Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A Bit of a Pause for Card Hemorrhage

Much as I've loved writing and posting here at Card Hemorrhage the past 7 months, I'm going to take a bit of a breather right now. The proximate reason is that I've got a new scanner, and it's awful. I can't scan my cards to my satisfaction, and that certainly makes a card blog a bit more problematic than I'd like it to be.

Doesn't mean I don't change my mind tomorrow. I've been known to do that. But if you're still seeing this post and it's well after 11/11/20, rest assured that I'm still collecting; my want list is up to date, and yes, I definitely want to trade with you. I've got all sort of white envelopes ready to fill up with cards to send. 

And hey, if I don't come back anytime soon, I've got some serious archives for you to take a look at here.

Monday, November 9, 2020

New 1972s From My LCS

Yesterday I nailed 14/787ths of the 1972 Topps set I'm working on completing. It came from a Sunday afternoon visit to Lefty's Card Shop in beautiful Burlingame, California, and a hankering I had to look through their hall of famer binders to see what sort of '72s I could afford. I was able to pull 14 once or future superstars from their binders, and I focused my efforts for the most part on VG+ or even a fair "Fair"-graded cards, such was their affordability when doing so.

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

A Portion of My Heath Bell Collection

Heath Bell was absolutely one of my favorite players ten years or so ago. A relief pitcher who didn't hit the bigs until age 26, and then didn't start dominating until age 31, Bell was both literally and figuratively an outsized figure. No one who ever saw him at the 2011 All-Star Game representing the Padres will ever forget him running in for his turn, then executing the most joyous and perfect slide right in front of the mound. It was then that he went from "guy I like" to "Top 5 favorite players". 

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

Here's What Showed Up Recently

This is one of those scan-n-posts. I have had a variety of small orders arrive the past couple of weeks on eBay and whatnot, and it just feel sorta wrong to file some of the better cards away without putting them up on the internet for the people to review. One I'm particularly happy about is "my first Mossi", this Topps 1962 Don Mossi. Mr. Mossi is a baseball card collectors' legend, for obvious reasons. He's one of those guys that you just need to have a card or two of, and I'm pretty sure I'm only getting started on building a set of Mossi cards. Mossi was also a damn good starting pitcher as well, after having started off as a reliever in the 50s and then having been converted to a starter by the Tigers.

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.

Here are a couple of new Joey Bart gems. He's a dude I collect. Next year I think he might be Rookie of the Year and MVP, I'm pretty sure.

...and here's one of those Bowman Chrome Dawn of Glory cards for Jo Adell, the other prospect whose cards I'm accumulating:

Here's another youngster I've just finished spending a couple of week watching in the playoffs. I'm sure you have as well. I like this guy.

As well as his Dodger teammate Brusdar Graterol, whom I like even better. This is from before he was traded to LA during the offseason:

Finally, another youngster who did some very evil things to my San Francisco Giants this season on his way to the playoffs whilst eliminating us:

Let's round out this post with some of the other gems that came in them mail these past couple of weeks. Let me know if you have any questions on 'em!

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Padrographs To The Rescue

I've never quite received a card care package like the one I got from Rod at Padrographs this week. He'd seen my post last week about trying to pull together the Topps Heritage 2020 Minor Leagues set, and offers to fill in 53 of the gaps in my want list - which he promptly did. Amazing.

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

Pecking Away at 1975 SSPC

Completion of the 630-card 1975 SSPC set - a set I hadn't even heard about a year ago - is now something that's within reach. I mean, nah, I'm not even halfway there yet, but I'm almost halfway there. It's a pretty achievable set if you use CardBarrel and SportLots and are cool with paying 30 cents to a buck a card. I'll get there someday; this past week I picked up another 60 or so, including a few of these fellas.

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.

A couple of my recent SSPC cards cost as much as - gasp! - three dollars, owing to the fact that superstars are on 'em. Here's Rod Carew and Tom Seaver, respectively. 

Apologies for the crooked Carew scan, but that ridiculous photo is all him. Here's the Boston Red Sox' Carlton Fisk, who went to the World Series that year and who hit a home run you may have seen:

And then finally, I picked this dude to show you, because he's the only 1975 SSPC card I have - I think - where there's zero indication which team he's on. He's Ed Goodson of the Los Angeles Dodgers - a team who by the way won the 2020 World Series a mere twenty minutes before I typed this blog post. Goodson was a utility guy. I have him on a couple of early 70s SF Giants cards. He's card #588 in a series of #630. He has curly 1970s locks. And here's his SSPC card.

Monday, October 26, 2020

2019 Topps "High Tek" Has Some Real Beauts

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

A Few 1962 Head-Floaters

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.