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New Year’s Goals

(Image via morgueFile)
(Image via morgueFile)

Happy New Year! With 2014 officially behind us, we are that much closer to Opening Day.

A few years ago, I resolved to stop making New Year’s resolutions. It’s the only one I’ve managed to keep.

But I will offer up a few goals for 2015:

  1. Writing – I want to write something here at RandomBaseballStuff.com at least once a week during 2015. I’m not going to try to be a baseball card blog, or a Mets blog, or a minor league baseball blog as I have at various times in the past (though I’m sure all of those topics will come up from time to time.) Instead, I’m going to pick one thing (related to baseball) that interests me each week and write about it… hopefully, whatever topics I choose will also interest some of you. At the very least, I’ll be true to my blog title.
  2. Baseball – In the past, I’ve set goals of visiting new ballparks or attending particular events. I’d like to do that this year, but they wouldn’t be very realistic. Instead, I’m going to aim to attend at least one Mets game at Citi Field and see the Binghamton Mets play at least one game in Trenton. If I’m able to go to more games, travel, or see other ballparks in the New Jersey or New York metropolitan area, that will be a bonus.
  3. Collecting – I plan to put together the 2015 Topps and 2015 Topps Heritage Mets team sets, and pick up the 2015 team sets of the Las Vegas 51s, Binghamton Mets, St. Lucie Mets, Savannah Sand Gnats, Brooklyn Cyclones, Kingsport Mets (if they make one) and Trenton Thunder. I hope to add a few autographed baseball cards to my Mets autograph collection. If I can do more, that will also be a bonus – but these are my priorities.

Have you set any goals for 2015?

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Fan returns Ishikawa’s home run ball

The Giants fan who caught Travis Ishikawa‘s home run that sent San Francisco to the World Series for the third time in five years decided to return the ball in exchange for an autographed bat and a chance to meet Ishikawa. The team also invited Frank Burke to Game Three of the World Series, the first that will be played in San Francisco. (CBS SF Bay Area)

“I’m the lucky guy that happened to be in the right place and catch the ball … so If anybody deserves to have that ball in the trophy case is the man who hit it and put us in the World Series for the third time in five years,” Burke told the Associated Press.

I have no idea whether Burke made a smart move or not because I couldn’t guess how much the baseball might have been worth if he had put it up for sale. If we’re talking about a $10,000-$15,000 item, I think Burke made a good choice to focus on making more priceless memories instead of figuring out how to spend the few grand he’d get after auction fees and taxes.

But if the baseball would be valued in the high five figure or low six figure range, Burke would have been smarter to sell.

For better or worse, I don’t think I’ll ever have to worry about making that kind of decision about a home run ball.

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“Long Island National” sports card show has distinct Mets theme

New York Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker hits at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Matt den Dekker is scheduled to sign autographs at the Long Island National sports collectibles show on Oct. 25. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Next weekend, Hofstra University will be site of “Long Island’s Largest Sports Collectible Show,” which boasts “over 300 tables” of sports memorabilia for sale as well a number of autograph guests.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Mets Hall of Famer Rusty Staub and current Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker highlight an autograph slate that also includes former Mets coach and manager Frank Howard, 1969 Mets catcher Jerry Grote, former Mets pitcher Frank Viola, and baseball Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Andre Dawson. Autograph fees range from $15 for Grote to $49 for Dawson. Howard will sign one item for free with paid admission to the show.

Sunday’s lineup includes five members of the 1986 Mets: Mookie Wilson, Doug Sisk, Rafael Santana, Danny Heep and Kevin Mitchell. Autograph fees are $25 per player, except for Sisk who will sign one free autograph with paid admission to the show.

Details and guests are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.nyshows.org.

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Ex-Mets’ autograph signing appearances in March 2014

calendarAfter a very quiet February, the autograph show circuit picks up a bit in March with the White Plains sports card show as the major event.

If I lived a bit closer (and had some money that I could afford to spend), I’d love to go – there are some “fresh” autograph guests that haven’t done shows in the area recently, if at all, and I’ve heard good things about the card show aspect.

If money really was no object, I’d also take advantage of Joe Torre‘s appearance at the Steiner Sports store this week to obtain his autograph for my All-Time Mets collection.

Reality says that I should be happy to be able to buy the basic 2014 Topps Heritage Mets team set once the cards come out, but here’s the information on those upcoming events in case you’ve got more money available for discretionary spending than I do.

White Plains “March Madness Show”

Autographed Ed Kranepool 1973 Topps baseball card from my collection
Autographed Ed Kranepool 1973 Topps baseball card from my collection

JP’s Sports & Rock Solid Promotions will hold its bi-monthly sports card show at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y. on March 21st-23rd. Admission is $8 per day, with kids under 12 admitted free.

Five members of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets team are scheduled to attend and sign autographs on Sunday, March 23rd: Ed Kranepool, Jerry Grote, Art Shamsky, Ron Taylor and Jim Gosger. Kranepool and Grote will cost $15 per signature; the others will cost $20 each.

Other notable guests for the weekend include future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera ($299), 1987 NL Rookie of the Year Benito Santiago ($25), 1978 NL Rookie of the Year Bob Horner (1 free autograph with paid admission Sunday), and 4-time AL All-Star Ruben Sierra (1 free autograph with paid admission Saturday)

For more details about the autograph guests and their fees, visit http://www.nyshows.org.

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Random 2012 Topps Update baseball cards: Matt Harvey, Johan Santana & Gary Carter

I’ve yet to see any of this year’s Topps Update cards at my local Target, but I might as well stop looking – I’ve already gotten just about every card I would really want. I bought the main Mets team set from an eBay dealer last month, and I’m now starting to acquire some of the insert cards.

Before Thanksgiving, my friend Bart sent me this Matt Harvey card, one of the red-border parallels exclusive to Target.

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