July 31, 2010

A Bip To The Crotch Is Worth Two In The Bush

In an earlier post, I claimed [rather blindly] that this Tom Glavine card had to be the best card from the 1991 Fleer set.

1991 Fleer #689 Tom Glavine

PunkRockPaint pointed out that Alfredo Griffin's '91 Fleer was better. The card didn't ring any bells for me and so I turned to the interwebs but couldn't find an image quickly. Turned out there is a signed copy for sale here and I got to see a copy of Glavine's contender.

1991 Fleer #201 Alfredo Griffin

If I had only known there was an unofficial Bip Roberts card with Bip taking a chunk out of Alfredo Griffin's crotch I wouldn't have never questioned it's superiority.

July 30, 2010

Packers Matryoshka

My fiance just returned from spending two months in Russia and on her travels she picked up this great Aaron Rodgers doll from a market in St. Petersburg. Of course, this doll held some surprises inside...

...like nearly every offensive weapon the Packers have.

And here's the back view:

Genius Covers: Sleepwalker #19

Today we have the only issue I own of the Sleepwalker series [Sleepwalker #19] from December 1992. You may not be able to tell from the smaller version of the scan [click on it to see a larger version] but the cover is designed to be worn as a mask with eye holes and a mouth hole that can be punched out from the cover itself.

For those not familiar with Sleepwalker he is some kind of guardian of the Mindscape [the place where people dream] who gets stuck in the mind of a human, Rick Sheridan. The Sleepwalker would "emerge" to fight bad guys and team up with X-men, Fantastic Four, and the Avengers from time to time.

Previously on Genius Covers:

American Splendor
Classics Illustrated #4 Last of the Mohicans
Mephisto vs. The Fantastic Four #1
The Amazing Spider-Man #247
G.I. Joe #30
The Mighty Thor #475
Daredevil #262
The Spectacular Spider-Man #180
The Amazing Spider-Man #246

Show and Tell #60: Stats on the Back Giveaway

I finally got my stuff together and took advantage of Mark from Stats on the Back giveaway and claimed a bunch of collections that sat for a while with no one willing to take them.

My favorite individual card is this J.R. Richard/Nolan Ryan combo card. I'm a big fan of J.R. and this is one I didn't have yet.

1980 Topps #206 J.R. Richard/Nolan Ryan 1979 Strikeout Leaders

I grabbed up Marks' Matt Williams collection because Matt W. is the best baseball player to ever be named "Matthew" and my name is Matt.

1994 Flair #448 Matt Williams
1993 Flair #148 Matt Williams

I've recently come to have a new found appreciation for 1997 Score with its lower case type and clean design and I think I will try to find a box of this to break on eBay. Their are a couple that are available for $19.95 and $21.00.

1997 Score #238 Matt Williams

1994 Pinnacle #298 Matt Williams

I also picked up groups of cards of Bert Blyleven, Tom Glavine, and Mike Mussina.

Someday I'll do a post of all the different positions that Bert Blyleven's tongue takes in his cards.

1986 Donruss Highlights #31 Bert Blyleven

I think this has got to be the best card from the 1991 Fleer set. I challenge you to find a better one.

1991 Fleer #689 Tom Glavine

Even more great cards from the 1997 Score set.

1997 Score #154 Mike Mussina

Thanks Mark!

July 28, 2010

Russell's Tiny Sig

I'm a member of an e-mail list by an eBay seller that I bought a random card from years ago. His weekly offerings vary from older cards to new autographs and lots. All the cards he offers are sight unseen so you never quite know what you are getting if you can't easily find a copy for sale elsewhere online. With autographs you even more blind until it arrives with all the different ways players sign. So I recently picked up a Russell Martin autograph for $3...

2007 Bowman's Best #49 Russell Martin Autograph

...and I should have probably taken a look at Russell's signature before buying it because it's a little, shall we say, underwhelming. The scan I don't think does justice to how small the signature really is. But it looks like nearly all the Martin autographs from Bowman's Best are this tiny so I don't feel so bad and I'm actually surprised how cheaply I was able to find it.

How Do You Go 18-1 Without Starting A Game? Ask Roy Face

I picked up this card from one of Fan of Reds eBay auction for a great deal. This is Roy's second Topps card...he had a card in the 1953 set even though he didn't play in the majors until the 1953 season.

When they make a list of the greatest pitching seasons ever Roy's 1959 season has to be considered. He went 18-1 and pitched in 57 games with a 2.70 ERA. But he never actually started a game for the Pirates and racked up 10 saves on top of the outstanding record.

1954 Topps #87 Roy Face

July 26, 2010

Betty's Guide To Parenting

If for no other reason, last night's Mad Men was a great reminder why we all hate Betty so much.

More Moon

I finally tracked down a proper Wally Moon card and that unibrow is just great. It is so great n fact it let Wally beat out both Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron to win the 1954 National League Rookie of the Year.

1964 Topps #353 Wally Moon

July 25, 2010

My Own Little Fleer Sticker Project: Detroit Tigers

I've always enjoyed the "tiger with the wide eyes" logo that the Detroit Tigers used for much of the 2nd half of the 20th century so these are some of my favorite stickers in this project.

For two seasons they used a different tiger logo which may be a little too much for young children and the elderly.

My $10 Challenge Entry

A couple of bloggers/readers on Twitter are having a $10 Challenge to find the best deal at their local card shop. I'm all in on one card for $8.00 [$8.53 with tax] of everyone's favorite Bash Brother. I'll update this post when the winner is decided.

You can follow me on twitter here.

2004 Donruss Throwback Threads #CC-42 Jose Canseco Century Collection #012/250

Did I Get A Strasburg?

These are all over my giant sized Walmart and I seem to be the only one buying them.

I pick one up each time I stop by not so much because of the possibility of finding a Stephen Strasburg but the discount price and the fact that the cards are from the entire set rather than one single series. In case you were wondering, here is Stephen's card from the set.

Well, I did pull a rookie card of a Washington Nationals pitcher, it just wasn't a Strasburg. Instead it was a Jordan Zimmerman rookie that I didn't have yet. Excelsior!

2009 Upper Deck Update #50 Jordan Zimmerman [Rookie Card]

July 24, 2010

Genius Covers: American Splendor

On July 12th the creator of the American Splendor comic, Harvey Pekar, died. He is my favorite comic author and I have just about every collection of the comic they've put out, the most famous being the Our Cancer Year graphic novel. That work documented Harvey's struggle with testicular cancer and the novel was eventually made into the movie American Splendor staring Paul Giamatti. I re-watched the film last night which got me in the mood to dig out my AS back issues:

American Splendor Volume 2 #4 September 2008 [Overall Issue #39]

American Splendor #1 November 2006 [Overall Issue #32}

American Splendor Volume 2 #3 August 2008 [Overall Issue #38]

I hope to one day have all 39 original issues including those originally self published by Harvey himself.

Of course all this isn't completely unrelated to baseball cards. Paul Giamatti's father, A. Bartlett Giamatti, who was briefly the Commissioner of Baseball. He died suddenly in 1989 and in 1990 Topps made a card in memory of him.

1990 Topps #396 A. Bartlett Giamatti

Previously on Genius Covers:

Classics Illustrated #4 Last of the Mohicans
Mephisto vs. The Fantastic Four #1
The Amazing Spider-Man #247
G.I. Joe #30
The Mighty Thor #475
Daredevil #262
The Spectacular Spider-Man #180
The Amazing Spider-Man #246

July 23, 2010

Tales from the LCS #1

Card Shop: Jeff's Sportscards
Location: Topeka, KS

In a world in which card shops are going under left and right, my go-to shop in Topeka had a Grand Reopening recently, believe it or not. The shop went from Al's Sportscards to Jeff's Sportscards...to confuse matters a little more Jeff worked at Al's. The shop is redesigned with new carpeting and it's a lot more organized. To me, an unorganized shop is already half way to going out of business. Plus, now the cards are all accurately priced and well marked. Overall, it is a much better experience.

I was just stopping by to check things out and didn't have a lot of money to blow so I just dipped into the 50 cent box.

After starting red hot, Brian has had his normal slow down to a 7-8 record currently. Over the past six decisions, he is 1-5. I maybe a jaded Bannister collector with a ton of certified autographs but I'm certain that he would be well over .500 pitcher if he was on a decent team.

2009 Topps 206 #273 Brian Bannister Mini Polar Bear Back
2009 Topps 206 #273 Brian Bannister Mini Piedmont Back

Barry is still doing great this year at 8-5. He had a two week stretch with three no decisions that the Giants all eventually won so his record could be even better. It's a sad commentary on the league when the one complete game Barry pitched this season has him in 8th place in the complete game standings.

2010 Topps #244 Barry Zito Gold #1733/2010

Another Bannister for the collection.

2010 Topps #528 Brian BannisterTopps picked a lot of stupid cards for this series but this one is perfect. It's great to actually own a version of this card [even if it is a reprint]. If this insert set was going to include modern cards it is these sort of cards [& the Billy Ripken "Fuck Face" card with variations] that it should have been focused around and not some mid-90's crap.

2010 Topps #CMT-55 The Cards Your Mom Threw Out Alex Gordon [Reprint of 2006 Topps #297] As a political card collector I didn't realize there were Obama cards in 2009 Upper Deck Football. I may be just a sucker for 3-D cards but these are some of the best political cards I've ever seen.

2009 Upper Deck Football #3D-50 Barack Obama 3D Stars
If you've never been to a baseball or football game in Kansas City you may not realize that Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium are a strong throw of the baseball away. Just like they are in my former home in Seattle.

2010 Topps #602 Kansas City Royals Team History

2010 Upper Deck #553 Kauffman Stadium

I didn't realize until recently that Bo was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He instead decided to go to Auburn and win the Heisman trophy. I really doubt Bo would be one of my favorite players if he had been a Yankee. But a Mattingly/Jackson combo in the lineup would have been pretty impressive.

2010 Topps #TOG-16 Tales of the Game Bo Jackson

2010 Topps #LL-44 Legendary Lineage Bo Jackson/Justin Upton

July 22, 2010

Show and Tell #59: Chicle Pack

No, this isn't a pack of Chicle. This is the Packers in Chicle form. I received these from Reader Tommy plus a bunch of other Packers in exchange for some Allen & Ginter/Mayo minis.

God only knows why Raji has the football here. Hopefully it's after running 60 yards after picking up a fumble. Get the oxygen ready!

#C18 B.J. Raji

With another 600 odd yards this season, Driver will pass James Lofton as the Packers all-time leading receiver.

#C161 Donald Driver

If Driver breaks Lofton's records he might not have it for long because Greg Jennings is about half way there after only four seasons.

#C196 Greg Jennings

I know it's been a few years since the Rodgers/Favre stuff but after following Aaron on twitter he seems like a nice normal guy. I can only imagine what a Brett Favre twitter account would be like.

#C180 Aaron Rodgers

It's easy to forget but Ryan Grant was undrafted in 2005 and with another few 1,000+ seasons he'll be one of the best undrafted players ever. [I would say that place is currently held by Kurt Warner or Warren Moon].

#C45 Ryan Grant

Thanks Tommy!

July 21, 2010

Show and Tell #58: They Were Diamond Kings?

I received a bunch of Diamond Kings toward my project to collect all the DKs from 1982-1992 from Mike D. When I looked at some of the cards I was struck with the feeling "they were a Diamond King?"

I love the confetti design but Diamond King worthy? In 1986, Rhoden was 15-12 but who else are you going to have from the Pirates?

1987 Donruss #10 Rick Rhoden Diamond Kings

Mike's 1989 record was 18-7 which is definitely Diamond King worthy. After that great year he had mostly forgettable seasons with the Braves, Indians, Braves again, Angels, and the Braves one more time.

1990 Donruss #9 Mike Bielecki Diamond Kings

Jeff's 1987 record was 9-6 which isn't too shabby for a rookie pitcher. His '88 record improved to 13-6 but by the end of 1992 season Jeff would be out of the majors.

1988 Donruss #18 Jeff Robinson Diamond Kings

Who doesn't love Glenn Hubbard and his appearance on possibly the greatest card ever [or just check out Cardboard Junkie's masthead image]. But a Diamond King...really? Glenn's '87 season was pretty lackluster batting .264 with five home runs and 38 RBIs. He did lead the National League in assists though.

1988 Donruss #22 Glenn Hubbard Diamond Kings

I think I can honestly say that I have never heard of Ed Whitson. Which is surprising since he had cards out during my initial card collecting days and I had stacks and stacks of 1990 Donruss. Ed was 16-11 in '89 and had an impressive 2.66 ERA.

1990 Donruss #26 Ed Whitson Diamond Kings