Monday, August 3, 2015

Good Things, Small Packages, etc.

Keeping the envelope industry alive since 2008.

I couldn't resist as I found myself on the purchasing end of another card for my collection on Listia. This time, it was a Turkey Red Edmonds relic that I have had a hard time tracking down. My usual go-to for single cards, if I'm in the mood, is COMC who hasn't had this listed for awhile. Edmonds didn't actually have a base card in this set, from his final year in St. Louis, so it's also kind of an unusual one.

Some other folks that I actually have interacted with sent me cards in plain white envelopes recently, and I thought I'd take the time to cover them here. The Lost Collector sent me two more Edmonds cards to bring my unique total up to 486 now. Hopefully, I will remember to commemorate #500. I'd never seen either of these cards before, and they're both cheezily awesome.

At first, all you see is Big Mac...

There it is! This is the quintessential early '00s MLB credo right here. Just grip it and rip it, guys.

From deep in the heart of Cardinal Country came this insert from 2015 Topps, courtesy of Chris N. McGwire's recent re-entry into the Topps-o-sphere makes this an interesting pairing, with one man's tainted legacy (and somewhat lacking Hall of Fame stats) put along side the pristine Stan the Man. I don't think anyone at Topps thinks about these too hard.

Finally, good ol' P00PSH00TER, a frequent contest participant, sent along a pair of 1970 cards that were in pretty nice shape for this sort of thing. I don't think I've heard of Hilgendorf, who seems like he was just caught doing something awful here.

Dal Maxvill I know, but I'm mostly familiar with his time residing in the front office during some pretty lean years. Back then, we were all excited about Felix Jose. He was the GM when the team won two pennants in the '80s, but sometimes it's the bad stuff that sticks out.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Airbrushed Fridays: 2015 Topps #626

The trade deadline is upon us.

Who is he? Hanley Ramirez was once upon a time a top prospect in the Boston Red Sox system. Very early in his career, he was dealt to the Marlins where he'd become a three-time All-Star shortstop. A few trade deadlines ago, he found himself on the Dodgers where he would reignite his flagging career.

How did he get here? Coming full circle, Boston signed the guy who took his first two MLB at-bats in a Red Sox uniform and moved him to the outfield as he'd never been a strong defender in the infield. It hasn't exactly gone swimmingly for Ramirez in Beantown, but then again, not much has at Fenway this season.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None, but here's the original:

Airbrushed Score: 4

Comments: This is a pretty competent Photoshop job, but they were able to obscure a lot of the logos.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Getting Spring Cleaning In Order

A trade post on a late Mon... wait, Tulo got traded?!

Angels fan Tom from "The Angels, In Order" is among the latest to send over some stuff in exchange for his participation in my Spring Cleaning event. We actually completed this swap a couple of months ago, but such is life when you're in perpetual catch-up mode.

This is a Pinnacle Inside card, which means this card was in a can. The card was in a can, man! That's wild.

As a youth, I remember the Boardwalk and Baseball set that Topps put out being something of a luxury item for whatever reason. I'm fairly sure that these go for pocket change in today's market, like most oddball '80s stuff. Maybe I had the name confused with the prized Monopoly property?

Tom hit up some of my Bowman Heritage wants, which is always appreciated. I'm still working on a solution for getting my want lists linked up in the mobile view of this blog. If only I knew someone who worked with computers all day and was smart about these things. (Time to punch myself in the face now...)

I have no idea who Richie Robnett is, but he apparently topped out at the AAA level in the 2009 season. I just appreciate a baseball card framed in a TV set design.

Oh yeah, and Tulo got traded. Wow.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Oddball Listia Find

This is the Eighties-ist.

I know that many have given up on Listia, but I still find it to be an occasional source of interesting finds. Even better (at least for me), I've been able to get rid of thousands of doubles and some junk wax era stars while making the folks at Big Postage Stamp very happy. I can always use more oddball stuff like this.

This is my first Squirt card as far as I know. It's very thin and just slightly more a rectangle than a square. The back is a no frills copy of the 1982 Topps template, squeezed down to fit on the reduced amount of space.

If you're in the mood to check out my '80s-ish want list, feel free to do so at your leisure. It's a bit lacking in the oddball department, though I've got all the main sets and O-Pee-Chee needs identified through 1988 at least.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Airbrushed Fridays: 2008 Topps Updates and Highlights #UH258

Arthur Lee.

Who is he? Arthur Rhodes was a consummate professional southpaw reliever. After spending nearly a decade with the Baltimore Orioles, Rhodes bounced around from team to team, throwing from the other arm that people don't always throw with, hoping to retire batters. Though his numbers were rarely eye-popping, he made the All-Star team for the first time in his 20th season at the age of 40.

How did he get here? Rhodes was a fixture in the Seattle bullpen in the early '00s, truly the last time Seattle was a force to be reckoned with. After stints with a few other teams, Rhodes found himself back with the Mariners in 2008 when he was shipped to the Marlins at the non-waiver trade deadline for a minor leaguer. Little did we know that the best years of Arthur Rhodes were still to come, as his All-Star appearance would be in 2010 in Cincinnati. The next year, Rhodes would make a cameo with the Cardinals and pick up a World Series ring before calling it a career.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None

Airbrushed Score: 2

Comments: Well, yes, I'm really doubting myself here. This is either a really good Photoshop job or a really poor job by me in selecting a card. Feel free to weigh in with your comments!

Back to Baseball

At last, the horrible All-Star break is over. It's baseball time.

I'm technically on vacation until the 27th, so words and cards posted here may be even more sporadic.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Moyer Has Landed

A major shake-up in the 10 Most Wanted list.

I started this blog more than 7 years ago, and my second post led off with an image of the 1991 Bowman Jamie Moyer card. It was a tiny, grainy image I swiped from the internet, back when finding images of a particular baseball card could actually be rather difficult. Thanks to @ChrisWNation on Twitter, I finally managed to get ahold of the card after all these years. This more or less completes the readily attainable portion of my Jamie Moyer collection (i.e. non-Tiffany edition.) There's probably one or two minor league releases I need to get from his brief time in the Cardinals organization, but that's about it.

Chris also sent me a garden variety 1993 Fleer common of Gerald Perry, the last base card I needed of this particular set and also a (former) Top 10 need. The bench bat Perry filled in quite a few times during the disastrous year where Andres Galarraga sent an imposter to wear a Cardinals uniform with his name on the back, sucking the life out of the middle of the batting order. (He would hit .370 the following season and get MVP votes, because of course.)

I would never have guessed that I needed this curvy Matt Holliday Bowman Chrome card, but I definitely did. This is Holliday #255 in my collection. He trails only Ozzie Smith and Jimmy Edmonds for most unique cards in my player collections. (No, I haven't counted my Pujols cards. Shh.)

Finally, Chris was also kind enough to send over some cards from Erin's PCs, including this Larry Walker Sports Illustrated card from the prime of his career. Nice!