Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2014 Dodgers Post Season Game Worn Home Jersey



This is Tim Wallach's jersey from the 2014 National League Divisional Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  I picked it up from MLB.com auctions.  Sort of.  I actually didn't bid on it.  I deemed the opening bid to be too much.  Apparantly everyone else did too, because nobody bid on.  But after about a day of making rationalizations in my head after the auction ended, I emailed MLB.com to see if they would still sell it to me.  Obviously they did, and that's it above.

The reasoning that finally won over my frugal hesitations was that I don't have a #29 Wallach Dodgers jersey.  I have a home and away #26, but not #29.  This jersey was actually cheaper than buying an authentic one off of the MLB.com shop.  Assuming of course, they would even allow me to custom order one, which they don't.  When one tries to do so, they are met with a message about former players not being available for purchase due to a contract of some sort.  I feel like coaches should be in the drop down bar the way current players are on the MLB Shop, but rather than argue this point I just went ahead an purchased this one.

The big revelation for me with this jersey is the tagging MLB uses in the neck now.  It's one of those square bar codes with the the players name, number, size, and the year printed on it as well.  I much prefer the old method of the stiching a mini name-plate in the neck.  When you scan the bar code you get a very generic message.  I included a screen shot below.  If it linked to something a little more exciting, I might be more accepting of this new modern tagging.  But it doesn't, and I'm not.

In all likely hood, this will be a walking around jersey for me.  I know collector's of game used stuff see this as some sort of unforgivable sin, to which I have a couple of retorts.  I need, or least want, a #29 Wallach Dodger jersey to wear to games and the like, and MLB won't sell me one.  Framing is wildly expensive, and I have a finite number of walls in my house.  And finally, shut up.  If I want to wear it to a ball game, I'm going to wear it.  Were not talking about Abner Doubleday's first ball being used for a game of beer pong at a undergrad rugby social.  We're talking about a jersey worn but a bench coach for two games nearly two decades after he last played in a Major League game.  It's not like I'm defacing centuries old priceless art (no disrespect to Coach Wallach).

If anyone has any photo matches from the series with the Cardinals last year, please share them.

Here are some more pictures of the jersey:














Friday, February 20, 2015

Mansfield, TX


The above lot of 13 cards was sent by Tom in Mansfield, Texas.  Tom's become a regular contributor to the cause.

The big score from this batch are the two 1990 Fleer League Leaders card.  It's a tough card to come by (I only had four previously), and one my favorite Wallach cards.  I like any card with the red batting practice jersey, and between the blue borders and nearly perfect looking Florida spring training weather, it's just a great looking card.  It's also about the closest thing Wallach has to a full on "batting cage" shot on a card.  Topps used to commonly use pictures of players standing next to the batting net in the 60's and 70's and they're some of my favorite vintage cards.  For whatever reason they went away from that style of shot and haven't really gone back.

Thanks for the cards Tom.

Updated Totals: 

1984 Topps: 187
1988 Fleer: 191
1988 Score: 190
1988 Topps x2: 446
1989 Topps: 388
1990 Fleer League Leaders x2: 6
1991 Score: 126
1992 Donruss: 111
1992 Fleer x2: 66
1993 Upper Deck: 62

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Peoria, IL


This is the kind of random stuff that I really get a kick out of with this blog.  The cards above were sent from "Tom" in Peoria, IL.  The handful of you who read this regularly may notice the last cards were also sent by a "Tom" in Peoria.  Two different Toms.  What are the odds of that?

From Tom's yellow sticky note above, I assume what he means is that before checking out on Sportlots.com, he used the search "shopping cart" sellers function on the site to see if any of the dealers he was buying from also had Tim Wallach cards to sell.  Smart thinking Tom.  I appreciate it.

It's a function I use a lot as well.  Generally on Sportlots, once you commit to buying cards, your on the hook for a couple of bucks in shipping.  So it's a lot more practical to pay a little more for a card or two if it means paying for fewer sellers to ship.  I'm sure I'm not telling anyone anything they don't already know, but I am certainly suggesting that you start searching for "Wallach" before checking out.  Thanks for the cards Tom.

Updated Totals:

1988 Revco: 36
1989 K-Mart: 31
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier x3: 33

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Peoria, IL


These 75 cards were sent by Tom in Peoria, IL.  There are actually two different Tom's from Peoria who have sent cards, these were sent by Tom of the "Saints Prison Ministries" softball team.  He sent cards last year too.  This year they included a custom '72 Topps style card.  Last year I said I was going to make a donation and never did (my bad), but I'm pleased to say I was able to send something back there way this year.  They're over 100 Wallach cards deep, so I sort of had to do something.

Check out the Saints Prison Ministry web page.

Thanks for the cards guys, and best luck with everything.

Updated Totals:

1982 Topps: 427
1985 Topps: 230
1986 Donruss: 105
1986 Fleer Mini: 30
1986 Sportflics: 8
1986 Topps x3: 167
1986 Topps AS: 393
1986 Topps Tatoo: 2
1987: Donruss x2: 340
1987 Fleer x3: 141
1987 Sportflics: 38
1987 Sportflics Tri-Stars: 6
1987 Topps x4: 592
1988 Donruss x5: 577
1988 Donruss AS x2: 31
1988 Fleer: 190
1988 Fleer MVP: 9
1988 Kay Bee: 24
1988 Topps x2: 444
1988 Topps Big x2: 40
1989: Bowman: 114
1989 Donruss: 215
1989 Upper Deck x3:139
1990 Bowman x3: 54
1990 Donruss x2: 216
1990 Score x6: 137
1990 Upper Deck: 146
1991 Donruss: 122
1991 Fleer Ultra x2: 42
1991 Score x6: 125
1991 Score Franchise: 82
1991 Topps: 123
1991 Upper Deck x2: 161
1991 Upper Deck CL: 106
1992 Donruss x3: 110
1992 Leaf: 43
1992 Pinnacle: 58
1992 Score x4: 42
1995 Topps: 30

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Norton, MA


These cards arrived from Mark, in Norton, MA.  It's the 4th time that Mark has sent cards, and upped his all-time total to 27 cards sent.  Thank you very much Mark.

These also happen to be two of my favorite Wallach cards.  If the 1986 Donruss All-Star were standard size, instead of being huge, it would almost certainly rank in my top 5 favorite Wallach cards.  The '91 MVP has also always been one of my favorites since the moment I first pulled one from a pack 24 years ago.  Donruss had egregiously passed over Wallach for the Expos "MVP" on numerous previous occasions, so there was a great sense of satisfaction when they finally got it right.  It also has the NL MVP voting on the back which is a nice touch.

Updated Totals: 

1986 Donruss All-Star: 11
1992 Donruss MVP: 100

Monday, February 9, 2015

1979 College World Series Ticket Stub (Semi-Final vs. Pepperdine)


This is a ticket stub from the 1979 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.  It's is my first legitimate "collectable" for Wallach's time at Fullerton.  I've come across some photographs (few and far between), and have some throwback Titan's hats purchased from the Fullerton Bookstore, but this is the first item I've acquired actually from that time.

It's rather shocking to me how little there is available from the 1979 World Series.  When I started looking, I figured, at a minimum, programs and scorecards would be very easy to come by, with shirts, pins, etc being pretty easy to find as well.  They aren't.  I've even go so far as to write the University and ask if they have photo's or anything else, and received no reply.  So this ticket was really a nice find, and will very shortly be making it's way into a frame as one of the center pieces of my collection.

"Session No. 9" was what you could loosely call a "semi-final" game between Cal-St. Fullerton and Pepperdine.  Given the double elimination format used in Omaha, it's not a true bracket with two semi's, Arkansas had already secured a spot in the Championship game and this game was for the right to play them.  Fullerton beat Pepperdine 8-5 in the game this ticket stub is from, and went on to beat Arkansas 2-1 to win the National Title in only their 5th year as a Division 1  program.  Wallach was named to the All-Tournament Team.

This is great, short little video on the 1979 Series:






Here's  picture of the ticket to give you a better idea of it's size



Friday, February 6, 2015

1990 Baseball Magazine Interview

 


I recently purchased this on ebay.  I had it as a kid, and somewhere along the way it got lost.  There are couple of items that I can think of like that.  Items that I know I had at one point, but over the decades they were misplaced.  This and a drinking glass are the two that ring out in my mind as far as Wallach items, and now this has been replaced.

It's just a small magazine clipping on low quality paper.  I kept mine in the back of the three ring binder that I kept all my Wallach cards in, back when my collection was at a point where all my Wallach cards would fit in one three ring binder.

This particular magazine clipping was something I kept for well over a decade.  I even remember how I obtained my first one.  A friend gave it to me at the Shaw Butte Little League fields in 1990, which would have made me nine years old.  I know I kept it through at least high school.  It was really the only one of two interviews (the baseball talk card being the other) that I ever read or heard of Wallach until recently.

I had these answers memorized as a kid.  I remember after moving to Cooperstown, the year the Dodgers were going to be playing in the Hall of Fame Game, my father wanted to write to Wallach and invite him to the house for Mexican food as we lived just a couple of blocks down from Doubleday Field.  I convinced him not to, as at the time I thought it was far too outlandish and embarrassing of a proposition.  

Today I find the answers to "Players I'd pay to watch play" answer most interesting as it includes Don Mattingly.

Below is another picture with a card to give you some perspective on it's size.


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)