Archive for Madison Bumgarner

Seeking your base cards … 

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on May 19, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

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So I’m gonna throw this out there. I want your base cards. 

Well, some of them anyway.

I’m tired of looking at some of the stuff I have. And some of you might be in the same boat.  I haven’t been huge on trading in recent years because it takes a lot of effort and a level of organization that sometimes is beyond my control. Also, it’s hard to find trading partners who aren’t just looking to bolster their collection of high-end stuff while giving up nothing. 

So here’s what I want. I want your base cards of Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.

Singles, duplicates, triplicates, whatever.  The catch is I want lots of at least 20 — and I need to know what you want in return. 

No, I will not trade autos or game used cards for them.

No, I will not buy them.

No, you’re not getting vintage in return.

No, I do not have a trade list.

I’m lookin to swap base cards of your guys or your team for cards of these guys.

Good old fashioned low-end trading.

Interested? Hit me on Twitter @cardboardicons or via e-mail: cardboardicons@yahoo.com
Thanks,

Ben

Baby born at San Diego’s Petco Park the second coming of “Prince?”

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Earlier this week there was a child born at San Diego’s Petco Park, the first to have come into the world at the Padres’ home stadium.

Surely this is not the first kid to be born at a stadium, but there was once a baseball player/entertainer who claimed to have been born in the same exact spot where “The House That Ruth Built” once stood in New York.

  
The man on this 1939 Play Ball card is Al Schacht, a former pitcher/coach/entertainer who thrilled crowds during the early part of the 1900s. And as it would have it, the rear of this card furthers Schacht’s claim to have been born where the original Yankee Stadium stood.  

Schacht was born in 1892, some 30 years before the original Yankee Stadium — which was demolished in 2010 — was erected at present day West 161st Street and River Avenue.  

Schacht spent much of his life in baseball, although he actually only played in the Majors for a handful of years with the Washington Senators. He’s better remembered as the “Crown Prince of Baseball,” due to his comedic acts on the field as a third base coach — nonsense that flew during the period but would have no place on the game today.

The child born this week in San Diego reportedly is a boy named Levi, who arrived just outside the gates of Petco Park during the fourth inning of a contest between the Padres and division rival San Francisco Giants.

In this piece at “The National Pastime” Schacht is documented as not only having been born where Yankee Stadium stood, but also notes that Schacht spent his youth sneaking into the Polo Grounds to hang out with players, particularly one Christy Mathewson. Mathewson of course pitched for the New York Giants, the team that ultimately would move to San Francisco, the same franchise that played in San Diego this week when baby Levi was born. 

Perhaps baby Levi is the second coming of Schacht and he was “sneaking” into Petco to see the Madison Bumgarner, the team’s modern day ace who just happened to be starting that game. 

(Side note: The NEW YORK Giants played the WASHINGTON Redskins on this night as well in a Thursday Night Football contest.)

Or maybe it’s just a coincidence.

Regardless, it’s a fun narrative to consider. After all, this is baseball. Romanticism is part of the lore of the American Pastime.

I’ve always wanted to … 

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

  
I go to a fair amount of baseball games.  Not a lot by any stretch of the imagination, but I go to four or five a year.  Over my 30 years of baseball fandom I have always wanted a game-used ball.

  
I’ve never caught a home run ball, not a foul ball, not a ball tossed to me by a player between innings. None.

In recent years MLB stadiums have begun selling game-uses items and I’ve always dreamed of buying something.  The items always seemed too expensive or I simply hesitated.

Well, Tuesday night, all of that changed.

My wife and I got free tickets to the Giants-Astros game in San Francisco.  They were 10 rows from the field, a gift from my sister, who has gotten them from a co-worker season ticket holder who couldn’t make it.  As it happened, Giants stud Madison Bungarner was on the mound.  Tickets for his starts are always at a premium.

What we got was an absolute gem from Bumgarner, who hurled a 5-hit, 12-strikeout complete came to earn his 13th win of the year; his 80th career victory.

It was probably the second most dominating pitching performance I had seen in person. It rivaled a game in 1999 in which Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez struck out 12 Oakland Athletics.  And it slightly edges out a Curt Schilling performance about a half decade ago in which he nearly no-hit the A’s. Schilling lost the biggest-hitter with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

I digress. After the game I went to check out the game-used merchandise and there were four used balls from the game left for sale.  Two were thrown by Astros pitcher Scott Kazmir and two were thrown by Bumgarner.  One was a foul tip that Jed Lowrie got a piece of in the second inning ($40) and the other was the ball that Houston outfielder Carlos Gomez singled to right on the ninth pitch of the game.  The Gomez-Bumgarner ball was originally $150, but had been marked down to $69.

  
I took the Gomez-Bumgarner ball. True it was more expensive. Yes, it was a hit and not a strike. But I liked that it was a star versus star and ultimately I could pinpoint exactly which play the ball game from.

As it turned out, it’s a pretty neat piece of “history.” Tuesday marked the first day in Major League history in which ALL 15 home teams won their games. The FIRST TIME EVER. 

After the game I caught the replay on TV and archives the video showing the entire at-bat, and the specific pitch in which this ball was thrown.  That was kind of fun.

Some other facts about the ball and game:

*This was Carlos Gomez’s 883rd career base hit.

*The ball was used for one play, handed from umpire Dana Demuth to catcher Buster Posey then tossed to Bumgarner who threw the pitch. Gomez then hit it to right and it skipped to Hunter Pence who then threw it to all-star shortstop Brandon Crawford, who then threw the ball out of play.  It was later authenticated by MLB — customary practice for game-used items being sold at stadiums.

*The ball was thrown during Bumgarner’s 80th career victory.

*Bumgarner struck out seven batters in a row, tying the Giants record.

*The picture below is a screen shot of Gomez on third base later in the first inning after the single.  My wife and I are in the shot. 🙂

  

Thrift Treasures 73: What’s up, Buster! Early Posey release found at thrift.

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

I made a short trip to the thrift store today with my son and lookie here … a baggie of cards worth buying.

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They had about a dozen bags, 10 of which were filled with 1988 Topps cards, one that had a stack of Pro Set hockey from like 1991-92, and then this one, which had some oddball San Francisco Giants cards.  See the small sections of orange?  I like to buy baggies when they have local odd ball releases.  Sometimes they can be valuable, other times it’s the only place you’ll find them these days as they were more than likely a giveaway for children.  And we all know that once children get a hold of things — especially made of paper — more times than not they’ll end up in the trash.

So I plunked down the$3.99, which is a bit more than I like to spend on a “blind bag,” but I could see there was a rookie-year (or maybe early 2011?) Posey from one of these sets inside. I figured that card alone would be worth my money.

Well, when I opened the bag, I was pleased to find not just the Posey, but the entire nine-card set, which appears to be a Junior Giants giveaway from early 2011.  The back of the cards are not dated, but there is the 2010 Giants World Series logo on the bottom.  It could be a late 2010 release, but I’m guessing early 2011. I’m not positive on how these cards were distributed, but it would appear that they were given individually to a child once they completed a task as described on the back of the card. The set features Posey, Maddision Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff and Andres Torres.

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While I would have been pleased with just those nine cards, I was pleasantly surprised to find a partial set of other Junior Giants cards.  Based on the format, I gather that there were nine cards in this set as well, however this baggue only had seven of them.  Well, lucky for me the most important — Posey — was included here, as was a card of Pablo Sandoval.  If I had to guess, these cards with the black border across top are actually 2010 releases based on the lack of World Series logo and the inclusion of Bengie Molina and Aaron Rowand.  This of course would make the Posey a actual rookie-year release, which of course could make this a tough rookie-year issue to find for a collector.

IMG_5066 IMG_5067There is something funny about the Posey card.  So, this card presumably was given to kids when they finished a portion of their reading program.  Well … read the back. I spy a spelling error …

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The remainder of the bag was pretty brutal, but there was one other small nugget in here, a 2002 Fleer Tradition Mini Al Levine, serial numbered 38/50.

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Rookie/Prospect Card Six Pack #35

Posted in Rookie Card Six Pack with tags , , , , , on March 16, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

IMG_72532008 Bowman Chrome Jarrod Parker, 2008 Bowman Chrome Refractors Jordan Zimmermann, 2008 Bowman Chrome Refractors Austin Jackson, 2008 Bowman Chrome Madison Bumgarner, 2008 Bowman Chrome Jason Heyward, 2008 Bowman Chrome Josh Reddick

Chrome Corner: 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Madison Bumgarner

Posted in Chrome Corner with tags , , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

In the last edition of Chrome Corner, I featured a Jarrod Parker card from the 2008 Bowman Chrome set.  Well, in this edition I bring to you the 2008 Bowman Chrome Madison Bumgarner autograph from the same set.

Bumgarner and Parker have a few things in common:

– They both were first featured in the 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects set as non-auto-graphed cards.

– Both obviously have their first on-card certified autograph in this 2008 set.

– Both now pitch for teams in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Parker for the Oakland A’s and Bumgarner for the San Francisco Giants.

But here is the reason why I decided to feature Bumgarner in this edition.

Bumgarner was also selected in the first round of the 2007 baseball draft.  In fact, he and Parker were the first two high school pitchers to be selected in that hurler heavy first round.  And to makes things even more interesting:  Bumgarner was selected right after Parker.

Parker might have had the higher draft slot, but to this date, Bumgarner’s on-field accomplishments are incomparable.

In fact, while Parker was recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2010, Bumgarner was earning his stripes in a legendary Giants Pennant race that ultimately ended with Bumgarner and the Giants winning the World Series.  Bumgarner won a pivotal Game 4 of the World Series by tossing 8 innings of shutout ball in Texas to give the Giants a 3-1 Series lead.