June 23, 2017

My New Favorite Andy Pafko Piece

A few months ago I came upon an auction for an Andy Pafko item I had never seen before but I knew I had to have. It was a one of a kind original press photo from the Chicago bureau of United Press International dating back to 1955. It features my favorite baseball player, Andy Pafko, checking the sights on his rifle, with a second rifle on his lap. The photo is taken in his Wisconsin home with a Milwaukee Braves cap in the background and a photo of him from his Dodgers days to the right. It's just such an unexpected image of "Handy Andy" and one I had never seen before and now I'm happy to share it (without watermark) on the blog for Pafko fans to enjoy. 


Deer hunting is incredibly popular in Wisconsin and as the back of the photo provides, Pafko was preparing for hunting season. The back also gives a glimpse into how the baseball has changed as it references that Pafko decided to not work during the offseason to be better rested for spring training.


June 18, 2017

Tom Poquette Needs List


And you thought my Juan Berenguer needs list was obscure!  Here's my complete needs list for Tom Poquette, famously the 2nd best player on his 1975 Topps rookie card and the only person from my hometown of Eau Claire, WI to be named to the Topps All-Star Rookie Team!

Updated: 6-18-17

1975 O-Pee-Chee #622 Fred Lynn RC
1975 Topps #622 Rookie Outfielders/Ed Armbrister RC/Fred Lynn RC/Tom Poquette RC/Terry Whitfield RC
1975 Topps Mini #622 Rookie Outfielders/Ed Armbrister RC/Fred Lynn RC/Tom Poquette RC/Terry Whitfield RC
1976 Royals A and P #12 Tom Poquette
1976 Royals Postcards #25 Tom Poquette
1977 Burger Chef Discs #66 Tom Poquette
1977 Kellogg's #24 Tom Poquette
1977 O-Pee-Chee #66 Tom Poquette
1977 Topps #93 Tom Poquette
1978 O-Pee-Chee #197 Tom Poquette
1978 Royals #19 Tom Poquette
1978 SSPC 270 #239 Tom Poquette
1978 Topps #357 Tom Poquette
1979 Topps #476 Tom Poquette
1979-80 Royals Team Issue #19 Tom Poquette
1980 Topps #597 Tom Poquette
1981 Topps #153 Tom Poquette
1982 Royals #15 Tom Poquette
1982 Topps #657 Tom Poquette
1986 Royals Greats TCMA #7 Tom Poquette
1988 Omaha Royals ProCards #1495 Tom Poquette
1989 Omaha Royals CMC #25 Coaches/Tom Poquette/Rich Cubee
1989 Omaha Royals ProCards #1741 Tom Poquette CO
1990 CMC #198 Tom Poquette CO UER
1990 Omaha Royals CMC #23 Coaches/Tom Poquette/Rich Debee/Card # says 24
1990 Omaha Royals ProCards #81 Tom Poquette CO
1990 ProCards AAA #616 Tom Poquette CO
1992 Appleton Foxes Classic/Best #27 Tom Poquette
1992 Appleton Foxes Fleer/ProCards #1001 Tom Poquette
1993 Memphis Chicks Fleer/ProCards #391 Tom Poquette MG
1993 Rangers Keebler #297 Tom Poquette
1994 Omaha Royals Fleer/ProCards #1240 Tom Poquette CO
1995 Omaha Royals Team Issue #25 Tom Poquette CO
1999 Charleston Alley Cats Multi-Ad #23 Tom Poquette MG
2000 Spokane Indians Grandstand #29 Tom Poquette MG
2001 Omaha Golden Spikes Choice #23 Tom Poquette CO
2001 Spokane Indians Grandstand #24 Tom Poquette MG
2002 Spokane Indians Grandstand #25 Tom Poquette MGR
2005 Topps Rookie Cup Original Relics #306 Tom Poquette G #/10

June 17, 2017

Burleigh Grimes Needs List


Here's my needs list for Burleigh Grimes, legendary spitball pitcher and Hall of Famer, who was born in Emerald, Wisconsin which is about an hour west from my home in Eau Claire. A lot of it is very old or very recent as he was featured in many Panini sets over the past few years.

Last updated: 6-17-17

1921 Exhibits #22 Burleigh Grimes
1921 Oxford Confectionery E253 #7 Burleigh Grimes
1922 E120 American Caramel Series of 240 #140 Burleigh Grimes
1922 Neilson's Chocolates V61 #89 Burleigh Grimes
1922 W572 #35 Burleigh Grimes
1922 W573 #53 Burleigh Grimes
1922 William Paterson V89 #31 Burleigh Grimes
1923 Curtis Ireland Candy E123 #55 Burleigh Grimes
1923 W515-1 #16 Burleigh Grimes
1923 W515-2 #16 Burleigh Grimes
1923 Willard's Chocolates V100 #55 Burleigh Grimes
1924 Diaz Cigarettes #20 Burleigh Grimes
1925 Exhibits #12 Burleigh A. Grimes
1925 Universal Toy and Novelty W-504 #107 Burleigh Grimes
1926 Exhibits #11 Burleigh A.Grimes
1927 Exhibits #7 Burleigh A. Grimes
1927 York Caramel Type 1 E210 #1 Burleigh Grimes
1928 Harrington's Ice Cream #1 Burleigh Grimes
1928 Kashin Publications R315 #A12 Burleigh Grimes
1928 Kashin Publications R315 #B12 Burleigh Grimes
1928 Tharp's Ice Cream #1 Burleigh Grimes
1928 W502 #1 Burleigh Grimes
1928 W513 #72 Burleigh Grimes
1928 Yuengling's Ice Cream #1 Burleigh Grimes
1929 Kashin Publications R316 #32 Burleigh Grimes
1929 W553 #7 Burleigh Grimes
1930 W554 #5 Burleigh Grimes
1931 Cardinals Metropolitan #12 Burleigh Grimes
1932 Cubs Team Issue #8 Burleigh Grimes
1932-34 Orbit Gum Pins Numbered #26 Burleigh Grimes
1932-34 Orbit Gum Pins Unnumbered #21 Burleigh Grimes
1933 Cubs Team Issue #8 Burleigh Grimes
1933 Goudey #64 Burleigh Grimes RC
1933 Goudey '86 Reprints #64 Burleigh Grimes
1933 Goudey Reprints #64 Burleigh Grimes
1933 Tattoo Orbit #21 Burleigh Grimes
1933 Uncle Jack #12 Burleigh Grimes
1933 Worch Cigar Minors #28 Berley Grimes
1933 World Wide Gum V353 #64 Burleigh Grimes
1935 Goudey 4-in-1 #11-1 Burleigh Grimes/Chuck Klein/Kiki Cuyler/Woody English/1F (Detroit Tigers Puzzle)
1935 Goudey 4-in-1 #11-3 Burleigh Grimes/Chuck Klein/Kiki Cuyler/Woody English/3D (Frankie Frisch Puzzle)
1935 Goudey 4-in-1 #11-4 Burleigh Grimes/Chuck Klein/Kiki Cuyler/Woody English/4D SP (Mickey Cochrane Puzzle)
1935 Goudey 4-in-1 #11-5 Burleigh Grimes/Chuck Klein/Kiki Cuyler/Woody English/5D SP (Joe Cronin Puzzle)
1935 Goudey 4-in-1 '85 Reprints #32-8 Burleigh Grimes/Chuck Klein/Kiki Cuyler/Woody English/1F (Detroit Tigers Puzzle)
1935 Goudey 4-in-1 '85 Reprints #32-9 Burleigh Grimes/Chuck Klein/Kiki Cuyler/Woody English/3D (Frankie Frisch Puzzle)
1935 Goudey 4-in-1 '85 Reprints #33-1 Burleigh Grimes/Chuck Klein/Kiki Cuyler/Woody English/4D (Mickey Cochrane Puzzle)
1935 Goudey 4-in-1 '85 Reprints #33-3 Burleigh Grimes/Chuck Klein/Kiki Cuyler/Woody English/5D (Joe Cronin Puzzle)
1960 Fleer #59 Burleigh Grimes
1961 Fleer #37 Burleigh Grimes
1970 Sports Cards for Collectors Old-Timer Postcards #6 Burleigh Grimes
1972 TCMA's the 30's #104 Burleigh Grimes
1973-79 TCMA All-Time Greats #30 Burleigh Grimes
1974 Cardinals 1931 Bra-Mac #1 Burleigh Grimes
1975 TCMA All-Time Greats #12 Burleigh Grimes
1975-76 Great Plains Greats #6 Burleigh Grimes
1976 Jimmy Fund #6 Burleigh Grimes
1976 Rowe Exhibits #11 Joe Medwick/Max Carey/Dazzy Vance/Burleigh Grim
1976 Shakey's Pizza #97 Burleigh Grimes
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #1 Burleigh Grimes/Dodger Manager 1937-38
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #2 Burleigh Grimes/Lord Burleigh
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #3 Burleigh Grimes/Clarence Mitchell/Last Spitballe
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #4 Burleigh Grimes/Rogers Hornsby/John McGraw/Edd
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #5 Burleigh Grimes/Zack Wheat/Winning Combination
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #6 Burleigh Grimes/World Champion
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #7 Burleigh Grimes/Old Stubblebeard
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #8 Burleigh Grimes/Joe McCarthy MG
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #9 Burleigh Grimes/Dazzy Vance/Van Mungo/Watson Cl
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #10 Burleigh Grimes/Babe Ruth
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #11 Burleigh Grimes/Babe Ruth/Leo Durocher/Dodger S
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #13 Burleigh Grimes/Robin Roberts/Number 270
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #14 Burleigh Grimes/The Origin
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #15 Burleigh Grimes/Red Faber/Luke Appling/Heinie M
1977 Burleigh Grimes Daniels #16 Burleigh Grimes/Lord Burleigh 1977
1977 Jim Rowe 4-in-1 Exhibits #11 Joe Medwick/Max Carey/Dazzy Vance/Burleigh Grimes
1977-81 Bob Parker Hall of Fame #24 Burleigh Grimes
1977-84 Galasso Glossy Greats #97 Burleigh Grimes
1978 Grand Slam #38 Burleigh Grimes
1979 Diamond Greats #76 Burleigh Grimes
1980-02 Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcards #97 Burleigh Grimes
1980-02 Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcards Signed #97 Burleigh Grimes
1980-83 Pacific Legends #51 Burleigh Grimes
1980-87 SSPC HOF #97 Burleigh Grimes
1981-89 Hall of Fame Plaque Metal #127 Burleigh Grimes
1982 TCMA Greatest Pitchers #44 Burleigh Grimes
1982-83 Diamond Classics #36 Burleigh Grimes
1983 Donruss HOF Heroes #21 Burleigh Grimes
1983 Galasso '33 Goudey Reprint #64 Burleigh Grimes
1989 Dodgers Smokey Greats #8 Burleigh Grimes
1990 Dodgers Target #301 Burleigh Grimes
1991 Conlon TSN #25 Burleigh Grimes HOF
1992 Cardinals McDonald's/Pacific #20 Burleigh Grimes
1992 Conlon TSN #433 Burleigh Grimes
1992 Yankees WIZ HOF #14 Burleigh Grimes
1993 Conlon TSN #706 Burleigh Grimes
1994 Conlon TSN #997 Burleigh Grimes
1994 Conlon TSN Burgundy #997 Burleigh Grimes
1995 Conlon TSN #1382 Burleigh Grimes
1996-03 Danbury Mint #143 Burleigh Grimes
1997-14 Hall of Fame Gold Plaque Postcards Scenic Art #97 Burleigh Grimes
2001 SP Legendary Cuts #26 Burleigh Grimes
2001 SP Legendary Cuts Autographs #CBG Burleigh Grimes #/18
2001 Upper Deck Legends of NY #3 Burleigh Grimes
2001 Upper Deck Legends of NY #23 Burleigh Grimes BNS
2001 Upper Deck Legends of NY #166 Burleigh Grimes TT
2001 Upper Deck Legends of NY #168 Burleigh Grimes TT
2003 SP Legendary Cuts #18 Burleigh Grimes
2003 SP Legendary Cuts Autographs #BG Burleigh Grimes #/34
2003 SP Legendary Cuts Autographs Blue #BG Burleigh Grimes #/22
2003 SP Legendary Cuts Autographs Green #BG Burleigh Grimes #/5
2003 SP Legendary Cuts Blue #18 Burleigh Grimes
2003 SP Legendary Cuts Green #18 Burleigh Grimes
2004 Greats of the Game Etched in Time Cuts #BGR Burleigh Grimes S2 #/5
2004 Leaf Certified Cuts K-Force #44 Burleigh Grimes #/136
2004 Leaf Certified Cuts K-Force Material #44 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/100
2004 Leaf Limited Legends Material Number #6 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/100
2004 Leaf Limited Legends Material Position #6 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/100
2004 Prime Cuts II MLB Icons #20 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2004 Prime Cuts II MLB Icons Century Gold #20 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2004 Prime Cuts II MLB Icons Century Silver #20 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2004 Prime Cuts II MLB Icons Material Number #20 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/25
2004 SP Legendary Cuts Autographs #BU Burleigh Grimes #/83
2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Black #109 Burleigh Grimes #/100
2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Blue #109 Burleigh Grimes #/150
2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Jersey Reverse #109 Burleigh Grimes Pants/1
2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Red #109 Burleigh Grimes #/250
2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Reverse Spectrum Black #109 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Reverse Spectrum Blue #109 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Reverse Spectrum Red #109 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Swatch Single Jumbo #109 B.Grimes Pants #/83
2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Swatch Single Jumbo Reverse #109 B.Grimes Pants #/23
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes #7 Burleigh Grimes
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Bronze #7 Burleigh Grimes #/100
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Framed Black #7 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Framed Blue #7 Burleigh Grimes #/100
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Framed Green #7 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Gold #7 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Materials Bronze #7 B.Grimes Pants-Pants #/25
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Materials Framed Blue #7 B.Grimes Pants-Pants #/10
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Materials Framed Red #7 B.Grimes Pants-Pants #/10
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Materials Gold #7 B.Grimes Pants-Pants #/10
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Materials Silver #7 B.Grimes Pants-Pants #/10
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Non-Canvas #7 Burleigh Grimes
2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Silver #7 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2005 Donruss Classics Classic Combos #50 Burleigh Grimes/Greg Maddux #/400
2005 Donruss Classics Classic Combos Gold #50 Burleigh Grimes/Greg Maddux #/25
2005 Donruss Classics Classic Combos Jersey #50 Burleigh Grimes Pants/Greg Maddux #/10
2005 Donruss Greats Dodger Blues Brooklyn Material #3 Burleigh Grimes Pants T4
2005 Leaf Century Timeline Threads Position #2 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/26
2005 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game #14 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/25
2005 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game Position #14 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/25
2005 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game Reward #14 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/5
2005 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game Stats #14 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/25
2005 Leaf Limited Legends #12 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2005 Leaf Limited Legends Foil #12 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2005 Leaf Limited Legends Jersey Number #12 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/25
2005 Prime Cuts MLB Icons #8 Burleigh Grimes #/100
2005 Prime Cuts MLB Icons Century Gold #8 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2005 Prime Cuts MLB Icons Century Silver #8 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2005 Prime Cuts MLB Icons Material Combo #8 B.Grimes Pants-Pants #/10
2005 Prime Cuts MLB Icons Material Jersey #8 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/50
2005 Prime Cuts MLB Icons Material Jersey Number #8 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/10
2005 Prime Cuts MLB Icons Material Jersey Position #8 Burleigh Grimes Pants #/50
2005 Prime Cuts Souvenir Cuts #95 Burleigh Grimes/2
2005 SP Legendary Cuts Autograph Cuts #BU Burleigh Grimes #/99
2005 Timeless Treasures HOF Cuts #42 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2005 Timeless Treasures HOF Gold #42 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2005 Timeless Treasures HOF Materials Pants #42 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2005 Timeless Treasures HOF Silver #42 Burleigh Grimes #/500
2006 Exquisite Collection Cuts #BG Burleigh Grimes #/65
2006 SP Legendary Cuts A Place in History Cuts #BG Burleigh Grimes #/43
2006 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Signature Cuts #BG Burleigh Grimes #/33
2006 SP Legendary Cuts When It Was A Game Cuts #BG Burleigh Grimes #/56
2007 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Cut Signatures #BG Burleigh Grimes #/52
2009 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Cut Signatures #LC303 Burleigh Grimes #/12
2009 Topps Sterling Cut Signatures #MPS275 Burleigh Grimes
2010 Panini Century Cut Autographs #9 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2011 Historic Autographs Legends of the Hall #54 Burleigh Grimes #/31
2011 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Dual Signatures #SPITCG Stan Coveleski/Burleigh Grimes #/15
2011 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Dual Signatures #ST31GH Burleigh Grimes/Jesse Haines #/10
2011 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Dual Signatures #ST31GJ Burleigh Grimes/Syl Johnson #/10
2011 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Signatures #28 Burleigh Grimes #/9
2011 SP Legendary Cuts Past and Present Dual Signatures #SPITGP Burleigh Grimes/Gaylord Perry #/5
2012 Historic Autographs Champions Midwest #61 Burleigh Grimes #/15
2012 Historic Autographs Legends of the Hall #54 Burleigh Grimes #/16
2012 Historic Autographs Why the Hall Not #66 Burleigh Grimes #/4
2012 Leaf Sports Icons Cut Signatures #72 Burleigh Grimes #/9
2012 Panini Cooperstown #83 Burleigh Grimes
2012 Panini Cooperstown Crystal Collection #83 Burleigh Grimes #/299
2012 Panini Cooperstown Crystal Collection Blue #83 Burleigh Grimes #/499
2012 Panini Cooperstown Crystal Collection Red #83 Burleigh Grimes #/399
2012 Panini Golden Age #19 Burleigh Grimes
2012 Panini Golden Age Mini Broadleaf Blue Ink #19 Burleigh Grimes
2012 Panini Golden Age Mini Broadleaf Brown Ink #19 Burleigh Grimes
2012 Panini Golden Age Mini Crofts Candy Blue Ink #19 Burleigh Grimes
2012 Panini Golden Age Mini Crofts Candy Red Ink #19 Burleigh Grimes
2012 Panini Golden Age Mini Ty Cobb Tobacco #19 Burleigh Grimes
2012 Panini Golden Age Museum Age Memorabilia #2 Burleigh Grimes Pants
2012 Panini National Treasures #24 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2012 Panini National Treasures All Decade Materials #11 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2012 Panini National Treasures All Decade Quad Materials #4 Jim Bottomley/Rogers Hornsby/Burleigh Grimes/Dave Bancroft #/10
2012 Panini National Treasures All Decade Triple Materials #2 Jim Bottomley/Rogers Hornsby/Burleigh Grimes #/25
2012 Panini National Treasures Legends Cut Signature Jumbo Materials #20 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2012 Panini National Treasures Legends Cut Signature Jumbo Materials Nickname #20 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2012 Panini National Treasures Nicknames #24 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2012 Press Pass Platinum Cuts Hall of Famers Baseball #13 Burleigh Grimes
2012 Prime Cuts Timeline Jersey Number #6 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2012 Prime Cuts Timeline Memorabilia #6 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2012 Prime Cuts Timeline Quads Materials #6 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2012 Prime Cuts Timeline Trios Materials #6 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2013 Panini Cooperstown #33 Burleigh Grimes
2013 Panini Cooperstown Blue Crystal #33 Burleigh Grimes #/499
2013 Panini Cooperstown Colgan's Chips #56 Burleigh Grimes
2013 Panini Cooperstown Gold Crystal #33 Burleigh Grimes #/299
2013 Panini Cooperstown Green Crystal #33 Burleigh Grimes
2013 Panini Cooperstown HOF Heroes Buyback Autographs #13 Burleigh Grimes
2013 Panini Cooperstown Orange #33 Burleigh Grimes #/325
2013 Panini Cooperstown Red Crystal #33 Burleigh Grimes #/399
2014 Classics #18 Burleigh Grimes
2014 Classics Players Collection #1 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2014 Classics Timeless Tributes Gold #18 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2014 Classics Timeless Tributes Silver #18 Burleigh Grimes #/149
2014 Donruss Recollection Buyback Autographs #21 Burleigh Grimes 83 Donruss #/9
2014 Immaculate Collection Accolades Materials #7 Burleigh Grimes #/20
2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Emerald #77 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Sapphire #77 Burleigh Grimes #/15
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Blue Frame #33 Burleigh Grimes #/75
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Blue Frame Blue #33 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Blue Frame Gold #33 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Blue Frame Green #33 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Blue Frame Red #33 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Crusades #33 Burleigh Grimes
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Crusades Gold Die-Cut #33 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Crusades Green Die-Cut #33 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Crusades Orange Die-Cut #33 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Crusades Purple #33 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Crusades Red #33 Burleigh Grimes #/75
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Cut Signatures #10 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Diamond Kings #33 Burleigh Grimes
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Diamond Kings Blue #33 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Diamond Kings Gold #33 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Diamond Kings Green #33 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Diamond Kings Red #33 Burleigh Grimes #/75
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Elite Dominator #2 Burleigh Grimes
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Elite Dominator Gold #2 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Elite Series #2 Burleigh Grimes
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Elite Series Gold #2 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Green Frame #33 Burleigh Grimes #75
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Green Frame Black #33 Burleigh Grimes #/1
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Green Frame Blue #33 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Green Frame Gold #33 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Green Frame Green #33 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Green Frame Red #33 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Heroes Buyback Autographs #5 Burleigh Grimes #/13
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Red Frame #33 Burleigh Grimes #/75
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Red Frame Black #33 Burleigh Grimes
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Red Frame Blue #33 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Red Frame Gold #33 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Red Frame Green #33 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Red Frame Red #33 Burleigh Grimes #/50
2014 Panini National Treasures Flawless #9 Burleigh Grimes
2014 Panini National Treasures Flawless Emerald #9 Burleigh Grimes
2014 Panini National Treasures Legends Cuts Jumbo Materials #30 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2014 Panini National Treasures Legends Cuts Jumbo Materials Cuts #30 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2014 Panini National Treasures Legends Cuts Jumbo Materials Nickname #30 Burleigh Grimes #/5
2015 Panini National Treasures #6 Burleigh Grimes JSY #/10
2015 Panini National Treasures Career Year Materials #6 Burleigh Grimes #/10
2016 Panini National Treasures Legends Materials #LTBG Burleigh Grimes #/10
2016 Panini National Treasures Souvenir Cuts #2 Burleigh Grimes #/25
2016 Topps Dynasty Cut Signatures #CSBG Burleigh Grimes
2016 Topps Five Star Cut Signatures #FSCSBGR Burleigh Grimes

June 10, 2017

Show and Tell #132: Two Hutchs From CommishBob

Over the past few weeks I received two PWEs from Commishbob over at The Five Tool Collector and he sent along two cards off of my Fred Hutchinson needs list. The first card (on the left) is from 1951 Bowman when Hutch was pitching for the Tigers and the reverse side highlights that his 1950 season was one of his best by winning 17 games.

Hutchinson became the manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1959 and his first trading card featuring him in that role can be found in 1960 Topps, which is the card on the right. Hutchinson took over the managing duties about halfway through that season after the Reds fired coach Mayo Smith. Smith would go onto manage the Tigers to the World Series championship in 1968.


Thanks Bob for the great cards! 

June 8, 2017

My First Comic Book: Marvel Tales #158

When my sister and I had both left my parents' house to go to college, our individual comic collections morphed into one larger one that stayed at my parents' house for many years. I eventually got the entire collection and was recently separating things back out between our respective collections when I came upon a comic I hadn't seen in years. 

This was Marvel Tales #158 from December 1983 and this is, I'm pretty sure, the first comic book I ever owned.

Around the time it was published I would have been three-and-a-half years old and my Mom would have been soon expecting the birth of my sister. As she has told me, she and I would take a walk up to the small local convenience store when it wasn't too cold out to pick up milk, groceries, etc. and as would become the ritual, she would buy me a comic book. 


Marvel Tales was one of my favorite titles of the 1980's as it was used as an opportunity to republish Marvel's best issues from its early days and Marvel Tales #158 is a reprint of Amazing Spider-Man #20 which was the first appearance of the Scorpion. 


As you can see, this comic has been LOVED! I can't tell you how many times I've flipped through these pages and here are a few bits and pieces from the issue that I remember (and maybe a few I'm trying to forget!). 

The Scorpion's origin story is that he gains his powers through volunteering for a medical experiment that goes horribly wrong. After the Scorpion turns to a life of crime, the scientist who was responsible for his creation, Dr. Farley Stillwell, tries to stop him. He ends up falling to his death in the process and that middle image of the panel that features him falling off the side of the building really stuck with me as a kid.  


I really like this Dr. Strange subscription advertisement which allowed you to get a year's worth of comics for only $6.50. 


The issue also included a full page Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up of the Ol' Webhead drawn by Steve Ditko.


While I love the Spider-Man story of this issue, the thing that had the biggest impact of me was an advertisement for a role playing game called Star Frontiers which was put out by TSR Hobbies, creators and publishers of Dungeons and Dragons.

Here's the advertisement:


As I kid, I thought the ad was showing an alien forcing the Star Frontiers game onto an old man who I assumed was the toy and hobby shop owner. Now I realize the alien has a calling to buy the game for him/herself, rather than trying to spread the word about Star Frontiers. 


But it is the man's face that has always stuck with me.


What must the alien look like to result in such an expression? 


It is odd the things that really freak you out as a kid. Another odd thing that terrified me (that was also alien related...I think I am starting to see a pattern here) was this Sesame Street skit with a ringing telephone. Watching it again now, it seems completely harmless and a little funny but I would hate seeing it as a kid...and I've never liked answering telephones since!

June 2, 2017

Art Card: 1966 Topps Cookie Rojas

Here's a post that's been sitting in my draft folder since October of last year. Inspired by one of Dave the Cardboard Junkie's all-time favorite players, I put Cookie Rojas' 1966 Topps card through the Prisma app and turned it into a series of beautiful art cards. 

Here's the original card if you are unfamiliar with Cookie and his clear glass frames. 


Here are some of my creations:


















May 16, 2017

Heartbreaking Damage: Minnie Minoso 1952 Topps Rookie Card

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 recently picked up this Minnie Minoso rookie card from eBay for about $6 shipped and I knew it was a rough looking example with a nice big dinged corner in the upper right. There also seems to be a general dirtiness about the card and after getting the hard in my hot hands yesterday, it almost has a lacquer finish to it. My guess is that the card sat out in the open somewhere like in a garage and collected dust for years and years. The filth just sort of grew and combined and strengthened over time until it left a protective barrier around the card. 


All that being said however, the back isn't too bad as I'm guessing the card sat face up for quite a while. Minoso split the 1951 season between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, becoming the first black Cuban player in the entirety of major league baseball and the first black player in White Sox team history.


May 3, 2017

Trunk Cards

If you know me at all personally or through trades, my shipping address has changed many, many times since starting this blog. Originally, my first posts were done while attending the University of Washington in Seattle. My wife (fiance at the time) and I then moved to Lawrence, Kansas for her graduate work and we lived right down the street from the University of Kansas football stadium.

From there we spent a year living in Ukraine and Latvia while while Mrs. Heartbreaking Cards had a fellowship to do research there and the card collection sat in my parent's attic. If you are interested in reading more about that time in my life, I wrote a travel blog about it called Use My Camera.

The job hunt then brought us to the Atlanta area and I got to meet and hang out with the legendary Dave the Cardboard Junkie and that was the start of our podcast, The Trading Card Preservation Society. Last summer was spent in Washington D.C. followed by a job change for my wife and a relocation to Decatur, Illinois which is in the middle of the state. This past weekend was one last move for us as we joined the wonderful world of being homeowners. Our decade on the road is officially over!


The move also meant moving the baseball card collection one last time before finding a permanent home. Here it is in the trunk of my car (well, about 70% of it as the rest was piled in the back seat). With all the moves I've trimmed the collection quite a bit over the years and it sits currently at about 15 of those 3,200 card boxes. Of course, it rained all weekend during the move so keeping it nice and dry was a challenge but I'm glad it is over. I'll share a photo when I get things set up in the new digs. 

April 26, 2017

Upgrading My Burleigh Grimes 1933 Goudey Rookie Card

I've recently been able to add an upgraded copy of Burleigh Grimes' 1933 Goudey #64 to my Wisconsin player collection. Grimes was the last pitcher to be able to use the spitball legally and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. Grimes hails from the small Wisconsin town of Emerald which is about an hour west of my home in Eau Claire, WI.

My new copy (on the left) has a chunk missing in the bottom right corner but this is still a serious upgrade over my first copy (on the right). You might not notice it immediately but someone trimmed the red banner stating "Big League Chewing Gum" off of the card.


 Here's the back of both cards and I love that it mentions his origins in Wisconsin, "born on a farm in Wisconsin and worked in the lumber camps, where he developed considerable strength."

Here are my two other Grimes cards which is a Goudey reprint and 1961 Fleer Baseball. 







April 24, 2017

Juan Berenguer Needs List


As a kid one of my favorite Twins was reliever Juan Berenguer a.k.a. Senor Smoke. He was key to the Twins World Series title in 1987 and missed out on the 1991 title by signing with the Atlanta Braves in free agency 1991 off-season.

Last updated: 6/19/2017

1976-77 Venezuelan League Stickers #143 Juan Berenguer
1978 Tidewater Tides TCMA #3 Juan Berenguer
1979 Tacoma Tugs TCMA #6 Juan Berenguer
1979 Topps #721 Juan Berenguer RC/Dwight Bernard RC/Dan Norman RC
1980 Tidewater Tides TCMA #3 Juan Berenguer
1980-81 Venezuelan League Stickers #206 Juan Berenquer
1981 Royals Promotional Photo Sheet #2 Juan Berenguer
1981 Topps #259 Juan Berenguer/Hubie Brooks RC/Mookie Wilson RC
1982 Donruss #580 Juan Berenguer
1982 Evansville Triplets TCMA #2 Juan Berenguer
1982 O-Pee-Chee #107 Juan Berenguer
1982 O-Pee-Chee Posters #12 Juan Berenguer UER/(Misspelled Berenger)
1982 Topps #437 Juan Berenguer
1983 Tigers Postcards #4 Juan Berenguer
1984 Donruss #125 Juan Berenguer
1984 Fleer #77 Juan Berenguer
1984 Nestle 792 #174 Juan Berenguer
1984 Tigers Team Issue #6 Juan Berenguer
1984 Tigers Wave Postcards #6 Juan Berenguer
1984 Topps #174 Juan Berenguer
1984 Topps Tiffany #174 Juan Berenguer
1985 Donruss #272 Juan Berenguer
1985 Fleer #2 Juan Berenguer
1985 Tigers Cain's Discs #2 Juan Berenguer
1985 Tigers Wendy's/Coke #3 Juan Berenguer
1985 Topps #672 Juan Berenguer
1985 Topps Tiffany #672 Juan Berenguer
1986 Fleer #221 Juan Berenguer
1986 Giants Mother's #27 Juan Berenguer
1986 Giants Postcards #2 Juan Berenguer
1986 Topps #47 Juan Berenguer
1986 Topps Tiffany #47 Juan Berenguer
1986 Topps Traded #9T Juan Berenguer
1986 Topps Traded Tiffany #9T Juan Berenguer
1987 Donruss #616 Juan Berenguer
1987 Fleer #265 Juan Berenguer
1987 Fleer Glossy #265 Juan Berenguer
1987 Fleer Update #4 Juan Berenguer
1987 Fleer Update Glossy #4 Juan Berenguer
1987 Topps #303 Juan Berenguer
1987 Topps Tiffany #303 Juan Berenguer
1987 Topps Traded #5T Juan Berenguer
1987 Topps Traded Tiffany #5T Juan Berenguer
1987 Twins Postcards #2 Juan Berenguer
1987 Twins Team Issue #25 Juan Berenguer
1988 Donruss #395 Juan Berenguer
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best #298 Juan Berenguer
1988 Fleer #3 Juan Berenguer
1988 Fleer Glossy #3 Juan Berenguer
1988 Starting Lineup Twins #2 Juan Berenguer
1988 Topps #526 Juan Berenguer
1988 Topps Big #222 Juan Berenguer
1988 Topps Tiffany #526 Juan Berenguer
1988 Twins Master Bread Discs #3 Juan Berenguer
1989 APBA Baseball Card Game Juan Berenguer
1989 Bowman #152 Juan Berenguer
1989 Bowman Tiffany #152 Juan Berenguer
1989 Donruss #81 Juan Berenguer
1989 Donruss Baseball's Best #46 Juan Berenguer
1989 Fleer #104 Juan Berenguer
1989 Fleer Glossy #104 Juan Berenguer
1989 O-Pee-Chee #294 Juan Berenguer
1989 O-Pee-Chee Stickers #291 Juan Berenguer
1989 Score #414 Juan Berenguer
1989 Topps #294 Juan Berenguer
1989 Topps Big #117 Juan Berenguer
1989 Topps Stickers #291 Juan Berenguer
1989 Topps Tiffany #294 Juan Berenguer
1989 Upper Deck #232 Juan Berenguer
1990 Bowman #410 Juan Berenguer
1990 Bowman Tiffany #410 Juan Berenguer
1990 Donruss #301 Juan Berenguer
1990 Fleer #369 Juan Berenguer
1990 Fleer Canadian #369 Juan Berenguer
1990 Leaf #169 Juan Berenguer
1990 O-Pee-Chee #709 Juan Berenguer
1990 Publications International Stickers #323 Juan Berenguer
1990 Score #223 Juan Berenguer
1990 Topps #709 Juan Berenguer
1990 Topps Tiffany #709 Juan Berenguer
1990 Upper Deck #440 Juan Berenguer
1991 Bowman #572 Juan Berenguer
1991 Braves Dubuque Perforated #3 Juan Berenguer
1991 Braves Dubuque Standard #5 Juan Berenguer
1991 Donruss #340 Juan Berenguer
1991 Fleer #604 Juan Berenguer
1991 Fleer Update #71 Juan Berenguer
1991 Leaf #526 Juan Berenguer
1991 Mets WIZ #33 Juan Berenguer
1991 O-Pee-Chee #449 Juan Berenguer
1991 Score #111 Juan Berenguer
1991 Score Promos #111 Juan Berenguer
1991 Score Rookie/Traded #73T Juan Berenguer
1991 Stadium Club #460 Juan Berenguer
1991 Topps #449 Juan Berenguer
1991 Topps Desert Shield #449 Juan Berenguer
1991 Topps Micro #449 Juan Berenguer
1991 Topps Tiffany #449 Juan Berenguer
1991 Ultra Update #66 Juan Berenguer
1991 Upper Deck #411 Juan Berenguer
1992 Braves Lykes Perforated #3 Juan Berenguer
1992 Braves Lykes Standard #4 Juan Berenguer
1992 Donruss #205 Juan Berenguer
1992 Fleer #352 Juan Berenguer
1992 O-Pee-Chee #172 Juan Berenguer
1992 Pinnacle #515 Juan Berenguer
1992 Score #216 Juan Berenguer UER/Decimal point missing/in IP total
1992 Stadium Club #44 Juan Berenguer
1992 Topps #172 Juan Berenguer
1992 Topps Gold #172 Juan Berenguer
1992 Topps Gold Winners #172 Juan Berenguer
1992 Topps Micro #172 Juan Berenguer
1992 Ultra #455 Juan Berenguer
1992 Upper Deck #493 Juan Berenguer
1992 Upper Deck Gold Hologram #493 Juan Berenguer
2007 Twins Upper Deck 1987 20th Anniversary #24 Juan Berenguer
2009 Upper Deck 1989 20th Anniversary Buybacks #232 Juan Berenguer
2012 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signatures #613 Juan Berenguer #/50
2012 Leaf Memories 90 Leaf Buyback Autographs #169 Juan Berenguer #/40
2012 Leaf Memories 90 Leaf Buyback Gold #169 Juan Berenguer #/5
2012 Leaf Memories 90 Leaf Buyback Red #169 Juan Berenguer #/1
2012 Leaf Memories 90 Leaf Buyback Silver #169 Juan Berenguer #/20
2013 Leaf Memories 91 Buyback Gold #526 Juan Berenguer #/5
2013 Leaf Memories 91 Buyback Red #526 Juan Berenguer

April 23, 2017

Show and Tell #131: I Need More Trades Like This One From I Need New Hobbies

Sometimes serendipity will strike with baseball card trades and that was the case with Scott from I Need New Hobbies (@INeedNewHobbies) when I put up my Bill Madlock needs list. He happened to have a Madlock 1974 Topps rookie card sitting around and readily available and so sent it my way. 


Madlock played a few games for the Rangers in 1973 but he wouldn't be featured on a Topps card until 1974. Madlock would be the only of the four prospects that would have a long-term career, although collectors not paying too close attention might confuse Tigers' prospect Ron Cash for Tigers legend Norm Cash and Reggie Sanders of the Tigers for Reggie Sanders of the Cincinnati Reds.

Thanks again for the trade Scott!

Show and Tell #130: Mad Dog Madlocks From Baseball Card Breakdown

I recently published my Bill Madlock needs list and defgav of Baseball Card Breakdown, who is also another Madlock collector, sent me some of his doubles. Here are a few of the highlight, including Madlock's 1984 Donruss Diamond King with has the "Steel" spelling error on the back.


Two more from Madlock's era with the Pirates who he played for from 1979-1985. His 1983 Fleer card features him wearing a batting helmet that seems to be sitting a few inches off his head with his hair tucked under. 

defgav is also well known for his original baseball card creations and he included several original cards including a 1973 Topps Bill Madlock. Madlock's rookie is in 1974 Topps with the Cubs and this "card that never was" refers to his brief time in the majors with the Rangers before being traded to the Cubs. He played 21 games for the Rangers and was a part of the trade that brought Fergie Jenkins to the Rangers during the 1973 off-season. 



I love the distressed nature of this Hank Aaron mini that features him with the Jacksonville Braves minor league team. Before being transferred to Jacksonville, Aaron debuted with the Eau Claire Bears in Carson Park in my hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

A third original card features Lew Burdette throwing a shutout in Game 7 of the 1957 World Series and he was named series MVP. 


Thanks again for the cards defgav!

April 19, 2017

Wilbur Wood Needs List


Updated: 4/20/17

1964 Topps #267 Wilbur Wood RC
1964 Topps Venezuelan #267 Wilbur Wood RC
1965 Topps #478 Wilbur Wood
1967 Topps #391 Wilbur Wood DP
1968 Topps #585 Wilbur Wood
1969 MLB PhotoStamps #36 Wilbur Wood
1969 Milton Bradley #295 Wilbur Wood
1969 O-Pee-Chee #123 Wilbur Wood
1969 Topps #123 Wilbur Wood
1969 Topps Four-in-One #12 Odom/Durocher/Wood/Dalrymple
1969 Topps Stamps #160 Wilbur Wood
1969 White Sox Team Issue Color #16 Wilbur Wood
1970 O-Pee-Chee #342 Wilbur Wood
1970 Topps #342 Wilbur Wood
1971 O-Pee-Chee #436 Wilbur Wood
1971 Topps #436 Wilbur Wood
1972 Kellogg's #4 Wilbur Wood
1972 Milton Bradley #369 Wilbur Wood
1972 O-Pee-Chee #92 Blue/Wood/Palmer LL
1972 O-Pee-Chee #94 AL Pitching Leaders/Mickey Lolich/Vida Blue/Wil
1972 O-Pee-Chee #342 Wilbur Wood KP
1972 Topps #92 AL ERA Leaders/Vida Blue/Wilbur Wood/Jim Palmer
1972 Topps #94 AL Pitching Leaders/Mickey Lolich/Vida Blue/Wilbur Wood
1972 Topps #342 Wilbur Wood KP
1972 Topps #553 Wilbur Wood
1972 Topps #554 Wilbur Wood IA
1972 Topps Posters #19 Wilbur Wood
1972 Venezuelan Topps Stamps #214 Wilbur Wood IA
1972 White Sox #12 Wilbur Wood
1972 White Sox Team Issue #15A Wilbur Wood UER/(Says Wilber/on card)
1972 White Sox Team Issue #15B Wilbur Wood COR
1973 Kellogg's #9 Wilbur Wood
1973 O-Pee-Chee #66 Carlton/Perry/Wood LL
1973 O-Pee-Chee #150 Wilbur Wood
1973 Topps #66 Victory Leaders/Steve Carlton/Gaylord Perry/Wilbur Wood
1973 Topps #150 Wilbur Wood
1973 Topps Candy Lids #54 Wilbur Wood
1973 White Sox Team Issue #6 Wilbur Wood UER/Spelled Wilber
1973-74 Linnett Portraits #53 Wilbur Wood
1974 Kellogg's #34A Wilbur Wood ERR 959 Strikeouts
1974 Kellogg's #34B Wilbur Wood COR 960 Strikeouts
1974 O-Pee-Chee #120 Wilbur Wood
1974 O-Pee-Chee #205 Wilbur Wood/Ron Bryant LL
1974 Topps #120 Wilbur Wood
1974 Topps #205 Victory Leaders/Wilbur Wood/Ron Bryant
1974 Topps Deckle Edge #13 Wilbur Wood
1975 Hostess #68 Wilbur Wood
1975 Hostess Twinkie #68 Wilbur Wood
1975 O-Pee-Chee #110 Wilbur Wood
1975 SSPC 42 #1 Wilbur Wood
1975 Topps #110 Wilbur Wood
1975 Topps Mini #110 Wilbur Wood
1976 Crane Discs #67 Wilbur Wood
1976 Hostess #99 Wilbur Wood
1976 O-Pee-Chee #368 Wilbur Wood
1976 SSPC #139 Wilbur Wood
1976 Safelon Discs #67 Wilbur Wood
1976 Topps #368 Wilbur Wood
1977 Topps #198 Wilbur Wood
1977 White Sox Jewel Tea #15 Wilbur Wood
1977 White Sox Tribune #26 Wilbur Wood
1978 SSPC 270 #143 Wilbur Wood
1978 Topps #726 Wilbur Wood
1979 O-Pee-Chee #108 Wilbur Wood
1979 Topps #216 Wilbur Wood
1981 TCMA 60's II #325 Wilbur Wood
1982 TCMA Greatest Pitchers #5 Wilbur Wood
1985 White Sox Coke #50 Juan Agosto/Wilbur Wood
1989 Pacific Legends II #124 Wilbur Wood
1989 Swell Baseball Greats #127 Wilbur Wood
1991 Line Drive #35 Wilbur Wood
1991 Swell Baseball Greats #121 Wilbur Wood
1992 Action Packed ASG #53 Wilbur Wood
1992 Upper Deck Sheets #5 Rangers Heroes vs./White Sox Heroes/May 3, 1992 (22,000)/Comiskey Park/Bill Melton/Dick Allen/Wilbur Wood/Carlos May/Chuck Tanner MG
2001 Topps Archives #47 Wilbur Wood 64
2001 Topps Archives #152 Wilbur Wood 79
2001 Topps Archives Autographs #TAA91 Wilbur Wood E1
2001 Topps Golden Anniversary Autographs #GAAWW Wilbur Wood D2
2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970's #36 Wilbur Wood
2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970's #118 Wilbur Wood DD
2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites #67 Wilbur Wood
2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Autographs #WW Wilbur Wood I
2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Refractors #67 Wilbur Wood #/299
2005 Topps Pristine Legends #84 Wilbur Wood C
2005 Topps Pristine Legends Gold Die Cut Refractors #84 Wilbur Wood #/65
2005 Topps Pristine Legends Refractors #84 Wilbur Wood #/549
2012 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signatures #980 Wilbur Wood #/37