It’s that time of the year. Pitchers and Catchers start reporting this week and soon Spring Training will be in full swing. It is also the time where I send a couple of TTM batches to current Major and Minor Leaguers in hopes of getting their autographs on some cards.
This year my first batch is almost exclusively Oakland Athletics. Honestly this is no different than in years past. There is only one non-Athletics player and that is Daniel Robertson of the Tampa Bay Rays. As many know he was drafted by and played for the Athletics’ minor league system until he was traded prior to the 2015 season.
In the first batch there are 11 players/coaches that I am sending requests to. Usually my batches are in groups of 10, but I had a couple of extra stamps so I decided to add one more. 4 of these players are ones I have received TTM successes from in the past. 7 I have not sent to before. 1 of those 7 can be classified as “Why not? What’s the worst that could happen?” (i.e. Long Shot)
Here is the list of players in the first batch:
The Long Shot:
From time to time I see successes from Mark McGwire so I figured why not? What’s the worst that is going to happen? I lose 1 card. The potential reward far out weighs the risk.
*Received prior successes.
The Card(s) of the Week for December 6-12th is the 2015 Panini Immaculate Jumbo Patch of Kendall Graveman. Panini’s Immaculate Baseball set is quickly becoming one of my favorite high-end sets. Will I ever purchase a box of these cards? No. The $200 price tag for 6 total cards makes it unrealistic for me to purchase. However, I will purchase the cards I want off eBay.
Kendall Graveman Panini Immaculate Jumbo Patch #24, 27 /49
The jumbo patch is beautifully done, taking up over two-thirds of the card’s surface. Both of these cards are number out of 49.
2015 Panini Immaculate Jumbo Patch #24/49
2015 Panini Immaculate Jumbo Patch #27/49
In his first season with the Athletics, Graveman was 6-9 with a 4.05 ERA over 21 starts. He is a young pitcher that shows flashes of promise. During the month of June, Graveman went 3-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 6 starts. With an improved bullpen in 2016 many of Oakland’s starters should see improved stats over 2015.
This is the second card featured in the Card of the Week from Panini Immaculate. The first was the Shadowbox Signature of Kendall Graveman. Click here to see that post.
The card of the week for October 18, 2015 is the 2015 Panini Immaculate Kendall Graveman Shadowbox. This card is numbered 08/49. Kendall was one of the players the Oakland Athletics received in return, along with Brett Lawrie, Franklin Barreto and Sean Nolin, for Josh Donaldson. Kendall is shaping up to be a quality starter in the Athletics rotation.
Panini does a great job in offering interesting designs on their higher end autograph and relic cards. The autograph on this card looks like it is done on a clear acetate with the photo printed on it. The card is thick like a relic card with a white background to make a shadowbox effect.
Kendall Graveman 2015 Panini Immaculate Shadowbox #08/49 – Front
The only thing missing from the card is the MLB license. However, with this type of quality and the way the photography is presented I personally don’t miss it too much.
Kendall Graveman 2015 Panini Immaculate Shadowbox #08/49 – Back
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