Monday, June 20, 2016

'59 Topps set build #22/572 Pete Whisenant

It's been a while since I've written one of these posts, and with a few days vacation time ahead of me I guess I should get back into the swing of things.  This is the 22nd of 572 cards for the '59 set...

Card # 14:  Pete Whisenant

Redlegs.   Gotta love that name.   It didn't last much longer as they moved back to the Reds in 1961.

The black background with the yellow letters is a great look.  The front of this card is in decent enough shape that I probably will not look for an upgrade.

Love the cartoon on the back.  I'm not sure if that's a hot dog or a hoagie that he's eating, but it sure looks like Pete is enjoying it!!  (Upon closer inspection, I see the box beside Pete on the bench says hot dogs)

Pete was signed as a 17 year old free agent by the Boston Braves in 1947, where he would spend 7 seasons in the minors (Pete served in the military in 1951), with only limited service on the major league squad in 1952. 

Pete would play in Atlanta for two years for a team called the Crackers.  Not the greatest of team names if you ask me...

How'd he fare in 1959?: Pete didn't play a lot for the Reds during the '59 season, only appearing in 36 games and hitting .239 with 5 HR and 11 RBI's.

Pete would only play two more seasons in the majors before being released by the Reds in 1961.  Pete would be part of the coaching staff in '61 and '62 for Cincinnati, with the '61 team losing to the Yankees in 5 games in the World Series. 

Pete passed away in 1996 at the age of 66.

thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Filling orders at the speed of light

I love when sellers fill orders fast and get them to you at the speed of light.   Case in point:

I placed a Sportlots order on Wednesday evening with one of my favorite sellers on the site, cogrinch.  In my mailbox this afternoon was my order, well packaged and complete.  Even better, these cards traveled from Colorado to South Florida in just 2 days.

It just doesn't get any better than that.

I put a nice dent into the 2015 A&G want list I've had on the blog for a while now.  I'm hoping to get the set completed before '16 A&G comes out this summer. 

I'll have to find another copy of the McCutchen Starting Points for my McCutchen PC.  I had no idea that Josh Donaldson started his career as a catcher.  What a helluva switch for him to go to 3rd base!  Probably added 5 years to his career, and he's already won an MVP award with the Jays.  I looked up his stats and was shocked to see that in the 3 years he played in the playoffs for Oakland, he didn't have one HR or RBI.

In order to beef up the order a bit, I picked up a dozen assorted parallels from the '14 want lists.  Didn't slow the order down one bit...

Finally, this last card is for the Night Owl.  His last package that he sent he offered to trade some snow for some bikinis, so I figured that I would at least hook him up with one bikini...

There you go Greg, stay warm!!

thanks for reading, Robert

Friday, June 10, 2016


I've always loved the word cursive.   It sounds like cursing, which is another thing I like to do often (it's a great tension release). 

Cursive script came up in a conversation I had recently with my friends.  They had mentioned that cursive was no longer being taught in elementary schools.  So, naturally I cursed and thought to myself that I went to elementary school way too soon.  If you've ever seen my cursive writing, you'll know why I say this.

But another reason that I like to curse is this great hobby of ours.  There's always that great release when you pull something great out of a retail pack of Gypsy Queen...

This jersey card was pulled a couple of weeks back from a GQ 3 pack, and is headed to fellow blogger Mark from This Way to the Clubhouse.  I'm going to try and dig up a few more Mets cards to send his way along with this one at the monthly card show tomorrow. 

Another moment that caught me off guard and caused cursing (in a good way) was an unexpected envelope from Corey, everybody's favorite Tim Wallach collector, who is also putting together a '52 Topps set as cheaply as possible. 

Corey knows my love for all things blue and white, and he sent me (to the old address first) a nice envelope filled with both Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. 

For me, there has been no better defenseman to patrol the Leafs blue line in my lifetime than Borje Salming.  Loved watching this guy skate and move the puck during his decade and a half in the blue and white, and he put up with a lot of abuse when he first started in the NHL, both physically and mentally.  Another player that I may start up a PC for one day. 

Some more O-Pee-Chee cards were in the envelope, featuring some more Leaf legends...

The only one of these 4 that I never got to see play in person was the Big M, Frank Mahovlich.  Sundin and Clark were traded for one another in a blockbuster deal in June of '94 but two years later were teammates when the Leafs picked up their former captain from the Islanders.  Wendel was the last Leafs #1 overall draft pick, and will be a legend in the town as long as he's breathing.  It will be interesting to see if the player that the Leafs draft #1 later this month ends up with the same status in T.O.

My hockey collection has really taken a back seat to baseball since I started this blog almost 5 years ago.  I really don't have a whole lot of Leaf "hits" so these two cards were a welcome sight.  Greg McKegg never really had a chance to show what he could do for the Leafs, playing in only 4 games over 2 seasons.   He was traded to Florida, and got to play in 15 games this season for the Panthers, scoring his first NHL goal against....the Leafs.  Go figure.

Ian White was a player I liked while he was in Toronto.  Never really very flashy, he just came to the rink and did his job.  He was part of the big trade with the Flames that brought Dion Phaneuf to Toronto.  I'm trying to make out the letters of his name in his signature, but it appears that his cursive writing is as good as mine.

Knowing that all Jays things parallel are more than welcome here, there were a few of them in the envelope.  I had no idea that the Vernon Wells from 2006 was the first gold parallel I have from that set.  I'm such a slacker...

Some more gold was in the envelope, including the '93 Kelly Gruber gold parallel.  I don't have a lot of those in the Jays collection as well, something else that needs to be remedied.  The Blue Jays team card in the middle is the foil parallel version, and features an outfield that is already outdated...

I don't actively seek out oddballs such as Kellogg's cards from the 70's, but these two cards were a great find in Corey's envelope.  I have seen a few of the Kmart cards similar to the George Bell on the left, but I don't recall ever seeing a Kay Bee toys card like the Bell on the right.  That card is definitely the only one that I own, and is probably the first one I've ever seen.   Great stuff.

Finally, I end off with another card featuring cursive writing.  This '96 Collectors Choice silver signature parallel featuring Shannon Stewart is one of many that I still needed, until now.  Note that Shannon's cursive handwriting is very well done, unlike what we see today.  Goes to show what a good teacher can do for you....

Corey, thank you for the unexpected envelope.  It was greatly appreciated!!!

thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, May 30, 2016

Trade package from Cardboard Collections--part 2

Following up yesterday's post regarding the trade package I received from Colbey at Cardboard Collections is this 10 scan post with all the goodies that Colbey was very kind to send my way.

For the first time since January, I was able to update the Just the Hits page on my blog.  This 2007 Adam Lind autograph was totally unexpected, and more than welcome.

Just 2 minis, but both were needed.  The smiling Colby Rasmus is an A&G back, and Dickey is still not gripping the ball using the knuckleball grip that he's known for...

Most of the trade packages that I receive are usually full of base cards for my Blue Jays want list.  This one only had 6.  The Yunel Escobar '12 A&G finally completes that particular want list.  I had to check the GQ Bautista as well to see if it is the variation (it's not).  The Stadium Club shot of Marcus Stroman is a perfect photo, it captures the regular emotion that Stroman displays in the dugout. 

There were only 3 cards that you would call inserts in the envelope, and I needed all 3.   Love me the Pastime's Pastimes cards from '14 A&G, and the Reyes is the first one that I own...

Now on to the parallels.  Everyone knows that I'm a parallel junkie, and this envelope certainly scratched that itch.  I decided to sort them through the years to make it easy.  First up is the 2008 Baseball Heroes charcoal parallel of Scott Rolen.   To my surprise, I didn't have any of these as part of my Jays collection, until now.

Remember these?  2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary craziness.  Needed all 4 of them and there's still quite a few more that I have to get to complete the team set. 

2012 Gold Sparkle card of EE.  I was surprised when I looked at my want list and there wasn't a want list for these.   I'll have to rectify that soon.

The slate blue parallels from 2013 were one of my favorite parallels over the past few years.  These two scanned a lot lighter than their actual color.  The Target red parallels are always welcome here as well.   I don't seem to get too many of those in here...

I haven't come across many of the yellow parallels from 2014, the Morrow is only my 3rd.  Even the serial numbered gold parallels have dried up on me lately, as the Goins is only the 3rd from 2014 as well.  I usually manage to snag a few Jays right off the bat, but the past couple of years I haven't been so lucky.

White framed GQ?  Yes please.  The Jose Reyes card is the hit of the package, as it is serial #'d 15/99.  I don't remember seeing a lot of these on the blogs, so either people are hoarding them, or they are tougher to come by than the serial numbering suggests.

All in all, a fantastic package allowing me to cross off a boat load of needs.

Thank you Colbey, the cards are greatly appreciated!!!

thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, May 29, 2016

A trade package so good, it needs two posts

First post of the month.  Not sure why.   Is "just because" a reason (no, I guess not).

But I have been somewhat active when it comes to cards during May.   They just haven't been on the forefront as my better half and I have been busy house hunting.  We've had one offer fall through already, and we're on to a 2nd one now so hopefully before summer's end I'll be posting more often from my own office in a new hacienda...

Moving back to cards, I did receive a great trade package from Colbey at Cardboard Collections this week!!  So good, I'm breaking it up into two posts.   Hopefully, it won't take another month to get the 2nd post out.

I decided to make the 4 SPs from the 2011 Heritage set that Colbey sent their own post.

East coast, west coast, and Jake Arrieta!!  The SPs from the set are still pricey, so getting 4 of these in a trade is absolutely fantastic.

I'm down to 8 to complete the set, and have already picked up 2 of them this morning from ebay and COMC. 

For me, these 4 cards weren't the best part of the package.   The boat load of Blue Jays that came my way were even better.   Adam Lind auto, serial #'d cards, parallels, liquorfractors, minis, man O man was this an awesome envelope.

Colbey, thank you part 1!   There's more to come...

thanks for reading, Robert