Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020
I rang up a few true dudes in the process, as you'll see. Here's Joe Morgan, who recently passed away, looking tough in an Astros uniform. Looking at his stats for 1971, Joe was nobody's idea of a future hall of famer, nor had he really been anything particularly special earlier in his Houston career. He hit .256, with 13 homers and 56 RBI. And no, there was no OBP nor BABIP nor WAR on his card in 1972. A few years later he'd be a world champion with the Reds. Twice.
I'm still working on accumulating a ton of commons and a few big hitters in my quest for all 787 of the 1972 cards. Here's how it's going so far, and here are a few others I was able to add on a rainy afternoon in Burlingame.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Thing is, Bell really only had those three golden years in San Diego - 2009, 2010 and 2011, with over 40 saves each of those years. He then bounced from Miami to Arizona to Tampa Bay, but never really found the magic touch again. He was 36, after all, by the time it all ended in 2014. He was just such a great personality and such an excellent heir to Trevor Hoffman in San Diego's bullpen that I couldn't help but love the dude.
It's not like his cards are a big-money wallet drain, either. I picked up a few of them recently and thought you might want to take a look at a portion of my Heath Bell collection.
Monday, November 2, 2020
I also picked another 1962 single card to kick off another player collection I'd like to pull together, this time for Billy Martin. Some of my earliest baseball memories are of Martin being fired as a manager, first from the Texas Rangers, and then his multiple hirings-and-firings with the New York Yankees. Later, he came here to the SF Bay Area and led the A's to an amazing turnaround in fortunes in the early 1980s. The book BillyBall by Dale Tafoya, which I read earlier this year, is an excellent of those years.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Moreover, the man took note of me saying something about collecting 1971 Topps baseball as well - on which this 2020 minor leagues set is based - and put together every double and straggler he had around. Even friggin' Carl Yastrzemski! And a bunch of San Francisco Giants to boot. I'll get to scanning those in posts to come. Really phenomenal generosity from Rod. Go check out his longtime blog if you have a moment.
So I thought I'd scan a few of these 2020 Heritage Minors cards. I decided to pick only guys whose names I was familiar with. Of the 53 new arrivals, that was about 9 of them - but that's what makes prospect cards so fun, right? Three years from now one of these fellas is going to be a household name, at least in households that care about baseball. I only have 15 base and short-print cards from this set on my want list, the fabled "catbird seat" of card collecting, right? Anywhere, here are 5 more dudes.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
I love this set because they're so DIY and yet so nice at the same time; great full-color photos (always posed), and a ton of information on the back. Check out the Pirates' Richie Hebner here. Just a pinch between the cheek & the gum, right Richie? There are no stat lines for any of the players, but a full paragraph of information that often contains some opinion; Hebner, for instance, "had an off year in '75", which he definitely did, hitting .246 with only 15 HR and 57 RBI. (At the time, those were the three numbers we most cared about. RBIs! Seriously!). I can't remember if Hebner ever got good again, and I'm too lazy to look it up.
Now this swashbuckling Pirate got good again for sure. Willie Stargell! Pops. Loved Pops. Everybody loved pops. I still remember the end of the 1979 World Series and "We Are Family" playing in the stadium. That's how old I am.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Not a Topps line I'd heard of until a couple of weeks ago, this High Tek. I'm starting to trend toward only going after cards I really enjoy looking at, as opposed to, say, getting yet another Buster Posey card because he happens to be on the SF Giants. These fit the bill - and a couple of the ones I picked up have those fancy gold numbers on them as well. One of them even has an autograph, and he's a dude I like even if he is on the Los Angeles Dodgers now.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
These 1962 Topps "Leaders" cards are among my favorite cards I've ever seen. I only have three of them, so I thought that I might share them here. They didn't cost much - a couple bucks each - and yeah, I know that they're a little off-centered. Remember '61, when Cleveland's Dick Donovan led the American League in ERA? Yeah, I didn't know that either. And take a look at baseball card legend Don Mossi, coming in third for the season with a crisp 2.96! (I've got a few Mossi cards on order and will share them on this blog presently).
I don't have many 1962 cards but I do have these. Bonus San Francisco Giants team card if you scroll down. Let's not forget they lost in a 7-game heartbreaker World Series later that year.