Monday, September 30, 2019

2019 Topps Archives Expos 50th "Blue Variation" #/150


Card Review: 7.0  The "Blue" variation of the foil Expos Stamp looks better than the standard "Silver" variation (is it a variation if it's the "standard," or are all inserts inherently "variations?").  Obviously blue works better with the Expos logo and as a result these blue variations just look a little nicer, albeit, not as nice as the "red," which I'll get to posting in a few days. 

These are numbered to 150 on the back in tiny gold stamping.  Some people think that matters, I'm just not one of them.  Hear me out.  Topps printed up god knows how many copies of this card.  Once they did that, it was a "card."  That's it, that's the card.  Then they took 150 copies of that card, it didn't matter which ones because they were all the same card, added a blue stamp on the front, and numbering on the back.  It's still the same card, with some post production graffiti.  If I did it with a sharpie, the card is deemed ruined.  If Topps does it with a press, it's more collectible?  I've seen this movie before (remember those ridiculous Leaf Memories monstrosities?).  If Topps is going to do "variations," than they should actually do "variations."  The 2017 Archives Wallach had actual "variations," as the card itself was a different color.  They weren't all born of the same print run.  I still wasn't wild about that gimmick, but at least you could call them "different" cards and only sound like half an idiot.  Same for the chrome and refractor variations they've done before.  They may be goofy, and kind of stupid, but at least they're not literally the same card the way these foil stamp variations are.



Number of this card in my collection: 1


Thursday, September 26, 2019

2019 Topps Archives "Montreal Expos 50th" #MTL-TW


Card Review: 6.5  The last thing I'm going to do is complain when Topps issues a new Wallach card in a current set.  I'm a firm believer in not looking a gift horse in the mouth.  That said, I'm still going to nit-pick a little, with the understanding it's coming from a good place.  And this is by no means a "bad" looking card, either, which is more than I can say for a few of the other Expos I've seen in this subset.  

The "Subset" nature of this card is a bit annoying.  The reason being, is about half the people who collect cards think they can charge a premium for an "insert," while I fall in the other half, the half who gets annoyed as they toss the two crap cards in a pack that don't help complete the set into a junk pile.  So these Wallach's are showing up online with prices well in excess of the 18¢ or so (probably less) that they warrant, and as a result, despite an abundance of them being available, I'm not inclined to buy them until I've exhausted the supply of say, I don't know, the 200,000+ 1987 Topps Wallach cards that can be bought for pennies.

Additionally, I'm just not a huge fan of the '69 design.  It's not horrible by any means, it's just sort of forgettable.  I'm about half-way done putting together the original '69 set, and have decided my favorite part of the design is the pink card backs.  These Expos tributes do a pretty poor job of matching the original color.  And while I'm on the backs, I would have liked some more numbers.  The write-up isn't terrible, but the fact that Wallach also had more hits, RBI's and a half dozen other records in addition to games played for the franchise maybe could have been mentioned.  And beyond that, how about some sort of career stat line as an Expo on all of these cards?  

The front is actually a pretty good photo, and stands out from the ones Topps used during Wallach's playing career.  This one features a "Silver" foil Expos stamp.  This is, presumably, the "normal" one.  To appease the scratch-off lottery ticket element of the card collecting world, this card of course comes in a dozen or so unnecessary variations, that for reasons that will forever elude me, some people are willing to pay obscene amounts of money for a couple of tiny foil stamped "1's" on a card.

The Silver foil stamping, also available in Green, Blue, Red, Gold, and Black
I did briefly consider trying to complete this subset, but ultimately decided against it.  The checklist just isn't that exciting.  Topps was clearly more concerned about who they could round up to sign autographs (another unnecessary variation of this card) than they were with the actual history of the Montreal Expos (Seriously, no Gary Carter?)  So, I'll just be rounding up the Wallach's.

Number of this card in my collection: 3




Reminder, I have a new address:

J. Corey Stackhouse
100 W Apache ST
Farmington, NM 87401





Wednesday, September 25, 2019

NEW ADDRESS

J. Corey Stackhouse
100 W Apache ST
Farmington, NM 87401


I have a new mailing address as my office has moved.  It changed on September 1, 2019, so if you've mailed anything recently, it may come back.  I apologize for the delay.  Email me if I owe you any postage.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Collection Audit 1994 - Present


In the interest of saving time, I'm not listing each card for for these last few years.  I'm just correcting the actual listing and will summarize the results.  Starting in 1994 the cardboard cancer that is inserts had spread beyond the point of no return and the hobby as we knew it was terminal.  I'm not sure when the actual time of death was, but I think anywhere between 1994 and 1997 is a reasonable estimate.  I don't know who decided we needed multiple variations of the same card, but having now dealt with the gimmick for two decades plus, it's safe to say, we don't.  Insert chasers will always have scratch off lottery tickets to feed their itch if the inserts went away.  Us set builders don't have much else to fall back on.  And for purposes of this "audit" I don't feel like mentioning every single variation is worth the effort.

For the cards issued in 1994, I came up with an additional 46 cards.  Stadium Club had the largest difference, with my count coming up with an additional 9 cards.  Pinnacle was next with 5, and Donruss, Fleer, and Score Select each had 4 more cards than I thought I did.




 Most of the 1995 tallies were pretty close or only one or two off.  I came up with an additional 48 cards.  Topps was by far the largest change, with the count yielding 13 more cards than I had listed.  Fleer Ultra was next with an additional 5 cards.


1996 was pretty much on point with only an additional 8 cards showing up.  Pinnacle with four more cards than I thought was the biggest difference.  I'm sure it had something to do with the fact that I just don't have very many copies of these cards.

As for the modern cards below, I came up with three additional cards.  I guess the individual numbering is good way to make sure I keep my numbers straight.

All in all, over the course of this "audit," I came up with an additional 927 cards.  I figured going in that I'd come up with more than I had listed, but I didn't think it would be anywhere near that high.  My best guess is that sometime around 2014 I wasn't adding new purchases as they came in and just waiting to update when I was mailed one, believing I would reconcile the numbers then.  I guess I didn't.  Don't look for this exercise to become an annual thing.  It was miserable, and I won't be doing it again any time soon.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Collection Audit 1992 & 1993


1992 Bowman - Listed: 54   Actual: 55   Difference: +1

1992 Bowman USA - Listed: 65   Actual: 71   Difference: +6

1992 Classic - Listed: 3   Actual: 4   Difference: +1

1992 Denver All-Time Records - Listed: 10   Actual: 10   Difference: zero

1992 Diet Pepsi - Listed: 9   Actual: 9   Difference: zero

1992 Donruss - Listed: 213   Actual: 226   Difference: +13

1992 Donruss Durivage - Listed: 3   Actual: 3   Difference: zero

1992 Fleer - Listed: 142   Actual: 163   Difference: +21

1992 Fleer Ultra - Listed: 141   Actual: 144   Difference: +3

1992 Leaf - Listed: 111   Actual: 108   Difference: -3

1992 Leaf Black Gold - Listed: 14   Actual: 14   Difference: zero

1992 O-Pee-Chee - Listed: 19   Actual: 22   Difference: +3

1992 Panini - Listed: 16   Actual: 16    Difference: zero

1992 Panini French - Listed: 1   Actual: 1   Difference: zero

1992 Pinnacle - Listed: 107   Actual: 113   Difference: +6

1992 Red Book - Listed: 6   Actual: 14   Difference: +8

1992 Post - Listed: 5   Actual: 5   Difference: zero

1992 Score - Listed: 85   Actual: 90   Difference: +5

1992 Super Star - Listed: 7   Actual: 7   Difference: zero

1992 Stadium Club - Listed: 68   Actual: 72   Difference: +4

1992 Studio - Listed: 73   Actual: 77   Difference: +4



1992 Topps - Listed: 215   Actual: 234   Difference: +19

1992 Topps Gold - Listed: 6   Actual: 7   Difference: +1

1992 Topps Gold Winner - Listed: 24   Actual: 24   Difference: zero

1992 Topps Kids - Listed: 42   Actual: 43   Difference: +1

1992 Topps Micro - Listed: 8   Actual: 6   Difference: -2

1992 Triple Play - Listed: 99   Actual: 104   Difference: +5

1992 Upper Deck - Listed: 281   Actual: 288   Difference: +7

1992 Upper Deck Gold - Listed: 3   Actual: 5   Difference: +2


1993 Bowman - Listed: 24   Actual: 24   Difference: zero

1993 Cardtoons - Listed: 3   Actual: 3   Difference: zero

1993 Donruss - Listed: 106   Actual: 110   Difference: +4

1993 Donruss McDonalds Expos - Listed: 10   Actual: 10   Difference: zero

1993 Flair - Listed: 38   Actual: 38   Difference: zero

1993 Fleer - Listed: 68   Actual: 78   Difference: +10

1993 Fleer Final Edition - Listed: 12   Actual: 16   Difference: +4

1993 Fleer Ultra - Listed: 42   Actual: 45   Difference: +3

1993 Humpty Dumpty - Listed: 7   Actual: 7   Difference: zero

1993 LAPD D.A.R.E. - Listed: 4   Actual: 4   Difference: zero

1993 Leaf - Listed: 86   Actual: 96   Difference: +10

1993 Memphis Chicks - Listed: 3   Actual: 3   Difference: zero

1993 Mother's Cookies - Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: zero

1993 O-Pee-Chee - Listed: 8   Actual: 8   Difference: zero

1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier - Listed: 27   Actual: 29   Difference: +2

1993 Pacific - Listed: 2   Actual: 3   Difference: +1

1993 Panini - Listed: 10   Actual: 10   Difference: zero

1993 Pinnacle - Listed: 42   Actual: 43   Difference: +1

1993 Score - Listed: 29   Actual: 35   Difference: +6

1993 Score Select - Listed: 52   Actual: 63   Difference: +11

1993 Score Select Update - Listed: 10   Actual: 10   Difference: zero




1993 Stadium Club - Listed: 71   Actual: 72   Difference: zero

1993 Stadium Club 1st Day Production - Listed: 1   Actual: 1   Difference: zero

1993 Stadium Club Member's Only - Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: zero

1993 Stadium Club Dodgers - Listed: 7   Actual: 7   Difference: zero

1993 Studio - Listed: 51   Actual: 55   Difference: +4

1993 Topps - Listed: 214   Actual: 248   Difference: +34

1993 Topps Gold - Listed: 34   Actual: 34   Difference: zero

1993 Topps Marlins Inaugural - Listed: 5   Actual: 6   Difference: +1

1993 Topps Rockies Inaugural - Listed: 3   Actual: 3   Difference: zero

1993 Topps Micro - Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: zero

1993 Topps Traded - Listed: 29   Actual: 36   Difference: +7

1993 Topps Finest - Listed: 6   Actual: 6   Difference: zero

1993 Finest Refractor - Listed: 1   Actual: 1   Difference: zero

1993 Triple Play - Listed: 38   Actual: 42   Difference: +4

1993 Upper Deck - Listed: 146   Actual: 156   Difference: +10

1993 Upper Deck Gold Hologram - Listed: 1   Actual: 1   Difference: zero

There were some pretty big discrepancies over these two years between what I had posted and how many I counted in hand.  Most of them went in my favor, but I'm still at a loss as to how I'm so far off.  I've been running this blog for nearly a decade now, and I feel like there was a period in time where I was just filing cards I bought (not one that were sent), and assuming I would count them and correct the numbers when someone sent me more of them.  Beyond that, I have no idea.  In total I came up with 217 more cards than I thought I had for these two years.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Collection Audit 1991


After a delay due to nothing more than my own procrastination, I've finally gotten around to finishing up this audit.  Hopefully it'll be done this week, as I have a pretty awesome new item to post, and there new 2019 Wallach cards to get to as well.  Here's how 1991 shook out:

1991 Baseball Price Guide Monthly - Listed: 3  Actual: 3  Difference: zero

1991 Baseball Card Magazines - Listed: 3  Actual: 3  Difference: zero

1991 Bowman - Listed: 64  Actual: 68  Difference: +4

1991 Classic - Listed: 5  Actual: 5  Difference: zero

1991 Denny's - Listed: 18  Actual: 18  Difference: zero

1991 Donruss - Listed: 280  Actual: 289  Difference: +9

1991 Donruss MVP - Listed: 260  Actual: 271  Difference: +11

1991 Fleer - Listed: 194  Actual: 186  Difference: -8

1991 Fleer Ultra - Listed: 84  Actual: 91  Difference: +7

1991 Holsum Disc - Listed: 1  Actual: 1  Difference: zero

1991 Home Run Kings - Listed: 1  Actual: 1  Difference: zero

1991 Jumbo Seeds - Listed: 9  Actual: 9  Difference: zero


1991 Leaf - Listed: 160  Actual: 171  Difference: +11

1991 Leaf Preview - Listed: 13  Actual: 13  Difference: zero

1991 O-Pee-Chee - Listed: 3  Actual: 3  Difference: zero

1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier - Listed: 73  Actual: 73  Difference: zero

1991 Panini - Listed: 5  Actual: 5  Difference: zero

1991 Panini Canadian Top 15 - Listed: 23  Actual: 23  Difference: zero

1991 Panini French - Listed: 1  Actual: 1  Difference: zero

1991 Petro Stand-up - Listed: 3  Actual: 3  Difference: zero

1991 Post - Listed: 14  Actual: 14  Difference: zero

1991 Red Book - Listed: 6  Actual: 6  Difference: zero

1991 Score - Listed: 238  Actual: 251  Difference: +13

1991 Score The Franchise - Listed: 199  Actual: 211  Difference: +12

1991 Score Superstars - Listed: 16  Actual: 19  Difference: +3

1991 Stadium Club - Listed: 125  Actual: 126  Difference: +1

1991 Studio - Listed: 82  Actual: 82  Difference: zero



1991 Topps - Listed: 262  Actual: 271  Difference: +9

1991 Topps Desert Shield - Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: zero

1991 Topps Cracker Jack - Listed: 11  Actual: 11  Difference: zero

1991 Topps Micro - Listed: 5  Actual: 6  Difference: +1

1991 Topps Tiffany - Listed: 2  Actual: 2  Difference: zero

1991 Upper Deck - Listed: 295  Actual: 303  Difference: +8

1991 Upper Deck Checklist - Listed: 227  Actual: 239  Difference: +12

A review of 1991 yielded an additional 93 cards.  And while I came out with more than I thought I had, I'm more than a little annoyed to have come up with 8 fewer 1991 Fleers than I thought I had.  I'm going to have to make a point to add a few of those to my next Sportlots purchase.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Collection Audit 1990


Not featured in this photo, but the dog I mentioned yesterday did in fact get ahold of a few of these, pulling several team bags of 1990 Fleer off the table.  She tore open two bags and about 50 of my 1990 Fleer cards are now either missing a corner or feature some teeth marks.  (They still count.)

1990 Bowman - Listed: 102   Actual: 104  Difference: +2

1990 Bowman Tiffany - Listed: 5   Actual: 5  Difference: none

1990 Collect the Stars Magnet - Listed: 1   Actual: 1  Difference: none

1990 Donruss - Listed: 437   Actual: 446  Difference: +9

1990 Donruss Aqueos Test - Listed: 1   Actual: 1  Difference: none

1990 Donruss Baseball's Best - Listed: 10   Actual: 11  Difference: +1

1990 Donruss Learning Series - Listed: 10   Actual: 10  Difference: none

1990 Fleer - Listed: 375   Actual: 439  Difference: +64

1990 Fleer Canadian - Listed: 5   Actual: 5  Difference: none

1990 Fleer Award Winners - Listed: 8   Actual: 9  Difference: +1

1990 Fleer League Leaders - Listed: 9   Actual: 10  Difference: +1

1990 Leaf - Listed: 119   Actual: 123  Difference: +4

1990 O-Pee-Chee - Listed: 3   Actual: 3  Difference: none

1990 Panini - Listed: 5   Actual: 5   Difference: none

1990 Publications International Stickers - Listed: 3   Actual: 3  Difference: none

1990 Red Foley - Listed: 3   Actual: 3  Difference: none

I have no idea how I was off by 64 cards with 1990 Fleer.  I'm sure over the years there have been more than a few large purchases that fell threw the cracks, but not 64 cards at once.  It's not like 1990 Fleer is a Wallach card that shows up in 50 card lots on eBay the way his rookies do from time to time.  Still, better to have 64 more than I thought, than 64 fewer.  It's almost like my dog didn't take a bite out of 50 or so of them.



1990 Score - Listed: 302   Actual: 310  Difference: +8

1990 Sportflics- Listed: 10   Actual: 10  Difference: none

1990 Topps - Listed: 517   Actual: 530  Difference: +13

1990 Topps Big - Listed: 15   Actual: 15  Difference: none

1990 Topps Coins - Listed: 9   Actual: 9  Difference: none

1990 Topps Doubleheaders - Listed: 2   Actual: 2  Difference: none

1990 Topps Mini Leaders - Listed: 15   Actual: 15  Difference: none

1990 Topps Stickers - Listed: 2   Actual: 2  Difference: none

1990 Topps Superstars - Listed: 21   Actual: 21  Difference: none 

1990 Tiffany - Listed: 5   Actual: 5   Difference: none

1990 U.S. Playing Cards - Listed: 34   Actual: 34  Difference: none

1990 U.S. Playing Cards Silver - Listed: 1   Actual: 1  Difference: none

1990 Upper Deck - Listed: 312   Actual: 313  Difference: +1

The review of my 1990 Wallach's came out with 104 additional cards.  That brings the running total up to 515 additional cards.  I figure that number will shoot up again with 1991, and then start to slow down significantly.  Not that I'm rooting for it to.  I'd rather have whatever accounting ego I have be bruised and come up additional cards, that have it stroked and be sport on.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Collection Audit 1989


I had to pause this process for awhile, but had time to hammer out another year this morning.  The issue with doing this, is it takes up a lot of space and creates a good amount of clutter.  So it's not just a matter of counting the cards and running numbers.  Pulling the boxes and then laying out the cards, then putting them away eats up a lot of minutes.  I'm also the proud owner of a new dog.  A Siberian Husky.  She's 7 months old and has an amazing ability to destroy any and everything that isn't closed in a drawer, closet, or about 8 feet off the ground.  So leaving these cards out overnight or during the day is out of the question.  Otherwise, she's a great dog.  Here are some numbers:

1989 Alaska Goldpanners - Listed: 5   Actual: 5  Difference: 0

1989 Bowman - Listed: 152   Actual: 157  Difference: +5

1989 Bowman Tiffany - Listed: 6   Actual: 9  Difference: +3

1989 Donruss - Listed: 394   Actual: 406  Difference: +12

1989 Donruss Baseball's Best - Listed: 19   Actual: 20  Difference: +1

1989 Donruss Baseball's Best Blue Test Proof- Listed: 1   Actual: 1  Difference: 0

1989 Fleer - Listed: 401   Actual: 391  Difference: -10

1989 Fleer Glossy - Listed: 4   Actual: 4  Difference: 0

1989 K-Mart - Listed: 58   Actual: 58  Difference: 0

1989 O-Pee-Chee - Listed: 10   Actual: 10  Difference: 0

1989 Panini - Listed: 1   Actual: 1  Difference: 0

1989 Red Foley Stickers - Listed: 3   Actual: 3  Difference: 0

1989 Score - Listed: 183   Actual: 183  Difference: 0

1989 Sportflics - Listed: 11   Actual: 12  Difference: +1

1989 St. Vincent Stamps - Listed: 2   Actual: 2  Difference: 0

Probably the biggest surprise here was the revelation of three more Bowman Tiffany.  I have no idea where they came from or when I picked them up.  It's a fairly scarce card.  One more wouldn't have been much of a surprise, but to have 50% more than I thought I did is a bit of a head scratcher.  Somewhere along the way I credited myself with ten additional '89 Fleer.  Probably a math error at some point while adding a bunch at once.



1989 Topps - Listed: 750   Actual: 758  Difference: +8

1989 Topps Baseball Talk - Listed: 1   Actual: 1  Difference: 0

1989 Topps Big - Listed: 15   Actual: 16  Difference: +1

1989 Topps Stickers - Listed: 5   Actual: 5  Difference: 0

1989 Topps Tiffany - Listed: 8   Actual: 9  Difference: +1

1989 Upper Deck - Listed: 197   Actual: 199  Difference: +2

No real surprises here.  The total change for 1989 was 24 additional cards to add to the total.  That brings the total audit total up to +411, a number far larger than I expected to find, and there's still a good number of years to go through.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Collection Audit 1987-1988


I only made my way through two years with this post.  This process may take a little longer than I thought.  It went when there were only four or five different cards in the early 1980's, and I underestimated the tediousness of counting off a handful of copies for dozens of different sets in a given year.  Of this first batch, '87 Opening Day was the only real surprise.  Not sure how I missed 14 of those.  Sportflics was the lone set to go backwards.  I don't feel too bad about that given I don't really like Sportflics, and they tend to stick together when you're trying to count them.  So that error is easy enough to write off for me.

1987 Donruss: Listed 429   Actual: 435   Difference: +6

1987 Donruss Opening Day: Listed 39   Actual: 53   Difference: +14

1987 Fleer: Listed 224   Actual: 225   Difference: +1

1987 Fleer Glossy: Listed 30   Actual: 34   Difference: +4

1987 General Mills: Listed 3   Actual: 3   Difference: none

1987 Hostess: Listed 4   Actual: 4   Difference: none

1987 Indiana Blue Sox: Listed 1   Actual: 1   Difference: none

1987 Leaf: Listed 53   Actual: 55   Difference: +2

1987 O-Pee-Chee: Listed 18   Actual: 18   Difference: none

1987 O-Pee-Chee Stickers: Listed 3   Actual: 3   Difference: none

1987 Red Foley Stickers: Listed 3   Actual: 3    Difference: none

1987 Sportflics: Listed 49   Actual: 47   Difference: -2

1987 Sportflics Tri-Stars: Listed 13   Actual: 13   Difference: none

1987 Stuart Super Star Panels: Listed 1   Actual: 1   Difference: none

1987 Press Box: Listed 1   Actual: 1   Difference: none



I'm at over 900 copies of '87 Topps and my count was only off by five.  I feel pretty good about that.  I'm going to have to make a point to push that card over the 1,000 mark before the end of the year.

1987 Topps: Listed 924   Actual: 929   Difference: +5

1987 Topps Stickers: Listed 6   Actual: 5   Difference: -1

1987 Topps Tiffany: Listed 19   Actual: 21    Difference: +2



I was an even 100 off on 1988 Donruss.  I don't know if I made a typo at some point or if I'm just an idiot.  I think I just have an aversion to 1988 Donruss.  It's probably my least favorite 1980's set design of the big three Topps/Fleer/Donruss.

1988 Donruss: Listed: 782   Actual: 882   Difference: +100

1988 Donruss All-Star: Listed 48   Actual: 49   Difference: +1

1988 Donruss Baseball's Best: Listed 34   Actual: 49   Difference: +15



1988 Fleer: Listed: 293   Actual: 294   Difference: +1

1988 Fleer Award Winners: Listed: 20   Actual: 24   Difference: +4

1988 Fleer All-Star: Listed: 11   Actual: 16   Difference: +5

1988 Fleer MVP: Listed: 20   Actual: 17   Difference: -3

1988 Fleer Box Bottoms: Listed: 15   Actual: 15   Difference: none

1988 Fleer Glossy: Listed: 11   Actual: 12   Difference: +1

1988 Fleer Mini: Listed: 15   Actual: 15   Difference: none

1988 Fleer Star Stickers: Listed: 80   Actual: 82   Difference: +2

1988 Hostess Disc: Listed: 4   Actual: 4   Difference: none

1988 Jiffy Pop: Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: none

1988 Kay Bee: Listed: 32   Actual: 33   Difference: +1

1988 Leaf: Listed: 37   Actual: 37   Difference: none

1988 Leaf Canadian Greats: Listed: 35   Actual: 35   Difference: none

1988 Nestle: Listed: 6   Actual: 6   Difference: none

1988 O-Pee-Chee: Listed: 16   Actual: 16   Difference: none

1988 O-Pee-Chee Stickers: Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: none

1988 O-Pee-Chee Super Stars: Listed: 6   Actual: 6   Difference: none

1988 Panini: Listed 11   Actual: 11   Difference: none

1988 Red Foley: Listed 16   Actual: 16   Difference: none

1988 Revco: Listed 42  Actual: 39   Difference: -3

1988 Score: Listed 267   Actual: 276   Difference: +9

1988 Score Glossy: Listed 2   Actual: 2   Difference: none

1988 Sportflics: Listed 9   Actual: 9   Difference: none

1988 Starting Line-Up: Listed 2   Actual: 2   Difference: none



1988 Topps: Listed 713   Actual: 721   Difference: +8

1988 Topps All-Star: Listed: 717   Actual: 745   Difference: +28

1988 Topps Big: Listed: 62  Actual: 63   Difference: +1

1988 Topps Cloth: Listed: 2   Actual: 2   Difference: none

1988 Topps Coins: Listed: 3   Actual: 3   Difference: none

1988 Topps Glossy Send Ins: Listed: 18   Actual: 19   Difference: +1

1988 Topps Mini Leaders: Listed: 34   Actual: 35   Difference: +1

1988 Topps Stickers: Listed: 25   Actual: 26   Difference: +1

1988 Topps Super Star: Listed: 29   Actual: 32   Difference: +3

1988 Topps Tiffany: Listed: 19   Actual: 20   Difference: +1

1988 Topps Tiffany All-Star: Listed: 17   Actual: 17    Difference: none

1988 Topps UK Mini: Listed: 89   Actual: 89   Difference: none

1988 Topps UK Mini Tiffany: Listed: 3   Actual: 3   Difference: none

I ended up finding 208 more cards than I had listed from 1987-88.  That brings the running total up to an additional 387 cards.  I suspect that it will continue to go up through about 1991, then taper off significantly, but we'll see.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Collection Audit 1982-86


Like so many other card bloggers, I do a couple of end of/new year post annually.  In probably every "year look ahead" post I've ever done, I've mentioned my need to go through and do an audit of my collection.  I try my best to keep track of cards as they come in, and log them accurately to keep the count honest, but I know cards get lost in the shuffle.  Well after four or five years of saying I was going to do an audit, I've finally gotten around to it.  I figure it may take four or five post, but this first one will cover the years 1982 through 1986.


Below are the posted numbers I have for cards from 1982 along with the count I came up with during the "audit."  It's not an exact science, but I think it's pretty close.  Each of those bags contains 25 of the same card.  I store them in the white shoe boxes, and until I reach 25 copies the extras are kept loose not in bags.  So much of this relies on my own ability to count 25 copies correctly as they've gone into the bags over the years.

1982 Donruss
Listed: 206
Actual: 214
Difference: +8

1982 Fleer
Listed: 300
Actual: 377
Difference: +77

1982 Hygrade
Listed: 2
Actual: 2
Difference: none

1982 O-Pee-Chee
Listed: 24
Actual: 24
Difference: none

1982 Topps
Listed: 1,202
Actual: 1,219
Difference: +17

Other than 1982 Fleer most of these numbers were very close if not dead on.  There was a period of time in the last year where large lots of '82 Fleer were showing up on eBay on a regular basis.  I bought quite a few of them, and one or two must have fallen through the cracks.  It was literally hard to keep up, as every time I searched a new listing was popping up.  I didn't even buy them all as other people were also bidding and I try to hold firm to my 10¢ a card shipped threshold on cards.   I feel like I have a pretty good eye for shill bidding, and this didn't feel like it.  Not sure who is trying to crowd in on my hold on the Wallach market.


1983 All-Star Game Insert
Listed: 5
Actual: 5
Difference: none

1983 Donruss
Listed: 134
Actual: 139
Difference: +5

1983 Fleer
Listed: 129
Actual: 133
Difference: +4

1983 O-Pee-Chee
Listed: 39
Actual: 39
Difference: none

1983 O-Pee-Chee Stickers
Listed: 4
Actual: 4
Difference: none

1983 Stuart
Listed: 9
Actual: 9
Difference: none


1983 Topps
Listed: 281
Actual: 281
Difference: none

1983 Topps Stickers
Listed: 37
Actual: 39
Difference: +2


1984 All-Star Game Inserts
Listed: 7
Actual: 7
Difference: none

1984 Donruss
Listed: 153
Actual: 155
Difference: +2

1984 Fleer
Listed: 123
Actual: 125
Difference: +2

1984 Nestle
Listed: 80
Actual: 81
Difference: +1

1984 O-Pee-Chee
Listed: 47
Actual: 41
Difference: -6

1984 O-Pee-Chee Stickers
Listed: 2
Actual: 2
Difference: none

1984 Stuart
Listed: 6
Actual: 6
Difference: none

Somehow I lost six '84 OPC cards, or miscounted them while they were coming in.  It's the first card that's come up short in this audit, and my OCD has me already pulling up Sportslots to find six more to make things right.


1984 Topps
Listed: 357
Actual: 364
Difference: +7

1984 Topps Stickers
Listed: 8
Actual: 10
Difference: +2

1984 Topps Tiffany
Listed: 12
Actual: 13
Difference: +1

1984 Topps Encased Test Design
Listed: 2
Actual: 2
Difference: none



1985 All-Star Game Inserts
Listed: 6
Actual: 6
Difference: none

1985 Donruss
Listed: 121
Actual: 122
Difference: +1

1985 Fleer
Listed: 107
Actual: 113
Difference: +6

1985 Leaf
Listed: 31
Actual: 40
Difference: +9

1985 O-Pee-Chee
Listed: 25
Actual: 25
Difference: none

1985 O-Pee-Chee Posters
Listed: 3
Actual: 3
Difference: none

1985 O-Pee-Chee Stickers
Listed: 2
Actual: 2
Difference: none

I have no idea where an extra nine '85 Leaf cards came from.  Its not a card that shows up very often and certainly not in bulk.


1985 Topps 
Listed: 323
Actual: 334
Difference: +11

1985 Topps Stickers
Listed: 6
Actual: 6
Difference: none

1985 Topps Tiffany
Listed: 11
Actual: 11
Difference: none


1986 Donruss
Listed: 146
Actual: 155
Difference: +9

1986 Donruss All-Star
Listed: 28
Actual: 28
Difference: none

1986 Fleer
Listed: 121
Actual: 126
Difference: +5

1986 Fleer Mini
Listed: 38
Actual: 38
Difference: none

1986 General Mills
Listed: 1
Actual: 1
Difference: none

1986 Leaf
Listed: 28
Actual: 28
Difference: none

1986 O-Pee-Chee
Listed: 12
Actual: 16
Difference: +4

1986 O-Pee-Chee Stickers
Listed: 2
Actual: 2
Difference: none

1986 O-Pee-Chee Tattoo
Listed: 2
Actual: 2
Difference: none

1986 Provigio
Listed: 27
Actual: 29
Difference: +2

1986 Sportflics
Listed: 15
Actual: 15
Difference: none

1986 Topps 
Listed: 359
Actual: 368
Difference: +9

1986 Topps All-Star
Listed: 655
Actual: 661
Difference: +6

1986 Topps Stickers
Listed: 51
Actual: 51
Difference: none

1986 Topps Tattoo
Listed: 2
Actual: 2
Difference: none

1986 Topps Tiffany
Listed: 5
Actual: 5
Difference: none

1986 Topps All-Star Tiffany
Listed: 3
Actual: 3
Difference: none

The total ended up being 179 additional cards through 1986.  That's more than I expected, but on the flip side, there were a lot more cards that were exactly on point than I expected to.  Hopefully I'll have this wrapped up by the end of the week.


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.