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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Anyway, I picked up my 89th Hall of Fame signed baseball (I misspoke when I said Killebrew was my 87th. Rickey - the one of him that I got in Columbia - was my 87th).
"Happy" Chandler (b. 1898 - d. 1991) was a senator from and governor of Kentucky and the second commissioner of baseball, taking the helm upon the passing of Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Chandler was chosen as commissioner in part due to the team owners wanting someone with political ties to represent their interests in Washington, DC during World War II.
Chandler was the commissioner when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. He served as commissioner of baseball from 1945 to 1951 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982 by the Veterans Committee. When he died in 1991 at the age of 92, he had been the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
It was really cool meeting Rickey. He was really nice and interacted with the fans going through the line to meet him. he was pricey but I think it was worth it to meet "The Greatest."
Monday, July 29, 2013
Most of you have noticed how much William and I's friendship has taken off over the years. Believe it or not, we have now known each other for almost 5 years! I was 12 years old when I first inquired on his Robinson Cano autographed card, and from that point on, sports card blogosphere history was made! I like to think of it as one of the better stories in the hobby already, but I'm always looking for ways to make the fairy tale story even better. He's treated me so well over the years, and I honestly can't thank him enough for being there with me through the hardships of middle school/high school years.
Let me tell you all now that you better all be ready to see some incredible stuff on this blog, better than what most internet sites have to offer! We have many great stories and memories to share and we want to include you all on this journey, because without all of your support in the hobby, who knows how much him and I's friendship would have developed. Despite him being one of my best friends, all you guys and girls reading have been awfully integral to my life- and I'm sure William can attest to that as well! With all of that stuff said, enjoy the next few weeks of reliving our awesome experiences and pickups with us!
Thanks William for allowing me the honor of being the first guest writer, and what would would be a drewscards post without....
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Henrich (b. 1913 - d. 2009) played in the majors from 1937 to 1942 and 1946 to 1950 for the Yankees. He had 1,297 hits, 183 home runs and a .282 batting average over the course of 11 seasons. He was an All Star 5 times and finished as high as 6th in the MVP voting (1948 and 1949). He won the World Series 4 times (1938, 1941, 1947 and 1949) with the Yankees.
The first vendor we saw as we made our way into the building was a guy that Drew knew really well from his times at the White Plains, NY shows. The guy had a bunch of nice signed baseballs. The first thing the guy did when we walked in was notice Chris and give him a free ball. Chris picked out a signed Boog Powell ball. Because he did this, I figured I should at least buy SOMETHING from the guy, so I really concentrated on the stuff he had.
He had a ball of a non-Hall of Famer that he wanted only $20 for (which I bought and will show later) and then I picked up the above Harmon Killebrew that I needed for my Hall of Fame collection. I got it really cheap (for $70 I think), so that was nice. It is a really good-looking ball with slight toning, but a great signature and HOF inscription.
Killebrew (b. 1936 - d. 2011) played in the majors from 1954 to 1975 for the Senators, Twins and Royals. He had 2,086 hits, 573 home runs and a career .256 batting average. He was the 1969 AL MVP and appeared in the 1965 World Series (which the Twins lost to the Dodgers).
Killebrew was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984 (his 4th year on the ballot) when he received 83.1% of the vote. He is my 88th Hall of Famer.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
I'm trying something new by doing a post with my phone. Good luck to me.
I'm visiting my very close friend, Drew from Drewscards and we are currently riding to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Last night, Drew took me to his local card shop. We bought a box of 2011 Topps Lineage so we could play pack wars. I won handily. Drew still made out ok because we did a bunch of trading afterward. I'll post some of the cards when I get access to a scanner but I will leave you with a few pictures from the break itself.
I'm really enjoying my time with Drew. He is one of the first people I traded with back in 2009 through this blog. We have become best of friends and I am really excited to be able to experience the Hall of Fame him.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
So, thanks for the package, Andrew! You'll have some Cardinals headed your way pretty soon, so keep a look out.
Monday, July 22, 2013
When we were done with our trade, I brought out one of my PC boxes and let him and his dad look through some of my rookies and vintage. I think they were both appreciative at being able to see that stuff while they were here. I sure enjoyed being able to sit down and have some folks excited about looking through my cards. That's a rare thing around here.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Scott and his dad rolled in about a quarter to 11 in the morning, just in time to grab some lunch in downtown Greenville. After lunch, Scott, his dad, Chris and I all did a tour of the two card shops in the area. At the first card shop, in Kinston, Scott and I decided to go halves on a box so we would have something to bust when we got back to the house.
When we got back home, we split the box evenly and started ripping packs. Both of us made out with our packs as each got a relic and auto and several short prints. It wasn't until later that Scott texted me and told me that the Yu Darvish SP I got was, in fact, a super short print photo variation. Not bad. I think the odds of pulling one of those is 1:461 packs. Really not bad.
In all, I had a really great day hanging out with a fellow blogger/collector along with his dad, who was awesome enough to bring along some of his own collection (which isn't baseball cards) for us to look at. It was really cool being able to sit around on the couch and talk about collecting, collecting regrets, auction sites, shows, etc. I think we all decided that this would become a regular thing, so I'm hoping we all can hang out really soon. Scott and his dad are awesome folks and I am so glad we got the date wrong on the card show. This was so much more fun! Go take a look at Scott's blog and give him some follows. he's a hell of a guy and deserves more attention for his blog!
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I really think this photo was taken during Harper's stolen base on June 23 because if this was from Harper hitting a double and a throw was coming to Roberts from the outfield, then he would be positioned differently and I don't think you would be able to see the advertisement on the outfield wall. I believe this shot was taken as Roberts received a throw from Wieters and was shocked that the call didn't go in the O's favor. You know, because Wieters is money when it comes to throwing out baserunners.
What do you guys think?
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I really enjoyed the above Chris Davis 2013 Bowman. I pulled only Jim Johnson from the several jumbo packs that I bought, so I was very happy to be able to add this Davis to my PC without having to buy 500 more packs just to pull one. Thanks for making it easy on me, Cam!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I'm not one who likes to broadcast my charitable endeavors because I enjoy just doing nice things for folks. Reading the email Erik sent me afterward and the post on his blog that followed was something I really enjoyed. I'm so glad that some small gesture on my part meant so much to a guy who is seemigly getting started in this awesome hobby of ours.
Erik surprised me when I got a package in the mail today that contained this 2013 Topps Blue Sparkle Tommy Hunter. I sincerely didn't want anything in return for the Ortiz card, but I appreciate his thought in sending something back. The card is beautiful and Hunter's cremecicle jersey really pops off of it.
Thanks so much for the card, Erik! I really appreciate it and I hope you continue to add to your blog!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Here's to holding out hope that the last 3 cards pop up somewhere. I haven't given up yet!
Friday, July 12, 2013
This is an enlarged card with the classic high-kick shot of Feller, which is such a great shot. I can just imagine the force at which that baseball is about to leave his hand. Yikes.
The card just looks great and I'm glad that the guy was willing to sell it to me for 5 bucks. I wish Topps would do more box toppers.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
So, when Michael found out I was going to be in Baltimore this past Monday, he presented me with a trade proposal for the above 2012 OMLB Camden Yards Anniversary game used baseball. This go-round, he was looking for cash considerations and we went back and forth until we agreed on an amount and he offered to throw in a signed baseball that you will see below.
The Camden ball is MLB authenticated and after referring to their database, I can tell you that the ball was from June 10, 2012. The Orioles faced the Phillies and the ball was a foul tip by Shane Victorino off of Jason Hammel. Cool, right?
Michael is a really nice guy and I was really happy to complete this trade with him. I'm sure we will meet up again and swap more O's related stuff very soon.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
I still need a ton of 2013 Topps Emerald parallels for my set. I need too many Series 2's to list, so if you have any, I'll take them. My Series 1 needs are on my Wishlist, so please check it out and send me some more! I really want to complete this set. I feel like I'm doing well, I still have yet to buy what I need, so I think getting as far as I have by trading says a lot.
Thanks for the trade, Jeff. Let's do it again!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Orioles mean business lately, having swept the division rival Yankees to completing a trade today to shed two under-performing pitchers for a AAA catcher and a starter who can help stabilize the rotation. Also, the Orioles got back oft-injured second baseman, Brian Roberts. They will get Wei-yin Chen back off of the DL later this week as well. I'm really excited to see the team taking shape. I hope injuries can be dodged and they can really start to chip away at the Red Sox lead in the AL East standings. Reimold can definitely help. His hamstring issues appear to be behind him and he has moved further away from the major neck surgery he had last year. I really want him to come off of the DL strong and make an instant contribution to the team.
Let's go O's! Never too early for a playoff push!
Monday, July 1, 2013
Anyway, I jumped off topic enough. Thanks for the package Weston!