Saturday, December 31, 2016

Card #24 - Dave Frost

The Card
Now introducing Dave Frost, our first California Angel in the Topps set.  And yes, I said "California."  Not "Southern California and greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area which may or may not include San Diego here in Anaheim, and by Anaheim we really mean Orange County, JK, just wear our hat instead of Dodger blue" Angels.  Just go back to "California" already, Angels!  Your current geographic title is just silly.

The Story
I got this at my local card shop, though I swear I owned it before.  I wonder if it was in my brother's collection...

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Topps would have a hard time finding a better conditioned card to put a foil stamp on and place back in their packs to celebrate some random anniversary.  But the picture is blurry - not sure if that's all Dave Frost cards or if I just have a bum copy.

The Verdict
Insert some clever pun for the last name Frost here - I'm suffering brain freeze right now.  #seewhatididthere?

Monday, December 26, 2016

Secret Santa!

Merry Christmas, friends!

I had the awesome experience of participating in Bob Walk the Plank's "secret Santa" baseball card exchange, and the haul above was part of the gift I received!  Nick over at Dime Boxes got stuck with my  name but man, he sure did deliver.  He knocked off all five of the cards on my "current targets" list, which is impressive since it includes two Hall of Famers and one who is soon to be (fingers crossed for Tim Raines)!

But Nick wasn't done!

He saw that I am a big Orioles fan and gave me these three beauties.  That's a chromed-out Hyun-Soo Kim update series card, a #1202/2016 Brad Brach card (I hope we don't end up trading him), and maybe coolest of all, a Wade Miley that is #46 out of a 50 card print.

But Nick still wasn't done!  He threw in some vintage too!!!


These are the first 1971 Topps in my collection and I don't plan on making them the last!

Thanks again, Nick - I loved this package of cards!  I hope the rest of you are having a happy holiday...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Card #23 - Willie Hernandez

The Card
I know Hernandez played six and a half seasons with the Cubs, so the denizens of Chicago aren't shocked by this uniform, but I lived for several years in southeast Michigan...where Willie is a LEGEND for his role with the World Series winning Detroit Tigers in 1984.  That "c" on his cap is cute and all, but he'll always wear the old English "D" in my mind's eye.

The Story
I was giddy to find this in the commons box at my card shop.  That's the 1984 MVP!  He pitched 140 innings that year - ALL IN RELIEF!  WITH A 1.92 E.R.A.!!!

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
I can't find a thing wrong with it.

The Verdict
Did I mention his three All-Star teams, and the Cy Young award too?  No?  Yeah, Willie is the man.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Card #22 - Jim Beattie

The Card
Your eyes do not deceive you - that is indeed our first Mariners card on the blog!

But that isn't the most majestic thing about it, not by a long shot.  No, you've got Seattle's best logo in a history of terrible logos combined with a spring training trucker hat. Every Mariner fan in the country would be happy to get one of those under the tree this Christmas!

The Story
I lived in Seattle in the mid-80's, so Jim Beattie is right in my sentimental wheelhouse.  But even better, this card is part of my original collection!  That's right, I've toted it around for almost 35 years.  It even survived my common cards purge of 2002.  Oh to have all those 1991 Donruss cards back...

The Price
Free - thanks Dad!

The Condition
Like most of my original cards from 1982, you can tell a kid beat it up pretty well over the years.  The scan didn't pick it up well, but there are multiple creases and the corners are more circular than angular.

The Verdict
Jim Beattie is looking in at the sign in the picture...and that sign must be, "cool card, off-speed, inside corner."

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Card #21 - Baltimore Orioles Future Stars


The Card
Here it is friends, the Holy Grail of the 1982 Topps set.  The CAL RIPKEN rookie card!!!

I've mentioned this before, but I am a lifelong Orioles fan.  And though Eddie Murray has always and will always be my very favorite player, Cal Ripken is the undisputed #2 on my list.  I knew going into this project this card would be my white whale, but I forgot it was so early in the set!

The Story
I'm still very much a noob when it comes to modern day collecting, especially when it comes to buying cards online.  So it was with equal parts excitement and trepidation when I made my first COMC.com purchase to secure this Ripken rookie.  The excitement came from the fact I was finally going to own a card I never had before, one that was important to me as an O's fan but that had eluded me for 35 years.  When I did the bulk of my collecting in the late 80's and early 90's, there was no internet to purchase from, and any card show or card shop I saw this in had a price tag that far exceeded my allowance.  So I was pretty pumped to give my credit card number over the interwebs to get Bonner, Schneider, and Ripken in return.

When my package arrived (I was very pleased with how fast and securely COMC delivered it) I was so over the moon I pushed out a tweet about it.  I was finally holding Ripken's rookie card in my own hands!

And then something incredible happened.  I follow a lot of you and the baseball card blogs you write and am always amazed by the generosity fellow collectors demonstrate with each other.  It's so neat to read how a blogger will get a gift of cardboard from a peer across the country.  Then, low and behold, it happened to me!  Scot (@zappa99) shot me a message on Twitter, saying he was enjoying my excitement about the 1982 set and that he wanted to send me a Cal Ripken too.

WHAT!?!?  A card I went over three decades without owning, and now I have two!?

I was absolutely floored by Scot's generosity.  Now I have a Ripken for the '82 binder and my main collection.  I haven't stopped grinning yet.

The Price
I didn't want to spend a fortune on this card, as I've seen cards listed at $80 in superior condition.  I was willing to get one that was roughed up - it kind of feels more authentic that way anyway!  My COMC card was $7.99.  (Scot's was free!)

The Condition
Just as the preview pane and COMC description described, the corners are definitely fuzzy.  It's a tad off-center, but it's fine enough by my cheaper standards.  The one I got for free is in much better shape, which makes me all the more grateful.

The Verdict
Dude.  Dude!  DUUUUUUDDDDEEEE!!!!  I have Cal Ripken's rookie card!!!!  Check that, I HAVE TWO!!!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Card #20 - Garry Maddox

The Card
You're looking at one of the best beards in Major League history - the one and only Garry Maddox!  This is a sweet looking card, too, though I'm not a big fan of the orange in the hockey stick.

Maddox roamed the outfield for the Phillies for over a decade, one of their classic all-time players.  Quick question, though - what's that in his back pocket???

The Story
I got this in the common's bin at my card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's in good shape, though it's a bit off-center, shorter on the right side.

The Verdict
This card exudes coolness.