Tuesday, December 30, 2008
1-If I didn't collect baseball cards, I'd collect ANCIENT ARTIFACTS - I always loved history. (You want to talk about your 1 /1 collectables.) They tell us so much about ourselves - by what we collect. 2-My baseball heroes include one you probably wouldn't know from my blog or comments, and that person is THURMAN MUNSON. He was the first players of whom I collected all his cards.
3-Every New Years I resolve to SHARE my collection. If you cannot share your collection, having one is pretty useless. 4-If I could spend a day with one person from baseball history, it would be ROBERTO CLEMENTE. I think he was a universal man - one ahead of his time.
1-What is your favorite kind of dog? LABRADORS. I've had three in my life so far. They are strong and faithful companions. Plus they are great swimmers - they have webbed feet !
2-Who is your favorite baseball player? PETE ROSE / TY COBB - not neccessarily as a persons, but as a pure baseball players. All effort - all the time. 3-What is your favorite team? NEW YORK YANKEES / BOSTON RED SOX - its a long story. But, yeah, both.
4-What is your favorite baseball movie? THE NATURAL - based on the life of real Major Leaguer Eddie Waitkus.5-What is your favorite baseball book? THE CARD - a real eye opener for card collectors. It is about more than the T206 Honus Wagner. It's about us as collectors.
6-What is your favorite card? 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee JACQUES PLANTE - I know that's not a baseball cards, but these blogs are about sharing and learning. I got this card on my first trip to Toronto, Canada. It brings back good memories - which is what cards should do. It led to collecting other cards and traveling.
This was not a good year for the BIG CATS of the National Football League. The Detroit club last won the NFL title in 1957. The disappointments were also with the other big cats - the JAGUARS and BENGALS. The PANTHERS, who previously lost 15 games in row in 2001, made the play-offs.
when they wore jail house orange and had a fancy feathered dude on their helmet. Unfortunately, the LIONS should have been like this ...
For several years Upper Deck has graced their sets with players in their international jerseys. It is a refreshing turn to see some of these players BEFORE their NHL career. For others it is their shining moment.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
As anyone who trades with me knows, I am a collector of the original six franchises and it is refreshing to finally get some interesting players from Chicago.
While I am desperately trying to finish off my 1971-72 topps hockey set, I noticed that I was in great shortage of Black Hawks. Seven of the 25 cards I needed were Hawks. As I found out from Sal at PUCK JUNK, the team has refered to as one name Blackhawks since 1986.
I've recently cut that number by acquiring the big two from Chicago's heyday of the 1970's - Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull. I was happily able to get the pair of Hall of Famers for less than $6 bucks.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
For everyone should have one fantasy card for Christmas. As I have given away my e-cards for Christmas, I saved one in the bag for me. Since the Allen & Ginter mini cards are one of my modern favorites, I've conjured up a fantasy card of sexy icon - MARILYN MONROE.
This will be added to my "inserts we like to see" list.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The perfection of affordable quality contact lenses has made the bespectacled sports stars a thing of the past - except on sports cards. I have pulled a few notable persons who wore wire rims, coke bottles and goggles.
The most famous name - last name that is - belongs to Joe Di Maggio's brother Dom. Dom can be see on several cards including his 1952 and 1953 topps cards.
One of my favorite personalities is Tiger great - Denny McLain. For all his legal troubles Denny is still the last pitcher to win over 30 games in a season. (31 victories in 1968) Although McLain is seen wearing glasses on the first few years of his topps cards (including this 1968 All-Star) he no longer has them after 1971.
Monday, December 22, 2008
TO: David @ Cardboard Junkie - for the love of all things ATLANTA. I send you a 1973-74 team card one with my favorite hockey jerseys - no longer in use. The Atlanta Flames "burning A" was a grand design. You got me reading your blog and now all this is your fault. Start signing "We Didn't Start the Fire ..."
TO: Steve @ White Sox Cards - there is something pure about liking the sox. A team that went through scandal and hardship. Glad they could win one in your life-time.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I feel I have not had time to concentrate on details ... its the holidays and we are going at the speed of the autobahn - fast, faster and Mercedes Benz. I wish I had more time to showcase my favorites in the 2nd Blog Bat Around - but all I came up with was a pinch-hit bunt. Never-the-less, this blogging is a learning curve.
So here is my lame Gwynn card.
I would really like to see more quality inserts or short print cards. I know there are some cool emperors and sharks but lets face it, the majority of collectors are men (sorry ladies - its true).
I am bewildered by the chase for some of these mini cards in the Allen & Ginter sets. For half the price, you could purchase a nice card that is 5 times as old - and a real robacco card - on the internet.
I would like to start a series called - "this should be an insert". You would have to imagine you are thumbing through the most recent opened pack of cards ... and lo and behold you find this:
Would THIS be better than a shark ? Better than an Orthocopter ? Better than Honus Wagner ? Careful how you answer that. Stay tune ...
So here's to those people that do ... and here up on the trading block are 7 cards (6 shown) and two unopened packs - one 2006, one 2007 - and this open pack with a bunch of rookies. I don't even want to know who they are - if I get interested I am liable to keep them.
Eric Weddle - Chargers, Mercedes Lewis - Jaguars, Rod Smith - Broncos, Brodie Croyle - Chiefs, Dwayne Bowe - Chiefs, Reggie Ball - Lions, Randy McMichael - Rams.
I am interested in stuff from my want list or if you want to send one or two unopened packs of baseball, hockey, soccer or non-sport. Or just make me an offer - who knows ?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I cannot even imagine what it must have been like for the pro athletes before the advent of luxury jet liners. Maybe they were like these aircrafts from the Godfrey Phillips Cigarette series.
I remember the incident from the 1994 World Cup - the Dutch National Team had advanced to the next round and were leaving Orlando, Florida to fly to Dallas. Before Holland's best were to face Brazil, they had a bigger scare. A reporter following the team had made a joke about a bomb - which resulted in the plane being emptied on to the tarmac and delayed indefinately.
One player that was effected for life was AJAX star forward - Dennis Bergkamp. Bergkamp, who would go on to play for ARSENAL . F.C., would make one more flight back to Holland and never fly again. This player who keep his cool in the box would never return to the USA. I now cherish the photos and conversations I had with this much admired superstar.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I sent my want list over to Steve at White Sox Cards. I guess this blog and all its trimmings has a learning curve. It's my fault, not Steve's, for not being more specific when I sent the list. When I said old stuff, I should really know that to guys in their twenties or thirties, old is still Topps cards from the 80's.
I should have also added that I have everything from 1978 to 1988. Well, everything I want. He sent me lots of Sox - red ones - all which I had. I got a kick out of this 1990 Score card that features Boston's winning streak. The front shows a fat-bellied Manager John MacNamera -who's firing led to the beginning of the winning. The back is better with Boggs and Co. high-fiving. A sign of the times.
Next were some old Sox - White ones - one from '61, one from '71 and one from '75. Had them all. But I love the 75's so its ok. Its a classic batting pose on a training field, not at a stadium.