350, a 1996 Score Board TODD WALKER certified autographed card, a 2003 Fleer Platinum, Platinum Portraits ALBERT PUJOLS card, a 2002 SP Authentic JOSE CUETO Prospect Signatures Autographed card, a 2004 Fleer Platinum MARLON BYRD Name Plates Patch card numbered 332/470, and I just added an 8 card lot of 2008 Allen & Ginter mini cards.



CONTEST update – Plus a Patch card added to the PRIZE

No winner yet. Please follow the rules of the contest and click on the ad below this post each time you guess. I plan on using the money I make from AdSense to sponsor more contests like this, so please click on the ad every time you enter. Be sure to enter once every 24 hours for your chance to win. Here is how the contest works.

I want to have a winner soon, so I am going to narrow it down for you. The number I selected is between 1001 and 1200. To enter the contest please click on the ad below this post and then enter a number between 1001 and 1200. You can enter one guess ever 24 hours until we have a winner. If you advertise my contest on your blog, you can enter two guesses per day, just include a link to your blog as part of your comment the first time that you guess two numbers. Good luck!

Up for grabs is this 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum, Spectrum Swatches IAN KINSLER Jersey Card, a 2008 UD Ultimate Collection PRINCE FIELDER card numbered 286/350, a 1996 Score Board TODD WALKER certified autographed card, a 2003 Fleer Platinum, Platinum Portraits ALBERT PUJOLS card, a 2002 SP Authentic JOSE CUETO Prospect Signatures Autographed card, and I just added a 2004 Fleer Platinum MARLON BYRD Name Plates Patch card numbered 332/470.



$2 well spent, I think? (Plus a CONTEST reminder)

I picked up this 2011 Topps GARY CARTER Topps 60 Memorabilia Card at my local card shop last week for $2. I saw the price tag and couldn’t say no. I could buy one 2011 Topps pack and risk not get anything good or, for the same price I could get a bat card of Hall of Famer Gary Carter. On the front of the card, under the bat piece it says “GAME-USED MEMORABILIA”. On the back it says “You have recieved a certified TOPPS 60 MEMORABILIA CARD from 2011 Topps Baseball Series 1″. In really small print under that it says “The relic on this card is not from any specific game, event, or season.” My question is, was the relic from a specific player, namely Gary Carter? What happened to the good old days when on the back of the relic card it would state something similar to “The enclosed piece of bat is certified to have been used by XYZ player in an official Major League game.”?

Also, just another reminder about my contest. The clues that I have given narrowed down the number to between 1001 and 2000. If you haven’t already entered the contest today, then be sure to enter by clicking on the ad below this post and guessing a number between 1001 and 2000. The money I earn from AdSense is going to go to funding more contests so please be sure to click on the ad each time you enter the contest. If you guess the correct number then you win the prize, which includes the following cards:



Another AUTO added to the Contest Prize – Another Clue Posted As Well

No winner yet. Please follow the rules of the contest and click on the ad below this post each time you guess. I plan on using the money I make from AdSense to sponsor more contests like this, so please click on the ad every time you enter. Be sure to enter once every 24 hours for your chance to win. You can enter by commenting on any of the contest posts. Here is how the contest works.

I have selected a random number between 1 and 2000. To enter the contest please click on the ad below this post and then enter a number between 1 and 2000. You can enter one guess ever 24 hours until we have a winner. If you advertise my contest on your blog, you can enter two guesses per day, just include a link to your blog as part of your comment the first time that you guess two numbers. Each time you enter a guess please click on the ad below the post. I plan on using the money I earn from AdSense to buy more cards for more contests. Good luck!

***CLUE #1 – The number is between 501 and 2000.***
***CLUE #2 – The number is between 1001 and 2000.***

Up for grabs is this 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum, Spectrum Swatches IAN KINSLER Jersey Card, a 2008 UD Ultimate Collection PRINCE FIELDER card numbered 286/350, a 1996 Score Board TODD WALKER certified autographed card, a 2003 Fleer Platinum, Platinum Portraits ALBERT PUJOLS card, and I just added a 2002 SP Authentic JOSE CUETO Prospect Signatures Autographed card.



No Winner Yet – A Pujols Added to the CONTEST Prize

No winner yet. Please follow the rules of the contest and click on the ad below this post each time you guess. Yesterday there were 10 people who guessed but only 5 people clicked on the ad. I plan on using the money I make from AdSense to sponsor more contests like this, so please click on the ad every time you enter. Be sure to enter once every 24 hours for your chance to win. You can enter by commenting on any of the contest posts. Here is how the contest works.

I have selected a random number between 1 and 2000. To enter the contest please click on the ad below this post and then enter a number between 1 and 2000. You can enter one guess ever 24 hours until we have a winner. If you advertise my contest on your blog, you can enter two guesses per day, just include a link to your blog as part of your comment the first time that you guess two numbers. Each time you enter a guess please click on the ad below the post. I plan on using the money I earn from AdSense to buy more cards for more contests. Good luck!

***CLUE – The number is between 501 and 2000.***

Up for grabs is this 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum, Spectrum Swatches IAN KINSLER Jersey Card, a 2008 UD Ultimate Collection PRINCE FIELDER card numbered 286/350, a 1996 Score Board TODD WALKER certified autographed card, and I just added a 2003 Fleer Platinum, Platinum Portraits ALBERT PUJOLS card.



Shiny mail day

Every time the mail comes and brings me things like this bubble mailer, it reminds me why as much as I love to open packs I need to stick to singles. There is nothing better than getting an envelope full of stuff you want.

I am still trying to hunt down the last of the 2010 National Chicle cards and 206 Chrome/refractors for my collection of both Cano and Pujols. So if you have any please let me know.

Here are the shiny mojo-ey cards I got in the mail. I love cardboard.


2010 National Chicle Robinson Cano
Refractor /499

2010 National Chicle Albert Pujols Refractor /499 (Leave it to me to end up with the SP version before the base version)

2010 206 Albert Pujols /999

2002 Donruss Studio Stars Albert Pujols (I know this one seems random, but I needed it.)

David over at Long Fly Ball to Because was kind enough to send me this card to fill in a missing link from 2011 Topps Series 1.


2011 Topps Robinson Cano game used jersey

There seem to be 3 versions of this card, one with a road jersey, one with a stripe, and one with some random red jersey.

Overall this mail day was a win. If you have any Chicle or 206 cards of Cano and Pujols (refractors only) please let me know.

Who has the best friend ever?

Me, of course.

As a result of Sooz being super busy with work, and me being in school it took us a while to get around to exchanging Christmas gifts. Not this long, but I have been a little lazy on the blogging in case you hadn’t noticed.

Sooz always gets me something I want/something I actually like and will enjoy. This present was no exception and is definitely worth showing off on the blog.

2006 Upper Deck Albert Pujols Game Used Patch card.


The card is MOJO! I freakin’ love it.

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

And away we go….

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2011 season gets under way.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Card Show Loot (MOJO!)

So I caved and went to the show because, well because why the hell not? Sure, I had other things that I could have done today that would have cost me nothing but…… this was way funner.

What I would like to note for the people that said they may go on Sunday is you really shouldn’t bother. Over the last year or two that show has gotten significantly smaller, and this show was even worse than usual. If you don’t want old newspapers or old junk, there really wasn’t much. The few usual suspects that I deal with were there, along with the one table who overvalues everything on earth (i.e. $3 for a Jeter ToppsTown from 2011). I also noticed there were a few people who are there at every show were missing or half the size.

There wasn’t much newer wax around, or maybe that’s because there hasn’t been much released. There were not many 2011 Heritage singles, chromes or refractors. One guy tried telling me a Phil Hughes 2011 Heritage refractor was $15. I laughed in his face. There was also a Jeter 2011 206 refractor for $15… again, no.

I picked these up from the one guy that always has something I want to buy. He is also the first person I stop at each time I go to this show. Here is what he had for me…

2011 Topps Opening Day Stadium Lights Robinson Cano

2011 Topps Opening Day Stars Albert Pujols

Then I walked around and wasn’t really seeing anything and was getting kind of bummed out that I had spent more on gas, tolls, and admission than I found in cards. After about a half hour of milling around I found something that has been on my radar for a while.

2003 Topps 1st Year Robinson Cano

Same dude also had these in a cheap box of singles. Idds are I have one or both of these since I can never go to a show without buying something I already own free and clear. This is why my plan was to stick to 2010 and 2011 cards only and autographs.

2003 Upper Deck Victory Albert Pujols

2003 Baseball Heroes Albert Pujols/Stan Musial /499

Sigh. Well at this point I had spent more than the $7.00 it cost to get in, but was still kind of bummed. Until I found the holy grail of cards. I was asking around for Cano autos and a couple of guys said they were gone already (mind you they opened at 2pm, I walked in around 2:10). Then some random dude overheard me and was like oh, go to that guy he has a ton of Cano autos. OK, I’m in.

This is the part where the clouds parted, the sun began to shine and the birds chirped. Sweet glorious stacks of Cano autographs. Most of which I already had, but then…. there they were. Three of the cards I wanted. One to finish the rainbow, one that I have been chasing around for years, and the other one I have been holding off on until I could get it for a fair price. Here they are in that order.

2010 Bowman Platinum Robinson Cano /199

I have had a thing for this card since I saw it. I love this card so much. I don’t know how it took me so long to get one, or why I didn’t buy it back when it was less than $10 like everything else of Cano way back when. But now it’s mine! All mine! Muahahahahaha…

2006 Turkey Red Robinson Cano

2004 Bowman Sterling Robinson Cano

While it wasn’t much in terms of quantity, this was the most quality cards I have picked up at this show in years. I normally end up with a bunch of dollar cards and maybe if I’m lucky, one autograph. I have been excited about the loot since I left the show, I feel like I accomplished something by filling some gaps in my collection. There are only two other autographs of Cano that I want in my earlier cards of him.

2003 Bowman Heritage RC AU

2005 Bowman Signs of the Future

Did anyone else make it to the show Friday? If you go today or Sunday, let me know if you felt the same way about the amount of vendors. Oh, and tell me what you got of course.

2011 Topps Albert Pujols One of One…

Okay, the 1 of 1 autographed sketch card is now in the Casa de Troll. It was drawn by renowned artist Don Pedicini Jr. and is in the style of Albert Pujols 2001 Topps rookie card. The back of the card is marked 1 of 1 and bears an on-card auto on the back from the artist, Don Pedicini Jr. Like I said before I THINK this is a 1 in 20,000 hobby only hit. I believe there are 60 different 1/1 sketch cards in this series and at least 2 different featuring Albert Pujols. If anyone has any insight on this one, please comment here. I will be listing it as a 7-day auction on eBay with bidding starting at 99 cents. If anyone really wants this, let me know and send me an offer before I list it… Thanks so much for checking this out. Bacon is back on the hobby horse! Troll out.



Baseball cards and snacks.

The other day I had a ginormous bubble mailer in my mailbox and it was from the Dad of the blogosphere, BASEBALL DAD. He had mentioned that he was sending over a couple of Pujols cards he had discovered he had, and that I needed. I was pretty curious what was inside a huge bubble mailer.

I opened it up and found the following:

– A note indicating that the prize inside this would be way better than any box I could find in the store.

Not only did he send me the coolest box of Wheaties ever (well, until Cano is on the box), but he sent me some cereal, too. It came in handy while watching Brothers & Sisters.

Here are the cards that I got as prizes in my Wheaties:

2005 Fleer Ultra Follow the Leader Albert Pujols

2005 Fleer Ultra Follow the Leader GU Albert Pujols

2011 Topps Walmart exclusive Albert Pujols

The Walmart card is clutch because the closest WalMart to me is roughly 45 minutes away with no guarantee of pulling the card.

Thanks to BASEBALL DAD for thinking of me and sending me my two favorite things, baseball cards and snacks.

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals Team Event w/Albert Pujols – February 26, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals Team Event w/Albert Pujols – February 26, 2011

Cardinals’ season-ticket signing
Roger Dean Stadium
5:55 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, February 26

Even though I started getting texts from friends at 11 p.m., I told myself that there was no way I was going to wait in line overnight even if that meant only making it through one line. I was halfway through the McGwire line when time lapsed. I wouldn’t do anything differently, though, as the only guy in the third line I needed was Holliday and all I had for him was cards, and I can get those done anytime. If I were anyone else, I’d probably be upset that I wasn’t able to get McGwire but I’ve gotten him a lot this spring and will most likely get him a few more times before ST ends. All my help wanted was for me to buy him breakfast and lunch. Can’t beat that. I do, however, have a problem with the way the event is organized. Those who arrived early added their ‘friends’ to the list. Those ‘friends’ didn’t even show up until very late, yet they were still allowed to cut the line.

One simple solution: pass out wristbands the night before, then line everyone up by number the day of the event. I told a Roger Dean employee that something better needed to be figured out for next year. His response was that fans were responsible for policing themselves.

P.J. Walters: was supposed to be the very first player in the Pujols line but either he wasn’t there or I missed him
Skip Schumaker: 1/1  in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help  in blue Sharpie
Ryan Theriot: 1/1 in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help (card) in blue Sharpie
Ian Snell: 2/2 (’08 Ginter and ’08 Ginter Delaware), 1/1 help (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie…….still a great signer
Jason Motte: 1/1 (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie…Tried to give him two more. “I think we’re only supposed to do one.”

Albert Pujols: 1/1 (Kings and their Castles poster) in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help (11×14 SI image) in blue Sharpie…..rookie mistake: had ridged cardboard under the poster…..look closely enough and you can see the ridges in Pujols’ graph. Probably would have been better had I put a toploader or something thicker under the poster. Sharpie also skipped a tad though it’s barely noticeable. The photo was thick so the graph came out fine even though the cardboard was under it…. Funny story: my adopted sister’s brother helped me. He knows nothing about baseball or autographs. He wasn’t sure what to do with the photo I had given him so he asked me for help. Albert heard him and got pissed for some odd reason. “This photo is for you (me) and not for him?” I told him that he was my brother, then asked why it mattered. I guess that ticked off Albert and he gave me what looks like his ballpark graph. Guy is a real tool. I had two tickets so why does it matter who keeps the graphs?

Had a late lunch at my favorite Jupiter restaurant. You guessed it. McGwire walked in as we were walking out. We stayed in the car for almost an hour. Seemed like he was taking a long time to eat so my brother went back in to purchase a soda. McGwire was still inside. My friend made eye contact with McGwire’s wife. She must have said something to Mark about my friend recognizing him. Instead of leaving out the front door, McGwire must have left through the kitchen. There’s absolutely no way we could have missed him because our eyes were glued to the door the whole time he was inside. Would have been nice to get two more graphs from him. But I can’t complain because I’ve done pretty well with him the last few weeks.

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Florida Marlins Spring Season Ticket Event – February 25, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Florida Marlins Spring Season Ticket Event – February 25, 2011

Friday, February 25
4:55-7 p.m.
Roger Dean Stadium
Florida Marlins season-ticketholder event

Don’t know what I was thinking, but I visited with grandma entirely too long and was almost late to the event. Arrived five minutes before it began and got lucky. A gentleman wearing a Duffy’s T-shirt — maybe the best sports bar in the tri-county area by the way — gave me a free ticket. Then while standing in line I was able to buy two tickets to tomorrow’s Cardinals’ event for $50 (yes, folks, $25 apiece). Not to brag, but I even found free help for tomorrow. I usually graph alone, but when I found out I had an extra ticket I figured it would be a great way to add another Pujols to my collection. What do I have to pay my help? He just wants me to buy his breakfast and lunch. Nice kid.

Matt Dominguez: 1/1 (8×10)…thankfully this is the last thing in my collection for this kid. I know he’s a great defender and all that but I really hope he flops ‘cuz he’s been giving me garbage graphs even before he was in A-ball
Chris Volstad: didn’t need him if you can believe that. real cool cat
Mike Stanton: 1/1 …i’ve been graphing him so long that he laughs when he sees me. was at his last game before getting promoted to Double-A…that was a good day for Stanton as he gave away everything (pants, cleats, uni, hat). i’m old so, of course, i didn’t get anything. for the record, i became aware of him at the 2008 SAL All-Star Game. Stanton was selected for the HR derby but not the game. Dude hit bombs over RF wall.
Chris Coghlan: 1/1 (8×10)…this was the last item in my collection that I needed done. If only he would give me one “ROY” inscription. Oh well
John Raynor: 1/1 (card)
Javier Vazquez: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie
Randy St. Claire: 2/2 (cards) in black Sharpie                                                     Anibal Sanchez: 1/1 (card) for a member. Gives me a weird look every time he signs for me as if I can actually make money off one of his signed cards. Puuuuhleeease
Michael Dunn: 1/1 (card)…I don’t do Heritage sets but they sure are gorgeous
Sean West: 1/1 (8×10)…the last photo in my collection that I needed done….only two cards left and I’ll never bother him again
Greg Dobbs: 3/3 (8×10, two 5x7s) in blue Sharpie….every Marlin was supposedly 1-per. But I was in the Marlins’ lot Monday morning when Dobbs arrived. He gave me a snotty remark when I asked for his graph. “Let me get settled first” was what I think he said. Of course, he never did come back and sign. I reminded Dobbs of that and he gladly did all three, even being polite in the process
Hanley Ramirez: 1/1 (16×20) in silver paint…..Did I tell you I don’t like his new graph. Was on his cell the entire event. Is it so difficult to at least be friendly to your fans?
Logan Morrison: 2/2 (16x20s) in blue Sharpie                                                         Josh Johnson: I was getting close to JJ when event ended. An 8×10 and a card and I’m done with him as well
Leo Nunez: somehow missed him..not as if it matters

Tommy John could derail the Cardinals for a long long time

Tommy John has such a pleasant sounding name. And he had a long durable career. But wow, hearing his name is you are a pitcher must be liking hearing the reaper knock on your door.

I had already equated him with the creepy preacher in The Right Stuff.

Now Tommy John’s specter looms over Adam Wainwright and also the entire fate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wainwright’s season might be done with.
And with the Reds and Brewers looking strong for 2011, the Cardinals hopes to win the Division might be sliced along with Wainwright’s elbow.

That would mean the Cardinals’ best hope (the 1-2 punch of Wainwright and Carpenter in the rotation) would scrapped.

And with Carpenter at the end of his contract (he has an option and a buyout for 2012), he might be the best available pitcher at the trade deadline. No doubt the Yankees will be willing to pay with top prospects after losing out on Cliff Lee last year. The Red Sox would get into the mix if Beckett, Dice-K or Lackey flop. Maybe the Phillies want FIVE aces.

Either way they will get a key piece for 2012 and beyond.

But what about that beyond?
In case you haven’t heard, Albert Pujols’ contract is up at the end of the year, and all indications are showing he is going to be a free agent.

If the Cardinals have a flop season and wind up dealing Carpenter, would Pujols want to stick around for the rebuilding? Or would he want to reinvent himself and create a new challenge elsewhere. There will be some crazy owner who will shell out $25-$30 million a year for Pujols. He knows it. You know it.

And would you turn that down to rebuild?

Wainwright needs his elbow reconstructed.
When he won his 20th game last September 24th, little did any of us know that it could have been his last with Albert Pujols as a teammate.

Oooh that Tommy John.
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What price, Pujols?

Wide stance

Albert Pujols (Photo credit: Dave Herholz)

The big story of the day Wednesday was Albert Pujols’ announcement that he will wait until after the season to negotiate a new contract. Pujols, currently the best player in baseball, is reportedly seeking as much as $300 million over 10 seasons.

That’s a lot of money. And while Pujols is the best player in the game now at age 31, will that still be true in five years when he’s 36? Or when he’d be finishing up a hypothetical 1o-year contract at age 41?

Before the Madoff mess came to light, I would have briefly entertained the fantasy that Pujols could wind up with the Mets if he ended up on the free agent market at the end of the year. Now, I’m not even thinking about it.

Pujols should consider what’s most important to him. If he really needs to be the highest-paid player in the game, he should hold out for the most money he can get from whoever will give it to him.

But I don’t think there’s that much difference between $20 million a year and $30 million a year…. If it were me, I think I would want to stay with the organization where I began my career and let someone else deal with the headache of being the highest-paid player in baseball. (Of course, it’s a lot easier to say that in a hypothetical situation.)

I would not be surprised to see Pujols end up with the Washington Nationals, though I still think that he’ll work out a deal to stay in St. Louis.

Where do you think he’ll end up? Would you want your team to offer Pujols a 10-year, $300 million deal if that’s what it takes to sign him?

 

Filed under: Baseball Tagged: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

2011 Phungo Cards Albert Pujols

Apparently the Cardinals and Albert Pujols were unable to come to a contract agreement prior to their deadline today.  Knowing that both sides are very honest and honorable, I would be shocked SHOCKED! if we heard a peep from either side of these discussions the rest of the summer. 

2011 Phungo BFI Dual Insert Albert Pujols

In 2011 Team Phungo hard pressed for exposure in the cramped trading card market have come up with a series of Gimmick Cards.  What could be better than the popular BFI Series – How about DUAL BFI INSERTS.  TWICE THE FUN!!

The DUAL BFI is similar to the Black and Blue Card that was produced by Fleer in the 80s.   I wanted to take the idea of Fleer and apply it to a card(s) where it makes sense.  I have placed pitcher v batter photos onto a single 2.5×3.5 card but the pitcher is always further away and dramatically smaller then the batter.  This makes it hard to ID the pitcher in the Photo.

In the above photo, we are at Pujols’ back, which isn’t the most desirable situation for a photo.

But I think if you double the size of the image and place it on two cards it is a win-win.

2011 Phungo BFI Dual Insert Cole Hamels 

Cole Hamels and his distinct high leg follow through.

Here we have two cards that each separately feature a single player, but combined form a single great image.   

2011 Phungo BFI Dual Insert Cole Hamels v Albert Pujols (click to enlarge)

Combining the two cards makes for a single great looking card.

I think this is something that Topps could easily take on and would make for a great looking series of cards. 

There are 3 Dual BFI pairs that can be found in the 2011 Phungo Set.  We will features these throughout the year.