27 February 2015

Frankly Friday: Score The Triple Crown

1993 Score Select Triple Crown: Frank Robinson

For this Frankly Friday installment I have this beauty that I think I got from a purchase on one of the card forums Sports Card Forum maybe. I am not sure it could have been some random collector who contacted my from my regular blog. So if I did purchase it I don't recall how much I got it for. I might have even bought it with a couple of other cards. Enough of my babbling you came here to see the card:

As you can see the front has a glittery/chrome/foil print on it. Dufex it is called, whatever that is. That is why the scan looks so Chromy/Blurry. I am not a fan of this type of stuff. Back in the 80s and 90s yeah sure but now not so much. Anyway this is card 2 of a 3 card insert set to the 1993 Score Select set. The other two cards (which I am thinking of getting) are Mickey Mantle 1 and Carl Yastzemski 3.

 1993 Score Select Triple Crown - 2 Frank Robinson Orioles
(Front and Back)

31 January 2015

State of the Blog and Ryan Zimmerman

Just a quick one to keep the blog flowing. I haven't disappeared completely, I just haven't been doing a lot of blogging or more specifically the prep work for regular blogging. Not sure why I've been a bit lethargic when it comes to blogging or other things including card related things lately. Anyway Here is a card that I have a few of that for some reason I never got around to putting on this blog (maybe not even on my regular card blog either). Thus this entry for "Senators Singles":

 2006 Topps Baseball: National Baseball Card Day - T3 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals

31 December 2014

Happy New Year 2014 to 2015


Goodbye 2014 and Hello 2015. Here is to a great 2015 season for the Nationals. This past year 2014 that is in its final hours winding down was an excellent one for the Nats. They won their 2nd NL East Division Crown in the last 3 years of there first 10 years as the Washington Baseball Club.

16 September 2014

Curly Clinch 2014 Edition


The Nationals clinched 1st place in the NL East insuring a playoff birth by beating the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta by a score of 3-0. Step one complete clinching a playoff birth. Getting the Division Lead helps make it easier but we know is not necessary to get there. There will be two teams that squeak into the playoffs and duke it out in the wild-card play-in game. The team is now on the Playoffs Parkway. Heading the opposite direction is the Baltimore Orioles from the AL East on-ramp.

There are many people in the organization that have contributed to this. One man who has played a big role is skipper Matt Williams


31 August 2014

Curly W Reading Material

OK so this isn't card related but it is Curly W stuff and it gets in a post for August (barely). On Saturday 30 August 2014 I got some books for real cheap including a couple Curly W books. The bookstore I got the books from (6 in all) is associated with one of my local libraries and run by volunteers from a "Friends of the Library" group. They sell donated books as well as books that had once been part of the library system but for one reason or another removed. they also sell vinyl records, books on tape (and some on CD I think). So as I said I got six books total all were tagged as being $1.50 but I was charged a little less.

Here are the Two Curly W books:

2012 Washington Nationals Media Guide
Just like it says it is the "yearbook" or rather the Season Preview from 2012 for the Washington Nationals. 2012 the year they first went to the playoffs.

The Ultimate Washington Baseball Trivia Book by David Elfin
Again a self-explanatory book. Written in 2004 after the announcement of the move of the Montreal Expos to Washington DC.

30 July 2014

Expos Extra: Ugueth Urbina 95 SP Premier Prospects

1995 UD SP Premier Prospects Ugueth Urbina

I recently got a small 9 card lot of cards from Sportlots that had some vintage including a 1965 card for my Strive for '65 unobtainable goal and this Expos Prospect card:

1995 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects 9 Ugueth Urbina Expos
(Front and Back)

I thought it was an insert die-cut but apparently the first 20some cards in this set were the "Premier Prospects" and all of them were die-cut. The strange thing is on The Trading Card Data Base for this set this card is listed as a "foil" and a different silver foil variation is shown as the scan of the "base" card. Some of the "sub-sets" for this set over there look a bit sloppy so I don't think in this case it is a good source. TCDB is usually a good place for info but like many community databases things can get mixed up from time to time.

I don't know if it is a regular base card or maybe it is the gold or maybe bronze variant? Oh well whatever. Anyway Mr. Urbina began his Major League career with the Expos, making his debut in May of 1995. His final game would be in September of 2005 with the Phillies. Other teams he played on were: Red Sox, Rangers, Marlins and Tigers.

22 July 2014

Mickey Vernon 1952 Bowman Original vs Reprint

This is a story about an original card and its reprint, or its reprint and then the original. I suppose I should start with the reprint which was the version I first got from Ebay or maybe Sportlots a few years back. I'm not sure exactly how much I paid for it, as I often get it confused with another reprint I had purchased around the same time (Actually that other "reprint" I am afraid is actually a counterfeit that was artificially "aged" to appear to be an original. I have blogged about on my regular blog "Love/Hate Reprints")

Anyway I'm not sure exactly when I got it or how much I paid. I seem to think I got it for under $10, maybe a little more with shipping. Like the other "reprint" I might have gotten it from Sportlots maybe even from the same seller. I don't recall it was that long ago, and I don't think I blogged about it at TCC (where I have kept track of my maildays for a long time now and more recently duplicating it at TCZ)

Reprint of 1952 Bowman 87 Mickey Vernon Senators
(Front and Back)

The two pictures above are of my reprint you can tell it is a reprint because the cardboard stock used is much thinner than the stock used for the actual '52 cards and the fact that it is bleached bone white rather than unbleached cardboard gray. Notice also the perforation marks on the bottom and right-hand side indicating that it came from some booklet or sheet.

Yes this card came from a book of reprints. It is from a 1982 Dover Books book of 82 "Collector's Cards" reprints by Bert Randolph Sugar titled "American League Baseball Card Classics" there was a sister book for the National League, and I think an "All-Stars" book as well. The individual card I got was from the AL book. I recall seeing these books back in the day at bookstores like Waldenbooks.

1982 Dover Books American League Baseball Card Classics
(Front and Back Covers)

Here is what the page the Mickey Vernon card came from looks like: Notice it is the upper corner card.

When I first got the card I wasn't sure exactly where it came from, I had to do some research. I did that research a few years back, and fortunately had put a little piece of paper in the penny sleeve I have kept this card in giving me the tip that it was a Dover Reprint. I originally had thought it was 1983, but upon finding some recent auctions for the complete book it appears to be from 1982.

Images of the "American League Baseball Card Classics" book (and the page with the Mickey Vernon card) are from an Ebay Auction that is/was going for $10 I forget what the shipping is. I don't actually have this book yet. I'm toying with the idea of getting it, and the NL sister book.

A few years later I finally got around to buying the Original of the card to satisfy my desire to have the Original and not just the dang reprint. In a bit of ironic fate I am fairly certain that for this original I paid about half or even less than half of what I paid for the reprint. I figures and is typical in today's world of card collecting. Of course after I got the original I had forgotten where I had the reprint. That is part of my delay in actually posting about this card and the two versions I have of it besides just being dang lazy and a PFC (Procrastinator First Class). As it turns out I had it in a box of some of my first couple hundred Washington Nationals cards I had gotten in 2005 - 2007 much to my relief as there were some other cards in that box I was wondering where they had gone to.

1952 Bowman 87 Mickey Vernon Senators ORIGINAL
(Front and Back)
Ah the joy of owning the original of a 62 year old piece of cardboard instead of just a 32 year old copy. Notice the back of the Original is the darker aged gray plain cardboard and on the front of my original Mickey's left hand and his right forearm up to around his right elbow shows a lot of ware. It is hard to tell from the scans, but the original artwork has better detail and quality than the reprint.

27 June 2014

Frankly Friday: Reflecting on a Rainbow or Joy of a Complete Rainbow

2005 UD Reflections Dual Sig Frank Howard and Nick Johnson RED

Wow its hard to believe that this card is almost 10 years old, and even still that it has been six or seven years since I got the "base" version of this card and before I managed to get this variant to complete this sort of mini-rainbow. So in 2005 Upper Deck released a sub-set of these Dual Signatures for the Reflections set. Some of them are two HOFers together and others like this one are an older time player and a modern player some of the combinations have no reasonable connection whatsoever. Maybe they connected players by position, but most of the combinations are head scratchers. This card is sort of the "same" team it is technically not the same team but the same City. The combination of Frank Howard Washington Senators and Nick Johnson Washington Nationals. In September of last year I mentioned my acquisition of the Blue variant. Two of my favorite Washington Players both retired now. Here is the final card from this three card mini-rainbow the serial numbered to 99 RED variant. I got it via Ebay (17 May 2014) for $14.99 + $2.25 shipping. The most I've paid for one of the trio. I've seen each one especially the Blue and Red ones for much much more.
2005 Upper Deck Reflections Dual Signature Series RED: 
FHNJ Frank Howard Senators and Nick Johnson Nationals
blue sharpie on sticker #d 12/99

Here are all three together via a mash-up collage. I had scanned each one previously but have never scanned them together so I had to do some "photoshopping" (I used MSPaint) to put the trio together. I think I made them a tiny bit too long lengthwise.

20 June 2014

Frankly Friday: 1968 Hondo

1968 Topps Baseball Frank Howard

This is one of those cards that I am surprised I didn't have, ditto for the '64 (that excuse is he was a Dodger then) and '69 Hondos (still need to pick those up). I am sure at one time I did have it but don't know how it could have walked away from my collection. It must have happened sometime during the 1970s or '80s when I wasn't looking. Anyway I have at least one copy of it now.

The card came via Ebay ($3.33 + $1.95 shipping) in a PWE. The seller must have gotten a kick out of my screen-name since the 8.5" x 11" page the card was taped to with white masking tape, in a typical sending a card in a PWE way, had the following note:

 "Thank you Capt. Kirk Enjoy! Live Long + Prosper! :)" 
Yes it was complete with the underscore on my handle and the smiley face smilie. A real smilie not the colon and right parenthesis. Oh and then the feedback on Ebay said

"Capt Kirk is USS Enterprise Capt for a good reason! A+++++++ Thank You!"

Touching, I don't know if I should be flattered, embarrassed or annoyed. Maybe I should change my name to Fred, or better yet Frank. You don't want anymore background noise you just wanna see the card. OK here it is:

1968 Topps Baseball 320 Frank Howard Senators
(Front and Back)

Edit: Oh I should have mentioned the card was safely sent in toploader/penny sleeve so it wasn't directly taped to the paper/letter.

31 May 2014

Check Out My Curly W Cards Mailday

On Thursday 01 May 2014: I received a small bubble envelope of cards. At first I thought it was some Dodgers cards I was expecting from a Sportlots auction which I eventually got around mid May I guess the dealer was a little lazy or another huge procrastinator. I was pleasantly surprised it was an All Curly W Cards order I from COMC (Check Out My Cards, Comics & Collectibles formerly Check Out My Cards). I used some of my store credit and I think I was double charged for shipping. The shipping was $3 since the order was too small to qualify for Free Shipping. You need to order $25 or more I think for that. I delayed marking the cards "ready to ship" and actually bought then at a couple of different times within a day or two of each other, then I requested shipping about a week later that is why I think I was charged twice for the shipping. Anyway the breakdown is 4 "cards", well 3 cards and 1 coin, 2 are vintage 2 are 2000s, 2 are Senators and 2 Nationals, 1 card is an on-sticker auto and there are only 3 different players (2 Senators and 1 National). The individual prices range from $1 to $4.25.

Onward to the Curly W Goodies:

2008 Upper Deck: Inkredible On Sticker Auto INK-RC Ryan Church Nationals blue sharpie. The most expensive card of the lot at $4.25
2008 Upper Deck Baseball: Inkredible INK-RC Ryan Church Nationals
On-Sticker Auto Blue Sharpie
(Front and Back)

2006 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor 71 Ryan Church Nationals 020/150 $1.00

2006 Bowman Chrome Baseball 71 Ryan Church Nationals
Blue Refractor 020/150
(Front and Back) 

1950 Bowman 160 Mickey Harris Senators $2.05

 1950 Bowman Baseball 160 Mickey Harris Senators
(Front and Back)

The Non-Card:
1971 Topps Coin 46 Ed Brinkman Senators $1.25

 1971 Topps Baseball Coin 46 Ed Brinkman Senators
(Front and Back)