Friday, September 18, 2015

Tennessee 2015 Football Schedule

I like pocket schedules of local teams, either professional or collegiate. Living in the Knoxville area I have the opportunity to obtain both.  Nothing spectacular about this one.  Dates and opponents  Rather bland photo of Neyland Stadium and fans.  I'll keep it.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Tennessee Smokies Military Card Set

On May 30, 2015, the Tennessee Smokies, along with Efficient Energy of Tennessee, had a promotion at the ballpark. As part of Salute To Heroes Night, the first 1,000 fans would receive a special military card set, featuring 30 East Tennessee veterans and their stories.  I didn't attend, but did trade some junk wax to a friend who did.  Here's a sample of the unnumbered cards.

To those who have served, or are serving in the military, thank you.

David A. Foraker

Seaman Morgan A. McNabb

Richard Quinn Phelps

Major Gary L. Taft

Melissa Watson

Monday, September 7, 2015

Tears of a Clown

1971 Topps
Jim Hickman (card # 175)
Several weeks ago a friend of mine, Jeff Archer, said that he was going to attend a card show in Cincinnati.  Would I like for him to help me with my 1971 Topps wantlist?  Sure!

He let me know that he was successful, mostly with dime box plunders.  We live on opposite sides of Knoxville and our paths didn't cross until last week when we both attended the final game of the Tennessee Smokies.

a few older Cubs enjoying the view at Smokies Park

We exchanged pleasantries, but more importantly we exchanged cash for cards. I came away with 56 cards. 54 cards that were on my wantlist, 1 dupe, and a Jeff Lewis card.

2000 Topps
Jeff Lewis (card # 294)
I thank Jeff for his friendship, but mostly for his willingness to be my card show proxy.  And his snarky attitude on Twitter.

Friday, August 14, 2015

1998 Southern League Top Prospects

A few weeks ago I was at Smokies Ballpark. In the gift shop they have a large tub of older card sets for a buck a piece.  I've got all the Knoxville teams that they offer.  While double checking that I came across this set.  For a dollar, I figured I'd pick it up.

It is always nice to reminisce about players you've seen come up through the minors.  I'm fortunate.  I live about 14 miles from Smokies Park.  I've seen a number of the Cubs' players go through Kodak, Tennessee.

But back in 1998 the Smokies were still playing at Bill Meyer Stadium in Knoxville.  I did catch a game or two there.  It wasn't much of a stadium at the end.

These design of these cards don't do much for me.  I haven't compared them to other cards of that era, but I'm just not digging it.  They'll go back in the team bag and in a few years I'll pull them out again and critique them just as harshly.
Carlos Lee (card # 14)

Bronson Arroyo (card # 25)

And the checklist.  Three guys named Jason.  And two guys named Mike.
Top Prospect Checklist (card # 31)

I think that this is Pringles Park, now known as The Ballpark At Jackson, which opened in 1998.
Heery Ballpark Design (card # 32)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2005 Upper Deck Flyball

Yesterday, after a visit to the dentist, I stopped by a local thrift store. I usually look for books, CDs, something that might catch my eye. This did. It was an unopened, but far from mint, starter box of Upper Deck's Flyball. Some sort of interactive baseball card game.

I guess one would use the Fly Pentop Computer (sold separately) to play the game.  It isn't clear to me looking at a card how one would do that. Here's what one of the cards looks like, courtesy of

2005 Upper Deck Flyball #40 - Mark Prior - Courtesy of
2005 Upper Deck Flyball #40 - Mark Prior

2005 Upper Deck Flyball #40 - Mark Prior - Courtesy of

Included in the starter box are 28 Interactive Upper Deck Player Cards.  There are 210 cards in the set.  My digital edition of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards (ca. 2009) doesn't have a listing for them.

The box was $3.99.  I walked around with it for a few minutes and put it back on the shelf.  Not that it isn't a good deal.  I'm sure it is.  I just don't need more cards in my house that don't fit in with my collecting scheme.  Maybe I'll go back, buy it, and donate the cards to the Pack-A-Daily-Circus fiasco.

By the way, I didn't have any cavities.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bip Roberts - then & now

Sports Illustrated has recreated some memorable sports trading cards.  I swiped the images of Bip Roberts, everyone's favorite ballplayer (wearing a sombrero).

Go to the SI story for some other card updates and a bit of cool technology.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Young Jim Fregosi

I picked this up on Listia last week.  I'm not really a Fregosi fan.  Not a hater, but not really a fan.  The key selling point is the accordion, of course.
1972 Topps
Jim Fregosi (card # 346)

When seeing or hearing an accordion, some might think of Weird Al Yankovic or Myron Floren.

I think of Don White.  For many decades Don was one of the top accordion players in Chicago.  I am proud to have known him for some 30 years.  When I first moved to Chicago I boarded with he and his wife, JoAnne.  Don was gifted musically and was one of the funniest people I knew.  Don passed away a few years back.  One of the other funniest people I know is his son, Doug.

Here's Don playing and singing "Glue On My Saddle" with Doug accompanying on guitar.