Monday, October 15, 2018

Street trade

Here's the cards I got in another street trade last week. I'm probably the only blogger who gets to make random baseball card trades at lunch hour or on the way out of work. Only in New York!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Baseball card story from Hank Foiles

Catcher Hank Foiles played for seven teams from 1953 to 1964, hitting .243 with 46 HR and 166 RBI. He was an All-Star in 1957, hitting .270 with 9 HR and 36 RBI. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"My only baseball card story involves a card set of former Baltimore Orioles produced by Crown Oil Co. several years ago. My likeness was used to make the cards without my knowledge or authorization. I sued but got nowhere, since very few other players jumped onboard with me. Even today, I refuse to sign that card. I am not a collector nor do I have any favorite cards. 

Please check out my book "A Pirate's Journey" and mention it to your followers.It's chock full of good stories about my life in baseball. Contact my co-author, Doug Williams, for copies signed by both of us. ($23 includes postage) "
Thanks! I don't have that card, but here is one from my collection.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Eric Soderholm on baseball cards

Third baseman Eric Soderholm played for the Twins, White Sox, Rangers and Yankees from 1971 to 1980. In 894 games he hit .264 with 102 HR and 383 RBI. Now the owner of Soderworld Wellness Center & Academy, a body, mind and spirit sanctuary in Willowbrook, IL, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I went into a baseball card shop years ago and asked if they had any Eric Soderholm cards. The kid said when did he play? It was very humbling.

I don’t collect cards but my dad put some of the cards we played with as a kid in a box. If anyone wants to buy them, they would be available. Lol"


Friday, October 12, 2018

Street trade that's half-shiny

Some recent pick-ups from Al.

Four cards that aren't shiny. The Klein turned out to be a dupe and is up for trade.
 Four that are very shiny. The X-refractor sure looks weird when you photograph it.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A little more vintage

The same day I picked up my big vintage haul, I also went to the flea market. I went back to Vinnie's dime boxes with my 1975 want list, as it had gotten small enough to be manageable.

I was able to knock off 13 needs for the set, bringing me down to just 43 to go! Finally got that '75 Brett!
 To make it an even $2, I pulled 7 77s.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

See, what did I tell you?

I wrote this after Game 1 - " Game 1 was the type of game the Yankees have done a fair amount the last few years - fall way behind, then come almost all the way back to lose by one run." Just in case you didn't believe me, they did it again last night, looking flat for eight innings, then coming almost all the way back. Oh, well. Congratulations to the Red Sox, clearly the better team.
Meanwhile, I am focusing on the past, not the future. Let's do some vintage baseball card trades!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Big vintage pick up

I made a big vintage pickup this weekend. 800 cards for about 15 cents a card, just about everything in the 1965-1976 range. Just about all commons, and about half I had already, so there is plenty to trade - see below for what's available to trade.

But first, here is what I have added to my collection:

1977: Just a few. I'm still so far behind in this set, I'm semi-seriously thinking about purchasing a complete one. Would have to find a good deal on it.
 1976: Lots added here. I'm now more than halfway through this set. As you can see there was one big rookie card here. I've already got most of the key cards in this set now.
 1974: Still got over 100 to go but this set is shaping up nicely. Young Charlie Hough and rookie Bucky Dent are among the highlights here.
 Lots of '73s, including a couple of minor Hall-of-Famers and a few high numbers.
 Nice selection of 1972s as well.
 Just a few 1971s but very Yankee-heavy which is nice. That Lindy McDaniel card is one I've admired from afar from a while, but all of these look so great.
 A nice selection of 1970s. I like how Topps, after being burned by Claude Raymond a couple of times, stuck with a headshot in 1970. Nice to get a Bill Russell rookie.
 Oddly, there were no 1969s and very few 1968s, but it ramps up again in 1967. Not too many big names but all the cards on the bottom are high-numbers.
 Some cool stuff from 1966.
 Finally, 1965 (including more high-numbers), and one lone 1964.

Now, on to the trade bait:
One lone '65, and a few from '66, '67 and '68.
 Lots from 1970.
 One 1971, a few from '72.
 Lots more '73s. The last three are high-numbers.
 A few from '74.
 Trio from 1975. I'm within 50 cards, mostly commons, to completing this set.
Lots more from 1976, including some minor stars.
Let's trade!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Not even waiting for it to be over

I've never done one of these mid-game before, but at 16-1 in the ninth, it's safe to say this one is over. I was about to write that backup catcher Austin Romine was trying to be the first Yankee pitcher of the night not to give up a run, but he just gave up a 2-run homer. Oh well, I guess it will all be over tomorrow. Not much of a rivalry right now, is it?

Sunday, October 7, 2018

David Haber on baseball cards

A second baseman and outfielder, David Haber played in 104 games in the Royals organization in 1990 and 1991. He hit .207 with 1 HR, 26 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Now a youth baseball coach and an Irrigation Service Technician at Turf Equipment and Supply in Jessup, MD, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I loved my classic best card, was funny when we had these done.  They had us infielders pose either back hand or straight forward fielding position.  Most guys chose the backhand if I remember correctly.  They had a local company do cards as well, they were sponsored by GI Joes. "


Fenway split

The Yankees have played two playoff games since I last posted Friday morning. Game 1 was the type of game the Yankees have done a fair amount the last few years - fall way behind, then come almost all the way back to lose by one run. This evening was better, as the Yankees continued their dominance over David Price. Two home runs by Gary Sanchez was a nice treat, as is the fact that his defense is looking surprisingly solid.
Let's see what happens in Yankee Stadium Monday and Tuesday - these games could be pretty wild.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Al's back

Al is back from his cross-country motorcycle trip. I had a few cards set aside for him when he returned, and traded them for these cards:
Turns out I already had the Marichal and Martinez cards, so they're up for trade if anyone wants them.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Well, that wild card game went surprisingly easy. The big guy homered in the first to set the tone. Luis Severino pitched the shakiest four innings of no-hit, no-run ball you'll ever see. The bullpen (mostly) was solid. Perhaps most impressive for this HR-reliant team was a four-run inning without a home run. They probably don't have a chance against Boston, but at least this game was fun . . .

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wild Card Preview

I did one of these last year and I'll do it again here. Last year the Yankees got to play their perennial playoff patsy, the Twins. This year they're facing a red-hot A's team that plays particularly well on the road. Oakland is following Tampa Bay's success with bullpen-games, something the Yankees had a lot of trouble with this year. The good thing about facing a bullpen is that you only need one or two guys to be off their game to score some a few runs.

Lots of questions about the Yankees pitching, too. Luis Severino, who struggled so much in the second half, and who lasted just a third of an inning in last year's Wild Card game, is an interesting choice, especially with Gary Sanchez catching. A month ago in Oakland Sanchez couldn't catch Severino at all. If you see a lot of wild pitches and passed balls early, you know it will be Oakland's night for sure.

The big question is, can the Yankees score enough runs? I certainly hope so, they haven't looked as good in the second half but looked a little better the last week of the season. We'll see . . .

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Baseball card stories from Larry Colton

Larry Colton pitched six seasons of professional baseball, including one major league game for the Phillies in 1968 before injuries ended his career. He has since gone on to a very successful writing career, with articles published in Esquire, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times Magazine, and five published books, including Counting Coup, which won the Frankfurt e-Book of the Year award and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize.

He kindly spent twenty minutes on the phone with me talking about baseball cards and collecting.

"I'm one of the only guys that’s been on more baseball cards than games played, two cards vs one game. I got hurt after first game that was end of my big league career.  Still one more than you! Keith Olbermann said that the leap from 0 to 1 is the hardest.
In '68 I had a good year in AAA. The Phillies had traded Jim Bunning because I was allegedly going to replace him. I shared a card with Dick Thoenen who also got only one game in the majors. Thoenen got called up because players were being called into the National Guard. No one went to Vietnam because big league teams made connections with National Guard units, and you would serve two weeks summer duty. Rick Wise was serving so they brought up Thoenen for two weeks.He was a reliever in the minor leagues. Relievers were not what they were now. Only starters would get called up. Minor league long reliever in the 60s were a ticket to nowhere. That was not the case for me. I was a starter but got hurt. Pete Rose was the first batter I faced in the big leagues. He got a double but didn’t score. I struck out two batters in two innings. Struck out a batter an inning - me and Sandy Koufax.

In '69 hey thought I would come back so they put me on another card, this time with Don Money, who played fifteen years in the big leagues.
In ’68 I didn’t keep the cards because I thought I would be in the big leagues for a long time. Not until the autographs started coming around that I was able to get them again.
I am always amazed and befuddled that I get so many autograph requests in the mail. It all comes from the book that publishes the addresses. I get a steady flow of requests even though I only played one game. 90% of the people have done no research on me. They don't know that I've written six books, and been nominated for a Pulitzer for Counting Coup. For that book, the publisher made oversized postcards as a marketing thing. They gave me 5000 of them. I write on it – "please read this book". I fold it over the card that I sign and return it to the sender. I've mailed out 2000 of them over the years. Not one single person has written me back. My conclusion is that baseball collectors don’t read.
Autograph collecting is a big business/hobby. I’ve always wanted to go and show up at the doors of the people who send me requests and say "Hi, I’m Larry Colton!" They will have no idea who I am. I've signed way more baseball cards than I have books, and I've sold a lot books.
I collected when I was a kid. I had a dice baseball game I invented that I wuold play with my buddy. The big league players would just be the ones for whom we had a baseball card. When we got a new player, Harvey Kuenn or whoever, we would add them to it.
My grandson collects football cards. On Sunday I walked by a place where they were having a yard sale and bought a box of cards. 500 cards for $2. I haven't given them to him yet - he's going to love them.
I also do teacher trainings on how to teach writing. One of my classes made a blown-up copy of my card and had it framed and gave it to me as a gift. It's sitting in my closet - it would be ostentatious to keep it in my living room.
My time as a ballplayer was so long ago and so alien to what I do now that some of the people I interact with now have no idea about my past and it is fun to spring a card on someone. I have two or three extras I’ve accumulated over the years. I gave one to each of my daughters."