Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We here at Phillies Phamily whould personally like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We hope you enjoy the Holiday season.
To help usher in Christmas here's old HK giving us a rendition of the night before Christmas. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Late Phillies Holiday Sale Recap

On December 7th I trecked down to Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies annual Holiday Sale. This was my first time there so I didn't know what to expect. It was cold but, thankfully the crowd was not too big so I got into the clubhouse store pretty fast. The first move I made after entering was to head over to the Phillies Publications section of the sale. They offered old Phillies publications, DVDs, and other items that wouldnt really fit in with the Game Used section in the Hall of Fame Club.
These programs helped fill the gap of all the postseason programs that I missed for the Phillies from 2007-2011. These and the other pickups here didn't run more than $25. Then later I picked up an old Phillies Phan Photo set from maybe the best Phillies team ever assembled for $15 which is a great price considering they usually are sold for $35-40. 

After that I headed up to the Game Used section of the sale in the Hall of Fame club. But, I missed out on some great items due to not being at the very beginning of the line. However I still made out with some nice pickups. Beginning with 2 sets of signed photo cards for $2. I definitely had some great pulls making this the 1st or 2nd best deal of the day. I got Hunter Pence, Mike Young, Charlie Manuel (2x), Vance Worley, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson, Sam Perlazzo, Greg Gross and Ross Gload. The good autos definitely make up for the bad ones. 

After that I bought some of the plush signed baseballs at $1 each. They limited you to 5 per person and you had to grab them randomly out of a large box. I had some nice pulls with Roy Oswalt, Mike Young, Charlie Manuel (Sale seemed over saturated with his stuff), Joe Blanton and Chad Durbin. A nice pull considering i got 3 wsc and 2 all star players autographs for the low price of $5
 The next group of items I purchased was these signed ALS photo frames. I'm not really sure what these were for specifically but for $5 each I couldn't pass it up especially because of the Jim Thome autograph. This is due to being a Thome super collector because it was Thome's signing in 2003 that switched me from a diehard Eagles fan to a diehard Phillies phan. Plus, Jim is a very classy guy who is a great role model for anyone. 
Finally we enter the best part of the sale in my opinion. The game used/issued jerseys. My first pickup was this blank team issued road jersey from the 2009 World Series for $40 which is a steal due to authentic jerseys retailing for about $200. This acquisition gives me more 2009 World Series items than 2008 World Series items. However this wasn't the only jersey I picked up.

The last pickup of the day was a Josh Lindblom game issued jersey for $40. Josh was the best player who was left that I could have purchased and I am hoping to see him bounce back with the Oakland A's in 2014. Josh if you remember was acquired in the Shane Victorino trade in 2012 from the dodgers along with Ethan Martin and Stefan Jarrin. Lindblom coukdnt find the dominance he had in LA after coming from Philly. So, he was traded to Texas for Mike Young and cash which makes the 1st deal look not so bad. Still a good pickup for $40 but I wouldn't really pay much more than that.

That's a wrap on what I acquired from the Holiday Sale. Hopefully this Saturday I will be able to make it down to the Authentics Sale. Check our Twitter @philsphamily for updates. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up

The Phillies Phamily was well represented at this weekends Philly Sports Card and Memorabilia Show and Phillies Holiday Sale. The card show, like always, was a great experience. There were many great sellers with amazing items to show off and to sell. Here are all of the Phillies items I picked up this past weekend.
At the card show I picked up a Jesse Biddle and Marlon Byrd autograph. Jesse Biddle is one of my favorite players and I have quite a few of his autographs. So when I saw this one, which I did not have, I had to buy it.
At the Holiday Sale I got 2 Joe Blanton autographed plush balls, 1 of Charlie Manuel, 1 of Antonio Bastardo, and the best out of the bunch a Michael Young. To go along with these I got Chad Durbin as a mystery ball.
I know it isn't that much or that special but, this was all of the Phillies stuff I picked up this weekend. If you went to either of these events be sure to tell us on Twitter and Facebook what you got. We would love to for you to show us.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hot Stove Update


            #PP 18 Brad Lincoln                                                    #PP 19 Wil Nieves

The Phillies have not been that busy so far this offseason but, in the past few days they have made some good moves to improve the team. They first acquired Brad Lincoln from the Blue Jays for home town turkey bacon lover Erik Kratz and prospect Rob Rasmussen. Rasmussen has been involved in four trades in the past two years. Lincoln is a young pitcher who excelled in Pittsburgh in 2012. However when he was traded to Toronto in 2012 he could not find his groove for the past two seasons.. Hopefully this young talented reliever can put his time in Toronto behind him. This trade opened the door for the Phillies to sign 36 year old catcher Wil Nieves. Nieves hit .301 in 2012 and .298 in 2013. This gives the Phils an upgrade over Erik Kratz, who hit .248 in 2012 and .213 in 2013. Hometown guy or not, that performance does not help the team win games. Lincoln and Nieves should play key roles with the Phillies in 2014.