Monday, October 15, 2018

"It ain't over till it's over."

I've gone through a lot of self-reflection over the last couple of months. I nearly called it quits on this blog and on collecting in general, but as the late, great Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over till it's over."

With my mom passing away unexpectedly and then my grandpa passing away a month later and having to go through my parents things, it really put things into perspective for me. I'm going to make some changes to how I collect and what I collect, but I'm still collecting and I'm still blogging.

I saw these two Bowman Yogi Berra cards at my LCS and I just couldn't decide which one to buy, so I ended up getting both. Truth be told, if I could only have one, I would have picked the 1951, but I used the "If I buy both, will you cut me a deal?" card and it worked, so I'm now the proud owner of both a 1951 and 1952 Bowman Yogi Berra card.





The backs tell an interesting story.

From the 1951 card we learn about Yogi's tremendous 1950 season. He batted .322 with 28 home runs and 124 RBI. He lost out on MVP to his teammate Phil Rizzuto and Boston Red Sox infielder Billy Goodman. Goodman won the A.L. batting title with a .354 average. Rizzuto batted .324 with 7 home runs, and 66 RBI. I realize there is more to MVP than just the big three, but I would love to hear someone rationalize Rizzuto over Berra in 1950.

The 1952 card tells us that he won the 1951 A.L. MVP award with a .294 average, 27 homers, and 88 RBI. Seems to me that him missing out on the 1950 award may have had something to do with his winning the 1951 MVP.

Yogi, an 18 time All-Star and winner of 10 World Championships as a player, would win three MVP awards (1951, 1954, and 1955).

Like I said before , my collecting habits are going to change going forward. I've got to focus on quality over quantity. I've got to reduce the overall size of my collection. Now I've just got to figure out how to do that. if you have any ideas, let me know.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

First Night Game at Wrigley Field Autograph Project Complete

August 9th marked the 30th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field. I posted about my autograph project on Twitter and it got quite a bit of traction.

I asked for help getting the one final autograph I needed; Damon Berryhill, who is the manager of the AAA Gwinnett Stripers. I got a reply from someone who attends Gwinnett Stripers games who said they would try to get Berryhill to sign for me at a team event.

He came through and I was able to finish my project. I posted about it on Twitter when I got the card in the mail, but I realized I didn't post about it on here.

Here's the final card.


Here is the complete project.


              Andre Dawson                                 Manny Trillo                             Darrin Jackson
              Ryne Sandberg                                 Mark Grace                               Jerry Mumphrey
              Goose Goosage                                Vance Law                                 Mike Bielecki
              Mitch Webster                                  Shawon Dunston                       Pat Perry
              Rafael Palmiero                                Frank DiPino                             Jody Davis
                                                                        Damon Berryhill

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Player collection cards from Bru!

Cards are scanned and so the 5 minute timer starts now.

I got a PWE a week or so ago from Bru. He included a few more cards for my player collections.

Guys like Dale Murphy...


... Don Mattingly...


... Dwight Gooden...

... and Dan Wilson.




I needed all the cards in this post, so there were some nice additions to my collection. Thanks Bru!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

This is all I wrote in 5 minutes. Thanks Julie!

I'm trying another 5 minute post. Let's see how it goes.

This time it's a trade post. Julie of A Cracked Bat, sent me a bunch of sweet D-Backs cards.









Tuesday, October 2, 2018

1997 Bowman's Best Atomic Refractor

I'm going to try something to help me get back into the habit of blogging regularly. I'm going to do a 5 minute post. I set a timer on my phone for 5 minutes and when it's done I'm going to publish whatever I've got.

Sometimes I will sit at the computer for an hour watching a show or movie while working on a post and I don't get very far. Other times I start typing and then think about it for a while and then start all over. This process may repeat itself several times and I end up with nothing.

So, like I said I'm going to give this 5 minute post thing a try.

Back in early August I made a COMC purchase. I picked up a few things that I haven't gotten to share, so here is one of the cards from that order.

It's a 1997 Bowman's Best Atomic Refractor of Tim Salmon.


Well, 5 minutes goes by pretty fast. If I actually stuck to the 5 minutes, there would have been no picture, title, or this last paragraph.

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

Update

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.