Sunday, December 28, 2008
10 questions and 10 answers. (I hope these are short answer, not essay questions!)
1. If I didn't collect baseball cards, I would collect COMIC BOOKS. I am already a reader. I currently read Justice Society of America, Fables, and whatever my brother let's me borrow.
2. My baseball hero that you may not know is ERIC DAVIS. I have mentioned him several times but he was not a Met and isn't named Tito so you may have missed it. I always thought he was the best in the game. He had all the tools AND a bad back. He did recover from cancer and have a few nice years late in his career. He should have been the first to 40/40.
3. Every New Year, I resolve to RE-RE-RE-ORGANIZE my collection. This will be the third time in the last two years I have reorganized. Who knows, maybe there will be more cards to be saved.
4. If I could spend a day with one person from baseball history, it would be JACKIE ROBINSON. Why wouldn't it be Jackie? I would want to learn something if I got the chance to talk to someone from history! There is no doubt that I would learn something from Jackie Robinson.
5. My favorite kind of dog is a PAPILLION. Here's my papillion, Dobby.6. My favorite current baseball is DAVID WRIGHT. My favorites from the past are Christy Mathewson, Tito Fuentes, and Eric Davis.
7. My favorite team is the NEW YORK METS! K.Rod and Putz to the rescue!
8. My favorite baseball movie is FIELD OF DREAMS. The movie is pure baseball magic. The book is good too. Bull Durham, The Sandlot, and The Rookie are the runners-up.
9. My favorite baseball book is THE NEW BILL JAMES HISTORICAL BASEBALL ABSTRACT. Great stories and great arguments about the best at each position. And stats galore! Moneyball by Michael Lewis and Is This a Great Game or What? by Tim Kirkjian are also really fun reads.
10. What is your favorite card? T-206 CHRISTY MATHEWSON
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I never tried to print these out until the idea for my Mom's Christmas gift popped into my head. She is a loyal Stats-on-the-Back reader and a lover of all things family! My gift was a wax pack of 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter's Mosley Edition. (Feel free the click on each image to check out the Stats on the Back!)
Here's the wrapper image. (Only 4 cards to a pack. Must be a super-high end product!)
Card #1 - My Dad (back in his coaching days)
My wife, the real photoshopper of the house, would like you all to know that she removed an umpire's head on the right of this image and replaced it with a shadow. My dad coached baseball for many years. (For all you UNC or USFL fans out there, he convinced Kelvin Bryant to play baseball in high school.)
Card #2 - My Brother (in the on-deck circle)
My brother was the king of all our wiffle ball games when we were kids. I was no slouch myself.
Card #3 - Me (no good little league photos and I was better at tennis!)
Just to explain the German reference, I was pummeled by a German exchange student named Dirk Schimmel. Earlier in the year, he scored a goal from midfield against our soccer team.
Card #4 - My Niece (the snacks are mightier than the goals!)
The uniforms and the snacks are what she loves most about soccer. I agree, uniforms and snacks are WAY more fun than soccer!
I actually printed these out and mounted them on those thick decoy cards. I must admit, they look pretty good.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to my Mom and everyone out there!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
But before all this card shipping, this blog was a simpler blog. I trot out some random card from my collection, make a mildly amusing comment or two, then share some knowledge about the player on the card. With this post, Stats on the Back reclaims it's roots.
1997 Collector's Choice Kevin Mitchell
I don't have many serial numbered cards and this isn't one of them. But it sure looks like one. 653/863!!!!! It seems as though the industrial, British (steering wheel on right side) golf cart is the thing that is serial numbered. 863 is a big number for cards these days. What about for these carts? Is there a golf cart super-collector out there who has the prototype signed by the designer and the guy who screwed in the last lug nut. Clearly this cart is game-used.
That part above was the mildly amusing part if you didn't notice. (which is likely) Now for the informative part:Kevin Mitchell was originally a third baseman for the Mets. He was traded for Kevin McReynolds and got huge, both physically and statistically. He won an MVP with Giants in 1989 (47 HR, 125 RBI, and a 192 OPS+).
Stories that may or may not be true about Kevin Mitchell:
- allegedly fought with fellow rookie Darryl Strawberry during a pick-up basketball game in 1982 shortly after both were drafted and signed by the New York Mets
- during an argument with his then live-in girlfriend, Mitchell decapitated her cat
- when asked why he never wore a cup, Mitchell responded, "I couldn’t find one big enough for my junk
- as manager of the Sonoma County Crushers in 2000, he was suspended for nine games after punching the opposing team's owner in the mouth during a brawl
- once strained a muscle while vomiting
- broke a tooth eating a frozen chocolate donut that he had put in the microwave too long and had hardened
Thursday, December 11, 2008
1987 Topps Pat SheridanI carried this card around in my wallet for probably 10 years. My buddy, Justin, claims to still have his on his person every day. You see, we were members of the Pat Sheridan fan club. Membership activities included sending Pat birthday cards and carrying a Sheridan card in our wallets. Pat Sheridan was a journeyman, regular guy who batted around .250, with no elite skills. Why wouldn't you love this card. This one is worth no more than a nickel, but the one that lived in my wallet is worth even less.
1964 Topps Casey StengelThis is my favorite Mets card. Casey is lounging in his Mets gear, a little more aged by his awful Mets team. Stengel's Mets weren't quite like his Yankees. I got this card at Paper Heroes in Knightdale, NC many years ago. I probably paid $4. I would occasionally buy an old card but would never pay more than a few dollars for it. I was a set collector then. Now, this card is first on my manager's page in my 1 of every Met collection.
1976 Topps Tito FuentesI featured this card in my 1976 Topps tribute. It is the card that prompted my first all-out player collection. It will be fun tracking down all of his cards. I already have a RC and a certified autograph! Tito had some major personality and it showed on his cards.
1972 Topps Willie MaysYou used to hear stories about people finding great collectibles at yard sales, at flea markets, and in old, dusty attics. That never seems to happen anymore. This card is the one time it happened to me. I was at a small flea market, who-knows-where, with my mom. I saw a small stack of cards in a glass case. The owner told me they were $0.25 each. I searched through the stack and chose a 1961 Topps Whitey Herzog, a Ron Santo RC, and this Willie Mays.
Best purchase ever!!!
T-206 Christy MathewsonI also featured this one back when I was just a wee blogger. It's my best of the best. I paid $35 for it. It is in pretty bad shape but it's an original Hall of Famer. I remember convincing Billy of Tom's Coins and Antiques in New Bern, NC, to throw in a free snap case with my purchase. It may be the most I have ever spent on one card. I wouldn't trade it or sell it. It is my favorite card.
There you have it. Stats-on-the-back would like to thank Gellman at Bleeped Out Sportscards for this blogacious event. Last time I gave myself a C+, but the Mathewson alone is worth a B-!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
GCRL sent these and more:
I only had one before these 3 arrived. Did I mention the fuzziness!
Night Owl added these and more:
Thanks to the Dodger dudes for these cool cards. I hope all those Orels are enjoying themselves in your collections.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Eric Anthony dons the classic Stros duds while his card matches him with the old logo.
Same photo? Not so fast my friend! Same play, slightly different camera angle. Find the guy in the crowd with the mustache and yellow hat. He is above Rick's head in the Topps card AND he is on the far left in the Upper Deck card.
Topps and Upper Deck had photographers at the same game, got the same shot AND chose it for their card of Rick. Very intersesting!The latest Giveaway Update:
Padres - Shipped to Rod
O's - Shipped to Kevin
Cardinals - Shipped to Kerry
Expos - Shipped to Jon
Yankees - Shipped to Bo
Steve Finleys - Shipped to Kris
Cubs - Shipped to Ben (Still need address from gritz76)
Tigers - Shipped to Don
Specials Cards - in queue for dunlapReggie (need address!)
Will Clark + some extras - in queue for Mark
Astros - in queue for Aron (need address!)
Royals - Shipped to Zach
Pitchers & leftover Cardinals - in queue for Casey
The giveaway is coming to an end soon. Or is it???
Monday, December 1, 2008
Padres - boxed and waiting on me to ship
O's - boxed and waiting on me to ship
Cardinals - need an address from madding!
Expos - need an address from Jon (mad guru)
Yankees - need an address from Bo!
Steve Finleys - need an address from AlbuqwirkE
Cubs - need address from Ben & gritz76
Tigers - in queue for Don
Specials Cards - in queue for dunlapReggie (need address!)
Will Clark + some extras - in queue for Mark
Astros - in queue for Aron (need address!)
Royals - in queue for zman40 (need address!)
Pitchers & leftover Cardinals - in queue for Casey
Wow! That is a long list. Let me know if I forgot anyone. Here is a little preview of a few more teams:
24 Steve Sax (never considered him a Yankee)
18 Roberto Kelly (changed his name to Bobby for 1 season)
16 Dave Winfield (his bats always looked like little twigs)
14 Kevin Maas (What a great first month of a career!)
11 Don Mattingly (For 5 years, there was no one better)
and Brien Taylor (1 of the first big signing bonuses. sad story!)
31 Tim Raines (I think he should be in the HOF!)
19 A.Galarraga (The Big Cat!)
15 Delino Deshields (Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom, and Delino were an impresssive Rookie threesome!)
and 1 Warren Cromartie Sticker CardTigers
Stacks of Stars abound for this Detroit collection!
16 Kirk Gibson
31 Cecil Fielder
31 Jack Morris (10 Shutout Innings! I can't mention that enough.)
47 Lou Whitaker (remember when Magnum saw Lou in that bar)
and 63 Alan Trammell (Magnum saw Alan too!)Cubs
21 Ryne Sandberg (not Ryan, its Ryne!)
21 Rick Sutcliffe (All-Star Beard)
25 Mark Grace
and the Penguin (for my friend Greg!)My goal is still by Christmas. Grad school papers due FRIDAY!!!!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Night Owl goes Dumpster Diving
GCRL goes green and saves BLUE
Cardboard Addiction hits the Mother Load
Reds and Phillies are shipped!
Three more packages will go out this weekend:
PADRES for Padrographs
Yes, apparently someone out there collects Padres.
11 Crimedogs (Its hard to remember when he was a Fryer)
12 R.Alomar (Did that spitting incident damage his HOF chances?)
13 Joe Carter
13 Steve Garvey (More overrated Garveyness)
17 Andy Benes (Great for team USA)
19 Tony Gwynn (Excellent hitter and a surprisingly fast runner)
18 Todd Worrell
21 Todd Zeile (Met!
26 Brian Jordan (the other, other 2-sport star)
29 Lee Smith (no HOF!)
30 Ray Lankford
33 Pedro Guerrero
and 17 Vince Coleman (he was F-A-S-T!)145 Stolen Bases in 113 games in Macon! 3 straight 100+ stolen bases to start his career!
Orioles for O's Card of the Day
10 Mike Devereaux (Kenny Landreaux-esque)
13 Brady Anderson (50 HRs? really?)
16 Greg Olson (This is the good one, not the Brave)
17 Cal Ripken (+ a few Seniors and Billys too)
and 15 Ben McDonald, including this impressive 1990 Donruss "Rainbow"None of them are Chromed out, numbered, or stickered, but impressive none the less!
his cards and hopes that you have a
cranberry sauce-related accident.
Friday, November 21, 2008
The Writers Journey is seeking Reds. He collects Eric Davis, but since he's my all-time favorite player, there aren't many of those in the box. Here's a little preview:
17 Dibble (awful on the radio)
28 Sabo (goggles + ROY = disappointment)
29 Larkin (possible HOFer)
and 1 CudjoHe's a wild, crazy dog! Not crazy enough to make the bigs, but still very crazy. (the Vixen card is coming too!) I still need an address!!!!
PBTNL wants Phillies and I got Phillies:
15 Dale Murphy (yes, the same Dale Murphy. I figured Dayf would hate these seeing as how he hated Glavine for being a Met - and for being Glavine)
15 Juan Samuel
18 Daulton (those Hale Boppers got nothing on Daulton)
34 Kruk (I like him on Baseball Tonight but not in this photo)39 Dykstra (check out the "pigpen" cloud that surrounds him - on AstroTurf no less)and this:Bedrock will kill Cudjo and you if you don't watch yourself!
Pads, Tribe, O's, Spos, Yanks, Cubbies, Redbirds, Finley, and Multiplayer/Special cards are in the queue. I think I can get them to everyone by Christmas.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
When I was younger, I was a set collector/card amasser. I collected at least 1 set per year (85 Donruss, 87 Topps, 87 Donruss, 88 Topps, 88 Donruss, 89 Topps, 90 Topps, 90 Score, 90 Donruss, 91 Topps, 91 Fleer). I bought all the the other major sets, the traded sets, the little Fleer sets from all the drug stores, and every super-glossy set that Topps made and sold through K-Mart, Woolworths, etc. Upper Deck came along and changed the game. A fifth major set? After that, the market exploded and there was 20 sets per year. I lost interest because I couldn't collect how I had in the past. I couldn't afford to buy everything. (and girls may have had something to do with the losing interest.) I kept everything. My closet was full of baseball cards. Of the sets I collected, I kept only 87 Topps and 87 Donruss. I have since collected my birth year set of 1976 Topps.What kind of collector AM I?
Today, I threaten to throw cards away! Actually, I have figured out that I don't need 100 Kal Daniels cards. I liked Kal Daniels, he was probably on a few early fantasy teams. But 1 card of his is probably enough. I had sets that had little to no meaning to me. I scoured the STATS ON THE BACK of every card and that's why I love math, but enough is enough. I love baseball and baseball cards but I needed to reduce to enjoy what I had.
NOW, I am a sampler/specific collection collector. Here are my current hobby priorities in no particular order:
- collect 1 of every Met (Mets uniforms are preferred but any will do)
- collect 1 of every player who has been on my simulation baseball league team. We have played for 8 seasons. (I try to get a game-used card of players that stay on my team for several years)
- collect or buy a set if I really like it. (I collected last years UD Masterpieces and I bought the Trading Card History set this year)
- buy random retail wax for fun (mojo or no, it's in my blood)
- open new wax with my brother (we have split a box of 08 A&G and 08 Masterpieces)
- collect 1 of every HOFer. (The executives are tough but I haven't really persued then yet)
- collect every non 1 of 1 Tito Fuentes card (2 exciting additions as of late. Will post about this soon)
- continue to reduce my collection, more cards in albums, and more card giveaways.
- 2 blog posts per week
- trade more (including cards I like and only have 1 of)
That's a tough one. I don't buy what I don't want and I am not a prospector. I think the card companies put out crappy products that cost too much but I have ultimate control over my collecting dollar. Give me some good-looking cards that are fun to look at and read and I'm happy. I would occasionally like to get a shiny card or one that honors Tom Seaver or particularly vintagey ones.
Thanks to the Uncensored One for the assignment. I'll give myself a C+, but I've got some great excuses!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The Sox of a more redder hue will be heading out to Joe from Cardboard Addiction. He sent me a super cool Duke Snider auto just for guessing J.Role would hit a single. The box is sealed so no scans, but here are the stats:
22 Mike Greenwell (nice stache)
23 Ellis Burks (nice long career)
27 Dwight Evans (nice decimal system???)
32 Wade Boggs (nice chicken dinners)
40 Mo Vaughn (nice that his Mets contract is finally paid off)
Burks and Greenwell were headed for the heap. As a Met fan I had no choice but to dispense of big Mo! Dewey and Boggs deserve better than my closet, so they are coming too.
Hey Writers Journey and PTBNL, send me addresses so i can send you Reds(and Vixen) and Phils!!!!
Any more requests? My hands are aching from going through all those cards but I'm willing if you're wanting.
Padres, Indians, and Steve Finley are still in the queue!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Next up in the queue is the Atlanta Braves. Captain Canuck and Dayf chimed in for mercy on the Braves. The Waxaholic is getting the bigger box but there were more than enough for the Junkster to have a few too.
Here is a combined list of some of the Braves that were saved from the trash or from eternity in my closet.
74 - Dale Murphy (not a HOFer, but a great player for 7 seasons)
69 - Dave Justice
30 - Ron Gant
27 - Ryan Klesko
25 - Steve Avery (I remember seeing him pitch in Durham!)
23 - Deion Sanders (Do the Braves claim Primetime?)
21 - Mike Stanton
16 - John Smoltz (First Ballot? I think so.)
16 - Mark Lemke (A Brave that was easy to hate. Just like little obnoxious guards for Duke.)
15 - Terry Pendleton (Stole an MVP from Barry Bonds.)
+ Canuck scores this 1989 Topps Traded Oddobe McDowell. McDowell was drafted 6 times, 3 times in the 1st round. He never lived up to the "Young Again" hype. He was one of three players to be traded for Julio Franco and was obtained by the Braves for Dion James. I think the hype all started because Oddibe hit for the cycle in his rookie season and he had a cool name!
White Sox, Indians, Phillies, Reds, Red Sox, Padres, and Steve Finley are claimed. As he was last week, Mike Scott is standing by to take your call....or email...or comment.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The first 2 packages will go out this week. gcrl and nightowl have rescued flocks of scared and frightened Dodgers.
18 Brett Butlers SAVED. (many of them are bunting.)
26 Pedro Guerreros SAVED.
25 Steve Sax SAVED. (Is Sax plural for Sax?)
14 Kirk Gibsons SAVED. (Corked Bat in '88????)
Other Dodgers merely escaped banishment to my closet where they would never been seen or heard from again.
36 Eric Karrosi UNBANISHED (Yes, Karros is like syllabus)
37 Darryl Strawberrys BANISHED, then he found Jesus, then UNBANISHED
51 Fernando Valenzuelans UNBANISHED
and 93!!!!!! Orel Hershiserz UNBANISHED
Phillies, Braves, Indians, White Sox, and Steve Finley will be going out soon. Any other do-gooders want to follow these brave collectors WHILE THERE'S STILL TIME?
Sunday, November 9, 2008
So I have decided to send a few more cards to the landfill, where they will be loved every bit as much as they are loved here. I sorted through them all, keeping players that I think someone might actually want such as Dale Murphy, Andre Dawson, Albert Belle, and the likes. The rest are going to be sacrificed so that your 80's and 90's commons will be just a little bit rarer! As the contents of my blog testify, I like bad cards as much as anybody, but enough is enough.
They are not gone yet so if there are any objections or pleas for Mike Scott or anybody else to be saved, comment now or forever hold your judgment of this cardboard cleansing.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
1968 Topps Phil LinzThis story comes from Yankee pitcher, Jim Bouton's, book, Ball Four.
On the team bus, after a Yankee loss to the Chicago White Sox, Linz was in the back playing a plaintive version of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on his harmonica. Yankee manager Yogi Berra thought sad cowboy style mixed with a children's nursery rhyme was mocking the team. He told Linz to pipe down. Linz didn't hear and kept playing. Berra became infuriated and called back from the front of the bus, "If you don't knock that off, I'm going to come back there and kick your ass." Linz couldn't hear the words over the music, so he asked Mickey Mantle, "What he say?" Mantle responded, "He said to play it louder." This led the famous confrontation when Berra stormed to the back of the bus, slapped the harmonica out of Linz' hands, and the instrument hit Joe Pepitone's knee.Phil played for a year and a half for the Mets before retiring. His Baseball Reference page is sponsored by the insurance company he now works for. He was traded from the Yankees to the Phillies for Ruben Amaro, father of the new Phillies GM, Amaro Jr.
1968 Topps Bob HendleyIn 1965, Hendley threw a 1-hitter against the LA Dodgers. Too bad Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game that day. He faced Koufax 5 days later, threw another gem and got the win. Like Linz, he ended his career with the Mets.
1964 Topps Amado Samuel
Nothing too exciting about Samuel except that his card back mentions he jumped from Class D to Triple A. From what I can tell, Class D was similar to Rookie ball. Organized baseball used to be everywhere. The war finally did in these lowest professional leagues. Samuel wasn't ready for the big time as his major league career only lasted a few seasons. (That is a few more seasons and 1 baseball card more than I got.)
1963 Topps Marv Throneberry
Throneberry was never as "Marvelous" as his name would lead you to believe. He was was celebrated, not for his greatness, but as a "symbol of Met futility". I wonder who today's Marvelous Marv would be? Minaya was hoping it was Randolph, but that wasn't the case.
My favorite quote about Marv:
How could he be expected to remember where the bases were? He gets on so infrequently.My Mets want list is shrinking, just in time to add some 2008 names to the list. Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans highlight the list of brand new Metropolitans.
- Jack Lang, after Marvelous Marv Throneberry was called out for missing first
Next Up: I stop putting off writing that paper for graduate school.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I got this Joe Smith autograph and a pile of Mets from 80's in England.
Joe Smith is part of the Mighty Met relief crew that needs to be overhauled for next season. Joe was above average in 2007. He is obviously on a "Clear Path to Greatness!"
I won this card from the Busters of Boxes for almost guessing how many packs of UD X got busted.
It has been almost unanimous that collectors hate X but like shiny X inserts. I am tempted to agree with the masses on this one.
AND I won these 2 beauties thanks to Jimmy Rollins and his single in Game 3 of the World Series. Joe may be Addicted to Cardboard but he sure is generous. (Or does he want me to join him in his disease of cardboardian proportions?)
Bob's jersey is old and gray, just like Bob is in the picture they used. Duke Snider autograph as a bonus prize? Really? Bloggers are nice!!!! I'm working on a thank you package that will seem silly compared to these 2 cards.
Also, this is post #100! It's a meaningless milestone, especially when some bloggers post that many times in a month, but averaging more than 2 posts a week for almost a year feels just about right for me.
Next Up: Some Staggeringly Sweet Mets!