A Project Update

April 19, 2010

I know it’s been a year since my last update.  It’s been a busy year and I’m just going to try and update as much as I can.  I have been picking up maybe a card or two a month in the past 8 or 9 months because I am trying to keep to a budget and I have been too busy at work to be trading actively.

I have made very little progress on my ongoing projects and have made some changes.  I still struggle with setting and sticking with collecting goals.  I hope that comparing what I wanted to collect a year ago to what I am currently collecting will help me set goals and figure out what I actually want to collect.  One thing that will help with my focus is the struggle of the Panthers.  I know changes are coming to the Panthers so I don’t want to pick up any Panthers cards for the next couple of months.  This should help me focus on the sets that I need to finish.  Let’s break it down by sport:

Hockey:

2005-06 Upper Deck Series 1: I still need the Sidney Crosby Young Gun to complete this set.  As I’ve said before, it will be a few years before I actually buy this card.  Crosby’s gold medal winning goal probably didn’t lower the price of the card.

2006-07 MVP: I only need a few base cards to finish this set as I finished the rookies portion of the set back in the fall.  I am going to try and trade for the remaining base cards or pick up the rest on Sportlots in the next couple of months.

2007-08 SP Authentic Future Watch Autographs: I have only picked up a couple of these since my last update.  I have 25 of the 60 autographs so far with the best ones being Jonas Hiller and Brandon Dubinsky.  I still have to pick up the high priced cards in this set like Toews and Kane and I’m probably going to pick up some of these at the big Toronto Card Show in a couple of weeks.

2008-09 OPC Retro Parallels: I bought a box of OPC last fall and have made a couple of trades so I now have around 90 cards of the 800 card set including the update set.  This will be a trade target starting next month once Tax Season is over.  The one problem I have with this set is that these cards have a book value of $2.50 per common.  There is no way that one common retro card is worth a hobby pack of OPC cards which retail for about $2-3 a pack.  This is just not realistic.  But it’s the way it goes and I will try to trade as best I can.

The hockey project I’m not pursuing is the 2007-08 Upper Deck card.  I am focusing on the SP Authentic set for 2007-08 instead.  I have been picking up Panthers cards here and there but will probably wait until later in the summer when I know who the Panthers have drafted and what trades they have made.

I have not picked a 2009-2010 set to collect yet.  I’m leaning towards SP Authentic but I need to research the sell sheets to see if I like the card design.

Baseball:

2007 Bowman Chrome and Chrome Prospects – I haven’t really made any progress on these sets.  I still think about getting a box and going from there but I will probably try to make trades to work on these sets.

2008 Topps Heritage – I still need around 75 Short Prints between the regular and the update set.  The search for and my hesitation to spend on short prints has made me decide that even though I love the Topps Heritage designs, I am not going to collect any other Heritage sets.  It’s too much to collect 75 short prints or more each year.  I might try to build Indians sets from each year.

2008 Topps Update & Highlights – I only have around 100 of the cards of the 330 card set.  I will probably try to trade for these set needs.

I still haven’t picked a 2009 or 2010 set to collect.  I think I will go with Bowman products.  The question is whether I will go after the autograph sets or not.  Right now I’m leaning towards no and just focus on collecting the sets and the Indians autos.  The project I have abandoned was the 2005 Trilogy Signatures set which had a great design but it is not easy to find these cards and it is a  bit too ambitious for my budget.

Basketball and Football:

I am still at a standstill with both of these sports.  I did buy a box of 2009 Bowman Draft football and completed the set.  I need to make some decisions on what I want to collect and what is realistic for me to collect.

Well that didn’t help me figure out what I wanted to collect at all.  I think what I end up getting at the Toronto show in a couple of weeks to find out.

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 (www.minorleagueball.com).  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 #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

So…

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

Hockey:

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.  

Baseball:

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.

Basketball:

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.

Football:

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.


Projects Update

July 13, 2008

I know it has been a while since I have posted.  I haven’t stopped collecting but I haven’t had time in the last couple of months to blog.  It stinks.  I still have a lot of cards to scan which I might do after the Indians game which is on TV here tonight.   Here is a projects update since I last posted:

Hockey:

1.  2005-06 UD Series 1 Young Guns – I picked up a Henrik Lundqvist at the Toronto International show in May to complete this set except for the Crosby.  I picked up a Series 1 base set as well so everything is in a binder now with my complete Series 2 set.  That’s good because one of my revised card goals is met for the year.

2.  2006-07 Fleer Hot Prospects – I need 5 more rookies numbered to 1,999 to complete the rookie subset outside of the auto patches.  I haven’t been too active on the trading front for hockey but once I organize my cards for trade I will make this set a priority.

3.  2006-07 MVP – I haven’t made any progress on this set.  I’m going to look for a Malkin and Staal rookie in trades but I probably will buy a box for a cheap price to start filling this set.

4.  2007-08 Upper Deck – I have close to a complete Series 1 base set and I’m going to buy a box of Series 2 to come close to completing the Series 2 base set.  I have made a couple of trades to pick up a number of Series 1 Young Guns and a couple of Series 2 Young Guns.  I have 11 of 50 Series 1 Young Guns including Kane, Backstrom and Lucic and only 4 Series 2 Young Guns.  I will keep trying to make trades and I’m going to try and save up and pick up Price and Toews before the summer is over since prices are a little lower at this time of year.

5.  Collect Panthers Autos and Jerseys – This is a goal I have been meeting.  I have finally picked up a David Booth 2006-07 The Cup Auto Patch rookie numbered to 249.  I also have picked up a couple of different Vokoun, Horton and Cory Murphy autograph cards.  The next big Panthers card I want to get is a 2005-06 Rostislav Olesz Cup rookie auto patch.  That won’t be for a while but I will continue getting other Panthers for lower prices.  Last week I picked up a 2006-07 Nathan Horton Artifacts “Auto-facts” autograph and a Cory Murphy 2007-08 OPC Premier Quad Patch numbered to 299 for just over $8 combined.

Baseball:

1.  2006 Bowman Draft – I’m still around at the same set progress as my last update.  It’s hard to get people to give up chrome draft rookies.  I’m going to keep trying or just buy the set needs.  It looks like a trade I made last December has gone bad and I will not see my end of the trade which stinks because I was hoping for around 10 of my set needs for this set and 50 or so 2007 Bowman needs. 

2.  2007 Bowman – See #1.  I’m at about the same spot as last update and have received 5-6 cards for my set in trades. 

3.  2007 Bowman Chrome – I still need a ton of cards for this set.  I will still work on it and I should buy a box when my budget expands a bit so I can trade refractors etc. for my set needs. 

4.  2008 Topps Heritage – I have bought a few packs and two boxes of this product.  I have made a few trades as well and I have my set needs down to around 30 regular base cards, 20 “black back” semi-short print base cards and 53 short print cards.  I might not collect this set again because there are too many short prints to collect.  It’s a beautiful set though and looks great in a binder and is fun to open. 

5.  2008 Topps – I bought a box of Series 1 and a box of Series 2.  I am 2 cards short of a Series 1 set and around 30 short of a Series 2 set.  Nothing special has come from the box breaks but it’s a nice card design and I like the idea of opening a 36 pack box with no doubles for the base set.  There are a lot of inserts too including the cool “History of Trading Cards” subset that I really like.  I’m hoping to trade my extra inserts for the above set needs. 

6.  Collecting Indians – I do have a few more Indians autographs and jerseys since I traded away some of my Bowman autographs that I have traded when I gave up on collecting those autograph sets.  With the Indians having such a bad year I’m going to try and collect some of the prospects in the system like Nick Weglarz, Wes Hodges, Beau Mills and the newest Indian, Matt LaPorta. 

Baseketball:

I have hardly collected any basketball lately.  My Dad has picked me up a couple of “fat packs” of 2007-08 Fleer so I have a partial set on the go.  I am going to try and save for boxes of Fleer and Bowman so I can start trading autos and parallels for set needs. 

Other than a couple of boxes I purchased in May I have kept my purchases to a minimum lately.  I am going to try and get some more trades done but my cardlists on my computer need to be more well organized and I have to start getting more cards scanned.  I might try to sell some cards either on the Bench or on EBay later this week to raise some funds for larger purchases.  The key to meeting these goals is to stay within them.  In other words I shouldn’t blow my card budget on an auto or jersey card that doesn’t meet the above goals unless it’s a deal I can’t turn down and it’s for something that I could get good trade value for. 

So this is where I’m at so far.  I need to get back into product previews and scans of some of the Indians and Panthers cards I have picked up in the last couple of months.  If you have kept checking this blog to see if it has been updated thank you.  I appreciate it.  Thanks for reading.


New Card Goals!

April 4, 2008

So…

I am finally done my tax course until August.  So I can work until 8 pm, come home and blog a little more.  I had a little bit of a revelation when it came to my card collecting goals.  I had decided to try and collect a number of autographed and autographed patch sets.  I have realized that this would just cause an accumulation of projects and stall me from starting new sets.  For example, I was hoping to collect 10 2006-07 Fleer Hot Prospect auto patches this year.  That would mean I would have 15 or 16 of the 41 cards.  The 5 I have bought this year have all been common ones and haven’t cost me too much.  But I would have to shell out a lot of money for Malkin, Staal, Kessel, Kopitar etc.  I think rather then dropping $250 on a Malkin auto patch I would buy 4 $50 boxes and use the rest to build sets and collect cheaper autographs that I want for my collection, not to complete an autograph set.  This has given me a feeling of freedom.  I was trying to reconcile collecting these expensive sets and starting new sets.  Now my goals are a little more clear and I can build more mid-end sets and buy more boxes which is fun.  Plus this gives me a chance to start collecting autographs from my favourite teams and players.

Here are my revised project lists for 2008:

Overall (Unchanged):

1.  Organize all of my cards – there is a little bit of progress being made but this will be a summer project for me.

2.  Organize all of my set needs – this is connected to Goal #1.  These are for the sets I started in the 1990’s that I still want to collect.

3.  Make as many trades as I can and become a regular contributor to sites like the Bench – I’ve done okay with this.  I haven’t had many cards to trade.  Now that I have autographs to trade I should make more. 

4.  Regularly update this blog – It’s tax season!  I’m trying my best. 

Hockey:

1.  Pick up a Henrik Lundqvist 2005-06 Upper Deck Young Gun to complete my Young Guns set other than Crosby.  I also need to buy a Series 1 base set.  I’m hoping to trade a patch auto or something like that for the Lundqvist.

2.  Finish my 2006-07 Fleer Hot Prospects Rookies numbered to 1,999.  I’m at 44 of the 60 and I want to complete this set anyways.  It’s not the auto patches but it will be nice to complete.

3.  Finish 2006-07 MVP – I bought a 12 pack blaster and I want to finish this set.  Mainly because this will be my only set with the 2006-07 rookies and I don’t feel like collecting 2006-07 Upper Deck.

4.  Collect 2007-08 Upper Deck – When I pulled the Kane and Backstrom Young Guns I knew this was the set to collect.  It is an easy set to collect and is not too expensive and I will have all of the significant rookies from this year. 

5.  Collect Panthers autographs and jersey cards – I want to try and get an autograph from each Panther that has an autograph in the 2007-08 sets.  I also want to go back and get some of the higher end rookie autos like Olesz and Booth’s The Cup rookies.  I can then have a Panthers binder with all of my autographs and patches in one spot. 

Baseball:

1.  Finish my 2006 Bowman Draft Picks set

2.  Finish my 2007 Bowman set

I might buy the singles or I might try to trade some of my lower end autographs for these set needs.

3.  Collect the 2007 Bowman Chrome set.  I might buy a box of this to add 40 cards to my set or I might try to trade for some set needs. 

4.  Collect 2008 Topps Heritage – This is the one 2008 set I want to collect and it sounds like a lot of fun to collect.  I want to collect the full base set with the short prints and the variations and complete the chrome set. 

5.  Collect Indians autographs and jerseys – This is the same idea I have for the Panthers.

Basketball:

1.  Collect 2007-08 Bowman Draft Picks & Stars – I liked the 2006-07 set and I like the design of this year’s set so I’m going to buy a couple of boxes in the summer.

2.  Collect 2006-07 Fleer – I love the 1986-87 design cards and I’m going to collect this set.

3.  Collect 2007-08 Fleer – I like the base card design and I want to collect the retro variations of this set too.

4.  Pick up autographs from my favourite players – The “Number Marks” of Mark Price and Brad Daugherty from 2007-08 SP Authentic are at the top of the list but I want to find cheaper autographs of my favourite players too.

Football:

1.  Pick a set and collect it – I have no idea what to collect but I will find something.  Maybe Topps or Bowman Chrome.  We will see.

Any thoughts on this change?  Does anyone out there try to collect autograph sets? 

Thanks for reading.