Saturday, May 20, 2017

Age is just a number you can change at will

For as long as I can remember, I have signed up my son for the White Sox Kids Club. Per the rules, you can have up to 5 free kids membership per household, for children 13 and under. Sure, he's 24 and lives in Colorado. And with the way I sign him up, I should really enter his name as Benjamin Button.

Don't forget the zip+4 entry!
Free is free. In all the years, we have never taken advantage of the couple free tickets the membership sends. I really just like the freebies, which have included cards in the past. Earlier this week, I got the 2017 membership in my mailbox. Let's have a quick look.

White Sox welcomes your child to the club. The membership this year mailed in a standard #10 envelope. Love how they integrate the S from "south" into the P of Southpaw's autograph.

The rest of the free membership has some temporary tattoos and two bumper stickers. If you look close, the stickers are die cut around the design. That's a nice touch.

So no baseball cards in the kid's membership this year. I'll have to hit the game on August 11th to snag some of those.

(side note: This video fit the post, but my real thoughts on Ted can be found at this link.)

Friday, May 19, 2017

I'm gonna have fun, and you're gonna have fun...

So that famous psycho Wes over as Willinghammer Rising threw another contest, called Big Fun Game. I scored the first spot in the game, and selected in the middle. Fortunately, no one stole my pick, and what I obtained from the fun was a pretty sweet addition.

Wes being Wes, though, padded the envelope.

This trio just goes to show: when the border is black, White Sox cards looks AMAZING! And that Walmart black is a Sale rookie card.

Lots of Franks were found in the envelope. Shiny Franks as always cool. That Topps card in the middle (yeah - Topps) is raised. Think of Action Packed. But the interesting thing is the raised portion is the front and back. How expensive was that process? Far right is an ad card. But to my eye, that is a new addition to the broken bats binder.

Dear Topps, pay attention when photoshopping cards. White Sox road uniforms have a player number on the front of the jersey. Make a guess. Something double digit. Hell, put zeros! But shop in something.

Here's was my fun prize, and loved but still pretty darn excellent condition T-206 of Dode Paskert. Dode had a good 15 year career with the Reds, Phillies and Cubs, appearing in the WS for the Phils in 1915 and the Cubs in 1918. Both times losing to the Red Sox.

Thanks Wes. It WAS Super Big Fun.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 05.18.2017

Every Thursday, I post a card showing a ballplayer wearing a throwback uniform from my collection. Hopefully, he will be wearing it well, with proper pants blousing. The picture may be from the front of the card, or the back. Enjoy the uniforms from years past.

Paul Molitor - 1992 Leaf Studio - Seattle Pilots

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hidden Gems: OOOOF!

Baseball, by it's nature, is slow. It can minutes before the action starts. Then the ball is in play and the activity goes on for a few seconds before the game slows back down to the pace of pitcher versus batter.

But in those fee seconds, everything is spontaneous. There is no script. No one blocked to be here and there so a certain drama can unfold. Sure, the players have their positions to start the pitch, and may rotate a bit based on where the ball enters the field. But there no no clue where it will enter and who will contact it. It just happens, and the controlled chaos occurs.

While one side of my brain understands the reasoning for the rule, the other side is saddened this is a card disappearing from the collecting world. For 99% of the game, the contact is ball to bat, ball to ground, ball to glove. All contact is between inanimate objects. Sure, there is the tag on a attempted stolen base, but the play at the plate was the only real contact part of the game between one player and another. While the badging on this card really interferes with the action, there is still more than enough to appreciate. Crawford leaving his feet and making contact with Salvador Perez (I believe), the grimace on Perez's face from the force of the play. Something we just won't see anymore.

I still remember the shock I felt hearing that Robert Palmer died, now almost 14 years ago. I liked his music a bit early on, and sure - releasing a huge hit (and video) like Addicted To Love can help out anyone's career. But when you look back on his life, he was always there. Bits and pieces of his brilliance exist in prior years, from Sneaking Sally Through the Alley to Every Kinda People to Looking For Clues, just to name a few. Riptide was the first album of his I bought, and it's a fine mix from song to song of his musical style. Flesh Wound is a great marriage of heavy metal with his hard beats.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My hockey fix

Anyone who watched the NHL playoffs these season saw the too quick exit of my Blackhawks. The Preds have been playing well. I think they caught us during a scoring drought, just as we passed them in the standings before the end of the season when they had a problem finding the twine. But the season ended fast and the papers were talking about blowing up the Hawks and this and that. I get it - it's what their job is. Stir the pot and come up with the craziest click bait possible.

Thankfully, I have DJ north of the border at Sportscards From The Dollar Store to help supply me with hockey. I don't buy enough, mostly because the releases are too expensive. And picking up any Blackhawks in a 250 mile radius will wear out your credit card.

Anyone remember PowerPlay? I picked up a few packs back in the day. Loved the idea. Storing them was a whole other issue (obviously). Paired up with a couple other pieces of junk wax. Konroyd works in the studio for TV broadcasts. You may remember Dave Christian in a far different sweater. Yup, along with Jack O'Callahan, we had a 2nd Miracle on Ice player in a Hawks sweater. Dave played 69 games to close out his NHL career, though he played a few more in the minors after leaving the Hawks.

This is the spot where I post cards that scan like total crap. Thanks Panini!

Three rookies. LeBlanc, Panarin and Dumont. Needless to say, one has been far better than the other two. Dumont did okay with the Sabres and Predators for a few seasons. LeBlanc is doing what he can playing in the German hockey league.

Once again, DJ surprised me with a couple hits. Hawkins is a player that is trying to make it to the bigs, but injuries seem to sideline him often. He is still toiling in AA ball. The Oduya is the 2nd manu-patch from the Championship Rings set dropped on me from Canada, the first being TVR.

Thanks again, DJ. I have to work on a return package, but to start I need cash. I need a trick for free stuff.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lollar and Konerko updates

All total, I have currently 10 official in process player collections. They are:

Ben Petrick
Adam Eaton
Joe Crede
Aaron Rowand
Tadahito Iguchi
Nellie Fox
Luis Aparicio
Bob Keegan
Paul Konerko
Sherm Lollar

There are a few others I have (Pierce, Ted Wilks, Ed Keegan, etc....) but for the most part, those are complete. If I find an oddball, buy back or a more recent release (think TCMA), I'll add them. But I don't actively seek out their cards. I also have some in the pre-stage of a player collection (Earl Torgeson, Wilbur Wood, Dick Donovan, etc....), but they are all on deck. Again - don't actively seek them out, but will pick them up if the price is right for a future full on attack.

1955 Bowman sighted, sir. VG for $1.75 shipped.
Here's three recent pickups. One came via ebay, a 2nd from a recent card show and the final was a replacement redemption via Panini.

First up, the 1954 Redman release of Sherm Lollar. The tab was cut off this one, and I do like them with the tab, but the quality of this card made it worth the price. Creases? Sure, But the corners look nice, color is bright and there is no paper loss. For under $3, I couldn't pass it up, as most times I find this card for over $6.

I mentioned a recent card show. I all but sorted the cards, and there really wasn't much worth showing. Dime box pickups and some cards for the 60-65 Sox team sets. This Lollar All Star was the high purchase of the day, setting me back a fiver. Take away that printer line you see running from the "s" or Selection through the "e" of American, and this card is pack fresh. This is another card I have watched on ebay, but nothing this nice in quality ever hits that price range. And that's before shipping in included ($3.50 for a PWE - yeah, right). So I bit the bullet and snagged it. In the end, I am just 3 cards short of completing the Lollar Project, with one being a bit of a white whale. At least in cost, though at times I miss copies in my price range.

It's blurry because it is still in the case. Just received this beauty today. About a year ago, I pulled a Michael Spinks autograph redemption from a discounted Golden Age blaster. I redeemed it, though it was just a few months expired, hoping it would be filled. Well, it was time to give up. After a couple calls to Panini (dropped holds), customer service did a swap and sent me this nice 2005 Donruss Prime Patches signature. Interesting that Panini has old, license cards available. I guess when you purchase the brand name? Would I have like the Spinks? Sure. Am I upset this is the replacement? Oh HELL NO!!! Certified autograph of Paulie with licensing???? Look at the beauty of that card with all the fine Sox script logos appearing.

I think I may cry.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The box #2

As I mentioned with box #1, I have three big mailings to get through that came in a box of one form or another. Today, let's hit box-o el duece. This one came from Adam at ARPSmith's Sportscard Obsession. Everything within did excellent damage to the Sox box in one form or another.

Starting small, we have a grouping of Topps Chipz (are they doing these again this year? I vote no) and some old stickers. When Fisk was on the field, I don't think he ever smiled. Pure intensity from the first pitch to the final out.

Wide range of oddballs, though I may be using that term loosely as the Thomas in the top middle is from Upper Deck. But it's sans MLB branding, so I call it an oddball.

If the scans are any part of the story, it reminds you that when foil is involved, Pacific knew what they were doing.

Vintage-ish. There is Fisk smiling. But the game hasn't started. Every time I see Dennis Lamp, I think Dick Tidrow. It's the stache. I recently bought that Fleer Sox sticker for two quarters on ebay, but mine was missing the word at the top. Now I have a replacement.

Glorious junk wax. Sorry Ron, but you need to learn throwing your mask from one of the best. Note the cards before Melido Perez and Greg Walker. For the first two years of this uniform design, the Sox had numbers on the pants. It was a carry over from the previous (not Sunday) pajama uniforms. For the last two years, before their current set, they dropped the numbers.

Two for the player collections on the right. The left? I just like those sets. Yeah - I mean that UD insert of Big Hurt. Ok, I'll go get my eyes examined.

Adam kindly included a few hits two. For the relic portion, a gray swatch from Peavy's time on the south side, and a couple from Topps flagship two years back. Now, come on Topps. If you have a home uniform, put the player in that same uniform on the card. It's the little details that matter.

One more swatch, this time from Magglio. And for the signature section, we have Brett Morel, who I have beaten like a dead horse on this blog, so I won't anymore. Use the search box up top. And Molina got a few sips of coffee in the majors with the Jays, ChiSox, Orioles, Mets, BoSox and Yanks. But a batting average of 128 from 51 plate appearances is not going to give you much more than that.

All too big for the scanner, here's the rest of the lot from Adam. Over sized cards, box bottoms, unused scratch offs and more. Adam, I thank you for the box, and be assured I am working on a send back. For some reasons, I seem to be getting Giants hits in products I buy.