During the baseball off season, card purchasing plummets for me. When the baseball season ends, I kind of need a break from watching baseball as well as collecting cards of the sport. My time with my collection is used mostly for organizing and getting ready for 2013 Topps. I will be ready and prepared for that day.
I haven't bought much 2012 Topps Update, even though I have enjoyed the last two editions. I like seeing players on fresh cardboard, featured with their new team. This is a thought that I believed to be 100% true. That is until I picked up a 2012 Topps Update blaster just to try and acquire the many Dodgers and inserts that I still need.
This Ichiro card doesn't bother me too much. I already have a couple of his cards that feature him in a Yankee uniform.
Ichiro looks happy to be announced as a Yankee. Playing in Seattle the last few years or so has had to be awful. This Ichiro card will stay in my collection. The Yankee-ness isn't too prevalent to annoy me.
This card here is way too Yankee for me. I love watching Ichiro play but, that huge manupatch NY logo is just obnoxious.
Sorry, Ichiro, but this card is for trade. Anyone that wants to trade me a Dodger manupatch or a Hall of Fame manupatch, please let me know.
This was my guaranteed fake patch in the blaster. This isn't a bad one to pull with enough Ichiro fans out there that will be interested in this card.
Now onto cards that I pulled that will stay in my collection. Matt Kemp baseball cards will always be welcome at the Platter. This is a nice looking card of Matt Kemp celebrating a walk off victory. He is also probably in a joyous mood because he knows that he will have his pick of the ladies at a Hollywood night club post game.
This card is of a golden moment that took place on April 28, 2012. Kemp crushed a 10th inning home run to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals. This game is also significant because this was Kemp's 11th home run in the month of April. This feat moved him past Gary Sheffield for most ever in the month of April by a Doyer. Knocking Sheffield down the Dodger record books is always a good thing.
There is also one more reason why this game will be noted in the history books for. This game marked the debut of Bryce Harper. His first game was at Dodger Stadium with over 54,000 fans in the seats.
The pride of Sherman Oaks, Giancarlo Stanton, is in a tough position. Stanton is a guy that the Marlins should be building around. Did you know that Stanton had a slugging percentage of .608 last season? Did you also know that he is only 22 and hit 37 bombs last year?
This dude is legit and should be on a team with aspirations of winning now and not retooling for the future. It would be a shame not to see someone of Stanton's talent playing in crucial games in September and getting a chance to play in a pressure packed playoff game in October.
The baseball world will want to see Stanton with those opportunities.