quinta-feira, 2 de novembro de 2017

Houston! We have a World Series Title!


I know this pun might have been done already but mind you that there are like 8 timezones between us...

...The thing is that it doesn't matter because the Astros finally won a World Series! OMFG! I thought I'd never live enough to see that happening!

And because of that I'm posting scans of some of the Astros cards some fellow blog friends sent me. Because I go from being a Yankee to like underdogs like Astros (and D'Backs. I also like Reds but they have some history to talk about).


They might have eaten dirt and dust. But after all these years they finally got it!




They had more colourful and more unobtrusive uniforms. They dresses as blue and grey or dark red but it was in bright orange they won it!



A terrific team in pitching and fielding and batting and so much more. Congratulations my Houston Astos, for the first World Series title. You all deserved it.



(and that's why I didn't mind my Yankees losing to them...even if it hurts a bit...)

quinta-feira, 26 de outubro de 2017

World Series LAD vs HOU

So my Yankees got into game 7 but then were silent by the almighty Houston Astros.

I'm not saying this because I don't like Dodgers, because I don't have any like or deslike for them lol But it's true that after Yankees I kinda like Astros and D-Backs. So I'm here for Houston.

And so I remembered to search my scans (the ones I have online in my cloud...because right now I don't know where half of my things are...) for some Dodgers and Astros cards.

And this is what I found from a couple of sets. I have more. But the WS has just began.



I count a pitcher for each team.


 Two batters.



One batter for Astros and an other one for Dodgers


 Some 3D LA for you.



But Houston has no problem and has an other 4 3D players for you.

And if we were counting it would be LA-8 against HOU-6.

50 Cities of the World #29 Madras


And since I still have to connect my scanner back after I moved in I'm going with the scans I already have.

And this brings us all here again, to one more City of the World. And I assure you I might know a city name but get the country wrong, but here I'm all in the dark.

I truly had to search Google in search of this almighty Madras place.


From the card back it looks like a State City of some sort...but from what state!?

And I can now tell you it's a city in India. And it's now named Chennai.

From it's wiki page I got this:

"The name Madras originated even before the British presence was established in India. The origin of the name is unclear; one suggestion of several is that it may have originated from a Portuguese phrase mãe de Deus, which means "mother of God", due to Portuguese influence on the port city, specifically referring to a Church of St. Mary"

But as stated in the same paragraph there's no sure the name was already used before European people arrived there and if so, maybe it has other origin.

India is a nice place to get lost if they are changing their cities names so often...

And like said in the card back it is known for the University, which is still known by the Madras name.

There is also a National Art Gallery. Looks interesting!



For more info about Madras visit its wiki page.

quinta-feira, 12 de outubro de 2017

50 Cities of the World #28 Bombay


Lets get our bags ready and visit an other City of the World.

Today we go to Bombay.

And yes, that is a name no longer in use, since 1995 the city is known as Mumbai. Around here we call it both ways and we all get it. It's in India.

You can see a large street in the card picture with few people around. But I cannot picture India with so few people and so large streets.

Accordingly with Wikipedia Bombay "It is the most populous city in India with an estimated city population of 18.4 million".

So...can you picture that!?

Here in Portugal we go between 10/11 million people in the whole country!

This are numbers I cannot imagine...


The card back talks about where the city is located, to the SE end of the island giving the city a terrific spot to have a crowded harbour.

Accordingly with Wiki again, the city is like a group of "seven islands" and you know, if you get ships coming and going with trade business is only normal that the city "has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India". I bet all these millionaires and billionaires have their richness came from other businesses, but maybe the harbour was a great start to it. Including getting those trade lines with West Europe long time ago.


The Bombay city has such a rich history that I'd be here writing a huge post before I could talk about all things.

So I leave you with a link to a specific part of the city's history that are connected to Portugal: History of Bombay under Portuguese rule (1534–1661)



You can also check the city wiki page here

sexta-feira, 22 de setembro de 2017

Final Fantasy cards


Well...I needed something to kill the need for new cards. So the other day I went to the FNAC mega store and found this. And I sure couldn't resist...Lets see what I get and I'll post soon.

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.