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.