Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Weekly Clean-Up

-  So another trade on TCDB:  I sent a dozen football cards to Joshua (jrberus) and received a trio of hockey cards.

-  Obviously, the Hextall is the best card here.  But Lemieux and the Soft One are both Hall of Famers. 

-  Figured it was time for a Sayers, with his passing.  Had two on hold at my dealer's, but he decided to charge a death tax on the preferred one.  So I got the other one, even though the centering is off.

-  This seems like a good time to remind people that card pics on this blog are from TCDB.  

-  Collecting Cutch is talking about breast cancer awareness and giving out prizes.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Cardbarrel Order

So I got 46 cards in this batch.  Let's gaze upon some highlights.

-  Six for my names collection.

-  Fisher was a popular singer in the 1950s, with four #1 singles.  He was married to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, though not simultaneously.  Father of Carrie Fisher.  

-  Horton was a convicted murderer who took advantage of a weekend furlough program in Massachusetts to commit more crimes, including rape.  The case got national attention during Governor Michael Dukakis's Presidential run in 1988. 

-  1974 Topps Cedeno for my Base Stealers project.

-  1978 Topps Winfield.  Not sure why.

-  19 of these 1993 Leaf cards.  

-  The Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial  is featured on the backs of Braves cards.  Not sure how I feel about that.  


-  Filled 17 slots in my Topps Through the Years project.  

-  2012: Ichiro catching an invisible ball. 

-  2015: Abreu Future Star

Anyway, I don't know what's up, but it's really a pain to get things on the page where I want them lately.  It's not like I'm doing anything differently.  But it's a free blog service, so I can only complain so much.  If I start blogging less frequently, this might be why though. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Worst Baseball Card Sets of the 1980s

So I checked out the 32 major release sets of the decade.  Instead of boring people with analysis of every set, I'll just talk about the worst ones here and the best ones in a future post.  Base cards only. 

28.  1985 Topps  

1985 Topps #90 Rich Gossage Front   1985 Topps #100 George Brett Front

1985 Topps #85 Mike Marshall Back

The redundancy on the front.  The typical unattractive Topps back.  The photos aren't bad - at least they're doing baseball things. So it's a bad set, but not the worst.

29.  1980 Topps
1980 Topps #17 Bruce Sutter Front   1980 Topps #40 Carlton Fisk Front

1980 Topps #70 Gary Carter Front    1980 Topps #140 Rich Gossage Front

1980 Topps #80 Ron LeFlore Back

The infamous fake auto makes an appearance.  Some action shots.  Boring borders, though the labeling is a bit more interesting.  The usual unattractive back, but with a cartoon.

30.  1982 Topps      

1982 Topps #80 Jim Palmer Front   
1982 Topps #82 Bob Welch Back

It might not be clear from this sampling, but I think the photos are weaker in this set than in 1980 Topps.  Even the In Action cards are a bit lacking in ...  action.  The fake auto returns after taking a break in 1981.  The trivia on the back is about other players.  But I kind of like the hockey sticks and the In Action cards don't have the fake autos. 

31.  1981 Fleer        
1981 Fleer #57 Nolan Ryan Front   1981 Fleer #91 Gaylord Perry Front

1981 Fleer #112 Don Sutton Front   1981 Fleer #142 Gary Carter Front

1981 Fleer #81 Tommy John Back

Weird that Tommy John missed an entire season when he was an established veteran.  Was there a major injury that required surgery?  Anyway ...

So many boring photos in this set.  Team name spelled out inside a baseball doesn't help.  The glaring error on every pitcher card is another demerit.  Points for readability, so it avoids the ultimate shame. 

32.  1989 Bowman
1989 Bowman #9 Cal Ripken Front   1989 Bowman #19 Lee Smith Front

1989 Bowman #41 Bert Blyleven Front   1989 Bowman #62 Carlton Fisk Front

1989 Bowman #89 Cory Snyder Back

Fake auto?  Check.
Boring photos?  Check.
Lack of info on the front? Check.
Weird back? Check. 

So that's that.  Next time I'll look at the best 1980s baseball card sets. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Cardbarrel / Player Collection?


I hope Emily Greinke still has the rest of her body.  Anyway ...

So I was perusing the 'teams played for' leader-board on Baseball Reference.  A lot of okay players - good enough for lengthy careers but not headline grabbers.   Casually hanging out in a tie for 6th, however, with 11 - Phillies legend Kenny Lofton.  Six-time All-Star, four Gold Gloves, .299 BA over 17 seasons, 622 steals.  

So here we are: 19 cards - one for each season, but also one for each team.  Two binder pages with one left over for my Base Stealers collection. 

1991 Upper Deck Final Edition #24F Kenny Lofton Front   1991 Upper Deck Final Edition #24F Kenny Lofton Back

1991 Upper Deck Final Edition - Rookie Card. 

1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier #72 Kenny Lofton Front   1993 Score #58 Kenny Lofton Front

1992 OPC Premier - Voltigeur, indeed. 

1993 Score - Going to my Base Stealers collection. 

1994 Leaf #350 Kenny Lofton Front   1995 Topps #104 Kenny Lofton Front

1994 Leaf

1995 Topps

1996 Fleer #89 Kenny Lofton Front   1997 Score #340 Kenny Lofton Front

1996 Fleer

1997 Score

1998 Upper Deck #345 Kenny Lofton Front   1999 Topps Gallery #72 Kenny Lofton Front

1998 Upper Deck

1999 Topps Gallery

2000 Fleer Twizzlers #11 Kenny Lofton Front   2001 Stadium Club #97 Kenny Lofton Front

2000 Fleer Twizzlers - Even though it says Tradition. LOL.  

2001 Stadium Club - If only his name had been Eri.

2002 Fleer Tradition Update #U99 Kenny Lofton Front   2002 Topps #583 Kenny Lofton Front

2002 Fleer Tradition Update

2002 Topps - A motorized vehicle makes an appearance.

2003 Topps Traded & Rookies - Gold #T110 Kenny Lofton Front   2003 Upper Deck #485 Kenny Lofton Front

2003 Topps Traded & Rookies Gold

2003 Upper Deck 

2004 Ultra #244 Kenny Lofton Front   2005 Topps Total #8 Kenny Lofton Front

2004 Fleer Ultra

2005 Topps Total - Second motorized vehicle, if you look closely. 

2006 Topps Updates & Highlights - Gold #UH128 Kenny Lofton Front   2007 Topps Heritage #320 Kenny Lofton Front

2006 Topps Updates & Highlights Gold

2007 Topps Heritage - The most expensive card of the batch.   

So yeah. This is probably as close as I'll get to being a player collector.      

My favorite is the 2001 Stadium Club.

My least favorite is the 2002 Fleer Tradition Update.