Bryce Harper Harrisburg Senators Bobblehead Is Here!

If you recall, last weekend I went to see the Harrisburg Senators play the New Britain Rock Cats.  It was suppose to be Bryce Harper bobblehead night, but they didn’t arrive on time.  Starting today you could pick them up if you were one of the first 1,000 fans through the gate and received a voucher.  Looks pretty cool!!!

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Harrisburg Senators vs. New Britain Rock Cats – 7/21/12

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Last night I went to see the Harrisburg Senators take on the New Britain Rock Cats.  It was suppose to be Bryce Harper bobblehead night, but there was a little problem.  All of the bobbleheads were stuck in Ohio, and weren’t going to get there on time.  The Senators staff was scrounging for anything they could give away – stuffed animals, baseballs, etc…

The first 1,000 fans through the gate received a voucher which can be exchanged for the Bryce Harper bobblehead.  Starting on 7/24/12, vouchers can be redeemed in person at Freysinger Guest Services or the Senators front office.  The vouchers will expire on 9/30/12.

At first I was a little upset that the bobbleheads weren’t going to be given out, but then I gave it some thought.  These Harper bobbleheads were going to be popular to begin with.  Now that there is an extra step involved to get one, they might be even rarer.  Think about it.  How many people probably lost their vouchers?  Won’t have the time to pick them up?  Will forget to pick them up?  Lots of factors can play into this.  I know one thing is for sure.  I’ve got my two vouchers and WILL pick mine up.

The Senators won 5-0.  My seat was right behind home plate, and the food seemed to taste a little better compared to previous years.

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Nationals prospect Destin Hood at the plate.

Harrisburg Senators vs. Akron Aeros – 7/17/11: Harper Watch!

I got to see Bryce Harper and the Harrisburg Senators take on the Akron Aeros last night.  The Senators won 9-7 on a couple of 4 run innings.  The first 1,000 fans through the gate received a Cliff Floyd bobblehead.  It was a night filled with hot dogs and Harper.  Could it really get any better?

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PHOTOS: Harrisburg Senators vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Last night I took a trip down to Harrisburg to see the Senators take on the Portland Sea Dogs.  The Senators are the AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals and the Sea Dogs are affiliated with the Red Sox.  This was the first time I had been to Metro Bank Park.  I attended a few Senators games many years ago, but that was well before they built this new stadium.  Parking was a little weird, and the food could have been better.  I really liked my seat because foul balls were coming my way all the time.  In the end, Harrisburg won 10-0.

I picked up three different team sets:

  • Eastern Division 2010 All-Star Set
  • Western Division 2010 All-Star Set
  • Harrisburg Senators 2010 Team Set – this one has Strasburg in it

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Jordan Zimmerman is in Harrisburg doing his rehab

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As you can see, SpongeBob was at the game.  He should have pitched.  I hear he has a nasty “sinker” 🙂

Strasburg’s Harrisburg Senator’s Team Set Card

MiLB team sets are not usually in high demand.  Some people don’t even consider them collectible and treat them more like cheap stadium souvenirs.  But then you have those collectors that want anything and everything with their player on it.  They often can be confusing because they aren’t distributed everywhere and many player checklists lack to include these team set cards.

Right now, one of the most popular MiLB team sets getting attention on the internet is the 2010 Harrisburg Senator’s set.  Baseball’s #1 prospect, Stephan Strasburg, is featured in it and people have been grabbing them up.  If Strasburg makes his way up to The Nationals soon, this could very well be his only MiLB team set card.  Today, 2010 Bowman started to hit the market and Strasburg’s cards have been going through the roof.  You would have to be crazy to purchase a Strasburg card, especially and autograph right now from the 2010 Bowman set.

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The 2010 Harrisburg Senator’s team set includes the following players/coaches/trainers:

  • STEPHEN STRASBURG
  • DREW STOREN
  • MATT CHICO
  • ADAM FOX
  • CHRIS MARRERO
  • LEONARD DAVIS
  • RAFAEL MARTIN
  • ADAM CARR
  • DANNY ESPINOSA
  • MICHAEL MARTINEZ
  • SEAN ROONEY
  • ERIK ARNESEN
  • MICHAEL DANIELS
  • YUNIOR NOVOA
  • JEFF MANDEL
  • DAN NELSON
  • PEDRO LOPEZ
  • VICTOR GARATE
  • JESUS VALDEZ
  • AARON THOMPSON
  • TOM MILONE
  • BILL RHINEHART
  • JHONATAN SOLANO
  • HASSEN PENA

COACHES:

  • RANDY KNORR
  • RANDY TOMLIN
  • TROY GINGRICH

TRAINER :

  • ATSUSHI TORIIDA

Minor League Team Sets & Browsed Through My Collection Today

This afternoon I decided to go through one of my football boxes where I store a bunch of chrome rookies and various serial numbered inserts.  I was looking for my Chris Johnson rookie cards I knew I had put away in there.  I consider myself pretty lucky because I never seem to have a problem finding certain cards I’m looking for.  I’m either really organized or perhaps I have a photographic memory.  It didn’t take long for me to rediscover my two Johnson rookies.  They aren’t anything too special.  Just two plain base rookies from ’08 Upper Deck and ’08 Bowman Chrome, but I wanted to find them since he has a good chance at rushing for 2,000 yards this season.

After putting the box back, I saw two red albums on my shelf and remembered inside were some of the first minor league team sets I ever purchased.  Inside the front cover of the first album was the beginning of the 1996 Harrisburg Senators Team Set I bought while attending my first baseball game back in 1997.  Whats special about that set is that it includes Vladimir Guerrero.  At the time I had no idea who Guerrero was just like a lot of people, but over time he became a pretty popular player to collect as his career grew.  From that day on, I’ve always picked up a team set whenever I attend a minor league game.

What surprises me the most is how well the value of the Guerrero card has held steady over time.  Guerrero’s most popular rookie is from 1995 Bowman’s Best, and can easily be found for $10.00 – $20.00.  The Guerrero from the 1996 Harrisburg Senators Team Set sells for about the same amount which to me is mind blowing.  For many years minor league cards issued by teams haven’t been considered that collectible.  I can only think of a few players that have seriously desired minor league cards.   I think its impressive for a minor league card issued in 1996 to be worth about the same as a card issued in 1995 by a major manufacturer.  In one way it makes perfect sense for this to happen.  Yes, team issued cards aren’t made by large manufacturers but they can be harder to obtain because they are issued regionally.  I know Topps now has the exclusive rights to produce MiLB licensed trading cards, which means TRISTAR will have to do something spectacular to keep people buying their MiLB products next year.  I’d like to see Topps produce team sets specifically for each minor league team.  Ones that can only be purchased directly from the team.  Perhaps that would draw more attention to minor league team sets.  How cool would it be to buy a team set at the game, open it while eating a hot dog, and pull an autograph and/or relic made by Topps specifically for that team?

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Vintage Baseball Memorabilia Mailday

During the summer I worked at Evangelical Community Hospital located in Lewisburg, PA which is right down the street from one of my favorite card shops.  Yesturday in the mail I received a package from one of the ladies that I worked with over the summer.  She apparently saw my picture in the newspaper with the seven Heisman Trophy winners that was taken during this year’s National and decided to send me a few things for my collection.  What was inside just blew me away.

Along with a few newspaper clippings, she sent an old Washington Senators scorecard that she obtained at a game and is dated 8/4/1942.  The Senators were playing the Yankees that day and she was even able to get a few signatures.  It features signatures of the following:

  • Joe McCarthy – Yankees Manager 1931 – 1946, HOF 1967
  • Red Branch – Yankees Pitcher 1941 – 1942
  • John Lindell – Yankees OF 1941 – 1950
  • Red Ruffing – Yankees Pitcher 1930 – 1942 & 1945 – 1946, HOF 1967
  • Robert “Red” Rolfe – Yankees 3B 1931, 1934 – 1942
  • Jerry Priddy – Yankees 2B 1941 – 1942
  • Frank Crosetti – Yankees SS 1932 – 1948
  • Ernie Bonham – Yankees Pitcher 1941 – 1943

I couldn’t believe this piece when I pulled it out of the envelope.  For being 67 years old, the scorecard is in great condition.  The signatures look pretty good for being signed in pencil all those years ago.  The autographs look better in person, but I tried to get a few shots to show.  The Yankees lineup shows Joe DiMaggio and Phil Rizzuto playing that day.  You can click on each photo for a closer look.

The ads on the scorecard are funny to read.  Most of them are tobacco companies.  I specifically find it funny that back then you could purchase 6 season tickets to a Redskins home game for $9.90 per seat.  This is something that will stay in my personal collection forever.

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These signatures look a lot better in person.  Pencil doesn’t always show the best on a scan.

Walter Johnson Memorabilia?

Walter Johnson is one of the best pitchers to ever play the game.  This 2x AL MVP and 1924 World Series Champion was one of the first five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  For years Johnson has had base, commemorative, and a few cut autographed cards made of him.  After all these years, not a single memorabilia cards has been produced.  Probably because the early 19th century Washington Senators uniforms are so hard to come by.  I think there have only been a few found, in which one is in the Hall of Fame, and another is in a private collection.  This year, Topps got the rights to make cards of Johnson and so far all I have seen in a few serial numbered base cards from Triple Threads and some cards from Allen & Ginter.  I really wish they would make some special cards for this great Hall of Famer even if they can’t get their hands on a jersey or pants.  Hopefully they were able to create some more cut signatures.  I can’t wait for the day they make a memorabilia card of him.

My First Bat

It was the summer of 1996, and I had just really gotten into collecting.  My dad and I decided to go see a Harrisburg Senators baseball game one weekend.  I had never been to a minor league game before so I didn’t know what to expect.  When we got there I saw a lot of people, food stands, and stuff to buy.  We went over to one of the souvenir stands and I picked up a hat, program, and team set.  The team set featured a player named Vladimir Guerrero, which actual became my first small exploration into prospecting.  After we purchased our souvenirs we found our seats and began to explore the program and look at all the advertisments.  That day, the Harrisburg Senators (Montreal Expos) were playing the New Haven Ravens (Colorado Rockies).  Our seats were closer to the Ravens dugout and we could watch them practice swinging their bats.  I remember before the game there was a fan with an album full of minor league team sets that he would take to games to have the players sign.  After awhile we got hungry and ate some hot dogs.  What happened after we were finished eating really surprised me.  One of the Ravens players had broken a bat, and when they picked up the broken bat they brought it over, and swung it around the fence to me.  I couldn’t believe it.  They gave me a full size game used bat.  It wasn’t even that broken, just a small piece of split wood off of the handle.  I never found out who used the bat.  On the bat’s barrel it says, “GENUINE MODEL C243 PRO STOCK”, and on the bottom of the bat knob there is a number 15.  I would say that this was a great way to start my collecting career.  Here are a few photos.  Maybe you can help me find out who used the bat.