Monday, July 26, 2021

Too Many Giants Over Here

When I started up collecting cards again in 2019, I had a whole lot of catching up to do since the early 1980s. I figured - having missed a ton of sets in the intervening 35+ years - that I'd go big on my favorite team, the Giants of San Francisco. I put out the call: I collect the Giants! 

As I dug through dime boxes and started trading with some of y'all across the internet, the Giants cards piled up. Topps, Score, Leaf, Fleer, Donruss, Upper Deck and much, much more of all eras. Junk wax. 2000s. Bonds cards. Kent cards. Posey cards. Prospects, cup-of-coffee-guys, Armando Benitez and Edgardo Alfonzo. Brian Bocock. Eugenio Velez. Chadwick Tromp.

In the intervening couple of years, I've come to the point where I'm much more certain about what I like and want to collect. I've happily completed every Giants team set from Topps Heritage, Allen & Ginter and Gypsy Queen. I'm working on every Giants Topps flagship team set from 1962 through 1981. Beyond those; the other team sets I've completed; the players I collect; and a few cards here and there that I like - I'm good! I'm totally good on the Giants!

So what do I do with all these San Francisco Giants cards that I'm not collecting that I've got sitting around now? Well, here's what I want to do. I'd like to send a big batch of them to you, if you want them. I can pull together 25-30 Giants cards, and they'll span eras: vintage, junk wax, 2000s, modern Bowman prospects and so on. 

All I ask in return is a card or two (more is fine, but not required) from my want list. I totally ripped off this idea from Kerry at Cards On Cards, whom I ironically claimed a big batch of Giants cards from. At some point, I plan to do what he did for all the others teams as well - Fall cleaning? - yet for now, please let me know if you're interested in this by emailing me. It'll work this way:

1. You'll let me know that you want 25-30 Giants cards by emailing me.

2. I'll set them aside for you.

3. You'll send me something from my want list.

4. When it arrives, I shall send your cards, posthaste.

We'll see how it all goes!

Friday, July 23, 2021

Your 1980 Clinton Giants

I recently picked up a complete 27-card minor-league set of the 1980 Clinton Giants. They were pretty low on the minor league totem pole, a Iowa-based Class A team in the Midwest League who happened to go 62-79 that year. Perhaps that presages the parent San Francisco club's misfortunes in the mid-1980s, when some of these young men would ultimately make it to the bigs, like our cover star Chris Brown, who had a pretty studly year for the '85 SF Giants and finished 4th in the NL Rookie of the Year voting that season.

What's with the band-aid, Chris Brown?

The cards are pretty simple and have relatively limited information on the backs, which is unsurprising considering that some of these guys were 18 years old and about to start their first professional seasons. They were made by TCMA, who made a huge amount of card sets around this time. I didn't think you'd want me to scan all 27 of the cards - and you know what, I didn't want to anyway - so I picked a few of the guys that I knew eventually made it to the majors, and figured you'd want to take a look at them here.

Here's what the backs look like:

Thursday, July 22, 2021

A Small 1965 Topps Haul

My chief goal at last weekend's Sacramento card show was to come out with more 1965 Topps baseball, and 36 cards later, that goal was achieved. There were several tables with pretty good collections of '65s - some just selling commons, and another that had a bunch of stars/hall of famer cards in moderately OK condition (you might call it "Poor/Fair") and at a really good price.

I cashed in (or out) at both table types. This really is my favorite 1960s card set, for reasons I'm not particularly certain of. Just seems to be a wholesome set, full of All-American photos, flag pennants, goofy posed photos + players like Robin Roberts whom I associate with the 50s who were still around.

I don't know if I'll ever truly complete this thing - I suspect there are Mantle and Mays cards I'm going to need to contend with at some point - but I made a good dent last Saturday. Here are 9 of the ones I grabbed.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Spoils From the Sacramento Card Show

I'd already been planning a visit to Sacramento, CA this past Saturday, and noticed in my usual travels around the internet that it dovetailed with a card show that just happened to be occurring the same day I was visiting. How about that, folks? And as I'd mentioned, I'd never been to a card show before. I picked a pretty good one to go to.

This one took place at a Crowne Plaza Hotel in North Sacramento. For people trying to build vintage sets - like me - it was gold. (Actually basketball collectors, of which I am not one, probably made out great at this thing as well). I really focused on 1965 Topps, and came away with a bunch of cards from that set - not just commons, but even a few ringers - for not a whole lot of money. I'll post some of these in an upcoming post. 

'65 was what I really spent my time on, but also grabbed a bunch of 1972 Topps, along with odds and ends, both on my want list and just because it looked cool and fit my price range. The big-dollar card I bought was a 1962 Juan Marichal in fantastic shape, which I paid $18 for. Virtually everything else I bought ranged from a quarter to about $3. 

I actually found it all a little overwhelming, and though I arrive at 9:45am, about 45 minutes after it started, by 11am it was already wall-to-wall with elbows, testosterone and bros. And you know - one can do a lot of damage to one's wallet in a mere 75 minutes. So I exited - but not before grabbing some of what you see here.

Some 1976 Topps heroes for my player collections:

Some 1958 Topps baseball cards, all in really good shape, none of whom I've ever heard of:

A card that I forgot I already had, but that will look good in my Willie McCovey player collection - so "no harm done":

A couple of vintage heroes, just because I'd like to have them:

....and then, just stuff that I grabbed because it fit either a player collection or a spot on a want list. There were many of these; here are two of them. More in a future post!

Monday, July 19, 2021

A Good Time To Be Shohei Ohtani

I'd say Shohei Otani had a pretty good week last week, wouldn't you agree? Positioned as the new face of baseball; started the All-Star Game as a pitcher; took part in the Home Run Derby; and - the week before that - hit some absolutely legendary home run bombs.

The man's baseball card stock is, uh, shall we say, going up. I was at D&P Sports Cards in Sacramento on Saturday, and they had a bunch of unpriced Ohtani cards in their new arrivals. Hoping that they'd all be in the $1-$5 range, I pulled out every one I could find - only to have them look up the prices online (the nerve!), and see that they're now going for $15-$50 a pop. They were totally cool about it, but I'm just not ready to go there with this guy right now. I like collecting players because I dig the player, but the speculation part of it just isn't my bag.

I do collect Ohtani, though. Earlier in the day I was at a card show and picked up some much more affordable cards of his, which you're now looking at. And check this out; tonight, Monday July 19th, Ohtani is pitching in Oakland, CA against the A's, and I shall be there. I chose this game to go to somewhat at random, hoping that the 20% chance of Ohtani getting his turn to pitch would fall on this very day. And here we are.

Anyway, here's some of his cards!

Friday, July 16, 2021

This Week's 10 New Cards To Crow About

Some good mail days this week! The Card Hemorrhage letter opener was kept busy, let me tell ya. I figured I'd pick ten representative cards that came into our headquarters this week for my Friday post, and let you take a peek at 'em. 

First of all, feast your eyes on one Vida Blue, "au jeu". This is a 1982 O-Pee-Chee winner of Vida during his San Francisco Giants days. He was one of my favorite players then, and he's one of my all-time favorites now. Had to have it. His deal from the A's to the Giants right before the 1978 season is another one of those stop-everything moments in my young life, a trade I parsed and analyzed and considered from every possible angle & which excited me no end. It didn't hurt that the '78 Giants were great, total overachievers much like the 2021 Giants appear to be. THOSE Giants ended up finishing 3rd in the division that year; we'll see what happens this time.

I also got some autograph cards. Check out these fellas!

All appear to be signed with the same blue pen, but I cross-checked these autographs with the ones on their real cards, and they look legit. So there you have it. 

Card #5 today is another for my growing collection of El Tiante, Mr. Luis Tiant. Thank you to Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown for this 1970 Topps!

Hey, here's another vintage card from a near-superstar of the era. I don't know, the more 1968 Topps that pile up in my house - and granted, I probably have, like, 15 of them - the more I think I might want to collect this set someday. Right now I'm focusing on 1965 above all else, but I'm delighted to get any 60s cards at any time, and go out of my way to grab them, no matter how common.

Let's jump to the present. These Giants represent the past/present (Buster Posey, in a 2021 Topps variation that's numbered #1612/2021), and the future (Marco Luciano, perhaps the team's top prospect right now. Brand new Onyx Vintage card). 

Finally, I grabbed these two 1980 Topps boppers, two of the kingpin home run hitters of the era. See you next week!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Quarter Box Vintage

You folks want to know something pretty unusual - for a guy who blogs about cards every now & again, anyway? I've never been to a card show. Like, ever. That's all about to change this coming weekend - there is an onslaught of card shows happening all around the US of A right about now. I've never been to one before because I only went nuts on this hobby of mine in late 2019, and then, you know - Covid and all that. I've read all the bloggers' posts about 'em, and I'm ready to join in. We'll see what happens when I do.

Ken in Missouri went to one recently, and as I understand it, he started digging through the quarter boxes of vintage cards, pulling out all sorts of stuff, and reckoned he'd count his sheckels later - and figure out if he actually needed what he was actually pulling. (Or maybe he just wanted trade bait or to be a Good American and help folks like me any event....I'm a beneficiary, because he's just that kind of guy).

I'm having some scanner troubles, so I did what others do and took some photos. Every one of these vintage cards came from Ken, and as I understand it, from a recent card show in his area. He was kind enough to weight what he sent me toward both the SF Giants and toward the 1965 Topps set, which I have every intention of completing someday. 

Take a gander at these, why don't ya??

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Some Call Him Goldy

Have always had quite a bit of respect for Paul Goldschmidt. The guy has absolutely murdered my team over the years, particularly Tim Linecum. It got to be something of a joke. If Goldschmidt, then on the Diamondbacks, was 0 for 2 against Linecum early in a game - and that itself was rare - well, then you're about to see a home run. And then it would happen. And you'd sulk and gnash your teeth and say damn you Goldy. At least I would. And then you realized you were watching a hell of a good ballplayer - and the cycle would begin anew, next time the Giants played the D-Backs.

Now that he's on the Cardinals, he can only do so much damage to my team - and yet he did some, just the other week. With my begrudging respect for the man, I decided he'd make a fine addition to my player collection, and I therefore have started a Paul Goldschmidt Player Collection.

You know how this collection just improved by 8 cards? It's because of Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown. He sent me a bunch of new-to-me Goldschmidts, along with a whole mess of other great cards. This one you see up top here is from 2016 Topps Archives - 1969 Topps Super. A great 30-card set! I'd never heard of nor seen it before this card arrived. Pick of the bunch.

Here are the other 7 Goldys - all with the Diamondbacks - that I am now the proud owner of. Thanks, Gavin!