Frank Thomas Hangs ’em Up; (All of Them)

After 20 seasons in professional baseball Frank Thomas, The Big Hurt, has decided to retire. As a free agent he went unsigned through the 2009 season and rather than hold out any longer he’s decided to hang up the spikes. His retirement is no surprise seeing how he told listeners on the “Waddle & Silvy” show that he was 95% sure he was on the verge of retiring back in June of 2009. Frank put up great numbers in his career, a lifetime .300 hitter, member of the 500 HR club, back-to-back AL MVP awards and he never struck out more than 115 times in a season.

What’s more important than all that is his stance on performance-enhancing drugs. “when Senator George Mitchell was preparing his landmark report on steroids in baseball, (more…)

Aroldis Chapman Card to Get

Right now could be the best time ever to sell Aroldis Chapman baseball cards. If he doesn’t live up to the hype the prices will fall, and probably drastically. Naturally that means it’s not a good time to buy Chapman. Even though his cards do have room to grow more valuable, it simply isn’t likely. Being as he is a new Cincinnati Red, I’d like to add some Chapman cards to my collection. After scanning eBay though I decided I’ll wait. The prices aren’t horrible or anything, I just don’t want his cards so badly that I can’t wait for them to devalue. That being said, here is a Chapman card I came across that would be an awesome addition.
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The Rookie Cards

My baseball card collection centers around two things. Cards of anyone who have EVER played for the Cincinnati Reds and autographs. However, any good baseball card collector knows and appreciates the significance of rookie cards. They are usually the most highly sought base card of a given player and that is often reflected by their “book value”. “Book values” mean nothing to me as I rarely sell cards and because nothing sells at book, but the pull of the RC still inspires me to acquire cards of guys I wouldn’t otherwise collect. Here are some rookie cards I have, I want, and I’m never going to get. (more…)