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...

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!!!