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A dozen new HOF relics added to collection; Jackie Robinson for trade/sale

Posted in Hall of Famers, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on August 2, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Yesterday I stated a new page on this site called the “Hall of Fame Hits.” The page is designed to house the relics and autos of baseball hall of famers in my collection.  One reason is to show them off; another reason is so that I don’t obtain too many duplicates.  RobinsonJackieNTUNISome sets I really like and will acquire the relics from that set regardless of whether of not I already have a game-used card of that player. The same goes for cool-looking swatches. I added another dozen to the site this morning — highlighted by 2001 UD HOFers Frank Robinson auto relics and a sweet National Treasures Carl Yastrzemski swatch featuring stitch holes from what looks like his jersey number — and I should be all caught up until my newest shipment from CheckOutMyCards arrives. As the title of the page suggests, autographs will also be shown here, but they are not ready to be uploaded quite yet.

On a side note, while uploading I realized I have a second Jackie Robinson relic card that I’d be willing to move for something nice for my collection.  The one for trade hails from 2015 National Treasures and is serial numbered 25/99.  The card is somewhat unique because it features a swatch of flannel whereas most of the other Robinson’s feature a slick blue fabric presumably from a jacket worn by Robinson.

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Some things should never be slabbed

Posted in Hall of Famers, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on July 30, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Earlier this year I was on a quest to acquire a relic card of one of the hobby’s biggest names: Honus Wagner. During my search I found a relic of Wagner at a fairly decent price, but it maybe because the card was in a Beckett Grading slab, and was stuck with an 8.5 label.

 photo AEAA0C4E-CE82-42FC-B722-88B54DA22CD5_zpsof3wvn15.jpgA lot of graded card collectors see 8.5 on a modern card and run away. The card obviously isn’t mint, leaving it in a state of uncertainty for collectors who are real sticklers on condition.

I’m OK with 8.5 sometimes. It just depends.

I digress. While the grade may have turned people away in this case, I saw this as an opportunity to swoop up a card that would satisfy my particular collecting goal at the moment. So I bought it for less than the price of two retail blasters.

The card arrived and it has been sitting in a box for months as I sort out stuff in my life.

Alas here I am, card in hand thinking about the acquisition and how the card fits into my collection. But then it hit me. It doesn’t fit. I mean physically.

Relic cards do not belong in slabs. Period.

I know I am not the only collector who  has received a relic card of a legend and instantly touched the piece of material, whether it be part of a jersey, pants or bat.

Honus shall be no different.

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Thrift Treasures 100: Foul Ball! 50-year-old Game-Used MLB ball

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on December 11, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

  
Well, I made it to the century mark for Thrift Treasures posts.  Honestly, I’ve been slippin’ in terms of posting these.  Such is life I suppose.

Anyhow, today I present to you an item I unearthed in a antique store in San Jose, Calif.

  
Tucked in a bucket of baseballs within a locked showcase was this Pres. William Giles Spalding baseball with the side panel inscribed “St. Louis Ball Fouled in LF Stands Sept. 29, 65.”

  

Such an inscription is one that is typical of an era gone by when people physically wrote in their memorabilia in stead of writing the details elsewhere.  Does it devalue the item? That’s a personal preference I suppose.

Anyhow, I saw the inscription on the ball and decided to make the ball mine, without even checking the box score for the game the ball is associated with.

After buying the ball I started my research. 

First off, Warren Giles balls sell for a decent price, so I was already pleased with the fact that au could add such a cool ball to my collection at $35, which seemed like a steal.

But the game is what adds intrigue.  The Cardinals played the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park that day, and the Cardinals went on to win the game.

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson started the game and earned his 19th win of the season. In the game Gibson also hit a GRAND SLAM off Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. Let THAT sink in.

Anyhow, it’s unclear what St Louis player supposedly fouled this ball into the stands, or at what point the play occurred. 

As for the ball itself, it’s in great shape and has a scuff, probably from when the ball was struck with a bat, or when it bounced in the dirt before getting into the stands.  

On a side note, there was a piece of paper in the bucket that listed the details of the ball and the prices. The list showed that there had previously been for sale a ball struck by Giants player Frank Linzy. 

Total cost of this Treasure: $35

You can see more Thrift Treasures post Here.

Update to Carlos Gomez-Madison Bumgarner used ball from 8/11/15

Posted in Baseball Games with tags , , , , on August 18, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

   So last week I posted about a game-used baseball I bought at the San Francisco Giants game in 8/11/15. The ball was thrown by Madison Bumgarner in ye first inning and was singled to right field by Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez. The piece can be seen here.

While doing some research for a friend it dawned on me that I should check Getty Images to see if there are any picture of Bumgarner throwing the ball.

I didn’t find one. BUT, I did find a very cool picture of Gonzalez making contact with the ball.  This picture can be seen Here the caption notes that the picture of of Home singling off Bumgarner; it was his only hit of the night. 

    

World Series Loot … including a game-used item from Fenway

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on December 4, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

I’m fortunate to have friends who have great jobs.  One of my friends is a baseball writer for a major  internet news outlet.  Last month his job took him to the World Series, which led him to Fenway Park for the first time and forever made me a jealous man.

Well, being the good friend that he is, he managed to get some World Series items for me, and they are not the type that most people would get.  I’m not talking caps, jerseys, pennants or shirts.  I’m talking media stuff.  Which is cool because I used to work in the media and love the Red Sox.

Check this stuff out:

Here is a standard 2013 Boston Red Sox Media guide.  These were the same ones that were handed out and mailed to media members during the season. Tons of Red Sox information in this thing.

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Here’s the 2013 World Series Program.  Standard edition, sold at the venues in Boston and St. Louis.

IMG_3956Some random Game Notes and Post Game notes from Games 1, 3,4 and 6. These are photocopied sheets of paper with information that is typically handed out to media in the press box so that the writers can use them to craft their stories. The real gems here are the Game 6 notes — those are from the game-winner in Boston.  There are pre-game notes and some post-game notes.

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Here’s a 2013 World Series Media Guide with supplemental info for the Red Sox and Cardinals.

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A 2013 Roberto Clemente Award Ceremony pin — exclusive to the on-field presentation. IMG_3960

There’s only one item left. You’d probably expect that he snagged me a nifty Press Pin, but he didn’t.  He got one in Boston and one in St. Louis.  He said he’d give them to me if they weren’t “worth” too much.  I know there is a big market for press pins and when i did a quick eBay search (this year’s ones sell for $150 each) I handed them back to him, telling him I could not accept them.

So what is the last item?

It’s game-used grass.  From Fenway park. From the World Series clinching game. From behind the pitcher’s mound.

IMG_3961This item surprised the crap out of me, and honestly, is one of the coolest things I own.  When I was a boy watching Roger Clemens (my favorite player) pitch, I learned that Clemens would scoop up a handful of dirt after momentous occasions on the field. And in 1997 I mimicked this act when my high school football team won our regional championship, only I grabbed grass and not dirt.

My friend was not aware of this.  I asked him today what prompted him to grab a small patch of grass.

His response: “I was on that prowl for Ben souvenirs. Noticed that was a way I could grab a piece of history.”

Freakin awesome!  Now I have to find a way to store this.

Happy Fourth! My three game-used USA Flag patch cards

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on July 4, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Happy Fourth of July, folks.

Quick post here showing a few pictures of the three 2009 Upper Deck Premier Materials Team USA Cap Flag Patch cards I’ve managed to acquire. LOVE these cards.  All three of these cards feature a flag patch taken from a cap worn by the pictured player.

Chad Bettis, 1/4

Andy Wilkins, 2/4

Blake Forsythe, 3/4

COMC yields another beauty for the personal collection

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on January 11, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

It seems like every time I write these days, my posts have some sort of connection to CheckOutMyCards.com.

You’re probably tired of hearing about it, and I get that.  But if you use the site like I do, you’d probably be screaming about your personal collection additions too.

Take this 2000 Upper Deck Piece of History 3,000 Hit Club game used bat card for example.

It’s been a while since I’ve really bought a game-used card for my collection.  Once I obtained Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, I really had no where else to turn.  That is until I saw the opportunity to grab this Ty Cobb.

The early 2000 Upper Deck theme gamer sets such as this 3,000 Hit Club are very appealing to the eye.  Game Used cards have lost a lot of luster of the years, but cards like these always remind me of brighter days for the little slivers of wood and cloth clippings that have been embedded in our cards for the last decade or so.

The Cobb is something I kind of stumbled upon on the site, not really what was I setting out to buy.  But it’s a bonus when you can add such a cool card to your collection without 1) having to spend actual money from your bank account and 2) high shipping costs often seen on eBay.

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