Thursday, October 30, 2014

A little project makes me realize how lucky I've been

You may or may not have noticed that I've added a couple of pages on the right hand side of the blog.   One of those pages (Just the hits--Blue Jays) is a little project I started to try and get all of my Blue Jays relics and autos scanned to show off to everyone.   A by-product of this task is that I'll finally have all those goodies in one place, largely because of my wont to "unclutter" my collection.

I've scanned in 21 up until now, and I have them listed chronologically from most recent to the oldest.

More often than not, these cards that I have scanned in, or will be scanning in the near future, are the product of trades/generosity of the sports card blogosphere.

Bloggers may have pulled these cards from packs.  They may have bought them as part of a larger lot, or snagged them at a card show for peanuts.

Looking at the large stack of cards still to scan and display makes me realize that there are a lot of people out there that see cards like this and think to themselves that there is someone out there that might enjoy them.

Now I may not remember who sent me what card, but I do have a pretty good idea of the people that have been good to me in the past.   Those are the people that help make this hobby what it is.


It's fun talking to people you might not otherwise know, those who share the bond of enjoying pictures on cardboard.  While I may never get the chance to meet anyone out there in the blogosphere (although I do hope that one day I will), the knowledge that there are guys out there who see cards like this and say to themselves "I wonder if Robert needs that" is incredible. 

With the dead zone of the next 4 months that is the baseball off season upon us, there is a lot of extra time to scour want lists and see what kind of trades can be made.  Extra time to continue the 2nd job that is cleaning up my collection.  Hashing out that one trade could make someone else's day, just like a lot of the trades that I've completed in the past have made mine. 

That reminds me, I have to add a couple of more people to the fun list....

thanks for reading, Robert

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

By the page: Jose Canseco

When I saw the news on Wednesday that Jose Canseco had accidentally shot off part of his finger, I knew I had to step up my efforts to find that elusive 9th card for him.

The search worked, and now I have a full page of Jose in a Jays uniform.  There's probably plenty of others out there, but these 9 are good enough for me.
Top row:  Running, hitting, mulling

One thing I'll say about this page, there are some good photos of Jose.  I don't know why, but I'm kind of partial to the rounding 2nd base card on the left.

Even 15 years ago, there were guys that wore "suits of armor" to the plate, like you see in the other two cards.

Middle row:  My favorite card, surrounded by the same photo

The Bowman card in the center is my favorite of the page.  It's simple, features Jose in the dark blue jersey (which you know I love), and isn't some fancy insert or parallel.

How about the other two cards??  The same photo, used by two different companies.  We've seen a lot recently how Topps likes to reuse photos, but how about Fleer and Topps using the same photo in the same year.  I'm sure that a lot of other people have examples of this kind of duplication as well.

Bottom row:  The blues

The Leaf rookies and stars card in the center was the last one I found for the page.  No doubt the Donruss on the left depicts Canseco walking back to the dugout after one of his many strikeouts (he led the AL in strikeouts during his only season in Toronto with 159).  The Pacific Aurora on the right came close to hiding all the logos, since that product was only licensed by the MLBPA.

Not bad, one year, one page.   Although I love the advice that this tweet provides Jose, it probably would have been better timed if it was sent before he started cleaning the gun.

Leave it up to Jose to get his name in the news on the day of Game 7 in the world series.

thanks for reading, Robert

'59 Topps set build #5/572 Nellie Fox

This is the first opportunity I've had to write a little bit about a Hall of Fame player.  I've heard the name Nellie Fox over the years, but have had little opportunity to learn about his playing career.

How many cards do you think in 2015 will feature a player with a cheek full of chaw?  (Assuming that is what his left cheek is full of). 

Fox's selection to the '59 All Star team was his 9th consecutive honor, and the selection was well earned.  By the All-Star break he had amassed 30 multi-hit games, including a 5 for 7 effort on opening day against the Tigers.  Nellie was hitting .330 at the break, and had struck out a total of 7 times in 369 plate appearances. 

I remember hearing on a documentary a few years back about Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak.  The narrator put the streak in perspective, saying that Joe D had a hit each day for 2 months straight.

As a guy who is a fan of players who seldom strike out, the back of the Fox card really caught my eye.  That 98 game streak lasted 3 months and 5 days during the '58 season, and spanned 451 plate appearances.  It took a hall of fame pitcher to end this incredible run, as Whitey Ford struck out Fox in his first at bat on 8/23/58.

Outside of the centering, this card is in really nice shape.  The corners are good and there's no random pen marks or any other indicators of a 55 year old card.   I won the card on eBay, and if I remember correctly the price I paid for the lot was quite reasonable ($10), and included the "Destruction Crew" card of Minoso, Colavito and Doby.

thanks for reading, Robert

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Yes, it's still going

The one project that has been going for almost the entire length that this blog has been running is the Serial Numbered Insanity set.   I haven't had the opportunity to add to the set lately (nor have I thought a lot about it), but leave it up to an old reliable PWE sender to get me thinking about the project again.

Pat from the Hot Corner Cards blog sent me a single card yesterday, bringing me one card closer to completion.

Serial # 618

A very young looking Alberto Arias becomes the 1255th card in the set.  Once lagging way behind, the Rockies are now creeping closer to the finish line.   The Rockies now have 45 cards out of the 50 needed for the set, pretty much negating the worries I had a few months back about how I was going to get this particular team completed.

Now about those Tigers.....

Thank you for the card Pat, much appreciated!

thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, October 27, 2014

By the page: Joe Carter

It's been a long time coming, but the anniversary of Joe Carter's walk off homer to win the '93 Series was just the other day, so it's time to dust off a 9 pocket sheet of cards for the man...

Top row:  Shiny

Seems to be a recurring theme for me on these pages.   When you feature a lot of players that appeared for the Jays during the 90's, I guess you're going to get a lot of cards that are bright.  I am especially fond of the Denny's Grand Slam card on the right; it might be the only card of a Jays player that I own that bears the Denny's name.

Middle row:   The base

The Select card picturing Joe's triumphant lap around the bases was an easy choice for the center card.  I originally had the base version of the Score card that is featured in the top left, but changed my mind and went with the '91 Upper Deck card on the right.  I really like the sleeveless red Canada Day jersey that is featured on the left as well, that card being part of the UD Timeless Teams set.

Bottom row:  The inserts

I unintentionally managed to put three different manufacturers on this row.  I was curious to see how Carter fared vs. Randy Johnson during his career; not too bad actually, .283 average, 3HR and 8 RBI in 60 ABs.  Joe struck out 16 times versus 17 total hits off of RJ.  The Dominators card was also interesting, it touted Joe as the 5th leading Home Run producer of the 90's at the time it was released (94).  Joe hit 124 HRs during the first 4 seasons of the 90's.

Not a bad page for Carter.   I will have plenty of opportunities to show off more pages of Joe, as there are still numerous cards of him in the box. 

Thanks for reading, Robert