Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017 MLB Predictions

Well let's see how wrong I end up being.

AL East
1. Orioles
2. Red Sox
3. Blue Jays
4. Yankees
5. Rays

AL Central
1. Indians - Best Record
2. Royals
3. Tigers
4. Twins
5. White Sox

AL West
1. Mariners
2. Astros - Wild Card
3. Rangers - Wild Card
4. Angels
5. Athletics

The AL will be interesting with some teams having deceptively less than awesome records. The east and west seem to have a good bit of parity which should make for some tight races. I think in both cases the teams will beat up on each other so much that someone less expected to win, in this case the Orioles and Mariners, will slip by and win the divisions.

AL MVP: Mookie Betts
AL CY: Felix Hernandez
AL ROY: Andrew Benintendi

WC winner: Astros
ALCS: Indians over Mariners

NL East
1. Nationals
2. Mets - Wild Card
3. Marlins
4. Braves
5. Phillies

NL Central
1. Cubs - Best Record
2. Pirates
3. Cardinals
4. Reds
5. Brewers

NL West
1. Dodgers
2. Giants - Wild Card
3. Diamondbacks
4. Rockies
5. Padres

The NL I see as having fewer wide open races with the top teams being clearer from about June forward. I fully expect the Cubs to continue tearing through the NL again this year, winning the central by a double digit margin. My hope for the Braves is to build on the strong finish they had last year and continue to improve and develop prospects. I will be happy if they finish with less than 90 losses. 

NL MVP: Yoenis Cespedes
NL CY: Noah Syndergaard
NL ROY: Dansby Swanson

WC winner: Mets
NLCS: Nationals over Cubs

World Series: Nationals over Indians in 6

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Still around

Hey guys. It's been three months since my last post. I guess I'm taking a hiatus from posting stuff. Part of that is a lack of things to post about. I haven't been buying or trading much for the last few months, though I do have a few things that I haven't scanned yet. But I've really just not had the motivation to post either. I am still reading your blogs and commenting occasionally. Hopefully I can find the motivation and the material to get back into it sometime.

I hope you guys are having a great 2017!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

USWNT Autos

I've made my fandom of the US Women's National Soccer Team pretty evident in the past. So I've been wanting to pick up some autos for quite awhile. In the post-World Cup hype last year they were a little out of my price range. But now that we're solidly in the lull between World Cups where the average casual fans aren't paying attention, autos can be had at much more affordable prices.


Tobin Heath
#139/179
Best, most underrated player in the world.


Kelley O'Hara
#073/179


Becky Sauerbrunn
#013/179

All of the autos are from 2012 Panini Americana and I got all of them for less than half of what they were going for a year ago.

Friday, December 9, 2016

2016 Topps Triple Threads hobby box #2

Here is the second box of TTT, and final item from the October show.


#5/9

After the Gallo relic /9 was not a patch getting a piping patch on this Marcell Ozuna relic is an improvement.


#32/50

Who?

This guy has a total of 30 plate appearances in the majors and 6 hits. Not sure why he's in a high end set. Thanks Topps.


#15/36

A sweet triple relic of three great pitchers. This is more like what I like to see from TTT.


#36/50

And a nice Trea Turner auto/triple relic to finish it off. 

With the end of this box I am now only one post away from being completely caught up!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

2016 Topps Triple Threads hobby box #1

The last thing I picked up at the October show was two boxes of 2016 Topps Triple Threads. I've had a love affair with TTT since 2013 that I am never able to indulge as much as I would like. My dream would be to bust a few cases every year. Alas, even one double master case would cost more than I currently spend in an entire year on cards. So while that's not something feasible for me I can at least open a box or two every year as well as pick up singles on eBay. Here is the first of the two boxes.

There base parallels were all higher numbers so I will just stick with the hits.


#6/9

Seems like the relics numbered to nine or less generally have a patch. So getting plain white jersey is a little disappointing. 


#11/18

Ick..Yankee hit...*gag*


#67/99

I thought in previous years that the rookie card autos were "extra" hits that replaced a base parallel. I could be wrong about that but it makes me feel like I was shorted a relic as this card replaced the Unity single relic/auto.


#65/75

Maikel Franco is a pretty decent auto to pull. So while the rest of the box was lackluster at least it ended with an ok card.