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MLB Network, I Love You

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

109_1191I’m not sure what to say today.  I’m waaaaaaay too happy that the MLB Network has finally arrived.

Should I be this excited?

Is this Heaven? (3:42)

I started a thread (its still on-going) at TheBaseballStars.com today about my giddiness, but it reached a whole new level while watching Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. While watching this game,  I saw a Gillette shaving blades commercial, and in it was a special offer for the Vest-Pocket Encyclopedia of Baseball, a free gift with your purchase of blades.

Well, as it turns out, I actually own that freakin’ encyclopedia! Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1952 Topps Andy Pafko

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Ever since I received my Lou Gehrig rookie card in the mail about two weeks ago, I’ve been in a different place as a collector. All of the shiny stuff I’ve pulled from packs in recent years really has become irrelevant to me since that 1933 Goudey Gehrig arrived. I’ve not bought a single card in more than two weeks, but in the meantime all I can think about is baseball, its greatest players historically and their old cardboard. Over the weekend I picked up “Cobb,” by Al Stump, and while I’m only 30-some-odd pages into it, it’s fueled my passion for the vintage cards again. And because I am not in a financial place to purchase anything new at this point — and probably for the rest of the year — I decided to dig an oldie but goodie out of my collection to share with the world: 1952 Topps Andy Pafko. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2001 Topps Combos Don Drysdale / Kevin Brown / Sandy Koufax

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

When I pulled this card to write about it, my initial reaction was that Kevin Brown had no place among Hall of Famers like Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. My focus was to be about why I think it is ridiculous to pair today’s stars with hall of famers, particularly ones as good as Drysdale and Koufax. But something clicked when I started looking at the players’ statistics: All three of these players were good, damn good. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1955 Topps Don Zimmer Rookie

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

OK, you know you have too many cards when you go to sort a stack of papers on your desk and you uncover one of these: 1955 Topps Don Zimmer rookie. I totally forgot I had this card. During one of my eBay searched last summer I found this Zimmer, which I needed for my rookie card project (see RAM Project). Zimmer is an interest baseball character to me. As a Red Sox fan I recall him managing the Sox, and then in ’03 I watched Pedro Martinez pretty much body slam him during a bench-clearing brawl. But what’s even more intriguing to me is that this guy played shortstop! (Note, he split time at second and third as well) The back of this card indicates that Zimmer was 5’9 and a trim 165 pounds when this was produced. Zimmer has to be pushing 350 these days. Anyhow, Zimmer had a fairly uneventful playing career. He was an All-Star (1961) and managed to hang in there for a dozen seasons. During his playing time he collected 773 hits (pretty much the same number Ichiro had by the end of his third season) and “belted” 91 homers. After playing, Zimmer managed in the league for 13 seasons. He was named National League Manager of the Year in 1989, the same year his Cubs lost to the Giants in the NLCS.