Without much fanfare here are some cards I got from a November Group Box Break. A monthly break I am a part of that I get recent Nationals from.
30 November 2022
31 October 2022
The 2022 Season was a huge bummer for Nationals fans from being the 2nd Worst Season to trading away two of our best players on the trade deadline day (Soto and Bell) to the San Diego Padres. They got to the NLCS but lost to the Philadelphia Phillies. A spark of light in a dark season came on Aug 2nd in the form of 30 Year Old Rookie Joey Meneses in his MLB Debut Homering in the 7th Inning in a 5-1 home victory vs. New York Mets.
From that night on through the rest of the season Joey soon became a fan favorite and one of the shining stars of the last part of the season.
I have 3 Topps Now cards that commemorate a few of his highlights of the 2022 season.
30 September 2022
This month's card celebrates one of the last highlights of Juan Soto's Nats career. His 2022 Home Run Derby Win. Juan is the second Nat to win this event. The previous Nat winner was Bryce Harper the 2018 Home Run Derby winner when Nationals Stadium was the host park. Looking back on my past posts I thought I had missed posting about that, however it was during a time when I was not tagging labels to my posts due to format changes that Blogger had made. I eventually figured out how to do labels for the new format/template. I thought I had the card even though I don't seem to have it on my TCDB collection list.
Here is Bryce's Home Run Derby Champ Card:
Anyway here is the Juan Soto 2002 Topps Now card to celebrate his Home Run Derby Win.
31 August 2022
This card might be a little bit of Deja Vu almost but not quite. A few years ago (2017) a quartet of Nats sluggers hit back to back to back TO BACK homers in a game, well this year (2022) the struggling Nats did a trio back to back to back.
In this frustrating losing season on Jun 11 a little bit of sunshine lifted the season a tiny bit. Juan Soto, Nelson Cruz, and Josh Bell hit back to back to back homers scoring 4 runs against The Milwaukee Brewers (traditionally and annoyingly pesky opponent) in an 8-6 victory.
Here is the Topps Now card that commemorates that event.
Sadly a few months later Juan Soto and Josh Bell would be traded to the San Diego Padres. In the final two games of their last 4 game series guess which two players would do San Diego's only scoring for those two games? Yep Juan Soto and Josh Bell. In game 3 they hit back to back homers giving the Padres a 2-1 victory. The next night Josh Bell hit a 2 run homer giving the Padres a second 2-1 win in two nights.
31 July 2022
I now have the complete 2022 Topps Baseball: Nats Base Team Set. I am only missing the 2 Juan Soto SPs (1 SP and 1 SSP) I might never get those two. So I am pretty happy about that. I completed Series 1 a while back and just recently completed Series 2 including the Stephen Strasburg image variant. I got it from an Ebay auction for $7.50 + only like a buck for shipping. I was the opening bidder when it started at 99¢. The card was delivered on 05 July 2022 estimated delivery was between then and 08 Jul. It was sent via the special Ebay Standard Envelope and their special tracking number system. Tracking shows this card as being still at the point of origin and in transit. Tracking says "It's still on the way". Tee-Hee
24 June 2022
From Sportlots I recently went on a Strive For '65 Splurge and bought cards from other years including 2 Curly W cards in this post of 3 cards. The third card I got from Ebay I'll start with that one.
The first card is from Topps Now that I got from Ebay. It is 2022 Topps Now Baseball 73 Joan Adon First Career Win with 6.1 Scoreless Innings. Of course by the time I got this card Adon was Assigned to the Minors (Rochester Red Wings) the day before.
Next we have a card that finishes my 2022 Topps Baseball Series 1 Washington Nationals Team Set (minus the 2 Juan Soto photo variant SPs that I might never get) 2022 Topps Baseball 59 NL Batting Average Leaders: Trea Turner Dodgers, Juan Soto Nationals and Bryce Harper Phillies.
Now on to the hunt for the Series 2 cards. I have recently gotten the Series 2 base team cards only need the Stephen Strasburg photo variant SP (in t-shirt). I am currently bidding in an Ebay auction for it, so far I'm the only bidder at the opening 99¢ bid. There is at least one other auction for another copy that started at the same price. UPDATE: The bidding on Strasburg t-shirt card is now up to 4 bids at $5.50. I'm still "Winning" it but it ends in 2 days Sunday 26 Jun at 1:46 pm PDT.
Finally we have a nice cool vintage piece. It is actually a sticker/decal not a card from 1961. This beauty is from the Team Logo Decals insert set from 1961 Fleer Baseball Greats Set. There is No Number it is The Washington Senators Logo. I might try finding the other teams from this insert set. I currently just have the Baltimore Orioles one on my TCDB wantlist.
31 May 2022
So a recent Ebay sports card order I made was for the short print of a card from the 2022 Topps Baseball base set. Card number 43 Josiah Gray RC short print w/ his knee up and him turned to the side (about to fall over). That leaves the two Juan Soto short prints for me to hunt down (a short print and a super short print), plus the NL batting average leaders card with Trea Turner, Juan Soto, and Bryce Harper, I'm getting ready to get that one on Sportlots in a huge order I'm piecing together over there.
Oh the odd thing with this order was the "buffer" cards that the dealer packed around the purchased card. I've seen all sorts of things sellers have used and it is common practice to include bonus "buffer" cards that are usually super common cards that are barely worth part of a penny. This seller was no exception except that there were 8 of these bonus cards total, but only 2 different ones. One a 2022 Topps 1st Edition Baseball card 289 Nate Pearson Toronto Blue Jays and a 2016 Bowman Draft Chrome Baseball (1st Bowman) BDC-29 Justin Dunn New York Mets.
How many of each were there? An even 4-4? No, 3-5? No, Not even 2-6 but 1-7 in favor of the Bowman Chrome card. I was tempted to send the bonus cards back, but figured it wasn't worth the postage.
So here are the images for the two variants of this card: 2022 Topps Baseball 43 Josiah Gray Washington Nationals:
30 April 2022
I haven't purchased new packs or full sets this year, but have gotten some of the 2022 Topps Washington Nationals via a monthly box breaking group I have the Nats in. So except for 3 image variants and the NL batting leaders card I have the Team Set for series 1. The NL batting leaders card has one Nat Juan Soto and two Ex-Nats Trea Turner and Bryce Harper.
Last post I showed The Ryan Zimmerman sunset card from this set, this post is all the base Nats cards.
31 March 2022
28 February 2022
This month I was going to post about a batch/ lot of cards that I had gotten from the monthly Group Box Break I am a part of where I am in with The Nats. However as usual I kept procrastinating and putting things off and it would involved a lot of scanning that I didn't want to do. So here is just a Solo card from Juan Soto from that batch. It is an insert from the 2021 Topps Baseball Set from the 1952 Topps Redux Insert Set.. A retro insert set of 50 cards using top modern players in the style of the famous 1952 Topps Baseball design. I like when they do these I'd rather they do them here than in the Archives sets. I also like the Heritage sets which are from 49 years ago. With Archives they overuse all the designs so I would rather they do this.