Sunday, February 26, 2017

Card #35 - Willie Aikens

The Card
Here's a sweet shot of the once promising superstar, Willie Aikens.  The lefty slugger was a rising star in the early 80's until his drug use ran him out of baseball.  To his credit he's used those travails as a warning to others about the dangers of drugs and addiction.

 I have to say, I love this photo.  Sun gleaming off the helmet but causing shadows across the face...batting cage in the background...all the blues blending together.  Gorgeous!  This is also the first Kansas City Royals card on the blog.

The Story
Yet another find in the commons box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Very good, minus a slight imperfection under the bill of his helmet (you can't tell by the scan).

The Verdict
Another worthy addition to the 1982 set.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Card #34 - Joe Sambito

The Card
Here is a spring training shot of one of Houston's best relievers in team history - Joe Sambito.  He's a former All-Star who finished 5th in Cy Young voting one year after being 21st in MVP voting.  Not too shabby Joe!

The Story
I found Joe at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's in wonderful condition.  It also has that natural old card board bend to it.  You know what I'm talking about, that convex tilt when it's out of the page.  I love that.

The Verdict
He's a player whose first name rhymes with his last.  What's not to love?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Card #33 - Jerry Morales

The Card
Sweet fancy Moses...can you believe the Cubs actually wore these uniforms out in public!?!  Morales, with his steely gaze, superior mustache, dirty leg, and legit wristband, should look downright intimidating in this card, but that all gets lost in an ocular assault of light blue and piping.  Those poor folks at Shea Stadium actually paid money to look at this mess!

The Story
This was another lost cardboard soul in my local card shop commons box.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Superior...minus the color scheme.

The Verdict
Morales was an All-Star for the Cubs in the 70's who came back to Chicago in 1981 to finish out his career.  He deserved better than this road uniform!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Card #32 - Gene Garber

The Card
Sometimes simple is better.  Here's a nice clean shot of Gene Garber, the journeyman reliever, as he prepares to hurl a white ball to home plate.  The sun is shining in over his left shoulder as the leg floats above the mound.  Well done Topps!

This marks the first Atlanta Braves card of the set.  The green was an interesting complimentary color on the hockey stick, but the grass in the background helps make it work.

The Story
Another treasure I found in the commons box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's pretty darn good.  Perhaps a bit faded in the coloring, though.

The Verdict
This card really pops out on the binder page.  I think I love it.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Card #31 - Tom Seaver in action

The Card
Here's the second Tom Seaver card in the set, the second card of Tom Seaver in a row, and the second "in action" card so far.  That's a lot of seconds!

It's always cool to see a blurry baseball coming out of the pitcher's hand in a baseball card.  That said...and maybe it's just me...but Tom Seaver cards never seem to capture the greatness of the actual player.  What do you think?

The Story
I picked this card up with #30 as part of my first ever COMC purchase.

The Price
$0.63 - that's 23 cents more expensive than the base card.

The Condition
It's fine, but you can tell it isn't centered well.

The Verdict
This isn't the last we'll see of Tom Seaver in the set...and that's a good thing!