Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Some Listia Winnings

What I dig about Listia is that it's all free. The only thing I pay for is postage on the cards I sell, and thats pretty cheap. This has enabled me to pick up some cool stuff, like this cool stuff here.

2011 Diamond Sparkley Tyler Chatwood rookie card. 304 credits and I can check it off my want list.

1998 Pinnacle Mint Collection #22 Frank Thomas. I pick these up here and there. I think I have about half the set. 50 credits.

A couple of really nice 1965 Topps. Again, I pick up '65 and '56 Topps here and there, my two favorite designs. 754 credits.

And these awesome, I-didn't-even-know-they-existed 1971 Topps Football Game inserts. Scored two on two separate auctions netting me the Patriots team set. Jim Nance - 505 cradits, and Ron Berger only 106 credits.

Thanks Listia!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cardboard Catastrophies Checked My 2011 Want List

It's always nice to know you actually have readers when one of them reaches out for a trade. Jeff from Cardboard Catastrophies did just that. Jeff saw my 2011 Angels Want List post and emailed with a list of cards he pulled for it. I in turn checked out his and sent some in return.

Isn't it great how this works?

Here are the cards I can now take off the list.

All nice Angels cards. Thanks for reaching out Jeff.

Monday, February 27, 2012

CAL and LAA From SMG

Just about the full spectrum of Angels cards were sent to me from The Sewing Machine Guy.  Nice cards.  Nice Angels cards.

First up, The Vintage.

I love that 1967 Topps Fregosi. I love all Jim Fregosi cards. I especially like team cards too. Often times the photos are so small that you can't see the individual players faces, but they are one of the few cards that I actually like in the landscape format. The design and colors on the 1972 team card make me nauseous, but that's the best part of the 72 set.

Next we head into the SPs and shinies. 

That 2011 Topps Heritage Torii Hunter is an SP.  And just look at that Diamond Anniversary Mike Napoli! Mikey sparkles without the Diamond Anniversary. And lots of pretty numbered Angels chrome: Garret 0116/1958, Vladdy 1653/1959, and Johan 0222/1960.


I never get tired of Angels refractors. I especially like the 2009 Heritage Joe Saunders #407/560. The Troy Glaus is from the 2003 Bowman Chrome set. I didn't realize refractors went back that far. Just when did refractors first show up? The Kelvin Escobar is pretty nifty too in blue.

Thanks much Sewing Machine Guy for some really nice Angels cards.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bible Card Sunday - Mike Kingery

Mike Kingery had a 10 year career as an outfielder for 6 different teams. He was originally signed by the Royals as an amateur free agent in 1979 but didn't make his debut with them until July 7, 1986. In that debut game he batted third and went 2/4. He batted .349 for Colorado in 1994, third-best in the NL, and in 1995 made his first and only postseason appearance when the Rockies were eliminated in the NLDS by the Braves.

Mike signed my card with John 3:16
"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever should believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

And Mike's favorite verse is 1 Peter 1:15-16:
"But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written, "Be holy, because I am holy."

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dual Window Trumbo

Two new Trumbos.

Look closely at the dual relic. I dont think there are two pieces of material in there. Based on the continuous direction of the air vents in both pieces, I think it's actually one big piece of material.

Maybe Topps should call these Dual Window Relics.

Trumbos in my Trumbo Collection:

2005 Just Minors Justifiable #81 Orem Owlz
2006 Bowman #B14
2006 Bowman #B14 Gold
2006 Bowman Chrome #BC14
2006 Bowman Chrome #BC14 Refractor 102/500
2006 Bowman Originals #BO16
2006 Bowman Sterling Prospect #BSP-MT
2007 Kernals Team Set #22
2011 Bowman #193
2011 Bowman #193 Gold
2011 Bowman #193 Blue 021/500
2011 Bowman Topps of the Class #TC10
2011 Bowman Brightest #BBR3
2011 Bowman Chrome #173
2011 Bowman Platinum #21
2011 Bowman Platinum #21 Gold
2011 Bowman Platinum #21 Emerald
2011 Bowman Platinum #21 Ruby
2011 Bowman Sterling XDR-MT Dual Relic Refractor 114/199
2011 Topps #57
2011 Topps #57 Diamond Anniversary
2011 Topps #57 Gold 0086/2011
2011 Topps Update #57 Cognac Diamond Anniversary
2011 Topps Update Next 60 Certified Autograph #N60A-MT
2011 Topps Chrome #178
2011 Topps Chrome #178 Autograph
2011 Topps Chrome #178 Refractor
2011 Topps Chrome #178 Refractor Orange
2011 Topps Chrome #178 Xfractor
2011 Topps Chrome #178 Atomic Refractor 045/225
2011 Topps Chrome #178 Sepia 54/99
2011 Topps Chrome #157 Refractor Purple 083/499
2011 Topps Chrome #157 Refractor Blue 96/99
2011 Topps Chrome Heritage #C122 1458/1962
2011 Topps Allen & Ginters #263
2011 Topps Heritage #404
2012 Topps #281 (3B 3B)
2012 Topps Gold Futures #GF-15
Custom All-Time Angels Team Set

Friday, February 24, 2012

Contest at Cards Beyond Oceans

Contest for a really sweet Duke Snider at Cards Beyond Oceans.  Go enter and check out the blog, it's equally as sweet.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Three Tickets To The Game!

Three tickets to three different games in three consecutive years in the 70's actually.

These stubs were not in the family, so I can't say for sure if I was at any of these games.

Let's see what I might have missed.

Wednesday evening June 24, 1970 vs. Chicago White Sox.
This is the second game of a double-header and after winning the first game 3-1 the Angels took this one as well by winning 2-1.
Mel Queen pitched a 2-hitter through 6 and Eddie Fisher finished up the last 3 for the save. The Angels 7 hits were all singles. The go-ahead and winning run was scored in the Angels 5th when Alex Johnson forced Jim
Fregosi at second, Jim Tatum scampering home from third. Not the most exciting game.

Looks like this stub was pasted in someones scrapbook at one time. I'm not sure what the COUNTED stamp was used for, the ticket was torn already. Ah, wait. Maybe due to the double-header I bet.

Monday evening June 28, 1971 vs. the Kansas City Royals.
Royals Ace Paul Splittorff threw a 9 inning shutout while striking out 5 and getting the 3-0 win. The Angels had 7 hits but stranded 5 runners. Mickey Rivers stole second and Ken McMullen was caught stealing on a strike'em out-throw'em out. Archie Reynolds took the loss giving up all 3 runs in 6 innings.

Nice clean back on this one.

Wednesday evening August 30, 1972 vs. the Detroit Tigers.
The Angels beat the Tigers 4-1 behind a complete game by Andy Messersmith who struck out 9. Vada Pinson had 2 RBI in the game off 2 singles, and also hit a double.

Appears this ticket was in one of those old magic photo albums as noted by the striping and paper loss on the back.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Completed Team Set - 2004 Bazooka Tattoos

One of the insert sets for 2004 Bazooka were temporary tattoos. There were 55 different tattoos in the set. The Angels had 3 bobblehead-looking guys featuring a real photo of their head atop a cartoon body. Kinda dorky but pretty cool in their own Bazooka way.

Card JW Jarrod Washburn. Jarrod is a pitcher, a very serious pitcher. And he has big muscles.

Card TS Tim Salmon. Tim is happy. Tim is always happy. And we already knew that Tim had big muscles.

Card TG Troy Glaus. Troy is looking at his big fly leave the ballpark. But Troy, you haven't swung yet. Troy's muscles look bigger than Tim's because Troy is wearing grey.

Bazooka Joe must have applied the tattoo too close to his eye dispite the warning on the back. Now he has to wear an eyepatch.

Zoiks and no wonder! Look at those ingredients! These things are toxic!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Angels Cards From Drew's Cards

Drewscards sent over a sweet little bunch of Angels cards in exchange for some stuff I sent him. I picked out a few from the team-set sized bag of cards.

2010 Topps Pro Debut Futures Game FGR-TR Trevor Reckling Jumbo Jersey 019/139. This is my first jumbo jersey card and all I can say is SU_WEET!
Trevor is currently in AA ball for the Angels.

1974 Topps #55 Frank Robinson. This is the last card I needed for my 1974 Topps Angels team set. Frank still had some pop in his bat in 1974. He hit 20 HRs and 26 doubles, and drove in 63 in 427 ABs. He was traded to the Indians near the end of the season.

2001 Upper Deck SP #DE Authentic Fabric Darin Erstad with a hint of a pinstripe!

Not 1 but 2 2010 Topps Goldies. The Juan Rivera is a base card and is numbered 0015/2010, perhaps one of my lowest numbered cards ever. Brian Stokes is an update card numbered 1615/2010.  Note the differences in the "Topps 59 Years of Collecting" stamp in the upper left corner.  Any reason for the difference?

And a nice selection of minis: 2010 Ginter Joel Pineiro Ginter back, 2010 Ginter Erick Aybar, 2010 Topps 206 Howie Kendrick Piedmont back, 2011 Ginter Ervin Santana Black.

Thanks for the trade Drew!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bible Card Sunday - Bob Patterson

Bob Patterson was an Angel for only 2 of his 13 Major League seasons (1994-1995).  In those 2 years he went 7-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 95.1 innings of relief.  Bob also played with San Diego (85), Pittsburgh (86-92), Texas (93), and the Cubs (96-98).  Patterson was known as the Glove Doctor since he was often asked by many players, even opposing players, to repair their broken gloves.  Some of his methods of repair included the incorporation of coat hangers, tongue depressers, and extra leather.  Not sure if he used those as tools or not.  I think it would have been illegal to have a chunk of a metal coat hanger in your glove!

Bob signed this card with Philippians 4:6-13 (I think) which includes his favorite verses Philippians 4:11-13
"For I have learned to be content whatever the circunstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him (Christ) who gives me strength."

Angels Want List 1965 - 1969

1965 Bazooka - ANGELS
5 Dean Chance
22 Jim Fregosi

1965 Old London Coin - ANGELS
Dean Chance
Jim Fregosi

1965 TOPPS - Angels
172 Jim Piersall 
374 Angels Rookies (Cardenal, Simpson)
422 Aubrey Gatewood
464 Ron Piche
569 Gino Cimoli

1965 Topps Embossed - Angels
39 Jim Fregosi

1965 Topps Transfers - ANGELS
Jim Fregosi
Bob Rodgers

1966 Bazooka - ANGELS

19 Jim Fregosi
25 Dean Chance

1966 TOPPS - Angels
263 Tom Egan
299 Lou Burdette
340 Dean Chance
361 Tom Satriano
393 George Brunet
462 Bob Rodgers
505 Jose Cardenal
553 Garrett/Warner

1966 Topps Rub-Offs - ANGELS

Jose Cardenal
Dean Chance

1967 Bazooka - ANGELS

1 Rick Reichardt
19 Jim Fregosi
25 Dean Chance

1967 Topps - ANGELS

122 George Brunet
343 Tom Satriano
401 Jim Coates
549 Jack Sanford
584 Jimmy Piersall

1967 Topps Punch-Outs - California Angels

Jim Fregosi
Bobby Knoop
Rick Reichardt

1968 Bazooka - ANGELS

31 Bobby Knoop P3
37 Jim McGlothlin P8
38 Don Mincher P12
P9 Jim Fregosi Shortstop

1968 TOPPS - Angels

271 Bobby Knoop
305 Minnie Rojas
347 George Brunet
367 Jim Fregosi AS
389 Jay Johnstone
416 Bill Rigney
433 Bob Rodgers
453 Sammy Ellis
474 Paul Schaal
493 Jim McGlothlin
552 Ed Kirkpatrick
570 Rick Reichardt

1968 Topps Action All-Star Stickers - ANGELS

3 Rick Reichardt
8 Don Mincher
9 Jim Fregosi
12 Jim McGlothlin
14 Rick Reichardt

1968 Topps Giant Stand Ups - ANGELS

9 Jim Fregosi

1968 Topps Milton Bradley - ANGELS

24 Bobby Locke
121 Jimmie Hall
143 Pete Cimino
193 Jack Hamilton

1968 Topps Plaks - ANGELS

3 Jim Fregosi
1968 Topps Posters - Angels

4 Jim Fregosi

1969 MLB PhotoStamps - Angels

George Brunet
Vic Davalillo
Jim Fregosi
Chuck Hinton
Bobby Knoop
Jim McGlothlin
Rick Reichardt
Roger Repoz
Bob Rodgers

1969 Milton Bradley - Angels

George Brunet
Vic Davalillo
Jim Fregosi
Jay Johnstone
Bobby Knoop
Orlando McFarlane
Jim McGlothlin
Bubba Morton
Rick Reichardt
Roger Repoz
Bob Rodgers
Tom Satriano
Hoyt Wilhelm

1969 Nabisco Team Flakes - Angels

Jim Fregosi

1969 TOPPS - Angels

157 Bob Rodgers
182 Bill Rigney 
565 Hoyt Wilhelm
653 Aurelio Rodriguez

1969 Topps Decals - Angels

Rick Reichardt
Hoyt Wilhelm
Jim Fregosi

1969 Topps Stamps - Angels

George Brunet
Vic Davalillo
Eddie Fisher
Jim Fregosi
Bobby Knoop
Jim McGlothlin
Rick Reichardt
Roger Repoz
Bob Rodgers
Tom Satriano

1969 Transogram Statues - ANGELS

14 Jim Fregosi
17 Bobby Knoop

Friday, February 17, 2012

2011 Angels Want List


Allen & Ginter

Bowmans Brightest
BBR6 Mike Trout
BBR8 Tyson Auer

Bowman Gold
58 Torii Hunter
187 Vernon Wells
206 Andrew Romine RC

Bowman Topps 100
TP31 Jean Segura

Bowman Chrome
45 Torii Hunter
81 Dan Haren
140 Jered Weaver
163 Bobby Abreu
167 Vernon Wells
173 Mark Trumbo (RC)
199 Hank Conger RC
208 Jordan Walden RC

Bowman Draft
3 Alexi Amarista RC
10 Tyler Chatwood RC

Bowman Chrome Draft
3 Alexi Amarista RC
10 Tyler Chatwood RC

Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects

Bowman Platinum (need Base/Gold/Emerald/Ruby)
7 Hank Conger RC (E/R)
21 Mark Trumbo RC (G)
45 Torii Hunter (G/R)
46 Kendry Morales (E/R)
56 Jered Weaver (G/E/R)
71 Dan Haren (B/G/E/R)
88 Vernon Wells (G/R)

Topps Finest
52 Jered Weaver
71 Mark Trumbo RC


Topps 60
94 Torii Hunter
142 Tyler Chatwood

Topps Black Diamond Wrapper Redemption
9 Jered Weaver
55 Torii Hunter

Topps Cognac Diamond
31 Erick Aybar
49 Los Angeles Angels TC
75 Jered Weaver
185 Peter Bourjos
201 Mike Napoli
263 Joel Pineiro
285 Hank Conger RC
337 Jordan Walden
344 Michael Kohn RC
439 Ervin Santana
454 Alberto Callaspo
525 Vernon Wells
528 Bobby Abreu
559 Reggie Willits
581 Fernando Rodney
626 Dan Haren

Topps Diamond Anniversary
31 Erick Aybar
118 Howie Kendrick
255 Torii Hunter
344 Michael Kohn RC
439 Ervin Santana
454 Alberto Callaspo
474 Jeff Mathis
525 Vernon Wells
528 Bobby Abreu
529 Maicer Izturis
559 Reggie Willits
651 Kendrys Morales

Topps Diamond Duos
DD3 Jered Weaver & Dan Haren

Topps Gold
75 Jered Weaver
185 Peter Bourjos
201 Mike Napoli
255 Torii Hunter
263 Joel Pineiro
285 Hank Conger RC
337 Jordan Walden
344 Michael Kohn RC
439 Ervin Santana
454 Alberto Callaspo
474 Jeff Mathis
525 Vernon Wells
528 Bobby Abreu
529 Maicer Izturis
581 Fernando Rodney
626 Dan Haren
632 Scott Kazmir
651 Kendrys Morales

Topps Town

Topps Update

Topps Update Cognac
US50 Jered Weaver
US101 Scott Downs
US146 Jordan Walden
US175 Mike Trout RC
US184 Tyler Chatwood RC
US198 Kevin Jepsen
US201 Hisanori Takahashi
US286 Rich Thompson
US326 Trevor Bell

Topps Update Diamond Anniversary
US26 Jered Weaver
US50 Jered Weaver
US101 Scott Downs
US175 Mike Trout RC
US187 Bobby Wilson
US198 Kevin Jepsen
US293 Howie Kendrick
US326 Trevor Bell

Topps Update Gold
US26 Jered Weaver
US101 Scott Downs
US146 Jordan Walden
US175 Mike Trout RC
US184 Tyler Chatwood RC
US201 Hisanori Takahashi
US326 Trevor Bell

Topps Chrome
64 Vernon Wells
99 Kendry Morales

Gypsy Queen
225 Vernon Wells
315 Jered Weaver SP

Topps Heritage Then and Now
TN7 Bob Gibson Cardinals & Jered Weaver Angels

Topp Lineage Diamond Anniversary
14 Kendry Morales
128 Vernon Wells
142 Dan Haren

Topps Marquee
9 Jered Weaver

Topps Opening Day

Pro Debut AA All-Stars
DA40 Ryan Mount - Arkansas Travelers

Pro Debut A All-Stars
SA10 Tyson Auer - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
SA13 Mike Trout - Cedar Rapid Kernals
SA16 Tyler Skaggs - Cedar Rapid Kernals
SA34 Casey Haerther - Cedar Rapid Kernals
SA38 Jean Segura - Cedar Rapid Kernals
SA45 Tyler Chatwood - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Topps Tribute
24 Rod Carew
63 Jered Weaver

Tristar Obak
88 Mike Trout
66 Danny Goodwin

A Trade For An Autographed Wally Joyner

Fellow SCN collector Scott reached out asking about a signed 1991 Eric Karros rookie card I had for trade. He had several nice in-person Angels autographs to choose from, and I selected this 1987 Topps Wally Joyner.

Joyner does not sign through the mail, but I understand that he's pretty good in person, so trading is about the only way I can add his autograph to my collection.

I have a couple different 1988 cards signed, but I wanted an '87 card to add to the collection. Now I just need a signed 1986 rookie card.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Completed Team Set - 1970 Kellogg's

Only one Angel was represented in this 75 card 1970 inaugural set from Kellogg's.

Jim Fregosi won the honor:

Single 3-D cards were inserted into selected brands of cereal boxes. A complete set could be obtained through a mail-in offer. The cards are smaller than a standard baseball card and measure 2-1/4" x 3-1/2".

Here's the back:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Recent mail Returns

I didn't have a card for Carl Erskine, the few I had he'd already signed years ago, so I sent him a custom index card. He returned that, and thoughtfully included this nice Diamond Signatures card.

Here's the CIC:

Mr Erskine returned these in 20 days from his home in Indiana.

Next up a bunch of Patriots. I've ramped up my TTM for Patriots football cards.

Brian Dowling was a Patriots quarterback from 1972-1973. He signed his sole Topps football card, a 1974, and my custom Patriots index card in 8 days.

Mike Montler nicely signed his 1973 Topps card and answered a couple questions, in 8 days from his home in Colorado.

Rounding out the mail is Jim Whalen who signed his 1969 Topps card in 32 days. Jim was a Boston Patriot tight end from 1965-1969.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Patriots Autograph of the Month - Willie McGinest

Willie McGinest was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft out of USC and was a DE-LB for the Patriots from 1994-2005.  He played 3 more seasons with the Browns after that.  In 2005 McGinest set an NFL postseason record by recording 4.5 sacks in one game as well as breaking Bruce Smith's record for the most all-time sacks in the postseason with 16. He ranks third all time for the Patriots with 76 career sacks. He ranks second in the NFL with career fumbles returned for touchdowns (39).  He's a two-time Pro Bowler (1995, 2003) and a three-time Super Bowl Champion (2001, 2003, 2004).   

I received this card in a trade with another SCN member.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Those Blue Books On My Bookshelf

The question was asked the other day about the blue-spined books on my bookshelf.  I thought what a great idea for a post!

This is one of the books in question:

Baseball Legends - Jimmie Foxx

This series of 40 books were published in 1991 by Chelsea House Publishers.

This one was written by Norm Macht but there are several different authors used in the series.

Here's the list of subjects in the series:

You can see the checkmark next to the one's that I have. I'm lacking only three: Roy Campanella, Dizzy Dean, and Pete Rose.

I picked these books up back around 1998-1999 at the 99-Cent Only stores in Southern California. Yep, a buck a piece. But I acquired them roughly 2 or 3 at a time, so it took a while to amass the 37 books I have.

The books are roughly 60 pages with a scattering of black-and-white photos of the player represented. The last two pages give a chronology of the players life and his career statistics.

Here's a sample page:

The photo quality is actually pretty good and there are several full-page photos throughout.

Here's the back of the book:

Check out the book price in the lower left corner, $14.95! No wonder I found them on blow-out for a buck a piece at the 99-Cent Only Stores. A full series at that price would have cost $598.00, plus tax!