Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rawlings Glove

Last April (2019) I posted photos of a Tim Wallach model Rawling Glove that I had found on eBay.  It was something that I always figured must exists somewhere, given the fact that Wallach won three (should of been more) Gold Gloves during his career, but something I had never actually seen a picture of let alone owned.  

So after 35 years of searching, with Little League and Varsity careers wasted wearing a Kirby Puckett Wilson model glove on my hand (it was actually a great glove), I finally had a Wallach glove.  As chance would have it, it didn't take long to have two Wallach model gloves.  Literally before I could even publish the post for the first glove, this one showed up on eBay.  Naturally I bought it.  While it's in better shape, and used less, I like the first one better.  The first one actually looks like same model Wallach wore.   There's nothing wrong with this one, and given my preference for center field over shortstop (where I was usually forced to play), the web of this glove probably would have suited me better, but I still prefer the other model.  That said, this a very nice leather Rawlings if great shape.    I didn't post it right away because I wanted to give the first one it's proper deference, not water down it's significance.  Also, this is a baseball card blog, not baseball glove blog, so I figured some breathing room was in order.

I asked last time and didn't get much in the way of feedback, but if any of you are glove collectors (I am not), and know more about these gloves, please let me know.  Any information on this or the other one would be greatly appreciated.  Here are some more pictures:

Thursday, July 4, 2019

4th of July Stats

Wallach's 4th of July Results 

1982: Game 1: Expos 16, Pirates  6
In the first game of a double header in Pittsburgh, Wallach went 1/3 with two walks and a double.  He scored two runs and had two RBI's.  Steve Rogers picked up the win, going seven innings, and Warren Cromatie drove in five runs.

1982: Game 2: Pirates 10, Expos 4
The second game of the double header saw Wallach once again pick up two RBI's, going 1/4 with a run scored and a triple.  Bill Gullickson took the loss for the Expos.

1983: Game 1: Expos 6, Cubs 3
In the first game of a double header at Wrigley, Wallach went 1/4 with a triple, and also drew a walk.  Steve Rogers went 6.2 innings and picked up the win.

1983: Game 2: Expos 4, Cubs 2
Wallach drew a walk and scored a run as the Expos swept a double header.  Scott Sanderson went six innings and picked up a win.  Ray Burris was credited with a hold, and Jeff Reardon picked up a save.

1984: Expos 7, Braves 4
Wallach went 0/4 with a walk in Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium.  Andre Dawson homered for the Expos, and Charlie Lea struck out 6 while throwing a complete game.

1985: Expos 9, Astros 3  12 innings
Montreal picked up a win in the Astrodome behind a 3-run homer from Wallach in the top of the 12th inning.  Mitch Webster hit a 2-run homer and also drove in three for the Expos.  Bryn Smith held the Astros to two runs over 7 innings, but the win went to Randy St. Claire.

1986: Expos 11, Braves 5
Montreal (Canada) extended their American Independence day win streak to five games with a road win in Atlanta in 1986.  Wallach achieved a July 4th career cycle with a double and two singles, and scored three runs in the win.  Floyd Youmans threw 8 innings and picked up the win for the Expos.

1987: Expos 4, Padres 3
Playing a home game on the 4th for the first time in his career, Wallach went 1/3 with an RBI triple as the Expos won on a Hubie Brooks walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th.  Tim Burke was credited with the win.

1988: Expos 7, Pirates 3
Wallach went 2/3 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and a walk, as Montreal picked up a win in Pittsburgh.  Their 7th straight July 4th win.  Dennis Martinez was winning pitcher and Bob McClure picked up a save.

1989: Expos 7, Phillies 4
Wallach doubled and scored a run in a road win over Philadelphia.  Dennis Martinez picked up a win on the 4th for the 2nd consecutive year, and Andy McGaffigan had the save.

1990: Expos 5, Reds 3
Playing at home in Montreal on the 4th for only the 2nd time, Wallach doubled and scored a run as Dennis Martinez was an Independence Day winner for the 3rd straight year.  Dave Schmidt had the save as the Expos extended their July 4 win streak to 9 games.

1991: Mets 5, Expos 1
Wallach went hit-less and Tim Burke took the loss in front of the home town crowd in Montreal.

1992: Expos 3, Padres 2
Wallach went hit-less in San Diego, but Montreal still picked up the victory with John Wetteland being credited with the win in a relief appearance.

1993: Dodgers 1, Expos 0  11 innings
Cory Snyder scored on a passed ball, as Wallach's Dodgers picked up a win in his return to Montreal with his new club.  Jim Gott was given the win.

1994: Expos 5, Dodgers 1
Wallach went 1/3 with a walk and scored the Dodgers only run.  Ramon Martinez was the losing pitcher.

1995: Braves 3, Dodgers 2
Wallach homered and drew a walk, but the Dodgers came up short in Atlanta.

1996: A's 8, Angels 7  11 innings
Wallach walked and drove in a run, but the Angels lost on a Scott Brosius walk off homer in the 11th.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Keizer, OR

This massive dumping of 130 early 80's Wallach cards (and a few other strays) was sent by Bo of Keizer, Oregon.  It's the fourth time Bo has sent cards.  He most recently piled on in December with an envelope stuffed with over a 100 Wallach's, mostly Leaf and Fleer from '90-'93.  Include among the 1986 Topps All-Star cards, was the one at the bottom center of the photo, which appears to have had issues with the it's ink levels in production.  This is the sort of stuff that excites me.  When you're dealing with 655 copies of the same card, it'd probably excite you too.

A few milestones reached with these cards, 1982 Fleer joins the 300 Club, and 82 Topps becomes the first card to reach the 1,200 mark.  Thanks for the cards Bo.

Updated Totals:

1982 Fleer: 300
1982 O-Pee-Chee x2: 24
1982 Topps x5: 1,202
1983 Topps x11: 281
1984 Topps x23: 357
1985 Topps x20: 323
1986 Topps x39: 359
1986 Topps All-Star x24: 655
1990 Topps: 517
1991 Denny's x2: 18
1991 Score: 238
1991 Studio: 82

Bo didn't bother asking for anything in return, but last time he sent cards he mentioned he was looking for a 1983 Clyde Drexler Police Card.  It's pictured below, and if you have one you'd be willing to part with, you can reach Bo on twitter at @BoLane to see if he's still in the market for one.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Victoria, MN

These four cards were sent by Dan of Victoria, Minnesota.  By my count it's the third time Dan has sent cards.  They were nicely packaged in an '88 Topps wrapper, which has since found its way to my refrigerator door.  Dan mentioned in a note that a friend had opened a box of '87 Leaf, if it was just one box, I think that's what kids today would call a "hot box" (I don't speak insert) given it's great return on Wallachs.  Could also be that the Leaf sets were smaller, similar to O-Pee-Chee, I've never looked into it.  The '71 style is a cut out from an old price guide, and only my 3rd copy of it.  Thanks for the cards Dan, I'll take a look at your list.

Updated Totals:

1987 Leaf x3: 53
1991 BB Card Price Guide Monthly: 3

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Citrus Heights, CA

Collectively, in the three photos above, there are 267 Wallach cards pictured.  That brings the posted total for my collection up to an even 22,600 cards.  This massive contribution was made by "Big Shep" of Big Shep's Sportscards (see the business card below) and TBS Sports Cards (@TBSSportsCards).  It's the second time he's sent cards my way.  Seven 1983 Topps a rather large number to be sent at once, and always a bit of an exciting event for me.  There were also 17 '84 Topps in the mix, which also at the high end for a reader contribution.  I love all the cards, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a slight preference for cards from '85 and earlier, a demographic that is well represented here.

Thanks for the cards, they're greatly appreciated.

Updated Totals:

1982 Topps x2: 1,197
1983 Fleer x6: 129
1983 Topps x7: 270
1984 Donruss x2: 153
1984 Fleer x3: 123
1984 Topps x17: 334
1985 Topps: 303
1986 Donruss: 146
1986 Topps All-Star x2: 631
1987 Donruss: 429
1987 Donruss Opening Day x3: 39
1987 Fleer: 224
1987 Topps x2: 924
1988 Donruss x7: 782
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best: 34
1988 Fleer: 293
1988 Score x4: 267
1988 Topps x6: 713
1988 Topps All-Star x5: 717
1989 Donruss: 394
1989 Fleer x5: 401
1989 K-Mart x2: 58
1989 Score: 183
1989 Topps x5: 750
1989 Upper Deck x3: 197
1990 Donruss x5: 437
1990 Fleer x6: 375
1990 Score: 302
1990 Topps x4: 516
1990 Upper Deck x2: 312
1991 Donruss x12: 280
1991 Donruss MVP x12: 260
1991 Fleer x5: 194
1991 Leaf: 160
1991 Score x7: 237
1991 Score The Franchise x4: 199
1991 Score Super Star x2: 16
1991 Stadium Club x2: 125
1991 Studio x2: 81
1991 Topps: 262
1991 Ultra: 84
1991 Upper Deck x12: 295
1991 Upper Deck Checklist x7: 227
1992 Fleer x3: 142
1992 Leaf x14: 111
1992 Pinnacle x5: 107
1992 Score x2: 85
1992 Stadium Club x7: 68
1992 Topps: 215
1992 Topps Kids: 42
1992 Triple Play x4: 99
1992 Ultra x2: 141
1992 Upper Deck x2: 281
1993 Donruss x3: 106
1993 Fleer x5: 68
1993 Leaf x3: 86
1993 Pinnacle x2: 42
1993 Score x2: 29
1993 Score Select x4: 52
1993 Stadium Club: 71
1993 Topps x6: 214
1993 Ultra x2: 43
1993 Upper Deck: 146
1994 Donruss: 37
1994 Pacific: 14
1994 SP x2: 42
1994 Topps: 122
1994 Ultra: 37
1995 Donruss: 47
1995 Leaf Limited x2: 10
1995 Score: 45
1995 Stadium Club: 23
1995 Topps: 58
1995 Ultra x3: 45
1995 Upper Deck x2: 39
1995 Upper Deck Silver: 19
1996 Collector's Choice: 24
1996 Pinnacle x2: 52
1996 Ultra: 9

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Edition

Sportlots "Box Shipping"

Sportlots has long been my preferred online card retailer.  Given the nature of my collecting habits, to wit, hoarding mass quantities of Wallach's and set building, Sportlots is the best suited for my needs.  "Card Barrel" (formerly known as "Just Commons") is another site I use often for filling out set needs, and I much prefer eBay to COMC for higher dollar needs.  Sportslots however, by no small margin, is my website of choice.

For years, the biggest draw back I've found with Sportslot is shipping cost.  I try to stick to one or two sellers per order to keep those cost down, and often pass on cards I would otherwise buy.  But recently they've added a feature called "Box Shipping."  It's a process in which sellers ship your order to Sportlots, who then holds your orders until you choose to ship them as a result.  Sort of a COMC on demand type system.  I found it to have mixed results.

The initial shipping, at least with a good number of sellers (and subsequently the ones I stuck with) was much cheaper.  A few even offered free shipping to get the cards to Sportlots.  However, Sportlots shipping wasn't exactly cheap.  I suspect once you hit a price point it'll level off, but I couldn't find any posted rates on their site.  In the future, I may need to just let some cards pile up for awhile before having them shipped my way.  Which is to say, I plan on using the option again, imperfect as it may be, it's still an improvement.

Sportlots sent the cards in a large flat rate box, that was full of envelopes and packages from the individual sellers, which were left intact.  Sportlots doesn't open them or anything to ensure the contents, or make any effort to compress them for more efficient shipping.  I'd prefer they did, but I'm sympathetic to the time and effort that would require on their end.  Here's a look at what was in the box.

I cut my 1974 need list down by nine cards with this group.  I'm down to about two dozen holdouts to complete the set.  There weren't any big names in this group, although there were a couple of interesting ones.  "Clarence" is not how I would choose to address Mr. Gaston were I ever to met him, and Ray Fosse is a somewhat exciting card by my own subjective standards.

Those are 1975 mini's, in case it's not obvious from the photo.  Worth mentioning, I'm working with an old phone and inferior camera, as I broke the screen on my current phone and have been too cheap/lazy to have it fixed, opting instead to just plug the sim card into an older model.  I'm about 150 or so cards short of completing this mini set, but most of the high dollar cards are already in hand, so the end is within sight.

These '76 and '77's round out the vintage portion of the order.  I'm probably 30 cards short of crossing off the '76 set, and maybe 75 cards short of completing '77.  The rookies and HOF'ers are all in hand for the most part, though that subset of "All-Time All-Stars" in the '76 set is pretty thin, and demands prices that feel unnaturally high to me.  The Cobb above, which is one of those, was a nice find for me at a price that didn't make me squirm.

Without fail, whenever I try to knock off more than maybe 5 or 6 cards to finish off a set, I find myself short a card or two.  Such was the case with those 2018's above.  While sleeving them, believing the set now complete, I discovered card #351 to be missing.  Nothings easy.  I've harped on this before, but I felt like the retail collation in packs last year was particularly bad.  I bought enough product to complete the set three times over and was still well short of even one full set.  So far in 2019 I've had better luck.

That "surprise you're short a card" feeling repeated for me with 2017.  I thought the four above would cross the 2017 base set monstrosity off my list (worst Topps set of the last 15 years), but of course, it didn't.  Cards #13 and #596 are still missing.

Finally a few more stray needs.  My 2008 need list is now down to five cards, or at least, that's what I believe it to be.  When I order those five, I'm sure I'll discover a couple more I'm missing.   I also took the liberty of picking up some Wallach cards from the seller's I was buying the above set needs from.  Here's a look at what I added:

Updated Totals:

1983 Donruss: 134
1984 Fleer: 120
1985 Donruss x2: 121
1986 Donruss x2: 145
1988 Fleer Glossy: 11
1988 Fleer MVP: 20
1988 Kay Bee: 32
1988 Revco: 42
1989 K-Mart: 56
1989 Upper Deck: 194
1994 Pacific: 13

And before I sign off, here's  a look at three recent vintage eBay pickups.  1968 is a set I've been making some strides on, albeit slowly, and I continued my trend of impulse vintage Hockey buys.

There are over a 1,000 home runs documented on the back of those two cards.  Some misguided collector's may wince at the condition of the two cards, but they of course would be wrong.  Any 1968 Topps card that says "Willie Mays" or "Ed Mathews" on the front is just fine the way it is.

One more "Pocket Rocket" Richard card, this one with some strong 1974 baseball vibes.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Marion, IN

These 78 cards were sent by Brock of Marion, Indiana.  There were some large quantities of cards that don't often arrive in bulk like this, so this mailing provided a nice little jolt to some of the numbers.  This group also pushed 1993 Topps over the 200 card mark, which is a bit of a sentimental milestone for me.

When the number of card companies and sets exploded in the early 1990's I was a young kid.  I was given a generous $5 a week allowance for doing various "chores," and could occasionally hustle extra money by filling a wagon full of cans to take in for deposits, or asking for extra odd jobs for a few extra bucks from my father.  When cards cost 50¢ a pack up until around 1990, that money went a long ways.  But when the "High-End" sets started coming out, they felt so out of reach that I didn't even lose that much sleep over not being able to buy packs of them.  But by collecting a Wallach from each set, I didn't feel like I was missing out.  It wasn't until 1993 that it really felt like I was.  That was the first year that came and went where I wasn't able to pick up even the Topps base set Wallach.  Shops in my area had stopped carrying "commons" by then, as set builders seemingly went away with the gum, and I was left in the cold that year.  I didn't pick up a 1993 Topps Wallach until the late 1990's when eBay came along.  So to now have 200+ copies in hand feels a bit surreal.

Thanks for the cards Brock.  I'll find some Bonds to send out your way.

Updated Totals:

1988 Donruss: 775
1988 Donruss All-Star: 48
1990 Fleer: 369
1990 Topps x4: 512
1991 Donruss x2: 268
1991 Fleer x4: 189
1991 Studio x2: 79
1992 Stadium Club x6: 61
1992 Studio x12: 73
1992 Ultra x2: 139
1992 Upper Deck: 279
1993 Donruss: 103
1993 Flair: 38
1993 Leaf x6: 83
1993 Score x2: 27
1993 Score Select x2: 48
1993 Stadium Club: 70
1993 Studio x4: 51
1993 Topps x11: 208
1993 Upper Deck x6: 145
1994 Studio x8: 27

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Victoria, MN

These four cards were sent by Dan of Victoria, Minnesota.  The '83 Donruss is, without question, my favorite Wallach Donruss card.  There are a couple of factors that go into that decision.  For one, I don't think any of the Donruss designs have aged very well, with '83 being one of the lone exceptions.  But even in the 80's and early 90's, '83 was still my favorite.  On an almost annual basis, Donruss had the worst photo selection for Wallach amongst the major companies.  This somewhat bland '83 photo ranks at the top of the list.  Unfortunately, the Wallach photo selection was especially awful for a few of the Donruss designs that I think have held up somewhat well, specifically '87 and '91.  I actually think the 1991 Donruss set is a fantastic set, especially the green series two cards.  But the Wallach photo they used is on the short list for worst Wallach photo ever put on a card.  In any event, I still like the '83. 

You may also notice the color levels on the '88 All-Star are pretty rich.  That's not my camera or the lighting.  It's the card.  Little things like that are what excite me these days, especially when you're dealing with 700+ copies of the same card.

Thanks for sending these Dan, I'll see what I can do as far as the 87's you asked about.

Updated Totals:

1983 Donruss: 133
1988 Topps All-Star: 712
1989 Fleer: 396
1992 Topps: 214

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday Edition

Mail From Montreal

These 25 Wallach cards arrived from Montreal.  It's only the 2nd time I've ever received cards from Montreal, and I won't lie, it's a little more exciting to see an envelope from Montreal than it is most other places (granted it's always exciting to receive cards in the mail).  As one might expect, these cards are flush with some Candian issues and variants.  The four 1988 Leaf Canadian Greats and the uncut 1987 General Mills Booklet are probably the high points, though I'll never look down on O-Pee-Chee cards either.

Unfortunately I couldn't read the name on the customs sticker and there isn't one on the return label.  So I can't credit the sender.  Regardless, thank you to ever took the time to send these to me.

Updated Totals:

1985 O-Pee-Chee: 25
1986 Topps x4: 320
1987 General Mills: 3
1988 Donruss: 774
1988 Leaf: 37
1988 Leaf Canadian Great x4: 35
1988 O-Pee-Chee: 16
1988 Topps: 707
1988 Topps All-Star: 711
1989 Donruss x4: 393
1989 Score: 182
1989 Topps x4: 745
1991 Score The Franchise: 195
1991 Topps: 261

Also included with this Canadian mailing, was a nice group of 2013 Topps Base Set needs, and a lone 2012 to knock off my list.

I'm biased, but for my money, the 2013 A.J. Pierzynski is one of the better looking Topps cards to be printed in the last twenty years.  I'm no fan of horizontal cards, but I'm willing to make the occasional exception when they're as nice as say a 1971 Munson, or this 2013 Pierzynski.

My only other additions this week were three vintage hockey cards.  I know hockey may not be everyone's favorite non-baseball trading card, but I love hockey sets.  For my money the annual O-Pee-Chee Hockey set is the best set produced every year, and a serves as a shameful reminder to Topps as to what they could be doing with their set instead of the slick, lame, Upper Deck knock-off they put out each season.

These three vintage Hockey cards include my first two Henri "Rocket" "Pocket Rocket" Richard cards (thanks for the catch Hockey Kazi), and an Alex Delvecchio.  From left to right, the cards below are a 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee, a 1971-72 Topps, and 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee.  The 1971-72 design is one of my favorite vintage sets, and one I intend complete eventually, though I'll take on the O-Pee-Chee rather than Topps.  Thanks for reading.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Bridgeport, CT

These three cards were sent by Cicogna of Bridgeport, Connecticut.  He sent them back in January, so apologies are in order for the delay.

Thanks for the cards.

Updated Totals:

1986 Topps All-Star: 629
1988 Donruss: 773
1989 Donruss: 390

Friday, May 24, 2019

Lowell, MA

This nice lot of six Wallach cards was sent by "Couto" of Lowell, Massachusetts.  1983-1985 is probably my favorite three year run of Wallach cards.  It's also somewhat unusual for them to show up in my mailbox, so it was a bit surprising to see what fell out of this envelope.

Thanks for the cards.

Updated Totals:

1983 Topps: 263
1984 Topps: 317
1985 Topps x2: 302
1988 Topps All-Star x2: 710

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Keizer, OR

These 104 cards were sent by frequent contributor Bo of Keizer, Oregon.  I can say with a strong degree of certainty that it's the largest amount of Leaf cards I've ever been sent in one mailing.  Also in the mix was a wrong back 1987 Topps.  I'm never sure how to count these, but ultimately I add them to the '87 Total, but store them with other errors, extreme miscuts, and other production defect cards. 

Thanks for the cards Bo.

Updated Totals:

1987 Topps: 922
1990 Leaf x23: 119
1991 Bowman x2: 64
1991 Leaf x38: 159
1991 Topps x15: 260
1992 Fleer x20: 139
1993 Fleer x5: 63


This is a 1983 Clyde Drexler Police Card.  Bo, who sent me these Wallach's is looking for one and asked that I mention it on this blog to see if anybody who out there may have one for trade/sale, or know someone who does.  If you do, please contact me and I'll get you in touch with Bo.  Or maybe leave a comment with a twitter handle or something.  Bo, if you see this, maybe you'll want to leave a twitter handle or something in the comments too.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Oceanside, NY

These three cards were sent by regular contributor "Rosny" of Oceanside, New York.  Thanks for the cards Bo.  Always appreciated.

Updated Totals:

1990 Donruss: 432
1991 Score: 230
1992 Studio: 61