Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Somethings Wrong With This Picture (#1)

2001 Fleer Focus #10 of 2581

All of the cards in this set picture the player in front of the Wrigley Field scoreboard, but I'm gonna pick on Darin Erstads card since this is an Angels blog.

First of all I don't know what the "of 2581" numbering on the back refers to.  Not serial numbered, just numbered.  If that's the size of the set then that's just crazy.  Crazy like Yankee Stadium Legacy crazy.

Okay.  Erstad is pictured in front of the Cubs scoreboard that's at Wrigley Field, obviously photo-shopped. In case you didn't know, The Cubs are in the National League, the Angels the American.

So let's ask some questions:

Q. Was there Interlegue play in 2000?
A. Yes, Interleague started in 1997.

Q. Did the Angels play the Cubs at Wrigley in 2000?
A. No.

Q. How about early in 2001 (in case this was a late release set)?
A. Nope.

Q. 2000 All Star Game played at Wrigley in 2000 or 2001?
A. No.

So why did Fleer select the players they did for the Big Innings set and why are they all in front of the Wrigley Field scoreboard?

Somethings wrong with this picture.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Who Are My Finley/Edmonds/Erstad Collectors?

Someone out there has player collections for Chuck Finley, Jim Edmonds, and Darin Erstad, I know because I've seen you out there in the blogosphere, I just can't remember who you are.

I have bags of each ready to go.

If you're the blogger that collects any or all of these guys and you'd like these, then leave me a comment.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Completed Angels Team Set - 1975 Topps Mini

My local card shop finally got the mini sleeves in that Night Owl has had such a dilemma over, allowing me to finally put this set in a decent format.  Actually it was only about a month ago that I acquired the final pieces to this team set pushing me to completion.

Of course the last cards I needed were the Nolan Ryans, the most expensive ones to obtain.
And Ryan has 4 cards in the set.  1974 was a good year for him.

I got his #500 card relatively cheap, mainly because is is defaced with a nice red ink ballpoint checkmark.
Indicating what I can't figure out.
"Yep got this one!" check.

My only complaint about this team set would be when cards with the same color combination align consecutively:

Ugh! With so many combinations what are the chances two of the same color combo line up numerically in a team set?  And (not counting the highlight cards because that's the theme color) this happens in the Angels team set three times!
Singer-Chalk green/purple
Hassler-Rodriguez brown/tan
Heise-Figueroa green/purple (would had been a trifecta with Doherty had Nolan Ryan not gotten in the way). 

All-in-all a beautiful team set.  I'm very happy to put this one to rest.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bagby Sends All Kinds Of Different Angels Cards

A while ago I got a package of Angels cards from blogging pal Howard Bagby.
Howard sends me a bunch of Angels cards every couple months it seems.
It's always a great day when I get one of those packages.
Here's a few of the cards that were included.

Ooh, Mike Trout mini of the blackage variety.

Gold parallel Fleer Ultras.
A very well done parallel set I might add.  I just love the gold background.

Cool cards with the little windows that show the players face and when you flip it over shows the players other face and not the back of his head, kinda freaky.  Hold them up to the light and it looks like the sun is shining through.  So bitchen.

When I saw the stack of Looney Tunes card with the Angels Jim Abbott on each card, I thought to myself, "No way am I about to collect every Looney Tunes card with Jim Abbott in an Angels uniform on it, or Nolan Ryan, or Reggie Jackson for that matter.  Super glad to have them but no way does that qualify towards a team set, no way because then I'll have to get basically the whole sets."

But when I turned one of those Jim Abbott cards over I saw this:

Now a Jim Abbott 9-card puzzle....THATS another story.
It will take some serious research to figure out which 9 cards make up the puzzle but I think the result would be worth it.
This one goes on my Someday List.

Wally Joyner cards.
I love the Select '95 series.
This might be a set I'd consider collecting.

More Jim Abbot cards.
There's another Select '95.

Tim Salmon...Select '95.
I'm getting more and more convinced.

Sweepstakes and Code Cards.
Love 'em.
I had a subscription to Topps Magazine when it first came out.  Somewhere along the way I got rid of them.
I regret that.  I think I still have a Nolan Ryan issue though.

Lot's of O-Pee-Chee Angels cards.
I used to hate O-Pee-Chee until I started concentrating on my Angels team sets.
It just stinks to have to get a whole 'nother set of basically the same cards.

Speaking of "nother"  I just had a conversation with my wife about the use of the phrase "a whole nother one".  We both chuckled realizing how often educated folks use the phrase. 

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

1987 Bobby Grich Night Commemorative Sheet

In 1987 the Angels did a give-away featuring the great Bobby Grich.
The give-away was a perforated sheet of  five rows of Topps Bobby Grich cards from 1971-1987.
The sponsor was Sheriton Hotels and KLAC 57 AM, which played classic country music and broadcast Lakers games at the time.

Pictured above is a sheet I bought many years ago off of ebay.
As you can see the sheet had been folded up and had been loved on.  The ebay description mentioned, if I recall, that the sheet was in a couple pieces, some of the rows had separated.

No problem for me, I just wanted to have one and this was the only one on ebay at the time.
Someday I'll replace it I guess with a full, never folded, all-in-one-piece sheet.
The card backs are exactly the same as the regular issued cards.

If you noticed, Bobby's 1972 card is missing, completely torn out from sheet where it sat just before the 1973 card.  The reason it's missing is because at some point I decided I wanted to get it signed.

I figured since the sheet was already in pieces, I'd just separate the 1972 card even further and send it out for a sure-thing autograph.  The 1972 was my favorite Bobby Grich card on the sheet, that's why it got de-perforated.  And Grich was still a reliable, and free,  TTMer at that time (he requests $10 now).

Here's the bottom 3 rows folded up.  You can see a lot of the "gently used-ness", especially in the 1987 Topps.

Yeah, now that I think about it, a full sheet in better condition would be an awesome framed piece to have.

So now, if you come across a Bobby Grich Topps card with perforations, you'll know where it came from.

Teams just don't do cool giveaways like this anymore.
Bobbleheads are nice, but I'd take a sweet perforated sheet of player cards like this any day.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Mike Scioscia Traded-For Autograph

And there you have it.
Came in today's mail.

My simplest post ever.