Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wallet Card Visits Downtown L.A.!

Aloha everybody,

I had to venture out to downtown L.A. today, and you know where I go, Wallet Card goes.

Parking being what it is downtown, I ended up parking about five blocks away from my destination, but that worked out alright, because it afforded me a great chance for some unexpected exercise on a very nice day to be out walking around. 

I was born in downtown L.A., and I love this little chunk of cityscape that we have here, so I took advantage of the opportunity and whipped out ol' Sandy Koufax to join me on my city walkabout.

I noticed today that Wallet Card's edges are starting to softly bend and conform to the curvature of my wallet. I then opened the cheap camera on my phone and got to snappin'...



Here's Sandy mugging in front of the world-famous Disney music hall (or whatever they call this brushed steel monstrosity). 

Actually, I really dig this building, and she was in great form bouncing off the morning sunlight today.  

 Believe it or not, back when Sandy was owning this town on a small mound of dirt just a few miles behind this shot, and I was growing up on a hunk of concrete just a few miles beyond this shot, that beautiful, bullet-headed building, L.A. City Hall, was the tallest structure in the city.

 Now of course, our little downtown area has got much taller buildings cropping up all over the place. 





Here's me getting all artsy with Wallet Card and my cheap phone camera. 


Speaking of artsy...

 

How about Wallet Card making a stop over at MOCA? 


Sandy Koufax and Andy Warhol: a pair of artists who were simultaneously mastering their crafts in different arenas, at opposite ends of the continent. 


Wallet Card declares his cardboard self to be Contemporary Art. 
 



Closing out with two iconic giants of Los Angeles, side by side.
 


Time to say Aloha! to the city.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Past Gypsy Queen Binder Page Heroes


Welcome to another edition of Binder Page Heroes. 

Since the HOF recently inducted some new members, today ATBATT presents a binder page featuring some of the giants of the game - men who long ago earned plaques on those hallowed walls. 

The other reason I put this page together is I love Gypsy Queen cards. More than that, I love their inserts, and yet even more, I treasure those that have come to me in trades from all of you. 

Most of these cards came to me through trades, so you may recognize one you sent to me in the past.  Even if you didn't send one of these to me, you may recognize a great player from the past for your favorite team. 

Leading off is one of my all-time favorite players, and my vote for the best catcher ever...

 The extra bonus on this card is it features two members of The Big Red Machine (Bench and Davey Concepcion), but more than that, BOTH players on this card had their numbers retired by the Reds. 


 Tris Speaker is one of my favorites because he's got a name that was destined for baseball greatness, and he's got one of those cool old-time baseball sayings - his outfield position was "where triples go to die". 

And now a New York double headuh...


 How's this for a classic Yogism: "I really didn't say all those things I said." 


Another one of the greatest ever...



Continuing the domination of this page by east coast teams...
 
  
Sure DiMaggio was a great player, but he also married the woman that most American males over the age of 13 dreamed about.


 Aint these Hallmark Heroes absolutely beautiful cards? 

We started with Bench, so let's close out with Johnny B launching another one....



Aloha, ball! 

Wallet Card Bonus:
 Ex-Dodgers closer Eric Gagne celebrated his birthday this past week. Wallet Card took to twitter and my old "Game Over" t-shirt to wish Gagne a Happy Birthday: