It is officially my third-favorite part of baseball season. Actually, I'd hate to rank things like that, so maybe this is chronologically the third event of baseball season which I classify as a favorite. It is Father's Day weekend, which means that MLB.com has reduced the price for MLB.tv by 50% to $49.99. My military discount (they offer a student discount, too) decreases the price further, bringing my total cost to $32.49. This big drop in price is why mid-June is officially the start of baseball-watching season for me, and that makes this one of my favorite parts of baseball season. In case you were wondering, my first and second favorite parts of baseball season are when fantasy baseball starts drafting and when the first baseball cards for the new year are released.
Today's card features a player who is not currently appearing on MLB.tv, because I didn't spring for the extra MiLB.tv package that allows you to watch minor league games. This is a Jon Singleton Gypsy Queen Relic Gold parallel from the 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen product. I got it for a song from eBay. Well, maybe for a couple of songs if you go by the prevailing iTunes music prices. It is numbered # 20 / 25 and features a nice red relic swatch. You have to go one parallel more rare to get patchwork in this set. I've read some different opinions on Singleton lately. Some think he's likely to get another chance to prove himself at the major league level, while others think he's on the brink of being released altogether. I don't know. I'll probably still keep chasing his cards as long as they keep making them, though. It's a habit for me now.
Anyway, if you were on the fence about signing up for MLB.tv because of the price tag, it's a bit cheaper now. There is also a program where you can sign up with a group of friends for a discount, but I haven't looked into that very much because I don't
have friends socialize with people who like baseball. But the discount gets progressively larger as more people sign up together.