Friday, December 11, 2015

Onwards and upwards!

 Jeff from Wish They Still Came with Bubble Gum sent this along just as I was moving out of the old place - this was the last piece of mail I received... single tear.
 Topps Sterling is no joke. These cards are super thick. It's like a big hunk of leather with a photo silkscreened onto it.
 Still working the kinks out of photos at the new place - this was the best image I got after way too many tries. I'm gonna set up a lightbox or something so I can do this better. I really dig the Jimmy Dean Lofton Rookie card.
 Good old Dave at the Dome! I might be closing in on a team set of Kraft Singles... I don't know...
Some vintage for good measure. There's a book out recently about Gene Mauch - he's one of those guys who was around the game forever. He never won a World Series as a Manager, but he led some pretty impressive runs into the playoffs. Probably one of the more underrated tacticians in baseball.

Thanks Jeff! Great stuff!


  1. Mauch was never respected (and probably never will be respected) in the same way as other managers for one of three big reasons.

    The least of the three was being the California Angels manager whose team blew a 2-0 lead in a best of 5 series to the Brewers in 1982 in the ALCS.

    The next one was being the Angels manager who watched as his Angels blew a 3 games to 1 lead to the Red Sox in 1986. Everyone remembers the home run that Donnie Moore gave up to Dave Henderson that tied the game, but Moore then stayed in the game to pitch the 10th and into the 11th...where he gave up a sac fly to Henderson to let the Red Sox win the game.

    The greater of the two was the massive collapse of the Phillies in 1964. Read up on that one -- much too much there to cover here.

    All told, those were probably Mauch's three greatest teams...and all of them came up short after being *way* ahead.

  2. Any card that commemorates Lofton's brief run with the Cubs is okay in my book


    $30 bucks ya cheap bastard! :) Don't even use it as a printer.

    1. I dunno.. $30 is reasonable for a 50 year old piece of cardboard, but complicated electronic devices? What is the world coming to?

    2. My exact reasoning for not buying a scanner again. Rather spend the money on more cards!

  4. I don't own much from Sterling, but they might just be the thickest cards in my binders right now.