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May 18, 2009

It’s not an exciting mail day but on Friday I received 3 2006-07 MVP rookies I needed: Jonas Johansson, Matt Koalska and Ryan Caldwell.  I have purchased most of the rookies I needed for this set and I only need Malkin and Staal once my mail comes in plus a few commons.  So hopefully this set gets completed in the next month or two.  

I budget a bit of cash from every paycheque for cards.  I just made a nice purchase for my Future Watch auto project on EBay earlier.  I was really happy with the price I won the card with.  I will scan it in once it comes in the mail.

Thanks for reading.


2007 Bowman Chrome Prospect #BC3 – Shawn O’Malley

May 17, 2009


Shawn O’Malley is the third card in the 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects set.  He was a fifth round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006.  He has moved up a level each year from rookie ball in 2006 to high A ball this year where he is the starting shortstop.  His hitting stats show that he has average on-base skills and next to no power with slugging percentages around .300 in his career so far.  He is not listed in Tampa’s top 20-30 prospects in John Sickel’s blog (  Looking on other blogs it looks like the one talent O’Malley has is speed.  He stole 28 bases last year but was caught 14 times as well which may mean he needs to learn how to read pitchers.  Shawn was the Rays’ 30th best prospect according to Baseball America earlier this year.  

For O’Malley to become a major leaguer he is going to have to be an above average fielder and probably will have to show some versatility to become a utility player.  If he can learn to cut down on his times caught stealing then someday he may make the majors as a utility player who can also be a pinch runner.  He is only 21 so he has time to develop.

2007 Bowman Chrome Prospect #BC2 – Jason Taylor

May 8, 2009


Our second prospect review is Jason Taylor.  Jason was selected in the second round of the 2006 draft by the Royals.  He did not play in 2007 because he was suspended by the Royals.  He was drafted as a third baseman and played with Burlington of the Midwest League in A ball in 2008.  He did put up some decent numbers (.242/.372/.418, 17HR, 40SB).  He was moved to first base since he had trouble with third.  It sounds like from prospect reports I have read that he is an excellent athlete.  Unfortunately he has been suspended for a “drug of abuse” and is missing the first 50 games of this season.  He will probably play at high A ball when his suspension is over.  It seems like Taylor has the tools and potential to be a major leaguer but two lengthy suspensions means that he has to prove that he has the discipline and is willing to get his life in order to get there.

2 down and a number of prospects to review.  Thanks for reading and feedback is welcome.

2007 Bowman Chrome Prospect #BC1 Cooper Brannon

May 6, 2009


As I’m ready to watch 2008-09 NBA MVP LeBron James and the Cavs take on the Hawks for Game 1 of the second round of the NBA playoffs I am starting a new feature that will look back at the 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects set and see where these prospects are now.  We start with a pretty cool story with Cooper Brannon.  

Brannon was a US Marine who lost his pinkie finger of his non-pitching (left) hand on his second tour of duty in Iraq.  According to the back of the above card Brannon was signed by the Padres after he met Sandy Alderson at a radio show.  He pitched 26 innings for the rookie Arizona League AZL Padres and did not have very impressive numbers which is understandable since he was never drafted and hadn’t played baseball since high school in 2003.  He pitched with the Eugene Emeralds in short season A ball last year and pitched 21 innings, again without impressive numbers.  

I have to work on my research.  I’m not sure if Brannon is going to be pitching in 2009.  He is not on San Diego’s full season A team’s roster.  He may play in Eugene again this year but short season A ball doesn’t start until June.  I will keep an eye on the short season rosters to see if Brannon plays professional baseball this year.  It doesn’t look like Brannon will ever play major league ball but he is a heck of a story and I hope he has enjoyed playing professional baseball if he is done. 

What a start!  The beauty of going through cards, especially cards from a while ago is that you find out about stories like this.  Hopefully the rest of the prospects have something interesting to say about each player.

Thanks for reading.

Project Progress – May 3, 2009

May 4, 2009


Where am I with my projects?  Let’s compare to my last “projects” post from July 13, 2008 (!) and see what has changed.


2005-06 Upper Deck – I still need the Crosby and I will eventually buy one in a few years.  Otherwise this set is completed and looks great in a binder (except for the Ovechkin which is in a magnetic holder).

2006-07 Hot Prospects – I finally finished the rookies numbered to 1,999 set yesterday!  So this project finally gets crossed off the list.

2006-07 MVP – I bought a retail box of 24 packs in November and with some other trades I need around 10-15 regular base cards and 9 rookies including Malkin and Staal to finish this set.  I’m going to try and trade for the rest of this set or buy what I need in the next few months.

2007-08 Upper Deck – I have decided after collecting around 30-40 of the Young Guns I’m going to sell/trade these cards to go towards other projects.  I would rather collect 2007-08 SP Authentic then this set.

Collecting Panthers – This has gone okay.  I have picked up a couple more Booth cards and I have the SPx auto jerseys of Matthias and Frolik so that is going well.  I do want to pick up the Future Watch and Ultimate autos for Frolik.  He had a really good rookie year and it is nice to have a good rookie to collect for once.

2007-08 SP Authentic Future Watch Auto – These cards are numbered to 999.  I have 20 of the 60 autos and after I complete the MVP set I want to pick up one auto each month or two to continue to build this set.  I only have commons so far so I have to start saving for Price, Toews, Kane, Ryan etc.  I love the design of this set and the fact that the autos are on-card and are not sticker autos.  

2008-09 OPC 1979-80 Retro Parallels – This is a monster of a parallel set but I’m looking to trade/buy and slowly build this set later this summer.  It’s a classic design and looks great.  


2006 Bowman Draft – I finished this set earlier this year through trades and purchasing the last chrome cards that I needed.  

2007 Bowman – I finished this set last fall including the prospects and chrome prospects sets.  

2007 Bowman Chrome – I have traded/purchased a few of these set needs but I have a long way to go.  I think I will save a box to trade inserts and to collect the autograph from the box.

2008 Topps Heritage – I still need around 50 short prints and 10-15 regular base cards.  I want to pick up one or two short prints every month to slowly build this set.  I might also complete the set up to the short prints and then as I buy more boxes of other projects try to trade cards I obtain in the future for this set.

2008 Topps – I have completed Series 1 and need 2 cards for Series 2.  I have a few Updates and Highlights to build that set.  I am not going to collect 2009 Topps since I think I’m going to stick with Heritage and Bowman releases.

Collecting Indians – I have a purchased a number of autos of Indians prospects that I will scan and show in the blog in the future.

2008 Topps Heritage High Numbers – I bought a box of this in March and I hope to buy one more box to get 8 more short prints and also build the Updates and Highlights set since they are intermingled in this product as well.  I am trying to trade some of the chrome cards I received from the box towards set needs.

2005 Trilogy Signatures – I only have picked up 2 of the autos in this set but it is a gorgeous design and I love the player selection in the set so this will be one of those projects where I pick up a cheap auto here and there and eventually finish this project 15 years from now.


2006-07 Bowman Chrome – I want to collect the 25 or so rookie autos to complete the auto set.  I can get most of these for pretty cheap so it shouldn’t be too hard.

2007-08 Bowman Chrome – I purchased a box of this last fall and want to complete this set including the auto set.

2006-07 Fleer – I have around 12 of the 132 1986-87 Fleer retro parallel set.  As you can see I love retro parallels with today’s players.  

2007-08 Fleer – I almost have the base set finished but I only have 12 or so of the 1987-88 retros but I want to finish this set eventually.


2008 Topps Chrome – I have purchased a couple of loose packs and a blaster box of this product so I’m slowly and surely collecting this set.  I like the chrome design.  I am not going to collect the autos for this set, I just want a mid-end football card set to collect.

I have a lot of projects on the go.  But I’m confident that I will finish most of these projects sooner rather than later.  I don’t have much of a budget for the next year or two but I think between $20-40 a month can really put a dent in the above projects.  I still have to pick some 2009 products to collect but I’m always going to be a bit behind and that is okay.  I have some ideas for future posts including updating these projects as I pick up cards and showing the scans in the blog.  My other idea is to have a “Prospect Review” for the 2007 Bowman Chrome prospects set where we see where the prospects are two years later.

Thanks for reading.

And I’m Back (Maybe….)

May 2, 2009

So it’s been a while since I have posted.  Well I’m back and that is good.  

I just came home from the Toronto Card Expo and I thought I would share what I purchased today.  I spent around $80 on these 17 cards:

2006-07 Hot Prospects Mikhail Grabovski 1,067/1,999 and Troy Brouwer 1,643/1,999

And the 2006-07 Hot Prospects rookies /1,999 project is finally complete.  Thank God.  It only took me around two years.  I will have other project updates throughout the week.  

2007-08 SP Authentic Future Watch Autographs /999:

This is a new project that I started in March when I purchased 7 common autographs.  I picked up 13 more autos ranging from $3 to $6 each:

Brett Sterling 73/999

Curtis McElhinney 546/999

Tyler Weiman 448/999

Tobias Stephan 45/999

Cory Murphy 159/999

Lauri Tukonen 327/999

Andy Greene 161/999

Daniel Girardi 939/999

Brian Elliot 334/999

Martin Hanzal 394/999

Steve Wagner 604/999

Matt Smaby 259/999

Jannik Hansen 247/999

So I now have 20 of the 60 autos which is the farthest I have come so far in completing an autograph set.  I love the design and once I start picking up the better rookies I think it will be a good set since last year’s rookie class was pretty good.

Finally I picked up two UD Black Letterman Patches, Tyler Plante “A” /399 and David Brine “E” /399.  Between Plante, Brine and Matthias I can spell the word “Panthers” which would look cool on a shelf or on display somehow.  Here are the scans of the Plante and Brine:


I will be back with project progress and to share which projects have been completed, which ones have stopped and the others that I have started.

Thanks for reading.