Saturday, December 24, 2022

Merry Christmas Eve!

 It’s Christmas Eve, we’ll it’s Christmas Eve morning anyways. I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and say thanks to a few bloggers that sent me some cards recently.

First up are these three awesome O-Pee-Chee packs from Angus over at Dawg Day Cards. Angus saw my collection of Topps pack wrappers that I am working on and figured I could use these O-Pee-Chee packs/wrappers. He couldn’t be more right! These are awesome! Living in Arizona I don’t come across O-Pee-Chee cards very often, let alone packs! I think these are the first O-Pee-Chee packs I have ever seen in person. Thank you Angus!

Next up is this 1991 Fleer white border mod parallel of Nolan Ryan. 

Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown sent this really sweet solar modified 1991 Fleer Nolan Ryan card to me. I had read Gavin’s post about these cards the night before he arrived and so I was super excited when I saw the envelope in the mailbox from him.

It arrived with the holiday insert, which is great in and of itself! Gavin is super creative!

I am one of just four know individuals in existence who actually like the 1991 Fleer design, but I really dig the white border mod parallel as well. Thanks Gavin!

And a bubble mailer from Greg at Night Owl Cards showed up in my mailbox the same day as the envelope from Gavin. Greg sent me some recent D-Backs cards, which are always much appreciated! Thanks Greg!

Hope everyone out there has a very Merry Christmas and a great 2023!

Friday, December 9, 2022

I had no idea!

Johnny Bench recently celebrated a birthday. He turned 75 years old on December 7th. That means he was born in 1947. 

Do you know who else was born in December 1947? December 26, 1947 to be exact. 

I was made aware of this the other day and it did truly blow my mind. I think it's because I got to see Fisk play for a number of years, while Bench retired when I was just 2 years old. It's just hard for me to fathom them being born the same year, just a few weeks apart.

Even though Fisk retired 10 years after Bench, their career numbers aren't that far off. Bench began his career in 1967 and played continuously through 1983 (17 years). Fisk debuted in 1969, but did not spend any time in the majors in 1970. He would then play continuously from 1971 - 1993. (24 years) Bench played in 2,158 games compared to 2,499 games for Fisk. So even though Fisk played 7 more season than Bench, he had some years where he was limited due to injuries. 

Bench                                        Fisk

.267 career batting average    .269 career batting average

2,048 career hits                      2,356 career hits

389 career home runs              376 career home runs

1,376 career RBI                     1330 career RBI

When you look at the career numbers and take into consideration how difficult the catcher position is, both careers are extremely impressive, but I give the nod to Bench for all the he was able to accomplish in "just" 17 seasons. How about you? Bench or Fisk?

Sunday, November 27, 2022

$100+ Cards in Dime Boxes

I posted about this on Twitter already and made a YouTube video as well, but thought I would post about it here as well because to me it's just too crazy not to.

I got to go to a card show the Saturday before Thanksgiving and I spent most of the time at the show digging through a bunch of dime boxes with one particular dealer, that I frequent every time I go to this particular show. There was another guy going through the boxes at the same time and I found this 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Rated Rookie card early on and showed it to the other guy who was digging through the boxes and he immediately offered me a buck for it. I politely declined and kept digging.

The card was in a penny sleeve. After getting hime I decided it deserved a magnetic. For fun I looked it up in a couple different Beckett magazines. This particular magazine is from July 1991. Check out the price $100. I have never owned this card before so I was super happy to find it and even more so to be able to add it t my collection for just a dime.

I purchased 411 cards from the dime boxes. The dealer asked for $40 for the stack, which I gladly handed over. 

In addition to the 86 Donruss Canseco, I grabbed a bunch of Hall of Fame rookie cards that I just couldn't pass up for a dime. Guys like Randy Johnson, Jeff Bagwell and Larry Walker. Obviously Canseco isn't in the Hall of Fame. neither is this guy.

This 1990 Leaf Sammy Sosa cost me a dime. Check out the price listed in this November 1998 Beckett. $120. Crazy! I know I talked out this briefly in a previous post about the 1990 Leaf Frank Thomas card. I actually have a couple of copies of this card already, but this dime box snag will hold a special place in my heart.

I've gotten some great cards over the years in dime boxes, but these two cards probably have the highest peak price out of any cards that I've ever pulled from a dime box. What's the best card you've ever gotten from a dime box?

Friday, November 25, 2022

Black Friday 2022

It's Black Friday. I don't plan on doing much shopping. My youngest (below) has a baseball tournament this weekend. That means two games today, two games tomorrow and then the championship game on Sunday. That won't leave much time for shopping. We'll see if I'm somehow able to make it to any stores. Maybe I'll get a few things online. Best of luck to all of you that are making purchases today!

With Paul Goldschmidt Chrome cards on the forefront of collector's minds at the moment, due to the recent announcement from Topps, and it being Black Friday, I thought I'd share a couple of Black Topps Chrome Goldschmidt refractors from his days in Arizona.

What do you think Topps has in store for the Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Judge 2022 Topps Chrome  cards they are offering store credit for at certain card shops? I have a couple of ideas, but am curious to here what your thoughts are. Let me know.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! I have much to be thankful for this year as always. I have an awesome family. I love my wife and have three amazing boys. 

On the hobby side of things I am extremely grateful that I found this 1955 Bowman Hank Aaron card. It was missing for at least 10 months. I had spent hours searching for it during that time.

I found it earlier this month. I had decided to look for it once again and moved some things around to get to the shelves where I had some 5,000 count boxes. I pulled off the top box and looked through it. Nope. I almost just put the box back and moved on, but I decided to check the box underneath it. There it was! I was so thankful!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?

Sunday, October 23, 2022

I'm back!

One of my hobby related goals for 2022 is to reduce the overall size of my collection. I recently met with a fellow YouTuber, Caleb of Caleb's Cards and gave him about 20,000 cards and probably around 30 empty binders. It was really cool to meet up with Caleb. He happened to be in town for a couple of days and we were able to have dinner together and hang out for a couple hours.

Even with me giving away 20,000 cards, I've still added more cards to my collection in 2022 than I have gotten rid of, so let's give away some more cards. 

For the first 5 people (US only) that comment below with who you think will win the World Series this year as well as your  favorite team and I'll send you a PWE with some cards.

Me, I'm going with the Phillies. I'm a fan of Bryce Harper and I'd love to see him win a Championship and he has been playing great this postseason along with the rest of the Phillies.  Plus, I think they will be facing the Astros and I don't think I could ever root for the Astros to win.

Monday, August 29, 2022

1954 Topps Jim "Dusty" Rhodes RC

This past Saturday I went to The Batter's Box card shop. I made it there just as the 1 PM auction was starting. I ended up getting one item in the auction; a small lot of 1970 Topps high numbers. It was just 4 cards, but I needed all 4 and I got it for $2.50 and used a comp card for $2 off, so I only spent 50 cents out of pocket for the 4 cards.

I did buy one other card at the shop though. It was this 1954 Jim Rhodes card. If Jim Rhodes doesn't sound familiar, it might be because he didn't go by Jim. He went by the nickname Dusty throughout his 7 year MLB career.

1952 was Dusty's rookie season, but he didn't get a card until 1954. Somewhat fitting because 1954 was the greatest season in his brief career. Used primarily as a pinch hitter, Dusty would play in just 82 games and only had 164 at bats. He made the most of the opportunities and batted .341 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI.  

Then came the 1954 World Series. The New York Giants would face the Cleveland Indians in the Fall Classic. Not only did the Indians win the American League pennant, but they set a league record with 111 wins. Keep in mind, they only played 154 games, so the Indians only lost 43 games during the regular season. They were heavily favored to win the series, but the Giants had other plans. 

Game 1 featured "The Catch"; and as Mays himself would describe, "The Throw". Possibly the greatest and if not the greatest, then certainly the most well-known defensive play in World Series history. "The Catch, would keep the score tied at 2 in the 8th inning. Still tied at 2, Dusty came into the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 10th, for future Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, and hit a walk-off home run off of future Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon. 

In Game 2 Dusty would enter the game in the 5th; again as a pinch hitter for Monte Irvin. This time Rhodes would bat against Early Wynn; another future Hall of Fame pitcher. Cleveland was up 1-0 at the time. Rhodes would single and drive in a run to tie the game. He stayed in the game and homered off Wynn in the 7th giving the Giants a 3-1 lead, which would be the final score.

Dusty entered Game 3 in the 3rd inning; again pinch hitting for Irvin and would hit a 2 run single which extended the Giants lead to 3-0. The Giants would go on to win the game 6-2, meaning that technically Rhodes had the game winning RBI back in the 3rd inning.

The Giants would go on to sweep the mighty Indians in 4 games and Rhodes was not needed in the final game as the Giants would win 7-4. 

Rhodes had just 7 plate appearances in the World Series, but he would collect 4 hits and a walk in those 7 plate appearances. 2 of the hits were home runs and he scored twice and drove in 7 runs.

On September 29, 2017 the World Series MVP award was renamed the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of it being the 63rd anniversary of "The Catch" in the 1954 World Series. The award was around in 1954. The World Series MVP Award was first given out one year later in 1955. Willie Mays never actually won the award and he has gone on record as saying that if the award had been given out in 1954 it should have gone to Dusty Rhodes and not himself.

I'm reading a biography about Willie Mays and when I read that he would have awarded Rhodes the MVP award had it been issued, I immediately looked for his 1954 Topps card. Lots to choose from on eBay, but I thought I would check at my LCS. They actually had two copies. This one that I bought for $14.50 and another one that was $10.95. The later actually had a whiter white, but the one I bought was centered a bit better top to bottom and the corners were just a bit better, so I paid the extra.

Fun fact. Dusty's stellar performance in the '54 World Series resulted in him taking the #1 spot in the 1955 Topps set.