Thursday, October 29, 2009

All-Time Jeltz: A top 5 presentation

I'm kind of excited about tonight's game- so excited that I think it might be time to unveal the top 5 greatest Steve Jeltz cards of all-time:

#5: 1987 Topps

Jeltz + Action Pose + Wooden Borders = #5 ranking- nuff said

#4: 1991 Impel Line Drive

Oh the comedy, a 1991 card of veteran Jeltzie and yet still the card labels him a "pre-Rookie" Hilarious.

#3: 1987 Donruss Opening Day

You can't see it, but in his back pocket, he has a wallet with "Bad Mother f***er" written on it. You'll have to take my word on it.

#2: 1984 TCMA Portland Beavers

Jeltz and that Jericurl in the Minors- if they only knew then...

#1: 1986 Topps

Because it's blog-worthy, and I say so...


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pile 'O Phils: Best of the Bunch #9

Let me start by saying that this next card features one of my least favorite baseball personalities ever. As a broadcaster, I find him droll, partial, over-confident and just plain annoying. But as a second baseman, there may have never been anyone better:

1984 Fleer Joe Morgan

Morgan was a member of the 1983 National League Champion Phillies team that was called the "Wheeze Kids"- a fun moniker based on the teams collection of old players, largely a reunion of some of the key players (Joe Morgan, Pete Rose and Tony Perez) of the "Big Red Machine":

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pile 'O Phils: Best of the Bunch #10

Disappointment- that's the only way to describe how I felt about my recent Ebay lot of Phillies cards. They were in fact all Phillies cards, but it was mostly all junk. I had to dig deep to come up with a top 10 for this blog. But I did it, and here is #10 (and it's #10 for ALL the wrong reasons):

1985 Topps Kevin Gross

This cards is symbolic of the entire of lot of cards- it's a boring mid 80's common of a bad player from a bad team. Kevin Gross cracks the top 10 for one reason- as a result of this purchase, I now have more 1985 Topps Kevin Gross cards than any other individual card in my whole collection. Although I didn't count them, there was well over 100 of these bad boys sitting in my box O' Phillies junk. So doing the math, approx. 10% of all the cards I received were of this guy holding up his glove, staring into the camera with a bad 80's mustache.

Even the back of this card is boring. We learn "Kevin is an accomplished artist, having sold a number of his paintings. He enjoys duck hunting."

I liked Duck Hunt in the '80's too:

Monday, September 21, 2009

Phillies cards galore on the way- soon time for a new top 10!!!

Alright, I'm a sucker for big collections of Phillies cards for sale on Ebay. Getting those packages on the doorstep can be a lot like christmas day, riffling through those cards, and seeing if there are any unexpected prizes mixed in there.

With that said, I'm also not a fan of owning 6 or 7 of the same 1989 Donruss Steve Bedrosian card, so I try and be selective and only bid on auction lots that might contain some cards of interest. This weeding out leaves very few auction lots that look promising.

Another plus to these purchases is getting everything on the cheap.

I think this $5 purchase (with $10 shipping) might be an one of those interesting, and clearly affordable lots- and if it's not, it'll still be fun to blog about :)

The lot is advertised as:

"1000+ card lot of Vintage Phillies"

· Phillies cards from the early 70’s through the 80’s

· Mixture of stars and commons. A few examples listed below plus the pics

· Cards are generally NM-MT.

· Great lot for a Phillies collector

· There are a few 90’s cards mixed in but probably not more than 25 or so

Some cards included are:

96 Donruss and Leaf Mike Schmidt cards

Assortment of 87 Fleer Mini’s

Over a dozen Steve Carlton cards

Over a dozen Mike Schimdt cards

71 Topps Jim Bunning Ex-Mt

Bobby Abreu Rookie

1999 Upper Deck Black Diamond Desi Relaford Serial numbered 552/1500

Willie Montanez Rookie Ex+

78 Topps Larry Bowa

77 Topps Greg Luzinski

I like that it's not containing a ton of 90's cards- 70's and 80's cards are almost always better in completing my team sets.

So that's a start- as soon as I open up my bounty, I'll go ahead and count down my favorite top ten cards in the lot. The serial numbered Desi Relaford might be locked in to the top ten- time will tell :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ebay Purchase of the Day: Cliff Lee 2002 SP Authentic Future Watch 632/1999

Ok- first off- it's been a while since I got on here and updated this- the birth of a future Phillies Phan (aka my first son) will limit you on your baseball card blogging :)

I wanted to get back in the swing of things, and I thought no better way than featuring a short printed, numbered rookie card of the Phillies new ace! Although he's not in a Phillies uniform on this particular card, I'll look past that. Aside from attemtpting to acquire all the Phillies team sets, I also try to have a collection of every rookie card for every player on the Phillies 25 man roster. I was happy to shop around and find my best deal for this gem- found this particular one for under $11.

I'm very excited about the Phillies chances of going back to back. Additions of Cy Young award winners like Cliff Lee have that effect on me :)