Friday, November 18, 2016

Auto to the Max

A few weeks ago I was given a small box of baseball magazines and media guides by a friend that plays vintage base ball in the area.  One of them was a program for the 2005 USA Baseball National Team.


A lot of talented young players.  Like Max Scherzer and Matt Wieters.   I don't think that Bill & Sheri In The Morning! were young then.  Certainly not now.


My friend that gave them to me apparently asked Max for his autograph.  Max put pen to program.


Congrats, Max, on winning the NL Cy Young Award.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day

Earlier this year the Tennessee Smokies held their annual salute to Military Veterans.  There were many pregame ceremonies.  Gold Star Mothers and Families were recognized and players presented them with flowers and hugs.


A group was selected to appear on set of cards.  Veterans spanned World War II through the current conflicts.


A card set was made and handed out to the fans.  These are just a sample of the 30 or so cards in the set.
Curtis L. Conway, Sr.
card # 22

Austin Michael McGregor.
card # 14


Brandi McGehee
card # 11


Joel Connell
card # 08


Joel is a friend of mine and I was very honored to have submitted his name for inclusion in this set.

He's an active motorcyclist and rides frequently supports vets and other worthy causes.  That day he brought one of the Gold Star Mothers to the field.  Because he was involved with introductions he didn't leave at the same time as the other riders, so he got to disrupt the bullpen activities.


Thank you, Joel, and all of our Veterans, for your service to our country.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fergie at Ollie's Bargain Outlet

Next week Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins will be signing autographs at Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Sevierville, TN.


I thought about going.  Next town over, but I'd basically be spending the whole morning hoping for an auto that I already got in person.

I think I'll pass this time around.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

1989 Orel Hershiser Socko Tips set

I've heard of this set for years, but have never seen images of the cards until today.  It was a seven card set.  I have no clue if it was a food item promotional set or given out at the ballpark.  I found these on COMC.  A bit steeper price than I was hoping for.  For now I'll just look at them.

1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser #NoN - Orel Hershiser (The Fastball) - Courtesy of COMC.com
1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser
#NoN - Orel Hershiser (The Fastball)
1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser #NoN - Orel Hershiser (The Fastball) - Courtesy of COMC.com



1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser #NoN - Orel Hershiser (Fielding) - Courtesy of COMC.com
1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser
#NoN - Orel Hershiser (Fielding)


1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser #NoN - Orel Hershiser (The Fastball) - Courtesy of COMC.com
1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser
#NoN - Orel Hershiser (The Fastball)


1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser #NoN - Orel Hershiser (Pitching Motion) - Courtesy of COMC.com
1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser
#NoN - Orel Hershiser (Pitching Motion)


1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser #NoN - Orel Hershiser (Pitching Motion) - Courtesy of COMC.com
1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser
#NoN - Orel Hershiser (Pitching Motion)


1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser #NoN - Orel Hershiser (Fielding) - Courtesy of COMC.com
1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser
#NoN - Orel Hershiser (Fielding)


1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser #NoN - Orel Hershiser (Holding The Runner) - Courtesy of COMC.com
1989 Socko Tips From Orel Hershiser
#NoN - Orel Hershiser (Holding The Runner)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Contest Results

At the end of the third, it is the Indians 4, Red Sox 2.

Let's randomize the list of entries 9 times (3 + 4 + 2 = 9).


And we have a winner.  Tony Burbs, please contact me at mark DOT aubrey AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks for reading and entering.  My WS pick earlier this year was Cubs over the Red Sox.  It still might happen.

I'll let you all ponder the true reason why I still blog.  I don't have a favorite post this year.  Yet.

Again, thanks for reading.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The 2016 "Why is he still posting?" contest

I had a bit of time and a bit of jingle in my pocket on Saturday.  I stopped by one of my local card shops to take a look-see.  The owner, Bill, was kind as always, but was nudging me toward things he wanted to unload.  Jerseys?  Nope.  Junk wax era Bowman sets?  Nope.  More jerseys?  More nope.  Football?  Nope.  A stack of beat up vintage cards?  Huh?  Yep.

I picked up about 40 cards in ragged condition for a bit more than I would have spent in the dime box, but not as much as I would have spent in the 15¢ box.

So, I'd like to share some of my good fortune with you.  Contest time.  The winner takes away these six fabulous cards.  As pictured.
1962 Topps
Mel McGaha - card # 242

1964 Topps
Lou Brock - card # 29

1967 Topps
Hank Fischer - card # 342

1967 Topps
Angels Rookie Stars - card # 367

1969 Topps
Steve Hamilton - card # 69

1971 Topps
Gil Garrido - card # 173

So how does one enter? I could ask that you submit your World Series predictions, with total number of ejections for the Series, but that seems like a long time to wait for a winner to be chosen. Doesn't the Series end around Thanksgiving this year?

I could ask that you pick your favorite post that I wrote this year, but that would limit it to about a dozen different choices.

Maybe I could ask you to write an essay as to why you think I still blog.  Too much work on both of our parts.

Okay.  We'll make this a random selection.  Comment with one of the three options above (WS winner prediction - ejections not required, your favorite post of mine this year, or why you think I still blog).  You must comment, but your answers don't sway the randomizer.

All good contests have a deadline to enter.  This one should, too.  Let's call it 8pm, Eastern, on Thursday, October 6th.  The AL Division Series should start.

More rules.  Sharing this post doesn't get you any more slots in the randomizer.  Comment as many times as you'd like.  One slot per blogger/reader.  After the contest is closed I'll put all the names in the randomizer and click it as many times as I darn well feel like it.  The winner will be announced later.  The cards will be sent out via USPS, probably in a PWE.  Really, what more could happen to them?

Thanks to my loyal followers who feverishly refresh the page hoping for some of the best card blog writing to come out of the greater KnoxVegas area.  By that I mean that it probably in the top 10 card blogs in Sevier county, Tennessee.

Now, go comment and make me feel good.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Nigel Wilson tore his what?

At a local thrift store I found this sheet of cards that was angrily torn from the magazine that once held it safe.

They were created in the style of the 1973 Topps Football.  You know.  The "Participation Ribbon" set.  Everyone gets one.

Best I can figure out this is part of an early 1990s SCD Sports Card Pocket Price Guide set, maybe 1993.


Is it worth keeping?  Probably not.  It it worth throwing away?  Probably not, either.

Bonus points.  Nigel Wilson (card # 25) played in Knoxville.  Based on the info that is on the back of his card, "Last year" was 1992.    That would make this issue from 1993.

Yeah, I'm too lazy to go back and correct the year and set info above the cards.