Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By the page: 1990 Bowman

I have never really paid the 1990 Bowman set much attention over the years.  The 9 cards that I have for this particular page have decent photos, but the one thing about the cards I could never figure out is the back.

No write ups at all.  Nothing but stats broken down by team. 

With inter-league play the norm in today's MLB, these card backs would be impossible to create (or the printing would be so small that nobody could read it without a magnifying glass).

Today's 9 cards were easy to break up into three rows of three.  Posed shots, posed shots with a bat, and game action shots.

Top row, posed shots:

The most interesting character on this line is Bell, who was the main cog in the Jays offense in the late 80's.  George's power numbers were down a bit in 1989 but a .297/18/104 line isn't too shabby.

Middle row, posed with bat shots:

Glenallen Hill never really got a chance in Toronto to play full time.  He wound up being part of a trade package in 1991 with Mark Whiten and Denis Boucher (a very big price that turned out to be) for the rental of Tom Candiotti and Turner Ward.  The Jays did end up winning the division in '91, but were knocked out in 5 games by the Twins in the ALCS.

Bottom row, game action shots:

I decided to take a look at the Junior Felix statistics, and was surprised to find out that he was out of MLB at age 26.  It makes me wonder what happened, because his final season in 1994 he hit .306 with 13 HR and 49 RBI in only 86 games.  He was only 26 at the time, so I wonder why he wound up out of baseball so soon.

With the rows out of the way, here's the final product:

I might be getting the hang of this page creating business.  I've now pulled 76 cards from the box and put them into pages.  A long way to go, but page by page I'll get there.

thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, July 28, 2014


One of the great things about writing this blog is the enjoyment I've received out of poking fun at myself.   If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at, right?

About a month ago, I caught the Night Owl in a typo (yes, it even happens to the great ones) when he stated that my blog was named $30 a day habit.  Greg even had some fun laughing at his typo not too long afterward in his viewer mail post.   The dream sequence portion of that post really gave me a good laugh, but it also made me think about what I really could do with that kind of money dedicated to the hobby. 

I didn't think about it for too long, and moved on.

Once again today, this little slice of insanity that I write was the "victim" of another typo.   The same typo occurred again, only this time on Commishbob's blog, '59 Topps:  one f/g card at a time.  (Note to Bob, thank you very much for the plug!!).  Right in the first paragraph no less.  Here's the quote if you don't want to link over...

Come on people, I know there are some of you that still look at this blog from time to time! The Topps '59 cards are asking you to go vote for us in the "What set should I finish?" tournament on Robert's $30 A Day Habit blog!!!
(by the way, if you haven't voted on this week's match yet, go here to cast your vote)

The same typo twice in a month?  Two different bloggers?  I'm beginning to wonder if my previous spending habits have made the blogosphere brand me as an extravagant spender.  Maybe the chase of the '64 Topps set, along with other various projects going on in my collecting world have made me look like Donald Trump (I wish my hair was as good as his!).

Think about it.....$10,950 a year to spend on cards.    I would have had the '64 set done by now, and a good head start on another vintage set.  Over the time I've been blogging, that would be a little over $33K total. 

That would have bought a whole lot of color TV's...

Guys, I swear, I truly do my best to limit my spending to $30 a week.  I do go overboard on occasion, but $30 a day?  That would involve another word, something that I've already gone through once and would rather not do again...


thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The wise one whittled away at my want lists

I was fortunate enough to catch a tweet earlier in the week from Greg at the Night Owl Cards blog, offering up some of his massive stack of Dodgers doubles.  I inquired about the availability of the 78-80 Topps portion of the doubles box, and during our twitter dialogue he informed me that an envelope was headed my way.

That envelope arrived last Thursday, and all the cards hit the Blue Jays want list, except for one solitary Dodger which knocked another number off the SNI list.

Let's take a look, shall we?

One of the earliest sets that I completed while writing this blog is the 2006 Topps set.  This was in large part due to a large donation from Greg.  Now, he finishes off the Blue Jays 2006 team set with these two cards:

On the back of Burnett's card, Topps mentioned that A.J. had the highest average fastball in MLB during 2005.  The 95.6 average is quite impressive, although I'm not too sure that I can remember the 104mph pitch that the back of the card claims he threw during that season.   I'm sure we would have heard more about it over the years with all the flame throwers that dominate the closer position now...

Greg sent a small sample of Panini needs my way.  It's kind of disappointing that Panini isn't able to secure a MLB license, because cards like the Hometown Heroes Shawn Green on the right would have been so much better with the Jays logo. 

Staying with the modern issues, this quintet of recent releases were all knocked off the want list.   The A&G Melky Cabrera is one of the 2 Blue Jay SPs.  The 2 opening day cards cut that list in half.  Drew Hutchison has become a part of the Jays rotation this year, and has pitched OK so far with a 7-9 record and a 4.44 ERA.   The Jays need to let him hit more, he's 2 for 3 so far this season!

Knock one more card of the serial insanity set.   Jon Garland is serial #'d 715, and is the 33rd Dodger card out of 50 for the set.  Just 355 more serial #'s to go.

Greg's note inside the envelope said there was a reminder of the good ol' days.  Sure enough these three 1992 Donruss cards did just that.   Greg Myers was actually traded during the 1992 season, right before the July 31st trade deadline in a deal that saw Mark Eichhorn return to the Jays.  Both Duane Ward and Mike Timlin were integral parts of the teams that won the '92 and '93 World Series.

Speaking of the 1992 season, included in the package was something I hadn't seen in a very long time.

A pocket schedule from the '92 season, in perfect condition! 

The one thing I got a kick out of when I read it was the note on the middle panel.   All games on CJCL Radio 1430.  With the Blue Jays having success in the previous seasons leading up to 1992, CJCL in Toronto realized there was a big opportunity to increase its listener base, and thus became Canada's first all sports radio channel.   The station eventually migrated to AM 590, where it sits today as "The Fan 590", which I still listen to for Leafs broadcasts, and anytime I'm able to head home for visits with family and friends.

All in all, a great package, and very much appreciated.  Thank you Greg!!

thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, July 26, 2014

What's next? Quarterfinals: (1) 1965 Topps vs (8) 1959 Topps

A match up featuring two sets that easily could have made it to the final if I were doing all the voting.  A great pair of cards on the scan, featuring a pair of NL Central clubs battling it out for the title again this year.

This round instead of the "tale of the tape", I'm going to answer a trio of questions:

How they got here:

1965 defeated 1978  17-2
1959 defeated 1966  11-9

How big a head start do I have on these sets?

1965 Topps:  Minimal  17 out of 598
1959 Topps:  Minimal  10 out of 572

Favorite card that I own from each set so far:

1965:  # 303 Rico Carty (Rico played for the Blue Jays)
1959:  # 134 Jim McDaniel (I like the Sporting News rookie card design)

I really like how the backs look on both of these sets, so that's a wash for me.

So, which set do you want me to build?  Let me know in the comments.

thanks for reading, and voting, Robert

Friday, July 25, 2014

The last of the final 8 has been determined

It appears that I saved the best match for last in the 1st round.  The voting was tight through the whole week, but thankfully I didn't have to account for any hanging chads or tampered ballot boxes.

With a final tally of 12-10, the set moving on to the final 8 is....

1963 Topps!  This is the one card that I own that probably contains the most star power.  Robinson, Aaron, Musial, Davis and White is a great group of 5, none of them hitting below .323 in 1962.

Now, we re-seed the remaining 8.  I take you back to the original post  and give you the following paragraph for determining the seeds...

After the round of 16 is completed, I am going to re-seed the final 8 sets by the number of votes they received during their particular match.   If there is a tie, it will be broken by the higher percentage of votes (for example, if one set received 24 out of 32 votes, and the other received 24 out of 35 votes, the first set would receive the higher seed).  If there is still a tie, I will put the older set in the highest seed (totally arbitrary and random, I know).

With all that in mind, here are the match ups for the quarter finals:

(1) 1965 vs (8) 1959
(2) 1960 vs (7) 1963
(3) 1974 vs (6) 1969
(4) 1976 vs (5) 1967

Tomorrow will start the next round.  1965 Topps vs 1959 Topps.  A great way to get the ball rolling.

I look forward to reading the comments in this round, because a lot of the pretenders have been weeded out, and the decisions are going to be a little bit tougher this time.  At least I think they will be....

thanks for reading, Robert