Thursday, October 30, 2014
I already have the refractor and blue autographs, and now I have this red parallel. The gold parallels have been selling for ridiculous prices, so I doubt I will see one of those any time soon. I'm just glad to have the red out of the way.
Thanks for the deal, Joey. I plan on shipping to you tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I like this patch on the card because it is the O's logo from when I started out as a fan. I don't have a lot of Alomar hits in my collection, so this will be a nice addition.
Thanks so much for the card and letter, Michael!
Monday, October 27, 2014
This set is a dream set of mine. I love the design and the fact that there are legendary cards in the set. I took it upon myself this summer to help Jet realize his dream when I picked up something like 50-60 cards that he needed from a card shop in Detroit. For his birthday, I helped his mom pick out some key cards that he needed, namely the Jackie Robinson.
This set consists of rookies of Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks and Al Kaline. The Jackie Robinson is a "tough get." The fact that there are TWO Ted Williams cards that bookend the set also makes it a tough one.
Jet has given me credit for helping him reach his goal, but in reality, I don't want any credit at all. The cards I sent were all part of a trade, I just helped facilitate getting him closer to his goal. I also mentored him through the process, and made a really good friend.
I'm just really proud to see a young person, such as Jet, pick a difficult set to collate and stick with it. Jet is 14 and most kids his age believe that baseball doesn't exist outside of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. For someone like him to have a passion for set building and vintage cards really makes me feel good about the state of the hobby. I just wish more folks Jet's age felt the same.
Congratulations on the accomplishment, buddy, you earned it.
If you want to follow Jet on Instagram, his screen name (shown on the screenshot above) is @base2theballz
Friday, October 24, 2014
I have seen this card go for around $100 - $125, but I had been watching a couple that were in worse shape than this one that were Buy it Now for $55 and $57. I saw this one, which was listed as an auction, and caught it with about an hour to go. I bid my maximum bid at the $55 that I had almost been willing to spend on the BIN one and rode out the auction to win it at $42.00 shipped. AWESOME!
So, this was the biggest remaining piece that I needed for the set. I still have a good many All Star/High Numbers to get, but none are as prestigious as this card. Mantle cards always seem to carry a premium. Even though I am in no way a Yankee fan, I still can appreciate the gravity of adding a new Mantle to my collection.
This leaves me needing 98 cards to complete the set.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Radbourn (b. 1854 - d. 1897) was the son of a butcher who played in the majors from 1881 to 1891 (11 seasons) for the Providence Grays, Boston Beaneaters, Boston Reds and Cincinnati Reds. His career record was 309-194 with 1,830 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.68. Radbourn won an astounding 59 games in 1884 for the Grays in a time when a team's pitching rotation consisted of only two pitchers, with some players needed from time to time for spot starts.
That season, Radbourn would start 73 games (and come in relief in two others, notching 2 saves) and complete all of them. That season, he would boast a record of 59-12 with a 1.38 ERA and would lead the Grays to a championship.
It was a different game back then as the pitcher was expected to pitch the entire game. Throwing overhand was not allowed and there was no pitcher's mound. The pitcher would throw the ball from the pitcher's "box" and oftentimes would be able to get a running start before throwing a sort of sidearm delivery. Radbourn was widely considered the greatest pitcher of his day, but as one may be able to tell, the huge work load on his arm allowed for him to have only a brief career.
Radbourn was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 by the "Old Timers Committee". His 309 wins rank 19th all-time. His career WAR (if anyone cares about that crap) is 76.0 and ranks 72nd all-time. His 448 career complete games rank 8th all-time, even though he only played 11 seasons. Radbourn also captured the pitching Triple Crown in 1884 with his 59 wins, 1.38 ERA and 441 strike outs.
Radbourn is one of the several players that I know I will not own an autograph of, since he passed away in 1897, and it is highly unlikely any baseballs signed by him exist.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Thanks so much for the cards, Drew! This officially catches me up on all of my recent trades and purchases. Unless something comes in the mail tomorrow, I will be scrambling for something to write about. I doubt I will have too many problems, though, I can always think of something to write about.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I got a bunch of Orioles from Anthony, including the above oversized 2000 Topps Cal Ripken. I'm pretty sure I didn't have it already. Even if I did, I really like the card. I don't remember much about building that sat, to be honest. I know I have it and I know it is completed. I might ought to look through it sometime and check out the rookies, Hall of Famers, etc. That is one of my favorite parts of looking at old sets, seeing the big names that were around at that time.
Thanks for the trade, Anthony!