April 30, 2011

Masterpieces Is Back, Sort Of

#95 George Sisler Green Border

Sure, it's not Windsor Green or Green Linen...but if you squint just right, it will bring you back to the simple days of 2007 and 2008 when Upper Deck Masterpieces and its framed cards were the favorites of the more discerning card collector.

Well, if you want to relive those great days track down some of these Gypsy Queen retail packs...I found mine at Target today and a 3 framed card bonus pack is included in each 3-pack rack pack.

Here are the other two cards from my bonus pack...
#65 Babe Ruth Green Border

#96 Ubaldo Jimenez Green Border

It's Larry Doby Time

My desk calendar at work kept giving me more Larry Doby this week and so I couldn't rightly keep them from all you Doby lovers out there...Day 1 was here and here are days 2-4...there will be even more Larry Doby in this blog's near future as well so keep an eye out.

April 29, 2011

'Fros Forever: George Hendrick 1981 Topps

**'Fros Forever! The rallying cry for fans of the hairstyle that made the 70's so awesome.**

Today's Fro comes from "Silent George" a.k.a. George Hendrick and is from the 1981 Topps set...George had a standing policy to never speak to the media, hence the nickname. 

1981 Toppps #230 George Hendrick

Forget Gypsy Queen, Four Reasons Why Opening Day Is The Best Set Of The Year

And when I say the "best set of the year" I'm not talking about chasing mojo bullshit.."I might pull a Sandy Koufax or Hank Aaron auto!"  Yeah, right.    I'm talking the best all-around baseball card set.

#4 Mascot Cards

You either love them or hate them and I love them.  I don't quite know why they aren't regularly included in the regular flag ship set but I buy Opening Day to get a few of these each year.  

#M-5 Southpaw

#M-21 Fredbird

#3 Political Cards

This one is personal to me as I am a huge political card collector.  There weren't any included in the flagship set this time around and with Upper Deck not making entire sets of political cards [Artifacts/Pieces Of History, anyone?] the political card scene is pretty slow.  Thanks to Opening Day we at least get one insert set of political cards.

#PFP-6 Woodrow Wilson First Pitch

#2 3-D Cards

I collected all of the 2020 3-D cards from last year's flagship set and I'm glad that they are back again.  I'm beginning to think that my interests are squarely in line with a 12-year-old boy's.

#ODS-4 Josh Hamilton

#1 The Stadium Lights Set

And now we move to clearly the best insert set of the year:  Glow In The Dark cards.  It's so simple, it's genius. I've only pulled one card thus far in this set but I will probably make a run at the complete insert set.

#UL-7 Pedro Alverez Stadium Lights

The overall irreverence of the Opening Day set is why I love it.  You would never see glow in the dark cards in Allen & Ginter and I think that set suffers with a lack of change and new ideas now that it is old enough to be in kindergarten.

And P.S...the Opening Day blue border parallel cards are so much nicer looking than the gold border parallels from the flagship set...just wanted to throw that in there.

Show and Tell #96: Royals From The Land Of The Royals

Topps is putting out a set of cards in honor of a couple of English people getting married...I'll stick with these cards I received from England last week from John of The Pursuit of 80's(ness) blog.  John sent me a bunch of random Royals and I'll highlight a few of the rookies and all-star rookies.

Dusty pitched in 57 games in relief for the Royals last season yet the Royals waived him in the off season.  He was picked up by the Twins and has pitched in ten games for them so far this season.

2010 Upper Deck #27 Dusty Hughes Star Rookie

The 2009 Topps set uses those weird badly photo shopped All-Star Rookie cup.  While the cup sometimes changes size and position, I haven't seen them use the cup image with the white background before or since.
2009 Topps #354 Mike Aviles

This card reminds me that I was meaning to do a Bob Hamelin retrospective...like Russell Martin, Bob never made a bad looking card and may very well prove to be one of the last great players with glasses...and for those of you with a short term memory, Bob also won the Rookie of the Year award in 1994.

Thanks for the cards John and I'll get some Red Sox to you shortly!

April 28, 2011

19 Games Is Pretty Damn Good or The Top 5 Alex Gordon Base Cards

Alex Gordon's hitting streak came to an end yesterday at 19 games.  I think that's pretty darn impressive and it was enough to get some Gordon prospectors to get more than a little excited about the possibilities that this might be the real Alex Gordon finally arriving.  Like my Brandon Morrow post last year, it might be now or never to whip those Gordon cards out and show what you've got...


I really enjoy the purple background and really busy design.  I also like the "Professional Baseball Club" banner...if you don't follow American soccer then you might not know that the Kansas City Wizards became something called Sporting Kansas City this season to much sarcastic ridicule...

2009 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts #74 Alex Gordon


I've been working on the 2006 Bowman Heritage set for about three years now and it's still one of my favorites.  I really enjoy the pop art style colors used even though the original set was way before pop-art.

2006 Bowman Heritage #BHP6 Alex Gordon 


This one get a major boost for being one of the few horizontal Allen and Ginter cards.

2007 Topps Allen and  Ginter #204 Alex Gordon [RC]


Take any great card and add "O-Pee-Chee" to it and you've make it something special.  Although the color choice for the name lettering is a little weird on this card.

2008 Uppder Deck #OPC-AG Alex Gordon

This would make a great "regular" card but make it a painting and you've got something special.

2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces #65 Alex Gordon [RC]

It's not a base card but it's my favorite Alex Gordon card for obvious reasons...This card is selling for about $16.00 but there are some sellers that are asking crazy prices from Alex's autographed cards.

2006 Bowman Heritage #SG-AG Alex Gordon Autograph

April 27, 2011

Larry Doby Baseball Hero

Yesterday began a three-day Doby-palooza on my Baseball Hall of Fame daily calendar and so I thought I would share with everyone what I'm looking at on my desk when I'm at work.

Of course I knew Larry Doby pretty well but I had no idea that there was a Larry Doby comic book!  Turns out they are about $70.00 on eBay Buy It Now and are from 1950...there is also one up for auction for $20 currently.

New Bill James Book

I don't think I've been this excited about a book since the last Thomas Harris Hannibal Lecter novel...baseball stat genius, Bill James, takes a look at popular American crime cases...including some that are unsolved like the Zodiac mudrders, which James apparently tries to offer a solution to].

The release date is May 3rd but Amazon says it will be in stock on Friday.

April 26, 2011

2009 Upper Deck Goudey Blaster Results

I recently purchased a Goodwin Champions blaster and pulled the standard single short-print...this latest discount blaster was from 2009 Upper Deck Goudey and was pretty much the exact opposite.  I didn't get any relics but it was full of five short prints and a bunch of inserts.

One Green Bordered Sport Royalty Mini

#246 Guy Lafleur Green Border Mini

One Sport Royalty Short Print

#223 Tony Gwynn SP
One Big Head Short Print
#262 Reggie Jackson Big Head SP

One Standard Short Print

#217 Ozzie Smith SP

One Short Printed Mini

#210 Phil Niekro Mini SP

One Regular Mini

#95 Cory Wade Mini

One Upper Deck 20th Anniversary card:

#906 Vladimir Guerrero Debut

Red-Bordered 4-in-1:

Notable Rookies:

#194 Travis Snider, #183 David Price

Interesting Base Cards:

Even two years later I still love this card.  

#139 Jason Giabmi
Ken as a Mariner:

#46 Ken Griffey Jr.
Not too bad...I spied a Upper Deck Masterpieces blast at Walmart today...$11.98 on clearance...if it's there on my next visit that will be my next blaster for sure.

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April 25, 2011

Show and Tell #95: Down To One

Reader Mike D. also took four Pilots of my 1970 Pilots needs list whcih, along with another trade I'm doing, leaves me with only one Pilots card left.  It's the high numbered short print of  the Pilots team photo and if you happen to have one available for trade [a man can dream, can't he?] I'll make it worth your while.

1970 Topps #574 Bobby Bolin
1970 Topps #596 Mike Hershberger
1970 Topps #652 Rich Rollins
1970 Topps #688 Ted Kubiak
And here's the last card I'm missing:

And The Winner Is...

We had 14 people enter to win the 1990 Upper Deck High Series box...and here they are:

Eric L
A2 Wolverine
Captain Canuck
BA Benny
Baseball Nut
Matt B.

I did a randomization of the names and the winner would be whichever name showed up in spot #4...and so the winner is:

Nathan of The Swingin' A's blog...

April 24, 2011

Show and Tell #94: Putting To Rest A Long Sought After Collection

Reader Mike D. has been so generous with me through the trades we've done over the past year or so. His latest trade package is no different as he sent me the last two Diamond Kings I needed to complete my 1982-1992 DK sets.  The other cards that Mike sent along deserve their own post so tonight I'll just say thanks for these two and for letting me complete a set I've been working on for quite some time.

1984 Donruss #22 Eddie Murray DK

1984 Donruss #18 Ron Kittle DK
Thanks again Mike!

1969 Topps Seattle Pilots Team Set Needs List

1969 Topps Seattle Pilots Team Set Needs List


Last Updated: 8-8-11

The God Of Thunder Drinks...

I'm expecting a lot of great Thor tie-ins in the new few weeks but you would think that the God of Thunder would drink Jolt Cola rather than Dr. Pepper Cherry...

April 23, 2011

Win Some Junk Wax

I received this sealed 1990 Upper Deck High Series set in a repackage I recently opened [a video of which will be up soon].  I already have this set and so I'm putting it up for grabs.  If you are interested in getting a David Justice rookie, Carlos Baerga rookie, and the Nolan Ryan 6th no-hitter card, leave a comment on this post.   Who can pass that up, right?  To enter leave your comment by the end of the day on Sunday, 4/24.

The Cards Are Nice But It's All About The Box

Wrestler Mick Foley is selling some of his baseball and basketball collection for a charity called RAINN...and so if you can bid go for it...although the $4.00 shipping for a single card is like getting slammed from the top rope.

The real neat thing beyond the cards is the awesome box that the cards are in!  Someone needs to get on this and start making these again...or if they are still being made, can someone direct me to where they are?