Saturday, August 12, 2017

One Off the Want List

It's been a little while now since I added my top 10 want lists for football and basketball to the side of this blog page. I was finally able to knock one off those lists. Today in the mail arrived the basketball card sitting at #7 most wanted. It's the 1997-98 Finest Refractors Kobe Bryant, the bronze version.

Kobe's early refractors, back when he was still wearing #8, are sky high in price. I was glad this one slipped thru mostly unnoticed. He has a couple refractors from his rookie year of 1996-97, but I need my car too much to go after them.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Old Red Sox Cards - Collins McCarthy

I've been giving the 1917 Collins McCarthy set a closer look this year since it's exactly 100 years old.  Collins McCarthy was a candy company at 25 Beale Street in San Francisco back then.  The Pacific Service Credit Union is on that site today.  Their slogan was "Just a little better."  They made a card series called Zeenut of the Pacific Coast League for 28 years.  Here are five Collins McCarthy cards I received in the mail this week.

Del died at age 60 years and 80 days.

I gave details of Cady's life in my last post.  He died at age 60 years and 36 days old.

Leonard had a ridiculous ERA of 0.96 in 1914, the lowest all-time.  He died at age 60 years and 86 days.  What a weird coincidence that these last three guys all died within days of the same age.

Scott was baseball's iron man before Lou Gehrig.  He won three World Series championships with the Red Sox.  He lived to age 67.

Chick Shorten was the outfield backup to the hall of fame trio of Speaker, Lewis, and Hooper.  He was the old man of this group living to age 73.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Old Red Sox Card - Hick from For(r)est

A couple of days ago this showed up in the mail.  It's the 1915 Cracker Jack card of Hick Cady.  It's in poor condition, but hey, that's how I can afford it, and I don't expect much better for a card this old.

Hick Cady's story is interesting.  He was born as Forrest Berglund in a town with an equally interesting history.  His parents divorced when he was very young.  When his mom remarried, he took to her new husband enough to take his name of Cady.  Later in his youth, Forrest Cady received the nickname of Hollick, which was later shortened to Hick.  Hick Cady played for three World Series championship teams with the Red Sox.  He was a good fielding catcher but had a light bat.  He caught for Babe Ruth, Smoky Joe Wood, Carl Mays, and Dutch Leonard.  His reputation was that of being one of only a couple catchers who could throw out Ty Cobb stealing.  Unfortunately for him, his main competition for catching time was with the player-manager Bill Carrigan.  Cady umpired for 20 years after his playing days were over.  At age 60 he died in a hotel fire where he worked at the front desk and also lived.  The fire started in his room when he forgot to turn off a heater before going to bed.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A First from Peoria

I received a package in the mail early last week from P-Town Tom, and it was full of Red Sox goodies.  Tom's presence on the baseball card blogs is strong, but this was actually our first attempt at a trade.  There were too many to scan everything, so here are my favorites.

This one's my very favorite!  Did Big Papi do enough to surpass Yaz for second best Red Sox hitter ever?  I think so.

I had the refractor versions of Betts and Kimbrel, but not these base Finest versions.  Two great players here!

I don't think I truly appreciated Pedro's dominance when he was on the Red Sox.  I should see if youtube has any of his games from around the turn of the century.

Here's an oldie but a goodie in Ted Williams.  I have never had any from this Fleer series until now.  The original of this Babe Ruth reprint from 1916 Sporting News would be the ultimate card to have.  I think the reprint will have to do, probably forever.

Ironically, the package showed up either the day Rafael Devers was called up, or the day after.  That's a really cool card of a great young man who will hopefully be a star.  The Yaz 60 Years of Topps reprint is a great addition to my Yaz PC!
Thanks so much, Tom!!  I'm digging through my Cubs and other things on your want list.  Expect a return package soon.

Monday, July 31, 2017

In the Mail - ebay Purchases

While on vacation last week, a couple of ebay purchases arrived.  Here's what I found in the mailbox.

2008 Bowman Certified Autograph Issue Clay Buchholz

1995 Bowman Prime Prospect Foil Nomar Garciaparra

 1994 Donruss Team Set 

1994-95 Finest Refractor Doug Christie

1995-96 Finest Refractor Eddie Jones

2008-09 Bowman Chrome Refractor Andrew Bynum

Sunday, July 30, 2017

New Stadium Club and LCS Success that almost wasn't

I've been on vacation in the Minneapolis area for most of this past week.  It seems like there's a Target on every freeway exit, and I made a stop at one.  I bought a couple packs of 2017 Stadium Club, my first Stadium Club of the year.  Like most of you, I really like the look of this year's cards.  Here's a look at the 10 cards I got.

No Red Sox!  But there were some former Red Sox stars in Jacoby Ellsbury and Adrian Gonzalez.  There's also a former Red Sox prospect, Manuel Margot, who had some solid seasons in the middle minor leagues.  If anybody wants one of these Stadium Club cards to show up at your house in a PWE just message me your address.

Yesterday I made a trip to Three Stars Sportscards in Bloomington, MN.

The shop was very sparsely populated.  This is in stark contrast to their other store in Roseville which I visited some months ago.  I did find this Eduardo Rodriguez 2014 Bowman Sterling Autograph which was on my want list.

I was at the counter getting ready to pay for this single card when I asked the lady working there what was behind the barrier in the back of the store.  I had seen rows and rows of card boxes on shelves, but the area was blocked off with signs that said only employees could enter.  She told me that was their online inventory back there.  She showed me a PC that was set to their online Beckett store.  I was glad my want lists were up to date as I was able to punch everything in and search for it.  I ended up with 60 cards, mostly Red Sox cards I needed in pursuit of team sets.  Here are some of my favorites.

This 2009 Topps Heritage All-Star is one of the few ways to get Manny Ramirez as a Red Sox on a card that year.
This Rudy Pemberton completes the 1997 Donruss team set.

I like the giant American flag in the background of this David Ortiz.  I took a big chunk out of my want list of 2006 Upper Deck.
 This Josh Beckett was one of many I picked up from 2007 Upper Deck.

And finally, 2009 Upper Deck got quite a few too, including Jonathan Papelbon.  I'm so glad I asked about the cards in the back of the store!

Usually when you're at the store and want to find the sportscards, you look for the candy aisle.  This store I stopped at on the way home yesterday had nothing but candy aisles, but alas, no cards.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Old Red Sox Card - Collins McCarthy

In the mail the other day arrived this Collins-McCarthy card of Sam Agnew. It's in really bad shape, but who cares? Just the fact that it still exists after 100 years is amazing. Agnew played for the Red Sox from 1916 until 1918. He didn't see action in the 1916 World Series, but he did get nine at bats in the infamous 1918 Series. (collecting zero hits). Before there was a Mendoza line was there an Agnew line? His career batting average was .204.  Is batting your weight a good thing?  In his years with the Sox, Agnew batted just over his weight.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Old Red Sox Card - Weil Baking Co

Oh what a juxtaposition of card age and design in the two I received in the mail yesterday.

First up is the 1917 Weil Baking Co of Ernie Shore.  Weil Baking doesn't show up in the trading card database, so I wasn't aware of it.  But it is in The Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards which I've gotten away from using.  In this era, many local businesses put their logos and advertisements on the backs of cards that otherwise all looked the same from the front.  I wish I knew how those arrangements were made.  The guy on the card, Ernie Shore, pitched for the Red Sox for four years, winning two World Series championships with them.  He won 58 games over those four seasons with a very low ERA of 2.12.  Those championship years of 1915 and 1916 had some remarkable pitchers for the Red Sox; Shore, Babe Ruth, Smoky Joe Wood, Rube Foster, Dutch Leonard, and Carl Mays.

Here's the back.  The first time I've ever seen Weil Baking Co.  I looked up the address.  Today it looks like it's a sushi bar.

The second card yesterday was the 1993 Finest Refractor of Ivan Calderon. I forgot he even played for the Red Sox.  Seventy-three unmemorable games that year to be exact.  But this is the card set that started the whole refractors craze.  At certain angles in the light, this card looks like one big rainbow, and the picture on the card is obscured.  How awesome is that!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Old Red Sox Card - Cracker Jack

I got a really old Red Sox card in the mail today.  This is the 1915 Cracker Jack of Vean Gregg.  Just think, 102 years ago somebody opened up a package of Cracker Jack and pulled this out and looked it over while they munched away.  102 years later that person is likely long gone, but the piece of paper they pulled out all those years ago is still around and was in my mailbox today.  That's really wild to think about!

If only our cards could talk and tell us about the journey they've been on, what they've seen, and the different owners they've had!

I think the Cracker Jack set is pretty cool.  They were only produced in 1914 and 1915 which is right in the heart of the Red Sox first glory years.  Some players appear in both years, but the cards seem to be identical.  Gregg's 1914 Cracker Jack card is nearly identical to this one.  The picture is the same, but the club is Cleveland.  One interesting thing about Vean Gregg is that he was a 20-game winning pitcher his first three seasons.  He won a career high 23 his rookie year, and followed up with two more 20 win exactly seasons.

Also in today's mail came the last Kareem that I was expecting.  This is the Purple Prizms version of the 2015-16 Panini Prizm set.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

And then there were Prizms

As someone who liked the finest refractors back in the day, I was disappointed when they were discontinued for basketball and later football. It wasn't until this past year that I became aware of Panini Prizm Prizms, a modern day refractor, if you will. Panini has taken the concept to new heights, however. I'm playing a few years of catch up. Here are some varieties of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar I've picked up lately. 


 Light blue

 Ruby wave


Orange wave

 Red white and blue




Friday, July 14, 2017

Basketball Cards - Kareem

I have a confession to make. I've been hiding something from you. I collect basketball cards just as passionately as I do baseball cards. In fact, since I'm coming clean today, I also want to add that I collect football cards as passionately as baseball and basketball. Do you still like me? Can we still be friends? The blog world seems highly concentrated on baseball cards. That's understandable. There are just a lot more of them around. When you think of card collecting, you think of baseball by default. In fact I must admit that the name of my blog came about by totally overlooking the others. The Lakers and Steelers never even crossed my mind. So please indulge me, as I plan to sprinkle in more posts about football and basketball card collecting.

Now that that's off my chest, in basketball card land, I collect complete sets from 2004-05 and older. I collect Lakers team sets since. See my basketball card want list page! I just recently added it. My recent COMC order included some cards of the player I consider the second best basketball player ever to play. The first is a Finest X-fractor. The second is a Finest Refractor. The last two are Panini Prizm Prizms.

Oh, and as far as hockey card collecting goes, it is a very distant fourth. I only collect team sets of the Dallas Stars.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cards with a Story - Yaz

Another COMC order arrived today. It was heavy on Carl Yastrzemski cards. Yaz is my favorite player of all time. I got to see him play once in person. It was his last game in the Metrodome in Minneapolis in his last season. I don't remember who won the game, Twins or Red Sox. But I do remember late in the game Yastrzemski hadn't played yet. Even though he was on the visiting team, the crowd really wanted to see him play. They (we) chanted "Yaz! Yaz! Yaz!" over and over again, the whole place. The coach did sub him in when the Red Sox were batting. When the crowd saw him get up from the bench, put on his helmet and head out to the on deck circle, they errupted. It doesn't get any better than that for a little Yaz fan! Here are the cards that came today.

2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary Cognac

2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary

2012 Panini Prizm Prizms

2012 Panini Prizm Green Prizms

2003 Topps Gallery Rainbow Refractor

2012 Topps Archive 1967 Stickers

1981 Perma-Graphics