Saturday, January 23, 2010

This Weeks Mail-day Part:1

I finally got my 2 packages from eBay. Got some great deals on some awesome cards. Now all these cards are Padres. Lets Start with the first package.

Aaron Poreda, 2007 Bowman Sterling Prospect Auto
(2) Adam Russell, 2008 Bowman Sterling Rookie Auto
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 2007 SPX Rookie SIgnatures
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 2007 Bowman's Best Auto
Steve Garrison, 2008 Donruss Threads Auto, and Serial #'d 1861/1999!

Picked up all these cards for less than $6, talk about a steal. Now the extra Poreda and the SPX Kouz are up for trade.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stat of The Day: "Strike 3"

Most Home Runs in a season while striking out fewer than 10 time?

Tommy Holmes in 1945

1945 28 BSN 154 636 224 47 28 117 15 70 9 .352 .420
11 Seasons 1320 4992 1507 292 88 581 40 480 122 .302 .366

He hit 28 HR and only struck out 9 times. He had a great season in 1945 hitting .352. He finished 2nd in 1945 NL MVP voting. He only played for 11 seasons, but he ended up with a lifetime BA of .302.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2010 Bowman Preview

I know I'm a bit late on this but if you haven't seen the preview than here is your chance.

Let's start with the base card.

It has a real clean and basic design. Nothing too amazing, I still don't know if I like it or not. At least it's better than last year.

1st Bowman chrome

This card looks amazing. The border will look great with the chrome. This card is already on my want list can't wait till it hits ebay.

Will I Buy: I'll probably buy a box later on, when they get cheaper. I liked last years design and this year looks like a huge improvement.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tonys Home

A new addition to my collection and my new favorite card. Believe it or not this is my first card purchase from eBay. It was a total of $6(shipping included). It's in good quality, nicely centered with slightly damaged corners. Nevertheless it's still an awesome card.

Monday, January 11, 2010

T-206 on eBay

One of the most popular vintage card set, the T-206 has hit eBay this past weekend. Two cards from the set, A Ty Cobb(5 EX Grade) and an Izzy Hoffman(8 NM-MNT Grade) are being auctioned off separately . Six days are left to bid and the Ty Cobb card has reached over $1,500; the Izzy Hoffman $250. I can't imagine what the final price on the Ty Cobb card will be. I'll post a update when it's over.

Questions for you readers.

Have Collectors & Sellers ditched auction houses for eBay?

Do they make more of profit on eBay or at other places.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Retired Numbers: Andre Dawson

Team: Montreal Expos

Retired Numbers: 8,10,13

#10 Andre Dawson(Outfield):
Montreal Expos (1976–1986)
Chicago Cubs (1987–1992)
Boston Red Sox (1993–1994)
Florida Marlins (1995–1996)
Best Season: 1987 .287 BA(178 H)/.328 OBP/49 HR

Career Stats: .279 Ba(2,774 H)/ 314 SB/ 438 HR/ 1591 RBI

Top Record: 1 of 3 players to have at least 400 HR & 300 SB

Awards: Hall of Fame(inducted in 2010), 1977 NL ROY, 1987 NL MVP

Best Card: 1977 Topps #473 Andre Dawson Rookie Card

Monday, January 4, 2010

Is This The Year

2009 was an okay year for collecting cards. Some products succeed others failed miserably. We are all awaiting the first baseball release of the year. There is a lot of speculation of how the year is going to turn out. I'm going to list improvements I would like to see and a few predictions for 2010.
1. Lower Prices:
Prices were ridiculous in 2009. Why would anyone buy a 80 dollar box when most of the time the cards are worthless. I don't just want a slight price change but a drastic one. Companies are taking advantage of buyers thinking they'll buy anything they make and most of the time they do. Lower prices would make us all feel less guilty of buying boxes.
2. Make Less Products
Companies are making so many products that it's driving many people away from collecting. So many products were released last year and half of them were awful. They should spend more time on 3-5 products instead of 10 + a year.

3. Include More Relics in Products
Lets face most relics and autographs are worthless, but for many people they are meaningful. Lets say 2010 Topps Baseball include 5 relics; It would sell like crazy. It would be easier to collect a whole set of relics. What do people look for when buying packs, relics.
Imagine a $3 pack that has 1:4 odds of a relic. I would defiantly buy more boxes with more relics included.

4. Make Better Looking Cards
A few sets last year had a nice design and the others were terrible. There are so many ways of making nice looking cards, just look around at all the custom cards. If companies would
put more effort and time on there designs people would buy more. The number one factor in deciding which pack or box to buy is in how much you like the design. Better design is the key.

2010 Prediction: There will be a slight rise in the amount of collectors, mostly consisting of children. Topps products will be okay kinda like 2009, but a bit better. 2009 & 2010 will be the same just with more advertising this year. Topps will get a lot
of pressure from MLB this year to create a better product and there products will improve significantly in 2011 not 2010. At the end of the year MLB will not be satisfied with Topps.

I sure 2010 will be a fun year for collecting and LWax will be here to review it all and comment on any news. Remember to comment I would like to hear your thoughts.