My Personal Collection

 

Now that I have made rules about collecting I have to decide what my own Personal Collection is going to be. I have decided that I can only have 5 categories. Plus an extra card for every year I was born, so 31 cards other than my main-PC.

 

Personal Collection Picks

 

1) Detroit Tigers *

 

2) Mike Stanton **

 

3) Bryce Brentz ***

 

4) USA cards ****

 

5) *****

 

* I am not going to keep every base card. My rules are pretty much no duplicates and no cheap base cards. I am not going to go out of my way to buy any Tiger cards but Brennan Boesch cards.

 

** Mike Stanton is going to be a beast. This is my prospecting for my PC. I am going to flip him one day.

 

*** Bryce Brentz is turning out way better than I thought he would. I started collecting him because I wanted Bryce Harper cards to keep for my son, but Harper was too expensive to collect.

 

**** I love USA cards. A lot of these cards are the very first time some of these phenoms hit cardboard. I decided to keep the USA as a PC because I can’t break them up into teams yet. Plus I like them.

 

***** I am going to leave #5 blank for now

Rules To Collecting Cards

 

I decided that my baseball card collecting has gotten to be a little extreme lately. I have too many cards. I need to unload all of these extra cards now, and make some extra space in my closet. My biggest problem collecting cards lately has been I do not have a very specific Personal Collection (PC). I would keep all Detroit Tigers base, insert, etc. Past and present players. If it had the Old English D then I kept it. Another issue was I started trying to become a “prospecter”. What I mean by “prospecting” is to do research on a player and buy their cards before they are in the Big League and then sell for way more than you bought them for. This is great fun, but I do not have the patience for it.

 

I decided that I was going to make a pact with myself. I am going to make some rules and stick to them. These rules are going to make it so that I can not keep EVERY card that catches my eye. There is not much money coming in when you do not sell the valuable cards. Now that I have my rules I should be able to have a more concentrated PC, and more cards going in and out. More cards for me to “play” with. I am 31-years old with a 1 year 8 month old son, so why do I love these cards so much? I am sure it has something to do with holding on to childhood, my hording issues, or maybe my OCD-type behavior that makes me constantly organize and re-organize these valuable pieces of cardboard. OK, so I have a FEW flaws. My wife still loves me, and I love her too. My love for her and my boy are what makes me make these rules.

 

Rules For Collecting Cards:

 

1) Pick 5 things to collect for your Personal Collection*

 

2) Only collect Baseball Cards (Unless in PC)**

 

3) Add one card that is not in PC for every year you were born ***

 

4) Every year I have to try and collect the Topps Series 1, 2, and Update sets and put them in a binder ****

 

5) Sell EVERYTHING that is not PC

 

*I decided on being able to collect 5 things, because it is a fair number.

 

** I am scared that I will start collecting Lions cards. I really like the Lions, so I am cutting myself off.

 

*** This is my excuse to be able to keep some of the cards that I am attached to. 1985 Cory Snyder USA card for example J

 

**** My son was born in 2010. I decided then that I want to have a collection that I can hand down to him. I realize that the plain Topps sets will be worth little, but we will have tons of fun collecting these cards and ripping packs together trying to complete a set. I sure hope Bryce likes cards as much as I do.

Who is YOUR Detroit Tiger?

 

I do not know how teams market their players everywhere, but in Michigan if you like the Tigers you have to pick “your Tiger”. The player you choose then is given special abilities. Not only is he on the best team in the world, but he is your favorite player on your favorite team. Previous to 2010 Curtis Granderson was “my Tiger”. I never would have thought that he would have gotten even better when he went to New York. Man, he is a great ballplayer. We could use his bat instead of Jackson’s, but that is a whole new argument.

 

So my guy gets traded to the damn Yankees, and I need a new Tiger. Do I want Cabrera with the best bat in baseball? Magglio Ordonez? Nope cut his hair and is getting too old. I thought to myself “maybe I will just watch some of these rookies and see how the season goes.”

 

I liked Austin Jackson from the beginning, but he was too much like Granderson. Then I saw Scott Sizemore and he had a solid swing, but he wore some ugly yellow batting gloves. Then the heavens opened up and shined down upon a new kid wearing #26 ……Brennan Boesch! The first time he came up to bat Boesch hit a double on the very first pitch. I liked his swagger and decided he was “my Tiger”. It wasn’t many games after that when Boesch and Scott Sizemore both belted their first HR in the MLB in the same inning, and that was cool to witness. Boesch has had his ups and downs, but we are bonded now. Win, lose, or draw that is my guy.

 

Who is your Tiger?

Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects.

Here is a list compiled by www.baseballamerica.com. These are the guys that we should be watching for their cards to come out.

1. Jacob Turner, rhp
2. Casey Crosby, lhp
3. Austin Jackson, of
4. Andy Oliver, lhp
5. Daniel Schlereth, lhp
6. Alex Avila, c
7. Gustavo Nunez, ss
8. Wilkin Ramirez, of
9. Daniel Fields, ss
10. Scott Sizemore, 2b

 

 

My Favorite Detroit Tiger Rookie Class…1978

 

The reason the Tigers won in '84.

 

That is a badass batch of Rookie Cards right there.

Lance Parrish, Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, and Lou Whitaker.

Not to mention that they share those cards with Dale Murphy and Paul Molitor.

6 short years later we had the Bless You Boys and the World Series title. In my opinion this class set it all up. I hope that all of these prospects that were up and down last year are setting the D up for another championship.

I know that these guys were not all drafted in ’78, but I consider their Rookie year to be 1978.

Detroit Tigers Fallout After The All-Star Break.

I just realized that one of my last posts before my break was suggesting people vote for some of the Tigers for the All-Star game. That only reminded me of our horrible downhill slide after the break. Especially for “my Tiger” Brennan Boesch. Man, that was hard to watch.  The losses were not tough to watch, and it would not have been that way without some key injuries, but it was tough to watch the Tigers not play as great as they can. Pre- Break they were so amazing to watch and that is how I remember my Tiger season, and I am VERY excited about next year. Yes we do need to get rid of a couple of the guys that I have loved rooting for, but it has to happen. Bonderman…gone. Inge….gone. Ordonez….gone.  Jackson & Boesch & Cabrera…. My D-Boys….stayin’! Or else I will be very pissed.

I liked all the youth and how well they played and I believe that if we keep them around we will be a great team next year!

2010 All-Star ballot. Vote for the Tigers.

You have 25 votes. Use them wisely. Be sure to pick ALL Tigers. Vote here.

-Justin Verlander

-Cabrera

-Mags

-Brennan Boesch

-Austin Jackson

-Valverde

-Phil Coke

-Johnny Damon

-Brandon Inge

Okay maybe some are wishful thinking.

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