Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Redwood City, CA

These 26 cards were sent by Michael from Redwood City, California.  It's the third time Michael has sent cards and pushes his all-time total over the century mark, to 105 total cards sent.  Thank you very much Michael.  Another milestone reached with this envelope is that the 1988 Topps base card crossed the 500 mark, bringing my total to 502 copies of that card.  It's only the fourth card I've reached the 500 mark for, joining 1982 Topps, 1987 Topps, and 1988 Donruss.

updated Totals:

1985 Topps x3: 244
1987 Topps x2: 658
1988 Fleer x2: 204
1988 Score x3: 207
1988 Topps x3: 502
1988 Topps AS: 491
1989 Donruss: 253
1989 Fleer: 226
1989 Score: 138
1990 Donruss: 278
1991 Score x2: 146
1991 Score Franchise: 107
1992 Score: 53
1992 Ultra x2: 96
1992 Upper Deck: 192
1994 Upper Deck: 59

Also included with the cards was an unfolded pocket schedule for the 2015 Giants (seen above), and a large lot of fliers for an instructional clinic (below).  If you take a close look at the invited coaching staff, you may notice that one of the names is familiar.  That's right, Tim Wallach is listed as "invited."  However, it also includes the disclaimer "appearances not guaranteed.

I have a bit of an issue with this flier.  Or at least, I have a bit of a suggestion for the people who made it.  Not all of these instructors deserve equal billing.  Some of them are much more accomplished than others.  I'd feature those guys a little more prominently than the more anonymous ones.  That is after all what they're selling, a chance you be coached by ex-major leaguers and current mlb coaches.  I'd give the Kenny Powers lookalike working off a tee less space, and the headliners more.

At first glance, Wallach and Chili Davis appear to be the clear headliners, but to be fair, I researched all ten on baseball-reference and posted my findings below.

Don Wakamatsu: 1 mlb season, 7 hits, .226 avg

Torey Lovullo: 8 seasons, 165 hits, .224 avg

Chili Davis: 19 seasons, 3x All-Star, 2,380 hits, 350 home runs

Derek Shelton: never reached above A-ball

Ty Van Burkleo: 2 mlb seasons, 5 hits, .132 avg

Joe Lefebvre: 6 seasons, 281 hits, 31 home runs

Jim Hickey:  never reached above AAA-ball

Tim Wallach: 17 seasons, 5x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove, 2x Silver Slugger, 2,085 hits, 260 home runs

Glen Sherlock: never reached above AAA-ball

Lee Tinsley: 5 seasons, 210 hits, 13 home runs

The numbers confirm what I suspected, Davis and Wallach are the clear headliners here.  They should get top billing on the flier.  The fact that they don't leaves me to suspect they're the two guys the flier is referencing when it says "appearances not guaranteed."

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