Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Big street trade

I traded Al a variety of cards (George Brett, Ron Darling, Derek Jeter, etc) and pulled some cards from a box I hadn't seen before. This box had various 90s-00s stars between the letter H-S.

H-M. I love those two Ryan Klesko cards in the middle - how did I not have either one before?
 O-S. Lots of parallels here. I snag those up as I figure I am more likely to need them.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Too ugly for a sweater

Peter at Baseball Every Night is having an Ugly Sweater contest - post a picture of your ugliest card and you are entered. I immediately thought of this card from the 1998 Sports Illustrated set. The illustration was by "artist" T.S. O'Connell, whose day job, editor of Sports Collectors Digest, explains how he was able to get this monstrosity through.
Needless to say, T.S. needs to learn when to stop adding detail to the face. There are more examples of his "artwork" online. To be fair, most of them are passible illustrations, but there are still others that are downright (unintentionally) comical, like Camouflage Face Gary Carter:

Monday, November 12, 2018

1981 Topps Ivan DeJesus

The front: Day game batting at Shea Stadium in the Cubs’ old powder-blue pinstripes. DeJesus played in seven day games at Shea that year (in those days of unbalanced schedules, the Cubs visited their division rivals on three different weekends) he had five hits in 25 at bats.
 
The back: Odd that they mention his 1978 assists, as he also led the NL in 1977, and with a greater number (595).
The player: DeJesus was a slick-fielding shortstop with a pretty good bat for the Cubs and Phillies in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He ended his career with brief stops with the 1985 Cardinals, 1986 Yankees, 1987 Giants and 1988 Tigers.
 
The man: DeJesus was a minor league coach for many years but now appears to be retired.
 
My collection: I have 23 of his cards, from 1978 to 1989. I would be interested in trading for 1976 SSPC #76.

1981 Topps Kevin Saucier

The front: Simple spring training shot.

The back: Saucier pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings spread out over three appearances.
The player: A left-handed relief specialist, Saucier excelled in the Phillies bullpen in 1979 and 1980, and for the Tigers in 1981. However, he had a sudden and complete loss of his control that had him out of baseball soon after.

The man: Saucier reminded Tigers fans of Mark Fidrych with antics that included talking to himself on the mound and pirouetting off the mound after a save. However, while Fidrych was an amiable goofball, Saucier was an intense competitor known for screaming at umpires, earning the nickname “Hot Sauce”. He seems to have mellowed out after his playing career ended, and for the past 30 years he has been a scout for the Major League Scouting Bureau.

My collection: I have eight of his cards, from 1980 to 1983. I would be interested in trading for 1982 Fleer Stamps #158.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

1981 Topps Hector Cruz

The front: Having a laugh at Shea Stadium.

The back: Cruz’s only home run in the season came in the sixth-inning with the Reds down 3-2. The Reds won the nightcap two, with a three-run home run from George Foster.

The player: Cruz had a solid rookie season at the plate in 1976 but lead the National League in errors by a third baseman. His defensive difficulties led to a switch to the outfield, but his power bat disappeared after his rookie year. 1980 was his last big league season.

The man: One of three brothers to play in the major leagues, the others being Jose Cruz and Tommy Cruz. He was a letter carrier for the USPS after his baseball career.

My collection: I have ten of his cards, from 1977 to 1982. I would be interested in trading for 1976 Topps #598.