Saturday, December 24, 2011

UT Vols Basketball Skeds

Here's a sampling of the the University of Tennessee Vols and Lady Vols Basketball Schedules. I picked them up around town, at a local grocery store and my insurance agent.

Pat Summit is a classy lady. Go Vols!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Orel Goes Emo

No, not Emo Philips.  SkyBox E-Motion.

1995 SkyBox E-Motion
Orel Hershiser (card # 33)

Nice to see both home and road jerseys on the same card.

I think that Emo Philips is funnier than Orel Hershiser.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

They Might Be Giants

No, they are Giants.

At the same card shop that I picked up the gently loved Yaz I also picked up a pair of 1964 Topps Giants.  I know that everyone's favorite Troll collects this set.  I've sent him a few from his wantlist.  I didn't have quick access to that list, so I bought them for a buck each, hoping he'd need them.  He's got them already.

Then I realized that Matthew from the Number 5 Type Collection blog might not have the Milt Pappas.  I was wrong.  He's got it.  I should have known.  But this one is wonderfully miscut.  Has to be a rare error 1 of 1.

1964 Topps Giants
Milt Pappas (card # 5)

1964 Topps Giants
Ed Brinkman (card # 27)

I do like this set, but not enough to want to start to collect it.  I do like the narrative backs as opposed to just stats.  And they're giants, so as not to feel that you're going to crush them in your hands.  And they're vintagey.  Can't go wrong with that.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chrome Ain't Got Nothing On This

I took a vacation day yesterday. I had to work on a computer for church and then needed to go do some Christmas shopping. One of the local card shops I stopped at gave me a great deal. I came away with early Chrome prototype.

No.  I'm kidding.  Get to know me.  It is actually a 1970 Topps Super that has seen better days. 

1970 Topps Super
Carl Yastrzemski (card # 29)

The dealer had a stack of them.  The former owner of these cards had decided that many of the players needed eye black.  So he grabbed a ball point pen and gave it to them.  Glue was rampant. The cards were possibly put into some sort of scrapbook or album and then ripped out. Unfortunately I'll never know where Carl played in 1959. Cucamonga? And was he dating Carol and then saw A.L. for nine years?  Could that have been Ann Landers?  Angela Lansbury? 

I also picked up a Hershiser that I needed, a few other Orel dupes (all with the Cleveland Indians) and a few 1964 Topps Giants.  All for $4.  It is fun playing Santa for yourself.

Oh, and I got a gift for my niece and some things for my lovely wife.  It is also fun to play Santa for those that you love.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2009 Donruss Americana

I picked this pack up many moons ago at a Dollar Tree store. Cost me a dollar. I never tire of hearing, "Price Check, toiletries" at the Dollar Tree.

A very nice gloss to these cards.  The design works okay, but it it just a template.  The subjects are what we're supposed to be drawn to.

ST:TNG.  No, not the bass player from The Police.  Picard.  I liked him better sashaying as Alistair Burke in an episode of Fraiser.
2009 Donruss Americana
Patrick Stewart (card # 2)
Stephen Baldwin is the Tim Tebow of the Baldwin house.  At least he knows when to turn off electronic devices.
2009 Donruss Americana
Stephen Baldwin (card # 44)
To me he'll always be Johnny Bravo.
2009 Donruss Americana
Barry Williams (card # 60)
Country singer Aaron Tippin.  I got nothing.
2009 Donruss Americana
Aaron Tippin (card # 84)
Strike two.  I got nothing here, either.
2009 Donruss Americana
Dean McDermott (card # 86)

I guess I'd be more inclined to buy more of these packs if I was more in tune with Americana.  I'm off to watch Dr. Zhivago and then Reds.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Today's Post brought to you by the letters L, O, and C

Poking around the Library of Congress has brought these baseball items to my attention.  Enjoy and discuss.

Casey at the Bat - 1909

The Man Who Fanned Casey - 1909

Fascinating Base-Ball Slide - 1912

That Baseball Rag - 1913

Friday, December 9, 2011

Oddball Earl Wilson

I was browsing ebay this morning and came across some oddball cards I'd never heard of. ZeeBall.

ZeeBall Test Game
Earl Wilson (card # 7977)

I lifted the image from this ebay auction.  Apparently there are baseball and football cards aplenty, but I don't know anything about their origin.  Can anyone shed some light on these cards?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Playing Classic Games with Orel Hershiser

Way back in 1987 Game Time Ltd., out of Marietta, Georgia, produced a 'Trivial Pursuit' type game using baseball cards. They put out three Travel Edition update sets with new questions and new players. They skipped 1988 and plowed ahead in 1989 with a main set and two Travel Edition update sets. 1991 saw the game cards arrive in three series, a Collector's edition and a special Nolan Ryan set of 10 cards. 1992 brought two series and a Collector's edition. 1993 was the last set of a mix of players. 1996 brought another Nolan Ryan set, this time in embossed metal.

I've had these cards for some time and finally got around to scanning them.

1987 Classic Game
Orel Hershiser (card # 92)

1989 Classic Game - Light Blue
Orel Hershiser (card # 1)

I answered most of the questions correctly. How did you do?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Phil Garner - Bearden High Grad

Because I haven't created a card in a while, I present to you Phil Garner from 44 years ago.

It was brought to my attention that Phil attended Bearden High School in Knoxville. Phil had a decent career in the majors, playing for 16 years and then managing for another 15 seasons.

I found his annual from 1967 on Football and basketball were the only sports featured. I quickly slapped this together using some fonts from

Go Bulldogs!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Too Much On My Plate

This time of the year tends to get busy.  Very busy.  Christmas parties, football banquets, children's musicals, high school concerts, funerals, meetings, tree trimming, more meetings, more parties.  You know what I mean.

So, what am I doing about it?  Adding another blog.

As I do research through old newspapers and books I often find a story that is interesting.  Well, interesting to me.  It doesn't quite fit in with this blog.  Or Old Knoxville Baseball.  Or 19th Century Baseball - Clinton Co., New York.  So I created Baseball Nuggets.

The idea is that three times a week I'll post a find.  Since I started it on Friday I only have two posts right now.  It is very possible that the posts will have something to do with Black Baseball.  Will this revolutionize research for future generations?  No, but it will gather some items together that have been forgotten.  I want to share them.

I'll get back to blogging around here soon enough.  Baseball cards.  Orel Hershiser.  Perhaps Orel Hershiser baseball cards.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

1991 Hoby Cards SEC Stars - Bill Wade

I finally got another Bill Wade card.

1991 Hoby Cards SEC Stars
Bill Wade (card # 350)

How did I do that? I bought a box of  Hoby Cards.  I don't think they distinguished between retail and hobby, but it would have been fun to buy a Hoby hobby box.

Although the pack price tag says 99 cents, I was able to negotiate it down to just over 40 cents a pack for the box.  $15 for a box of 36 packs.  I've ripped not quite half the packs.  Teams from all over the southeast.  Wild hairstyles galore.  No autographs.  Yet.