Archive for Tom Seaver

In Memoriam: George Thomas Seaver (Nov. 17, 1944 – Aug. 31, 2020)

Posted in In Memoriam with tags , , , , on September 3, 2020 by Cardboard Icons
1967 Topps Tom Seaver Rookie Card

The one 2000 GOTG auto I wished I kept – Tom Seaver

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

News came out today about Major League pitching legend Tom Seaver and his family making a decision for him to step out of the public spotlight due to his diagnosis with dementia.

I’ll admit, I was sad when I saw the statement. And I’ll be honest, I was half expecting there to be a bigger announcement about him — because in some ways we’ve trained ourselves to think that way in this age of social media — but I’m glad that was not the case and I do wish Mr. Seaver and his family well going forward.

In my eyes, Seaver has always felt like a bigger legend than Nolan Ryan. Sure, Seaver had long held the record until recently for highest vote percentage by a player elected to the Hall of Fame on their first ballot — so his value was appreciated by voters. But in many ways it seems as though he had been overshadowed by his former teammate because Ryan had seven no-hitters and still holds the record for strikeouts.

Aside from Seaver’s Rookie Card, the secondary market for his relics and autos have paled by comparison to Ryan, and even some others from the same era.

Personally, I’ve always loved Seaver’s signature. And my favorite was his 2000 Greats of the Game, which I owned until last year.

That 2000 set was such an iconic release, and several years ago I managed to finish the entire set — which I chronicled both here and in Beckett Baseball Monthly. In fact I still have all the images listed on this page here. But last year I sold the set, except for one card — the Nolan Ryan, which I decided to keep because I personally pulled that from a pack in 2000. Kind of ironic given how I feel about Seaver, his signature and this specific card.

Thrift Treasures 72: Three Baggies Of Cards, $1.99 each. I spy vintage!

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on September 13, 2014 by Cardboard Icons


I recently heard from one of my Twitter followers that he enjoys the Thrift Treasures series, but wished they were more frequent.  Believe me, me too.  My time these days, however, is occupied by work and my kids.  It’s easy for me to stop into a store and buy something, which I frequently do, but finding the time to chronicle it on my blog is another.

That said, here’s a trio of baggies I found earlier this week that set me into a small, cheap cardboard frenzy.


I’ll say this up front: It is NOT uncommon for me to find bags of cards in thrift stores.  I see them everywhere, but it is worth the time to look closely and see what should be inside.  Notice I did not say OPEN them or to do a full-on search of them like a pack searcher.  But look closely and see if you see flashes of shiny inserts, drab-looking vintage or something else. Something that might lead you to believe there is more than a stack of 1989 Topps or something.

Heck, with the exception of the baggie shown here on the right, which has a 1974 Topps Boog Powell showing on the back, you might just gloss right over the other ones.  After all, it looks like the bag contain nothing more than junk wax era filler.

But a little visual inspection shows that the one on the left had a small section of a dozen or so cards that appeared to be 1992 Japanese Baseball Magazine (BBM) cards, the one in the one in the middle had some parallels and inserts, and the one on the right had multiple vintage cards within.

For the price of two retail packs, I figured I’d roll the dice.  You know I love to share my Thrift Treasures.

We’ll start with the middle bag.

In 1995, Pacific released this pretty decent looking base cards set that had full bleed photos on three sides, and then a strip of gold foil along one border. It’s a very 90s design, one I actually enjoyed. Within this particular bag, I could see a small section of about a half-dozen cards that had blue edges instead of the gold. Obviously they were parallels.  Additionally, I could see the sweet die-cut crown insert peaking out from within the stack.

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There were no big names among the parallels, but the die-cut was Drew Bledsoe, and there were other inserts, notably the Dan Marino “Hometown Heroes” an the Jerry Rice “Gems of the Crown.”  And the base cards weren’t half bad:  Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and John Elway were the highlights.  Not a bad stack of cards for $1.99.

Next we’ll turn our attention to the left baggie, the one with the more modern cards.

As noted earlier the primary reason I wanted this one was the small section of what turned out to be 10 1992 BBM Japanese baseball cards. Ichiro’s rookie is in 1993  (I own it) and Hideo Irabu and Hideo Nomo are in 1993 (I own those as well).  So who is in 1992?  No clue.  But I don’t get to see these very often.


As you can see there are a total of 10 Japanese BBM cards here, nine players and a checklist.  One name is familiar — Carmelo Martinez, who played in the Majors — but the others are guys I’ve never heard of.  My favorite is, of course, the rookie card of one Jun Takeshita.  What a fantastic name.


The remainder of this bag had a few notables: a 1990 Bowman Larry Walker rookie card, a 1989 Bowman Ken Griffey Sr. card that also features the younger Griffey as a rookie, and these pictured.


And the last bag is where the fun really begins as it contained some cards that were some 30 and 40 years old. And they weren’t just commons. The first card on the outside of the bag is a 1974 Topps Boog Powell, who was a member of the Baltimore Orioles on this card.  There were a few other Orioles in the bag as evidenced by the 1972 Frank Robinson and 1974 Brooks Robinson also in this lot.


There were a few Cincinnati Reds too …


Like Hall of Famers? Me too. They were in here as well.

Loving my new 1971 Topps Tom Seaver, even if the borders appear to have been touched up at some point.


This is a sweet 1972 Topps pitching leaders card with THREE Hall of Famers on it …


How about Hobby King Mickey Mantle?  He’s on this 1967 Topps Yankees checklist somewhere …

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How about four more HOFers: 1974 Topps Billy Williams, 1978 Tony Perez, 1978 Rich Gossage and a 1983 OPC Gaylord Perry …


And three more HOFers: 1981 Fleer George Brett, 1985 Topps Ryne Sandberg and 1986 Donruss Highlights Steve Carlton (shown as a member of the San Francisco Giants)


Can’t hate on a 1963 Topps rookie card of Diego Segui …


Know what else I really like? O-Pee-Chee from the 1970 and 1980s. Check out these 1978s … Love the fact that I have an Montreal Expos Team Card from OPC.  Also dig the Bob Bailor Topps Rookie Cup OPC card.

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And finally a few random lots of …

1974 Topps (LOVE this set)


and 1978 Topps


Sure, the condition on these older cards may not be top quality, but if they had been, they would not have been on the thrift store peg hooks waiting for me to save them.

Total cost of these treasures: $5.97

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Bowman Chrome and Elite Extra break w/ “Terrific” hit

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

After attending Wednesday’s San Francisco Giants parade, I decided to stop by my local card shop for a few Bowman Chrome packs. What I walked out with was four of those and a pair of Donruss Elite Extra Edition packs. Figured I was having such a good day, maybe the vibe would carry over … and it did.

Out of the two Elite packs, I pulled this sweet “Terrific” Tom Seaver Private Signings ball leather card serial numbered to 10 copies. In a different time, I would keep the card for my collection, but I think I’ll toss it on eBay and put the proceeds toward a few vintage rookies for my collection.

2010 Edlite Extra Edition Private Signings Tom Seaver /10

The base cards were base cards. I pulled nine prospects for my rookie/prospect collection and a Pam Anderson card, which is a nice bonus I suppose. For a long time I was opposed to this product, but I actually kind of like it. This might not be the end of my Elite breaks. Or maybe I’ll just buy a base set.

2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition pack 1 (missing is the Seaver shown above)

Elite Extra Edition pk 2


Like most hobby shops, the Bowman Chrome was slightly overpriced. At $4.95 each pack, I figured I try a few and get the hell out. I didn’t pull a Strasburg auto, but managed to snag a prospect auto of 17-year-old Miguel Sano, who is the fourth best autograph available in the product, according to Freedom Card Board. With resale value anywhere from $25-$60, I think I might toss it on eBay too to see if I can flip it into another long-sought-after vintage rookie. Perhaps a Willie McCovey or Willie Stargell, or both, depending on the end price. The card is mint … my scanner just scanned it really dark and messy.

2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Auto Miguel Sano

I won’t waste your time with scanning the basic Bowman Chrome veteran cards, even if though there is a Luke Hochevar refractor. But here are the Chrome prospects. As you can see I also pulled a USA card of A.J. Vanegas.

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Bowman Chrome is Bowman Chrome, but I do take issue with two of these cards. First off A.J. Vanegas had a Bowman Chrome card in the basic Bowman Set. He was part of the USA Under 18 set. Not entirely sure why they decided to make yet another one here. At least they used a different picture. Point should be made though that the new Vanegas card is NOT his ‘First Bowman Chrome Card” as the logo suggests.

Which of course brings me to the second card I have an issue with: Craig Clark. He, too, had a card in basic Bowman. Hell, they even used the same picture. (see below) The cards from the two series are IDENTICAL except for the actual card number and a white border on the new card. The first one is card No. BCP27. The one from the newly released Bowman Chrome is BCP111. It also should be noted that Craig Clark has a signed version in the first series. Not sure if there is another in the new release.

Top row is new, bottom is old