Monday, May 22, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 22


Day 22 - A card of a common player that always seemed to elude you.

Sorry I've been a little busy to post and to be honest Day 22 stumped me for a while.  But after looking through my want list it became apparent of a card, one card, that I need to complete a set, still sits on my wantlist.

To be honest I'm not sure I need this card or not, as the set is squirreled away right now, but if my needs list is correct, Pat Neshek's 2008 Allen and Ginter card is the last card I need to complete the set.  I'll be honest I haven't tried too hard to find it as of late, but it'll be first on my list when I get my collection organized when I move into my new house.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 21


Day 21: A card of a rookie you thought you were "investing" in.

This one was a toss up between two players from my youth.  I think the Night Owl actually did a piece on one of them.  Two players from the 90's stick out from the glory days of overproduction and speculation.  Gregg Jefferies and Todd Van Poppel.  Both were pheoms and both had decent careers, not great careers, and neither one panned out to be the super stars the hobby predicted.  So for today's challenge I'm featuring a rookie card for each of these guys.  I think I still might have my hoard of rookies somewhere, or maybe my brother stole them.

Friday, May 5, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 20!

Day 20:  A favorite parallel card based on the parallel and not the player.

This one's a toughie.  But in the end I went with the 2007 Red Back parallel.  Does anyone even remember those?  So 2007 was one of those years I was working a lot.  And at the time that meant I was working out in the field doing biology stuff.  So I didn't really open much product.  Fast forward a year or two and I decided I want to put together the base set, so I order a couple boxes of Series 1 and Series 2.  I can't remember if I went with hobby boxes or retail jumbo boxes or exactly which format I bought, but I do remember that I had a ton of the Red Back parallel cards from both series.  So many in fact that I had the crazy idea of trying to actually put a base set together of the parallel.  And you know what, I'm pretty close.  Unfortunately with the birth of my son and the lose of my man cave I had to put that project, like all my other small projects, on hold.

So here's the crazy thing, the Red Back parallels the only difference from the base set is the lettering on the back is red and not white.  Here's another interesting fact, this was the set that started the photo variations and gimmicks with Derek Jeter's card featuring President Bush and Mickey Mantel photoshopped into the card.  Here's another interesting fact:  The card that features Bush and Mantel, which wasn't short printed in anyway is much more expensive than the corrected card that was put into the factory sets and produced in much fewer numbers that doesn't feature Bush or Mantel.  Ahem.

Anyways, the Jeter red back is still one of the cards I need to complete my Red Backs set and a few years ago it was still way too expensive for my tastes.  But here it is in all it's glory.





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 19

Day 19 - A favorite card form a country other than the United States.

I don't have a ton of cards from other countries.  I guess I could go with Panini stickers from the 80's and I don't collect Japanese cards so the best I can do is go North of the border, or in my case south, to Canada.  I've always dug the 83 design and I love that the O-Pee-Chee label  is prominently displayed on the front.

Monday, May 1, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 18


Day 18 - A card of a player who became manager of your favorite team.

I ended up picking not really a card, but a fun oddball.  As a Brewers fan I had a few managers to choose from, but in the end it really wasn't a contest.  I picked the guy that let the Crew to their only World Series appearance.  Harvey Kuenn.  Not only that Harvey had a pretty successful baseball career.  Harvey was a ten time All-Star, Rookie of the Year in 1953 and won the AL batting crown in 1959.  While his 15 year career stats didn't earn him a trip to Cooperstown, his numbers still were pretty decent.  I won't retell the story of his coming to helm the Brewers.  But Harvey has some great oddballs from his playing days.  One of my favorites is this 1962 Topps Baseball Bucks.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 17


Day 17: A card from the first set you put together hand collated.

Day 17 and Day 3 collide as 1987 Topps was the first set I tried to complete and hand collated.  So instead of combing through the checklist of 792 cards and trying to pick one out I decided to let the fates decided which card to feature here.  I went over to random.org and had their random number generator pick a number for me.  And that number was 535.  Who was number 535?  Tony Armas from the Red Sox.  I've included the back of the card because Topps thought that Tony coming from a very large family was the most interesting thing to say about him.  A quick googling of Tony lets me know that he was one of the top sluggers in the American League in the 80's.  He also was on the DL quite a bit.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 16

Day 16 - A card of a player whom you appreciate but don't like.

Man made it half way!  A lot has happened since I decided to take Tony L's 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge.  I went on a trip to visit family in Wisconsin, I just had my gallbladder removed, we are selling our home and buying a new one.  So if I've lagged behind it's because I'm a little busy and I like to ponder the question at hand.

So for Day 16 I dig deep into my boxes.  Just kidding they're all packed away right now, but I knew who I wanted to feature and I knew which card.

Meet Derek Jeter and his 2000 Topps Tek Tektonics die cut insert card.  It's a pretty cool card.  I have no idea where I picked this up and now that every card I own is mothballed in storage I have no idea where it's at.
I'm not a Yankees fan or a Jeter fan for that matter.  But I am a fan a player that can put together a 20 year career with the same team.  That shows dedication not only on the player, but also the team.  Put behind that Derek's 5 World Series rings, 14 All-Star appearances, 5 Silver Slugger awards, 5 Golden Gloves, etc, etc.  I have no doubt that Derek will be a first round Hall of Famer.  So I can appreciate what this man was able to do for the Yankees.