Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Crap Ton from Junior Junkie

I recently got a nice surprise from the Junior Junkie- read about it at my new blog.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Making a Move and a New Post

I've decided to make a move over to Wordpress for my blogging- recent issues with blogger, along with previous issues I've had with the site- finally caused me to make the jump. I ask that all of my readers add my new site to your blogroll. I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to redirect viewers from this site to the new one, but in the meantime, I am planning on posting links.

Thanks for all of your readership over the years and I hope that you continue to visit the Card Chop!

latest post- Base(ball) Oddity #9: Foreshadowing

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Who Would Have Thought?

Who would have thought I would ever want to purchase cards of a player on the Phillies?

Well, only when those cards feature Dale Murphy.


I was pretty excited about the latest edition to my Murphy collection- this one from the 2001 Topps Traded set. 


The 20-card set focused on players who had been traded at some point in their careers. Murphy is one of only four players from the set who are not in the Hall of Fame- so yes, the fact that the featured players would trade places was very surprising to fans of the teams and/or players.

Looking at Dale's career stats recently, I noticed that he played a lot fewer games as a Phillie than I thought. As I look at the number of cards showing Dale in a Phillies uniform, it seems like he would have been there much longer; but he only played one full season in the City of Brotherly Love.

Who would have thought that one of the game's most durable players of the eighties (he didn't miss a game for four seasons-between 1982-1985- and then only missed eleven between 1986 through 1988) would have such a tough time getting on the field in 1992?

After having been traded to Philly on August 3, 1990, Murphy appeared in 57 games in his new uniform that summer. The 1991 season would be his final full season, playing in 153 games at age 35- though his production certainly was nowhere that of his prime. Knee problems would limit his time on the field during the 1992 season to just 63 plate appearances over 18 games. He would begin his final major league season with the expansion Colorado Rockies during the 1993 campaign- getting 42 at-bats in 26 games. And then, the career was over.

Who would have thought that $1.05 could be money so well spent.

Monday, June 30, 2014

No Minor Feat

If you haven't heard, the Braves High-A team in Lynchburg, Va. threw combined no-hitters against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals affiliate) on back-to-back nights this past week. Atlanta's top prospect Lucas Sims, along with Alex Wilson, threw the first no-no on Thursday night, while recent Independent League signee Cody Scarpetta (along with Benino Pruneda) matched the feat on Friday night.

Speaking of Braves minor leaguers, I was somewhat disappointed in this year's team representatives in Topps Pro Debut.  Four players made up Atlanta's roster and after seeing the checklist, I was very close to just abstaining from it this year. Ultimately, I decided to pick up a team set because of the inclusion of last year's top draft pick, Jason Hursh.

2014 Pro Debut #148 James Hoyt

I don't know how I missed it, but Hoyt is a local guy- so that might just give me an excuse to purchase an autographed card of his that's included in this year's set. He's currently at AAA Gwinnett, after pitching very well at AA Mississippi for most of this year.
2014 Stats: (AA)  2-2, 1.21 ERA, 29.2 IP, 6 Saves, 0.910 WHIP, 12.7 K/9
                   (AAA)  1-0  0.00 ERA, 4 IP,  1 Save, 1.50 WHIP, 15.8 K/9



2014 Pro Debut #25 Gus Schlosser

Schlosser was the 'Twenty-Sixth Man' on Saturday- referring to the special roster spot major league teams are allotted for doubleheaders. Entering the second game of the double header, Gus pitched one inning against the Phillies, allowing only a walk.

After making the opening day roster, Gus made 9 appearances out of the pen, allowing six runs over eleven innings, as well as taking a loss and recording a blown save.



2014 Pro Debut #127 Kyle Kubitza


Kubitza is having a pretty good offensive season at AA Mississippi, with a slash line that reads .304/.403/.462, though his defense leaves something to be desired. Third base is a weak area in the farm system, which explains the Braves recent extension with Chris Johnson. Perhaps Kyle will develop into the same type player for the Braves.



2014 Pro Debut #125 Jason Hursh


With the velocity that he possesses (92-96), one would expect Hursh to record a lot more strikeouts than he does (he's averaging 4.6 per 9 innings for AA Mississippi); he's a more pitch to contact type who induces a lot of groundballs with his heavy sinker. Jason also throws a curve and change up- both of which he will to become more consistent with if he is to become a starter at the major league level.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Food-Issue Friday: Low Calorie Diet

This time of year is always an extremely busy one for me & I'm too tired to put very much time or thought into a post-plus, my wife and daughter just got home after being gone all week- so I'll just share a few recent eBay purchases.










Monday, June 23, 2014

(Chris) Resop's Fables: The Ass, the Fox and the Lion

The Ass (Atlanta Braves) and the *Fox (Kenshin Kawakami), having entered a contractual agreement for their mutual well-being only eighteen months earlier, went to the park one day to play a game of baseball. The Fox didn't get too far into the game, as the Rays of the sun kicked his ass butt. The Ass, down by two runs after five-innings, called upon the Lion (Chris Resop)- who assured them that he did not fear the sun- nor its rays, and that he would save the day. Despite throwing first-pitch strikes to 11 of the 14 rays he faced, the Lion led the Ass into a deep, dark hole, of which it could not get out of. The Ass, seeing that the Lion was no lion at all, but a kitten, kept the feline off the field until it could cut ties with the creature. It continued to keep running the fox out to the bump, however.


Moral of the story: Never trust your reliever. Nor your GM.

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One of the goals I have tried to set up for my collection is to attain a card of every player to have donned the red, white and blue uniform of the Atlanta Braves (cards must be of them as a Braves, btw). Obviously, not every player who has made the roster has had a card made of them as a Brave, but it's something I'd like to do.

One player who, as far as I can tell, has appeared on only one card as an Atlanta Brave is Chris Resop. Chris' sole cardboard appearance came as an autographed card in the 2009 Upper Deck Inkredible set. I was actually quite surprised to discover this, as Resop had been with the team since October of 2007, when he had been plucked off the waiver wire from the Los Angeles Angels. That Resop would appear on a 2009 card as a member of the Braves is a mystery, as he was no longer a member of the organization in August of 2008.

The autograph is as ugly as Resop's final appearance in a Braves uniform, when he went 2 innings against Tampa on June 15, 2010. After entering the game in the top of the sixth, and being down by two runs, Chris threw 56 pitches- allowing 5 earned runs while surrendering 5 hits and three walks. By the time he finished the seventh inning, the Braves were down by 7 runs. Pittsburgh would claim him off waivers six weeks later.

Resop almost didn't pitch for the big league club that year. Had he not been called up that day, a stipulation in his contract would have allowed him to opt-out of his deal- rendering him a free-agent. While he had had success for AAA Gwinnett prior to June 15th (5-2 in 13 starts with a 1.84 ERA and 9.9 k/9, 3.3 bb/9), Chris had never had much success in the majors, and probably shouldn't have been added to the roster.

*Kenshin Kawakami signed with the Braves prior to the 2009 season for $23 million over three-years. He appeared in 50 games for the Braves (41 starts) between 2009-2010 and spent the final year at AA Mississippi- where he earned $6.667 Million while going 2-4 with an 8.41 ERA. Sly fox, indeed.



Sunday, June 22, 2014

From the Desert

I contacted Daniel over at It's like having my own Card Shop some time back to see if the Diamondbacks would like take an Upton off our hands. They already had Justin at one time, so I was hoping they'd like his older brother; unfortunately, nobody wants BJ and his paltry average, high K rate and inconsistent defense. No, wait- that was just a dream I had.

Actually, I saw that Daniel had pulled a card of Tom Glavine from this year's Bowman baseball set, so I contacted him to inquire of its availability. I offered a few Diamondbacks and he bit at the trade bait. Not only did he send me the sparkly Bowman's Back card of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer, but also included five other cards of players in my PC. Let's take a look at the cards from the desert...

Thanks again, Daniel,  for not only this beauty- but the rest as well!



Not a big fan of Gypsy Queen- but I'll never refuse a Smoltz. Nice addition to the collection!



I'm hoping that Andrelton's bat can start finding some hits- soon.



Breakfast- the most important meal of the day, so they say. Especially if the chosen cereal contains cardboard such as this one from 1994.



Mikey. No doubt who he's rooting for in the College World Series championship game!



I'm rather digging these Pristine Cards. How many years did Topps offer these things to the hobby?







I think Mick Jagger and the Stones had it all wrong, you can get what you want. At least sometimes.

Now, if only someone will trade for BJ Upton and his horrible contract....