May 16, 2017

Heartbreaking Damage: Minnie Minoso 1952 Topps Rookie Card

In this series we highlight the cards that have seen better days but the rough times have made them infinitely more interesting. You can find previous Heartbreaking Damage entries HERE

I recently picked up this Minnie Minoso rookie card from eBay for about $6 shipped and I knew it was a rough looking example with a nice big dinged corner in the upper right. There also seems to be a general dirtiness about the card and after getting the hard in my hot hands yesterday, it almost has a lacquer finish to it. My guess is that the card sat out in the open somewhere like in a garage and collected dust for years and years. The filth just sort of grew and combined and strengthened over time until it left a protective barrier around the card. 


All that being said however, the back isn't too bad as I'm guessing the card sat face up for quite a while. Minoso split the 1951 season between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, becoming the first black Cuban player in the entirety of major league baseball and the first black player in White Sox team history.


May 3, 2017

Trunk Cards

If you know me at all personally or through trades, my shipping address has changed many, many times since starting this blog. Originally, my first posts were done while attending the University of Washington in Seattle. My wife (fiance at the time) and I then moved to Lawrence, Kansas for her graduate work and we lived right down the street from the University of Kansas football stadium.

From there we spent a year living in Ukraine and Latvia while while Mrs. Heartbreaking Cards had a fellowship to do research there and the card collection sat in my parent's attic. If you are interested in reading more about that time in my life, I wrote a travel blog about it called Use My Camera.

The job hunt then brought us to the Atlanta area and I got to meet and hang out with the legendary Dave the Cardboard Junkie and that was the start of our podcast, The Trading Card Preservation Society. Last summer was spent in Washington D.C. followed by a job change for my wife and a relocation to Decatur, Illinois which is in the middle of the state. This past weekend was one last move for us as we joined the wonderful world of being homeowners. Our decade on the road is officially over!


The move also meant moving the baseball card collection one last time before finding a permanent home. Here it is in the trunk of my car (well, about 70% of it as the rest was piled in the back seat). With all the moves I've trimmed the collection quite a bit over the years and it sits currently at about 15 of those 3,200 card boxes. Of course, it rained all weekend during the move so keeping it nice and dry was a challenge but I'm glad it is over. I'll share a photo when I get things set up in the new digs. 

April 26, 2017

Upgrading My Burleigh Grimes 1933 Goudey Rookie Card

I've recently been able to add an upgraded copy of Burleigh Grimes' 1933 Goudey #64 to my Wisconsin player collection. Grimes was the last pitcher to be able to use the spitball legally and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. Grimes hails from the small Wisconsin town of Emerald which is about an hour west of my home in Eau Claire, WI.

My new copy (on the left) has a chunk missing in the bottom right corner but this is still a serious upgrade over my first copy (on the right). You might not notice it immediately but someone trimmed the red banner stating "Big League Chewing Gum" off of the card.


 Here's the back of both cards and I love that it mentions his origins in Wisconsin, "born on a farm in Wisconsin and worked in the lumber camps, where he developed considerable strength."

Here are my two other Grimes cards which is a Goudey reprint and 1961 Fleer Baseball. 







April 24, 2017

Juan Berenguer Needs List


As a kid one of my favorite Twins was reliever Juan Berenguer a.k.a. Senor Smoke. He was key to the Twins World Series title in 1987 and missed out on the 1991 title by signing with the Atlanta Braves in free agency 1991 off-season.

Last updated: 4/24/2017

1976-77 Venezuelan League Stickers #143 Juan Berenger
1978 Tidewater Tides TCMA #3 Juan Berenguer
1979 Tacoma Tugs TCMA #6 Juan Berenguer
1979 Topps #721 Juan Berenguer RC/Dwight Bernard RC/Dan Norman RC
1980 Tidewater Tides TCMA #3 Juan Berenguer
1980-81 Venezuelan League Stickers #206 Juan Berenquer
1981 Royals Promotional Photo Sheet #2 Juan Berenguer
1981 Topps #259 Juan Berenguer/Hubie Brooks RC/Mookie Wilson RC
1982 Donruss #580 Juan Berenguer
1982 Evansville Triplets TCMA #2 Juan Berenguer
1982 O-Pee-Chee #107 Juan Berenguer
1982 O-Pee-Chee Posters #12 Juan Berenguer UER/(Misspelled Berenger)
1982 Topps #437 Juan Berenguer
1983 Tigers Postcards #4 Juan Berenguer
1984 Donruss #125 Juan Berenguer
1984 Fleer #77 Juan Berenguer
1984 Nestle 792 #174 Juan Berenguer
1984 Tigers Team Issue #6 Juan Berenguer
1984 Tigers Wave Postcards #6 Juan Berenguer
1984 Topps #174 Juan Berenguer
1984 Topps Tiffany #174 Juan Berenguer
1985 Donruss #272 Juan Berenguer
1985 Fleer #2 Juan Berenguer
1985 Tigers Cain's Discs #2 Juan Berenguer
1985 Tigers Wendy's/Coke #3 Juan Berenguer
1985 Topps #672 Juan Berenguer
1985 Topps Tiffany #672 Juan Berenguer
1986 Fleer #221 Juan Berenguer
1986 Giants Mother's #27 Juan Berenguer
1986 Giants Postcards #2 Juan Berenguer
1986 Topps #47 Juan Berenguer
1986 Topps Tiffany #47 Juan Berenguer
1986 Topps Traded #9T Juan Berenguer
1986 Topps Traded Tiffany #9T Juan Berenguer
1987 Donruss #616 Juan Berenguer
1987 Fleer #265 Juan Berenguer
1987 Fleer Glossy #265 Juan Berenguer
1987 Fleer Update #4 Juan Berenguer
1987 Fleer Update Glossy #4 Juan Berenguer
1987 Topps #303 Juan Berenguer
1987 Topps Tiffany #303 Juan Berenguer
1987 Topps Traded #5T Juan Berenguer
1987 Topps Traded Tiffany #5T Juan Berenguer
1987 Twins Postcards #2 Juan Berenguer
1987 Twins Team Issue #25 Juan Berenguer
1988 Donruss #395 Juan Berenguer
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best #298 Juan Berenguer
1988 Fleer #3 Juan Berenguer
1988 Fleer Glossy #3 Juan Berenguer
1988 Starting Lineup Twins #2 Juan Berenguer
1988 Topps #526 Juan Berenguer
1988 Topps Big #222 Juan Berenguer
1988 Topps Tiffany #526 Juan Berenguer
1988 Twins Master Bread Discs #3 Juan Berenguer
1989 Bowman #152 Juan Berenguer
1989 Bowman Tiffany #152 Juan Berenguer
1989 Donruss #81 Juan Berenguer
1989 Donruss Baseball's Best #46 Juan Berenguer
1989 Fleer #104 Juan Berenguer
1989 Fleer Glossy #104 Juan Berenguer
1989 O-Pee-Chee #294 Juan Berenguer
1989 O-Pee-Chee Stickers #291 Juan Berenguer
1989 Score #414 Juan Berenguer
1989 Topps #294 Juan Berenguer
1989 Topps Big #117 Juan Berenguer
1989 Topps Stickers #291 Juan Berenguer
1989 Topps Tiffany #294 Juan Berenguer
1989 Upper Deck #232 Juan Berenguer
1990 Bowman #410 Juan Berenguer
1990 Bowman Tiffany #410 Juan Berenguer
1990 Donruss #301 Juan Berenguer
1990 Fleer #369 Juan Berenguer
1990 Fleer Canadian #369 Juan Berenguer
1990 Leaf #169 Juan Berenguer
1990 O-Pee-Chee #709 Juan Berenguer
1990 Publications International Stickers #323 Juan Berenguer
1990 Score #223 Juan Berenguer
1990 Topps #709 Juan Berenguer
1990 Topps Tiffany #709 Juan Berenguer
1990 Upper Deck #440 Juan Berenguer
1991 Bowman #572 Juan Berenguer
1991 Braves Dubuque Perforated #3 Juan Berenguer
1991 Braves Dubuque Standard #5 Juan Berenguer
1991 Donruss #340 Juan Berenguer
1991 Fleer #604 Juan Berenguer
1991 Fleer Update #71 Juan Berenguer
1991 Leaf #526 Juan Berenguer
1991 Mets WIZ #33 Juan Berenguer
1991 O-Pee-Chee #449 Juan Berenguer
1991 Score #111 Juan Berenguer
1991 Score Promos #111 Juan Berenger
1991 Score Rookie/Traded #73T Juan Berenguer
1991 Stadium Club #460 Juan Berenguer
1991 Topps #449 Juan Berenguer
1991 Topps Desert Shield #449 Juan Berenguer
1991 Topps Micro #449 Juan Berenguer
1991 Topps Tiffany #449 Juan Berenguer
1991 Ultra Update #66 Juan Berenguer
1991 Upper Deck #411 Juan Berenguer
1992 Braves Lykes Perforated #3 Juan Berenguer
1992 Braves Lykes Standard #4 Juan Berenguer
1992 Donruss #205 Juan Berenguer
1992 Fleer #352 Juan Berenguer
1992 O-Pee-Chee #172 Juan Berenguer
1992 Pinnacle #515 Juan Berenguer
1992 Score #216 Juan Berenguer UER/Decimal point missing/in IP total
1992 Stadium Club #44 Juan Berenguer
1992 Topps #172 Juan Berenguer
1992 Topps Gold #172 Juan Berenguer
1992 Topps Gold Winners #172 Juan Berenguer
1992 Topps Micro #172 Juan Berenguer
1992 Ultra #455 Juan Berenguer
1992 Upper Deck #493 Juan Berenguer
1992 Upper Deck Gold Hologram #493 Juan Berenguer
2007 Twins Upper Deck 1987 20th Anniversary #24 Juan Berenguer
2009 Upper Deck 1989 20th Anniversary Buybacks #232 Juan Berenguer
2012 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signatures #613 Juan Berenguer #/50
2012 Leaf Memories 90 Leaf Buyback Autographs #169 Juan Berenguer #/40
2012 Leaf Memories 90 Leaf Buyback Gold #169 Juan Berenguer #/5
2012 Leaf Memories 90 Leaf Buyback Red #169 Juan Berenguer #/1
2012 Leaf Memories 90 Leaf Buyback Silver #169 Juan Berenguer #/20
2013 Leaf Memories 91 Buyback Gold #526 Juan Berenguer #/5
2013 Leaf Memories 91 Buyback Red #526 Juan Berenguer

April 23, 2017

Show and Tell #131: I Need More Trades Like This One From I Need New Hobbies

Sometimes serendipity will strike with baseball card trades and that was the case with Scott from I Need New Hobbies (@INeedNewHobbies) when I put up my Bill Madlock needs list. He happened to have a Madlock 1974 Topps rookie card sitting around and readily available and so sent it my way. 


Madlock played a few games for the Rangers in 1973 but he wouldn't be featured on a Topps card until 1974. Madlock would be the only of the four prospects that would have a long-term career, although collectors not paying too close attention might confuse Tigers' prospect Ron Cash for Tigers legend Norm Cash and Reggie Sanders of the Tigers for Reggie Sanders of the Cincinnati Reds.

Thanks again for the trade Scott!

Show and Tell #130: Mad Dog Madlocks From Baseball Card Breakdown

I recently published my Bill Madlock needs list and defgav of Baseball Card Breakdown, who is also another Madlock collector, sent me some of his doubles. Here are a few of the highlight, including Madlock's 1984 Donruss Diamond King with has the "Steel" spelling error on the back.


Two more from Madlock's era with the Pirates who he played for from 1979-1985. His 1983 Fleer card features him wearing a batting helmet that seems to be sitting a few inches off his head with his hair tucked under. 

defgav is also well known for his original baseball card creations and he included several original cards including a 1973 Topps Bill Madlock. Madlock's rookie is in 1974 Topps with the Cubs and this "card that never was" refers to his brief time in the majors with the Rangers before being traded to the Cubs. He played 21 games for the Rangers and was a part of the trade that brought Fergie Jenkins to the Rangers during the 1973 off-season. 



I love the distressed nature of this Hank Aaron mini that features him with the Jacksonville Braves minor league team. Before being transferred to Jacksonville, Aaron debuted with the Eau Claire Bears in Carson Park in my hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

A third original card features Lew Burdette throwing a shutout in Game 7 of the 1957 World Series and he was named series MVP. 


Thanks again for the cards defgav!