Sunday, June 1, 2014

Recent Pickups: 2003 Bowman Chrome Brian McCann X-Fractor Autograph


2003 Bowman Chrome X-Fractors #331 Brian McCann AU A

A card that I used to have but sold at the beginning of the year for double what I initially paid. Luckily (?) he's gotten off to a slow start and his card prices have dropped, like this one that I got for less than what I had paid for the first one. Still looking to grab the base, refractor and gold again.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Recent Pickups: Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Luis Merejo, Alec Grosser, Jason Hursh, Justin Upton




2010 Topps Chrome Wrapper Redemption Refractors #174 Jason Heyward
2011 Topps Black #145 Freddie Freeman
2013 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Gold Refractors #LME Luis Merejo
2013 Bowman Chrome Mini Black Refractors #183 Alec Grosser
2014 Bowman Chrome Bowman Scout Top 5 Mini Gold Refractors #BMAB3 Jason Hursh
2014 Topps Heritage Chrome Black Refractors #170 Justin Upton

Picked these up in recent trades and a few eBay purchases. Already talked about Luis Merejo and Jason Hursh in previous posts so here's a little something about Alec Grosser from draft day here.

I'm really excited about the Freddie Freeman. I've been looking for it for a while now, but was always more than I was willing to pay. Ended up getting it in a trade for a few refractors and non-Braves rookies. It will stay in my collection for a while.

I will probably end up selling or trading the Justin Upton because I don't really collect that sort of stuff, but it's nice to have in the meantime.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Recent Pickups: David Justice Collection

Been a while since I've posted on here. I picked up a few David Justice PC stuff that I'm excited about. The first is dual autograph with Chipper Jones that has an announced print run of 25. Been looking for this for a while and every time it came up on eBay, I had some reason or another I wasn't able to afford it. The other two are from last year, the Panini Fall Heroes autograph and Leaf Memories Buyback. I'm still looking to get the other buyback at a reasonable price.

2006 Topps Co-Signers Dual Autographs #CS36 David Justice/Chipper Jones C/25
2013 Leaf Memories 91 Buyback Autographs #77 Dave Justice /23
2013 Panini Fall Heroes Private Signings Autographs #DJ David Justice /10

Monday, January 27, 2014

Loot Crate Opening: January 2014

Well, I was given a subscription to Loot Crate for Christmas and I got my first one in today.

It had some pretty cool stuff in it. Stuff that I probably wouldn't buy normally but am excited to have.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Recent Pickups: Freddie Freeman, Lucas Sims, Justin Black, FY Refractors

Picked these up at the East Cobb show in Marietta, GA on Sunday:

2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Picks X-Fractors #BDPP12 Freddie Freeman #/299
2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Picks Refractors #BDPP1 Lucas Sims
2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Picks Blue Refractors #BDPP1 Lucas Sims #/250
2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Picks Gold Refractors #BDPP56 Justin Black #/50
2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Picks Orange Refractors #BDPP56 Justin Black #/25

I already had one of the Freddie Freeman X-Fractors but grabbed three more at this show.

Lucas Sims is the Braves top prospect according to both Baseball AmericaJohn Sickels and Mike Rosenbaum of Bleacher Report, drafted by the Braves in the 1st round (21st overall) in 2012 out of Brookwood High School in Northeast Atlanta.  John Sickels has this opinion on him:
Grade B+: Borderline A-. All the attributes of a future number two starter. I want to see how he handles a larger workload going forward, but that’s nitpicking at this point. Clearly the class of the system. Went 12-4, 2.62 with 134/46 K/BB in 117 innings in Low-A, just 83 hits. Low-to-mid-90s, good curve and change, throws strikes, athletic. Complete package.
and Mike Rosenbaum this:
6’2” right-hander is athletic with a live arm and little mileage; consistent arm slot and release point; made huge strides in overall development this past season after moving into starting rotation for second half; showcases impressive and underrated blend of stuff and polish; already knows how to pitch at a young age; flashes potential for a four-pitch mix of at least average offerings; pounds the strike zone. 
Lucas Sims’ fastball registers in the low- to mid-90s range; velocity increased a few ticks along with the weather; good arm-side life to the pitch; curveball is a hammer and swing-and-miss pitch; features big shape and heavy downer action in the upper 70s; showcased a quality slider during professional debut in 2012 but relied on it less this past year; changeup improved significantly this past season; flashes average potential in the low to mid-80s with late sink and fade to the arm side.
For more information about Lucas, check out here, here and follow him on his twitter.

Like the Freddie, I already had one of the blue refractors and picked up three more at the show and grabbed five of the regular refractors.

Justin Black was taken in the same draft as Lucas by the Braves in the 4th round out of a high school in Montana. From what I can gather, he has HIGH upside but since he never played in high school (Montana doesn't have high school baseball), he is very raw. Some more links about him here, here and also his twitter.