Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pete Stanicek on baseball cards

IF-OF Pete Stanicek played for the Orioles in 1987 and 1988. In 113 games he hit .243 with 4 HR, 26 RBI and 20 SB. Now the Chief of Staff to the Chief Legal Officer of Health Care Service Corporation (owner of several state Blue Cross Blue Shield Associations), he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I was not a collector of cards as a kid so didn’t have any one special card.  It is a cool thing to have one now as an adult and I still get many requests to sign cards which I find amazing after being out of the league for so long.  It was an exciting experience to play and the cards certainly help me remember the impact players have on the fans."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Amador Arias on baseball cards

Infielder Amador Arias played seven seasons in the Reds organization. In 537 games he hit .252 with 15 HR, 146 RBI and 99 SB. Now a scout for the White Sox, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I don't collect cards. My favorite card of myself is the 1996 Carolina League All Star Card. I had on a green jersey of the Winston Salem Warthogs."
Thanks! I don't have that card, but I do have one card of him (unfortunately his name is spelled wrong on the card).

Monday, December 11, 2017

The card Kurt Bevacqua hates

Kurt Bevacqua did respond when I asked him again what card he hated:

""TRADED" hate that card !"
Thanks! Make sense - the way "Traded" is so prominent, at a time (mid-1970s) when there was more stigma about being traded, might be unpleasant for some players.

Kurt Bevacqua hates some of his cards

Infielder Kurt Bevacqua played fifteen years in the major leagues. He is best known for his home run that won Game 2 of the 1984 World Series, still the only World Series game win in Padres history. Overall in 970 games he hit .236 with 27 HR and 275 RBI. Now the owner of an car audio and security company in California, he kindly replied to my question on stories about baseball cards with this remark:

"Besides hating some of them, no stories."

Unfortunately he did not elaborate. I wonder if this is one of the ones he hated?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Baseball card stories from Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee has pitched eight season in the major leagues, going 51-48 with a 4.09 ERA. This year, for Texas and Minnesota, he went 3-2 with a 3.47 ERA. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I don’t have many baseball card stories other than I was the kid that would tape them by the back wheel of my bike so it would sound like a motorcycle. Haha. I still have a Nick Evans card in my toiletry bag from years ago when I played with him and somehow ended up with it!😂 I have signed a couple cards of me with a map of the DFW metroplex roads behind it and that is my favorite card. I haven’t found one for myself yet."
Thanks! I don't have that version, but do have the base card.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Doug Flynn on baseball cards

Infielder Doug Flynn played 11 years in the major leagues for the Reds, Mets, Rangers, Expos and Tigers. Renowned for his fielding, he won a Gold Glove in 1980. In 1,309 games he hit .238 with 7 HR and 284 RBI. Now a Banking Officer at Central Bank in Lexington, KY and an Ambassador for USACares, he kindly answred my questions about baseball cards.

"No favorites. All are special to me. The Tiger card I only sign with money going to charity so that’s been interesting. Still hard to believe I am on any at all. Thankful."
Thanks! Here is a video explaining why Flynn sign his 1986 card until 2010 (to honor a pastor for whom he was going to do a charity signing for in 1986 but passed away before the signing could take place).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kenneth Gilbert on baseball cards

Outfielder Kenneth Gilbert played in the White Sox organization from 2007 to 2011. In 137 games he hit .255 with 5 HR and 67 RBI. Now a real estate investor in the Dallas area, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

- Do you have any stories about cards of yourself or of other players? 
I still have most of the cards of my teammates and me from Bristol 2008.

- Do you have a favorite card of yourself or of another player? 
I have a Ken Griffey Jr ( my fav player) card from early in his career that I will probably never sell or let go. My favorite card of mine is the Topps card I have out. 
- Do you collect baseball cards?
I have an extensive collection of baseball cards from the late 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Contest winnings from Johnny's Trading Spot

Recently Johnny of the Trading Spot acquired an enormous haul of vintage cards, most of them big stars. He held a contest to give away some of the leftovers, and I was fortunate enough to win. It's been years since I won a big contest like that so I was very excited.

Most of what Johnny sent were Hall-of-Famers from the 1970s. As I don't actively collect these sets (even as I am growing to enjoy them more and more) it's unlikely I would have ever gotten these cards. This contest win really beefed up the star power of my little vintage collection.

Cards from the early '70s. My first ever playing-days card of Willie Mays! Amazing! Also my first ever playing-days card of Al Kaline. I also love how the Sporting News card uses an actual page from the Sporting News. I wonder if they are all the same.
 Mid-70s. Never thought I'd own the Gary Carter rookie, that is an iconic one from my youth. I already have the full 1978 set so that Nolan Ryan is up for trade (I believe I have a better condition copy and am fine trading the better one).
Finally, to switch it up, my first cards from the 2017 Topps Fire set. There are two designs, one with a blue border and a full color picture, and one with a red border and the uniform in color but the players' face and arms in black-and-white, I have no idea why.
Thanks again, Johnny!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

More from Dime Box Nick

Did my second trade in a month with Nick of Dime Boxes. Once again he sent me a fantastic package with some absolutely wonderful cards.

There were lots of great modern cards but more and more I find myself getting interested in older cards. Like this great Renata Galasso card of Jim Bouton as a Brewer.
 You would think I have all or at least most Topps-issued cards from the late 1980s. But I had never had a card from this set before. I love how the design blends with the picture to make it look like Carney Lansford has a giant head or is swinging a tiny bat.
 Mothers Cookies cards are always great. Love the uniform and how you get to see so much of the Astrodome, which isn't usually captured on a card.
 Like last time Nick threw in a smattering of vintage. It's kind of weird - I refuse to actively collect vintage (don't want to go down that financial rabbit-hole) but they are becoming the highlight of a lot of trade packages lately. Two great rookie cards here.
 I love these 1970 Topps card-sized comic books.
 My first 1965's! And one is a Hall of Famer!
 Oldest card in the package was this 1962 card. Condition doesn't mean anything to me for even modern cards, no problem at all with a beat up card that is 55 years old. Ed Hobaugh pitched three seasons in the majors, all for the Senators.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Andrew McKirahan on baseball cards

Andrew McKirahan has pitched professionally since 2011. He made the major leagues with the Braves in 2015, going 1-0 with a 5.93 ERA. After missing 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, he pitched for four teams in the Reds organization this year, going 2-0 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 games. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"My grandfather was a huge collector and gave me thousands of cards as a kid that I still have. I am not an avid collector but I definitely have some pretty cool cards. My favorite ones are some gold plated Nolan Ryan Cards that he gave me when I was younger."