Awhile back, in true Topps fashion, they declared that 2017 Bowman Platinum would be a WalMart exclusive product.
No hobby shops.
No sales to Canada.
I guess Topps knows there are no baseball fans North of the 49th parallel, let alone any Dodger fans looking for Bellanger rookies. Yes, Bowman Platinum is the first product to feature a true Bellanger RC.
I love exclusives, don't you?
Anyways, I had a talk with the elderly lady that stocks up our local WalMart about this very thing. She wouldn't tell me who she worked for..... but she did say that she didn't remember seeing any baseball, and that she didn't realize that people were actually looking for it.
That explains why the card section is normally 90% Pokémon and 10% hockey.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and voila! There were six packs of these beauties on a peg in the middle of an explosion of Pikachu something or other.....
One came home with me. Only one because there was no price tag and the nearest three scanning stations were all broken. Gotta love WalMart.
One Exclusive Prospect Card per pack!!!!
I have to say that the quality of the cards has decreased over the last year or so. I guess a lot like every other brand of Topps cards.
Is Reynaldo my exclusive prospect?
Or maybe Alex?
KIEBOOM!!!!! Heh, heh....
I haven't heard of most of these guys...
This is a Rookie Radar insert. Is this my exclusive?
A Brave!!!!!!!!! And a blue parallel Brave to boot.
I wish I knew who he was.
and finally, an autograph of Andy Ibanez.
Apparently, Andy is Texas' #2 ranked prospect and one of the top infielders in the minor leagues. He currently plays for the Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League.
So now you know.
Over all I'd give 2017 Platinum a 3/5
Cheap card stock, bleh design, and the shiny just isn't there anymore.
When you think of two sport super stars in Atlanta..... yeah, the mind tends to wander over to dual personality known as Neon and Prime Time.
And rightfully so. Who can forget the media coverage of Deion leaving one sports venue after a game, sprinting to a waiting helicopter to be carried off to another stadium and the start of another game.
Deion managed a Super Bowl win with Dallas and the 49ers, but lost in his only World Series appearance with the Braves. He would've been the third athlete to capture championships in two of the four major sports.
Meet the second athlete to have accomplished that feat. Gene Conley.
Gene played baseball as a pitcher from 1952 until 1963.
He pitched in three All Star games, 1954, 1959 and was the winning pitcher in 1955. He won the World Series with Milwaukee in 1957.
Gene played for the Phillies and Red Sox late in his baseball career, but we don't care about that. These fabulous Braves cards are from my own personal collection. Jealous?
Gene also played pro basketball as a center for the Boston Celtics.
(I don't have any of his basketball cards.... don't know if he even has any...)
He played the bouncy ball in 1952/53 and then from 1957 to 1964. He won NBA Championships in 1958, 59, 60.
Yeah. He played both sports at the same time. Awesome.
As immortalized on the back of his '56 Topps card... Gene stood 6'8"
Gene is the only athlete to play on three professional sports teams from the same city.
Boston Red Sox
Gene was also the last living player to have played for both the Boston Braves and the Boston Red Sox.
I received an envelope in the post the other day. It's that time of year. Xmas cards from folks you haven't seen or talked to in way too long.
Only the card in this envelope wasn't the Xmas kind. Although it was from a friend I haven't talked to in the previously mentioned way too long.
Jim, from gcrl fame, and with a newish blog to give us his thoughts, ( click here cards as i see them ) sent over this extremely shiny monstrosity.
Some sapphire parallel that is supposedly /250 but Topps was too lazy to number it.
It's nice when people remember you when they pull certain cards. This will go very nicely into my Adam binder.
Adam is retired now, so his card count in future year's offerings should fall slightly. Probably down to 0.
Thanks for the thought pal. I've got a little something for you once the holiday mail rush dies down. No way I'm going anywhere near a post office right now. Yikes.
So for the past two seasons, the Braves have, and have publically admitted to, shall we say, not tried to hard to win a lot of ballgames.
Anybody young with promise? Traded away.
Anybody hitting really well? Traded.
Able to pitch a ball over the plate? Gone.
All gone, except Freddie. He's the face. Gotta keep him. And god love him for staying positive and having a damn good year despite management's best Major League efforts.
It's been a lean two years. TV doesn't show them anymore. As a result, I have no idea who most of the lineup is.
Why would anyone do this?
What? Get rich by losing? Huh?
It's all a big master plan to start to win in 2017. The year they move out of antiquated Turner Field (what?) and move into their brand new shiny digs, SunTrust Park in Cobb County.
All I can say is, this better be worth it. These last two years have been hell.
Now in preparation of winning it all, the Barves have started to assemble their new Cy Young winning rotation.
On Thursday, they announced the first signing.
42 year old R.A. Dickey. Atlanta will be R.A.'s sixth team in fifteen years.
On Friday they announced the signing of 43 year old Bartolo Colon. Atlanta is Bartolo's ninth team in twenty one years.
and yes, Colon did pitch for the Expos. Remember them? Not as a rookie.... but in his sixth season.
Today, the final piece was added with the surprise re-signing of former Brave, 77 year old Phil Niekro.
General Manager John Coppolella was heard saying about Niekro that they needed to add some veteran leadership for the youngsters. It will be nice for Phil to mentor young Dickey. Help him develop and perfect his curveball that he has spent the last fifteen years using.
Looking forward to a great year! (maybe it should be Cialis Park?)
Well.. maybe not radio exactly, but I felt like the Wolfman* there for awhile. I received an email from a reader. Just to reach out and say, "Hey. How's it going." You know, that kind of thing. It kind of surprised me. But it was nice to know someone just wanted to see how things were going. In the end, they said it would be nice if I got back to posting more.
The next day in the mail, I received a small package from gcrl. The contents, or most of it, I'll reveal here. In amongst the cards was a note. It said words to the effect "i hope you like these... maybe they'll even be worth a post."
Not one, but two requests for more posts.
That's scary as hell.
But who am I to refuse my public? (even if it has taken me a couple of weeks to scan the cards and actually post. I never promise timely posts. Just the posts ma'am, just the posts.)
gcrl managed to hit upon a few off of the ole want lists....
Freddie Freeman, the one man team himself, from 2015 Gypsy Queen.
1985 Fleer Donnie Moore. If you don't know Donnie's tragic story, do some googling. And please, if you need help, talk to someone. Anyone.
A slender 1992 Ron gant. You can tell it's a package from gcrl because one of the cards has a memorial patch on the sleeve.
I'll save you the google. It's for John W. Mullen 1924-1991. He was with the Braves in various front office capacities from Boston until his death in '91.
Better times. 2015 Heritage. 2nd place bitches. Only Freddie remains from that pic....
jim likes to rub salt in the wounds. Here's a Gold Alex Wood. I hated that trade then, I despise it now.
These are so cool. But I can't get them here. A Craig Kimbrel CHIPZ. I wish I had more of them. I only have Kimbrel and Uggla, so I thought this was a dupe. Until I came into my office at night in the dark and saw it sitting there on my desk glowing like Homer. IT"S A GLOW IN THE DARK VARIANT KIMBREL!!!!!
Mr Jeff Blauser from 1992 Stadium Club fame represents a few of the inevitable dupes in any surprise gift package.
not shown are
1987 Topps Paul Assenmacher
2014 Topps Gerald Laird
2014 Topps Emilio Bonifacio
2015 Topps Nick Markakis
2015 Topps Andrelton Simmons
2016 Topps Julio Teheran
2016 Bowman Hector Olivera (salt, meet open wound)
I couldn't believe this....
I only have 8 from the team set...
I still need 10.....
and somehow, it's a double.
but what a wonderful duplicate it is.
look at that gloriousness.
thanks big guy. hope everyone likes the post.
(* kudos to you if you know who the Wolfman is...)