30 September 2023

Young Walk-Off Now

 From an Ebay seller located in nearby Potamac Maryland with a name that is the same as someone who works for my company in my office (except I don't know the middle name or initial of the guy at work). I didn't know the seller was so close until the Ebay Standard Envelope (a PWE in this case not a true Ebay SE) arrived with the return address. I don't think it is the guy from my office, the seller has an avatar with his picture (and some of his family) and it is not the same guy unless he was the photographer. The people in the avatar picture are lighter-weight and smaller than the guy in my office. The seller seems to mostly sell off his Nationals dupes. Any way the card I had to wait a little since it was a Tops Now card, but not too long.

The card 2023 Topps Now 826 Jacob Young Washington Nationals "Cracks 1st Career Walk-Off of his MLB Career".

2023 Topps Now 826 Jacob Young Washington Nationals

Wow my post from last month has 239 views a record for the first month of a post here.

31 August 2023

Elijah Green Red Base and Blue?


From the latest Group Box Break among the cards I got this round was a trio of Elijah Green cards from 2023 Panini Donruss. This youngster was The Nats First Round Pick, 5th Overall pick as an outfielder in the MLB 2022 June Amateur Draft from IMG Academy in Florida. 

I got the base card #37, The Holo Red (#d/2023), and Holo Blue Parallels. Guess I should maybe try to build a "Green" Rainbow set.

The backs of the cards are all the same as they are parallels.

2023 Panini Donruss Baseball #37 Elijah Green Washington Nationals back
2023 Panini Donruss Baseball #37 Elijah Green Washington Nationals base
2023 Panini Donruss Baseball #37 Elijah Green Washington Nationals Holo Blue
2023 Panini Donruss Baseball #37 Elijah Green Washington Nationals Holo Red #d/2023

31 July 2023

Joy Of A Complete Team Set Now with Series Two. And Bonus Cards

 OK so a few months back I posted The Nats cards from Series 1 of the 2023 Topps Baseball set. It is now time for the rest of the team from Series 2.

389 Victor Robles
437 Lane Thomas
443 Luke Voit
447 Israel Pineda RC
470 Joey Meneses RC
498 Stone Garrett RC
629 MacKenzie Gore Future Stars

As per normal these days these cards came from a recent group box break that I get my current Nats cards from. Actually the series two cards were actually a bonus break unto itself. Additionally here are two insert cards from the regular break (at least I think they came from series one in the regular break).

The Nats still have an Ace up their sleeve (or do they?)
2023 Topps Baseball All Aces insert - AA-21 Stephen Strasburg

Going International:
2023 Topps Baseball World Baseball Classic - WBC-52 Joey Meneses Mexico 

I don't normally go for the World Baseball Classic stuff but this year the Mexico team uniform looks nice on this card.

30 June 2023

Alex Call Walk Off Now

 All right boys and girls it is time again to reach into the semi-recent Topps Now cards to show off one from this season from a few weeks back. This month's post is about a game from 04 May 2023 at home vs The Chicago Cubs. Bottom the ninth game is tied 3-3 Lead off batter Alex Call on the first pitch hits his first career walk-off homer. Home Team Good Guys Nats win 4-3 and take the series 3-1.

Alex Call 1st Career Walk-Off Homer

The card:

2023 Topps Now Baseball - 234 Alex Call Washington Nationals

Topps has been disappointing me with these Topps Now cards that just have a picture on the back and give no details about the game or event celebrated on the card. I still like them but jeez give us more info Topps, it is Topps NOW not Topps Whenever. The card makes no mention of who the Nats were playing. Alex and the other players in the home whites tell it was a home game and the walk off indicates they were either tied or behind at the start of the bottom of the ninth. I had to double check to see which batter and pitch it was, turns out he was the lead-off and it was on the first pitch. Makes it that much more exciting for us fans.

31 May 2023

CJ Abrams NOW

2022 Topps Now Baseball - 845 and 974 C.J. Abrams Washington Nationals - Base Cards

 Last season when the Mid Season Trade Deadline Came and Juan Soto and Josh Bell WENT to the San Diego Padres for 6 players, I was devastated that the team had traded away two of their best all-around players who could make the big hits. Since I don't follow any teams other than The Nats I had little to no knowledge of the players that had been traded to us. Most of them at the time were in the Padres' Farm System.

Well one of those players has emerged as quite a player CJ Abrams. CJ has quickly become a fave Nat of mine.  The cards I got from Ebay and they are from 2022 Topps Now Baseball. These 5 cards  are technically just "two" cards since 3 are parallel variants. Normally I haven't  been able to find parallel Topps Now cards so I grabbed them since they were affordable. I did see a Red parallel (1/1) of one of them but it was way more than I wanted to pay.

Going by card numbers first up we have card 845 celebrating C.J.'s First Career Four Hit Game on 05 September. I have the "base" card, the Blue parallel #/49, and the Purple parallel #/25.

2022 Topps Now Baseball - 845 C.J. Abrams Washington Nationals: Base, Blue #/49, Purple #/25

2022 Topps Now Baseball - 845 Back - All variants have the same back

2022 Topps Now Baseball - 845 C.J. Abrams Washington Nationals Base
2022 Topps Now Baseball - 845 C.J. Abrams Washington Nationals Purple #12/25
2022 Topps Now Baseball - 845 C.J. Abrams Washington Nationals Blue #14/49

Next we have card #974 that celebrates C.J.'s First Walk Off Hit on 28 September. I have the Base and the Purple parallel #/25. I like this card better of the two.

2022 Topps Now Baseball - 974 C.J. Abrams Washington Nationals: Base, Purple #/25.

2022 Topps Now Baseball - 974 Back C.J. Abrams Washington Nationals

2022 Topps Now Baseball - 974 C.J. Abrams Washington Nationals Base

2022 Topps Now Baseball - 974 C.J. Abrams Washington Nationals Purple #15/25.

30 April 2023

2021 Topps Allen & Ginter Box Loader

 In one of my recent group box breaks (done in March) I got this sweet 2021 Topps Allen & Ginter Box Loader (I say Box Topper).

2021 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball BLC-7 Juan Soto Washington Nationals

31 March 2023

Joy Of A Complete Topps Team Base Set

 In a recent group break or actually two I got the base cards for the 2023 Topps Baseball Washington Nationals team set. One of the breaks was a half case or maybe full case break so I have some doubles. I also got a couple of parallels but D'Oh I didn't scan those. Well another post I guess. Anyway here is the base line up. This year it doesn't look like the Nats have any variant cards.

80 Tanner Rainey
130 Kiebert Ruiz
149 Josiah Gray
193 Luis Garcia
243 Evan Lee
244 Cesar Hernandez
257 Yadiel Hernandez
258 Erick Fedde
320 Cade Cavalli
35 CJ Abrams
316 Nationals Team Card
Back of card 316 Team Card

28 February 2023

A Sharp Chrome Autograph

 Yes once again I am doing a quick and dirty post. I really should plan things more or work on some of my stuck in draft mode for 20 years posts. OK not really I haven't been blogging for 20 years (yet, it is about 3 years away on my regular blog and this one I have only been blogging for 11 years), but I do have several draft posts that have been stuck for a few years.

This is a card I got about a year or two It's a 2021 Topps Chrome so I couldn't have gotten it earlier than that. At first I thought I might have posted about it before, but it looks like I haven't.

2021 Topps Baseball Chrome RA-SSH Sterling Sharp Washington Nationals RC
on card Blue Sharpie

31 January 2023

Some Parallels and Some Autographs

 I have a couple of parallels to show off and a couple of autograph cards to show. Three players in this order: Will Harris, Josiah Gray and Riley Adams. Seven cards in all.

First up RHP Will Harris from 2021 Topps Baseball Update Series card US138 base and gold parallel.

 2021 Topps Baseball Update Series - US138 Will Harris

 2021 Topps Baseball Update Series Gold parallel US138 Will Harris

Next we have RHP Josiah Gray from 2022 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball base RC card 164 and RC autograph card GQA-JG on card blue sharpie autograph.

2022 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball 164 Josiah Gray RC

2022 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Autograph - GQA-JG Josiah Gray RC

Finally we have Catcher Riley Adams first his 2022 Panini Donruss Baseball Signature Series Autograph card SS-RA on sticker in blue sharpie and then 2022 Panini Capstone Baseball RC card 16 base and Red Parallel. These two cards don't scan too well with their glossy reflective fronts. I got a rainbow effect when I scanned them in normal orientation and in sideways orientation, I used whichever of the two scans appeared slightly better and less reflective rainbow.

2022 Panini Donruss Baseball Signature Series Autograph - SS-RA Riley Adams

2022 Panini Capstone Baseball - 16 Riley Adams

2022 Panini Capstone Baseball Red parallel - 16 Riley Adams

31 December 2022

A Soto Photo Plus

For Christmas my Oldest bro and his wife almost always include some Curly W stuff in the bag or box of gifts they give me. This year was no exception there were a few Nats memorabilia things in there. Sometimes they are silly nick nacks I would never by myself or even want and sometimes there are some real cool things that I have drooled over for ages. OK so maybe I haven't literally drooled over the thought of some of the memorabilia but you get the idea. This year one of the cool things was a Juan Soto T-Shirt a red one with The Nationals script a faux Juan Soto signature and the number 22, and This Photo from this past year's Home Run Derby that Juan Won. from Fanatics.

The photograph is 8" x 10" and for now I am keeping it in the plastic bag/packaging. I thought it was a resealable bag but it doesn't act like it. 

Here is my Tops Now card commemorating the event.

Since the photo isn't a card and I have already posted about the Topps Now card, here are some Juan Soto cards that I received for the baseball team box breaking group December break:

2022 Topps Baseball: Series 1: 150
2022 Topps Chrome Baseball: 129 ACK with those star things one the top and bottom edges this might be a stupid winterized version. Blah.

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball :1992 style: TC92-49

2021 Topps Finest Baseball: 7

2021 Panini Chronicles Obsidian Baseball: 37