Monday, 1 March 2021

February Mail Round-up

Things are very slow card-wise here, but a few trades and purchases this month give me something to post about. Starting off with this beaut, I don't buy singles on everyone's favorite auction site, but the odd time a card jumps out and says "Hey, if you can find me at a reasonable price with reasonable shipping, probably from a Canadian sellers, you should buy me." This time I listened to the talking cards unnecessarily long ramble and bought this from the new Upper Deck. These inserts come in different colors and are all pretty nice, but this is pretty close to team colors, and the alt jersey appearance sealed the deal.

Friday, 19 February 2021

Football Frankenset - Feb 2021

 

039 - 1995 Score - Ron Moore
Is it a Jets card or a Cardinals card, either way it is a rare photo of the Cardinals white version of the 1994 throwback unis. I am totally a fan of the small front number in the upper right.

063 - 1995 Upper Deck - Ethan Horton
More 1994 throwbacks, lots of Redskins, lots of 1995 Upper Deck, get used to it.

117 - 2003 Upper Deck - Champ Bailey
Keeping with the throwback Skins theme, this time from 2002, the beloved "spear helmet" throwbacks that I would love to see make a comeback at some point.

126 - 1991 Pro Set - Bill Belichick
I miss coach cards, also a jacket so sweet he couldn't stand to cut the sleeves off.

144 - 1988 Topps - Brian Bosworth
"The Boz", a lot of hype and not a lot of production from the Super Rookie, partly in thanks Bo Jackson knowing a thing or two about running over linebackers.

278 - 1990 Fleer - Lomas Brown
I think the first pack of football cards I ever opened was from 1990 Fleer, so I have a soft spot for it. Also a great O-Lineman card with the tinted visor (zip tie sighting) and the crazy plastic facemask.

311 - 1991 Pacific - Greg McMurtry
I really, really love great special teams photo like this one.

354 - 1989 Pro Set - Rod Woodson
Rookie card of a Hall of Famer, for no reason other than I like Rod Woodson and I like Pro Set. Potential defensive player with the ball card, put he returned a lot of kick in his day, so it's kind of cheating.

374 - 2003 Upper Deck MVP - Taylor Jacobs
A pre-color rush rarity, the Redskins never wore the All-Ketchup getup until 2008, this was just an oddity from a rookie photo-shoot.

486 - 1991 Score - Dean Biasucci
1991 Score is another low-key great set from the junkiest of junk wax era. Triple exposure shot of a kicker, sign me up.


Tuesday, 9 February 2021

RLC Custom Card Project: Harvey Pulliam

 The Player: Harvey Pulliam signed with the Rockies as a free agent in from the Padres, and having previously playing in the majors for the Royals in parts of the 1991-1993 seasons. He would debut with the Rockies in September of 1995, reach the majors again in 1996 and set a career high with 59 MLB games in 1997. Probably best remembered by Rockies fans for leading the PCL (AAA) in home runs with 25 and RBI with 91 helping the team win the league Championship. After the 1997 season he was traded to Arizona, but ending playing out his career with stops in the Japan, Korea and Mexico.

The Card: 1990 Upper Deck Hockey, what do you really need to say about Upper Deck from this era, you can pretty much start the "modern" era with when Upper Deck started making cards. A beauty of a design that still stands up 30 years later.

The Project: The Project: Rockies Legacy Collection custom project to make digital cards of Rockies players who never had one issued.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Kind of like a Wake (or getting drunk and listening to "Pictures of You" by The Cure)

 

If you came here expecting a big hate filed rant on the Rockies front office, sorry. Just me going through my Arenado cards and uploading some of the better ones and ones I like. On to greener pastures, continued health and a few more victories with an org that seems to have some idea what they are doing. Domo arigato, Mr. Arenado.

Thursday, 3 December 2020

These scans have dust on them.

Sometimes I tell myself I am super organized, sometimes I put files in folder to keep them straight, and then totally forget about them for months. This is the case here with a package from oldest friend of the blog, Mr. Buckstorecards. As always a nice stack of cards with too many to scan them all, but a few highlights made it to the scanner, starting with a straight black patch of David Krejci and a very rare brand for me, Ray Bourque from The Cup.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Football Frankenset - November 2020

 

#67 - 1993 Playoff Contenders - Bernie Kosar
A rare mid-season short term stop, Kosar played in 4 regular season games with the Cowboys, and finished the year with a Super Bowl ring.

Friday, 20 November 2020

Sportlots: 9 from 3

The post-season review of my One of Rockies spreadsheet showed that I have been ignoring the project a little bit, the remedy was a visit to sportlots. I was a little surprised, but very happy to see some of the on-line only Topps products listed, including these two from 2019 Total with catcher Drew Butera who has surprisingly spent parts of 3 season with the Rockies despite hitting .167 and Tim Melville who was a pretty good story going from Independent leagues to a short term cult hero.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

BaseballCardStore - The Return.......


 The first order from BaseballCardStore.ca was so good, I went back for more. 


Starting with something a little different, Kipper for the Sharks goalie collection and Craig Billington sporting one of my favorite mask designs in recent memory.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

10 Reasons to dislike the DH in Cardboard form

The 2020 baseball season was weird and short and weird. Among the weirdest was the universal DH. I miss pitchers batting. I miss double switches and I miss pinch hitters and I miss pitchers facing just one batter. In honor of the pitcher batting and hopes of seeing it again, here are my top 10 reasons to embrace the traditional 9 hole hitter.

10. Closers Batting
Above we have 1,201 career saves and 9 career hits. When was the last time you saw a guy with over 300 career saves sliding into a base? Very rarely does it happen, and very really do it go well, but it's still intresting.

9. Old School Pitchers Hitting
How great are these three cards with the flapless helmets.

8. Warm-up Jackets
These seem to have been out of fashion for a while, but how cool is a warm up jacket with your name and number on the back.

7. Hitting Dingers
Chicks dig the longball, from the classic Tim Hudson card, to German Marquez hitting a home run off a position player, to Jon Gray hitting one 467 ft.

6. Bartolo Colon
Speaking of dingers, Topps sure loved the legend of Bartolo Colon, and really who didn't?

5. Pre-Interleague A.L. Pitchers hitting
Mostly pre-season, although the wonderful weirdness of baseball with Roger Clemens getting his first career hit in his first career at bat in his 13th season in a game in which the Red Sox moved their DH to field, moving the pitcher into the line-up.


4. Pitchers hitting walk-off bombs
April 25th, 1986, Craig Lefferts enters a tie game in the 11th, gives up a run the top of the 12th, then hits a walk-off bomb in the bottom of the 12th, and yes, there is video of it, and it is glorious.



3. Jim Abbott
Born without a right hand Abbott still managed 2 career hits and 3 RBI. Also very weird is the amount of cards of him batting even though he never had a regular season plate appearance with the Yankees or Angels.

2. Pitchers Looking Ridiculous
Honestly, do you want cards of fat old guys that don't even own a glove, or stuff like this. You would miss horrible hitting pitchers, you know you would.

1. Pitcher Plays at the Plate
Maybe the most famous baseball card photo, Thurman Munson and A's pitcher Chuck Dobson along with an obsolute gem that might be a double rarity, a pitcher running, and a catcher collision at the plate.

There it is, maybe more on the way, but this should really be enough to convince any baseball fan.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Sept 2020 Trade Roundup


Clearing a couple trade out of the scan folders, starting with Steve Kline and either the batboy or a very small middle infielder, just a weird card from the old want-list and bonus points for an Expos appearance.