Friday, January 30, 2015

1982 Topps un-cut sheet


I've always wanted one of these uncut sheets.  This is my first one, and it happens to include the Wallach rookie card.  I could be wrong, but I remember these things being wildly expensive as a kid. I picked this one up for less than $20 shipped.  Granted, it's pretty beat up, but that still struck me as very cheap.  However that seemed to be around the going rate for these.

Framing it isn't going to be as inexpensive.  My early estimates indicate that this thing will never see the inside of a frame, and even if I did one day splurge, it's far too big (about 43 x 29) to get the ever important stamp of approval from my wife to be hung on a wall in the house.  And it's not all on her, I have an area, but it's pretty full already and I don't really think I can make space for this.  It could be destined for a spot in the garage with my childhood NHL posters, thumbtacked to a wall.

Some of cool cards on the sheet are below.  Including the Expo killer Rick Monday two slots below Wallach, and some poor kid listed as the Future Star third baseman on the Expos rookie card between Terry Francona and Bryn Smith.









Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Woodbury, MN


I've been slacking.  These cards arrived almost a month ago.  But they're up now, so I figure it's all good.  They were sent by Jim of "Garvey, Cey, Russel, Lopes."  It's the fourth time he's sent cards, and it's always very much appreciated.  Thank you for the cards Jim.


Updated Totals: 

1988 Fleer: 189
1993 Topps x2: 86
1995 Pinnacle: 24

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Black Cooper Game Used Bat, autographed


I'm not a huge collector of bats, but that doesn't mean I ignore them.  I just won't pay the huge price that often gets hung on them.  This is "only" my second Wallach bat.  I picked it up from a seller on the "Game Used Universe" site.  He also gave me a great deal on a bat that belonged to Oddibe McDowell, who like Wallach, also won the Golden Spike Award (1984 Arizona State).  If you collect bats, I suggest looking at this guy's other listings.

There are three things I want to discuss about this bat.  The first is the color.  It's black.  Which while in and of itself is not unusual, it's unusual for Wallach.  I can't find a photo of him using this bat anywhere.  He's using a black bat on his 1983 Topps card, but on that card the handle is also black.  Wallach also appears to be using a black bat on his 1990 Topps card.  I can't say for certain, but I think that the bat on that card is the same as the one above (same model, I'm not claiming it's literally this bat).  The photo quality on the 1990 Topps is just too poor to tell.  However it, it would be the right era.  As the only other Wallach bat I have is also a Cooper, all natural wood color, and the period Wallach used that bat appears to be from 1990-91 from the photo matches I could find.

The other thing I look for in bats is pretty basic, whether or not their cracked.  I prefer they not be.  I'm not sure which is more "valuable," broken or intact, but I prefer intact.  It drives my wife nuts, but I have to have something in my hands.  If I'm watching a Syracuse basketball game on my couch, chances are there's a football, or tennis ball, or baseball in my hands, which I spin or fire up at the ceiling as the intensity of the game may demand.  Wooden baseball bats have gradually worked there way into my rotation as a preferred prop for watching sports.  As such, I prefer to be swinging an intact one while stressing over free throws at the end of a Georgetown game, or counting down outs in October (disclaimer, my wife insists swinging a bat inside is not ok.  But she also says throwing a football inside isn't either, and we all know its fine so long as you have a good arm).  This one is far too cracked to swing.  I'm pretty sure it would split into pieces if it were swung with any force.  But it looks nice.  The Oddibe bat, if your interested, is in perfect shape.  It's coming to Spring Training in Scotsdale with me (I go as a paying spectator, I'm actually trying to make a 40 man), and I'm going to take some actual cuts with it off my old man, an aging former college pitcher who still throws pretty decent B.P.

Which brings me to the third thing I look for in a bat, it's appearance.  This one looks awesome.  It's got a good amount of pine tar, the finish is very nice, everything about it is pretty sweet.  Except for the autograph.  I've said it many times, but I am not an autograph guy.  If I didn't get it myself, then I have no use for it, and even then, I get a much bigger kick out of a hand shake, or photo op, than a I do a signature.  The Wallach signature on this bat only detracts from it for me.  Wallach wasn't swinging bats with his own signature in his playing days, and at it's core this is supposed to be a genuine relic from his playing days.  I'd prefer it were left as is (or was?).







Monday, January 12, 2015

Matt Wallach, 2012 Chattanooga Lookouts #28


Review: C- I'm not a fan of this card design.  Too much packed into it.  Even the "Hardees" logo looks bad on this card.  That's not to say it's the worst looking card ever designed, but as a follow up to a decent 2011 effort, it leaves a lot to be desired.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Matt Wallach, 2011 Chattanooga Lookouts #29


Grade: A-  Had this card gone with a different photo on the back I would have given it an "A."  Sure it's a bit of an '84 Fleer knockoff, but I'm ok with that.  In fact, I'd go so far as to encourage every minor league team to use a knock off design of a well known set from the 70's or 80's.  For whatever reason, I really like the "Hardees" logos on the front and back.  I'm pretty sure I've never eaten in the Hardees, nor do I have any plans of ever doing so, but I like the logo on the card.  It adds to the minor league feel.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Year in Review


I added 2,380 Tim Wallach cards to my collection in 2014, bringing my total to 12,819 cards.  That's an increase of 22.8% on the year.  Of the 2,380 cards I added, 1,002 of them were sent in by readers or non-readers who heard about my efforts somewhere else.  That's a very generous total, and I'd once again like to thank anyone that sent cards.  It doesn't go unnoticed.

This blog also added a Twitter account in 2014.  That account now has 86 followers, which may not be a huge number, but it feels like about 84 or 85 (give or take a couple) more than it should warrant.  So thank  you to all of you who follow, I try not to twit, tweet, post, etc too much.

Below is a breakdown of the cards that were added in 2014:

Most added cards by total


1. 1986 Topps AS ................................97
2. 1987 Donruss ...................................87
3. 1987 Topps ......................................78
4. 1988 Topps UK Mini .......................64
5. 1989 Upper Deck .............................62
6. 1989 Topps .......................................58
7. 1987 Fleer ........................................50
8. 1982 Topps .......................................47
    1988 Topps AS .................................47
    1990 Topps .......................................47
11. 1990 Leaf ........................................44
12. 1988 Topps ......................................39

Most added cards by percentage (minimum 10 cards added)


1. 1988 Topps Stickers ............................ 1500%   (15 cards added)
2. 1988 Topps UK Mini ............................ 581%   (64 cards added)
3. 1988 Topps Mini Leaders .................... 340%   (17)
4. 1996 Mother's Cookies ........................ 333%   (10)
5. 1983 O-Pee-Chee ................................. 300%   (24)
6. 1990 U.S. Playing Cards ..................... 228%   (16)
7. 1990 Leaf .............................................. 183%   (44)
8. 1989 K-Mart ........................................ 173%   (19)
9. 1988 Topps Big .................................... 171%   (24)
10. 1989 Score .......................................... 150%   (18)
11. 1992 Pinnacle ..................................... 148%   (34)
12. 1987 Leaf ............................................ 146%   (22)

Most Elusive Cards (minimum 10 already in collection)
 

1. 1994 Triple Play ................................... 0%   (24 cards in collection, 0 added)
    1988 Leaf Canadian Greats ................ 0%   (22)
    1992 Topps Gold Winners ................... 0%   (21)
    1986 Leaf .............................................. 0%   (20)
    1994 Pinnacle ....................................... 0%   (20)
    1995 Topps D3 ..................................... 0%   (11)
    1992 Denver All-Time Greats ............. 0%   (10)
8. 1984 Nestle ........................................... 2%    (79)
9. 1982 Donruss ....................................... 3%   (143)
    1984 Donruss ....................................... 3%   (102)
    1985 Donruss ....................................... 3%    (70)
    1986 Fleer ............................................ 3%     (93)

Happy New Year, 
and thanks for all the support 
(and cards)

Go Dodgers! 
(unless Wallach is hired by someone else, then go that team)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Matt Wallach, 2008 Ogden Raptors















Card Review: B+  This is another card design that looks like it very well could have been a late 80's early 90's Score or Fleer set.  I'm so tired of Topps continuously pumping out bland white bordered sets year after year.  It's ok to swing and miss on occasion.  I like that I can immediately recognize a card year and brand for cards from 1952 to around 1991.  Yet despite buying a lot of cards the over last six years, I usually have to flip one over to tell what year it's from.  This particular card is kind of ugly, but it's different, and if Topps went with this design in 2016, I wouldn't complain.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Woodbury, MN


These cards were sent by Jim of "Garvey, Cey, Russel, Lopes."  Thanks for the cards Jim.  Jim included a a card of Jerry Sands as well.  There's a more than decent chance that the arm reaching out to Sands is Wallach's arm.  He was 3rd base coach for the Dodgers in 2011 so it's a logical conclusion to reach.  At this time I am not actively seeking cards of Wallach's arm from his time as 3rd base coach.  I appreciate the thought, but please, don't feel obligated to send them.

Updated Totals:

1987 Topps: 588
1988 Donruss: 572

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Watertown, NY


These cards were sent by Greg, the "Night Owl." That 1994 Upper Deck is of the "electric diamond" variety and is only the second one sent to me via mail like this.  Thanks for the cards Greg.

Updated totals:

1993 Studio x2: 32
1993 Ultra: 28
1994 Upper Deck Electric Diamond: 11

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Brett Wallach 2011 Daytona Cubs #23


Card Review: B  My only real complaint about this card is that they use the same photo on the back.  That's always annoyed me.  If the design was just going to use a head shot, that has be pretty easy to find.  And even the boring head shots from the team webpage, media guide, etc, would be better than using the same photo again.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brett Wallach 2009 Ogden Raptors


Card Review: B  This card design is a little generic but there's really nothing wrong with it.  I feel like it looks like a declined mock up for an early 90's Score set.  I actually kind of like the wood grain look on the back of the card.  I would have just left it all the darker yellow, I think you'd still be able to read the lettering ok.

I just received an envelope of minor league cards from my connection, so the next week or so is going to feature a heavy does of Brett and Matt Wallach cards that I didn't previously have.  It's been awhile since I mentioned my thoughts on collecting the Wallach kids, so I'll go ahead and mention it again.  I think it's pretty cool to be able to collect their cards, but am not trying "to collect them all."  One of each is fine.  I'm also grading them differently, using letters instead of numbers.  I'm not sure it makes any difference (or that anyone cares), but it helps keep things in order for me.



Friday, December 5, 2014

Woodbury, MN


These cards were sent by Jim of "Garvey, Cey, Russsel, Lopes."  Thanks for the cards Jim.  I look forward to the day that you stop finding Wallach's to send me.

Updated Totals:

1988 Fleer: 188
1993 Topps x2: 84
1995 Pinnacle: 23

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada


These eleven cards were sent by regular contributor Ryan, in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Ryan once again used is signature brown envelope, which always look even cooler with all the stickers and stamps mail from Canada gets hit with.

Thanks for the cards Ryan. 

Updated Totals: 

1989 Donruss: 214
1989 Fleer: 183
1989 Topps: 387
1991 Donruss: 121
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier: 30
1991 Score: 119
1991 Score Franchise: 81
1991 Topps: 122
1992 Donruss: 107
1992 O-Pee-Chee: 13
1992 Triple Play: 51

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kenner, LA


These eight cards were sent by the Junior Junkie.  Thanks for the cards, they're always appreciated.

Updated Totals:

1990 Topps: 252
1991 Ultra: 40
1992 Donruss x4: 106
1992 Pinnacle: 57
1992 Studio: 19

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ebay Pick-up


I picked up this lot of 219 Wallach cards on ebay about a week ago.  It was one of the better deals I've come across in recent memory as the total cost ended up being under 3¢ a card shipped.  So thank you to the seller.  Although,\ the description claimed 220 cards, and I only counted 219, I'm going to chalk that up to an error in counting on my part.

Here are updated totals for the cards in this lot:

1984 O-Pee-Chee: 29
1984 Topps: 186
1986 Topps: 164
1986 Topps AS x2: 392
1987 Donruss Opening Day: 20
1987 Topps x10: 587
1988 Donruss: 571
1988 Donruss AS: 29
1988 Fleer: 187
1988 O-Pee-Chee x2: 12
1988 Revco: 35
1988 Topps x2: 442
1988 Topps AS x3: 384
1989 Donruss x2: 213
1989 Fleer x4: 182
1989 K-Mart x2: 30
1989 O-Pee-Chee x2: 7
1989 Score x2: 120
1989 Topps x19: 386
1989 Upper Deck: 136
1990 Donruss x19: 214
1990 Fleer x6: 199
1990 Leaf: 68
1990 Score x3: 131
1990 Topps x2: 251
1990 Upper Deck x12: 145
1990 U.S. Playing Cards x2: 23
1991 Donruss : 120
1991 Donruss MVP x2: 99
1991 Fleer x2: 80
1991 Leaf x2: 55
1991 Score x19: 118
1991 Score Franchise x3: 80
1991 Stadium Club x4: 46
1991 Topps x4: 121
1991 Topps Cracker Jacks: 6
1991 Upper Deck x14: 159
1991 Upper Deck CL x5: 105
1992 Donruss: 102
1992 Fleer x3: 64
1992 Leaf x4: 42
1992 Pinnacle x2: 56
1992 Score: 38
1992 Stadium Club x2: 18
1992 Topps x5: 124
1992 Triple Play: 50
1992 Ultra x3: 90
1992 Upper Deck x3: 160
1993 Donruss x2: 55
1993 Leaf: 39
1993 Pinnacle: 23
1993 Score Select: 25
1993 Stadium Club: 34
1993 Studio: 30
1993 Topps Gold: 27
1993 Upper Deck x7: 61
1994 Collector's Choice: 22
1994 Donruss: 24
1994 Pacific: 7
1994 SP: 29
1994 Topps x5: 57
1994 Topps Gold: 24
1994 Upper Deck x3: 52
1995 Bazooka: 21
1995 Collector's Choice: 13
1995 Score x3: 29
1995 Topps: 29
1995 Upper Deck: 22
1996 Collector's Choice Ser.II x2: 13

Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 SAL All-Star #21, Chad Wallach




















Card Review: A  This is a very nice card for a set that was presumably made for one A-Level game.  That game being the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which Chad Wallach played in last summer as a member of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

My only gripe, and I'm definitely nit-picking here, is that the photo and bio information are a little too familiar.  The photo on the front is the same one that was used on his Greensboro card, it's just been cropped differently.  The bio information is identical.  But as I mentioned above, for a card set produced for one minor league game, this card is pretty nice.


You can see the 2014 Greensboro card on the left. 










In some more quasi-Wallach related news, I went to the Championship Game of the Arizona Fall League this past Saturday.  Chad Wallach was one of the prospects the Marlins chose to send, and his Salt River Rafters defeated the Peoria Javelinas 14-7 to win the League.  If anyone wants a program I ended up with a couple extra, your welcome to them, though I can't guarantee the condition.  Just let me know.