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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Card #28 - John Urrea

The Card
Welcome to McDonalds, may I take your order?  Just kidding!  You have to love the brown, yellow, and orange of the old Padres uniforms.  Speaking of, this is the first San Diego Padre of the set.

John Urrea was out of MLB by the time this card was printed.  He spent 1982 in the Mexican leagues and seemingly retired after that.

Big shout out to the water tower over his left shoulder, keeping the club hydrated.

The Story
This card is from my original collection!  Or, at least, my younger brother's.  He gave me a stack of his common 1982's a few years back and I feel like this was one of them.  Still, it's been in the family for all this time.

The Price
Free - thanks brother!

The Condition
It's definitely well-worn but not that bad all things considered.

The Verdict
I don't know how I feel about the brown and green hockey stick.  What say you?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Page #3

Here is page three, and despite all the cool cards in these nine pockets, my eyes immediately drift to the upper right:


My Favorite Card On This Page:
There is only one answer - the Cal Ripken rookie!!!

My Least Favorite Card On This Page:
Dave Frost, but it's nothing personal.

What's your favorite?  VOTE IN THE NEW POLL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Card #27 - Tom Herr

The Card
Ooh baby, this is a sweet card.  TOM HERR!  I know Ozzie got all the glory for the Cardinal middle infield, but you have to give it up for his double play partner.  This card is nearly perfect.  No batting gloves?  Check.  Flap-less helmet?  Check.  Examining the bat to see if he broke it?  BIG CHECK.

My parents are from St. Louis so I grew up with a soft spot for the Cards, and Herr might have been my favorite.  I mean besides Willie McGee.  And Ozzie.  And Sutter.  But Herr is right up there.  Those 1980's Cardinals team were so fun...

The Story
God's honest truth, this was just sitting in the commons box at my local shop.  A hidden gem.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
One of the best in my binder.  The only issue might be that it's slightly off-center.

The Verdict
Seriously, maybe one of the coolest looking cards in the set.  But in his upcoming binder page battle, he has to go up against the Ripken rookie.  Eek!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Card #26 - Jorge Orta

The Card
Here is a fine batting cage portrait of the famous/infamous Jorge Orta.  His name generates fond remembrances or bitter flashbacks depending on which side of I-70 you were rooting for in the 1985 World Series.  But before he was a world champ for the Royals, he rocked a power "C" for Cleveland.

The Story
Yet another dime box find.

The Price
$0.15  (If I found it in a dime box why did it cost a nickel more?)

The Condition
Minus slight fuzz in the lower left corner, it's just fine.

The Verdict
This card reminds me a bit of my favorite card ever, the 1985 Topps Eddie Murray.  You look good, Jorge!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Card #25 - Jerry Remy

The Card
Here's a pretty sweet shot of Boston broadcasting legend Jerry Remy, roving the infield and perhaps charging a grounder?  This is also the first Boston Red Sox card in the set.  I have to admit, their blue/red hockey stick design is a nice compliment to their uni's.

The Story
I found this in the common's box at Bankston's.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Despite my crooked scan, this Remy card is in good shape.

The Verdict
Do you think this is a spring training shot, or from a game in season?  Is it old Yankee Stadium?  Either way, this is a fine piece of cardboard.