Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Trade with Jaybarkerfan

Got some nice cards from Jaybarkerfan's Junk. All Yankees and no junk. Here are some highlights:

This was the first card I saw in the package and I was immediately excited - I had seen pictures of this card since I was a kid, am excited to finally have it.
 Another Mattingly card from his playing days that I did not have.
 Incredibly shiny card of one of the Yankees' top prospects.
 This was an interesting card, kind of an unusual texture, almost like a thick business card. This was produced in 1997 by the Score Board company.
 Finally, a card numbered 69/100 from something called Topps Gold Label, according to the gray label on the front of the card.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Player Profile: Nelson Briles

Check out my retrospective of the baseball cards of Hall of Very Good inductee Lee Smith over at the HOVG.
I have two cards of Nelson Briles. This one is from 1978 Topps.

Playing career: Nelson Briles pitched fourteen years in the major leagues for five teams, most notably the Cardinals. He was a key part of the 1967 World Champion Cardinals team, going 14-5 with a 2.43 ERA. His .737 winning percentage led the National League, and he went 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two games in the World Series. He also won a World Series game in 1971 as he helped Pittsburgh beat Baltimore in that series. A fuller account of his career can be found at the 1972 Topps blog.

Post-baseball career: After his retirement he was a broadcaster and front-office executive for the Pirates. He died of a heart attack while golfing in 2005.

My memories: Before my time. Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is sixth when you type Nelson Br, between Nelson Broms, former CEO of Equitable Life, and Nelson Bryant, an outdoors writer. There do not appear to be any other prominent Nelson Brileses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Greg Briley.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wallet Card at Merchants Bank of New York.

Check out my retrospective of the baseball cards of Hall of Very Good inductee Jim Kaat over at the HOVG.

In 2001 Valley National Bank acquired Merchants Bank of New York, which had been in business for 75 years. Fourteen years later, Valley's blue and yellow sign at the bank's Diamond District branch is dwarfed by the old Merchants Bank sign that goes down the side of the building.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Player Profile: Reid Brignac

I have two cards of Reid Brignac. This one is from 2009 Topps.

Playing career: Third baseman Reid Brignac came up with the Rays in 2008 and was a backup for the team for several years. His best season was 2010 where he hit .256 with 8 HR and 45 RBI in 113 games. After playing for Tampa Bay from 2008-2012 he has bounced around the majors, with brief stints for the Rockies, Yankees, Phillies and now Marlins.

Where he is now: He signed with the Marlins for 2015. He has spent most of the season in AAA, but in seventeen big league games he has one hit in thirteen at-bats.

My memories: I remembered him as a Tampa Bay Ray but had completely forgotten his seventeen-game stint with the Yankees in 2013. I guess hitting .114 with 0 RBI will make you forgettable.

Interesting facts: His wife Lauren Anderson was Playboy’s Miss July 2002. Anderson is six years older than Brignac, who was sixteen years old when his wife’s centerfold was published.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Reid B, between Reid Barton, a mathematician, and Reid Bartelme, a costume designer. There do not appear to be any other prominent Reid Brignacs.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Nelson Briles.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Some more random Wallet Card appearances

A few more wallet card shots not really meaty enough for a stand-alone post...

The Chelsea Florist used to be called the Chelsea-Merit Florist...
 ...as can still be seen on the old sign underneath the awning. They don't advertise "Funeral Design" so prominently anymore.
 The sign for another florist across the street caught my eye. Quite old-fashioned and probably decades-old, it really stands out from the newer but more temporary-feeling signs all around it.

Finally, one more sign that really caught my eye. Westpfal has been providing cutting instruments to New Yorkers since 1874. It's not actually a vintage sign but it's different and unique.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Player Profile: Stoney Briggs

I have one card of Stoney Briggs, from 1995 Upper Deck Minors.

Playing career: Outfielder Stoney Briggs played ten seasons in the minor leagues, mostly in the Blue Jays and Padres organizations. In 1007 games he hit .260 with 101 HR and 472 RBI. A fuller account of his career can be found at the Autographed Cards blog.

Where he is now: A youth baseball coach in Delaware.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Stoney Bri, between Stoney Bridge Ireland, a town, and Stony Brook University, a college. There do not appear to be any other prominent Stoney Briggses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Reid Brignac.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wallet Card at S. Wolf Paint

S. Wolf Paint at 52nd Street and 9th Avenue was founded in 1869 and supplied paint for many of New York's most famous skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building. The Wolf family sold the business to Janovic in 1987, and Janovic later sold it to Benjamin Moore. However the Wolf sign, complete with "Since 1869", remains on the 52nd Street side to this day.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Player Profile: Dan Briggs

I have three cards of Dan Briggs. This one is from 1979 Topps.

Playing career: Outfielder Dan Briggs played seven years in the major leagues for the Angels, Indians, Padres, Expos and Cubs. His best season was 1979, when he hit 8 home runs in 227 at bats for the Padres. A fuller account of his career can be found at the 1980 and 1982 Topps blogs.

Where he is now: Owner of the Big League Baseball School in Worthington, Ohio.

My memories: He shared his thoughts on baseball cards with this blog in 2013.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Dan Bri, between Dan Brill, who works in advertising, and Dan Brisse, a snowboarder. The first entry when you google Dan Briggs is not the ballplayer but the bass guitarist for the band Between the Buried and Me.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Stoney Briggs.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Some random Wallet Card photos

A few wallet card photos that weren't really meaty enough for their own posts:

If you zoom in on the sign Gene's, a Greenwich Village restaurant since 1919, you will notice the phone number OR5-2048. "OR" stood for Oregon, which was what the area's phone exchange was called before converting to all-number dialing in the 1960s.
 
 Here's another sign old enough for an alphabetical exhange. MU stood for Murray Hill.
 The sign on Phil's Stationery on 47th Street is old enough that the sign company decal on the lower right had an alphabetical phone exchange. It's too small to see in the photo, though, but it dates this sign to the 1960s at least.

 The sign for Trumart Fabrics on Seventh Avenue appears to be about the same age.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Player Profile: Tony Bridges-Clements


Playing career: Tony Bridges-Clements was the Royals’ first-round pick in 1986. The shortstop never played in the major leagues but did play even years in the minor leagues, mostly at the AA level. Overall in 548 games he hit .230 with 9 HR and 142 RBI.

My memories: Only know him from his cards. Didn’t realize that Tony Bridges and Tony Clements were the same guy until I put this post together. I have two cards of him, one with each last name:
 
Where he is now: Anyone know where Tony Bridges-Clements is now?

Google Autocomplete results: Tony Bridges-Clements is not in Google autocomplete and there does not appear to be anyone else with that name.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Dan Briggs.