The Yankees are getting all the headlines again, but I don’t mind. At least in the short term, the Javier Vazquez trade hurts the Braves.
Meanwhile, the Mets are showing some signs of activity. According to MetsBlog, they are pursuing Cuban pitcher Yuniesky Maya. And the AP says that they are close to signing knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to a minor league contract. (It makes me smile to think that Chris Coste might get stuck catching a knuckleball pitcher.)
Former Met and current Newark Bears Vice President Dwight Gooden participated in a holiday toy and coat giveaway at the Newark Boys and Girls Club on Monday. Gooden gave signed photos to the families. “There are so many families in need and it’s a great time of the year to give back,” he said.
In baseball card hobby news, Topps has signed an exclusive memorabilia deal with much-hyped 2009 number one draft pick Stephen Strasburg, Beckett Media reports. So you won’t see any snippets of Strasburg jerseys or on-card autographs in any of the cards produced by Donruss/Panini, TriStar, Razor or Upper Deck…. I’m not sure if they’re still able to include cut autograph cards or not. I’d be more interested if Strasburg had actually achieved something on the field, but time will tell if he turns out to be a star… or the next Brien Taylor.
Bowman Draft Chrome singles are starting to hit eBay, and I have yet more Omir Santos parallels to chase. Fun is fun, but I’m starting to get tired of buying the same card four and five times because the border is a different color — especially when the opening bid is $9.99.
Sean is still producing some great custom Mets cards to get signed — check out his latest at Condition: Poor
Cesar has posted some of his favorite Mets cards at Three of a Kind Cards.
Collectors Weekly has posted an interview with baseball memorabilia collector and appraiser Mike Gutierrez.