March 31, 2015

Heartbreakingly Great Names #36: Dick Bass

**This series highlights those few lucky [and unlucky] athletes that have names that make you stop and do a double take.**

Dick Bass played fullback for the Los Angeles Rams for nine season and made the Pro Bowl three times. He had two season rushing over 1,000 yards and after his retirement he became a Rams radio broadcaster. I can hear it now "this is Dick Bass live at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum!"

1963 Topps #39 Dick Bass
Here's the back side of the card...I would love to find out the answer to the Dick Bass trivia question but I'm not going to Staples to get a sheet of red paper. Who has red paper laying around except elementary school teachers?

March 27, 2015

Episode #6 Of The Trading Card Preservation Society Is Here!

Episode #6 finds Dave the Cardboard Junkie and I  well rested after taking February off from podcasting. All that changes here when the dynamic duo chat about the Topps Tribute recall, a Mars Attacks Kickstarter, the passing of Leonard Nimoy, Marvel Cinematic Universe news, the new release calendar, and some listener Q and A. Colligere Omnia!

You can listen to it below, download it here, or find it in the usual places [iTunes and Stitcher].


March 26, 2015

Heartbreaking Damage: 1951 Topps #20 Dom DiMaggio

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 pulled this severely damaged 1951 Topps Dom DiMaggio out of a 90% of book value box at a card show quite some time ago and sometimes [who knows why?] a card just goes into the scanned file and sits..and sits...and sits. But today's this card's day in the sun with all its damaged glory.

Doing a little research on DiMaggio's career I had no idea that Dom had a 34-game hitting streak during the 1949 season which ties him with Benito Santiago and George McQuinn for the 16th longest streak in baseball history.

1951 Topps #20 Dom DiMaggio

The reverse side escaped the tape damage but has a nice blue pen mark instead. 

March 23, 2015

A New Mini Episode Of The Trading Card Preservation Society Is Available!

Dave and I have recorded Episode #6 of the Trading Card Preservation Society and while it gets edited together here's a mini episode of us talking about this year's Best Picture at the Oscars, Birdman.

You can listen to it below, download it HERE, or find it in the usual places [iTunes and Stitcher].

March 21, 2015

Glen Perkins Is Back!

Glen Perkins, the Minnesota Twins' closer and proud member of my Personal Collection, has been cleared to make his first Spring Training appearance on Sunday against the Orioles. Perkins was hurt in September with an arm strain and a few weeks ago he had a strain in his side which shelved him until now. Hopefully he put his injuries behind him for 2015 and he can have another All-Star caliber season.

I collect Perkins cards as he went to school with my sister-in-law and I mean how many good Twins pitchers have we had over the past several seasons? This first card has had an interesting history as it was a very hot card when Andrew Miller was prospect worth investing a lot of money in. Miller faded and since then Perkins has developed into a two-time All-Star reliever and this card has returned into a decent pick-up. And now even Andrew Miller is back and making huge money with the Yankees as a reliever. It just goes to show that you don't always know what you've got in your prospect cards until many years later.

2007 Topps Co-Signers #MP Glen Perkins/Andrew Miller Autograph

Many of these next autos are from my LTTP [long term trading partner] Reader Mike D. and I particularly like the 2005 Topps card as it is my earliest autographed card of Glen and you can see how his signature has evolved from clear separation between "Glen" and "Perkins" and his current signature which is like a glorious mess of lines and squiggles.

The non-certified autograph at the end is also my first inscribed "15" signature as well.

2005 Topps Series 2  #TA-GP Glen Perkins Autograph

2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars #IMP-GP Glen Perkins Autograph

2009 Upper Deck Series 1 #GP Glen Perkins Autograph

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces #SG-GP Glen Perkins Autograph

2010 Topps #626 Glen Perkins TTM Autograph

March 20, 2015

Everybody's Got A Record: Herb Adderley Edition

**In this series we strive to prove the universal truth that every baseball player holds some kind of record.**

Herb Adderley has many records including probably having his name misspelled the most times by a major card company. He is one of only three players [Fuzzy Thurston and Forrest Gregg are the others] to play on six World Championship teams. His last Championship was with the Dallas Cowboys and Adderley is known to have said he is the only person with a Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl ring who doesn't wear it because of his love for the Packers.

1968 Topps #131 Herb Adderley

March 19, 2015

Everybody's Got A Record: Frank Howard Edition

**In this series we strive to prove the universal truth that every baseball player holds some kind of record.**

Frank Howard was an  incredibly imposing batter standing six feet seven inches tall and he used his size to lead the American League in home runs twice and hit 382 in his career. In fact, his 48 home runs in 1969 and his 237 total home runs while playing for the Senators are the most single season and team total home runs for any variation of the Senators that have played in Washington.

2005 Upper Deck Classics League Leaders #LL-FH Frank Howard Jersey Relic

And although Frank is wearing a Senator's jersey on the front of the card,the reverse side tells me the jersey relic piece is from Howard's days with the Dodgers from 1958-1964. 

March 18, 2015

Trading Cards From The Ocmulgee National Monument

Just outside Macon, GA you can find an interesting artifact of Native American culture called the Ocmulgee National Monument. Be sure to bring your NPS Passport!

The monument is not a single structure but a collection of mounds built by the South mound built by the South Appalachian Mississippian people about 1,000 years ago. 

This particular mound is the Great Temple Mound and you are able to climb to the top. 

It is a sacred site and there are a lot of things you can't do on the grounds including flying kites. 

The view from the top show the floodplains of the Ocmulgee River and on the opposite side you get a great view of the Macon skyline. 

I'm always a sucker for a gift shop and National Parks have some of the best gift shops anywhere. Ocmulgee's gift shop didn't disappoint as they had complimentary packs of of trading cards featuring historical figures and events related to the park. Here are some scans of the front and back of each card in the set with my favorite being of General Sherman.