Sunday, November 17, 2019

check this out

Uni-Watch is a great site that I have been reading for the last ten years or so.  If you want to read about any uniform minutiae this is the place to go.  On Friday they ran a column by a trading card photo editor.  It was really interesting.  I have linked to it.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

1979 Roster Mosaic


  • I left the United States Navy on June 7, 1979
  • I attended College of Alameda in Alameda, California
  • I was working for McDonalds restaurant in downtown Oakland, California.
  • I and Tim Flannery turned twenty two years of age
  • Tony Gwynn was setting basketball records at San Diego State University
  • The Padres went 68-93 under Roger Craig

Friday, November 15, 2019

Frankenset Update 11.15.19

This weeks Frankenset update is brought to you by Lee of DodgerCardboard.  Lee picked up a couple of cards from one of my trade stacks, featured every Wednesday. Other than the golfer and the governor all the other cards are from Lee.  Thank you so much Lee.  Readers you should check out this new Dodger blog.
The Frankenset page and wantlist have both been updated.
Thanks for stopping in.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

My Musicards, #5

 In 1981 I worked at the Firs Bible and Missionary Conference Center in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham is just twenty miles from the Canadian border.  I worked with one of my sisters and my brother as camp counselors for a summer of day camps.  After the summer I stayed on as a member of the cooking staff.  Many of the other counselors and staff were from Burnaby, Surrey and other Vancouver suburbs and I was introduced to several Canadian bands.  The one that I have been listening to ever since is Doug and The Slugs.  I have had their music in various formats and am looking forward to purchasing it in vinyl again.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Trade Stack, Week 12, 11.13.19

This weeks addition to the trade stack is a WWE Mat Relic of Superstar Liv Morgan.  
If you would like this card or one of the holdover cards below just let me know and I will send it to you.  
Send me something anything don't tell me what it is.  It can be anything a card, a book an album or something completely different.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gubernatorial Return #8

Tom Wolf has been governor of Pennsylvania since 2015.  He was reelected in 2018.  He is from Mount Wolf which is named after an ancestor who was the postmaster.  It only took eight days for him to return the card to me.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Padrographs #23, #24 and #876

#23, Gabe Alvarez was drafted by the Padres in the 1995 Draft.  He made his major league debut in 1998 for the Tigers. He played in eleven games for the Padres in 2000. He is currently the assistant baseball coach at USC.
#876, R.J. Alvarez played for the Padres in 2014.  He played last year in the Marlins system.  
#24, Joe Amalfitano coached for the Padres in 1976-1977.  

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Roster Mosaic 1978

  • Still employed by the US Navy aboard the USS Kansas City.
  • No longer working on missile control systems, they found out I could type and made me the clerk typist for the Weapons Division.
  • Typed forms in quinteplicate for eight hundred tons of ammunition we took off the USS Enterprise.
  • Took my first flight in a CH-46 helicopter
  • Padres went 84-78 under Roger Craig
  • Tony Gwynn turned eighteen
  • Tim Flannery was drafted in the sixth round of the draft
  • Only missing Brian Greer again this year, have thirty seven of thirty eight players autographed.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Frankenset Set update 11.8.19

Christmas is coming and I have most of my shopping done.  I am taking part in the secret Santa that is being conducted by Jon over at a Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts. Head on over if you want to join in the fun.
I have changed some of the things I collect.  I think I have found all the Bip Roberts cards I am ever going to find.  I have so much Eisenhower stuff I don't know what to do with it all.  
I added three Padres minor leaguers to my list to collect.  I have met Travis Radke and Jonny Homza at Low A games.  Nick I read a great article about him in The Athletic, he made his major league debut this year. 
Just two cards to add to the Frankenset this week.  Local boy Greg Brock replaces Reggie Roby because I sent him off to someone who collects him.  Tim Kerr is a cool looking hockey card that filled a need.
The Frankenset page and the Frankenset want list have been updated.  

Thursday, November 7, 2019

My Music Stars #4

I saw Boston in Oakland at the Arena in 1977.  A band called Nantucket opened for them. I assumed it was another band from Massachusetts, but in doing research for this post it turns out they are from North Carolina.  The only thing I remember about them or their set was the lead singer jumping off the stage and playing harmonica while running around the concert floor.  Boston was probably at the height of their popularity.  They had to assemble a band after getting signed to Epic on the strength of a demo. The demos were Brad Delp singing over tracks that Tom Scholz had dubbed over the last six years while studying at MIT.  There are two memories of the show, beside the great music.  I remember a pipe organ seeming to rise out of the stage and Brad Delp almost getting pulled off the stage.  He laid down to shake hands across the barrier in front of the stage and someone pulled on him.  I don't think he did that again.
My son and two of his friends went and saw Boston sometime in the 90's.   

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Trade Stack Week 11

This week addition to the trade stack is this autographed 1991 ProSet Platinum card of Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. 

if you would like this card or either or both of the holdovers cards,see below, just let me know and I will send it to you.  Let me know your favorite baseball team also.  
Send me something, don't tell me what it is.  I want to be surprised.  
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Gubernatorial return #7

Governor Mike Parson of Missouri added an inscription on his card, "Gov 57".  As indicated at the bottom of the card he is the fifty seventh governor of Missouri.  He was the Lieutenant Governor until his predecessor resigned to avoid felony charges.  They will be running against each other next year it sounds like.  

next up: the governor of the keystone state 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Padrograph #1182, #1183 and #1184

#1182, Greg Page played three season in the minors for Pocatello and Salinas from 1988-1990.  He was one of the Padres replacement players, Jeremy of Topps Cards that never were made the fronts and then I made backs and sent them out.  I have gotten two back.  Greg also included some signed minor league cards.
#1183, Mike Hargrove, the Human Rain Delay played in fifty two games for the Padres in 1980.  I made an overlay for a Panini certified auto card for this card.  One of the most unusual autographs I have is one of Mike on the back of a Captain America action figure.  Friends used to take it with them on vacation and take pictures of it on the vacation.  One friend took it to spring training and was going to take a picture of Mike with it and he took it and signed it.  It was when he was managing the Mariners.  
#1184, Ramon Webster, played in 105 games for the Padres in 1970 and 1971.  I made the card and then bought an index card and combined the two.  

Saturday, November 2, 2019

1977 Roster Mosaic


  • Attended Bill Graham's Day on the Green with The Outlaws, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton.  
  • Living in my own apartment in downtown Oakland near Lake Merritt. 
  • Had returned from my first Western Pacific Cruise, visiting Australia, Hong Kong, The Phillipines, Korea and more.
  • Had become a Crusty Shellback 
  • Padres were managed by John McNamara, Bob Skinner and Alvin Dark
  • Only Bob Skinner had a winning record (1-0)
  • Padres went 69-93
  • Brian Greer was the Padres #1 Draft Pick
  • Brian Greer is the only player from 1977 that I don't have an autographed card of

Friday, November 1, 2019

Frankenset Update 11.1.19

The first and last card in the mosaic were purchased on ebay.  The two Governor cards are part of my governor project, I now have twenty cards of the fifty governors signed.  The other thirty one cards are from John of Johnny's Trading spot.  This was my surprise after he claimed some cards from my Wednesday trade stack post.  He also included a couple of small sets of cards and a 1967 Baseball Digest.  

The frankenset page and the frankenset want list are both updated.  Only 181 cards to go.