Monday, October 22, 2012

A New Project

I love baseball history and I am a very nostalgic person. I am mainly a set builder and I have been thinking of a way to showcase some cards while perserving some history along the way.  So I had an idea of showcasing some cards with league leaders in the major statistical categories, HR, RBI's AVG., Wins, SO, Saves, etc.and placing them in individual albums.

To further explain lets look at the 1979 Home Run Leaders:

1. Dave Kingman     48
2. Gorman Thomas  45
3. Mike Schmidt      45
4 Jim Rice               39
5. Fred Lynn           39
6. Don Baylor         36
7. Ken Singleton     35
8. Dave Winfield     34
9. Bob Horner        33

 So in my Home Run book I would have a page like this that represents the 1979 HR leaders.

You then could turn the page over and see the Home Run stats each player had in 1979. And there would be similar pages for the other years. This gives me the opportunity to chase some more cards and recognize some very good players. 

The only problem I have is determining what stats to do and what year to start. What do all of you think? Anybody else doing this?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

eBay Mail Bag #2

While searching for some Stargell cards, I came across the 1971 Topps coins. I had forgotten all about them. I remember a trading friend from my youth having a ton of these.

I picked up about 20 of them in a few auctions, but these are the highlights.  I have forgotten how fun subsets were.

eBay Mail Bag #1

While I am waiting for another card show to come along, I have made a few purchases on eBay.  I am a big fan of the cloth stickers from this years Archives, so I picked up this lot of 1977 Topps Cloth stickers.

Not sure if I am going to chase this set or not. But nonetheless I think they are pretty cool.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Mail Bag

I recently signed up with and bought my first cards. These beauties just arrived in the mail.

Again I mostly collect Topps and few odd balls releases, but I couldn't pass up some Willie Stargell history, especially this time of the year. I have some great playoff memories of Pops and these will be nice additions to my Stargell book.

My experience with Checkoutmycards was pretty good. I have mixed feelings, but with the limited amount of shops and shows in my area, this is a nice alternative. I was wondering what the community thinks of it?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

My apologies and I am back!

I want to apologize to everyone who reads this blog, as I have not posted in some time. When I started the blog I did not intend to be a "everyday poster", like so many are and I do enjoy their efforts. But at the same time I did not plan to be away as long as I have. Thinks got very busy and life took over.  I did make a few trades (which in the future I will post) and have been ready the blogs almost everyday.

I know that some friends to the blog are having rough times and we need to keep them in out thoughts and some are doing amazing with their goals and collections.  I love this hobby, the friends I have made and I promise to do better.

Last Sunday my son and I went to a very small show. He was able to pick up a couple of Pudge's, some Lions and Steelers cards for his collection and for trading with his friends. I have had a lot of joy listening to the playground trade stories and the excitement, it takes me back.

On to the show. I got these in the 3/$1.00 box. Couldn't pass on a little vintage!

I got these in some dime boxes.  I usually stick to Topps, but I had never seen this card of The Bird and it needed a home in my Fidrych album.

I have started pursing the 1977 Topps Football set and these were nice additions.

I couldn't pass up on this. Perhaps the best power runner of my youth, Mr. Earl Campbell!

Pretty small show, but a good day with the boy!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

All Star Memories

My favorite All Star Game memory is Lance Parrish throwing out 3 potential base stealers in 1982.

Another classic moment is Dave Parker throwing out Brian Downing in 1979.

What is your favorite All Star Game moment?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Mail Bag

Where did the week go. I went with my son on his class trip this week along with playing catch up at work, and here it is Saturday morning and I can't believe I haven't posted in over a week.

Can anybody guess where we went?

When I got back I had a few goodies in the mail. Play at the Plate sent my son these beauties for his Pudge collection. Thanks a bunch!

And 30-Year Old Cardboard sent me some 2012 Topps Archives in a trade, but I was to excited and put them in th album before taking a picture. Thanks for the trade!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Topps did it right with Archives!

Looks like I got back in the swing of things in a nick of time.  I really like this Topps Archive set. I have bought 3 blasters and have not been disappointed.  My favorite set is the 1980 Topps and with some of these, Topps nailed it. Look at these two cards. An original 1980 Topps card of Mark Fidrych and a 2012 Topps Archive of Alex Avila.

Both of these Tiger images appear to be taken at Spring Training in Lakeland, Florida, 32 years apart. Maybe the trees behind Mark's left shoulder are the same ones behind Alex?

In 1980 George Brett hit .390. He was red hot back in the day and so is this card!

I am collecting the base set, the reprints, the cloth stickers and the 3D cards. Look at my "For Trade" page and maybe we can help each other out.

Happy collecting!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

And the winner is....

Again, up for grabs is this card...

Here is the randomizing of the 47 entries at 7:45 last night:

And the winner...

Jeff Laws! Jeff runs a blog called My Sports Obsession.  Congratulations Jeff.  Shoot me your address and I will get your card right out.

Thanks to everyone for your participation and support. This was a lot of fun! I will have some more of these I am sure!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Contest is now closed.

All I can say is WOW!  Remember that feeling the first time someone gave you a really good deal on a trade, or someone gave you some extra cards just because and wanted nothing in return.  That is how I feel. I am so overwhelmed. I am blown away by the number of comments and shout outs that I have received!

Because of this contest and others giving me shouts outs, (round of applause to those folks). I have increased my blog awareness, learned what others are collecting and made some friends. I love this hobby and this community. It is awesome.

I loved hearing what other people collect, that was very cool. Everybody had something different to share. There was a lot of Dodger Blue out there, but they mixed it up with other stuff. Everyone seems to have a niche. Many player collectors, set collectors, young and old. I also have discovered some very nice blogs in the process. There is a lot of good writing talent out there. I am very excited to be back collecting.

The best part for me was the kind words and support and the hopes of maybe trading at a later date with some of you and possibly creating some friendships.

I will be going through the many emails I got and seeing if we can work some trades out, I plan on replying to each one and again I appreciate the support.

We are part of a truly amazing and generous hobby!

So if you followed me and posted a comment you will get one entry. If you gave me a shout out I will give a second entry.  I had many people just follow me and I appreciate that. I will do another contest in the future with just followers at a later date, maybe when I get to 100.

So with that I say THANK YOU and the contest is officially closed at 7:30 EST.

I will randomize and post the winner tomorrow at noon..... stay tuned!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Contest Time

First, I want to wish everyone a great Memorial Day. I want to thank all of our service personnel and veterans for your dedication and sacrifice to keep us safe and allow us all to do what we do. THANKS!

On my blog efforts I currently have 11 followers and about 450 hits. I would like to have many more : )

So, like many other bloggers, I too am having a contest and I thought I would give away this card. A 2012 Topps Archives Zack Greinke Relic Card.

Here's the rules, follow my blog and leave a comment relative to what you like to collect and why and I will enter one entry. Give my contest some love on your site and share the link and I will add another entry into the contest.  I will then random the entries on 5 times Wednesday night and will announce the winner on Thursday.

Again, I would like to hear what you are collecting, make some friends, maybe even some trades and promote my blog. I would appreciate the participation.

Best of luck and I appreciate all the support!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

35 and 5

Today in 1984, the Detroit Tigers defeated the California Angles to improve to 35 - 5. The best 40 game start ever. They were lead by this man.

The 1984 Tigers were a great team lead by Sparky Anderson. He was a great manager and was fantastic to his fans. I have a few TTM autographs from Mr. Anderson and I cherish those.

At the start of every season, I often wonder if any team will give this record a run. And every year since, it still stands. I think it is a great team record that should stand for many more years.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Oh Those Crazy Padres

When I think of the San Diego Padres I think of those beautiful brown and yellow jerseys.  The 1980 Topps baseball blog had a great post the other day (click here) on the 1980 San Diego Padres Team Card.

I have looked at that card a hundred times and never noticed the elephants in the background until he pointed it out in his post. He indicated the photo was taken at the San Diego Zoo.

Then I noticed the hay bales they were sitting on.  Hay bales! Really? Major leaguers sitting on hay bales.

So I thought I would look at a few other Padres Team Cards. I was quite amazed at what I found.

I give you the 1979 Topps Team Card.

Whose house is that, Dave Winfield’s maybe?  Was the stadium closed that day? 

And if that wasn’t enough check out the 1981 Topps Team Card.

I think if I was sitting on the end, I would be a little worried of the slide left gag! One might find themselves in the ocean!

Thanks to the 1980 Topps baseball blog, whenever I think of the San Diego Padres,  I will now think of these crazy checklists.

Are there any other crazy team cards out there?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The End of a Great Show

I have posted a few items from this weekend's card show.

But I wanted to write one more about the best part of the show.  As we were leaving my son was looking at a Detroit Tiger album and found an Ivan Rodriguez Fleer Ultra Game Worn Jersey Card. I am no expert in these, but he was pretty proud of the find.

The price was $10.00, and he only had $5.00.  The dealer saw him looking at it and asked him if he liked that card. My son said yes and continued to stare at it.

I asked the dealer what his best price was and he said $8.00.  He looked up at me and said he wanted a special card for his first card show.

The dealer asked, "Is this is your first card show?"

He replied, "Yes."

The dealer told him he would give him a special student discount and give it to him for $7.00.

He opened his duct tape wallet and showed him his student ID card, while I handed him an extra $2.00.

The dealer smiled and handed him this card.

He thanked the dealer and had a smile from ear to ear. I don't know if we over spent or not and I don't care. The point is this was a special day for him and for me and he couldn't wait to show his mom.

On the way home, he told me he is going to start a "Pudge collection".  I told him I thought that was a great idea!

Days like this, finds like this and dealers like this are what makes this hobby great!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Card Show Purchase #3

My last purchase for myself were these three beauties.

First, I found this 1969 Topps card of the 1968 Home Run Leaders.

These three legends combined for 1,384 homeruns. Wow, there is a lot of history on this card.

Next, right behind the Home Run Leaders was this 1969 Topps Jerry Koosman 2nd year card.

 And my final purchase was this 1973 Topps Brooks Robinson.

It was a very good day! I can't wait to find another show to go to!

Card Show Purchase #2

The second purchase I made was this lovely card.

Not sure if this guy ever smiled.  I was not planning on getting any football cards today, but my son found it and it is a need in my 1978 Topps football set.

Still more to come....

Card Show Purchase #1

My son and I went to the card show this morning and we are already back. It was more of a coin show in reality, but there were four card dealers there and they were all very nice. I think it was a good first endeavor for him as it was not overwhelming at all.

For me today was about nostalgia, it has been 22 years since my last show and I decided to go vintage.

After quickly scanning the four tables, we then went back to each one. The first purchase of the day was this 1970 Kellogg's Frank Robinson.

It has a crack along the top, but I love me some 3D cards. I only saw one other one 3D card and my son asked if it was a puzzle card. I got a chuckle out if that.

More postings to come....

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Contests are cool

I have not been blogging long, but one very cool thing I have learned is blogging contests are cool.

ARPSmith's Sportscard Obsession is having a pretty creative one. You can check it out at

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Don't Worry ... Be Happy!

1981 started out as a pretty good year for a young collector.  One had three times the fun with DonRuss and Fleer coming on the scene. Although I was a Topps guy, the idea of having a little variety was a good thing, so I thought at the time. (As a youngster, I could really overlook the flaws, errors, and mis-cuts that I associate with these sets with today).

Fernando Mania had started, plenty of milestones early in the season had been achieved and a perfect game had been thrown.

Then an awful thing happened. Just a few days after school was let out for the summer, there was the player strike.  I didn’t understand why or what was going on at the time, but even then I felt like a victim.

I can remember worrying myself into a state of frenzy that there would not be cards available in 1982.  This new found love affair I had for baseball and baseball cards and dropped me like a bad habit.

I can recall a few conversations I had with friends and some adults about my concerns. Some shared my frustrations and others seemed not to worried about it. I just knew they didn’t understand the severity of the problem!

But as time went on, baseball came back, the All-Star game was played and the World Series had occurred, my nerves had settled down.  In 1982 Topps came through for this young collector and boosted its set size to 792! I was so happy cards were being made and I was so happy to get my piece of Fernando Mania! 

Looking back at these cards, if you were not aware of the player strike, one might think that there were lots of injuries or slumps going on with the “low production numbers” from the stats on the back.  But that would be taking them out of context.

For instance looking at the Home Run Leaders Card you will see four players tied for the American League Home Run race with 22 round trippers.

I hadn’t really thought of the strike and my concerns until looking at a few 82’s this week. 22 home runs and leading the league may seem pretty odd to today’s collector, it would to me if I didn’t know or understand the why. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Griffey Jr.

In 2 weeks my son and I will be attending a card show. His first and I haven’t been to one since the summer of 1990.  It was a local high school and Ken Griffey Jr. was there to sign items.

I remember they were selling 1000 tickets at $10 each to get items signed. I didn’t buy anything that day except for 2 tickets, a Rawlings ball and an 8 x 10 of Mr. Griffey.

I remember my ticket was in the 900’s. He was late and I waited many hours to get my items signed.  But it was worth it.  I stumbled on the signed items this week and they brought back those memories.

I have many signed cards and other items in my collection, but I think this is the ony signed 8 x 10 in my collection.

I really enjoy looking at sets and cards, but there is just something special about a signed item.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A really good week....

After being out if the hobby for a loooong time, I think I had a really good week of collecting.

First, I discovered the Check Out My Cards website, pretty neat concept. I bought some 1979 Topps Football Team Checklist's and they arrived today. I am very pleased, but I am not to sure how much I will use this service.  I would love to hear some opinions about this service.

I mentioned in a previous post I bought a 1980 Kellogg's set off of ebay. Well that seller, set me up with the remaining 20 or so cards I needed to complete that set. After 33 years it is finished!

I really like the look of the set. The card design is very clean and has a nice image size area. This is my favorite card from this set.

It looks like Mr. Haden is about to launch a last minute "Hail Mary"  Look at the concentration in his eyes.

Now the best news ... This week was our Little League clinic and sign up and my son asked if we could go buy some cards after we were done. And I said YES!  So after the clinic we went to Toys R Us and got a few packs of Topps 2012. I  let him open them and discover them. He got a Tiger in the pack, Ryan Raburn and he was very happy.  After opening all the packs, I went through them and pointed out a few players that I thought he might recognize. (I think he was zeroing in on the Tigers and with his excitement he missed some other players that I knew he knew).  

At this point I shared with him my experiences at his age. I talked about having a "Stars" album. (Remember that?) We talked about getting cards autographed, trading, sleeves and handling. An then we talked about set building. By the time we were done, he decided he wants to build sets from this millennium on.  He will be working on Topps sets from 2000 on. We don't have any cards from these sets, but we should be able to get commons rather easy I presume.  We will keep you posted on his progress.

I am raising a 2nd generation collector and I am a proud Dad. 

I hope your week has been great as well!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Where's your 3D glasses?

My older brother and I didn’t have a lot in common growing up. One thing we did have in common was claiming the cereal prize. My mother got so tired of these internal wars that she initiated who ever could see the prize after they poured there cereal could claim the plastic bounty. As many of you know they pack these in the bottom of the cereal bag so it could take a few days before the hint of the plastic corner could see daylight. 

During one summer I was in an awful slump claiming the prizes that I got a great idea. I opened the new box of Frutti Pebbles from the bottom and immediately secured the prize.  Triumphant at last! It was a Fred Flintstone ice cube mold. I poured some lemonade into the mold and 3 hours later I had a lemonade ice cube that I proudly slurped on in front of my brother.

These kind of acts were typically the case unless one of these precious gems was in the cereal box. 

One thing that my brother and I could agree on, was that I get the 3D baseball cards as he could care less about baseball.

Last week I ordered a set of 1980 Kellogg’s 3D cards from ebay and they arrived yesterday and they look great!  I didn't have very many of these, but the few I did have went into my collection and got looked at just as much as the other cards. I just remember they looked really cool. So when I saw this auction I bid immediately.

Looking over the set I pulled my 3 favorite players from that era.

Willie Stargell, 1st Baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. At that age I could see that Willie was a great leader and everybody listened when Willie had something to say. I always wished I could get a "Stargell Star".

Reggie Jackson, Outfielder for the New York Yankees. Reggie was the premier superstar of the time. Reggie was dynamic and could change the game with one swing of the bat and often did.

Pete Rose, 1st Baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. Pete rose was nicknamed Charlie Hustle. The guy would run to 1st base on a walk!  To this day when I think of hustle and giving 100%, I think of Pete Rose.

All 3 of these players were great in their own way and played on great teams that all had very unique dynamics.