June 30, 2010

Heartbreaking Damage #4: Ernie Banks 1969 Topps

This is my first proper Ernie Banks card and when I was sifting through the $1 bin at the card show I just about choked because at first I didn't notice the damage and exciting accessories that this card has.

The damage on the right side is almost like a notary's stamp was used on the card. There are several pin-like holes on it that line up in a straight line. Plus, someone with a red pen has made it a lot easier to remember that Ernie's lifetime batting average was .277 in 1969...no more painfully having to turn the card over to know that anymore.

And then there is the piece de resistance: the green star sticker that covers up some more red pen scribbles is a nice touch that pushes this damage from good to great!

1969 Topps #20 Ernie Banks

June 28, 2010

More Inserts From 2010 Topps Series 2

When I design my card set it's going to be all inserts. No base cards. Just five or six outstanding insert sets. But then again, what would those insert cards be inserted into? I'm getting headaches already.

I've been buy Series 2 entirely for the inserts and the chance for more 1000000 Car Giveaway contest cards. All my extras that I don't care about have been shipped to Thorzul and his Series 2 experiment.

Here are some inserts of note that I've pulled thus far:

This Tris Speaker is the first one of "these old players in contemporary designs" cards I've pulled. I like this one in particular but some of the other ones of just poor looking.

#VLC4 Tris Speaker Vintage Legends [1981 Topps Design]
These are what the Turkey Red cards should be...no prospects should be allowed.

Turkey Red #TR95 Ty Cobb

Dizzy Dean: The last National League pitcher to win 30 games.

1951 Topps Blue Backs #24 Dizzy Dean

Forget the 40-40 club, Rogers is the only member of the 40-400 club. Meaning he is the only player to ever hit more than 40 home runs and bat over .400 in a season.

1951 Topps Blue Backs #22 Rogers Hornsby

Everywhere I turn it's been Johnny Podres, Johnny Podres. You'll see another one of this cards in a post I'm doing about the cards I recently picked up at a local card show.

History of the World Series #HWS11 Johnny Podres

Some of these lineage comparisons are a little weak but I like this one. Blue I get to add a new Aparicio card to the collection.

Legendary Lineage #LL-46 Luis Aparicio/Alexei Ramirez

It's fun to run your finger over these cards and pretend that I'm a 90's DJ scratchin' a record.

2020 #T8 Buster Posey

This card should read Matt Kemp Peak Performance "Been Dating Rihanna For Over A Year."

Peak Performance #PP-79 Matt Kemp

June 24, 2010

Before Billy There Was Billy

Before there was Billy Ripken and his bat barrel, there was another Billy with his middle finger surreptitiously over the top of his bat barrel.

1972 Topps #33 Billy Martin

Extreme closeup:

June 23, 2010

What Will Yaz Bring Me?

What will Yaz bring me?

Roger Dodger!

Mullet for the win!

This is, by the way, my first card giveaway card from after 1982. I've been insanely lucky so far in this promotion.

June 22, 2010


I might be out of the loop a little bit here but I only just found out that Sloth from the movie The Goonies [the greatest 80's movie ever, btw...I've even been to Astoria, OR to see some of the famous locations used in the movie] was played by former Raiders defensive end John Matuszak...meaning there are Sloth cards out there!

Here are two I found in my vintage football commons box...how could I have neglected these cards for so long!

1981 Topps Football #255 John Matuszak

"Hey you guys...I'm cold!"

1982 Topps Football #195 John Matuszak

June 21, 2010

My Own Little Fleer Sticker Project: Seattle Mariners

Dear Seattle Mariners,

Please go back to your King Trident logo. It is my personally favorite of all-time and sooooo much better than that damn compass logo. And don't even get me started about the "S" logo. You see, the trident is one of the coolest weapons of all time and when upside down it makes the first letter of the teams name. Plus Aquaman uses a trident. Frickin' Aquaman. You should thank the baseball gods that you stumbled upon such a great idea and you should embrace it...not ignore it as an "old logo."


Matt F.

Having A Ball

I've been posting about this trade for quite some time now. But we have finally arrived at the crowning glory. The piece that made this trade the trade that all future trade will be judged against. It begins with this note:

This is in reference to this card I sent dayf a while ago. What he sent just blows me away. I would trade that Heyward card a million times over.

Here's the tease...it's a certified autographed baseball from the 2001 Topps Archives Reserve set.

And it turns out to be an autograph from my all-time favorite player, Andy Pafko. For my posts about Andy you can go here.

Thanks so much dayf!

June 20, 2010

1992 Donruss Diamond King Needs List


Thanks Mike!

1991 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

COMPLETED! 7-30-10

1991 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

1 Dave Stieb
2 Craig Biggio
3 Cecil Fielder
4 Barry Bonds
5 Barry Larkin
6 Dave Parker
7 Len Dykstra
8 Bobby Thigpen
9 Roger Clemens
10 Ron Gant
11 Delino DeShields
12 Roberto Alomar
13 Sandy Alomar
14 Ryne Sandberg
15 Ramon Martinez
16 Edgar Martinez
17 Dave Magadan
18 Matt Williams
19 Rafael Palmeiro
20 Bob Welch
21 Dave Righetti
22 Brian Harper
23 Gregg Olson
24 Kurt Stillwell
25 Pedro Guerrero
26 Chuck Finley
27 Checklist

1990 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

COMPLETED! 8-19-10

1990 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

1 Bo Jackson
2 Steve Sax
3 Ruben Sierra
4 Ken Griffey Jr.
5 Mickey Tettleton
6 Dave Stewart
7 Jim Deshaies
8 John Smoltz
9 Mike Bielecki
10 Brian Downing
11 Kevin Mitchell
12 Kelly Gruber
13 Joe Magrane
14 John Franco
15 Ozzie Guillen
16 Lou Whitaker
17 John Smiley
18 Howard Johnson
19 Willie Randolph
20 Chris Bosio
21 Tommy Herr
22 Dan Gladden
23 Ellis Burks
24 Pete O'Brien
25 Bryn Smith
26 Ed Whitson
27 Checklist

1989 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

COMPLETED! 8-19-10

1989 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

1 Mike Greenwell
2 Bobby Bonilla
3 Pete Incaviglia
4 Chris Sabo
5 Robin Yount
6 Tony Gwynn
7 Carlton Fisk
8 Cory Snyder
9 David Cone
10 Kevin Seitzer
11 Rick Reuschel
12 Johnny Ray
13 Dave Schmidt
14 Andres Galarraga
15 Kirk Gibson
16 Fred McGriff
17 Mark Grace
18 Jeff Robinson
19 Vince Coleman
20 Dave Henderson
21 Harold Reynolds
22 Gerald Perry
23 Frank Viola
24 Steve Bedrosian
25 Glenn Davis
26 Don Mattingly
27 Checklist

1988 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

COMPLETED! 8-19-10

1988 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

1 Mark McGwire
2 Tim Raines
3 Benito Santiago
4 Alan Trammell
5 Danny Tartabull
6 Ron Darling
7 Paul Molitor
8 Devon White
9 Andre Dawson
10 Julio Franco
11 Scott Fletcher
12 Tony Fernandez
13 Shane Rawley
14 Kal Daniels
15 Jack Clark
16 Dwight Evans
17 Tommy John
18 Andy Van Slyke
19 Gary Gaetti
20 Mark Langston
21 Will Clark
22 Glenn Hubbard
23 Billy Hatcher
24 Bob Welch
25 Ivan Calderon
26 Cal Ripken Jr.
27 Checklist

1987 Donruss Diamond Kings Need List

COMPLETED! 8-19-10

1987 Donruss Diamond Kings Need List

1 Wally Joyner
2 Roger Clemens
3 Dale Murphy
4 Darryl Strawberry
5 Ozzie Smith
6 Jose Canseco
7 Charlie Hough
8 Brook Jacoby
9 Fred Lynn
10 Rick Rhoden
11 Chris Brown
12 Von Hayes
13 Jack Morris
14 Kevin McReynolds
15 George Brett
16 Ted Higuera
17 Hubie Brooks
18 Mike Scott
19 Kirby Puckett
20 Dave Winfield
21 Lloyd Moseby
22 Eric Davis
23 Jim Presley
24 Keith Moreland
25 Greg Walker
26 Steve Sax
27 DK Checklist

1986 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

1986 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

SET COMPLETE 1-22-11! Thanks Mike!

1985 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

1985 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

SET COMPLETE 1-22-11! Thanks Mike!

1984 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

1984 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

COMPLETED!  4-24-11

1983 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

1983 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

SET COMPLETE 1-22-11! Thanks Mike!

1982 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

1982 Donruss Diamond Kings Needs List

SET COMPLETE 1-22-11 Thanks Mike!

Diamonds Are...

If you've ever been sorting your collection of Diamond Kings by series [as I'm sure many of you have], I'm sure you've been quick to discover the frustration that it entails. You see, multiple years of Diamond Kings designs are identical on the front while only the backs are different.

1982 Donruss #10 Phil Niekro Diamond Kings

1983 Donruss #6 George Foster Diamond Kings

To complicate matters further the copyright years listed on the back are not always accurate for the year they are from. For example, the Niekro and Foster Diamond Kings are from different sets but they both have a 1982 copyright.

Show and Tell #56: Stadiums & Mascots From Steve

I love this trade package from Steve because of it's pinpoint focus: Mascots and Stadium cards. A lot of these are from the Donruss Triple Play set which at one time was a major part of my collecting life but I have since completely forgotten about it.


1992 Donruss Triple Play #138 The Famous Chicken
1993 Upper Deck Mascot Madness #4 BJ Birdy

1992 Donruss Triple Play #133 Phillie Phanatic


1992 Donruss Triple Play #173 Wrigley Field

1993 Score #329 Texas Rangers Checklist

1992 Donruss Triple Play #263 Oriole Park

1992 Donruss Triple Play #1 Skydome

Thanks Steve!

Show and Tell #55: Trade With Mike D.

This is a trade post that is a long time coming. I've been e-mailing back and forth with reader Mike D. for quite a while and he sent these cards more than a month and a half ago. I felt bad about showing them until I got a chance to send back my half of the trade. Mike sent me a bunch of great inserts, relics, and vintage cards and here are some of the highlights:

While I've worked on the 2008 & 2009 mini insert sets, this is my first one from the 2007 set.

2007 Topps Allen and Ginter Roman Emperors #E9 Marcus Aurelius Mini

If you follow politics then you know that the race to replace Mark Sanford as South Carolina governor is one of the most exciting elections this cycle. Sex and bloggers are a wicked combination.

2009 Topps Mayo #USG40 Mark Sanford

A great Gaylord Perry story [that may or may not be true] is that Perry's manager Alvin Dark commented that they would put a man on the moon before Gaylord would hit a home run. Well, he actually did hit his first home run on 7/20/69 which was the same day Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

1965 Topps #193 Gaylord Perry

Here's everything you need to know about the Tommy John surgery. It replaces a ligament in your elbow with a tendon from another area like the forearm, knee, or hamstring. Tommy rehabilitated for 18 months after his surgery. Today pitchers rehabilitate for only a year.

1968 Topps #72 Tommy John

What Dave Kingman was to the 70's, and Bob Horner was in the 80's, and Cecil Fielder was in the 90's, Richie Sexson was to the 00's. This is my third copy of this card.

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter #AGR-RS Richie Sexson Jersey Relic

Interesting fact you may not know about Hank: when he retired he was the last active player in the major to have played in the Negro Leagues.

1987 Leaf Hall of Fame Greats #H7 Hank Aaron

Poor Alex. He got demoted to the minors this season but has been tearing up AAA Omaha [his batting .353 over 43 games] like he did when he earned Minor League Payer of the Year honors in 2006.

2007 Topps Allen & Ginter #204 Alex Gordon

Brian is now with the Bills and with a little luck might be the Bills starting quarterback this season.

2008 Topps Stadium Club #IR-BB Brian Brohm Jersey Relic 0558/1349

With all the smooching that Tony Kornheiser does to Brett Favre's back side it's no wonder that Aaron Rodgers hates his guts.

2009 Topps Mayo #5 Aaron Rodgers

2006 Topps Turkey Red #120 Aaron Rodgers