Wednesday, April 18, 2018

No Hiding From The Expansion Draft

A Trade Post From Remember The Astrodome.

I love this card. I love it because Junior Felix is obviously playing for the Angels on it, but the banner at the bottom indicates he was selected by the Marlins in the Expansion Draft.
So it begs the question: Angels or Marlins card?

Even the back shows him as an Angel. And look at the "Contract Status" line at the bottom, "1 yr. thru '93". THRU. This is 1993 Donruss card, that means he's still part of the Angels!

Lots of other goodies in the package.
Game cards for the collections.
I might include the 1993 Triple Play Griffey with the Angels team set since it has their logo on it.
1994 CC You Crash The Game

1999 UD MVP #2
At first I thought Marc had sent two. The silver signature is hard to pick up on the second card.

1991 ProCards
Minor league cards are some of the best. I had never noticed the crossed American/Canadian flags on the Trappers jerseys before.

2014 Topps sampling of the mind-blowing number of parallels.
The yellow is probably my favorite.

Checklists are always appreciated.

And all the rest.

Thanks Marc.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Check Please!

Bo sent over two bags full of baseball checklists, I picked out my favorites.
I don't know about you, but when I get a checklist I usually do a quick scan of the names looking for any unknown typos. The older Topps checklists were notorious for typos. I also look to see any names of players I don't recognize. Just an odd fun-fact about me.

Ah, I forget that even the mini sets have mini checklist cards! I dig miniatures, I guess that's why I collected Hot Wheels for so many years and still build model kits.

Some really sweet cards in there Bo, thanks.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Trout 6-Card GQ Hangar Pack

Same as the retail pack but the wrapper is longer with a punch-hole at the top.

Most boring pack ever.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Day Ohtani Came To Town

So, you’ve all heard about the Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani. I won’t bore you repeating it. When the Rangers released their 2018 schedule I checked to see when the Angels were coming to town, and put those dates on the calendar, I wanted to catch Ohtani in person, and SCORE him in my scorebook (because to me, that’s the only valid proof that I saw a certain player in person, but that’s a whole nother story).

Ideally, I had hoped to see him pitch, but he had started Sunday in Oakland, and this series was only 3 games starting on Monday. I’d have to settle for him DHing. I knew that he usually sat out the day after he pitched (Monday) so I eagerly awaiting the release of the lineup for Tuesday…no Ohtani. Oh man (no pun intended), I hope he starts on Wednesday, I don’t want to have to wait until August the next time the Angels come to town... finally at about 3PM I saw he was penciled in at DH, so I headed out to get my ticket.
I walked around the stadium prior to gates opening, went in and hiked up to the upper deck observation to see the construction of their new indoor stadium, and caught some BP.

New stadium is pretty much just a hole so far.

I was glad to be able to catch the Angels BP.

 The Rangers have an Autograph Wednesday several times a season, and this happened to be one of those Wednesdays, so I was able to pick up a few autographs of players/coaches signing on the concourse:
The Rangers don't announce who'll be signing, you find out when you get there, so I pulled a small stack of Rangers to take with me. Fortunately I had this Drew Robinson card.

The team provides these photo cards if you don't have anything else for them to sign.

Game ticket with Rua autograph.
(A good detective would see that I didn't sit in my assigned seat)

Game Action: Glad I had my camera ready, I caught Ohtani's RBI single in the first, and some action when he moved over to second.

He went on to go 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. I was a happy camper with that.

Some Game Notes:
* MLB Debut for Angels starter Jaime Barria (Angels #7 Prospect), he went 5 and ended up with the win.
* Ohtani was picked off at first, it was overturned on challenge, but then Ohtani got picked off again.
* Elvis Andrus was hit by a Keynan Middleton fastball that fractured his elbow.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

One Page of Gary Ross

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

  Gary Ross RHP California Angels 1975-1977
Correspondence received prior to 2004.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Souvenirs From Spring Training

Trade Post From Autographed Cards

The Z-Man made it down to the Cactus League this year, not me. I went in 2013, and again in 2015, and believe me, it was awesome! Zach was nice enough to send me a couple things from his trip.

Pocket Schedule
This is perfect because I forgot to send a SASE to Tempe Diablo Stadium asking for one, like I do every year.

2015 Bowman Chrome #130
I have to assume the Zach got this signed at an Angels game in Tempe as well.
Super cool.

Great stuff Zach, thanks for thinking of me!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Great Card, Bad Scan

Trade Post From The Lost Collector

Got a little package from AJ recently, that included this sweet card:
1994 Gold Leaf Rookie #17
I love Gold Leaf Rookies, I hate that my scanner won't pick up the gold foil.
These inserts could be found in about 1:18 packs, so not an easy pull.
The lone Angel card in the set is this one.
Not a great crop of rookies in this set, Manny Ramirez would probably be the best one.

AJ included a nice selection leaning towards Tim Salmon as well.

Thanks for the cards!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Recipient of a Heartbreak

Trade Post From Baseball Card Breakdown

Gavin picked the Angels in a 2018 Heritage group break recently hoping for a big hit on Ohtani. Alas, no, it was not to be. Instead he received triplicate of 7 different Angels cards, one set of which he was kind enough to send me in trade.

Big chunk of Heritage Angels there. I really like that Topps chose to do the checklists retro as well, and that Mike Trout got his mug on one for the team set. Of course I'll need another one now, one for the checklist set.

Gavin also included this sweet 2005 Bowman Chrome Refractor BDP45.

Thanks Gavin!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

March Listia Winnings

Here's what I won this month. Not much. Listia is changing over from credits to something called INK. Still haven't figured it out yet, so I haven't been doing too much bidding.

1990 Topps #485 signed.
Candy was an Angel from 1985-1987.

1966 and 1969 Topps Checklists

1967 Topps Checklist
(The 1960 Topps Coaches card was a throw-in!)

1997 Score #267

1996 Fleer Checklist #2