Friday, January 19, 2018

Wallet card with a Gold Medal Flour sign

Gold Medal Flour is still around, but this faded sign is close to a century old. You see these a lot in the city but not so much on Long Island. This one is in Freeport.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

1993 Studio J.T. Snow

Hobbies are jet skiing, water skiing and racquetball: He likes to ski in his namesake, as well. He recently put up for sale his $1.6 million mountain vacation home.
Favorite sports announcers are Chick Hearn and Bob Miller: Snow grew up in the Los Angeles area, where the two basketball team announcers were Hearn (Lakers) and Miller (Kings).
Favorite player as a kid was Rod Carew: Carew was Snow’s hitting coach on the Angels.
Might have been a pilot if he hadn’t been an athlete: Snow did not go into piloting after his baseball career.
Pet peeve is being late: I wonder if he means being late himself, or just others being late and inconveniencing him.
Where he is now: A special assistant for the Giants.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wallet Card with a Civil War Trophy Gun

Standing guard over a busy Long Island street is a 30-pound Parrott Rifle that was used on the USS Hartford during the Civil War.
The plaque reads;
30 pdr. Parrott Rifle 240 From USS Hartford
Presented to the Village of Freeport by the United States Navy Department
Mounted July 4, 1902

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1993 Studio Terry Steinbach

Hobby is hunting: Steinbach would hunt every day in the off-season. He even skipped the 1989 A’s White House visit to go hunting.
Favorite sports announcer is Chris Berman: Berman called him Terry “Grapes of Wrath” Steinbach.
Favorite player as a kid was Harmon Killebrew: Steinbach grew up a Twins fan in Minnesota.
Most prized possession is his dog Simon: A 1997 Sports Illustrated profile of Steinbach details him hunting with Simon, a Brittany spaniel.
Might have been a carpenter if he hadn’t been an athlete: Steinbach did not go into carpentry after his baseball career.
Where he is now: Retired since being let go as Twins bench coach after the 2014 season.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Wallet card with another old phone exchange

Found another 50+-year old elevator call box in Midtown with an alpha-numeric phone exchange. I love finding these - amazing how many are still left.

1993 Studio Vince Coleman

Hobby is golf: Coleman built his home in Scottsdale next to a golf course so he could play there whenever he wanted. He once injured Dwight Gooden while swinging a golf club in the Mets clubhouse.

Favorite sports announcer is Mike Shannon: Shannon has been a Cardinals announcer for over 40 years.

Favorite player as a kid was Rod Carew: Though best known for his hitting, Carew was also a noted base stealer, much like Coleman.

Most prized possession is his Pete Rose bat: Interesting choice, a player and manager from another team.

Might have been a school teacher if he hadn’t been an athlete: Coleman did not go into teaching after his baseball career.

Pet peeve is dirty cars: See that is why he threw that firecracker out of his car window. He was just cleaning up!

Where he is now: Baserunning coach for the Giants.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Wes Helms on baseball cards

Infielder Wes Helms played 13 seasons in the major leagues for the Braves, Brewers, Marlins and Phillies. In 1,212 games he hit .256 with 75 HR and 374 RBI. Now a coach for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the Phillies organization, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"When I was a kid I collected baseball cards all the time. Would trade with my friends and buy them as I got money. I used to love that they put a stick of gum in the pack of cards. I loved Don Mattingly’s rookie card. I still have tons of the cards I had as a kid. It is an honor for me to personally have my own baseball cards. My kids love looking at them and showing their friends."


Friday, January 12, 2018

Baseball card story from Kyle Simon

Kyle Simon pitched four seasons in the Orioles and Phillies organizations. In 139 games he went 14-20 with 18 saves and a 3.55 ERA. In 2017 he pitched for the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League, going 12-11 with a 3.95 ERA in 28 games. He kindly shared this baseball card story.

"My “rookie” card with the Orioles makes me look like a 45 year old porn star with the mustache I was rocking at the time. Didn’t realize it was picture day at the time. I was 20 at the time."

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Augie Ojeda on baseball cards

Infielder Augie Ojeda played nine seasons in the major leagues for the Cubs, Twins and Diamondbacks. In 502 games he hit .234 with 7 HR and 81 RBI. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I started collecting baseball cards age 6-15 years old. Would ask my mom for 50 cents a week to buy a new pack. Favorite card was the Cal Ripken rookie card. Not so mint though but still my favorite. I always wanted the Ken Griffey Jr Upper Deck rookie card. Never had the luck to score Jr. My friend and I would play RBI Baseball in Nintendo for new packs of baseball cards . Til this day every time I see my own cards I get chills. Always a dream of mine having my own baseball card."

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rob Nash doesn't like the pictures on his cards

Outfielder Rob Nash played in 31 games for the Batavia Clippers of the Phillies organization in 1991. In 31 games he hit .245 with 1 HR and 14 RBI. He is now Co-Founder and President of Extra Innings, one of the largest baseball instruction franchises in the country. He kindly answered my questions on baseball cards with this note:

"No good stories here. 2 cards 2 bad pictures."