Monday, September 16, 2019

Scott Crawford trade part II: The Vintage

Scott also knocked off several dozen vintage needs, mostly from 1966, 1968 and 1969 Topps.
 There were some big names in there. The trade took a few months to develop, so I forgot about a lot of the cards that were coming to me. The '70 Rose, for example, was a big surprise though I guess I knew at some point.
 These were the two biggest names, however. These are from the 1968 Topps Game set. My first 1960s card of Hank Aaron, and my first-ever playing-days card of Willie Mays!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Scott Crawford trade part I: the new stuff

Had another trade with Scott Crawford a/k/a I need new hobbies. It was massive in size, they always are; this one had about 2,000 cards changing hands. Here are just a few highlights of the modern cards I got in this trade:

No comment here, other than this is just a really nice baseball card, great photo of a great player.
 Gleyber! He's a fun player to watch. Hope he does big things in the playoffs.
 Real nice shiny multi-player card. Reggie Taylor and Deion Sanders.
 Lots of shiny bowman cards including these green x-fractors.
 This was my first time seeing the new version of Studio. I have to say it looks really nice, probably the best thing Panini has come out with.
 Andy Pettitte rookie card!
'80s O-Pee-Chee and Leaf are always fun. Here's a complete run of Dennis Rasmussen's Leaf cards as a Yankee.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Going through junk wax

I've got about 25,000-30,000 junk wax cards that I've got sorted by set but no further. I'm planning to go through them once to pull useful cards (i.e. prominent Mets/Yankees/stars for Al, Tim Wallachs, variations, etc). Then I will sell, or more likely, give away the remainder.

This is just a small sampling of what my card room looks like right now. If anyone has specific players or types of cards that you would like me to pull them, let me know.
 Or if you have a small number of specific set needs (I'm not taking the time to sort these by number, but will look for a few specific cards for people). These are the sets:
Topps: 1986-1994, 1996, 2000-2008
Donruss: 1987-1993
Fleer: 1987-1992
Score: 1988-1991
Upper Deck: 1989-1992
Bowman: 1989-1990
Stadium Club: 1991
Triple Play: 1992

Also if anyone collects filler cards like these below. Lots more. Also Donruss puzzle pieces and Topps contest/product ads from the last 1980s.
 There might be a few printing errors that interest people, like these incompletely-printed 1987 Fleer backs.
Let me know soon before these cards disappear!

Friday, September 13, 2019

1981 Topps Floyd Bannister

The front: I am pretty sure this is Yankee Stadium. If so, this would be August 31, 1980. In that game, Bannister was taken out of a 0-0 game in the sixth inning after giving up singles to Reggie Jackson and Lou Piniella. Shane Rawley relieved Bannister and retired Rick Cerone and Bucky Dent to end the inning. With the game still tied 0-0 in the ninth inning, Ron Guidry relieved Luis Tiant. Reggie Walton led off with a double, went to third on a bunt and scored on an error by Willie Randolph, with what would turn out to be the only run of the game.

The back: Two of the last four cards have been #1 overall picks. Bannister had a more successful career than Almon, though he really couldn’t be called a star, either.

The player: Drafted #1 overall in 1976 at the age of 21, Bannister quickly made the majors, but after two seasons in Houston, the Astros quickly gave up on the struggling lefthander, trading him to the Mariners for Craig Reynolds. He found a rhythm in Seattle and became a consistently good pitcher there. In 1982 he was an American League All Star and led the league in strikeouts. After that season he signed as a free agent with the White Sox, and quickly helped them win the division, going 16-10 with a career-best 3.35 ERA in 1983. After five solid seasons in Chicago the White Sox traded him to the Royals for Melido Perez. After a difficult 1988 season he hurt his elbow in 1989, ending his career as an effective starter. After a season in Japan he had stints in the bullpen for the Angels and Rangers before retiring.

The man: Floyd and his son Brian, also a former major league pitcher, own Loft 19 Studios, a major photography production center in Phoenix. Clients include corporations like Google and Pepsi, famous photographers like Walter Iooss, and celebrities like Mike Trout, Kurt Warner, Selena Gomez and Beyonce Knowles.

My collection: I have 50 of his cards, from 1978 to 1992. I would be interested in trading for 1983 Fleer Star Stickers #182.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Wallet card with a remnant of Manhattan's last trolley

Most trolleys in Manhattan were replaced by other modes of transportation by the 1930s. However, the Queensboro Bridge Railway, a trolley service which started at the Manhattan side of the Queensboro bridge, had a stop at Roosevelt Island, and then continued to several stops in Queens. Because there were no other ways to get to Roosevelt Island, this trolley outlasted all of the others, making its last ride in 1957, a few years after the Queensboro Bridge Railway provided a new access to Roosevelt Island. One of the Entrance/Exit kiosks of the trolley still remains, despite many years of rumors about its demise.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

1981 Topps Tony Scott

The front: I believe this is Shea Stadium.

The back: Scott became a switch-hitter after struggling in the minors. “It didn’t take long before my batting average went up 60 points”, he said.

The player: Scott spent eleven seasons in the majors as a part-time outfielder for the Expos, Cardinals and Astros. In 991 games he hit .249 with 17 HR, 253 RBI and 125 SB.

The man: Scott had a difficult childhood, one of nine children in an impoverished family in Cincinnati. His father died when he was 12, and he lost an older brother in Vietnam. After his playing days he had a long coaching career in the Phillies organization and now appears to be retired.

My collection: I have 21 of his cards, from 1976 to 1985. I would be interested in trading for 1984 Mother’s Cookies Astros #20.