Friday, February 15, 2019

Vintage backgrounds: Spring Training

There is one spring training site (I think it is spring training) that I am seeing on several cards. It is noticeable because of the bright red railings around the seats. Based on the uniforms I am guessing that it is the Giants' spring training facility in Phoenix (can't find the name), but of course I could certainly be wrong.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wallet card with a ghost sign for a long-dead undertaker business

Eickelberg Funeral Directors was an undertaker business that was located on Eighth Avenue from 1880 to 1951. Though defunct for almost 70 years, the sign for the business still looms over the Wendy's next door.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

1981 Topps Houston Astros Future Stars

Danny Heep
The player: Danny Heep was a backup outfielder for five teams over his thirteen year career, winning World Series rings with the 1986 Mets and 1988 Dodgers. In 883 games he hit .257 with 30 HR and 229 RBI.
The man: Heep was a college coach for 20 years, winning over 500 games. He is now the head coach at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio.
My collection: I have 34 of his cards, from 1981 to 1991. I would be interested in trading for 1988 Mothers Cookies #20.
Alan Knicely
The player: Knicely was a backup catcher for four teams from 1979 to 1986. In 228 games he hit .213 with 12 HR and 61 RBI.
The man: Knicely seems to have kept a very low profile during and after his baseball career.
My collection: I have 10 of his cards, from 1980 to 1986. I would be interested in trading for 1980 TCMA Tucson Toros #14
Bobby Sprowl
The player: Sprowl was called up by the Red Sox in late 1978 and lost two games during the team’s September collapse, including not getting out of the first inning against the Yankees in the fourth game of the “Boston Massacre”, the Yankees’ four-game sweep in Fenway Park. He was traded to the Astros in 1979 and appeared in 18 games for them over the next three seasons.
The man: For over 30 years, he has been the head coach at Shelton State Community College in Alabama.
My collection: I have two of his cards, from 1981 and 1982. I would be interested in trading for 1980 TCMA Tucson Toros #6.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Vintage backgrounds: Wrigley Field outfield?

Last week I posted some cards I thought were in Wrigley Field based on the grandstand. Per Wrigley Wax most but not all of them were. Here are some cards that, based on the ivy wall, the outfield scoreboard, and lack of an outfield grandstand, I think are also Wrigley Field. My favorites are the ones that show the apartment houses in the background.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Wallet Card with a 35-year-old sign in the window of the Carnegie Deli

Four years ago when I started doing Wallet Card, my first post was of the Carnegie Deli, a request from another blogger. (Yes, I still take requests!) The iconic deli closed last year, and in a recent photo of the shuttered deli I noticed an interesting sign in the window. I did some research and figured out that it would date to 1984, when the Carnegie Deli opened a satellite location in the new Food Court at the Sands casino in Atlantic City, which had the slogan "Feast Fast". Looking at old Google Street View photos, that sign has been sitting in the window since at least 2007. It was probably put up at some point to block the window and has been sitting there ever since. I walked over and took a close-up photo of the sign.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

1981 Topps Dave Stapleton

The front: Hat is off so he can show off the perm.

The back: Stapleton won those Player of the Month honors due to his 19-game hitting streak for Pawtucket. Later in the season he had a 19-game hitting streak for the Red Sox.
The player: Stapleton was the Red Sox starting first baseman from 1980 to 1983. He lost his job when the team traded for Bill Buckner, but he remained on the team, often serving as Buckner’s defensive replacement late in games. In Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, manager John McNamara elected to keep Buckner on the field instead of bringing in Stapleton, probably costing the Red Sox the championship. Overall in Stapleton’s career, he hit .271 with 41 HR and 224 RBI.

The man: Stapleton now owns a homebuilding company in Alabama.

My collection: I have 16 of his cards, from 1981 to 1987. I would be interested in trading for 1982 Brigham’s/Coca-Cola Red Sox #19.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Sox Cards from Nebraska

Got some vintage cards in a trade with the fantastically-named Metallattorney of Red Sox Fan in Nebraska. All were Sox - four Reds and a White. What they would have called Crimson and Pale Hose back then.
I love how both teams' logos back then accentuated the Sox part of the logo.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Mike Mitchell on baseball cards

First baseman Mike Mitchell played six seasons in the Yankees, Padres, Cardinals and Diamondbacks organizations. In 544 games he hit .306 with 50 HR and 352 RBI. His best season was 1997, when he hit .350 with 17 HR and 106 RBI for Rancho Cucamonga. Now Vice President at Westlake Risk & Insurance Services in Westlake Village, CA, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

- Do you have any stories about cards of yourself or of other players?  
First year in pro ball, I was sent to Oneonta New York.  We took our team baseball card photos in the first two weeks.  One month into the season, I was promoted to Greensboro.  I am in instructional league and the baseball cards come out.  They have my face on it and Carlos Yedo’s name and information on it.  Carlos and I ended up splitting the player cards.  My kids will still call me Carlos Yedo sometimes.
- Do you have a favorite card of yourself or of another player?

Bill Ripken’s F*** Face card.  When I was collecting when I was younger, it was the crown jewel.

- Do you collect baseball cards?  
Yes, but haven’t collected anything new in 20 years.  I have an Upper Deck Montana numbered football card that I collected out of a box I bought while working at a batting cage in high school.

Thanks! I can't find a picture of that Oneonta card, but here is one from my collection.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

1981 Topps Rusty Staub

The front: Staub is looking out over the cramped dugout of Tiger Stadium. Check out the wooden dugout bench.
The back: Without looking it up, I would guess that the only other player in this set with “Colt .45s” in the stat line would be Joe Morgan.
The player: 1980 was Staub’s only year in Texas. Everywhere else he played – Houston, Montreal, Detroit and the Mets – he was a huge fan favorite. An All-Star five times between 1967 and 1976, he reinvented himself as an excellent pinch-hitter in the 1980s. Overall, in 2,951 games he hit .279 with 499 doubles, 292 home runs and 1,466 RBI. He walked 1,255 times, compared to just 888 strikeouts.
The man: Staub did not have a 1972 or 1973 Topps card due to a contract dispute. Overall, though, Staub was known as one of the genuine “nice guys” on and off the field. After his career he opened two successful Manhattan restaurants and was deeply involved in many charitable endeavors. He passed away in March, 2018.
My collection: I have 28 of his cards, from 1967 to 1986. I would be interested in trading for 1963 Topps #544, 1964 Topps #109, 1965 Topps #321, 1966 Topps #106, 1968 Topps #300, 1970 Topps #585 and 1971 Topps #560.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Can't beat the price

I picked up some free baseball cards from a guy on Craigslist yesterday. The guy had bought a bunch of junk-wax era and 2018 packs on a nostalgia kick, kept some Orioles he wanted and was giving away the rest.

There were about 200 2018 base cards which is great because I need most of the set. Topps collation being what it is, there are lots of duplicate and triplicate copies, so anyone else building this set, I'll have plenty to trade.
 Some inserts, too. The top three are all shiny. There are two Topps Salute card, both of JP Crawford. One is numbered S-62 and one is numbered TS-76. Way to keep things confusing, Topps.

The junk wax cards were packs he ripped from: 1990 Bowman; 1988 Donruss; 1990 Donruss; 1991 Donruss; 1992 Donruss; 1989 Fleer; 1990 Fleer; 1991 Fleer; 1993 Leaf; 1991 OPC Premier; 1992 OPC Premier; 1990 Score; 1991 Score; 1992 Score; 1992 Stadium Club; 1993 Stadium Club; 1992 Studio; 1988 Topps; 1989 Topps; 1991 Topps; 1991 Ultra; 1990 UD; 1992 UD; 1993 UD. If anyone is working on any of those sets I've now got several hundred in pack-fresh condition to trade. There are some star cards; the best are probably Barry Bonds and Nolan Ryan in '92 Stadium Club.

 I had already completed all of those sets except the '92 OPC set, and didn't get any new ones in the one pack's worth he had. I did get four new cards I needed though, from Bowman and Donruss inserts:
 I haven't checked yet, but hopefully I'll need some or all of these as well.