Thursday, September 20, 2018

Baseball Cards in my favorite movies

As a card collector, it's always a little thrill when baseball cards make an appearance in a movie or TV show I'm watching, and if you're reading this blog, chances are you feel the same.

As far as I know, nobody has really put together a definitive list of cards in movies/tv. And this post definitely won't be definitive, but here are 3 of my all-time favorite films that also just so happen to feature cards for a brief moment.

First up is The Goonies.

Chester Copperpot was a card collector? Stumbling upon a beat-up old Lou Gehrig card might be exciting for Mikey here, but it's just a 1973 Topps base card of the all-time grand slam leader. In that condition, that card would likely be worth under a buck.

And yeah, I've mentioned that one before on the blog (this past St. Patrick's Day), but here are a couple others. Next up is Stand By Me. I recently whipped up a (digital) couple custom cards for the movie and shared them on Twitter.

Stand By Me takes place over Labor Day weekend, 1959. The film came out 27 years later in 1986. It's now been 32 years since it hit theaters. Crazy to think about! Here are a couple customs I made in the style of 1959 Topps subsets.

Somebody commented on the tweet that he remembered the older brother's room having some cards/memorabilia on the walls. I had been meaning to give it another watch, and sure enough, I paid close attention to to that scene and found some baseball stuff.

Looks to be a '58 Mantle all-star and the corner of a '60 Yogi (but hey now, the film takes place in 1959.. count that as a goof, I suppose.)

As a collector, it's a little painful to see a vintage Mantle with a pushpin in it. That would be a cool movie prop to own, though.

Among the '50s rock & roll bands is a photo of what seems to be a Yankees hurler. Looks like Whitey Ford to me, but couldn't say for sure.

Now here's an obscure one from The Sandlot.

Shoutout to Matthew Prigge for snapping these shots and tweeting them a few months ago asking if anyone could identify the mystery card.

With the tip that it was likely a Pacific Legends card, I went sleuthing and was pretty excited to track it down after several minutes of searching...

1989 Pacific Baseball Legends 2nd Series #205 Mel Harder. Not a name you hear much these days. He was a 4-time All-Star, but his career was finished before the Topps era. By the looks of the photo, it's from his coaching days. Not sure of any significance of the card's selection for the film, probably just an "old-looking" card that the prop master happened to have access too. Of course, it's another "goof", as the movie takes place in 1962, so a card from 1989 doesn't make sense. Ol' Mel was still kicking when the picture came out in 1993, as he lived to the ripe old age of 93, passing in 2002.

I watched The Sandlot again recently, keeping an eye out for more cards.

There are several other cards on the walls in the clubhouse. In this shot, looks like there are 4 cards from 1962 Topps visible, with the Lou Brock rookie in the lower right being the most identifiable.

And I hadn't noticed it before, but early on, when the step-dad is eating breakfast, there's a box of Post Sugar Crisp featuring 7 baseball cards ready to be cut out. Looks like 6 of these shouldn't be too hard to identify, with only one obscured. Anybody want to give it a shot? I've already picked out Maury Wills up top. Looks to be 1962 Post. I'm assuming this is a specially created prop, not a true vintage Post box, but I couldn't say for sure.

I actually started drafting this post at the beginning of the month, and it gave me the idea to create a big list of baseball cards in movies and tv. And so over these past 2-3 weeks, that's something I've been spending a lot of time on. The list is now up on a separate page on the blog, linked in the sidebar. Check it out: The List of Baseball Cards in Movies and TV

Let me know if you can think of anything I missed!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

My Flagship Binder (1961-1970)

Just to recap, this Flagship Binder will feature a page per year from '51 Topps thru '94 Topps, though I'm still working on it and not all pages are full yet (and even if full, I'll switch out cards as I feel like it), and I'll probably eventually expand the project for other brands and years. These are cards that don't really fit in my collection elsewhere (such as in sets or PCs), and are therefore potentially trade fodder if push comes to shove. Ideally each page will be full of "good cards" though at the moment there are still a lot of commons, but that's fine.

Last post on this subject ended with the year 1960, but I'm gonna start with a slight re-do of that year for this post.

Spot the update? Yes, It's got a nice Mr. Tiger center-square now. Forgot I picked this card up in lot a little while ago. I like Al Kaline alright, but have decided not to PC him, meaning he's fair game for this project.

1961 Topps has a full page, though not really any big names here, so these guys are all potentially upgradable. My fav is probably Frank Funk just because of the rookie star and his funky name.

1962 again has a full page but not a lot of starpower. My favorite card of the page is probably Mack Jones, one of the few "painted cards" in the set.

1963 is the least-represented 60s set in my binder. Only 3 cards, 2 of which I only just picked up at the latest local card show. But at least all these are notable, in my book. You've got Ken Hubbs (sadly best remembered for his tragic death at age 22), a Cookie Rojas rookie, and Joe Pepitone. Pepitone is a guy I'm fascinated by but haven't pulled the trigger on officially PCing, so he pops up a few times in the binder.

Back to a full page in 1964. This is a set I'm working on, meaning these are all dupes. Not a lot of big names here, but you've got HOFer Robin Roberts (I've got 3 copies of this card.. one for the set, one for the PC, and [the worst conditioned] one for the flagship binder), plus a League Leaders with Ford and Bouton. But the rest are on the bubble as far as getting bounced in the future.

Another page of dupes, as I've completed 1965 Topps. I think this is a pretty solid page, with some notable guys all around. Tony Conigliaro gets center-square with the glorious all-star rookie trophy. He is another name who pops up multiple times in the binder.

1966 fields a very strong lineup, with pretty much all these guys being All-Stars, if not HOFers. Condition-wise, the wrinkled Downing and Mauch could be bumped before long.

1967 is also a solid page. All these cards feature players that are household names to fans of the era, with four Hall of Famers and rookie cards of Lee May and Sal Bando.

1968 is OH SO CLOSE to filling a page, but I'm one card short. Otherwise, the page features some good names, though the rookie cards here ain't no Bench and Ryan, that's for sure.

1969 however is solid all the way through. Conigliaro makes yet another appearance. That's Earl Weaver's rookie card. And the Bonds RC with the trophy looks great in the middle. Clarence (Cito) Gaston lead the Blue Jays to their back-to-back titles in the early 90s.

And we finish the post with 1970 Topps. HAVE to include a Seattle Pilots card with any selection of 1970 cards. And the set is known for its gorgeous bat-rack cards, two of which I've got here. Then you've got a couple Miracle Mets and a card with a "cock" cartoon on the back (Borbon likes cock fighting), another rookie trophy, a Jerry Reuss RC and a Boog All-Star. Solid page! I'd hate to think who I would bump from it.

That'll do it for now. Feel free to send me any '63 Topps cards and a '68 so I can complete those pages. I'll be delving deeper into the 70s section of the binder in a future installment.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Hunting for shiny: A blaster of 2018 Topps Chrome

I had a hankering to rip a few packs, and was hoping to find some 2018 Heritage High Number, but ended up settling for some Topps Chrome. Time to go on a shiny hunt.

Pack one has a couple shiny cards: a Giancarlo insert and a 1983-style Amed Rosario.

Pack #2: Victor Robles '83.. he had a disappointing year (wish it was a Juan Soto!), but still has plenty of potential. Base cards of PC guys Adam Jones and Wil Myers.

Always nice to pull a Trout. Clint Frazier insert looks kinda cool.

Pack 4 has a Posey refractor and a Chris Sale base card for me.

All rise!

Lots of Yankees in this box, with pack #6 featuring a Clint Frazier fishfractor RC.

Conforto is a PC guy for me, so I'm happy to pull this refractor.

The bonus sepia pack was ok for me, pulling a couple guys I collect: Schwarber and Jones. The rest are up for trade.

Welp, I didn't hit anything big, but not exactly a dud since I ended up with about a dozen cards I can use. Thanks for swinging by!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dust N' Bones (Guns N' Randoms)

I'm not going to have a lot of blogging time for the next week or so. An issue at work delayed my production schedule for the month by a week, so I'm playing catch-up and won't have a lot of downtime to type up posts. Plus, much of the free time that I do have is spent working on my big List of Baseball Cards in Film and TV which is coming along wonderfully and is fun to research and I think will be a big hit, but takes a lot of time digging and building.

So for the time being here's a quick "Guns N ' Randoms" post where I just show off some random recent pickups. I also use a GNR song as a title since that saves me time trying to think up a clever title or way to tie the cards together. We're now up to "Dust N' Bones", a fine but largely forgettable track off Use Your Illusion I.

In cardboard terms, "dust" could be acetate cards.. you know, because you can see through them.. or something. So let's start off with a couple clear cards.

While I pretty much consider my Roberto Alomar PC "complete enough", one thing that bothered me is that of my 2 autos of his, one is a 1988 Topps Traded card which I mistakenly thought was a buyback auto, but turned out to be non "pack-certified" (my fault for not reading the description close enough). And the other Robbie auto I got is unlicensed, plus is a Toronto card. But now this certified, on-card, licensed, Padres card checks all the boxes for me and caps off the PC nicely.

I'm really hoping Francisco Mejia pans out for San Diego. He's got a lot of potential but needs to prove he can hit major league pitching. I recently kicked up my new PC of his with a 2018 Clearly Authentic auto in the style of 1993 Finest.

Here's the pair in the light.

The backs of these cards tend to look cool too. (Although the signature on the Mejia visible from the back is a bit unfortunate.. looks like somebody doodled him pooping. lol)

Now for the "bones" portion of the post. When I think of "bones" of a card, well, I guess I'd say printing plates, right? So here are a couple printing plates I've picked up recently.

Another card for the Padres section of my collection. Looks like Cal Quantrill is currently #10 on the list of San Diego's top prospects. He was a little shaky in AA earlier this year, but improved after getting promoted to AAA. Hope he has a good season next year and makes it up to Petco before long.

And a new addition to my Gavin LaValley supercollection. Actually, it's not all that super, as there are a ton of parallels I don't have for this card. But when a 1/1 shows up, I go after it.. and figure I'll worry about the less scarce cards down the line if I decide to rainbow the card.

Believe it or not, this is my 9th LaValley plate... but it's my first black plate for him, funny enough. Most of what I've got are yellows and magentas.

So anyways, there were a couple autos from 2018 Clearly Authentic and a couple plates from 2018 Bowman.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! Best of luck to those of you out East dealing with Florence.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Rod's card show bonus box

At last weekend's card show, I didn't return home with just the stack of vintage cards I bought, but also got a nice box given to me by my bud Rod from the blog Padrographs. I had a card for him, plus stuff that gcrl and Fuji had sent me to give to Rod the next time I saw him, but I definitely got the better end of the deal.

With Rod being the king of Padres autographs, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he has some extras to throw my way. Some fun ones here, including fan favorite Kevin Kouzmanoff, current Friar Cory Spangenberg, and hot prospect Josh Naylor.

And of course there were plenty of neat Padres non-signed cards in the box, including a new Ozzie rookie reprint and some parallels.

I've never had much of 1999 Topps Stadium Club, so this lot was cool to check out.

Nice lot of 2018 Bowman.

Other than the blaster I picked up a while back (and some glowing minis I haven't gotten around to posting about), I haven't gotten in much 2018 Ginter yet, so these were appreciated.

I thought this sharp looking Willie Davis might be put toward my future setbuild of 1977 Topps, but nope, it's actually a blank back, so it'll instead go with my Padres miscellany. But the 70s vintage is just warming up.

And a bunch of additions to my 1978 Topps set! I haven't done the math on it, but I think I'm somewhere around halfway complete.

Oh man! It had been nearly a year since I last updated my 1973 Topps spreadsheet (previous update: 10/25/2017), and while I've technically completed the set, I would like to upgrade many of the lower-condition cards I've got in it. Rod took the time to go through my list and helped me upgrade 30+ cards.. very appreciated!

But the majority of the cards in the box was a terrific starter lot of 1974 Topps, a set I plan to focus on one of these days after I finish some of my other in-progress builds. Probably about half the set here, including some notable cards such as Willie Mays' swansong. Rod was kind enough to also include a duplicate Hank Aaron special #4, the last card from that subset I was missing in my Hammer PC, so now I've got one for the PC and one for the set.

Big thanks for the box, Rod! I'll dig up some cards for you to try to return the favor.