Sunday, February 27, 2011

I'll see your Cookie and raise you a Cookie, dayf!

The Card: 1939 Play Ball Harry "Cookie" Lavagetto
Found: on eBay for a little more than I should've paid, but still less than it should cost

Nope, it's not a Duke card, but on a day like today, it's good to add a Bum to the collection, especially one this old, and even more especially one with a name and a story like "Cookie" Lavagetto's.

RIP Duke Snider

(The Duke of Flatbush, on Main St. in Cooperstown, 2005.)

While Duke's been in bad shape for a few years now, this is still a very sad day for baseball. He was a great guy, a great ballplayer and a great Dodger.

Some great remembrances of the Duke and his impact on both the game and our hobby have been posted by  Gary Bedingfield and Night Owl, and I'm sure we'll see many more in the coming days.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I spent way too much time (but not that much money) galavanting this weekend...

...but I did pretty good, eh? Yep, in addition to the autographed "Toe" Nash card in the last post, I joined the People Who Own Cards Of That Guy With The Awesome Unibrow Club today, finally. This was found at a card shop I'd never been to before, along with some other stuff I'll get to in a minute. First, let's address the second flea market I went to today.

I got there late, and most of the joint was deserted, but I found one dealer outside with enough cheap cards for me to dig around in.

Kong was the main course at this guy's stand. This card isn't in as good shape as I thought it was on first glance, but screw it, it was cheap and it's AWESOME, like "almost as awesome as the Garvey from this set" awesome.

I snagged a '77 Kong too (along with a '75 and an '82 Diamond King). Kong looks like he's thinking "Oh. That's gonna hurt something when it lands."

In other "guys who could hit the bejeezus out of a baseball" news, I got a '93 Flair Bo! I think Fleer really halfassed it with this line after '93, but '93 is one of the all-time great sets, and a total groundbreaker (whether you're happy that said ground was broken or not). Gorgeous cards. I'll be slowly working on this set until I either turn 90 or find a complete set when I'm feeling wealthy one day.

More Bo, and a decision I've made: outside of the Sport Royalty cards and presidents, which look great no matter what, I'll only be collecting the minis of '08 and '09 Goudey from now on. Yeah, it'll be harder, but I was so mad when they went to standard card size for the base in '08, and getting a mini takes the sting out of it. It'll be much, much harder, but that's fine. I've got a bunch of base from both '08 and '09 that I'll hopefully be able to flip as part of deals for minis (I'll take 'em if you got 'em!).

Oisk! This is my first of those weird Topps throwback cards, and it's an interesting 'un. The card's colorized and poor Carl looks more 2-D on it than he should. Still, love the '05 design, and there probably aren't a lot of these out there.

Another bunch of crazy, over the top, high-falootin' sets I've been getting more serious about are the EX sets Fleer and Skybox put out. They're ridiculously over the top in terms of production values, and designed by someone who REALLY loved Quark Express, but there's something about all that tackiness that I'm finding endearing these days, so I was happy to find another card of February 2011 Player Of The Month c'mon you guys the month's almost over from the '03 set.

I forgot a stop from earlier in the weekend, though! Ha, let me get all non-linear on you guys and talk about Friday at Target for a second before we go to the card shop I got the Moon card at. Rather than buying more '11 product just for the inserts, I grabbed a repack deal with those omnipresent Goodwins in it. It wasn't amazing stuff, but a few cool pieces came out of it.

OK, credit where credit's due: the Jordan Goodwin mini was a really cool card to pull.

I don't collect the guy's stuff, but of the cards you can pull out of '07 Fleer Ultra, you can do worse than Albert, I suppose. I've got some OK cards of his (no rookies/autos/relics, but some '02-'03 stuff), and I've been on the fence for a while as to whether I'm going to try and flip them for cards of players I like more than him or not. He's been great for my fantasy team in my keeper league, don't get me wrong, but if you guys are Pu-Rod collectors, ask me for a list of what I have and make offers accordingly. I might be willing to part with some stuff.

I also got another one of those OH LORD JESUS CHRIST I'M TRIPPING rookie cards in the Ultra pack, this one of Okajima.

This was the Bowman Draft contribution to the pack.

And since pack #4 in these is always '07 Topps Series 2, this card of Junior showed up. It's up for grabs. I'm way more of a Junior on the M's card fan than a Junior on the Reds guy. That Reds uni added 10 years to his age as soon as he put it on. If you disagree and wanna trade for some stuff, get ahold of me, same deal as the Pujols cards.

OK, back to the card shop! Why didn't you guys tell me that '09 Sweet Spot base looked this cool? Also: why does Hanley look like he's pitching out of the stretch here? You're a shortstop, broski!

You look weird, Killer! Another '07 Goudey short print off my checklist, though!

No idea how I didn't have this card...

...or this one, but as I've mentioned, '83 is probably my weakest set of its era.

OMG Ginter-Bomb coming! Wait for it...wait for it...


That Hamilton card is actually my first Ginter of his. No idea how I didn't have the Vlad already, either, save for that I had ROTTEN luck opening packs of Ginter this year. I opened a bunch of loose packs and I think two blasters, and I was underwhelmed by the results. Let's not dwell on that, though.

Instead, here's some Bernie mini action from the same set as that "Toe" Nash. It feels, in a lot of ways, like Bernie was gone before the rise of tobacco card-sized minis, so it was good to snag this one. That's the last noteworthy card I had in the stack (there were a bunch of others, but none of them jumped out at me as great examples of visual cardsmanship), so let's go backwards again, and wrap this thing up with another look at that Wally Moon card!

Ahhh. That's the stuff, right there.

I'll definitely be going back to that card shop when I have more time and money, as I passed on a lot of stuff I can actually use due to time constraints and not wanting to blow a million dollars on cards.

P.S. Everything I posted here cost less than a blaster of just about anything at full retail.

"I can get you a toe."

The Card: 2002 Topps 206 Greg "Toe" Nash autograph
The price: $2

The story: it was warmer at the flea market this morning, but damn near totally deserted because last week scared people with the wind and whatnot. Finally, one card dealer decided to take a few albums of stuff out of his car. Wasn't overwhelmed by most of it, but this one jumped out at me. It was marked at 3 bucks, but I had 2 singles on me that I could use without breaking a bill, so I asked the dealer if 2 would work and it did. Awesome card at a great price!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Round Up for 2/24/11!

(Edit: doublechecked the card. The lines that look like scratches to the right of "THIRD BASE" are scanner smudges. Card's fine. Will scan again if need be, but it's all good. Need to clean my scanner bed more often.)

TRADEBAIT ALERT! This gold card of The Accursed One, 918/2011 is available for trade. Saw it when I was going through the insert pile at my local and couldn't let it sit there while all the Braves fans who read my site go without! I'd love to see it go for a card of my Player Of The Month before February is over. Derek's got it. Hmmm, speaking of which, I need to come up with a Player Of The Month for March. I think I know what I'm gonna do there...

Also of note on the site, I've gone the way of the Night Owl and added my first reader poll to the sidebar. I'm trying to decide whether to hang onto my doubles of cards I have in complete sets or not. Help me avoid making a decision on my own!

You've probably seen folks post about it all over, but if you haven't, The Greatest 21 Days is doing an awesome interview with minor league vet and erstwhile Major Leaguer Rick Lancelotti. Part I's up now. Really good stuff that promises to get even better as it goes along.

Just a quick one for today, but I'll probably be around during the weekend, posting about something or other. Be good!

Cards I Froze My Ass Off For At The Flea Market Last Sunday

26 degrees. A wind that absolutely killed.

While I was rifling through albums and boxes, I asked the dealer, "Should I put my gloves on, and lose all coordination in my hands, or leave them off and lose all feeling in my hands?"

Thankfully, there was a positive ending to all of my self-induced hardship.


Yep, I put a nice dent in the '91 Dream Team subset (7 cards I needed, in total), not long after deciding that some of the cards in this set were simultaneously way too awesome and way too ridiculous not to own.

What was with '91 Score and shirtless dudes? You had Canseco, Puckett and Henderson in the same 13 card run!

Will Clark wasn't havin' it, though. He put on extra clothes, in fact.

Dave Stewart looks just plain awesome here. I also got Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin, but, while decent photography, those are pretty standard uniform shots, so I'll spare you all. I still need Frank Viola, Wade Boggs, Randy Myers and Roberto Alomar to finish off the set (so I can move onto the '90 Dream Team, which was badass in a completely different way), so if you've got 'em, let's talk trade!

Of course, I wasn't done after just freezing to death for '91 inserts. I also had 1979 Dwight Evans looking at me disdainfully for standing out in the cold to buy cheap bubble gum cards!

My pal Rick Cerone looked pretty disgusted, too. "What's wrong with that guy? His hands are turning purple, and he's looking through card albums!" Actually, it could also be that Nick Esasky just laid one....

...or was it the Oil Can?

'81 Topps: best dugout photography ever. Every time I think I've found all the awesome dugout pictures, another one, like this Paul Molitor, shows up.

Scored a couple '06 Ginters, too! This is a great shot of the Killer.

This Utley ain't too bad, neither.

Whoa, where'd you come from, 1970 Jerry Koosman World Series card? *yoink!*

And finally, good 'ol Gil Hodges. I really love this Swell Gum set. Only have a few of these (Ted Williams and a signed Jim Bouton-on-the-Pilots are the others), but every one I've seen is terrific.

So, I froze my ass off, sure, but I got all these great cards and a couple more for the grand total of $3.

Tomahawk Chopping: The Second Trade!

So, Derek and I, being happy with the results of our first trade, decided to put the band back together, starting with this wonderful Topps 2020 David Price. (Still plugging away on finishing this set sometime before the Posey card's worth 47 million dollars. Get ahold of me if you have extras, folks!)

He also kicked me this Gold Price from last year, #14 (his uniform number)/2010. One thing that definitely did work about the '10 design was the way the rounded interior border complemented a pitcher's follow through on a shot like this one.

Can you guys believe I didn't have this Murph yet? (I'm actually missing a ton of the '83s.) Derek sent me this beauty and the Murphy All-Star from '83, bringing me 1/396th closer to finishing the set.

LOOK AT MY SHINY DICKEY, EVERYONE! I also got a shiny Cantu and a shiny Ruiz, but, while fine cards in their own right, they pale in comparison to the power of the shiny Dickey!

Hey, some inserts! I got a base Morneau and a base Wang from the X set in this deal too, but we'll just show off the die-cut Unit...

...and this mad crazy shiny foily embossed King Felix. As is usually the case with foil board, the scan does it no justice, but this is a loud, tacky, beautiful bastard of a card.

I'd inquired about this Bucky Dent card from The Set That I Shall Never Even Attempt To Build, and Derek obliged, but without telling me he was throwing anything else in, he went a lot further, too...


I love this guy. (Derek's pretty ok, too.) Derek also threw in a Clete Boyer, a Bobby Richardson, and some card of some fat bastard what hit 60 home runs one time from this set. He must really hate the Yankees! If you're building Yankee Stadium Legacy (you poor schmuck), I may be enticed to put the Boyer and the Richardson in better homes than mine (game numbers available upon request; the cards aren't in front of me right this second). I've also got a Frank Crosetti that I'd probably unload. Keeping Roger, Bucky and the Lou Gehrig that I have, though, and while I'm tempted to keep the Ruth, a solid trade offer might land it for you.

Thanks again for the cards, Derek, and check your email! I've actually got the beginnings of trade #3 in the works.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sometimes, I dabble in other sports.

I barely pay attention to basketball, and I know he's synonymous with "out for the season these days, but I love this guy. I'm not in love with the faux-'84 design (pet peeve: companies that half-ass "retro" issues, especially of their own product; you have the fonts, you know what the design was, do it right!), but any card of Yao Ming that I can impulse buy for a dime is a good Yao Ming card.

Continuing on the "impulse buy" tangent, I know this fella didn't make many friends at the 2010 World Cup, and I also know that he plays for my local Red Bulls, but I don't know much else about him (he was out of the Premiership by the time I started doing fantasy teams there). Still, again, for a dime, well worth it. This "World Of Sports" set would be awesome if they had some licenses. 

Ha, and by looking the Red Bulls site, I found out that I can watch free live pre-season futbol right friggin' now!