Thursday, December 14, 2017

Operation Cardboard Christmas

Aloha, everybody, 


It's that time of year again. Time for my humble little blog to make a cardboard snowstorm for Christmas. 

This shoebox is stuffed like Santa's sleigh! 

This is my third annual giveback to you, my readers, trade partners and friends for making this card collecting hobby 100 times more fun than it could ever be without you. 

I'm also happy to announce that despite a low budget (once again lol), this year's cardboard snowstorm will be the biggest yet, with the most packages and PWEs I've sent to date. 

I'm happy to spread a little cardboard love around the blogosphere. If you're on my nice list (of past trading partners), chances are, something is coming your way. Heck, there's even a couple of things going out to blogs that went dark this year and before. 

It will take about three mailings for me to get everything out, and here are the zip codes for the first batch, which went out this afternoon: 

07066
61615
80020
10707
02766
38583
06457
19390
31602
71857
07044
60445 

Aloha! 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

So the Dodgers Passed on Giancarlo Stanton...

Aloha, everybody, 

Sure it's a bit late, especially on the east coast, where Giancarlo Stanton will apparently stay for the next decade. 

But it's not too late here on the western side of the country, where the wildfires are keeping us awake. 

I launched a quickie YouTube video with my thoughts on the Giancarlo Stanton/ Dodgers affair, and for good measure, I tossed in a beer review. It's IPA from Mad River Brewing, out of Humbold County, very northern California. 

Watch and enjoy, please. Don't forget to "Like" the video (if you happen to). Thanks and aloha! 



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wes' Big ol' Cube - The Finale

Aloha, everybody, 

I hope you're all doing fine out there. I had a wonderful getaway to Laughlin, Nevada this past weekend. If you're unfamiliar, Laughlin is kinda like a VERY much slower and smaller Las Vegas. It's located along the shores of the Colorado River, with Arizona sitting on the other side. 

I needed to decompress from daily life and crazy politics on my mind, so Laughlin really hit the spot. Now that I'm back, let's get this part of daily life back on the burner and roll out the final highlights from the cube o' cards that mi hermano, Wes, sent out to me. 

We'll lead off with some cool vintage 1975 Topps that also filled in slots from my Dodgers team checklists...


Above is Boomer rockin' the 70' sideburns, and below is the greatest pinch hitter ever. 

Mota's beautiful card features the bonus of the Dodger Stadium pavilion with the old school scoreboard and paint scheme, and the famous palm trees, that Vin Scully dubbed "The Three Sisters". 


Speaking of beautiful cards: We get World Series Hero, Joe Ferguson, Hall of Fame skipper, Walter Alston, and a slew of Dodgers in the background...



For years I had only the mini version of this Mike Marshall card. Thanks to Wes, I now have its big brother. 


How about that? Two Hall of Famers on one card...


Here's Tommy John wearing his cap like the Sears photographer plopped it on him at the last second...


No, Marshall is not flinging a "poop ball special". Those brown things are small tears on the card surface. 


Here comes a nice surprise: A fistful of 1986 Oh-Pee-Chee Dodgers...





Gotta love that spelling on VandeBERG. The Dodgers have 22 of these, so Wes has given me a good head start on the team set. 

BTW, the cards look just like they came out of a pack last week. 

More newish-looking cards from 1987 Leaf...


I've never even seen variations like these before. The card backs feature text in English and French. Very cool. 

That finishes off the cube. As always, another fun pummeling from good ol' Wes. I'm still putting together my return salvo, so keep your helmet on, hermano. Fire directed at you coming soon! 

Aloha! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wes' Big ol' Cube o' Cardboard - Part 3

Aloha, everybody, 

In the last two posts we enjoyed highlights from the big cube full of cards that Wes sent me. Today, let's check out the autograph cards. 

Leading off is a Dodgers prospect who I had an eye on and was sorry to see traded away...



Sands was sent off to Boston in the mega-trade that brought Adrian Gonzalez to LA. Since then, he's bounced around both leagues, and is now a Giant. This auto will fit right into the bunch of Sands RCs I have in my collection, and just can't seem to part with. 

Yimi here has had a slow start to his pro career. He underwent Tommy John surgery last season, so time will tell what's in store. 



Either way, this is a very attractive card. Garcia's signature is flashier than Jerry Sands, but they both make those A's in their last names prominent. What's up with that? 



Pedro Baez's card gives a scan that's hard to read, but this is also a very nice card. I dig the reief pitcher posing with a bat, and his signature is big, legible, and bold. 

Baez had a rough time toward the end of last season, but the Dodgers are keeping their faith in the young pitcher, and so am I. I was very happy to get this Baez auto card in the bunch. 



Miguel Almonte is actually with the Royals. I suspect Wes thought it looked like a Dodgers uniform. No harm, no foul. I'll gladly accept it and hope young Almonte has a good year for Kansas City, so this can become prime trade bait down the line. 

Magill here is one of those young prospects that never quite panned out. He was last seen jumping away from the Padres to make himself a free agent. Good luck, Matt. 




Willie Calhoun. The one they traded away. The one who they are going to regret trading away. 

The Dodgers wanted Yu Darvish and the Rangers wanted a top prosect. It came down to be either Calhoun or Alex Verdugo. I wanted Calhoun to be the Dodgers' next power-hitting second baseman. The Dodgers didn't listen to me, and chose Verdugo to keep and become their 110th outfielder. *sigh* 



At least I've got this nifty Calhoun card. It's bright, shiny, and features a great shot of Willie. The auto is kinda lazy, though. I can't even decipher a single letter from his name in that sig. 


Onelki Garcia was a Cuban defector just like Yasiel Puig. Unfortunately, that's where the similarities end. 



Garcia pitched breifly for the Dodgers, who weren't impressed. They sent him to KC, and they weren't impressed. Garcia is probably thinking about defecting to Mexico or Japan for the next stage of his career. on the bright side: A pleasant, circular auto. 

The final one today is my favorite of the auto cards. It's not a superstar, but a player I really enjoyed watching in his time with the Dodgers. Back in the early 2000's the infield pair of Cesar Izturiz and Alex Cora turned effortless and beautiful double plays. 

Most of you probably know Cora as the new manager of the Boston Red Sox...



A great group of signatures. THANKS, Wes. Next time: The finale -Vintage and team sets.

Aloha! 



Sunday, November 26, 2017

Wes' Big Ol' Cube o' Cardboard - Part 2

Aloha, everybody, 

Yesterday we saw the first part of highlights from the cardboard pummeling I received from good ol' Wes. We now commence with Part 2 - RELICS, SWATCHES and AUTOGRAPHS...


First up is a beautiful patch card numbered 1379/1430 (14-30?). I love everything about this card, including the no-name scrub who lends his likeness to it. 


This is because our scrub pitcher bookends two big trades that I remember as a Dodgers fan. First, he came to the Dodgers (along with Brian Jordan) in the trade that sent Gary Sheffield to the Braves. Second, he was quickly shipped off to Oakland for Milton Bradley. 

Speaking of ex-Dodgers who've been shipped off to obscurity...


Here's a very low edition, low numbered (7/36), well-designed, Triple Threads...


 In a bizarro reverse situation, here comes Carl Crawford, who came to LA, and THEN found obscurity...


And now, the big boys...

My first swatch from Yasiel Puig, and it's super low numbered 3/99...



I showed this one off on Twitter earlier. Number 52/99, World Series relief pitching hero, Kenta Maeda...


I absolutely love this next one. Gonzo's career may or not be over, and the haters are biting around the edges, still claiming his arrival from the Red Sox paid no dividends. Philistines! 

A-Gon was the iron man, with ironclad offensive numbers throughout most of his Dodgers career.



 Good stuff from Wes, and we're a long ways from done. Next time: Autographs. 

Aloha! 







Saturday, November 25, 2017

JBF Delivers a Cross-Country Body Blow

Aloha, everybody, 

Several of us received cardboard bombardments from the most generous collector I know. None other than my brother from way down south, good ol' Wes, of JBF fame. 

Wes sent me a big cube o' cards filled with cardboard goodness. The cards were packed in such a way that goodness was sprinkled about. Inserts, limited edition cards, relics and autos popped out from among Dodgers base cards that filled out team sets. As fun as it was to get those first glimpses of cardboard gold in my initial flip through the cards, its true glory slowly revealed itself as I sorted out what I had. 

As usual with Wes' slammings, it's going to take a couple of posts to show off the highlights. I'm so jazzed by said highlights, I don't even know what to start off with, so in no particular order, we'll get started with INSERTS and LIMITED EDITIONS...

First up are a couple of 2017 Chrome Refractors - real beauts...




Here's a green refractor, numbered 23/99...




Up next are a couple of cards that may be among the last issued to Andre Ethier as a Dodger. The blue is numbered 32/500...



...and the orange is #62/250...



This gold Manny is # 32/50. The photo is from Hanley's early days as a Dodger. It's a great photo, but looks like he's gonna be missing or fouling it off just underneath.



Here's a seemingly simple card, but I dig the caption "Robbed in Right", and the great shot of the ball nested securely in Puig's glove. 

Finally, a 2015 Chrome Farm's Finest miiiiinnnniiiiiiiiiiii of World Series hero, Joc Pederson...



We're just getting started folks. This is just the first wave of blows from ol' Wes. Stay tuned for more! Lots more. 

Aloha! 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanks to All the Blogosphere!

Aloha, everybody, 

Just a quick blog drop to say "THANKS" to everyone who's followed my humble little blog through 2017. 

Thanks to all my blog-friends, readers, trade partners, commenters, and whomever else has just dropped by through the year. 

If you've got seven minutes, check out my Thanksgiving Dodgers thanks video. I also review Tart Mango Cart from Golden Road Brewing. 

(PS: Daniel, Julie and Arpsmith, I'm waiting for your emails so I can get your books out to you. Contact me: om sports 42 at geeee mail dot you know.)

Enjoy and Aloha! 





Monday, November 20, 2017

You get a book! And you get a book! And YOU get a book!

Aloha, everybody, 

Yesterday I put up a post announcing an ATBATT giveaway for this book:


The response was overwhelming! I'm not even exaggerating because three people claimed the book very quickly! 

The original idea was to give away one copy to the first person that claimed it. That turned out to be Daniel Wilson (It's like Having my Own Card Shop). 

Within minutes, two more folks also commented as wanting the book. So, in the spirit of Thanks - Giving, let's give away copies to all three. 

Congratulations, Julie Owens (A Cracked Bat) and Arpsmith (Arpsmith's Sportscard Obsession)! ATBATT is pleased to gift brand new copies of Electric October to both of you. 

All winners, please grab my email address from About Me (upper right hand corner of this page) and email your name and email address out to me. I will email to you the name and contact email of the person at the publisher who will send out a copy of this great book to you - free of charge! Sound cool? 

Happy Thanks - Giving! Aloha! 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Who Wants a Free Stocking Stuffer?

Aloha, everybody, 

It's time for an ATBATT free giveaway! Here's an early Christmas gift for yourself (or for you to put under the tree for someone else). 
ATBATT is here to help you with your early Christmas shopping. 

Here's what I'm giving away:


I'm pleased to pass on a brand new, straight from the publisher's printing presses, very enjoyable book that tells the stories of six unexpected heroes from the 1947 World Series. 

I've been reading this book, and believe me, it's a compelling read. It's chock full of great stories about these hard-scrabble players who came up in the 20's and 30's, and became unlikely World Series heroes. 

Here's what the liner notes say: 


There are plenty of photos too! 




If you want to know more about the book, you can check out my YouTube video where I show off a few more photos, and also review EEtah IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. 


Now that I've got you hooked on wanting this book, here's the good news: This early stocking stuffer is free, free, free, and will be delivered to your door, courtesy of the publisher. I've only got a few copies to give away, so let's get started on giving one copy away right here. 

All you have to do is be the first to comment "I want that book" down below, and it's all yours. I'll send you the email of my contact person at the publisher, and all you have to do is send your name and address, and it will come right to your door. 

If there's someone out there who wants a copy, but somebody else already commented here, you can go to the YouTube video and be the first to comment there. That copy is still available. 

Grab it for yourself or as a gift for someone else! 

Aloha! 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Found in a Corner of my Clubhouse

Aloha, everybody, 

I was cleaning out my scans folder when I noticed a folder of cards that I haven't posted about yet! 

Adam from Cardboard Clubhouse sent some cards to help me check off some Dodgers team collecting goals, and I just found the scans I made.  Sorry for the delay in posting, Adam. My bad. 

Adam will (very) soon be hitting the pause button on his blog, so I hope he'll get to see this post before his new baby makes him forget there is such a thing as baseball cards. Homeboy will soon be consumed with baby bottles and bassinets! Good luck and congratulations, Adam! 

Without any more delay, let's check these cards out. There's a baby a-comin'! 

Leading off is Johnnie Oates, a Dodgers backup catcher with a Ron Cey backup mustache and full-fledged hair flips all his own... 



You might also remember Johnnie as manager of the Texas Rangers. 

This next guy never managed a ball club - he had enough trouble managing his own life. That said, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for The Straw because he was the home grown kid who returned to LA to play with the boys in blue. 

Someday, I'll have enough Strawberry cards to actually have dupes that I can send off to my friend, Peter, the only other Strawberry collector I know. 

Bobby Ojeda...I do love them Dodgers southpaws...



THIS next card was a very pleasant surprise. I don't know how many Dodgers cards Pedro got, but I suspect not many. I want and need more. 

Bonus: Dodger Stadium Anniversary sleeve patch. Darryl is sporting the other side of the patch in his card above. 



Here we go. Let's check some Dodgers off the team checklist! 



Bill North, card 668 is the last Dodger I need to close out 1979 Topps. 




Manny Mota! A forever Dodger. 



Finally, this awesome Walter Alston and his coaches card from '74 Topps. 

Bonus: Tommy Lasorda below, waiting in the wings for his chance at the helm, and legendary Brooklyn Dodger, Jimmy Gilliam. Great card! 



THANKS for the great batch of cards, Adam! He probably can't hear me because he's off practicing how to change a diaper. LOL 

Aloha!