4 Joe Credes - with Allen & Ginter
Thursday, January 29, 2009
4 Joe Credes - with Allen & Ginter
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
PANINI of Modena, Italy have been producing soccer cards and stickers since 1962. They have been involved with the making of NFL football, MLB baseball and NHL hockey issues in the 1980's and 1990's.
The European based company has also made products for Disney and Star Wars. Their annual soccer sets are made for no less than 30 countries around the globe. So it is a safe bet they know what they are doing when it comes to collectibles.
This brings me to the void that this will leave in the sports market in the USA. Since most of North American leagues are becoming global, it seems a given that soccer will take its rightful role in the American sports scene. It begs to ask what the card makers could conger if they used the designs to make MLS cards ...
Former EPL ironman Brian McBride sports a 1984 topps design in Chicago's colors.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Free parking, free admission and a chance to obtain cards was enticing - all without the wait or cost of the postage nor an auction to end. I also knew that in this age of game-useded, refractornated, autofied, shortprint-a-numbered cards (makes ya think of the ole Prezident, huh?) - I thought there may be a chance to get some raw, genuine cardboard products.
In addition, I needed to shop for Red Sox as my new trading pal in England collects them. This can be vexing. Should I buy and give up the cards or send them in trade ? I finally decided I'd split the "goods" as evenly as possible.
First, I found some 3 Allen & Ginter - 1 base and a pair of minis to go into my Red Sox collection. Then I found three Topps Herritage to send over the pond.
It was a nice return visit to a card show. The dialog and banter that only happens when collectors are side by side was enjoyable. I saw and learned more about what was new and ongoing in card collection in an hour of browsing than I could have in 5 hours on a computer.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Howie Morenz who had continually led the team in scoring, finally became the league's top scorer as well.
But things changed very quickly with the depression. Three-time Vezina winner George Hainsworth was traded away for Lorne Chabot. Chabot did well in winning the Vezina in his first year with Montreal. However, he was soon traded along with Morenz to Chicago the following year. The Canadiens would not win another title in this decade and lost many of their stars in efforts to keep finanacially sound. Morenz returned for the 1937 season only for tragedy to strike. He broke his leg in an on ice collision and was hospitalized. Unfortunately, he died through complications. A memorial game was played for his benefit, much like the one he played in for Ace Bailey.
One of the young stars that was added to the roster just before Morenz's death was a Hector "Toe" Blake. Blake would be the only other Canadiens player to be top scorer in this decade - toping the league in 1938-39.
Another Montreal star and MVP of the 1935-36 season was Albert "Babe" Siebert. When Siebert hung up his skates at the end of 1939 he was named as Head Coach of Montreal. Tragedy struck yet a gain as he drowned in August of that year having never recorded a win, a loss or a tie as coach.
This was the hardest decade for the Habitants who began with glory and struggled through the 1930's. But greater things were to come.
Friday, January 23, 2009
That player was Toronto's "Ace" Bailey, who fractured his skull and nearly died. His playing career was over.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The bunch of Upper Deck MLS cards included some of my favorites and a few up and coming rookies "De Ro" - two time MVP Dwayne DeRosario is features striding his way to another magical goal. Unfortunately for Houston Dynamo he has gone home to Canada and will be suiting up for Toronto FC next season.
One of the young guns that has already left MLS to play in Europe is former Red Bull New York forward - Jozy Altidore. He set a record amount for an American transfer when Valencia FC of Spain paid $8 Million dollars for him last season. This is his rookie card.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
There used to be a network season - it started in the fall - took a holiday around Christmas - and finished around the time most school classes did. Then you had the summer off for re-runs.
Now the networks show a few episodes - show some re-runs - take a hiatus - show a few episodes - move to a different night - and end the season with a cliff hanger. And maybe come back in 3 or 8 months.
For the purposes of this blog I am remembering the trading cards that used to feature our favorite regular television programing. I used to collect some of these cards as a kid (before baseball cards took over). Hit shows like M*A*S*H, Magnum PI, Partridge Family, Charlie's Angels and The Waltons all had card sets.
Well, most of those card collectors have grown up. And its time to accept that TOPPS and other companies are targeting a more mature audience. With that in mind, I present my version of promotional cards for one of my favorite hit TV shows - BURN NOTICE.
Any show that has spies, girls and explosions (not necessarily in that order) - all in the sunshine of Florida is "ok" in my book. A discharged former spy, a crazy female ex-spy (wonderfully portrayed by Gabrielle Anwar) and a beer swilling side kick (Bruce Campbell) can only lead to trouble and excitement. It does.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I know there is a few Cubs, Rangers, Padres, Marlins and Brewers fans out there. So, if you need these for your sets - just shoot me a mail. I'll take Red Sox, Yankees or some of the other sports I need. (Olympians and soccer players preferred.
EPILOGUE: Today the 44th President of the United States was sworn into office. After witnessing the outpouring of energy during this event - I can honestly say, I was proud to be an American today. No matter who has taken residence in our Capitol, we have done it without bloodshed and with hope and glory since 1789.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I hope to impart some sensibility by seeking a person of wisdom ...
While it would be ideal that the card collecting universe be a peaceful and harmonious place, the reality is that there is and always will be an evil empire ...Er, um ... no, not that EMPIRE ...
ahhh, yes ... the very topp EMPIRE and the one in the upper deck of the chancellery ...
... and the one we count on for other aspects of the hobby - like the Perenial Systematic Active grading companies who decide the value of some cards ...
We need a Champions who will look out for us ... we, the collectors ...
And so it seems it has progressed toward a return to using tobacco brand and style - back to the men (no offense ladies) who spend money on this hobby ... cum business ... cum fiasco.
5. No player should have more than 4 cards made in a year - unless there is a historic or monumental record to feature.