Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Card #19 - Ernie Whitt

The Card
Ladies and gentleman, the greatest catcher in Toronto Blue Jays history...Ernie Whitt!

He never stuck at the big league level until his late 20's, but Whitt was the main man behind the plate for Toronto for the entire decade of the 80's.  You know what else was solid for the Blue Jays during that decade?  The block lettering on their jerseys.  That's good stuff right there.

One of my good buddies in college went to high school with Ernie Whitt's daughter, so basically, me and Ernie are pretty tight.

The Story
Another treasure I discovered in the common's box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
I'm sorry, did you say "condition," or "conditioner," because Whitt's hair is on point!  Look at those flowing locks!

The Verdict
How did Whitt only have one All-Star appearance in his career?  He basically had the same season like nine times in a row.  That's an outrage!  That being said, I can't think of a better first Toronto card for the binder than this one.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Page #2

Second 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:
The Ron Guidry "in action" has been in my collection since I was seven years old, and that Ellis Valentine is phenomenal, but I have to go with...Darrell Evans!

My Least Favorite Card On This Page:
Steve Comer.  *crickets chirping*


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Card #18 - Fernando Arroyo

The Card
I had no idea who this was until I saw this card for the first time a few weeks ago.  Arroyo bounced from the majors to the minors between 1975 and 1986.  In fact, he would be released by the Twins in early 1982 and then signed with Oakland.  He appeared in ten games with the Athletics and then was back to the minors for FOUR years until he reappeared in one last game in August of 1986.  With two outs in the top of the ninth, he walked three straight batters before getting lifted.  Egads - what a crazy, painful final game in the big leagues!

The Story
Just another find in the common's box.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
We've got a first for the blog, and I'm even going to add a label for it because I love it so much.  Click on the card and look at Arroyo's right shoulder.  That's right...BUBBLE GUM STAIN!!!  YES!!!

The Verdict
This is the wrong 1982 Fernando to have in your collection.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Card #17 - Darrell Evans

The Card
Oh man do I love Darrell Evans!  The longevity of his career, the home runs, the walks, '84 Tigers...his list of positive attributes goes on for days.  And I haven't even mentioned the time he signed a card for me as a kid while I was hanging on the rail at old Arlington Stadium.  Darrell Evans loves children - he's a man of the people!

Check out this posed but sweet picture, too.  Arm on knee, other hand using the bat for balance.  That's a strong look.  That million dollar smile ain't shabby either.  As you can tell, I likethiscardalot.

The Story
I found this one in the common's bin (!!!) at my local card shop.

The Price
I think I paid a bit more than common price but I don't recall exactly.  Maybe $0.25?

The Condition
Excellent!

The Verdict
I like this card so much I made it part of the background montage for the blog.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Card #16 - Steve Comer

The Card
You can't see it too clearly, but that Rangers font on the front of the jersey sure brings back memories.  I lived a couple of hours north of Arlington in the early eighties, and my first ever game was the Rangers.  I remember getting wristbands at the ballpark and that font being on them.  Nostalgia!

Look closely too - pretty sure that's a mesh-backed trucker's cap, a classic indicator that Steve Comer snapped this pic at Spring Training.  That shouldn't be surprising, since most of these cards come from Spring Training shots...

The Story
One of the many cards I've picked up in the common's box at Bankston's.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Pretty close to perfect - my scanner couldn't pick up the right or bottom edges.

The Verdict
It's fun to have the first Texas Rangers card on the blog...but this is about as generic as it gets.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Card #15 - Ellis Valentine

The Card
What a great card!  Ellis has that big smile with a bat resting on the shoulder, the batting cage is behind him in what certainly looks like old Shea Stadium.  The blue/pink of the hockey stick design somehow compliments the orange of the Mets' uniform.  This is spectacular!

Valentine had a wild, volatile career that was over at just 31 years old.  He was a star outfielder with a cannon arm in the late 1970's with the Montreal Expos, but injuries, trades, addiction issues, and spouting off in the press all contributed to an early exit.  To old school Montreal fans, though, he certainly holds a place in their hearts.

The Story
This was in the commons bin at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Pretty good minus some slight wear and tear on the corners.

The Verdict
I really dig this card - it stands out in the binder page.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Card #14 - Steve Howe

The Card
So many mixed emotions whenever you look at a Steve Howe card.  The brilliant reliever derailed soon after his 1982 season and never quite got back on track, including his eventual death by car accident in 2006.  He had meth in his system according to toxicology reports.

The 1982 cards are also known for their "autographs," and I couldn't help but notice Steve's signature uses a thicker pen than most of the others.

The Story
If current card culture was the same in 1982 as it is today, I'd bet this would have been a highly coveted card.  But alas, I found it in the commons box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's a bit off-center but in otherwise excellent condition.

The Verdict
Rest in Peace, Steve.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Card #13 - Lamar Johnson

The Card
I wrote about this once on my 1988 Topps blog, but I LOVE these 1980's warm-up jackets.  When I played little league back then I was on the White Sox, and I remember how cool it was when we got one in addition to the standard jersey they passed out.

This is a fun, candid shot of the former first sacker for the Pale Hose.  Johnson would be out of baseball as a player after the 1982 season but had a long career after that as a hitting instructor at the minor and major league level.

The Story
I bought this at my local card shop this year, but I swore I used to own it as a kid.  I'm wondering if it was in my brother's collection?

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
This card is just about perfect.  Crisp, centered, it's in great shape.

The Verdict
You had me at "warm-up jacket."