Wednesday, October 31, 2018

2018 Clubhouse: San Francisco Giants

116. Brandon Belt
117. Madison Bumgarner

118. Evan Longoria

119. Andrew McCutchen
120. Buster Posey

Hey look, an orange & black team posting on Halloween. Nice how that worked out. With the new guys, this was an easy lineup to fill. You could probably swap Brandons and plug Crawford in for Belt but they're pretty much even I think. And since Belt is my favorite player, that gave him the edge.

I don't know how long this Topps/Bumgarner rift is gonna go on but any chance I have to do something Topps CAN'T, I'm gonna take it. Belt would be the other auto guy here.

Since he didn't have an auto, I thought I'd show the best Buster card of the set, his 1/1 wood parallel.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2018 Clubhouse: San Diego Padres

111. Brad Hand

112. Eric Hosmer

113. Manuel Margot

114. Wil Myers

115. Hunter Renfroe

That Margot card is probably my favorite of the whole set. Obviously Brad Hand isn't on the squad anymore. Freddy Galvis probably played his way onto next year's set.

Renfroe and Margot are the signers. The Renfroe pick ended up being a decent one. Man, it must be hard for Padres collectors.
Myers ended up being more of an IF/OF guy, playing more games at third than any other position.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

2018 Clubhouse: Pittsburgh Pirates

106. Josh Bell

107. Josh Harrison

108. Starling Marté

109. Gregory Polanco

110. Felipe Vázquez

The Pirates have 5 core guys here. Trevor Williams will probably make next year's cut, along with Jameson Taillon.

Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco are the signers. Bell has a really inconsistent signature from all the auto cards I looked at. This one seems to be a good control auto.

The blue parallels look good with the Pirates' gold.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

2018 Clubhouse: Philadelphia Phillies

101. Aaron Altherr
102. César Hernández

103. Odúbal Herrera

104. Rhys Hoskins (RC)

105. Aaron Nola

Swapping out Altherr for Jake Arrieta would probably be the easiest thing to shore up the checklist here. Carlos Santana probably deserves inclusion over César Hernández as well.

Hoskins is by far the best auto for the Phillies. Throwing Altherr in there with him is definitely an alpha/omega situation.

His purple parallel still looks pretty good, though.

Monday, October 15, 2018

2018 Clubhouse: Oakland Athletics

96. Matt Chapman

97. Khris Davis

98. Jonathan Lucroy

99. Matt Olson

100. Marcus Semien

The lack of pitchers here is about the only thing that sticks out to me. Sean Manaea would fit somewhere in here. The A's are hard since they don't traditionally keeps guys around long enough to really cement themselves as franchise/hobby favorites. We'll see what happens to them this offseason.

Khris Davis and Matt Olson are probably the "stars" on the squad considering they're dinger smashers. Good choices for the auto cards.

Chapman may be the best overall player on the team. Here's his red parallel.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

2018 Clubhouse: New York Yankees

91. Didi Gregorius

92. Aaron Judge

93. Gary Sánchez

94. Luis Severino

95. Giancarlo Stanton

Obviously the biggest omissions here are Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres but, like I said before, this checklist was put together really early in the season. Still, not bad.

Autographs from Judge and Severino should make Yankees fans pretty happy here.

Since he didn't get an auto card here I figured I'd show the Stanton luster parallel.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

2018 Clubhouse: New York Mets

86. Jay Bruce

87. Yoenis Céspedes

88. Michael Conforto

89. Jacob deGrom

90. Noah Syndergaard

Doing this now, I'd probably swap out Jay Bruce for Zack Wheeler or Brandon Nimmo. You can't blame me for not picking them before the season, right?

Céspedes and deGrom as the auto subjects is probably the most generous team thus far.

Even though they've (thankfully) moved away from the black in their uniforms, the black parallel kinda fits here.

Friday, October 12, 2018

2018 Clubhouse: Minnesota Twins

81. José Berríos

82. Byron Buxton

83. Brian Dozier

84. Eddie Rosario

85. Miguel Sanó

I wish I had included Joe Mauer here since he's probably retiring and all. That and Buxton had a lost year, Dozier's no longer a Twin and Miguel Sanó is just kinda icky.

Berríos and Rosario are the auto guys for the Twins. Looks like I called that one pretty well.

Here's another Rainbow parallel. The first two just happened to be AL Central teams. Weird.