Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I got an awesome bubblemail from Mark who has an awesome array of Tito Fuentes you should check out. I had sent Mark a stack of Goudey base and SP to help out his wantlist and he sent just a couple of cards but they were much needed. He sent 2 big name Goudey and 2 no name but much needed 2008 A&G minis. Here they are:

I mean really you can never go wrong with MJ or Barry Sanders can you! As to that Kazuo Fukumori...... I really needed this mini. It was 1 of 7 that I needed to have finish my collection, well at least the 1 of every mini regardless of front of back collection. I am still working on getting all of the minis, but I really need to get something done before the 09's hit the streets. As someone who had Fukumori on a fantasy team at the start of last year, I gotta say that it sucks having to own one of his cards. He stunk out loud.
Here are the numbers of the 6 minis that I really need: 72 164 201 250 308 350

Here are the 2 updated want lists from this post:

2008 Allen & Ginter

2008 Goudey

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cards from Baseball Dad

I sent some 07 and 08 Masterpieces to Baseball Dad and these are some of the goodies I got back.

This Felix Pie looks like a giant but it is actually one less mini that I need to complete the 08 Allen & Ginter regular back mini set. I am looking to trade for what I need.

I think these 2 cards are neat and they along with the card below are why I really liked the 08 Upper Deck base set. It smoked the 08 Topps so bad it wasn't funny. The 09's are just the opposite. I like the Maxwell photo from what I guess is the construction site of the new Nats' stadium(don't know don't care about whatever corporate sponsor it has). The Pods is just a sweet action shot of fundamentally sound bunting skills, something all Reds fans are all hanging their heads in shame over right about now. Oh well Pods still sucks out loud.

I really dig this John Buck card, not only is it a great play at the plate shot, but Grady is going to be safe---why would a tribe guy send me this card? Oh yeah, it was 1 of 17 off of my 2008 Upper Deck needs list, which is now down to 12 more cards. Please someone help me finish that set off!

Thanks again to Baseball Dad for the awesome cards.
If anyone has any advice on how best to work these pictures.... I am all ears, what I am doing doesn't seem like the best way to do it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Well I bought a Canon Lide 200 stand alone scanner for $100. Let's see if it works.
Last week a received a package of Earth Day goodies from Sooz.... recycled mailer and all. It was an all Halladay package of goodness. Here are some pics.....please let this work. It did.

Thanks again to Sooz for the awesome cards.....btw there were many more cards than just these!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

2008 Ultimate Baseball

After participating in Dan's 2007 Ultimate group break a few months ago, I decided I liked the base cards and have started working on the 07 and 08 Ultimate base sets. I haven't done too good with the 07's but I am up to 62/100 on the 08's, so I'd say that is close enough too put up the want list. I also have my doubles listed to trade. Anyone have any 2008 Ultimate to trade?

Here is the list:

2008 Ultimate-baseball

Scanner or Camera?

Which is the best way to go? I really need to get images up on this site. I want show off the cards that people send. Does anyone have recommendations for the best/ most cost effective (cheap) way too go? It looks like a scanner is the best, which brand/model? Looking for any advice.

Friday, May 15, 2009

07 and 08 Masterpieces

I won a few ebay auctions in which I picked up a good number of the cards that I needed for these 2 awesome sets. Here is where I stand on these now:


91 92 95 98 102 103 104 107 109 111 113 116

2007 UD Masterpieces

1 20 22 45 70

I would really like to finish these off. I sent a good number of the doubles that I had to Baseball Dad the other day, but I am restocked now. If anyone is collecting the parallels I have a few goodies available. In the 07's I have a maroon(?) Kei Igawa /75 and black bordered Larson and Jason Bay /99 and green 28 51 58 75 81 and 84. In the 08's I have Sp's 94 96 97 114 115 119 along with a red bordered # 105 Seaver, a black bordered #111 Reggie Jackson, black bordered Red Sox Big Papi, Manny and Curt Schilling and a brown bordered 42 Andruw Jones /100.

If you have any Masterpieces I would appreciate the help.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Outgoing Mail

I sent out packages today to Baseball Dad, mmosley and the incomparable dayf. Of course I am not not done yet, I still have a couple of more to do, there is this one with YSL and the big number 5, I can't remember who that is for.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Another Great Halladay

First off I have to give a big shout out to Sooz who sent me an awesome Earth Day package of Roy Halladay's. Now that was a GREAT Halladay! Someday I will get some images up--these were some great cards. Thanks Sooz, I am trying to locate some stuff off your lists---you big time player collectors are tough for me to have cards that you need. But I will find some!

There was something that happened tonight, oh yea game 1 of 3 at the Skydome---Jays and Yankees. And it was a great Halladay, as Roy needed 103 pitches to mow down the Yankees 5-1. It was Doc's first complete game of the year and he gave up only 5 hits with no walks and 5 strikeouts. Roy is now 7-1 on the season and it gives the Jays a 23-12 record and they are now 4-0 vs the AL EAST (1-0 vs the Big Three).

I have got to get to work on some card packages that need to go out to folks. Catch y'all later.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Open letter to Eric Wedge

Dear Eric

I think Matt LaPorta has fully developed the skill of sitting his ass on the bench. I know that your team is currently in first place and has a lights out offense(or not) and that keeping the bench warm is a very important. It is so important that maybe it would best to have David Delucci refine his pine riding skills. Maybe huh? I mean Matt LaPorta is the top prospect in the farm system right? As such wouldn't it make sense to not turn him into a strict platoon player at the start of his career? Four straight games on the bench, heck you all should have just left Trevor Crowe on the bench and kept Matt down in Columbus to keep kicking ass for the Clippers. Anyway just some thoughts, hope it all works out, of course you have a much bigger mess to figure out with the bullpen. Of course that problem doesn't have the built in solution as who to play in the outfield does, so good luck with that.

Thanks and go Tribe!

Duane--Blue Jays fan hoping for the best from the local team

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Tao of Stieb

On what is shaping up to be a very good Halladay, I am going to give a shout out to a great Blue Jays website inspired by me all time favorite Jay, Dave Stieb. The title of this post is a link to their site. Good job guys! At this stage the Jays are well on their way to victory in Anaheim versus the Angels leading 13-0. Lyle Overbay just crushed a 3 run homer off of former Jay Justin Speier, who then promptly plunked Rod Barajas, which got Angel manager Mike Scioscia tossed. Oh yea back to Doc,,,well a shut out no more as the Angels just plated a run here in the 8th inning. Okay, go Jays.....Roy finishes the 8th with a final line of 6 hits 2 walks 1 run 6 strike outs and a good shot at going to 6-1 on the season. That would make the Jays 20-10 on the season and thanks to the Tribe and VMart taking to the Red Sox, the Jays will have a 2 game lead in the AL EAST.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Well that was an ugly pair of games. I guess it's a good thing it was just a pair. That makes it 19-10 and another day in 1st place. I'll take it. Jays and Indians fans should all be happy. Right? I mean we each won a crappy game, so that is good, right? Oh congrats to all the folks who jumped on the Nationals closer situation as a source of saves in your fantasy league....Closer of the day Kip Wells blows the save against Houston today. As if Kip Wells is an answer. Stay away from Nationals relievers......that is my public service message of the day.

Monday, May 04, 2009


Nice story on Cito over at yahoo. Why would I bring up Cito Gaton you ask? The Jays won again! They finished off the 3 game sweep of the O's. That makes it 18-9 and a 2 game lead in the AL EAST. I think I heard someone say that is the best 27 game start in team history for whatever that is worth.
The Tribe comes to Toronto for a goofy 2 game set. I hope Dan and Dave are disappointed after this "series". Does 2 games really count as a series? Isn't that just a pair of games? After the Jays take them both, I then wish the Tribe well for a while.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Fantasy Baseball

Yep, I am a player. I am in 4 dork leagues because I am the King of Dorks! This has been my toughest start that I have ever had. I have played in 13 yahoo leagues coming into this season and I have only finished outside of the top 3 once. I have also played in 2 ESPN leagues and finished in the top 3 of both of them as well. I like playing in deeper leagues, meaning to me a 12 league is shallow. The league I am most enjoying this year is a 20 team terminator league set up by my friend Phil. We drafted 30 players per team for 600 total, a true test of player knowledge. We have had our first 2 cuts and we get out waiver claims monday morning. I am happy with my team and I was really happy coming out of the draft. I came to some realizations on strategy in the 2nd week of the season, and regardless of where I am in the standings today I am confident I will be at the top at the end of the season.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Jays win again!

That makes it 2-0 in May and 17-9 for the season, and another day in first place. Scott Richmond goes for the Jays tomorrow as they look for their first sweep of the season. This has been a nice turnaround from the bad series in KC. It is a nice start to the season and all the wins count the same, but thanks to the schedule the Jays haven't played any of the big 3 yet. And it will be a while before they do. Here's hoping the pitching staff is healthy by then.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Another Great Halladay

I got in from the barn to see that the Jays were down 2-0 after Doc had given up a 2-run dinger to Nick Markakis in the 1st inning. The home run by Markakis caused me mixed emotions---the kind you get when one of your fantasy team players is facing your favorite team, and Markakis is a mainstay for my fantasy teams---I have him on 3 of my 4 teams. Anyway, Roy fought through the 1st and ended up having one of his typical games 8 innings 10 hits 4R 3ER 1BB 6K and the 8-4 win. Halladay cruised through innings 2 to 7, the 8th took 27 pitches and a visit from Cito, but Doc hunkered down and got Ty Wiggington to ground to Scutaro for a fielders choice and the 3rd out of the inning. Doc gave up 2 runs in that 8th inning leaving with a 6-4 lead. The offense added 2 more in the bottom of the 8th, making it 8-4 and Scott Downs closed out the non-save situation to preserve the win, a 16-9 record and first place in the AL EAST. Oh and Roy is now 5-1 on the year. This has been another installment of If every day was a Halladay.
More Lists

Well instead of watching TV tonight---I did DVR my shows(The Office and 30 Rock), hey I will not miss them---I cranked up the itunes listened to some Trent Willmon and moved some want list over to google docs and updated my 2008 A&G list to reflect the nearly 200 minis that I just got in the mail from an ebay purchase. I am getting close to to getting at least 1 of each card, I wish now I would have just went after one version or the other because as it stands I now have a whole bunch of all 3 versions....heck maybe I'll just try and finish all 3 off! IF you need any minis let me know because I have a lot of doubles.
Here are the lists I got updated:

2009 Topps Series 1

2008 Goudey

2008 Upper Deck base series 1 and 2

2008 Allen & Ginter