Thursday, August 22, 2019

2019 National Free Signer - Marcel Dionne

I gave away my VIP vouchers for Marcel Dionne pretty quickly.  I was going to focus only on baseball players, and had searched for cards for all of those guys.  Since I had no hockey, football or basketball cards, I sold or traded away all of those players with vouchers.  Then, on the day Dionne was signing, Max came to the show with a box of vintage baseball and hockey that he picked up, and sold to me for $10.00.  He (and I) figured that I could use the vintage cards for TTMs.  As I looked through them, I found these two Dionne cards.  I told Max "Ah crap, he's out there signing right now!".

I happened to have two wild cards on me, and luckily, they were taking them for Dionne because he signed so fast.  So, I got both of the cards done, and I was able to get rid of some wild cards.
Dionne (b. 1951) played in the NHL 1971 to 1989 for the Detroit Red Wings (never heard of them), LA Kings and New York Rangers.  In his career, he had 731 goals, 1,040 assists, and amassed 1,771 points.  He was a 4-time All Star.  His awards include the "Lady Byng Memorial Trophy" which is awarded to the player who "exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability" in the 74/75 and 76/77 seasons.  

He was the winner of the Lester B. Pearson Award (now known as the Ted Lindsay Award) which goes to the most outstanding player, as selected by the NHLPA in the 78/79 and 79/80 seasons.  He also won the Art Ross Trophy, which is awarded to the top poinl-scorer for the season, in 1979/80.

His 731 goals rank 5th all-time; his 1,040 assists rank 11th all-time; and his 1,771 points rank 6th all-time.  He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

Are the Red Wings any good?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2019 National Free Signer - Gary Peters

Another of the free signers at this year's National was someone who's card I was able to find in my vintage box was former pitcher, Gary Peters.  This 1968 Topps All Star card turned out really well.  I was surprised that I had it, but was glad to be able to get it signed.

Peters (b. 1937) played in the majors from 1959 to 1972 for the White Sox and Red Sox.  He had a career record of 124-103 with an ERA of 3.25 and 1,420 strike outs.  He was the 1963 Rookie of the Year, and an All Star in 1064 and 1967.  He won 20 games in 1964, as well, which landed him 7th in the AL MVP voting.  He was the AL ERA leader in 1963 (2.33) and 1966 (1.98).

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

2019 National Free Signer - Jim Perry

I was really excited to meet Jim Perry when it was announced that he would be one of the free signers at this year's National.  When I was in high school, my bus driver would tell me that he grew up in Williamston, NC with the Perry brothers and how he played baseball with them.

Jim said he thought he could remember him, but since I couldn't remember his last name, there wasn't much help.  I just remember him as Dave, and a super nice guy.

Perry was very talkative, and interacted with everyone.  I thought he was really cool to meet.  The line took a while, but to me, it was worth it.

Perry (b. 1935) played in the majors from 1959 to 1975 for the Indians, Twins, Tigers and A's.  He had a career record of 215-174 with 1,576 strike outs and a 3.45 ERA.  He was the 1970 AL Cy Young Award winner, when he went 24-12 with a 3.04 ERA.  He finished second in the 1959 AL Rookie of the Year voting (to Bob Allison).  He was an All Star 3 times (1961, 1970 and 1971).  His best finish in the AL MVP voting was 9th, which he did twice (1969 and 1970).  He won 20 or more games twice (1969 and 1970).  Perry appeared on only two Hall of Fame ballots when eligible (1981 and 1983), but could only get a peak of 1.9% of the vote.

Monday, August 19, 2019

2019 National Free Signer - Jack McDowell

I have gotten Jack McDowell TTM a few time, so when I saw he was signing at the National as one of the VIP signers, I scrambled to find some cards.  Luckily, I was able to find some, including the above 2013 Panini USA card that has been floating around in my box for what seems like forever (6 years actually).
I found these three cards in the same box that I found my Cory Snyders in, so I was able to move some old stuff out of some of the closet boxes.  That is always a plus for me.

I had help in getting these cards signed.  Michael went through the line while I was waiting for Jim Perry, and my friend, Vince, went back through with some of my Wild Cards.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

2019 National Pickups - Unsigned Set Needs

I have neglected my sets that I have been working on for quite some time.  While I was at the National, and when I wasn't waiting in line to get stuff signed, I did try to knock a few things off of my lists.

I picked up 18 1955 Bowmans for that set.  The biggest card was the above Gil Hodges for $10.00.  I also upgraded my Ralph Kiner.
I really have left the 1967 set hanging, so I made sure to cross some numbers off of the list.  I picked up 13 1967s, so I made a small ding in the armor there.
Finally, I only picked up two high number 1972s.  I was going to look for more, but by the time I got around to it on Sunday, I had one $100 bill left, and I didn't want to break it.  Oh well.

I probably won't add much to the sets until next year's National, but you never know.  I might get an itch this offseason and pick up some more and cross some more numbers off.

My needs lists are all updated, in case anyone was wondering.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

2019 National Pickups - A Whole Bunch of Signed 87s

I ended up buying a whole bunch of signed 1987 Topps while I was at the National.  I had said previously that the first dealer I encountered had broken up his set.  I used that opportunity to buy signed cards of the deceased guys that I found, and also picked up some living guys that, for whatever reason, have proven to be a bit difficult for me to obtain.

I had thought Tom Paciorek signed TTM, but when I checked, it had been so long since a success, I put his card back in my box.  When I saw this one for $2-$3, I went ahead and picked it up.
I had paid for Dickie Noles through PastPros back in November, and the card still hasn't come back.  They allow for around a month TAT, so I have been asking about the status.  I have a feeling that I am going to be refunded for that one.  If not, and it does come back, I will have another as trade bait.

I had sent to Bill Russell TTM last year, but that one hasn't come back, either.  I doubt it will, but you never know.  At a price of $2-$3, I went ahead and crossed it off of the list.

The Greg Pryor actually was at another boot, not out for sale.  The dealer had picked up some stuff from someone else, and the card was on top of his stack behind him.  I spotted the wood border right away, and checked my Google Docs list.  I needed it, so I asked the guy if he would sell it.  I think he ended up taking $5 for it.
I sent TTM to Kevin Bass back in 2016, and the return has never come, so I went ahead and crossed this one off of the list.  I never want to write off a non-return, as I have had a TTM come back after 6 years (which I still need to post).

I had seen that Harold Reynolds didn't sign much TTM, so I bought the card.  Once he saw it, Max expressed his disappointment, as he sees Reynolds all of the time.  I might see if Max can help me upgrade anyway, as this card is a bit smudged.  I think I paid $4 for it.

Finally, I had sent to Dennis Rasmussen a while back, but haven't gotten any return, so I went ahead with picking this one up.

Since the dealer(s) wanted between $2 and $5 for most of these, I figured I would go ahead and cross them off of my list and if the pending TTMs did come in later, I had enough trade buddies who would be interested.  It seemed like a win-win for me.

All of this being said, (including a free signer who hasn't been posted yet) I picked up 16 signed 1987 Topps for my set while I was at the National.  This put me at 500 cards, plus another came in TTM since I have been back, and my amazing friend, Gerard, picked up another that I needed.  So, 502/792 is pretty great, since I unofficially started this set when I started sending cards TTM in 2016.

2019 National Free VIP Signer - Cory Snyder

I had already gotten Cory Snyder TTM in the past, so when I saw that he was signing at the National, I struggled to find some cards.  Luckily, I found these two late-80s Fleer offerings.  The above 1988 Fleer turned out really well, I think.
His 1989 Fleer also looks really nice.  I think I prefer the 88, though.

I didn't have to wait very long in Snyder's line, and was able to cash in a wild card voucher to get him on the 89 Fleer.