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.

2019 Topps release and the World Series relics

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Today sparks the beginning of the new card collecting year as 2019 Topps is released in most hobby shops and online. And like every year for the last 10-plus years the set will feature an insert set honoring the World Series champions complete with relics and autographs

There should be some excitement for Boston Red Sox fans as once again they have championship cards to collect. But in some ways, the relics in the new Topps release feel second-rate based on what was offered months ago directly from Topps.

The reason I say this is because while the 2019 cards themselves commemorate the champions, the relics within the cards are not from the World Series. Hell, they even say as such on the front of the card.

Now, this is NOT breaking news. Over the last decade, Topps has refrained from identifying the year in which the items was used, and sometimes even don’t identify the fabric embedded in the card. And my point of this post is not to complain, or to poke fun at Topps. Rather, this post is to highlight the greatness of the Topps Now program.

Because if you as a Red Sox collector wanted a legitimate piece of the World Series, there were pieces available directly from Topps a day after the Red Sox claimed the title at Dodger Stadium. Topps made available a team celebration card that featured a small chunk of a base from Game 5. It was limited, but it does in fact feature a piece of baseball history.

The 2019 Topps World Series champions cards do indeed look nice, and I’ll reiterate that this post is not to disparage them. Heck, if I can get a few of them at a decent price at some point I will probably pounce on them. But for me, the smarter money was spent in October after the title when I secured my piece of the game. And to my surprise, the card arrived in relatively quick fashion.

My specific card is the Purple version, serial numbered 10/25. It features a white base swatch bearing hologram number JC698628  the authentication certificate via MLB then refers to the original hologram for the entire base
JC334202 which indicates the base used in this relic card was second base used during innings 5 through 7 of Game Five of the 2018 World Series, which means the base was actually stepped on by League MVP Mookie Betts and JD Martinez, who both homered in that game, in innings 6 and 7, respectively.

Of course, this relic from Topps Now is a bit more special to me than most. I managed to attend Game Five and see my favorite team of more than three decades hoist the World Series Championship Trophy before my very eyes.

A Belated Congrats from Night Owl

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Way back in October, when it was determined the Boston Red Sox would face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, I reached out to Greg, AKA Night Owl (link), and proposed that we should make a small wager.

You see, Greg is a Dodgers fan, and I am a Red Sox fan. I’ve been communicating with Greg for about 10 years through our blogs and Twitter. It seemed like a fun idea at the time. So we agreed to make a small wager, with non-specific cardboard of course.

Then things started to develop in the Series. The Sox took Games One and Two in Boston, and with the Series headed back to the West Coast I turned my attention away from the wager, and focused on the fact that the Sox were heading toward another title, and because of my geographic location, I may actually have a chance to see it live if the series extended to a fifth game.

The Dodgers took Game three in legendary extra innings fashion, and then Boston won Game Four, securing the opportunity of a lifetime for me — I had tickets to Game Five to potentially see my team win a World Series title before my very eyes.

I’ve written about that experience (here) but I couldn’t help but think about Greg while I was there at Dodger Stadium that night. I wished he also had a chance to experience such a view; but I also though about our silly wager — even as Game Five wore on, I thought it would be nice to send him something instead of expecting him to pay me for his end of the wager.

I checked the merchandise stands for something that might make for a nice souvenir to send him, but sadly a lot of what they had was generic World Series stuff and it was overpriced.

But what I did end up doing was send him something that I confirmed he didn’t have — a 2018 Topps Living Set card of Game Five starter, Clayton Kershaw. You see, on Oct. 17, when Kershsaw’s card was released I ordered five of the cards because Kershaw is my favorite player. Those cards arrived within a week and a half of the Sox victory so I packaged one up and sent it on over the Greg, who acknowledged the card in a post that I actually missed at the time.

I wasn’t expecting anything in return — but this week I got a small package from Greg. He was holding up his side of the wager with a handful of Red Sox cards, and 10 Kershaw cards, three of which I did not already have.

Thanks for holding up your end, Greg. The cards are glorious.