Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More of the Same!

The great "threaten to throw cards away" event has gone great so far. It is definitely cool to see cards you sent show up on the interwebs:
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)
28 Benito Santiago (I thought it was so cool that he threw out runners from his knees)great picture! Also used in 1991 Topps.
Cardinals for Madding
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!
Led the NL in Stolen Bases in his first 6 seasons! Wow! Also, did you notice that Vince hit about 100 points higer in the day than at night. (That fleer Stats-on-the-Back post will come after I get all these cards sent out)

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mike Scott is not thankful that no one has claimed
his cards and hopes that you have a
cranberry sauce-related accident.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Giveaway Update Post #63

Braves and Sox, White and Red are in the mail!!!!!

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)
27 R.Sanders
28 Sabo (goggles + ROY = disappointment)
29 Larkin (possible HOFer)
11 Soto
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

Bat Around: You mean, other than a Trasher of Cards

What kind of collector WAS I?
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)
What can the card companies do for ME?
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

Yet Another Giveaway Post

All those Murphys will be in the mail by the end of the week. Also, Steve from White Sox Cards has graciously agreed to redistribute the White Sox wealth to his fellow Pale Hosians. (HOBBY SOCIALIST!) I did manage to find a few more cards he actually needed.

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

Cardathon Update

The Dodgers shipped out today. Orel was nervous about the long trip to New York and Minnesota but I reminded him he was the bulldog. Kirk Gibson told him to suck it up, not without mentioning his 1988 gimpy run around the bases. Jose Offerman and Tim Belcher said nothing, just happy to be along for the ride.

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

Collectors Rally to Save Cards

There are some collectors who cringe at the thought of any cardboard god (including Mike Sharperson) going to the city dump. Well, seven bold collectors have stepped up to adopt these soon-to-be-orphaned baseball castoffs.

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
Orel has got to go to the bathroom, he's SO excited.

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

I'm at it again!

About a year ago, I decided to reduce the ridiculous quantity of baseball cards that sit in my closet. I decided that I would take apart my sets (mostly from 1985 - 1991). I pulled the cards I thought I wanted to keep and carefully placed the rest in File 13. SHOCK...GASP! At first it was painful but once the cards were out of sight, I didn't think of them anymore. And the cool part was that the rest of my collection became more accessible to me.

Then I started this blog and realized that there are collectors out there who are still building sets or collecting every card of their favorite team. So I halted the card chucking and stored the cards in the "for trade section" of my closet. I filled some random needs of White Sox cards, sent a big box of wants to Stale Gum, and even found a small stack of Indians for Tribe Cards. Want lists are popping up everywhere but very few contain 1994 Collector's Choice or this 1993 Jimmy Dean Wayne Kirby. (and yes, David at Tribe Cards already has it.)

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

Staggeringly Sweet Mets

Matt over at Really Smart Yet Gut-Wrenching Cards sent me a some of new and vintage Mets in a trade for a short stack of 1971 Topps. These are my favorites:

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.
- Jack Lang, after Marvelous Marv Throneberry was called out for missing first

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.

Next Up: I stop putting off writing that paper for graduate school.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Catching Up!

Here are a few recent highlights of a transatlantic trade and a pair of contest wins:

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!