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.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Card #34 - Joe Sambito

The Card
Here is a spring training shot of one of Houston's best relievers in team history - Joe Sambito.  He's a former All-Star who finished 5th in Cy Young voting one year after being 21st in MVP voting.  Not too shabby Joe!

The Story
I found Joe at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's in wonderful condition.  It also has that natural old card board bend to it.  You know what I'm talking about, that convex tilt when it's out of the page.  I love that.

The Verdict
He's a player whose first name rhymes with his last.  What's not to love?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Card #33 - Jerry Morales

The Card
Sweet fancy Moses...can you believe the Cubs actually wore these uniforms out in public!?!  Morales, with his steely gaze, superior mustache, dirty leg, and legit wristband, should look downright intimidating in this card, but that all gets lost in an ocular assault of light blue and piping.  Those poor folks at Shea Stadium actually paid money to look at this mess!

The Story
This was another lost cardboard soul in my local card shop commons box.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Superior...minus the color scheme.

The Verdict
Morales was an All-Star for the Cubs in the 70's who came back to Chicago in 1981 to finish out his career.  He deserved better than this road uniform!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Card #32 - Gene Garber

The Card
Sometimes simple is better.  Here's a nice clean shot of Gene Garber, the journeyman reliever, as he prepares to hurl a white ball to home plate.  The sun is shining in over his left shoulder as the leg floats above the mound.  Well done Topps!

This marks the first Atlanta Braves card of the set.  The green was an interesting complimentary color on the hockey stick, but the grass in the background helps make it work.

The Story
Another treasure I found in the commons box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's pretty darn good.  Perhaps a bit faded in the coloring, though.

The Verdict
This card really pops out on the binder page.  I think I love it.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Card #31 - Tom Seaver in action

The Card
Here's the second Tom Seaver card in the set, the second card of Tom Seaver in a row, and the second "in action" card so far.  That's a lot of seconds!

It's always cool to see a blurry baseball coming out of the pitcher's hand in a baseball card.  That said...and maybe it's just me...but Tom Seaver cards never seem to capture the greatness of the actual player.  What do you think?

The Story
I picked this card up with #30 as part of my first ever COMC purchase.

The Price
$0.63 - that's 23 cents more expensive than the base card.

The Condition
It's fine, but you can tell it isn't centered well.

The Verdict
This isn't the last we'll see of Tom Seaver in the set...and that's a good thing!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Card #30 - Tom Seaver

The Card
This is simply a baseball card of one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game - the upper echelon of Hall of Famers...Tom Seaver!  Tom Terrific!

I suspect there's a TV microphone just outside of the frame, as seen on many of the cards in the 1982 set, but I can't be sure.  The brown and blue hockey stick also seems to be a bizarre choice for a team called the Reds.

Most cardboard fans either think of Seaver as a Met or a Red.  I'm one of the weirdos who always imagines the White Sox first.  That's because my first Seaver card was from the 1985 set.  I still remember the time I accidentally knelt on that card on my living room floor as a kid.  I put a big fat crease right across it.  Why couldn't it have been Richard Dotson?

The Story
This card was part of my first-ever order from COMC.com.  I was super nervous waiting for it to arrive, but all that worry was for nothing.  It came fast and well protected.  Thanks COMC!

The Price
$0.40 - I think that's great for a Seaver card.

The Condition
It's certainly not perfect, but the biggest flaw seems to be the actual photo quality.  I'm not sure if that's all 1982 Seavers or just this one.

The Verdict
Dude.  It's Tom Seaver!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Card #29 - Dwayne Murphy

The Card
Sweet yellow jerseys!  Batting cages!  Ear flaps!  Folks, Dwayne Murphy is looking gooood on this card.  Murphy was a bit ahead of his time as a player - I remember him as a good glove center fielder who could hit for power and draw some walks, though his batting average typically wasn't that flashy.  He had some speed too, though he wasn't bumping Rickey Henderson out of the lead-off spot.  This also marks the first A's card of the set.

The Story
You can probably tell from the scan all the wear and tear on this card.  That can only mean one thing - Original Collection!  That's right, Mr. Murphy has been with me since I was seven years old.

The Price
Free - thanks Dad!

The Condition
Besides the expected damage a second grader would inflict, the card isn't centered well.  But those fuzzy corners and creases mean it has been well loved.

The Verdict
It's nearly impossible not to smile looking at this card.  Might be my favorite one on the page.