Wednesday, December 30, 2020

A Musical Interlude

Consider this my defense of country music.  Ha. 

Ten songs - no artist repeated.  Plus one more because one of the ten is Vevo.  Bah.  


Jolene - Dolly Parton
I Feel Lucky - Mary Chapin Carpenter
Pancho and Lefty - Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan (though more famous with Merle Haggard)
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
A Thousand Miles from Nowhere - Dwight Yoakam
I Can Still Make Cheyenne - George Strait
Jackson - Johnny and June Carter Cash
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
Set You Free - Allison Moorer
El Paso - Marty Robbins
Screw You We're from Texas - Ray Wylie Hubbard

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Cardbarrel Order


Chase Carter.  She was with Giancarlo Stanton, though I think she might be with a Dodger now.

Anyway, I got 23 cards - mostly MVPs, Cy Young Award winners, and Padres.  

-  1978 Topps Stargell -  1979 NL MVP

-  1978 OPC Carew -  1977 AL MVP

-  1981 Topps Ozzie - Padre 1978 - 1981

-  1980 OPC Winfield -  Padre 1973 - 1980 

-  1997 Fleer Pedro -  1997 NL Cy Young 

-  1972 Topps Freehan - 11-time All-Star, 5 Gold Gloves

The Freehan expert in the blogosphere:

Wednesday, December 23, 2020


I got a lot of problems with you people!

-  Bloggers who post cards in groups so I can't read the players' names.

-  Bloggers who do entire posts on the same set without being clear what set it is.

-  Bloggers with difficult want lists.  

-  Ultra Pro for not making binder sheets with slots for ho cards.  

-   Cards without the player name on the front or on there but difficult to read.

-  Minis.  

-  That blogger who posted an ode to Colin Freaking Kaepernick. 

-  Fake auto cards.

-  Unlicensed cards.  

-  James Lofton for not signing that card I never got around to sending him.  

-  Ryne Sandberg for not having a Phillies card.  

-  Panini for crappy customer service. Non-existent even. 

-  Box breakers.  

No more give-aways for you!

until 2021             

Tuesday, December 22, 2020



So Chris (The Collector) sent me a stack of cards:  basketball, Phillies, and Eagles.


-  Clyde the Glide

-  An Italian David Robinson.  Il Admirali. 

-  Dr. J's first pro team.  


-  The primary catcher on the Phillies' 1980 title team.

-  A story about Mike Schmidt hitting a speaker and having to settle for a single.  

-  The starting first baseman on the Phillies' 2008 title team.  


-  One that got away.  Or was sent away, because Buddy didn't have the patience for his shenanigans.

-  Vick without the off-field stuff? 

-  My father went to Villanova.  A few years before Westbrook did.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

The Weekly Clean-Up


-  So I bought this card from my dealer:

-  I received a surprise PWE from friend of the blog Ken - 18 shiny Bowman Chrome football cards from 2005:


I don't know why we can't see their names on here but I can see them on the actual cards:  Kurt Warner, Steve McNair, Andre Johnson, Fred Taylor.  Others include Carson Palmer, Aaron Brooks, Matt Hasselbeck, and Eric Moulds.    

-  I watched Season Two of Game of Thrones.    

-  YouTube has several Bond movies for free now.  Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger are included. 

-  I received a bundle of cards from Chris (The Collector).  I'll show them in a future post.

-  I tweeted at Taron Armstead.  He did not respond.   #FlyEaglesFly     

Thursday, December 17, 2020


People have asked what I'm collecting, so here's a target list of sorts.  Some are more realistic than others.  Maybe we can trade some time, or maybe you're just here for the pictures.  Olivia and let live, I say.     

1982 Donruss Diamond Kings:  I have 18 of 26.   I need Rose, Trammell, Zisk, DeJesus, Kingman, Fisk, Ozzie Smith, and Singleton.

1983 Donruss Diamond Kings:  I have 17 of 26.  I need Fingers, Reggie Jackson, Palmer, Stargell, Rickey Henderson, Carlton, Bench, Joe Morgan, and Yaz.    

Super Bowl MVPs:  Jim Plunkett as a Raider and two Terry Bradshaws.  

Curt Flood:  1970 Topps or 1970 O-Pee-Chee

Tony Gwynn:  1983 Donruss (RC), 1983 Fleer (RC), or autographed card.  

Willie McCovey:  As a Padre.  

Maury Wills:  As a player.  I have his manager card, but it's a base stealers collection.  So yeah. 

Is that Emily Greinke?  Must be time to talk about pitchers.

AL Cy Young Award Winners:  McLain, Vida Blue (A's), Gaylord Perry (Indians), and Catfish Hunter (A's)

NL Cy Young Award Winners:  Bob Gibson, Seaver (Mets), Fergie (Cubs) 

AL MVPs:  Richie Allen (White Sox), Reggie Jackson (A's)

NL MVPs:  Torre (Cardinals), Rose (first Reds stint)              

I need a lot of more recent cards from those four categories, but I think I can get them from Cardbarrel.

Larisa's got the Braun, I've got the brains.  Or something like that. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The All-Elliptical Team


Baseball players I've seen play in person.  Because this is what you get when I don't have acquisitions to report.  Ha.  

Catcher:  Mike Piazza (Dodgers and Mets)

First Base:  Adrian Gonzalez (Padres)

Second Base:  Chase Utley (Phillies)

Third Base:  Mike Schmidt (Phillies)

Shortstop:  Derek Jeter (Yankees)

Left Field:  Rickey Henderson (A's and Padres)

Center Field:  Robin Yount (Brewers)

Right Field:  Tony Gwynn (Padres)

Starting Pitcher:  Steve Carlton (Phillies)

Closer:  Trevor Hoffman (Padres)  

Prospects:  Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco  (Modesto A's) 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Weekly Clean-Up


-  So no Panini Black Friday this year.  Last year, I waited until late December and then bought all the football packs my dealer still had.  

-  A blogger had been asking for people to trade with him for his Time Travel project, so I requested his address so I could send him cards, but I haven't heard from him.  

-  I'm working on a partial trade want list for a future post, now that I don't have anything good left to trade the other way.  Ha.  

Vamps is free on YouTube. A bit silly, but Krysten Ritter's in it.   The Cheap Detective is also, with Peter Falk and others.       


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

A while back I mentioned upgrading from a card that had writing on the back from a previous owner.  

The first person to name the player gets the card.  Just be aware that it's flawed. 

Only people who have commented on non-give-away posts please.  


Monday, November 23, 2020

From My Lady Friend


-  2016 NL MVP, 3x All-Star

-  2019 NL MVP, 2x All-Star, 2018 NLCS MVP

-  2014 NL MVP, 3 Cy Young Awards, 8x All-Star

-  4x All-Star, 2 Gold Gloves - SS

Thanks, Julie!

Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Weekly Clean-Up

-  So I finally got the prize packs mailed out yesterday.  People should get them by the end of next week.  Hopefully. 

-  I'm in the final 13 (of 206) in an NFL suicide pool.  But I don't have much confidence this week.  I need to save my preferred picks for future weeks, so I'm rolling with my third choice. 

-  I bought this 1958 Topps card from my dealer, and it's now my oldest football card:

Saturday, October 31, 2020

The Weekly Clean-Up


-  So I watched some baseball for the first time in a while.  Watched most of the post-season games that were on Fox or TBS actually.  I noticed that teams shift against pull hitting a lot more than they used to.  On the broadcasting side, there's now an annoying habit of showing other people during a plate appearance.  Dug-out, bullpen, whatever - let's see how many different players we can look at while only two matter.  At first I thought this was a TBS problem, but then I noticed Fox doing it too.  I hate it.   

-  So I received some free cards from Jeff (Wax Pack Wonders).      

Eight Scherzers and two Arenados.  

Nolan with the bat (four Silver Sluggers) and the glove (seven Gold Gloves).  

Scherzer pitching (three Cy Young Awards).

Scherzer smiling at the Swedish ambassador's daughter.  #Washington

Scherzer finishing second in the NL in ERA to a Dodger.  

See what Jeff did there?  Same team, but three different uniforms.  

Wax Pack Wonders:

-  Happy Halloween!  

-  My last plug of Save Second Base.  Check out the women, comment on the posts, and so forth.  (I've volunteered for Race for the Cure the last several years, but I might be limited to donating this year.  I guess I'll see what November is like.)

-  Then Sean Connery died, and Plenty O'Toole isn't happy.