Monday, October 31, 2016

Card #12 - Moose Haas

The Card
Mooooooooooose!!!

Haas reminds most Brewers fans of a certain era in their history, especially that magical 1982 team that almost won it all.

The Story
Just another card from my first stack of commons from my local card shop.  The Brewers' hockey stick colors blend well with their uniforms.  And God bless the logo on this hat - I still remember my mind being BLOWN when my dad pointed out it was an "M" and a "B."

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Could be better...not exactly centered well, and the bottom two corners used to be sharper.

The Verdict
I wish I knew what Moose was looking at.  Check out the signature though - he was Moose through and through.  Or should I say "threw and threw"?   HAH!  Get it!?!?!  ....'cause he's a pitcher?  No?  Shut up?  Ok.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Card #11 - Gary Alexander

The Card
You're looking at the swansong card for Mr. Gary Alexander, who once led the league in strikeouts (1978) while posting a decent .743 OPS.

The Story
I'd never seen this card before stumbling across it in the commons box at my local card shop.  It's cool looking, though.  That's an old school chest protector.  Catcher cards are always the best, right?

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's not quite centered - it skews downward and the upper left corner is fuzzy.

The Verdict
This could have been a boring shot of a backup catcher at the end of his playing days, but Topps spiced it up with a backwards cap and an armored chest.  Well done, Topps, well done!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Card #10 - Ron Guidry in action

Hey friends!  Don't forget to vote on the main page for you favorite card from page #1 of the 1982 set!

The Card
What's this?  Two Guidry cards in a row?!  Topps was padding its set with superstars in 1982, and this here piece of cardboard represents our first "in action" shot.  It's not a bad picture of Guidry moving his flame-throwing left arm towards home plate.  The back of the card features some of his highlights from all-star, championship series, and world series games.

The Story
This card too is from my first ever packs of cards.  I remember having a vague sense that if a player had an "in action" card, it meant they must be good.  In fact, Guidry and Dave Concepcion were the only two players back in 1982 that I had both cards for.

The Price
Free - thanks Dad!

The Condition
Like my other Guidry card, it looks like it's been handled by an unappreciative 7 year old more than once.

The Verdict
As with all the 1982's I received that calendar year, it holds a special place in my heart.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Page #1

First page complete!  Which card is your favorite?  Vote in the poll to the right - the top card from each page will face off in a tournament to determine the BEST CARD IN THE SET.


My Favorite Card On This Page:
This is really tough, considering all the star power in the set, but I'm going with the only card from my original collection...Ron Guidry!

My Least Favorite Card On This Page:
Scott Sanderson - it's not a bad card, he's just over-powered by the other cardboard talent.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Card #9 - Ron Guidry

The Card
Break out your po' boys and cajun slang, because we've got the original Louisiana Lightning, the Gator...Ron Guidry!  Look at that lefty - he's rocking forward, ready to strikeout another batter for the bayou!

Injuries cut short what looked like a possible Hall of Fame career, but Guidry certainly left his mark on the game: 2 World Series rings, a Cy Young Award (1978), 4 All-Star games, and 5 Gold Gloves.  That's a heck of a trophy case.

The Story
For the first time on this blog we're featuring a card from my ORIGINAL COLLECTION!  That's right - the 1982 Topps cards were my very first as a 7 year old collector, and I've held onto this Guidry card for almost 35 years!

The Price
Free - thanks Dad!!!

The Condition
Let's be honest, this card looks like it was originally given to a 7 year old kid in 1982.  All of the corners are fuzzy, there are multiple creases in the lower half of the card...and I love it.  It's what a card should look like after three decades of handling!

The Verdict
This is a gorgeous looking card of a star of the game - nobody can deny this!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Card #8 - Rich Dauer

The Card
WooooooHoooo!!!  Our first Orioles card in the binder!  As a die hard Baltimore fan this warms my heart.  And I think the O's got the best "hockey stick" colors in the set.  Their cards look like delicious Creamsicles.

Rich Dauer was the starting second baseman on the last TWO Orioles World Series team.  He is essentially Cal Ripken's first double play partner too.

The Story
I got this from my first visit to Bankston's.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's nice and crisp but it's badly cut.  You can especially tell on the backside of the card.

The Verdict
A starting player for the Orioles?  Yes please!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Card #7 - Scott Sanderson

The Card
It's our first "normal" card!  Scott Sanderson was a heck of a workhorse - he pitched in 19 MLB seasons.  He bounced around a bit from team to team in the latter half of his career (did you know he was an AL All-Star for the Yankees?) but I always think of him in a Cubs jersey.

The Story
I picked up this card during my first visit to the local card shop here in town - Bankston's.  It's a nerd's paradise.  I have to limit my visits to 20 minute increments for fear of losing my life's savings.

The Price
$0.15.  The guy behind the card counter uses an annual vintage price guide, and fifteen cents is the going rate for common cards.  I bought a lot of them at this price but I need to haggle him down to ten the next time I'm in there.

The Condition
Pretty terrific, just a slight fuzzy corner in the lower left.

The Verdict
I'm not sure how the Expos ended up with purple and green as their hockey stick color, but somehow, it works.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Card #6 - Fernando Valenzuela Highlight

The Card
This is the final Highlight card of the set, and it's a beauty.  1981 was the first year of "Fernandomania" and this card celebrates his eighth shutout of the year.  I believe that's still tied for the modern day record, though George Bradley of the 1876 St. Louis team had twice as many with 16.

I watched the "30 for 30" on Valenzuela just a couple of days before acquiring this card, which was a fun coincidence.  I recommend the film.  I learned a lot about the upheaval the Latino community in Los Angeles suffered during the construction of Dodger Stadium.

The Story
I actually have two copies of this card now.  I had found one at my local card shop, but a second copy came in the mail with the other five Highlights.

The Price
I'll go with the eBay cost - $1.11.

The Condition
It's basically mint.  Thin, crisp, undamaged.

The Verdict
You'll be hard pressed to find a better action shot in the set!  Screwball moving forward, right leg kicking dirt, Fernando grimacing, and a little Wrigley Field ivy to give it a perfect splash of color!  It's a very cool card.