Monday, January 31, 2011
You may recall that several bloggers, including me, mentioned Gus Zernial's passing recently. I have the great '56 play at the plate Gus and started looking at his other cards. I did a double-take when I saw this 1952 gem. I couldn't figure out why he had 6 balls stuck to his bat and then I read the back of the card, which may give a reason.
Over a three game stretch in 1951, Gus hit 6 homeruns, which tied a major league record. It sure makes for an interesting card in a set that has a lot of boring "shots".
"When will my Million Card Codes expire?
The Million Card Giveaway will continue to accept codes until February 1st, 2011. You must take delivery of all cards within your portfolio before the end of the promotion, March 1st, 2011. Any item remaining in your digital portfolio after that date will be donated to charity. No exceptions will be made regarding codes pulled from product after February 1st or cards not ordered for delivery before March 1st."
That part about donating cards to charity was news to me. I thought they would find some other way to stick us with those cards. I'll bet they'll be taking "FULL" Beckett value for that donation too. I know I would.
Here is the great prize alongside a 2007 Jeff Conine card signed by Uncle Moe. I busted the box last night and as I did with the Gint-A-Cuffs box I won, I want to share with a lucky winner. I'm going to do February's contest using something from this box, so check back in tomorrow to see what that involves.
Uncle Moe, thanks for offering up such a generous prize!!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Billy pitched in the majors for 18 years, so he's obviously the runner in this shot. I'm guessing sac bunt maybe? Billy had a nice career. He was 211-169 with a 3.27 ERA and 1,999 strikeouts. One more call and he would have hit that 2000th K. He had back to back 20 win seasons in 1956 and 1957, both years in which he won the Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award.
Billy was also a 4 time All-Star and pitched in the World Series twice, losing with the White Sox in 1959 and the Giants in 1962. As you can see from the card back, Billy was a very good pitcher in his day. He led the A.L. in ERA in 1955 with a solid 1.97. He had a 39 inning scoreless streak in 1953.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
No, this is something I noticed as I trolled around the MCG site looking for cards to trade for with my last few unwanted cards.
I was looking for some vintage catchers to add to my collection when I came across this 1968 Larry Haney. I'm not a big fan of the burlap look, but it has everything short of a play at the plate. I like the vintage catchers in their gear so I thought I might make an offer for it.
When I clicked on the card, I noticed the other Larry Haney cards that were available and did a double-take.
This is the 1969 Larry Haney. I know Topps is often guilty of using the same photo repeatedly, often times airbrushing them as necessary to make the player fit the team. I'm sure you notice the interesting thing about this card...it's a reverse negative of the '68 photo. No need to airbrush the photo, but I'm surprised they made a left handed catcher out of Larry!
Do you know of any other similar cards?
Of course, I made offers for both of these cards, because they'll look great sitting side by side in the catcher binder.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I'm not sure about the trade yet. I'll have to process it a bit and check the numbers to see how I feel about it. I know the Rangers have been searching for something to help out at the catcher position, even in a platoon situation, since Pudge left.
It's funny how you get used to a player being there and when they're gone, you realize you took their greatness, even their steady dependability, for granted. I think I always appreciated how amazing Pudge was, but sort of forgot that he wouldn't be playing catcher forever.
Come on Spring Training, come on Opening Day!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Chris from The Vintage SportsCard Blog and Marck from The Collective Troll both sent me this card at almost the same time.
I would give you a write up, but I couldn't do it the same justice that TR Sullivan did. Check out his story here.
I'm glad that a great play at the plate card of Gus made it's way into my collection and I appreciate the guys who made that happen!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Dude, you bought so much 2010 Chrome that you need to sort it?
Well, not really, but I guess in a way I did. I bought a couple of blasters and a bunch of those rack packs with the orange refractors. I entered a couple of group breaks, one for the Rangers and one where I got the Cubs and Dodgers. I also went in on a two box break with Bud from First Day Issue. Thats how I ended up with so many Chromies.
Anyway, back to the point. I was sorting them when I realized that it was sort of like sorting out a bent slinky.
The cards are so warped that my hands were sore from trying to keep them together. I know this problem isn't breaking news, I just wanted to chime in, about 3 months late.
On a positive note, I have lots of orange refractors and even some nice blue, purple, gold and even a couple of red ones. Shiny is good. Mostly when it will lay flat like a normal card.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
C.J. will make $7 mill, up from $3.1 mill in 2010. He was 15-8 with 170 Ks and a 3.35 ERA in 204 innings pitched last year. That was good enough for 10th in the A.L. in wins and ERA. A repeat performance would be nice in 2011.
Nelson will make $3.65 million, up from a paltry $440,000 in 2010. Last year, Nelson played in 108 games (hamstring issues) and hit 22 homers and drove in 78. He came up big in the playoffs too, hitting .317 with 6 homers and 11 RBIs in 16 games.
Josh Hamilton's people are asking for $12 million and the Rangers are offering $8.7 million for one year with the very real possibility of working out a multi-year deal during Spring Training. I'm sure the Rangers are worried about the injury bug, but last year Josh hit .359 with 32 homers and 100 RBIs to go along with a slew of great plays in the outfield. He didn't do great in the playoffs, but he did win the A.L. MVP award. I'm one of those who bashes the ginormous salaries athletes get paid, but in this market, $10-12 million for Josh's numbers is a steal.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Well, it appears that not only will other Wal-marts and Targets not be joining the Coalition Against Packsearchers (a very made up term), but this Wal-mart has given up the fight as well.
You can't tell, but my hand is up. Way, way up.
Let me clarify. I'm not talking about this kind of bug.
I'm talking the flu bug. On top of being sick last week (not the flu) and the surgery, the flu bug is making the rounds at my house. One kid down, one mom on her way down and the oldest and me trying to stay far away from them.
Within reason of course. I'm a loving husband and father and will do whatever I can to take care of them. So long as I can do it from a safe distance.
Never fear...Play at the Plate has an actual, real life baseball card related post scheduled for later today. I know, it's a shock to me too.
Friday, January 14, 2011
I owe Big D from Hey, That's Mine a package.
I owe Beardy from the Mojo Beard a package.
I owe the January contest winner a package.
You might...no, you will be shocked to hear I owe the December contest winner his package.
I need to do the contest for all the monthly winners from last year.
I am probably forgetting someone too.
I had surgery a few days ago and I've been very sick the last week. That's really no excuse because I should have had all those packages out long ago. I'll be working on them over the weekend with the hopes of getting them in the mail on Monday. I'm really sorry guys. I'll try to do better going forward.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Kyle099 does too.
However, I don't share his same feelings about the worth of 1988 Topps cards.
Kyle has also offered the Nolan for three of my other vintage cards, including both of the '54s from the Tradeathon.
I have to say one thing, Kyle is ambitious. I just don't think he's going to find any takers for that Nolan.
Monday, January 10, 2011
I want to thank all these bloggers for participating in the Tradeathon. It was a lot of fun and even though it took some patience to connect for trades, I think it was worth it. Everyone "donated" cards they weren't going to pay to have shipped with the hopes of getting a shot at a decent vintage card. I wish everyone could walk away with a card, but only two lucky people will get that privilege. Let's refresh our memory regarding who is participating.
2-Hey, That's Mine
3-Stats on the Back
4-Dawgbone, A Phillies Phan
5-Too Many Granderson
6-The Collective Troll
7-Prophet Got It
8-Tomahawk Chopping-Cardboard and More
9-The Vintage Sportscards Blog
11-Padrographs: Abner to Zimmer
12-Smed's Baseball Card Blog
13-"O" No...Another Orioles Blog
15-Clear Cut Cards
16-No One is Going to Read this Blog
I hope that's everyone. I made a post recently with those names to give anyone I left off a chance to help me correct my error and no one responded. So, that's it.
I also want to briefly explain the process I used to choose what cards to try to obtain for our cards. Using the bloggers' collecting goals, as best as I could tell, I made trade offers for those teams. For the first card I obtained, I made 22 offers for early '50's cards of players from the following teams: Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies, Tigers, Braves, and Orioles. Since the Mets and Padres started much later, I didn't make offers for those teams. After the first trade was complete, I did basically the same thing for the other card, except I didn't offer for the team that I got in the first trade. Confused? Good, me too.
Let's get a little randomization done first. The first two people on the list will get the cards I traded for with the first person getting first choice and the second person getting the other card.
Random.org is giving me problems and I had to shorten the names a bit to get it to keep all 16 teams in the randomization. Here is a brief video to show who won.
Congrats to the Brooklyn Met over at Clear Cut Cards and Mark over at Stats on the Back. The Brooklyn Met gets first choice and Mark will get the other card.
Here are the two cards we have to give away thanks to the tradeathon.
A nice 1954 Jim Pendleton.
A nice 1954 Ray Boone.
Congrats again to the winners. Brooklyn, please drop a comment to let me know which card you want.
Thanks again also, to all the participants. This wouldn't have been possible without your willingness to trade away some cards that Topps is going to end up keeping anyway!
Friday, January 7, 2011
Have you ever seen that before?
Anyway, I'm going to figure out some other way to do this and get that post that's been sitting there all weekend up.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Rest assured I'll get that done and post the two cards I got and the "winners" tomorrow.
Both cards are from 1954 so I feel pretty good about the upgrade from our big lot of mostly junk wax era cards.
In order from least to greatest, here is how each team was represented.
0 --Diamondbacks, captkirk42--No great surprise here and Kirk knew it.
0--Rays, madding--Again, one of the last teams picked and Madding knew only Travis Lee could save him.
1--US Military, No one picked them, for obvious reasons, but General Powell represented.
2--Checklists, '81 Fleer (Pirates/Indians) and '89 Upper Deck (101-200)
3-Reds, Captain Canuck--Mr. Wilson was the closest thing to a play at the plate in either pack.
3-Rockies, greg zakwin--Greg was torn between the Rocks and Rays...no diff really.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Before I get to it, I will be doing a contest of sorts for all the monthly winners from last year in just a few days.
Now, back to the business at hand. I found a couple of these yesterday.
You may have read about them a couple of times on Night Owl's blog. I ripped them open hoping to get my own worst hit of 2011. What did I get you might ask? Go ahead, ask.
You'll have to wait for that because what I got is the contest. All you have to do is pick the team that you think is best represented in these two rack packs. Teams are available on a first come, first served basis and only one per person please. If there are unclaimed teams...oh well, those are the risks we take. Whoever picks the team with the most cards wins. In the event of a tie, I'll reward both winners. Simple enough.
Get to pickin'.
It's certainly possible and likely that some of you voted, but I hope, no, I pray that none of you voted for this card.
This abomination was #56 on the list. You have got to be kidding me. This is nothing but another gimmick card. The crazy thing is I don't even care anymore that Topps is doing the gimmick card. It's here. It's probably not going anywhere and I've accepted that, but how does this card, with 60 years worth of cards to choose from, make the top 60?
It's voting like this that make people say "fans" shouldn't get to vote for the All-Star game.
I guess I should point out that Topps released #46-59 on the list. There are other cards to argue about, but at least they are legitimate cards. There are also plenty of amazing vintage cards. I'm just shocked and even a bit saddened by the inclusion of this card on the list.
I daresay there are hundreds, if not thousands, of cards that should be highly offended that this card was chosen ahead of them.
Monday, January 3, 2011
I like to be a little off the cuff sometimes, but I'm not overly prone to exaggeration. I'd wager that I've received over 500 offers that included the same card. Over and over. Offer after offer. Most of them from the same 5 or 6 people. Sometimes for vintage, sometimes not. The card in question:
A 2001 Ivan Rodriguez.
Did you know there are (as of the time I was writing this) 7,112 unlocked 2001 Ivan Rodriguez cards on the MCG website. You read that right. Seven thousand, one hundred and twelve. I'd be willing to bet those of you who are still paying attention to the MCG site are getting offered these same Pudge cards. Am I right?
Well, guess what? Of those 7,112 Pudge cards, 7,110 of them are not going to be requested. They just aren't. The 2 that are claimed will just be clicking errors by the user and will be immediately and eternally regretted when the package arrives and out falls a chewed up 1956 Bill Sarni and a Pudge card. You know where those cards are going to end up don't you?
That's right. You'll be redeeming them again when the next "code" card falls out of your 2011 Topps pack. It won't just be the Pudge card, but thousands and thousands of other cards that didn't get shipped. Good luck with all that.
I'll be right there with you.
Probably. 'Cause I'm a sucker.