Friday, July 31, 2020

One Page of Bob Perry

This series will highlight "one page" at a time from my binder of correspondence and autographs from former Angels and Patriots players and personnel.


   Bob Perry,  Outfielder, California Angels 1963-1964
Correspondance received prior to 2005.

Bob Perry was signed by the Giants in 1953, but didn't make it to bigs until the Angels signed him in 1963. In the minors he had 5 seasons with 20+ home runs. He appeared in 131 games for the Halos over two seasons and batted .266 with 6 HR and 30 RBI. In 1965 he was traded to the Pirates for Julio Gotay, but never made it back to the Majors.

Mr. Perry passed away in July 2017, he was 82.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Checkin' It Off - 1975 Topps Checklist Set

Featuring one of my completed checklist sets.

The Topps issue for 1975 was a 660-card set that included 5 checklists.
Each checklist covers 132 cards. There was no Traded set issued for 1975.
I'm disappointed that with 18 different color combinations in the set to choose from (I used Night Owls 1975 Topps blog as a reference) Topps only went with two different for the checklists. It's pretty clear that this was the intent, but why then not make them all the same combo if you're not going to make them all different combos? I'm not sure if the pink background on the two are supposed to be the same shade and the lower one is just a lighter printing, or they are intended to be different.
Interesting that the card numbers on the first three cards are scattered all over. Also interesting that Hank Aaron was on card #1 and on the last card of the set #660. Surprisingly there are no variations in this checklist set, which were so common in previous Topps issues.

All-in-all it's a pretty little checklist set.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Express Meets the Dark Knight

Picked up a couple of Nolan Ryan's recently on Listia. I originally thought that I already had the 87 Donruss. Glad I double-checked before I passed this auction up, because it turned out that I didn't. I'm not much into the newer retro cards for my PC guys, but this was a two-card lot so I went for it.
1987 Donruss Highlights #53
2019 Diamond Kings DK205 Series 205-11

I was also able to snag this hard-to-find 1995 Skybox The Adventures of Batman & Robin Over-Size Prototype Card #S1
It's an odd size at 10.5 X 7.5, and I'm pretty sure it has not been trimmed. Unfortunately, my favorite Animated Batman villian, Clay Face, isn't represented.  I definately would have replaced Batgirl with Clay Face. The TCDB description for this card calls it an "8-Card Panel" but I wouldn't really call these "cards" because of the back:

...which is one biiiig back, and is representative of the backs found on the individual cards in the set.

Apparently there is also a "NNO 9-Card Panel" out there somewhere, which I have never even seen.



Sunday, July 19, 2020

Completed Angels Team Set - 1988 Topps

In the 792-card 1988 Topps set, the Angels had 30 cards (even though the Doug DeCinces card says "Now with Cardinals"). Probably about the average number of cards for a team set. I could do the research to find out exactly what the average per team was, but c'mon, it's 1988 Topps.
 Rookie cards include Mark Ryal, DeWayne Buice, and Gus Polidor.
AUTOGRAPHED: Kirk McCaskill, Gary Pettis, Johnny Ray, Mark McLemore, Jerry Reuss, Willie Fraser, Wally Joyner, Doug DeCinces, Bob Boone, and Gary Lucas.

The Angels had five players in the 132-card Traded Set, and included one of Jim Abbotts most recognized rookie cards. Bryan Harvey is not listed as a rookie card in my SCBC, but I believe that this card actually is. Autographs of Bryan Harvey and Cookie Rojas.

Bob Boone made it into the box bottom set on this beautiful blue bordered cut card from Panel A.

I also have the whole panel, because a team set would not be complete without it, Boone being card D. Noting Boones record for a catcher, he went on to catch 2,225 games. Carton Fisk overtook him by one game at 2,226, and Ivan Rodriguez later shattered the record at 2,427 cames caught.


Friday, July 17, 2020

New 13-1/2 Year TTM Return Record

You read that right.
I mailed 3 cards to Dave Engle on Jan 18, 2007 and just got them back today. That's 4,929 days, or 13 1/2 years! Pretty sure that's now my new longest wait. The previous longest wait was from Kevin Romine at 3,916 days. Coincidentaly, those were also sent in 2007.

I wanted Engels autograph on the '83 and '84 Topps cards for those sets I'm working (or was more actively working 13 years ago!). I also like minor league autographed cards, hence the 1991 Line Drive. I think Dave threw in the '86 Topps as it wasn't in my records that I included one. It's available if anyone needs it.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

One Page of Harvey Shank

This series will highlight "one page" at a time from my binder of correspondence and autographs from former Angels and Patriots players and personnel.


   Harvey Shank, RHP California Angels 1970
Correspondence received sometime before 2005.

In his only appearance in MLB, he threw three scoreless innings of relief against the A's before being replaced by a pinch hitter. His lifetime ERA is 0.00.
Mr. Shank has been with the Phoenix Suns Front Office since the 71-72 season, and his 10th as Senior Executive Vice President.

Another Long Overdue TTM

Norris was signed by the Angels in early 2017 and ended up going 62 innings, with a 2-6 record and 19 saves. Initially he was a long reliever, but after Cam Bedrosion went on the DL, Norris became the closer. He left by free agency after his only season with the Angels.

I sent these two cards to Bud at Anaheim Stadium in June 2017, and got them back yesterday after 1,127 days, postmarked in Austin, TX.