22 March 2015

I'm Seeing Purple

OK so last post (Frankly Friday: Brightening A Rainbow) I mentioned that I had gotten another card with it for $7.99 and I would show the card sometime later. Well it's Later!

I got this card for several reasons, obviously because of the team and it should be obvious because of the player. I'll mention another reason or two after showing it:

2005 Upper Deck Reflections Baseball: Future Reflections
223 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals Purple Parallel #d 67/99
(Front and Back)

Ain't this a sweet looking card? First believe me that the front is the same purple color as on the back. The scan makes it look blue I think it may be a combination of my scanner settings and just the way these flashy shinny chromie cards naturally scan. Now the other reasons I got this card I thought it was real cool. It is serial numbered, although I wish the number was more meaningful to me. 67 isn't much of a meaningful number to me. Also check out Ryan's jersey number. Yep it's 25 his Rookie Year Jersey number. After his rookie season Ryan took number 11.

20 March 2015

Frankly Friday: Brightening A Rainbow

Brightening A Rainbow: 2008 Donruss Threads Edition

Huh? I thought I only needed the Auto for this rainbow since I wasn't going for any of the relics, well maybe if there is a bat relic...any who I found this for a real good price on da Bay and couldn't resist for the obvious reasons: It's Hondo, I've got a taste of the Rainbow, Its a cool card and its serial numbered. So there you have it. I got it from Ebay along with another Curly W Card. Shipping was $4.50 for the pair this was the cheaper card for only $1.99. The other a card was a bit steeper at $7.99. I won't bother you with the other card just yet, that is for another non-Frankly post.

So yeah for Two Bucks I picked up a variation of the 2008 Donruss Threads Frank Howard Rainbow. The Century Proof Gold serial numbered to 50. I think there is only the auto to get, and maybe one of the relics. I'm not big into relics but I'd rather have a bat sliver than a jersey swatch so I might look out for that.

2008 Donruss Threads Century Proof Gold - 50 Frank Howard Senators #d 12/50
(Front and Back)

Here is what I have so far with this rainbow:
 2008 Donruss Threads 50 Frank Howard Rainbow: Base, Green Century Proof (#d/250), Silver Century Proof (#d/100), Gold Century Proof (#d/50)

For my rainbow I'm going to skip the jerseys but there is still the Platinum Century Proof #d/25, and if they made them for Frank Signatures Gold #d/999 or less, Signatures Platinum #d/25 or less, Bat Relic #d/500 or less. So I need anywhere from just one more to four more cards for this rainbow out of a possible 6 more cards.

16 March 2015

Senators Singles: Poor Pinholed Pedro

1956 Topps Pinhole Pedro
OK so this card has some damage to it in a top corner but I only got it for a quarter from Sportlots shipping was steep at $4.50 but two other vintage cards rode along with it a couple of Baltimore Birds from '55. 

 1956 Topps Baseball 49 Pedro Ramos Nationals
(Front and Back)

Looking at the front right top corner you can see some crease damage and a pin hole that caused some paper loss. I'm guessing this card spent some time up on a kids bulletin board above the dresser or by the closet. Looking at the back the hole is right smack on the card number making it difficult but not impossible to read the number and Topps above it in the ball design. At the top on the back there is a hand written 12 (it almost looks like a 19) I am guessing it was for the number of wins that Pedro got in that '56 season.

13 March 2015

Frankly Friday: A Great Hall O Fame Souvenir

2005 Donruss Greats Frank Robinson HOF Souvenir

OK so what can be said? I'll let the card do all the talkin'.

2005 Donruss Greats: Hall of Fame Souvenirs:
HOFS-15 Frank Robinson Orioles
(Front and Back)

27 February 2015

Frankly Friday: Score The Triple Crown

1993 Score Select Triple Crown: Frank Robinson

For this Frankly Friday installment I have this beauty that I think I got from a purchase on one of the card forums Sports Card Forum maybe. I am not sure it could have been some random collector who contacted my from my regular blog. So if I did purchase it I don't recall how much I got it for. I might have even bought it with a couple of other cards. Enough of my babbling you came here to see the card:

As you can see the front has a glittery/chrome/foil print on it. Dufex it is called, whatever that is. That is why the scan looks so Chromy/Blurry. I am not a fan of this type of stuff. Back in the 80s and 90s yeah sure but now not so much. Anyway this is card 2 of a 3 card insert set to the 1993 Score Select set. The other two cards (which I am thinking of getting) are Mickey Mantle 1 and Carl Yastzemski 3.

 1993 Score Select Triple Crown - 2 Frank Robinson Orioles
(Front and Back)

31 January 2015

State of the Blog and Ryan Zimmerman

Just a quick one to keep the blog flowing. I haven't disappeared completely, I just haven't been doing a lot of blogging or more specifically the prep work for regular blogging. Not sure why I've been a bit lethargic when it comes to blogging or other things including card related things lately. Anyway Here is a card that I have a few of that for some reason I never got around to putting on this blog (maybe not even on my regular card blog either). Thus this entry for "Senators Singles":

 2006 Topps Baseball: National Baseball Card Day - T3 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals

31 December 2014

Happy New Year 2014 to 2015


Goodbye 2014 and Hello 2015. Here is to a great 2015 season for the Nationals. This past year 2014 that is in its final hours winding down was an excellent one for the Nats. They won their 2nd NL East Division Crown in the last 3 years of there first 10 years as the Washington Baseball Club.

16 September 2014

Curly Clinch 2014 Edition


The Nationals clinched 1st place in the NL East insuring a playoff birth by beating the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta by a score of 3-0. Step one complete clinching a playoff birth. Getting the Division Lead helps make it easier but we know is not necessary to get there. There will be two teams that squeak into the playoffs and duke it out in the wild-card play-in game. The team is now on the Playoffs Parkway. Heading the opposite direction is the Baltimore Orioles from the AL East on-ramp.

There are many people in the organization that have contributed to this. One man who has played a big role is skipper Matt Williams


31 August 2014

Curly W Reading Material

OK so this isn't card related but it is Curly W stuff and it gets in a post for August (barely). On Saturday 30 August 2014 I got some books for real cheap including a couple Curly W books. The bookstore I got the books from (6 in all) is associated with one of my local libraries and run by volunteers from a "Friends of the Library" group. They sell donated books as well as books that had once been part of the library system but for one reason or another removed. they also sell vinyl records, books on tape (and some on CD I think). So as I said I got six books total all were tagged as being $1.50 but I was charged a little less.

Here are the Two Curly W books:

2012 Washington Nationals Media Guide
Just like it says it is the "yearbook" or rather the Season Preview from 2012 for the Washington Nationals. 2012 the year they first went to the playoffs.

The Ultimate Washington Baseball Trivia Book by David Elfin
Again a self-explanatory book. Written in 2004 after the announcement of the move of the Montreal Expos to Washington DC.

30 July 2014

Expos Extra: Ugueth Urbina 95 SP Premier Prospects

1995 UD SP Premier Prospects Ugueth Urbina

I recently got a small 9 card lot of cards from Sportlots that had some vintage including a 1965 card for my Strive for '65 unobtainable goal and this Expos Prospect card:

1995 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects 9 Ugueth Urbina Expos
(Front and Back)

I thought it was an insert die-cut but apparently the first 20some cards in this set were the "Premier Prospects" and all of them were die-cut. The strange thing is on The Trading Card Data Base for this set this card is listed as a "foil" and a different silver foil variation is shown as the scan of the "base" card. Some of the "sub-sets" for this set over there look a bit sloppy so I don't think in this case it is a good source. TCDB is usually a good place for info but like many community databases things can get mixed up from time to time.

I don't know if it is a regular base card or maybe it is the gold or maybe bronze variant? Oh well whatever. Anyway Mr. Urbina began his Major League career with the Expos, making his debut in May of 1995. His final game would be in September of 2005 with the Phillies. Other teams he played on were: Red Sox, Rangers, Marlins and Tigers.