Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cards from my brother

A few weeks ago I got to see my brother for a few hours. He lives in the Cincy area.  We probably don't see each other as often as we should, especially since we live just about four hours apart.

He found some bright yellow cards at a flea market or yard sale or something.  He bought them for me.  Yep, Bags of 1991 Fleer.  You know, the yellow ones.  I thanked him, let him know that these are probably not worth what he paid for them, even if it was a few bucks and thanked him again.  I brought them home and set them aside, not opening them.

Today a new blogger wanted to get in on the Got it. Got it. Need it. hoopla.  Josh D. from Royals and Randoms sent his top five wants.  They've been posted.  I started looking through his wantlist.  Hmmm.  I was able to fill a few of his wants from the 1991 Fleer bonanza I had been blessed with.

As I sorted them out a few cards looked not quite right.  Well, this set looks not quite right.  But these were from a different card stock.  Blank backs.  Ah, Box Panels.

In 1991 Fleer celebrated the No-Hitters of the 1990 season.

1991 Fleer Box Panels
Nolan Ryan (card # 3)

1991 Fleer Box Panels
Dave Stewart (card # 4)

1991 Fleer Box Panels
Dave Stieb (card # 9)

I'm a completest.  Here's a back.  I'm not so much of a completest that I have to scan each back individually and show them to you.  Trust me.  They all pretty much look the same.

1991 Fleer Box Panels

They also added a few team logos.

Here's the checklist via Zistle.

Thanks, Steve, for the cards.  I'm sure that they'll end up at Children's Hospital.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Assume the Position - 1984 edition

This card is from the fifth year issue of the LA Police Department.  This is also one of Orel's first cards.  The oversized cards are 2-13/16" x 4-1/8".  The card numbers correspond to the uniform numbers of the players.  Convenient, isn't it?
1984 L.A. Dodgers Police
Orel Hershiser (card # 55)

With all the hoopla over keeping personal data safe this card sure does give a lot of it away.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Summer Books

I've been taking stock of my recent reading.  I recently completed:
I just started to read Pride and Prejudice this week and although good, it doesn't contain enough baseball.  So I figured that I should find some other books to fill that void.  One of my local used book stores fit the bill.

Dorothy Seymour Mills helped her husband Harold Seymour write this and two others in the Baseball series. SABR says: "No one may be called a student of baseball history without having read these indispensable works."  It set me back a buck and a half.

I'm not familiar this title or Donn Rogosin's work, but it was another buck and a half book.

The title of the next book makes me uncomfortable.  Art Rust, Jr. addresses that in the Author's Note in this, the second edition.  He declares that he'd rather be honest than inoffensive so he didn't succumb to the political correctness that was calling him to change the title.  I enjoy oral histories.  I think that I'll enjoy this two buck book.

What are you reading this summer?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Buck-A-Box Break from Tribecards Show and Tell

A few months back I got sucked into Tribecard's Buck-A-Box Break.  Since he was breaking a box of 2009 Allen & Ginter I offered up a suggestion that I take the non-baseball team cards.  I think I came out ahead.

First up are the checklists for 2011 Bowman.  Whee, unmarked checklists.

Now the A&G cards.  I came out okay on these.  I was really hoping for some more Negro League players, but I can't be picky.  Sure I can.  Do I really need a Codebreaker card from two years ago?  Nope.

Dick Gatling.  Invented a steam driven plow.  Liked to shoot.

Walton Glenn Eller.  A man with the letter L in each of his names.  Two in his last.  He also likes to shoot.

Henry Hertz.  Inventor of the Hertz Donut.  I actually got to introduce the Hertz Donut to a seventh grader the other night.  He thought it was cool as he was rubbing his arm, trying not to let the tears show.  He ran off to ask his little brother.

Famed Australian Motorcycle Jumper.  No, he uses the motorcycles to jump distances.  He doesn't jump over motorcycles, although I guess he could.

Not to be outdone, Prince Fielder waves his own flag.  Prince once tried to jump five boxes of donuts, but was distracted, stumbled and ate three dozen of them.

A gift from France in 1879, St. Patrick's Cathedral has two organs featuring "a combined 9,828 pipes."  Michael Phelps, come on down.  Cheap shot, I know.

Now on to the minis.  This first one needs no commentary.

Chupacabra.  Reminds me of the Merman of Tombstone.  Or Dave Concepcion's uncle.

John Higby.  Mr. Yodel.  Nice hair.

Piltdown Man.  A Hoax, Hoodwink, and Bamboozle.  Also a foreshadowing of the 2011 Ascent of Man cards, another HH&B.

Chuck Ponzi.  Everyone thought that perhaps space aliens made the pyramids?  Nope.  Chuck did.  Not as big a hoax as the fabled Moonwalk card.

And we're back to where we started.  Bowman.  There is a local newspaper columnist named Sam Venable.  I get the two confused quite often.

--David also threw in a card from the 1992 Prosport Specialties Peanuts set.

Speaking of compassion, he also tossed in a stack of 1988 Sportflics mini trivia cards.  I'd scan one, but they're all leveling my wobbly tables and chairs. 

Thanks, --David, for making my first group break participation fun.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Greg Bussineau Auction Catalog review - late

At the end of June I heard about an upcoming Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities auction. I wasn't familiar with this auction house so I contacted them and requested a catalog. It arrived very quickly and was filled with such nice items that I was stunned.

They say that the three rules of serious collecting are quality, quality, and quality. This auction offered all three. Most of the 588 lots shown in the 112 page catalog are graded cards and sets. Not just any graded cards, but several are the highest graded cards known. Quality sometimes equals high prices.

The auction ran from June 30th to July 21st.  I wasn't planning on bidding and GBSR knew that.  But, time slipped by and my intentions for an auction preview went with it.

So, I'll offer a look back at three items that interested me.

Title: 1933 Goudey #119 Rogers Hornsby PSA NM-MT 8
Lot #: 147
Description: One of two cards featuring Hall-of-Fame legend Rogers Hornsby within the 1933 Goudey set. Hornsby was one of the finest players in Major League baseball history. His list of notable accomplishments is almost endless. Two that really stick out, his lifetime batting average of .358 is the second highest (behind Ty Cobb) in baseball history, and he was one of only two players (along with Ted Williams) to win two hitting Triple Crown Awards.
This is one of the most attractive cards in the '33 Goudey set. It features an amazing horizontal image of Hornsby leaning over to field a ball. The offered example is nicely centered with crisp vibrant artwork, great print quality, and a flawless surface.
Minimum Bid: $1,500
Closing Bid: $3,600
My Thoughts: I've enjoyed the 1933 Goudey set and Rogers Hornsby.  I don't know that I've researched them enough to have ever noticed the horizontal image on the vertical layout. Or vice versa.

Title: 1967 Philadelphia #35 Gale Sayers PSA MINT 9
Lot #: 545
Description: The great Gale Sayers' second card. This example has beautiful yellow borders, four perfect corners, and absolutely pristine image and surface quality. Tied for the finest known PSA graded copy.
Minimum Bid: $300
Closing Bid: $540
My Thoughts: It is Gale Sayers.  What isn't to like?  The card is crisp and the pose is fantastic.  This, boys and girls, is what a football player looks like.

Title:  1970-71 Topps #3 Bobby Orr PSA GEM MT 10
Lot #: 580
Description:  This is the one and only example of Bruins Hall-of-Fame great Bobby Orr's 1970-71 Topps card to be graded GEM MT 10 by PSA. The card is an absolutely perfect gem. Dead-on centering, blazing sharp corners, bright snow-white borders, and brilliant orange background color.
The 1970-71 season was a sensational one for Orr. He set the all-time record for most points scored by a defenseman (139), a record he still holds today. He won his second Hart Memorial Trophy, and his fourth Norris Memorial Trophy. And for the fourth year in a row, he was named a first team NHL All Star.
A unique opportunity to acquire the best of the best.
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Closing Bid: $7,500
My Thoughts: With the oppressive heat that has been slamming the nation I decided to turn to something cool.  What's cooler than a hockey card?  A Gen Mint 10 Bobby Orr hockey card.  I rooted for the Bruins during the time that this card was manufactured.  I don't know that I ever collected hockey cards in my youth, but I'd like to have this one now.

Sorry that I didn't get this post completed before the auction ended, but Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities will be hosting their 2011 Fall Auction in November.  I promise to do a better job next time.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Red Framed Hershiser Diamond King

I've been a bad blogger lately. And I feel guilty about throwing this up just to tide both of my readers over until I get back into the groove of blogging. It is what it is.

2005 Donruss Diamond Kings
Framed Red
Orel Hershiser (#289)

It actually does have a frame around it. A bit of cardboard/paper that Donruss slapped over a regular DK card. Perhaps there's more to it than that. I do like how they show his previous Diamond Kings Appearances.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ebay by the numbers

Some time back I had made some purchases for my company on ebay. That gave me a few ebay bucks. Credit for future purchases. The ebay bots reminded me that I had some ebay bucks and it was use or lose. 

The end of July got a bit busy for me and I probably could have spent them in a wiser fashion (read: gotten more bang for the buck) but I pushed the button on these two "Buy It Now" cards from the same seller.  I picked them up for $1.75 delivered, each.  The seller delivered quickly.  He's got a few more cards I'm eyeing to buy.

2004 Fleer Greats of the Game
Forever (#'d to 1983)
Orel Hershiser (card # 4 of 29 F)

2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition
Round Numbers (#'d to 500)
Orel Hershiser (card # RN-48)

Ah, the joys of knowing that only 499 other people can own this card.  I did not know that Orel made his debut in Montreal.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Baseball Cards for Books

A few months back I wrote about the Diamond Ruby card that author Joe Wallace sent me.  In that post I said that I'd show my two other baseball cards/promotion cards for books. Some 10 weeks later I'm fulfilling that promise.

At the 2010 Jerry Malloy conference I purchased a copy of Martha Ackmann's Curveball.  She signed the book and kindly gave me a card or two.

Orel Hershiser's Out of the Blue was one of the first books my wife gave me.  I found this oddball at a card shop in Illinois back in the early 1990s.

In the past few weeks I've cleaned out some of my reading back log.  A few more books to finish and then I'll reassess what I'll be reading next.  Maybe these two will make the cut.