Archive for World Series

Well, that instantly made the work day better …

Posted in Commentary, Misc. with tags , , on September 7, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

I got to work this morning and a friend of mine had a surprise for me. He handed me a Rawlings Official Baseball box with the top taped shut.

What was inside?

A Buster Posey signed 2012 World Series ball with two authentication holograms.

It’s not game-used; but it is signed by the Giants legend and future Hall of Famer.

This is not the first time this friend has given me signed items. A few years back he gave me an early 1980s ball signed by Rickey Henderson and teammates.

As a side note, I do some photo-matching work for this friend who heavily collects game-used NFL uniforms. I recently matched a 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman jersey to almost every road game, including the AFC Championship game that year against the New England Patriots.

Maybe I’ll write about it this week since the season kicks off tomorrow.

Technology not making it easy to obtain physical World Series Tickets

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Technology is a fun topic to debate. I sometimes find myself thinking about how it’s hurt certain aspects of my life, as well as my hobby. And at the same time I find myself thinking how technology has helped everything in a positive way.

Today, my brain has brought me down the road of World Series Tickets.

Technology helped me in October score tickets to Game 5 of the World Series so that my sister and I could see my favorite team clinch the series.

It was technology that allowed me to complete a transaction in which I sent money over an app in exchange for two tickets to the game; tickets that came in digital form.

The experience was amazing, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. At the same time, I find myself with a strong desire to obtain a physical ticket from the game.

On the night of the game, after Boston clinched the title, eBay had lots of options, most of which were a bit shady. There were a few traditional tickets, but then a bunch of scammers started selling PDF files of digital tickets and selling them as physical copies. It didn’t take long before the auction numbers started to dwindle and listing began stating that they item for sale was a print out of a PDF.

While that scam appears to have slowed, I still find myself without a physical ticket.

I found myself in a similar situation in 2014 after attending Game 4 with my brother-in-law. We saw the San Francisco Giants — his favorite team — take down the Kansas City Royals at ATT Park. We got the tickets through an app as well, so we had no physical tickets. I was able to somewhat rectify the issue about a year later when I found for sale at a Flea Market an actual ticket from Game 5. Sure, it wasn’t MY seat, but it displayed nicely in my lanyard.

I keep hoping that I’ll run into a 2018 Game 5 ticket because I want to fill this empty lanyard from 2018.

As it is now I am contemplating printing out a screenshot of the tickets on the app, but I know true physical tickets exist and damnit I want one. But thanks to technology they are harder to find that ever before.

Do you have a line on a physical ticket from Game 5? Is it available? Hit me on Twitter @cardboardicons.

2019 Heritage Sox “World Series Champs” card image released and it’s a beauty

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

News was released this week about the 2019 Topps Heritage set, including the checklist which revealed the Boston Red Sox would grace the No. 1 slot on the new series.

On Thursday, the image of said card was released to Blowout Buzz and that card is exciting for Sox fans, especially this one.

I wrote about this card yesterday, noting that it was a nod to the 1970 Topps set which featured a team photo of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets. I was curious what photo the Topps would use for the 2019 card — would they stick with tradition and use a posed team photo, or go with something more exciting. Clearly they chose the latter.

I cannot stress enough how much it excites me to see the World Champs on the first card in the set. It would have made me happy regardless of the team — because I feel the World Champions should be Card No. 1 in flagship ever year — but the fact that it’s my team in a moment of celebration in which I was present takes this to a whole new level. I may just have to hoard-collect this card. I cannot get enough visual reminder of the magical evening I was able to experience in person.

I have a thing for collecting cards using images from games I was able to attend. One of the other cards I collect numerous copies of is the 2016 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw, showing him and catcher AJ Ellis celebrating after clinching the NL West title in San Francisco on Sept. 29. I was there that night too and caught the same moment from a different angle. Kershaw was masterful in a duel against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner; the Dodger lefty had 13 strikeouts that night while only giving up one hit in the victory.

Thank you, Topps! Red Sox to grace the first card in Heritage

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Finally, the “World Champions” card has returned to the No. 1 card position.

I Caught wind late last night that the Boston Red Sox will grace card #1 in the 2019 Topps Heritage set and when I learned of the news, I smiled and did a little fist pump as I felt I had been somewhat vindicated.

The decision to place the World Series Champions on the first card of the set is a nod to years past as Topps did this in the 1970s. And in staying in tradition, we’ll probably see World Series champions grace the number one position in the sets in 2020 and 2021 Topps Heritage as well.

In recent years, Topps has made a spectacle of choosing and unveiling the first card in its flagship each year, even opening the vote up to the general public.  Personally, I’ve been advocating for almost a decade for the first card in the flagship set to be a photo of the champs hoisting the World Series trophy as I love the tradition that Topps started in the 1970s.

While Topps has turned more toward showcasing young talent in the No. 1 position of the flagship set, I am thrilled to see the company stick to the formula of the 1970 set and honor the champs. Of course, it only makes it sweeter for me as the Red Sox are my team, and I was there the night they clinched the championship on Los Angeles.

 

 

Generous Friend strikes again – 1989 World Series Press Pin

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

I have this one friend who is a hardcore game-used uniform collector. From time to time he brings me pieces to photo match for him, or to simply let me get hands-on with. Recently he brought me a lot he purchased that included a Buster Posey used equipment bag. In the lot were a pair of used batting gloves, a signed 2012 World Series ball (not used), a used Posey beanie cap, and two lapel pins, one of which I identified as a Press Pin from the infamous 1989 Bay Bridge World Series. The pins were gifted to members of the press in the press box. They are highly collectible, although the older ones certainly carry much more value.

I pointed this fact out to my friend and he said, “Cool. Now you have a Giants World Series Press Pin. It means more to you since you used to be Press.”

I asked three times if he was serious and he answered in the affirmative each time. He also gifted me the other pin, which I believe is also a press pin from the 1984 MLB All-Star Game played at Candlestick Park, then-home of the San Francisco Giants.

Both pins are made by Balfour, which has made both pins and championship rings for MLB and other sports entities. Thanks, Al, the gifts are always appreciated and totally not necessary.