Saturday, March 22, 2014

The drive for the desktop

In a few posts in the past, I have taken photos of my desk here at the home of 2x3 Heroes. It's a mess. Though, who's isn't, right? The thing about collecting is the organization. If I was paid to sort cards, not only would my stress level be one tenth what it is with my current job, I would have a clean desk. But I have another career to pay the bills, so like you, I look through the cards and make piles.

The biggest issue with the cards is the need to scan and show them off. I think it's proper for public acknowledgement to the person that took the time to package up and mail over some cardboard. It's only right. I could file them away, but the mailings would become less and less frequent and I hate being called an inconsiderate jerk.

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Says here this week you are a "insensitive jagwad".

 So in attempt to recover the top of my desk, let's scan and post. 

Two cards from Mark at Cardboard Conundrum. The Bollig was a swap for a Rusin auto I pulled from my box of Panini Pastime. And the Toews because it's Toews

Kerry from Cards on Cards dropped some ChiSox parallels on me. I can appreciate the softball uniforms from the 80's more now I am older. I hated them when they were in use. 

I took part in the box break on Nacho Grande that Chris ran. I came away pretty well.

I like Flair. I am sure enough don't, but I do enjoy them. 

I really like Stadium Club, and I am not in the minority. I have trepidations, though, it's return will be nothing but a money grab.

Lots of Big Hurt. The Topps Tek are my first two cards ever from that set. And know I understand why people love it so. Boy, those are sweet cards. My one hit from the break is that Thomas Gallery next to the Tek. It was a fun break and I pulled a lot of great cards. But Chris didn't stop there. He dropped a PWE on me a couple days later with a note reading "Prepare yourself for one of the worst miscuts I ever pulled".

Be still my heart. Oh my goodness that is pure beauty. The back?

You can see how that fake aging appeared on the back of the 206 cards. I am trying to figure out who the other card is. Will who from the Padres or the Giants?

Lastly, a nice envelope from AJ at The Lost Collector. Ton of great ChiSox cards I needed in numerous team sets over numerous years. 

Two really nice cards in the envelope. A sweet on card auto of Nestor Molina, and how about that Crede die cut. AJ referred to it as "awesome" As usual, the blogger is correct. Awesome it is.

This was an interesting sticker (front and back scanned). That jagged edge on the left side is strange. Soooooo 90's. And the rule on the back, while very basic, is incomplete. If you are going to teach the children, teach 'em right.

Rule 2.00
An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule.

When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield Fly, the umpire shall immediately declare “Infield Fly” for the benefit of the runners. If the ball is near the baselines, the umpire shall declare "“Infield Fly, if Fair".

The ball is alive and runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught, or retouch and advance after the ball is touched, the same as on any fly ball. If the hit becomes a foul ball, it is treated the same as any foul.

If a declared Infield Fly is allowed to fall untouched to the ground, and bounces foul before passing first or third base, it is a foul ball. If a declared Infield Fly falls untouched to the ground outside the baseline, and bounces fair before passing first or third base, it is an Infield Fly.

Rule 2.00 (Infield Fly) Comment: On the infield fly rule the umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infielder—not by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines. The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpire’s judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpire’s judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately.
When an infield fly rule is called, runners may advance at their own risk. If on an infield fly rule, the infielder intentionally drops a fair ball, the ball remains in play despite the provisions of Rule 6.05 (L). The infield fly rule takes precedence.
If interference is called during an Infield Fly, the ball remains alive until it is determined whether the ball is fair or foul. If fair, both the runner who interfered with the fielder and the batter are out. If foul, even if caught, the runner is out and the batter returns to bat.

And now you know. 


  1. I think the cartoon guy hitting the infield fly is wearing this year's Rockies alternate jersey. That thing is as 90s as the front!

  2. I'm glad you liked that miscut card. When I pulled it I wasn't happy - but I knew it would eventually find a loving home!

  3. Verification on the miscut being Will Venable