Thursday, January 31, 2013

Coop, Pudge, & the Other Guy

Last weekend, I picked up a card I've been interested in buying since I started collecting in the 80's.

1972 Topps #79

Seriously... who doesn't want the rookie card of a HOFer?  Coop was pretty good too: 5x MLB All-Star, 3x Silver Slugger Award Winner, and 2x Gold Glove Award Winner.

I'm embarrassed to say that I have no clue who Mr. Garman is.  But that's okay.  I'm stoked to add this card to my PC.  

But it won't be going into my rookie card collection.  Nor will it be headed into my vintage card binder.  

So where am I planning on putting it?  Need a hint?  Take a look at the back of the card...

Yep... it's the newest addition to my damaged card collection.  Card number.  Who needs a stinkin' card number?

Okay... it's your turn:

Do you remember Mike Garman?

Happy Thursday and sayonara!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Flea Market Finds #30: Baseball Card Binder

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: Capitol Flea Market
What: A Baseball Card Binder
How Much?  $20

I'm on a pretty strict cardboard budget after the purchases I made earlier this month.  But there's just something about vintage cards... I just can't walk away from them.

My buddy and I were just about to wrap up our flea market tour, when we stumbled across a guy with a tub of cards and a binder filled with everything from late 90's parallels to junk wax era inserts to good old vintage base cards.

As I flipped through the binder, there wasn't anything that was going to pay next month's mortgage.  No Mantles or Mays.  But there were around one hundred 60's and 70's Topps cards, including a few stars.  After going back and forth on a price, we settled on $20 for the binder... which isn't exactly a steal... but it's a price I was willing to pay.

Most of the newer stuff is garbage, but I did find a few cards for my personal collection:

1985 Topps Woolworth's #15

Remember Topps and their 44 card, retail oddball sets from the 80's?  This one commemorates one of my favorite pitchers from the era and the MLB strikeout record by a rookie pitcher that still stands today.

1983 Fleer #643 and #644

Did you rip Fleer products in the mid 80's?  If so, then I'm sure you remember their cool, 2-card puzzle subsets.  Black & Blue.  Speed & Power.  Carew & Boggs.  Sax & Thon.  Good times... good times.

1990 Fleer Soaring Stars #6

This card is proof that inserts don't have to be autographedholograms, foil wrapped, embossed, refractors, shiny, or die-cut to be awesome.

1989 Pacific Legends II #220

Can't say for sure... but this might just be the first Shoeless Joe Jackson.  It's not worth much, but it's a nice addition to my collection.

And finally a few of my favorite vintage cards:

1972 Topps #420

I already own this card, but I needed an extra one for my vintage card binder.  Actually there were a few cool pitchers in this binder:  Seaver, Blyleven, and Jenkins.  But Lefty is easily my favorite.

1972 Topps #454

What's so cool about this card?  It's the team card of my favorite team from my birth year.  According to Beckett it's worth $2, but to me it's priceless.

1972 Topps #???

I'm sure most of you can figure out what card this is.  But I'm going to save it for Thursday's post, because it's main reason I bought this binder and a nice addition to one of my PC's.  However, you might be surprised to find out which PC I'm talking about.  So stay tuned.

Okay, it's your turn:

What do you miss more?  Topps' 44-card box sets or Fleer 2-card puzzle subsets?

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!

Domo Arigato: Ed @ Jersey Coast Collectibles

When it comes to me and this hobby, I can't think of too many things I keep from you guys.  But there's one secret I've kept that I'm about to share with you now.

Two years ago, I discovered an online card shop called Jersey Coast Collectibles and over that time I've spent a nice chunk of my hobby budget over there.  He consistently has great deals and lower than eBay prices.

Why did you keep this shop a secret?  And why reveal it now?  Well...  I kept it a secret, because I wanted first shot at his deals.  It's pretty simple... they have some of the best prices on vintage cards, autographs, memorabilia cards, rookie cards, inserts, parallels, sports figures, and supplies.  Plus they offers free shipping if you spend $25 or more.

A few weeks ago, Ed (the owner) informed me that I was his #1 customer in 2012.  He sent a nice care package to thank me for my business and I immediately felt bad.  Ed has always been generous with me, however I've returned the favor by being selfish.  Well that's no longer the case.  I encourage all of you to stop reading this post and head over to Jersey Coast Collectibles to see what he has to offer.

In the meantime, I'm going to share the box full of goodies he sent me.  Let's start off with the nice assortment of supplies:

I purchase most of my supplies from his shop, because it's hard to pass up the free shipping.  Most of his supplies are equivalent or lower than my local card shops, so it's convenient to just buy from him.

He also sent me this autographed Poloroid of Tony LaRussa for my Oakland Athletics PC:

He also gave me this nice PSA 9 early 90's insert card of Michael Jordan:

Plus these two autographed memorabilia cards for my Packers and Seahawks PC's:

And finally a nice manufactured patch for my Ray Lewis PC:

Thanks Ed for all of the great deals you've given me these past two years.  I look forward to adding more items to my collection from your shop in the future.  And thank you very much for this thoughtful, hand picked care package.  I'm honored to be your top customer for 2012.

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Set Showcase #27: 1992 Upper Deck Pro Bowl

Dufex is diggity dope!

That's something you probably would have heard me say back in the 90's when collectors were clamoring for dufex technology.  If you're not familiar with "dufex", KeyMan Collectibles defines it as a card manufacturing technology patented by Pinnacle Brands that involves a refractive quality to a card with foil coating.

I had always associated "dufex" with Pinnacle, but this morning I was looking at my 1992 Upper Deck Pro Bowl insert set.

The basic card design features two players who share the same position on the front of the card.  One player represents the AFC, while the other is the NFC Pro Bowler.  Between the two players is a dufex rainbow with the Upper Deck logo and the words Pro Bowl.

According to Beckett, Upper Deck used something called "prismatic lithography".  But it sure looks like dufex technology to me.

It's a little more evident on the checklist card:

Anyways... whatever you want to call it, the set is a reminder of my golden years of collecting.  It was an insert set building era.  An era that saw the birth of cool cardboard technologies like "dufex", holograms, refractors, and die cuts.  Most importantly... it was a time when the NFL Pro Bowl still entertained and drew my interest.

After last year's game, I've decided to pass on watching the 2013 Pro Bowl.  I have a ton of things I can do to entertain myself, instead of watching a bunch of superstars play powderpuff football.

But in the spirit of the game, I figured I'd show off my 1992 Upper Deck Pro Bowl set:

These cards were inserted into 1992 Upper Deck Series One football packs.  At the time, they were reasonably tough pulls.  Beckett states that they were inserted into one out of every thirty packs.

These days the set lists for $20, but can sometimes be found on eBay for less than $10.  That's not bad for a set that features the following HOFers:  Michael Irvin, Anthony Munoz, Warren Moon, Thurman Thomas, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Reggie White, Ronnie Lott, and Rod Woodson.

Okay... it's your turn:

Do you think dufex is diggity dope?

Are you going to watch the Pro Bowl?

Happy Sunday and sayonara!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Gaylord Perry: Winner or Quitter?

I love the San Diego Padres, but they're not exactly the most successful team in baseball.  In fact, they've never won a World Series.  They've never had a 100 win season (although they've had five 100 loss seasons).  They've never had a batter hit for the cycle (the Marlins are the only other team w/o one).  And they've never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter (however they've been the victims of eight no-hitters).

But they've had a fair share of batting titles (thanks to Tony Gwynn) and Cy Young Award winners.  

One of those Cy Young Award winners is Hall of Famer, Gaylord Perry.

Perry arrived in San Diego exactly thirty-five years ago on January 25th, 1978 in a trade with the Texas Rangers.  It was arguably one of the finest years of his career.  Perry went 21-6 with a 2.73 ERA and represented 25% of the Padres win total that season.

His numbers were good enough to get him 22 out of 24 first place votes for the 1978 Cy Young Award.  He became the first pitcher to win the award in both the American League and National League.  Since then Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Randy Johnson have also accomplished that feat.

Unfortunately, Perry didn't want to play for the Padres.  He pitched his final game for the Padres on Friday, September 3rd, 1979.  A day later, he threatened to retire if they didn't trade him back to the Texas Rangers.  He sat out the rest of the season and on February 15th, 1980 Mr. Perry was granted his wish.

It's a good thing I wasn't a Padres fan back in 70's, because had I been... I probably wouldn't like the guy.

I mean...
How would you feel if there was a player who quit on your favorite team and forced a trade?  Would you still collect his/her cards?

Happy Friday and sayonara!