Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Repack Haiku #29 (Mike LaValliere)

Bet he never dreamed
He'd be a fan favorite
Spanky the Pirate

1986 Fleer Update #U-65 Mike LaValliere (XRC)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Secret Santa Revealed!

Matt from the blog Bob Walk The Plank held a Secret Santa exchange with his fellow bloggers, and I jumped at the chance to join in. Last week I received my mystery gift.

My Secret Santa was none other than Tyler from Rekindling The Cardboard Flame, and I must have been a good little blogger this year because Santa came through in a big way!

Nothing like opening up a Christmas package and finding lots and lots of Red Sox cards!

Love those Card History inserts!

Including a complete Series 1 team set of 2008 Topps, which is awesome because I wasn't collecting when these came out!

Ooohhh! Pedroia ASR and ROY!

The big gift, however....

An autographed card of Luis Tiant! If I ever get a proper man-cave set up, this will look nice to the ball I have signed by him. (He's even signing a ball on the card!)

Thanks again Tyler! Merry Christmas to all!

Monday, December 11, 2017

SEC - Semifinals Match Up #2

Extra! Ernie earns the win!

The first card in our finals is set! Honestly, a part of me is sad that Schacht's smiling glare couldn't pull out the win, but Banks has been steamrolling through and has to be considered the favorite to win it all. Still, the Challenge continues, and Banks awaits his final opponent!

1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson (RC)
1968 Topps #532 Luis Tiant

Rickey Henderson
Bracket Round: defeated Lee Evans (1-0)
Sweet 16 Round: defeated Paul Molitor (3-2) 
Quarterfinal Round: defeated Andrew McCutchen (5-4)
Recommended Reading: "Off Base: Confessions Of A Thief"

Luis Tiant
Bracket Round: defeated Mariano Rivera (1-0)
Sweet 16 Round: defeated Randy Johnson (2-2 tiebreaker)
Quarterfinal Round: defeated Amos Otis (6-1)
Recommended Reading: "El Tiante: The Luis Tiant Story"

The voting booths are open! Comment below to cast your vote! (You can also vote on this TCDB thread!) Who's your pick?

Friday, December 8, 2017

My Favorite Card Of 2017

P-Town Tom from the blog Waiting 'Til Next Year is having a contest asking his fellow bloggers to post their favorite card of 2017.

This is an easy one. There was one card this year that has put a big smile on my face every time I see it. To me, it represents everything good about baseball:

2017 Stadium Club #77 Rick Porcello

It's great, I absolutely love it. Hanley Ramierez photo-bombing a photo shoot, and the 3 pitchers just can't keep a straight face. I can't either. Sadly, I don't own this card...yet. It's still accepted under the rules of the contest, but let's showcase my favorite from my collection:

2017 Topps Archives - 1960 Rookie Star #RS-3 Andrew Benintendi (RC)

What makes this card so great is how well it parallels another iconic card. Back in 1960, there was another rookie star who played in front of the Green Monster at Fenway:

1960 Topps #148 Carl Yastrzemski (RC)

Alright, so Yaz started out at 2nd Base - we all know where he ended up! Still, the Benintendi is a great throwback card, and I was very excited to pull this insert in the only pack of Archives I was able to find in stores this year.

What's your favorite card from this year?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Repack Haiku #28 (Dan Plesac)

Plesac's rookie card
Was thirty-one years ago
Got new card this year

1987 Topps #279 Dan Plesac (RC)

He really hasn't aged much, has he?

2017 Topps - MLB Network #MLBN-10 Dan Plesac

Monday, December 4, 2017

SEC - Semifinals Match Up #1

"El Tiante" scores record 6 votes!

Our field of four is set! We kick December off with a truly heavyweight bout. Both of these cards have used their oddball charm to win over voters time and again. Both are great men who excelled at putting smiles on faces.

1962 Auravision Records Ernie Banks
1987 Conlon World Wide Sports Series 2 #9 Al Schacht

Ernie Banks
Bracket Round: defeated Tim Wallach (4-1)
Sweet 16 Round: defeated Ozzie Guillen (3-0)
Quarterfinals: defeated "Cool Papa" Bell (5-1)
Recommended Reading: "Mr. Cub"

Al Schacht
Bracket Round: defeated William O'Leary (1-1 Tie Breaker)
Sweet 16 Round: defeated the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox (3-1)
Quarterfinals: defeated Gil McDougald (4-2)
Recommended Reading: "G I Had Fun"

Comment below to vote! You can also visit the Trading Card Database and vote on the thread for this post!

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Best Free Stuff Is The Stuff You Stole

I'll admit it. I'm a thief. At least I have a thief's mentality when I play certain games, like the one Matt Prigge from Summer of '74 recently had. Matt gave away some cool stuff from his basement, and gave players an opportunity to pick a random prize, or steal an already revealed prize from another contestant. My wife's family plays this same game during Christmas, and it's always a lot of fun. My plan is always the same - hope I get a number in the later half of the game, so there's enough revealed prizes to potentially steal something good.

When my turn came up, I stole a very nice autographed photo of James Lofton. I'm not a football collector, but Lofton was a Buffalo Bill during their glory years, and you can never go wrong with a Hall of Fame player's autograph.

However, when the dust settled and everyone had picked, there was one unclaimed prize. Matt offered it up to anyone who wanted to swap out, and to be honest, it would have been my top choice to steal if it had been revealed at an earlier time. I took Matt up on his offer and gave up my autographed photo.

In addition to my Griffey plaque (which will eventually house one of his rookie cards), Matt was generous to send along a bunch of Red Sox cards as well.

I didn't have a huge desire to collect this year's update set, so it's great that Matt sent me a good number of Red Sox inserts from that set. The Heroes of Autumn set is particularly nice.

I'm now missing just one card from that 1992 Upper Deck Ted Williams set (not including the autograph of course!)

Thanks for having such a fun game Matt, and thanks again for the prize package!

Are you reading Matt's Summer of '74 blog? You should!