Wednesday, March 11, 2009

2008 Goudey

2008 Goudey
No. 197 Austin Kearns

This is a great set for collectors. Great mix of old and new players and just enough of parallels for player collectors.
The design is eye catching on good stock. The cardboard has a firm feel but not rough like in the 70's. But most importantly the card lets us know our hero homered in wins against the Mets. Twice. Niceeeeeeeee.

Monday, February 16, 2009

A late Valentines post

I Heart Kearns Kards.

A heart red
2003 Elite

Status Die Cut
No. 99 Austin Kearns
10 / 28

You gotta admit that the fact he clobbered the horsehide outta the park against the Big Unit and Smoltzie in 2002 is a good thing. Glad I read card backs or I might not have known about that.

Friday, February 13, 2009

2003 Flair
Wave of the Future
WOFG-AK Austin Kearns
Patch Card
033 / 100

This is one of those patch cards you hope you pull. Three color patch with a bit of jersey and a stripe. This must have been worn in early 2002 when Austin came up.
Home jersey under the glorious patch at that.
Judging by the background picture containing a chain link fence I am going to hazard a guess that the picture was taken during Spring Training on a practice field. Not that it bothers me cause Austin is beating out a Cub Scrub on the mound.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mini Card - Big Arm

2005 Topps 205
120 Austin Kearns
Mini Bazooka Back and Mini Polar Bear Back

Like the rest of the baseball collecting world I have a soft spot for mini's. Topps really captures the look of tobacco era cards with this set. The size, art and backs work well in comparison to the original T-205 set.
There are a few different versions for each player. These are the two I have. These are the ones I am looking for:

205 Bazooka Red Numbered to 5
205 Brooklyn Numbered to 5
205 Drum
205 Soverein
205 Sovereign Green Ink
205 Sweet Corporal
205 Sweet Corporal Purple Ink

If you have any and they are not the center of your collecting world let me know. We can work something out. I have 3 firstborns if you need done of those.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sample this

I have a card type you may not be familiar with here:

2003 Donruss Elite
Back to Back Jacks
BB27 Adam Dunn / Austin Kearns
Dual Game Used Bat Card

I hear ya.
What's so great about this card?

Well, it's a SAMPLE card. Not the type found in sealed Tuff Stuff's ad Becketts in those days but the prototype sent by Donruss for approval from the MLBPA before full production could begin. Even though it does not say so on the card this is the only one in existence.
And as you can see Dunn is in the process of smashing a tater and Austin has just walloped one out o da park for a quadrangular trot.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Another Boring 1 of 1

Yeah. I know. Ho Hum.


Here we have a
2007 Sweet Spot
Sweet Spot Signatures
Black Bat Gold Ink
1 of 1

This card thick enough to choke a 500 lb guy at a fair is all mine!
Look at that beauty!
Small portrait of Austin.
His awesome signature.
The script 1 of 1. Not just a regular stamp 1/1/
Black bats are AWESOME.
Gold Ink is classy.

Nice card Joe. Nice card.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

How thin is too thin?

So I ask you -
How thin is too thin for a baseball card?

2002 Donruss Originals
Signature Marks
SM-48 043 / 200

This is a very nice card for me. I like the small use of photo. The large white space. Simple logo. Even the sticker is well placed. The back has a nice write up about our hero instead of just letting me know this is an authentic autograph.
But the card is a thin and bendable as a business card. Not a nice linen type one with raised letters but those 1,000 for $5.00 business cards. Why? Was money tight? Was this an early way to throw off pack searchers? Nice card. Just not nice stock.