Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2007 Topps Updates/Highlights

Remember when Joba Chamberlain was the shizz?And Cameron Maybin was going to be the next Dave Winfield?Wasn't too long ago that the baseball world was high on these guys ,along with other emerging prospects like Alex Gordon,Carlos Gomez,etc.There was a time where the only place you could find a Topps Traded or a Donruss Rookies set was at your local hobby shop.Back in the day,If you wanted that true , pre-rookie card of your favorite star,you were going to have to hitch a ride to your nearest baseball card hobby shop to see If your dealer would brake up a set for you or buy It sealed.Today,while not the best place to  covet that  first year card of your favorite player (Bowman has that market cornered)) , you can find Topps Updated sets and even packs In places like Wal Mart and Target.  Years back,I  decided to take advantage of the uncustomary availability ,picking up  a  set of  2007 Topps Updates/Highlights on the strength  of the Maybin and Chamberlain "rookie" cards.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

McFarlane Sportspicks - Sammy Sosa

I should have picked more of these up when I had the chance because they are truly little works of art!The likeness to Chicago's beloved slugger Is  uncanny!Not every McFarlane figure Is on point,player likeness-wise,but this one  certainly Is. Slammin' Sammy's HR hop Is captured nicely and things like personalized batting gloves and bat wear add to the overall realism of the figure.I'm more a collector of action figures these days,but It's tempting to put that on the back burner just to catch up on these marvelous looking toys that debuted sometime in the early 2000's. I've already got a Prince Fielder and Ichiro on my eBay watch list as well as a Reyes and David Wright,so you never know  ;)Enjoy the pics!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

McFarlane Sportspicks NBA Series 2 (2002) - Shaquille O'neal

Back In 2001/2002 I was heavy into drugs..oops..sorry, freudian slip...into collecting McFarlane sports related statues.This was before the lid was blown open on steroid use In the MLB,so naturally I amassed a small collection of MLB stars that today have all been ousted as being heavy steroid/HGH users.I picked up Bonds,Sosa,McGwire and A-Rod figures thinking to myself that all of these guys were sure fire Hall of Famers and that their figures would undoubtedly skyrocket In value.I was wrong :( But that's the business side of buying up sports memorabilia.Your assumptions about a player or players career/memorabilia value will ultimately make you  look like a prophetic sports savant or just a flat out ass.Luckily no one has decided to rat out the NBA..YET,so my decision to pick up NBA figures as well ,may pay off in 20 years or so.I had originally planned to keep these guys carded but sheer boredom got the best of me. I've since broken open my  2002 McFarlane Shaq and would like to share my experience with you! YAY<sarcastically> !Lets take a look at the packaging from various angles.

Time to open this puppy up!

small catalog included with various figures available from the line
Light assembly required.

Here's Shaq In all his action figure glory! This Is a really nice piece and the likeness Is right on the money. McFarlane did a great job with this one!

Next will be taking a look at Sammy Sosa,stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Unboxing Some McFarlane Goodness!

These have been hanging up In my basement for a while now.This wintry weather we've been having here In Upstate NY has given me a bit of cabin fever,and the only cure for that of course Is opening up 2002 a Sammy Sosa McFarlane figure!Don't worry moms and dads out there,this one doesn't come with a  plastic toy replica bottle of  H.G.H.I'll be posting pics of each figure within the next couple of days ;)