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A Belated Congrats from Night Owl

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Way back in October, when it was determined the Boston Red Sox would face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, I reached out to Greg, AKA Night Owl (link), and proposed that we should make a small wager.

You see, Greg is a Dodgers fan, and I am a Red Sox fan. I’ve been communicating with Greg for about 10 years through our blogs and Twitter. It seemed like a fun idea at the time. So we agreed to make a small wager, with non-specific cardboard of course.

Then things started to develop in the Series. The Sox took Games One and Two in Boston, and with the Series headed back to the West Coast I turned my attention away from the wager, and focused on the fact that the Sox were heading toward another title, and because of my geographic location, I may actually have a chance to see it live if the series extended to a fifth game.

The Dodgers took Game three in legendary extra innings fashion, and then Boston won Game Four, securing the opportunity of a lifetime for me — I had tickets to Game Five to potentially see my team win a World Series title before my very eyes.

I’ve written about that experience (here) but I couldn’t help but think about Greg while I was there at Dodger Stadium that night. I wished he also had a chance to experience such a view; but I also though about our silly wager — even as Game Five wore on, I thought it would be nice to send him something instead of expecting him to pay me for his end of the wager.

I checked the merchandise stands for something that might make for a nice souvenir to send him, but sadly a lot of what they had was generic World Series stuff and it was overpriced.

But what I did end up doing was send him something that I confirmed he didn’t have — a 2018 Topps Living Set card of Game Five starter, Clayton Kershaw. You see, on Oct. 17, when Kershsaw’s card was released I ordered five of the cards because Kershaw is my favorite player. Those cards arrived within a week and a half of the Sox victory so I packaged one up and sent it on over the Greg, who acknowledged the card in a post that I actually missed at the time.

I wasn’t expecting anything in return — but this week I got a small package from Greg. He was holding up his side of the wager with a handful of Red Sox cards, and 10 Kershaw cards, three of which I did not already have.

Thanks for holding up your end, Greg. The cards are glorious.

Thrift Treasures 102: Nomo Mojo for $5

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on March 17, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Surely you’ve heard of “weekend warriors,” a phrase that has been given to many groups of people including those who run around to various garage sales and flea markets looking for treasures. 

Well, have this week I was a Wednesday Warrior.

I went to visit a friend who recently had surgery and during this trip I also visited a mid-week flea market that has turned up some treasures for others.  The pickings were slim got a sports guy like me, but I did find a single binder that for $5 was too good to pass up.

It’s crazy to think this, but it’s been twenty years since the baseball world went crazy for Japanese star Hideo Nomo. His stuff was blazing hot, and among his most sought after cards was his primary Japanese 1991 BBM release. 
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Well, this binder just so happened to have the basic Japanese rookie card, as well as four other subsets from that same set.  Additionally, it had more than 30 total Nomo cards, most of which were from 1995, his MLB rookie year. photo 836447D8-50D7-4376-A400-C71D6EC135A0_zpsfbrpzx8b.jpg
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As a bonus, the binder also had this sweet 2010 Topps National Chicle Tim Wakefield which I’d always wanted.
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Also two autographs, including one with a “John 3:16” inscription. 
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Total cost of these treasures: $5

You can see more Thrift Treasures posts Here.

Icon-O-Clasm: Chan Ho Boom

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , on September 20, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Online breakers these days like to say “Boom” when they pull something significant.  Well, in 1994, if you were busting Ultra Series this was probably the best rookie insert possible.   

I manager to pull this tonight from a repack box at target.  Not exactly the object of my affection but a fun pull from a sealed pack of a product I wouldn’t even think about opening these days unless it was a bonus. 

An Auto A Day … #2

Posted in An Auto A Day with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

Tom Candiotti never was overpowering, but no matter how you look at it, it takes a special skill set to spend more than 15 years in the Major Leagues. A career that long doesn’t happen by accident.  Candiotti dazzled batters at times with his knuckleball during the 1980s and the 1990s as he spent time with six teams during his 16-year career.   He twice led the league is games lost and ended his career in 1999 with a career record of 151-164, but a respectable ERA of 3.73.

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As noted, Candiotti wasn’t an upper echelon pitcher, but one of those hurlers who’ll never be forgotten by those who had the chance to watch him.  And in case you missed him during his playing careers, you can always relieve a bit of Candiotti when you pop in Billy Crystal’s flick “*61″.”  Candiotti was cast to play Hall of Fame knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm, who in the flick pitches for the Orioles and is called upon to pitch to Roger Maris even though it’s not a traditional closing situation.  Candiotti’s performance s masterful. (hope you get the sarcasm).

Card wise Candiotti has three true rookie cards, 1984 Topps, Donruss and Fleer.  In terms of autographs, he technically has four: There is the basic 1996 Leaf Signature shown above, and then two parallels of the same card.  And according to Beckett.com, there is a fourth one but it is a 1/1 cut signature from In The Game.  Not really sure why that card exists, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the signature is probably a cut up 1996 Leaf card. Go figure.

 

In Memoriam: Bob Welch (Nov. 3, 1956 – June 9, 2014)

Posted in In Memoriam with tags , , , , , on June 10, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

Bob Welch
Nov. 3, 1956 – June 9, 2014

1991 Stadium Club

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Props to Topps on Hyun-Jin Ryu’s 2014 release featuring his Korean League statistics

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on March 27, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

Just want to take a quick minute and give props to Topps for the inclusion of the Korean League statistics on Hyun-Jin Ryu’s 2014 Topps and Topps Opening Day releases. To my knowledge this is the first time Topps — or any company for that matter — has included full, year-by-year statistics for a player who has come to Major League Baseball from a professional league in another country. It’s nice to see how a player faired against competition elsewhere, even if the statistics don’t exactly translate to MLB.

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**edited: Commenter advises 2001 Topps Ichiro rookie card has year-by-year Japanese statistics. Good call, I stand corrected.

Thrift Treasures XLI: 30 year old rookie extravaganza

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

So about a week and a half ago I tweeted this picture seconds after exiting one of my local thrift stores.  At that time I located a bag full of “vintage” cards, the years obviously consisting of 1975 to 1980.  Was it a “true” vintage find?  I guess that is up for debate.

But what’s for sure is that the cards within were worth more than the $5.99 price tag that was on the bag. For less than the price of three 2012 Topps retail packs, I was going to get my vintage baseball fix and hopefully find some rookies for my collection.

Boy did I hit the jackpot.

As it turned out, there were more than 60 1975 Topps Minis in package.

SIXTY!

A package consisting of that many 1975 Topps Minis would have sold to me for double the sticker price based on principle alone.

No huge names in the mini lot, but some recognizable ones:

Yogi Berra, Sparky Anderson, Manny Sanguillen, Bill Buckner, Bob Boone, Jose Cruz, Steve Yeager, Greg Luzinski and more.

The best, in my opinion, is this bad boy:

1975 Topps Mini Mario Mendoza rookie

A mini rookie card of the player whose name is probably best known for being associated with a poor batting average — the Mendoza Line.

Obviously that was not all that was in the package.  Before we get to the rookie cards, here are a few more random cards.

1971 Kellog's football cards

While researching these three football cards, I became aware that Tom Barrington — running back for the Saints — only has two cards in existence.  One is a Saints team issue, the other is THIS card.  Pretty awesome.  I should get the team issue and call myself a super collector.

2001 Private Stock Premiere Date Freddie Mitchell rookie /99

Too bad I didn’t get a hold of this card like five years ago when he was actually relevant.

2004 Bazooka Alex Rodriguez game used jersey

Super random … a mint game used jersey card in a bag of vintage cards.  Weird.

1974 Topps Walter Alston w/ LaSorda, Gilliam, Adams and Basgail

I love this card because it features two legendary Dodger managers, one at the end of his coaching career and one at the beginning. Alston led the team from 1954 to 1976.  Lasorda was the skipper from 1976 to 1996.

1976 Topps Dave Duncan

This is NOT Dave Duncan’s rookie card, but this is awesome.

And now …  THE ROOKIES:

Count ’em!  More than 60 rookies cards for my ultimate rookie collection.  I’ve noted this before, but I am working on a project that involves obtaining a rookie card* of every player who stepped foot onto a Major League field, or had a rookie card produced.  This lot goes a long way in filling those years from 1976-1980.  No huge names, but some recognizable ones.  Here are my 5 favorite from the bunch:

1974 Topps Bucky Dent rookie card

1974 Topps Jerry Hairston rookie card

1979 Topps Danny Darwin and Billy Sample rookie card

1980 Topps Dickie Noles rookie card

1980 Topps Jerry Don Gleaton rookie card.

If you want to see more of the rookies, you can check out my on-going project:  The Rookie Card Project.

And finally, not pictured, are roughly 300 “commons” from 1974-1980.  Any one working on any of these sets or interested in trading for teams?