Yee haw. Baseball is back. Sure it's only Spring Training... but it's better than basketball or even following my beloved San Jose Sharks who have flirted with .500 the entire season, but haven't been able to hold my attention. I guess I'm still adjusting to the new and not-improved era of Sharks hockey. I'll still support them by wearing my jersey and collecting their cards, but I'm ready to focus my attention on baseball.
Okay... let's kick another This Week in Blogging post off with a minor league card of his Airness...
#1: An Expensive Minor League Card
On Monday, Ryan over at This Card is Cool showed off a really cool jersey card of Michael Jordan from his days with the Scottsdale Scorpions. Back in the mid 90's, I was one of those collectors who chased his baseball cards.
2001 UD Prospect Premiers Heroes of Baseball Dual Jersey #J-JJ
It took me awhile, but I finally added my first and only memorabilia card of MJ back in 2010 that also happens to have a Scorpions swatch.
#2: Super Saito!
Greg over at Night Owl Cards showed off the COMC haul he recently received and included were some Takashi Saito cards. He mentioned him being a pretty big deal during his two years with the Dodgers and he wasn't kidding. You should check out his 2007 stats.
2008 Topps Silk #NNO (#'d 44/50)
Saito has gotta be one of only a handful of players who had a lower career ERA in the MLB than across the Pacific in the NPB.
#3: Stone Fingers
No idea how or why Toby Harrah received that nickname... but it's an attention grabber. He was featured in a post I read over on The Shlabotnik Report this morning and it reminded me of when I was a kid. Back in 1982, Harrah hit .304 with 25 home runs... which made an impression on the ten year old version of me.
2013 Tristar Signa Cuts Bronx Edition Red #NNO (#'d 1/5)
Although I mostly associate him with the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians, I just couldn't pass up this terrible looking cut signature of his. I found it at a card show back in 2019 for a buck.
Looking back at that card show haul reminded me of another really cool purchase I made:
2019 Chrome Negative Refractor #203
I purchased this card off of a dealer for $20. These days regular Chrome rookie cards of Tatis sell for $80 to $100 on a regular basis. This card is over $500 now. Crazy times people. Crazy times.
Anyways... getting back to The Shlabotnik Report... if you enjoy learning interesting 70's baseball trivia, please check out his series: The 1970's: A to Z.
#4: Another Interesting Collection
The Best Bubble has some of the most interesting mini collections around: Bubble Blowing Cards, Athletes Balancing Bags and Balls, and Marlboro Man Advertisements just to name a few.
2017 Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-BV
On Monday, he showed off some cards from his Fans In The Stands collection. It's so cool and unique. Anyways, outside of the famous Mark Jackson Hoops card (which I don't own yet)... this Yankees fan was the only card that came to mind when thinking of fans.
#5: Creative Design
I just wanted to give P-Town Tom over at Waiting 'til Next Year a huge shoutout for his custom storage box. If you haven't seen it, please head over to his blog and check it out.
#6: Entertaining Errors
Matt over at Big Blue Cardboard showed off an interesting error card this week... where Panini placed a David Wilson sticker-graph on a Rueben Randle card.
I just happened to be watching a Tony Gwynn Jr. card featuring his father's autograph earlier in the week on eBay. Due to collecting cutbacks, I let it go.
2006 Exquisite Collection Dual Rookie Signatures #55
However I did grab this one a few years ago off of COMC. If you're bored, I wrote a post about this goof in further detail five years ago.
#7: An Entertaining Soccer Card Post
Are you a soccer card collector? Head over to A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts to check out his Kaka card.
2013 Topps MLS Kit Relic #KIT-CW
Outside of the occasional San Jose Earthquakes autograph or memorabilia card, I don't really chase soccer cards... but I do enjoy watching them play at Avaya Stadium (when there's not a pandemic).
#8: Football Card Blog Bat-Around
1975 Topps #60
Ryan (SumoMenkoMan) is hosting a "Living" Blog Bat-Around over on his blog. For details, please click either of those links or you can read my response post from Thursday.
#9: Leaving Your Collection Behind
Dime Box Nick gave his readers something to think about this week, when he wrote about what would happen to his collection if he had to leave it all behind. It's something I've thought about on numerous occasions.
And it's one of the reasons, I've started to clear out some of the stuff cluttering my place...
Last week, I threw this collection on Craigslist for $100 and three different people reached out to me within an hour. The only interaction I had was with the first guy... and I immediately accepted his $70 offer. He was happy... I was happy. That's what I call a win/win situation.
Yesterday, I listed some boxes of basketball cards for $400 and sold them this morning. However I'll hold off on showing the photos until I've actually completed the sale on Monday.
As for the rest of my stuff... I'm going to slowly move duplicates of sets and graded cards I've accumulated over the years. No... I'm not dumping my collection. But do I really need ten 1992-93 Fleer Ultra Shaquille O'Neal PSA 10 rookie cards?
That wraps up another This Week in Blogging post.
Feel free to throw down your thoughts on Spring Training, MJ's baseball cards, custom storage boxes, selling sports cards, or collecting soccer cards down in the comment section below.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!