Monday, October 17, 2016

Flea Market Card Show

I went to my local flea market card show yesterday before the big Falcons-Seahawks game at 4:30 and got some pretty cool stuff since that game ended in such a fair and just way I'll just talk about the cards..


Guy had a whole table of cards for a dollar or 2 each and I snatched this IP a auto of the Hawk up faster than you could say PASS INTERFERENCE. Dude has maybe the prettiest signature in all of sports.


Picked up this Spaceman with a bunch of other cards for 5 bucks.


That's just a pretty card right there. 


HALL OF FAME! HALL OF FAME!


One of these things is not like the others. 


A preview of Smoltz becoming one of the beSt announcers in baseball. He's killed the playoffs so far.


Freddie Freeman put up MVP numbers in 2016. Bo Porter got a promotion to the front office - High Five!


Mallex is my dude


Couldn't leave these autos behind for less than 4 bucks each


Nickel box goodies.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2016 Braves Instructionals - 9/26/16



I was able to make my way up to Kissimmee yesterday to see the debut of Kevin Maitan at the first game of Fall Instructional League play for the Braves this year. I'm pretty sure you all know about Maitan by now but he was the #1 overall international prospect for the 2016 class and has been deemed "Venezuela's Next Great Prospect" by Baseball America and deemed the best international prospect to sign since Miguel Sano all the way back in 2009.





 Many scouts stated that if he were eligible for last June's draft he would be a first round pick and a high one at that. It's not often you find a switch hitting six foot five 16 year old kid who can play shortstop and hit for power but the Braves did just that on July 2nd inking him to a $4.5 million dollar deal.

 It being a road game, I wasn't 100 percent sure Maitan would travel or even play but on my way up I heard he was in the lineup and starting at short and may or may not have started driving a little bit faster. The game was against the Astros who are still using Osceola County Stadium for their Instructional League games until the Braves move in next year.



 I had never been to the backfields here and came in the wrong way behind right field and to my surprise (and delight) saw Ian Anderson warming up out there. Not far from him were all of the position players warming up and there he was as big as any of the other guys including Juan Yepez and Braxton Davidson. I snapped a couple of quick photos and settled in near the Braves dugout as per usual for me at GCL and instructional games. Right before the game I asked him for a photo and I think it might be the first photo of him actually in a Braves uniform. I got a lineup card from one of the coaches and settled in to watch the first inning.




The Braves went down 1, 2, 3 in the top of the first and on came Ian Anderson, this was actually my first time catching him live and he really does make it look easy with a smooth, effortless delivery. His last start for Danville was on September 1st and you could tell with the way he was having trouble locating his pitches, walking 2 or 3 over his 2 innings. His stuff was there with the fastball sitting 92-94 and he had some nice break on the offspeed stuff but you could tell there was a little rust from not pitching in almost four weeks.

 In the top of the 2nd Braxton Davidson lead off with a walk and up came Kevin Maitan. He did not look overmatched at all for a 16 year old taking his first professional at bat, fouling a few pitches off before eventually grounding out.

In the field he made a few solid plays, making all of them look easy - on a fly ball to shallow left he took charge over the much older Davidson in left and made a nice over the shoulder catch going back on the ball. He flashed the plus arm on a ball to his left that wasn't a routine ground ball but he made it look that way, easily throwing the runner out at first. He also started a 6-4-3 double play to end the 2nd inning.



In the 3rd inning Derian Cruz reached on a solid base hit, Cristian Pache hit into a fielder's choice and stole a base easily with Maitan at the plate. Maitan again grounded out in his first RBI chance. It was definitely nice to see Cruz, Pache, Davidson, Maitan, Cumberland 2-6 in the lineup even though neither team scored.

 Jeremy Walker came in to pitch the 3rd inning in relief of Anderson who threw 2 scoreless innings, he's another tall righty with 4 pitches and worked a clean inning as thunder started to rumble in the background. Right as the final out of the 3rd was recorded a loud lightning strike hit nearby and they put the game into a 30-minute delay and eventually called it once rain rolled in which is unfortunate since Joey Wentz was warmed up and ready to pitch the 4th.



Brett Cumberland started at catcher and from his draft profile and scouting reports i'd come to assume he was very raw behind the plate. I didn't see him make any mistakes over 3 innings and seemed to work well with Anderson. Derian Cruz slid over from his normal SS position to 2nd base and looked just fine out there.

I only got to see 2 of his at bat's but I'd say all in all Kevin Maitan lived up to the hype. He's a a huge kid who makes every thing on the baseball field look easy. I've never seen a guy his size play shortstop that easily, I really do think he might have a shot to stick there. He seems to have settled right in with the team, I noticed he sat next to Juan Yepez most of the game a fellow Venezuelan.



I'm not sure how many Instructional League games I'll be able to make it to this month but I will definitely be back to Osceola County Stadium next year to watch the Braves new High-A club whatever crazy name they end up with.


Another one of the top international signings the Braves made in July - Yunior Severino who did not play yesterday.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dime Box PWE - OFF HIATUS?

Hello all. Or at least those who still follow this dormant blog. I am still here guys, still accumulating cardboard at an unhealthy rate for both myself and you fine folks. 


With so many cards and trade packages backlogged/not written about it only seems right to jump back in with a trade package from another blogger who recently went on a extended hiatus - Nick the king of the Dimeboxes


To be honest I'm not sure when I got this package but it was sometime after Archives and Series 2 came out..


In typical recent Braves cardboard fashion only 2 of the 6 guys on this card are still with the club. 


Most of my time I used to spend blogging I have been spending watching the Braves minor leagues. Some nights I watch 3 games at once (always with the MLB Braves on the big screen) but mostly minor league baseball. I didn't expect it but it's caused me to fall even deeper in love with the game. Going to Gulf Coast League games to check out the young international prospects and being one of the only people there will do that to you. 


This is from behind home plate down in Bradenton at Pirates camp. Number 97 is Kyle Muller the Braves 2nd first round pick this year. I think I was one of about 7 spectators there. 


Gypsy Queen looks great again this year (5 months later)


So yeah I'm not ignoring baseball or baseball cards for that matter I've just allocated my time differently lately.


I've got a box FULL of cards to send to all of my trade partners. I hope you don't think I've forgotten about you all I'm still reading your blog posts just not constantly on blogger like I once was.


Thanks for reading my rant and I  will be posting more regularly. I have a few posts scheduled after this one so I guess you could say I'M BACK. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

WOW - From Out of the Stadium to Stadium Club

Well that was amazing...


Just watched this guy hit 61 homers in about 80 swings one went 497 feet and another had a 116mph exit velocity. Insane.


I mean that was great and all but walking in my LCS Saturday to find a freshly ripped box of Stadium Club for me to dig thru was a little better to be honest.


I mean you can't really top images like this.


Or this...


In fact I'm just gonna shut up, I don't really have words to describe these beautiful pieces of cardboard but I grabbed 31 for 7 bucks.





Obligatory Braves shot.


Thanks for reading/looking

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Stadium Club Blaster

Friday. Yes it was Friday when I finally found glorious blasters of Stadium Club at a Target near me. I had stopped by last Friday and this Monday in search of the new product and to be honest I hadn't looked at too many of the images on purpose.


They had loose packs and hangers but I went for the blaster and Griffey was in my first pack. First card out was of Jayson Werth but i'm not making a National the feature card of any post on this blog.


My favorite part of Stadium Club the last couple years have been the black and white shots. Pulling a Braves player in 3 of the first 4 packs and 4 total in the blaster didn't hurt either.


Thank you Topps.


Who cares if these look a little like '97 Fleer, these things are freakin' beautiful. I wanna blow that Willie Mays image up and hang it in my living room.


My photos don't do these justice but here's 3 of my favorite cards of current stars.


"Dat me!"


The lone insert pulled was the Donald Trump of baseball himself...


Lastly here's the parallels. Probably keep the Aybar but the other 2 are up for grabs if anyone's interested. I grabbed 31 more base cards today at the LCS and will be getting a want list together soon for these if anyone has extras let me know.


Monday, July 4, 2016

All Trade Bait, All the Time

Oscar from All Trade Bait, All the Time sent me some awesome cards a while back and here they are.


This was the card that sparked the trade, Oscar pulled it right when GQ dropped so that shows you just how behind I am with trades/everything card related. I am almost done reorganizing everything out in the garage after losing my card room/office to my son. 


This is by far my favorite card in the package. Mr first ever baseball game was at old Atlanta Fulton County Stadium.


2 classic Braves sluggers on cards I didn't have. Aloha!


Freddie is having a pretty good year despite the big league clubs results lately. 


I want to thank Oscar once again for sending these. To all of my trade partners who are still reading, I have a ton of cards to pack up tonight for the first wave out of the garage. Wish They Still Came with Bubblegum is not dead I say!