Sunday, May 19, 2019

The oldest cards in my collection

A while back Julie of A Cracked Bat showed some '51 and '52 Bowmans she picked up on the cheap at a card show, and was offering as they did not fit in her collection. I waited a few days to see if someone else would claim them, but no one did and so I scooped them up.

Three '52s and five '51s. Two players (Bob Cain and Johnny Groth) are represented in both sets. My favorite is King Kong Charlie Keller, a Yankee star from 1939 to 1949, pictured here as a Tiger. Certainly this is my first card of a former teammate of Lou Gehrig. These cards look absolutely fantastic and have certainly whetted my appetite for more.
 Julie even through in a few more vintage cards. I already had Pappas and Wert so they are up for trade. Don Wilson and Jim Perry are now my first cards from the inaugural Kellogg's set (1970).
Thanks Julie!

Coming home to some cards

I just got back late last night from several days at a conference in Florida for work. Nothing even good for a wallet card photo - just airport to hotel for four days than back to airport. Like the last time I went away, not all of my scheduled posts published.

 Last night I was looking forward to catching up with baseball card blogs. Unfortunately there was a lot of sad news this week, including the passing of former Brewers pitcher Ray Peters. You can read Off Hiatus Baseball's post on Peters's passing. He also answered my questions for this blog in 2015.

Right before I left town I got two amazing packages in the mail though. One contained what are now the oldest cards in my collection - that one will be a different post. This post concerns the fantastic package I got from my latest Diamond Jesters Time Travel Trade. (Seriously, get in on these!)

There were some modern cards . . .

some vintage . . .

and the holy grail, a 1969 Mickey Mantle checklist card! I now have both Mantle checklists from his playing days (the other is '67). Awesome!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

1981 Topps Kurt Bevacqua

The front: Bevacqua is wearing a yellow uniform in front of a yellow wall on a card with a yellow border. Pre-1991 Fleer this may have been the most yellow card ever.

The back: Bevacqua had ten years of major league experience despite playing in 100+ games only twice.
The player: 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.

The man: He is now the owner of a car audio and security company in California. He shared his thoughts on baseball cards – specifically, which one he hates – with this blog in 2017.

My collection: I have 25 of his cards, from 1972 to 1986. I would be interested in trading for 1984 Padres Smokey #2.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

1981 Topps Pete Falcone

The front: Great photo at Shea Stadium – the colors really pop here. This must be August 3, 1980. Falcone pitched well, allowing two runs in five innings. The Astros ended up winning the game in the tenth inning on a home run by Cesar Cedeno. The Astros 3B coach in the background is Bob Lillis.

The back: Another cousin of Pignatano, John Franco, went on to a long career with the Mets.

The player: Pete Falcone pitched ten seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the Cardinals and Mets. In 325 games he went 70-90 with a 4.07 ERA.

The man: Falcone now runs a catering business in Louisiana. His son Joey served as a combat medic in Iraq and Afghanistan, and later played in the Yankees organization. He shared his thoughts on baseball cards with this blog in March.

My collection: I have 20 of his cards, from 1976 to 1985. I would be interested in trading for 1977 Hostess #24.