Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 "Rediscover Topps" 1988 All-Star #399

Card Review: 9.2

This is one of my all-time favorite Wallach cards.  Well, not this one, the "real" one.  These "rediscover" cards make things confusing.  In any event, I'm docking this "2017" card a little bit for the unnecessary foil stamp that isn't on the "real" 1988 Topps All-Star card.  I'd dock it more, but the foil stamp is the only thing that makes this a "new" card.

I don't mind the concept of these things, but they certainly make life difficult for OCD-ish collector's like myself.

Number in my collection:

Gold: 1

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017 "Rediscover Topps" 1988 Topps #560

Card Review: 9.1

I'm docking this card about a point from the 1988 Topps base card for the foil stamping.  I mean, it's still a 1988 Topps card, printed, packaged, and sold with gum back in '88.  Topps adding some gold stamping doesn't change that.

In any event, I believe this is the gold variation.  I'm in no hurry to over pay for the silver, bronze, red, and blue (or whatever else there may be).  If they start showing up on sportlots for 18¢ I'll go ahead and add them to my collection, but with one in hand, I'm not paying any more than that for an '88 Topps card.  I don't care what color the stamp is.

Number in my collection:

Gold: 1

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday Edition

Happy Easter.  Below are Tim Wallach's career stats for games played on Easter, which included home runs in both his first and last Easter Sunday games.

April 19, 1981, Doubleheader at Shea Stadium
Expos 4, Mets 3; Ray Burris (W), Craig Swan (L), Woodie Fryman (S)
Wallach: DNP
Mets 7, Expos 2; Pat Zachary (W, CG), Charlie Lea (L)
Wallach: 1/4 Home Run, RBI, Run 

April 11, 1982 at Veterans Stadium
Phillies 1, Expos 0; Mike Krukow (W, SHO), Ray Burris (L)
Wallach: 0/2 BB

April 3, 1983 -Season yet to begin-

April 22, 1984 at Busch Stadium II
Expos 4, Cardinals 2; Bryn Smith (W), Joaquin Andujar (L), Jeff Reardon (S)
Wallach: 0/4

April 7, 1985 -Season yet to begin-

March 30, 1986 -Season yet to begin-

April 19, 1987 at Wrigley Field
Expos 3, Cubs 1; Lary Sorensen (W), Jamie Moyer (L), Andy McGaffigan (S)
Wallach: 1/4 Double, Run, RBI

April 3, 1988 -Season yet to begin-

March 26, 1989 -Season yet to begin-

April 15, 1990 at Olympic Stadium
Expos 3, Mets 1; Zane Smith (W), Ron Darling (L), Tim Burke (S)
Wallach 1/3 HBP

March 31, 1991 -Season yet to begin-

April 19, 1992 at Olympic Stadium
Mets 11, Expos 6; Anthony Young (W), Jeff Fassero (L, BS)
Wallach: 0/2 SF, RBI, BB

April 11, 1993 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Braves 3, Dodgers 0; John Smoltz (W), Ramon Martinez (L), Mike Stanton (S)
Wallach: 0/2  2BB's

April 3, 1994 -Season yet to begin-

April 16, 1995 -Season yet to begin- (Thanks Bud)

April 7, 1996 at Anaheim Stadium
Angles 6, White Sox 5; Chuck Finley (W), Wilson Alvarez (L), Troy Percival (S)
Wallach: 1/3 Home Run, RBI, Run

And since I don't have any cards of bunnies, here are a couple of the Chicken and one of the Bird.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 "Rediscover Topps" 1985 Topps


Card Review: 9.5 

These cards present a bit of a dilemma for me.  How do I catalog them?  This is a 1985 Topps card, and it's technically my 282nd 1985 Topps Wallach card. But that's not how it's being tallied for purposes of my count.  This is a "new" card.

Going forward, the hobby publications, both print and online, are going to catalog these as 2017 cards.  So for purposes of conformity, I'm going to as well.  It's not the first time I've run into the issue these cards present, but it bugs me a lot more this time around.  The recent "Leaf Memories" issues were the same idea.  Except they put their's in a ridiculously high end (read; expensive) product and individually numbered them.  I ridiculed the product, counted the cards, and moved on.  So while I don't have scorn for these like I did the Leaf product, the issue of how to count them bothers me a lot more.

My issue with these is that I can't simply post them, label them, put them in my binder where I keep one copy of each Wallach I have, and move along.  I love Topps.  This particular 1985 Wallach is on the short list for my All-Time favorite baseball card, even with goofy foil stamping.  Calling it something other than a 1985 Topps, even though it's clearly a 1985 Topps (it's 32 years old and says so right on the back), really bugs me.

If Leaf wanted to take some of their forgettable early 90's efforts, stamp them up, and call it something new, fine.  Leaf is free to tarnish their previous sets that way, I don't care.  It's not that important to me.  But from the perspective of a guy born in 1979 who grew up collecting cards,  Topps base sets really are classic and iconic.  Where as Leaf sounded like a bunch of delusional, narcassistic morons when they said:

"In the 20th Century, there are a number of sets which clearly stand out as both noteworthy and universally loved, 1990 Leaf was definitely one such set...Leaf’s last 2012 release is a salute to one of baseball’s greatest sets. With that, we introduce 2012 LEAF MEMORIES BASEBALL.
This exciting set is a wonderful combination of both original 1990 Leaf buybacks (specially foil stamped and numbered) and cards that never were in 1990 Leaf."

Topps actually can lay claim having sets that are "both noteworthy and universally loved."  And while I may not love pulling these out of packs where a base card need should be instead, I can also see how these might be wildly appealing to kids.  I would have been jump up and down excited to pull a twenty year old card out of a pack in 1988.  And I'm sure that's the target audience who Topps is going for with these.  So if there are going to be inserts (there shouldn't be), these are as good as any I guess.  So why don't I give Leaf the same credit I give Topps?  Because those shameless scammers were charging $135 for a box that contained 10 cards.  They weren't trying to draw kids in, they were providing cover for guys whose wife's wouldn't allow them to drop $135 on a pack of two autograph cards.  These Topps buybacks actually achieve the goal that Leaf pretended to be trying to achieve. 

I will be making one deviation from the norm for cataloging these.  I won't be counting the different colored stamps as different cards. That's just too much for me to handle.  I'll keep track, but 1985 Bronze and Gold won't be two different cards on my counter, and they'll all be posted/updated on this page.  So with that, here's the count for the 2017 Rediscover Topps 1985 Wallach.

Number of Cards in my Collection:

Bronze: 1

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pleasanton, CA

These cards were sent by James of Pleasanton, CA.  It's the first time James has sent cards, but he's well acquainted with other have previously sent cards.  Per his note, others in both his Fantasy Baseball League, and his Thursday Night Trivia Team have sent me cards (thanks guys), and James is actively recruiting other members of his fantasy baseball league to pull out their cards and search for any Wallachs.

Thanks for the cards James.

Updated Totals:

1983 Topps Stickers x2: 35
1984 Fleer: 102
1988 Fleer Star Stickers: 71
1988 Score x2: 237
1989 Score: 163
1992 Stadium Club: 37
1992 Upper Deck: 256
1993 Stadium Club: 46
1993 Upper Deck: 107
1994 Upper Deck: 69

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Nova Scotia, Canada

Thanks to the stamp, envelope, and address label, no return address, note or name is necessary to know that these cards are from regular contributor Ryan of Nova Scotia.  This envelope didn't even have the usual blue "Par Avion" sticker.  What it did have was a nice grouping of seven cards, including an '84 O-Pee-Chee, '88 Nestle, and '88 O-Pee-Chee Super Star, three some what scarce cards.  Nice of the guy in Canada to come through with some O-Pee-Chee.

Thanks for the cards.

Updated Totals:

1984 O-Pee-Chee: 35
1986 Topps All-Star: 585
1988 O-Pee-Chee Super Star: 5
1988 Nestle: 4
1988 Score: 235
1989 Score: 162
1989 Upper Deck: 177

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hand Delivered Cards - Farmington, NM

The above cards were sitting on my desk when I arrived at my office Monday morning.  I wasn't sure where they came from, but figured maybe I had placed them somewhere they didn't belong and maybe my secretary had stumbled onto them.  I'm usually very good about not misplacing cards.  It may take me awhile to scan, tally, and file them away, but I rarely lose them.  In any event, I stuck them in a drawer with other random cards that end up on my desk and didn't think much of it.

I don't really talk too much about baseball cards with people in my day to day life.  People who tend to be friends and family (who I know aren't interested), and people I run into in a professional capacity (who I strongly suspect aren't interested).  But it's not a secret either obviously, as for a little while a few years ago my collection received a good amount of attention.  It was just attention that for the most part didn't pierce into the San Juan County, NM legal community.  A few know about my blog, and one them dropped off he these cards.  I put it together when he asked if I received them when I ran into them at a court house.

So these aren't old cards I misplaced.  These are new arrivals, and will be tallied up accordingly.  Thanks for the cards Mitch.

Updated Totals:

1983 Donruss: 98
1985 Donruss x2: 74
1986 Fleer: 114
1986 Topps AS: 584
1987 Topps: 790
1988 Donruss x2: 710

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Edition

Set Building Updates

With the edition of those two cards above, I now sit one card away from completing the 1970 Topps set.  I picked up those two at an actual card shop of all places while I was in Arizona to see some Spring Training games a couple of weeks ago.  If your in Phoenix, The Batter's Box on Cactus is the best vintage shop I've ever been to.  It's not big, it's not fancy, it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles.  But it has a huge stock of vintage cards.  The type of place you can go in with your 1962 Topps need list and find what your looking for without asking for help or getting the "I think we have a few cards from the 60's over there" response from some nitwit.  #710 Felix Milan is the last remaining card, and I've already paid for one on eBay.  So assuming it shows up (no gimmie given the trouble last cards always seem to give me) 1970 will be complete.  It'll be the oldest Topps set I've ever completed (taking the title from 1975) and the first vintage set with series.  I'm not going to be modest here, putting that Felix Milan into the last remaining 9 pocket slot in my binder is going to feel like a really big deal.  A sort of collector's merit badge that I'll wear with pride around a world full of people who don't really care.

The question now is, what next?  I'm still pursing 1952, but that'll be ongoing for the next decade at least.  The answer is I'm not sure.  1971, 72, or 73 seem to be the obvious choices, but part of me wants to go a little deeper and make an effort to complete something older.  A recent event led me to decide on 1972.  Here's a look at it:

Those are the "jewels" of my father in-laws collection.  A few years ago, he moved to Australia (won't go into details) and left a ton of stuff behind in storage.  My three brother in-laws didn't want his cards, so they ended up with me about a month ago.  That table top is just a small sample of was dumped on me.  It was a weird collection.  I'm guessing the vintage above was his childhood efforts (he's about ten years younger than my own father, and the cards reflect that).  It had clearly been cherry picked at some point, but by someone that didn't really know what they were looking for beyond key rookie cards, as a good number of Hall of Famers remained.  The best things to be included were about 700 1972 Topps and 700 1975 Topps mini's (he grew up in Michigan).  The mini's still had Rose (x4), Bench, Ryan, and others, but not a single one of the marquee rookies was to be found.  The lot of 1972 Topps gave me new found appreciation for modern collation in packs.  I whine about doubles, but I think I'm going to stop.  Needless to say, of the 700 or so 1972 Topps that were there, I probably only needed a 100 of them (thankfully 27 of them where hi numbers).  There were 5 and 6 copies apiece of a good number of the low series cards in there.  In any event, it's put me in a position where I've decided to go after 1972 next.

The rest of his collection, was, "interesting."  He had a decent run from 1971 to 1977.  Clearly his collecting wheelhouse.  Then he had massive amounts of somewhat random sets in 700 count boxes, mostly unsorted sans a couple of hand collated sets.  Here's a run down:

1980 Topps: ~700 unsorted (no Henderson's)
1983 Topps: ~1,500 sorted by team (no Gwynn or Sandberg)
1984 Topps: ~2,500 unsorted (one hand collated complete set, the rest unsorted)
1984 Donruss: ~500 unsorted
1984 Fleer: 1 complete set
1985-88 Topps: ~1,000 total, all unsorted
1991 Topps: ~700 unsorted
1992 Topps: ~1,800 unsorted (+one factory set, the rest unsorted)
2000 Topps: one factory set
2001 Topps: ~1,000 unsorted and 1 factory set
2001 Topps Archives: ~1,000 unsorted
and a bunch of other crap that I didn't really recognize like some monstrosity calling itself Topps HD.

Some of that, I can use.  I've already broke and sleeved in binders the 1992 and 2000 sets.  The 2000 was a pain in the ass as all the cards stick together.  A problem I'm finding with the 2001 cards as well.  Most if it, I have no need for.  I'm in the process of sorting them all, so if your short cards from those years, let me know.  I've already complete the 80's Topps sets and these are all duplicates.

I've also got a good number of cards I can trade from 1970-1979 if your building any of those.

If your so inclined help me out in return, here's what I'm currently working on:

Need Lists

1972 Topps: 85, 86, 130, 137, 141, 142, 163, 164, 165, 1171, 181, 183, 184, 187, 192, 195, 215, 216, 220, 221, 226, 228, 230, 233, 253, 255, 266, 267, 270, 276, 279, 281, 297, 299, 301, 306, 313, 325, 328, 333, 337, 338, 345, 346, 347, 352, 256, 258, 260, 369, 372, 374, 380, 386, 387, 392, 295, 401, 405, 408, 409, 410, 411, 413, 423, 424, 426, 428, 429, 433, 434, 435, 537, 439, 440, 443, 446, 448, 454, 455, 456, 460, 465, 468, 473, 476, 480, 484, 486, 489, 490, 491, 494, 502, 503, 505, 506, 509, 511, 512, 513, 516, 520, 522, 523 (526-787 are mostly needs, if you want to trade let me know what you have, and I'll see what I can do for your semi hi and hi number needs)

1977 Topps: 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, 20, 32, 34, 40, 42, 48, 51, 66, 74, 79, 100, 110, 111, 113, 120, 130, 134, 135, 136, 140, 150, 152, 162, 167, 183, 186, 208, 210, 229, 230, 231, 232, 234, 265, 270, 276, 277, 285, 286, 287, 299, 305, 313, 320, 327, 355, 356, 369, 374, 387, 411, 412, 413, 414, 418, 419, 425, 427, 428, 439, 433, 434, 435, 537, 439, 445, 450, 467, 470, 473, 476, 484, 494, 495, 498, 504, 516, 518, 522, 541, 546, 547, 560, 564, 571, 580, 597, 599, 600, 615, 621, 630, 631, 632, 634, 638, 647, 650, 652, 655, 656

2017 Topps:

The cards above were sent by Jim of Elgin, Il.  I mentioned I was trying to build the first three Fleer Basketball sets and he came through in a big way.  Thank you very much Jim.  Here's what I'm still looking for from those sets if any one wants to work out a trade.

1986-87 Fleer: 4, 9, 26, 53, 57

1987-88 Fleer: 1, 3, 9, 11, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48, 49, 52, 54, 56, 59, 60, 61, 63, 68, 69, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 83, 84, 85, 88, 89, 92, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 105, 106, 109, 111, 112, 113, 118, 123, 124, 130, 132 

1988-89 Fleer: 5, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 30, 31, 33, 34, 39, 40, 43, 45, 49, 53, 64, 68, 70, 82, 85, 89, 92, 93, 95, 96, 108, 109, 114, 116, 121, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 129, 132 Stickers: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Coralville, IA

Matt, a repeat sender of cards, sent in this 1995 Panini sticker from Coralville, IA recently.  As his note details, this is the factory set variation.  I was not aware of these.  I am often very much in the dark about these variations.  A couple years ago someone sent me a list of all known variations from the 80's and 90's, not specific to Wallach, but within the sets.  I've been putting off comparing it to my collection for sometime now.  The only "variation" I believe I've ever addressed 1988 Donruss.  As a "variation," I'm going to count this as a 1995 Panini Sticker, and not a unique card (something I do for the Upper Deck gold holograms).  I'm not sure if that's the correct way to do it, but that's how I do it, and in the end, so long long as it's only counted once the grand total of cards remains the same.  Here's a look at the two different backs:

Thanks for the sticker Matt.

Updated Total:

1995 Panini Stickers: 5

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Verona, NJ

These two cards were sent by A.J. of Verona, NJ.  Verona makes it's first appearance on my map of where cards have been sent from with this effort from A.J.  I can say with a good degree of certainty that it's the first time that these two cards have been sent alone in tandem.  This pair of rookies devoid of any other cards leaves me with a lot of questions as to how they found their way to me.  And there are no clues to be found on A.J.'s blog, "The Lost Collector."

Thanks for the cards A.J.

Here are the updated totals:

1982 Donruss: 170
1982 Fleer: 80

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

eBay Pickups

 I don't typically buy single Wallach cards on eBay anymore, unless it's something I don't have, which these days happens a lot more than it used to with all the "Rediscover Topps" floating around (but even that novelty has started to wear off given the abundance of them that seem to be available).  Single cards on eBay just don't offer the best bang for my buck.  Sure, I like a Jumbo Sunflower Seed card and don't have a ton of them, but I'd rather buy 30 '87 Topps on a bulk sales site than a single card on eBay.  I recently made an exception though.

I came across a seller with flat rate shipping and seven (7!) '85 Topps Tiffany Wallach's listed in his inventory.  I previously had two, and last picked one up in 2012.  And while I've certainly passed up more than two of them on eBay in the past, '85 Tiffany does in fact seem to be scarcer than the other Tiffany sets.  I know sellers like to claim it's "rare," but I've also seen a good number of '91 Donruss Wallach's described as "rare" by sellers.  '85 Tiffany's reputation has at least some merit in my casual field research on the subject.  So seven at a $1 apeice with flat shipping was enough to get me to break my habits (and if the title and concept of this blog isn't enough of an indication, I am a creature of habit) and buy single Wallach cards on eBay.  I went ahead and searched the seller's other Wallach's for sale.  I found five '84 Topps Tiffany (my first ones since 2013), and a 2005 Rookie Cup Orange variant.  I passed on a few of his "rare" '91 Donruss Wallachs.

I don't have many '85 Topps Tiffany cards.  I don't just mean of Wallach, I don't have many period.  But the ones I do have all suffer from a yellow tint.  I thought they were all that way, until these arrived and one of the Wallach's was a clean white with no yellow tint.  My picture doesn't show it the greatest, but it's an even more obvious difference in hand.  Have any of you ever cracked and sleeved a set of this and have any input?  Is it just luck of the draw with some sets being all yellow, others all white?  Do they very within the box sets, or is it just a simple issue of poor storage that leads to discoloration?  I'm pretty sure I've never seen another blog diving too deep into '85 Tiffany and have very little first hand stock to go on.

Updated Totals:

1984 Topps Tiffany x5: 12
1985 Topps Tiffany x7: 9
2005 Topps Rookie Cup Orange: 14

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Elgin, IL

These three cards were sent by Jim of Elgin, IL.  Thanks for the cards Jim.  That's a 1982 Fleer Expos sticker that was included.  I love the early 80's Fleer stickers.  At some point I'm going to track them all down, though I imagine it'll likely be "buy them all at once as a set" deal rather than an actual build.  Which is fine I guess.

Updated Totals:

1984 Topps: 297
1987 Topps x2: 789

Monday, February 27, 2017

Watertown, NY

This envelope bearing the Syracuse, NY postmark (home of The Great Jim Boeheim) was sent by The Nightowl of Watertown, NY.  It's nice grouping of 9 cards including one Expo.  I suspect Greg's mailbox has more or less turned into the international exchange for Dodger doubles, and as a result, he usually sends me Wallach cards where Wallach is with the Dodgers.  The Expo is a nice change of pace, and also perhaps the most miscut '87 Donruss I have seen.  Anything unique is a welcome sight when your dealing with close to 400 copies of the same card.  It's also the first '94 L.A.P.D. Dare card I've ever been sent (and first time I've added one since 2012).  Greg apparently gets so many Dodger duplicates, that he has extra L.A.P.D. cards to send out.  Thanks for the cards Greg.  I'd really like to see a post in which you interview your mail carrier and hear if he (or she) as any theories on all the mail that gets sent your way.

Updated Totals:

1987 Donruss: 395
1993 Fleer Final Edition: 10
1994 LAPD Dare: 3
1995 Bazooka: 26
1995 Topps: 35
1995 Topps D3: 14
1996 Collector's Choice: 18
1997 Collector's Choice x2: 22

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

West Sand Lake, NY

"Slane" of West Sand Lake, NY sent this group of eight Wallach cards (sorry if I'm getting the name wrong, but it's tough to read).  West Sand Lake is a new addition to my map, it's a little east of Albany.  That '86 Topps, as one might suspect, went through a washing machine per a note included with the cards.  The note doesn't specify, but to me, going through the wash implies that it was also stuck deep enough into a pocket to go undetected throughout the hamper/washer/dryer process.  I myself have had more than a few cards go through the wash in my lifetime, as for a few years, pockets were perfectly reasonable place to keep cards, especially good ones that I wanted to bring with to school, shopping, dinner, etc.  The cards tended to look like they'd spent time in a pocket afterwards, with or without the washing machine.  I have no problem with Wallach cards in this shape.  They all count.  Here's another look at it up close:

Thanks for the cards Slane.

Updated Totals:

1986 Donruss: 137
1986 Topps: 286
1988 Donruss: 708
1988 Score: 234
1988 Topps: 605
1988 Topps All-Star x3:  587

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Edition

Non-Wallach Mailings

I've started to take part in a few more trades for set needs and just Wallach cards.  Below are two envelopes I've received recently that didn't include a single Wallach card.  

These eighteen 1977 Topps were sent by Mark of Memphis, TN.  Mark reached out over Twitter, which loathe as I am to admit it, I'm actually starting use Twitter quite a bit.  I still think it's mostly a hangout for bigots and morons, but there's also some decent stuff and people to be found.  These '77 are a little worn from the years and all the stops between their original wax and my binder, but I don't mind.

I've changed my opinion of this set so many times I'm starting to get dizzy.  The first card from the 70's I ever owned was a '77 Dawson my father bought be for my 7th birthday in 1986.  I wanted rookies for all the Expos stars.  Naturally I loved it, and subsequently I started off with a very high opinion of the '77 set based on my sample size of one.  Dawson left Montreal that off-season for Chicago (and stole the '87 MVP from it's rightful recipient Tim Wallach), but my disappointment was tempered by the skyrocketing number next to the '77 Dawson in Beckett every month.  I became the envy of half the neighborhood, which only heightened my esteem for the '77 set.

Somewhere along the way though, I decided it was bland and boring (blame my introduction to '72 and '75 Topps sets).  But I was wrong, this set isn't bland and boring.  It's really a great looking set with a simple, classic design that just screams "baseball card" and has some fantastic photography.  Somehow, even the bland pitcher standing on the foul line shots, like the Tommy John above, look great in this set.  The Padres uniforms don't hurt it either.  Thanks for the cards Mark.

These cards were sent by Jim of Elgin, IL.  Jim started sending me cards about a year or so ago, and has probably sent me over dozen envelopes of Wallachs since then.  I believe this is the first time he sent one without any Wallach's.  Awhile back on one of these "Sunday Editions" I wrote about my love for the early Fleer Basketball sets from '86-89.  Thanks for the cards Jim, and since he asked in his note, here are need list for those sets.  I have a good number of Topps duplicates I can trade from '52-91, and 2009-15.

Need Lists

1986-87 Fleer Basketball: 6, 9, 26, 53, 57, 111

1987-88 Fleer Basketball: (Nearly all of them), I HAVE these two: 81, 108

1988-89 Fleer Basketball: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 116, 117, 119, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 131, 132

1970 Topps: 635, 696, 702, 703, 710, 715, 716

1976 Topps:

1977 Topps:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Portland, OR

These 34 cards were sent by Kerry of "Cards on Cards."  Kerry conveniently included a print out of his blog logo and address, which is much appreciated as I don't have to sit and try to figure it out now.  I've noticed a few bloggers have taken that step of printing out business cards or leaflets like this, and few have a stamp that they use.  I need to do something similar, though I've been saying that for two years or so now.  I'm thinking stickers, but who knows.

Thanks for the cards Kerry, I've already pulled some "Cards" to send your way.

Updated Totals:

1988 Topps All-Star x2: 584
1989 Donruss x5: 325
1990 Bowman x3: 87
1990 Donruss x3: 360
1990 Score: 196
1990 Upper Deck: 234
1991 Donruss: 197
1991 Fleer Ultra: 69
1991 Score x3: 199
1991 Score Franchise x3: 147
1991 Topps x3: 206
1991 Upper Deck x3: 254
1991 Upper Deck Checklist x3: 189
1992 Pinnacle: 90
1992 Score: 71

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sutton, MA

Shane of Sutton, MA, sent these cards, putting Sutton on my map.  You've probably seen Shane on Twitter or know his blog, Off the Wall.  If not, give it a look.

Thanks for the cards Shane.  Here are the updated Totals:

1988 Topps Big: 55
1989 Sportsflics: 8
2003 Topps Fan Favorites: 14

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Edition - 2017 Topps

2017 Topps finally arrived at my Target this week.  "Finally" probably isn't a fair way to term it, because it's actually the earliest it's ever arrived.  So it was less late, which is an improvement.  Last year I bought two packs of each series and opted instead for a complete set.  I thought about that approach this year, given I wasn't wild about the promo shots of this year's set, but in the end I just couldn't go another year without opening packs.  I like these cards better in hand than I did in pictures, but overall I'm not giving it much more than a "C-" grade.  The backs are a complete "F" for me.  Complete career stats have been a staple since '72, and as far as I'm concerned they should have stayed that way.

The Alex Bregman is a card I was looking forward to.  He's the bit of a local legend having come out of an Albuquerque High School, and though I'm not a true New Mexican, I still like to see people from the area make it out.  They're few and far between.

I'm not much of an insert guy, and once again I find this year's offerings pretty bland.  I'll give the Rediscover inserts some credit as a cool idea.  While they don't do much for me, I can see how these would be very appealing to younger collectors (and do I sound snobbish to say "educational") and that's a good thing.  For my purposes, I'd rather just get two extra base cards, because completing these sets is hard enough without getting most of this crap instead of set needs.

Speaking of set needs, I feel like this year is worse than normal when it comes to doubles.  I've bought $64 dollars worth of cards (2 packs, 5 hangers, and 2 jumbo packs).  Last year my complete set cost me about $60 (or something like that).  So for about the same investment, I have zero series two cards, and still need 128 cards from series one.  I also have 158 duplicates.  This is what 158 duplicates look like:

I did the math, I pulled 380 base cards, 222 were set needs, 158 were duplicates.  That works out to 41.6% duplicates.  That's ridiculous.  There's got to be a better way to do this.  If they can figure out how to put a "platinum autograph" one in every 86,400 packs, Topps should be able to figure out how to spread 350 cards out in a little bit better fashion.  Look at my binder, it's a mess of blank spots in the pages:

If you've run into a similar issue, email me on gmail at 22Stackhouse.  I'd be happy to try to trade.  Here's what I'm looking for:

2017 Needs:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mansfield, TX

This assortment of Wallach cards was sent by regular contributor Tom of Mansfield, Texas.  It's a nice group cards, including only the second '87 OPC Sticker and '90 Sportflics that I've ever been sent by a reader.  You may notice that's not Tim Wallach on the card in the lower right.  That's a card of the middle of three Wallach children, Brett.  Brett, a pitcher, was a third round pick of the Dodgers, but an arm injury cut his career short.  The youngest of the Wallach kids, Matt, is still playing in the Reds organization.  He's a long shot to make the roster out of spring training, but is expected to start the year in AAA Louisville.  I think there's a strong possibility that Matt could make his MLB debut at some point in the 2017 season.

Thanks for the cards Tom.

Updated Totals: 

1987 Fleer: 195
1987 O-Pee-Chee Stickers: 3
1990 Sportflics: 6
1991 Score: 196
1991 Topps Cracker Jacks: 10
1991 Upper Deck Checklist: 186