Monday, February 20, 2017

The President of Card Bloggers Sent Cards to Me

Aloha, everybody, 

As the above title notes, I received a package from the dean of card bloggers, the GBOAT (Greatest Blogger of All Time), the venerable, wise old owl - who probably won't appreciate being referred to as old.  Indeed, if the blogger world had a president, this man would be that...Mr. Night Owl. 

We all know it's a good day when a package of cards arrives in the mail, but it's a very good day when I find a package from Night Owl. 

Lots of folks send Dodgers cards to N.O., and if I'm lucky, I receive some of the cardboard runoff from his bounty. Night Owl ends up with plenty of dupes and upgrades, and that's where we fellow Dodgers bloggers come in. The trickle down economics theory may not work out in the real world, but it sure does apply in the blogosphere. 

Let's have a look at (just a sample of) the goodies that came to me from the frigid and snowed over east. 

Leading off is an absolutely beautiful hologram 3-D card from the 30th anniversary of Dodger Stadium. THIS is how to do 3-D illusion right. The stadium image lifts right off the card surface and stands upright...




Young Joc on a sweet Diamond Kings rookie card edition...



What about the Brooklyn boys? Sir Night Owl always delivers...






I love how this shot of Campy shows the tools of ignorance in their full glory. Compare that chest protector to the almost tiny flak jackets catchers wear today. 

These are from 1979 TCMA Star of the 50's. I now have six of these Dodgers. Time to find out how many more I need to complete the Dodgers set. 




Jumping to the LA club and a Dodgers star from the 60's...




The 70's brought awesome 'staches to the Dodgers...




Here's Charlie Hough, the Dodgers' resident knuckleballer for many a year...



Steve Sax brings us into the 80's on 1985 O-Pee-Chee...



The next decade brought Raaaaaauuuuuuuuullllll....



Looks like a cold day in Chi-Town in this shot. Mondi's wearing winter headgear and the ivy has gone brown. 

If you think Dodgers baseball in the early 00's, you've gotta include the one who got away, Adrian Beltre...



Numbered cards? Yes, please...



Brown had such an unlikeable personality, but I'll admit, I liked it when he took the mound. He was lights out! 

Here's one for the Tatooine crowd...



BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!



I wish they'd shipped Tracy to Tatooine. 

Speaking of the great ones who got away...



The card is dark, so it's not easy to read the name of this Dodgers prospect. It's appropriate because it was a dark day Paul Konerko was traded away. I'll never forgive Tommy for that one. The Dodgers received Jeff Shaw, one of the elite closers in the game at the time. Pfffffffffffffftttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally, the one who didn't get away. 



The Teenager on a pre- LA Dodgers, Oklahoma City Dodgers card!!! Wow! 

Now THAT'S what you get when the president sends you cards. 

THANKS Night Owl! 

Aloha! 





Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stepping Toward Perfection

Aloha, everybody, 

My weekly card show pursuits will have to cool off for the time being (we're currently down a car), but that doesn't mean my collection is in the cooler. 

Thanks to a very helpful reader/collector, GCA, my Perfect Games Project has taken a great big step toward completion. GCA is primarily a set-collector, but he took a liking to my little project, dug through his boxes, and sent these cards over to me.

(A reminder: although any cards from the players who made up these batteries will do for a start, my ultimate goal is to have cards representing the players from the year of the perfect game.)

Leading off is King Felix on 2012 Topps Archives...



I still need his catcher, John Jaso. 

Jumping back to 1988 Topps, Jeff Reed. 



While Reed's card hails from the correct year (1988), he's pictured as an Expo. Reed caught the perfect game as a Red. Which brings to mind, I still need the ultimate card for his pitcher, Tom Browning. 

Up next is a beautiful 2009 O-Pee-Chee featuring southpaw Mark Buerle. I'm still in need of his battery mate, Ramon Castro. 



From 2004 Topps Total, Robby Hammock, taking grounders. Now I need to catch Randy Johnson, who threw that no-no...



Here's southpaw David Wells, on a well-designed, horizontal 1998 Collector's Choice card. Jorge Posada needed. 



Last up, GCA sent the ultimate cards for both members of the Texas Rangers' perfect game battery of pitcher Kenny Rogers on 1994 Fleer Ultra (I love this set)...



and newly-inducted, Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez on 1994 Upper Deck Electric Diamond...



Pudge looks reflective on that card, right? Perhaps he's thinking about how awesome he looks on the card back...


It's no wonder you caught a perfect game, Pudge. 

THANKS for getting me closer to my goal, GCA! 

Aloha!