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Sunday, December 28, 2014

When you get old you forget about birthdays

Yesterday morning was the eighth anniversary of the launch of this blog. Back then I was young and sprightly and posted things about baseball cards at 5-something in the morning. Now I'm old and cynical and broken and can't function until 11AM even with coffee. In previous years I posted a happy birthday to me thing to commemorate it but I didn't this year because lazy. Still, you can't just ignore the Yogi anniversary so here's eight Yogis that may or may not have been posted here before in honor of eight Years.









yeah I know, recycled pictures.

Maybe next year I can bother to post at least once a week. If you count all the abandoned posts in my draft folder I've actually been very prolific. In my defense I've been busy spouting nonsense on Twitter and doing a Podcast in 2014. And actually sorting and organizing my isht, if I can find a few more sheets I'll have all my sets binder'd from 1971-1983 by the end of the year.

Here's to 2015, may it not be as utter crap as 2014!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Joy of a Completed Set - 2002 Rittenhouse James Bond: Die Another Day


 Because North Korea and Sony (and Paramount) can go suck each other's dicks. Cuba's OK now though.

Remember to read the back of the page down to up! Completely backwards, just like the rest of the fuckin' world in 2014.




I'm on a bit of a Bond kick right now and I need more cards of James in my life.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Old Birds

Here's some crummy old Topps cards I need for my Hawks and Falcons team sets. I had a Flames list laboriously typed up at one time but an unexpected Windows update reboot ate it. I'll add pretty pictures sometime before I die. probably.

St.Louis/Atlanta Hawks
1948 Bowman
57-58 Topps
61-62 Fleer
All of 'em

Topps
69-70
11 Gary Gregor
27 Walt Hazzard
53 Jim Davis
65 Lou Hudson
77 Don Ohl
86 Bill Bridges

70-71
18 Walt Bellamy
37 Joe Caldwell
123 Pete Maravich
134 Walt Hazzard

71-72
55 Pete Maravich
116 Walt Bellamy

72-73
5 Pete Maravich

73-74
11 Bob Christian
28 Eddie Mast
46 Walt Bellamy
106 Herm Gilliam119 Steve Bracey
130 Pete Maravich
150 Lou Hudson

74-75
5 Herm Gilliam
59 Dwight Jones
153 Bob Kauffman

75-76
81 Dwight Jones

76-77
COMPLETE

77-78
24 Ken Charles
85 Lou Hudson

78-79
COMPLETE
79-80
24 Eddie Johnson

80-81
??????

81-82
COMPLETE

Atlanta Falcons
1966 Philadelphia
1 Falcons logo
6 Alex Hawkins
8 Frank Lasky
11 ???

1967 Philadelphia
2 Junior Coffey
7 Tommy Nobis

1968 Topps
COMPLETE

1969 Topps
COMPLETE

1970 Topps
156 Claude Humphrey
209 John Zook



1971 Topps
COMPLETE

1972 Topps
107 Bob Berry309 Tommy Nobis

1973 Topps
9 Clarence Ellis
91 Mike Tilleman
200 Claude Humphrey
281 Wes Chesson
411 Bill Bell437 Bob Berry

1974 Topps
COMPLETE

1975 Topps
245 Claude Humphrey
436 Tommy Nobis
455 John James HL

1976 Topps
506 Nick Mike-Mayer

1977 Topps
157 Scott Hunter

1978 Topps
COMPLETE

1979 Topps
71 Steve Bartkowski

1980 Topps
COMPLETE

1981 Topps
73 Lynn Cain - SA

1982 Topps
275 Steve Bartkowski - SA
282 Alfred Jenkins - SA
287 Mick Luckhurst - SA
290 RC Thielemann

1983 Topps
20 Kenny Johnson
21 Mike Kenn

1984 Topps
COMPLETE

1985 Topps
COMPLETE

1986 Topps
COMPLETE

1987 Topps
COMPLETE

1988 Topps
COMPLETE

1989 Topps
336 Team Card
337 Aundray Bruce
339 Scott Case
341 Chris Miller
342 Gerald Riggs
346 John Settle347 Bill Fralic

updated: 4/19/15

Sunday, November 9, 2014

For the Price of a Rack Pack...

...I got all this out of bargain bins at a card show last month. It's like I made my own vintage 1960 card rack pack!


Let's start the post with a Post. A '60 Topps Post. Now I want to find a 1962 Post Wally Post so I can write a post about a Post Post.


Pete Runnels with the Boston Sock Monster logo. Pete is also useful for your '60s ballcard fantasy team since he has multi-positional eligibility and you don't need to write in 2B in pencil because you ran out of second basemen.


Old Barve alert! I already had this card but I needed another one because I am a team set collector which is daft but the card was cheap so leave me alone. One can never have too many Felixes.


Ede Ihr of the dang rotten stupid Posey was out stinkin lousy Giants. Back in the '60s the Giants were sad sacks who always got their hearts broken and how I long for those days to come again. Oh well, go ahead and print up those Giants 2016 World Champion shirts and beat the rush.


Dick pic! Look at the colors on this card. Look at that portrait of Dick staring off into space while his black & white doppelganger watches intently. Look at how the letters in his name are just all over the place like a 7 year old pasted them in like stickers. Look at that stoned-ass Cubs logo. That bear is blazed, I tell you.


Tito! With a cheek full of North Carolina's entire tobacco crop from 1959. Throw in Virginia's crop with the black & white pic. Notice Chief Wahoo is still wearing his American League crown from 1954.


Red and yella, black and white. This card doesn't need any more colors than that, thank you very much. And as far as my '60s card fantasy team is concerned Sammy and Pete Runnels got the whole infield covered.


Jim O'Toole won 81 games for the Reds from 1960-1964 and you don't even know who the heck he is you cretins. "That's because wins is a bullshit stat" you say. Fine then. 21.5 WAR during that time period if you like newfangled stats. I'm not even discussing Vada Pinson with you because someone will throw out the term "Hall of Very Good" and I'll have to punch that someone in the face.


ANOTHER SOCK MONSTER ZOMG. Here's Jerry Casale and I don't know who he is because I'm a cretin too. I'm sure AdamE will tell me because he wants me to trade Jerry to him but Jerry's going in my set so sorry Adam.


Not the Hall of Fame Earl Averill, but his kid which is close enough. With the Super Rare Catcher-Third Base position eligibility. Also that catcher's mitt may in fact be a black hole.


Barry Latman. If his name was Larry Batman he wouldn't be a pitcher. He'd be a CRIMEFIGHTER. Also of note is the fact that the Chicago White Sox used the Pegasus Boots from the Legend of Zelda games as their team logo, decades before the first game came out in 1986. Which didn't even have the Pegasus Boots as an item. Makes you think.


SERIOUSLY THE GIANTS WERE FAR LESS OBNOXIOUS A TEAM (no offense, Night Owl) BEFORE THEY BECAME A FRIGGIN DYNASTY AND SHIT. Here's Hobie the Catcher.
Hobie Hobie Hobie.
It's fun to say Hobie.


Gus is offended by all the Giants I picked up at the card show. I couldn't help it, I needed them for my set. Yeah, I'm building a set of 1960 Topps, you wanna fight about it? Also, cartoon Orioles are adorable.


Jose Pagan plays the Infield! All of it! ALL OF IT


Is it just me or does that uniform look shady. That B on the cap is off. The Sox didn't have stripes on their sleeves. Holy cow that's a '60 photoshooped Cubs uniform. Airbrushed, even. Buzzing Bear replaced by Menacing Sock Monster. Oh, the deception we card collectors have to endure.


Howcome Ted didn't get the airbrush treatment?? "Ah, it's just the Phillies, no one cares about them", says the Topps Airbrush artist as he kicks off work early to get a beer. A single tear rolls down the cheek of an  executive at Fleer headquarters in Philadelphia as he examines his competitor's product. "I shall have my revenge" he mutters through gritted teeth. REVEEEEEENGE


Dangit another stinking Giant. Wait... another fluffy cute Oriole? I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING ANYMORE. This is more confusing than the numbering on 2014 Topps Update.

But wait... Every rack pack always has some inserts!


Rookie Stars! 26 years of Major League experience between these guys when it was all said and done. Not bad for a highish series floaty head rookie combo card.


MVPs! Yogi and Campy. Back when catchers were The Man. Also of note is Campanella with the imaginary card created 20 years later because Topps was in a death battle with Bowman at the time and couldn't make a card for him. It's good to have a monopoly.


Yaz had a rookie card in 1960 Topps and here he is on a '70s card with bitchin' sideburns. Eat yer heart out Milhaus.

Waddya think? Should I have just picked up a rack pack of Topps from Wally World? I didn't get a single parallel in this pack and everyone loves those after all.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Trading Card Preservation Society

Matt at Heartbreaking Cards and I made a podcast!

I had no idea what I was doing but that's never stopped me before!

In the podcast we talk about stuff. Some of it is even card stuff. Topps stuff, autograph stuff, more Topps stuff, and - well we talk a lot about Topps stuff to start out with. AND STUFF. We talk a lot about stuff.


Birdie sez: go click on the link if you want to hear a couple of guys talk about cards and stuff. But not if you want to hear about Birdie, because he's not in this episode. You don't have to listen, but Birdie would be disappointed.

If you do listen to us talking about stuff, leave a comment about what you thought. We know this one was kinda rough and you can tell us about all the times we said um and the weird hum because I don't know how to record properly and about all the mistakes I made, it won't hurt our feelings. Or tell us what you liked and we can pander to you in the second episode! Or third episode actually, this one has a part one and two because it was so long. Also *SPOILERS* we just might be answering some of your questions in part two!

So go ahead and click. it don't cost nothin.