And when our little trade is complete, Wax Heaven will indeed show up on my blogroll!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The Mets will give up center fielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Phil Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra. They also must actually make a deal with Santana for him to agree to the trade.
I am a happy Mets fan! Check out the Junkie's Site for what Johan might look like in a Mets Uni!
Monday, January 28, 2008
1. 1982 Fleer: This is a bad looking set, as was 1981 and to a lesser extent 1983. Fleer got it right from 1984 to 1987 before messing it all up again in 1988. I think that the team logo should always be on the front of the card although most cards have now trended away from this practice.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I am happy to get cards of Mets super-stud, David Wright, especially while helping complete Fred's set. The Topps Stars card is extra-shiney!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Pete Rose always brings up an array of emotions for us Baseball fans. I think his on-field career was remarkable, his managerial career unfortunate. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as a player but should not be allowed to work in Baseball.
Best Card: 1976 Topps #240
What a great card! A rare close-up shot of a serious ballplayer. Pete is sporting the chops and the flip-up sunglasses. He is thinking, "Yea, I took out Ray Fosse and I'm coming for Cobb next."
Worst Card: (Tie) 1986 True Value #4 & 1986 Woolworths #29
Same bad photo, two different bad cards. Here Pete is thinking, "Maybe I shouldn't have made that bet." or "Taxes, what taxes?" Check out the awesome graphics! See how the SUPER STAR graphic explodes from behind the peeling photo. To be fair, the TrueValue card outstars the Woolworths by a score of 23 to 2.Got a worse Pete Rose? Email me a scan or photo at mark_mosley @ yahoo.com
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I understand that most 1958 Topps cards were headshots or posed action but wasn't there a better shot on that role of film. Piazza looks like a Shriner who lost that thing that hangs off the top of their hats. The color scheme would work only if he was a Miami Hurricane in college. (He attended Miami-Dade, which has had quite a baseball tradition.)
Saturday, January 19, 2008
We pulled out the player ratings for the 1988 season, made some lineups, and had ourselves a ballgame. Here's the Scoreheet: (click for larger view)
McMurtry won the pack battle with the flash of draftpicks, Avery and Abbott, but Langston checked his ego and gave John Tudor the start. He pitched 8 strong innings, allowing only 4 baserunners while striking out 6. Will Clark was the only player to collect 2 hits in a true pitchers' duel. McMurtry did his part by pitching 2 innings in relief with 4K's.
The drama came in the bottom of the 9th with Eric Davis at the plate. The dice were cast, needing a 45 to get a hit. One die showed 5 while the other rolled off the table. Rules say the 2nd die must be rolled again. There was a 50-50 chance of Eric Davis getting a hit. I rolled a ONE!!! STRIKEOUT to end the game!
Chris and I will continue to pit our packs against each other in actual (err...simulation) games throughout the year. We'll use a little more updated game called Diamond Mind Baseball. Updates on our current Diamond Mind season can be found here. (I manage the A's. It's gotta be my year!)
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Scipio Spinks - the one and only Scipio and Spinks to play in the bigs. According to his Wikipedia page, he was tagged out at home to end his career.
Boots Day - Forget about Boots Day, read this homage to Boots Poffenberger.
DICK POLE - Richard has an unfortunate name, or does he? When listed in the Baseball Encyclopedia, his name is a little more telling. Anyway, Mr. Pole is currently the pitching caoch for the Cincinnati Reds.
In the Razor Shines post, Cincy Reds Cards Blogger reminded me of Rusty Kuntz. What's odd is, when I was a kid I thought his name was funny because I pronounced it "Rusty Nutz". He couldn't win for losin'!
Any other favorite names you'd like to share?
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Razor, the best name in baseball, has managed and coached in the minors for several organizations. This year, he will manage the Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
I am 2 cards away from completing my first set since 1991. It's only the 90-card UD Masterpiece set but boy, is it a great looking set. (missing #1 and #8) Anyway, here's to Razor Shines and the satisfaction of getting that last card.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
1974 Topps Hank Aaron
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
This is my best card of Gossage: nice red White Sox uni, classic pitching pose (behind the batting cage).
In 1975, Gossage pitched 142 innings of relief. Rivera has topped 100 just once and Hoffman has never gone above 90. I just found out that Goose actually started in 1976, going 9-17 (15 complete games) for a bad Sox team that only won 64 games.
Rickey is a lock next year and Rice needs about 16 more votes. I love the Hall of Fame and all the debates this time of year. Bill Simmons wrote a cool article on the Hall of Fame in 2002 and Rob Neyer is great if you are an espn insider or just a stathead.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
...but then I started this here blog and well, I bought 1 more pack just to post here.
BDP11 Tim Lincecum - Great prospect, had a good first year for the Giants. Too bad the Giants won't score any runs for him this year. Cain and Lincecum should anchor the rotation long enough to rebuild and get some bats not named Barry.
BDP42 Curtis Thigpen
BDPP75 Luke Hochevar Chrome - #1 pick a year ago. It's almost impossible to predict whether he'll be a good pro pitcher. Teams have used the first pick wisely as of late. 7 out of the last 10 top picks have played significant amounts in the bigs. (This one is up for trade since I now have 2)
BDP25 Hunter Pence Gold Chunk - Outstanding rookie season. Finished 3rd in ROY behind Braun and Tulowitzki.
BDPP30 Justin Jackson - played High School baseball with Cameron Maybin. Had a tough first short season of pro ball.
BDPP88 German Duran - never heard of him but his stats show he is getting better every year.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Card 9: BJ Surhoff v. Barry Larkin - Two stars of the 90's! I think Larkin is a Hall-of-Famer and Surhoff went to UNC. Barry wins. 5-4
Card 10: Cecil Fielder v. Mike Maddux - Big Cecil made a big splash when he hit 57 and has a son who can rake. Mike has a brother who is the best (clean???) pitcher of his generation. Mike wins because Cecil and Prince ain't talking. 5-5
Card 14: Greg Briley v. Candy Sierra - Despite the sweet name Candy, Greg Briley wins in a land slide. He's an NC State guy and apparently is a major playa! 8-6
Card 17: Damon Berryhill v. Tracy Woodson - Berryhill has one of those Rookie Cups on his card. Despite the fact that this never signifies an actual rookie card, I still love 'em. The golden chalice of Topps beats out my second NCSU Wolfpacker. 9-8
Card 23: Jack Lazorko v. Spike Owen - In 1985, one of my best cards was a 1984 Fleer RC of Spike Owen. It's now worth $0.50 according to Mr.Beckett and nothing to everyone but me. 12-11
Card 25: Larry Anderson v. Kevin Bass - You might should look for Larry at a comedy club near you! 14-11Card 28: Larry Parrish v. Bill Bene Draft Pick - I always liked RCs. Now sets like Bowman give you cards of countless players who never get the chance to play at the Major League level. Bene pitched 5 seasons in the minors, striking out over 1 an inning and walking almost as many. Who knew he would foreshadow such a change in the hobby? 15-13
Card 30: Brady Anderson v. Dodgers Leaders - The leaders card features Mike Scioscia, Steve Sax, Orel Hershiser, and a hint of Lasorda's belly. But how can you beat Topps' version of the Diamond King. I love seeing the painted on hats and the pink Cardinals unis that Topps airbrushed onto some cards. I always wondered what the photos looked like originally. 16-14Card 34: Joe Hesketh v. Steve Avery Draft Pick - Steve Avery pitched in Durham where I now live. Despite my disdain for the Braves, I always favor guys who I saw play before they made it big. And boy did he make it big and then drop off the face of the earth. Three Hall of Fame pitchers is enough for any one team. 16-18
Card 35: Scott Bailes v. Jim Abbott Draft Pick- Another draft pick! I saw him pitch in Durham as well for Team USA. That team had Ventura, Benes, and Ty Griffen. These last two cards for McMurtry 's pack sure were sweet back in 1989. The Abbott tops the value chart at $1.00. 16-19Card 36: John Tudor v. Ozzie Smith AS: Tudor had a good run with St.Louis but on this card he is a Dodger plus Ozzie can do this! 16-20Last Card 39: Sparky Anderson v. Ricky Jordan - Ricky Jordan rounds out a nice RC turnout:Abbott, B.Anderson, Dibble, MacFarlane, K.Miller, D.Hamilton, and Avery. Sparky still takes the final matchup. 18-21
McMurtry and his Draft Picks come through with a close 3 card win.
In 2007 I came across the website A Pack a Day. Its a bunch of guys who enjoy baseball cards. I'm sure they love finding the super-valuable card in a pack bought at Target but I think they just enjoy them because they are cool pictures of baseball players on cardboard.
I have traded cards with Thorzul, twice with dayf, and David gave me 78 cards because he thought it would be fun. Thanks for helping me to remember how much fun baseball cards can be.
I may not be as prolific with my posts or buy as many cards as these guys but I aim to have more fun with my collection in 2008.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Bieser, Steve (1997 Collector's Choice Update #U18)
Tidrow, Dick (1991 Mets Wiz #408)
Moreno, Jose (1991 Mets Wiz #285)
Benton, Butch (1991 Mets Wiz #32)
Cornejo, Mardie (1991 Mets Wiz #85)
Rosado, Luis (1991 Mets Wiz #334)
Brown, Leon (1991 Mets Wiz #54)
Pemberton, Brock (1991 Mets Wiz #312)
Puig, Rich (1991 Mets Wiz #319)
Sterling, Randy (1991 Mets Wiz #380)
Ostrosser, Brian (1991 Mets Wiz #304)
Moore, Tommy (1991 Mets Wiz #281)
Schneck, Dave (1991 Mets Wiz #351)
Schmelz, Al (1991 Mets Wiz #350)
Sullivan, John (1967 Topps #568)
Murphy, Billy (1991 Mets Wiz #286)
Rusteck, Dick (1991 Mets Wiz #337)
Eilers, Dave (1966 Topps #534)
Musgraves, Dennis (1991 Mets Wiz #288)
Hinsley, Jerry (1964 Topps #576, 1965 Topps #449)
Rowe, Don (1963 Topps #562)
Schreiber, Ted (1991 Mets Wiz #352)
Foss, Larry (1991 Mets Wiz #122)
Herrscher, Rick (1991 Mets Wiz #179)