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Friday, September 30, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
This Rocky 40th Anniversary card set was being offered by Topps at a pretty decent price, so I picked it up. I didn't pull one of the randomly inserted Sylvester Stallone autograph cards, but overall, I was really happy with the set.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
I told Raines that I hope to hear his name called in January for the Hall. He said "Yeah, I've been hearing that a lot lately."
Raines (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1979 to 1999, 2001 and 2002 for the Expos, White Sox, Yankees, A's, Orioles and Marlins. He had 2,605 hits, 170 home runs and a .294 batting average. His 808 stolen bases rank 5th all-time. He won the 1986 NL Batting Title with a .334 average. He was a 7-time All Star and finished as high as 5th in the NL MVP voting (1983). He won the World Series in 1996 with the Yankees.
Raines has appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot 9 times and with the new eligibility rules, next year will be his last. He has gotten as much as 69.8% of the vote and should be able to get the required 75% next year. If not, he will most likely get in via the Veterans Committee.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
He didn't have to do that for me, but he did. This is why I continue to love the card community, and the Instagram community. I love the card and it is a welcome addition to the Davis PC.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Mitchell inscribed his uniform number and 89 NL MVP on the ball. He was surprised that I wanted it on the side panel below the All Star logo, asking me a couple times "don't you want it on the Sweet Spot?" I wanted the logo to show with the auto, and it looks good, I think.
Mitchell (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1984, 1986 to 1994 and 1996 to 1998 for the Mets, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Reds, Red Sox, Indians and A's. He had 1,173 hits, 234 home runs and a .284 career average. He was an All Star in 1989 and 1990. In his 1989 MVP season, he his 47 homers with 125 RBIs and a .291 batting average. Mitchell won the World Series with the Mets in 1986. He appeared on the 2004 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.4% of the vote.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
This 1963 Topps was a pretty cool card to get back, even though it was a bit beat up. I didn't have many of them to get signed, so adding this to the Topps Autograph Project was a plus. I only had one other signed 1963 Topps.
Green (b. 1934) played in the majors from 1960 to 1967 for the Phillies, Senators and Mets. He had a career record of 20-22 with an ERA of 4.26 and 268 strike outs. Green would go on to manage the Phillies from 1979 to 1981, the Yankees in 1989 and the Mets from 1993 to 1996. His career record as a manager is 169-130 with one World Series Championship (Philles - 1980).
I mailed to Green on March 12 and got the cards back on September 9, for a 181-day TAT.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Tommy John was the biggest name in the group of cards that I got. The rest were just random guys that I needed.
I'm hoping to get back to some National posts soon. I still have so much from there that I have yet to show. I hope it hasn't been too much!
Friday, September 23, 2016
James (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1978-79 and 1982 to 1987 for the Expos, Tigers and White Sox. He had a career record of 24-26 with a 3.80 ERA and 340 strike outs.
I mailed to James on February 22 and got the cards back on August 23 for a 213-day TAT. I actually sent three cards, but he only signed these two and returned the other unsigned.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Mark knocked four of the cards off of the list while I added ten from Sportlots. I have been on Sportlots for probably 10 years (or very close to it) and have enjoyed using it as a tool to help complete sets. I picked up the Stadium Club cards last week when I was working to complete the 1994 Topps set.
I also appreciate Mark helping me with this set. He also was very nice to help with the 1994 set.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
This card came from the 2016 Topps Chrome Sapphire set, of which 250 were made. Not bad, but these aren't numbered. The card still looks good!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The booklet card is numbered 4/5 and had actually been something I had been watching on Ebay for a while. When the card fell off of Ebay, I figured I missed out, but luckily, my good buddy had picked it up.
This card came from 2015 Museum Collection and will look great among the rest of my Davis booklets.
I am really excited about adding these to my IP/TTM binder. Max has been a huge contributor to this binder, and he has been the biggest inspiration for me to add to it.
I first traded with Max a couple years ago via Instagram and really hit it off with him. An easy-going personality, a great sense of humor and a selflessness beyond his years has completely endeared him to me. He went out of his way last year to invite us into his home and host us for the 2015 National. He is a constant force in helping guide my collection these days. He makes time to skype with me and go through 5,000-count boxes and pull the best base cards for graphing. I don't believe I would have jumped headfirst into getting random base cards signed. This has led to my new appreciation for 80s-era junk wax cards. It has been a lot of fun seeing some of those cards come back with signatures. Max has been an awesome friend, and I can't thank him enough for all of the help that he has given me over the years. His letter that was included with the package assured me that he felt the same way on his end.
Thank you so much for the package, Max. I appreciate it beyond words.
Monday, September 19, 2016
I now need to sort what I have of 1995 Topps so I can get moving on that set. Once it is complete, I will have an entire run of Topps sets from 1973 to 2016. Add in 1951 Red Back, 1955, 1959, 1970 and 1971 Topps, and I am doing really well with my set building. I also picked up a few 1969s in the Sportlots order, so keep an eye on the wishlist for an update soon.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
I had cleaned him out of Orioles stuff long ago, so Nick scrambled to find some things that he gelt would suffice as a birthday gift, but he really could have just stopped at the above Topps custom card. The card features Nick from several years ago when he met Houston Astros ace, Dallas Keuchel. Nick signed the card and personalized it to me. For someone so young, you can tell that Nick has practiced his autograph for quite a while. The card is awesome. Nick actually is a very talented ballplayer. He messages me after each game that he plays, and they always seem to be wins. I hope to hear his name called in a couple years during the MLB Amateur Draft. I'll already have a pretty sweet auto!
I met Nick through Instagram maybe two years ago and completed a couple trades with him. We talked off and on after our initial dealings, but really hit it off earlier this year. We pretty much talk every day. He has to be one of the funniest people I have ever met; not for sheer comedy alone, but the fact that when Nick has something on his mind, he is not afraid to speak it. Usually, that elicits some pretty candid responses from others in our Skype calls. Nick cracks me up. He is also amazing with my son, Chris. Nick is always reaching out to Chris and chatting with him. I think it is good for Chris. Maybe one day, he will work on giving more than one-word responses.
Thank you so much for the birthday package, Nick! I really appreciate it!
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Drew surprised me by crossing a card off of my Top Ten Wishlist. This 1948-49 Leaf "John" Wagner is a card that I have kept an eye on for a while. I almost picked one up at the National, but the guy wanted way too much for it. This one has awesome edges and corners, but some paper loss on the corners; likely due to someone having it taped into an album.
Other than Mom or Andrew, Drew may be someone I have talked about the most on this blog. He and I have been trading since he first broke into the hobby. He was just about 12 at the time, I believe, and now he is almost done with college. We have been close friends for well over 7 years now, and have even taken a trip to the Hall of Fame (Chris still says he didn't break your dad's car door).
Thank you so much for the awesome cards, and most of all, your friendship, Drew! I greatly appreciate it, and can't wait to see you at next year's National!
Friday, September 16, 2016
Because you can find out anything with a simple Google search, I learned that the Charleston Charlies were a Triple-A team located in Charleston West Virginia from 1971 to 1983. They were the former Charleston Jets, then relocated to Maine in 1984 to become the Maine Guides. They now are known as the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Railriders. The Charlies were affiliated with the Pirates from 1971 to 1976; Astros from 1977 to 1979; Rangers in 1980 and the Indians from 1981 to 1983. Dave Parker and Tony LaRussa are a couple of many former stars who were Charleston Charlies.
Mom also picked up a Richmond Flying Squirrels shirt that looks really cool. If Richmond can hold onto the team, maybe I can wear it to a game.
I could write a whole series of blog posts about how awesome my mom is. While I'm certain that she would just Love for me to do that, I will just advise that one can simply click on the "mom" tag at the bottom of this post and let all of my past blogs do the talking for me. I will say that Mom always helped support my hobbies, ever since I was leaving coins lying on the floor at 8 years old. She always showed an interest in what all of us were doing, and many times, collected alongside us. She still buys packs of cards here and there. Someone should tell her, though, that they have not printed any cards showing shirtless David Lough.
Thanks for the birthday presents, Momma! I love them, and I love you!
Thursday, September 15, 2016
I haven't added too much to the Gray PC this year, but I probably ought to. With the terrible season that he has had this year, the values on his cards and autos has gone down tremendously. I got a few Gray cards at the National (that I will show soon) for really cheap prices.
Michael also included two Jimmy Nelson autos and a bunch of refractors from 2016 Chrome. I have known Michael for almost 5 years now, and have spent a lot of time with him at Orioles Fan Fest and some Orioles games. When I went to Baltimore in July, I was able to have dinner with him, and ride around the city (once going the wrong way down a one-way street. Oops.). Michael is a great guy and I am glad we are good friends. He is off to college now, working toward a career that I am certain that he will excel in. He is one driven kid. Thank you so much for the gift, Michael!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I don't know what I can say about Andrew that I haven't said on this blog before, but he is a great friend. I've known him for over 5 years now, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I'm really lucky to be able to call him my friend.
Thank you so much for the awesome birthday gift, Andrew.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Luzinski (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1970 to 1984 for the Phillies and White Sox. He had 1795 hits, 307 home runs and a .276 batting average. He was a 4-time All Star and finished twice in the NL MVP voting (1975 and 1977). He won the World Series with the Phillies in 1980. Luzinski appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1990 and received 0.2% of the vote.
Monday, September 12, 2016
I also have a box of 1995 Topps that needs to be sorted so I can finally get to work on that set. That project is going to happen very soon, I promise. I really want to get these 90s sets done so I can fully focus on finishing 1969, and making a dent in 1967.
Thanks Mark and P. A. for taking a look at the needs lists and going out of your way to help me out. It definitely doesn't go unnoticed, even though it might take me a while to get around to posting.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Blomberg (b. 1948) played in the Majors from 1969, 1971 to 1976 and 1978 for the Yankees and White Sox. He had 391 hits, 52 home runs and a .293 batting average. He is best known as the first designated hitter in baseball history.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
It's a 2-color patch from 2013 Panini America's Pastime. I haven't added anything significant to the Markakis PC since he signed with the Braves before last season. This card is a really cool one, even though the patch almost goes unnoticed.
I got the card for less than $8 as part of a bulk deal, so I likely got it for closer to $5. Not too bad for a patch of that size and that low of a serial number.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Hayes (b. 1958) played in the Majors from 1981 to 1992 for the Indians, Phillies and Angels. He had 1,402 hits, 143 home runs and a career average of .267. He finished 8th in the NL MVP voting in 1986 when he led the league in runs scored (107) and doubles (46) with a .305 average. He was also an All Star in 1989.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
As of tonight, Ichiro stands at 3,018 hits, 27th All Time. The Topps Now card is really nice, and I am glad I decided to pick it up.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Williams (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1989 to 1995 and 1997 for the Rangers, Cubs, Phillies, Astros, Angels and Royals. He had a career record of 45-58 with an ERA of 3.65 and 192 saves. He was an All Star in 1989 while with the Cubs and finished as high as 6th in the NL Cy Young voting in 1991.
I got this 1994 Score out of one of the boxes of cards that Mom picked up for me. One of them (a 5,000-count box) is almost all 1994 Score. This was a really nice set back then, but was prone to sticking together if the cards got hot. Luckily, the cards were well taken care of, and I have been able to use some for graphing. They look really nice with blue sharpie.
Lee (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1969 to 1982 for the Red Sox and Expos. He had a career record of 119-90 with a 3.62 ERA and 713 strike outs. He was an All Star in 1973 and finished 23rd in the AL MVP voting.
Lee appeared on the 1988 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.7% of the vote. He is most widely known for his eccentric personality, which led to his nickname "Spaceman".
Friday, September 2, 2016
Shantz, himself, was really nice, and did take the time to chat with everyone. I was afraid I would miss out on him, so I waited in line for over 2 hours to get him. By the time I got up to him, Andrew had given up and gave me his ticket. I used both name tickets for my and Andrew's cards. They both turned out great.
I am happy to have met Shantz. He was a really nice, friendly guy. I'm also glad I was able to help Andrew out and get his card signed as well. Too bad the line was ridiculous. I might have to approach the free signers differently next year, because those lines killed my legs and feet this year.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
I really want Ryan on a baseball, but at this point, this card works for me. I have Cal, Sr. and Cal, Jr. on baseballs. I don't have Bill on one, either, but that shouldn't take me much longer. Ryan is still in the Nationals system, after being drafted in the 15th round of the 2014 draft out of a Junior College in Florida.
He is scuffling so far in his MiLB career, with a .203 batting average, 3 homers and 47 RBI over 141 minor league games across 3 seasons in Rookie League, Low A and A ball. I doubt he will pan out much more than having a famous last name, but at 23, he is still fairly young. I was initally disappointed that he wasn't drafted by the O's (he was drafted by them in 2012 out of high school, but didn't sign), but he probably stands a better chance in DC and not living up to his dad's shadow in Baltimore.
So, I kind of wish I had waited to pick this card up out of the bargain bin, but $20 is still not bad, especially in the grand scheme of things.