Wednesday, February 21, 2018

1950 Bowman - Post #7 - Ken Heintzelman

Last year I officially decided to chase the 1950 Bowman baseball set, as sort of a life-long goal.  The first vintage card I ever got my hands on as a kid was the Maurice McDermott from this release, a gift from my Dad from an antiques store near our house.  I've been enamored with these under-sized cards ever since.

I've got a few of these back-logged; cards I've picked up over the past few months but just haven't found the time to scan or post.  Since we're almost two months into 2018 here it's about time I got around to featuring one.

Not much of an introduction, but here's Ken Heintzelman...

Ken actually saw his first MLB action all the way back in 1937, with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He remained with the Pirates until 1947, posting a 37-43 record with a 4.14 ERA during his time with the team (where he was sometimes a starter, sometimes worked out of the bullpen).

During the 1947 season the Phillies purchased him from Pittsburgh, and he spent the remaining few seasons of his career with Philadelphia.  His best season was probably his age 33 campaign in 1949, where he was used exclusively as a starter, a move that paid dividends for the Phil's to the tune of a 17-10 record, a respectable 3.02 ERA and 5 shutouts!

Here's a look at the back.  Lot of overlap with what I just wrote above actually, whoops.  What the back doesn't mention is that, like so many in his generation, Ken missed a few of what would have been the prime years of his career fighting in WWII.  The Greatest Generation, indeed.

Well, that's all I've got time for tonight.  I'm tired, today was a long one, so I might not be doing this card the justice it deserves.  Like all of the cards I've seen from this release, it's a real beauty.  Hopefully it doesn't take another two months for me to get around to posting another one of these...

Thanks for checking in!

Set Progress:  7 of 252 (2% Complete)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

One Card Post - A Partner for Plante

What:  1957-58 Parkhurst #7 - Ron Stewart
Where: eBay
How Much?:  $10.00

Why?:  I was drawn to this one because I love vintage hockey cards, and because I thought it would pair nicely with the beautiful Jacques Plante I landed from this set last year.  Like the Plante, this card is in impressive condition given that it's now more than 60 years old.

Ron was a member of the Maple Leafs team that won three consecutive Stanley Cups in the early '60s.  In the latter half of his career he spent time with the Bruins, Blues, Canucks and Rangers.  Stewart even played in 18 games for the Providence Reds of the AHL during the '71-72 season, something I wasn't aware of when I purchased the card but that gives it a cool local connection for me.

As I said when I posted the Plante from this set last year, the backs aren't the most exciting you've ever seen by any means.

Still, a beautiful card, and I had no problem shelling out ten bucks to land my second single from this release.  This is the penultimate card from the small hockey order I placed at the very beginning of 2018; I'll get the last one up sometime in the next week!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Buyback Franken-set: Stiff Competition

Tonight's buyback franken-set post really shows just how difficult it's beginning to get to make the binder as I approach 1,000 total buybacks here.  The first couple of cards in particular drew some match-ups that were just brutal...

1979 Topps #260 - Richie Zisk

Heavy airbrushing aside, this 1979 Richie Zisk isn't a bad card.  Zisk gets the extra AL All-Star banner added to his card, having been selected to play in the midsummer classic in both '77 and '78.

Unfortunately, this fantastic Frank Malzone buyback is already in slot 260 of the franken-set binder.  This is the oldest buyback I've obtained from the 2017 "Rediscover Topps" promotion, and for a Red Sox fan like myself this card is darn near untouchable when it comes to the franken-set.

It certainly won't be unseated by Richie Zisk's airbrushed helmet...

1974 Topps #41 - Bobby Floyd

Next up is a '74 Topps buyback of middle infielder Bobby Floyd.  Bobby managed to appear in just 10 games in 1974, the final 10 of his big league career.  Nothing all that special about this one, and when I flipped to the fifth page of the binder to see if Floyd made the cut I encountered this one sitting in slot 41:

Ouch!  I'm a total sucker for the combo cards of the '50s and '60s.  This Willie McCovey/Leon Wagner Friendly Foes buyback courtesy of 2013 Topps Heritage is one of the better buybacks in the binder, period.

Stiff competition, indeed!

1978 Topps #603 - Will McEnaney

After a rough start for the first two contestants, things get a bit easier for Will McEnaney.  This is the first #603 buyback I've acquired to date, so Will makes the cut as a new number for the binder!  McEnaney pitched in just 6 games in '78 (for the Pirates, not the Expos), so despite a somewhat interesting photo Will's spot in the binder going forward is anything but a lock.

1980 Topps #69 - Rick Williams

Prior to last year's "Rediscover" promotion, it was difficult to find many buybacks from 1980 and newer.  That (along with the tequila sunrise Astros uni) makes this Rick Williams buyback somewhat unique.

This Spring Training shot of Phil Gagliano has been holding down slot 69 for a while now...

...and will continue to do so for the time being.

1989 Topps #346 - Rex Hudler

Utility player Rex Hudler swatted just .245 in 92 games with Montreal in 1989.  Not exactly numbers that make for a stellar case for franken-set induction...

 ...especially not when you're facing off against a '60s Red Sox buyback.

One of those rare cases where a cap-less player beats out one wearing proper skull attire.

1969 Topps #576 - Ron Stone/Bill Wilson

Neither one of these guys enjoyed a stellar career, but this is still a decent buyback as it's a fairly high numbered card for a '69.  In fact, it's the second highest numbered 1969 buyback I've picked up to date, and it makes the franken-set as my first #576 buyback.

1973 Topps #312 - Oscar Brown

1973 was the end of the line for Oscar Brown, whose MLB career consists of 160 games played over five seasons with the Braves.  I don't care much about condition when it comes to my buybacks, but I have to say this is about the most mint '70s buyback in my collection to date.

Ooh, tough draw for Oscar, as I really enjoy this Don Carrithers.

Yeah, I'm going with the powder blue Expos uniform and all that green grass.

1978 Topps #531 - Tom Underwood

I think the photographer's focus was just off when snapping the photo used on this '78 Tom Underwood.  Either that or maybe my copy suffers from some kind of printing flaw.  It's amazing that Tom has a card depicting him with St. Louis, as he played just half a season with the team in 1977.

Another tough match-up here, as Underwood draws the 1974 Topps Expos coaches card.  This one's notable because it's the lone appearance for the great Larry Doby in the franken-set binder.

You had to know how that one was gonna go.

1969 Topps #187 - Leon Wagner

I like this '69 Topps issue of big Leon Wagner.  It's a unique card too, given that Leon never actually suited up for so much as a single game with the Reds!  Does that random fact give it enough of an edge for it to make the binder?

Well, Leon will have to oust Darren Daulton here.  The most interesting part of this card to me is the person standing behind the netting there.  Hard to tell but it almost looks like a background dancer from an '80s music video.

Daulton stays for now.

1990 Topps #766 - Brian Meyer

Last card of the day, and another new number to boot!  That's three new numbers in today's grouping of ten, which is about the best I can hope for at this stage of the project.  Someday I hope to land another #766 buyback so that I can shift Brian here over to my 1990 Topps buyback binder.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another batch of buybacks with me.  Nearly two years in I'm still just as passionate about this project as the day I kicked it off.  In another few posts I'll be passing the 1,000 buybacks threshold, and I've got something special planned for that!

Franken-set Progress:  534/792 (67%)
"Rejected" Buybacks:  435
Total Buybacks in Collection: 969

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

One Card Post - Dufex Burt

What:  1994-95 Pinnacle Rink Collection Parallel #356 - Adam Burt
Where: COMC
How Much?:  $.97

Why?:  Picked this one up all the way back in 2015, but just plucked it from my card chest for posting last night.  Perfect timing, as it's been a while since I showed a nice Whalers card here on the blog.  The 1994-95 Rink Collection parallels are among my favorites of the '90s.  I'll never complete the set as they're somewhat scarce and demand a pretty penny, but that doesn't stop me from slowly plucking away.  I think Adam Burt here brings me to a dozen of them and counting...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Huge Progress with 1971-72 Topps

Having completed the run of 1980s Topps hockey sets, I'm really making an effort in 2018 here to work towards that same goal with the '70s run.  I've already completed three Topps sets from the decade in 1973-74, 1974-75 and the iconic 1979-80 release, leaving me with seven to go.

Of those remaining seven sets, the one I'm pursuing with perhaps the most vigor is '71-72.  Like many hockey card collectors, I just love this design.  The bold "bubble letters" used for the team name, the bright colors, and the inset circle for the photograph that harkens back in some sense to 1959 Topps baseball; it's just great.

Admittedly, not every card in the set is a winner.  Like just about every set from this era, there's some airbrushing going on and some less than interesting choices as far as photographs go.

Overall though, I think it's a real gem.  When I began the year I had a respectable 36 cards from this set, with a few HOFers among that group.  With 132 cards on the checklist, that put me at just over 1/4 of a complete set, not bad but still a lot of work to do.

Well, in one of my very first card purchases of 2018 I was able to really fast-track this set build.  A trusted seller that I've purchased from many times before had a whole bunch of these listed on Sportlots as "EX" condition for 50 cents a card.  You often times don't get to see a photograph when buying on Sportlots, but since I'm not overly concerned with condition at this stage, and have had good experience with this seller in the past, I went for it.

In the end I added an impressive fifty cards to my set in one fell swoop!  With two exceptions that I paid 75 cents for, each and every one of them cost me just 50 cents.  At this price I added close to 40% of the set to my binder for what amounted to $28 shipped.

The cards are in great shape too now that I've got them in hand, certainly as good if not better than the three dozen I had previously.  A few of them, like Denis DeJordy here, suffer from the very common centering issues with this release, but overall most of them shine even there.

I'm not going to show all fifty cards here, but I've picked ten favorites from the group instead to keep things reasonable in terms of post length.  You had to know one or two Golden Seals cards would make the cut!

Ron Ellis' edge chipping made him the roughest of the fifty I received in terms of condition, but honestly even this one is more than acceptable for my set build.

This card of the under-rated Jean Pronovost was one of two that I shelled out a whole 75 cents for.  Fine by me, it's just about mint!

That could not have worked out any better.  If anything I'm kicking myself for not getting a serious jump start on this set sooner.  With these in hand I'm just about at 2/3 complete now.  True, I've still got some big names left including Bobby Orr, Ken Dryden's RC, and the second-year Bobby Clarke, but my binder looks a whole lot better now than it did a few weeks back!

I'll certainly be picking up more of these as the year goes on here, provided I can stay focused.  My want list is updated for this set too, so if you have any of these kicking around that I need I'm highly interested in trading!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Buyback Franken-set: Mistaken Identity

Just one buyback today, one I hand-picked recently off of eBay.  Check it out!

1985 Topps #497 - Gary Pettis

Yup, the "infamous" 1985 Gary Pettis card!  This one's looked upon fondly by collectors due to the fact that Gary's younger brother is actually pictured.  I've always found the card to be amusing for that reason, and when the opportunity presented itself to add a copy to my buyback franken-set for less than $2 shipped, I jumped at it.

Best of all, I didn't have a #497 buyback prior to this, so Gary slid right into the binder without contest!

Franken-set Progress:  531/792 (67%)
"Rejected" Buybacks:  428
Total Buybacks in Collection: 959

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Double Dose of Shlabotnik Sox & Soccer

Today seems as good a day as any to start the process of catching up with all the great folks who've sent me cards over the last month or two.  It's pouring rain out, and I actually had a free hour to scan, so here are the contents of a great PWE that I received a few weeks back from Joe Shlabotnik, proprietor of The Shlabotnik Report...

We'll start off with a nice injection of Topps Heritage cards for my Red Sox collection.  From the 2016 set, third baseman Josh Rutledge.  Josh actually signed a deal with the Giants this off-season.

From last year's release I received a trio of new-to-me Sox in the form of Rick Porcello...

...the team card, which prominently features my favorite player on the current roster, Xander Bogaerts...

...and the mistake that was Pablo Sandoval.  I believe this one and the Rutledge that I led off with are both from the High Numbers releases.  I don't typically pay much mind to the Heritage set each year, but I do enjoy slowly accumulating the Red Sox team sets from each release so these are certainly appreciated.

Joe's always good for an oddball or two in each PWE it seems, and this time around was no different as I was the recipient of this Derek Lowe MLB Showdown game card.  Never played the game, probably due to the fact that I was in my mid-20s when this was printed up, but I'll never turn down a good oddball.

I appreciate that Joe seems to be one of the few collectors I interact with who also enjoys a good soccer card.  Over the years he's contributed more cards to my random soccer binder than anyone else.  This one's from a Topps MLS release.  While I don't follow the MLS, I enjoy the occasional New England Revolution card given that they play their home games only about thirty minutes from my house.

I like this one even more.  I was aware that Topps had released a Stadium Club set for MLS, but until now had never held one in hand.  Very similar to the last Stadium Club Premier League set minus the foil.

My favorite two soccer cards of the PWE though were from Topps Attacks, which again is some type of game that I don't play.  The pair I got in this package were both players from my favorite club, Liverpool.

Even better, one of them was my very first card of Mohamed Salah, who's been the offensive star of the team this year.  He's already scored 21 goals in Premier League play this season, just two off of Harry Kane's league-leading pace.  Salah's just 25 years old, and is definitely in the mix as far as best offensive players in the world.  Very pleased to finally add a card of his to my soccer collection!

Before I even had a chance to post the contents of that last PWE, which admittedly took me some time, Joe hit me up with another one!  When I removed the three-pocket page that Joe and I use to exchange cards from the envelope and took a look, this fantastic Tim Wakefield card was staring back at me.  What a great minor league card from Tim's time with the AAA Buffalo Bisons.  I'll happily accept a minor league card of just about any MLB star, but doubly so for a guy who was a star for my favorite team and is one of the more well-known knuckle-ballers in the history of the game.

This envelope had some nice early '70s additions to my Sox collection, starting with Don Pavletich's '70 release here.  A previous owner drew what looks to me like a coffee bean in the lower right corner, but that doesn't bother me and this is a more than acceptable filler card in my eyes.  I might upgrade it someday, but then again I honestly might not.

Got a couple new Yaz cards this time around.  From 2016 Topps Update, a 3,000 Hits Club insert.  I'm on record as stating that Topps inserts have pretty much bored me across the board for years now, but this one's not awful at least.  I like the idea of an insert based on all the players to achieve a certain statistical benchmark like 3,000 hits.  As far as the execution of that idea?  Well, I don't hate it, which is about the most positive thing you'll hear me say about a recent Topps insert.

This one I like a bit better since it's got a nice vintage feel to it.  First I'd seen of these Baseball Legends inserts from Allen & Ginter.  An insert set worthy of collecting if you ask me.  Flagship could learn a thing or two from Allen & Ginter, at least in the insert department.

Side note, I'm still working on the painstaking process of transferring the electronic cataloging of my collection from Zistle (RIP) to The Trading Card Database.  At this stage of the process, with about 5,000 total baseball cards transferred over, Yastrzemski is in 9th place for baseball in terms of most cards of a given player.  Not really surprising, but I like that I can see those kinds of statistics on The Trading Card Database.

The last PWE had an MLB Showdown card, and this one did too!  I have a feeling the way this photograph is cropped would be somewhat polarizing if you asked a group of collectors to vote on it.  Personally, I kind of like the wide cropping with the ball just having come into frame heading towards Garciaparra, but I can just as easily see how some folks wouldn't care for it.

There are certain sets where Joe has single-handedly set me on the path to completing a Red Sox team set through PWEs over the years.  1975 SSPC comes to mind, as well as the mid-2000s Topps Total releases.  One card closer for the 2005 release with this one in hand!

The 1970 Don Pavletich above wasn't the only vintage Red Sox card in this envelope, as I got two more early-'70s needs in the form of a '72 Marty Pattin...

...and a '73 Rogelio Moret.  I was somewhat amazed that I had copies of neither of these, but then again once you get earlier than 1974 you really start to see some holes in my collection as far as Topps flagship sets go.  Definitely appreciate this pair!

The last card of today's post is certainly the most random.  Thanks to the TCDB I learned that this is a 1994 Bon Air Fire Engines card.  I love getting some cardboard representation of Rhode Island, the little state that I was born in and call home today, in my collection.  Hope Valley is a region of our state near where my wife and I got married, and where she works today as a teacher, so this one has a nice personal touch as well.

Joe, thanks for these great cards and apologies that it took me so long to get them posted.  You're first on my list for getting some return cardboard out the door here, hopefully as early as this week!
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