One Man's Thoughts on Sports Card Collecting

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Common Cards, Uncommon Photography II

It's back!! A while ago I did a post highlighting the great photography on the run of the mill cards that often get overlooked in our search for big hits.  I intended to make it a regular feature of the blog, and I have been setting aside a nice stack of cards that fit the bill.  Today I finally got around to scanning some of them.  I figure I'll do these in groups of nine - that way I can fill up a page and put them in a binder, so I'll know not to use those cards again in a future post.  Now on to the cards!

1989 Upper Deck Kent Tekulve #207:
When I saw the this card all I could I think of was Professor Farnsworth from Futurama.  The awkward body contortion, the look on his face, the glasses - it's too perfect.  "Good news, everyone!!"

1992 Donruss Triple Play Marquis Grissom #47:
A shot straight out of the movie Major League.  You can just see Marquis thinking "Shit, that's 20 pushups...."

1998 Topps Stadium Club Jay Buhner #20:
Buhner shows some decent hops on this attempt at saving a home run.  As a fan and collector it would be so cool to get immortalized on a baseball card the way that fan trying to catch the ball is on this card.  I'll take anything I can get when it comes to getting my face on cardboard!

1999 Fleer Tradition Mike Cameron #409:
 Mike Cameron clearly outdoes Buhner in the wall climbing department.  Awesome timing by the photographer to capture him at full extension.

1999 Fleer Ultra Andruw Jones #25:
The last two were good, but Jones takes the cake with this effort.  Is he man or Spider-man?!?!?

1997 Topps Troy O'Leary #54:
Looks like the pitcher gave ol' Troy a little chin music!

1998 UD Collector's Choice Eduardo Perez #72:
Eduardo showed up in my first "Uncommon Photography" post too.  I love cards like this that show multiple images in one shot.  Looks like he made a great catch!

1999 Fleer Tradition Jason Kendall #169:
A beautiful photo here.  The dirt kicking up and Kendall's helmet flying off look great.

1989 Upper Deck Jerry Reed #529:
We started the day with 1989 Upper Deck and now we come full circle.  "This next pitch is going to be delicious!!"

Previous Trivia Question:

What is the record for most triples in a single season?
Answer:  John "Chief" Wilson led the league with 36 triples as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1912.  That same season he set another record by tripling in 5 consecutive games from June 17-20!
Today's Trivia Question:
In 2010 the Colorado Rockies set a record for hits by consecutive batters while playing against the Chicago Cubs.  How many batters in a row notched a hit?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Great Big Cat Safari Begins~!

I recently posted about how I stumbled across the Animal Kingdom patches from this year's UD Goodwin set and immediately fell in love with the cards.  What got me most excited as I went down the list was how many cats there were, as the big cats have always been my absolute favorite animals at the Zoo because they're just so badass.  I immediately decided that collecting all of the cats from the Animal Kingdom set would have to be the newest quest here on the blog.

A quick perusal of the list revealed that 10 of the 100 cards in the set were cats.  Unless of course one of those more obscure animals turned out to be of the feline persuasion, but what are the chances of that?.... THAT'S what a Margay is.....
OK, make that ELEVEN cats on the list.

For those of you unfamiliar with the set, the rarity of the cards is determined by the endangeredness of the animal.  Here are the cats:

"Least Concern" Category:
AK-6 - Cougar
AK-11 - Ocelot
AK-24 - Jaguarundi

"Not Threatened" Category:
AK-62 - Sand Cat
AK-63 - Margay

"Vulnerable" Category:
AK-68 - Cheetah
AK-75 - African Lion

"Endangered" Category:
AK-81 - Snow Leopard
AK-82 - Bengal Tiger

"Extinct" Category:
AK-98 - Sabre-Toothed Cat

What's that you say?  That's only 10?  Well that's because today I am also revealing the first capture of the Big Cat Safari.  From the "Least Concern" Category, #AK-54 - the Eurasian Lynx~!

These tough mothas are native to the forests of Europe and Siberia, and also parts of South and East Asia.  They typically weigh 40-65 pounds, but the Siberian variety can get up to nearly 100 pounds.  They have a reddish-brown coat in the summer that grows thicker and turns silver-gray or silver-brown in the winter months.  They have webbed and furred paws that act like snowshoes, so you're totally screwed if you're trying to run through snow to get away from one.

So mark one off the list!  I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get all 11, as I don't know how many Sabre-Toothed Cats they even printed but I'm sure it is very few, but I hope to add as many as I can slowly over time as they show up on eBay at good prices.  Of course any of you reading this who might have one of the cats (or any of the Animal Kingdom cards, for that matter) can always hit me up for a trade!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Topps Diamond Giveaway Trapped In Time

Just a quickie post to vent some frustration - I got a jumbo box of Topps Update as a birthday gift, plus I had recently bought a few packs myself, so I was sitting on about 14 code cards while waiting for the Topps Diamond Giveaway site to finally start working again.  Once the site was back up I entered 3-4 codes, and every single one of my cards was from the 1973 Topps set. I waited a few hours and entered two more - 1973 Topps again!  I waited several more hours and entered another code - STILL 1973 Topps!! I've been watching the "Recently Redeemed Cards" list on the right side of the page ever since, and every single card that pops up is 1973 Topps.  WTF?!?!?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Trade with Juust a Bit Outside

Kyle from Juust a Bit Outside contacted me out of the blue about a possible trade a few weeks back.  I just realized today that I never finalized my post about our trade, so here it is!  He sent over a handful of cards I needed off of my want lists.

First, some assorted 2011 Topps Series 2:

Second, he included a few Heritage cards, including a Babe Ruth Special:

I'm nearly done with the non-SP base set for Heritage.  I'd still like to get all the SPs as well, but that's going to take a while longer.

Thanks Kyle!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Three New Additions to the Griffey Collection

First off, a quick plug for Kyle over at Juust a Bit Outside - he's having an 8-box break spanning 30 years of baseball cards.  Check it out, lots of teams still available!

I recently gave the Griffey list an overdue update - I'm up to 658 total cards!  Here are a few very cool cards I've added in the past couple weeks.

1996 Studio Stained Glass Stars

This is a very neat looking card - the Mariners logo and colored "stained glass" sections are translucent.  I couldn't believe that I had never heard of this insert set before - Jo actually got this for me off of eBay as a gift. If I had known this card was out there I would have tracked it down years ago!

2002 Upper Deck Bat Around Quad Game-Used Bat Card

Another gift from Jo.  She got it at a very good price too!  I believe this is just the fourth game-used memorabilia card added to my Griffey collection.  The problem with collecting a sure-fire HoFer is that his relic cards are a bit more pricey, or at least they certainly were back in the day before jersey swatches and bat pieces flooded the market.

1994 UD Collector's Choice Home Run All-Stars Hologram

I'm a sucker for holograms.  Anytime I see one for Griffey that is an automatic purchase for me.  This one is especially cool because the hologram shows Griffey right in the middle of that sweet swing!

Previous Trivia Question:
What team was the first to feature 3 players that hit 40 home runs? (Hint: it was in 1973.)
A: The Atlanta Braves got over 40 homers each from Davey Johnson (43), Darrell Evans (41) and Hank Aaron (40).  This feat has been matched only two other times  - by the 1996 and 1997 Colorado Rockies.
Today's Trivia Question:
What is the record for most triples in a single season?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Contest Winner Announcement

Time to announce the first ever contest winner at the blog.  But first we'll reveal the player on the card:

He's a Hall of Fame inductee.....

He holds the record for most career 3-Home Run games with 6.....

He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and New York Yankees, winning 5 World Series titles while with the Yankees from 1949-1953.......

He's Johnny Mize!

No one guessed Mr. Mize, so I had to randomize the winner:

Congrats to The Lost Collector!  I will contact you shortly sbout sending out your prize.  Thanks to all who entered the contest, and thanks again for reading!  I look forward to another fun year here at the blog.  :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Blog Anniversary and CONTEST~!

Today marks the 1-Year Anniversary of my first blog post!  Definitely one of my better decisions, as it has been a lot of fun being part of the blogosphere.

I decided to mark the occasion by doing my first ever contest.  I'm taking a cue from Play at the Plate and keeping things nice and simple:  I recently pulled one of the Black Glove Leather parallels (#ed to 99) from a jumbo pack of Topps Update.  All you have to do is guess the player I pulled and you win the card, plus some cards from your favorite team/player, whatever I can pull together.

Pictured:  NOT the correct guess.
The contest will remain open to guesses until Noon on Saturday, with the winner announced Saturday afternoon.  If no one guesses correctly I'll pick a winner at random.  No, I haven't talked about this card in a previous post, so don't bother looking.  Cheaters. :)

If you post the contest on your blog you can have a second guess, just include the link to your post in your comment.

Here is the checklist for the Update series:
MGL-JD Joe DiMaggio
MGL-RJ Reggie Jackson
MGL-MC Miguel Cabrera
MGL-JW Jayson Werth
MGL-RH Rogers Hornsby
MGL-MS Max Scherzer
MGL-KY Kevin Youkilis
MGL-JM Johnny Mize
MGL-BW Brian Wilson
MGL-RHE Rickey Henderson
MGL-MP Michael Pineda
MGL-BB Brandon Belt
MGL-TN Tsuyoshi Nishioka
MGL-DD Danny Duffy
MGL-JMO Joe Morgan
MGL-NR Nolan Ryan
MGL-CF Carlton Fisk
MGL-AD Andre Dawson
MGL-TS Tom Seaver
MGL-BR Babe Ruth
MGL-TH Travis Hafner
MGL-EH Eric Hosmer
MGL-JS James Shields
MGL-ZB Zach Britton
MGL-PWR Pee Wee Reese
MGL-OS Ozzie Smith
MGL-NRY Nolan Ryan
MGL-ADU Adam Dunn
MGL-HA Hank Aaron
MGL-JWE Jered Weaver
MGL-JF Jimmie Foxx
MGL-FT Frank Thomas
MGL-RJA Reggie Jackson
MGL-JB Jose Bautista
MGL-NOR Nolan Ryan
MGL-WM Willie McCovey
MGL-BZ Ben Zobrist
MGL-LA Luis Aparicio
MGL-CH Cole Hamels
MGL-FJ Fergie Jenkins
MGL-FR Frank Robinson
MGL-AR Alex Rodriguez
MGL-PM Paul Molitor
MGL-JSA Jerry Sands
MGL-MK Matt Kemp
MGL-ARO Alex Rodriguez
MGL-JT Julio Teheran
MGL-DS Duke Snider
MGL-LB Lance Berkman
MGL-RA Roberto Alomar

Good luck, and thanks for reading!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Catching Up on Pack Wars Part 2 - Hits Galore~!

My last post detailed some of the many autos and patches I pulled at the last couple Pack Wars events I attended, but there's still a lot more to show!  Without further ado....

2011 Topps Update Willie McCovey Leather Nameplate

I'm still not a big fan of these leather nameplate cards, but it is always nice to pull a hit of a HoFer!

2011 Topps Finest Kyle Rudolph Patch Auto

This is a sweet looking card.  Very shiny and refractor-y, and numbered to just 75.  That patch is one of the best ones I've ever pulled.  Too bad it is for one of those dirty, dirty Vikings!  :)

2011 Topps Prime Kendall Hunter Quad Patch Auto

This is another very sharp looking card.  It's nice to know there are actually 4 jersey swatches in there.

1970 Topps NY Mets World Champions card

I won this card in a price challenge.  The Amazin' Mets make a very cool addition to my collection!

2011 Topps Prime Mark Ingram/Marcell Dareus Dual Patch

Another very attractive card, and some good rookies to boot!  The Ingram patch looks like it must have comes off a jersey sleeve - always nice to get something a little different.

2011 Topps Rising Rookies Cecil Shorts Auto Patch

I love the NFL Draft patch embedded in this card.  A nice looking signature too.  Shorts was drafted in the 4th round by the Jaguars and was considered one of the better WR prospects in the draft.  Thus far he has worked mainly as a return specialist.

2011 Panini Threads Nick Fairley Jersey Letter

This is my first ever jersey letter card.  Oddly enough, this was the only card in the pack - as soon as the store owner handed it to me I knew I had something good!  Fairley was the 13th overall pick in the draft, though unfortunately he has played sparingly thus far thanks to injuries.

2011 Topps Update Placido Polanco All Star Jersey patch

It's pretty cool that Topps is able to get patches from this year's all-star game into the Update series.  The one thing I don't like is that the picture is kind of blurry.  I think Polanco is one of the more underrated players of the past decade.

2011 Topps Heritage Minor League Bryce Harper Patch

And finally, my last card is this nice pull of the hottest prospect going!

Whew!  That was a lot of scans!  I can only hope my next trip to Pack Wars is anywhere near as successful as the last two.

Previous Trivia Question:
Staying on the topic of Gold Gloves, Rafael Palmiero won the award at first base in 1999 in a controversial selection. How many games did he play at first base that season?
A: Palmiero appeared at first base in just 28 games that season.
Today's Trivia Question:
What team was the first to feature 3 players that hit 40 home runs? (Hint: it was in 1973.)