Sunday, May 17, 2015

Another Pack of 2015 Bowman

Tonight I went to Walmart and took a visit to the card aisle. I don't know if this is the norm for Walmart, but my local store does not carry individual packs. It's either jumbo packs, hanger boxes, or 8 pack boxes.

After trying a single pack at Target earlier in the week, I decided on a jumbo pack this time.

I chose this particular pack because I could clearly see a New York Met was the top card in the pack. That's the extent of my pack searching, just look closely enough to see what team is on top, not caring who the player is.

I opened the top half of the pack first, which I discovered would be mostly established Major League players.

The exception to this half would be the Bowman Scouts' Top 100 card of Chicago Cubs prospect, Albert Amora, who's currently in his second season at AA.

The bottom half of the pack was all prospects.

Nothing really stands out with this pack, but Bowman is really a 'time will tell' product.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My First Pack Rip for the Blog (Bowman 2015)

I've seen many bloggers post their pack results, so I decided to do my own.

I went to Target today and saw 3 different 2015 Bowman packs. A 10 card pack for $2.99, a jumbo pack for $5.99, and 3 bundled 10 card packs for $9.99. The 3 pack seemed high, but it promises 3 yellow parallel cards. Inserts never appealed to me, so if I wanted 3 packs, I'd just buy them individually.

Anyhow, I decided on just a single 10 card pack.

Crazy seeing the odds for pulling inserts on the back of the pack.

I know I at least pulled one. There's a couple cards in this pack that are a bit thicker and shinier, but that may be normal.

Here's what I got:

Six of the players are new to my collection (Mark Trumbo, Mike Zunino, Josh Harrison, Victor Alcantara, Kevin Plawecki, and Greg Bird). Those cards will be headed to my big alphabetical box of players that I don't have any autographs of.

It was nice getting a Mets card in this pack. I've enjoyed what I've seen from Kevin Plawecki these last couple of weeks. According to Bowman's odds, that particular insert (Bowman Scouts' Top 100) are 1:8. Fairly common, but it's a Met, so I can be excited about any Mets insert.

The only card I'm willing to trade from this pack is Pittsburgh Pirates prospect, Austin Meadows. He's currently playing for the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League. I haven't seen them play yet this season, and I felt that I had a better looking card to hopefully get signed by him. This card, while nice looking, just seems a little dark for an autograph.

Well, there's my pack. I don't buy enough packs, I'm more of a single card buyer on sites like eBayCOMCSportlots, and Go Sports Cards. If/when I buy more, I will open and share them on here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I Got My Credit

Just under a month ago I made a post about a local Minor League team using an image from my website and not giving me or my site any credit. If you're unfamiliar with this story, you can read it here.

I sent an e-mail to the team letting them know that I was a little disappointed that I wasn't given any credit. A day passed and I had not gotten a response, so I made it public and took to Twitter. Suddenly, I'm getting a direct message from them via Twitter and a followup e-mail.

I ended up speaking to the editor of the magazine in person a few days later. He apologized, but also claimed that the team felt they had the rights to the image since it was their baseball card, but actually it was Fleer's.

The whole thing seemed like it was much more of a bigger deal than it should have been. I was never looking to profit off of this. All I wanted was that credit.

Well, today I got it. I went to the Clearwater Threshers game this afternoon and picked up the May issue of their monthly program.

At the bottom of the table of contents was my site being credited.

Here it is blown up to make it easier to read.

The Threshers have the highest average attendance in the Florida State League. I'd like to believe that all their fans will see the link to my site and visit it, post comments, and end up discovering this blog and following me on Twitter. However, I am a realist, and realize that small print will be overlooked by most readers. It doesn't bother me a bit, I'm just happy that my site was acknowledged.

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