Friday, January 24, 2020

Collector's Log: Stardate 198208.26

Resuming the series on my collecting exploits back in 1982.  Except for Christmas, I've been slacking for about six months on these.

Let's pick up the log entries from late in August....

Gaithersburg is about a half hour south towards DC.  I'm trying to recall what shop this might have been.  Might think of it later...

Picked up this fine '56 for my EH player collection.  I have most of my EH cards scanned, but can't find a post showing them all off.  Maybe I never did it....?

Nice to have the original and the Archives copies.  Bonus Yankee box set card at the bottom.  These were joined later by the '55 Bowman and corresponding Archives copy.

I ended up with the entire ROM series - 75 issues.  Not that they're worth much of anything.  There was another series produced later by IDW that I've never seen.  Based on a toy, the comic outlasted the toy by a large margin.

Only have a few Star Wars comics from the 70's.  Now they would have been worth something.  Ah well, story of my (collecting) life.


Hard to tell which Kessingers I got this time.  It's not the '68, since that one was obtained just back on the 24th of June.   Must have been a couple somewhere between these two.

I can also only guess as to the Angels I got for my buddy Mike.   Probably from the new crop in 1982, but it couldn't be that many for a lucky buck.

Not a bad daily schedule.  Start and end with creative classes.  In case you can't translate, here's what it means:

1st period - Drawing & Painting - learned from an established local artist. 
2nd - French - My accent was decent, but my vocabulary has all but faded away.
3rd - Algebra II - Mrs. Thomas was a trip.  Did well in math (as far as I went).
4th - Contemporary Issues - My least favorite classes were history and social studies type things.
Lunch - Usually bought what they were serving - which was only one or two choices.  Nowhere near all the options and packaged add-ons they have today.  Probably had those milks in a plastic bag that you stabbed with the pointed straws.
5th - English
6th - Chemistry - with Mrs. Vaughn.  Beehive hairdo and glasses, but she was really cool.
7th - Filmmaking - (8mm and VHS video.  I had this class from 9th grade on, but never became the next Stephen Speilberg.)

"3 Hits" was a game we used to play at the backstop.  You would get up to bat and after three hits, you would rotate out to pitcher or outfield.  Some of us would get our three in ten pitches or less, but sometimes someone would take forever.  Easier than playing a game with only three or four people.

The last note is about an episode of the detective series starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers called Hart To Hart.  The show was about two millionaire jet-setters who always managed to find mysteries wherever they went.  Their exploits ran for five seasons, and then eight tv movies.  They still run on the Hallmark channel according to Wikipedia.
The blog 1207 Consecutive Games has a post all about the episode.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

My 2¢ On The Class Of 2020

The Baseball Hall Of Fame inductees have entered the era of the 90's, which means to me that a lot of the names that will appear on the ballot are guys that I don't have much of an attachment to or a great level of knowledge about.  I see them on plenty of cards, but didn't watch a whole lot of baseball at that time (that I can remember now), so I have a very small frame of reference to who did what and how well.  There are a few names on the "old-timers" list that may spark a more heartfelt response, but the more modern guys just don't register that strongly with me.  It parallels my feelings about the cards, really.  A lot of us have or will be turning toward vintage more than current products and it's because the old guys were just regarded with more reverance.  I imagine it's because you're younger back then and had a much greater sense of awe about great players.  Then you grow up and start working and see that a certain percentage of them are spoiled babies and have more attitude than talent.  And you pass them in age, so they become young whippersnappers earning many times what you ever will.

Anyway, for what it's worth, here are my thoughts on the current class.

Derek Jeter

Even though I'm an Orioles fan, I like Jeter.  Ok, a lot of it was the hotness he dated, but that's another article.  He was never in the sports news for mouthing off, or being obnoxious towards other players, fans, non-fans, reporters, or anyone else.  He had a consistent career and won several championships. 

He had a few quirks, like the hand to the umpire at the plate.  Not sure if he originated that, but he was known for it.  Was it that he was such a superior player that he could order the ump around like that?  I never quite understood that whole dynamic.  They have clocks for batters now, and he was telling the ump "Hang on a sec while I settle in here."  Uh, Okay......

Larry Walker

Not a whole lot to say about Walker.  I'm sure his numbers qualify him for election.  I basically consider Walker and Todd Helton to be a set.  Whenever I would go to Sporcle and do sports quizzes, I'd always answer with both of them consecutively.  Big hitters in purple uniforms.  Nothing bad to say.  That's really all I got.  I've probably got a lot of his cards to trade in the hoard I posted about last time.

Ted Simmons

Another guy that I really haven't studied.  I remember as a kid seeing his cards come out of packs (not quite as old as the one above) and saying "He was pretty good."  He and Garry Templeton were the two guys on the Cardinals (before I knew much about Keith Hernandez) who were the stars besides Lou Brock, who was really from the previous era.  Catchers are always more noteworthy, so Simmons had the advantage in that respect.  He also seemed to me to be more likely to be seen away from the ballpark riding motorcycles and smoking cigarettes than a cleaner cut guy like Johnny Bench.  Mostly just because of the hairstyle.

Marvin Miller

This is the guy that was the Director of the player's union who brought about free agency.  No question he is an integral part of the story of the sport.  It's gratifying that they recognize people that impact the game in other ways when they come along.

So that's my big review of the HOF class. 

A couple notes on non-inductees:

Surprised a couple guys got immediately axed for lack of votes their first year - Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Alfonso Soriano.  Figured those guys would hang for a few years just because they had some star power - at least that I saw. 

On the Golden Era Ballot, I hope Gil Hodges makes it in soon.  Would also like to see Minnie Minoso and Luis Tiant show up at some point too.  Not sure if their numbers would compare, but they're two of my favorite players, especially El Tiante.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Disperse The Hoard #1 - First Score

This is the first in what should be a long series of posts to generate trades out of the 15 monster box hoard that I purchased this past fall.  I will be dividing the stock by product and showing what is available in as much detail as I can without counting, scanning or typing out every card.

I will accept trades first and foremost.  And with the total cost being what it was, I will NOT be demanding equal value for each and every card offered, especially base cards.  The goal is to move enough volume and not replace it with the same volume to my collection, while still recovering enough value to make it worthwhile for each of us.  Hopefully, I can get some nice cards out to you for less than normal return, but still get some higher value items for myself.

Team and player collectors rejoice!  I can fill large lots for starters or go from want lists to fill your needs.  I'll be posting lists of star players that I know appear in large quantity across products and years at a later time.  After you see a few posts about the stuff I have, you might have a better idea that I can hit a lot of what you lack for your team or player(s).

One caveat I should mention.  There may be a limited number of low serial numbered parallels or scarce inserts that may or may not appear in these posts which may get sent off to COMC to recover some of my initial purchase.  I'll try to reserve those after all trading is done.

I will also accept cash and will price cards well below guide and try also to get under current market pricing, which I define as eBay and COMC.  Sales will always be secondary to trades, but if you don't have anything for me and can really use some of the hoard stuff, I can deal.

There were six boxes of baseball, which I've gone through and put in order by year and product, and consolidated most of my extras with them.  The bulk of the products are from 2000 to roughly 2008.  There are a few newer batches too, and one box of older stuff. 

Ironically, the first offering will be from the other part of the lot - the football.  The football hasn't been sorted through yet, but seems to be from about 2010 to 2017 or so.  I had been jonesing to go through the largest single product lot for a while and finally did it last week.

I have (what's left of) four and a half rows in a 5000 count box of 2015 Score football cards.  This pic was taken after I got what I wanted out of the box, so this is the true quantity available.

This is the base design...


White borders, team colors, tons of rookies at the end.  440 cards in the base set.  I have most every one available except Tom Brady and any Ravens.  Also missing a couple of the big rookies like Mariota here, Winston, Stefon Diggs and Todd Gurley.

Also have a couple of the short print photo variations in both plain and parallel camo patterns.  Inquire within.  Have these parallels of regular cards as well...

That green one on the bottom row is serial numbered 2/6.  That row may go to COMC unless someone really needs those particular guys.

Some nice players in these Scorecard parallels.  Pardon the glary picture.

But the best stuff to me is in the inserts.  The majority of the insert sets come in regular, yellow, red, green and black bordered parallels too.  I am building sets of some of the yellows and reds, but the remainders are available. 

The stacks above these All-Time Franchise singles are complete eight card sets.

The horizontal Franchise inserts are nice too.  Yes, I've taken out one of each of the yellows and reds on these too, and still have all this left.

The Gridiron Heritage set has a diverse lineup.  HOF'ers and guys like Dan Hampton and Doug Flutie too.  One complete set of 25 available.

They separated the Team Leader cards from the base set.  I could make multiple sets if I wasn't short Ravens and a couple others.  The Raiders have the coloring on the lettering and stripes instead of the corners and edges of the card.  A strange quirk.

Sophmore Selections highlights second year stars like Odell Beckham, Mike Evans, Jarvis Landry.  There are also Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel.

The Great Outdoors are a little scarcer.  Only three regular dupes.  And these come in the camo pattern parallels instead of the primary colors.  Steeler fans?  Sorry about the blurry shot.

Also a bit harder to come by, these die cut trifectas - Ground Gainers, Precision Passers, and Playmakers (no dupes), are die-cut threesomes of RBs, QBs, and receivers on the same team.  There are 18 sets in the complete run.

The parallels give you a better idea of the player selections.  Some of these may go off for sale.

So anyone want to jump in?  Let me know what you need.  And keep an eye out for the next Dispersing The Hoard Post.  It won't be such a huge lot, but may be a product more to your liking on the baseball side.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Mr. H The Hunter

Well known blog conisseur Mr. Haverkamp, aka Jim dropped me a note the other day that he had come upon some short printed cards I have been seeking.  We agreed to the price and they showed up Saturday.

From 2003 Topps "205", these six rookie prospects knocked out all but one from the regular size part of the set for me.  It's a 315 card base set, with many variations of team logos, pictures, color backgrounds, etc.  Plus, there's a mini parallel set that comes in several brand name backs, plus a 20-card extended mini set that also has a few flavors.  It's one of those products that keeps you going back to the database site just to keep it all straight.

The design of course is a tribute to my favorite tobacco era set, the T205.  T206 is somewhat more popular, or at least well known, but I like 205 better.  Lots more color and variety in the front designs.

A couple of these pictured above appear in my team set of New York Giants.  I've got McGraw (first one in fourth row), and Marquard (bottom right).  Still looking for the white whale Matthewson (last one fourth row) and five others.

And if you want to try to beat Mr. Haverkamp to the punch, you can try to knock out my last 2003 (full-size) card, Brandon Webb - #192!

Thanks Jim!

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Fifty Plus Three And The Beauties

Carrying on my annual tradition of wishing a Happy Birthday to three lovely ladies who share the same date as I do.  Basically the flagship post for my "Excuse to show pretty girl" label.  A little present that you guys can get in on too.

The Dutchess of Cambridge is 38 and still looks awesome.

Her style even works in international fashions...

Or serving beers in Ireland...

And her and Meghan Markle copy each other's looks now and then...

Nina Dobrev is 31 and just keeps getting more adorable.

She looks great hanging out casual...

Glammin' it up for the camera...

Or rockin' it at the fancy galas...

Haven't heard much about Nicola Peltz this year (not that I normally do).  She's all of 25.

She seems to be having a better time...

Was able to find a few shots of her actually smiling this year.

As for me, I'm in my third year beyond the half century mark and starting to feel it, but that's probably just my sedentary lifestyle catching up to me.  Instead of being out moving around, I spend too much time in front of screens doing this, researching cards, or watching sports and shows with people like you see above in them.  I miss having a fuzzy person around the house, but am not home enough to have one at this point.  Can't complain too much though, I'm blessed with generally good physical and financial health, some decent friends, and strong family. 

Have a great 2020!