Monday, September 28, 2020

Updating my Dwight Gooden Collection

On July 2nd I posted about adding to my Dwight Gooden collection and how I had just passed the 50 card mark and I how I thought it was crazy that is all that I had considering his rookie card was from 1985 and I've been a fan of his ever since I started collecting in 1988. Remember how I also said that my collection is in desperate need of organization. Well, I pulled out some boxes that I had sorted about 4-5 years ago and pulled out this stack of 149 Gooden cards. 

There are a lot of dups in the stack and I'm sure there will be even more dups when compared to the Gooden cards in my binder, but I'm still hoping I can add 50+ unique cards and it will put me over 100 different Gooden cards.

Okay. I went through them all and I'm now at 135 different Dwight Gooden cards. That's better. I'm working on getting organized, but it's a bit of a task.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Card Back Questions and Cartoons

Card backs don't always get the credit they deserve. I was taking a look at some 2013 Archives cards trying to decide what to do with them and I looked at the backs.

I ran across something interesting. Check out the question on the back of the Tyler Skaggs and Joe Nathan cards based on the 1972 Topps design.

At least the cartoons are different.

There are only 50 cards featuring the 1972 Topps design in the 2013 Archives set and they repeated the question on two cards. Was that a thing in the original 1972 Topps set?

It didn't happen just once either. Here are two other cards with the same questions. 

Again, same question, but different cartoon.

I only had 9 cards out of the 50 with the 1972 design, so I suppose it's possible that every question is repeated. If it was done in the original set, then I get it, but if not, then it's strange. 

If you have insight into the original 1972 set, let me know. I would also be interested to know if every question was repeated in the 2013 Archives set.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

The name is Bonds. Barry Bonds.

I'm up to 269 unique Barry Bonds cards in my collection on route to 762. I know I have a few more headed my way. The 269 includes these 4 that I found hiding in piles recently.

The 1989 Upper Deck was in my donut collection because of the photo on the back. I had set aside the Ultra card because the unique photo commemorating his 500th home run. Every once in a while you will see a player swinging a sledgehammer, as is the case with the 1996 Score card. The Naturals card was with a small stack of cards from that set Thant I had picked up at a card show at some point and I just haven't finished sorting them yet.

I know I have more coming in from The Diamond King, so that may get me up to 300. Even so, that means I will still need 450+ cards. I don't currently have a list, which makes it difficult to complete trades, but if you have any large Bonds lots and want to unload them, let me know and hopefully I can let you know which cards I need and we can make a trade.

Friday, September 25, 2020

I like big gloves and I cannot lie...

I know I have featured this card on my blog before, but now it has some friends.

The first card featuring a big glove is one I think most of us are familiar with and that is the 1986 Fleer Mickey Hatcher card.

The next card that I am aware of to feature a big glove another Mickey Hatcher card, but this time is is 1991 Upper Deck. From what I could find, Hatcher took ownership of the glove after it turned up at Spring training back in 1986 and he carried it with him often and enjoyed posing with it, so I'm surprised there aren't more cards featuring it, but although it is the same brand, Mizuno, it does not appear that the glove on the 1991 Upper Deck card is the same glove that appeared on the 1986 Fleer card.

As far as I can tell, another big glove did not show up on another baseball card for 5 years when pitcher Juan Guzman was captured with a big glove, presumably during a spring training stretching session.

2004 would bring us two different big glove cards. The glove on this 2004 Upper Deck Joe Randa card is big, but not as big as the gloves featured on the Hatcher and Guzman cards.

This 2004 Topps Jason Michaels card though, may feature the same glove that Guzman had, although the colors are slightly off, but they very similar.

Okay, blog-o-sphere, what other big gloves on cardboard am I missing?

Thursday, September 24, 2020

HOF RC: 1951 Bowman Nellie Fox

I love being able to pick up some well loved vintage Hall of Fame rookie cards at reasonable prices. When I saw this Nellie Fox rookie card at my LCS I couldn't help but grab it. 

It's seen better days, but that is what put it in my price range, so I can't complain. Check out the zipper on his jersey. That is fantastic!

Fox played just 10 games for the A's in 1947 and 1948 and about a half a season in 1949 before finding a becoming the regular second baseman for the Chicago White Sox in 1950. He would spend 14 years with the White Sox and was an all-star for 12 of those seasons. In 10,351 plate appearances he only struck out 216 times. That is just incredible. Four players have struck out more than that in a single season.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Card Show Recap: Part 3

My final purchases at the card show came from a dealer with a bunch of dime boxes. Most of the cards were just base cards from recent sets (2017 - 2019). My ideal dime box is just completely random stuff, so other than looking at the Allen & Ginter stuff I didn't spend a ton of time looking through all of them. I did find some Rediscover Topps cards in addition to the Allen & Ginter and a few other random cards.

I always try to get a few cards from each set to fill a binder page and while I probably already have 2017 Allen & Ginter cards for that binder, I couldn't remember, so I took a chance and spent $1.20 on a dozen cards. I picked up a Zac Gallen rookie card. This guy is having a great season, even though he isn't getting much run support from the D-Backs. The Raul Mondesi is numbered on the back to 3250.

I don't typically seek out the Rediscover Topps cards, but I was really happy to find the two Piazza cards. 

The same dealer had other cards as well. His vintage was 70% off. I found this beautiful 1969 Topps Ray Fosse rookie card with a $4 price tag. He gave it to me for a buck. The card is in fantastic condition, with jus a couple of soft corners. 

Ray Fosse had a nice career, but I think most people know the he was never the same after her sustained an injury during the final play of the 1970 All-Star game in a collision at the plate with Pete Rose. Fosse had the ball in time for make the tag, but Rose crashed into him and knocked the ball loose in order to score the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning in front of the local crowd in Cincinnati. Although he played the rest of the 1970 season, it was later revealed that he had sustained a fracture and separated shoulder during the collision. Even so, Fosse would win Gold Gloves in both 1970 and 1971 and be an all-star both years. He was later traded to the Oakland A's and won the World Series with them in 1973 and 1974. Fosse would sustain several other injuries during his career all of which make you wonder what could have been if he had remained injury free.

Who are some other players who had their careers derailed by injury who could have been great?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Card Show Recap: Part 2

The card show I attended this past Saturday was well attended. Masks were required and everyone had to sign a Covid waiver when they entered. 

One of the dealers had 5 four row boxes of baseball in top loaders starting at 1909 and going up to 2001. I started looking in the last row of the last box without knowing at the time that it was anything other than baseball. The row I looked through started with 1984. It was filled with rookie cards of Mattingly, Gooden, McGwire, Puckett, Clemens, and the like. There were multiples of almost every card. There were probably 10 McGwire and 15 Puckett rookie cards. The last few cards in the row really caught my eye.

I grabbed the Upper Deck rookie cards of Albert Pujols and Ichiro. I mentioned in a recent post that I didn't do much collecting in 2001, so this is actually my first Pujols rookie card and I think I only have a couple of other Ichiro rookie cards (a damaged Topps Update that I got for a dime and an Upper Deck Vintage). 

I also grabbed the 1986 Eric Plunk / Jose Canseco rookie card. I've actually never owned this card before, but with a $3 price tag I added I it to my small stack.

The same dealer had a box of $1 and 2/$1 cards. I grabbed the top 3 from the 2/$1 box and the bottom 2 were from the $1 box. The Wood is numbered to 50 and will be headed to a fellow blogger, if he doesn't already have it. The Longoria is the gold foil version.

The Reggie is numbered to 1500 and find a spot in my Reggie collection. I tend to be drawn to inserts that I'm not familiar with. Such was the case with the Ripken.

Tomorrow I'll finish up my card show recap with a small stack of dime box cards and a rookie card from the 1960's in fantastic condition.