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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.

Upper Deck Follows Through With 2010 Series One … literally

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Heading into 2010, I’d venture to guess that 99 percent of baseball card collectors knew that there would be only one official producer of Major League Baseball cards. And we all knew that Upper Deck was going to go ahead with products of their own, even without the blessing of The Man. It was something we as a collecting community were anxious to see. What would these cards look like? Would they look like many of the other unlicensed cards with logos and team names Photoshopped out? Would Upper Deck find a new way to do things? Well, Upper Deck certainly didn’t help the collecting world when it decided to release product information WITHOUT images. And so we were left in the dark. If we wanted to know what the cards would look like, we were going to have to buy some to figure it out.

And so there I was on Tuesday after having received an e-mail from my local card shop about the Upper Deck Series One arrival. I made it there before they even opened the first box. I didn’t want to go overboard, I knew the packs would run somewhere between $5 and $6 because of the number of cards per pack, so I decided before hand that I would buy three packs figuring that would get me 60 cards with a shot at one of the three hits in the box.

I’ll say this up front, my packs sucked. I am a Red Sox collector and there was not a single BoSox card to find in the packs. There also were no hits and the best cards, in my opinion, were base cards of Evan Longoria, Matt Weiters and cards of Yankee Stadium and Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, where I have attended more than 30 games during my life.

Check out the small picture of Longoria. Curious George?

I digress. What I did notice though is the photographs that Upper Deck used on these unlicensed cards — it seems like the majority of them were of the player following through on their throw, swing or pitch. See for yourself.

I initially liked the photos, but after thumbing through 60 cards and noticing that many of them look alike, it started to piss me off a bit.

Speaking of pissing me off, what the eff is up with this Biography insert set? Are we REALLY seeing a redux of Documents? And these Portrait cards are an uglier version of an already ugly design we saw in 2005 Origins. Gah!

And lastly, I will say I was quite amused with Upper Deck Star Rookie Cards. Check out the Rookie Card Logo. Seems like a big Eff You to MLBP.

Living a fantasy

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Tomorrow marks the 40th day since I last opened a pack of baseball cards. It’s pretty big milestone for a guy who at times can be addicted to ripping packs and thumbing through new baseball cards. But I know that tough times are ahead as 2010 Topps baseball has already started to hit the market.

But what has made this 40-day journey easy on me is a bit of fantasy and reality. You see, about two weeks ago I bought my first 2010 fantasy baseball magazine, and just yesterday I purchased a second one just to give me a few different views on things. I’m currently involved in a pair of long-term keeper leagues with some friends, and over the last week I’ve managed to make some trades that have netted me Prince Fielder, Felix Hernandez and Jon Lester. Needless to say I am super excited about the 2010 season, even though my early start is going to make the next three months agonizing.

In terms of reality, my wife and I have booked a trip to the east coast in May which will lead us to two major destinations: New York and Boston.

The trip is to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary as well as our 30th birthdays, all of which fall within a month of each other. This will be my first time to both cities. During our seven-day trip, we’re also making two stops that any baseball fan must make: Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park.

As a Red Sox fan, this is a dream come true. As it turns out we will watch the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on May 17, and then two days later we’ll have the fortune of watching the Sox at home against the Minnesota Twins. For those counting, that is two games in three days at two of the most storied ball parks — well sort of. I kind of wish the Sox-Yankee game was at the old/original Yankee Stadium, but beggars can’t be choosers. I’m just happy to have the experience and to share it with my wife, who has been nothing but supportive in my desire to visit these parks, particularly Fenway.

These two items — fantasy baseball and our east cost trip — have left little time for me deal with baseball cards. I’ve not made any additions to my collection over the last month with the exception of my 1954 Topps Ted Williams. I’m actually trying to decrease the amount of stuff I have in the garage and reclaiming whatever money I can. (See eBay items here)

But as I noted earlier, tough times are ahead. Over the weekend I checked eBay to view some of the 2010 Topps cards and some of them are appealing to me, particularly the Red Sox stuff. So what am I to do?

If history has taught me anything it’s that the new base Topps set of every year sends collectors into a feeding frenzy for about three weeks for two major reasons. First off, it’s NEW baseball cards, not stuff we’ve been looking at for months or years. And secondly, we’re all feeling baseball withdrawal right now so in some way the release of the new Topps set is our way of welcoming in the new season, even if the players don’t start to report to spring training for another three weeks.

As these packs start to trickle into retail stores — where I do most of my shopping — I just need to remember that this urge to buy every pack on the shelf is temporary. It won’t hurt to buy a couple packs to celebrate the 2010 season, but there is no need to buy more than just a few. I think I am done with the idea of trying to build sets, and the abundance of 2007 Topps inserts sitting in my garage serve as a reminder as to what can happen when you buy way too much of a product that offers very little in return.

Pack Break: 3-Pack Wal-Mart Special; 2008 UD Goudey

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

109_0808Had to stop by Wal-Mart today to buy some shipping boxes, so I made the usual trip to the card area. There was nothing new, but I decided to flip through the “new” 3-Pack Wal-Mart specials. This one caught my eye because it included a pack of 2006 Bowman Draft in addition to the always-fun 2008 Topps Chrome. For $5.97, I was intrigued. Continue reading

Blaster Break: 2008 UD Masterpieces

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Decided to purchase a blaster of UD Masterpieces today. Here are the results. Nothing too exciting, but I think I did OK. Continue reading