Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 Allen & Ginter Retail Value Pack

Since I don't collect much modern at all, I've been fighting the temptation to pick up a few packs of Allen & Ginter.  I gave in this morning and stopped by Target.  I picked up a couple of the "value packs" that contain three A&G packs and three gold bordered minis.

I'm only posting the first one here.  If you want to see the second, you will have to check out my personal blog, I Feel Like A Collector Again.

Nothing too special in pack one.  I will keep the Bud Black card just because if I have a baseball team, it's the Indians.

I am excited that the Bobby Bonilla Rediscover card was in this pack.  My blogging and podcast partner Jason collects Bonilla and I doubt that he has this one.

On a side note, I offer my opinion on the Rediscover program.  I know many hate it, but I actually like it.  For collectors of retired players (especially non-stars), this adds something new to search for and add to player collections.  For me, I'd love to some into a Russ Davis, Steve Kline, Darrell Whitmore or Chris Enochs Rediscover card.  It's not likely that any of these guys will be showing up on any new cards.

What I don't like about the program is the inclusion into anything other than flagship.  My personal opinion is that's where they should come from, not that Topps cares what I think.

I can't lie, I thought that my mini card was some sort or blank front error or short print card.  I looked up the checklists and "surprises," only to find nothing.  Upon closer examination I discovered that the "Constellations" cards look like this.  Nothing to see here.

These are the gold bordered minis from the pack.  I love these special parallels that Topps adds to some of their retail product.  Well done, Topps!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

2011 Allen & Ginter Hobby

I don't actually recall even opening a pack of these ever; not even in 2011. Let's see what we have inside!

Prince Fielder, Travis Hafner (Indians! Wahoo!!), Cheryl Burke (2-Time Champ DWTS):

Ben Zobrist, Coery Hart, Joe Mauer:

Minds That Made the Future - Johannes Kepler:

Huh. That's only 7 and we did not get a relic. We got ripped off, man. Well, that's a bummer!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

1995 Fleer Ultra Baseball

A pack of Fleer Ultra baseball series 1 consists of 12 cards. It's 10 base cards with 1 gold medallion and 1 insert card. Let's rip.....
24 - JT Snow - a miscut card. They made good use of photographs. Who remember Allen Watson for JT Snow trade?
11 - Chris Howard
184 - Henry Rodriguez
188 - Wil Cordero - another miscut card
91 - Mike Bordick
79 - Mat Walbeck
64 - Darryl Hamilton
206 - Charlie Lieberthal - did I throw him out?
League Leaders 10 of 10 - league leaders insert card. This one feature John Franco who led the NL in saves that year.
55 - David Cone - the gold medallion card of the 94 Cy Young winner. He would pitch a perfect game years later for the Yankees
8 - Jack Voigt
172 - Steve Finley

Friday, July 14, 2017

1989 Double Bubble Major League Movie Set

Forgive my back-to-back posts. I don't normally do this, but when this set came in the mail today, I just couldn't wait to share the news!

What you see below is the oddly-difficult-to-find 1989 Double Bubble Major League movie card set. The set was given out in Milwaukee during the filming of the movie.

The fronts feature a nod to the 1974 Topps set with the banners at the top and bottom of the card. The top banner features a "Major League" graphic of players playing ball with a huge orange sun behind them. The bottom banner lists the actor's name and the character he portrays in the movie. The center image appears to be staged photos of the actors, and are of surprisingly decent quality given they are from 1989. All of these features are surrounded by a bright blue border.

The cards measure 2-3/4" x 3-1/2", making them slightly wider than standard issue baseball cards. This also means they do not fit in tradition 9-pocket pages. However, that is a sall price to pay for having these babies in your own hands. The backs are blank.

There are two cards with multiple people on them. One is essentially the four "stars" of the movie and the other features the team coaches:

It has become one of the hardest sets to find in the wild. There are a couple reasons for this, I believe.

  1. These were baseball cards of actors, not real players, when handed out to movie extras in Milwaukee. I would venture most folks tossed them into trash bins. Remember, this was a movie about the Indians in the 80's. Very few people gave a rip.
  2. These were baseball cards being handed out in 1989. We're talking the start of the junk wax era. I would bet that most folks getting these, even if they were collectors, probably junked them figuring they weren't very collectible and that they were being so overly produced, they'd be worthless anyway. Those folks would be wrong on both counts.
  3. Word about this set has been making the rounds off and on for nearly a decade or more. The people that own the sets are reluctant to part with them, knowing they are gaining in value. Last I saw, the set was valued at something like $20. No way. Auctions for this set, when they do come up, easily hit $300 or more.
  4. I figure a lot of sets were lost, destroyed, junked, especially when Double Bubble became Leaf (or however that all played out). Who would want a bunch of cards of actors!?
Whatever the reason, I knew I would pay a premium for the set if I were to ever own it. It came up for auction, and I pulled the trigger after MANY days of debating. In fact, the set had already been listed and the cut-off had expired the first time. I thought for sure I had seen the last of them. Luckily, the listing reappeared and I couldn't pass it up.

1997 Pinnacle Zenith 8x10

You are looking at the "wrapper" for a pack of 1997 Pinnacle Zenith 8x10's. It is actually a thin cardboard box! The front features logos, an example card of Andruw Jones, and general information about the cards included.

The back features the Zenith 8x10 Checklist:

The first 8x10 out of the box? How about a Cal Ripken Jr Duflex!? WHAT!? Holy smokes!

The front features a black border with the player's name centered at the bottom. The center of the card shows the featured player. The images are wonderful quality. In the case of the Ripken, he is Duflex - a radial foil effect Pinnacle used on cards.

The backs feature another shot of the player plus his hit location stats, just for fun!

Next up, we pull an 8x10 of Albert Belle, former Indians player! Wahoo!!

Included in the box is a small pack of regular sized  cards, done with the same amazing quality photos. The backs look like the one above, only smaller. Oh yeah, we pulled Albert Belle! Yeap - A large and regular baseball card of the same player!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

2016-17 Panini Donruss Optic NBA

Panini owns the Donruss brand, and Panini decided to chrome-ify their Donruss line and give it a new name: Optic. It would be easier to call this Donruss Chrome, but we can't because, I don't know... lawyers I guess. It's expensive and slightly unnecessary, and yet I decided I needed to have it.

60 - Kristaps Prozingis - It's not surprising that the talented Prozingis decided to get as far away as humanly possible from the New York Knicks the second the final clock ticked down on this past NBA season. What a mess of a team.

84 - Chris McCullough - Speaking of messes, the Nets franchise managed to move to vaunted Brooklyn and somehow become even worse than their already dismal legacy.

11 - Jimmy Butler Court Kings Prizm - I seem to constantly pull Bulls cards, and Jimmy Butler cards are my specialty. These are probably less attractive to your average Bulls fan now that Butler has gone up north to Minneapolis.

115 - LaMarcus Aldridge - Aldridge had some huge playoff games with the Trail Blazers in his career but has apparently frustrated Spurs fans. At least, this is what I hear.

The back of the card is rather drab, just like the Spurs (sorry.)

Saturday, July 08, 2017

1980 Topps Baseball

The 1980 Topps baseball card set consists of 726 standard size cards. The subsets are Highlights of the 1979 season, League Leaders and Future Stars (multi-player cards).  The cards feature a facsimile player autograph (I hated these printed signatures).
Bernie Carbo would split 1980 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  These 21 games would be the last of his solid 12 year career.
The backs featured an info cartoon.  I never really cared for these cartoons.
Dave Lemanczyk was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the California Angels after the 1980 season.  The Angels released him, ending his MLB career with a record of 37-63.
In 1979, Bill Lee went 16-10 in his first season with the Montreal Expos.  In his next 3 seasons, he went 9-12 to end his 14 year career at 119-90.
After going 16-14 in 1979, Fergie went 12-12 in 1980.  He returned to the Chicago Cubs in 1982 for his final 2 seasons.  In 19 seasons he went 284-226.
Pete LaCock was entering his last MLB season in 1980.  He would play in Japan for a bit.  This is one card I could not get as a kid collector.
The 1980 season would be Ken Landreaux's last with the Minnesota Twins.  He would go on to have 7 more solid seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I love this action shot of Jim Kaat, but not with the New York Yankees.  Even years later, I still missed him on the White Sox.  Kaat would split 1980 between the Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals.  Still with the Cardinals, he retired after the 1983 season.
Dusty Baker was in the middle of an excellent 19 year career.  He would go on to win an NL pennant as manager of the San Francisco Giants, but I didn't do much with the Cubs.
Don Baylor was in the middle of an excellent 19 year playing career.  He would go on to manage the Colorado Rockies and the Cubs (without much success).
Mick Kelleher was one of my favorites and I remember getting this card right away.  The versatile (but light-hitting) Kelleher would finish his 11 year MLB career after the 1982 season.
By the time this card was released, Gil Flores had played his last MLB game.  He finished with 121 hits over 3 seasons (1 with the Angels and 2 with the New York Mets).
I never liked team cards as a kid.  I appreciate them more now.  The beautiful rainbows of the Houston Astros help that opinion.

Whether stars or not, I loved these prospect cards.  Often times, they were the only cards of certain players.  Of these three, Guy Hoffman, with parts of 6 MLB seasons, had the best career.  Dewey Robinson pitched in 3 seasons and Mike Colbern played in two seasons, both only for the White Sox.
When this card was released, Roy White's 15 year MLB career was over.  With 1,803 career hits, White was an excellent player, who was often overlooked.
Craig Minetto was in the middle of a 4 year MLB career, all with the Oakland A's.  He went 1-7 over his career.