Wednesday, September 2, 2015
It was this that made The National a lot of fun. Our group would search a table, and after a few minutes, each would say something like "Here, I thought you would like this, I just bought it." Max and I were discussing last night about how we both realized that we had spent a good amount on money on each other. I wouldn't have it any other way. A lot of the cards that I bought ended up going to other people. Some of ot was for later trades, but most of it was just care package stuff that I thought others would like.
Max really knows the types of stuff that I like, and he surprised me with some really good cards. The above Kevin Gausman is a really cool card. It's a 2011 Bowman Sterling numbered 185/199.
Thanks for everything you do, Max, and I'm glad we were able to spend the time that we did together at The National.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Frankie surprised me with this really nice Adam Jones 2014 Topps Supreme auto numbered 5/45. It was a really kind gesture from a really good guy.
I really appreciated the cards from Frankie, but I appreciated my time with him even more. It was cool to get to know him, and welcome him into our little group.
Monday, August 31, 2015
I know the circumstances around his ban rocked baseball, and the need to be able to trust that the players are on the up and up is very important. Jackson, if reinstated, would be something of a sure bet for the Hall of Fame.
My hope is that if Jackson is reinstated, that Buck Weaver will also be reinstated as well, especially since it is widely known that he never took any money for the 1919 World Series fix. Weaver just didn't rat on his teammates.
We will know for sure tomorrow, and I, for one, am really excited.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Wills (b. 1932) played in the majors from 1959 to 1972 for the Dodgers, Pirates and Expos. He had 2,134 hits, 20 home runs and a .281 career batting average. He led the league in stolen bases six seasons in a row. He was the 1962 NL MVP and won the World Series in 1959, 1963 and 1965.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
What sticks out most to me about Sanguillen, though, is a story that I read about the memorial service for his former teammate, Roberto Clemente. When Clemente passed away, the Pirates held a memorial service for him that was attended by all of his teammates, with the exception of one, Sanguillen. The reason he wasn't at the memorial was because he was busy diving off the coast of Puerto Rico in shark infested waters, looking for Clemente's body. That's true friendship, right there.
According to Sanguillen's SABR page, it says that Sanguillen was actually supposed to accompany Clemente on his ill-fated flight, but had misplaced his car keys and missed the flight.
Sanguillen was really quiet during the signing at The National, but he was friendly when I spoke to him. I thanked him for the autograph and moved along, since his line was so long.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
I pulled this 1982 Topps Cal Ripken RC out of a $5 mystery pack. Now my fourth '82 Topps Ripken, this was a really cool hit. Frankie ended up with an early 50s Bowman card, which carried some value, but none of the stuff the guys pulled equaled the excitement I got out of pulling this Cal.
Yeah, I know I have others, but it still was a lot of fun to get a PC item (a rookie, at that). Maybe I'll take the plunge sometime and get one of them graded. I don't know.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Max got this 1987 Topps signed for me, since we had extra vouchers for Cooper. I provided some cards and Max got the signatures. Since I had 1987 Topps cards coming out of my ears, I figured that getting a few signed would be nice. They do, in fact, look good signed.