February 28, 2010
In downtown Lawrence we have an antique mall that brings together the finest back issues of Life magazine and U.S. Silver dollars anyone could ask for. One of the dealers there has a random selection of book value priced baseball cards that I look through when I'm downtown. Some of the cards had been re-priced and I found this for a $1. I love these odd ball cards that someone decided to grade in hopes of finding that Gem Mint Greg Gagne Rookie and satisfy the tens of collectors that might be interested.
Greg was one of my childhood heroes as he was the Twins shortstop during their two World Series wins. He then left the team for free agency and the deep pockets of the Royals.
February 27, 2010
Don't buy these. Don't ever buy these. Don't even make direct eye contact with them because they will take your money and give you only poor quality chrome cards.
#127 Jason Smith Rookie Card
#57 Reggie Wayne
#84 John Carlson
#106 Nnamdi Asomugha
1969 Topps #653 Aurelio Rodriguez [Error Card]
This is one of the classic error cards as that isn't Aurelio Rodriguez on the card but Angels bat boy Leonard Garcia.
Everyone knows that Aurelio wouldn't be caught dead on a baseball card without giant sideburns!
Here are two error-free Aurelio cards:
1975 Topps #221 Aurelio Rodriguez
1974 #72 Aurelio Rodriguez
On a sad note, Aurelio was killed in a car accident in 2000. Of all the players to play major league baseball, there have only been three named Aurelio.
1. Aurelio Rodriguez
2. Aurelio Monteagudo
3. Aurelio Lopez
In some weird twist of fate, all three Aurelio's have been killed in car accidents.
February 26, 2010
My first player's name made me flash to the Arrested Development joke.
Tobias Funk created a new position which combined an Analyst with the a Therapist and was called an Analrapist. That's pronounced ah-NAL-rah-pist people!
I can only imagine the taunting Ernie McAnally got as a kid...and probably ass...I mean as... an adult too.
1972 Topps #58
And my second card is actually a card a needed for my 1979 Mariners team set. Old and useful...a lot like William Shatner.
1979 Topps #443
February 25, 2010
The answer is nothing.
I had been almost exclusively buying cards online from Checkoutmycards.com. The selection can’t be beat but with that kind of overhead their shipping/handling cost are getting to be pretty high. Luckily, I stumbled upon the online store for my favorite card shop, Three Stars Sportscards in Roseville, MN. They have a huge selection on-line and I’ve recently been shrinking my non-short printed 1971 Topps needs list through them. Their store is a Beckett Marketplace web page so if you can stomach that then I would highly recommend it. If you buy more than say 10 cards the shipping is half as much as Checkoutmycards and the packaging time is just as fast.
Their prices are great too...especially if they have multiple copies of cards at different conditions. I like my vintage cards “a little loved” if you know what I mean. I like them to have been kept in huge stacks with about fifty rubber bands around them by some 10 year old in 1965. So I was able to get two well loved cards of two of my favorite players, Harmon Killebrew and Luis Aparicio, which many collectors would stick up their noses at.
1962 Topps #316 Harmon Killebrew
1961 #440 Luis Aparicio
The card was listed as "poor" on the web page but there wasn't an actual photo of the card included in the card listing...so you're never quite sure what you are getting. Seeing the front I thought I had lucked out and when I flipped it over I liked it even more. You see, I have a long history of baseball cards, tape, and paper notebooks and the idea of another kid doing it is absolutely great to me.
|2008 Donruss Threads Century Stars #CS-2 Harmon Killebrew|
|2001 Topps Topps Noteworthy # TN46 Harmon Killebrew|
|2005 Upper Deck Classics #42 Harmon Killebrew|
|2008 Donruss Threads #30 Harmon Killebrew|
|2001 Fleer Greats of the Game #11 Harmon Killebrew|
February 24, 2010
I now present my Rusty Kuntz collection:
Coming soon, my Dick Pole collection.
A lawsuit was filed today against the Kansas City Royals mascot Slugger that said during the course of a game back in September the mascot throw a hot dog into the stands hitting a fan in the eye and detaching his retina. My only question is what was more painful...a detached retina or watching the Royals play in September?
February 23, 2010
Michel took a bunch of 2008 Masterpieces off my Needs List. In the very long list of bonehead moves that card companies have done in the past few years, discontinuing football and baseball Masterpieces has got to be near the top.
2008 Topps Chrome #TC80 Donald Driver
1996 Skybox #90 Karl Malone
February 20, 2010
February 19, 2010
You can't really see it in the scan too well but there is some definite schmutz on the jersey.
February 18, 2010
How great is George's expression here?