Archive for the ‘New Morneau’ Category

I originally titled this post “Moreau Autographed Balls” but I had a feeling if I left the title as such, I would attract a whole different audience this time. So I changed it slightly. Anyway…

I figured I would break from the baseball card form and go with something different. Now that I finally managed to pick up the baseball that I needed to complete this little set, I figured it was time to show it off a little. I give you my collection of Morneau autographed commemorative baseballs…

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Let me start out by saying that I really love these special All-Star Game baseballs. I love how they have the special colored stitching to go with the team that is hosting the game. If you haven’t seen the ball for next year’s game in St. Louis, you’ll really like it. So if your favorite player has been in a recent ASG, I recommend tracking down one of these. They look great!

Back to the topic at hand. The two balls on top are from Morneau’s two All-Star Game appearances so far. I hate that the 2007 ball has some wear around the ASG logo, but I’ll get over it. The Home Run Derby ball was my most recent addition and I’m very pleased with it. All are certified and authentic and are on my display shelf along with an unsigned 8×10 of Morneau at this year’s HR Derby and an ASG patch card from this year’s Triple Threads. I have room on the shelf for the ASG patch card that will likely be in next year’s Triple Threads. I will be getting one. 🙂


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Patience is certainly a virtue. Yes, in this hobby it is sometimes VERY difficult to be a patient collector but there are times when it pays off. Last year when Topps announced that Justin Morneau would be included in the Topps Sterling product, I was really geeked up about it. The Sterling cards I knew at that point were the 2006 edition and I thought they looked great.

The 2007 product was released and I will admit I was underwhelmed. There were plenty of Morneau cards but they all looked essentially the same. So I didn’t chase them like I thought I would. But, one card from the product was on my “Must Have” list and I finally managed to snag it last week.

07_sterling_foThis same fold-out card highlighting Justin’s 2006 MVP was a hot commodity when the product was initially released. I remember seeing these cards ending around $120 and $100 out of the gate and I told myself I would wait until they came down. I’ve watched a few on ebay over time but always bow out once the bidding had reached $70. Last week I won this card for just $48 and I’m extremely pleased that I stayed patient.

As always, there are things I can nitpick about the card. First of all, for being a fold-out card the relic pieces really do suck. Actually, if you look at a lot of the Morneau cards from Sterling, the relics suck. He has the most single color jersey and bat pieces of any player in the product. I don’t really know why, but that’s how it is. So being one of the cooler Morneau cards, I would have expected the relics to be a bit nicer…kinda like this Johan Santana fold-out that I previously owned. santana_dual_sterl

But all in all I’m very happy with the fact that I stayed patient on this card and got it in a price range that I’m very comfortable with. The bad thing though is that it was one of the main cards I was chasing at the moment (other than the E-A-U from 2006 SPA By the Letters) and now I’m not sure what to make as my current chase card. I think I may now try to snag one of the jumbo swatch cards from Sterling as well. I haven’t seen one on ebay in a long time so the patience thing may have to kick in again.

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Now that I got my Bat Around assignment completed, I figured it was time to get back to the main point of this blog, and that is my Morneau collecting.

A few months back I manged to pick up this card (right) from the 2008 Upper Deck Premier product. 2989594582_7025ef0c78This is Morneau’s autographed base card variant and is numbered to 25. As you can see from the image, the signature is once again on a sticker. I’m not really sure why I even both to point this out anymore. Most autographs are on stickers now and I would probably be best served to save my time and point out when the autograph isn’t a sticker. Anyway, the autograph is nice and visible.

prem1Last week I managed to pick up the predecessor to this card from the 2007 Premier product. Again, this is an autographed version of the Morneau base card. Like the 2008 version, it features an autograph on a sticker and is numbered to 25.

So what we have are two cards from the same product released in back to back years that have the same basic specs. Which do I like better? If I had to choose just one to keep, I would keep the card from 2007 (left). Both cards have good photos on them and that is key in my book. But the 2007 card has a much better layout in my opinion. I like the framed look of the card much more than the layout of the 2008 product.

In my opinion, if you’re naming a product Premier, you need to make the cards look like something special. I think they tried to do that in 2007 and succeeded to some extent. In the 2008 product, I think the cards look nice but they don’t really scream of a high end product like I think they should. This extended to the relic cards as well, as I think Upper Deck took a huge step backwards with those between the two products. If you look at the relics from the 2007 and 2008 editions, there is no contest. If they are continuing with this product in 2009, let’s hope they take the necessary steps to make this look like the high end product it is supposed to be.

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About a month or so ago I wrote a post on here talking about one of the hardest items for a player collector to have to deal with….the multi player card. In the post I said that for me, it ultimately it comes down to who else is on the card. This was one of those instances.

jm_dm_th_tripleThis beauty made it’s way into my mailbox earlier this week. It is from the 2006 Topps Triple Threads product and features signatures and relic from Morneau (bat), Don Mattingly (jersey), and Travis Hafner (jersey). Not that it really matters in this instance, but it’s numbered 8/18. (In my opinion, numbering means jack squat on Triple Threads since all they do is change the color and produce the same damn card)

When I saw this listed on ebay I knew I had to have it. Once in awhile I will see a card and feel a strong need for it and I’ll bid up until I get it and this was one of those instances. So why feel this way about this card?

It’s simple. It has Morneau and Mattingly. When I was a kid growing up in Indiana, Don Mattingly was my hero. I wanted to be just like him and even adopted his mannerisms in my own baseball playing days. This was before baseball games being on ESPN so I saw very little of the Yankees on TV but followed Mattingly closely. He was the first player I ever collected. I collected lots of cards but I had more Mattingly cards than anyone else. I even made my mom drive me down to Evansville twice to eat at his restaurant (Mattingly’s 23) during the winter in hopes that he might be there.

So to me this card is special since it has my favorite player from my youth and my favorite player from the present. I don’t know of any other cards featuring the two together but if anyone does, please let me know.

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A couple weeks ago in my review of 2008 Stadium Club Baseball, I said that singles from this year’s product should be very affordable after awhile and I appear to be correct since I picked up two Morneau cards from the product for pretty darn cheap.

The first card is st_club_basethe “1st Day Issue” variation of Justin’s base card that you see to the left. Normally, I don’t really go fo base cards but I like the base cards from Stadium Club because of the photography and the fact that they are thick. You kinda feel as though you have something more than just a regular old base card. Now I really have no clue what “1st Day Issue” means so if any of you do, please let me know. To me it just seems like another cheap way for Topps to serial number a card that most people wouldn’t care about. Personally, I know I could care less what it means, I know I got the card for $0.99 and that’s good enough for me.

st_club_triple_autoThe other card I picked up was this “Triumvirate” triple relic autographed card. I believe all of the Triumvirate cards are numbered to 99. This card features two jersey swatches with a bat piece in between. I saw a lot of these on ebay but I went with this one because the two jersey swatches were different colors and I felt that made for a better looking card than those with dark swatches on the outside. Although, I’m really struggling to figure out where they got an orange jersey swatch from the Twins uniforms. Hmm…

Like I said before, the Stadium Club cards are very nice but I wouldn’t buy a box of them in hopes of hitting something I want. If your favorite player has a card in the product, do yourself a favor and chase one of them down for your collection. The prices for these cards are surpisingly low on the secondary market and you’ll be happy with your purchase.

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I don’t know if it is because I’ve become a pickier collector or if there just hasn’t been any good Morneau cards out on ebay lately, but I haven’t had a new Morneau card in what feels like ages. On Monday I finally got a new one and I’m pretty happy with it.

3023255157_353dbee6a2I picked up this Justin Morneau autographed relic Sportkings card. The Morneau cards appeared in Sportkings Series B and featured regular autograph cards, relic cards, and auto relic cards. This particular card is the “Silver Edition”, which means it is not serial numbered. It does feature a nice on card autograph from Justin.

For me, the Sportkings cards have definate pros and cons. On the plus side, the cards all feature on card autographs, which has sadly become pretty rare. They are also a bit under the radar still and you can get some good deals on some of the cards.

My one real beef with the product is something that some collectors might find to be a positive. I don’t really like that the cards all come in the regular toploader with the Sportkings seal across the top. Now, don’t get me wrong…I’m all for a company that likes to distribute their cards already protected with a tamper proof seal. Personally, I think that would help reduce the number of fake patch cards on the market. But what I don’t like on these cards is that this is just a regular old toploader with a sticker and that’s it. And since it has the sticker, I feel like I have to leave it in there.

Probably a minor gripe, but a gripe nonetheless.

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Finally the postal carrier had something for me in the mailbox that wasn’t a bill or an application for some credit card that I don’t need. Today brought two recent ebay scores to add to my Morneau collection and both are from 2007 Upper Deck Black product. Most collectors know of the problems with chipping and slightly dinged corners on the bulk of the Black cards so I won’t feel the need to talk about those here. I’ll just voice my displeasure with UD’s shoddy QA department on that. Tsk Tsk!

The first card is the “Prodigious Autograph” pictured to the left. This particular card is numbered to 75 and features just a signature. It’s a nice looking card with the very reflective silver stamping but my gripe here goes back to the stupid sticker autograph. This card design just screams for an on card autograph. The nice silver box above the numbering would be perfect for a good signature. Sadly, we get the same old sticker.

The second card I received today was this “Lustrous” card (#’d to 50) from Black and I have to say that I was pretty shocked when I received this one. I hadn’t seen any of these in person so going by scane and pictures on ebay, I just assumed it’s nothing but a signature on an oval sticker placed on the card. Nope. The card features a lucite type of material and has depth to it. The signature is ON CARD and seems to “float” over the oval window. Justin’s photo seems to do the same thing at the top. The J and the M are in cut out windows. This isn’t the coolest card I own, but it’s near the top of my favorites just by design only. I’m trying to figure out a way to display it to allow light to come in from the back to take advantage of the clear design. If your favorite player has one of these “Lustrous” cards, I’d recommend picking it up. These aren’t that expensive anymore.

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In the 2006 edition of SP Authentic, Upper Deck debuted their “By the Letter” sets. Each player has various cards that when collected will spell out their last name. So I chose to try to complete the set for Justin Morneau and with the card I received yesterday, I am this far along:

Obviously, I still am short by three letters. In the 2006 product, all the letters in Justin’s name are numbered to 75. So that means there can only be 75 full name sets created. Even though that number isn’t all that high, I don’t think it’ll be a problem completing a full set. The fun part is when these pop up on ebay you really see some price variations because it will all come down to how many people need a certain letter. I think the “M” only cost me $21, but the “R” ran me $35. Obviously these are NOT actual letters from a game worn jersey. These are just manufactured patch cards. Sadly, I’ve seen plenty of morons on ebay list them as coming from the back of a real jersey.

In the 2007 product, they ran a set with Morneau again but they ran multiple sets. One is his last name and I believe that is numbered around 35 or so. But they also ran another set that spells out “TWINS” and that’s numbered to only 25 each. Those cards can get pretty pricey so I don’t know if I’ll pursue that or not. When I was still collecting Jason Bay items, I tried spelling out the “PITTSBURGH” subset and came within 5 cards of doing it. But prices for the cards were starting to get out of hand (one “S” card ended at nearly $75) so I dropped that project quick.

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You know, after I wrote that title, I wondered if I should change it, but I decided to let it go. Tonight I thought I’d spotlight a couple new additions to my collection. Last year (at least I think it was last year), Topps had the grand idea of including “silk” inserts into select card products. These are basically just small replicas of the base cards done on small silk pieces.

The first one I want to highlight is the 2007 Turkey Red Silk Collection. This series was numbered to 99 and features just a plain black frame with the silk piece in the middle. The silk shows an image of the Morneau base card done in red ink. My main gripe with the card is the fact that it is so plain…black frame and plain one color silk piece. My other gripe is that the frame is glossy black and therefore shows any smudges, scratches, or any other imperfection rather easily. I didn’t end up paying much for this card and I’m pretty glad since I’m not overly impressed and I doubt it finds a place in my display case just yet.

The other card I want to talk about is the 2008 Silk Collection from the regular Topps Baseball series. This one features the same glossy “frame” but this time is done in a two-tone blue, which is a little more appealing. The silk on this card is much more impressive since it features a full color replica of the Morneau base card. The Silk Collection cards are numbered to just 50. This one I paid a little bit more for but I’m pretty happy with it and it does own a place in the display case.

To me the idea of the “silk” cards was neat initially but I think it has run it’s course. After the Turkey Red, Topps inserted them into both their regular baseball product as well as this year’s Allen & Ginter. Three times is enough and I think it’s time to retire the idea. If there is one thing that card companies seem to do well, it is run a good idea into the ground. Here’s hoping we have seen the end of the silk cards.

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I guess I’ll kick things off on here with a couple cards I got in the mail today.

The first one I got was this 2002 Bowman – Signs of the Future autographed card. When I came across this one on ebay, I didn’t even know it existed. I knew Morneau had an autographed card in the 2001 Bowman product but I didn’t know he was in the 2002 as well. I love the Bowman autograph cards because they are all hard signed on the card itself and not on a sticker. I have one friend who is a firm believer that years from now all those sticker autographs are going to disappear and fade away completely. He may be right.

The other card I received today was this autographed relic card from the 2007 Topps Triple Threads product. All in all, this is pretty bland as far as autographed relics go. For some reason, it seemed like Morneau got the shaft in the 2007 edition since most of his cards featured 3 bat pieces and none (at least none that I’ve seen) seem to have anything cool like a patch. I originally gave some thought to trying to collect one card from each parallel color from the series but after giving it some thought, I dropped that idea. If the relics were a little cooler, I would consider it, but as they are, I can skip them. This one was the Emerald parallel and is numbered #42/50.

Another solid game tonight from Morneau (3-5, 2 RBI) but the Twins lost and didn’t get a chance to gain a game on the White Sox (who also lost). Honestly, I’m a little torn on whether or not I want the Twins to win the division. On one hand, it would be cool to see them win. On the other hand, if they win, I could see Morneau getting quite a few MVP votes. A second MVP in 3 years would drive up the price on his items and make my life tough.

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