Wednesday, May 17, 2017

30 Day Challenge, Days 15, 16, and 17

One of your favorite cards from the 2010s

This is a tough one.  My favorite cards from this decade tend to be the early cards of current Red Sox players.  I'll go with this 2012 Grandstand of Mookie Betts.  It's the earliest card I have of Betts.  On this card he is pictured playing for the Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox low A minor league team.

A card of a player whom you appreciate but don't like

There is nobody in baseball that comes even close to Kobe Bryant, so I'm switching sports again for this one.  I am a diehard Lakers fan.  Yet even after all those years with the team, all those all-star appearances, all those championships, all those points, I just never warmed up to Kobe Bryant.  There was something about his attitude and how he talked to the media that bugged me.  Being a big Shaquille O'Neal fan might have had a little to do with it.  This card is Kobe's 1999-2000 Upper Deck Ultimate Victory /100.  It is for trade if anyone is interested, as are all my Kobe cards from roughly that same timeframe.  Let me know if you want to know what I have.

A card from the first set you put together hand collated

I've never hand collated a complete baseball set, so the honor goes to this 1977 Star Wars card.  The blue set was the first I hand collated to completion.  It was a small set, something like 66 cards, but it was a fun venture.  I bought a lot of packs and did a lot of trading to finally complete it.  Cards with light sabres or Darth Vader were my favorites.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

30 Day Challenge, Day 14

One of your favorite cards from the 2000s

I'll have to dig into my player collection of Aaron Sele again for this one.  I'm having a hard time picking between these four.

That might be because they're all the same thing essentially, 2003 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Emerald. They're serial numbered to five, and I've managed to pick up four of them. The picture on the cards shows him wearing an Angels uniform. But only one of the four jersey patches is from an Angels uniform. The rest are from Seattle Mariners uniform(s), the team he left in the off season.

Aaron Sele was just enough of a star to get in on the patch frenzy of the early 2000s. These kept showing up on eBay at low prices, so I just kept picking them up. I used to know who had serial number three, the one I'm missing. He was my fiercest competitor for Seles but also a good trade partner. I assume he still has it 14 years later.

The nice thing about low numbered patches is that they are more likely to contain multiple colors in the swatch.  The scan doesn't do the refractor surface justice. These are beautiful cards.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

30 Day Challenge, Days 11, 12, and 13

One of your favorite cards from the 1970s

I had never heard of Pete Rose when I got this card in a pack.  But it was instantly a favorite.  I liked that his name was also a common object.  I liked the look of the All-Star banner on the card.  I liked the action shot because it made me wonder what was happening at the very instant the photo was taken.  Had he slapped a hard grounder between shortstop and third base?  And I liked the long career of stats on the back.

One of your favorite cards from the 1980s

The first Red Sox game I witnessed in person was in 1985 in the Metrodome in Minneapolis.  Per my dad's advice, I had brought along some cards to see if I could get some autographs.  I parked myself along the first row railing just outside the Red Sox dugout before the game and waited.  Finally, Oil Can came out and autographed for everyone there. (not as many as the Twins side of the field had, but still quite a few)  Oil Can was the only Red Sox to step out of the dugout and sign that day.  He was very friendly to us kids.  On a side note, by brother got his glove autographed by Kirby Puckett that day too.  He continued to use the glove and it wore off within a year.

One of your favorite cards from the 1990s

I'm digging into my Aaron Sele player collection for this one.  The 1990s were wild and crazy when it came to baseball cards.  These are 1995 Topps cards of Sele.  I think the one on the left was called the Spectralight and the one on the right was called Cyberstats.  What's crazy about them are the backs.

The Spectralight on the top has a photo done in the very brand new photo technology called Diamond Vision.  Wow, how cool is that!  The photo appears to have been taken looking at Mr. Sele through a screen door.  Now that's cutting edge!  Since 1994 was strike shortened, the Cyberstats card shows the stats for a full 162 game season as played out by a computer simulation!  Ooooo, computers!  It doesn't get any better than that.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

30 Day Challenge, Days 8, 9, and 10

A card that reminds you of a family member

This one is bittersweet.  Kirby Puckett cards all remind me of my late father-in-law.  He collected Minnesota Twins and Kirby Puckett cards the most.  This 1989 Upper Deck was a favorite.  My father-in-law wasn't a card collector when I first met him, but he did follow the Twins closely, listening to them on the radio whenever he could.  He took up card collecting because he knew I was avid about it.  It was his way of connecting with a college kid who was getting more and more serious with his daughter and with whom he wanted to have something in common.  I'll always appreciate that and love him for it.  A couple weeks before his passing, he gave me all his cards.  He was trying to get a complete base set card run of all Pucketts from the main set brands; Topps, Donruss, Fleer, Score, Upper Deck, Stadium Club, Pinnacle, Ultra, Bowman and Leaf.  He had about 10-15 to go when he passed away.  I posthumously completed the set for him.  Whenever I am at his grave, I leave a Kirby Puckett card there.

One of your favorite cards from the 1950s

All my favorite 1950s cards are my Ted Williams.  I have to go with the classic 1956 Topps card.  I, like many of you, just love the sleek, simple look with the head shot along with action shot.

One of your favorite cards from the 1960s

If the truth be told, I don't really like many cards from the 1960s.  Most years the card designs are plain and boring, lacking originality.  I'm going with the 1968 Topps Carl Yastrzemski because on the back are the stats for his excellent 1967 season.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lincoln LCS and 30 Day Challenge, Day 7

Last Friday I got to Lincoln, NE with some time left in the day, so I went to the local card shop Wes' Baseball Cards. As you can see it's neatly tucked in behind a stairway.

Despite being just an hour before closing, it was busy inside. Wes was behind the counter, and everyone who was already there or came in after me knew him by name and was happy to see him. It was kind of like Norm on Cheers. The card selection was very good. He had boxes sorted by player name, and I picked up the following.

I love cool refractors of players I like, so Jacob was an easy pull. Both the Boggs are from my want list.  Despite his friendly crowd, Wes made the effort to break away and come ask how he could help. I asked if he had any cards from before 1950. There were only a few late 40's Bowman under the glass. He disappeared into the back room and re-emerged with a small box of really old cards! He had the most T206s and T207s I've ever seen in a LCS. There were also a lot of Play Ball and Goudey. But unfortunately there weren't any Red Sox that I didn't have already. Overall, Wes' was really great and recommended the next time you're in town for a Cornhuskers game.

And now back to the challenge , a card you bought in person and the story behind it

In the early 80's there were no LCS's in Sioux Falls, SD. My only means to get cards, other than buying packs at a convenience store, was the monthly flee market held at the convention center. There were usually two or three guys there selling baseball cards under glass cases. One particular guy we kids got to know a bit. He asked us one time of we would frequent a local card shop that he was thinking of opening. Of course we said yes! And he did. This 1983 Topps Cal Ripken was one of my first purchases there.

If you look closely in the upper left corner of the back of the card, you'll see the price written faintly in pencil. That's how he marked his prices, right on the card. I didn't think much about it at the time, but nowadays everybody knows that writing on cards hurts their value immensely. Still I never erased this one. Interestingly, the shop is still open and in its third location. It has new ownership now, but is still called Rainbow.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Omaha LCS's and 30 Day Challenge, Day 6

Last Friday I was in Omaha and had time to hit two local card shops.  The first was The Card Shop.

This place was fantastic!  I was there an hour and 45 minutes.  Most of the cards are in boxes labeled simply "baseball", or "football", etc.  There are dozens of those to sift through.  There are also boxes labeled with each team name on them.  So find your favorite team and there's a whole box to go through.  In the Red Sox box, I found these.

These weren't on any of my want lists, but they were cool cards of players I used to like.  There was also a wall of cards boxes labeled by year and brand.  They had a lot of Donruss and Fleer from the 80's.  These are team sets from my youth that I am trying to complete.  I pulled the following after foraging through the boxes.

The owner and I talked baseball and cards for a lot of the time when he wasn't with other customers.  He was interested in my collection and we hit if off well.  The Card Shop is awesome; tons of both new and vintage!

After that I went just a few blocks away to Omaha Sports Cards.

The place kind of felt like a sports bar to me.  It was really fancy for a LCS.  The owners had taken a large chunk of their inventory to Chicago for a show.  There was a fill-in guy there who was very friendly.  It wasn't his fault there wasn't much there of interest to me.  I'll give them another shot next time I'm in town.

And now for the 6th day of the challenge.  A card you spent more than $10 to get

I was a teenager when I picked this one up at a card show in Sioux Falls, SD.  It was the first card I spent over $10 to get.  In fact, if I remember correctly, I spent $60 on it.  This was the late 80's.  The funny thing is, I could still get this Yaz rookie in the same condition for the same price today!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

30 Day Challenge, Day 5

A certified autograph card of one of your favorite players

I have to break the rules on this one and go to a different sport. The only certified autograph baseball card I have of a favorite player is the Yaz card I already showed last month. I'm trying not to show any repeats during this challenge. I used to have a player collection of A.C. Green. I stopped a couple of years ago.  The cards started getting remarkably unoriginal, with the same three photographs being reused year after year on many different cards. Most of the PC is still intact, although I've unloaded some of them. A.C. Green was an unsung hero for the Lakers teams of the late 80's. He was fine with Kareem and Magic getting the attention while he consistently played his power forward role. A.C. is the NBA's all-time iron man for consecutive games played. But the most interesting thing about him is his abbreviated name.  A.C. stands for nothing. It's short for nothing. His parents named him "A.C."

Friday, May 5, 2017

30 Day Challenge, Day 4

A rookie card of one of your favorite players

Mo Vaughn was never my favorite player, but he was always right up there.  He was a big reason that Red Sox were able to come out of the woeful early 1990's to division champions by 1995.  This is his 1991 Topps Traded card. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

30 Day Challenge, Day 3


And now, back to the challenge; a card from the first set you tried to complete

1985 Topps was the first set I tried to complete.  I bought and opened a lot of packs that year.  At some point I realized I had an awful lot of them and got the idea to see if I could get them all.  Perhaps it was the checklists that lured me in?  I had a couple of friends with whom I regularly traded, and for the first time found myself trading for cards of players that I had no interest in or even greatly disliked.  That wasn't very fun!  So the next year I started buying complete sets from the start.  I never did get the whole 1985 set completed that way.  But a little later in life I did buy the set complete, leaving me with all those doubles.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

30 Day Challenge, Day 2

A card with more than one player on it

I thought I'd be different with this pick.  Everybody I've seen so far has picked a card with multiple players on the front of the card.  But the 1994 Upper Deck All-Star Jumbo Gold of Roger Clemens has the second player on the back.

I have this card as part of my Aaron Sele collection because it's listed in his checklist on Beckett.  Don't you just love the sign over his shoulder?  Is that for the players?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

30 Day Challenge, Day 1

I'm really late to the party, but reading others has been fun, so here goes!

A card from the current year with a photo you like.

This isn't a tough one.  The only cards from 2017 that I have to choose from are Topps Series 1 Red Sox.  I'm going with Mookie Betts making the great defensive play.  The runner up is David Ortiz with his iconic swing.  I always wondered why his follow through didn't go around his back like so many other players.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Boston Red Sox Trade Bait, Part 5 of 5

1989 Bowman 16 including Rice and Smith
1990 Bowman 17 including Boggs and Smith
1991 Bowman 3
1992 Bowman 5
1993 Bowman 10
1994 Bowman 6
1995 Bowman 6
1996 Bowman 8
1997 Bowman 3
1998 Bowman 6
1999 Bowman 4 including David Eckstein
2000 Bowman 9 including Eckstein
2001 Bowman 16 including Manny Ramirez
2002 Bowman 4
2003 Bowman 7 including Jonathan Papelbon
2006 Bowman Draft/Prospect/Chrome 12
2007 Bowman Draft/Prospect/Chrome 11 including Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury
2008 Bowman Draft/Prospect/Chrome 3
2009 Bowman Draft/Prospect/Chrome 9
2010 Bowman Draft/Prospect/Chrome 7
2011 Bowman Draft/Prospect/Chrome 9
2012 Bowman Draft/Prospect/Chrome 11 including Jackie Bradley Jr and Xander Bogaerts
2013 Bowman Draft/Prospect/Chrome 17 including Travis Shaw, Brock Holt, and Bogaerts
2014 Bowman Draft/Prospect/Chrome 14 including Manuel Margot and Blake Swihart
2015 Bowman Draft/Prospect/Chrome 8 including Margot, Rafael Devers, and Andrew Benintendi
1993 Leaf 4 including Dawson
1994 Leaf 3
2014 Panini Elite Extra Edition 2
2014 Panini Classics Christian Vazquez
2000 Skybox Dominion Shea Hillenbrand
1983 TCMA 1942 Tex Hughson
1991 Front Row Silver Aaron Sele
1986 Sportflics Carl Yastrzemski
1978 Hostess Jim Rice
1987 Kraft Home Plate Heroes Wade Boggs
1980 Kellogg's Rice and Fred Lynn
1992 Kellogg's Rice
2002 Upper Deck Twizzlers Nomar Garciaparra  (2 different)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Boston Red Sox Trade Bait, Part 4

1981 Fleer 16 including Yastrzemski, Rice, Eckersley, and Perez
1982 Fleer 5 including Rice and Eckersley
1984 Fleer 5 including Rice
1985 Fleer 16 including Rice and Buckner
1987 Fleer 3 including Clemens and Clemens All-Star
1988 Fleer 24 including Clemens, Rice, and Boggs
1989 Fleer 2 including Lee Smith
1993 Fleer 2
1994 Fleer entire team including Clemens and Andre Dawson
1994 Fleer Ultra 3 including Dawson
1995 Fleer 4
1999 Fleer 2
2000 Fleer Tradition 2
2000 Fleer Greats of the Game Jim Rice
2003 Fleer Tradition 2 including Freddy Sanchez
2006 Fleer 2
1992 Score Select 2
1995 Score 2
1996 Score 2
1989 Upper Deck 2
1990 Upper Deck 4
1991 Upper Deck 3
1992 Upper Deck 2
1994 Upper Deck 3
1994 Upper Deck Electric Diamond Aaron Sele
2000 Upper Deck 3
2002 Upper Deck 2
2003 Upper Deck 3 including Abe Alvarez
2006 Upper Deck 3
2007 Upper Deck 2
2009 Upper Deck Clay Buchholz

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Boston Red Sox Trade Bait, Part 3

The Red Sox Trade Bait page will be updated shortly with the following additions.

1981 Topps Sticker Yaz
1981 Donruss 7 including Eckersley
1982 Donruss 4 including Rice
1983 Donruss Jim Rice
1987 Donruss Boggs, Clemens, and Clemens Diamond King
1988 Topps mini Wade Boggs
1988 Donruss entire team including Clemens, Boggs, and Rice
1989 Donruss 24 including Clemens, Boggs, Rice, and Lee Smith
1990 Donruss 3
1991 Topps mini Boggs and Greenwell
1991 Topps Major League Debut 3
1991 Donruss 12 including Clemens
1992 Topps entire team including Boggs and Clemens
1992 Topps Gold Winner Aaron Sele
1992 Topps Major League Debut 4
1992 Stadium Club 7
1993 Topps entire team including Boggs and Clemens
1993 Topps Black Gold Clemens
1993 Finest Refractors 2
1994 Topps entire team including Clemens and Andre Dawson
1994 Stadium Club 2
1994 Stadium Club Electric Rainbow Aaron Sele
1994 Finest Refractors 6
1995 Topps entire team including Clemens and Nomar Garciaparra RC
1995 Finest Refractors 7 including Clemens
1995 Donruss entire team including Clemens
1996 Topps entire team including Clemens, Garciaparra, and Jose Canseco
1996 Topps Chrome Refractors Mo Vaughn
1996 Finest Refractors 11 including Canseco Bronze and Gold and Clemens Silver
1996 Donruss entire team including Clemens and Canseco
1997 Topps entire team including Clemens, Garciaparra, and Canseco
1997 Finest Refractors 7 including Garciaparra and Canseco
1998 Topps entire team including Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez
1998 Finest Refractors 10 including Garciaparra and Martinez
1998 Donruss 2
1999 Topps entire team including Garciaparra and Martinez
1999 Finest Refractors 8 including Garciaparra, Garciaparra Gems, Garciaparra Sterling, Martinez, and John Valentin Gold
2000 Topps entire team including Garciaparra and Martinez
2000 Finest Refractors 3 including Martinez
2001 Topps Home Team Advantage entire team including Garciaparra, Martinez, and Manny Ramirez
2001 Stadium Club Stadium Shots Manny Ramirez
2001 Finest Refractors Garciaparra and Martinez
2001 Donruss 2
2002 Topps Total 8
2002 Finest Refractors Garciaparra, Martinez, and Johnny Damon
2003 Topps Home Team Advantage entire team including Garciaparra, Martinez, Ramirez, and Rickey Henderson
2003 Finest Refractors 5 including Garciaparra, Martinez, Damon, and Ramirez
2003 Donruss 2 including Freddy Sanchez Rated Rookie
2004 Topps Tribute Bobby Doerr
2004 Finest Refractors 5 including Ramirez, Damon, Curt Schilling, and David Ortiz
2004 Donruss Throwback Threads Ramirez
2005 Topps Total 2
2005 Finest Refractors 5 including Ramirez, Damon, Schilling, and Ortiz
2005 Donruss Team Heroes Abe Alvarez
2006 Topps Heritage Wade Miller
2006 Finest Refractors 5 including Ortiz, Schilling, and Josh Beckett
2007 Topps 52 2
2007 Finest Refractors 6 including Ramirez, Schilling, Ortiz, Beckett, and Mike Lowell Blue
2008 Finest Refractors 6 including Ramirez, Ortiz, Schilling, and Beckett
2008 Donruss Threads 5
2009 Finest Refractors 6 including Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia
2010 Toppstown Kevin Youkilis
2010 Finest Refractors 11 including Ortiz, Beckett, and Pedroia
2014 Topps entire team including Ortiz, Pedroia, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Xander Bogaerts
2015 Topps Brock Holt and Brice Brentz
2015 Topps Heritage Garin Cecchini

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Boston Red Sox Trade Bait, Part 2

Here's the next section of Red Sox I have for trade bait.

1975 Topps 25 cards including Yaz, Fisk, and Tiant
1976 Topps 26 cards including Yaz, Fisk, Tiant, Fergie Jenkins, and Jim Rice
1977 Topps 26 including Yaz, Fisk, Tiant, Jenkins, and Rice
1978 Topps 30 including Yaz, Fisk, Tiant, Jenkins, and Rice
1979 Topps I have the entire team including Yaz, Fisk, Tiant, Rice, and Dennis Eckersley
1980 Topps entire team including Yaz, Fisk, Rice, and Eckersley
1981 Topps entire team including Yaz, Fisk, Rice, Eckersley, and Tony Perez
1982 Topps entire team including Yaz, Rice, Eckersley, and Perez
1983 Topps entire team including Yaz, Rice, Eckersley, Perez, and Wade Boggs RC
1984 Topps entire team including Rice, Eckersley, and Boggs
1985 Topps entire team including Rice, Boggs, Bill Buckner, and Roger Clemens RC
1986 Topps entire team including Rice, Boggs, Buckner, and Clemens
1987 Topps entire team including Rice, Boggs, Buckner, Clemens, Don Baylor, and Tom Seaver
1988 Topps entire team including Rice, Boggs, and Clemens
1989 Topps entire team including Rice, Boggs, Clemens, and Lee Smith
1990 Topps entire team including Rice, Boggs, Clemens, and Smith
1991 Topps entire team including Boggs and Clemens

1975-1978 are basically the entire team as well, just missing the rookie cards which also have players from other teams on them.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Boston Red Sox Trade Bait, Part 1

In my search for team sets over the years I have accumulated a lot of Red Sox trade bait. I have more Red Sox for trade than any other team. I have so many that I'm going to divide them into multiple posts.

Red Sox Trade Bait
1952 Topps Ellis Kinder
1956 Topps 5 different cards, email me for details
1957 Topps 25 cards
1958 Topps 33 including Ted Williams All-Star
1959 Topps I have the entire team set
1960 Topps 34 cards
1961 Topps 27
1962 Topps 27
1963 Topps 24 including Johnny Pesky
1964 Topps entire team including Pesky and Carl Yastrzemski
1965 Topps 26
1966 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski
1967 Topps 26 including Yastrzemski
1968 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski
1969 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski
1970 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski
1971 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski and Luis Aparicio
1972 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski, Aparicio, and Carlton Fisk  (rookie)
1973 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski, Aparicio, Fisk, and Luis Tiant
1974 Topps entire team including Yastrzemski, Aparicio, Fisk, Tiant, Juan Marichal, and Orlando Cepeda

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

In Today's Mail - baseball set

I bought my first complete baseball card set at a local card shop on France Avenue in Bloomington, MN in 1986. Every year after that I did the same thing, but not at that shop. It was a lot tidier to purchase all at once instead of piecing together one by one, and it resulted in a lot less doubles. (and it might have been cheaper) The annual purchase was done for the last time in 2005. I thought that would be it. But then a couple years ago I saw a Topps complete set for sale at a LCS that was Red Sox themed. I did a little research and found out Topps did that through 2010. So I began looking for good deals to get all the Red Sox themed complete sets. Today in the mail the 2009 version arrived.
That just leaves 2004 that I'm still looking to find one day. The UPS driver left the package on the edge of the front step, meaning it was exposed to steady rain for probably a couple hours. The box was directly wrapped in brown paper bag, so there was no padding or protection. The brown paper was soaked, but luckily the Topps shrink wrap protected the cards inside. Not that today's cards aren't waterproof, ha!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Minnesota Twins I Have for Trade

The Minnesota Twins are the local favorite team. I grew up in a house of Twins fans. I'm the black sheep of the family in that regard. And then I married into another Twins family. Next to the Red Sox, I have more Twins cards than any other team. It used to be the opposite. I used to have fewer Twins than any other team because they were quick trade bait to my brother and others. But two years ago they jumped to #2 when I received my father-in-law's collection. Here is a high level overview of the number of each set I have to trade. I'd be happy to provide the details if anyone is interested. Some that have a lot of cards in the set may be the entire team even if not noted as such.

Twins Trade Bait
1961 Topps 7 including Jim Kaat
1962 Topps 8 including Kaat and Billy Martin
1963 Topps 6 including Kaat
1963 Post Jim Kaat
1964 Topps 3
1965 Topps 10
1966 Topps 3
1967 Topps 12
1968 Topps 14 including Kaat and Harmon Killebrew
1969 Topps 6
1970 Topps 9 including Rod Carew and Luis Tiant
1971 Topps 14 including Bert Blyleven and Tiant
1972 Topps 17 including Killebrew
1973 Topps 16
1974 Topps 20+ including Killebrew and Blyleven
1975 Topps 4 including Killebrew
1976 Topps 15
1977 Topps 8 including Carew
1978 Topps 7 including Carew
1979 Topps 6
1980 Topps 20+
1981 Topps 16
1981 Donruss 19
1981 Fleer 2
1982 Topps 9
1982 Donruss 8 including Roy Smalley Diamond King
1982 Fleer 20+
1983 Topps 15
1983 Fleer 5
1984 Topps 20+
1984 Fleer 3
1985 Topps 17
1985 Donruss 16
1986 Topps 20+ including Kirby Puckett and Bert Blyleven
1986 Donruss 7 including Blyleven
1986 Fleer 6
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best Blyleven
1987 Topps 20+ including Puckett and Blyleven
1987 Donruss 8 including Blyleven
1987 Fleer 5
1988 Topps 20+ including Puckett, Blyleven, and Don Baylor
1988 Donruss 20+ including Puckett, Blyleven, and Gary Gaetti Diamond King
1988 Fleer entire team including Puckett, Blyleven, Baylor, and Steve Carlton
1988 Score 19 including Blyleven and Puckett
1989 Topps 20+ including Puckett
1989 Donruss 20+ including Puckett, Blyleven, and Frank Viola Diamond King
1989 Fleer entire team including Puckett and Blyleven
1989 Score entire team including Puckett
1989 Upper Deck 6 including Puckett
1989 Bowman 16
1990 Topps 20+ including Puckett
1990 Donruss 20+ including Puckett
1990 Fleer entire team including Puckett
1990 Score entire team including Puckett
1990 Upper Deck entire team including Puckett
1990 Bowman 10
1990 Leaf 2
1991 Topps 20+
1991 Donruss 20+ including Puckett and Brian Harper Diamond King
1991 Fleer entire team including Puckett
1991 Score 20+ including Puckett and Jack Morris
1991 Upper Deck entire team including Puckett and Morris
1991 Bowman 3
1991 Leaf 3
1991 Stadium Club 2
1991 Studio 3 including Morris
1991 Post Puckett
1992 Topps 11 including Morris
1992 Donruss 20+ including Puckett, Morris, and Scott Erickson Diamond King
1992 Fleer entire team including Puckett and Morris
1992 Score 15 including Puckett and Morris
1992 Upper Deck entire team including Puckett and Morris
1992 Leaf 6
1992 Stadium Club 20+
1992 Studio 10 including Puckett
1992 Ultra entire team
1993 Topps entire team including Puckett
1993 Topps Gold 3
1993 Donruss 3
1993 Fleer 14 including Dave Winfield
1993 Upper Deck entire team including Puckett and Winfield
1993 Leaf 3
1993 Stadium Club Winfield
1993 Pinnacle 9
1993 Flair Puckett
1994 Topps entire team including Puckett and Winfield
1994 Topps Black Gold 2 including Puckett
1994 Fleer 2
1994 Score 3 including Torii Hunter
1994 Upper Deck 6 including Puckett and Winfield
1994 Bowman Winfield
1994 Leaf 7 including Winfield
1994 Stadium Club 4
1994 Ultra 8 including Winfield
1994 Studio 2 including Winfield
1994 Pinnacle 5
1994 Post Puckett
1994 Collector's Choice 2 including Winfield
1994 Ted Williams Harmon Killebrew
1995 Fleer 2
1995 Score 8
1995 Upper Deck 2
1995 Leaf 3
1995 Flair Puckett
1996 Fleer 2
1996 Upper Deck Puckett
1996 Upper Deck Young at Heart Paul Molitor
1996 Leaf 3 including Puckett
1996 Studio 3 including Paul Molitor
1996 Finest 2 including Puckett
1996 Pacific 2
1997 Topps 3
1997 Donruss 7
1997 Upper Deck 2
1998 Topps 2
1998 Leaf 3 including Molitor
1999 Topps 4
1999 Fleer Tradition 4 including Molitor
1999 Collector's Choice 2
1999 SPx die cuts 2 including Molitor
1999 Ultra 3
2000 Topps 9
2000 Topps Archives Killebrew
2000 Fleer Tradition entire team including Torii Hunter
2000 Fleer Tradition Greats of the Game Kirby Puckett
2001 Topps 8 including Hunter
2001 Topps Archives Killebrew
2001 Upper Deck 2
2001 Fleer Focus David Ortiz

Friday, April 14, 2017

Not My Local Card Shops

I'm in Minneapolis for Easter weekend. Thanks to Brian at Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary for making me aware of his favorite local card shops. This afternoon was card shop day. (and in return tomorrow is outlet mall day 👎) My first stop was Three Star Sportscards in Roseville.
They had a very nice selection of cards, but not organized very well. If you had time to sit and sift through boxes and boxes and binders and binders that are unmarked you will surely find a treasure. The best thing about the place was the sports banter between the owner and patrons. I like shops like that. I'll definitely go back when I'm in town again and have more time. The owner said they are relocating soon.

My second stop was Ultimate Collectibles in downtown Hopkins.
Imagine my surprise to walk in and find all the card cases empty! It turned out the store had been burglarized a couple of nights ago! All the valuable stuff had been swiped. The owner told me what kind of stuff that was lifted and it was stuff that would have been up my alley. (Lots of vintage) The insurance adjuster was there at the same time, and it sounds like they will be able to restock and pick up again soon. The store also had lots of collectibles besides cards, bobbleheads and records and whatnot, which I don't collect.

My third and last stop was Twin City Sportscards in Golden Valley.
This store I had been to before in its old location. The new building has a lot more room, is spread out, and well organized. Unfortunately the prices were absurd. I saw a number of vintage cards I wanted, but knew I could get them much cheaper elsewhere. Cards I've purchased recently on ebay or COMC were priced double what I had paid. But the selection and space was by far the best. I'll be back here too. So three shops visited and no purchases made. But a very enjoyable day with fellow card lovers!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New York Yankees I Have for Trade

Here are the number of Yankees cards I have for each year and brand. I'd be glad to go into more detail upon request. In addition to the cards listed here, I also have odds and ends from various brands. Please let your Yankees collector friends know!

New York Yankees Trade Bait
1971 Topps 4
1972 Topps 8
1973 Topps 6
1974 Topps 17
1978 Topps 12 including Reggie Jackson
1978 TCMA Roger Maris
1979 Topps 20+ including Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Goose Gossage
1980 Topps I have the whole team including Jackson, Gossage, Tommy John, Jim Kaat, and Luis Tiant.
1981 Topps 20+ including Jackson, Gossage, John, Tiant, and Gaylord Perry
1981 Donruss 14 including Jackson, John, Tiant, and Perry
1981 Fleer 5
1982 Topps 20+ including Jackson, Gossage
1982 Donruss 4
1983 Topps 20+ including Gossage, Dave Winfield, and Ken Griffey
1984 Topps 20+ including Don Mattingly, Gossage, Griffey, and Don Baylor
1984 Fleer 2 including Baylor
1985 Topps 20+ including Mattingly, Winfield, Griffey, and Phil Niekro
1986 Topps 16 including Baylor
1986 Fleer 2 including Phil Niekro
1987 Topps 20+ including Rickey Henderson, Winfield, and Tommy John
1987 Donruss Mattingly
1988 Topps 3
1988 Donruss 4
1989 Topps 3 including Winfield
1989 Donruss 14 including Winfield and Henderson
1989 Bowman 17 including Winfield
1990 Donruss 9 including Winfield and Gossage
1990 Bowman 20+ including Mattingly and Winfield
1990 Upper Deck 4
1991 Topps 2
1991 Donruss 20+ including Mattingly
1991 Fleer 2
1992 Topps 20+ including Bernie Williams and Mattingly
1992 Score Bernie Williams
1992 Stadium Club 5
1993 Topps 12 including Derek Jeter
1993 Topps Gold 2
1993 Fleer 2
1993 Leaf 4 including Wade Boggs
1993 Select 2
1994 Fleer 2 including Boggs
1994 Leaf 3
1995 Fleer 3
2000 Fleer Tradition Bernie Williams
2001 Topps Hall of Fame 500 Home Run Club Reggie Jackson
2015 Topps Museum Collection Mark Teixeira

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cards with a Story, Part 3

I'm watching the North Carolina-Gonzaga game so a very short post tonight.
This 1980 Topps Fred Lynn card came out the very same year I started playing organized baseball. I loved the shot of Lynn, and I imagined he was running to the dugout from center field after a third out. For some reason I took to the way he tucked his glove up under his armpit as he ran and I started doing the same thing in my baseball games. Now I was always pitching or playing first base, so I didn't have as far to run in. But I did it anyway. I wanted to be like Fred.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cincinnati Reds I Have for Trade

Here's a list of trade bait I have of the Cincinnati Reds. If you know any Reds collectors in the blog-o-sphere, please pass the word. I'm not going to list out every single card, but the number I have from each set should give an idea of where my strengths are. Please contact me for any detailed lists.

Cincinnati Reds Trade Bait
1972 Topps 6 including George Foster and Johnny Bench In Action
1973 Topps 5 including Pete Rose
1974 Topps 18 including Rose, Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez
1975 Topps Pete Rose
1976 Topps Morgan and Perez
1977 Topps 4 including Rose, Morgan, and Ken Griffey
1978 Topps 12 including Rose, Morgan, Bench, Foster, and Tom Seaver
1979 Topps over 20 including Rose, Morgan, Bench, Foster, and Seaver
1980 Topps the whole team including Morgan, Bench, Foster, Seaver, and Griffey
1981 Topps over 20 including Bench, Foster, Seaver, and Griffey
1981 Donruss 9 including Bench, Foster, Seaver, and Griffey
1981 Fleer 2
1982 Topps over 20 including Bench, Foster, Seaver, and Griffey
1982 Donruss 2 including Griffey
1983 Topps over 20 including Bench and Seaver
1984 Topps over 20
1985 Topps over 20 including Pete Rose and Dave Parker
1985 Donruss 2 including Parker
1986 Topps 18 including Rose, Parker, and Perez
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best 2
1987 Topps over 20
1987 Fleer 3
1988 Topps 2
1988 Donruss 5 including Parker
1989 Bowman 16 including Barry Larkin
1990 Donruss 2
1990 Bowman 15 including Larkin and Griffey
1990 Score Barry Larkin
1991 Topps 3 including Larkin
1991 Donruss 16 including Larkin
1991 Fleer 3
1992 Topps 4
1992 Stadium Club 8
1992 Score Select 2
1992 Ultra 7
1992 Kellogg's Tony Perez
1993 Topps 13 including Larkin
1993 Topps Gold 3
1993 Fleer 3
1993 Leaf 9 including Larkin
1994 Leaf 2
1995 Fleer 2
1995 Leaf Deion Sanders
1995 Finest Refractors Deion Sanders
1997 Finest Refractors Deion Sanders