Thursday, April 7, 2016

Requisite monthly post

A few weeks back I decided I should beef up my 1971 Topps project.  I sauntered on over to COMC and picked up about a dozen that I needed for Series 1, since that is what I'm focusing on.  After they arrived I went through and did some organizing.  I was able to put several cards in the binder, updated the want list and realized that I'm close to completing the first series.  That was my original goal.

But I won't be showing any of those gently loved, chipped edged '71s,  I'll show you a few other cards I picked up during that same shopping spree.

Not all cards purchased at COMC are baseball.  As far as I can tell Len Raney never made it to the pros but we both attended Northern Arizona University.  And it was less than a buck.
1995 Superior Pix Autographs
Len Raney (card # 98)

I've been delving into the history of cricket a bit.  I thought I should grab one for my collection.  This "mini" has a bit of surface damage, but I'm not complaining.  It only set me back a buck seventy five.
1928 Wills Cricketers
E. Hendren (card # 21)

Bill "Bugs" Moran was the poor man's Oscar Gamble.  Look it up yourself.  "Bugs" cost me $2.75.

1978 TCMA - Knox Sox
Bill "Bugs" Moran (card # 0024)

And yes, I did have a bit of fun with this first of the Knoxville Minor Team sets.

I placed my order soon after Joe Garagiola had slipped this mortal coil.  Yes, the card has rounded corners and a bit of a crease, but it cost fifty cents less than "Bugs" Moran.
1953 Bowman Color
Joe Garagiola (card # 21)

And here's one that I got back in January of this year.  Buddy Gilbert was the featured speaker at the East Tennessee SABR Day meeting.  He handed these out.  And yes, that is his signature.  He takes pride in it.
Custom card
Buddy Gilbert

Happy Opening Day week.  My lovely wife and I will be out at Smokies Stadium tonight watching their home opener.  Whee!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Gypsy Oak R423 Strip Cards

Some time back I became acquainted with Gypsy Oak on twitter.  An artist that focuses on baseball.  He's one of those hard medium artists.  You know, the kind that actually takes time to print his work.  Gypsy Oak frequently runs a retweet contest to win some of his stuff.  I retweeted and won.  The prize was a strip of R423 type cards, based on the 1950 issue.

They are petite.  I'm not quite sure how to display them.  I'm thinking of framing them.







GypsyOak creates cards other than the micro strip bubblegum cards.  Fantastic work.



Not just cards, but art in the more traditional sense.



If you'd like to get in touch with Gypsy Oak you can contact him via email: gypsyoak AT icloud DOT com.  Or you can follow him on twitter: @GypsyOak.


Images used by permission.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Last of the COMC Black Friday haul

Wow.  Do I know how to stretch out a post series or what?

Trying to maximize the free shipping I picked up some cards that typical collectors (okay, Night Owl is not a typical collector, but you'll see where I'm going soon enough) might not care for.

The first is one of the Fleer boxes.  There were probably 50 of these boxes floating around Hills, KMart, Kay-Bee and many other stores.  I can't keep track of them all.  But I wanted this one.
1989 Fleer Baseball MVP
Orel Hershiser (card # 19)

On to the glut of featureless Panini of 2013.  "We don't have licensing rights?  Who cares?  Not our customers."  I don't know if Orel's other coaches or teammates called him Bulldog outside of LA.
1998 Panini Hometown Heroes Nicknames Black
Orel Hershiser (card # N9)

This is where it turns really south for Greg.  He really only cares about Orel being a Dodger.  Well, he collects Orel as a Dodger.  The rest of the cards can go to the shredder.  Or to me.
1998 Panini Hometown Heroes Rivalry Gold
Orel Hershiser (card # R17)

Another one that Greg doesn't care about.  But it is shiny.
1998 Pacific Omega
Orel Hershiser (card # 211)

And a different one that he doesn't care about.  I kind of like this E-Motion XL card.  The frame is actually a frame.  It sits on the card and gives it a class look, even though Orel isn't sporting Dodger blue.
1996 E-Motion XLOrel Hershiser (card # 48)
So there.  You've got your fix of Mark's Ephemera in for March.  I might actually pick up card blogging on a more regular basis.  Who knows?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Mother of all blog posts

Mother's Cookies, that is. Part of my COMC Black Friday haul was some Mother's Cookies Hershisers. No, I can't tell them apart.  But I knew that I didn't have them.  Now I do.

1988 Mother's Cookies LA Dodgers
Orel Hershiser (card # 6)

1989 Mother's Cookies LA Dodgers
Orel Hershiser (card # 6)

1990 Mother's Cookies LA Dodgers
Orel Hershiser (card # 12)

1993 Mother's Cookies LA Dodgers
Orel Hershiser (card # 10)

1994 Mother's Cookies LA Dodgers
Orel Hershiser (card # 7)

I also get confused by the names that COMC gave these sets.  The 1988 card is from the LA Dodgers.  The others are from the LA Dodgers Stadium Giveaway [Base].  Hmm.  My guess is that the cards were included in the product and given away at the stadium, but I don't know for sure.  Anyone want to venture a guess?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Spurred into action

Night Owl posted some cards that he got from Corey.  As I was looking at the pretty pictures, because who really has time to read anymore, I noticed an Orel Hershiser card I thought I had, but wasn't sure.

It was a box bottom card from 1989 Fleer.  I thought that I picked it up in my Black Friday shopping spree at COMC.  I knew that I hadn't put the cards in the binder yet, so I started looking for the padded envelope that they came in.

I looked around the computer.  Nope.  In the stack of stuff by my bed.  No.  Ah, it must be in that pile of envelopes out in the sun room.  Nope, but I did find the packing slip.  On the bookshelf?  No.  Other bookshelf.  No.  Crud.

I slept on it and this morning, being a snow day for Caroline and knowing that after spending some time doing a jigsaw puzzle, cleaning the kitchen, catching up on some correspondence, putting a few loads of laundry in the washer, I'd set out to find the cards.  I looked in one more stack of stuff and bingo, bango, bongo, I found it.
1989 Fleer Box Bottom
Orel Hershiser (card # C-14)
It wasn't just this Hershiser, but cards of some other players I collect.  Bill Wade, football player.  I had the original of this card, and the Archive edition, but the GOLD Archive?  Nope.  I do now.

1994 Topps Archives 1957 Series Gold
Bill Wade (card # 34)

This is one of those oddball cards.  I'm guessing that they're plentiful in the Chicago area, but I don't live there anymore.  Ah, Chicago, where I could, and did, go to a card show every month.  There hasn't been a card show in east Tennessee in years.
1998 Discover Card Chicago Bears Fan Convention
Bill Wade (card # BIWA)

On to Del Harris.  Del kicked around the NBA as a coach for some time.  He went to the same college my wife did.  Milligan.  So did Francis Gary Powers.  But they don't make cards of Francis.
1995-96 NBA Hoops
Del Harris (card # 182)

Boy, howdy.  Doesn't this look like an ad for some sort of hearing aid or fiber supplement?
2005-0 Topps Total
Del Harris (card # 372)
Also in the package were about another ten or so cards.  I've scanned them, but will share them later.  Probably in two different posts.  Right now I'm averaging about a post per month.  I can't get too wild.

So thanks, Greg, for spurring me into action.  I almost wrote, "You can saddle me up and spur me all night."  But I didn't.  That would be wrong.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Two cards for Christmas

Brian, from the Play at the Plate blog, offered to send out Christmas cards to those that wanted them.

I took him up on it, as most of the cards we get at the house are from family, and friends of family.  Nothing wrong with that.  I just wanted some fresh Christmas cheer.

The card was shiny and the write up was spot on.


It was even signed.  Not a numbered card, but I can live with that.


Inside that card was a "Purely Random Vintage" card.

1955 Bowman
Chico Carrasquel (card # 173)

Best two cards I got for Christmas.  I'm thankful for bloggers like Brian who share their cards and their faith.

Thank you.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

COMC Black Friday haul - Part 2

More cards from the COMC Black Friday Haul. These are the last of the 'oddball' cards. The remainders will be cards that feature athletes.  Thanks for indulging me.

While trying to fill my basket I looked for cards that visually appealed to me.  I have no desire to complete any of these series.  I just liked the looks.  Yes, they have creases and dings.  And they averaged less than 56 cents each.

I grew up near an Air Force base.  Lots of planes.  I think that's why I chose them.
1944 Leaf Card-O Aeroplanes
Series D
Douglas C-54

1954 Bowman U.S. Navy Victories
Korean Bridge Hit (card # 26)

1956 Topps Jets
SAAB 210 Draken (card # 71)


Moving away from planes to superheroes.

Dr. Evil said:
You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here!
1966 Topps Batman
A Series (Red Bat Logo)
Danger In The Depths (card # 14A)
Soon enough athletes and coaches will return to this blog.