Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Nice fancy script for the hotel name, and even Gene's personal emblem. Nice touch.
Gene Autry purchased this hotel in 1963, and renamed it the Gene Autry Hotel. Angels Inn or something like that would have been nice, but I remember as a kid there was an Angels Inn on Harbor Blvd, near Disneyland, and the place was a dump. Gene had a lot of marketing common sense, and knew that naming the hotel after himself would be his best bet.
At the time he purchased the hotel it was known as the Holiday Inn Palm Springs. In the course of working with the bank to secure the finances for the purchase, he met Jackie Autry whom he later courted and married.
The Angels used to hold Spring Training in Palm Springs, but I don't know if this is where his players stayed or not. I can imagine Fregosi, Chance, and the rest of the gang horse-playing around the pool.
I was getting a bit of conflicting facts when researching the hotel. It is still in existance as The Parker Palm Springs , whose website indicates that it was formerly known as the Gene Autry Melody Ranch, and also as the Merv Griffin Resort. Gene, proud of his new digs, strikes the pose, resplendid in his powder blue leisure suit. He's proud to be Gene Autry and proud to have his own hotel.
And he's stoked on his new shoes.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
We originally intended to make the trade in little chunks of similar cards, but it ended up being a mass dump. I think though that I ended up on the better end of the deal, so I intend to get another stack to him sometime in the future. I added a notation of "I owe" to Rhubs line in my trade log.
I was most interested in the following lot of cards he had to offer, these 1971 Topps. There's even a few high numbers in there, and adding these cards to my collection puts me 1 card shy of the complete Angels team set (Sandy Alomar). Rhubarb made sure to point out that these 71's had been in his family for a long time (since '71?) and are very dear to him, a part of his childhood. I promise to keep them safe and treat them as if they were my own (which they are now). I will love and cherish them.
A nice little stack of '74s and a '77 filled in some additional spots in my team set needs. The cards that made the trade lopsided in my favor are those in this 2002 Topps Angels team set. I only had a couple of these, and he wanted to keep the team intact, so together they came as a family. And as a family they shall stay. Several nice Wally Joyner cards I didn't have were in the mix. I especially like the 1990 SCD Price Guide card with the 1957 Topps theme. An equally nice lot of Tim Salmon cards were sandwiched in the stack. Two more magazine cards and a nifty little 7-eleven disk will now be added to my collection. A multitude of random commons, mini's, stickers, oddballs, and magazine cards which I love, will find a home in one of my Angels binders. And the icing on the trade cake...
Saturday, March 26, 2011
30 Brian Downing
71 Donnie Moore
120 Devon White
122 Mike Witt
Jim Abbott (head shot)
Jim Edmonds Extended
1999 Freeze Frame One-on-One
Jim Edmonds (with Nomar Garciaparra)
1999 Minors to Majors
Darin Erstad (2 cards - Angels/Storm)
1999 Lake Elsinore Storm
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
First off is Joe Garagiola who signed his 1992 Action Packed in 14 days. Joe charges $10 for an autograph but it goes to a good cause. Besides, I needed him for the set. He also was kind enough to include personalized signed chrome-type card. So a two-for-one, I'm pleased. I sent it to his home in Arizona.
Jim Landis signed his '61 and '65 Topps cards in ballpoint in 80 days. Jim lives in beautiful Napa, California. He decided to not answer my questions.
I've sent to only 18 players at Spring Training this year, and so far I've gotten 5 back.
First up is former Angels Manager Terry Collins, the new manager of the Mets. Terry took only 9 days to sign my custom All-Time Angels card and a 1991 Line Drive.
I sent to Luis Gonzalez c/o the Diamondbacks front office, so technically not a Spring Training request. He signed a 2006 Fleer Tradition and a 1991 Upper Deck, both are autographed sets I'm working. Gonzo signed in 19 days.
Starting Angels rookie center fielder Peter Bourjos signed 2 cards sent to the Angels ST site in Tempe. Bourjos turned these around in 11 days.
Another Angels ST addressee was Chris Pettit who signed his 2010 Topps rookie card in 18 days.
Another 2006 Fleer Tradition card I needed was sure-signer Paul Maholm. This card was sent to the Pirates ST site in Florida. Fortunately the card came back after 27 days. Unfortunately it came back with a crease and a smudge.
Kennedy decided to not only eliminate his forehead but to wipe out both eyes, the left nostril, and most the rest of his face. He missed his double chin all-together.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Marcelino Pons Lopez
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 195 lb.
Born: September 23, 1943 in Havana, Cuba
MLB Debut: April 14, 1963 Philadelphia Phillies
Final MLB Game: September 24, 1972 Cleveland Indians
Died: November 29, 2001 in Hialeah, FL
Years with the Angels: 1965 - 1967
October 24, 1964: the Philadelphia Phillies sent Marcelino Lopez to the California Angels to complete an earlier deal made on September 9, 1964. September 9, 1964: The Philadelphia Phillies sent a player to be named later to the California Angels. The Los Angeles Angels sent Vic Power to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Philadelphia Phillies sent cash to the Los Angeles Angels.
June 15, 1967: Traded by the California Angels with Tom Arruda (minors) to the Baltimore Orioles for Woodie Held.
Lopez was the starting pitcher in the game and the first batter he faced, Tom Tresh, flied out to center. He ended the day going 8 innings and giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while striking out 3 in a 4-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday, April 15, 1965 (N) at Chavez Ravine.
21-29, 3.53 ERA, 67 starts, 423.1 innings, 14 complete games, 3 shutouts.
Best Angels Performance:
Threw a complete-game 3-hit shutout, striking out 12 Baltimore Orioles on Friday, September 23, 1966 (N) at Anaheim Stadium.
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS:
- Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1959.
- Named 1965 AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (14-13 2.93, 8CG, 122K)
- Led league in hit batters with 9 in 1966.
- Also played for the Phillies (63), Orioles (67-70), Brewers (71), and Indians (72).
- Loved to face Bobby Murcer - 0 for 15, 8K.
- Hated to face Joe Azcue - 11 for 24, .458
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I see that Scott Kazmir is contemplating something. Could it be paying the Angels BACK his salary? He is a gamer though. I can tell becuse he's wearing the pastic Angels giveaway watch handed out to the first 10,000 kids under 13.
Eric included these nice Tim Salmons that I didn't already have in my Tim Salmon collection.
A nice Vladdy relic. I miss you Vladdy.
And a sweet Bobby Wilson certified. I like Bobby Wilson and hope to see him get more playing time now that Mike Napoli is here in Texas. Of course I would rather have had Wilson backing up Napoli in Anaheim though. I still don't know what they see in Jeff Mathis.
Greg has an incredibly high feedback rating on SCN, indicative of the kind of trader he is - trustworthy. Thanks Greg!
I liked these two numbered 2000 Upper Deck SP cards.
And I especially liked these two send-away insert cards from 1988 Topps wax packs. I have a strange affecton for these type of cards.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Picked up a wax box of 1988 Score cheap, and I mean $6 cheap. I know that I can get a complete set for $5 but that's not as fun. So I threw it in my desk drawer at work and ripped a pack here and there over a couple weeks.
It's not a set I'm collecting so anyone needing fillers for their complete or team sets, let me know, I can always use Angels cards. The only cards I pulled out for myself were of Angels, about 12 total. Those brought me to within 3 cards of the team set, so if anyone wants to trade I need #44 Brian Downing, #274 Dick Schofield, and #463 Darrell Miller.
I love the cropping on those batter cards, and the bright colored borders.
The box was pretty beat up but I cut the bottom panel off anyhow. It goes on the trade stack as well for those panel collectors or Jays/Phillies/Astros/Red Sox collectors.
I also salvaged this side panel for any Royals/George Brett collectors.
Oh, and don't forget about the Magic Motion Trivia cards!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I recalled that Ron Romanick was (is?) a coach on the Athletics, so I went to my "other" teams box to see.
I get a lot of IP autographs at Rangers games, so I have a box of team lots that I pull from depending on who's in town. That's another project in the works - cleaning that box up.
I found Romanick there, George Hendrick in with the Rays, and Mark McLemore in with the Rangers to complete the set.
A few have autographs: TR Bryden, Chuck Finley, Ruppert Jones, Gene Mauch, Darrel Miller, Gary Pettis, Vern Ruhle, and Devon White.
BTW does anybody know how to get rid of the light/dark streaking on my scans? Or is it just my cheap scanner?