October 22, 2014

Random Royals #7: Greg Pryor

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Today in Random Royals we have Greg Pryor from 1984 Topps. This may not be the card you want but it is the card we deserve after last night's performance in Game 1. It's an unremarkable card for an unremarkable player however Greg was on the Royals World Series Championship team in 1985 and in holding with my idea that every major league player holds some kind of record he was the last position player ever drafted by the Washington Senators.

1984 Topps #317 Greg Pryor

October 21, 2014

Random Royals #6: Getting Closer To An Impressive Record

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

The Royals improbable run in the playoffs has left them incredibly close to an impressive playoff record. If they are able to take a 2-0 lead over the Giants they will have won the most consecutive playoff games dethroning a Murders Row era Yankees team and a Big Three Era Yankees team with 12 straight wins each.

Which brings us to Jim Wright's card from 1982 Topps. He pitched for the Royals for parts of two seasons and since 2002 has been a pitching coach of the last team that swept through early rounds of the playoffs in 2007, the Colorado Rockies.

1982 Topps #362 Jim Wright

Random Royals #5: Drafting George Brett

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

The Royals drafted their best player in franchise history in the 1971 amateur draft. But you might be surprised to learn that he wasn't the Royals' first pick the draft. No, Brett was drafted in the 2nd round. The Royals first round pick was for a pitcher named Roy Branch. He would never pitch for the Royals in the majors and was eventually shipped over to the Mariners where he was able to pitch two games in the pros.

I love thinking about the different possibilities of the draft and the picks that could have been. The Royals drafted Branch in front of perennial All-Stars Frank Tanana and Jim Rice. Additionally, the Royals could have picked another Hall of Famer instead of Brett that might have helped the team even more: Mike Schmidt was the very next pick in the draft made by the Phillies.

1983 Donruss #338 George Brett

October 20, 2014

Random Royals #4: And You Thought Gubicza Was Hard To Spell!

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Al Hrabosky, or The Mad Hungarian as he was affectionately known during his playing days, played for the Royals for two seasons '78 and '79 as a closer and middle reliever. He came to the Royals in a trade with the Cardinals and he's been the color commentator for Cardinals games since 1985.


1980 Topps #585

October 19, 2014

Random Royals #3: Every Royals Collector Has A Dozen Of These

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If you are a Royals collector or if you've ever traded with someone else in which they sent you Royals cards then you undoubtedly own at least a dozen copies of Tom Gordon's Rated Rookie card from 1989 Donruss. It makes sense as this was one of the key rookies from the '89 set and so it would often survive a collector's purge of the countless garbage cards from this era. 

More than 20 years after the card was made "Flash" Gordon was still pitching in the majors. He had pitched in 890 games, been a 3x All-Star and won a World Series ring with the Phillies in 2008. 

1989 Donruss #45 Tom Gordon Rated Rookie

And here's the Topps version of Gordon's Rated Rookie from 1989 Topps Traded.

1989 Topps Traded #38T Tom Gordon

Random Royals #2: My All-Time Favorite Royal

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

As all baseball fans sit around wondering to themselves "the World Series really doesn't start until Tuesday?" I'm about to go crazy posting Royals cards. Before moving to Georgia this summer I lived in Kansas for five years and I've received thousands of Royals cards through trades with blog readers over the years. Of course, wouldn't you know that the first time the Royals make the World Series in nearly 20 years and nearly all of my Royals cards are in storage in Wisconsin.

I did luck out in that I do have several cards of my all-time favorite Royal. George Brett, you ask? Or maybe Frank White, Hal McRae, Willie Aikens, or Carlos Beltran or Johnny Damon before they left for greener pastures. No, my favorite Royals player is an outfielder for the Royals from the late 70's named Tom Poquette. And it's not because he shares his rookie card with Fred Lynn. 

1976 Topps #622 Rookie Outfielders Tom Poquette/Fred Lynn/Ed Armbrister/Terry Whitfield

And it's not because he was a 3-D Super Star.

1977 Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars  #24 Tom Poquette

 And it's not because he got to have a shiny gold All-Star Rookie Cup on his second year card.

1977 Topps #93 Tom Poquette

And it's not that his 1977 O-Pee-Chee card ditches the All-Star Rookie Cup and moves the signature slightly.

1977 O-Pee-Chee #66 Tom Poquette
You can find the reason on the reverse side of the O-Pee-Chee card. Tom was born and lives in Eau Claire, WI which is also my hometown. 

1977 O-Pee-Chee #66 Tom Poquette Reverse


Tom played in parts of five seasons with the Royals before being traded to the Red Sox for the legendary George Scott

1979 Topps #476 Tom Poquette
1978 Topps #197 Tom Poquette



Tom then bounced around with the Red Sox and Rangers before going back to the Royals in 1982. Since then he's been a coach in the Royals farm system for many years.

1981 Topps #153 Tom Poquette
1980 Topps #597 Tom Poquette
1982 Topps #657 Tom Poquette

October 18, 2014

Random Royals #1: Eric Hosmer Relic

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I wonder when they look back at the exact turning point that the Royals started their transformation from a hapless organization to the dominant teams of the latter half of the 2010's I wonder if it won't be when they called up Eric Hosmer in 2011. He's been a very stable Gold Glove winning 1st baseman for them and he's one World Series MVP award away from being an all-time Royals legend. 

2014 Donruss Eric Hosmer Jersey Relic

Chuck Klosterman 2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Needs List


2014 Topps Allen and Ginter #271 Chuck Klosterman Mini [A and G Back]

I'm looking for all the variations of Chuck Klosterman's card from 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter. He has card number #271.

Updated: 10-17-2014

Regular Base Card
Regular Mini
A and G Back Mini
Black Border Mini
Red Mini #/50
No Number #/50
Red Flag Back #/25
Relic Card
Autographed Mini

I have no expectation of owning these next two but I thought I would list them to be complete.

Printing Plates: Wood 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1