Wednesday, May 31, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 28

"A favorite relic/manufactured relic card." This was an easy one, the awesome Joe DiMaggio bat card sent to me by Corky from Pack War last year.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wallet Card with another old phone exchange

This elevator call box on West 28th street has the phone number EX2-6400. EX stood for Exeter which was a Queens exchange.

Monday, May 29, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 27

"A favorite oddball card from the 1990s or later." No one ever talks about them, but Denny's put out some very high-end looking, holographic/shiny cards for several years in the 1990s. Some of the best looking cards of the era.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wallet Card at Yankee Stadium

Went to the Yankee game today and saw a very entertaining game. The big highlight of course was Aaron Judge's grand slam that gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead. There was some back-and-forth between the Yankees and A's after that but the Yankees never relinquished the lead - the final score was 9-5. There were some aggressive, exciting plays by the Yankees on both offense and defense, and some lucky breaks as Oakland was very sloppy on defense. Overall a fun day at the ballpark.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Wallet Card at Bond Bread

And some other vintage signs outside of NYC's Trailer Park Lounge. I had done this last year but got a better one this time. I really like the Bond Bread sign, the old soda sign, and even the vintage door pushes.

Friday, May 26, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 26

"A favorite oddball card from the 1980s." Of course I had to go with the fantastic Spokane Indians mall baseball cards. I picked 1988 because I like that year's design the best.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wallet Card at Broasted Foods

This was a bit of a lucky find. I was walking past a deli on 33rd street that was getting its outer wall paneling replaced. I happened to be walking by at just the right time to see this old sign, briefly visible before it was covered up again. I didn't know what the picture was and ended up having to do quite a bit of research to figure out what it was. Turns out is an old logo - 1970s or 1980s - for a still existing company now called Broaster Foods (the logo here stays Broasted Foods). The company, which uses a unique method of frying chicken, now has an all-red logo instead of the very-70s yellow, brown and orange shown here. At some point 30 or 40 years ago a previous eatery at this spot would have sold this kind of chicken.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 25

"A favorite oddball card from the 1970s." Here's a cool Jerry Reuss 1977 Pepsi-Cola disk.

This came from a Tribecards giveaway, which I guess explains why all the players in the promotion on the back are from Ohio teams. I wonder how many people ordered those "to my buddy" T-shirts.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wallet Card at Hecht Sewing Machine & Motor

Walking down 38th street I was surprised to see what was apparently an authentic World's Fair sign from 1964 in a doorway.
The doorway leads to Hecht Sewing Machine and Motor, a 100-year old Garment District institution.

The owner is an antiques collector, and addition to the Worlds Fair sign many more antiques can be seen in the store's window.

Monday, May 22, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 24

"A favorite oddball card from the 1960s." I don't own many 1960s oddballs, just these three 1968 Topps game cards. I couldn't pick a favorite so here is the complete 1-2-3 inning.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wallet Card with another Bell Telephone artifact

Here is something that is not unique to New York, and you can look for where you live. Bell Telephone used to put bell-shaped metal tags on every telephone pole in the country. While most are long gone you can still find many of them on telephone poles all over the US. This one in Levittown has NYT stamped on it, for New York Telephone.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 23

"A favorite oddball card from the 1950s." I don't have any 1950s oddballs, and don't really know much about the cards from that time period. I looked around the Trading Card Database for a while and found this nice looking set from Dan Dee Potato Chips. Dan Dee was a pretzel and potato chip company in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York from the 1910s to the 1980s.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wallet Card at two presidential birthplaces

Two US presidents were born in New York City. The first was Theodore Roosevelt, who was born at 28 E. 20th Street in 1858. The house was torn down in 1916 but upon Roosevelt's death in 1919 it was rebuilt and remains today as a museum.

Donald Trump was born at Jamaica Hospital, just north of the LIRR tracks, in 1946. You may be able to see the words "Trump Pavilion" on the closest hospital building. It is named after Mary Trump, the President's mother, who made a large charitable contribution to the hospital in 1975.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 22

"A card of a common player that always seemed to elude you." The first set I ever collected was 1987 Topps; both 1987 and 1988 Topps were the cards I had by far the most of when I was a kid. Later as an adult they were the first two sets I completed, in 2007. Gary Gaetti was one of the last cards I need for both sets. I was probably 775 cards into both of them before I got Gaetti for either one.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

More street trade parallels

This time some Pettittes went Al's way. In return:
Some gold parallels
 And others (red, chrome, and what i think is an x-fractor? A refractor that has little shiny boxes)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 21

"A card of a rookie you thought you were 'investing' in." I never really collected cards thinking I would sell them, so this doesn't particularly apply to me. However, as a kid I did keep some of my better duplicate cards in plastic, thinking I might sell them or trade for something good, so I should keep them in good condition. I don't remember all of the cards (none of them were particularly good by modern standards) - pretty sure one was the Juan Gonzalez Topps rookie.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wallet Card with a Bell Telphone sign on the Stella Tower

Here's another Bell Telephone sign still visible in New York. Architect Ralph Walker is considered the "father of the modern telephone building" and designed several telephone buildings in New York, including one he called the Stella Tower after his wife. Though it was converted to luxury apartments many years ago, there is still a Bell Telephone sign on a back entrance.

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 20

"Your favorite parallel card based on the parallel, not the player." I definitely have to go with the sparkly Summit variations - they look absolutely beautiful in person, probably the most sparkly cards I've seen.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Parallel universe

Al had a guy looking for some Griffeys, so he asked me for one of every Griffey I had. That came out to 26 cards, so I traded them for 26 cards out of his binder. It can be hard to tell if I have a card or not, so I went with mostly parallels as they were more likely cards that I needed.

No Yankees in the binder, but I like the Cardinals so I certainly gravitated to this refractor.
 Two different gold parallels from 2008 Topps. One has gold lettering, the other a gold border.
 I had a feeling normal 1998 Upper Deck cards didn't have gold lettering and i was right - it's from a parallel set called "Special F/X" which was new to me. The other variation is the foil background.

Friday, May 12, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 19

"A favorite card from a country other than the United States." A few years ago I interviewed former major leaguer Bobby Scales, and he kindly sent me an autographed card of his from Japan. That was a really nice thing for him to do and it is one of my favorite cards in my collection.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wallet Card with a Bell Telephone sign

The old Bell Telephone signs from the 1920s and 1930s are highly collectible now, and it is extremely rare to find any still in place. However this great specimen remains in Greenwich Village; like the real estate auction sign, being the same color as the wall has helped it blend in and miss getting taken down for all of these years.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 18

"A card of a player who became manager of your favorite team." I have been following the Yankees for 30 years. They have had seven managers over the first ten of those years and two in the last twenty. Joe Girardi was a key members of the 1996 World Series team, the first championship I saw, and has been a very solid manager for the Yankees, consistently getting teams to overachieve, despite not having nearly the talent that Joe Torre did. This year may be his best managerial job yet, if he can sustain the Yankees' surprisingly successful start.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wallet Card with a 1963 real estate auction sign

This is one of the coolest things I've photographed with the wallet card. It is a metal sign advertising a 1963 real estate auction that is still attached to the wall of a Greenwich Village apartment building. It is a red metal sign that apparently has not moved even though the auction occurred 52 years ago. I guess the red sign blended with the red brick and nobody noticed it when it was time to take it down.
The sign is on the second story, which makes taking a wallet-card photo more difficult, and there is a shadow from the streetlight because it was very sunny the day I was able to check it out, so here is a clearer photo from Ephemeral New York who originally discovered the sign:
The sign says:
by order of
Statler Hilton Hotel - 7th Ave & 32nd St
Feb. 7, 1963 - 9:30 A.M.
Send for booklet
2 Lafayette Street N.Y. 9, N.Y.
37 Wall St., N.Y. 5, N.Y. - HA2-7962

Monday, May 8, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 17

"A card from the first set you put together hand collated." The first set I completed was the first set I collected, though it took me twenty years. This Ron Roenicke card was the last one I needed to finish the set. This set is still one of my favorites and the photography here, simple but eye-catching, is typical of the set.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Wallet Card at Klube's Restaurant

Klube's Restaurant opened around 1900 on 23rd Street and Third Avenue, part of a hotel called the St. Blaise (which was actually a brothel). Eventually the hotel faded away but the restaurant stayed on until 1965. Despite being out of business for over 50 years, the Klube's sign has remained in place as other bars and restaurants occupy the space (currently known as The Globe).

Saturday, May 6, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 16

"A card of a player whom you appreciate but don’t like." This was a hard one to figure out initially. Usually if I don't like a player I don't appreciate them either. Then I thought about teams I don't like and it became easier. As a Yankee fan I certainly dislike the Mets. As a result I was always inclined to dislike Mike Piazza. (I never really had an opinion about him when he was with LA.) He always seemed whiny and annoying. Still, in regular season Subway Series and the World Series, he was definitely the one Met you hoped didn't come up to bat in a big situation, because he was such a dangerous hitter.

I may not appreciate Mike Piazza, but I sure do like this card!

Friday, May 5, 2017

More from the new street binder

Yesterday it was some Jeters and Mattinglys. He asks for those a lot and I'm getting pretty closed to tapped out on those two.

In return I picked out some more from the new binder:

Some cards that aren't shiny, but I still like . . .
 . . . and some that are shiny. I didn't realize the Soriano was a refractor until I took the photo. Nice surprise!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

From a new street binder

Al the street vendor wanted some Matsuis and Posadas. I gave him a few and he had a new binder that I picked some cards from.

Some Topps oddballs: Stars, Chrome, 1st Edition and sparkly gold parallel . . . 
 . . . and three refractors.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 15

"One of your favorite cards from the 2010s." Like the 2000s, there is not too much variety or individuality in modern card photography. But kudos to the most recent iteration of Stadium Club pulling out some great, rarely seen photos from the past.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Top 10 cards of a favorite player

Another blog post for a contest – Collecting Cutch is asking for posts on 10 favorite cards from a favorite player. I have covered a few different favorite players on the recent 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge posts but one whom I have not mentioned is the first player I considered a “favorite”. Even as a kid I was a contrarian and so I picked 13 as my lucky number. #13 on the Yankees at that time was Mike Pagliarulo so I immediately gravitated to him. It certainly didn’t hurt that he was hard-nosed and powerful – a favorite for a lot of Yankee fans. In personality and skill-set he was kind of like Mark Bavaro. I remember being quite upset as a 12-year-old when the Yankees traded him to San Diego – it was the only time I was really shocked by a trade. Below are 10 of my favorite Mike Pagliarulo cards. I own all these cards but the scans are taken from tradingcarddb. (Incidentally I was surprised to see how many Yankee-era cards of him I do not already have. Certainly interested in trading for any I don't have.)

1985 Topps
Here is Pags’s Topps rookie card. It’s weird seeing him without his mustache so this will be the only pre-1987 card shown here.
1987 Fleer League Leaders
The pinstriped design here looks great on a Yankee card.
1987 Sportflics
Always glad to throw in a Sportflics card.
1987 The Press Box
This was an unlicensed 7-card set I got around 1987 or 1988, I think in a blister pack of random Yankee cards I got in a stationary store.
1987 Topps
Good-looking card on that era’s classic baseball card design.
1987 Topps Glossy Send-Ins
These cards were a big deal at the time – nice to see Pagliarulo get one.
1988 Fleer
The red-white-and-blue design is one of my favorites from this era. Looks like a home run swing at Fenway Park.
1989 Donruss
I’m not much of a Donruss fan. This is probably my favorite Donruss design of the era, due to the colorful borders.
1989 Score
Overshadowed by Upper Deck, Score had some pretty good photography back in the late 1980s.
1989 Upper Deck
Upper Deck was coming up with shots that hadn’t been seen on cards before. Nice shot of Pagliarulo charging a ground ball, although his face is covered in shadow.

Monday, May 1, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 14

"One of your favorite cards from the 2000s." There has not been nearly the kind of fun and quirkiness in 21st-century baseball cards as there was in the 20th. I couldn't think of a stand-out card for this decade so instead I chose a card commemorating my favorite baseball memory of the 2000s, the Yankees' Subway Series victory over the Mets.