Friday, December 2, 2016

Daniel Poncedeleon on baseball cards

Daniel Poncedeleon was the Cardinals ninth-round pick in the 2014 draft. In three seasons he has gone 23-13 with a 2.83 ERA. This year at AA Springfield he was 9-8 with a 3.52 ERA. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I only have a couple cards made of myself and I don't really have any stories behind them. The only thing I could think of is that during my time in State College, I pitched one game with a chin beard and the card that came with that year, the picture was taken during that game."
Thanks! I don't have that card, but here is one from my collection.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wallet Card at Hercules Seating

Hercules Seating occupied 25 Park Place from the 1930s to the 1960s, back when what is now known as the financial district was the dry goods district. Covered up for decades, it became visible again a few years ago and hopefully will remain so for some time. One tenant, Hercules Art Studio, has even named themselves after the sign.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1988 Spokane Indians at the Mall - Chris Haslock

Chris Haslock pitched in the Padres organization from 1988 to 1991. In 172 games, almost all in relief, he went 17-14 with 26 saves and a 3.44 ERA. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

The first Thom McAn shoe store (named after a famous Scottish golfer) opened its first store in 1922 in New York and had over 850 locations by the 1950s.  As casual footwear trends changed the store failed to keep up with the times and the last Thom McAn store closed in 1996. The brand is now owned by Sears and the shoes can still be found at Sears and K-Mart. Thom McAn put out a baseball card set in 1985 - MSA JOX Thom McAn Discs. Although the stores have been gone for over twenty years old Thom McAn signs are still visible all over the country.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trade with Johnny's Trading Spot

Johnny's Trading Spot sent me a small flat-rate full of hits to my various set want-lists.

1989 Bowman - completed!
 He sent three Hall of Famers to knock my 1993 Triple Play set to one card. Anyone have Tim Raines, #108?
He also sent a lot of cards to bring me much closer on 1994 Donruss...
 ...2015 Topps...
... and 1996 Upper Deck.

Monday, November 28, 2016

1988 Spokane Indians at the Mall - Mark Verstandig

Catcher Mark Verstandig played in the Padres and Phillies organizations from 1987 to 1991. In 262 games he hit .240 with 4 HR and 71 RBI. He now owns M&K Greenhouses in Selkirk, NY. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

I already covered Harvey's in the 1987 set - very similar picture here.

Wallet Card in Chicago: Ghost Signs

Found a few "ghost signs" in my visit to Chicago.

The Boston Store was a department store that opened in Chicago in 1906. The store was bought by Federated Department Stores in 1948 and was close soon after.
Amazon Hose & Rubber opened in Chicago in 1919 and is still in existence today at three Florida locations. They no longer exist in Chicago, however. Looks like windows were added to this building some time after this sign was painted.
 If you zoom in to the top of the building in the center of this photo you will find a realty sign with an old phone exchange - HA7-2554. You can see a clearer photo of the sign here.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

1988 Spokane Indians at the Mall - Barry Hightower

Barry Hightower pitched in the Mets and Padres organizations from 1984 to 1988. In 71 games he went 11-13 with a 5.36 ERA.

This picture must have been taken right up the food court from the previous one, but the store didn't bother to give Hightower anything with the store's name on it. I like how the photo shoot apparently didn't disturb the lady having her meal right next to hiim.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wallet Card in Chicago - Marshall Fields

Marshall Fields was once an iconic department store brand based out of Chicago with locations throughout the midwest. It ceased to exist when it was acquired by Macy's over a decade ago, yet it's name still emblazons it's former flagship location on State Street.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

1988 Spokane Indians at the Mall - Renay Bryand

Renay Bryand pitched in the Padres organization from 1988 to 1994. In 291 games, almost all in relief, he went 34-22 with 9 saves and a 3.81 ERA. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

He is at Candy 'n Carmelcorn, which I wrote about with the 1987 set. Looks like he's standing next to some kind of Carmeldroid.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wallet Card in Chicago - Privilege sign at Fast Track

Readers of this blog know I am a sucker for privilege signs - those once prevalent soda ads that used to be on most delis and coffee shops in New York and throughout the country. I was pleased to stumble across a modern version at a greasy-spoon called Fast Track. I had breakfast there and it was pretty good. The Coke signs are clearly modern; interestingly, if you look at Google Street View they used to have Pepsi signs until about 2010. The place seems to have been around since the early 1990s.