Friday, June 18, 2021

Everybody Loves Don Mossi

During my long, long hiatus from card collecting, I became aware of the baseball cards of one Don Mossi, a successful pitcher for a number of organizations in the 1950s and 60s. Mossi was, as is quite clear, blessed with a splendid set of ears, and he showed them off proudly on his many cards.

When I returned to the realm of the collector, I decided that it was important that I build a small collection of Don Mossi cards, and that I have done. There are several others I have yet to accumulate - but in time, in time. Mossi was a reliever-turned starter who pitched in the 1954 World Series; went 15-7 with a 2.96 ERA for Detroit in 1961; and who blessed the glorious Kansas City A's card you see below with one of the all-time great looks.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is my Don Mossi card collection - including several post-career cards made in the 70s, 80s and 90s. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Matt Carasiti, American in Japan

I've told you all the story of how I came to collect Matt Carasiti's baseball cards, right? Basically, this guy was a pitcher in San Francisco Giants spring training last year - just before the pandemic - and I heard him interviewed on KNBR's Giants broadcast & came to think that he might be one of the most inspirational nice guys in sports. That's it. That's why. He then proceeded to get hurt; was out for the year with Tommy John surgery; came back to the Red Sox organization this spring; didn't make the bigs; and is now on the Worchester Red Sox - but hurt again. He has not pitched in 2021. I do hope he pitches again.

One thing I liked about that interview is that he told some fantastic stories of trying to get his pitching career into gear by playing in Japan for a couple of years. He moved his wife out there, and they fell in love with the place. Japan'll do that to you. I've been there a few times myself. After that stint, the Giants brought him into camp, and then things went sideways. Anyway, I really only have 4 more cards of his that I need before I have everything with his picture on it. 

This first one's a 2018 card put out by Epoch Sports, with Carasiti pitching for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. The one you see below you is also from 2018, and is put out by Baseball Magazine, aka BBM. Here's to Carasiti - very much wishing him a path back to the majors, and/or eternal peace and happiness otherwise.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Real Vintage & Faux Vintage

I've got a couple of non-blogging trading friends who've of late been the guys most responsible for supplying me with my vintage baseball card needs. Ken in Missouri and Dave in California are both omnivorous baseball card accumulators themselves, while also being exceptionally generous with me and with (I'm sure) anyone else they're trading with as well.

This week each gentleman sent me some 1965 and 1967 Topps that had been on my want list, in addition to others that I thought I'd put on display here. Seriously, every time a 1960s card arrives in the mail, my eyes water a little. They're just so - you know - vintage. A large percentage of the men featured on them are no longer living. More simple times; a more simple game (for better or for worse); the Kansas City Athletics and Washington Senators existed; and - in the back half of the decade - the New York Yankees were actually bad!

Here's Mike McCormick's 1967 Topps card. Says he's about to start the season for the Senators - but au contraire! He came over to the San Francisco Giants that year, went 22-10 with a 2.85 ERA and won the NL Cy Young Award. How about that? Here are a few more of the vintage cards that Dave sent me:

Now - the "faux vintage" talked about in the headline are these gems, which I'm totally excited to add to the collection. They're from a 2003 Upper Deck series, designed to mimic 1965 Topps baseball:

Speaking of 1965 Topps baseball, Ken - who's sent me a good percentage of the '65 cards I actually own! - sent me these ringers, among other things:

Finally, Dave sent me something not at all in keeping with the tone and tenor of this post, but which I'm super psyched to have - an autographed Scott Garrelts '91 Score card...! Garrelts was a solid innings-eater (and sometime reliever) for the team, though 1991 ended up being the final year of his career. Thanks as always for trades, fellas - and hey, you all have a good summer weekend out there, ya hear?

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Pablo Sandoval as a Red Sock

Recently I decided to get off my duff and really up my game when it came to my Pablo Sandoval player collection. I may never collect all 2,343 of the unique cards of this man, but I reckon that I'll do my best to at least grab everything I can that's grabable, within reason.

I started my first binder for a player, and organized all my Sandoval cards by year. That was fun, and it didn't take as long as I thought it would - less than an hour - but I did need a magnifying glass in order to differentiate between a 2013 and a 2014 and so on. So now my strategy is to work backward from 2021, and go by year to buy any and all cards of Sandoval's by year that I can find - and that aren't 1/1s and selling for $375/each on eBay. 

2021 was easy - there's one card, and it's one that I talked about in Monday's post. 2018-2019 was pretty easy too. Sandoval was a role player for the Giants, and one that some thought might be somewhat washed up. I then went big on 2015, 2016 and 2017 - the years Sandoval toiled for the Boston Red Sox, in a contract that is thought to be one of the worst in Sox history. He was basically injured all of 2016, and played poorly in 2015 and 2017, so much so he was mercifully released back to the Giants during 2017 - where he started thriving again, albeit in a lesser role.

As you might have gathered, dude is my favorite baseball player of the 21st century. If you've seen him play - especially as a Giants - you know why. Here are some cards that represent the lean years of the man's career, all recent acquisitions of mine.

Monday, June 7, 2021

What The CardBarrel Order Dragged In

Another week, another "impromptu" order from CardBarrel over here at Card Hemorrhage. Oh, there are new cards out from Bowman, Panini, Donruss et al? Next thing I know I've rung up $25+ in cards - in order to get the free shipping, of course - and then they arrive a week later and I'm like, oh yeah. I did order that.

This post is designed to document my most recent of CardBarrel excursions. To your left you'll find card #TN-2 from 2021 Topps Heritage. This is a set I am actually attempting to collect in full, and you know - except for those short-print higher numbers, I'm doing OK on it so far. I'd be delighted to take your doubles off your hands, as long as they're cards I don't already have, and send you something in return. 

And hey, how about these "Artist's Palette" inserts from 2021 Panini? I picked out the two guys I needed from this mini-set and I'm pretty happy w/ how they're looking:

The card from this order that I'm most excited about by far is a 2021 Pablo Sandoval. I wasn't sure if I'd ever see another new card of his again, and it's his first Atlanta Braves card - though if you look at the relic itself, it's almost certainly a San Francisco Giants uniform they've stuffed in there, right? Is that orange I'm seeing?

I'm a little confused about these two Bowman cards here. Are they inserts from the main Bowman 2021 set? I can't remember. I was just clickin' and buyin'. 

Finally, here are two familiar fellas, this time on their main 2021 Panini cards. That's what I've got. Until next time!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Check Out These 2021 Bowman Chromes

As promised in yesterday's post, I'm now sharing the handful of 2021 Bowman Chrome cards that I picked up. Unlike most of the Chromes in my collection, these scan beautifully. For once, they look as nice in these scans as they do in real life.

Again, I only really picked up my guys this time. There are two cards from an insert set called "Rookie of the Year Favorites", and the two cards I got are dudes who aren't even in the majors yet this year, as of June. I do not think Joey Bart in particular will be winning NL Rookie of the Year, but Jo Adell? Who knows what he'll do in the AL if they ever actually call the man up.

You'll also see two inserts from "Bowman Scouts Top 100 prospects", along with a few regular Chrome cards, which, as I mentioned, look pretty phenomenal. Oh, and check out my SF Giants 2021 Bowman "Talent Pipeline" Chrome card (#TP-SFG), which highlights three ringers currently in the minors who may be raking and blazing at a major league ballpark near you one of these days.