Saturday, December 31, 2016

Angels We Lost In 2016

A simple tribute to those Angels we lost in 2016.

Orlando Alvarez
(Angels 1976)

Marlan Coughtry
(Angels 1962)

Paul Dade
(Angels 1975-1976)

Sammy Ellis
(Angels 1968)

Doug Griffin
(Angels 1970)

Tony Phillips
(Angels 1995, 1997)

Charlie Sands
(Angels 1973-1974)

Mike Strahler
(Acquired by the Angels November 1972, Traded by the Angels April, 1973)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Infield Fly Rule Trade Mail

Heres just a small selection of the two bricks of cards I received from Infield Fly rule.
I picked out some of my favorites.

1992 Classic Best
Nice selection of Angels Rookies.  Look at that great Jim Edmonds card!

1981 Fleer Star Stickers #50
Angels Great Bobby Grich contemplating his next diving stab, double play.

1993 Triple Play #103
A very young Damion Easley in my favorite Angels uniform.

1994 Upper Deck
The crotch shot I can do without, but the Jorge Fabregas chasing a pop-up action shot is awesome.

1997 Fleer Update
Almost the whole update Angels Team set.  Just short of the Duane Buice card.
I'm sure I have a dupe somewhere.

1994 Upper Deck prospect cards
Ryan Hancock - cool, Jorge Fabregas - SWEET!

And a couple "Angels in the Background" cards.
Looks like Damion Easley on the left.
On the right I'm not sure.
Oh wait, it too is Damion Easley.
His uniform number changed from 46 to 1 in 1993.

Thanks for the package Adam, much appreciated.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Stealing Home Trade Mail

Nice selection of Angels in the PWE.
I really dig Mo Vaughn's 1999 Upper Deck Encore #2.
And who is on the matching side to that Tim Salmon Marquee card?

1988 Fleer Logo Sticker for the Master Set.

And a really sweet 1996 Skybox Adventures of Batman & Robin, Action Packs, Pop-Out card #P1.

Thanks for the Christmas gift.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Received A Gypsy Oak Custom

I recently received this completely awesome custom card from Gypsy Oak Studio:

Nolan Ryan 1977 Penny, Never Go Broke card

So sweet.

You really need to go check out the website

twitter: @gypsyoak

and on ebay: oak-vault 

Some seriously awesome, custom art work.

And to the proprietor of Gypsy Oak Studio:
Thank you so much!
Somehow I deleted the email string that led me to you, I can't remember any names, and I can't find the envelope this came in.
Its been one of those years for me.
But thanks again.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Completed Angels Team Set - 1968 Topps Game

Two Angels found their way into the 1968 Topps Game, 33-card set #16 Dean Chance and #33 Jim Fregosi.
I had the Fregosi signed a long time ago.

According to my Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards this set is not too popular with collectors.
I have to disagree, I think that this is a great little set, and I'd love to have one of my own.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ralph Branca

Great guy, and always happy to sign a card for a fan.

1992 Action Packed #41

1993 Ted Williams #8

Sunday, November 20, 2016

TTM Return Jeff Schmidt

1992 Front Row #57
1993 Pinnacle #469

Jeff was selected by the Angels as the 29th pick in the 1992 draft.
He made it to the Big Team for 9 games in 1996 going 2-0 with a 7.88 ERA over 8 innings.
Jeff signed these cards for me in 10 days from his home in Madison, WI.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Somethings Wrong With This Picture

2003 Fleer Ultra #39 David Eckstein

Take a closer look at his jersey number on the card:
Seems upside-down to me.

Now THATS a 22.

Friday, November 4, 2016

One Page of Ed Sukla

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

  Ed Sukla RHP Los Angeles/California Angels 1964-1966
Correspondence received July, 2005.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Player Collections Additions

More auctions won on Listia netted these cards for my player collections.

2004 Leaf Certified Materials #192 Mirror Red 064/100

1994 Team Stadium Club #184, 1st Day Issue
1993 Upper Deck On Deck #D1

1996 Pinnacle Zenith #53

1992 Leaf Gold Edition #438

1985 Topps Traded #50T

2003 Bazooka #97
2014 Topps Deckle Mini #JO

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mike Trout National Baseball Card Day

Chose a bunch of cards to show off from a box of cards sent over from P-Town Tom.
Tom let us know that he had bags of cards available for trade, so I took him up on some Gold Topps Angels, and whatever Frank Tanana he had available.
All the rest were a nice bonus he included.

2016 Topps National Baseball Card Day #4

1994 Upper Deck SP Holo View FX #15

A bunch of nice Tim Salmon

And a bunch of nice Erstad's

1998 Upper Deck Starquest, Student Of The Game SQ61 and SQ62

One of the 1992 Topps Gold, #629

And one of the 1993 Topps Gold #633

A Sampling of the handful of Frank Tanana, 1992 Donruss #111

1996 Fleer Emotion-XL
Almost a complete set, and I already have the Abbott, Edmonds, and Anderson, so this may actually make the complete set.

Really great cards Tom, thanks!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

TTM Return Robert Kraft

I first sent a hand-written request for a signed business card but didn't include a SASE.
Never heard back.
Sent another request with a SASE and got this back in 11 days.
Draw your own conclusion.

Cool addition to the Patriots collection though.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Completed Angels Team Set - 1983 Fleer Stickers

There were 12 Angels in the 296-sticker set.
Stickers were issued in perforated strips of 10 player and 2 team logo stickers.

The Angels team came consecutively numbered from #24 to #35, except for the team logo sticker which was assigned #272.
I suppose if you unpeeled the stickers and stuck them somewhere (maybe on the mail-order poster) the backs would still be worth keeping since they feature a player profile.

Here's the team logo sticker.

I found two different backs on the logo sticker, one a checklist and one a promotional for the poster you can use to attach your stickers to.
I don't believe that the player stickers have the promo back variation.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

TTM Return Doug Jennings

1988 Texas League 100 Anniversary All-Stars #4
1991 Line Drive AAA #539
1989 Upper Deck #585

I received the Texas League card from Fuji in a recent package, that inspired me to send these out for Doug to sign.

Doug was drafted by the California Angels in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur draft, and played in their farm system from 1984-1987.

Returned in 9 days from his home in Boca Raton, FL.