Monday, July 29, 2013

Hyun-Jin Ryu's Superfractor Has Been Found and a Puig Superfractor Update

Following up on last weeks post featuring the Yasiel Puig Superfractor rookie card, I have just learned that the Hyun-Jin Ryu Superfractor card is also available for sale on eBay.  Check it out above.  The auction listing can be found here.

It has a "Buy It Now" price of $1,500.00 with over 2 weeks remaining in the listing.  Compared to the asking price for the Puig card this seems downright reasonable.  On the other hand, this card isn't truly his first Topps card.  He has cards in the Topps flagship Series 2 Baseball card set, as well as, Topps Archives and Topps Museum.

Currently, there are 16 offers on it with 25 collectors watching the auction.  I'm very surprised this has yet to to sell.  There are some monied Ryu collectors out there who, I'm sure, desperately want this "1 of 1" Ryu card.
(auction link)

I have a brief Yasiel Puig Superfractor update.

I was able to get in contact with the owner of the card, and here is what he said:
What went from an offer to buy my son a pack of cards, turned to the purchase of a full jumbo box based on his reminding/convincing me of his lucky picks for me in the past with retail blaster boxes from Target. Truth be told, this box was a bit out of my price range, but it was an opportunity to share something that I love with my Amazing Son!
I was hoping for a Puig but never imagined pulling the superfractor. I am planning on having the card graded and slabbed for its protection.
I'd like to see this card surpass the Strasburg superfractor but am not driven by greed, but base it's value on his limited cards available, his 5 tools, his being in the company of DiMaggio, his playing for the Dodgers in a Huge Market in Los Angeles, and the excitement and joy that he brings to the game day in and day out. No lottery numbers and the money most likely will go to help pay for college, I'm sure.
The auction has since closed, and it appears the owner will have it graded in anticipation of a future sale.  As for what it's worth, I really don't have a clue.

BTW, in case you're wondering what the lottery number mention above is all about... Well, I asked him if he purchased some lottery tickets that afternoon, and whether he could pass the numbers along to me.  I figured it was worth a shot.

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A Yasiel Puig Gypsy Queen Card? It's Only Available at the National Sports Collectors Convention

In April Topps released their Gypsy Queen set, but it didn't include a Yasiel Puig card.  This isn't surprising since he had yet to play a Major League game and only current players are allowed in their MLB card sets. 

Well, over the weekend, Topps decided to fix that.  They announced on twitter a new limited edition Puig Gypsy Queen card that can only be had at the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.  All you have to do is go to the Topps booth with a box of their 2013 WBC Tribute cards, and open them up in their presence.  In return, you get the above Puig card.

This figures on being one of his scarcest cards of the year.  Only 100 cards per day of the show will be given out.  Since the show runs from Wednesday to Sunday this week only 500 cards have been made.

Wow!  I would love to be there.

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Blog Kiosk: 7/29/2013 - Dodgers Links - Puig, Ryu and Dee Gordon

I love this group of pics featuring Puig's home run.  Photo via Dodgers tumblr.  Check out even more pics from yesterday afternoon from Jon SooHoo here.
"He's adjusted very well and is pitching very well," Park told from Cooperstown, N.Y. "I think he enjoys it very much. I'm very proud and enjoy watching him."
  • has a whole bunch of pics focused on the matchup between Ryu and Choo.
  • "Choo-Ryu matchup a big draw for S. Korean population, via Mark Sheldon at
"I like to see a lot of Korean fans because I've played in Cleveland and Cincinnati, where there aren't a lot of Korean people," Choo said. "It's quiet -- no media, no fans. But here, it's like a small Korea."
“At first it was tough because I’m aggressive, I like to play hard, stuff like that,” Gordon said. “So it was tough at first but I’ve got good coaches who are helping me a lot. I’m just glad they’re taking the patience and time with me.”
“Obviously, it’s still going on, his temperature’s going up and down,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said of the .289 hitter who’s stolen 10 bases this season. “Still fighting off an infection … sometimes antibiotics kick in and you know you’re good.”
"We're trying to corral it a little bit, but without putting too many restrictions on him," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "As you get into big games, any game can be the game it costs you, so we just want him to understand situations." 
  • Below is the best tweet of the day:

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