Friday, December 4, 2020

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From Markham, ON

This week's trade comes from one of our good neighbors to the north, Canada! Rodrick was kind enough to take some extra 2019 Topps off my hands in exchange for a few Red Sox:
 
 
I'm close enough now to that Mookie Betts insert set that I decided to add it to my "So Close" page, and those other three are the last Red Sox cards I needed from that year's set. In addition to some great cards, Rodrick also hooked me up with my first Holiday card of the year:
 
 
Favorite Card: When in doubt, go with the catcher! I loved watching Tony Pena catch back in the day - I remember he would occasionally stick his leg straight out to set up the pitch.

Thanks for the trade Rodrick!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Repack Haiku #181 (Orel Hershiser)

Scoreless inning streak 
Just for regular season
Skips postseason runs

1989 Topps #5 Orel Hershiser (RB)
 
Hershiser ended the 1988 regular season with 59 consecutive scoreless innings, but he actually extended that streak in the postseason with 8 scoreless frames during Game 1 of the NLCS. Even though he gave up runs in future postseason starts, his record streak would have continued with every scoreless frame to start the 1989 season. Alas, he gave up a run in the first inning of his first start.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Narrowing Down The 2020 List

 
 
Last year, I took it upon myself to go through and make a Top 10 list of the Greatest Red Sox cards for 2019. It was insane, and it was almost impossible to narrow my choices down to just 10. So why not go back down the rabbit hole and do it again this year?
 
This year has been easier. Funny how when your team isn't coming off a World Championship the number of great cards decreases significantly. After going through all the major sets, I hand-picked 25 potential candidates. I was able to cull a few from there easy enough, and the Top 6 cards came to light rather easily.
 
Just like last year, the back end of cards is where it gets tough. I have 12 cards left, and only 4 spots available. I figured why not take an informal poll and see what my readership thinks. I'll present a group of cards that I think are similar in nature and you can comment with your choice for each group. Full disclaimer here, I'm not automatically awarding the remaining spots to the cards with the highest vote totals. I'm just curious to see what other would pick, and why.

Which of these cards is the greatest? 

Group A: "Fielder's Choice"

 

Group B: "There Is No I In Team"

 

Group C: "Mama's Little Baby Like Short Prints, Short Prints" 

 

Group D: "Above The Rest" 

 

Again, the winner of each group doesn't automatically make my Top 10. It just gives me added perspectives as I decide which cards make the cut. 

What say you, loyal readers? Which cards would you choose as the best of the year?

Friday, November 27, 2020

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From Lenexa, KS

I like using the TCDB to whittle down my doubles box. I'll pick a set, and search for other collectors that need cards from that set. The cards I ask in return aren't necessarily from sets I'm working on, but I'll often find some Red Sox cards I need. That was the case this time around when I proposed a swap to Clay. He sent some needed Red Sox my way:
 
 
I really enjoy those Conlon Collection cards - the pictures are fantastic and you often get a peek into the game's history that you don't normally have a chance to read about.

Favorite Card: How can I not pick a big athlete nicknamed "Baby Doll"?

Thanks for the trade, Clay!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Repack Haiku #180 (Chris Bosio)

Fired from coaching
For insensitive comments
To clubhouse worker
 
1990 Donruss #57 Chris Bosio

After a successful Major League career, Bosio was well into an equally successful career as a pitching coach. That all changed in 2018 when he made an offensive comment at an African-American clubhouse attendant. The Tigers fired him, and he hasn't gotten another MLB job since. 

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"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." - Charles Dickens

Last week, Trevor at Bump and Run Football Cards challenged his fellow bloggers to write a daily post with things we are thankful for. Although I couldn't do a week's worth of postings, I can at least list 7 things I'm thankful for:
 
1. "The Child" - In an unconventional way, I became a father again this year. Due to some poor life choices by a family member and his girlfriend, my wife and have full legal custody of our niece, who turns 1 next month. Outside of explaining the circumstances, that is the only time I refer to her as my niece. She's as much my daughter as my other two, and our family smiles and laughs more because of this blessing.

2. My family's health - So far, no one in my immediate family has caught the COVID-19 virus. For the most part my extended family and friends have avoided it as well. I'm thankful for that, and hopeful it continues into the new year.

3. My health - Back in September, I had surgery to remove some polyps that were blocking my nasal cavities and made it difficult to breath. It was a world of difference once that was done and I am looking forward to actually being able to smell all that Thanksgiving food!

4. My wife - We celebrated our 15th anniversary this year. I'm not quite sure how she's put up with me for so long.

5. My kids - I've got a teenager who wants very little to do with the world outside her bedroom, a 9 year old obsessed with fake nails, and as I mentioned above I've had a year's worth of diapers to change. I wouldn't trade any of them for the world.

6. My job - Being "essential" sucks sometimes, but the stability my job has afforded me means a steady paycheck. I even got a raise this year!

7. This blog, this hobby, and all of you - I don't get to spend as much time with my collection as I'd like, and definitely not as much money ;) but this blog and the community of fellow collectors I've had the honor of communicating with have been a joy to me. I haven't met any of you personally, but I feel a kinship with each of you. Thanks you!
 
I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving tomorrow, This has been a crazy year, and often it seems there hasn't been much to be thankful for, but now more than ever we need to find the good in our lives and give thanks.
 
 



Monday, November 23, 2020

Payday Pack - Trying To Score

Back in the "Before Times" I would celebrate my bi-weekly payday by heading to the local Wally World and treating myself to a pack of baseball cards. Those days seem forever ago, as my local store continues to have barren shelves with scarcely any packs to be had. 

I did however have some luck at my local CVS in the form of a repack box. I needed some fresh cards for my haiku series, and satisfied by itch to open at least temporarily.
 
 
The repack box contained one unopened pack of 1990 Score. Since this may be the closest I get to opening a pack in awhile, let's take a trip back 30 years and see what gems we can unearth...

3rd Place

1990 Score #310 Roger Clemens
 
It's safe to say in 1990 Roger Clemens was my favorite player, and pulling this card would have been a cause for celebration when I was 15. Wow, even for a team with the color red in their name, that border just overpowers the card, doesn't it?

2nd Place

1990 Score #487 Kirk Gibson
 
It almost seems appropriate after the latest World Series that the sweet swing of Dodger icon Kirk Gibson would make an appearance. This is just an all-around great photo, but it's nowhere near the best in the pack...

1st Place

1990 Score #172 Mike Heath
 
This, my friends, is the clear champion. Be honest - how many of you recall this card from back in the day? I know I didn't. This is an amazing shot, and probably one of the best cards in the whole set. It makes be happy to rediscover such a underappreciated card, and is one of the key reasons why repacks are fun to open!
 
Other Contestants Not Appearing On Stage:
#73 Vance Law
#87 Rick Mahler
#93 Pete Incaviglia
#330 Jim Abbott
#315 Dennis Eckersley
#55 Willie McGee (The MVP's insert)
#676 Kiki Jones (FRDP)
#481 Tom Glavine
#484 Mike Bielecki
#168 Ron Hassey
#152 Barry Jones
#609 Mike Stanton (RC)
#611 Charles Nagy (RC)
#629 Chris Hammond (RC)

Friday, November 20, 2020

TCDB Trade Recap - Cards From Las Vegas, NV

TCDB member Brian knocked off some missing Red Sox cards, and helped me complete a set!
 

That Mark Grace was the last card I needed to polish off the beautifully marbled 1994 Post Cereal set. As for all those 1986 Red Sox, I was a bit surprised I needed so many! 

Favorite Card: As much as I enjoy that airbrush job on Lollar's card, I have to give this one to the set completer Mark Grace!

Thanks for the trade Brian!