I Want A Day Off

Being unemployed has it’s benefits. Every day is a day off. That’s about the only benefit it has. Well today I want a day off from blogging something actually useful. I haven’t slept well the past couple of nights and my mind is completely fried. It is so fried that I have made numerous spelling mistakes and have already worn out my backspace button in these few sentences.

But I must keep the Ironman posting alive. I’ve posted every day since I started this blog and I’m not going to let two days with lack of sleep stop me now. I know there is a lot of time left in the day but I can’t nap. I have to stay up for a number of things. FedEx will be arriving and I need to sign it off and show ID. I may have another package coming today as well. And I have to stay awake since my fiancee’s sister is visiting and she doesn’t have a key to the house. I never leave a door in my house unlocked. Just a habit I guess.

So to make this somewhat meaningful, I am going to say a couple of things.

Gint-A-Cuffs III should be amazing. This is the last time I am pimping this battle of the bloggers contest so if you have the money and want to join in the fun, it will be fun. Just prepare to lose. Especially you Cardboard Junkie. I saw that smack talk to everyone on your blog. The Braves and Jason Heyward? I will beat that with a blaster box of A&G that has been pack searched. When I’m done? You’ll be thrown away like most of Pro Debut. SO YEAH!

In the words of my boy Vinny Mac from the Jim Rome Show:

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And for those who can’t view the YouTube, “To all those double talking jive turkeys out there, you better watch out because their about to get their asses ragged on. And all these Raggedy Ann and Andys out there…I’m the bottle on the top shelf. I’m the steroid….*AARRRRR*” Seriously, you need to listen to this guy calling in and trying to talk smack back in 2009. Hilarious, especially listening to Rome berate him after the call.

Gint-A-Cuffs III: Release the Kraken! …. Catch the fever!

Maybe I’ll post later if something exciting happens. Maybe a video of my package from FedEx. That should be exciting for some of you.

Custom Card: Pocket Aces

So today I decided to have a little fun with Photoshop. I had an idea for a card for awhile now and decided to put it down in Photoshop. I don’t do these at all, so I thought it would be fun to try since I’ve seen a few other bloggers create their own custom cards. I don’t know how it would look printed up and everything, but it looks pretty cool as a concept.

2011 – Sports Card Blog – Pocket Aces – Josh Beckett/Jon Lester

I don’t have any graphics formal training. I make signatures for people on forums sometimes and did all the graphics on the blog, but I think this ended up looking really cool. No room for a signature version, sorry!

What do you think?

Top 10 Shortstops Ever That Are Better Than Derek Jeter

This had to be done. On the Topps Facebook page today, the weekend question was whether Derek Jeter is the greatest shortstop of all time. A number of people said yes. Even more people say he is top 5. Well, sorry to burst your bubble guys but Derek Jeter is not even in the top 10 of greatest shortstops ever. So, here is my top 10 shortstops better than Derek Jeter with cards or memorabilia as photos to keep this on topic.

10. Joe Cronin

11 seasons batting over .300 and he left his playing days early to become a manager at 34 years old. He was one of the first power hitters at the shortstop position and was known more for his bat then his .951 fielding percentage. A number of players could go here instead of Jeter, but I chose Cronin because of my Red Sox bias. I could of also put Appling, Vizquel, Larkin, or I could of snuck in Nomar Garciaparra to make a bunch of people angry. Nomar was much better than Jeter in their primes, sorry, it had to be said. But I chose Cronin.

9. Lou Boudreau

Boudreau’s plaque says it all why he’s better than Jeter.

8. Luis Aparicio

The speedy Aparicio didn’t hit the 3000 hits mark but his 500 stolen bases surely made up for that. Add in his 9 Gold Gloves and 10 All Star game selections, Aparicio was better all around then Derek Jeter.

7. Ernie Banks

Mr. Cub was one of the greatest power hitting shortstops that probably has ever lived. He hit over 500 bombs for the losers, I mean Cubs. An 11 time All-Star and 2 MVPs also make him the greatest Cub ever.

6. Robin Yount

Fear the ‘stache. Over 3100 hits and 2 MVP awards while playing 20 seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers makes him part of this top 10 list of shortstops better than Derek Jeter. He had accumulated more hits then anyone else in the 1980s. If he played for the Yankees I’m sure he’d be the greatest that ever lived.

5. Arky Vaughan

I think his plaque says it all.

4. Ozzie Smith

The Wizard of Oz. Possibly the greatest defensive shortstops to ever play the game. Better yet, THE greatest defensive shortstop to ever play the game. Athletic, smart, and slick, I think the 13 Gold Gloves should speak for themselves.

3. Cal Ripken Jr.

The Iron Man. 2632 straight games at a grueling position and over 3100 hits in his career make him a top 3 shortstop easily. Ripken won 2 MVP awards and had 19 straight All Star appearances. Also a slick fielder with 2 Gold Gloves and a career .977 fielding percentage, Ripken was one of the first power hitting shortstops of the late 1900s before A-Rod, Nomar, Tejada, etc.

2. Alex Rodriguez

Despite Alex Rodriguez moving to third base and the constant suspicion and use of steroids in his career, Alex Rodriguez ranks number 2 on this list. His power, speed, and arm put him in a class of his own. 3 MVPs, 3 Gold Gloves and countless Silver Slugger awards makes him an easy pick at number 2. We all know his other amazing numbers with his average and home runs. No need to put those numbers down, inflated by performance enhancing drugs or not.

1. Honus Wagner

The great Honus Wagner. The man with the most expensive baseball card in history is the greatest shortstop to ever grace a Major League baseball field. Honus played in 21 seasons and had 17 straight seasons batting over .300 in the dead ball era. He won 8 NL batting titles while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates and was one of the greatest hitters of his time. He was also considered one of the best fielders as well, even though his percentage is not close to the highest on this list.

So there you have it. May the comments start rolling in. I’m expecting a bunch of them to say “hater” but that’s okay. I need to take these Jeter fanatics down a notch. If it wasn’t for him playing for the Yankees, he would be a Barry Larkin equivalent. Sorry Derek.

Contest Winnings Mail Day

As I state in the below video, I normally don’t do mail days unless there is something really nice in there. I mean, who wants to see some common jersey or rookie autograph no one has heard of. I’ll keep my mail day videos to be something special to look at. This time is one of those times.

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In case you can’t view the above video, here is how I won this bad boy. Sports Card Forum held a VIP Contest for it’s VIP members and had it sponsored by Panini. The prize was well worth how in depth this contest was. Let’s talk about the contest first. The contest involved the entire Stanley Cup playoffs. Every game each day I had to guess one person who would score a goal. Every game. That’s a lot of research and commitment. I knew I had it in me, I mean, I’m a hockey fan and love the NHL Playoffs. I think it’s the best playoff system in sports next to the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Anyway, long story short, I won with 36 total goals correctly guessed over the course of the playoffs. Second place finished with 33. It was a long battle in which I was victorious. And to the victor goes the spoils.

This is not a PC card but will be used to get a PC card or towards my box breaking fund for the site. I wish I could give it away again, but I can’t afford to right now.

So again, I would like to thank Sports Card Forum and Panini for holding this contest. This is one of the nicest  1 of 1 cards I’ve ever had in my possession. Here are some pictures for those who can’t view YouTube at work, don’t worry, I got you guys covered.

2010-11 Panini Limited Material Monikers Patrick Kane Autograph/Prime Jersey 1 of 1

Sweet.

I Love Finding Cards

I love finding cards when I least expect it. I was digging through some boxes recently when I was looking for my Wheels Main Event cards I posted the other day. While searching for those cards I came upon probably 200 inserts and rookies that I had packed up and moved from Connecticut last summer.

First off, last summer I tried moving my entire collection from Connecticut to Oregon. I chose UPS as the best way to handle the shipping and boy was that a bad idea. The box was mangled and many cards were so damaged they lost all value. Those all went into the trash. Luckily, the majority of those were base cards of star players. I was able to save many of the inserts and rookies that were packaged separately inside the box. A few have slight damage but are still manageable.

In the group I found a lot of great inserts. Chrome refractors, low serial numbers, and regular old inserts…the majority from around 2005. I was excited to find them.

Some highlights:

A bunch of Bowman Chrome star refractors

A bunch of 2005 Donruss Studio Portraits (all numbered to 50 or less) of star players

A bunch of acetate cards (Score! I thought those were gone)

A bunch of Bowman Chrome and Heritage rookies

It was a great stash of inserts. I have yet to go through them and price them and really check to see how bad some of the damage may be. The better ones will probably be sent to CheckOutMyCards eventually. I’ve been saying for months I would send them a package of inserts to sell on there. There has got to be somebody who wants some of these inserts.

If anyone has any wants please send me an email or leave a message here with your email. I have like 400 inserts/rookies total just hanging around here doing nothing. Even a couple of printing plates. Oh, 99% of them are baseball in case anyone else was wondering.