Sunday, October 25, 2009
Since Krejci's goal was such a big one, I've chosen one of the last couple of autographs I haven't yet featured, from 2007-08 SP Authentic. We'll see if the team can carry the momentum into Thursday's showdown with Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils...
#1 - 2007-08 Upper Deck SPX (Auto/Dual Relic/#'d to 999)
#2 - 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee Premier (Auto/Quad Relic/#'d to 299)
#3 - 2007-08 Upper Deck Ice Fresh Threads (Dual Relic)
#4 - 2008-09 Upper Deck Champs Mini
#5 - 2007-08 In the Game Heroes & Prospects
#6 - 2009-10 Fleer Ultra
Friday, October 23, 2009
Most recently I did this with 1965-66 Topps hockey. O-Pee-Chee and Parkhurst weren't releasing sets at the time, so Topps was the only major release this particular year. The Topps set was only 128 cards, so it's possible that this is one I may be able to complete someday. For now I'm going to enjoy the two cards I purchased. I picked up card #30, Billy Hicke, for $1.04. Billy's in fairly rough shape, with a couple of creases and a mysterious blue stain covering a large part of the card back. I also picked up card #33, Al Langlois of the Boston Bruins for less than $2. Al's card is in better shape, with no creases or stains, just a bit off-center:
I may never get the other 126 cards, but for now Al and Billy are a welcome part of my collection.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This has instantly become one of my favorite books, I'm sure I will spend countless hours pouring over the pages in the months and years to come. This will definitely be a part of my library as long as I'm collecting. If you collect baseball cards and don't have this book, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy. The book is out of print so you won't find it at your local bookstore. Used copies on Amazon are listed at pretty outrageous prices, but there are usually one or two copies listed on eBay and you can get one at a decent price if you look around. My copy is in great shape, with all pages and binding in pristine condition and only some very slight wear along the bottom of the cover where it was probably slid in and out of a bookshelf. With shipping I paid around $30.
Well...what are you waiting for?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I haven't posted one of my 1953 Topps cards since way back in June, and I haven't purchased one since long before that even. Ultimately I'm not sure if I'll continue my quest for a complete '53 Topps set or not, but I've decided that I'll at least make an effort to post some more of the cards that I already have before I make a decision. The 37th card in my set is Jim Rivera of the Chicago White Sox...
Jim played a total of 10 seasons in the bigs for the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Athletics, although the bulk of his career was spent with Chicago. Jim's birthname is actually Manuel Joseph Rivera, but he was better known as Jungle Jim due to his aggresive playing style. Jim was a speedster on the base paths who led the league in triples in 1953 and in stolen bases in 1955. He finished second in stolen bases 6 times! I guess it was hard to surpass teammate Luis Aparicio for a while there.
If you're wondering why someone so successful only lasted for 10 seasons, it's because Jim was 29 when he finally broke into the league. According to Baseball Reference, there are some sources that say his late start can be attributed to a stint in prison while serving in the Army. I can't find anything to confirm this though, does anybody know for sure?
Set Status: 37/274 (14%)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
How Much Did I Pay for the Card? $.80
Why is This One of My Favorite Red Sox Cards? When I started collecting cards again in 2007 I basically began with a clean slate. While I did recover most of my childhood collection, I only collected from 1989 to 1994, which was the height of overproduction. Not only that, but I really enjoyed the cards and they're in "gently used" condition at best in most cases. Finally, I only owned 3 cards made before 1980. As a result, I've had to build up my vintage collection from scratch.
One of the sets I like most is 1971 Topps. With some of the Hall-of-Famers in this set and the tough-to-find high numbers I doubt I will ever complete the whole set, so I take the approach of picking up a few cards here and there as I run across them (which doesn't happen frequently). My modest collection stands at 33 cards, and this George Scott is one of my favorites. While I may never complete the '71 set, I recently made a pick-up that's about the next best thing. Post coming soon...
Friday, October 16, 2009
This was the first year that Stadium Club was produced. Hockey and baseball sets were released as well with basically the same exact design, I'm not sure about football though. The fact that this is the first full Stadium Club baseball release, combined with the great photography and a solid design make this an essential set for my collection. I've finally got all the cards busted and sorted. 12 cards per pack, 36 packs in the box for 432 cards. There is only a 300 card base set, no inserts or parallels (those were the days!) so I figured I'd end up with most of the set and a good pile of doubles to trade away. All said and done I got 285 out of the 300 base cards, 95% of the set. I have 184 doubles and triples, and 12 cards were damaged and discarded. There are so many good cards in this set, but here are a few choice favorites...
#5 - Will Clark - San Francisco Giants - This is one of the cards I did have from this set when I was a kid. Will Clark and Nolan Ryan were the two players I collected, and this was always one of my favorite Clark cards.
Well, that was a great experience for around the same price as eating out at McDonald's. I've got a whole bunch of doubles, so if anyone else is going for this set let me know. As always, I've updated the Zistle library will quality scans of every single card. If you still haven't checked out Zistle what are you waiting for?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
How Much Did I Pay for the Card? $4.24 (free shipping)
Why is This One of My Favorite Red Sox Cards? 1983 Topps is widely regarded as one of the best sets of the 1980's. In fact, many collectors rank it as their favorite, as evidenced by Dinged Corners' recent poll. In addition to a fantastic design, the set features rookie cards of 3 Hall of Famers; Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg and Tony Gwynn. Completing the 1983 Topps set is a long term goal of mine, but even if it weren't this Boggs card would be on my list as it's a very reasonably priced rookie of a Hall of Famer and Boston legend. I've wanted this card since I saw it in the souvenir shop on Yawkee Way at my very first Red Sox game as a kid, and I couldn't pass up a mint copy for less than $5. I now have the Gwynn and Boggs cards from this set, time to chase the Sandberg!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
About halfway through the game (which was a Lightning broadcast re-run by the NHL network), they advertised a Lightning ticket package. Tickets to 10 games for...$79.99! Are you kidding me? I know these are probably nosebleed seats but are things so bad down in Florida that you can see the Lightning play for less than $10 a game? They just won the Stanley Cup in 2004! Maybe the league needs to relocate the Lightning or the Panthers to Quebec, apparently the mayor there is interested in bringing back the Nordiques. At least they might draw a good crowd up there...
Sunday, October 11, 2009
In case the Red Sox series wasn't disappointing enough, I watched the Bruins/Ducks game that I had DVR'd from Thursday night. After going up 1-0 early in the game on a goal by Marco Sturm, the B's gave up 6 unanswered goals to Anaheim. Tim Thomas did not look good in the 6-1 loss. To make matters worse, I also watched last night's Bruins/Islanders game and watched the team go down 3-0. They pulled off an incredible comeback though, scoring 3 goals in the second half of the 3rd period and winning in the shootout. Backup goalie Tuukka Rask, who many think could become one of the NHL's elite goaltenders, was solid in the game and in the shootout. It's been a roller coaster start to the season just 4 games in, it would be good to see the Bruins level off a bit and put together 2 or 3 wins in a row...
Finally, if you haven't already seen it or don't read his blog, Dan of Saints of the Cheap Seats is hosting another group case break. There are just a few slots left, and it looks like it's going to be 2007 Ultimate baseball, with the hits evenly divided up. This is the product he broke in his last case break, here are the cards I received, good stuff! Head on over and sign up before it's too late!