December 17, 2014

There's A Baseball Card Collector Metaphor Here Somewhere

December 16, 2014

Packer Favorite Barty Smith Autograph

For a long time in my collecting career I looked at "Through-The-Mail"/"In Person" autographs with disdain and instead favored "Certified" autographs put out by the major card companies. But as I've matured as a collector I've come to appreciate that some of the players that intrigue me most are never going to have a "Certified" autograph from Topps or Panini. Barty Smith is such a player. He was was the leader of the Packers running attack on those mid-to-late 70's teams when the Pack struggled to get to .500.

That blue signature is almost neon blue.

1978 Topps #349 Barty Smith Autograph 

December 15, 2014

Keith Olbermann On Sy Berger's Passing

Keith Olbermann gave Sy Berger a fitting obituary on his show today and he covered a lot of ground in this six minute piece including his love of the 1967 Topps Tom___Reynolds card. And as a bonus Keith seems to be wearing a suit the color of Topps chewing gum.

December 14, 2014

Twin Duos

I love the "duo cards" from the 1950's and 1960's Topps sets and I try to make it a habit if I come upon one in my searching through dime boxes to set it aside. In my "recent Twins" pile at my desk I noticed that I had a few duo cards that I had accumulated through trades and random pickups. 

I really love this card not only because of the powder blue Twins jerseys but that these two guys are some of the best players ever from the Twin Cities. Winfield was born in St. Paul in 1951 and Hrbek was born in Minneapolis in 1960.  

1983 Fleer #633 Mr. Vet and Mr. Rookie Dave Winfield and Kent Hrbek
From everything I've ever read Hrbek and Kirby Puckett seemed to great friends and after Kirby died in 2006 Kent gave some heartfelt quotes to the media.

1993 Upper Deck #50 Teammates Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett

I totally missed the fact that Lew Ford returned to the majors in 2012 for the Orioles after parting ways with the Twins in 2007. The 2007 season would prove to be White's last season in the majors as well.

2006 Topps #647 Twin Fundamentals Lew Ford and Rondell White
Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, the Twin Terrors on the Twins budget! Morneau's now winning batting titles with the Rockies and Mauer is going to be paid $23 million dollars a season through the 2018 season. I think he might end up getting traded just like Morneau was in 2013.

2011 Topps Heritage #351 Twin Terrors Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer

December 13, 2014

My New Richard Kiel Autograph

The announcement of the new James Bond movie "Spectre" has me even more excited than the new Star Wars trailer. I had been hoping that the Daniel Craig series of Bond films would eventually lead to Spectre and the super villain Ernst Blofeld but with all the copyright problems with the character it wasn't clear if that would ever be able to happen.

Now that we seem to have Blofeld taken care of, now we just need to find an updated version of Jaws! Since Richard Kiel's passing in September I've been looking for a copy of Kiel's autograph from the Topps 75th set from last year and I finally pulled the trigger on an eBay auction a couple of weeks ago. 

The reverse side reminds us that Topps put out a Moonraker set in 1979 which has some pretty remarkable cards, like a parachuting Jaws, Jaw biting through a steel cable, or James Bond undercover! I even opened a pack way back in 2008 which was one of the first pack rippings I posted on my blog. 

December 12, 2014

Episode #3 Part 1 of the Trading Card Preservation Society Is Available For Download

Here's Part 1 of another 3+ hour episode we had to split in half! In Part 1 Dave the Cardboard Junkie and I discuss our Black Friday purchases, Donruss factory sets, Panini's problems with relics, our first ever book review about a book featuring Topps Star Trek cards, a closer look at 2014 Topps Dynasty, and Hammer Films DVD collection. Look for Part 2 next week!

You can find the podcast on iTunes HERE, Stitcher HERE, and Libsyn HERE. You can also download this episode directly right HERE. You can find our RSS feed HERE.

December 11, 2014

Did I Get Anything Worth Mentioning? 1993 Topps Football Edition

Packs with four different increasingly lower price tags? Now that's what I'm talking about! These packs look to have begun life at an Eckerd Pharmacy and then were marked down three more times. They even survived seven years past the Eckerd Pharmacy brand itself which was bought out by Rite Aid in 2007. I picked these three out of a quarter a pack box at an Atlanta card show a few weeks ago and let's see if I got anything worth mentioning.

I pulled one Packer from the group but what a Packer he was going to be. Terrell was the Packers 1st round pick in 1992 and during his first season he became the youngest player in NFL history to return a punt for a touchdown. Like I've said, before everybody's got a record

#384 Terrell Buckley

While I have been collecting baseball players from around my hometown Eau Claire, WI like Andy Pafko and Jordan Zimmermann I have overlooked some local NFL players. Tim Krumrie was born in Eau Claire and played high school football in the small town of Mondovi. I remember it was such a big deal around town when Krumrie made it to the Super Bowl with the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII and I really need to get my Krumrie Needs List together. 

#358 Tim Krumrie

It's always cool to pull a Joe Montana card from a pack. It must have been fun to be a Chiefs fan during those two seasons he led the team. 

#340 Joe Montana

One of my gold cards turned out to be Chuck Cecil who had played with the Packers in the previous four seasons from 1988-1992. So this card gets included with my other Cecil Packer cards even though he's a Cardinal on the card. The rules are the rules. 

#506 Chuck Cecil Gold

December 10, 2014

The Trading Card Preservation Society Is Now On Stitcher

I'm happy to announce that you can now find The Trading Card Preservation Society on Stitcher. Here is our Stitcher home page.

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We should have a new episode of the podcast this week barring any new technical problems!