30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Two Oddballs Hooked Up and Had a Baby

There are few things in life that I enjoy more than collecting cardsFood is one of them.  And when it comes to food, one of my favorite things to eat is cereal.  In the past week or so, I've eaten it for breakfast two or three times and dinner once.  There's always a box sitting in my classroom when I'm in need of a quick snack.

Now if you're a regular to this blog, then I'm sure you know my infatuation with Kellogg's lenticular cards.  I've professed my love for them on numerous occasions.  Anyways a few days ago, I started thinking about which Kellogg's cereals I enjoy the most and surprisingly... I couldn't think of a single one I buy on a regular basis.

Do I enjoy Frosted Flakes?  Sure.  But if I'm going to buy something sugary, it's going to be Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which is made by General MillsGeneral Mills also produces Cheerios, which has been a household staple of mine for decades.  The only other cereal that I'll buy every once in awhile is Life.  That's produced by Quaker Oats.

I guess it's a good thing that we're not required to collect cereal oddball issues based on the cereal that we actually consume.  If that were the case, I wouldn't have purchased this 1970 Kellogg's Clemente for my collection:

This card has been on my wantlist for years.  1970 Kellogg's is by far my favorite set Kellogg's design.  It's as if the 1964 Topps Giants and 1968 Topps 3D hooked up and had a baby.  It's beautiful.

As for Clemente... do I really need to explain why I targeted him?  The guy is a hero.

His legacy was built on a hall of fame career, but personally I admire him more for his charity work and selfless contributions to societyAthletes have never been my role models, but if I were forced to pick one, Clemente would be on a very short list of names.

Well that's it for today.  Here are your questions of the day...

What's you favorite cereal?

Did you look up to any athletes growing up?  If so who and why?

Happy Thursday and sayonara!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Flea Market Finds #135: Haul of the Year?

Everyone enjoys finding a good bargain, right?  Over the past eight years, I've been sharing my card show hauls, eBay purchases, and flea market finds here on this blog.  Sadly there hasn't really been anything too special on the flea market front in a few years.  The days of purchasing collections for pennies on the dollar or finding $400 Tiger Woods cards for a few bucks are long gone and I've completely accepted it.

Well two Saturdays ago was like a blast from the past, when I stumbled across a vendor who had three giant tubs filled with sports cards at the De Anza Flea Market in Cupertino.  Inside was a collection from the mid 90's and believe it or not... I wouldn't exactly classify the stuff as junk.

However... I'll go ahead and let you be the judge.

#11997 Topps Screen Plays Box $15

This unopened box was the first thing that caught my attention, because it's so big.  It was also the litmus test to see whether or not the dealer's prices were reasonable.  I immediately asked him for a price, he mentioned $25.  I countered with $15.  He accepted and the digging for bargains began.

#21995 Topps Archives Brooklyn Dodgers Factory Set $5

Right under the box of Topps Screenplays were a bunch of different sets.  The guy definitely based his prices on size.  That sucked because there was an 800ct. box filled with 1995 Flair baseball that I really wanted.  Unfortunately he wouldn't let it go for less than $15.

The good news is this set of Archives Dodgers is about the same size as one of those 80's Topps Traded sets, so his asking price was only five bucks.  Considering completed sales range from $20 to $50 on eBay, I consider this a solid find.

If you're unfamiliar with this set... it contains 165 cards that feature 1952 Topps, 1953 Topps, 1954 Topps, 1955 Topps, 1955 Bowman, and 1956 Topps Brooklyn Dodgers reprints... as well as a bunch of cards that were never made back in the 50's.

I was obviously pretty excited to add five new Jackie Robinson cards to my collection, but the card that stood out the most was this Robert Clemente cardClemente was signed by the Dodgers?  How did this escape my knowledge?

#31996 Stadium Club Member's Only Set $30

Binder Contents: 450 Card Parallel Set, 19 Card Mickey Mantle Set, 9 Card Metalists Set, 10 Card Midsummer Matchup Set, 9 Card Prime Cuts Set, 10 Card Mega Heroes Set, 15 Card Power Packed Set, 10 Card Bash and Burn Set, 10 Card Metalists Set, and 15 Card Power Streak Set

This set along with the 1997 Stadium Club Member's Only set were the two biggest purchases of the dayEach of these binders include a complete Member's Only parallel version of the base set and most of the insert sets produced that year.

I've gotta admit the Member's Only stamp makes the cards less attractive, but for the price I can live with it.

#41997 Stadium Club Member's Only Set $30

Binder Contents: 390 Card Parallel Set, 12 Card Firebrand Set, 22 Card Instavision Set, 40 Card Millenium Set, 20 Card Pure Gold Set, and 13 Card Patent Leather Set.

Topps did a much better job with the 1997 set.  They omitted the Member's Only stamp on the front and used sort of a watermark thing on the card backs to differentiate this set from the regular base set.  And in regards to the insert sets, they replaced quantity with quality.

The Instavision and Patent Leather inserts are amazing!  They also limited the print run of this set to only 750 copies.  That might sound like a lot, but back in 1997 that was still considered pretty rare.

One of these days, I'll take a closer look at some of these insert sets.

Let me know down below if there are any insert sets in particular you'd like me to write about.

There were still plenty of cool things sitting in these tubs like unopened wax boxes, various sets, and around 10 more binders.  After purchasing these four items, I realized that I need to drop all of this stuff off at the car before purchasing more.

Unfortunately... by the time I got back someone had picked through the bins.

#5Wilson Official NFL Game Ball $10

While walking down another row, I saw that a family had some 80's CorningWare.  My friend had told me to keep an eye out for that stuff, so I took some pictures and sent it her way.  Sitting next to the blue cornflower casserole dishes was this Wilson official football.  It's not the current model, but considering that these once sold for $80 in stores, I couldn't pass it up for $10.

The next time my buddy does a signing with Jerry Rice or Joe Montana, I'll probably have him get it signed.

#6Baseball Cards Price Guide (April 1990) $1

My final purchase of the day isn't going to win any Haul of the Year awards, but it only set me back a buck.  On the second to last row, I ran across a guy who was selling off his brother's Bay Area sports collection.  He had a bunch of newspapers, magazines, sports figures, and some trading cards.  Unfortunately he said a few early birds had picked through most of his cards.

This 1990 Baseball Cards magazine was the only thing that really caught my eye.  I offered him a dollar and he accepted.  The cover has what appears to be a fake Will Clark signature, but that's not why I bought it.

It was all about these 2 three-card sheets:

What can I say?  I'm a sucker for magazine oddballs.

Well there you have it.  This year's flea market finds haven't been that great, but I was pretty excited to find these two Stadium Club Member's Only sets.  I'd say they're a strong candidate for my flea market haul of the year.  Hopefully I'll find something this upcoming Saturday at the Branham High School Flea Market that'll be in the same league.

Until then...

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!

Extra Innings

2002 FilmCardz Spider-Man Autograph

Rest in peace Mr. Lee.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mishmash Monday

Last week, one of my students was reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  When I walked over to talk to her about it, I noticed that it wasn't the original version.  It was the graphic novel.

I had never seen this before.  A classic novel made into a graphic novel?  I immediately logged onto Amazon and picked up my very own copy:

It arrived on Saturday and I'm excited to sit down and read it.  Hmmm... maybe that's what I'll do this afternoon.

How does this book relate to baseball cards?  It doesn't.  But I'll do my best to connect the two.

2003 Fall Classic All-American Autograph #AAA-BM

To Kill A Mockingbird was originally published back in 1960.  That's the year that Bill Mazeroski hit the only Game 7 walk off home run in World Series history against the mighty New York Yankees.

I wouldn't be born for another twelve years... and I didn't read the novel until my freshman year in high school.  That was the year the New York Mets stunned the Boston Red Sox by coming back down 3 games to 2 with a 2-run deficit in the bottom of the 10th inning with two outs and nobody on in Game 6.

Then this happened:

Seeing Wilson's routine grounder roll under Buckner's glove is almost cringe-worthy... but it's a major moment in World Series history.

2015 Archives Signature Edition Buybacks 1984 Topps #465

And I consider reading To Kill A Mockingbird a major moment in my high school history, since it's one of the few novels I truly enjoyed reading while there.  It's been over thirty years since I've read about Atticus, Jem, and Scout.

But like I said... that's about to change in the very near future.

Here is today's question of the day:

What's your favorite book that you read back in high school?

What's your favorite World Series memory?

My favorite book from high school would be Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.  I also really enjoyed Of Mice and Men.

As for my favorite World Series memory, it would have to be watching the Oakland A's sweep the San Francisco Giants in the Bay Bridge Series back in 1989.  It's the last time the A's were World Series Champions... and it happened against their cross-bay rivals.  Throw in the Loma Prieta earthquake and you have a memory that'll last a lifetime.

Well that's it for today.  Happy Monday and sayonara!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Loyal and Lucky

I'm not an expert, nor do I have the time to do the research, but I've gotta imagine that baseball is one of the more challenging sports to spot talent.  A quick look at the list of first overall MLB draft picks, shows that only two guys have been enshrined at CooperstownKen Griffey Jr. and Chipper Jones.

Alex Rodriguez could the next person in line, but considering Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have been forced to wait... I'm sure he'll have to too.  Who's after him?

Well after announcing his retirement yesterday, I'd have to say Joe Mauer.

He might not have been Mike Piazza in the batter's box or Ivan Rodriguez behind the plate, but Mauer retired with over 2,000 hits, a career .306 batting average, 3 AL batting titles, 5 Silver Slugger Awards, 3 Gold Glove Awards, and the 2009 AL MVP Award.  But personally my favorite fact about him is that he spent his entire fifteen season career in the MLB with his hometown team.

I will always have a soft spot in my collection for guys who were loyal enough to stick with one team and lucky enough to have the franchise stick with him.

That's why I spent over an hour this afternoon digging through my collection looking for this memorabilia card which happens to complete my Joe Mauer Sports Card Trifecta:

2007 Bowman Heritage Pieces of Greatness #PG-JM

I only own a handful of Mauer memorabilia cards.  This card represents my only bat card.  Who knows if this piece of wood was actually part of one of his game used bats.  One thing is for certain, it's the best looking memorabilia card of his sitting in my collection.

2014 Five Star Autographs #FSA-JM

I only own two of his autographsOne is part of my All-Autograph Sticker-Graph Team.  The other is this on-card signature.  Determining which one would be represented in his Sports Card Trifecta was a pretty easy choice.

2002 Topps Gallery #186

Choosing a favorite rookie card of Mauer was much simpler.  I'm pretty sure this is the only rookie card I own of him, but that's not necessarily a bad thingTopps Gallery has always been one of my favorite Topps products.

Well that's about it for tonight.  Let's go ahead and wrap things up with our questions of the day:

Would Mauer receive your Cooperstown vote?

Who's your all-time favorite Minnesota Twin?

Considering that from 2004 to 2013, he had the second highest batting average in Major League Baseball behind only Miguel Cabrera and the fact that he has the eight highest fielding percentage of all-time for a catcher, along with all of his accomplishments previously mentioned... I'll go ahead and give him my vote.  Although I don't necessarily think he's a first ballot hall of famer.

1985 Minnesota Twins Postcards

And Kirby Puckett is definitely my all-time favorite TwinWho's yours?

Enjoy a safe holiday weekend.  Happy Saturday and sayonara!