Monday, December 14, 2015

George Brett Collection Part 2 Postponed

I have thousands of cards but they can all go except one 800 count box that has the cards I feel they must keep.  I would show you the next 3 cards in my George Brett keepers but I got a new laptop and all of the scans are on the old one.  I didn't think about this until I started top write this post.

Oh well, back to Fallout 4.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

George Brett Collection Part 1

I've decided to highlight one card a year from George Brett's career plus a few from after he retired.  I've posted before that I saw him hit a home run and then, later in the game, start a brawl with the pitcher during a game at Tiger Stadium in 1980.  This made him my favorite player and I have actively collected his card over the years.  I have many more cards of him but, as part of my efforts to pare down my collection, I'm only keeping some of them.

One can only start off a George Brett collection with his 1975 Topps Rookie Card:

1975 is not my favorite Topps set.  After many years of wavering about spending the money I bought this card off of E-bay.  Not sure why I waited so long.

George was a solid but unspectacular hitter in the minor leagues as evidenced by the lack of .300 seasons shown here.  The red and green backs are not the easiest to read.

George's second mainstream card, 1975 Topps highlights his first .300 season:

My first pack of baseball cards was bought in 1976 but I didn't get this card.  I think I got this at a card show or at a card shop sometime in the 1990's.

I'm sentimental about this set because it got me started with baseball cards but the backs are soooooo hard to read.

The next card, 1977 Topps, is he first Brett card I got out of a pack.

The All-Star bar at the bottom enhances the design of this set.

The back highlights the first of George's batting titles.  The text is much easier to read than the 1976 set.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Another Brave Gone

Say it ain't so!

Enjoy your time in California, Andrelton.  I guess I'm an Angels fan now.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Can't Give'em Away

Two days ago I did a post announcing that I would send cards to anyone that wanted them.  I got 8 whole page views and no responses so I guess I'll just put my cards in storage and see if I ever get back into collecting.  The post was deleted.

I do have couple of packages to go out this weekend but those will be the last apparently.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Blaster From The Past

Ok, it's not actually from the past but the card designs are.

I have not been actively collecting lately but 2015 Topps Archives includes the 1976 Topps design so I had to get blaster and see what is what. Cards 1 - 100 are in the 1957 design, 101 - 200 in the 1976 design and 201 - 300 in the 1983 design.

Pack 1

37 Jhonny Peralta - The "h" right after the "J" always confuses me.
47 Henderson Alvarez
50 Ken Griffey Jr.
105 Joe DiMaggio
139 Michael Wacha
149 Hunter Pence
169 Jon Lester
275 Ted Williams
299 Mark Trumbo
300 Willie Mays

The cards did not come out of the pack in numerical order.  By mistake I sorted them before posting.  This is great mix of all-timers in this pack.  The 1957, 1976, and 1983 are three of my favorite designs so I'm hyped so far.

Pack 2

220 Jay Bruce
18 Homer Bailey
171 Ian Desmond
PGGWB George W Bush Presidential Chronicles - not a fan
19 Hisashi Iwakuma
148 Hyun-Jin Ryu
281 Hanley Ramirez
123 Anibal Sanchez
206 Alex Gordon
62 Robin Roberts

Not a great pack for me.

Pack 3

259 J.D. Martinez
94 Dellin Betances
114 Doug Fister
104 Kolten Wong
20 Josh Hamilton - the Angels blew it by letting him go
223 Justin Upton - stupid Braves!
91 Kevin Kiermaier
181 Harmon Killebrew
284 Jim Palmer
97 Juan Gonzalez

Another "meh" pack

Pack 4

246 Dustin Pedroia
7 Michael Pineda
138 Paul Goldschmidt
108 Matt Carpenter
219 Kurt Suzuki
56 Sonny Gray
168 Mark McGwire
252 Luis Aparicio
11 Bo Jackson
115 Barry Larkin

Another nice assortment of greats

Pack 5

241 Mike Napoli
48 Victor Martinez
185 Zack Greinke
177 Rickey Henderson Gold Parallel 17/50
161 Xander Bogaerts
231 Taijuan Walker
51 Yan Gomes
225 Bryce Harper
32 Robin Yount
134 Duke Snider

Gold Parallels are 1:47 packs

Pack 6

204 Wily Peralta
53 Roberto Alomar
125 Babe Ruth
WF2 Will Ferrell Mariners
135 Michael Taylor
250 Mike Trout
6 Alexei Ramirez
213 Brooks Robinson
35 Eddie Murray
197 Bob Lemon

Not sure how I feel about the Will Ferrell cards but I least this one is in the 1957 design.

Pack 7

202 Johnny Bench
88 Lenny Dykstra
189 Roberto Clemente
245 Garrett Richards Silver Parallel 071/199
130 Aramis Ramirez
278 Alex Cobb
52 Dilson Herrera
214 Orlando Cepeda
43 Alcides Escobar
195 Adrian Beltre

Lenny Dykstra?!?

Pack 8

273 Orlando Hernandez
85 Maikel Franco
182 Christian Walker
32 Anthony Rizzo 1968 Topps Game Insert
106 Brandon Finnegan
253 Whitey Ford
78 Gary Carter
272 Adrian Gonzalez
89 C.J. Wilson
116 Carlos Carrasco

1968 Topps Game is one of my favorite sets so I love the inclusion here.

In summary:
No current Braves...... (I'm not sure if I'm sad about this)
Lenny Dykstra?!?!?
I like the 3 designs they used
No shortprints but 2 parallels
They don't include all if the years of stats for the greats (14 - 16 years depending on design) = annoying
I didn't get the George Brett card (#75)

I must have more!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mission To Mars Card Pages Part 10 - The End

To recap:  These are the cards I would take with me if I could take ten 9-card pages with me to Mars.
I decided that each part of my collection cannot have more than one page.  The cards must fit into a regulation page as far as height and width but I am taking liberties with how thick some of the cards are.

The last of the 10 pages features my favorite Non-Sport cards.

1964 Topps Beatles Black and White Series 2 #69
My all-time favorite band.  Topps issued several Beatles sets in the 1960's.  I got this card for $3 at a show.

1991 Impel Marvel #1
I have some other Spider-Man cards, including a 3-D hologram, but this one is the best one.

1995 Topps Animaniacs Stickers #12
I was a huge fan of the Animaniacs.  These pigeons are from the Goodfeathers, which was a parody of the movie Goodfellas.  The most famous Animaniacs were Pinky and the Brain but I liked the Goodfeathers the most; although, Chicken Boo is also up there.

2008 Donruss Amercana #227
Americana was a set that featured TV, movie and pop culture celebrities.  The cards from 201-250 featured classic movie and TV stars.  Humphrey Bogart is my favorite classic Hollywood star.  I love Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Key Largo and just about anything else he appeared in.

2008 Topps Star Wars Clone Wars Stickers #29.
Yoda about to kick ass.  What more can one ask for.

2013 Panini Golden Age Museum Age
Blues Brothers.  Animal House.  The Samurai.  Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger!  He was gone too soon.

Psych Season 1-4 Authentic Wardrobe Dual
Psych was one of my favorite shows and I miss it. 

Game of Thrones Autographs
It's killing me that I don't have HBO right now so I'm missing the new episodes.

Conleth Hill as Lord Varis.
Lard Varis was the kingdom's spymaster until he was forced to flee with Tyrion Lannister.  A great character.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
The long suffering oldest child of the Stark clan.


I hope everyone enjoyed my Mission to Mars pages.  It's been fun.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mission To Mars Card Pages Part 9 - Cards for Everyone

To recap:  These are the cards I would take with me if I could take ten 9-card pages with me to Mars.
I decided that each part of my collection cannot have more than one page.  The cards must fit into a regulation page as far as height and width but I am taking liberties with how thick some of the cards are.

Page 9 includes cards from different sports.

Danica Patrick is my favorite driver in NASCAR.

I have a very small boxing collection.  The top 2 cards I purchased at a card show for $3 each.  The Evander Holyfield card is from Upper Deck's 1996 US Olympic set.

This card is from a set that featured former Olympians among other subjects.  I think it's neat, yes neat, to have an autograph of such a successful athlete.

My tennis collection features these two cards.  Bud Collins is most famous for his commentary at Wimbledon.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mission To Mars Card Pages Part 8 - Hitting the Links

To recap:  These are the cards I would take with me if I could take ten 9-card pages with me to Mars.
I decided that each part of my collection cannot have more than one page.  The cards must fit into a regulation page as far as height and width but I am taking liberties with how thick some of the cards are.

When I told a friend that I would be talking about golf cards today he said "They make golf cards?"

They do indeed.

2001 Upper Deck #1
Tiger Woods popularity was the driving reason that Upper Deck decided to produce golf cards.  This is his rookie card.

2003 Upper Deck #48
Annika was the best female golfer in the world for several years.  She even appeared in a men's tournament.  Upper Deck added LPGA golfers for the first time in 2003.

2004 Upper Deck Promos #69
I have three promo cards from the 2004 set.  I think they came packaged with a price guide magazine that is no longer published.  I've seen a few of these online but not very many so I'm not sure how many were produced.

2012 SP Authentic Sign of the Times
Johnny Miller is best known now as an accouncer for NBC but he was a great golfer in the 1970's and won the US Open in 1973 and the British Open in 1976.

2012 SP Game Used Edition Tour Gear Combos
Paula Creamer is my current favorite LPGA player.  She won the US Women's Open in 2010.  She is known for wearing pink so this swatch is not surprising.

2013 Goodwin Champions Memorabilia
After many years of trying to land a Tiger memorabilia card in a pack I finally succeeded in 2013.

2013 Panini Golden Age Historic Signatures
As it says on the back of this card Jan was "golf's first pin-up girl."  I like the design of this card and the fact that the autograph is "on-card" and not on a sticker.

2013 SP Game Used Tour Gear Trios
Nick Faldo is one of my favorite golfers of all time.  All three of these golfers won majors with Faldo capturing 3 Masters and 3 British Opens.  Oddly enough, Duval seemed to be a better golfer when he was heavier.  When he started working out and got in shape his game struggled.

2013 SP Game Used Tour Gear Trios
This is, quite simply, one of the jewels of my entire card collection.  Collectively, these three greats won 35 major tournaments, including 13 Masters.


Golf is one of the major parts of my current collecting pattern.

I'm not sure why everyone seems to be hating on Tiger Woods so much for not playing in tournaments while he is trying to get his game back in shape, but the media loves to stir things up so I'm sure we'll be seeing various speculative stories until he wins another tournament, which I am sure he will.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mission To Mars Card Pages Part 7 - Kicking the Ball Around

To recap:  These are the cards I would take with me if I could take ten 9-card pages with me to Mars.
I decided that each part of my collection cannot have more than one page.  The cards must fit into a regulation page as far as height and width but I am taking liberties with how thick some of the cards are.

Page 7 represents my soccer collection.  I've been collecting soccer for many years and regularly get up early on weekend mornings to watch the Premier League on NBC Sports Network.

1990 Pro Set England #194
Vinny played for several years in England's top division.  Most of you probably recognize him from the many movies and television roles that he has had since his retirement from playing.  My favorite is as the lead soccer thug in Eurotrip.

1991 Pro Set Scotland #89 Tommy Turner
Tommy went on to a successful career in the adult diaper industry.

1996 Upper Deck USA Olympics #112
Mia helped bring women's soccer into the public conscience in the 1990's.  She is considered by many to be the greatest female soccer player ever.

2009-10 Panini Super Strikes Champions League
Lionel is my favorite non-English player so I root for Barcelona.

2008 Upper Deck MLS #61
You have to be famous to have your name included in a movie title.  Marrying a Spice Girl put him over the top.  His presence on the Galaxy made them my favorite MLS team.

2012 Goodwin Champions Memorabilia
My favorite goaltender.  Besides being the starter for the US National team Tim plays for Everton in the Premier League.

2013 Topps Premier League Green #118
I started rooting for Chelsea when my sister lived there a few years ago.  John is the anchor of Chelsea's defense and my favorite player on the team.

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup #142
Wayne is my favorite player on my favorite team, Manchester United.  I watched him score a goal against Tottenham this morning.  He is the first player in Premier League history to score 10 or more goals in 11 straight seasons.

2014 Topps MLS English Footballer
This is from an insert set in the 2014 MLS set.  It is based on the design from 1977 Topps English Footballer.  I will eventually try to complete this set.  Thierry Henry retired after the 2014 season.  He was a star on the undefeated 2003-04 Premier League champions Arsenal.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mission To Mars Card Pages part 6

To recap:  These are the cards I would take with me if I could take ten 9-card pages with me to Mars.
I decided that each part of my collection cannot have more than one page.  The cards must fit into a regulation page as far as height and width but I am taking liberties with how thick some of the cards are.

Next up is basketball.  I rarely watch basketball anymore and I recently realized that the NBA lost me as a big fan when they started allowing zone defense.

1952-53 Wheaties
I don't know why I love this card so much but I just think it is seriously cool.

1985-86 Star #83
Star distributed cards in team sets at hobby stores.  I got this card out of a box of Crunch & Munch.  It was a great pull for me since Vern was a star at UGA and played on their 1983 Final Four team.

1986-87 Fleer #91
This was the first widely distributed NBA set in a few years so there are many rookie cards in the set.  This is a great card of my second favorite Hawk.

1986-87 Fleer Stickers #11
This is my earliest card of my favorite basketball player.  I saw him in a few games at UGA and was disappointed when he got drafted by the Jazz.  When he was traded to the Hawks before his rookie season started I was elated.  He led the NBA in scoring in the 1985-86 season.

1988-89 Kenner Starting Lineup
This card came packed with a figure that is what most people collected.  The card were an afterthought.  I was a huge fan of the Lakers in the 1980's.

1989 Sports Illustrated For Kids #23
Each issue of SI For Kids featured a page of nine cards that could be separated.  I don't remember who the other players in the sheet were but I bough the March 1989 issue for this card.

1996 Topps USA National Women's Team #3
Teresa Edwards starred at UGA in the mid-1980's and appeared in five Olympics.

2000-01 Topps Gold Label NBA Finals Jersey #2A
Glen led Michigan to their only NCAA Championship in 1989 and then went on to have a long NBA career.  He won his only NBA title with the Laker's in 2000.  I have two other cards from this set and will eventually complete it.

2000-01 Topps Gold Label Home Court Advantage #2
This may be my favorite insert set of all-time in any sport.  Another set that I will eventually try to complete.  There were printed on laminated wood. 


The Atlanta Spirit group completely turned me off from the Hawks.  I was on Steve Belkin's side regarding Joe Johnson. 

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