Sunday, August 20, 2017

Matt Clement on baseball cards

Matt Clement pitched nine seasons in the major leagues for the Padres, Marlins, Cubs and Red Sox, going 87-86 with a 4.47 ERA. His best season was 2005, when he made the All-Star team going 13-6 for Boston. Now the head basketball coach at Butler High School in Butler, PA, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"My youngest son and I are working on the Heritage and Allen and Ginter sets for this year right now. I like my black border Bowman rookie card the best. I collected cards with my dad as a kid."
Thanks! I don't have that card, but here is one from my collection.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Rich Butler on baseball cards

Outfielder Rich Butler played for the Blue Jays and Devil Rays from 1997 to 1999. In 86 games he hit .223 with 7 HR and 22 RBI. Now the owner of the Butler Baseball Academy in Ajax, ON, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"Growing up I had a dream about playing Major League Baseball and to have my very own baseball card. So when I received my first one in Myrtle Beach in 1992, I was over the moon and just stared at it for days. It's one of my favourite trophies in my life."
Thanks! The image above was provided by Butler. I don't have that card, but here is one from my collection.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trade with minibbcards

minibbcards is a collector on tradingcarddb, where you can find his wantlists and tradelists. As his name suggests he collects minis, mostly those from Allen & Ginter, Gypsy Queen, etc. I traded him a few extras that I had and he sent me a few full-sized cards in return. Here are some highlights:

He sent me the last three cards I needed, including this beautiful Wizard of Oz, to complete the 1994 Leaf set.
 This is an error card - Nigel Wilson's name and photo on the front . . .
 . . . Darrell Whitmore's name and photo on the back. There is another card in the set which has the opposite.
 Here's a photo I liked. Hinckley is from Oklahoma, and that is probably where the picture was taken - just drafted, taken on the local ballfield, not even issued a real uniform yet, just a T-shirt with the team name on it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Trade with Zeprock

Zeprock is not a blog but a trader and seller with an extensive wantlist and tradelist. Got a bunch of cool cards from him in a trade. Here are some highlights:

Lots of oddballs in the package. I love the Coca-Cola logo on those early 80's Topps cards - looks like an old time privilege sign storefront. Even better with the addition of the Brigham's logo - a Boston-area ice cream chain that is still around.
 This is a 1989 Phoenix magnet of Kirk Gibson. Not sure whether to consider this a card - it is an actual magnet, shaped a little smaller than a baseball card. Would you consider this a card?
 Lots of great photos too, like Juan Gonzalez at the doorway to the Green Monster.
 And some set needs too. I'm now down to needing just one card from 1992 Studio, and it's a common card - #100 Todd Zeile. Anyone have one to trade? And there hasn't been much in the way of comments on my 1993 Studio posts - are people interested in more of them?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mariano & Mariano = Marcus & Manny

Traded a couple of more Mariano Rivera cards to Al. In return I got a couple more of those 2017 "National Packtime" cards (what he calls them, they actually are "Baseball Hobby Continuity Program". The two I picked are Long Islander Marcus Stroman, and a green parallel of Manny Margot.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Trade with A Cracked Bat

Got some great cards in a trade with A Cracked Bat. She knew I'm a Yankee and Cardinal fan so most of the trade was cards from those teams. Some highlights:

Lots of shiny cards in this package which I love.
 This makes two trade packages this month to feature a Sportflics set I've never gotten a card from before. This is the "Decade Greats" set from 1986. I remember reading about it when the set came out when I was a kid, but never before had I gotten a card from it before, so I was really excited about this one. The player on this card is Giants Hall-of-Famer Carl Hubbell.
 I love getting surprise vintage in these trade packages. Here is the Cards Rookie Stars from 1971.
 Topps Total had an insert set called Total Topps, but the design of the card looks like it is Topps Total: Topps Total.
 Finally, she included a full 12-card 2001 Sunoco Dream Team set. These are beautiful cards featuring two stars each from a dozen teams. Unfortunately I already had the set so this one is up for trade if anyone wants it.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trade with Night Owl

Got some great cards in a trade with Night Owl. Here are some highlights:

This was the last card I needed to complete the 2011 Toppstown set.
 He sent me a whole bunch of cards from 2015 Topps, whittling down my wantlist to just seven cards: 112, 458, 463, 470, 580, 616, 687

 Yankee fans still cringe in memory of the Rally Monkey. Which is probably why Night Owl sent it to a Yankee fan.
 This looks better in person - a shiny foil Jackie Robinson card.
 At first I thought this was an oversize glove, like Mickey Hatcher used to wear as a gimmick on some cards. It's actually just a neat use of perspective to create a unique image.
 He sent a few vintage Yankees as well. I just featured the Ellis on this blog as I picked it up in a street trade, so now I have an extra up for trade. The Rob Gardner is new for me though, as is the 1974 checklist, featured signatures of the 12 best players on that team, only 4 of which would still be there when they won the pennant two years later.

National Baseball Card Day

Today was National Baseball Card Day. I went to three card stores near my house to pick up free packs and hopefully other items of interest as well. Unfortunately there was nothing in any of the stores that compelled me to actually hand over cash. Quarter boxes of 1986 Topps commons or $50 1987 Score sets were typical of the overpriced junk at these places. I know some of you in other parts of the country have some really good LCS's but here on Long Island they are really underwhelming. Fortunately I have a good street vendor, a good flea market, the occasional garage sale score, and of course all of you great traders.

Each NBCD pack featured five cards. The collation was not great so there were three dupes out of the fifteen cards, so these three are up for trade:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Trade with Rekindling the Cardboard Flame

First off, remember that tomorrow is National Baseball Card Day! Here is the list of participating card shops where you can get free cards.

Speaking of new cards, Tyler of Rekindling the Cardboard Flame set me a bunch of 2017 base cards. I had mentioned at the start of the trade-a-thon that I had almost no 2017, and people have sent me lots of Archives, Heritage, Gypsy Queen, Bowman, etc but up to now very few base cards. Tyler sent me 20 or so which finally put me in double digits. I've added the set to my wantlist so you can see the 675 or so cards I still need for the set.
 I'm pretty unhappy about the change to the back of the cards. I saw Jim Johnson on the Braves and thought to myself, "Is this the same guy who used to be an Oriole"? You could always rely on Topps for the full career stats on the back. Not anymore.
 He also sent several dozen cards from the 2016 Topps Update set. Another reason I am not thrilled with the 2017 set is that it looks too much like 2017, both of them with the diagonal line in the corner being the only real design element. I know I will always be confusing them when I seen them in the years to come.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

1993 Studio Roger Clemens

Hobbies are golf, water sports and collecting jerseys of other athletes who wear number 21: Clemens is an avid and skilled golfer.
Where he is now: His Roger Clemens Foundation is involved in a variety of charitable endeavors.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

1993 Studio Kevin Brown

Hobbies are golf, scuba and fishing: Another outdoorsman.

Favorite sports announcer is Howard Cosell: Neither Cosell nor Brown were ever well-liked by most fans.

Favorite player as a kid was Ozzie Smith: Brown grew up in Georgia in a time when the Braves were really bad, perhaps explaining why he looks elsewhere for a favorite player.

Most prized possession is his All Star ring: Brown was a six-time All-Star.

Might have been a chemical engineer if he hadn’t been an athlete: Brown studied chemical engineering at Georgia Tech.

Pet peeve is tailgaters: With Brown’s famous temper, he does seem like a road-rage incident waiting to happen.

Where he is now: Last seen fighting with Georgia Power after they cut down fencing he built on the utility’s right-of-way.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Baseball Wit

I mentioned in my last post that the Baseball Wit cards really deserved their own post.

This was the first card in the Baseball Wit stack. Nothing says "baseball" or "wit" like a grumpy Civil War general.
 Back in the 19th Century, ballplayers posed in front of flowers and columns.
 Here's comedian Jack Carter hamming it up with a mannequin.
 Here's just a bizarre picture. Three old men beating up some young kid? It's actually Branch Rickey teaching the art of sliding.
 Back when managers and players weren't ashamed of wearing blankets in the dugout on cold days.
 Here's Game of Thrones's Littlefinger.
 Umpire Cal Hubbard, apparently leaving the house on the way to work.
 Finally, this awesome picture of little leaguers learning baseball from an elderly Cy Young.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Rich Niessen trade: the larger box

Here are some highlights from the thousands of cards in the larger box sent to be my Rich Niessen.

Lots of 2009 UD Final Edition.
 I just saw this 1/1 over on Bob Walk the Plank. How can that be? These were error cards, mass-produced and weren't supposed to say 1/1.
 Lots of Sports Illustrated cards.
 Lots of the great 1999 Fleer Tradition set. Great photos like this one.
 Here is a beautiful painted checklist card from the Ted Williams set.
 Great photo from a Stadium Club Mickey Mantle set. I love how clearly you can see the fans in the stands, which you don't often see in 1960s photos. Interesting that a lot of them are clearly not cheering for Mantle, a reminder that for many fans, especially older ones, he never was able to adequately replace DiMaggio.
 Great photo from Minnie Minoso's 1980 stint with the White Sox at the age of 57.
 Great shiny Topps insert.
 Lots of A&G minis. A few of them from 2010 and 2011 I had already so if someone is collecting them, let me know.
 I love the UD Holographics set.
 Here's a Woolworth card . . .
 . . . and here's another. Remember the Schmidt I posted yesterday? Almost the same photo. While there were few duplicates in Rich's box there were seven copies of this card, so six are up for trade.
 Here's an oddball - a fan drawing produced for the UD MVP set.
 There were probably 100 cards from the 1992 Fleer Update set. When I got a complete set last year at a garage sale I found out that these are actually pretty rare, particularly for the era. All of these are up for trade.
 Speaking of 1992 Fleer, here's a great oddball from 7-11 and Citgo.
 A beautiful Leaf insert.
 I love these quirky Ultra Pro oddballs.
 My first 1993 Stadium Club Members Only card. What a great way to showcase the unique photography of Stadium Club.
 There was most of the Baseball Wit set. These have some fantastic old photos and I will do a separate post just on these.
 With that I will segue to my favorite cards in the box, 1980s oddballs! I'd never had a Squirt card before.
 The backs are like the 1982 Topps set, but yellow. Love it!
 Topps scratch-offs!
 Don't know how they work? Fortunately, there's an instructions card.
 Topps stickers! I would love to trade for old Topps and Panini stickerbooks that are empty or only partially-completed.
 Fleer Star Stickers! I'm always psyched to get early-80s Fleer products.
 Like these awesome Fleer Stamps!
 I had seen Fleer World Series stickerbacks before, but never ones for All Star Games.
 More Fleer Stickers!
 A great Mattingly oddball - this is a box bottom card.
 There were several Front Row sets of Negro League stars.
 Finally, this great card - I love seeing a Sportflics design I'd never known about before.