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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.

Semiannual Card Shop Tour: The Results (Part 2)

Posted in Semiannual Card Shop Tour with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

I feel a bit like a troll breaking my Card Shop Tour purchases into two posts, but truth be told, the singles themselves are worthy of their own showcase.

As noted in Part One, I went through binders upon binders of discounted relics and autos, and scoured through a showcase of discounted “better” autos and relics.

In the end I walked out with six singles on top of the packs I discussed in the initial post.

The first card was a 2009 Topps American Heritage autograph of firefighter/writer Dennis Smith:


A high-dollar card?  Not really.  But it stood out to me among the dozens of autographs featuring failed baseball prospects.  Smith was a firefighter for the New York City Fire Department and is an accomplished author.  Here some backgroundCost: $5

There’s something neat about buying an autographed card of a player who has since passed away.  Even neater when the card is a hard-signed copy, like this 2005 Topps Johnny Podres:

Podres passed away in January 2008, yet his autographs are still being released today.  Why?  Because Podres signed a slew of stickers for Topps. Podres auto appeared in the 2010 Topps 206 set as part of the framed mini set.  His signatures are not rare.  But it’s always nice to know that the subject handled the card on which they placed their pen. Cost: $7.50 (Marked $15, with a 50 & off sticker)

I don’t do a whole lot of football. But this year I am catching the NFL bug with both of my local teams playing well and the recent death of Al Davis.  And when I saw this 2005 Leaf Certified Fabrics of the Game Cliff Branch patch card, it made me think of … “the greatness of the Raiders.”

That is a black jersey with a silver patch, and appears to be from one of the numbers. The card is mint and is serial numbered 20 of 25.  I did a bit of internet research before I bought this and there are almost no Branch jersey cards “available” on the market.  They exist, they just are not being offered for sale.  This one seemed like a no-brainer. Cost: $12 (Marked $24 with 50% off sticker)

Patches are a bit of a theme for the day.  Here is another no-brainer: 2004 Ultimate Collection Game Patch of Jim Catfish Hunter /75.

The card is a bit quirky … it’s Jim Hunter without a beard and sporting his 70s Oakland A’s jersey, yet the swatch and patch are from a New York Yankee jersey.  The back of the card even states this as such.  Either way, this card hailed from a product that I believe was some where in the neighborhood of $100 a pack.  Cost: $7.50 (Marked $15 with a 50% off sticker)

Bonds. Love him, hate him, he is the All-Time Home Run Champion.

Check out that sweet patch.  Yes, it is legit.  This is not an eBay special — concocted by some a-hole with nothing better to do than defraud unknowing buyers.  This is a prime swatch card featuring a black jersey with a black and orange patch, and the gold border of another patch.  Cost: $20 (Marked $40 with a 50 % off sticker)

Umpires.  Nobody wants a card of an umpire, especially one that was signed by one.  Um, I do.  I always thought the 2004 Bowman Heritage Autographs featuring umpires were some of the coolest and inexpensive cards made. On Monday I got THE card from the set that I always wanted, Steve Palermo.

Some of you younger baseball fans — those born after Upper Deck made its debut in 1989 — might not even know who this guy is. Palermo was a Major League umpire until July 7, 1991 when he was shot during a robbery at a restaurant after a Texas Rangers game.  Palermo had come to the aid of two restaurant waitresses who were being mugged in the parking lot.  During the struggle, Palermo was shot and the bullet severed his spinal cord, instantly leaving him paralyzed and effectively ending his career.

Palermo has recovered to some extent and is now a speaker.

With all that said, what the hell was this card doing in the bargain bin?  Instantly one of my favorite cards. Cost: $5