Monday, November 30, 2015

Arlington, VA

This is the first time I've received cards from Arlington.  These are also the first cards I've received with "United States Senate" letter head.  They sent by a senator, but it's still pretty cool.  They type writer printed address on the envelope is a nice touch as well.

Thanks for the cards George.

Updated Totals:

1982 Fleer: 67
1989 Donruss x2: 266
1990 Topps: 344

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"Best Binder Page"

Recently another blogger, The Junior Junkie, asked what your "Best Binder Page" was.  Not a literal page in a binder, but your nine favorite cards is how I understood it.  If the house was on fire and for whatever reason you could only save nine cards, what would they be.  My nine are above.  Here are my rankings and explanations.

First a quick disclaimer, or rather three things I used as criteria.  I decided against including any cards that were passed along from my father.  There's no doubt some of his cards are among my all-time favorites, but I guess they're not really mine (though my brother has no interest in them).  As I work on vintage sets, I keep his cards completely segregated, not because he wants them back, but they feel more like an heirloom than a "need" to be checked off a want list.  I also decided against going with an All-Wallach page, which would have been very easy.  Finally, in the last ten years or so I've been very fortunate to have acquired a large amount of vintage cards.  I tried not to include any of those.  For one, they haven't been in my collection that long, and as such, don't have much history with me.  The nine cards above all have a large amount of sentimental value.  So as much as I may love a particular '53 Topps I've picked up, it just isn't something I feel could not be replaced.

#9 1958 Topps Jim Brown

Right off the bat I'm breaking one of the rules I laid out above.  This card is a very recent acquisition.  And on top of that, it's a place holder, for the 1962 Topps Football Ernie Davis, which is currently at the top of my want list (where it's been for many years).  However, a well-worn rookie card of Syracuse legend Jim Brown, easily makes my nine favorite card list at this point.  I come from a family full of Syracuse grads, and while I may not live there, Central New York is my home.  So until I land an Ernie Davis, Jim Brown makes the cut.

#8 1989 Upper Deck Dale Murphy (Reverse Negative)
This card may not mean much to a lot of collector's, but for those of us who opened packs in 1989, we probably all spent a good amount of time staring at Dale Murphy cards trying to decide if it was the "error."  I didn't pull this in 1989, nor could I afford one on my $2/week allowance.  But about 10 years later, I tracked one down on ebay at a small fraction of the price it was going for during the frenzy it caused in '89.  I remember seeing one at a card shop in Phoenix at the time, with a "not for sale," tag on it.  Bet they'd like to have that one back, especially in light of the revelations regarding an intentional second printing of this card in "Card Sharks," by Pete Williams.

#7 1983 Topps Traded Darryl Strawberry
 Much like the Murphy card above, this is one I didn't actually obtain until a few years after it's initial frenzy had died down.  I've actually acquired five copies of this card now, but that hasn't lessened it's appeal to me.  Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden are two of my all-time favorite players, and the '83 design is one my all-time favorites.  In my collecting universe, this card is an iconic classic, even if popular opinion doesn't agree.

#6 1987-88 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky
When I was about fourteen I decided I wanted an "old" Wayne Gretzky card.  Actually I decided I wanted a Wayne Gretzky rookie card, but given my father was a nurse, and my mother taught art at public school, I knew better than to ask for one.  So instead I asked for an "old" Gretzky card, and sure enough, this was under the tree Christmas morning.  I can count on one hand the number of time I've been given cards (not boxes or packs) as gifts from family, it's three.  This is one of them.  I've since picked up older Gretzky's but this one remains my favorite.

#5 1995-96 Collector's Choice Lawrence Moten
I was raised, and continue to be, a rabid fan of the Syracuse Orangemen.  Jim Boeheim enjoys near deity status amongst my family.  My younger brother (of two years) and I often didn't agree on much growing up, however, we both agreed that Lawrence Moten was the greatest basketball player of all-time.  The vast majority of Syracuse Basketball games I've been to in my life were during Lawrence Moten's career.  To this day Moten remains The Big East Conference All-Time Leading scorer.  When this set came out, we had no local card shop.  So we took to buying boxes of this stuff (and all the other sets that year) at Sam's Club in an effort to gather as many Moten cards as we could.  This was the first one we had, and it remains my favorite.

#4 1983 Topps Tim Wallach

This was the first Tim Wallach card I ever had.  Not this exact card (I don't think), but a copy of this card.  I'm sure the original is still among the 221 copies I have, but I never made a point of keeping it separate as a kid.  It remains my favorite Wallach card design wise, and I don't see that changing.

#3 1962 Topps Luis Aparicio

I am not, nor have I ever been, a particularly huge fan of Luis Aparicio or autographs for that matter.  That's not to say I dislike him, I just don't really know much about him beyond his impressive Baseball Reference page.  One of the perks of living in Cooperstown as a kid, was easy access to the autograph session the Hall of Fame put on each Induction Weekend.  One of my best friend's dads was the curator at the Hall, and we always found a way in.  For the most part, I would stick with the yellow postcards, 8x10's, and go with a Freeman's Journal to have the players sign.  They really didn't mean much to me as a 12 year old.  They were just old guys.  However, one year I took this Aparicio card, which is one of my father's cards from his childhood, and had Luis sign it.  Of all the signatures I ever brought back, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, Stan Musial, etc, they by far elicited the biggest reaction from my father, who is a die-hard White Sox fan.  It's exception to the rule of not including my father's cards, as I feel the act of having it signed was a sufficient transmutation to make it mine.

#2 1977 Topps Andre Dawson

I mentioned above that I've never received many cards as gifts.  For a variety of reasons, not least of which, it's hard for a non-collector to pick out cards for a serious one.  For Christmas in 1986 my father, completely unsolicited gave me this card and a 1981 Donruss Tim Raines rookie.  I briefly felt disappointed with the card when Dawson became a Cub, but quickly got over it, as his monster '87 season (in which he won an MVP that should have gone to Wallach) made me the envy of the neighborhood.  I've ended up with a good number of copies of this card of the years, but this is the original, easily recognizable by the small nic to the right of the green "R."

#1 1982 Fleer Tim Wallach (Autographed)

When I was in first grade, Beckett published the addresses of every Major League Stadium so that readers could seek autographs.  Every kid on my street sent at least one card, along with a SASE to their favorite players.  It took nearly three months, but this is the card that came back to me.  I was the only kid to get the card they sent back.  The coloring on it is terrible from 20+ years of sun light, as it sat atop my dresser in my parents through all of elementary school, high school, and college, until I finally reclaimed it when I had a home of my own.  This card, and gesture of returning it, bought a lot of good will for the otherwise anonymous Expo amongst my family, and simply put is the one card I would save before all other's if my house was on fire.  Had this card not been returned, this blog may very well have ended up being titled "Eric Davis" or "Hubie Brooks," "At Attempt to Collect Them All."

Monday, November 23, 2015

Lenexa, Kansas

This large assortment of 74 cards was sent by Clay, in Lenexa, Kansas, which is a suburb  of Kansas City.  This is the first time cards have been sent from Kansas, which now becomes the 36th State to be added to the map (along with D.C. and three Canadian Provinces).  The 14 holdouts are Arkansas, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa, Hawaii, and sadly, my home state of New Mexico.  So if you know any card collector's from one of those States, please point this out to them.

Thanks for the cards Clay.

Updated Totals

1986 Topps: 230
1987 Topps: 697
1988 Donruss x2: 648
1988 Topps: 526
1989 Topps: 510
1990 Fleer x5: 240
1990 Topps x2: 343
1990 Upper Deck: 188
1991 Donruss x2: 172
1991 Donruss MVP x2: 134
1991 Score x3: 160
1991 Score Franchise x4: 120
1991 Topps x5: 173
1991 Upper Deck x2: 210
1991 Upper Deck Checklist x2: 147
1992 Donruss x4: 138
1992 Fleer x3: 80
1992 Score x2: 60
1992 Topps x4: 156
1992 Triple Play x6: 70
1992 Ultra: 97
1992 Upper Deck x6: 209
1993 Fleer x5: 36
1993 Studio: 35
1993 Topps x2: 110
1991 Upper Deck x6: 91

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cumberland, Maine

These drawings (The ball is actually on a separate piece of paper) were sent by kids of Byran in Cumberland Foreside, Maine.  These are the first original Tim Wallach art items that I've been sent.  Thanks for the effort.  The cards Bryan sent are pictured below, along with updated totals.  The 1991 Baseball Price Guide card (the '71 design card) is the first one that's ever been sent in the mail, and only my 2nd copy total.

And check out Bryan's blog; "Replacement Level Baseball"

Also, while I appreciate the effort, and understand the confusion given that Wallach's name is all over the back of the card, the 1988 Topps Expos card (two seen above) is not Tim Wallach, it's Vance Law.  My theory is the Topps photographer asked who Tim Raines and Tim Wallach were so he could get the photo, the Expos sent out Hubie Brooks and Vance Law to clown him.  It may not be a '85 Gary Pettis caliber stunt, but I think it counts.

Updated Totals:

1988 Donruss All-Stars: 35
1988 Fleer: 209
1988 Score: 212
1988 Topps x4: 525
1988 Topps Super Stars x2: 15
1989 Donruss: 264
1990 Donruss: 298
1991 BB Price Guide: 2
1991 Score Super Star: 9

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Brownsburg, Indiana

These cards were sent by Gabe in Brownsburg, IN, which has now been added to the map.  Check out Gabe's White Sox card blog.  Thanks for the cards Gabe.

Updated Totals:

1987 Topps: 696
1988 Topps: 521
1989 Topps: 509

Friday, November 13, 2015

1989 St. Vincent 30¢ Stamp

I recently picked up this stamp on ebay.  I'm not going to classify it as a card, and will instead just call it a "collectible."  The headshot on the right is identical to the one used on the 1991 Jumbo Seeds card, but for the logo on the hat, which Jumbo Seeds airburshed out.

I had never heard of this stamp set, so what follows was taken directly from the ebay listing:

"The Post Office for the island of St. Vincent in the Caribeean Sea produced a 81 baseball stamp set in 1989.  This folowed a similar baseball stamp set mde by the neighboring island of Grenada in 1988.  The Stamps all had a basic green design.  Unfortunately the perforated edges did not line up well with the layout when the 9 stamp sheets were punched and the stamps tend to be off center."

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Landsville, PA

This box of 145 cards was sent by Kevin in Landisville, PA.  Kevin simply asked that I cover the shipping cost, something I'm happy to do when people have a large number of cards their willing to send.  Thanks for the effort Kevin, I really appreciate it.

Updated Totals for cards sent:

1982 Donruss: 157
1986 Fleer: 105
1986 Sportflics: 11
1987 Topps x6: 695
1988 Donruss x6: 646
1988 Donruss AS: 34
1988 Fleer: 208
1988 Fleer Baseball AS: 9
1988 Fleer Star Stickers: 69
1988 Score x2: 211
1988 Topps x3: 520
1988 Topps AS x5: 511
1988 Topps Glossy Send-in x2: 14
1989 Bowman x3: 120
1989 Donruss x5: 263
1989 Fleer x4: 236
1989 K-Mart x2: 36
1989 Score x4: 145
1989 Topps x7: 508
1990 Bowman x4: 71
1990 Donruss x7: 297
1990 Fleer x2: 235
1990 Score: 166
1990 Topps x9: 341
1990 Upper Deck x5: 186
1991 Donruss x11: 170
1991 Donruss MVP x7: 132
1991 Fleer x2: 121
1991 Leaf: 63
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier: 51
1991 Score: 157
1991 Score Franchise x3: 116
1991 Studio: 61
1991 Topps x2: 168
1991 Upper Deck x2: 208
1992 Donruss x2: 134
1992 Leaf: 59
1992 Score x3: 58
1992 Topps: 152
1992 Triple Play x8: 64
1992 Upper Deck x3: 203
1993 Donruss: 68
1993 Flair: 20
1993 Score Select: 34
1993 Topps x2: 108
1993 Topps Traded: 21
1993 Upper Deck: 85
1994 Topps x2: 75
1994 Ultra: 33
1995 Ultra: 33
1996 Donruss: 17

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Palermo, Maine

This large of assortment of 60 Wallach cards was sent by Chris in Maine.  It's second time cards have been sent from Maine.  Chris is a fan of the Red Sox, and O-Pee-Chee.  A couple of milestones were reached with this envelope, with '89 Topps reaching the 500 mark, and '92 Upper Deck hitting the 200 mark.  Thanks for the cards Chris.

Updated Totals:

1984 Fleer: 93
1984 Topps: 199
1986 Topps: 229
1987 Donruss x2: 364
1987 O-Pee-Chee x2: 14
1987 Topps x2: 689
1988 Donruss x2: 640
1988 Topps x2: 517
1988 Topps AS x2: 506
1988 Topps UK Mini: 76
1989 Score x2: 141
1989 Topps x2: 501
1990 Donruss x3: 290
1990 Fleer x3: 233
1990 Score: 165
1990 Topps x3: 165
1991 Bowman x4: 39
1991 Donruss x2: 159
1991 Studio: 60
1991 Topps x3: 166
1991 Upper Deck: 206
1991 Upper Deck CL x2: 145
1992 Donruss x6: 132
1992 Score: 55
1992 Upper Deck: 200
1993 Donruss x3: 67
1993 Leaf: 53
1993 Topps: 106
1994 Leaf: 32
1995 Collector's Choice: 22
1995 Upper Deck Electric Diamond: 17
1996 Collector's Choice II: 17

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Mukilteo, Washington

Upon opening this envelope, I was momentarily excited at the idea of receiving cards from Wyoming, as that's a State yet to have any representation on the map of where cards have arrived from.  A quick glance at the front of the envelope however showed that these cards came from outside Seattle, Washington, not Wyoming.  The Seattle area is good too though, and I always appreciate cards regardless of where they come from.  So thanks for the cards Tony, especially that well traveled '82 Fleer.

Updated Totals:

1982 Fleer: 66
1991 Studio: 59

Friday, November 6, 2015

1988 Fleer Uncut Box Bottom

This is an uncut box bottom of a 1988 Fleer wax box.  I'll be leaving this one uncut.  I bought copious amounts of cards in 1988, primarily Topps, with an unhealthy dose of Donruss mixed in, as well as a good amount of Score.  Somehow, I can say with some certainty, I don't think I bought so much as a single pack of Fleer.  For whatever reason, Fleer just didn't find it's way onto the shelves of the stores my parents shopped at.  Despite avoiding any wax packs of Fleer, I ended up with multiple boxes, albeit, empty boxes. 

In 1988 I was living in Phoenix, and our primary card shop was one called the "Batter's Box," I know it still exists because it still runs ads in Beckett.  That year another one opened called "Umpire's Choice."  After an ugly incident of price guaging on 1990 Upper Deck my Mother stopped taking us to "Umpire's Choice."  However in 1988, it was still fair game.  That's where I found empty boxes of '88 Fleer for sale.  So of course, I insisted on taking all of them, and immediately cut the cards out when I got home.  I don't regret cutting the cards out, but it's nice to have one of these in the uncut state again.

The Wallach card on this box has always been one of my favorites.   It's far superior to base card in the 1988 Fleer set.  A testament to the importance of photo selection.  I'm also a fan of the other players on the box.  Schmidt is an all-time great, and any association of Wallach with Schmidt is welcomed, and Dave Stewart is a family favorite.  He signed my little brother's glove at a Spring Training game (circa 1987), and that gives him a life time pass as an all-around good guy in my family.  To this day a Dave Stewart display poster for Wilson gloves hangs in my parents garage.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Darmouth, Nova Scotia (Canada)

Ryan, of Nova Scotia, sent cards for the second time this month.  This envelope included one of the more eclectic assortment of cards I've ever received.  It's the first time anyone has ever sent me a 1987 O-Pee-Chee sticker (and only second one I have total), and only the second time anyone has sent an '85 OPC and '91 Post.  Add in an '83 Fleer and '83 OPC and this made for a very nice piece of mail.  Thank you Ryan.

Updated Totals for cards sent:

1983 Fleer: 100 
1983 O-Pee-Chee: 34
1985 O-Pee-Chee: 20
1987 O-Pee-Chee Stickers: 2
1989 Topps: 499
1991 Post: 6
1991 Score x3: 156

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

An offer I can refuse

I received the following offer via email.  I received a lot of similar offers like this of late.  The screen shot is a little difficult to read, so here's what it says;

" I have three Time Wallach baseball cards for $15 if you are interested. Please let me know. They are in great condition. It took me two hours to go through my card collection to find these bad boys."

Unless Luca Brasi is the one making this offer, it's one I can refuse.  I'm not a huge fan of price guides, but for what's it worth, these three cards are listed as being valued between 1¢ up to 5¢.  Unopened boxes of 1990 Donruss can often be found for less than the asking price in this offer.

I'm sure some of these offers are made in good faith, perhaps this one is one of those, but I'm equally sure many are not.  This post is meant more of as a disclaimer for those well intentioned people that contact me with offers like this.  If you have less than say 100 Wallach cards, I'm not likely to offer you anything more than a plug on this blog if you send them to me.  If you have in excess of 100 I'll pay for your reasonable shipping cost.  If you have 500+ we can talk price, but understand that I offer pennies per card, not dollars.  Most the people with anything close to that number are collector's themselves, and aren't offended by such an offer.  They know it's reasonable.

I appreciate the effort of everyone who has ever sent cards.  Please though, don't waste hours of your life with expectation of being well compensated. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Benbrook, Texas

These cards arrived from Betwood, Texas, curtousey of Rob.  Rob runs a blog devoted to Texas Ranger cards, which is worth checking out.  I'll see what I can dig up as far as odd ball Ranger cards.  Thanks for the Wallach's.

Updated Totals:

1990 Fleer Award Winners: 7
1990 Topps: 329
1991 Score The Franchise: 113

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tim Raines 1989 Topps #560

Card Review:  My biggest complaint with this card is that it's a Tim Raines card and not a Tim Wallach card.  As far as cards that aren't Tim Wallach cards go, this is one is very nice.  "Rock" was one of a few players to be given the nickname treatment by Topps in the 1989 set.  I don't know how many were off-hand, but I can say with certainty that Dwight Gooden was listed as "Doc."  Maybe they were the only two, but I doubt it. 

Number of this card in my collection:  I don't know, more than one, less than ten.

Grantham, New Hampshire

These six cards were sent by Marcus in Grantham, New Hampshire.  Thank you for the cards Marcus.  Also included, was a newspaper clipping from a paper called "The Valley News."  I was not familiar with this paper and had no idea they had run Zach Helfand's story on this blog, so that was a nice surprise.  Per Wiki, "Valley News" is a daily paper based out of West Lebanon, NH, with a Sunday circulation of over 16,000 copies.  It covers the communities in Vermont and New Hampshire along the Connecticut River.

Updated Totals for cards sent:

1990 Donruss: 288
1990 Score x2: 164
1990 Topps: 328
1991 Upper Deck x2: 205

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Canton, Michigan

This is the 2nd envelope sent this month from Ed in Canton, Michigan.  And I don't know if Ed missed the first post, or if he just doesn't actually check this blog, but he once again asked in an attached letter if I wanted all of the Wallach.s he had to offer for free.  Yes, please, and thank you, Ed.  I'll will gladly except all of your Walach's.

updated total:

1991 Topps Cracker Jack: 8

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (Canada)

These six cards were sent by regular contributor Ryan D., of Nova Scotia, Canada.  Ryan's signature brown envelopes are always a welcome sight in my mailbox.  Thanks for the cards Ryan.

Updated Totals:

1986 Topps AS: 437
1988 Topps AS: 504
1990 Score: 162
1991 Fleer: 119
1991 Upper Deck: 203
1991 Upper Deck CL: 143

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Beaverton, Oregon

Justin from Beaverton, Oregon sent these six cards.  They're the first cards I've received from Oregon.  Thanks for the cards Justin.

Updated Totals:

1987 Topps x2: 687
1988 Topps x2: 515
1990 Topps: 327
1991 Topps: 163

Monday, October 26, 2015

Elgin, IL

These cards were sent by Jim in Elgin, IL.  Jim, in what is a first for this blog, followed up with a second envelope before I even had a chance to post the first one.  I'm letting the second skip to the front of the line, and am posting them both together.  Included with the second envelope was a
"Strat-o-Matic" sheet for stolen bases.  Cool.  Thanks Jim.

Updated Totals:

1987 Donruss: 362
1987 Fleer x2: 162
1987 Topps x5: 685
1988 Donruss x4: 638
1988 Topps x3: 513
1988 Topps AS x2: 503
1989 Topps: 498
1990 Fleer: 230
1990 Topps: 326
1991 Fleer: 118
1991 Topps: 162
1992 Topps: 151
1993 Donruss: 64
1993 Topps: 105

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Powell, Ohio

Rick, from Powell, Ohio, sent these cards and page from Sports Illustrated.  These are two of my all-time favorite Wallach cards.  The '83 Topps was the first one I ever had, and the '82 Fleer is the card I sent to Olympic Stadium with a self-addressed stamped envelope, when I was in first grade.  Wallach sent the card back signed.  Thanks for the cards Rick.  I appreciate them very much.

Updated Totals:

1982 Fleer: 65
1983 Topps: 221

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Roslindale, MA

This autographed copy of a 1985 Topps card was sent by Rick in Roslindale, MA.  Thanks for the card Rick.  I really appreciate it.

Updated Total:

1985 Topps: 253  (1st autographed copy)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Indio, California

These cards were sent by Steven in Indio, California.  The second card is hiding, it's the '87 Sportflics Tri-Star card that also features Mike Schmidt, and a long forgotten rather anonymous player named Chris Brown.  You can read about my thoughts on that card here.  Steven also included a clipping of the Los Angeles Times article with his envelope (and used cool looking stamps too).  Thanks for the cards Steven.

If you sent cards and are waiting to see them up here, bear with me, I'll make sure every single one gets posted.

Updated Totals:

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Lakewood, California

These seven cards were sent by Mr. Chidley in Lakewood, California.  It's the first time someone has sent me a copy of the 1996 Mother's Cookies in the mail.  Thank you for the cards.

Updated Totals:

1984 Fleer: 92
1986 Topps x2: 228
1986 Topps AS: 436
1990 Topps: 325
1991 Topps: 161
1996 Mother's Cookies: 14

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

San Rafael, California

These cards were sent by "Friedman" from San Rafael, California.  If you notice, the '86 Topps is autographed.  Thanks for the cards "Friedman."  Also included were a couple of cards for Burbank Sportscards.  I don't know if the sender has a conection with them, or if that's just where he bought them, but in either case, I'm happy to plug them in exchange for cards.  Thanks.

Updated Totals: 

1982 Topps: 826
1986 Topps: 226
1989 Fleer x2: 232
1994 Score Gold Rush: 4

Baseball Magazine Vol. 18, No. 3, June 1986

This Baseball Magazine is from June of 1986.  It included an unused score card inside of it.  I'm assuming the Expos would put out a couple of these a season, and stick a fresh scorecard for the days game in each one.  The scorecard that came with this one is for a game against the Reds, and the only time the Expos played the Reds at home in 1986 was from July 10-13.  So I can't imagine they made too many of these in a given season.

It's a nice article on Wallach with some good quotes.  I've scanned the entire article if you want to click the images and try to read it.  I find the way it interchanges between French and English a little annoying, but once you figure out the format it's easy enough to follow.  Here's a quote from the article:

"As long as Tim plays the way he's capable of playing, no one's going to come near his 'Gold Glove.'  He's the best third baseman in the National League - both leagues - until it's proved otherwise.
- Buck Rogers, Expos manager