Tuesday, July 17, 2012

And Melky came out of my nose

My Wife, my wife is a saint. Not only is she sweet, funny, and caring but above all she does not bust my chops about my collecting. She could, it consumes my time, our money and lots of space. I've been back into collecting for about 5 years now and I knew early on how this hobby lends itself perfectly to obsessive compulsive types such as myself. Knowing that early, I needed to protect my obsession and my marriage so I did what any responsible adult would do.......I got my wife obsessed as well!

When we met she knew nothing about baseball, all I needed was the 2009 Yankees to get her hooked. She got into it fast and hardcore, questioning Managers decisions within months of learning the game. What I appreciated was her ( for lack of a better word) "girly" take on the game. She liked the way the players looked in baseball pants and winced if their Uni's got too dirty (That's gonna be a bitch to get out!). What drew her mostly into the game were the players and their relationships with each other, especially Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera. Two Clean cut young guys who spoke broken english and were trying to make a name for themselves on the biggest team on the Planet. She liked how they seemed to always be smiling and helping each other. I took full advantage of this. "You should start collecting cards with me babe, you should collect Melky", I said. She seemed semi into the idea but there weren't back flips like I was hoping for. I told her I'd pick her up a few key Melkys and see how she liked them. The rest is History. 

Below you will find only a select few cards from my wife's Melky Cabrera collection, which I feel may be the best out there. We were so psyched to see the Melk man named MVP of the All Star game last week. His cards have jumped a bit because of it but are still reasonable. It seems there is a good collector base in San Francisco because since Cabrera's move, some of the low #'d stuff has been harder to come by. Luckily for us we started a few years ago. I hope you enjoy:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring is here and Flowers are in Bloom #showmeyourflower

Well It's the 1st day of Spring and I think it's safe to say the Northeast has made it through Winter without a Winter.

With many new Baseball card products being pushed out this time of year, this weekend (with the help of a twitter friend) I found my self rummaging through a vintage set.....2011 Topps Allen and Ginter.

As some of you may remember, Topps included a Mini set in 2011 called "Flora of the World". The mini card are the industry's first Plantable cards....Yup, Plantable! You are literally supposed to plant the card, your spoils are the blooming flowers that follow. I was psyched to pack-pull one of these little Botanical bitches last year. I assumed it was rare and worth something....not so much. So I stashed it and actually forget is existed. That is until a twitter friend from Texas (handle: @Danolaurel) tweeted that he too had one and was thinking about planting the lil bugger.

Challenge Accepted!

I threw down a friendly wager. We would plant on the same day and in a few weeks/months let our other twitter followers decide who had the (for lack of a better word) most "Endowed" Plant. Winner buys the other a pack pf 2012 Ginter.

Here is the Progress so far:

 This is my pristine Sweet Alyssum Plant card 
And here's that same card Ridin' Dirty.. 
Just call me Brett Gardner (Get it?...GARDNER...ouch)

And here's a Vid of @Danolaurel and his adorbs daughter planting theirs. Good luck Green Thumbs!

Stay Tuned for Updates!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Troubled Times for a Player Collector (Updated)

For those of you that followed my post regarding the different poses of Mark Teixeira, You'll be happy to know I added 2 more monsters to the collection over the weekend.

2011 Topps Chrome Magenta Printing Plate 1 of 1

2011 Topps Canary Refractor 1 of 1

Just one more plate to go, wish me luck!