Sunday, May 1, 2016

Another street bag

Picked up another $3 street bag my guy put together for me while he's still in the process of assembling a larger box. Like the first bag, this one was a variety of chrome and other somewhat high-end cards. (No autographs this time).

There were about sixty cards in the bag. About half were baseball, and about half of those were Colorado Rockies of various kinds.
 I was going to post this great Charlie Hayes face-mask card even before Johnny's Trading Spot posted it yesterday.
 There were lots of recent chrome cards, including a few 2014 Topps.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ryan Speier on baseball cards

Ryan Speier pitched for the Rockies from 2005 to 2009. In 90 games he went 7-3 with a 3.99 ERA. Now the owner of Speier Pitching Lessons in Tulsa, OK, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I began collecting baseball cards in 1986, and the 1986 Topps series was the first series of cards that I collected. I can remember going to 7-Eleven after a Little League game and my dad offering me my pick of one treat from the convenience store. I remember being torn between a Slurpee or a pack of baseball cards. Initially, I was more interested in the gum than the cards, but soon grew attached to the cards. Before long, I had the entire set from that year. I continued to collect baseball cards through the mid-90s and still have all my cards tucked away in storage. I plan to pass them on to my son when he's old enough to have an appreciation for them. 

Ever since Upper Deck cards came about, they've been my favorite brand. My favorite card of myself is from the 2008 Upper Deck series because the picture was taken from a 2007 World Series game. 

My favorite two cards are my Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn rookie cards. These two gentlemen emulated what I believe a ballplayer should be while they're in uniform. "

Thanks! Here is a card of him from my collection, from 2005 Bowman Chrome.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cameron Satterwhite on baseball cards

Outfielder Cameron Satterwhite played three seasons of professional baseball, including a year in the Reds organization where he hit .253 with 8 HR and 44 RBI in 80 games. Now Assistant Director of the Reds Urban Youth Academy, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"A quick story about my cards, I actually didn’t know that I had a card until I was playing independent ball after being released.  I was in St. Louis and had just gotten off the bus when a fan ran up to me and asked if I would mind signing.  I said sure, not a problem.  He handed me a card and I saw myself on it and was in complete disbelief!  It was something I had always dreamed of when I was a kid and was pretty cool to see.  The only downside of the card was that Topps came to take the picture during my off-day and instead of playing I was coaching 1st base. 
I am not really a baseball card guy anymore, but as a kid I always loved to see the chrome or holographic Ken Griffey Jr. cards.  Being that he was and still is my favorite player of all time, I loved seeing the shine and effect of the holographic Ken Griffey Jr cards.
Unfortunately I do not collect baseball cards.  I know people who do and they tend to give me different versions of my personal cards but that was just something that I never got in to.  Maybe one day I will have a better love of cards but for now, I am just a baseball fan."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

John Graves on baseball cards

John Graves pitched in the Rangers organization in 1989 and 1990, going 7-8 with 17 saves and a 2.52 ERA. Check out his recent three-part interview with The Greatest 21 Days. Now an embryologist at OU Physicians Reproductive Medicine in Oklahoma City, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

Do you have a favorite card of yourself or of another player?  My favorite cards are all of the ones I used to collect when I was a kid… early 70s to early 80s.

Do you collect baseball cards?  I have some from the 70s and a few from the 90s… but I never REALLY collected them…


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Player Profile: Andrew Brackman

I have one card of Andrew Brackman, from 2012 Topps Heritage.

Playing career: Andrew Brackman, the Yankees’ first round pick in 2007, was a major bust. In 124 minor league games he went 17-35 with a 5.38 ERA. He did pitch in three major league games for the Yankees in 2011.

My memories: That end-of-2011 call-up seemed to be a pity call-up more than anything else – he had been 3-6 with a 6.00 ERA at Scranton that year. If I remember correctly Dellin Betances got a similar “pity call-up” – he was another highly-rated prospect having trouble putting it all together. I didn’t think I would see either as a Yankee again – I was right about Brackman, but thankfully wrong about Betances.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Andrew Brackman is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is tenth when you type Andrew Br, behind Andrew Brischler, an artist. There do not appear to be any other prominent Andrew Brackmans.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jackie Bradley Jr.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Player Profile: Brad Brach

I have one card of Brad Brach, from 2012 Topps.

Playing career: Brad Brach has pitched in over 200 games since his debut with the Padres in 2011. Traded to the Orioles after the 2013 season, he had gone 15-10 with 1 save and a 3.25 ERA through 2015.

Where he is now: In nine games this season he is 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA. He last pitched on Saturday, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings in a win at Kansas City.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Brad Br, ahead of Brad Browning, a relationship coach. There do not appear to be any other prominent Brad Brachs.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Andrew Brackman.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Player Profile: Kyle Boyer

I have one card of Kyle Boyer, from 2003 Upper Deck Prospect Premiers.

Playing career: Outfielder Kyle Boyer played in the Cubs organization from 2003 to 2005. In 166 games he hit .264 with 20 HR and 80 RBI.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Kyle Boyer is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Kyle Boy, between Kyle Boyd Hudl, referring to a high school football player in New Jersey, and Kyle Boyle, a management consultant. The first entry when you google Kyle Boyer is not this one but an infielder who played in the Cardinals organization from 2002 to 2004.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Brad Brach.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Player Profile: Chad Boyd

I have one card of Chad Boyd, from 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects.

Playing career: Outfielder Chad Boyd played in the A’s organization from 2004 to 2007. In 262 games he hit .287 with 12 HR and 127 RBI.

Interesting facts: At nine years old was a stunt double in the movie “3 Ninjas Kick Back.”

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Chad Boyd is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Chad Boy, between Chad Boyd Jersey City, referring to a man charged with attempted murder last summer, and Chad Boyle MKTO, referring to a songwriter. The first entry when you google Chad Boyd is not the baseball player but a defensive back at Louisiana Tech.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Kyle Boyer.

Wallet Card at a billboard for a decades-gone cigarette brand

In 1980 Brown & Williamson introduced what it touted to be a revolutionary low-tar cigarette, the Barclay, and had a major ad campaign that included a huge painted billboard on Eighth Avenue and 50th Street. The Barclay cigarette caused immediate controversy as it turned out the low-tar claims were because the design of the cigarette beat the FDA's tar test, rather than actually being low-tar. Sales quickly plummeted and by the end of the 1980s the cigarette had disappeared from the market. In 1985, the building on the corner was built, blocking the sign and so ensuring that no one else would bother to put a new one up, so the Barclay sign may remain an out-of-date curiosity for years to come.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Player Profile: Brad Bouras

I have one card of Brad Bouras, from 2002 Topps Traded.

Playing career: First baseman Brad Bouras played in the Cubs organization from 2001 to 2003. In 251 games he hit .288 with 27 HR and 157 RBI.

Where he is now: General Manager of Team Elite Baseball in Georgia.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Brad Bour, between Brad Bourland, former Chief Investment Officer at Jadwa, and Brad Bourg, an insurance agent in Louisiana. There do not appear to be any other prominent Brad Bourases.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Chad Boyd.