Friday, November 22, 2013

Taking a break

Since the end of the World Series I've lacked the motivation to scour my cards for new posts. Time to take a break for a bit. Check back later! Thanks. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

1962 Topps Fregosi

This is another card which came into my collection from an unknown source. I'm sure I traded for it just because it was an old card. I have more Fregosi manager cards from my era. But I like this card, especially the cap insignia and uniform.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Score Art '91

'Score' at least made an effort to be creative with All Star cards in their '91 set.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Classic Dale

Dale Murphy, perhaps the most underrated player of his era, in a classic kneeling pose. This guy put up some serious power numbers. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Righetti Strut '86

I can't tell what was happening in this photo. Could be he's watching a foul ball on the first base side, but I like to think he just struck someone out to end the game and is brashly strutting back to the dugout.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bat bends for Brett

This is a sharp card from Upper Deck '92. I like the bend of the bat as George makes contact. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

A new ranger in '89

Nolan Ryan stepped down as Rangers CEO this week. This '89 Topps Traded card was his first Topps card in a Rangers uniform (after coming over from Houston). He kinda looks like a future CEO. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Little guy in the corner

This '76 Topps was before my time but managed its way into my collection at some point. I like the little animated outfielder in the lower left. And the photo of Parker looks a little like a painting. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Gibson: a year before LA

'87 was Kirk Gibson's last year in Detroit. He already had a WS title with the Tigers, but was still a year away from heroics in LA. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

'83 Topps pops

For whatever reason, Rickey seemed to have a lot of good looking cards. I'm actually amazed at the ones I have. I didn't remember collecting him as much as I did. The color on this '83 Topps example is great. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Fleer Ultra 1991 had a headshot and two action shots on the back. In many ways more compelling than the front. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Seaver in Boston

Tom spent the last half of '86 with the Red Sox; the end of his career. He did not pitch in '87 but Topps cut a card for him, just in case. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bo was the original Puig

Mattingly recently drew the comparison between Puig and Bo Jackson. I can definitely see it. Here's Bo in 1988 Topps. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Swing and a miss

It's interesting to see cards that clearly show a player doing something negative. Even more interesting to see it with a 'star'. I'm sure there were better shots of Schmidt doing something besides missing a pitch. At least he was smiling! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Need a third color

The Yankees and Reds (home uni's) are likely the exception, but for the most part you really need a third color to make your uniform pop. These Braves uniforms with just blue and white weren't getting it done. No wonder they started winning after they switched. 
On a side note I remember coveting these All Star rookie cards. Clearly they didn't always pan out.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Aim at the red of my glove

Since the Reds lost in uninspiring fashion last night, fans will continue to have to relish memories from the 1990 WS champion team. I believe Joe Oliver wore red catchers gear, so I'm not sure the red on the mitt would have been very effective. You don't see many mitts like this anymore. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Don't forget Leaf

For the most part I avoided Leaf cards in my collecting days. However, this '91 design was better than most, and this Mattingly card is a favorite. I like the photo; his eyes visible only above the extended glove. Don't see many like it.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stewart's eyes

Dave Stewart was one of the most intimidating players of his era. His piercing eyes under the brim of his cap are evident in this '87 Topps card. Also the green jersey really pops. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Check the back

Having full color photos on the back of cards was just one way Upper Deck stood above the rest. I like looking at the backs of these cards. Often, in my opinion, the photo on the back was better than the one on the front. Here's an example of Sandberg. I like the effortless cool as he flips the ball and you can see it hanging in mid toss. Also the blue jersey and stripe down the pants look sharp.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Surf's up!

Always interesting to see a 'prop' used in card photos. It's pretty rare. I suppose the surf board makes sense being that he was playing in San Diego, but I wish he would have been more creative with it. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Black & White with UFO

Fleer had a late '80's set with stickers for each team, which featured a stadium photo on the back. It must have been cheaper to use black and white photos of the stadiums. I have a Reds sticker with Riverfront Stadium on the back. Apparently this stadium photo was taken when a UFO was hovering overhead. I thought it might just be the card, but I actually have two of them with the same image. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Collector's Choice

1990 Upper Deck knew how to do a team checklist card. These paintings were great. I need one for my wall. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Now that's a hitter

Wade Boggs knocked his 200th hit, for the 5th straight season, on this date in '87. Here is his '87 Topps card. You know he was serious about hitting if he wears batting gloves on both hands, even with a glove. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mattingly '85 Topps

It would be nice if Mattingly's success as a manager (Dodgers clinched division last night) added value to his cards because (like any good 80's collector) I have a lot of them. Here's another example of why I love '85 Topps. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Some Bats are Bigger

This is an '88 Fleer card, clearly photographed at the '87 ASG. A little bit of a stretch to say these two were both "big bats." The back of the card highlights McGwire's rookie record of 49 HR's in '87. It also highlights the fact that Tabler hit 11 homers that season. So a combined 60 HR's between the two is pretty good. I hope Tabler saved this card.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Yogi in Houston

Yes, Yogi Berra was an Astros "leader" as featured here in another '87 Topps pointless, filler card.  Yogi was a coach in Houston from '86-'89. Given the years I was collecting this may be my only Yogi card (which is a stretch), unless I find a manager card. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rickey's slim fit jersey

'85 Topps is one of my favorite sets. I just like the look. I also liked the green jerseys that the A's wore. Notice the fit with Rickey. It's a little more snug than anyone would wear today, but he looks natural. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sid's shoulders

Shoulder pads were big in the '80's but Sid didn't need them. He looks like he could have played for the Football Giants.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

'Perfect' card

I haven't actively collected cards in many years, but a card like this seems rare. Usually they will highlight All-Stars and record-breakers but do not highlight individual performances like a perfect game. At least not back in these days. '89 Fleer.
On a side note, September 16, 1988 is the anniversary of Browning's perfect game, so I was a day early on this post!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Big sluggers, Big stirrups

These thin stirrups look even thinner on big dogs like Davis and Parker. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Big-headed dudes

The heads on these guys just don't look proportional to their bodies. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Where'd the bat go?

I made a previous post regarding Fleer '89 and the fact that they cropped a photo of Frank Viola which made his pitching arm disappear. Well, they liked to do it with bats too. Check out these examples. Awful!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A different anniversary...

Today is a day to remember all those lost on September 11, 2001. 
On that same date in 1985 Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's record for hits. In the '87 Topps set Pete had 2 cards. I believe this is his final Topps card as a player. His last official at-bat was in 1986. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Bowman was big(ger)

I like the vintage look of these Bowman '89 cards (and this Griffey RC). However, the fact that they were larger vertically than standard cards made them difficult to store in traditional boxes or plastic pages. Still a classic, clean-looking card set. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Nolan sells-out to Nike

The majority of cards that I have, and likely the majority overall, include a waist-up head shot. It's hard to get your shoes into the picture. Nolan Ryan finds a way in Fleer '88. I hope Nike showed him some love for it. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

'Turn Back...' Cards

Topps '87 included a random group of 'Turn back the clock' cards. Cards like these used to drive me nuts because they are clearly filler for a set. Hard to find  value in a card... which highlights another card. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Pitchers or Accountants?

If I saw these guys together in the parking lot after this All Star Game I'd probably ask them to do my taxes. '88 Fleer. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Short arm Viola

It seems like you'd want to crop the photo so the throwing arm doesn't disappear, but Fleer '89 gives Frank Viola a short arm delivery. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ironic cards

A pitcher in a batting stance and a DH with a glove. Irony abounds in these '88 Fleer examples. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Psycho gloves

Steve Lyons and the "Psycho" batting gloves. Didn't quite get as much buzz as Bill Ripken's bat in the '89 Fleer set. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Lou needs some vitamins

This is one of the worst photos I've seen in any set. The light/shadows make Lou look sickly and/or like Frankenstein. Another one from Topps '87.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

2 cards from the same play

It looks like the Topps '87 camera person was able to get two cards out of one play. What do you think?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Sveum 'Stache

Current Cubs manager rocking a serious 'stache back in '87 Topps. He could probably grow it out like that now, but not the hair.