Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Huge Haul Part V: Baseball hits

Finally, some highlights from the higher-end baseball cards in the second lot. Not quite as impressive as the football hits, but still some very cool cards, one in particular.

There was a big section of 1981 Fleer Star Stickers, which I guess is borderline vintage. Nice picture of Don Sutton doing what he does best.
  Pretty rare to get any kind of Trout card, let alone a cool-looking insert like this.
 I thought it was really cool when I pulled a Dick Perez 1/1 sketch card of Derek Jeter. Imagine my surprise when I came across a second, and then a third! Apparently Topps made an error - there was a 1/1 sketch card for each player, then Topps made a copy of it for a reprinted sketch card which was mass-produced but forget to remove the 1/1 from Perez's signature. Oh well, two of them are up for trade if anyone wants them.
 A Mickey Mantle card numbered to just 29 copies. With so many Mantle collectors out there I'm really psyched to have this card.
 There were a couple of real vintage cards in this set. Just because I don't actively collect vintage (no way I could afford it) I definitely appreciate getting cards like this. Here's a 1960 Norm Siebern!
 I like this one even better, from 1962 Topps. Even though it's a posed shot it has a real candid feel with the amount of detail in the background with the old, old Yankee Stadium and even the guy in the windbreaker.
This is definitely the coolest card in the lot though - a Bob Feller pants card. To have a relic card of a legendary, inner-circle Hall-of-Famer is really fun, definitely a centerpiece for my collection.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Huge Haul Part IV: Football hits

First off, an update on that Ivan Rodriguez painting I showed yesterday. This one:

It turns out it comes from the 2003 Upper Deck Play Ball set. Here is what the actual card looks like:
If anyone has this card I would love to trade for it. Apparently in 2003 Upper Deck had a contest to give away the original art for each card in the Play Ball set. This one was painted by Artist Christopher Paluso. Looking online, there are eBay auctions right now for the Todd Helton painting for $400 and the Carlos Delgado painting for $225. I don't have a COA or anything but the frame on my painting is the same as those, so I am going to assume mine is legit. It's cool to have a painting worth over $100 but even cooler to have original baseball card art.

This painting was many things the guy was just throwing into the second box he sold me. That box contained about 800 "hit cards" from football and baseball - numbered, refractored, inserts, vintage, autographs, jersey cards, etc. The football hits actually probably surpassed the baseball hits in quantity and quality. Here are some highlights:

Very little from this box would be up for trade. However I did notice several copies of this Chrome Peyton Manning card.
 I've loved tight ends ever since Mark Bavaro. Here are jerseys from two great ones.
 A very cool vintage oddball - from 1976 Wonder Bread.
 I'd forgotten Ronnie Lott was a Jet. Great player.
 Very cool to get an autograph of Mathias Kiwanuka, one of the great Giants of recent years.
 And a patch card of one of the greatest Giants of all time!
 When the guy was telling me about the box he specifically mentioned a Leon Washington rookie autograph. I was hoping it was the one where he is flipping a double bird. Still, this one is pretty cool.
 Always cool to get a jersey card of a hall of famer.
 Oldest football card now in my collection - this one is from 1964 Topps.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Huge Haul Part III: Non-sport and non-card stuff

The guy I bought the two lots of cards from was basically just trying to make room in his apartment. As a result, he started "throwing in" a lot of stuff into the big plastic tub that had some of the cards in it. There was a great variety of interesting and unusual things here, some of which I am keeping but others are up for trade.

This first set was actually in the first lot, but fits better here. It was a ton of cards (maybe the whole set) from the 1991 Gulf War set. So weird to have a trading card set about a war going on while it was happening. This is up for trade if anyone wants it.
  I saw this 1998 Yankee Valentino and thought that it sounded familiar. I figured it was just hyped a lot during the beanie baby craze.
 Then I looked at the back of the card inside the case. It turns out that this is one of the Beanie Babies given out at Yankee Stadium the day David Wells threw a perfect game against the Twins. This one is a keeper.
 There was a ton more beanie baby stuff which is up for trade if anyone wants it.
 Some other really random non-sport trading card sets (all up for trade if anyone is interested): Harlem Globetrotters, Valiant Comics, Beetlejuice the Animated Series, and the Godzilla movie with Matthew Broderick. That last one really surprised me - they made trading cards for it?

 Apparently they also made trading cards for the movie Hook. Again, up for trade if anyone has anyone wants them.
 Probably the weirdest thing the guy threw in were two sets of Butthedz Presents Miss Masters Spoofy Tunes. This were apparently made in Canada by an artist named Dave Dawson, and they present gross or salacious interpretations of the news and pop culture. Think South Park meets Garbage Pail Kids.
 Here is an example of the level of artwork and humor:

 Here's one they did that rips on card collectors. Kind of funny actually.

 These two sets are up for trade if anyone wants them.

There were four Becketts from the mid-2000 with Yankee or Met covers (Ryan, Reyes, Rodriguez and Jeter). If there is interest in trading for these let me know.
 Also to trade is this hardcover book from 1991 called Elevating the Game: Black Men and Basketball.
 It is not autographed but does contain a lot of press information so it's kind of interesting.
 These last two items I'm probably going to keep. This is an original Ivan Rodriguez painting, apparently a give-away from some card. I thought the guy said the artist's name was Peluso. Anyone know anything about this.
 Finally, also framed, was this photo of Hank Greenberg that was apparently given out in copies of Baseball Magazine during his playing career. Looking at eBay it's apparently from 1935 and goes for about $50 today, but I'm not trading or selling such a cool piece of memorabilia.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Huge haul post II: Recent baseball cards

This is the second part of the huge haul I picked up the other day. This is what I thought was all I was getting when I visited the guy. Of course it turned out to be much more.

One thing I am realizing with all of these recent transactions is that I am going to have a ton of dupes to trade, not amazing hits but definitely not junk wax. I am thinking of doing some kind of trade-a-thon, kind of like what Hot Corner Cards did recently. Look for something like that later this year...

Anyway, here are some highlights from the 1,000 or so baseball cards I thought would be the centerpiece of this transaction.

The guy was telling me "I know this is a good box because there's a bunch of Finest." I don't know that Finest is the big deal it was when it first came out but there was plenty in there. A lot of base cards plus one giant Finest cards of Darren Daulton.
 In the Craigslist photo there were a bunch of the new Donruss cards. That pretty much sold me because I am really enjoying that set. There weren't any inserts though which was a disappointment because I've seen them on other blogs and thought they looked cool, though it seems the reception for them on the blogosphere has been a bit cool. Well, if anyone has any inserts they want to get rid of I'd definitely be interested.
 A lot of SPs were in the box, which was cool because I don't have many and they are really great looking cards.
 There was quite a bit of unlicensed Signature brand cards across all sports.
 Most of the cards were mint but some were in pretty bad shape. A lot of the beat up cards were throwbacks, and I actually kind of like the idea of a poor condition throwback, it makes it look like a more realistic example of a 60 year old card.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Another huge haul of cards I don't have any time for...

Right now I have a six-week-old, a three-year-old, am selling one house, buying another, and renting one in between. I have maybe half an hour a day to slowly go through sorting the 35,000 card extravaganza I bought last week. And yet there I was yesterday buying another large haul of cards. This one wasn't as big as the other one - maybe 5,000 or so cards all in, but was a lot more eclectic and interesting.

This was actually two lots. I was originally going to buy one lot of recent baseball and football cards for $18 - about 3,000 cards. However, the guy (who turned out to be a former dealer at the flea market I used to frequent - I may have even bought cards off the guy there years ago) found another box, an 800-count packed with nothing but inserts, refractors, parallels, numbered cards, jersey cards, autographs and vintage baseball and football, and mostly New York teams, which he let me have for $20. That's a pretty good deal especially for local teams whose prices usually get jacked up by dealers here, so I knew these were cards I would never get a shot at again at these prices. Finally, the guy, who was trying to make some room in his apartment, threw in a whole bunch of non-card and non-baseball stuff.

This haul was so big and varied that I am going to break it up into five posts.
I (today) - Recent football cards
II - Recent baseball cards
III - non-card and non-baseball stuff
IV - Football hits
V - Baseball hits

There is some really good stuff in each section. I will start off  with the football cards from the original lot. Football, like vintage baseball, is something I passively collect - I keep all the cards I get incidentally in lots like these (except for dupes which I trade) but I draw the line at actively collecting just recent baseball to keep my collecting from getting too expensive. When I was a kid I actually collected football cards and stickers right alongside baseball cards and stickers, from about 1986-1989. Then from about 1990-1993 I only collected baseball cards before stopping collecting for about ten years.

There were probably about 1,500 football cards in the lot, including a lot of big stars.
 There were a ton of that particular Pacific Crown set, as well as 1994 Ultra and 2007 Topps in particulary.

There were a lot of random cards from the last ten years or so, including a bunch of these "event-worn" Freshman Fabric cards, all of which have been thoroughly beaten up. Looks like Matt Leinart's card got sacked by the Giants.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Player Profile: Jeff Borski

I have one card of Jeff Borski, from 1991 Classic Best. 

Playing career: Jeff Borski pitched in the Mariners organization from 1991 to 1993. In 87 games (31 starts) he went 15-18 with 8 saves and a 3.24 ERA. 

Where he is now: He was a security guard and baseball coach at Lanphier High School in Illinois until his arrest and conviction for a sexual incident with a 16-year-old student. He is now Finance Manager at Green Toyota in Springfield, IL.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Jeff Bors, between Jeff Borst, who owns a corn detasseling company in Iowa, and Jeff Borsberry, a Yankee fan living in Illinois. Another prominent Jeff Borski is Director of Safety & Security at the Prestonwood Country Club in North Carolina.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Tyler Bortnick.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Player Profile: Dean Borrelli

I have one card of Dean Borrelli, from 1991 Line Drive.

Playing career: Catcher Dean Borrelli played eight seasons in the minor leagues, mostly in the A’s organization. In 527 games he hit .222 with 10 HR and 136 RBI. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where he is now: Owns Play Ball, a baseball instruction facility in New Hampshire.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Dean Borr, between Dean Norris and Dean Norris IMDB, both of which refer to an actor. Another prominent Dean Borrelli is a junior lacrosse player in Canada.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jeff Borski.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Player Profile: Danny Borrell

I have one card of Danny Borrell, from 2001 Topps.

Playing career: Danny Borrell was the Yankees’ second round draft pick in 2000, but injuries limited him to 138 minor league games over the course of nine seasons. In those games he went 39-35 with a 3.50 ERA.

Where he is now: A minor league pitching coach for the Yankees and the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Dream on 3 Foundation.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Danny Bor, between Danny Borup Baseball, a high school star in New Jersey, and Danny Borislow, inventor of the magicJack. Another prominent Danny Borrell is a pastor in Oklahoma.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Dean Borrelli.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Player Profile: Joe Borowski

I have seven cards of Joe Borowski. This one is from 2008 Topps.

Playing career: Joe Borowski made his big league debut with the Orioles in 1995, and pitched briefly for the Braves and Yankees in the late 1990s. His career seemed to be over after stints in the Atlantic League and in Mexico in 2000, but he revived his career by signing with the Cubs, not only working his way back to the big leagues but winning the closer job in 2003, a job he would also hold for the Marlins in 2006 and the Indians in 2007. A washed-up ex big-leaguer at the age of 29 in 2000, he saved 131 major league games between 2002 and 2008.

Where he is now: An announcer for the Diamondbacks.

My memories: I remember him appearing briefly for the Yankees at the end of the 1998 season. I was quite surprised to see him resurface as a closer many years later.

Google Autocomplete results: He is eighth when you type Joe Bo, between Joe Bonamassa Tour, referring to a blues musician, and Joe Bologna, an actor. Another prominent Joe Borowski is Project Manager at Hyland Software.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Danny Borrell.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Player Profile: Toby Borland

I have six cards of Toby Borland. This one is from 1995 Fleer.

Playing career: Toby Borland pitched for the Phillies, Mets, Angels, Red Sox and Marlins from 1994 to 2004. In 207 games he went 11-9 with 8 saves and a 4.17 ERA.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Toby Borland is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is ninth when you type Toby Bo, between Toby Bost Net Worth, referring to a clothing company CEO, and Toby Bozzutto, a real estate developer. Another prominent Toby Borland is 3D Inventors Studio Manager at the University of East London.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Joe Borowski.