Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Quick Turnover

These four cards aren't in my collection anymore. Last week I was putting together a return package for All The Way To The Backstop and had just sent all of my Padres doubles to my friend Sam but I had to include some Friars so I grabbed these off the top of a stack of cards I had recently gotten. They seemed like a better inclusion than a bunch of random commons and I thought there was a better chance of him not having these. I also tossed in a Rizzo he needed, an old Rollie Fingers card and some other Padres I can't recall off the top of my head to go along with some Nolan Ryans, Rangers and a slew of catchers pictured in their gear that he probably has most of anyway. At any rate, I hopes he liked what he got.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

More Of The Same

Here's another card I got off of Listia. It's a classic and one I'd lost somewhere along the way so it was nice to get a new copy. It arrived in stellar condition; of course it wouldn't have mattered if it was beat up since it was free. I also picked up a couple new Joey Cora cards and the coolest keychain ever.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Free Card!

Sorry if that title was misleading. I'm not giving away a free card; I just got one. I recently made a Listia account after reading about Marcus's success with it. Basically, it's an auction site using credits rather than actual cash money and you get a slew of credits just for signing up. I've won quite a few cards on there in the past week and posted some doubles so I can turn them into new cards...

On a side note, I did a card-related piece for Gaslamp Ball today in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Tony Gwynn's debut. I had never let my baseball card nerding filter into my "work" over there since they issued me my Intern hat but this idea seemed like it'd go over well there- plus, I liked it well enough that I wanted more than FoC's three regulars to read it...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Another Trade With All The Way To The Backstop

I just got done putting together a return package for Marcus of All The Way To The Backstop so I thought it was about time to do a post about the cards I got from him last weekend. There were so many good cards. Above is what appears to be the entire '86 Fleer team set- minus the Tony, the Garvey and the Hoyt, which I already had and sent the doubles of to Sam. If it isn't the entire team set, it's close enough.
I can never have enough Joey Cora cards. Duplicates, I don't care; I want them all. Marcus knows the way to my heart and included four- one I didn't have a copy of.
Speaking of him being in the know about who I'm all about, he sent these two Jedd Gyorko cards. Jedd, for those of you who don't know, is batting .355 in AAA and making the concept of trading Chase Headley a distinct possibility. I've been a fan of his since before the Padres drafted him in 2010- he was born and raised in West Virginia and played for WVU.
Yes, another Dave Staton card! I've added a few to the collection since the Sisterhood project began. On a side note, I've always liked those BP pullovers Lolich and Dade are shown rocking.
As much as I dislike Boch and his current employer, I still collect his cards as a Padre and that's a nice one I didn't have. I've always liked that 'Dream Team' Robbie Alomar card; I'm glad to get a new copy.
Lastly, here are a couple of current Padres. It's always good to pick up newer cards through trades as I rarely buy new packs. Thanks again to Marcus for the new Friars cards; I hope he likes what he's getting back.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cards from Larry, Part II

To the left are the cards sent to me by Larry of ECDG. I'm going to focus on the smaller stack in this post and get to the others at some point later in the week. These cards were doubs so I went ahead and sent them to Sam.
That Perkins card is one of my all time favorite cards. The Eichleberger is a classic too- and you can never go wrong with RJ.
Of course there were some '79 Topps cards included. There were two each of the '85 DeLeon and Hawkins so everyone won.
These are classics as well; I've always been a fan of the '84 Donruss design. It's hard to tell in this shot but Glenn Beckert is pictured in a Cubs uniform on that card... I'll take pictures of the other cards and try to write something up for them before too long.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hidden Gem

I've been inexplicably incapable of writing about baseball cards lately but this one is too good not to puke some words up about. It was one of, pardon my French, a metric shit-ton of Padres sent to me from Larry of ECDG. Get it? French... metric? Oh, yeah. Now that we've established that I'm still not funny, I'll get to talking about that card. Okay, typing; whatever. Larry won my 1-of-1 "contest" so I sent him that card and some Mariners. To my amazement, he sent back the aforementioned shit-ton. As I was scanning through to do Part I of what has to be a multi-part "trade" post, I noticed what I thought at first glance was a child's vandalism. Now, I'm not saying Rick Harrison would have me come to his pawn shop and verify signatures but that's totally consistent with Luis DeLeon's autograph. The lines are smooth and the transitions are the same as in other examples. Also, the 'H' for his middle initial is very distinct, resembling a capital 'A'. Lastly, he's Luis DeLeon. I'm stoked on it. I've never really been an autograph collector so it's extra awesome to me, if that makes any sense. I guess I mean I'm not jaded on having a bunch so this takes me back to the feeling I got when I pulled my first redemption card when I was 11. The rest of the cards are all awesome and I promise I'll get Part I of that up here today or tomorrow but I wanted to give this hidden gem its own post.

Monday, July 2, 2012


Mat Latos just had what Mud Grant would call a heck of a week in the big leagues. He threw two consecutive complete games, the second and third of his career. The way I recall his first one is that he pitched the first no-hitter in Padres history but the official scorer remembered it otherwise. I usually make it a point to watch Mat's starts since I live in Reds country and I can. I missed his most recent start because, you know, the whole tornado thing, but he was ON when I watched last Monday. He struck out 12 in that one and 8 more on Saturday, giving up only a single run in each outing, lowering his season ERA by nearly a run. He was rewarded with the NL Player of the Week Award for his effort.


I'm writing this on Saturday afternoon but who knows when I'll be putting it up. You see, there was a tornado here yesterday and cable and internet have been a luxury that's been off the table since then. I'm actually pretty fortunate; I was talking to a friend from my hometown- about two hours up the river- and they still don't have power at all and the city just shut the water off for reasons I don't even know. I'd look it up or turn on the news but, yeah... But anyway, this is a card blog so I should probably say something about cards. I recently gathered up some Padres and Yankees cards to send to everybody's pal Sam as a late birthday present or whatever. I figure the guy puts up with enough tiny phallus jokes over the course of a year; the least I could do is give him some cards. Here are some of the doubles I weeded out; he'll be getting some others but why ruin the surprise any more?