Wednesday, August 15, 2018

One Page of Dick Lange

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


  Dick Lange RHP California Angels 1972-1975
Original correspondence received prior to 2005.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

It's Good To Be Completed With Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind

Recently received a package of cards from Dennis of Too Many Verlanders
Inside was this nice note:
Wow!
How awesome that he took the time to check my wantlists and go out of his way to get the cards I needed, especially to complete a few sets. I try to do that too from time to time, and it is very rewarding to dig and fill a specific need, but I'll admit that it takes a lot of effort to do so. I usually lean towards sending random team stuff. It's quicker and easier.
That's four sets completed right there:
1991 Upper Deck Football
2007 Fleer Rookie Sensations
1988 Fleer Angels Team (still need the entire box bottom panel with Wally Joyner, but calling this complete)
1990 Classic 1 Blue Angels Team

 Also included were a ton of Angels inserts, parallels, numbered cards:
1996 Ultra On-Base Leader #8 Gold Medallion

1996 Leaf Studio #24 Gold Press Proof

2000 Pacific #14 Copper 57/99

1997 Pinnacle #199 Museum Collection

1999 Prism #3 Holographic Gold 468/480

1998 Topps MLB Stars #41 Red 1830/9799

1998 Studio Hit Parade #19 4166/5000

2005 Zenith Mozaics #M-11

2000 SP Future Watch #126 2043/2500 

1997 Donruss Studio #7, #82 Press Proof

And rounded out with some Wally Joyner.

Again, wow, Dennis.
Thanks for taking the time to get these for me.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

July Listia Winnings

A bit late in posting due to waiting for the last of the July winnings to arrive in the mail.

2003 Donruss #26

1992 Skybox #293 Patriots Checklist

1976 Topps #119

1976 Topps #262

1977 Topps #32

1977 Topps #562

1975 Topps Checklist Set

2002 Topps Gallery #62

1996 Fleer Excel Season Crowns #5


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Checkin' It Off - 1974 Topps

Completed the 5-card checklist set for 1974 Topps, and the 1-card checklist for 1974 Topps Traded.

 1974 was the first year Topps cards weren't issued in series, but instead all at once at the beginning of the season. The 1974 set contained 660 cards.
The dark green backs and small font make the names a bit hard to see.
Card #414 Checklist 397-528 is valued a bit higher than the other checklists. The only real big name is Harmon Killebrew, maybe that's why?
Also interesting that the trademark is in two different locations on the bottom.

Single, unnumbered checklist card for the Traded set.
Odd in that the cards in the traded set correspond to the players card in the regular set, therefore they are not numbered sequentially: there's no 1, 2, 3.... in the 43-card set. It all depended on the card number from the regular set.

No big names being traded in 1974, however we can see that Aurelio Monteagudo went from the Angels to the Phillies.



Saturday, July 28, 2018

Found At My Local HPB

I love having a Half Price Books nearby, I usually stop in about once a week. Scored a couple old Sports Illustrated on a recent trip. And all magazines are just a buck.
Sports Illustrated March 15, 1982
Stoked to get this one as I'm working on getting all the Angels covers, and this was one I needed.
It's in really nice shape too, "gently read" if you will.

Here's all the Angels covers, I still need to find the following in red:
May 1971 Jim Fregosi "Oakland Takes Over The West"
July 1971 Alex Johnson "Fallen Angel"
June 1975 Nolan Ryan "The Great Nolan Ryan"
April 1977 Jor Rudi "The Free Agents"
July 1979 Nolan Ryan "How Close It Was"
March 1982 Reggie Jackson "Hark the Heralded Angel Swings"
June 1983 Rod Carew ".400!"
October 1986 Grich/DeCinces "The Comeback Playoffs"
November 2002 John Lackey/Team "Answered Prayers"
December 2002 Angels Insert Photo "Stories of the Year"
February 2003 Mike Scioscia/Team "Baseball Sweet Baseball"
March 2012 Albert Pujols "Power Shift"
February 2012 Mike Trout "Supernatural"
March 2014 Mike Trout "Powered Up"
May 2014 Mike Trout "The Best Beyond the Shadow of a Trout"
March 2017 Mike Trout "MLB Preview"
March 2018 Mike Trout/Shohei Ohtani "MVP"


Sports Illustrated August 9, 1982
Also picked up this sweet Dale Murphy cover.
I've always been a Murphy fan, and even toyed with the idea of adding him to my Player Collections.
Not ready to make that commitment yet though.
I picked it up with the intent of getting it signed TTM, but according to SCN it appears he doesn't sign as reliably as he used to, so I probably wont send it through the mail.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Found Another Trout Wrapper

A keen eye (mine) spotted a new Trout wrapper that I haven't seen before. Since I have to have it for the Trout Wrapper Collection, we might as well see whats inside too. But lets look closer at the wrapper first:
12-card Hanger (Target)
The other hanger packs I picked up previously were 36-card packs.

The cards inside were very unimpressive.



I'm wondering if Walmart has this 12-count hanger pack with some sort of special markings.

Now I'll have to see if I can scrounge up the different Hobby packs.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

It's What's Inside That Counts

My sister visits a few times a year and she always brings us stuff when she does. She knows I like baseball and aviation so she usually brings me related stuff that she's found at thrift stores and such. Recently she brought me this vintage kids baseball chapter book.

1956 First Edition
Cool vintage book, but the real goodies were inside, and I didn't discover them until after she left.

An opened pack of 2017 National Baseball Card Day, Angels cards.
I'm assuming these cards were distributed regionally, and since she lives in Southern Cal...the Angels!
I'm also assuming that she's the one that put these in the book and not that they were overlooked by the person that donated the book in the first place.
The card numbers are ANG-3, ANG-5, ANG-7, and ANG-8 which indicates they were the stadium give-away (4-card pack + info card) and not the card shop give-away. The Angels team set is a set of 10 cards, the packs being given out on Aug 16, 2017. 

Back to the book:
Basically, Little Billy is running around town finding or borrowing baseball memorabilia for the annual Hobbies Display at school. Didn't read to find out if he ever returned the items or if he hawked them on ebay.