May 26, 2011

Everybody's Got A Record: Ralph Garr Edition

**In this series we strive to prove the universal truth that every baseball player holds some kind of record.**

Ralph won the 1974 National League batting title by hitting .353...which was great but not quite a record.  He earned his record by having 149 hits at the All-Star break.  That would have put him at a pace of hitting 298 hits which would have broken the then record of 257 by 41 hits.

1978 Topps #37 Ralph Garr
1971 Topps #494 Ralph Garr/Rick Kester Atlanta Braves Rookie Stars

May 25, 2011

It's Larry Doby Time

I found a lot of Larry Doby cards on eBay and while these are all commons you don't see them every day...uncommon commons...I feel a blog title coming on. My favorite is the Action Packed card at the end. How great would a chrome version of those 3-D cards be?

1985 TCMA Larry Doby 
2003 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts #75 Larry Doby
2008 Upper Deck Goudey #55 Larry Doby
2002 Fleer Fall Classics#14 Larry Doby
2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts #46 Lary Doby
2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic #47 Larry Doby
2001 Topps #TC20 Jackie Robinson/Larry Doby
1990 Impel #24 Larry Doby
1992 Action Packed #27 Larry Doby

May 24, 2011

A Couple Of Pafkos

Here are a couple of new additions to the Andy Pafko from 1989 and one from nearly 50 years earlier.

This first Pafko is from the 1989 Pacific Legends II set.  Set I had cards 1-110 and set II had cards 111-220.  For new collectors that weren't collecting in the glory days of 1989, I would recommend either of these sets as you can find boxes for about $17-$20 and they have some great photos of older players.

1989 Pacific Baseball Legends #123 Andy Pafko
I've had been looking at for a while for this next card and finally pulled the trigger on an eBay auction.  This card was made somewhere between 1939-1946 by the Exhibit Supply Company and rather than in packs or with cigarettes these over sized cards were sold in vending machines for a penny.  This card has been labeled card #63 in the set although the cards themselves have no numbering and the reverse side is completely blank.  Pafko has two cards in the set, one with a visible Cubs logo and one without.  The card with the logo is worth about 25% more.

Andy Pafko 1939-46 Salutation Exhibit Card

May 23, 2011

Star Wars Card Of The Week: Chewbacca

2007 Topps Star Wars 30th Anniversary #9 Chewbacca
This week we have Chewbacca, my personal favorite Rebel member of the Star Wars pantheon.  The "bacca" part of his name is in honor of one of the great historical figures of the Wookie species, Bacca.  He was the first Wookie to encounter future technology when he came upon a crash landed space ship on Kashyyyk.

Everybody's Got A Record: Mark Teixeira Edition

**In this series we strive to prove the universal truth that every baseball player holds some kind of record.**

Mark holds the record for most RBIs in a season by a switch hitter (144). He also has the Rangers record for home runs in a season by a switch hitter (43).

2005 Topps Sterling #BS-MTE Mark Teixeira Bat Relic Refractor #127/199

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Mark Teixeira Jersey Card

May 22, 2011

Everybody's Got A Record: Jim Palmer Edition

**In this series we strive to prove the universal truth that every baseball player holds some kind of record.**

Jim Palmer is the only pitcher to win World Series games in three different decades. He pitched for the Orioles in each of their World Series trips in 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1979, and 1983 with Jim winning games in the '66, '70, '71, and '83 Series.

2011 Topps Tribute #77 Jim Palmer Green #34/75

May 21, 2011

Everybody's Got A Record: Robin Yount Edition

**In this series we strive to prove the universal truth that every baseball player holds some kind of record.**

Robin Yount slugged the most hits (1731) of any player in the 1980s. Here's a breakdown of the players with the most hits by decade since the 1940's...the 1990's leader really surprised me:

1940's: Lou Bodreau (1578) [Remember here a lot of the elite players lost season due to service in World War II]
1950's: Richie Ashburn (1875)
1960's: Roberto Clemente (1877)
1970's: Pete Rose (2045)
1980's: Robin Yount (1731)
1990's: Mark Grace (1754)
2000's: Ichiro Suzuki (1996)

It's not technically a record so to speak but when Robin retired he was the last player to have played with Hank Aaron.  Robin and Hank were teammates during the 1975 and 1976 seasons.

2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot #SS-RY Robin Yount Jersey Relic

May 20, 2011

The Rookie Card Series: Will Clark Edition

**In this series we do rookie cards and nothing else.**

How's this for a first at-bat in the major hit a home run off Nolan Ryan.  That's how Will Clark started his career.  Because of his fast start and consistently great play Will has one of the more devoted fan could say it is almost Nomo-esque.  Here's a link to some of the most recently completed Will Clark autograph eBay auctions...if you're lucky enough to pull even a not-so-rare Clark autograph you've  got a $25-30 card. 

1986 Fleer Update #U-25 Will Clark [RC]

Fondly Remembering Upper Deck Timeline

It was nice to see a discount blaster of 2008 Upper Deck Timeline waiting for me at Walmart the other day.  You might not like this set based on its incredible number in inserts and short prints.  It advertised that you got two inserts per pack in the retail version and if I remember correctly it was six per pack in the hobby version.   But I enjoy it being a sucker for foil stamping and die-cut cards.

The blaster guaranteed one jersey relic and mine was of B.J. may not have realized it (I hadn't) that B.J. is out of baseball after being released by the Cubs in 2009.  He was one of the best relievers in baseball in 2005 and 2006, recording an unbelievable 1.37 ERA in the 2006 season. 

#TM-BR B.J. Ryan Jersey Card
I won't waste any one's time showing the base cards except for two of the more meaningful rookie cards that you can find in this set and both with the Reds no less.  I love this Jay Bruce die-cut but the Joey Votto rookie just looks to obvious that it's a new card using an old design.  I like my retro designs to also trick me into thinking they are an older card. 
#192 Jay Bruce Rookie Card

#119 Joey Votto Rookie Card

And here are my four shortprints.  I hit some more Joye Votto rookie card goodness as well as Jeff Clement who I collect casually.  If anyone is working on this set and needs any of these shortprints just shoot me an e-mail.

#237 Joey Votto SP

#298 Jeff Clement SP

#279 Ian Kennedy SP

#223 David Ortiz SP

May 16, 2011

Heartbreakingly Great Names #29: Buster Rhymes

**This series highlights those few lucky [and unlucky] athletes that have names that make you stop and do a double take.**

Born George Rhymes [Buster was his middle name] he played two seasons with the Vikings before moving to the CFL.  After his 1985 season he held the record for kick-off return yardage.

1986 Topps #296 Buster Rhymes

Thanks to reader Mike D. for sending me this great card.

May 15, 2011

Cards From The Box: Seven Packers

**In this series we delve deep into this box of cards, purchased for $2.99**

Inside the box I was pleased to find seven Packer cards, all of which I was missing.  But these weren't the Brett Favre or Sterling Sharpe cards you might have expected to find.  Instead we had four Gilbert Brown cards, two of Keith Jackson, and one Robert Brooks.  At first it might not make a lot of sense but with a little research you find Gilbert Brown was a Kansas alum and Keith Jackson attended Oklahoma and so the previous owner of this box may have been a Big 12 player collector.

1997 Upper Deck #499 Gilbert Brown
1993 Classic Four Sport Collection #148 Gilbert Brown
1993 Classic #60 Gilbert Brown
1998 Upper Deck #65 Gilbert Brown
1997 Topps Stadium Club #299 Keith Jackson
1996 Skybox Premium #65 Keith Jackson

1994 Fleer Ultra #390 Robert Brooks

May 14, 2011

V For Victory

Justin Verlander came up three innings short from matching Johnny Vander Meer's record of two consecutive no-hitters...but if there was ever a pitcher to tie the record it should have been Verlander who is the only other pitcher with more than one no-hitter with the last name starting with "V."  Verlander and Vander just should have been.

2009 Tristar Obak #44 Johnny Vander Meer Mini

2011 Topps Opening Day Stadium Lights Insert Set Needs List

2011 Topps Opening Day Stadium Lights Insert Set Needs List



Cards From The Box: A Dolphin Bipping

This post begins yet another ongoing series for the blog and "Cards From The Box" is the semi-creep title that we're going with.  "The Box" in question is the one pictured below...I recently purchased two of these boxes stocked full with random cards that were clearly some one's collection from about 1997.  Both of these boxes were $2.99 and  they were actually a part of a 2 for 1 sale so in total both boxes cost me $2.99

The contents inside were a card blogger's dream as you will shortly see.  As we go along, we'll also make note of who this person (who I will be calling Collector X) collected and try to get a complete picture of who this collect was. 

Long before Bipping was invented, Collector X was collecting multiple copies of the same card again and again.  He was only missing the part where you mail the Bipping to an unsuspecting innocent.

Here we have 10 copies of Pete Stoyanovich's 1990 Pro Set card. 

Yes, that's right, 10 glorious copies. 

It might just have been that this is one of the happiest looking football cards ever...or maybe the fact that Pete eventually became the kicker for the Chiefs from 1996-2000 would explain his interest in Pete and why these cards are in the Kansas City area.

Keep your eyes out for more Cards From The Box!

May 13, 2011

Star Wars Card Of The Week: Lobot's Task

The new Star Wars cards that Punk Rock Paint is creating has inspired me to dig into my "older" Star Wars cards and highlight some of my favorites.

Lobot is probably on screen for less than three minutes in Empire but he's one of the characters that I really wanted to know more about.  Was he a robot?  Was he human?  And what was up with those awesome headphones, right?

1980 Star Wars Empire Strikes Back #191 Lobot's Task

Well, nearly all of Lobot's origin is told through the comics, novels, etc... that are outside of the three main Star Wars movies. Lobot is a human who's brain has been connected directly with Cloud City's computer network. When he was younger Lobot was arrested for stealing and sentenced to government service which led to his being connected to the computer system through his Borg Construct Aj^6 implant.

May 11, 2011

This Week In Politics: Mini Edititon

I've opened quite a few packs of Topps 206 but I never pulled any of these Historical Events minis and I didn't realize that they were a sub set until stumbling upon them on COMC.

Sure, you can have cards memorializing the most important events in history but finding cards that commemorate the Lincoln penny being reissued or a British miner's strike, watch out because the political action is going to hit you upside your head.

#HE11 British Miners Strike

#HE3 President Taft Inaugurated

#HE1 Columbia Recognizes Panama's Independence

#HE9 Lincoln Penny Reissued

#HE14 President Taft Throws Out 1st Pitch

May 7, 2011

Heartbreaking Damage: 1959 Topps #286 Dean Stone

**In this series we highlight the cards that may have seen better days but the rough times these cards have seen have made them infinitely more interesting.**

To me, this Dean Stone 1959 Topps card looks to have met some tape in a dark alley and didn't come out the other side looking too hot.

Dean's eight-season career had some interesting highlights.  He threw the second shutout in Colt .45's team history and was the winning pitcher in the 1954 All-Star game.  That would be interesting enough but he won the game without retiring a batter.  After being brought in with two outs for the AL in the top of the 8th inning, he threw out Red Schoendienst when Red tried to steal home.  That ended the inning and in the bottom of the 8th the AL scored three runs to take the lead.  At the start of the 9th, Dean was replaced but ended up being the pitcher of record without retiring a batter.

1959 Topps #286 Dean Stone

Don't Forget Free Comic Book Day

I can't believe it's already been a can find more info HERE:

Even More Thor

How can I not start this post with a card of Anthony Hopkins dressed as a one-eyed S and M club owner?

#5 Odin
Here are a couple more highlights from some of my recently opened Thor packs.  I also recently ripped another pack of Thor cards over on the sister blog, A Pack To Be Named Later.

These sketch cards are a pretty nice insert set with the second card being my favorite:

#C6 Angry Thor

#C5 Thor In Battle Armor

#C13 Thor Flying
Haven't we all been waiting for a Natalie Portman trading card that wasn't Star Wars related?  Well, our dream has come true:

#42 Natalie Portman

Seeing Thor tonight and hoping it doesn't suck...