Monthly Archives: February 2011

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Nolan Ryan 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Nolan Ryan 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

I’ve said it before and I will say it again – I love the concept of this set of cards.  The employee or group of employees that came up with the name and concept of these cards deserves public credit as they have brought some of the greatest cards in the history of the hobby back into our hands.

It is cards like this that will teach young collectors that are obsessed with Strasburg and Harper about who paved the way for these guys.

Speaking of paving the way for the future of the sport, Nolan Ryan did a pretty solid job at that huh?  This card is a replica of his 1970 Topps card – a card that I wish I had the original of…

But while that may be a dream at this point, for now I have the next best thing!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Frank Robinson 2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic ‘Famous Firsts’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Frank Robinson 2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic ‘Famous Firsts’

I like these cards.  And while the design is not going to walk away with any awards for style or creativity, the cards are nice to look at.

I have a few Dawsons from this set, but this is my first one of Frank Robinson.  Tagged as ‘Famous Firsts’, the card pays homage to Robinson’s first career home run which was hit on April 28, 1956.

And as a nice touch to commemorate that special event, the card is numbered to 1956.  This one is number 603.

Baseball Card Show Review

Baseball Card Show Review

So, as you know by now on Saturday, I attended what used to be the 3rd Saturday of every month baseball card show on what is now going to be known as the 4th Saturday of every month baseball card show.

The show seemed a bit smaller this time around in regards to the number of dealers – I can recall at least two ‘regulars’ that were not there.  Not a big deal for me, as neither had every made me pull out my wallet in the past…

As usual, most of my time, and all of my cash was spent at just one very large table.  There were a few other tables that captured my interest, but either they were a bit too crowded with other people checking out their cards or the prices were higher than what I was willing to fork over.

Either way, the 60 minutes I spent at the show went way too fast.  But I was able to escape with a nice handful of new cards featuring some of my favorite Hall of Fame players.

And I will showcase those purchases for you here all day long.  So check back, often if you can, as I will be putting up 12 purchases made from the baseball card show that I attended on Saturday.

Enjoy.  🙂

Fergie Jenkins 2001 Upper Deck ‘Vintage Special Collection’ Game-Used Pants Card

Fergie Jenkins 2001 Upper Deck ‘Vintage Special Collection’ Game-Used Pants Card

Not only does this Fergie Jenkins baseball card have a vinatge feel to it, but that thought is also reinforced by the large banner across the bottom that reads ‘VINTAGE SPECIAL COLLECTION’.

And I happen to think that the card looks great…

Decked out in Cubs’ colors, the Red, White, and Blue used throughout the card’s design works well.  And the great shot that they used of Fergie in Black & White maintains that vintage feel.

Oh, and check out that great, Gray swatch of Fergie’s pants.  Pretty nice huh? 

Upper Deck did a solid job with this one.  From  the old, wool pants that they used to the colors to the ‘C’ cut-out that frames the piece of pants. 

Excellent work indeed!!!

Hall Of Fame Center Fielder Duke Snider Dies At 84

Hall Of Fame Center Fielder Duke Snider Dies At 84

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer

Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed “Boys of Summer” who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died early Sunday of what his family called natural causes. He was 84.

Snider died at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, Calif., according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which announced the death on behalf of the family.

“The Duke of Flatbush” hit .295 with 407 career home runs, played in the World Series six times and won two titles. But the eight-time All-Star was defined by much more than his stats—he was, after all, part of the love affair between the borough of Brooklyn and “Dem Bums” who lived in the local neighborhoods.

Ebbets Field was filled with stars such as Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges during that 1955 championship season. Yet it is Snider’s name that refrains in the ballpark favorite “Talkin’ Baseball.”

“Willie, Mickey, and the Duke,” the popular song goes.

Snider wore No. 4 in Dodger blue, and was often regarded as the third-best center fielder in New York—behind Willie Mays of the Giants and Mickey Mantle of the Yankees—during what many fans considered the city’s golden era of baseball.

“The newspapers compared Willie, Mickey and I, and that was their thing,” Snider said several years ago. “As a team, we competed with the Giants, and we faced the Yankees in the World Series. So we had a rivalry as a team, that was it. It was an honor to be compared to them, they were both great players.”

Mantle died in 1995 at age 63. Mays, now 79, threw out a ceremonial ball last fall before a playoff game in San Francisco.

Snider hit at least 40 home runs in five straight seasons and led the NL in total bases three times. He never won an MVP award, although a voting error may have cost him the prize in 1955. He lost to Campanella by a very narrow margin— it later turned out an ill voter left Snider off the ballot, supposedly by mistake.

Snider hit .309 with 42 home runs and a career-high 136 RBIs in 1955. That October, he hit four homers, drove in seven runs and hit .320 as the Dodgers beat the Yankees in a seven-game World Series.

For a team that kept preaching “Wait till next year” after Series losses to the Yankees in 1953, 1952, 1949, 1947 and 1941, it had indeed become next year. A generation later, long after they’d all grown old, those Dodgers were lauded as the “Boys of Summer” in Roger Kahn’s book.

Born Edwin Donald Snider, he got his nickname at an early age. Noticing his son return home from a game with somewhat of a strut, Snider’s dad said, “Here comes the Duke.”

The name stuck. So did Snider, once he played his first game in the majors in 1947, two days after Jackie Robinson’s historic debut.

A durable slugger with a strong arm, good instincts on the bases and a regal style, Snider hit the last home run at Ebbets Field in 1957.

Snider’s swing gave the Dodgers a lefty presence on a team of mostly righties. He often launched shots over the short right-field wall at the Brooklyn bandbox, rewarding a waiting throng that gathered on Bedford Avenue.

“The Duke’s up,” fans in the upper deck would shout to those on the street.

A wild swinger, Snider was harnessed by Branch Rickey, who made him practice standing at home plate with a bat on his shoulder calling balls and strikes but forbidden to swing.

Snider stayed with the Dodgers when they moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and won another World Series ring the next year. Prematurely gray, “The Silver Fox” returned to New York with the bumbling Mets in 1963 and finished his career in 1964 with the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers’ longtime rivals.

“There was no one classier or more easy going than Duke Snider,” Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said Sunday. “Above it all, he was a fan favorite for his style of play, personality, accessibility, and fondness for playing stickball with kids in the street of Brooklyn.”

Snider was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980 on his 11th try. He was a broadcaster for the Montreal Expos for several seasons—he played in the city as a minor leaguer in the Brooklyn farm system—and later was an announcer with the Dodgers.

In 1995, Snider pleaded guilty to federal tax charges and was sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $5,000. He admitted not reporting more than $97,000 in cash from autograph signings, card shows and memorabilia sales.

Snider was sentenced at the Brooklyn federal courthouse, a few miles from where he had starred. The judge said Snider had been “publicly disgraced and humiliated … here in Brooklyn, where you were idolized by a generation … of which I was one.”

Snider apologized for his actions. He said he began making autograph appearances because he had little in savings and had made several bad business decisions. The judge said Snider paid nearly $30,000 in back taxes and noted he had diabetes, hypertension and other illnesses.

A native Californian, Snider became part of Brooklyn’s fabric during his playing days.

“I was born in Los Angeles,” he once said. “Baseball-wise, I was born in Brooklyn. We lived with Brooklyn. We died with Brooklyn.”

The Duke, however, had some early problems with the boisterous Brooklyn fans.

Once, in the early 1950s, he was quoted as calling them the worst in the game. He came to the park after the quote was published and was greeted with a chorus of boos. But he enjoyed one of his better nights, and silenced the fans for good.

“The fans were something.” Snider said. “They were so close to you. You got to know them, some of them by name.”

During his playing career, Snider became an avocado farmer. He lived many years in Fallbrook, Calif., which calls itself “the avocado capital of the world.”

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, whom he married in 1947.

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Florida Marlins Spring Season Ticket Event – February 25, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Florida Marlins Spring Season Ticket Event – February 25, 2011

Friday, February 25
4:55-7 p.m.
Roger Dean Stadium
Florida Marlins season-ticketholder event

Don’t know what I was thinking, but I visited with grandma entirely too long and was almost late to the event. Arrived five minutes before it began and got lucky. A gentleman wearing a Duffy’s T-shirt — maybe the best sports bar in the tri-county area by the way — gave me a free ticket. Then while standing in line I was able to buy two tickets to tomorrow’s Cardinals’ event for $50 (yes, folks, $25 apiece). Not to brag, but I even found free help for tomorrow. I usually graph alone, but when I found out I had an extra ticket I figured it would be a great way to add another Pujols to my collection. What do I have to pay my help? He just wants me to buy his breakfast and lunch. Nice kid.

Matt Dominguez: 1/1 (8×10)…thankfully this is the last thing in my collection for this kid. I know he’s a great defender and all that but I really hope he flops ‘cuz he’s been giving me garbage graphs even before he was in A-ball
Chris Volstad: didn’t need him if you can believe that. real cool cat
Mike Stanton: 1/1 …i’ve been graphing him so long that he laughs when he sees me. was at his last game before getting promoted to Double-A…that was a good day for Stanton as he gave away everything (pants, cleats, uni, hat). i’m old so, of course, i didn’t get anything. for the record, i became aware of him at the 2008 SAL All-Star Game. Stanton was selected for the HR derby but not the game. Dude hit bombs over RF wall.
Chris Coghlan: 1/1 (8×10)…this was the last item in my collection that I needed done. If only he would give me one “ROY” inscription. Oh well
John Raynor: 1/1 (card)
Javier Vazquez: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie
Randy St. Claire: 2/2 (cards) in black Sharpie                                                     Anibal Sanchez: 1/1 (card) for a member. Gives me a weird look every time he signs for me as if I can actually make money off one of his signed cards. Puuuuhleeease
Michael Dunn: 1/1 (card)…I don’t do Heritage sets but they sure are gorgeous
Sean West: 1/1 (8×10)…the last photo in my collection that I needed done….only two cards left and I’ll never bother him again
Greg Dobbs: 3/3 (8×10, two 5x7s) in blue Sharpie….every Marlin was supposedly 1-per. But I was in the Marlins’ lot Monday morning when Dobbs arrived. He gave me a snotty remark when I asked for his graph. “Let me get settled first” was what I think he said. Of course, he never did come back and sign. I reminded Dobbs of that and he gladly did all three, even being polite in the process
Hanley Ramirez: 1/1 (16×20) in silver paint…..Did I tell you I don’t like his new graph. Was on his cell the entire event. Is it so difficult to at least be friendly to your fans?
Logan Morrison: 2/2 (16x20s) in blue Sharpie                                                         Josh Johnson: I was getting close to JJ when event ended. An 8×10 and a card and I’m done with him as well
Leo Nunez: somehow missed him..not as if it matters

Rickey Henderson 2010 Topps

Rickey Henderson 2010 Topps

I am so thankful that Topps continues to put baseball star from prior eras into their sets.  As a vintage guy, it keeps me interested in modern-day releases – and I have to feel like I am not the only one who feels that way.

What is extra special about this card is that we know exactly when the image being used was taken. 

It has been way too long since I added a Rickey Henderson baseball card to my collection.  This card here has inspired me to do something about that…

Stay tuned.

‘My First Time’ – George Brett – August 2, 1973

’My First Time’ – George Brett – August 2, 1973

The setting – Comiskey Park, Chicago, IL

From Brett – “I flew to Chicago where the Royals were playing the White Sox.  Low-key flight, low-key cab ride.  Really, no nerves.  I get there, six o’clock, batting pratice is going on, and I walk into the clubhouse and check the bulletin board, and my name is in the starting line-up.  Not so low-key anymore, in fact, I suddnly had to go to the bathroom really bad.  I went at least twice before the game – the sit down kind.  My nerves had shown up pretty good.” 

The Boxscore – Royals 3, White Sox 1.  Brett was 1-for4 with a single and a strikeout.

Wade Boggs 1985 Donruss Highlights

Wade Boggs 1985 Donruss Highlights

What a phenomenal looking baseball card we have here.

Issued by Donruss, the ‘Highlights’ set offered collectors a ‘Cliff Notes’ type of recap of the baseball season and the momentous occasions that occurred. 

1985 was the first year that Donruss issued this ‘Highlights’ set and for the set builder or player collector, the set offered up a great chance at a few pick-ups of new cards that were not part of the normal early-year releases.

Here is the card:

Donruss did a great job with their photo selection on this one – a full body action photo of the best hitter in the American League!!!

An Ernie Banks Rainbow, Minus The Purple…

An Ernie Banks Rainbow, Minus The Purple…

10 down and just 1 to go!!!

If you ever wondered what an ‘Ernie Banks Rainbow’ looked like, wonder no more.

Here it is – minus the Purple: