Sunday, December 14, 2008

More Topps Updates&Highlights Cards

I had so much fun I bought three more packs of 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights.
List of Cards
Chipper Jones#UH5
Matt Holliday#UH11
Andy Phillips #UH18
Johnny Estrada#UH19
Darrell Rasner#UH21
Lance Berkman#UH25
Jason Bartlett#UH43
Jim Edmonds#UH60
Matt Albers#UH62
Willie Harris #UH79
Ervin Santane#UH77
Classic Combos#UH99(Hanley Combos&David Ortiz)
Classic Combos#UH124(Alex Rodriguez&Even Longoria)
Nick Adenhart#UH129
Jose Arredondo#UH135
Jon Lieber#UH139
Justin Morneau#UH167
Emmanuel Burriss#UH177
Sidney Ponson#UH182
Chase Utley#UH184
Dan Ugglla#UH196
Russell Branyan#UH206
Angel Pagan #UH224
Carlos Quentin#UH227
Milton Bradley#UH239
Clayton Kershaw#UH240
Brandon Webb #UH244
Pedro Feliz#UH250
Jose Castillo#UH254
Rich Harden#UH275
Adam Dunn #UH293
Dan Haren#UH298
Edinson Volquez#UH322
Jorge Velandia#UH323

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm Back!

When gas was up to $4 a gallon every penny counted. I couldn't go anywhere or do anything extra. I almost felt like I was hibernating. I didn't feel like doing any Baseball card blogging because I couldn't afford to buy any baseball cards. Today I gased up for $1.32 a gallon and this particular store happened to sell cards. So, I bought a pack. I know the National Economy is terrible but right now at least mine is a little better.
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights
Sean Casey#UH2
Ryan Ludwick#UH49
Chad Moeller#UH69
Armando Galarraga#UD153
Chase Utley#UD184
Guillermo Mota#UD212
Chris Davis#UD231
Gregorio Petit#UD267
Ruben Gotay#UD319
Ken Griffey Jr. #UD324
That was Fun!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sorry, I have been gone!

I know this is not a baseball card but this is in memory of my father in-law James Skocy that passed away Tuesday.He is on the Right.
For the first time in almost three years
, the Skocy broth­ers. Pfc. Richard L. Skocy 22, and Corp. James A. Skocy both of the ma­rines, met recent on Okinawa. The sons of Mr., and Mrs. Antone Skocy, Route 1, Joliet they had promised their moth­er, a picture of themselves together the first time their paths crossed, so they enlisted the aid of a marine corps combat photographer to record the occasion. .'James is shown trying a.Jap soldier's cap on his brother. Although both participated in the Okinawa fight, it was- not until hostilities had ceased that they met. James, with the headquarters battalion, first marine division, fought at Cape Gloucester and Peleliu, while Richard participated in the landings on New Georgia and Tulagi. He is with the sixth marine division. Both enlisted in the ma­rines in September, 1942, with the Joliet unit. James has been overseas two years and Richard, two and a half years. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo)
Joliet Illinois Newspaper 1945
Obituary James Anton Skocy SR.

James Skocy, departed naturally from this earth, on September 23, 2008, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mount Vernon, Missouri.
He is pre-ceded in death by his parents Anton & Juliette Skocy, one sister Juliette Homan, two brothers George & Robert Skocy, the beloved mother of his children Anna Mae (Williamson) Skocy and one son Allen Skocy.

James Anton Skocy Sr. was born January 30, 1922 at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet Illinois. James served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, the United Stated Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War. He took the oath to serve his country in the Joliet Township High School with 164 other men from the Joliet community. He served in the 1st Marine Division 9th battalion in New Guiness, Peleliu, Okinawa and Rukyu Islands. After completing his military service James married Anna Mae Williamson and raised twelve children. He worked as a Lead Man at Seneca Petroleum Corporation in Lemont, Illinois until he retired in 1987. James was a life-long member of the Illinois VFW.

He is survived by his brother Richard Skocy of Rich Hill, Missouri, 11 Children: Mary (Andrew) Helgeson, Pittsburgh, PA. James (Ronna) Skocy, Rich Hill, MO, Chris (Kathy) Skocy, Marine City, MI. Dan Skocy, Channahon, IL. Diane (Kenneth) Kassner, Rich Hill, MO. Nancy Skocy, Tucson, AZ. Robert Skocy, Rich Hill, MO. Greg (Rachel) Skocy, Rich Hill, MO, Kenneth Skocy, Rich Hill, MO; Lynn (Bart) McClaughry, Rich Hill, MO, Amy (Neal) Mitchell, Rich Hill, MO; Twenty-eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services for James Anton Skocy Sr. will be held at 10:30 A. M. on Saturday September 27, 2008 at the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home in Joliet with an Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Missouri Veterans Home or the Illinois VFW c/o Heuser Funeral Home, PO Box 42, Rich Hill, MO 64779.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cards For Eric

Eric I will be sending your cards out tomorrow! I sure appreciate the contribution you made towards my Royals collection. I only hope I can contribute to your Yankees Collection with the same effort.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Allen & Ginter's 2008

It is amazing how sometimes it is so easy to blog and other times it is so hard. Right now, I am in the hard stage. Tonight I am posting another one of Eric's cards. This is Allen Ginters just like Upper Deck I haven't bought any Allen Ginters card this year. So, I really appreciate this card from Eric too.
I have reached the half way point on my most memorable trades of all times. But don't think I have forgotten I still have 5 more to go! I want to thank all of you who do read my blog.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Trade with Eric

About two weeks ago I got an e-mail from a guy named Eric stating he wanted to make a trade. Eric wanted to trade Yankees for Royals. He told me he had a Gil Meche Jersey card. I e-mailed him back and told him to keep it because I didn't have anything to trade him for it. He said he was thinning his collection and he would rather a Royals fan have it that would appreciate it. I definitely appreciate it! I am still going through the cards he sent me over 100 cards. I will probably do some more post on his cards later on. Another thing I enjoy in the cards he sent me are the 2007 & 2008 Upper Deck card. I haven't broke open any 2007 or 2008 Upper Deck packs trying to get Royals cards as I was hoping to trade for them and he sent me some. Thanks Eric! I am trying to gather Yankee cards to send to you.
Also, I haven't blogged lately as I have been on vacation. So, it is back to work tomorrow!

Monday, August 4, 2008

1991 Topps Cracker Jack II - 2 Carlton Fisk

What a rare collectable of BASEBALL GREAT CARLTON FISK!!! I got this card on a ebay auction! This is a tiny 1991 CARLTON FISK TOPPS CRACKER JACK CARD. It only measures 1 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches. AWESOME!! I have to get it in my collection fast before I lose it.
Checklist of TOPPS CRACKER JACK 1991 Series 2

1 Eddie Murray
2 Carlton Fisk
3 Eric Anthony
4 Kelly Gruber
5 Von Hayes
6 Ben McDonald
7 Andre Dawson
8 Ellis Burks
9 Matt Williams
10 Dave Stewart
11 Barry Larkin
12 Chuck Finley
13 Shane Andrews
14 Bret Saberhagen
15 Bobby Bonilla
16 Roberto Kelly
17 Orel Hershiser
18 Ruben Sierra
19 Ron Gant
20 Frank Thomas
21 Tim Wallach
22 Gregg Olson
23 Shawon Dunston
24 Kent Hrbek
25 Ramon Martinez
26 Alan Trammell
27 Ozzie Smith
28Bob Welch
29 Chris Sabo
30 Steve Sax
31 Bip Roberts
32 Dave Stieb
33 Howard Johnson
34 Mike Greenwell
35 Delino DeShields
36 Alex Fernandez

Sunday, August 3, 2008

My 5th Most Memorable Trade of all Times

This trade happened when I was actually a dealer. A friend of mine whom I a have known for a long time, said that Preacher Roe was going to be at card show in Joplin Mo. He asked me If I would go along to help him because he was going to have his own table at the show. At first we were worried because the weather was really bad as it was icing outside. So, there was a chance the Preacher might not even show up. The Preacher was a little late but eventually he showed up. My friend ended up spending most of his time over at Preachers table getting signatures. Anyway I sold a lot of baseball cards for my friend. This one guy showed up at his table, and he had a lot of good cards that were on my want list. Several of them I have already listed on this blog and on previous blogs that I have done. He had a 1966 Catfish Hunter, an 1989 Fleer Ripken F Face,
and some other cards i traded him out of which I can't remember right now. I had also been wanting the 1989 Jim Abbott Topps Traded another guy walked up to the table with it and we made that trade. I left that particular show really happy because I had never made so many trades on cards that I really wanted before.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

I Can't Quit!

I am taking a break from my blogs on my top 10 Trades to comment on Houston Card Collector article "I Quit!" As for me personally, I can't quit. I love collecting baseball cards. I have tried to quit several times throughout my life. However, collecting baseball cards just keeps coming back to me as a hobby. I get real joy when I read blogs or e-mails where guys say I quit collecting but I have started back up again. For the hobby to remain healthy we have to have collectors returning back to the hobby. I think we have to learn to adjust to what the hobby is doing. I would love to ride my bicycle to the local quick stop and buy cards for 15 cents a pack as I did when I was a kid. But the times have changed, you can see that clearly when you go to any gas pump or grocery store. Houston card Collector talks about in his article that the card companies are charging 100 dollars a pack on some products. Apparently people are buying them at 100 dollars a pack or the card companies wouldn't keep charging that much. I know that the major card companies have tried to market a cheaper pack of cards in the past but they just don't sell! One thing I do agree about with Houston cards collectors article is I wish cards were in the local stores more.

I would like to see as many baseball card collectors come back to the hobby that I love. Because unlike those collectors that have quit collecting I can't quit!

Friday, August 1, 2008

My 4th Most Memorable Trade of all Times

I am changing this blog from best trade to most memorable trade of all time because some people wouldn't consider these good trades but they are the most memorable to me. In 1989 my wife and I had just moved back to our home town and the baseball card boom was on. I couldn't hardly believe it but the little town that we grew up in now had a card shop. Anyway I packed up several of my cards from the 1970's and headed to the card shop to do some trading. It is funny but I still remember looking around the ladies shop and it was like my dream of being a collector and having a card shop to go to trade at. I told they shop owner that I would trade her several cards from the 1970's for a complete set of 1988 Topps. I remember her picking out a 1977 Johnny Bench and a Pete Rose and a 1976 Dave Winfield. I remember walking to my car thinking what a good deal. I traded just a few cards for a complete set what a good deal. But now as I look back on it I would have rather have kept my old cards. The ladies husband passed away so she closed the shop down after just a year. The building she had her card shop in is now condemned and has a fence around it. Sometimes when I drive buy the old building I think to myself that there used to be a sports card shop in this town.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

My 3rd Best Trade of all Times

My third best trade is all of the trades I have made on the Internet building up my KC Royals collection. I actually wasn't trying to build my Royals collection until I started my Baseballcardman Blog. Steve at White sox cards and David at Indian baseball cards always looked liked they were having great fun collecting their team players so I decided to start building mine too. Once again, thanks for inspiring me guys! Since I have started trading on-line I have built my Royals up to about 1500 of course not all of my Royals came through trading but quite a few of them did. It has been great fun to come home and see what is in the packages! I really enjoy being surprised by the cards people have surprised me with. So, if you happen to be one that I have traded with THANK YOU and may we have many more trades in the future! Baseballcardman

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My 2nd Trade of all times

During the summer of 1990 I was in between jobs and kind of hurting for cash and I wanted a Catfish Hunter Rookie Card really bad. So, I took my 1977 Steve Largent Rookie and headed to Kansas City to a Tri-Star Show. It was a lot of fun taking the Largent card around to the dealers and seeing what they would give for it. Then I would go around to all the dealers to find out who had a Catfish Hunter Rookie. This one dealer had a Catfish Hunter and he wanted me to give him some cash to boot along with my Largent Card. So, I went to another dealer and sold him the Largent card and I ended up with the $10 to boot and my Catfish Hunter Rookie card. I miss the big card shows/ sports memorabilia of the past. I sure do wish that I could have went to the national show this weekend, I always really enjoy bartering with the dealers.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Top Ten trades

I was watching the NFL channel tonight and they had the top 10 draft trades of all time. This made me think, what are my top 10 trades of all times? I am going to list my top ten although not in order. Tonight I am going to talk about one of my best trades the "Official 1966 Kansas City Athletics Score Book." A guy I work with came by the scorebook by accident. Since the guy I work with didn't care about baseball he decided he would trade it for some football magazines I had. I tried not to act to anxious. However, it was very difficult for me not to get anxious as not only was it an Official Scorebook with 6 signatures on it, the best one being Billy Martin, Al Worthington, Cesar Tovar, and Ted Uhlaender and a Minnesota Twins pin attached to its cover. I now keep my prize trade locked away, and protected in a black case. More of my top ten trades in future posts as I think of them.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Another card from Whitesoxcards

I waited then I almost forgot to post this card! Steve and I are alike we both collect Carlton Fisk cards. Upper Deck 2001 The National Pastime Card
The Back of the cards Says: Fisk was one of the Game Premier Catchers for nearly two decades and set the standard for durability among backstops.
He Owens the records for catchers in games(2,229) and home runs (351). Fisk is perhaps best known for his 12th-inning Home Run in game six of the 1975 World Series between the Red Sox and the Reds. The game-winning Homer capped one of the most remarkable World Series contests in history. Fisk was the Al Rookie of the year in 1972 and was an 11-time All-Star.He was elected to Hall of Fame in 2000.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Thanks to the baseballcardblog

Now that the dust is settled on Ben Henry, the writer of the baseballcardblogg who had a button that bloggers could make a donation thru their pay-pal accounts. I thought I needed to just tell him Thank you, because he is the one who got me started on baseball card blogging. You see, about a year ago, I kept looking into building a web-site so that I could share my experiences with collecting baseball cards. I even tried building a site on free webs. I didn't like trying to build the site, it was too difficult, and I didn't know how anyone would possibly ever find my site to read it. Then one day I was typing in google and it took me into Ben Henry's baseball card blogg. I thought to myself, alright! this is what I have been looking for! Baseball collectors sharing their experiences. So, I just wanted to take a moment to tell Ben Henry, Thank You.

The Beckett on-line

I have been looking through my old Beckett's again. This time I picked out the August 1995, issue 125, with Frank Thomas on the cover. I sold several Beckett's at garage sales through the years. Apparently this one never sold as it looks like I had a price tag on it. In 1995 I was going through a stage if the baseball card wasn't a 1979 or older, I didn't even consider it a baseball card. I would usually buy one Beckett a year to keep track of baseball card prices. This issue of the Beckett had good stories about the careers, of Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Carlton Fisk, Robin Yount & Dale Murphy. The story that caught my eye the most was on page 4, where Dr. Beckett announces that they now have "The Beckett" on-line now. I had almost forgotten the day when "The Beckett" first came on-line! We didn't have a home computer in 1995 so, I would have to go to other places that had a computer. I would go to friends houses, and the library to see what all Beckett had on-line. Just the other day, I bought the new Baseball Card Plus Beckett, as I still like to keep track of the prices. Now, they don't even have the "Baseball Card Monthly anymore. But I still enjoy reading the Beckett on-line at It still amazes in order to keep up with my card collecting I have had to evolve with the times and new resources. Baseballcardman

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Abner Doubleday 1989 Baseball wit Card

Did he or did he not?

The Abner Doubleday legend/myth
Abner Doubleday
The story that
Abner Doubleday invented baseball in 1839 was once widely promoted and widely believed. There was and is no evidence for this claim, except for the testimony of one man decades after the fact, and there is more persuasive counter-evidence. Doubleday left many letters and papers, but they contain no description of baseball or even a suggestion that he considered himself a prominent person in the history of the game. His New York Times obituary makes no mention of baseball at all, nor does an encyclopedia article about Doubleday published in 1911. Contrary to popular belief, Doubleday has never been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, although a large oil portrait of him was on display at the Hall of Fame building for many years.
The legend of Doubleday’s invention of baseball was itself baseball's invention, in a sense that of
Al Spalding, a former star pitcher, then club executive, who had become the leading American sporting goods entrepreneur and sports publisher. Debate on baseball origins had raged for decades, heating up in the first years of the 20th century. To end argument, speculation and innuendo, Spalding organized a panel in 1905. The panelists were his friend Abraham G. Mills, a former National League president; two United States Senators, ex-NL president Morgan Bulkeley and ex-Washington club president Arthur Gorman; ex-NL president and lifelong secretary-treasurer Nick Young; two other star players turned sporting goods entrepreneurs (George Wright and Alfred Reach); and AAU president James E. Sullivan. The final report published in 1908 included three sections: a summary of the panel’s findings written by Mills, a letter by John Montgomery Ward supporting the panel, and a dissenting opinion by Henry Chadwick. The research methods were, at best, dubious. The Mills Commission probably looked for and found the perfect story: baseball was invented in a quaint rural town without foreigners or industry, by a young man who later graduated from West Point and served heroically in the Mexican-American War, Civil War, and U.S. wars against Indians.
The Mills Commission concluded that baseball had been invented by Doubleday in
Cooperstown, New York in 1839; that Doubleday had invented the word "baseball", designed the diamond, indicated fielder positions, written down the rules and the field regulations. However, no written records from 1839 or the 1840s have ever been found to corroborate these claims; nor could Doubleday be interviewed for he had died in 1893. The principal source for the story was a letter from elderly Abner Graves, a five-year-old resident of Cooperstown in 1839. But Graves never mentioned a diamond, positions or the writing of rules. Graves' reliability as a witness has also been questioned because he was later convicted of murdering his wife and spent his final days in an asylum for the criminally insane. Further, Doubleday was not in Cooperstown in 1839. Doubleday may never have even visited Cooperstown. He was enrolled at West Point and there is no record of any leave time. Mills, a lifelong friend of Doubleday, had never heard him mention inventing baseball.
As noted previously, versions of baseball rules have since been found in publications that significantly predate the alleged invention in 1839.
Jeff Idelson of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York has stated, "Baseball wasn't really born anywhere," meaning that the evolution of the game was long and continuous and has no clear, identifiable single origin.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Trade with stlcardtrader

Trade With stlcardtrader at the Bench sports card trading.
I gave up 1989 Upper Deck: 332,603,722,717,704,351,314,88,391,456and I got 10 2007 Turkey Red Cards 86,129,72,181, 17, 6, 38, 99, 112, & 133. Very Good Trade I believe. I reallly like the Turkey Red cards! I never thought when I was opening up the 1989 Upper Deck that 19 years later I would be trading them for some other cards. I think we may do some more trading later on with stlcardtrader he has some Carlton fisk cards I would like to have. Thanks again for the trade!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Little People

I couldn't think of much to write about tonight, so I decided to dedicate this blog to my wife! I know wives and baseball card collecting don't mix but I am out of thoughts for a blog. Anyway Sean Casey as most of us know, is really a nice guy. Both he and my wife are happy to say that little people are the most valuable and important resource of our society!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Clint Hurdle

I really enjoyed the All-Star game last night even though I couldn't stay awake until the end. Through all of the good and bad plays in the game what caught my eye and attention the most was when the camera kept flashing over to Clint Hurdle the National League manager and former KC Royal. I thought to myself it seemed like only yesterday that he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I remember thinking when I was young ,that I wanted to wear my like his hair, so that I could look like him because all of the girls thought he was a hunk! Oh well, I am having a little bit of mid-life crisis here. Like I said, I really enjoyed the game to bad I couldn't stay up to the end.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Justin Morneau Wins Home Run Derby

Home Run Derby last night was a fantastic contest, and if I'm honest, had a climax and finish that I did not expect. Morneau finished the night with 22 home runs, six fewer than Hamilton hit in just the first round, but it was enough to win him the trophy. Hamilton simply defeated himself! Anyway my wife and I had a really good time watching the homerun derby last night and tonight we are planning on watching the 2008 All-Star game. I really like Justin Morneau and I consider myself fortunate to have his Topps Traded rookie card.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Link Exchange

Yeah! I am finally getting to do a Link Exchange again. It has been a long time! This one is with Poor Old Baseball Cards, this blogg I really like! The blogg is about those baseball cards that have been "Put through the ringer" It is not about all tose "Gem Mint Ten" cards. This blogg has taught me that I shouldn't be embarrassed about posting some of my older cards that aren't in the greatest shape. So tonight I am posting my 1966 Topps Bob Uecker card. I have had this card for over 32 years it is one of my first cards that I got in a trade during my "early trading days."

Sunday, July 13, 2008

How I Voted on the Topps Baseball All-Star Rookie Teams

Here is how I voted on the Topps Rookie All-Star. I only voted for the cards that I owen.

1st Baseman Mark Grace 1988
2nd Baseman Willie Randolph 1976
Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra 1997
3rd Baseman Chipper Jones 1995
Catcher Carlton Fisk 1972
Outfielder Buddy Bell 1972
Outfieler Ken Griffey 1989
Outfielder Jim Rice 1975
Pitcher Jim Abbott 1989
Pitcher Mark Fidrych1976

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Baseball Card DT's

Baseball card "DT's" things have slowed for me since the fourth of July is over. So, I have been doing a lot more baseball card blogging. Anyway about 6:00 PM I had a the "URGE" to buy some cards. The problem is I live way out in the country. So, the best I can ever do is Wal-Mart. I was in no mood for E-baying as I couldn't wait for the cards because of the DT's from not buying any! So, my wife and I loaded up and headed some 30 miles to Wal-Mart. In my 35 years of collecting baseball cards I have learned to adjust to different situations. You see, I went from riding my bicycle to the local dime stores and quick stops, into the late 1980's when card shops were everywhere, to now when I either buy my cards on E-bay, trade over the web or travel to the local Wal-Mart 30 miles away. When you finally make it to Wal-Mart, the isle where the sports cards are located is right in the way of the ckeck out lines, so people are backed up into the sports card section waiting to be checked out. I would like to think that people are thinking to themselves when they see me standing in the midst of the sports card section thart they are saying to themselves "Oh there is the great Baseballcardman, I think I will get out of his way" But to my dismay the people just stand in line and stare at me while they are waiting to be checked out. Anyway this one couple comes through the check out line , and apparently one of their kids is having a birthday, I assumed this because they have a birthday cake in their cart. The couple buys the kid a Baseball Card Plus Magazine and several Blaster Boxes of cards (the lucky kid) So, when everyone clears out you would think that my mind is now made up as to what baseball card items I wanted to buy this trip to Wal-Mart. I decided to buy only a couple of 25 card value packs each pack supposedly has a $15 value and and a single 3 pack Baseball cards with the 2007 Goudey being the top pack. I will share more later on, as to what cards I got in my new packs. Surprisingly, in the Goudey pack I did draw an Alex Rodrigues Head Up card. Whew! Thank Goodness, my "DT's" are over with! (For now anyway.)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Old Beckett's Part 2

Ever had an idea? And then had an idea off of that idea? Then, you find out that someone already did your idea? Well, I was going through some of my old Beckett's the other night in theJune issue of 1989 Beckett one of the writers Tom Wheatley did a story on the 1987 Topps Set. I thought this is really interesting. I wonder** what ever happpened to this guy and his card collecting? Then I remembered that his son Tommy used to write the "Kids Korner in the Beckett. I wondered** what every happened to him? I am going to write a story about them. I was excited! Then I found out through Google that some other Bloggers already beat me to it. BUMMER! Oh well, nice idea. So, as I read through the interview the guy asked Tommy Wheatley why he quit collecting cards? He basically stated that he quit because the adults had taken it over. There is now too many cards, packs became to expensive, too many insert cards. After reading his article and talking to other used to be collectors that live near me, their story is the same as Tommy's. This makes me wonder just what am I still doing collecting cards? Was I just to stupid to get out or did my boyhood passion for collecting strive through times? Anyway if you are wondering what I am up to now, I am re-reading all my old Beckett's. I would come closer to paying $6.00 for an old Beckett rather than paying $6.00 for a new one. Here is the Blogg about Tommy

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Old Beckett's

I got this Pic. out of the June 1989 Beckett.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I remember the 1991 Score

I don't know why but I have always liked the 1991 Score. Like I have probably said before, I used to work construction in the early 1990's. I was working in a town in western Kansas, the town had a card shop. Every night after work I would go to this card shop. Not every night just the nights I got off early enough to get there before they closed. Anyway, I bought several boxes of the 1991 Score. I transferred to another company, and over a year later I was at a card show. The dealer that ran the card shop out in Kansas seen me and remembered me. He said, "I remember you! What happened to you?" I replied., " I transferred to another company." He remembered and said, "You still collect Score?" I always thought this story was funny, as I never thought of myself as a Score collector.

Monday, July 7, 2008

More Cards from Whitesox Cards

I thought I would post some more of the cards that I got from Steve. Just posting one of Steve's cards didn't do our trade justice!


Saturday, July 5, 2008

Trade with Whitesox Cards

The cards that Steve sent me on the trade came in the mail Saturday. Steve is better known as whitesoxcards. It was really hard to pick what I wanted the lead card to be but I ended up picking the 2007 Topps Turkey Red #45 Billy Butler (RC). I just love the looks of the Turkey Red cards.! Steve also sent me a Carlton Fisk Card that I didn't have. I enjoy reading Steve's Bloggs I have told him more than once that he ought to be a sports writer or something along those lines that he could make a living at it. Anyway thanks for all the cards Steve! The cards were a great surprise!


A List of Cards from Whitesoxcards

1. 2007 Topps Turkey Red #45 Billy Butler (RC)

2. 1991 Classic Blue George Brett. Card #T46

3. 1991 Classic Blue Brent Mayne #T50

4. 1991 Classic Blue Brian McRae #T49

5. 1991 Classic Blue Jeff Conine #T47

6. 1991 Classic Blue Bo Jackson #T48

7. 1991 RED Classic GEORGE BRETT # T 70

8. 1989 Topps Jamie Quirk #702

9. 2006 Topps Odalis Perez#UH48

10. 1990 Topps Bob Boone #671

11. 1987 Topps Steve Balboni#240

12. 2008 Topps Opening Day Luke Hochevar #208

13. 1993 Score George Brett #517

14 1993 Topps Chris Haney #581

15. 1985 Fleer Mark Huisman #203

16. 1985 Fleer Hal McRae#207

17. 1985 Fleer Pat Sheridan #213

18. 2007 Bowman David DeJesus#87

19. 2005 Donruss Mike MacDougal #130

20. 2005 Donruss Shawn Camp #156

21. 2005 Upperdeck Ambiorix Burgos #110

22. 1994 Score Gary Gaetti #300

23. 1994 Score Greg Gagne

24. 1995 Upperdeck SP Greg Gagne

25. 2008 Upperdeck Shawn Costa #524

26.2006 Upperdeck Justin Huber #1091

27. 2008 Bowmen Chrome Danny Duffy BcP25

28. 2001 Upperdeck Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk #78

1991 Score American Flag/Peace

I know I am a day late with my patriotism but, the city I work for has a huge Fourth of July Celebration that I have to help with so I am a little late with my blogg. I am sure all collectors have cards that are their favorites even if the cards aren't worth anything. The 1991 Score Flag Card is one of them cards for me. I hope everyone had a nice and safe holiday.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Catfish Hunter

A lot of people don't know that I used to collect Catfish cards. Every card show I used to go to I would ask the dealers "What do you have for Catfish Hunter Cards?" I don't know why I ever quit collecting him, I guess I just moved on to other players. Still, I always liked the " Catfish" he was one of my favorite players. This 1967 Topps card of Jim Hunter alias "Catfish" on the back says, "the righthander had one heck of a year as a sophomore in 1966. Jim was named the opening day pitcher for the Athletics and although he hurled a brilliant four-hitter he was defeated by the Minnesota Twins,2-1. One of the K.C. kiddie corps, twenty-year old Jim hunter was named to the 1966 All-Star squad. Appearing in thirty ballgames, the hurler was the second most active man on the pitching staff. Jim topped the Athletics' squad with 103 strikeouts and finished second on the staff in complete ballgames.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

2007 UD GOUDEY 54 CARD LOT on E-bay

I bought these 2007 Upper Deck Goudey 54 Card Lot on E-bay
I got 30 Green-backs including Goudey heads up short print of CARLTON FISK. Yeah!!!!!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Cards from Tribecards

I received some great cards from Tribe Cards. I picked David up something at a garage sale a while back so now, I guess I will have to send it to him now. At first I had a hard time trying to figure out which card to make the feature card out of the selection from Tribe cards. But when I seen this Storm Davis 1990 Classic card I picked it. This past Wednesday Evening I was going through my Royals Cards when I noticed my 1990 Storm Davis card had a crease in it. Then low and behold I get one in the mail. Thanks David for the great cards!

1974 topps Ed Kirkpatrick #262
1979 Topps Joe Zdeb #389
2008 Topps Miguel Olivo#441
2008 Topps Matt Tupman #534
2007 Topps Opening Day David DeJesus #162
2007 Topps Opening Day Ryan Braun #169
2002 Topps Raul Ibanez #458
2008 Upper Deck Spectrum Alex Gordon
2007 Fleer Mark Teahen #24
1992 O pee chiee George Brett
2004 Donruss Team Heroes Amos Otis
2004 Donruss Impact Jermaine Dye
1996 Topps Finest Prodigies Sal Fasano
2007 Fleer Joey Gathright
1989 Fleer Baseballs Exciting Stars Kevin Seitzer
1982 Fleer Rance Mulliniks
2005 Donruss Mike MacDougal
1989 Donruus Diamond Kings Kevin Seitzer
2008 Upper Deck Joel Peralta#255
2002 Fleer Angel Berroa #206
1995 Pinacle Bob Hamelin #4
1983 topps Runs Batted in Leaders Hal McRae #703
1991 Collectabooks George Brett #28
1992 The Baseball Enquirer George Brett
1996 Classic Kevin Appier
1995 Upper Deck Collectors Choice Jim Pittsley
1994 Upper Deck Sp Kevin Appier
2005 Donruss Signature George Brett
2007 Topps 52 Ryan Braun#96
1990 Classic Storm Davis #T15
Willie Wilson Pin
1993 BAT Card Upper Deck Dennis Leonard
1993 Bat Card Upper Deck Buddy Biancalana

Thursday, June 26, 2008

26 years today

Where most women have closet full of shoes and clothing my wife has a closet full of baseball cards. The kitchen table is always full of baseball cards so full you can't even clear the table for food. However, my wife solved that problem she simply got a second table for the kitchen! I appreciate my wife and the 26 years of cards cluttering our house.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My 96 topps lot buy

In the mid 1990's I decided that I didn't like where the hobby of ball card collecting was headed. I decided that I was only going to buy and collect cards from the 1970's or later. But having the true collectors blood and enjoying the hobby, I decided to start buying some of the new cards in the late 1990's. Well, I missed out on some years, one of the years I missed out on was 1996. So, I decided I wanted to buy a large lot of cards. I always liked opening vending boxes more than I did opening a wax box. I finally found a guy that was selling 466 , 1996 Topps cards on e-bay. The dealer said,"They would have a book value of $110." So, I thought this is too good to turn down. I got a lot of doubles of star players that I can use as trade bait with other traders. In my opinion, I missed out on a good looking card in 1996. Topps had good photography, and the picture takes up most of the card space without a lot of border, unlike the 2008 Topps. Anyway if you are wondering what the baseball cardman is doing, he is looking at and sorting his new 1996 Topps!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

My first packs of 2008 Topps Series 2

I bought 4 Value packs from Wal-Mart today of Series 2
I pulled this 2008 Topps GOLD Twins CRAIG MONROE Card!
The back of the card says: The Twins are confident Craig can return to his power-hitting form of 2006, when he led the Tigers in Home runs, then swatted five more in postseason. He is capable at all three outfield positions.
I like to read the back of cards, then see how real life turned. In real life when the Twins acquired outfielder Craig Monroe in the offseason, they asked the former starter for the Tigers to adjust to life on the bench as a pinch-hitter and occasional bat against left-handers. As of June the 19th Monroe is only hitting .208 in 120 at-bats.
In the 144 cards I pulled ,I also found 4 Royals cards. Yeah!!!!!!!!!
I must also add this is my "100th POST"

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Free Cards from fyretiger

fyretiger at Sports Card Forum posted this thread

"I've got a whole bunch of base that I don't really need and they're taking up a good amount of space. I'd be willing to give some away since I'm sure someone else could use them more than me. I can either fill set needs, or if there's a player/team you collect, I can just give an assortment. I am only giving away base cards! Most of them are from 2005 to 2008. I have cards from the following sets:08 Co-Signers08 Bowman08 Topps (Series 1)08 Spectrum08 Topps Opening Day08 Finest07 Bowman07 Bowman Draft 07 SP Rookie Edition 07 Spectrum07 SP Authentic 07 Topps (Series 1,2,UH)07 Future Stars07 Topps Opening Day07 Topps 52 Rookies06 Bowman06 Future Stars06 Special F/X05 Donruss Champions and a few singles from the 80s-90s.Since these are going to be free, I'm going to ask that you be fair in the number of cards you ask for. Also, please don't request Jeter, Pujols, Griffey, A-Rod, Bonds, or other huge stars, since they tend to book considerably higher. I don't mind giving you one of their cards, but I will not fill an envelope of them. If you would like to make a request, I will require that you send me a SASE (PWE or bubble, it's up to you) with a note of what you'd like or what set needs we had agreed upon, and if you'd like, a toploader (note that this adds to the weight, and so I won't be able to give you as many cards for the same postage). I will fill the envelope to the amount of postage that you've added. If there is not enough postage on the envelope, I will NOT send it back!If you're looking for set needs, please post them here and I'll check what I have. If you just want a certain player/team, send me a PM and I'll tell you where to send the SASE.Please, one request per person. Thanks!"
Well this sounded so good and times are rough with gas being $4.00 plus a gallon so I took her up on her offer. I am pleased to say that she really gave me some great cards and it was a fantastic offer! This Mark Teahen is just one of the many cards she sent.

Reggie Sanders 2006 Upper Deck#32

Mike Sweeney 2007 Upper Deck Sp #71

Mark Teahen 2007 Upper Deck SP#72

Elmer Dessens 2006 Upper Deck #642

Mark Teahen 2006 Topps Opening Day #71

Mark Redman 2006 Topps Opening Day #155

David DeJesus 2006 Topps Opening Day #162

Mike Sweeney 2007 SP Authentic #71

Gil Meche 2007 SP Authentic #70

Mark Teahen SP Authentic #72

Mark Teahen 2007 Bowman Chrome #116

Gil Meche 2008 Topps Co Signers#073

Mark Grudzielanek 2008 Topps #222

David DeJesus 2008 Topps #208

Zack Greinke 2008 Topps #46

Alex Gordon 2008 Topps Opening Day#147

David DeJesus 2008 Topps Opening Day # 92

Brain Bannister 2008 Topps Opening Day #166

Zack Greinke 2008 Topps Opening Day #21

Elmer Dessens 2006 Upper Deck #642

David De Jesus 2008 Co Signers#084

Thank you fyretiger

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I remember "Bo Knows... "

I never thought there would be a time that I would find this card in the commons bin. Living around Kansas City in the late 1980's and early 1990's Bo Jackson cards were a "Hot Item!" Now, you find them in the commons bin pretty regularly. My favorite memory of Bo with the Royals
is the play they call the "Wall Walk." Jackson performed his famous "wall run", when he caught a ball approximately 2-3 strides away from the wall. As he caught the ball at full tilt, Jackson looked up and noticed the wall and began to run up the wall, one leg reaching higher as he ascended. He ran along the wall almost parallel to the ground, and came down with the catch, to avoid impact and the risk of injury from the fence. What other people don't remember about that play is right before that he dropped an easy fly ball, I was so mad at him. In all my years of watching baseball and football I have never been so mad at a guy at one moment and at the next moment go Wow! I really enjoyed openeing a pack and getting a Bo Jackson card, because in the old days I could have traded them for something really good.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Jr. 600th

Ken Griffey hit his 600th homer today! I remember when Upper Deck
came out and made his card the #1 card. Everybody was crazy about Upper Deck and they were even more crazy about the Ken Griffey Jr. card. I really thought he would get to the 600th homerun long before now. But when he went to Cincinnati he just couldn't stay healthy.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Royals I have traded for in the 25 Royals for your team

Here is a list of Royals cards I got in trades.This is the first group I will post.They are from the 70's
Galen Cisco 1968 Topps #211
Dave Morehead 1969 Topps #29
Pat Kelly 1970 Topps #57,Al Fitzmorris & Scott Northey 1970 Topps #241 ,
Dick Drago 1971 Topps #37,Strikout Leaders Bob Johnson 1971 Topps #71,Aurelio Monteagudo 1971 Topps #129,Jackie Hernandez 1971 Topps #144,Tom Burgmeier 1971 Topps #431,Joe Keough 1971 Topps #451
Bob Oliver 1972 Topps #57,Paul Schaal in action 1972 Topps #178,Paul Splittorff 1972 Topps #315,Al Fitzmorris 1972 Topps #349,John Mayberry 1972 Topps #373,
,Cookie Rojas 1973 Topps #188,Freddie Joe Patek 1973 Topps #334,Dal Canton 1973 Topps #487
Kansas City Royals Team Checklist Topps 1974,Robert Floyd 1974 Topps #41,Amos Otis 1974 Topps #65,Freddie Patek 1974 Topps #88,John Mayberry 1974 Topps #150Jack McKeon 1974 Topps #166 Managers card,Al Fitzmorris 1974 Topps #191,Fran Healy 1974 Topps #238,Steve Busby 1974 Topps #365Royals Team Cards 1974 Topps #343,Marty Pattin 1974 Topps #583
Nelson Briles 1974 Topps Traded #123T,Fernando Gonzalez 1974 Topps Traded #649T
Steve Busby 1975 Topps MINI #120
Alan Fitzmorris 1975 Topps #24 ,Freddy Patek 1975 Topps # 48James Wohlford 1975 Topps #144 Octavio Rojas 1975 Topps # 169Francis Healy 1975 Topps # 251Harold McRae 1975 Topps # 268Vada Pison 1975 Topps # 295John Martinez 1975 Topps #314 Paul Splittorff 1975 Topps # 340James Bird 1975 Topps #364 Martin Pattin 1975 Topps #413 Al Cowens 1975 Topps #437 John Bruce 1975 Topps # 472Nelson Briles 1975 Topps # 495Stephan Mingori 1975 Topps # 544Frank White 1975 Topps #569 Joseph Hoerner 1975 Topps # 629Lyndall McDaniel 1975 Topps # 652
Paul Splittorff 1976 Topps #43,Tony Solaita 1976 Topps #121,Al Fitzmorris 1976 Topps #144,Freddy Patek 1976 Topps #167,Steve Busby 1976 Topps #260,Jim Wohlford 1976 Topps #286,Cookie Rojas 1976 Topps #311,Dennis Leonard 1976 Topps #334,Frank White 1976 Topps #369,Vada Pinson 1976 Topps #415,John Mayberry 1976 Topps #440,Marty Pattin 1976 Topps #492,Amos Otis 1976 Topps #510,Dave Nelson 1976 Topps #535,Steve Mingori 1976 Topps #541,Steve Grilli, Craig Mitchell, Jose Sosa, George Throop 1976 Topps #591,Buck Martinez 1976 Topps #616,Al Cowens 1976 Topps #648
Mark Littell 1977 Topps #141Andy Hassler 1977 Topps #602Marty Pattin 1977 Topps #658
Darrell Porter 1978 Topps #19Pete Lacock 1978 Topps #157Marty Pattin 1978 Topps #218Frank White 1978 Topps #248John Wathan 1978 Topps #343Joe Lahoud 1978 Topps #382Joe Zdeb 1978 Topps #408Amos Otis 1978 Topps #490Paul Splittorff 1978 Topps #638Dennis Leonard 1978 Topps #665
Larry Gura 1979 Topps #19,Jamie Quirk 1979 Topps #26,Steve Mingori 1979 Topps #72,John Wathan 1979 Topps #99 ,Marty Pattin 1979 Topps #129,Paul Splittorff 1979 Topps #183 ,Jerry Terrell 1979 Topps #273,Willie Nelson 1979 Topps #409,Al Cowens 1979 Topps #490,Clint Hurdle 1979 Topps #547,Darrell Porter 1979 Topps #571,Doug Bird 1979 Topps #664

Friday, June 6, 2008

1976 Topps All-time All-Stars

In 1976 I was real happy when I opened a pack of topps and got an all-time great card! At the time Walter Johnson, was the all-time strike out king. He is now 9th on the list. The all-time great cards after 32 years are still on the top of my list of best cards to have. They helped me to learn about the "Old Great Ball Players" and their statistics, which is why I like them the best. 1976 was also the first time I ever opened a cello pack.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

In Defense of The Big Unit

Wax Heaven wrote a story about Randy Johnson not being much of an upgrade. I realize that Randy Johnson is no Nolan Ryan. When I was a young boy, Nolan Ryan was my hero with his blazing fast ball and his ability to strike out batters! But baseball in the 1990's and into the new mellinium would have been very boring without the "Big Unit" in a time when baseball was all about the hitter and not about the pitcher, he made the game fun to watch.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

2008 Topps Opening Day Cards

Kevin Kouzmanoff is the only person in history to hit a grand slam on the very first pitch in his MLB career, which he did on September 2, 2006

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Links Exchange

It has been a long time since I have had a link exchange but now I have two good ones. The first is Babe Ruth Cards, the writer is Andrew, he e-mailed and said that "Since I can't afford many of his old cards I thought I'd at least try to build a site that profiles them. " I can relate to Andrew and his affordability.

The second link exchange is baseballcardref its writer is Cliff. Cliff has been one of my biggest supporters/ commenter's since I have begun posting. Cliff states,"My collecting goal is to own as many different cards as I can find. Base cards, inserts, subsets, auto cards, relic cards and odd-ball cards. I love them all. I have an extensive database of cards with scans and as much set information as I can find. So this blog will present my baseball card collection from 1980 to present." thanks Andrew and Cliff!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

1990 topps

I haven't had much of a chance to do much blogging! I haven't had much time, with poltics, work and my sixteen year old daughter wrecking my car. I thought I would use my namesake Bart Giamatti as much as I like Pete Rose, I thought Bart was a great commissioner. The reason I always liked him is that he was tough and he thought more of the fans then he thought of the players and the owners.
Born in Boston, MA on April 4, 1938, Giamatti attended Yale University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in English in 1960. Giamatti went on to receive a Ph.D. from Yale in Comparative Literature in 1964
The Back of the card say's
"It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer ,filling the afternoons and evenings and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it, buffer the pasesage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high shies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most it goes...... And summer {is}gone"
A. Bartlett Giamatti
The Green Fields of the Mind