Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cullen Hartzog on baseball cards

Cullen Hartzog pitched five years of professional baseball, mostly in the Yankees organization. His best season was 1989, when he went 7-7 with a 3.38 ERA for Fort Lauderdale. Now the owner of Cullen Hartzog Construction in Panama City, FL, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"The only story I have about a card is from Hoyt Wilhelm, 'you can take your card and a quarter to get a cup of coffee.' I don't have a favorite or collect baseball cards."


Monday, July 6, 2015

Player Profile: Tony Brewer

I have one card of Tony Brewer, from 1985 Donruss.

Playing career: Outfielder Tony Brewer played for the Dodgers in 1984. In 24 games he hit .108 with 1 HR and 4 RBI.

Interesting facts: His brother Mike Brewer played for the Royals in 1986.

Where he is now: Baseball and wrestling coach at Palo Alto High School.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is sixth when you type Tony Bre, between Tony Breault Oregon, Senior Real Estate Investment Officer for the state, and Tony Bruschi, referring to former Patriots star Tedy Bruschi. The first entry when you google Tony Brewer is not the ballplayer but an event planner in Atlanta.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jamie Brewington.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Last week's street box

I did pick up one $3 box last week. It was a pretty good one. Here are some highlights:

Always happy to get a major league card of a Yankee I did not have, even if he never actually pitched for the Yankees.
 Lots of fun getting a Broder card, even if it's pretty beat up.
 There have to have been at least a thousand 2007 Topps cards in these boxes already, no exaggeration. I notice this one actually is labeled "1st day edition". I didn't realize that was a variation. I'll probably have to sift through the 2007's I've gotten to see if there are any others like that. For my own collection, I generally consider front variations as legit and ignore back variations. What that means here is that I have a lot of the red-letter back '07's to trade if anyone needs them for their collection.
 An interesting miscut from 2003 Fleer Platinum. Notice the very bottom of the card with the blue and yellow stripes typical of most of the set, but not this "unsung heroes" subset.
 Here is what the blue and yellow striped cards look like. This one must be from a similar batch; notice the white line at the very top of the card.
 I'm not sure if this is actually Zach Parker or not but the name on the uniform definitely isn't Parker. Whoever this is, he's business on the front...
 ...and party on the back. The real Parker actually goes by Zack and now works in the TV industry. Fans of the show "Arrested Development" may be interested to know that he worked as a Fox office PA for that show.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Trade with Johnny's Trading Spot

Johnny of the Trading Spot hit a bunch of needs from 2012 Topps for me. Here are some highlights:

This card has a lot of personality for a game-action photo.
 Nice shadow here. When I got to live games I find it interesting to watch the shadows of the ballplayers. The uniforms and styles may be very modern but the silhouettes are always timeless, the same as baseball players from 50 or 100 years ago.
 Looks like a pop-up that the wind blew in a surprising direction. Nice photo.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Trade with GCRL

I have traded with GCRL several times over the years and his trade packages are always great. Here are some highlights from this particular package:

Awesome to get a Mattingly card I did not have from the year I started collecting.
 A much more modern card. It's called "Robbed in Center" though it looks like he's just catching a standard warning-track fly ball.
 Lots of hits to my want-list of recent Topps sets, including a bunch of double play cards that he no doubt had lots of extras of.
Finally, this one was a bit of a mystery to me, but after doing a little investigating I found out it was from a set called 1983 Topps Foldouts. This one has Griffey on one side and Willie Wilson on the back, and was part of what I guess was a poster-size card with about ten different players on it. This one was cut up but as you can see by comparison is still much larger than a typical card.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kenny Faulk on Baseball Cards

Kenny Faulk pitched in the Tigers organization from 2009 to 2015. In 246 games he went 13-17 with 47 saves and a 3.55 ERA. Now an instructor at the ECB Baseball Academy in East Cobb, GA, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"When I was a teenager I had friends and we would trade cards every day! My favorite card was Ken Griffey Jr. He was my role model. I wore the same cleats and tried to swing the same as him. I collected cards while growing up. Being from Georgia any Braves pitcher especially Tom Glavine, or Greg Maddux I would have those cards! Collecting baseball cards kept me around the game and how rewarding baseball can be! "

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Player Profile: Rod Brewer

I have eight cards of Rod Brewer. This one is from 1991 Classic Blue.

Playing career: First baseman Rod Brewer played for the Cardinals from 1990 to 1993. In 172 games he hit 278 with 2 HR and 33 RBI. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where he is now: He is Sports Tourney Recruitment Specialist for the city of Apopka, FL and co-owner of BCK Baseball in Orlando.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fourth when type Rod Bre, between Rod Brent Tennis, a tennis pro, and Rod Brenneman, former CEO of Butterball. Another prominent Rod Brewer is a Legislative Advocate at Southern California Edison.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Tony Brewer.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wallet Card at a 7-Up Privilege sign

Across the street from Google's New York headquarters on eighth avenue are a bunch of modern restaurants. One of them did not completely cover the sign of an old predecessor, a restaurant with an old 7-Up privilege sign. The picture aren't great but you can get a sense of it. Unfortunately the ideal place to take the photos would have been the middle of the street. Still a fun find.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Player Profile: Matt Brewer

I have one card of Matt Brewer, from 1991 Classic Best.

Playing career: Outfielder Matt Brewer played in the Giants organization in 1991 and 1992. In 133 games he hit .295 with 10 HR and 82 RBI.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Matt Brewer is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is fourth when you type Matt Bre, between Matt Brezina, CEO of Sincerely, and Matt Brest, Partner at SeaStone Capital Management. There are no entries for the ballplayer on the first page of Google results; most are for a musician.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Rod Brewer.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Blog Bat-A-Round: Not cards, but sticker albums

I don't really have any cards that I've had and wish I had not gotten rid of. Collecting everything means I'm not really in a position like GCRL to sell a good card. I'm sure I've lost a few (in fact, I know I dropped a card on the train from one of my $3 boxes the other day but could not find it; I hadn't even had a chance to see what card it was). But, no real self-inflicted holes in my baseball card collection.

However, when I first started collecting as a kid, it wasn't cards but stickers. The 1986 Topps sticker album was what got me into not just collecting but baseball itself. I didn't actually start collecting cards until the following year. I had the Topps sticker albums for both baseball and football from 1986 to 1989, as well as a couple of Paninis, 1988 and 1989. However I did not keep these. Over the past few years I have ended up with some of the stickers for these albums and kind of wish I had held on to them. If anyone has albums that are either empty or mostly empty, I might consider trading cards for them.