Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trade with Condition Sensitive

Got some cool cards in a trade with Condition Sensitive. The bulk of the package was the complete 2016 Topps Opening Day set:
 But there were lots of other fun random cards as well. Funny to see Topps putting Chrome on a vintage design - seems to miss the point of being vintagey in the first place.
 1997 Leaf is an underrated design. Don't see a lot of these cards.
 There were a whole lot of cards from this set in the package. Junk wax?
 No! It's O-Pee-Chee!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Aaron Judge autograph, '55 Bowman, random awesomeness - and an a**hole

Matt of Summer of '74 had an Aaron Judge autograph burning a hole in his pocket, so I traded him a few thousand Topps base cards to jump start that part of his collection. Who knows how long Judge can keep this up, but he's the most fun Yankee to watch in a long, long time.
 Matt was also going to throw in a few extra cards. I wasn't expecting - or asking for - much, so boy was I surprised by the hundreds of cards he sent me. Some highlights:
A 1955 Bowman! Danny O'Connell played twelve seasons in the major leagues.
 A Gary Sheffield uniform card!
 Another autograph! Chris Smith played two seasons in the Yankees organization.
 A complete set of 1988 Fleer World Series.
 Finally, most of the 1990 Pacific Senior League set! There is one card in that set that is very famous and I am very happy to get in my collection. Not familiar with it?
 Take a closer look at the bat handle. Here's an interview with Nettles from Freedom Cardboard where he claims the bat was his and he was unaware of the profanity.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This is not junk wax

I often get cards from my want list in trades. However almost nobody gets to the very bottom of the list - variations from junk-wax era sets that I have otherwise completed. So I was pleasantly surprised to get a package from Corky of Pack War that knocked out a bunch of those needs. Here are some highlights:

The red border around Robin Ventura is gray on the left.
 It's pretty hard to manage an upside-down SS, but Upper Deck managed to do so in the position box on Gary Sheffield's card.
 Meanwhile, on Brian Downing's card, they omitted the position completely!
 #48 is Rich Thompson, not Andy McGaffigan.
 Here Upper Deck saw the H on the back of the card and thought it was Holton. It's actually Hillegas. At least they knew it wasn't Hershiser.
 Corky also saw that I needed just three more 1979 Burger King Yankees, and sent me them all! It's always a thrill to get a playing-days card of Thurman Munson.
 Finally, this great Don Mattingly/Simpsons custom. Thanks Corky!

Monday, July 24, 2017

1993 Studio Derek Bell

Hobby is fishing: Bell lived on a 58-foot yacht when he joined the Mets in 2000, and would often fish from the yacht.

Favorite sports announcer is Chris Berman: Bell did not get a Chris Berman nickname.

Favorite player as a kid was Dwight Gooden: Bell was best friends with Gooden’s nephew Gary Sheffield growing up, and referred to Dr. K as his “big brother”.

Most prized possession is his World Series ring: Bell put it up for auction on eBay in 2009, but pulled it when it did not reach the $17,000 buy-it-now price.

Pet peeve is Kool Aid without sugar: Doesn’t sound appealing.

Where he is now: Bell was arrested for drug use a couple of times in the late 2000s. Not sure what he is doing now.

1993 Studio Brady Anderson

Hobby is running track: Anderson was a well-known workout freak and running was an important part of his routine.

Favorite sports announcer is Chris Berman: Berman called him Brady “Bunch” Anderson.

Favorite player as a kid was Carl Yastrzemski: Anderson grew up a Red Sox and Dodgers fan.

Pet peeve is reading other people’s pet peeves: The Orioles must have decided to have some fun with the questionnaire; Cal Ripken also had a snarky comment for this question.

Where he is now: VP, Baseball Operations for the Orioles.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

2017 variety

Scott O. sent me another package, this time filled with a variety of 2017 cards. I have next to nothing from this year so all are appreciated.

My first 2017 Bowman. Looks exactly like 2015 and 2016. This will be really annoying in a few years picking up these cards and not being able to tell what year they are from.
 My first 2017 Donruss. I'm still enjoying the Donruss designs from my youth returning to modern cardboard.
 Got a few base set cards. I think I have about 7 this year.
 In fact I have more Gypsy Queens and Heritages than base right now for 2017, which is kind of unusual. The Gypsy Queen cards in general are beginning to grow on me.

Friday, July 21, 2017

1993 Studio Bobby Bonilla

Hobby is home computers: The phrase “home computer” seems to have gone extinct somewhere around the late 1990s. Bonilla attended technical college for a semester due to his interest in computers, before signing his baseball contract.

Favorite sports announcer is Bob Costas: Costas was the announcer for the 1997 World Series, in which Bonilla hit a key home run.

Most prized possession is his ’92 Harley Davidson Fatboy: A Bonilla-autographed Harley gas tank went up for auction last year.

Might have been an electrician if he hadn’t been an athlete: Bonilla’s father, Roberto, was an electrician. According to several profiles of Bonilla he idolized his father and while he would help his father out on jobs when he was a kid, he never had a desire to pursue that path himself.

Pet peeve is when people don’t say “please” when asking for an autograph: The website Ultimate Mets Database always has great fan stories about interactions with Mets players. There are several stories on Bonilla’s page about him rudely refusing autograph requests, but another that said “I met him a couple times when he was with the Mets at road games though in Houston and both times he game me and my little brother autographs even though he look at us kinda sideways at first. He said it was because I said please.”