Thursday, September 17, 2020

Nolan Ryan Binder Tour - Exhibit A

Various clippings and odd keepsakes found in my Nolan Ryan Binder.
Exhibit A

1996 Advil Advertisement
Probably cut from the coupon section in the Sunday paper. Ryan was a spokesman for Advil for several years in the '90s. Kind of a generic picture of him sitting in insleeves and baseball pants in an unidentified dugout. He's looking pretty serious, like he has a headache and needs an Advil.

Along with the dollar off of Advil, you also had the opportunity to send away for this sweet 27-card Nolan Ryan Career Retrospective set from Pacific. Honestly I had forgotten about this set until I was making this post. I don't have the set, but in researching it for the post my desire to have one escalated, so I just purchased one on ebay.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Todays TTM Return From Vic Voltaggio

Vic Voltaggio was the AL Umpire behind the plate for the Langston/Witt No-Hitter in 1990. He umpired in the American League from 1977-1996, and was also behind the plate for the Chris Bosio's no-hitter with the Mariners in 1993, but I was more concerned about that one with the Angels, for my All-Time Angels Collection.

The first time I sent a couple cards to Voltaggio was back in 2013 and he nicely signed those on the front (note that) and answered a few questions. Recently, I was sorting some cards and came across a couple different Langston/Witt no-hitter cards and thought again about Voltaggio. 

Now normally, when I send someone a card and they're not pictured on the card, I put a stickie on the back that says "Please sign the front." I do that because these guys are polite and they dont want to sign across the face of someone else, unless they are asked to do so. Well, I forgot the stickies in this case and guess what happened? 
He signed on the back. Good old Vic Voltaggio. That doesn't bother me one bit though. I've been collecting autographs long enough to be thankful for whatever I get in return. I'm just appreciative he took the time to sign them. Oh, and he took the time to answer a few questions too.

This was sent to Vic's home in Florida, and returnd in 8 days.

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Problem With Leader Cards

The problem with leader cards, or any multi-team card for that matter, is that they often don't show up on team checklists. It's gotten much better for the kids these days with TCDB, but I built most of my Angels team sets before TCDB came online, and now I'm realizing that I need to go back through all my team sets (like that will ever happen) and try to find all the missing leader cards. Which really stinks because I thought that I had most of those team sets already completed.

How this came up was my discovery of this card that Diamond Jesters had recently posted on a Time Travel Trading Update:

1971 Topps #67 with Clyde Wright

It looked unfamiliar to me, so I checked my team set. Interesting, my team set had a stickie on it with a checkmark. Thats how I notate that the team set is complete. Except that this card wasn't a part of it.
"Damn" I said in my head. Then I asked Diamond Jesters for the trade.

So I went TCDB and guess what? Sure enough I'm lacking two MORE cards:
#61 Batting Leaders with Alex Johnson
#664 Rookie Pitchers with Archie Reynolds

Oh the trials and tribulations that come with team collecting!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Checklist Help

I'm down to just one or two checklist cards to complete a short list of baseball checklist sets. Just putting a call out to anyone that might like to help completing some of these:

1978 #184
1981 #446
1981 Traded #858
1982 #634
1983 Traded #132
1984 Traded #132

1982 1-26 DK "Alan Trammel" (one L)
1984 1-26 DK "Perez-Steel" (no e) on back
1984 27-130
1991 #200
1993 #518, #715

1984 #660 Whitey Herzog
1984 Update #132
1985 #655

1993 #735 Sandberg, #840 Alomar

Thank you!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

One Page of John Doherty

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

   John Doherty, 1B California Angels 1974-1975
Correspondence received prior to 2005.

John Doherty appeared in 104 games over two seasons with the Angels after being drafted by them in the first round of the 1970 amatuer draft. He went on the play in the Padres, Red Sox, and Tigers organizations until 1978.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Freebies For You

Just to spread the love and show some appreciation, below you'll find 7 pages of free cards, nothing too fancy. Please limit selections to 5-cards at the most. Note the player, page, and card position number 1-9 in the comments. Then email me with your address and picks. Enjoy!


Taken: 1,2,5,6,8,9.

Taken: 1,2,3,4,5,6,8.

Taken: 4,5,6,7,8,9.

Taken: 1,2,5,7,8,9,

Taken: 2,4,5,6,7,9.

Taken: 1,2,4,5,7,8,9.

Taken: 1,2,7,9.
Paul Ysebaert is a 1992 Parkhurst Previews PV-1


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

PC Guys Are Always (Wax Pack) Wonderful

I received a PWE from Wax Pack Wonders filled with three of my PC guys. Always love it when someone checks my PC lists and sends card I dont already have.

Just when you think that you have most of the base cards of Frank Tanana out of the way, here comes five more! When I saw these I swore that I already had them. Nope.
That '93 TSC reminded me of a Jim Abbott card:
See what I mean?

I only started on the Vladdy PC a year or so ago. Being a more modern player he'll have a zillion cards to eventually track down (If I'm serious enough about it). A life goal for sure. But these three are great additions.

And one for the Olerud PC.

Icing on the cake, Jeff used vintage postage stamps on the PWE! I remember that Olypic set well as I used to have several blocks of the different stamps in the set. One of my favorite stamp designs.