Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Bowman birthday bonanza.

I turned 13 on Sunday, which produced  13 1951 Bowman Yankees, and some money from my sister. I really like 1951 Bowman, and I always enjoy getting Yankees cards from way back when, so I think I got a pretty good haul.
Joe Page was the 1st modern reliever closer, leading the league in saves in 1947 and 1949, with 17 and 27 respectively. He also finished 4th and 3rd in the MVP voting those years. However, he pitched badly in 1950, and spent 1951 in the minors. He got back to the majors for 7 games with the Pirates in 1954, but was released. I also really love the background on the Joe Page card.
I was surprised when I saw I had gotten a Casey Stengel 1951 Bowman card. I was just reading Robert Creamer's biography of him a few weeks ago, and I liked it. 1951 was just his 3rd year managing the Yankees, with 9 more to come. I also enjoyed getting the Vic Raschi card. He won 21 games that year, and also lead the league in strikeouts, not to mention finishing his career with a 132-66 record.
The 1951 Bowman Gene Woodling is actually his rookie card, although he debuted in 1943. Imagine a thing like that happening now, when everybody who has a 10 major league games to his credit gets a rookie card. Eddie Lopat was the resident junk-baller of the American League at the time, and it definitely worked for him. Casey Stengel said that it looked he was throwing wads of tissue paper, and also said "Every time he wins a game, fans come down out of the stands asking for contracts." He obviously wasn't blowing people away, but Eddie Lopat won 21 games in 1951, and 166 for his career.
For these three I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves, except to point out that Allie Reynolds     (182-107) was just as good as Lefty Gomez (189-102). However, Lefty is in the Hall of Fame while " Superchief" isn't. Allie Reynolds was probably even better. Go figure.
The background for the Bobby Brown card is really nice in person, though it doesn't look as good on the computer. Anyway, these are the last three cards. I really like these '51 Bowman Yankees, and I'm glad that my mom and dad got them for me.  

Thanks for reading!

Note on the title: I couldn't think of anything for the title, so my mom suggested the title I used.I generally like quieter titles, but I don't think it sounds too bad.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

More dime box finds.

There was a lot of cards of the new Hall of Fame inductees, and I ended up with 15 different cards of Mariano Rivera. I hadn't got a new Mariano Rivera card for something like half a year, because I can never find his cards in dime boxes.
I only took pictures of 10 different Mariano Rivera cards,  and I can't remember why anymore. 
I now have over 50 different Mariano Rivera cards, my most for any player and 15 more than I have of any other player.
The UD Decade Ozzie Smith is really weird because it listed the wrong batting averages for all his seasons except his last 4. What's really really odd about it is that all the batting were made way higher, marks like .347 and .383. It's like Upper Deck confused him with Honus Wagner. It's strange because if his batting averages were actually that high he'd have a very good argument for being the greatest player ever. I mean, he was a 1st ballot Hall of Famer with a career batting average of .262.
These were two nice looking cards of players from way, way back. I think Rube Waddell is really interesting. He held the single season record for strikeouts in one season until Sandy Koufax. I wonder if he would've struck out 400 batters in 1 season if he just focused on the game.
I always love new cards of Yankees like Joe Gordon and Yogi Berra. 
I have at times considered having Phil Rizzuto as my favorite retired player. He's never actually been my favorite player, but he's still one of my favorites probably a notch above Yogi Berra.
This was one of my favorites of all the cards I got at the card show. I like Wade Boggs, and I love this picture of him joyously squirting champagne. I'm guessing this is from after the 1996 world series.
 I got to see Joe Torre for a second last night defending the Trea Turner call. I personally wasn't totally outraged about Trea Turner being called out at the time, but I could not understand why they put the runner back at 1st instead of 2nd, as the runner would obviously have been at 2nd. It didn't end up mattering as Anthony Rendon hit a homer right after that and the Nationals won anyway, but it could have lost the world series for the Nationals. 
My sister really liked this one. It's also my 1st baseball card with a dog on it.
These are 4 really great cards. I really like that card of Carl Hubbell kissing a baseball, and I'm a fan of both Bobby Doerr and Hoyt Wilhelm. I like all knuckelballers because I think it's a really cool pitch, and I also have the knuckelball in my pitching arsenal, although I haven't thrown one in a game all season yet.

The 2 years of UD Masterpieces are 2 of my favorite sets ever, but sometimes it really annoys me in some ways. For example, Mike Piazza was still playing in 2007, and the card actually says he's an Athletic, but he's pictured as a Dodger, and the season it gives statistics for on the back is from a Dodgers season from about 15 years before. I'd be really, really annoyed about that if I was an Athletics fan. 
I'll wrap up with some free stuff I got. This is a Kahn's Red's complete set. There isn't really anybody I know very well in this set, but it's still kind of cool.
I also got a few Beckett's from the 90's that I liked. There was a lot more content back then, and the price guide didn't take up 70% of the issue back then. 
I also got a nice deck of baseball playing cards. There rather cool, and there was one Yankee ( Steve Sax) and one player I collect ( Randy Johnson) in it. Anyway, that's all the stuff I got at my last card show. My birthdays coming up soon ( I have the same birthday as Bob Feller) so stay tuned.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Dime box finds.

I had a great time at the card show Monday before last. I got a scare at the start of the show, because the only potential dime-box was listed as a quarter box. However, the person selling it let me have them for a dime each, so the crisis was averted. ( thanks!) I got a ton of great cards, like that Renata Galasso Edd Roush.

Before the card show I'd only seen cards from this set in a $2 box in a card shop in Cooperstown. I think it's a nice looking set, plus it features a nice amount of rather forgotten players like Monty Stratton. 

I also got a lot of reprints at the card show, which was awesome. The original of this card would be way out of my price range, but I can still get a reprint of this beautiful card for 10 cents! Though I definitely wouldn't mind a original.
I just got a lot of reprints of great cards. I wish I had more reprints, but I'm slowly building up my
reprint collection.
On this card I am privileged, because of this reprint, to see statistics that are not even listed on baseball reference, like RBI's for his minor league days. There is also what I'm pretty sure is 2 statistical errors, as it lists Hank with 29 Home Runs in 1952, while BR lists 9. It also says he drove in 161 runs in 87 games in 1952, which is pretty hard to believe.
That Allen & Ginter reprint is just beautiful, as are just about all of these 6 cards.

This is a great trio. Pete Alexander, Honus Wagner, and my 1st actual card of Connie Mack. The only Connie Mack "card" I had before  was more like a stamp than anything else.

I've only shown cards of players who played before 1980 so far, so I'll show some more modern cards before I finish up the reprints, because there's still a couple left.

This Goose Gossage was in a box of free stuff, which I got near the end. These are very big, probably more than twice as big or more compared to a regular card.  I also got a few 1986 ones.
These 4 cards of Randy Johnson were my 1st of him as a Yankee, outside of a league leaders card which he shares with 2 other players. He only played with the Yankees for 2 years near the end of his career, winning 34 games, but he probably has a ton of cards with them. It's nice how one of my favorite players suited up with the Yankees for a while in his career when they were making a lot of cards. If he played for them from 1991-1992, or something like that, then there wouldn't be a lot of cards of him as a Yankee.
Before that card show I'd never even seen in person a Topps Tiffany card, but there was a decent stack of 1988 Tiffany cards in the dime box. I just got these 2 Yankees, because there was so many cards I wanted in that dime box that I really had to narrow it down.
I think this is a pretty interesting card. The back says that the painting was by Dick Perez, the guy who did the paintings for the  Donruss Diamond Kings cards and stuff like that. His paintings seem to be on a lot of cards.

I thought that this is a cool card. It's from 1993  Pacific, a set which is just in Spanish, not even with Spanish and English, like O-Pee-Chee.
Anyway, I think I'll finish up the reprints now. This is a really nice looking card, though I'm not sure what the original card is. Anyway, I think that it's my 1st card of Tris Speaker.
I went to the same card show last year, and I also looked through the same dime box, by the same person. There were some cards that I remembered from last year, but it was mostly new. I got the Phil Rizzuto Dan-Dee reprint last year.
This is the last of the reprints, wrapping up with the 5th Honus Wagner reprint I got, and a cool Lefty Grove card.
This was a rather marginal buy until I realized that it says "Davd Cone" on the front. It also says that on the nameplate on the back. Things like that really make you wonder.
I"ll end this post with Randy Johnson's " sunset card", and also what is now my favorite Randy Johnson card.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

A catch up post / I'm going to a card show tomorrow!

This is really a catch-up post. And if you've been reading this blog, you know I have a lot to catch up on as I posted a grand total of 5 times over the past 3 three months. I have a couple of different things to talk about, so i'll start with what I think is most interesting:

 1.        As the post title states, I am going to a card show tomorrow. My Mom is probably going to take me, which is pretty cool because she's never been to a card show with me before. I'm hoping to get my 1st 2019 topps base cards at the show as I don't have any yet and it looks nice . I'm really looking forward to tomorrow!!!

2. As you might remember, I was going to go to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony this summer. Well, I did, and I had a pretty nice time too. It was great seeing Mariano Rivera being inducted as he's my favorite player, and my Dad had a nice time seeing Mike Mussina getting inducted too ( Mussina being my Dad's favorite pitcher.) I also got some cards at a card shop. I didn't spend that much, the highlight being a 1955 Topps Jim Gilliam, which was my 1st card from that set.
3.  This one is really an apology: I never finished my series of posts about my last card show. I'm rather ashamed about that, especially as there were some good cards which I still hadn't shown. Sorry guys.

4. A goal: I want to post at least once a week until the end of the year, and I'll try to do two.

Anyway,  thanks for reading, and wish me luck at the card show tomorrow.

P.S: I just noticed that this was my 50th post! It's taken a while to get there, but I'm glad anyway.

Monday, August 19, 2019

An amazing Stratomatic world series.

Hello! I know it's been way, way too long since I last posted. Around a month ago to be exact. However, right now I am a couple posts behind, which I think will motivate me. For now though , I can't see the pictures in my baseball card photo files, just the name of the file, which is generally something like "24", or something like that, so I'll have to catch up sometime soon.

      So for today I'm going to tell about a Stratomatic best-of-7 World Series that I did a while ago. It was very close, and I think the best best-of-7 series I've had in my 1 and a half years of Stratomatic.

  It was the 1909 Tigers against the 1909 Pirates. The Pirates were home 1st, and won the 1st 2 games.   Both games  went into extra innings , the Pirates walking off in the bottom of the 10th both times. The pirates also won their 3rd game at home 2-1. Though the Pirates had won all three games, they were all decided by one run.
      A day off, and  the series was now in Detroit. Now, if my memory serves me correctly, only one time in baseball playoff history has a team come back from 3 games to none and win the series. Those were the odds that the Tigers faced. However, they then proceeded to win the next three, forcing a game seven.

          In Pittsburgh for the 7th game, after a day off, the crowd overflowed the seats, so they roped off a  bit of the outfield for standing room ( OK, so that's just my imagination, but that would actually happen back then). If the Tigers won, they would have done the virtually unimaginable by coming back from 3 games to none. I think it's interesting to note that, so far in the series, the home team had never lost. Finally the game started. It was a nail biter. The score was tied 1-1 for 12 innings, when something happened.
      So far I've tried to pretend that this was an actual World Series, but I'll have to say what happened with me in Stratomatic now. The Pirates catcher, George Gibson was injured in the 6th inning, and so I absentmindedly replaced him with the Tigers back up  catcher Boss Schmidt, when I should have replaced him with the Pirate's Mike Simon. I played with Boss Schmidt until the 12th inning, when Boss hit a walk-off single with 2 outs. Or so I thought. As I looked at the card, I finally noticed that it was the wrong card.
        The 1-4 I rolled which had been a single on Boss' card, when replaced by with the right card, turned into an out. As their had been 2 outs, the game went on.

     And then in the 15th the Pirate's Fred Clarke hit a 3-run homer to win the series.
  I think it was a little like one of those old Greek stories where a person is told something by a fortune teller, and even though they try their hardest, it happens. I guess it might have been cooler if the Tigers won it, but it was amazing enough as it was.

   Though I might have been a little incoherent at times, I really tried to write this well. Anyway, thanks for reading!


Friday, July 19, 2019

Random cool cards.

Today I don't have much a plan for a post, but I want to show some cards that I think are cool. I might make this into a  regular theme, but I'm not sure. Introduction aside, here are the cards:
This is just a wonderfully wacky back. I don't think I have to explain it too much. Why can't we have more backs like this?
On the front this just looks like a regular card. A nice picture, but nothing too out of the ordinary. But on the back:
Another beautifully bizarre back, exhibit B in the case for returning to pictures on baseball card backs. Though if we did it might just be like the pictures on the back of 1991 Fleer.
Now this is a nice picture. He's signing autographs, his glove is on his head, there's a disembodied hand, and there's even a policeman lurking in the background. Need I say more?
On the front 1995 Topps Stadium Club is just a regular set. Straight laced and respectable. But when you turn it over:
The back is shockingly psychedelic . Just nuts. Now lets compare it to 1995 Fleer, an infamous set also released in 1995:
( Sorry for the picture. I didn't bring all my cards on vacation so I can't do it again)
Very similar. Neither of these monstrosities would have been made in any other time.
After all that craziness, I think I'll close this out with something more regular:
Actually for a long time I thought it was some sort of crazy painting around Dustin Hermanson, before I finally realized that he was standing in the a cornfield. Though that's still pretty weird.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

More nickel box adventures: Part 2

( I started writing this post last Tuesday,but didn't do much.Then we left on vacation, and I haven't had much time on the computer since.)

I was on cloud nine going through that nickel box last month. There was a pretty much endless assortment of awesome cards, like the above TCS Ty Cobb.
This definitely was a surprise. It is probably the heaviest card I own, and when I drop it, it clangs. They don't call it Leaf Steel for nothing.
I'm kinda hoping that Bartolo Colon get's back in pro ball. Baseball should always have a couple  45  year old pitchers surviving on pure guile.
The only reason I get DK is because of the player selections. I don't exactly have a large amount of Tony Lazzeri's.

On April 13. 2009, Nick Swisher came in relief in a blow out loss, pitching 1 shutout inning, with 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout. I think there should be more cards of position players pitching. One reason is that it's easy to trace the games, which is nice, but it's also just cool.
I also got about 4-500 Conlon cards for just $2 from the guy with the nickle box. At 1st I didn't really realize how good the deal was, but it was great. There were a lot of duplicates though.
Pretty nice.
I collect Randy Johnson, so this is a nice early card of him.
I also collect Chris Sale. I hope he gets back into form this year, because I at least want him to do well, if not the Red Sox. He's a great pitcher.
I got a couple of these Investor's Journal cards a while back, but I still they're  very odd. 
I got the Ty Cobb from this set a while ago, and this is a welcome addition.
I'm always happy to get Ichiro cards, and these 2 are nice. The photo for the Bowman is better, but I like the Leaf design more, so it kind of evens out.
This was nice to get. The SABR baseball card blog recently had a post about this set, which was for a game, if I remember correctly.
And for the last card of today, this unique Orel Hershiser.

Thanks for reading!