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Monday, 30 July 2012
Another entry in the still needing a better name "All-Time Home Run Hitting Catchers Bat Cards" project. This time we have a 2011 Topps 60 Relic of Roy Campanella. By my list Campy sits at 10th all-time in home runs by a catcher with 239, not including 3 hit as a pinch hitter. In his short ten year career Campanella was an All-Star 8 times and the N.L. MVP 3 times. In 1953 he hit 40 home runs as a catcher, a record for the position that would last until 1996 when Todd Hundley hit 41 for the Mets. Campanella would be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Some people get excited for autographs or relics or vintage, I get excited for obscure Rockies cards. After searching Sportlots for a 2003 Fleer Tradition Update #369 for a few months, it finally turned up and I jumped on it for $2.24 shipped. This was a hard on to track down and up until today I have never even seen a scan of it. This one is the glossy version serial numbered to 100 and is the only MLB set with a card of this Matt Miller. One of Every Rockies project now up to 280 out of 316 (88.6%). Matthew Jacob Miller pitched in 4 games for the Rockies from June 27 to July 3 in 2003 as a 31 year old rookie in his 8th pro season. He would go on to pitch in 96 games of relief for the Indians from 2004-2007, finishing his career with a 6-1 record and a 2.72 ERA with 2 saves.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Monday, 23 July 2012
In researching for this '71 variations project I have come across a lot of conflicting views on variations vs. print errors. The reason for starting this project was to gather information and make it available in one place for people to check out and make their own decisions on what is a valid variation. The 1971 Denny Lemaster would most likely be a print error, but I thought I would include it here as some are listing in as a variation and there is not a lot of information is out there. The difference between the two is on the back photo. There are versions with a black blob or splotch on his left cheek and versions without. On COMC right now 5 of the 8 cards listed do not have the blob. I have yet to see the back of the O-Pee-Chee version so I have no idea about that.
Friday, 20 July 2012
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Marc Savard only played in 25 regular season games and none in the playoffs in 2010-11, but the Bruins petition to get his name engraved on the cup was successful so I am including him in this collection. This card is from the 2007-08 SP Authentic Sign of the Times set, it's a nice on-card auto and a decent looking card. Savard missed all of 2011-12 with the same concussion issues that have plagued him for three seasons, and his playing career is sadly, likely over.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
More 1971 checklists, more weirdness, more "is it really a variation". With card number 206, the 3rd series checklist, we have the usual Red helmet vs. Orange helmet that is recognized and designated by PSA as well as a minor variation/print error. Some cards have the card list tilted leaving a larger space between Joe Morgan and the black border. I would honestly not even mention this if I wasn't doing this card already just for the helmet colors. Going by the amount of cards in the PSA registry, the orange helmet is much harder to come by. As always the images below show it better than I can explain. According to PSA both helmet colors exist in the O-Pee-Chee set. A minor change on the OPC checklist is that card number 289 in the set is Rusty Staub, while in the Topps set card number 289 is the White Sox team card. Oh My O-Pee-Chee explains that here.
Monday, 16 July 2012
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Tuesday, 3 July 2012
covered it before on here with some custom baseball designs. Here is what I pulled.