Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The real reason for this post is to talk about Matt's no hitter last night. Matt threw the Rays very first no hitter in franchise history,a great night for all Rays fans,made all the more exciting because as you all know the Rays have been perfectoed twice and no hit once in the last 12 months. The real point to this post is to reply to some of the comments and articles I have read in the last 24 hours.Most of the comments have been along the line of"well he only beat Cabrera plus the Mud Hens"or "well the Tigers were injury depleted". Ok,I won't deny that the Tigers were far from having their strongest lineup. So what? If you took a MLB starter and put them up against any Triple A line up I very much doubt any of them would throw a no hitter. Case in point,a few years ago I was in New England on vacation and was lucky enough to see the Pawtucket Red Sox play. Their starting pitcher that day was Curt Schilling on his last rehab start before going back to the Sox. Did Schilling pitch no hit innings?Did he shut down the other team? No he didn't,if I remember correctly he got tagged for a least four runs in five innings.I think we can all agree that Curt Schilling is a better pitcher than Garza is right now. So why didn't Schilling shut down his Triple A opponent? Simple,baseball is a bloody hard game to play.Triple A players are only one step away,they have a lot to prove. Do the detracters of Garza's no hitter think that the recent call ups gave away their outs? You would think they would be trying twice as hard so they have a chance to stay with the big club.If C C Sabathia had done this the boards and articles would have been filled with gushing praise and "all hail the Yankess"stuff.(You know who I'm talking about ESPN).
So in conclusion don't belittle something that ws a piece of Rays and Baseball history.celebrate it for what it was,a great pitching performance.
Monday, July 26, 2010
In honour of Matt Garza's no hitter. The four colored refractors from Topps Finest 2009. I love refractors there is just something about shiney cards. Maybe I was a Magpie in a previous life.If anyone out there has the base card and ordinary refractor let me know as I don't have either of those or a printing plate.
Today is a special day for Rays fans as Matt Garza has just pitched the franchises first no hitter.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
This card is one of my favorites for a couple of reasons.Firstly it's a James Shields auto and he is my main man when it comes to collecting and also is my favorite Ray.The other reason it's in my favorite list is because it's my first ever dual auto,even though the other guy Salas has sunk without trace.
Also I love the Exquisite cards,such a nice looking card and it has the feel and thickness of a high quality card.This baby was bought from E Bay for the princely sum of $8 in an auction.The other dual autos of the same card are all buy it nows and are up for over $40.So even though they are two lesser players it still ranks as a steal in my book.
1. You don't really want to send your cards overseas.
2. You are a rip off merchant who thinks all overseas buyers are stupid.
I can understand point one,maybe they have been burnt by overseas buyers saying they didn't recieve their cards etc. If this is the case why state that you will ship worldwide?Just list your cards so only American buyers can see them, is that too hard to do?
Moving on to point two, a simple look at the USPS website gives any potential buyers the information they need about how much its going to cost to ship out their cards. The most I will pay for shipping now is $5 and that is only if it's a card I cannot get from any other seller.
Most of the sellers/traders I have dealt with over at SCF have asked me how much is it to send? I have always sent them the link to USPS website so they know I am not conning them and so they can have it for future reference. So in conclusion it's hats off to SCF traders and a big raspberry to con artisits over on E Bay.
The answer to the triva question I posed is. Don Larsens wife served him with divorce papers the day he pitched his perfect game.
Why is WWE champion John Cena allowed to make movies?
Monday, July 19, 2010
A. Simple really,it takes 7 hours to fly from UK to Tampa Florida.
Q. Why Tampa bay?
A. For my sins I am a huge Tampa Bay Rays fan,this is because in 2003 I took a vacation to Florida and took in a Rays ballgame.(lost 7-1 to the Yankees)
So there it is folks the reason behind the blogs name. As well as being big baseball fan I am also addicted to collecting baseball cards. I have only been collecting a little over a year,but have managed to gather a pretty nice collection. My main wants are James Shields,Matt Garza and the old Brooklyn Dodgers. Just recently I have started trading and buying and selling on forums such as SCF. This has given me a great insight into the World of baseball cards and a new respect for the people who collect them. Also it proves that no matter where you come from everyone wants something for nothing. Don't get me wrong almost every transaction has been done smoothly and in a very friendly manner,but there are some traders who will argue the toss over a dollar in value.Ok so its fair enough to haggle if I want a $100 card and only have $75 in value to trade,but if I want your $6 card and you want my $5 card what is the point in making a fuss over the $1? My fellow trader and blogger TMCD will recognise who I am talking about.
I will leave you all with a trivia question.
What else happened to Don Larsen the day he pitched his perfect game?
Thanks for reading.