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!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Card #43 - Mike Cubbage

The Card
This is a beautiful shot of Mike Cubbage lifting a ball to what I'm guessing is left-center field.  You've got a couple of Phillies in the background and perhaps Bob Boone's catcher's mitt...and that old-timey orange piping at Shea Stadium.

And glasses!  The modern player doesn't really wear glasses anymore.  Stupid medical advancements and lasers are eliminating glasses from the game.  Boo!

The Story
Another common's bin rescue.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's in great shape - hardly touched.

The Verdict
This is a deceptively cool looking shot - it reminds me of those old Sports Illustrated posters.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Card #42 - Rick Sofield

The Card
You're looking at a spring training turtleneck, which I have to imagine is highly unusual!

Rick Sofield didn't have much of a playing career, but if you're a Pirates fan you'll probably recognize him as your current third base coach.  He's good friends with Clint Hurdle from their days in the minor leagues.

The Story
I got this in the common's box at my local card shop, but this card is very familiar to me.  I'm guessing my brother must have owned it when we were kids.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's in excellent shape.

The Verdict
How in the heck did the Twins end up with Cleveland Browns colors on their border design?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Card #41 - Dave Parker in action

The Card
Topps knew how much folks loved the Cobra, so after his normal base card they gave us one more...IN ACTION!

It looks like Parker is wearing Pony cleats.  Those were all the rage in the 1980's but you sure don't see them anymore.

The Story
I remember my eyes popping open when I found this bad boy in the common's box at my local shop.

The Price
$0.25

The Condition
This was the only copy of #41 in the common's box, otherwise I wouldn't have picked it up.  The corner on the back of the card is splitting and peeling up.  From the front, though, you can't tell.

The Verdict
Raise your hand if you want Topps to bring back "in action" cards in their next set!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Card #40 - Dave Parker

The Card
Here we have one of the more iconic cards in the set...THE COBRA!  Helmet tilted back, bat on shoulder, leaning on the batting cage during BP, this dude knew he was THE MAN.

The Story
I couldn't find this one at my local card shop, so it was part of my first ever order from COMC.

The Price
I payed a cool $1.00, plus the S/H.

The Condition
It's a little rough around the edges with some corner dings.  I would say, as I've seen with some of the 1982's, it isn't the clearest print quality either.  For some reason you can  have two cards of the same player in the 1982 set and you'll swear you're looking at two different versions even though they're supposed to be the same.

The Verdict
I feel like Parker's popularity is retroactively growing.  His drug issues and suspensions blurred the fact this dude was one of the best hitter's in MLB history.  My prayers go out to him as he bravely fights Parkinson's.

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...