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Ike Davis Watch – 4/27/10

April 27, 2010

Ike Davis Watch:
Weekend Stats:
1 for 7, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 1 HR, 2 Walks

2010 Stats
AB-22
R -5
HR -1
RBI -2
BB -3
KO -7
SB -0
BA- 0.3182

The rookie continues to impress. He hasn’t come in and become a HR machine for the Mets but he has consistently gotten on base either via a walk, a hit or any other method. He is killing lefties right now as he is batting .667 against them. That’s something the Mets definitely needed! Defensively, he’s played in 59 innings so far…and no errors! I bet you I just jinxed him..lol
Play Ball America,
Cesar
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Ike Davis Watch 04/21/10

April 21, 2010

Ike Davis Watch:
Last Night:
0 for 3, 1 Run, 1 Walk

2010 Stats
AB-7
R -1
HR -0
RBI -1
BB -1
KO -2
SB -0
BA- 0.2857
Not a good second game for the rook. He did manage to draw a walk but maybe Carlos Zambrano intimidated the kid a bit? Lets see how he bounces back tonight vs Carlos Silva who has been pitching well since coming to the Cubs!
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Curtis Granderson Keeps A Blog

April 21, 2010

I stumbled upon a blog that I found pretty entertaining and I think I will become a follower only because I might want to help this guy out. Curtis Granderson submits occasional blog posts via Yahoo’s Big League Stew. You can check out his latest entry here.
I found this latest entry to be quite interesting. Of all the places to go shopping in NYC, Curtis goes to Target in the Bronx? Like I said, I will be reading this to help the guy out if he accepts comments!
Play Ball America!
Cesar

Curtis Granderson At Target In NYC:
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Topps Finest Rookie Redemption 2 Is…

April 21, 2010

Last night Topps announced rookie redemption #2 in their Topps Finest rookie redemption program. For those of you holding number 2…the rookie is none other than my favorite Ike Davis of the NY Mets! I might have to go out an scoop up a couple of these now!
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Here is the rookie redemption list so far:
1 – Jason Heyward (some autographed)
2- Ike Davis (base card)
3 thru 10 – To Be Determined!

OFFICIAL IKE DAVIS WATCH!

April 20, 2010

So aside from being an avid card collector, many of you might know that I am alos a die hard Mets fan. Of course, as optimistic as I might want to be, the truth is there probably won’t be much to cheer about this year in Citi Field. But I hope to be surprised and be wrong!
In the meantime, I will enjoy the fact that the Mets finally produced another farm product not named Wright or Reyes! From time to time I will be updating Ike Davis’ call up in 2010. Last night of course was his first game and he was rewarded with some pie in his face! Keep the hits and the pie coming fellas!

Ike Davis Watch:
Last Night:
2 for 4, 1 RBI

2010 Stats
AB R HR RBI BB KO SB BA
4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.5000

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The Rookie Call Up!

April 20, 2010

We are in week three of the baseball season and already we’ve seen the prices of two rookie cards take off. Most notably is by all means Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward.
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His base Bowman Chrome card from the 2007 Bowman Draft set is still pulling in at the very least $15 or more if you’re lucky! When was the last time you saw a base non auto card pull in $15? Its been a while folks!
His first autograph from the 2008 Bowman Chrome Set…its fetching no less than $150! A huge sigh of release to many out there who were probably hoarding his cards for a while!

Now yesterday we saw another prospect’s cards start to shoot up. The Mets called up their 1B prospect Ike Davis in hopes that we will add some offense to a somewhat anemic line up!
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At the beginning of April you could have gotten Ike’s autographed rookie card for $20. Last night…that same card was going to run you $50. Of course going 2 for 4 in your MLB debut and knocking in a run will help. Will Ike’s cards follow up Heyward’s spike in price?
Who will the next big prospect be? That’s the joy of prospecting!
Play Ball America!
Cesar

Autograph Updates From Topps!

February 5, 2010

A few months there were some very unhappy collectors who had pulled redemption cards for Cat Osterman’s autograph as part of 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter. Topps had sent out replacements for her autograph as they were unable to fulfill the redemption.
But low and behold, Topps today announced that they finally got Ms Osterman to sign her cards and they will be shipping out those redemption cards even if you previously got a replacement from Topps. A great gesture by Topps in my opinion, but one question: What the heck took Cat Osterman so long!!???

BEFORE!
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AFTER!
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Also in other autograph news, Topps today announced that Giants prospect Buster Posey will have ON CARD autographs in the upcoming 2010 Topps Heritage product (set to release 2/25/10). He will also have on card letter patch autographs in the also upcoming 2010 Topps Finest product (set to release 3/24/10)! The announcement was not simply about the cards but instead that he already signed them! Guess what, no redemptions for these! Way to go again Topps!
Play Ball America!
Cesar

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Tim Lincecum Was A Collector!

February 4, 2010

Its always great to see the same people that we collect cards of, do some collecting of their own. I was a big fan a couple of years back of Phil Hughes of the Yankees being into the hobby so much that he would preview cards that he was signing on the Beckett Message boards. Recently I stumbled upon an article that talks about Tim Lincecum collecting cards. The article isn’t actually about him but its rather an ESPN writer, Jim Caple, going to a shop where Lincecum grew up and taking a look at today’s baseball cards. He opens a pack of 2010 Topps Series 1 in the article and of course, he pulls a Lincecum card!
The article itself is a great article, it talks about the thrill of opening walks, especially at a hobby shop! Seems as if many people still enjoy cards, I mean what’s not to enjoy about them right? The article even kind of gives credit for a couple being married 42 years simply because the husband gives his wife a pack of baseball cards every year for her birthday. Try showing your wife this every time she attacks you for having a card collection!
Kudos to DJ’s Sportscards in Renton, Washington for having this article done about them!
Enjoy!
Play Ball America,
Cesar

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Trying To Find The Great One!

January 9, 2010

I’ve been seriously collecting cards for about 3 years now and there has been that one autograph that I have been seeking the whole time through out my rips. I wouldn’t mind if it was on card or sticker, just want this autograph. That player is Mariano Rivera. I know that I have always written about collecting Mets and for the most part, that is the majority of my collection. However when you take a look at the history of the game, how many times can you say that you are currently watching the best player to ever play at that position on a day to day basis. That’s exactly what Mariano is, the best closer to ever play the game!
I mean being a Met fan, I have had the somewhat “unfortunate” experience of watching him close games for the Yankees since about the later 90’s. Its been about 10 steady years that he has dominated and to be honest, it doesn’t look like he is slowing down.

My best Mariano Card…not an auto!?!?
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I recently looked on ebay for his autograph cards and I was able to only find one that is currently for sale. The seller didn’t even give this listing’s title its due. He didn’t even list the year of the card in the listing! Its a 2004 Fleer Genuine Inside Autograph / Jersey #d /100. Its definitely a nice card and I for one would love to have it. I’ll be watching it, but if I am not lucky enough to jump in and bid, there is a glimmer of hope for me and for you! I went further and looked on Beckett and according to their database, there are only 108 different Mariano Rivera Autograph Cards in existence! Compare this with Joba Chamberlain autographs, who many say might be the next Yankee closer one day and he already has 217 different autograph cards out there! Amazing!?

I received a message from Topps shortly before Christmas that The Great One Mariano Rivera himself, signed autographs for Topps for the upcoming Topps Sterling product! In looking at the checklist, sure enough, there he was! What’s comforting about this is that it looks like the autograph cards will not need a redemption! Which means if you are hungry for a Mo Rivera auto like I am, take your chance at 2009 Topps Sterling! Aside from the Rivera autographs, there are some other gorgeous cards in this set. The set is scheduled to release on 1/21/2010. Should be a great product, see some pics of some of the products below. Of course, there are no Mariano Rivera auto previews…I can’t even get a preview!

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Topps Signs Stephen Strasburg

December 22, 2009

There’s been lots of hype surrounding Stephen Strasburg and to date the only major card available of him is of him in a team USA uniform found in 2008
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Well all that’s about to change! Today topps announced that it reached an exclusive deal with Strasburg to be the only company to issue Strasburg autos and memorabilia cards.

Some tidbits from the release:

“Topps has signed an exclusive memorabilia deal with No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg. The multi-year deal grants the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards and the lone fully licensed maker of cards for Major League Baseball exclusive rights for autographs, game-used memorabilia cards as well as Strasburg’s image use on packaging and advertising.”

Can we say there will be a rush for 2010 Bowman Chrome now? Better be because 2009 Chrome prospects were a bit disappointing!
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Some info on Strasburg, taken from Wikipedia:
In 2008, as a sophomore at San Diego State University, Strasburg went 8–3, with a 1.57 earned run average and 133 strikeouts in 97⅓ innings for the San Diego State Aztecs. Four of his thirteen starts in 2008 were complete games, two of which were shutouts. On April 11, he struck out 23 batters in a game versus the University of Utah. Strasburg finished the 2009 season 13–1 with a 1.32 ERA, 59 hits allowed, 16 earned runs, 19 walks and 195 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched.[9] In his final home start on May 8, 2009, Strasburg threw his first career no-hitter and struck out 17 Air Force batters