Friday, October 29, 2010

Utility Dude

I just can't let the month go by without a post.

Cool card, lots-o-gloves, fun facts:
Interesting Scott Bradley Factoids:

1. He is currently the head coach of Princeton University's baseball team.

2. Bradley was the catcher for Randy Johnson's no-hitter on June 2, 1990.

3. Bradley also coached major league baseball pitcher Ross Ohlendorf while he was at Princeton, giving him the unique distinction of catching Johnson's no hitter, and later coaching a player Johnson would be traded for.

4. He is the brother of Bob Bradley, head coach of the American national soccer team and the uncle of professional soccer player Michael Bradley.

5. When this picture was taken, Bradley had only played 2 positions at the major league level, catcher and left field.

6. In his sparse 9 year career, he did manage to play C, 1B, 3B, LF, RF, and DH.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Something About Pirates Day?

August was the first month in 2 and a half years that there was no post here at Stats-on-the-Back. I blame the Pirate!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dale Murphy: Mariner

Did you know that Dale Murphy was a Seattle Mariner in 1980? Neither did I until I found this card.
Bochte was a one time All-Star while the Murph won 2 MVPs and was an early 80's baseball god.

Bochte is an agnostic while Murphy is a Morman.

Bochte sat out the 1983 season in protest of rising salaries ruining the game while Murphy made 1.3 million in 1983.

Neither is in the Hall of Fame.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Jay Bell: EGOMANIAC

It's been a while since I did any actual blogging. Trade posts have littered Stats on the Back since my son was born.

I thought I would get back to blogging about the simple things: cards I like. They are generally worthless and don't really fit into my collecting goals. But I like them so they are allowed to take their place with Aaron, Pujols, Yogi, etc.

1993 Upper Deck #103 Jay BellBell is taking infield, wearing a t-shirt that reads "WE NEED ME". The "WE" must refer to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 1992 Pirates won 96 games and eventually lost to the Atlanta Braves in the postseason. Jay Bell was arguably the 3rd best position player for the Pirates that year, behind Bonds and Van Slyke. In 1993, Bell was the best position player and the Pirates finished 5th in the NL East, winning only 75 games. So while the Pirates "needed" Jay Bell, they didn't need him nearly as much as they needed BARRY BONDS!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Trade Me: What's Going Where and When

The Vintage Card Trade Me Posts have been a success. Most everything has been claimed aside from 1974 Topps. Here is a list of what is going where. If I am sending something to the wrong place, let me know. All addresses have been changed so you don't get extra junk mail.

Packages will be shipped Monday morning. I look forward to the want list cards and/or the "1 card" you will be trading
me in return.

Dan - 19 cards (Best: 1970 ERA Marichal/Carlton/Gibson - 3 HOFers)

sending to Apt C back to Cali
Don - 264 cards (Best: 183 1974 Topps cards - should get you closer to the set)
sending to 22 in the dry heat
bfrye3 - 95 cards (Best: 1974 Steve Garvey)
sending to 132 in "the OH"
stewart65 - 46 cards (Best: 1970 Blue/Tenace RC - nice RC of 2 good players)
sending to 7253 in LegalizedMarijuanaVille
gcrl - 93 cards (Maybe not the best but coolest: 1971 Cookie Rojas - midair goodness!)
sending to 3535 in MauerLand
wickedortega - 84 cards (Best: 2 different 1970 AL ldr cards featuring Killebrew and a young Reggie Jackson)
sending to 260 in NoIncomeTaxboro
mariner1 - 2 Pilots + a few wantlist Mariners (Best: Pilots cards are cool!)
sending to 3206 in Starbucks
MattF - 2 cards (Best: 2 1971 High #'s)
sending to 5111 in Oz
Colin(Daniel) - 80 cards (Best: 1960 J.Ginsberg in nice condition)
sending to 96 in MountainMama
BABenny - 15 cards (Best: 1971 Red Sox Team Card)
sending to 88-21 in the Apple
carlcrawford - 1 card (Best: the only one - 1971 Maury Wills)
sending to 1001 in Fargo
nightowl - 9 cards (Best: 1959 Fred Kipp)
sending to 169 in MetsLand
MAttR - 3 cards (Best: 1971 Reds Team)
sending to 141 in GoodLookingPeopleUSA

Stufflestreet and foulbunt - I need an address!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Trade Me: 1974 Edition Part 2

Here is the second installment of 1974. Lots of commons but some stars too. The numbers in parentheses is how many I have of that card. This is the last batch of cards before I ship out cards. Email me your address even if you think I already have it. I will post what I am sending each person and review "the RULES" of trading one more time.

401 (2), 404, 409 (3), 412, 413, 414 Checklist (marked), 417 (3), 418 (2), 423, 425 (2), 429, 430 M.Alou, 432 (4), 443 (4), 447 (3)

452, 453 (2), 455 (4), 462 (2), 463, 467, 468 (2), 469 (2), 480, 482, 493 (3)

501, 502 (2), 509, 511 Harrah, 515 (3), 517, 518 (2), 525 (4), 527, 528 (5), 529 (2), 531 (2) Mauch, 539 (2), 544, 546 (3), 548

553 (3), 555 (2) W.Fryman, 557 (2), 560 Cuellar, 562 (3), 564 (3), 567 Red Sox Team, 572 (3), 573 (2), 576 (2), 577 (4), 583, 585

601 Downing/McBride, 603, 605 Tanana, 606 (2), 607, 608, 615 (2), 627, 629 Staub, 630 Agee, 640 (5) Pappas, 644, 651 (2), 655 (2)

Traded Set
23T, 42T Osteen, 43T Wynn, 51T (2), 59T (2), 62T, 63T (2), 123T Briles, 139T (3) 151T (2) Segui, 165T (2), 175T (3), 182T, 186T (3), 249T (3), 313T (3), 319T (2), 330T (2) Marichal, 348T, 373 (2), 390T Piniella, 428T (3), 454T (5) Bevacqua, 458T (4), 485T (3) F.Alou, 486T, 496T, 516T (2), 534T (2), 538T, 544T, 579T, 585T, 612T (6), 618T (3), 648T (2), Checklist (3) (marked), Checklist (7) (UNmarked)

Team Checklists
Astros, Brewers (3), Cardinals (3), Cubs (3), Dodgers (2), Expos (3), Giants, Orioles (6), Padres (6), Phillies (2), Pirates, Rangers (8), Red Sox, Tigers (7), Twins (3), White Sox (4), Yankees (2)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Trade Me: 1974 Edition Part 1

I have a lot of 1974 Topps. Lots of commons but some stars too. The numbers in parentheses is how many I have of that card. This is the next-to-last post before I ship out cards. Email me your address even if you think I already have it.

11 (3), 14, 16 (2) Orioles Team, 17, 21 (2), 23(2), 38 (3), 41 (3), 44 (4) M.Stottlemyre

53 (5), 58, 67 (2), 68 (2), 71 (3), 72 (3), 94 (3) Tigers Team

107, 121 (2), 122 (2), 124 (2), 136 Reuschel, 137 (3) Bumbry, 139, 142 (3), 143 (2), 149

152 (2) Gamble, 155 (2) Campaneris, 157 (3), 159 (3), 161 (3), 163, 166 McKeon, 168 (3), 186 (3), 191 (3), 194 (2) Porter, 196 (2) Fregosi, 198, 199 (2)

208 (4) Leading Firemen Hiller/Marshall, 209 T.Sizemore, 211 (3) Cubs Team, 214, 218 (2), 233, 239 B.Russell, 240, 244 (2), 245

255 L.Bowa, 256 (2), 257 B.Bell, 259, 261 (2), 266 (2), 270 R.Santo, 271, 289, 292, 294, 296 (3)

304, 306 E.Weaver, 309 (2), 316 J.Perry, 318, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 327, 329 (3) Belanger, 339 (2) AS Pitchers Hunter/Wise, 345, 349

352 (2), 354, 359, 364 (4) C.Gaston, 371, 372 (2), 374, 375, 376 Orta, 381, 384 Chambliss, 386 G.Matthews, 387 (2), 389, 391 (2), 393 (2), 394, 396 T.Davis, 399

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Trade Me: '59 - '69 Edition

Yada, Yada, Yada...Claim away!

CLAIMED!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Trade Me: Late 70's Edition

1974 Topps was going be next but Paul over at Carl Crawford Cards put a squash to all of you getting first dibs. Here is a very small sampling of late 70's cards. I have so few of these in my collection. After this, I'll put up some cards from the '60's.

For the rules, see any of the last three posts!

1979 Topps
76 Cromartie, 104 Oates, 403, 655 Koosman

1978 Topps
334, 468 Cromartie

1977 Topps
531

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Trade Me: 1970 Edition

Next up is 1970 Topps, the grey ones. Most, but not all, are commons that need a better home. I am going to attempt to give the rules of trading again. You guys follow direction worse than my 8th graders at school!!! (I have enjoyed all the cards sent to me!) My goal is to slowly make my collection smaller and better.

1. Send as many cards off my want list as you want. Check out my new All-Time team want list.
2. If you don't have any off my want lists, send ONE card. (It doesn't have to be a Met but it could be. I am always looking to upgrade cards in my various binders. Shiny, autographed, and swatched cards are always welcome. I also enjoy the random card that I may one day blog about (like the old days).) NOT ONE CARD PER CARD, but ONE CARD FOR ALL THAT YOU CLAIM.

Fill your set list needs, start a team set, Claim away! 1970 Topps
CLAIMED!!!

Stake your claims in the comments section. First come, first get the cards. This is the second in a series of posts. I will hold all cards until the end and ship them together. Don't forget to reread the trading rules.

Get your 1974 Topps want lists ready!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Trade Me: 1971 Edition

More cards to trade! This time I am trading random older cards. Next up is 1971 Topps. Most, but not all, are commons that need a better home. I am going to attempt to give the rules of trading again. You guys follow direction worse than my 8th graders at school!!! (I have enjoyed all the cards sent to me!) My goal is to slowly make my collection smaller and better.

1. Send as many cards off my want list as you want. Check out my new All-Time team want list.
2. If you don't have any off my want lists, send ONE card. (It doesn't have to be a Met but it could be. I am always looking to upgrade cards in my various binders. Shiny, autographed, and swatched cards are always welcome. I also enjoy the random card that I may one day blog about (like the old days).)

Fill your set list needs, start a team set, Claim away!

CLAIMED!

Stake your claims in the comments section. First come, first get the cards. This is the second in a series of posts. I will hold all cards until the end and ship them together. Don't forget to reread the trading rules.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Trade Me: 1972 & 1973 Edition

More cards to trade! This time I am trading random older cards. First up is 1972 & 1973 Topps. Most are commons that need a better home. I am going to attempt to give the rules of trading again. You guys follow directions worse than my 8th graders at school!!! (I have enjoyed all the cards sent to me!) My goal is to slowly make my collection smaller and better.

1. Send as many cards off my want list as you want. Check out my new All-Time team want list.
2. If you don't have any off my want lists, send ONE card. (It doesn't have to be a Met but it could be. I am always looking to upgrade cards in my various binders. Shiny, autographed, and swatched cards are always welcome. I also enjoy the random card that I may one day blog about (like the old days). he Mets are my favorite team but Eric Davis is my favorite player, I am a self-proclaimed Tito Fuentes super-collector, and I don't shy away from Pujols, Ichiro, etc either.)

Fill your set list needs, start a team set, Claim away!

CLAIMED!!!


Stake your claims in the comments section. First come, first get the cards. This is the first in a series of posts. I will hold all cards until the end and ship them together. Don't forget to reread the trading rules.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Want List: All-Time Teams

Before my son was born in January, I started a series of post presenting All-Time teams for each franchise. I only got around to 2 (Giants and Braves). I will get back to it one of these days. I am collecting one card of each player on each all-time team. The player MUST be in that team's uniform. Here is a list of the players I need. Any help would be appreciated.

Atlanta Braves (Milwaukee Braves)
Kid Nichols
Vic Willis
Baltimore Orioles (St.Louis Browns)
Ken Williams
Harlan Clift
Urban Shocker
Vern Stephens
Chicago Cubs
Pete Alexander
Chicago White Sox
Doc White
Fielder Jones
Cincinnati Reds
Noodles Hahn
Detroit Tigers
Bill Donovan
Dizzy Trout
Philadelphia Phillies
Ed Delahanty
Billy Hamilton
Roy Thomas
Johhny Callison
Pittsburgh Pirates
Wilbur Cooper
Vern Law
San Francisco Giants (NY Giants)
Roger Connor
George Davis
Frankie Frisch

All-Star Contest Results

The NL won, the NL won! I fell asleep in the recliner before any runs scored but the NL won! I believe that my willingness to cheer for Braves on this one day helped the Senior Circuit prevail.

There were 6 six entries that met the criteria of not having made an All-Star team:
SpastikMooss
said...the best active player to never play in an all star game is Eric Chavez
k said...I'd say the best player never to make the all-star game is Don Larsen.
Don said...I will nominate Mickey Stanley.
TheBrooklynMet said...I am going to go with Kurt Gibson.
Dusto said...I'm going to throw a vote in for Tim Salmon.gcrl said...clearly it is eric karros.

Here are some stats of our candidates:
Chavez, Eric - o.1 MVP shares, 115 OPS+, 35.8 WAR
Larson, Don - 99 ERA+, 10.9 WAR
Stanley, Mickey - 0.01 MVP shares, 90 OPS+, 11.9 WAR
Gibson, Kirk - 1 MVP, 1.17 MVP shares, 123 OPS+, 37.1 WAR
Salmon, Tim - 1 ROY, 0.51 MVP shares, 128 OPS+, 37.6 WAR
Karros, Eric - 1 ROY, 0.37 MVP shares, 107 OPS+, 9 WAR
The stats don't tell us about the perfect game or the pinch hit HR but they do narrow the field to 2 clear standouts, Kirk Gibson and Tim Salmon. Salmon has slightly better stats BUT Gibson beats out Salmon 2-1 in World Series wins, including an ALCS MVP in 1984 and a memorable WS MVP in 1988.

The best player to never be an All-Star (at least from these candidates) is Kirk Gibson. I'll dig up something to send to TheBrooklynMet.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

All-Star Contest: A bit of research required

The All-Star game is next week. Could this be the year the NL rises above the AL dominance?
In honor of the big game, I will have a little contest. Winner gets cards of their favorite team, blah-blah, etc. I don't know what, but its FREE!

Answer the following question:
Who is the best player to never be an MLB All-Star?

Remember:
1. The All-Star game started in 1933. Don't choose someone who played before then or who had there best years before then.
2. Do your research and give me some rationale. Your strong opinion may sway my decision.
3. I will choose the "correct" answer from all entries. (I don't know the answer but I do know that it is not Rick Dempsey.)
4. First person to name each player has dibs on that player.
5. Entry deadline is the first pitch of the 2010 All-Star game.

Go NL!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Trade Post: Volume S-Z+

At the end of the alphabet! Stake your claims.1998 Pacific Invincible BLUE #34 Justin Thompson -CLAIMED
- a must have for any self-respecting Justin Thompson super-collector.

2005 Topps Turkey Red BLACK #7 Shannon Stewart
- LOVE Turkey Red. Send me some 2005/2006 base cards off of my list.

1987 Sportflics #158 Hot Rookie Prospects asadoor/candaele/SEItzer/PALMEIRO/pyznarski/cochrane - 1.5 hot prospects ain't bad.

2008 UD Baseball Heroes CHARCOAL? #199 Griffey Jr/Clemente/V.Guerrero/ DiMaggio CLAIMED
- the card back says "A Quartet of Dazzling Outfield Defenders." I agree.

2008 UD Baseball Heroes CHARCOAL? #179 Reyes/Jeter CLAIMED
- not sure if Jose belongs on the Cap'n's card just yet.

2005 Fleer Tradition #313 Astros Prospects T.Buchholz/Gimenez/W.Tavaras CLAIMED
- Hector's 0-2 MLB career makes him the wash of the group.

2005 Fleer Tradition #305 Red Sox Prospects DiNardo/A.Martinez/J.Gamble
- Gamble is now in Gwinnett, trying to be a Brave

1971 Topps #722 Astros Team Card SP CLAIMED
- yet another high number from the early 70's.

1971 Topps #462 Senators Team Card CLAIMED
- Frank Howard was the only thing good about this version of the Senators.

The stacks:Smith, Ozzie - (31 cards) WIZARD! CLAIMED
Smoltz, John - (23 cards) NOT in the 2010 US Open
Sosa, Sammy - (37 cards) slammin' HR, roids, and skin issues?
Strawberry, Darryl - (19 cards) not as good as Homer Simpson CLAIMED
Sutter, Bruce - (10 cards) bearded fireman
Sutton, Don - (25 cards) stat compiling HOFer CLAIMED
Thomas, Frank - (50 cards) BIG HURT! CLAIMED
Thome, Jim - (15 cards) still playin'
Trammell, Alan - (15 cards) 1 of Magnum PI's faves
Valenzuela, Fernando - (10 cards) the MANIA began in 1980
Van Slyke, Andy - (13 cards) very good player
Vizquel, Omar - (12 cards) possible HOFer?
Walker, Larry - (43 cards) did Coors Field make him great?
Williams, Bernie - (17 cards) classical guitarist & Yankee legend CLAIMED
Williams, Matt - (32 cards) remember his HRs in the strike year?
Winfield, Dave - (31 cards) his bat always looked like a twig CLAIMED
Wood, Kerry - (13 cards) what could have been
Yount, Robin - (19 cards) classy Brewer great

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Trade Post: Volume P - S

Yet another trade post. Cards from last post are packaged and will be mailed this week. There are a few nice cards here:
1980 Topps #206 Strikeout Leaders Richard/Ryan
-JR Richard was bad man!
2006 Topps Rookie of the Week #17 Mike Schmidt
-not sure what I think of these multiplayer Rookies blown up CLAIMED
2006 Topps 52 #285 Danny Sandoval SP
-eh!
2005 Topps Rookie Cup Blue #99 Joe Randa #39/50
-eh again CLAIMED
1985 Fleer #286 Kirby Puckett
-this one is a bit tattered CLAIMED
1985 Donruss #438 Kirby Puckett
-this one is tattered too but not as tattered as the Fleer. CLAIMED
2008 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor #72 Brandon Phillips
-super shiny!
1987 Donruss #43 Rafael Palmeiro
- my favorite junk wax set.
2010 Topps Heritage #446 Freddy Sanchez SP-didn't play his first full season until he was 27. Won a batting title at 29. CLAIMED

On to the STACKS!Rafael Palmeiro (19 cards) - he DID NOT take steroids...except he did.
Andy Pettitte (13 cards) - he DID take steroids. CLAIMED
Kirby Puckett (76 cards) - cool new Kirby statue at Target Field. CLAIMED
Tim Raines (24 cards) - should be a HOFer.
Aramis Ramirez (17 cards) - with that name, he should be a Musketeer.
Manny Ramirez (35 cards) - 14th all-time on HR list. steroids? CLAIMED
Jose Reyes (13 cards) - once called the most exciting player in baseball CLAIMED
Cal Ripken (60 cards) - the original Iron Man 2. CLAIMED
Alex Rodriguez (17 cards) - i'm getting tired of typing "steroids". CLAIMED
Ivan Rodriguez (28 cards) - Pudge 2.
Scott Rolen (16 cards) - good player, getting old. CLAIMED
Pete Rose (19 cards) - the gambler 2, after kenny rogers.
Nolan Ryan (29 cards) - no hit king. CLAIMED
Tim Salmon (18 cards) - often the best player on bad angels teams.
Ryne Sandberg (45 cards) - Ryno. CLAIMED
Johan Santana (13 cards) - i need him to win the CY as a Met.
Curt Schilling (16 cards) - bloody sock.
Mike Schmidt (23 cards) - isn't in trouble when his middle name, Jack, is used. CLAIMED
Tom Seaver (14 cards) - best Met. CLAIMED
Richie Sexson (15 cards) - ???
Gary Sheffield (25 cards) - the cream.
Alfonso Soriano (17 cards) - not a lead-off hitter

You guys are forgetting to follow my rules of trading, so I won't even bother posting them.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Trade Post: Volume M-O

Packages are out on previous posts and there are still cards available: A-B, C-F, G-L. I'll get around to actually writing something for this blog this summer. If you are wondering what I am up to, look here.

Here is volume M-O of my trade-a-thon:1985 Topps #234 Jerry Narron Autographed
-journeyman catcher and twice a manager.

2007 Topps UPdate #UH210 Daisuke Matsuzaka
-Dice-K hit the big league scene with a bang and injuries have caused him to fizzle a bit

2008 Goudey #213 Paul Molitor SP -claimed by ROY
- I love 2008 goudey. I am fairly close to having all the baseball cards from the set. Somehow I ended up with 2 of this card.

The Stacks:Paul Molitor (37 cards) - one reason the DH is a good thing. - claimed by Roy
Don Mattingly (40 cards) - Donnie Baseball is not a HOFer but when he was good, he was great. -claimed by BABenny
Mark McGwire (60 cards) - roided up, disgraced, now Cards hitting coach. That's the american dream. -claimed by roofgod
Dale Murphy (18 cards) - nice guy, couple mvp's, no hof -claimed by the Canuck
Tino Martinez (10 cards) - solid player on some really good yankee teams -claimed by BABenny
Pedro Martinez (21 cards) - his Red Sox years were crazy good, 1999 & 2000, WOW. claimed by AdamE
Fred McGriff (15 cards) - crime dog!
Mike Mussina (23 cards) - finaly won 20, in his FINAL year. Nice.
Edgar Martinez (30 cards) - should be a HOFer. -claimed by jonathan
Greg Maddux (40 cards) - great fielder. he could pitch a little too. - claimed by TheBrooklynMet
Eddie Murray (29 cards) - switch hitter with a sweet stache. -claimed by night owl
Paul O'Neill (15 cards) - also played on some good yankee teams. -claimed by BABenny
Roy Oswalt (23 cards) - still pitching, wants to be traded to a contender.
John Olerud (15 cards) - Rickey Henderson does not know him. -- claimed by TheBrooklynMet

The Rules:
1. feel free to send as many cards off of my want list as you would like
or
2. send 1 card. That's right, 1 card only! It doesn't have to be a super refracting auto bit, but it could be. Send 1 card that you think I might enjoy. It doesn't have to be a Met, but it could be. 1 card! It doesn't have to be a 1988 Donruss Tim Teufel, but it could be. (On second thought, don't send me a 1988 Donruss Tim Teufel)

Claim your cards in the comments section. Send me an email address if it is not easily obtainable from your profile or website.

Let me know what I can send you. I will be happy to add cards of your favorite team to your package. No need to tell me what you will send. You are welcome to wait until you receive the cards. Happy trading.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Trade Post: Volume G - L

Here is part 3 of my slow series of trade posts: G - L (see C-F and A-B for more)Not much in the "decent" card section: a bad auto, a 1968 random dude, and another 1970 SP
2008 UD Timeline Auto - Hernan Iribarren
- pretty good Minor Leaguer, not so hot in 2 short big league stints. Now in AAA in the Rangers organization
1968 Topps #469 - Len Gabrielson -claimed by GCRL
- average journeyman, played from 1960 to 1970
1970 Topps #686 - Jackie Hernandez SP
- its a high number! Jackie was a career .208 hitter. 1969 was hi only FULL season. SP!
The stacks:
Gallaraga, Andres - the Big Cat (18 cards) - claimed by Wicked Ortega
Garvey, Steve - overrated? (14 cards) -claimed by GCRL
Giambi, Jason - underrated? (10 cards)
Glavine, Tom - disliked him as a brave, hated him as a Met (68 cards)
Gonzalez, Juan - really good for a short time (21 cards) CLAIMED
Gonzalez, Luis - long, good career (15 cards)
Gooden, Dwight - the main reason I am a Mets fan (29 cards) -claimed by jacobmrley
Gossage, Rich - GOOSE! (23 cards) -claimed by BABenny
Grace, Mark - solid cubbie (19 cards)
Griffey Jr, Ken - the kid is old (52 cards) -claimed by jacobmrley
Guillen, Ozzie - quote machine (15 cards)
Gwynn, Tony - professional hitter, now coaching at Arizona St (76 cards) -claimed by BABenny
Henderson, Rickey - speaks in third person, steals bases (68 cards) -claimed by the BrooklynMet
Hernandez, Keith - defensively great (16 cards) - claimed by Night Owl
Hershiser, Orel - bulldog! (19 cards) - claimed by Mark's Paper Stuff
Hunter, Torii - not an egomaniac, despite the 2 "i"s in Torii (21 cards) -claimed by GCRL
Jackson, Bo - broke bats over his knee, knows diddley (19 cards) -claimed by BABenny
Johnson, Randy - UNIT! (36 cards) -claimed by BABenny
Jones, Andruw - comeback with the chiSox (12 cards)
Jones, Chipper - never heard of him (121 cards) - claimed by the Cap'n, Aye
Justice, David - dated Halle Berry! (19 cards)
Kruk, John - traded his uni # for beer (13 cards)
Larkin, Barry - future HOFer (22 cards) -claimed by BIG NACHO
Lofton, Kenny - played basketball in college (43 cards) -claimed by dfwbuck2
Lopez, Javy - caught some really good braves' pitchers (15 cards)

Don't forget the rules for trading!
1. feel free to send as many cards off of my want list as you would like
or
2. send 1 card. That's right, 1 card only! It doesn't have to be a super refracting auto bit, but it could be. Send 1 card that you think I might enjoy. It doesn't have to be a Met, but it could be. 1 card! It doesn't have to be a 1988 Donruss Tim Teufel, but it could be. (On second thought, don't send me a 1988 Donruss Tim Teufel)

Claim your cards in the comments section. Send me an email address if it is not easily obtainable from your profile or website.

Let me know what I can send you. I will be happy to add cards of your favorite team to your package. No need to tell me what you will send. You are welcome to wait until you receive the cards. Happy trading.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Remember the Maine!

I went to Maine on my honeymoon almost 10 years ago. Loved it.
John Maine struck out 9 in YET ANOTHER Mets win. It could all be a mirage for the Metropolitans but I sure am enjoying seeing them do well. I like the way they are doing it: SCRAPPY at the plate, timely pitching!

It's fun to be a Mets fan. (for now!)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Trade Post: Volume C-F

Only 4 cards left to finish up Series 1 for my son Parker: 110, 111, 211, ans 330.

Here is Volume C-F of my current trade post series. Volume A&B went fairly well with 3 collectors staking claim to a little less than half of the goods. (there are still cards left!) Again, there are a few better cards first, then stacks of stars, nothing great but maybe a few you need.

1985 Donruss Roger Clemens RC -claimed by BABenny
- this one is in good shape. '85 Donruss was tough to keep looking good as a kid. It's tough to make Roger look good these days.

2002 Topps Traded Tools of the Trade Bat Tony Clark
- not a lot to say about Tony.


2007 Topps Heritage Bernie Castro SP #356
- somebody's probably still trying to complete this set. right?


2007 Topps Turkey Red Refractor JD Drew 308/999
- not a JD Drew fan. He didn't sign with the Phils. played Independent league ball for a year. LAME!

1974 Topps Bucky Dent RC
-this one looks like a Red Sox fan got a hold of it. Three nice creases for Bucky "freaking" Dent!

1985 Donruss Roger Clemens -claimed by somebody
-this one looks more like Roger today. beat up around the edges!

2008 Upper Deck Ray Jersey Ray Durham - claimed by my brother
- Durham played a lot of years. That's all I got.


2007 Topps Heritage Rafael Furcal SP #77 - claimed by GCRL
- I think there is a yellow team name version of this card. 2 SP versions of the same card? Come on. No really, come on and claim it.

Each stack contains no duplicates and no hidden gold mines but there should be something you might enjoy.

Will Clark - (the thrill) 38 different cards -claimed by Play at the Plate
Roger Clemens - (great but roidy) 29 -red sox only claimed by AdamE
Steve Finley - (good for a long time) 15
Joe Carter - (ditto) 22 -claimed by the troll
Rollie Fingers - (mustache) 11 -claimed by wickedortega
Jose Canseco - (sad) -64 -claimed by wickedortega
Andre Dawson - (new to the hall) 32 -claimed by BA Benny
Cecil Fielder - (anti-father-of-the-year) -18
Lenny Dykstra - (nails) 15
Carlos Delgado - (currently jobless) 10
Julio Franco - (he could probably still play) 70 - claimed by the troll
Gary Carter - (Mets glory days) 18
Carlton Fisk - (original pudge) 28 -claimed by BA Benny
Dennis Eckersley - (original Mariano?) 12 -claimed by BA Benny
Steve Carlton - (lefty) 12 -claimed by dan

Don't forget the rules for trading!
1. feel free to send as many cards off of my want list as you would like
or
2. send 1 card. That's right, 1 card only! It doesn't have to be a super refracting auto bit, but it could be. Send 1 card that you think I might enjoy. It doesn't have to be a Met, but it could be. 1 card! It doesn't have to be a 1988 donruss Tim Teufel, but it could be. (On second thought, don't send me a 1988 Donruss Tim Teufel)

Claim your cards in the comments section. Send me an email address if it is not easily obtainable from your profile or website.

Let me know what I can send you. I will be happy to add cards of your favorite team to your package. No need to tell me what you will send. You are welcome to wait until you receive the cards. Happy trading.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cardboard Junkie's Lazy Fantasy League Entry

The Blaster Breaking Video

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Team Name: Louisburg Lolligaggers

The Roster

C Russell Martin
1B Albert Pujols (My 1 Subset card - it's a good one!)
2B Ian Kinsler
3B Alex Rodriguez
SS Alexei Ramirez
OF Carl Crawford
OF Curtis Granderson
OF Jayson Werth

C Bengie Molina
Mid Yunel Escobar
Corner Lance Berkman
OF Shane Victorino
Utility Michael Bourn

P AJ Burnett
P Yovani Gallardo
P Ryan Dempster
P Bronson Arroyo
P Homer Bailey
P JA Happ
P Joba Chamberlain

Team Card: Boston Red Sox

My pitching staff is a little suspect but my speedy bats should do well. Time will tell.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Trade Post: Volume A & B

Baseball cards and caring for an infant DO NOT go hand in hand. Thanks to all who helped with Parker's birth year set. Only 11 cards away from series 1. Due to the daddying. I may just buy series 2 & 3. For shame!!!

Here's the first of a series of trade posts. I will be trading a few decent cards and small lots of specific players, a few letters at a time. I shall start at the beginning: A & B

Rules of trading:
1. feel free to send as many cards off of my want list as you would like
or
2. send 1 card. That's right, 1 card only! It doesn't have to be a super refracting auto bit, but it could be. Send 1 card that you think I might enjoy. It doesn't have to be a Met, but it could be. 1 card! It doesn't have to be a 1988 donruss Tim Teufel, but it could be. (On second thought, don't send me a 1988 Donruss Tim Teufel)

Claim your cards in the comments section. Send me an email address if it is not easily obtainable from your profile or website.

2007 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor Travis Buck
- Travis is a happy dude as he is smiling in all his 2007 cards. This one is not numbered but sure is blue and shiny!

1987 Donruss Barry Bonds
- claimed by The Diamond King
- Yea, he did steroids, but he was great even before. I'm just sayin'.

1971 Topps Matty Alou - claimed by jacobmrley
- One of three brothers to play in the MLB. Moises' uncle is #720, making it a little harder to come by than most.

These lots have no duplicates and no hidden gems. There are some cool oddballs in most lots.Roberto Alomar - 14 cards
Jeff Bagwell
- 49 claimed by jacobmrley
Harold Baines
- 19
Albert Belle - 43 - claimed by the Moose
Carlos Beltran - 11 claimed by jacobmrley
Lance Berkman - 11
Craig Biggio - 31 - claimed by The Brooklyn Met
Bert Blyleven - 40
Wade Boggs - 24 -claimed by BA Benny
Barry Bonds - 44 - claimed by The Diamond King
George Brett - 34 - claimed by The Diamond King
Jay Buhner - 11

Let me know what I can send you. I will be happy to add cards of your favorite team to your package. No need to tell me what you will send. You are welcome to wait until you receive the cards. Happy trading.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Parker's Birth Year Set Quest: 2010 Topps!

As I take my first steps into fatherhood, I see less time for collecting. Which is fine because of diminished extra funds and my desire to further refine my collecting goals.

I completed my birth year set (1976 Topps) a few years ago. It is one of my favorite things in my collection. I want Parker to have a birth year set too. I guess it will have to be flagship Topps since its the only kid on the block. (I am excited about the artsy Chicle but that's for Daddy!)

I bought 16 packs of Series 1 for him and Uncle Chris chipped in for 8 more. I briefly considered going for the whole shebang but decided that Parker needs to learn that less is more sooner than later. It's base set only. (But he is not opposed to those cool SPs or those mini target reds)


COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SPs: Have 94 Fisk
Mini Target Redbacks: Have 3, 7, 9, 15


Here's the 2010 Topps trade list.
Base:
5, 20, 32, 42, 56, 56, 66, 70, 80, 82, 94,
121, 122, 124, 149, 153, 158, 161, 187,
200, 203, 207, 215, 219, 242, 249, 253, 255, 260, 264, 270, 271, 278, , 286, 299,
323, 324, 325
Turkey Red:
20 Sabathia
History of the Game:
11 Ruth, 22 Ryan
Peak Performance:
7 Sizemore, 13 Stargell
Legendary Lineage:
3 Ruth/ARod, 4 Gehrig/Teixeira, 11 Scmidt/Longoria, 12 Ozzie/Reyes
When They Were Young:
CR C.Ross, RN R.Nolasco
ToppsTown:
1 Mauer, 6 Ichiro, 7 Hamilton, 10 Lincecum, 13 Howard, 15 M.Cabrera
Gold:
265 Angels, 306 Bradley

Leave trade proposals in the comments. First come, first trade.

Thanks from Daddy now, Thanks from Parker in about 10-12 years!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

How early is too early to start collecting baseball cards?

My son Parker was born on January 15. He isn't into baseball or baseball cards just yet but that didn't stop me from buying his first pack: 2010 Topps!

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I know that I am already a baseball geek and now I'm super-geek daddy too. Oh well.

His interest is minimal but he makes one excellent video background. I'll blog when I come up for air.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

All-Time Teams: Braves - As if there was such a thing!

I am from North Carolina and because of Michael Jordan and the "Superstation," I grew up surrounded by Tarheels and Braves fans. Being an NC State and Mets fan, it kinda stinks sometimes. UNC fans are everywhere. Braves fans are usually found in the southeast, like Dayf. EXCEPT for the Waxaholic. He lives in Canada, enjoys hockey and the Braves. Sad but true.

Here are the All-Time Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves:
The Starting Lineup:
C - Javy Lopez - Watch out, Javy! McCann is gunning for your spot.
1B - Joe Adcock
2B - Glenn Hubbard - Really?
SS - Jeff Blauser - Blauser was a good hitting shortstop even before ARod/Jeter/Nomar
3B - Chipper Jones - Mets killer.
LF - Rico Carty
CF - Dale Murphy - not worthy of the Hall, but close. Classy player.
RF - Hank Aaron - so good for so longChipper and Javy made a lot of playoff runs together. Anybody have a quantifiable reason they failed to win at least 1 more World Series?

Starting Pitcher: Greg Maddux - one of the best ever.
The Maddux card above is from 2000 and is numbered 53/67. The foil might be electric blue!

The Bench:
Bob Horner - 4 HRs in a game
Andruw Jones - he was so good when he was so young. Interested to see if he can make it all the way back as an older player
David Justice - didn't he date Halle Berry?
Eddie Mathews - nice back up 3rd baseman
Terry Pendleton - did not deserve his MVP
Bob Elliot (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)
Wally Berger (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)
Joe Torre (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!) - i have a few but none in a Braves uniHelp me fill this page! I really like the 2007 Bowman Heritage relics and 2008 Goudey is my favorite set of this decade.

The Pitching Staff:
Tom Glavine - Great #2 to Maddux
Kevin Millwood
Phil Niekro
John Smoltz - great starter, great reliver, still pitching!
Warren Spahn
Gene Garber - RP
Mark Wohlers - RP
Kid Nichols - Bill James' Win Shares love him (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)
John Clarkson (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)
Vic Willis (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)I could definitely use a Warren Spahn upgrade!

Best Batter: Hank Aaron - not even close!

Worst in the Starting Lineup: Glenn Hubbard - 85 OPS+ = Best Ever!

I'm surprised he made the cut: Mark Wohlers - 9 years as a Brave with solid numbers.

Favorite Card: My 1974 Topps Hank Aaron Home Run King card is my favorite Braves card (in my HOF binder) but the 1984 Fleer Hubbard with the snake and the Phanatic in the background is awesome. The beard and the crayola box seats don't hurt either.Hey Junkie and Aholic! Who did I miss? Who is here that shouldn't be? Convince me I am wrong and you get free cards!

Who's next? Don't make me show Beardy the Sox and the Yanks.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

All-Time GIANTS: Responses to Responses

I received a few responses about my first All-Time Giants team.

Matt R, the requester of Giants, offered up a few honorable mention pitchers:

"Joe McGinnity -- he was a great #2 for Mathewson."
- True. He didn't quite dominate his era enough (ERA+ = 118)

"John Antonelli -- good seasons in the mid-late 1950s." and "Sal Maglie -- didn't stay with the Giants long enough."
- I could be persuaded to replace Schmidt with one of these 2 guys, but I like having current players on these lists.

"Gary Lavelle -- if you need a lefty in the pen he's a good one to put in there.
" - Good reliever. I didn't worry about righty/lefty stuff on my rosters. Nen and Beck were better, yet right-handed.

Everyone's favorite Troll, other than Shrek, had a few ideas as well:

"Even though he only spent 5 years as a Giant, Johnny Mize would get my vote. He did have a 51 homer season there... That is hard to ignore." - Kevin Mitchell, who won an MVP in 1989, probably took his spot. If Mize had not lost 3 years to WW1, he would be on the Giants list. But don't worry, Mize will show up on a list before this thing is over.

"Wes Westrum would be a nice back up catcher too."
- Like the LHP/RHP, I just picked the best players on each team after the starting 9. Very few teams have a 2nd catcher.

"Monte Irvin!!!! Can't forget him!" - Monte Irvin didn't get to play in the bigs until he was 30. He missed a lot of good baseball due to ignorance. Larry Doyle, the last Giant bench player, won a Chalmers Award (MVP) in 1912 but they don't count in my book. MONTE IRVIN IS ON THE TEAM!!!
Troll, I owe you some free cards. Not sure if I can help with the want list, but I will see what I can do. Red Sox are next since nobody asked for their team!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

All-Time Teams: GIANTS

I chose 27 players from each Major League Franchise. Why 27? 9-pocket pages, of course. I only considered stats for that franchise therefore some elite players appear on multiple teams. I always included MVPs and CY award winners (mainly because I also made a goal to collect a card of every winner). Most teams consist of 16 batters and 11 pitchers (9 starters, 2 relievers). I usually put my best card of each player unless a better one is already in my HOF binder.

First up is the San Francisco/New York Giants:The Starting Lineup:
C - Roger Bresnahan (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)
1B - Willie McCovey
2B - Jeff Kent (Best 2B of the past decade)
SS - Travis Jackson
3B - Matt Williams (lots of HRs in the strike season)
LF - Barry Bonds (Great w/ and w/o medical help)
CF - Willie Mays
RF - Mel Ott (Tiniest dude to hit 500+ HRs)

Nice lineup. Teams with long histories obviously have stronger all-time rosters. Kent, Williams, and Bonds are solidly in my wheelhouse of collecting.

Starting Pitcher: Christy Mathewson (original HOFer)

The Bench:
Will Clark (one of the more underrated players in history)
Orlando Cepeda
Kevin Mitchell
Roger Connor (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)
Bill Terry (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)
George Davis (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)
Ross Youngs (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)
Larry Doyle (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)

Help me fill this page! Vernon Wells' dad did a great job with the UD checklists!

The Pitching Staff:
Carl Hubbell (Great #2)
Tim Lincecum (2 CY Youngs already!)
Juan Marichal (Leg Kick)
Mike McCormick (Who? He won what?)
Gaylord Perry (Better than I ever gave him credit for. But he cheated.)
Jason Schmidt
Rod Beck - RP
Robb Nen - RP
Tim Keefe (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)
Amos Rusie (HELP - I NEED HIS CARD!)Carl Hubbell could wear that hat today, as long as he doesn't take the sticker off the bill.

Best Batter: Barry Bonds over Willie Mays. (Mays is one of the best ever. Bonds was Ruthian.)

Worst in the Starting Lineup: Travis Jackson (slightly above average for his era, not deserving of the Hall)

I'm surprised he made the cut: Jason Schmidt (Nice career with the Giants. Didn't know it was that good)

Favorite Card: My Original T206 Christy Mathewson is my favorite Giant card but of the ones here: Those 1970 All-Star cards are nice. McCovey is exploding out of that Sporting News. The back is nice too.
Who did I miss? Who is here that shouldn't be? Convince me I am wrong and you get free cards!

Who's next? Don't make me show Beardy the Sox and the Yanks.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

2 Years?

I almost let my 2 year blogiversary come and go without mention. On January 2, 2008, I entered the small world of A Pack a Day, Junkie, Thorzul, and a handful of other cardy-type WEB LOGS out there. In year one, I set out to post once a week, I averaged 2 per week. In year two, I was down to 1.5 per week. Its not that I don't enjoy it, but I give it the time I choose to. A flooded house calmed my post rate earlier in the year and preparing for our upcoming little one has slowed me down even more.

Do not fear, I have plans for 30 posts already in the coming year. I have spent a few months creating 27-man All-Time teams for each franchise. I then gathered all the cards I could from my collection. I will be presenting them from time to time this year.

I NEED YOUR HELP! Tell me when you disagree with my choices. Convince me and I will make the change. Also, if I am missing a card of a player in a certain uniform, trade me.

Stay tuned. Anybody want to see their team first? (Mets will be unceremoniously last!)