Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Sweet Contest Win From Sports Card Info

Aloha, everybody, 

Are you familiar with Sports Card Info blog? SCI shows off cards of the day, reviews card releases, and runs contests giving away cool cardboard - which often features autos or relics. 

The contests are super easy because all you have to do is read the blog and make a comment. There's currently a giveaway for an Albert Pujols relic card. 

Great idea and cool blog, right? Right. I spotted a Dodger card contest and I threw my cap in the ring. BINGO! I hit and I scored. 

Welcome to my collection, 2017 Topps Finest Rob Segedin RC autographed RC. 

THANKS, SCI, for this very nice prize. 

I also got a cherry on top...

It's a cool (Dodger blue) SCI pin. Very nice! 


Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Golden Age of Blogger Events, Games and Prizes

Aloha, everybody, 

Is it just me, or have these past couple of months in the blogosphere been a whirlwind of contests, giveaways and big time trade-a-thons? 

It's not a bad thing. Not at all. Increased interaction among us is a great thing. Our periods of "quiet blogging" are punctuated by the occasional contest and blog bat around, but it seems to me this is different. We're in the middle of a golden period of interaction, trades and gifting in our community. 

Fittingly, my brother from another mother, who we all recognize as one of (if not THE) most generous of bloggers around, good ol' Wes, kicked all of this off with his revival of the Big Fun Game. That set the ball rolling and the blogosphere has been filled with one event after another ever since. Some events, of course, have bee more successful than others. 

One idea that I liked, which unfortunately has stalled (for now), was the Fun-at-a-Time book chain, which was launched by Matt, from Summer of '74. The book chain slowed up here on ATBATT, but it did spur some positive comments. A good suggestion came from Jon, the proprietor of A Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts. He surmised we would have more time for reading books in the baseball offseason. I'm thinking we may have to revisit the book chain at that time. 

As I mentioned, the book chain stalled, but it won't stop. Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown mentioned he wants to read Mint Condition (the first book in the chain), so Gav, as soon as I'm finished reading it (I'm presently about a third of the way through), I'll be sending it off to you. There's no obligation that you run the book chain. I'm just completing my part in the chain, and I'm happy to pass off a good book to someone who wants it. 

But I digress. Back to our golden age topic. I'm backed up with winnings posts, so the next few will be featuring my loot from a few contests. 

Here we go with my winning item from The BFG over at Johnny's Trading Post. Check this out...

It's a heavy duty, and I mean HEAVY, bronze, Roberto Alomar RC from the Highland Mint. 

It's a pretty cool relic, but I'll have to admit, I'm not really an Alomar or Padres collector, so I'd like it go to a loving home. Anybody out there fancy a trade? My ears and eyes are open. 

John also included some bonus Dodgers for me that I do collect. Yahoo! 

 Finally, hard luck Julio Urias, whose out for who-knows-how-long with arm troubles. This despite the Dodgers' best-intentions of pampering him. I'm hoping for the young southpaw's speedy and complete recovery.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fun-at-a-Time Book Chain Part Dos

Aloha, everybody,

Time to follow up with my part of the Book Chain that Matthew, from Summer of 74 blog started up. I picked up Mint Condition from Matthew, and now I'm offering up a book for someone else to read. 

Here's how the book chain will work, ATBATT style. Below are a few books which I offer up to you, dear reader. However, choose just one. 

In return, all we (of the Book Chain) ask, is that you simply offer a book to the next reader in the chain. Pretty simple, right? Let's get to the offerings: 

There was a time that I was big on reading baseball biographies.  Let's lead off with a few...

There was also a time that I picked up most of my reading material from used book stores and library sales. A couple of these once belonged to the local library. 

Some of the best things about these old books are the photos inside. 

Here's an LA Ram bio. Seems football players need ghost-writers also...

Next up is my favorite athlete bio of the bunch. 

On to the non-bios. Of course, The Boys of Summer would be in my library. Although, it's a roundabout bio, of the World Champeen Brooklyn Dodgers. 

Men At Work was a surprise gem. 

In it, Will lays out the thought processes and methods of the men who made baseball history and lore, mostly in their own words. He explores the manager, the pitchers, the defense, and the offense. 

One of my favorite parts was Orel Hershiser telling us what he experienced in the Dodgers' run to the 1988 World Series, and his record-breaking scoreless innings streak along the way. 

And now, for something completely different...

Finally, the book that started it all...

If you want to read this one, I'll be happy to pass it on, but I ask you to indulge me, and give me a little time to finish reading it. It can be a fast read for someone with the time, but I suspect it will take me a few weeks. 

How do you get one of these books? Just comment below - and add the book you would like if you should win. I would appreciate a brief mention on your blogs or the twitters. Let's spread some book love, right? 

 I'll set a deadline of midnight Friday PST. Then I'll randomize the names (hopefully, there's more than one person interested) and the winner gets the book he or she chose. 

Easy as reading. 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

What to do During the AS Break? Read a Book About Baseball Cards, of course.

Aloha, everybody, 

Last month Summer of 74 blog started up the Fun-at-a-Time Book Chain. Matthew, So74s proprieter, offered a few books up for grabs. He ran a mini-contest, and I was lucky enough to win! 

Well, I won by virtue of being the only entrant, but who's complaining? I wanted one of those there books and I'm happy to say I got one. Here 'tis...

It's a history book for our hobby. How can that not be cool? I already cracked it and I'm a few pages in. It seems like it'll be a smooth and enjoyable read.

The other half of the book chain is I will now pass on a book to someone else, and it carries on forward to form a chain, see? I'll be offering up some books in the next post. 

Before we do that, let's check out a few cards that Matthew included with my new quiet time reading material.

It's a smattering of current Dodgers, former WS champion Dodgers, minor league TV stars, and Dodgers doing what I would love to do on one of these heat wave summer LA days. 

THANKS for the great idea and book, Matthew!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

It's Card Show Day!

Aloha, everybody, 

Today is a special holiday that comes at different times for all of us. Unfortunately, for some of us, it's a rare occurrence, for others it requires driving for hours. But we all know how special and exciting it is when it happens. 


I'm lucky enough to live within a 30-minute drive, so that's where I'm off to today. While I'm gone, check out these beauties that I picked up on my previous Card Show Day.

Leading off are some cards from a dealer that had a box of a couple hundred vintage cards. It was a NICE selection. Cards I haven't seen at the show in eons. Hall of Famers galore, and 99% of them in very good condition (at least). I wasn't crazy about the fact nothing was priced. 

He doesn't usually carry vintage, so I figured this came from some collector dumping a collection off to him, and I was hoping he was going to dump this stuff off to us. 

I walked away with a few. Leading off are some Kellogs 3-Ds for my PCs. 

I really don't prefer when a dealer doesn't price his cards because I end up doing a lot of hunting, just to hear him quote some unrealistic price book (or higher) numbers. 

I asked him what the cards were going for and he told me to choose what I liked, and I wouldn't believe how low his prices were. 

After selecting a few with names like Berra, Aaron and Koufax to name a few, I asked his price. Was there a great unbelievable deal to be had? Not in my opinion. I grabbed these lesser cards with lesser names and made due. 

Gotta grab a tribute card of the Hit King...

I've decided to expand my humble Rickey Henderson PC. This one was very attactive to me because Rickey's batting in the photo, and sliding into base on the hologram...

Here's a great shot of Rickey itchin' to take off for second...

This scan unfortunately dulls the shiny goodness of this wonderful Killer card...

 More shiny goodness. Mr. Cy Young...

 How about some Dodgers from a set I rarely see around...

This upgrades my '65 team set...

Believe it or not, Norm Larker here kicks off my 1961 Dodgers chase, so if you've got '61 Dodgers, I need 'em.

More tribute action. This time from Fleer...

It's not quite the Fourth, but I'm gonna throw this starry Nomo at ya to finish off the post...

Sayonara...and aloha!