Saturday, February 25, 2017

Over the Moon after this Trade

Spring Training Games started yesterday, I'm watching the Twins game right now, I'm as pumped as Red Dog here!
Another reason to be pumped up? Night Owl sent over some great cards in trade! I've had my eye on this Herb Washington card for some time, not many cards for Pinch Runners out there.
These guys were all on my junk wax want list - Kevin Foster employs the Jedi mind trick on a baseball in the upper left.
Some Horizontal Heroes, always a fan of Rickey running the bases - Pat Neshek, of course is a MN native and a P.C. guy.
Speaking of player collections, heeeeeere's Manny!
Twins were included as well - three MVPs and a Rat!
What I really appreciate is when you get a nice surprise like some Barry Sanders cards. I have very few non-baseball cards in my collection, but Barry is one of those players from my youth that stayed in my collection all the way through.

Thanks so much Greg!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Los Dodgers

 The beat goes on in the set build for 1964 Venezuelan Topps - I found a 6 card lot on eBay, all Dodgers. The player in the background of the Dick Calmus card is the highlight for me! I think it is Nate Oliver.
 Torborg is given credit by Topps for his "Scholastic ballplaying" which is, I suppose, a nice way of saying he hit .223 in the minors.
As long as I keep pecking away every couple weeks or so on this, I should be able to meet my goal. So far I am still able to find single cards for single digits that are set needs.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Presidents' Day

 Happy Presidents' Day from Washington and Lincoln;
 Adams, Buchanan, Bush, and Ford;
 Harrison, Johnson, Jackson, and Monroe;
 Madison, Nixon, Tyler, and Wilson!
And for you West Wing fans, Happy Presidents' Day from Bartlet(t) too!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Keeping up with Kennys

I haven't forgotten about my favorite MN Twin - Kennys Vargas! There was some bittersweet news this offseason when the Twins designated Byung-ho Park for assignment, removing him from the 40 Man Roster. He is going to start the season in AAA, the same place he finished last year. He was a big investment for the team, and is still under contract after clearing waivers. The main beneficiary of this news is Kennys, who is now slated to be the regular DH with the big league club.
This blue mini Parallel from 2016 Topps is numbered to just 10! Once again, I've added another Vargas card numbered to 10, even though the one I really want has eluded me since the summer of 2015.**
Here's the base card from the Topps Mini set, nothing fancy here, just another parallel... It looked like Vargas might not have any cards in 2016 when he was left off the series one checklist (and started in AAA, with Byung-ho Park leading the team in homers at the time), but it turns out they just waited until Series Two. More for me to chase!
Here's a "Limited Edition" parallel from an online only factory set - These are the ancestors of the old Topps Tiffany sets. The card stock is very thick, but it's essentially the same card as flagship.
Last, but not least we have a "siiiiick patch" of Vargas, which I found on eBay for less than a pack of new cards. I'm looking forward to seeing Vargas starting the season as the Twins' DH - hopefully he can make the most of the opportunity and be the guy for some time to come. He's also on the roster for Puerto Rico in the WBC, along with Twins' teammates Eddie Rosario and Jose Berrios, so they are going to be my second fave team in the tournament.

** Seriously, please do me a favor and ask your local card shop owner if they have the 2015 Series One Acetate (aka Clear) Kennys Vargas parallel numbered to 10 squirreled away behind glass or in a dusty box on a shelf or under a pile of laundry. If you find one (please send a pic), I will send money to buy it and a TON of cards as a finders' fee.**

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Some Oddball Alous!

I am the youngest of three, just like Jesus Alou. This Sports Collectors Photostamp is from 1969.
Any fans out there still have the album? I would like to see that.
Middle brother Matty is featured on Ray Kroc's Restaurant (McDonald's) issue from 1974.
Matty was everywhere from 1973 to 1974 -- East Coast, West Coast, and right in the middle on the mighty Mississip!
This isn't an oddball, really, it's just an interesting variation - Jesus in the Outfield, and Jesus everywhere and nowhere at once!
This one may be the oddest of all - a regional shopping mall issued these photos in 1966 - a little thicker than a poster, but not much.
Here's a size comparison with a standard card - the backs are plain white. Just a few new Alous I added this year!