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Friday, October 31, 2014

New Release: 2014 Yokohama DeNA BayStars Signature Edition

Frontier has issued a few Signature Edition sets in the past couple of months, using the same basic design from one set to the other, much like they did with the Rookies and Young Stars/Stars and Legends series. The BayStars version brings a welcome change to that trend.
The design is much brighter with a touch of traditional/retro design, though the coloring and shadows show that these were designed on a computer. The multi-colored borders may be a bit larger than some would prefer, but given the black and grays of the prior issues, this set feels much sharper. It actually feels like a real design that could be used for a flagship set. The fronts are all English, with the set name at the top, which includes the year and team name. Two flags near the bottom have the player's jersey number and position, with the team logo in the center; the player's name is in the bottom border.
Backs have a yellow border that isn't overwhelming (this isn't 1991 Fleer, after all), and a repeat of the photo from the front. I'd prefer a second image here, or some other design usage. The jersey number and player's name in Japanese characters begins the text box, followed by some biographical information and a short career summary. The card number is in the lower-left on the copyright line.

There are 20 base cards in a complete set, and each box contains all 20 base cards. The issue, of course, is about the autographs. One box also contains two autographs; there are 29 different cards in the release, which come from one of three sets.

Print runs from the sets varies wildly by player. And while all the sets appear to have parallel versions with red and blue ink signatures, not all players have both parallels in any set. It's very difficult to read the autograph checklist due to its size, but it appears that there are around 626 base sets in all - a very limited release.
 All 20 subjects appear in the Authentic Signatures set.
Heart of the BayStars has five different cards.
Finally, the dual autographed Rookie Combo Sigs make up the final four-card autograph set.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Go Giants!

There. I said it. Someone in the baseball card blogging world is a Giants fan. 
I get it. A lot of people don't like the Giants. It's not as bad as the Yankees, of course. But you have Dodger fans, Oakland A's fans, and those that just can't get behind a team of oddballs. It reminds me of the Phillies, really. I can't like them, because they remind me too much of John Kruk and the disgusting looking Nasty Boys pitchers. 

But as a young baseball fan in 1989, try were the underdogs. The Giants weren't anything like they are today. Really, you could swap the A's and the Giants from then and now. In some ways. But SF was where I saw my first game. And SF is my hometown in my heart, no matter where else I've lived thus far. 

So I was pretty happy to see the news that the Giants won the World Series! Sure, they're somewhat of a dynasty now. But each victory has been as enjoyable as the last. 

I've been busy this week. I am feeling a lot better, as my situation has basically finally cleared itself. But I have a big trip soon and I am busy preparing for it. So until tomorrow...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Recent Pickups: The Inserts and Parallels Attack!

I don't really buy US cards anymore. Most of my MLB card purchases come from a few runs on Sportlots, COMC, and Just Commons each year. I'm itching to make a couple more purchases in November - Black Friday specials on COMC coupled with cheaper singles from the other sites.

My recent entry into the Yahoo Auctions world has netted me a few more US cards recently, but you'll have to wait to see those until they actually arrive. But the cards below were bought at one of the local card stores using my "points".
 Gimmicky, sure, but I love gimmicks. Inserts with "technology" are cluttering up my want list, and when I needed one more card to use up my reward this became that card.
 BoChro parallels. My Buck Farmer hunt continues, by the way - I have the gold card on the way now, and I'm bidding on a couple other parallels on eBay.
 I always want to buy up all the die cut inserts when I see them, too. But I've managed to be responsible and not chase all the Chrome sets with die cuts.
 A couple more parallels from Bowman. I guess I'm working on a rainbow now for Buck, but one day I'd like to do a full rainbow from one of the Chrome sets.
 Museum Collection, Triple Threads, and the other high-end sets make their way to Japan's stores and the non-hit singles end up on Yahoo or in card store boxes. Most players don't carry premiums - some big names and the Japanese players end up with a higher price. Other cards can be picked up pretty cheap!

Why so many parallels here? My type collection. Keeping up with the MLB issues through online means can be costly - more so than going to shows in the US. The little bargains I sometimes find are certainly welcome!