Saturday, January 6, 2018

Card #49 - Alvis Woods

The Card
You're looking at an original member of the inaugural 1977 Toronto Blue Jays!  On the back of the card it says Woods is the "all-time Batting Leader" for the Blue Jays - I'm not sure if they meant hits (482) or batting average (.274) through the 1981 season.

Check out the underside of Woods' hat, where it meets his forehead.  Is he wearing a sweatband under his cap?

The Story
I rescued Alvis from the common's box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's crisp and the corners are sharp but it's off-centered, skewing to the bottom.  It's easier to tell on the back of the card.

The Verdict
It's a simple card, but I like it! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Card #48 - Bobby Castillo

The Card
Here's a pretty spring training shot of the late Bobby Castillo, a noted bullpen member of the 1981 World Series champions Los Angeles Dodgers.  He was also a close friend of Fernando Valenzuela right when Fernandomania went global.  In fact, Castillo is interviewed as part of Valenzuela's "30 for 30" special.

The Story
You see those fuzzy corners and plenty of creases?  That can only mean one thing...it's part of my original collection!  This is one of the first cards I ever owned as a kid.

The Price
Free - it comes from a pack in my youth.  Thanks dad!

The Condition
Like I said above...it's in rough shape because 7-year old me didn't know any better.  Plus, the picture is off-center and skews to the upper-right hand corner.

The Verdict
I've had this card in my possession for 35+ years and I love it.  I'm just sad Mr. Castillo is no longer with us.

Have a safe New Year everyone - I'll try to post more regularly in 2018!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Card #47 - Jeff Leonard

The Card
Hehehe...one of the funnier baseball personalities of the 1980's...Jeff Leonard!  The eccentric Leonard, who would go on to wear "00" as his jersey number, drew the ire of the St. Louis Cardinals with his "one flap down" home run trots in the 1987 playoffs.  I remember my dad, who grew up in St. Louis, getting quite upset by the whole display.

The Story
This was yet another baseball card shop discovery, buried in the commons box.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
The front of this card looks great!  But when you turn it over there's a bad ding on the side of the card, making it look like the cardboard could start to split.  I'm surprised I didn't catch it when I bought it.

The Verdict
I always think of Leonard as a slugger, but when you flip the card over you see he only had seven homers in his first five seasons and 285 games.  You have to love cards of characters from the game and I'm glad to have this in my collection.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Card #46 - Jerry Augustine

The Card
I always think it's cool when the hometown team is able to draft and develop talent from their own backyard.  That's the case with Jerry Augustine!  He was born in Kewaunee, WI, and got drafted out of UW-La Crosse and spent his whole major league career with the Brewers.  He later coached the UW-Milwaukee baseball team for a number of years and is still active in the Wisconsin sports scene.  Check out his twitter account!

This card features a nice portrait of Augustine.  The lower camera angle captures the sky above in a nice way.  And that old Brewer logo will never not be the coolest.

The Story
I rescued this one from the common's box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
The card was cut off-center, it definitely skews up.  Otherwise, it's in great shape.

The Verdict
The pinstripes, the logo, the skyline...I like this card!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Page #5


After a five month layoff...I'm back!  I'm so sorry, all the normal excuses apply:  work, kids, yadda yadda yadda.  I've also been spending a lot more time playing my Statis Pro Baseball season.  The holidays usually give me more time to blog, so brace yourselves!

My Favorite Card on this Page:
It's hard to turn down two Dave Parker cards, but this old Michigan native has to go with Sweet Lou Whitaker!

My Least Favorite Card on this Page:
I'll go with the plain-Jane Rick Sofield.

What's your favorite card?!?  Vote on the poll to the right of this article!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Card #45 - Rick Cerone

The Card
Here's a fun one - Rick Cerone!  Rick was a three-time Yankee, always finding a way in his long career to rejoin the Bronx Bombers.  Did you know he was seventh in MVP voting in 1980...including a first place vote?!

You have to love this pic.  The warm-up jersey, the ratty batting glove, the batting cage...and that helmet!  Do you think that's his catcher's helmet, his batting helmet, or both?

The Story
I found Cerone and his lovely 'stache in the commons box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
The edges are a little ragged, if I recall correctly, this was the only card available in the commons box.

The Verdict
I'm an Orioles fan and thus the Yankees are my mortal enemy, but there's something about that late 70's/early 80's Bronx teams that are quite intoxicating.  Curse you for your charisma, Cerone!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Card #44 - Britt Burns

The Card
Sweet fancy Moses...check out the butterfly collar on Britt Burns' jersey!!!  Are you kidding me???  Even Britt can't keep a straight face wearing that thing.  The number of fashion crimes against humanity perpetrated by the White Sox is staggering.

I started collecting in the mid-80's and always thought of Burns as a middle of the rotation guy, but he was quite dominant in his first couple of seasons.

The Story
Another common's box discovery.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
The front of the card looks great, but on the backside, there's a dimple near the bottom edge.  (Are we still talking about baseball cards?)

The Verdict
This card is like a time capsule, man.  For a bygone era we never want to see again!