Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Today we're going to rev things back up with a guy whose player collection I think I'm pretty much done with. It's Nate Colbert - early San Diego Padres slugger and team star through the first half of the 1970s. What did Nate do next to earn himself a spot on a baseball card, post-retirement? Well, he was the hitting coach for the Riverside Red Wave in the early 1990s, and earned himself not one but four minor league baseball cards in that capacity, and I'm delighted to say I've now grabbed all four.
I've also got a couple of cool food issue Colbert oddballs to share with you, but let's do that somewhere down the road. I'll try to get a plethora of card posts going in the next few days. What else are you going to do over the pandemic holiday, right?
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.