April 30, 2009
I enjoy the blue signature on the black and white photo and I did a double take as to if it might be a genuine signature when I first saw the card.
April 28, 2009
That being said, I always go back to my interest in writing for a blog devoted solely to opening packs of cards but I want to try something different. So tonight, may I proudly introduce a new project called called A Pack To Be Named Later.
It is my ambitious plan that this blog will attempt to document the opening of at least one pack from every card product ever created. Ambitious? Yes. Impossible? Maybe. Going to be awesome? Without a doubt!
So that being said, if you are interested in writing for this new endeavor please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Preference will be shown to people who have never written for a baseball card blog before and want to try something new...but veteran bloggers are certainly invited as well. The more the merrier!
April 27, 2009
April 26, 2009
The one thing I miss about not writing my music blog anymore is the spreading the word about great new bands that I stumble upon. One such band is called Garfunkel & Oates and is essentially a funnier female version of the Flight of the Conchords...some of their songs are a bit on the risque side but they are all in good fun.
Garfunkel & Oates -- Worst Song Medley
Garfunkel & Oates -- Pregnant Women Are Smug
Garfunkel & Oates -- I Would Never
You know, I hope the decision the Packers made to draft B. J. Raji yesterday at #9 instead of Michael Crabtree at #10 doesn't come back to haunt us in five years.
The question is though, was Mitchell safe at home?
Here are two more I enjoy:
I am a sucker for die-cut and so that is why I love this card:
For some reason my package included eight cards from 2005 Fleer Showcase between the numbers 113-131...I love the old photography and sometimes, in the example of the McCovey, Slaughter, and Kaline cards design, color, and photography combine to create a great card.
In the end, I was hoping for a few vintage cards or at least some mainstream Topps or Upper Deck base set cards. If you are a Mark McGwire fan, you would have liked my pack. I estimate my cards at about $8.00...I essentially got a pack of Showcase and about 20 semi-stars. In the end once was enough for this brand of repackage.
April 25, 2009
Play Ball, made by Gum, Inc., was the only set of baseball cards created in 1939 and had the finest player photography that had ever been used on cards to that point. It's on the reverse side where things get interesting however...Below is a scan of Harold Schumacher's Play Ball card that I picked up a few weeks ago. This is now the oldest card I own by a decade over the previous champ, my 1949 Leaf Andy Pafko.
As you can see it is numbered 73 out of a series of 250 cards. Well, let's stop there. The Play Ball set actually has 162 cards with card #126 never seeing the light of day. My card has two variations. My version [73a] has Harold's birthplace as Dolgville, N.Y. while the other version [73b] has Harold born in Dolgeville, N.Y.
Here's a complete list of all the different variations in the set which total nearly 75 different variations.
This will show my basketball card ignorance but did the card companies create separate NBA and ABA sets or did they lump the two leagues together?
April 24, 2009
April 23, 2009
7. Record's Ending
6. Second Grinder
The only thing better than one grinder is a second grinder.
5. Cod Renderings
4. Codger's Dinner
3. Censored Grind
For guys of a certain age, The Grind will always bring fond memories of after high school viewing:
2. Cornered Dings
This is one is a bit simplistic but I can't help but think of Edith running from the kitchen to give Archie his beer...I've been watching my All in the Family DVDs recently and so this one gets an elevated ranking.
1. Nicer Nerd Gods
Not to say that the ladies of Dinged Corners are nerds...but...well...you know, they do run a card blog...so...yeah...well...they are at least nerd-ish...and the nicest blog out there.
Let me know if you can help out.
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Red = pending trade/waiting to receive cards
28, 58, 70
301, 323, 324
426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 435, 436, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 452, 453, 454, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 465, 467, 468, 469, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 477, 478, 480, 481, 483, 484, 486, 487, 488, 489, 490, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, 498, 499
New Age Performers: NAP1, NAP2, NAP3, NAP5, NAP6, NAP7, NAP8, NAP10, NAP11, NAP12, NAP13, NAP15
Then and Now: TN2, TN5, TN6, TN7, TN8, TN10
Baseball Flashbacks: BF2, BF6, BF7, BF8, BF9
News Flashbacks: NF4, NF5
Target Topps Heritage Mayo Checklist:
TME-AR Alex Rodriguez
TME-ARi Alex Rios
TME-AS Alphonso Soriano
TME-JS Johan Santana
TME-RB Ryan Braun
Wal-Mart Topps Heritage Mayo Checklist:
WME-AP Albert Pujols
WME-DO David Ortiz
WME-DW David Wright
WME-EL Evan Longoria
WME-MR Manny Ramirez
WME-TL Tim Lincecum
WME-VG Vladimir Guerrero
April 22, 2009
This one was just a spur of the moment decision at Target this past weekend and as a Rated Rookie fanatic, it couldn't have worked out better.
Five 1988 and one 1993 Rated Rookie...one of these days I will get my stuff together and get a complete Rated Rookie needs list...I know I've got copies of some of these but even though '88 Donruss was one of the most over-produced sets I don't think I've ever seen the Mackey Sasser or Eddie Williams cards before.
Interesting Fact: Jeff was the first Atlanta Brave to score a run in a World Series game back in 1991.
Interesting Fact: Although you many have never heard of Eddie, he played twelve seasons including one with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.
Interesting Fact: By far the biggest star in this Rated Rookie group, "Black Jack" is now a musician in the band Stickfigure.
Interesting Fact: Jody hit into two triple plays in his career.
Interesting Fact: During his career Mackey developed trouble in throwing the ball back to the pitcher after a pitch. He would double pump the throw before sending it back to the pitcher even though during stolen base attempts he was able to throw the ball in one motion.
Interesting Fact: Billy is tied for the Dodgers record of most pinch hit homers in a season.
I've opened a bunch of Heritage recently and here are some cards that caught my eye...
CC is giving Yankees fans heart burn this spring but don't forget last year he started 6-8 before hoisting the Brewers on his back and carrying them to the playoffs.
Man those guys in the back sure are tall.
Is that Storm Shadow in right field for the Rays?
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April 21, 2009
I think it is debatable as to what the biggest hurdle is in completing a set of 1971 Topps:
1. The cost of the big name stars [Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, etc...]
2. The scarcity of the higher numbered cards
Either way, I can cross two cards off the first problem from the list. I got these from the "90% off Beckett value" box at the "I saw Ernie Banks" card show from a few weeks ago.
#26 Bert Blyleven
#530 Carl Yastrzemski