segunda-feira, 18 de setembro de 2017

Topps 2016 - cards I like because yes - part V


I've been posting this series of posts without thinking 'ohhhh I got to keep the best for the last post!'. But after uploading the pictures I was like...damn! These are my favourite cards!

It's not that Trout is one of the players that I like or even pay that attention. I know he's like the Golden Boy or something like that.

But one can only say this. Yep, he's a very good player. Still young and with many years to play and give us moments like this one in the card.

Talking about stilling a Home Run!? Climb the fence!


 Craig Kimbrel is one of the Pitchers I collect. He looks like he took a photoshop shower but that's TOPPS fault. And he looks great in all colours.


Horizontal cards are my favourite cards. You can get so much more in a landscape...

Like this Kipnis great card. Did he make the play?

I cannot quite read the other player's name but he looks like a Mariners player with that uniform.


Can I give Castro a nickname?

Beaver.

Look at those teeth.

And is that a Giant or an Oriole down there? Sliding to the 2B!?


And this is my third play at 2B of the post!

I sympathize with Hardy. Maybe because he goes as J.J.

And look how his movement is like ballet soft... The Blue Jay sliding is going for the knee but J.J. is effortlessly dodging him.

Ballet, I tell you!


And how not to end in such a perfect way that getting two more players I collect.

The handsome Catcher Lucroy who I only now discover is my age

And the cute pretty thing that is Sale who's now a Red Sox (blarghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh).

And if there is something about Lucroy card (besides himself) because of the blue patterns all around that makes it even a more gorgeous card, Chris Sale card has such a pretty colour mix on the background that perfectly contrasts with his white and black strip uniform.


I truly think I was lucky with the cards I got.

domingo, 17 de setembro de 2017

Topps 2016 - cards I like because yes - part IV

Besides proving I know how to write Roman numbers, I'm still not done with this blog!

But because the world is a mess right now, and the shipping from USA to Portugal costs more than the cards themself I'm still here showing cards from last here like they are my newest addiction.

Besides that, moving out and living by myself is also a mess. I can sort my cards better than I can figure out which cloths go with others cloths to the machine...

But lets get to the cards. You know. Those that I like just because HELL YEAH!


It has Paul in the middle and you cannot see the bat, but then the Arenado and Rizzo sandwiching him and you can see their bats. I don't know. There is some symmetry thing going on that makes me like the card.


I like Catchers. Even without the mask. And here Garneau looks like he's going for the play!


The only thing missing from this card is the dust. Because a slide like this deserved to have lots of dust going on...

But it seems Semien is going for the double play!


I like to use '!' a lot. Because I live like there is no tomorrow. Specially when I know I have to get up so early next day.

That and I also like Chase Utley. He always seemed to me like one of those players that had everything to go huge! But he didn't quite get there... But his cards are...cute.


And I present you, probably my favourite card.

Because this looks just like they got a picture of each player and photoshopped it to seem like they are in the same game.

The card looks such a mess it is that cute.

There's the ball flying.

There's the Catcher whom I don't know it is, but looks pretty good with the mask and is trying to guide the ball just with his eyes.

And then there is Upton Jr. ready to slide but I can only think that he gets his foot stuck on the dirt and goes BUM on the home plate, face on the dirt and arms and legs to some place else.

You see...I also like to imagine plays just looking at the cards. Since I can no longer watch ball games on TV (stupid ESPN America...!) it's like I'm crossing a desert and I'm hallucinating, so I tend to imagine and project games and plays just looking at my cards.


Jay Bruce going for the ball. Those outfield plays are a thing I always bring close to my heart. They tend to be spectacular!


I liked this card, like the one on top. Even if you cannot see this time Goordon bat but you can see Harper's to make it some symmetric like the other, there is the feeling that both Goordon and Paul are batting and Harper not. So I can feel the Force...sorry...the symmetry none the same.


And those who say that catches on the fence are not one of the greatest plays in the game shall get cards in the packs of all the teams you hate.

Because there is beauty in this card like there is beauty in getting your bus right on time like the schedule said.


And I end with Cuddyer partying, in what I think is a walk off hit, because he's also happy that I posted again.

quarta-feira, 28 de junho de 2017

50 Cities of the World #24 Christiania


So, after noticing in my cards list that I don't know the difference between numbers 24 and 27 I'm here now to give all the credit to the real #24 card in this set.

Christiania.

I don't have a clue where this is.


But after turning the card I find out it's in Norway. Even more the 'modern capital' of Norway.

And if you are wondering (I know you are! So don't make that face), yep...this is the previous name for Oslo.

Now we are talking!

Funny to see that one (or the) highlights  in the back is the University, the free University, with, look at this!, 50 professors and over 1'000 students! I bet that for the time it was massive!

I'd love to visit Nordic Countries but it's so cold up there! Brrrrrrr just imagining that in mid Summer they have an average of 23ºC (around 73.4F says google) it gives me the chills...

But it is a beautiful place, by the photos I've seen.




So if you want to know more about Christiania, nowadays, Oslo, visit its wiki page here and then go there and visit the city in person.

Just be careful of the icebergs...oh wait!

50 Cities of the World #27 Calcutta


For this one I had to search Google for sure. I don't know that much about India.

That's why I didn't know that Calcutta (which is the name we still use here too) has changed to Kolkata.


It used to be, like others, part of the English Empire. But like stated here in the card back, it was and still is a commercial centre.

It is located on the east bank of the Hooghly river. And we all know how a river is a great mean-to-an-end when we're talking about commerce.

When I picture Calcutta I picture roads where you can't put an other car. But looking at the card it seems so peaceful, with the river and the little boats.




For more info, here the wiki page.



ETA: I must have been sleepwalking when I did this post because this card is #27 and not #24 lol So I'm moving this post to it's place and will be posting the one and true #24 card!

sexta-feira, 28 de abril de 2017

Star Wars - keeping warm for December


Now that Rogue One is on Blue Ray and DVD for everyone to enjoy and we already have the first Eps8 trailer let see the last cards I got for Rogue One.

I got short by around 10 cards for completing the collection...ohhhhh well














Cannot wait, not only to see the new film but also to know what Topps will do about the cards. Hope they follow the great looking style they developed for Rogue One. Really liked the style and look of the cards.

Topps 2016 - cards I like because yes - part III


 Nope. Haven't forgotten the blog nor you my friends. But having a house to take care is a pain!

And leaves me with no many to order cards...big pain!

But lets put a smile on our faces and see pretty cards. Even if I think you already seen all of these before and even own them lol

Jay and Blanco because...I don't know. Jay seems like he totally missed the ball - "ohhhhhhh shoot! I'm here swinging and the ball is already gone..." - and Blanco is showing the tip of the bat. I'm that weird.


Here a great fly for the ball for Reddick. So beautiful...

When I saw this card I remembered I've seen Reddick getting a similar card from a previous year...and I've found it!


See!? Back in 2013 Topps also gave a great Reddick card. Do you know more of Reddick cards that are like these two!?


Now onto some Pitchers cards to make one of those jokes about freshman year vs senior year.

Because...poor Scott...what a face to have on their rookie card...

Norris au contraire is looking quite nice. (like the beard...ehehehe)


An now because I also collect D'backs cards, a RC of Peter O'Brien. What to highlight!? The dimple!


I love Catchers cards where they have the mask on and right into action.


And I end with Gonzalez going into sliding. There is no dust or dirt in the air but I can imagine.

quarta-feira, 22 de fevereiro de 2017

Topps 2016 - cards I like because yes - part II


When Topps can pack an action play into a portrait card. We usually get plays like this in horizontal cards, which I prefer, but I can see it working this way, in this specific case.

I happen to enjoy too having cameos cards like this one. If you are a OCD kinda collector, and you collect and organize your collection by player how do you sort this card?

Tough one...

Will you get two of this to keep one for Norris and other for Reed?

Not talking about the thing that both Padres and Brewers colour uniforms are quite the same here.


Fielder is one of those players that fills the card. Almost no space left for the smoking white corners.


A RC where you cannot see the players face. Nice touch Topps...Is not that I don't like because I do really like catchers cards with them wearing the mask. But poor Severino here...I cannot recognize him if I get other card of him.


Ahhhhhhh those fantastic catches over the outfield fence!


And I end with one of my favourite Pitchers. I never cared that much about Giants but then I started realizing how many of them players I like and it was like an epiphany...Still don't care about them as a team but I like their roster ehehehe

Even more Bumgarner because he does that bunny-teeth-pitches.

domingo, 19 de fevereiro de 2017

Topps 2016 - cards I like because yes - part I


I started using glasses around my twenties and since then I started paying attention to people using them. Because it is still a thing that is viewed (nice pun!) as not making a person pretty. Using glasses is quite normal and almost everyone do need them but if you go take a photo you usually take them off.

In sports it's even less common to see a player using glasses. In football the most famous was Dutch Edgar Davids. He had to ask FIFA to be able to use them during the matches. That's a bit sad, to have to ask the organisation that controls the sports if you can use something so vital for you.

Well...in baseball it is more common than in football but it's always a rare pull when you get a card with a player wearing glasses.

That's why I liked this Marksberry RC so much. And why I might have written my longest paragraphs in a post LOL


You know how much I love dust in the air. Sadly it's more dirt in the air nowadays. The good old dust cloud is something from the past. But ohhhh well...this will do.


Ortiz is one of those few players, that even playing for rival teams you respect them a lot.


Ichiro here is a plus, because he actually played for my team.

Both Ortiz and Ichiro got pretty good cards this past year.


Pitchers thanking the baseball gods are always something cool. I can only picture the little baseball devils trying to interfere with ball when it's on its way to make it a ball instead of a strike.

The Devil's Whisper.


I admire a lot all the Catchers. They have to be in that awful painful position for so long, and then have to kick off it and run like Chirinos is doing here in the card, to get the ball or help the field players get the out. They sure are complete players.