Friday, March 7, 2014
Amidst the flood of recent mail, I'm still receiving cards from other card bloggers. Personally, I hate the term "blogger." I'm not a "blogger." I collect cards, I just happen to post about my collection on a web page. "Blogging" is something loser rich kids do when they can't get hired anywhere despite an English degree from a 50K a year off brand private school they went to after being rejected by everyone in the Ivy League (sure, sure, of course. Harverford is just as respected as Harvard). As far as I'm concerned, if "blogger" is how you describe your job, it's just a euphemism for unemployed. "I'm a politcal blogger." I am going to go ahead and guess capital gains and inheritance taxes are two of your pet issues.
Not that any of that has anything to do with Jeff of 2x3 Heroes and the cards he sent. Thank you for the cards Jeff. And no, I do not believe the prices you paid for these card. Literally, I don't believe it. But that doesn't mean I appreciate the cards any less.
1987 Fleer: 92
1991 Score The Franchise x2: 72
1992 Triple Play: 44
1994 Studio: 14
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Last week I may have incorrectly stated some cards were sent by a guy who read about this blog on "The Clown Show." I'm pretty sure that was wrong (sorry). Tim from Brooklyn is who I was thinking of, with the recent flood of mail it's been tough to keep things straight.
Thanks for the cards Tim.
1983 Donruss: 60
1992 Fleer: 49
1992 Upper Deck: 144
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
These cards arrived from Poughkeepsie, New York. Poughkeepsie was just across the Hudson River from where I went to undergrad, and more importantly the last stop on the Metro North Train Line that ran to the city. I crossed the Mid-Hudson Bridge with some frequency. Besides the train, it was also the home of a couple of our rugby rivals, Vassar (not just a girls school anymore) and Marist (not really a rival as we usually blew them out). I know there's been some realignment and Vassar is no longer D-1, but at the time we were all part of the Metro Union Conference. Poughkeepsie is also the home of my all-time favorite music venue, "The Chance." It's tiny little club that brought in some pretty big names, including Wilco, Sum 41, and Bad Brains.
Thank you for the cards Mr. Martin. I always liked Juan Samuel, though I was more of a Von Hayes fan. I'll see what I can dig up as far as Kevin Mitchell cards.
1987 Topps: 511
1988 Topps AS: 343
1991 Donruss MVP: 86
1992 Donruss: 91
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Redwood City makes it's first arrival on my map with these cards sent by Paul. Another '88 Topps leaders was mixed in, which is nice, I always liked Vance Law and Hubie Brooks.
Thanks for the cards Paul.
1988 Topps: 408
1988 Topps AS: 342
1992 Ultra: 81
1993 Score Select: 19
1994 Fleer: 26
1994 SP: 23
1994 Ultra: 24
1995 Upper Deck: 19
1995 Upper Deck Electric Diamond: 9
Monday, March 3, 2014
"B. Dyson" of Toronto, Ontario sent these cards recently. Mr. Dyson sent these cards simply by tossing them in a plain white envelope pretty much as is. No not, no sleeves, no problem. I encourage people to send cards in the most cost effective ways possible. Short of writing my address and throwing a stamp on the back of the card I don't care. I wouldn't even have a problem if you did that, I'm just not sure the post office would deliver them. Thank you Mr. Dyson.
Updated Totals for these cards:
Friday, February 28, 2014
One of the dilemna's I face regularly (besides whether to spell it "dilemna" or "dilemma") is whether to scan in letters/notes people often send with cards. If your sending cards, I figure you have to assume I'm going to scan the cards in. I'm not sure people make that assumption with the notes and letters they often send. So far I've gone on a case by case basis.
So if I don't publish your note/letter, please don't assume it's because I didn't appreciate it. Peter from Brooklyn sent a very nice letter with these cards, but I'm choosing not to publish it, for one it has his full address on it and for another, I'm not sure he intended it to be shared. In any event, thanks for the note Peter, I enjoyed it.
Peter caught wind of this blog by way of Max and Charlie's blog "The Clown Show," so another thanks to them, and of course to Peter for sending the cards.
1986 Provigo: 27
1988 Topps Mini Leaders: 6
1989 Sportflics: 4
1993 Panini: 10
1993 Topps: 71
Thursday, February 27, 2014
These 16 cards arrived from Derek in Fergus Falls, MN, which according to the map is a little southeast of Fargo, ND. Derek is the first person to send cards from outside of Canada to claim Wallach was one of his favorite players. So I really do appreciate him letting go of these cards.
1987 Donruss: 258
1987 Sportflics x2: 21
1988 Donruss All-Star: 17
1988 Topps: 407
1988 Topps AS: 341
1988 Topps Big: 15
1989 K-Mart: 12
1989 Score: 107
1990 Topps: 211
1991 Donruss MVP: 85
1992 Upper Deck x4: 143
1994 Upper Deck 48
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Anthony in New Castle, Oklahoma came through with 36 Wallach Cards. Than you very much for the cards Anthony.
It's a pretty nice assortment of cards, and I imagine it took awhile to dig through and find all of these. Hopefully you were just searching card numbers and not blindly sifting through unsorted stacks. If you were, or even if you weren't, thank you for the effort. It's very much appreciated.
1987 Donruss: 257
1988 Topps AS: 340
1989 Donruss: 183
1989 Score: 106
1989 Topps x2: 337
1990 Bowman x2: 45
1990 Donruss: 178
1990 Topps x3: 210
1991 Classic: 3
1991 Donruss: 98
1991 Donruss MVP x2: 85
1991 Fleer x2: 68
1991 Score: 94
1991 Score Franchise: 70
1991 Topps x2: 99
1991 Ultra: 32
1992 Donruss: 90
1992 Fleer x4: 48
1992 Ultra: 80
1992 Upper Deck x3: 139
1993 Donruss: 48
1993 Fleer: 23
1994 Score: 40
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Max from "The Starting 9" sent these. If you can't read the note, it says "I saved that ugly '91 Score Wallach from certain doom on the floor of a show." While I certainly appreciate the effort, I take issue with the characterization of the card as ugly. Sure, it's well-worn, but that just gives it personality. I really like the well-worn Wallach's in my collection. I know I could easily manufacturer my own, but that would be cheating.
So thank you very much for the cards Max, your on my list of people I need to get an envelope out to.
1990 Topps Coins: 4
1991 Score: 93
1993 Studio: 22
Monday, February 24, 2014
These cards arrived from Louis in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. I'd be lying if I said I had ever heard of Bala Cynwyd before these cards arrived, buy that didn't make me any less happy to add it to the map. Thank you for the cards Louis.
Updated Totals for Cards Sent:
1989 Fleer: 153
1992 Stadium Club: 9
1993 Donruss: 47
1994 Stadium Club x2: 20
Friday, February 21, 2014
This envelope arrived from San Carlos, CA (now on the map), stuffed with 26 cards. These were sent by Sam of Baseball Prospectus (@SamMillerBP). But Sam is responsible for a lot more cards than that being delivered to my mailbox.
Sam was the first person to write about this blog on a National Web Site. Since Sam first wrote about this blog last May, a lot of other outlets have noticed this blog, and as a result, a lot of cards have been sent my way.
So thanks for everything Sam, it's greatly appreciated.
Updated Totals for Cards Sent:
Thursday, February 20, 2014
These cards and nice note arrived from Durham, North Carolina. A region of the country I've become a little more familiar with this year due to the Syracuse's tragic departure from The Big East Conference, and into something called the ACC, which I understand used to be more than a mediocre four bid league back in the 60's and 70's. I'm looking forward to Saturday when Syracuse travels to Durham to take on Duke and work out some frustrations of last nights loss to a fellow former Big East, quasi-ACC school Boston College.
I don't care what anyone says, Mike Krzyzewski didn't leave West Point for Duke because he had a problem with the institutional integrity of the school, that's insane. He did it for the money. Not everyone can turn down the cash to stay at one school his whole career the way Jim Boeheim has.
I digress, thank you very much for the cards.
1988 Score: 175
1989 Donruss: 182
1989 Topps: 334
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Max and Charlie sent the above cards after hearing about this blog on "SB Nation." They wrote about searching through their old cards looking for these Wallachs on their blog "The Clown Show." Thanks for the effort guys.
Updated Totals for the cards sent:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
This blog was recently the subject of an SB Nation article, which was picked up by some other media type things. Which is cool, almost entirely (the comment sections on national articles can get a little less than cool). Easily though the best side effect of the attention, is that for a week or two afterwards my mail box explodes. There's a big backlog of envelopes I'll be getting to, so if you sent cards, thank you, and trust me, I'll get them up here.
This one above didn't give a name or return address. I can see where the post office stamped it in Westchester, NY, but nothing more than that. So thank you anonymous sender, if you'd like me to add your name and city to my map, please feel free to email me or post in the comments. And if not, thats fine too. Everyone should feel free to send me there cards anonymously if thats what they prefer. Name, no name, it's all fantastic. Just send me your cards.
Updated Totals for the cards sent:
1989 Topps: 332
1991 Score: 90
1992 Topps: 93
1995 Topps Cyber Stats: 9
Last week the MLB Fan Cave sent out a "Tweet" about this blog. I don't think much of anything about Twitter is "cool," but I'd be lying if I didn't say this is at least pretty "neat." The Fan Cave has 388,000 followers, which is about 388,000 more than I do. Needless to say, this went out to a pretty large audience with what amounts to a spam solicitation for my collecting habits. Can't imagine how much it would cost to pay for that in a google ad. Thank you MLB Fan Cave. After all the attention last week my mailbox is starting to explode.
Below is a screen grab of the story the tweet linked to.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I likely would have passed on this jersey, as I'm trying to collect all the Wallach cards, not all the jerseys, but for one thing. I'm 90% sure this is the same jersey Wallach was wearing the first time I met him at a Spring Training game. My concern is with the #4 patch. At Spring Training that wasn't there, as the Dodgers didn't decide to wear the patch until March 30. So would they have given Wallach a whole new jersey, or just add the patch to his existing jersey? I can't imagine that as a third base coach, Wallach went through very many jersey's in 2011, so if they only added a patch, then this is probably the same jersey.
I've seen the Dodgers play at Salt River twice in the last three years. The second time Tim didn't make the trip but his son Matt was with the Dodgers, and as I recently posted, I randomly ended up with that jersey a year later as well. I don't think I'm going to be able to see the Dodgers at Salt River this year but I'm still trying to make it work if for no other reason than to see if I can keep this jersey streak going.
At some point I plan to frame this jersey, but right now it's #2 or #3 on the depth chart for Wallach jersey's I want to frame, so another year or so hanging in the dark seems likely. It came with a certificate of authenticity too, but as those don't impress me very much I didn't bother to scan it. But some random ebay seller signed his name to a piece of paper alleging its the real deal.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I was pretty excited when this large envelope arrived in the mail last week. It was a very nice envelope and I appreciate the care the sender took in shipping these cards. However, in my excitement, I didn't notice the pull tab on the envelope. So when I ripped into it, all the stuffing came pouring out. Rather than bubble wrap this envelope was lined with some sort of recycled paper mulch. The cards are covering the gaping whole where it all spilled out of. It was a mess. I quickly took a picture and tossed the envelope.
But in my haste to avoid my wife's fury over a paper mulch mess in the kitchen, I neglected to take a picture of the return address. I have no idea who sent these cards. So if you sent these, please email me, or write in the comments. I'd like your name and city so I can add it to the map of where cards have been sent from. And of course, thank you.
Updated Totals for Cards Sent:
1989 Topps: 331
1991 Fleer: 66
1991 Topps x2: 96
1991 Ultra: 30
1992 Fleer: 43
1992 Topps: 92
1992 Triple Play x2: 43
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Card Review: 9.5 I gave 1991 Leaf a score of 9.7, I dinged this one .2 pts for the red stamping at the bottom. After all, this is nothing more than a '91 Leaf that the company bought back and threw some post production art on to. If I did this with a sharpie, no one would care, but Leaf does it with foil and suddenly they get to charge $109.75 for one pack of 13 cards. Leaf can justify this anyway they want to, but this is absolutely the worst kind of gimmick, and the kind shameless money grab that ruined the hobby. But given that Leaf debuted in 1990, perhaps they consider the destruction of baseball card collecting the "good old days." They give a very vomit inducing, self-lauding description of this pathetic set on their website if your curious.
My hypocrisy is not lost on me. I can trash this set above, but yet here I am showcasing yet another Leaf Memories card after bashing the set last year as well, with links to where to buy the stupid thing (spend away suckers). I guess my OCD trumps my ethics. At least to a degree. I picked this card up on ebay. But not the first time it listed. Here's a screen shot of the original listing:
I guess technically this marks the first card I have now "collected them all" of. Though technically the original print run for 1991 Leaf was probably in the 250,000 copies range. But if they're going to charge over $100 a pack and people (suckers) are going to pay it, I'll count it.
Number of this card in my collection: 1 (I have collected them all)
Friday, February 7, 2014
In addition to cards, readers have sent and offered a variety of other items. From the very cool (old laser wire photos), to the very odd (a Youppi toy), to the just plain weird (recently a well intentioned gentleman offered a bat along with a long detailed story about how sentimental the bat was to him and he didn't want to part with it, I suggested he just keep the bat).
This jersey is easily the coolest thing to be sent by a reader. It's a Matt Wallach Dodgers jersey from a Spring Training game in 2012 played on St. Patrick's Day against the Rockies at the Salt River Complex in Scottsdale, Arizona. It's not technically game worn, as Matt didn't get into the game. He did get his name on the scoreboard line-up though, as he was sent in to pinch hit only to see the third out made from the on-deck circle. I know all of this because I was at the game.
Last week, Austin from Redondo Beach, California (who has previously sent cards) contacted me and said he had a Matt Wallach jersey and wanted to know if I was interested in it. Austin had been at Dodger Fan Fest recently and bought one of the "mystery bags" they were selling. This was what was inside his. So I thanked him and immediately took him up on his offer.
I'm not quite sure what to do with it now that it's in hand. I have backlog of jersey's I want to get framed, and no disrespect to Matt, but this isn't at the front of the line. It's my exact size, and would probably fit me great, but I'm a little hesitant to do so since it's autographed. Here are some more photos of it:
I mentioned this earlier on this blog, but Tim Wallach was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame last week. As a result, he's done a couple of radio interviews, and been on the MLB Channel talking about the induction. During one of the interviews he mentioned that Matt has decided to move on from professional baseball and start the next phase of his life. I was disappointed to hear this. I can't begin to imagine how difficult a decision it has to be to walk away after getting as close a Triple-A and Spring Training games without ever breaking through.
That line of thought led me to another question, "how much stuff are players allowed to keep?" If I'm Matt Wallach, or any other young player trying to reach the majors, I'm hanging on to souvenirs like this. A St. Patrick's Day Dodger Jersey from a Spring Training game, it's going in my take home duffel bag, not a Dodger Fan Fest "mystery bag." I don't think doing so makes you a hoarder or narcissist either. Chances are every school, team, league you've ever played in wants stuff for their trophy cases, not to mention friends and family. Perhaps having a father who was a 17 year MLB vet raises the bar on what is worth keeping and what isn't. I don't know. But if Matt Wallach ever happens to stumble across this and wants the jersey, just ask, it's yours. Literally.
Photos I took at the game this was worn, I would have taken more had I known someone was going to send me the jersey two years down the road.
David Roth wrote an article about this blog that ran on SB Nation yesterday. If your so inclined, go ahead and check it out. Given the fact that the traffic for this page was about 20x what it normally is yesterday, chances are you already have, and to those people I apologize for the rhetorical nature of this post, just scroll down for the normal content of this site.
Also sort of cool, at least I found it to be, was that the article was also picked up by NBC Sports "Hardball Talk." Check out the screen shot:
So thank you very much Mr. Roth for taking the time and interest to to write about this blog. It's very much appreciated.