Sunday, January 31, 2016

1975 Topps minis

I got my first batch of 1975 Topps minis in from a trade with a fellow OCTer  (JSG). I sent him 8 unopened wax packs of 1979 Topps Alien, he's real close to completing the set. He had picked up 400 of the minis, so I worked out a blind trade (he'd just send me a handful) and here is what I got. Highlighted by this one.

It is official I am now building this set, so feel free to "dump" the Brett and Yount on me.

I am going to need another Santo. I did already have those Braves in my team sets, so I am good on those now.

That's not a double Seaver. The rest (below) will need to be upgraded.

Shame on some of these, but it's better than not having one at all. Good news though, I have another 86 coming this week so maybe we will get them there plus some more to knock down on this full size set I've only just started.

What's on Deck for tomorrow. More minis, but only the 2015 Topps Braves minus just 1 measly card #349 a league leader card.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Shadow Shots

Here we go.

This one looks way too familiar.

The boar from Lion King dancing/running prancing, um.....crap his name is on the tip of my tongue.

Definitely see a Polar bear.

Patrick from Sponge Bob.

I could say a deer, but as I turn my head to the left it is most definitely Donkey from Shrek!

Friday, January 29, 2016


Picked up a huge stack of TTM autos in that odd day at the flea market.

Most of the autos are on 1986 cardboard. I keep telling my self  what a great way to loose those dupes. I used to do the TTMs back in the day.... way back early 90's. I wouldn't know where to start anymore. Beckett back then listed addresses for players that were signing, there wasn't a fee back then either.

Hard to see Tabler, so here it is bigger.

Some older names, I know.. But I couldn't pass them up.

And finally some Braves that were in the stack.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A short 2nd post for today. More Odds and Ends

Had to squeeze in a second post today, so that I can wrap up last Friday's Flea market finds tomorrow or at least try to.

Picked up these 4 1970 Topps booklets, in reality they are just 4 page miniature comics. Cool nonetheless.

Over size Chipper!

Complete 11 card Gwynn set for the PC.

Will close out the post with this "HEAVY" hitter.

Maybe I should have said Pitcher. This card is so HEAVY. Here's a look at the back.

Have a good one. Autos are set for tomorrow.

Girls Girls Girls

I in no way wish to offend anyone, but I do like the pretty girls. I don't collect them for the most part (I may have 1 or 2 that are in my collection), but last Friday was an odd day. They were there, I know some of you do collect them, so I grabbed them. Never even looked at them until I got home, whoa buddy. HA, sheezz, pun intended there. They were in a small box, Bob said those are "titty" cards, I simply said done. Anyways, When I did look at them I knew immediately I couldn't post the majority here. But there are enough Bench Warmers and misc girlie cards that I can and will. Now for the the ones that I can not, the milder ones were put out bu Hustler, keep in mind I said milder ones. At the other end of the spectrum were cards that you can google (Swedish Erotica Playing Cards" just like that,  the yellow ones you see, yep got the whole deck all 54 of them).  There is another full deck of playing cards too, but they are so much more milder than the fore mentioned ones. All in all there are a total of 336 girlie cards of which I can not show 298 of them. But they are up for trades. I might add that the Swedish deck is American porn stars from actual porn movies and usually sells around $20.00 all by itself. That said, if you want them let me know, the other deck is also available, so are the ones that are not in a deck, plus the ones shown here today.

Starting off with some Marilyn's, there will be some more of her later.

Makes me want to play catch or watch "The Durham Bulls" movie.

Okay now I want toss the pigskin around.

After tossing the baseball and football around, I think it's time to cool off at the beach. Hey there's the other Marilyns'.

What can I say?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cocktails and Cards (How's that for a Wacky post title)

It's still Wacky Wednesday, just thought I'd be a little creative being that I've had a couple of cocktails. A buddy I haven't seen in awhile brought over (2) two HANDLES (1.75 l) bottles of my favorite Bourbon Whiskey.  Makers Mark.  At $65.00 a bottle, I thought it'd be rude not to open one and have a drink with my friend. Okay, so I've had two, or.. Never mind, here are this weeks' cards.



Anyone for Chinese?

The kid does have that look down. Must be shaking off the curve. What do you think?

Have a glove. The way everyone is looking up there it must have been interesting.


Just plain ole goofy. But that is definitely a happy person.

What's in the box? And on a second issue, don't you just love that blue hat with the maroon?

I wonder how close the ball was to the umpire's head.

Not sure if tomorrow is the girlie cards, autos, or another post, tune in and we'll find out together.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

More 1974 TCMA. Wow what a team!

These are different from the Brooklyn cards. These are more like postcards, in fact the back even says they are postcards.

After I researched these guys I have a new appreciation for them. They really were one heck of a ball club!

Amos Strunk played from 1908-1924.  A's 1908-1917, BoSox 1918-19, A's 1920, ChiSox 1920-23.
17 year career. he was a speedster averaging 20 steals per season from 1911-18, high of 29 in 1912.
Connie Mack stated that he was the most under-rated outfielder in baseball. After baseball Strunk was in the Insurance business for 50 years!

Danny Murphy played from 1900-915. 1900-01 Giants, 1902-13 A's, 1914-15 Tip Tops.

Eddie was elected to the HOF in 1939.  Nicknamed "Cocky". Played from 1906-1930. A's & ChiSox.
Managed BoSox 1932-47. Had to retire due to poor health, dying in 1951. Noted as being the only person to date to play at least 12 years each with 2 teams. Shares MLB record of stealing 6 bases in one game, and he did it twice in eleven days (Sept. 1912). The A's had the highest paid infield of their day ($100,000) and Eddie was the highest. To this day holds MLB records, and near the top of many more. Won the Chalmer's Awrd in 1914 (MVP). Had the first 5 year contract offered to a ballplayer to keep him from leaving the A's to play in the Federal League in 1915. Collins declined the offer and the next year sold to the ChiSox for a (then) record of $50,000. He was paid $15,000 for the 2015 season third highest salary back then, behind only Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker.

Was named as the 24th of the 100 greatest players in 1999. had 1300 RBIs. When he retired he was #2 in games (2826), walks (1499), stolen bases (744). Ranked 3rd in runs scored (1821), 4th in hits (3315), and at bats (9,949), and 4th American League in triples (187). He was the first to steal 80 bases in a season.   Career batting average of .333. One of only 29 players to appear in games for 4 decades. Currently still holds the MLB record for most sacrifice bunts (512), next closest is over a hundred away.

One last note about Eddie, he was on the 1919 Black Sox team, but had no accusations. However, he had a very low batting average for the series.

Charles Albert Bender: aka Chas; aka Chief Bender. Pitcher career record: 212-127  with a 2.46 era. Tied with Christy Mathewson with 3 complete World Series games in a season (1911). HOF in 1953, but died before the induction ceremony. Played 19 years debuting in the Majors in 1903, spent 2 years in the Federal league, came back to A's. Wound up coaching the ChiSox 1925-26. World Series complete game (9  not bad as he only pitched in 10 games), second only to Christy Mathewson. The Chief did have brother who played baseball too, his name was John and he wound up being suspended in the minors for stabbing the coach.

John Wesly Coombs (Colby Jack). Played A's 1906-14, Fed. league 1915-18, Tigers 1920. Holds current majorleague records. 1 of 13 to win 30 games in a season since 1900. In 1906 completed a 24 inning game and he got the win. 1910 was said to be one of the greatest pitching seasons ever 31-9 with 13 shutouts. held the scoreless innings record (53) until Walter Johnson topped it 3 years later, then Don Drysdale, and finally Orel Hershiser. Coached the Duke University Ball club from 1929-1952. The field is named after him. Wrote a baseball book in 1945.

Jack Lapp played 1908-1916. He was a 2nd and 3rd string catcher for the first half of his career, until game 3 of the 1911 World Series where he caught 5 stealing and had 14 putouts. He also caught game 5 but "only" caught one stealing with 4 putouts. The 1912 season found Jack still being one of three catchers, but he got the majority of the work (83 games).

Ira Thomas 10 years starting out with the Highlanders in 1906-07, Tigers 1908, A's 1909-15. He is noted as being the very first pinch hit (single) in World Series play. He was in contention for the 1911 American league MVP, finishing 8th in voting. After retiring as a player he scouted for the As even after moving to KC until his death in 1958.

First off..... How cool is that pic!? Eddie Plank played with the A's until 1914, Fed.1915, St. loius browns 1916-17. First lefty to win 200 & 300 games. 3rd All-Time lefty, and 11th All-Time in wins with 326. Ranked 1st among lefties all-time shutouts (66).  Awesome World Series era of 1.32, but only had a 2-5 WS record. His T206 card is considered the 2nd most expensive card, second only to the Honus Wagner. They both are on display at the HOF. The Plank card is owned by D-Backs owner Kendrick. Eddie Collins said that "Plank was the greatest pitcher ever... not the fastest, not the trickiest........ just the greatest"

John Phalen (Stuffy) McInnis.  Played 19 years .307 batting average, 1062 RBIs, 2, 128 games, and 2, 405 hits. Part of the 100K infield.  Played with the A's BoSox, Indians, Braves, and Pirates. Managed the Phillies in 1927.  Hard to strike out, only K'd 189 in 7,822 at bats. Ranked 3rd in MLB sacrifice hits (384). Set and held a BoSox team record for 1st baseman with 119 consecutive error-less games in 1921. 2007 Kevin Youkilis surpassed that at 205 games. Also those same two swapped another record for consecutive error-less chances/attempts. McInnis had it at 1700, Kevin went on to push it to 2002 attempts. Stuffy coached at Harvard from 1949-54.

Frank Homerun Baker. Considered to be the original Homerun King. Part of the 100K infield. Played from 1908-1922, even spent some time with the Yankees. Elected to the HOF by the Veterans in 1955.

Jack Barry part of the 100K infield. Played A's 1908-15, BoSox 1915-19.  Managed the BoSox 1917.After retiring coached at Holy Cross (head coach 1921) for 40 years until he died. Jack was one of the 2007 Inaugural inductees to the College HOF, along with Gehrig, Mathewson and Joe Sewell

Rune Oldring played 1905-1918.  A's and Yankees. Tried to continue in the minors. Rube is considered as 1 of the 4 Super Stars (Chief Bender, Jack Coombs, and Cy Morgan) of the World Championship team of the A's. All four were in a 1911 movie called "The Baseball Bug"

These are interesting and several HOFers for me to keep in the PCs, but the 12 cards are available for trade. LMK.