Sunday, September 16, 2018

1994 Upper Deck The American Epic: General Motors

General Motors (GM) was founded on September 16, 1908 as a holding company by William C. Durant and Charles Stewart Mott in Flint, Michigan.

86 years later Upper Deck produced a set of cards based on Ken Burns documentary Baseball: The American Epic. The 80 card set was distributed via retail outlets, QVC, direct mail, and the Upper Deck Authenticated catalog.

There was a 9 card set that was available in pack sold for $1 only at GM dealerships. A 15 card set could be ordered from Little Debbie.

Here is the GM set.

Here are my thoughts on the set.

Likes: Love that it is only 9 cards and fits nicely in a 9 card sheet. Great player selection and photo choice. Lots of information on the back.

Dislikes: If you're familiar with the documentary then you know that it's separated into innings and I wish this 9 card set would have been the same. Instead it has cards that feature a player from 1909, 1927, two from 1941, 1945, 1947, 1956 , 1972, and 1974. I just think they missed a perfect opportunity.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

A much needed distraction!

First off, I just want to thank everyone for the well wishes for my family and I following the unexpected passing of my mother. I appreciate all the kind words, the thoughts and prayers. Thank you all.

Bru of the blog, Remember the Astrodome, sent me a nice care package to help me take my mind off things.

Bru sent a nice batch of Goldschmidt cards and 5 of the 7 are new to my Goldschmidt collection!

Bru sent a nice selection of 2018 cards, most of which I hadn't seen before.

This Ballpark Landmarks card is my favorite non-Goldschmidt 2018 card from Bru.

Here's a nice bat card of Yasmany Tomas. Tomas has spent all of 2018 in AAA Reno and with his .262 batting average and 14 home runs, it doesn't look like he'll be back in the majors any time soon.

Bru didn't just send D-Backs, he sent cards for two of my player collections.

This Sportflics card features not only Dwight Gooden, but Don Mattingly (a player I collect), Eddie Murray, Ricky Henderson, Roger Clemens, and...

Dale Murphy.

Thank you very much Bru for the cards and the distraction!

Sunday, September 2, 2018


I haven't posted in a while.

On Friday, August 17th my mother passed away unexpectedly. She's been in poor health for the past several years, but this was a total shock to everyone.

The last two weeks have been an absolute blur. We held the funeral on August 25th. It was a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. It was great to see family and friends that we haven't seen in years, but it has also been physically and emotionally exhausting.

I hope to get back to blogging soon.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Filling my Needs

When I posted my Needs list I got a couple of comments right away and one from Bo, of the blog Baseball Cards Come to Life, led to a trade package and I got to cross off several cards off my Needs list. Most of the cards were the the caricature All-Star cards that Score produced in the early 1990's, but there were a few cards from 1990 Post and even some 1989 Topps Traded cards. Thank you very much Bo!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Gary Carter collected baseball card!

As part of the 200 or so cards I got from my boss there were about 25 or so cards from the 1984 Topps Ralston cereal set. Not sure if you can tell from the scan, but most of the cards are beat up a but with soft corners and a few have creases. 

I got these cards last Friday and on my way home from work I stopped at a card shop. While there I found a bag with what ended up being a complete set and the cards were in good condition. I inquired about the cards and they set me back $1 for the entire 33 card set.

This set was produced by Topps and contains a star studded lineup featuring many future Hall of Famers. The backs are contain some demographic information, stats from 1983, career highlights, and some personal information.

This section of personal information is where I learned that Gary Carter's hobbies included collecting baseball cards. I think most collectors today are aware of Brad Ziegler and Pet Neshek and their collections, but I for one, had no idea that Gary Carter collected baseball cards.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Baseball Cards From Work

Last Friday my boss gave me a small bag with about 200 sports cards in it. 95% were baseball and the rest were football. My boss is a big sports fan and used to collect cards. From talking to him about it, I think he was more of a flipper than a collector, but someone had given him this bag of cards that they had gotten at a yard sale and he knew I would enjoy it so he passed it on to me.

Out of the two hundred or so cards, about half were dinged or damaged. The cards ranged from 1981 - 2011 and consist of mostly star and semi-star players. Nothing of great value, but some fun cards to go through. Here's a look at 5 of my favorites.

This is probably my favorite card from the batch. I had never seen one before that I can recall. It's a 1999 Pacific Crown Collection Tape Measure insert card of Nomar Garciaparra. This thing is fantastic. The lines at the top are all die cut as well as the circles around the Boston Red Sox logo. It's not numbered, but tells me that these were issued at a rate of 1:73 packs. The card has some issues with the foil, but it's still great and I'll be on the look out for more from this set if I can find them cheap. That might prove difficult as the only Griffey on right now is listed for $49.25.

Next up is a 2009 Allen & Ginter card featuring Old Faithful. I didn't realize that this cards existed until now. To me it's cool because last summer my family and I went on an epic road trip and we visited Yellowstone and Old Faithful. They must have used an old photo for the card because there aren't trees that close to the geyser at present. 

I thought I was familiar with the 1989 Fleer set pretty well, but I wasn't familiar with this 1989 Fleer Mike Schmidt tribute card. Turns out it's because it's from the Update set.

The small collection contained a few sleeved cards of Carl Yastrzemski and Robin Yount. Since they were sleeved, they were all in pretty good shape.

Here's a 1982 Fleer Yastrzemski containing a great shot of Yaz swinging the bat and admiring his own blast. 

Here's a 1981 Topps card of Robin Yount with an up close head shot of a Hall of Famer in his prime waiting for his turn for batting practice.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Let there be light!

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field. The first night game was supposed to be played on 8/8/88 but the game was suspended during the 4th inning so it didn't count as an official game. The next night, on 8/9/88, the first official night game at Wrigley Field took place.

Roughly 5 years ago I set out to get a 1989 Score card commemorating the game signed by every Cubs player that played that night. I'm just one player shy. It's not Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg, Goose Gossage, or Andre Dawson. It's not even a star player like Rafael Palmeiro or Mark Grace. I still need Damon Berryhill.

I've sent ttm requests to Damon Berryhill on multiple occasions over the years including 2 earlier this year. One was sent to Braves Spring Training and the other sent to the minor league team that he manages, the Gwinnett Stripers. No luck so far with Berryhill, but here is everyone else.