Monday, December 18, 2017

An old street trade

I'm a bit behind in posting trades. I forget what I gave Al in return for these. A shiny McGwire, too big White Sox stars, and a vintage Topps card.

Cards from Summer of '74

Got some nice cards in a recent trade with Summer of '74. Some highlights:

Always great to get a new Mattingly in my collection.
 I love this shiny "Bat Patrol" insert.
 Another great shiny card - Matthew sent all of the Yankees from this Leaf Limited set.
 Finally, here's a card that he showed on his blog that I asked for. Usually Sportflics cards showed sequential action photos - but this bubble-blowing Will Clark is more fun.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Baseball card stories from Craig Cacek

First baseman Craig Cacek played 11 seasons of professional baseball. In 1,318 minor league games .301 with 115 HR and 728 RBI. He made the major leagues with the Houston Astros for seven games in 1977. Now a Counselor at the Westview School in Los Angeles, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"1980 is my favorite card of myself, when I was with the Portland Beavers.

No stories but I've always enjoyed the ones where a pitcher poses with a bat, or a right-handed player poses left handed or with the glove on the wrong hand, etc.  Those were classics.

I collected cards as a kid, but I'm sure you've heard all the stories of kids putting them in the spokes of their bikes to make a noise.  Yep, that's what we did until we got older.  I even taped them or glued them into scrapbooks which my 8 year old friends really enjoyed looking at, but of course that rendered them worthless.  As kids back then, nobody knew how valuable they would become.  

I finally started putting them in plastic in my teens, and amassed a nice collection, but many of the old ones that I got from kids who were no longer interested or whose mothers made them give away were not in mint condition.  My collection around 1994 would have been worth about $7,000 if in mint condition, but the most anybody would give me, including card shops, was $1,000.  A private collector, an artist named Danny Maltzman, who did some fantastic huge paintings utilizing baseball cards, offered me $1,100 and two rounds at the country club where he belonged, the beautiful Hillcrest in Los Angeles, so, being the avid golfer I was, I jumped at it and had a great time playing with Danny and his mother and a friend of mine.

Of course, being one of the only Yankee fans growing up in Los Angeles in the late 50's and early 60's, my favorite baseball card was Mickey Mantle.  What a thrill that was opening up a pack of cards for a nickel and getting Mickey Mantle!!"

Friday, December 15, 2017

Baseball card stories from Tom Mendonca

The Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 College World Series, 3B Tom Mendonca played five seasons of professional baseball, mostly in the Rangers organization. In 436 games he hit .260 with 57 HR and 233 RBI. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I really don’t have stories of my cards but when I first got a deal to sign cards it was all new to me. With Topps they would sit down and watch you sign them, give you a set number to sign in a day then stop. I thought it would be easy to sign my name that many times in a row. Boy was I wrong. You get in a groove then all of a sudden you can’t remember how to sign your name. It was the craziest thing to me. For other players cards I used to buy a lot of 2009 Tristar Prospect Plus hot boxes and open tons of them because I was in it. Let’s just say I am lucky because there are a lot of great players in valuable cards in that set. I pulled a very very low numbered Mike Trout RC. My favorite card of myself is the USA cards and sports illustrated for kids card. Oh yes I collect baseball cards. Me, my Dad (Ray), my Uncle (Rob) and my brother (Tim) all collect. Collecting baseball cards is my favorite hobby I have. There is a certain rush you get when opening a box or pack of cards and hoping to find that one card. My dad, uncle, and brother every Christmas Eve will open boxes of baseball cards together after opening presents up. It’s a tradition that has been around ever since I can remember. On Christmas Day me, my brother and my dad open more cards. It’s a blast.

I don’t have a favorite card but my favorite baseball card set is 1963 topps."


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thomas DiBenedetto on baseball cards

Infielder Thomas DiBenedetto played in the Red Sox organization in 2008 and 2009. In 47 games he hit .272 with 0 HR and 8 RBI. Now a youth baseball coach and Orioles scout who also played professionally in Spain this year, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I was never told a baseball card was being made of me. As a 37th round draft pick it's not exactly a given that they would choose to make a card of you.  Anyways after finishing my first season with Single-A Greenville, I was in Fort Myers for the off-season and a friend of mine that collects baseball cards told me he just got my baseball card.  I was like what in the world are you talking about, and thought he was talking about some summer baseball card that was made of our whole team in The NECBL.  He's like "no it's Bowman Chrome..."  I didn't believe him, but I googled it and was surprised to actually see it.  I think I still have to make good on a promise to sign it for him, not that it would increase it's value...
Bowman didn't actually send me any of the cards they made of me, so I actually went on Ebay and bought like 15 of them.

I used to be an avid baseball card collector, and even collected some football cards.  I lived in a small neighborhood outside of Boston called Nahant, so loved finding any Red Sox player in a pack. Anyone that's ever collected cards, knows the thrill you get as a kid opening a new pack of cards.  Pretty much anytime I was given a few bucks for Christmas or a Birthday, I spent it on Slush Puppies, Ice-cream, and baseball cards.

My favorite card is the Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck Rookie.  I feel like regardless of what team you were a fan of, every kid loved Griffey.  This is the card that everyone wanted, and it definitely brings back memories and kind of tells the story of my collecting as a kid."

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pete Stanicek on baseball cards

IF-OF Pete Stanicek played for the Orioles in 1987 and 1988. In 113 games he hit .243 with 4 HR, 26 RBI and 20 SB. Now the Chief of Staff to the Chief Legal Officer of Health Care Service Corporation (owner of several state Blue Cross Blue Shield Associations), he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I was not a collector of cards as a kid so didn’t have any one special card.  It is a cool thing to have one now as an adult and I still get many requests to sign cards which I find amazing after being out of the league for so long.  It was an exciting experience to play and the cards certainly help me remember the impact players have on the fans."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Amador Arias on baseball cards

Infielder Amador Arias played seven seasons in the Reds organization. In 537 games he hit .252 with 15 HR, 146 RBI and 99 SB. Now a scout for the White Sox, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I don't collect cards. My favorite card of myself is the 1996 Carolina League All Star Card. I had on a green jersey of the Winston Salem Warthogs."
Thanks! I don't have that card, but I do have one card of him (unfortunately his name is spelled wrong on the card).

Monday, December 11, 2017

The card Kurt Bevacqua hates

Kurt Bevacqua did respond when I asked him again what card he hated:

""TRADED" hate that card !"
Thanks! Make sense - the way "Traded" is so prominent, at a time (mid-1970s) when there was more stigma about being traded, might be unpleasant for some players.

Kurt Bevacqua hates some of his cards

Infielder Kurt Bevacqua played fifteen years in the major leagues. He is best known for his home run that won Game 2 of the 1984 World Series, still the only World Series game win in Padres history. Overall in 970 games he hit .236 with 27 HR and 275 RBI. Now the owner of an car audio and security company in California, he kindly replied to my question on stories about baseball cards with this remark:

"Besides hating some of them, no stories."

Unfortunately he did not elaborate. I wonder if this is one of the ones he hated?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Baseball card stories from Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee has pitched eight season in the major leagues, going 51-48 with a 4.09 ERA. This year, for Texas and Minnesota, he went 3-2 with a 3.47 ERA. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I don’t have many baseball card stories other than I was the kid that would tape them by the back wheel of my bike so it would sound like a motorcycle. Haha. I still have a Nick Evans card in my toiletry bag from years ago when I played with him and somehow ended up with it!😂 I have signed a couple cards of me with a map of the DFW metroplex roads behind it and that is my favorite card. I haven’t found one for myself yet."
Thanks! I don't have that version, but do have the base card.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Doug Flynn on baseball cards

Infielder Doug Flynn played 11 years in the major leagues for the Reds, Mets, Rangers, Expos and Tigers. Renowned for his fielding, he won a Gold Glove in 1980. In 1,309 games he hit .238 with 7 HR and 284 RBI. Now a Banking Officer at Central Bank in Lexington, KY and an Ambassador for USACares, he kindly answred my questions about baseball cards.

"No favorites. All are special to me. The Tiger card I only sign with money going to charity so that’s been interesting. Still hard to believe I am on any at all. Thankful."
Thanks! Here is a video explaining why Flynn sign his 1986 card until 2010 (to honor a pastor for whom he was going to do a charity signing for in 1986 but passed away before the signing could take place).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kenneth Gilbert on baseball cards

Outfielder Kenneth Gilbert played in the White Sox organization from 2007 to 2011. In 137 games he hit .255 with 5 HR and 67 RBI. Now a real estate investor in the Dallas area, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

- Do you have any stories about cards of yourself or of other players? 
I still have most of the cards of my teammates and me from Bristol 2008.

- Do you have a favorite card of yourself or of another player? 
I have a Ken Griffey Jr ( my fav player) card from early in his career that I will probably never sell or let go. My favorite card of mine is the Topps card I have out. 
- Do you collect baseball cards?
I have an extensive collection of baseball cards from the late 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Contest winnings from Johnny's Trading Spot

Recently Johnny of the Trading Spot acquired an enormous haul of vintage cards, most of them big stars. He held a contest to give away some of the leftovers, and I was fortunate enough to win. It's been years since I won a big contest like that so I was very excited.

Most of what Johnny sent were Hall-of-Famers from the 1970s. As I don't actively collect these sets (even as I am growing to enjoy them more and more) it's unlikely I would have ever gotten these cards. This contest win really beefed up the star power of my little vintage collection.

Cards from the early '70s. My first ever playing-days card of Willie Mays! Amazing! Also my first ever playing-days card of Al Kaline. I also love how the Sporting News card uses an actual page from the Sporting News. I wonder if they are all the same.
 Mid-70s. Never thought I'd own the Gary Carter rookie, that is an iconic one from my youth. I already have the full 1978 set so that Nolan Ryan is up for trade (I believe I have a better condition copy and am fine trading the better one).
Finally, to switch it up, my first cards from the 2017 Topps Fire set. There are two designs, one with a blue border and a full color picture, and one with a red border and the uniform in color but the players' face and arms in black-and-white, I have no idea why.
Thanks again, Johnny!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

More from Dime Box Nick

Did my second trade in a month with Nick of Dime Boxes. Once again he sent me a fantastic package with some absolutely wonderful cards.

There were lots of great modern cards but more and more I find myself getting interested in older cards. Like this great Renata Galasso card of Jim Bouton as a Brewer.
 You would think I have all or at least most Topps-issued cards from the late 1980s. But I had never had a card from this set before. I love how the design blends with the picture to make it look like Carney Lansford has a giant head or is swinging a tiny bat.
 Mothers Cookies cards are always great. Love the uniform and how you get to see so much of the Astrodome, which isn't usually captured on a card.
 Like last time Nick threw in a smattering of vintage. It's kind of weird - I refuse to actively collect vintage (don't want to go down that financial rabbit-hole) but they are becoming the highlight of a lot of trade packages lately. Two great rookie cards here.
 I love these 1970 Topps card-sized comic books.
 My first 1965's! And one is a Hall of Famer!
 Oldest card in the package was this 1962 card. Condition doesn't mean anything to me for even modern cards, no problem at all with a beat up card that is 55 years old. Ed Hobaugh pitched three seasons in the majors, all for the Senators.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Andrew McKirahan on baseball cards

Andrew McKirahan has pitched professionally since 2011. He made the major leagues with the Braves in 2015, going 1-0 with a 5.93 ERA. After missing 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, he pitched for four teams in the Reds organization this year, going 2-0 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 games. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"My grandfather was a huge collector and gave me thousands of cards as a kid that I still have. I am not an avid collector but I definitely have some pretty cool cards. My favorite ones are some gold plated Nolan Ryan Cards that he gave me when I was younger."

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Francisco Rodriguez on baseball cards

Francisco Rodriguez has pitched professionally since 2005. He made the major leagues with the Angels in 2010 and 2011, going 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA. Since 2012 he has been pitching in his native Mexico. In 2017 he went 8-6 with a 3.34 ERA for Yucatan. He kindly answered my questions on baseball cards.

"Well I didn't collect cards but in the minor leagues proporciona always sent me cards to sign because they thought I was the kid Francisco Rodriguez from Venezuela!"

Thanks! I'm not sure if any cards have been made of him; this image is the closest I could find.

Todd Pratt on baseball cards

Catcher Todd Pratt played 14 years in the major leagues, mostly for the Phillies and Mets. He is best known for his grand-slam single that won the 1999 NLDS. Now the manager of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a Marlins minor league team, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I did not really collect cards. I do have some 20 year old full sets somewhere in my baseball storage."

Friday, December 1, 2017

Street trade - a card from the National

I had two Jeters and a Rivera in that purchase I made last week - I flipped them to Al for a few more baseball cards.

Two Bengie Molina cards that I liked the looks of, plus this really intriguing Larry Doby card that says "5th National" on the front.
 Sure enough it is from the National baseball card show - the 1984 convention which was held at the Aspen Hotel in Parsippany, NJ.
The Aspen Hotel was torn down in the mid-1990s.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Street trade - baseball for basketball

I've still got a lot of basketball I'd like to unload for a few baseball cards (or maybe something else interesting?). Al the street vendor had been bugging me for basketball stars so I traded him a Jordan, a couple of Oakleys (still popular in NY) and a few others for some baseball cards.

He's got a new binder so there was fresh stuff to look through. Like Yankees oddballs!
 Other random stuff - two 1994 Donruss Triple Play inserts I'd never seen before. I learned from the Tigers nickname card that the team name came from the striped socks that they wore. Also a Wade Boggs Broder and a see-thru Ben Grieve card.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Robinson Chirinos on baseball cards

Catcher Robinson Chirinos has played six seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the Rangers. This season he played in 88 games for Texas, hitting .255 with 17 HR and 38 RBI. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"My son David and I collect baseball cards. It's something that we both enjoy."

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Logan Darnell on baseball cards

Logan Darnell pitched seven seasons in the Twins organization, making the major leagues in 2014. Last year he pitched for the Montgomery Biscuits, the Rays' AA team, going 5-3 with a 3.98 ERA. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I really don't have too many good stories! But i remember when I was in rookie ball, in Elizabethton, TN, signing my first rookie card deal for like 10 bucks."


Monday, November 27, 2017

Wallet Card at the South Shore Trust Company

The South Shore Trust Company was founded in 1929 in Rockville Centre, NY by George W. Loft. He was the son of William Loft, who started the Loft Candies store chain. I showed a recently-uncovered sign from that company in a wallet card post last year. The bank lasted for 21 years before being absorbed by Franklin Bank in 1950.
Before founding this bank George Loft served in the US House of Representatives from 1906 to 1917. He also was a real estate developer. His Loft Estate Homes development in Baldwin, NY still exists, with an interesting-looking sign of its own.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

1993 Studio Carlos Baerga

Hobbies are music and football: Carlos Baerga Productions, among other things, produces gospel music.

Favorite sports announcer is Harry Caray: Interesting pick has Baerga had no connection to the Cubs. Maybe WGN was broadcast in Puerto Rico?

Favorite player as a kid was Roberto Clemente: On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Clemente’s death, Baerga participated in a five-day charitable event in Puerto Rico.

Might have been an engineer if he hadn’t been an athlete: Baerga did not go into engineering after his baseball career.

Where he is now: In addition to music he is heavily involved in youth coaching.

Cards from a basement

I'm glad to see a few people were interested in trading for what I posted yesterday. Jasongerman9 and TSHenson - please email me as I don't have any other way to contact you.

Maybe something in today's post might also be of interest to people. They came from the Basement Fun Game that Matt of Summer of '74 recently hosted. I won the "oversized lot" and there were a lot of cool things in it, some I needed but some that are up for trade.

The keepers: Some 1984 Donruss Champions - only had a few from the set and needed all of these. Same for the two 1989 Bowman reprints. The Cadaco discs are new to me - apparently from a board game. Very cool oddball.
 The traders: In this case I already had the complete set these cards came from. As you can see there are a whole bunch of Topps Big from all three years of the set - every card is a hall-of-famer except for Buhner and McGwire, so let me know your needs there.
 The miscellany: Not sure if I would consider these cards. The two hockey Master Photos are up for trade. There are two copies of the Cal Ripken Sr. postcard, so at least one is up for trade, as is the Shaq postcard from his rookie year (a canned reply to fanmail).
 The bonus: Matt generously threw in some bonus cards of current Yankees. I love the "New Dynasty" card with Aaron Judge and Greg Bird. I hope Topps is right.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Calling set collectors and basketball fans

Picked up some cards in a Craigslist transaction this week. Not my best score but not bad either. Slightly disappointed that there was not a lot of baseball variety, and a large amount that I had already. Here is what I got, and what is available for trade:
That row of cards along the top is about 95% of the 2002 Topps set. Anyone want a mostly-complete starter set? Or have other needs from it?
In the second row we have:
- Most of the 1998 Leaf set. Needed most of it so that's good.
- A full 1997 Leaf Series I. There were actually two of these, so I have a full Series I (200 cards) to trade and probably 100 more singles to trade.
- All but one of the base cards from 1999 Upper Deck Black Diamond. Missing #76 Ken Griffey - anyone have one to trade?
- A smaller stack of 2000 Upper Deck Ionix. Needed most of those.
- A big stack of 1990 Donruss. Come one, someone must need something from that set, right?
And in the bottom row:
- A full base 2002 Ovation set just missing the Griffeys (57, 95-99). Probably about half of these will be available for trade.
- A few silver parellels from that set
- A very few mixed random cards
- A small stack of 2011 Topps cards - up for trade
- Huge stack of 2002 Fleer Hot Prospects. Many duplicates but somehow still missing several cards.
Not shown:
A complete 1992 Ultra Series I - up for trade
A large variety of basketball cards from the 1990s and 2000s. Would gladly trade these for a smaller number of baseball cards.

Anyone interested in trades just let me know!