First Home Run of 2014

March 22, 2014

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And as it turns out, he did not round the bases in the other direction.

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From Basketball to Baseball

March 21, 2014

With the start of March Madness this week, I wanted to find some connection between the final four and MLB. Here is a guy who played in the Final Four in 1988 and the Sweet Sixteen in 1989, and ended up with a long MLB career, Kenny Lofton. The first card is part of a University of Arizona police set, which I didn’t even know existed.

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My thoughts on

March 20, 2014

Many of the other blogs are writing about 2014 Topps Opening Day. I really don’t understand the appeal of this product. If you want the basic set, they already have the basic set. They use the same design and the same photos for the most part. Why does Topps make such a copycat product?

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New HOF Rookie

March 19, 2014

Here is another HOF Rookie I picked up recently, but its not a football one.

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Its Michael Jack Schmidt!

Mike Schmidt, for those of you who don’t know, was the greatest all around third baseman ever. In his career with the Phillies, he hit 568 home runs and 10 gold glove awards. He was a three time NL MVP and went to 12 all star games. He was easily elected to the Hall in 1995. This is one of the iconic rookie cards of the 1970’s. I am thrilled to add this to my HOF collection!

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That Uniform Doesn’t Look Right – Canseco Edition

March 18, 2014

I honestly had no idea this card existed or that he played for the Angels.

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The Return of the Eclectic Collection – Number 40 1982 Zellers Andre Dawson

March 17, 2014

I have not written one of these posts since April of 2012, so I suppose its time to restart the series. I found this card at the show last weekend for a dime. Although I had a Dawson in the eclectic, it was a 1995 Upper Deck, and this Zellers card is a perfect example of what I was looking for in collecting this set. I also found a 1995 Upper Deck in a repack of another player that fit that spot.

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The Player

Andre Dawson was one of the great outfielders of the 1980’s. He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1977 and the MVP in 1987. He won eight gold gloves and went to eight all star games. He finished his career with 438 home runs and 1591 RBI.

The Set

This card is from the 1982 Zellers set, which was only found in Montreal. The cards were originally in three card panels, each featuring one player.

The back

The feature of the back is the fact everything is in French and English.

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Just Showing My First 1956 Topps Football Card

March 16, 2014

I picked this up at the show. 

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Most interesting off the field fact for him, he was a Frogman, a precursor to today’s Navy Seal.

Prayers For Jim Kelly

March 15, 2014

The words occurrence of cancer should never have to be uttered, but here they are again, this time for Bills icon Jim Kelly.

Get well soon, Jim.

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A Football HOF Rookie

March 14, 2014

This is another card I picked up at the show. It is a 1979 Topps James Lofton rookie. James was a eight time Pro Bowl selection, four time all pro and finished his career with 14,004 receiving yards and 75 touchdowns. This card set me back 50 cents.

Golly I love card shows!

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New (Old) Jim Ringo Card

March 13, 2014

At the same time I found the Blanda card I also found this 1959 Topps Jim Ringo, who was a HOF center for the Packers and Eagles. He was a ten time Pro Bowl and six time All Pro selection. I was happy to find this card because my only other Ringo card was a card of him as an Eagle and I really wanted a card of him as a Packer for the front of the binder. This one set me back 50 cents because there was a crease. The funny thing is the crease is so unnoticeable, the seller put a arrow on the penny sleeve to show where it is.

Now that’s honesty!

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