Tuesday, June 13, 2023

My 2 cents worth of 2023 Heritage

 I have all the Heritage base cards since 2001.  It is one set I look forward to and have kept collecting.  1974 was one of my favorite sets looks wise.  A couple of years ago I made a 74 set of all fifty governors in the US and sent them out to get signed.  I got 25 back signed and some with gifts.  

I knew that I needed the Ray Kroc card to make this complete in my head.  Tatis is playing the outfield and is not a shortstop any more. Eguy Rosario is playing at AAA El Paso. Nelson Cruz is about to return to San Diego from a rehab assignment in El Paso.  Jurickson Profar is now a member of the Rockies.  Trent Grisham is hanging around the Padres, hopefully he gets hot again like he did in the playoffs last year.  Matthew Batten is playing in El Paso.  Adrian Morejon is also playing in El Paso, I got his auto back in 2017 when he was playing at Tri Cities.  Luis Liberato is also at AAA.  
Jake Cronenworth has been playing all over the right side of the infield this season.  Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove and Blake Snell are all having good years but they need some run support.  Manny is featured on two cards.  Somehow the Padres were evidently in the American League playoffs last year.  How long has Topps been making cards?   I would like to see Soto return to his pre trade form.  Awesome Kim has really been doing well defensively and showing occasional glimpses of the power he had in Korea.   
Sean Manaea is pitching for the Giants this year.  The rest are all customs that I made and have sent to someone in San Diego to get signed.  I have one of the Brandon Dixon 1B cards set aside for GCRL.  Dixon has pitched for every team that he has played for in the majors.  
I was disappointed to see no Washington Nat'l League cards and so many guys who aren't even on the Padres in the team set.  

Sunday, May 21, 2023

World Series Heroes

 Last weekend I went to the card show at Lloyd Center.  I sold a Daniel Bryan autographed card, so I bought a few things.  Mostly packs so I will be showing the packs and what was in them.  First off is a World Series Heroes pack from 2002. 

World Series Hero Mickey Mantle adorns the cover of the pack.  I got his autograph once at a show here in Portland.  I did not pull one of the Classic World Match-Up Jersey that were inserted 1:240 packs.

Each back features a write up like this.

First up is Chuck Knoblauch of the Minnesota Twins.  I forgot about Knobbers heroics in the 1991 series.  I seem to remember that he got a case of the yips that ended his career.  I remember going to a card show that he and Fred Biletnikoff were signing at.  

Next is the Crime Dog and new Hall of Fame member Fred McGriff.  I remember Fred as a member of the Padres from 1990-1993.  He then went on to become a vital part of the Braves and their World Series win in 1995 over the team formerly known as the Indians.

Pat Hentgen performed his heroics against the Phillies in the 1993 series.  He pitched in one game in the series, going six innings for the win.

Lou Boudreau had six hits in the World Series in 1948, four of them for extra bases as Cleveland defeated the Boston Braves.  

Bernie Williams helped the Yankees to a four game sweep of the Braves in 1999. The Yankees were 11-1 in the postseason that year.  I was still upset with the Evil Empire after they swept the Padres in the series the year before.  
 Next up will be a pack of 1992 Stadium Club Football I picked up.

Monday, February 27, 2023

Wallet card update

I decided to get in on the wallet card fun. So I have chosen this Tony Gwynn card

It has accompanied me to work at go! toy, games and puzzles at Clackamas Town Center

It went to church with me to Shepherd's Gate.  I sit in the very back and run the sound board for the service.

Then we got a foot of snow and it went out with me when I shoveled the driveway.

Later this week we are going to the coast for my wife's birthday so I will take it to the Pacific Ocean.  


Wednesday, February 15, 2023

I finished Roberts 70th Birthday present last night

 I only needed one card to finish off Robert's birthday present, card #70 from 2023 Topps flagship and here it is.

I ordered a box of 2023 Topps from Dave and Adam's card world with next day delivery.  It came yesterday.  Every Hobby box has a silver pack in with 1988 Chrome cards and I got one guy from Oregon State University and three other guys.

I got my promised autograph in amongst a bunch of other inserts.
That is probably the last of my 2023 Topps purchases.  All to get one card.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Happy 70th Birthday, Robert Jones

 Today is my friend Robert's 70th Birthday.  He is not getting his birthday present until the end of the week at least because it is not complete and won't be until 2023 Topps Series 1 is out.  I have a box coming next day air to try and get the card as soon as possible.  

Thank you to everyone who helped out, in no particular order, The Diamond King, A Penny Sleeve, Cards As I see them, Baseball Card Breakdown, Baseball Cards Come to Life, Angels in Order, and the Cooperstown Advocate and his brother.  

1954-1961.  Ted Williams leads off followed by Elmer Valo of the KCA's, then
Johnny Logan, Willie Mays makes his first appearance, 1959 features Alex Grammas, followed by Mays and Rigney and Dick Williams.  The two Williams and the 58 Mays are reprints.  

1962-1970 features a lot of players  due to the multiplayer cards of the early '60's.

1971-1979, features the awesome 1972 Billy Cowan card.

1980-1988 features Jeff Lahti, who worked with the Portland Pickles, a team that Robert used to be the public address announcer for. 

1989-1997 Ozzie Smith at #40

1998-2006.  Oregonian Ben Petrick pops in at #49.  Sammy Sosa at #50 and in the oddest thing Danny Graves of the Reds at #51 and #52

2007-2015 Chris Young shows up as the only Padre in the entire project.  Jon Rauch is #60

2016-2022 Card #70 is not out yet, it will be Darrin Ruf.  I hope I get him in the box I ordered from Dave and Adam's.  Thanks again for all your help.  I have already decided what I am doing for his 80th birthday in ten years if we are both here.  

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Thursday, December 8, 2022

I Need Your Help to Celebrate A Friends Birthday

Over there to the right is one of my best friends, Robert Jones.  He took me to the Mariners vs. Padres series in Seattle earlier this year and we have attended many baseball games together.  I have known Robert for 45 years and he has helped me through for a few rough spots and is a constant source of encouragement.  On February 13, 2023 he will be turning 70 years old.  For his 60th birthday back in 2013 I got him every Topps flagship card numbered 60 from 1953-2013.  So for his 70th birthday decided to do something different but still involving Topps cards.  I want to get him the card number that matches his age from each year, so for example I want to get card #1 from 1954 and so on up to card #70 from 2023.  I figure you guys can help me.  I know some of the early years would be expensive, so I am looking for reprints or cards in really bad condition.  I don't expect any one to just give me cards so up above you will see a page labeled TRADE ITEMS, on it are 64 items that I am willing to trade for the cards.  You propose the trade and I will send you the item.  Also there is a page labeled ROBERTS 70th Birthday List.  It lists each card and who is on it and what team they are pictured with.  On that page I will keep track of who sent each card and what they received. I have also put the list below. I would really appreciate your help, I am trying to get ahead of this because 10 years ago it took me awhile  to get all the cards. Also I would appreciate it if you could pass the word, I am not sure not how many people still read Padrographs. Thank you in advance.  Updated 12/13

1954 1 Ted Williams Red Sox
1955 2 Ted Williams Red Sox
1956 3 Elmer Valo KC A's
1957 4 Johnny Logan Braves
1958 5 Willie Mays Giants
1959 6 Alex Grammas Cardinals The Diamond King
1960 7 Master & Mentor Giants
1961 8 Dick Williams KC A's
1962 9 Jim Davenport Giants
1963 10 AL Strikeout Ldrs The Diamond King
1964 11 NL RBI ldrs
1965 12 NL SO Ldrs
1966 13 Lou Johnson Dodgers gcrl
1967 14 Joe Sparma Tigers
1968 15 Ron Hunt Dodgers
1969 16 Giants Rookies Stars Giants gcrl
1970 17 Hoyt Wilhem Braves Gavin
1971 18 Norm Miller Astros The Diamond King/gcrl
1972 19 Billy Cowan Angels gcrl
1973 20 Stan Bahnsen White Sox Baseball Cards Come to Life
1974 21 Bob Gallagher Astros gcrl
1975 22 Dave Cash Phillies
1976 23 Brian Downing White Sox Baseball Cards Come to Life
1977 24 Carl Morton Braves Baseball Cards Come to Life
1978 25 Jon Matlack Mets
1979 26 Jamie Quirk Royals
1980 27 Del Unser Phillies
1981 28 Enrique Romo Pirates Angels in Order
1982 29 Dwayne Murphy
1983 30 Jim Rice Red Sox The Diamond King
1984 31 Andy McCaffigan Giants Angels in Order
1985 32 Chuck Porter Brewers Baseball Cards Come to Life
1986 33 Jeff Lahti Cardinals Angels in Order
1987 34 Jose Rijo A's Angels in Order
1988 35 Harold Baines White Sox Baseball Cards Come to Life/The Cooperstown Advocate
1989 36 Mitch Webster Cubs Baseball Cards Come to Life
1990 37 Domingo Ramos Cubs Baseball Cards Come to Life/The Cooperstown Advocate
1991 38 Scott Bradley Seattle Baseball Cards Come to Life
1992 39 Greg Olson Braves
1993 40 Ozzie Smith Cardinals
1994 41 Kevin Wickander Reds Baseball Cards Come to Life
1995 42 Jose Batista Cubs
1996 43 Troy Percival Angels Angels in Order
1997 44 Hal Morris Reds Baseball Cards Come to Life
1998 45 Pat Hentgen Toronto Baseball Cards Come to Life
1999 46 Armando Benitez Baltimore
2000 47 Shannon Stewart Toronto
2001 48 Dan Plesac Arizona
2002 49 Ben Petrick Colorado
2003 50 Sammy Sosa Cubs The Diamond King
2004 51 Danny Graves Reds Baseball Cards Come to Life
2005 52 Danny Graves Reds
2006 53 Tomo Okha Brewers Baseball Cards Come to Life
2007 54 Daniel Cabrera Baltimore Baseball Cards Come to Life
2008 55 Chris Young San Diego Baseball Cards Come to Life
2009 56 Edwin Encarcion Reds Baseball Cards Come to Life
2010 57 CC Sabithia Yankees Baseball Cards Come to Life
2011 58 Josh Johnson Miami Baseball Cards Come to Life
2012 59 Texas Rangers
2013 60 Jon Rauch Mets Baseball Cards Come to Life
2014 61 Nick Markakis Baltimore
2015 62 Nolan Arrenado Colorado Baseball Cards Come to Life
2016 63 Zach Britton Baltimore
2017 64 Adam Eaton White Sox
2018 65 Alex Wood Dodgers Angels in Order
2019 66 Stephen Piscotty Yankees
2020 67 Tyler Beede Giants
2021 68 Charlie Blackmon
2022 69 Corey Kluber Yankees
2023 70

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanks to Fuji and eBay

 Thanks to Fuji and eBay my 19 pages of Tony Gwynn cards are now full.  Here they are in all there glory.  And of course they in reverse order.  I am happy with the cards I have chosen.

I cut down my Padrographs to just nine cards from each year.  I also kept one card of each manager and a few odds and ends.  I will share those with you at some point.  

I work retail at a mall so our busy time of the year is beginning.  

Sunday, October 30, 2022

It's Been Awhile, Y'all

I have been deliberating over the past 5 months what to do with my cards.  I have come to two decisions and have been in the process of implementing those decisions.  

I decided that I was only going to collect (at this time) two players, Tim Flannery and Tony Gwynn.  Flannery I was going to try and get all of his cards.  Right now all I have are a few cards other than all his Topps cards.  I will be starting chasing those remaining cards soon.  
I decided that I was only going to keep 19 pages of Tony Gwynn cards, that is 171 cards.  So I went through all my Tony Gwynn, Sr. cards and eventually pared it down to that number.  I split the rest of my Gwynn cards and other Padres cards between Gavin and Fuji.  I dropped off Gavin's cards to him a week or so ago and I mailed Fuji's to him yesterday.  When I decided to page my Gwynn cards I realized there were still 10 cards I needed to complete my task. I have listed the 10 cards I still need on the Top Ten Most Wanted.