Friday, June 23, 2017

More Cards Migrate from the East Coast to LA (this time, from Mark H)

Aloha, everybody, 

Continuing on with getting caught up on PWEs that have been sitting way too long on top of my card table. 

This fistful of cards comes to me via my good friend, trading partner, and Twitter buddy, Mark H. 

Leading off is a couple of right-handers from the 1988 Worlds Champions...



Orel looks so young. 



Here's a cool little cut-out card of Corey...



Dodgers ace Ramon Martinez (20W - 6L in 1990) is the veteran in this group from 1991 Fleer. Lots of folks don't like this banana yellow 1991 Fleer set, but these specimens are NM condition, so the bright and glossy finish actually looks pretty good in hand...





How about some more Fleer, and Fernando flashing tight yoga pants...



Prospect Jack Savage never caught on with the Dodgers. He later changed his name to Jeff Kent and had a pretty good career up in Frisco...



Speaking of guys who had pretty good careers...



Ol' Gonzo is reportedly considering retirement if the herniated disk in his back doesn't heal up. From the forlorn look on Adrian's face, it looks like they snapped this photo right as that realization hit him. 

Howie Kendrick is represented by this tiny sticker. Which come to think of it, represents the tiny contribution he made as a Dodger. 



Finally, from the "I didn't know I wanted it until I had it" files, a binder page full of Dodgers coaches from the late 80's to the early 90's. 

There's Tommy Lasorda's long-time mafia of coaches (Amalfitano, Perranoski, Mota) and others who I suppose made good coaches, but were terrible managers (Hoffman, Tracy). 



THANKS for the cardboard trip down memory lane, Mark! Great cards. 

Aloaha!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Dodgers and Mets are Angry Now - But It's All Good in the Blogosphere

Aloha, everybody, 

In the battle of coasts, the Dodgers are playing the Mets here in L.A., and boy, is that series getting hot. The Dodgers have been pounding the Mets over the past few games, and those New York boys aren't too pleased about it. 

It seems the Dodgers-Mets rivalry has really gained steam over the past few years, and it's not really the friendly kind. That said, at least out here in the blogosphere (and in Twitter), die-hard Mets fan, Mark Kaz and I have found common ground and friendship through our hobby. 

Mark sent a PWE to me way back in May, and I'm finally getting around to posting about it. In fact, I've got a few trades that have been waiting on the corner of my card table for me to scan and write about. 

I think I can speak for others when I say, if you've sent a PWE or package, rest assured I appreciate it and I'll eventually post about it. I apologize if it takes a bit longer than we both expected. 

Since it's Dodgers vs Mets week, I figger the best PWE to start off with is Mark's. Let's check out what he sent...


Mark sent along the last card I needed for my 1977 Topps Dodgers team set. Aside from some splotchy ink runs on the left, this card is a beauty. 


Poor ol' King here never got higher than AAA ball, but that's a lot further than me. 


Here's a guy who did punch his way out of the minors. After a long batting slump and an outfield collision with Yasiel Puig that nearly killed him, young Joc is finding his power swing again. 


Gimme Fernando. Gimme all yer Fernandos. Right now. 


You can barely see it on this scan, but EK's mouth is agape because he can't fathom what the heck he's doing superimposed on a cliffside trail (complete with wooden handrail) high above the California coastline. 


 Montas had a strange, short stint with the Dodgers that ended with a broken rib and him being traded to Oakland for Rich Blister-boy Hill. 


This is a beautiful, sparkly card of a guy who was a decent pitcher for the Dodgers, but was eventually traded away. He was also appreciated for the giggles that ensued when we referred to him as "Ball-slinger". 

 Now we're talking. Here's one of the greatest ball-slingers of them all. Can't have too many Koufax's. 

Or too many of this guy, who was a favorite on both my and Mark's teams...


Dig that California beach boy hair shining in the California sun. 

As Piazza reminds us, the LA/NY connections run deep, and no beef on the field will ever break those ties for us collectors. 

Aloha! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

When Cellophane Was King

Aloha, everybody, 

Here are some more goodies from my big box o' prizes that I scored from the Big Fun Game. Let's rip some packs (and a box)!





This was the first Victory pack I ripped. I was surprised to find said Victory cards and Upper Deck Choice cards in the same pack. Was that a usual thing? 

I'll bet it wasn;t usual to pull a Dodger from each of the brands...


The rack pack gave up a few cool cards. I don't remember Omar Vizquel playing for the Mariners. 


It's a couple more Dodgers! 


These packs are great for old school unis. From Score...




Yowza! Mike Scioscia in a rare batting photo...


Finally, a mixed batch from the 1987 Fleer League Leaders set. Check out Goose with the Roy Krok sleeve patch, Brett and Schmidtty in baby blue, and keeping my Dodgers streak alive, Bob Welch in the photo Fleer didn't even bother to center correctly. 


More cool packs and cards and stuff to come from my big prize box soon. 

Aloha! 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bet You Don't Have One of These...or One of These...or These

Aloha, everybody, 

Last week I ran the Lucky 13 Game. Thanks to those who participated, from the first try at joining the 13, and to those who played along to the end. 

I hit the post office today with the first load of packages and a box. Keep your eyes open out there for your prizes. There are just a couple remaining that need to be packaged up and sent out. 

As I mentioned when I started the game, I was influenced by a couple of games before mine. The first being run by the Big Daddy of Traders, JayBarkerFan, my friend and brother, Wes. 

As if to underline the fact he's the Big Daddy, Wes announced today the World Cup of Trading, coming soon to his blog, Willinghammer Rising

But I digress....I won a big box o' fun in Wes' Big Fun Game, and as promised, I'm here to show off some more of the loot from my prize. Have you got one of these...


I've got autographed balls from Tommy Lasorda, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, and a couple of others, but this ball is going to take its place right alongside those storied names. JBF is just as much a legend in our community, and this was the favorite thing to come out of that box. 

That said, there was a whole lotta other stuff (here's the link to the first peek at that big box). Have a gander at this...

Inside was a couple of brand new vintage boxes of 1986 Topps Baseball Champion Superstars - with gum! 



The cards are slightly curved after sitting for 30 years in the boxes, but once freed, you can see they are pristine and glossy. Mint and surprisingly beautiful. 


Pete Rose is wearing the same face he probabbly made when the Hall of Fame turned down his petition to be on the ballot this year. How about The Kid flashing his Million Dollar Smile?


Check out Madlock as a Dodger, and Reggie as an Angel. 


Classic Scmidtty, Mattingly wearing the same blank look he had as the Dodgers manager, and the gum! Even that's in mint condition. This is a very cool box of cards. 

I have two boxes, so check out the checklist, and maybe someone out there wants to trade for the other box. 

I'll be showing off more goodies from this big box prize as the days go by. 

Aloha! 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tony Closes Out the Lucky 13 Game

Aloha, everybody, 

We've reached the end of the line for the Lucky 13 game. Tony has chosen the final prize, Number 3...



It's a Hallmark Christmas tree ornament of The Express. 

I hope this prize will take a little bit of sting out of having two prizes stolen. I know the feeling. The same thing happened to me in the last game. 

Here's the prize rundown of who won what. Of course, let me know if I got any wrong:

Prize 1: 50's Vintage - Bo (and Promo Cards Bonus)
Prize 2: Wheaties Boxes - Matt Prigge 
Prize 3: Nolan Ryan Ornament - Tony L 
Prize 4: Clemens, Schmidt, Ripken - Angels in Order (and Halo Magazine Bonus) 
Prize 5: Football Lot - The Lost Collector (and Bonus Packs and Stengel, Larsen Bonus) 
Prize 6: Young Stars, Rookies - Josh D
Prize 7: 70's Vintage - Raz (and Starling Marte Press Proof Bonus)
Prize 8: Autos, Relics Lot - Night Owl 
Prize 9: Dodgers Figurines - Dime Box Nick 
Prize 10: Inserts Lot - John Miller 
Prize 11: Mixed Packs Lot  - Jon 
Prize 12: Basketball Lot - Matt BWTP 
Prize 13: 60's Vintage - DefGav (and Big Unit Starting Lineup Bonus)

Thanks a bunch for playing everyone. I truly hope you enjoy the prizes. It was my pleasure to host this humble game and bring a bit of fun to our community. 

Please email your address to me to ensure your prize gets to you. 

Aloha! 

Steals are Running Wild Late in the Game!

Aloha, everybody, 

In a late innings surprise, Night Owl stole the Autos and Relics Lot from Bo. Without skipping a beat, Bo stole the 50's Vintage lot from Tony. 



So it's now Tony's turn to steal something else, or claim the remaining Number 3 prize. 

You can choose Number 3, or possibly steal...
Prize 1: 50's Vintage  (stolen once)
Prize 2: Wheaties Boxes
Prize 4: Clemens, Schmidt, Ripken
Prize 5: Football Lot
Prize 6: Young Stars, Rookies
Prize 7: 70's Vintage
Prize 8: Autos, Relics Lot (stolen once) 
Prize 9: Dodgers Figurines
Prize 10: Inserts Lot
Prize 11: Mixed Packs Lot 
Prize 12: Basketball Lot
Prize 13: 60's Vintage (Locked) 

Matt Takes Number 12

Aloha, everybody, 

We're coming into the final picks for the Lucky 13 game. My friend Matt from Bob Walks the Plank has chosen number 12...(there's that basketball lot)...




A couple of cachets, a bunch of promos, and a Vince Carter relic. 
That leaves the final pick of the game to Night Owl. 

N.O., I remember when you signed up, you suspected Dodgers goodness. I wonder if you spotted any Dodgers goodness in an earlier prize that caught your eye, or if you want to take your chances with the final prize remaining. 

You can choose Number 3, or possibly steal...
Prize 1: 50's Vintage 
Prize 2: Wheaties Boxes
Prize 4: Clemens, Schmidt, Ripken
Prize 5: Football Lot
Prize 6: Young Stars, Rookies
Prize 7: 70's Vintage
Prize 8: Autos, Relics Lot
Prize 9: Dodgers Figurines
Prize 10: Inserts Lot
Prize 11: Mixed Packs Lot 
Prize 12: Basketball Lot
Prize 13: 60's Vintage (Locked) 

Aloha! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

John Miller Chooses Number 10

Aloha, everybody, 

The Lucky 13 is closing in on the last choices. After this pick, only Matt and Night Owl remain. 

John chose Prize Number 10, it's the Inserts Lot...




Next up is Matt from Bob Walk the Plank. You can choose from Numbers 3, 12 or possibly steal...
Prize 1: 50's Vintage 
Prize 2: Wheaties Boxes
Prize 4: Clemens, Schmidt, Ripken
Prize 5: Football Lot
Prize 6: Young Stars, Rookies
Prize 7: 70's Vintage
Prize 8: Autos, Relics Lot
Prize 9: Dodgers Figurines
Prize 10: Inserts Lot
Prize 11: Mixed Packs Lot 
Prize 13: 60's Vintage (Locked) 

Bo Knows Bonus Prizes

Aloha, everybody, 

In honor of our first non-baseball prize in The Lucky 13 game, this Bonus Prize is also not baseball-related. In fact, it's not even sports-related. 

Bo was able to get in first, so here tis - the Promo Cards Lot...



These are all promo cards from TV shows and movies. There's even a Jungle Book motion card and some kinda Chinese bull-martial arts creature. 

John Miller is up. John, you can choose Numbers 3, 9,10, 12 or possibly steal...
Prize 1: 50's Vintage 
Prize 2: Wheaties Boxes
Prize 4: Clemens, Schmidt, Ripken
Prize 5: Football Lot
Prize 6: Young Stars, Rookies
Prize 7: 70's Vintage
Prize 8: Autos, Relics Lot
Prize 9: Dodgers Figurines
Prize 11: Mixed Packs Lot 
Prize 13: 60's Vintage (Locked) 
Aloha! 

The Lost Collector Chooses Prize Number 5

Aloha, everybody, 

Let's get the Lucky 13 Game up and running early today (at least, early on the west coast). 

The Lost Collector has already picked up a couple of bonus prizes while waiting his turn. He's got his chance and taken Prize Number 5, the first non-baseball related prize of the game, the Football Lot...


There's a couple of promo cards, a Barry Sanders mini, and a couple of autos. 

In honor of the first non-baseball prize, let's have a bonus giveaway. Anybody can try for the bonus except for The Lost Collector and our next contestant...John Miller. To win the bonus, just include the word bonus somehow in your comment. 

John, your choices are: Numbers 3, 9,10, 12, or possibly stealing...
Prize 1: 50's Vintage 
Prize 2: Wheaties Boxes
Prize 4: Clemens, Schmidt, Ripken
Prize 5: Football Lot
Prize 6: Young Stars, Rookies
Prize 7: 70's Vintage
Prize 8: Autos, Relics Lot
Prize 9: Dodgers Figurines
Prize 11: Mixed Packs Lot 
Prize 13: 60's Vintage (Locked) 

Aloha! 





Thursday, June 8, 2017

Raz Picks Up The Last Prize of the Night

Aloha, late nighters, 

Raz was the first to correctly guess Clayton Kershaw was peeking at us from behind the baseball card packs, so he snags the Bonus Prize...


It's a DonRuss Press Proof, numbered 64/199. Enjoy Raz. 

The game picks up again tomorrow with The Lost Collector's pick. 

Aloha! 

Jon's Second Pick is Snake Eyes, Number 11

Aloha, everybody, 

Jon stole the 60's Vintage and then Gavin stole it from him. That prize is now locked up, and Jon chooses Prize Number 11 with his second pick. It's the Mixed Packs Lot...



It's a couple of DonRuss wax packs and a rack pack, Triple play, and a couple of value packs of 2017 Topps flagship and Archives. 

The Lost Collector let us know he's going to make his pick tomorrow morning. He'll be choosing from Numbers 3, 5, 9,10, 12 or possibly stealing...
Prize 1: 50's Vintage 
Prize 2: Wheaties Boxes
Prize 4: Clemens, Schmidt, Ripken
Prize 6: Young Stars, Rookies
Prize 7: 70's Vintage
Prize 8: Autos, Relics Lot
Prize 9: Dodgers Figurines
Prize 11: Mixed Packs Lot 
Prize 13: 60's Vintage (Locked) 

Let's run a quick bonus prize before we shut down for the night. Hopefully, it's not too late for the east coasters. This bonus is a bit different. The winner is the first who can identify who that is peeking out from behind the baseball packs. Not eligible: Jon and The Lost Collector.

Aloha!




Tony Swings Across the Spectrum, From Number 13 to Number 1

Aloha, everybody,

Tony was the victim of the first steal of the game, so he made a second pick, Number 1. Tony strikes vintage once again! 

It's the 50's vintage lot...




On the bottom is a cachet (see comments for Tony's definition). One of you who knows more about these can explain it better than me, but it's usually something that harks back to a particular person or event, and is a limited release. It's stamped and postmarked on the day of release, usually in a post office that is relevant to the event or person on the cachet. 

This one commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Indians, postmarked Cleveland, Ohio, and it's numbered 98/100. Bill Veek (former owner of the Indians) is pictured, but he died in 1996, so his brother Mike is the one who autographed the card. 

Hope this all beats basketball for you, Tony. 

Jon pulled the steal, which set up Tony's pick, which made DefGav the next in line. Gavin commented (on the previous post) he'll steal the 60's Vintage Prize from Jon, so that prize is locked. 

Jon, looks like you're up again. Tony didn't want basketball, and that prize is still lurking out there. Here are your choices, Jon:

Numbers 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, or you can steal...
Prize 1: 50's Vintage 
Prize 2: Wheaties Boxes
Prize 4: Clemens, Schmidt, Ripken
Prize 6: Young Stars, Rookies
Prize 7: 70's Vintage
Prize 8: Autos, Relics Lot
Prize 13: 60's Vintage (Locked) 

The game has picked up some stealing steam! 

Heads up: Lost Collector is on deck. 

Aloha!