So, first up is a small side project in my collection. A few Michael Sam cards from different Topps base sets. The one card would appear to be a variation, but I might be wrong on that. I actually know almost nothing about football cards, but I like picking up a few things from Mizzou and NC State guys here and there. Sam was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year last year and was drafted by the Rams in this year's rookie draft.
I also picked up a pair of Hak Ju Lee autographs which were signed in person while he was a member of the Durham Bulls. He should be back in Durham next year, but the Rays seem to be working pretty hard on trading away everyone this offseason. He will probably end up on the Padres.
I love the Bowman autograph on the right hand side. That is kind of the quintessential Hak Ju Lee defensive pose. Spend five minutes watching the Bulls take infield practice before the game and you will see that pose half a dozen different times. On to more serious things.
I have been trying to work on a few new player collections. The statement above about the Michael Sam cards being a side project should have probably been typed in blue (for sarcasm). I am really trying to develop a player collection away from baseball cards, but let's face it: I am not a football person.
As a resident of central North Carolina it is hard to go wrong with collecting something basketball. I like basketball and I graduated from one of those North Carolina basketball schools. So, I am happy to add a second autograph to my collection of T.J. Warren cards. This time he is wearing a Suns jersey and not NC State. Well, he's at least holding a Suns jersey. Roll Pirates Roll. (Google Riverside Durham)
While I was in the shop I also decided to pick up a copy of a Trea Turner autograph that looked really sweet. It is from Leaf Valient and is a die cut autographed serial numbered out of 25. Turner went to NC State and was drafted by the Padres 13th overall in the draft this summer. He was in the Will Myers trade last week, but since he has not played for a full year he's in some sort of baseball purgatory. This was too cool of a card to pass up.....
Last two cards for this post came in a trade from a local card collector who traded me a pair of Cardinals for an autograph of Red Sox prospect Henry Owens from his days as an amateur with the USA baseball program. I thought I was only getting an Allen Craig. Looks like I owe you a card on the next trade.
The Edmonds patch card is a great throw in for a card for a card trade and I love the Allen Craig card. The PinchMe phrase is in reference to his appearances off the bench for the Cardinals during their 2011 playoff run which resulted in the team's 10th World Championship. Craig pinch hit playing in Busch and was the DH in Texas. He started game 7 because of an injury to Matt Holliday and ended up hitting the go ahead home run.