Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A few more for the '64

I haven't had much chance to get back to the biweekly card show about 20 miles from my house. I have been using a dealer at the show to help me build my 1964 Topps set. I can usually pick up a couple dozen cards at 3 for a buck, and then a few at fifty cents each. Without attending, my attempt to build has slowed to a figurative halt. I watch some lots on Ebay, but if I don't have cash for the card show, I won't be shopping online.

Luckily, I have received a few additions to my collection from a couple bloggers. Robert at $30 a Week Habit sent me a few cards. Robert had a few A&Gs available. I had pulled a black bordered Reyes out of 2014 Topps and it needs to be in the hands of a Blue Jay collector.

There were a few set fillers in there. Deadliest Predators is going to be a tough set to complete, so any chance to score the one per box mini is a chance to jump on.

Robert tossed a few White Sox in there. Any refractor is a welcome addition to the collection. As is any Buehrle. I should start a Buehrle collection. Maybe after I get closer to an complete date on Crede, Iguchi and/or Rowand.

Here's the three 1964s Robert sent. Far nicer condition than I would pick up, so I love how they look. Thanks a bunch, Robert. The other '64 came courtesy of Mark from Remember The Astrodome. Yes - the actually rare Astro collector. Many moons ago, I ripped a box of America's Pastime I won from the Panini blog. While I got only a couple cards for my collection, I had many inquiries about other items I pulled. Mark asked about the booklet and another relic. It took some time, but we finally hammered out something that I believe we are both pleased with.

Here's a representation of the set needs Mark found. 2013 Update should be done soon, along with 2014 A&G. Base of 2013 Heritage is now complete - just have the SPs to go, along with the inserts. This year's Heritage is going slow.

Some ChiSox were in the package. Here's three needs from the group that fit into my Crede collection. It's always weird to see him without the proper pants.

Here's the highlight of the package. Yeah buddy!!!! Another watch list item to delete from my Ebay account. I don't plan on completing the oversized cards in the 1964 set, but I have been known to change my mind. Great trade, Mark. Thanks again.

So if you have any 1964s, I'll give them a good home. Or Joe Crede cards. Or Mark Buehrle. Or Allen and Ginter. Or Heritage. Basically, I want what you don't.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday - 09.11.2014

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. I'll try not to duplicate a uniform. The picture may be from the front of the card, or the back. Enjoy the uniforms from years past.

Eric Chavez - 2012 Topps - New York Yankees

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hits - They're not just from packs anymore.

I like a nice auto, relic or serial card like most of the rest of us do. I don't actively search them out. Sure - when I pick something up at my LCS I will give the box a look over, but I won't pack search. I have my favorite side of the box (left) and favorite quadrant (upper). I'll grab the packs, turn them to the side and give them an eyeball. With all the blanks inserted, you are still crap shooting for a relic card. And the packs with auto cards look like all the rest. I'm mostly just trying to use the Force in my purchase decision.

Pictured: 2x3 Heroes exercise regime.

How does that work? About as well as you can expect. It's still luck of the draw. While I have pulled my fair share of hits, I am not the minority when very few of the hits fit my collection. Sure, I have kept some cool items, but I rarely pull White Sox or Blackhawks. I can count on one hand the amount of Sox and Hawks cards in my binder I actually removed from a pack (3 - a Frank Thomas jersey and two Blackhawks relics). 

Fortunately, other bloggers seem to pull the cards I like, and then generously send them to me. Or if not pulling, finding at a greatly reduced price. Matt from Bob Walk the Plank, who is worth hating for the simple fact of having the best damn blog name out there, sent me four cards a couple weeks back. 

This is my second hope diamond parallel ChiSox card. I never even know of them until I saw one posted on another blog. My first came from Weston (I believe). There is just something about these I like. Not the low print run, per se. I think the color looks.....nice.

W00t! A nice Iguchi swatch for the player collection. I have a couple autographs, but I had yet to add a relic to the binder. It was not high priority, but needed. Well... needed no more.

Another White Sox blue swatch. I have a hidden agenda to acquire at least one of every card released with a Chicago American Giants throwback. So yes - if you see one, I would be interested in it. I should get up a page showing what I have. (Great idea Jeff cuz you have so much frigging free time!)

And lastly is this gem. I have a bat card from A&G of Paulie, but the color on this card works so well. Say what you want about 2007 Topps - the White Sox cards looked gooooooooood.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The end is nigh

In the comments section of my post this past Friday, Marcus from the great Padres blog All The Way To The Backstop typed out this statement:

I, like a lot of other Sox fans, have been dreading the end of September. Not seeing 14 on the field come 2015 will be odd. I have had the benefit, along with a couple other bloggers off the top of my head, of seeing Konerko mature on the south side, and become an amazingly under rated player. Many of the rest of you have not seen the yearly greatness of Paul Konerko.

We have all seen the grandiose going away events over the past few years for Chipper, Rivera,  Ripken and this year's Jeter fest. I love the understated way that Paul is leaving the game. No huge events at every ballpark he has visited. To my knowledge, only the Indians, Yankees and Twinkies have done anything to honor Paul in his last visit to Minnesota. But that's Paulie. He shows up, does his job, and then comes back the following day.

If you look at the all time batting leaders for the White Sox, Konerko is pretty consistent in his position.

Games - 1) L. Appling 2422 2) P. Konerko 2261
At Bat - 1) L. Appling 8856 2) N. Fox 8486 3) P. Konerko 8147
Runs - 1) F. Thomas 1327 2) L. Appling 1319 2) N. Fox 1187 4) P. Konerko 1141
Hits - 1) L. Appling 2749 2) N. Fox 2470 3) P. Konerko 2290
Doubles - 1) F. Thomas 447 2) L. Appling 440 3) P. Konerko 406
Triples - yeah - Paulie has no speed. Moving on....
Home Runs - 1) F. Thomas 448 2) P. Konekro 432
RBI - 1) F. Thomas 1465 2) P. Konerko 1383
Walks - 1) F. Thomas 1466 2) L. Appling 1302 3) E. Collins 965 4) P. Konerko  904
Strike Outs - 1) P. Konerko 1340 2) F. Thomas 1165
AVG - Konerko is 29th at .281
OBP - Konerko is 30th with .357
Slugging - Konerko is 7th with .492
OBP - Konerko is 9th at .849

For some of the stats he rates low, consider that the 28 players ahead of him for batting average, 20 played 6 seasons or less with the Sox. In OBP, that number is 18 players. For slugging percentage, only the Big Hurt and Magglio Ordonez have over 1000 games played with the Sox in the player above him. The other White Sox have games played totals of 529, 724, 529 & 648. And for OBP, those same six players from slugging (Thomas, Thome, Ordonez, Dye, Bonura & Shoeless Joe) are above him, and add in Minnie Minoso and Eddie Collins.

Will Paul make it to Cooperstown? I think there are valid arguments with his career numbers. Probably not though, mostly because the whole voting procedure is a damn joke. But also because, as great as his lines are, and as high caliber his career has been, you have to be a tip of the tongue superstar nowadays to even be considered. Konerko never sought out a high profile career, and he was a member of some mediocre teams we fielded, except for 2005.

And while I brought up 2005, the greatness of Konerko can be summed up from the end of game 4 of the World Series. Many know the total debacle of the series clinching ball from 2004. The douchebag move of Mientkiewicz and what it finally took to put the ball somewhere is belonged, though the Hall Of Fame isn't where it belongs.

Flash forward one year. The drought for the Pale Hose to hoist the championship trophy was longer than that of the BoSox (87 compared to 85). And when the final out was recorded, the speculation started on the baseball. Konerko was always cool about it, telling people he was not sure where it was. But he always had a plan for it.

Class act. So going back to Marcus' original statement: I never thought of the fact that 2014 will probably be the last cards produced of Konerko, but he's probably right. Barring an appearance ten years or so in Gypsy Queen or Archives, Konerko just won't be the go-to White Sox guy Topps will put into their products featuring older players. It's Frank Thomas. Rarely you see Nellie Fox or Luis Aparico, but that was usually Upper Deck. Other retired White Sox that have appeared in sets were Billy Pierce, Minnie Minoso. Luke Appling and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Those have always been high end products, though. And when you think about the unnoticed career of Konerko, it's probably a safe bet that his card released in this year's Allen and Ginter will be the last we see of him on cardboard.

And it was short printed. That's a crime.

Konerko is not a player collection of mine (yet), but pay a visit to Jeff at My Sports Obsession and visit his.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Going and coming.

Before I dive back into the scan folder, I did make a visit to my local (5 miles away) post office and drop a dozen or so PWEs in the box, all stamped up with some old timey stamps. So for you in Club PWE, keep an eye out for some cards. A few of the envelopes also went to folks I just drop things on at random.

Special delivery!

I am not sure if my outgoing PWE is equal to the incoming quantity. In a perfect world I am sending more than I am receiving. I can tell you I sent out more than the three I am showing off. So today, I am at least four time better than all of you.

 No pretty girl riding a bomb image for you, ya slackers!

First up  we have Chris over at the awesome Nachos Grande. Makes me hungry every time I type it. I think I sent over some Reds cards he needed and he sent back...

...a nice group of Heritage set filler and a few of his friend's amazing custom A&Gs. I am jealous of how amazing they are. Thanks for everything. Chris.

Next up is Jim of GCRL, one of the extremely rare Dodger fans on the innerwebs. Really - where are you guys? Jim dropped me a few cards for my binders.


...and double plays. And more bunters! Dig that dead ivy behind Valbuena. Thanks Jim!

Last is the one and only Night Owl Greg. Yes - another endangered species of Dodger bloggers. We really need to find out why there are so few left. 

Greg is always good for a mish-mash of cards, as evidenced with two current cards and an '83 Fleer sticker in the center. I must have been on Greg's mind at some show he visited recently when this came out of the envelope.

MAMA PAJAMA! That's an incredible miscut. About 25% misaligned from the machine. Gorgeous. Much appreciated, Greg.

Friday, September 5, 2014

(Insert Post Title Here)

I've got a lot of cards in my scan folder. Cards that I have received from numerous bloggers over the past couple weeks. I try to keep a decent track of what I have received and from whom. I take time to pick out the nicest cards in the pack to talk about and thank the sender for thinking of me.

I have one set of scans that have been sitting in the folder a good three weeks. And I think the cards sat on my desk at least a week before I scanned them. They have been in there this long as I have struggled to "present" them.

If you notice, I tend to blog in a style that may be hard to pin down. Weird, strange, unique...find the words. The main goal is to have fun when I blog, in whatever fashion I can. Usually, I get struck with an idea, and then plot a way to make it come to fruition. Google searches, images, links - whatever I need to pull it all together.

Like some bright lavender flowers to compliment the header.

However, I am drawing a blank on these cards from Mark at Battlin' Bucs. It's great to have a Pirates fan to send card to (along with Matt). I think Mark and I are at the "just sending cards back and forth" stage, because I can't recall if this package was from a trade. Some greatness in there, but I am not sure of a wacky way to present them.

Mark sent a nice bunch of Blackhawks. Graham rocked a mustache that Ron Swanson would be jealous of. But how to build a post about them?

Some nice shiny Bowman White Sox were in the envelope. I love that Jenks Chrome in the center.I'm not sure what pithy thing I can say about Bowman.

Soon to be retired Paulies. And all cards I have never seen before. But if I am going to make this post funny, I need to work "battle" into this section. Or "buc". Something...

Additions to my player collections. It's always strange to see Crede with long pants. Err.....

Battlin' Buehrle!!!!! No, that doesn't work at all.

Mark also included a nice White Sox auto of a prospect that never panned out. Mark, thank you so much for the cards, even if I didn't really figure out how to show them off. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday - 09.04.2014

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. I'll try not to duplicate a uniform. The picture may be from the front of the card, or the back. Enjoy the uniforms from years past.

Roger Cedeno - 2002 Topps - Detroit Stars