This series will highlight "one page" at a time from my binder of correspondence and autographs from former Angels players.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
"Gold' is what my LCS guy and I call those boxes of junk that people bring in thinking they have a goldmine of cards to sell. It always turns out to be 80s-90's junk and nothing but junk...for the most part.
He says that at least once a week he gets a call from someone thinking their Pacific Nolan Ryan card is actually his rookie card, and that they think he's trying to rob them when he says that whole set is worth about five bucks.
We joke that what he buys is junk, but what he sells is GOLD!
Anyhow, he had several new boxes of junk (GOLD to me) to go through today, and man I pulled a ton of stuff I liked. I like the junk.
GOt a bunch for my player collections.
I've been starting to pull out Tanana cards, he's my latest player.
I was pretty pleased to get the Olerud silver signature, the '93 Leaf Bo Jackson, and the '93 Topps Gold Patriots card.
Came across lots of Angels cards.
Again, pleased to get a Bo Jackson, especially in an Angels uniform.
These are only representative of the stack of Angels I pulled.
It was a big stack, I don't want to bore you.
I pulled these random cards mostly for bloggers and friends that I know would like them.
You may be the lucky recipient of one of these cards.
Given the amount of cards I went through, there were surprisingly few of these.
That Starquest has a scratch-off on the back.
It was only by chance that I turned the card over to discover it.
Didn't know there were Starquest scratchers.
Another representative sample, this time for Topps Glossy All-Star cards.
I pulled nearly a whole 1983 set (although I already had one) and close to a full 1986 set.
And a bunch in between.
Need to get a wantlist together for these now.
Found two really nice miscut cards.
Roy Lee Jackson is wondering what the hay is going on?
Got a really nice stack of checklist cards: several full sets and some that allowed me to complete several sets.
The total stack of cards I pulled was about six inches worth.
That's a good day.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
In Person autographing.
Finally made it up to Frisco to catch a Roughriders game at Dr Pepper Ballpark, the Corpus Christi Hooks were in town.
The Roughriders are the Rangers Class AA team, and Frisco is about an hour from where I live.
We've lived in Texas almost 15 years, and it's taken this long to get up there.
I pulled exactly six cards, five were of the coaches, just in case I had an opportunity to get some in-person autographs (which I haven't done in a looong time), and sure enough I did.
Zach Cone was the only player who's name I knew (and knew that I had a card of) and I thought that I would recognize.
I watched the game on TV the night before and Cone has a distinguishable beard happening for him.
Jeff Andrews is the Riders Pitching Coach, and wears, again, distinguishable glasses.
Just like on his minor league card.
Dan Radison is the Hooks Hitting Coach.
He was probably the oldest guy in uniform.
Easy to spot.
I caught Brocail down the line as he was warming up his pitchers.
He's the Pitching Coach for the Hooks.
I missed out on Joe Mikulik, the Riders Manager, who also has a 1991 Line Drive card, and on Tom Lawless, a coach for the Hooks. I had a 1986 Topps for him.
I didn't stay until the end of the game, the heat was getting to me, and it's a long drive home.
The Hooks ended up winning 9-3 after a big 5-run 6th inning.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Jim Fregosi gets the nod as the only Angel in this little 24-card set.
Following an alphabetical checklist this unnumbered card would be #8.
These had to be cut from the back of Nabisco cereals.
And apparently there are two sizes of each card due to varying sizes of the box panel.
Here's what it would have looked like on the panel
(though I couldn't find a shot with the Fregosi card)
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tom Prince TTM return.
1989 Upper Deck #311
1989 Score Rising Stars #45
1992 Stadium Club #332
Sent these 3 cards to Tom at the Pirates minor league complex in Bradenton, FL on February 15, 2013, where he was somehow involved with the Pirates minor leaguers. His bio on the Altoona Curve website, where he is now the manager, has no stat line for 2013, like he wasn't even employed by the Pirates. Weird.
Anyhow, 886 days later I received them back, postmarked from Johnstown, PA (about a 45 minute drive from Altoona).
Begs the question, "Where were the cards during those 886 days?"
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
Great thing about collecting cards is that I'm forever coming across cards I've never seen or heard of.
2009 Topps Ticket To Stardom #9
I knew about Ticket To Stardom since it first came out in 2009.
Nice looking card, and the real cool ones came with a piece of a real ticket stub embedded into the card, others have the ticket stub plus a jersey swatch. I have a Mike Napoli one like that.
But recently I came across this card:
I probably blew right past it a couple times in the past dubbing it a duplicate.
But this time I immediately figured that what I was seeing was some sort of printing error.
You've seen the cards with the roller marks across them.
I thought that's what this was at first.
See the ridges on the top and bottom borders of the card?
But upon closer inspection...
..I determined this was no ordinary printing error.
These are way to consistent and evenly spaced to be a printing error, they look like...
Ebay quickly solved the mystery.
Each card issued in the set (left) had a "perforated" parallel version (right).
A perforated card was inserted one per pack.
The cards are IDENTICAL except for the BARELY noticeable perforated top and bottom.
Easy to miss.
So go back all of you, to your stack of 2009 Topps Ticket To Stardoms and see if you have any perforated parallels.
Bet you didn't notice them the first time.