Friday, April 14, 2017

Card #39 - Lou Whitaker

The Card
I LOVE this card.  Not only does Whitaker look like a complete bad-@$$...he signed his name "Sweet Lou"!  Are you kidding me!?!?  That's awesome.

I had the fortune of seeing Whitaker play in Tigers Stadium a couple of times near the end of his career.  I'm a better person for it.

The Story
You know I live in Texas, because if I was still back in Michigan there's no way this beauty would have been trapped in a common's box at my local shop.  This would be in the glass case.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
The card is in wonderful condition though it is off-center.

The Verdict
This is one of my favorites in the set.  That's why it's included in the blog background.

On a side note, sorry for the sporadic posts lately.  I'm coaching my daughter's soccer team right now and that's been dominating my free time...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Card #38 - Charlie Lea

The Card
Here's a smart looking card for the late, great, Charlie Lea, a  Montreal legend and a fine pitcher.

You have to love this card, Lea appears to be warming up pregame along the third base line.  In the distance you see the old Candlestick scoreboard advertising the game's start time.  If my detective work is accurate, this is probably from the game on May 16, 1981.  Lea pitched a four hit shutout.  But that was actually a bit of a letdown compared to his previous outing.  On May 10, 1981, he no-hit that same Giants team, but in Montreal for that battle.

The Story
Another common's box rescue effort.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
I can't find a thing wrong with it.

The Verdict
This card must induce nightmares anytime a Giant from the 1981 team sees it!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Card #37 - Dan Graham

The Card
You have already heard me say this a dozen times, and you'll only read it a few dozen more, but I am a huge Orioles fan.  They are my team.  Adam Jones robbing Manny Machado last night gave me all the feels.  I love the O's!

Prior to obtaining Dan Graham...I'd never heard of him.  This is a fairly weird experience for me.  Back when ESPN ran their classic fantasy baseball leagues I played with a group of guys and we each had a team we would draft from, and I of course chose the Orioles/Browns, so I got very familiar with their obscure (cheap) players to round out my recruits.  Dan Graham, you escaped my notice!

The Story
I found this lost Oriole in the common's box at my local shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's crisp but not a well-centered cut.

The Verdict
I'm so excited to have a new Oriole card I could take my shirt off...like the guy over Graham's shoulder!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Page #4


My favorite card on this page:
I thought I would say Tom Seaver, but I gotta go...GENE GARBER!

My least favorite card on this page:
Jerry Morales.  Or should I say, Jerry Morales' uniform.

What is your favorite card?  VOTE IN THE POLL TO THE RIGHT OF THIS POST!!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

100 Words!

Robert over at $30 a week offered free cards for 100 words.  These are those words!


He attacked big names on my want list, including Lynn Nolan Ryan.  Oooh…rainbows.


Carney Lansford is underrated.  That dude could hit!


Ozzie.  The Wizard!  This was his last card in the brown and yellow.  He somehow makes it look good.


What’s that?  Another Hall of Famer?  Robert, you killed it with this package!  The older I get the more I like Mike Schmidt. 


Bringing up the rear we have Pete Rose…in action.  I don’t like Pete Rose, but I like his cards.

Thanks Robert!!!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Card #36 - Texas Rangers Team Leaders

The Card
Here we are with our first team leaders card for the 1982 set, and I'm kind of in love with it.  My dad was a pilot in the Air Force when I was a kid, and we were stationed just north of Dallas/Ft. Worth in the early 80's, so this era of Rangers uniforms sparks distinct memories.  I know for a fact I used to own wristbands with that glorious old-school Texas logo with the cowboy hat.

This is a fun pairing, too.  Al Oliver, who has to be one of the most underrated players in MLB history, is rocking a gold chain and a million dollar smile...and the powder blue away uniform!  To his left is George "Doc" Medich, a veteran starter with a steely gaze.  And they're both making those mesh-backed trucker hats look good.  The flip side of the card serves as a team checklist for the set, and includes the players card and uniform numbers.  Al Oliver's jersey number?  "Zero" of course - big O!

The Story
This was in the commons bin at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Very good, minus a corner ding in the lower left side of the card.

The Verdict
Topps needs to bring these team leader cards back!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Card #35 - Willie Aikens

The Card
Here's a sweet shot of the once promising superstar, Willie Aikens.  The lefty slugger was a rising star in the early 80's until his drug use ran him out of baseball.  To his credit he's used those travails as a warning to others about the dangers of drugs and addiction.

 I have to say, I love this photo.  Sun gleaming off the helmet but causing shadows across the face...batting cage in the background...all the blues blending together.  Gorgeous!  This is also the first Kansas City Royals card on the blog.

The Story
Yet another find in the commons box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Very good, minus a slight imperfection under the bill of his helmet (you can't tell by the scan).

The Verdict
Another worthy addition to the 1982 set.