April 30, 2009

Graphic Novel Baseball Cards

A lot of people point to the Dark Knight Returns as the birth of dark, gritty, realistic comics...but I look back a little earlier...some 30 odd years before, the cartoonists at Topps were laying the groundwork for this now popular format.

Can't you just feel the pain in this Bennie Daniels card? It could just as well be a panel from an issue of Sin City.

When Decrative Scissors Attack

No, this card isn't the result of a little kid grabbing a pair of scissors and trimming a little off the side of a card...instead this is a Denny McLain card from a weird little set called Topps Deckle Edge. The card is #8 from a set of 35 that came out in 1969 and today books at $120.00 mint. The key card is the Roberto Clemente and, believe it not, Jim Wynn. This is because Topps numbered the Jim Wynn and Hoyt Whilhelm both card #11.

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.

What Jinx?

Zack went to 5-0 yesterday...get his autos cheap while you still can...

April 28, 2009

New Project Announcement, Writers Wanted

As I think I have stated previously, the first time that I thought "I could do that" in regards to baseball card blogging was when A Pack A Day solicited for writers about a year ago. I applied and got rejected...well to be honest I never heard anything. When life hands you lemons, you've got to make lemonade right? I started Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius and have done close to 600 posts since September of last year. I am hoping to get to a Mario-like 1000 posts by my one year anniversary.

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 heartbreakingcards@gmail.com. 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!


Matt F.

April 27, 2009

Trolling The Streets Of eBay At Night

Found trolling the streets of eBay at night...

Interesting Fact: Johnny Podres was the first winner of the World Series MVP award [1955].

April 26, 2009

Staggeringly Genius Band: Garfunkel & Oates

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

The Brohm Hits Just Keep On Coming

This is about as close as I come to prospecting in football cards...

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.

Better Hair: Pascual Perez or Ross Grimsley?

I'm going with Pascual because in nearly every card I've seen of his his hair seems to be drenched.

Was Mitchell Safe?

Here's another card that would be in my Top 20 Cards of All-time...so that would make the first two cards I've singled out to be from the same set...[the other is the Gorman Thomas card from '87 Topps]. It was the first set I ever collected and so I'm sure there are psychological issues going on here that I'm not fully aware of.

The question is though, was Mitchell safe at home?

Here are two more I enjoy:

If You Hate The Concept Of Book Value Don't Buy This Repackage

I'll try anything once and so when I saw this little experiment in book value for under $10 I went for it. I am promised between 1 and 30 cards that will add up to a whopping $50 book value...My package had a bunch of Pacific and Topps Opening Day of players who have been accused and denied taking steroids. I won't celebrate that so I won't post those. Here are some I liked:

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.

What's The Back Story Here?

April 25, 2009

Let's Play Ball America

We card bloggers give card companies a lot of grief for making mistakes on their cards, making ridiculously short print runs of card variations, or, as we saw with the Topps Mayo football release, advertising cards that won't actually exist. Well for all the follies that Topps & Upper Deck are guilty of they seem minor when compared to the 1939 Play Ball set.

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.

Missed It By That Much

Yesterday was Chipper Jones' birthday and today is mine. If I was born nine hours earlier I would get to share my birthday with a future Hall of Famer but instead I get Tony Phillips and Jacque Jones...so to celebrate I blew a little birthday money and picked up a Jones auto and a Phillips rookie from Checkoutmycards.com.

Don't Talk To Me About Book Value

Oh yeah Night Owl and Mario! I'll do you one better...Beckett has the mint value of this little beauty at $60.00!

I'm going to throw this baby on eBay with a minimum bid of $50 right now...

ABA Horseshoe

This is my first horseshoe mustache basketball card and it comes from reader Amarillo Jeff.

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?

It's Official...

Well, it's official...the Lions have decided to draft a quarterback #1 on Saturday...

April 23, 2009

Top 7 Anagrams for Dinged Corners

I was bored today at work and started messing around with the Internet Anagram Server...so may I proudly present the Top 7 Anagrams for Dinged Corners:

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.

The Final Push: 2008 Allen & Ginter Needs List

In less than two months, the $20 bill I have in my pocket will start burning with a white hot intensity for it to be spent on a blaster of the new 2009 Allen & Ginter...so before my Dockers go up in flames, I need to slay the beast that has become completing my 2008 Allen & Ginter set.

Let me know if you can help out.

Needs List:

Last updated 8-11-09


2009 Topps Heritage Needs List

Topps Heritage 2009 Needs Lists

Last updated 1-27-10

Red = pending trade/waiting to receive cards

28, 58, 70

292, 294,

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

Rated Rookie Repackage

Repackage Front

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.

Rated Rookie Eddie Williams

Interesting Fact: Although you many have never heard of Eddie, he played twelve seasons including one with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.

Rated Rookie Jack McDowell

Interesting Fact: By far the biggest star in this Rated Rookie group, "Black Jack" is now a musician in the band Stickfigure.

Rated Rookie Jody Reed

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.

Rated Rookies Billy Ashley

Interesting Fact: Billy is tied for the Dodgers record of most pinch hit homers in a season.

CC, Tall Braves, A R A M I S, Stormshadow, and A Chain-Link Fence Strikes It Famous...

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.

Heritage Sabathia Shortprint

Man those guys in the back sure are tall.

Heritage Braves Team Shot

The non-variation variation.

Heritage A  R  A  M  I  S

Is that Storm Shadow in right field for the Rays?

Heritage Game 5

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Heritage Jonathan Papelbon

We'll even provide some extra spice to the cards by sneaking in some tricked out Ford Contour's in the background at no extra charge.

WHeritage Dustin Pedroia