Thursday, October 29, 2009
#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
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
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
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
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 :)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
So with no further adu:
1951 Bowman Del Ennis
Although it wasn't requested, I wanted to make sure I passed along a nice collection of Phillies cards over the years, and I decided I would start with a key member of the 1950 Phightin Phillies.
Ennis, an underated player in team history, remains in the Phillies all-time record books with the following achievements (among others):
- 5th most games played (1630)
- 4th most hits (1812)
- 2nd most home runs (259)
- 3rd most RBIs
Ennis was a teamed with a young collection of players that featured two other all-time Phillies greats that went on to the Hall of Fame- Starting Pitcher Robin Roberts and ...
1958 Topps Richie Ashburn
Ashburn is beloved among Phillies fans- that's understood. I'd actually like to point out that this card set, 1958 Topps, was the 2nd set to feature the modern size baseball card (2.5'' by 3.5''). And while 1957 might have been the first, I always prefered the style and design of this set. Great colors, clear presentation, clean and not too busy.
1974 Topps Mike Schmidt
This is Michael Jack's second card, and first card that he doesn't have to share the cardboard with other "Rookie Stars". Once again, Schmidt is missing the trademark moustache that he carried for rest of his career- I'll go on the record in guessing that this and the previously mentioned rookie card are the only cards ever issued that were missing his stache action (this photo captures the stache, not to mention a killer whiteman fro):
So those are a few of the classically great players featured on cards I'm passing along to FTN. FTN insisted that I only send him some of the Phillies featured players of the late 80's and early 90's, and I'd be remiss if I didn't features a couple of those bad boys as well:
1987 Donruss Chris James
I always thought it was kind of neat when athletes had brothers who played professional sports in other leagues. I honestly can't think of many instances, although I'm sure there are a few I'm not aware of. Right now, the best I can do is Mark and Dan McGwire (Seattle QB) & Chris and Craig James (New England RB). Help me out with other instances of this if you can't think of any.
1987 Topps Steve Jeltz
From now on, any package of cards that I deal in the trademeabettercard experiment should include at least one Jeltzie- It can be my calling card.
1989 Donruss Ricky Jordan
FTN requested one particular player- Ricky Jordan- and I was happy to comply. Jordan was one of my favorites back in the day as well. After a stellar rookie year, I thought the Phillies had the next Don Mattingly- unfortunately it ended more like Randy Milligan.
I sent out quite a few other cards, some notable (1964 Topps Rishie Allen rookie, some Carltons, a couple other Schmidts) and some less notorious (Ron Jones, Rick Schu, Glenn Wilson, Wes Chamberlain, & Kim Batiste), but I altogether, a package IMHO custom made for a Phillies fan- I hope you enjoy FTN.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Kevin over at '65 Topps approached me regarding whether or not I had any '65 Topps cards towards his ultimate goal of a complete set. Here is what I had to send along to him (with The Phillies duplicates that I was able to trade posted with photos- this is a Phillies site, right?):
Frank Thomas - AKA the Big Crew Cut
John Boozer - Are people with this last name destined to a lifetime of alcoholism- odds have to be increased a little, right?
Gus Triandos- Grumpy Gus is a popular phrase that was possibly started by this card.
Alex Johnson - Dude won the A.L. 1970 Batting Crown with the California Angels, hitting .329. That's something, right?
Ray Herbert - If Ray had fangs, I think he'd look a little like Dracula. Count Ray.
Ray Culp- The Phillies had the market on Rays in 1964. Not a lot of Rays around these days. And yes, that was an unintentional rhyme. It happens from time to time.
Orioles 1965 ROOKIE STARS (Curt Blefary & John Miller)
Stay tuned- my next post will discuss the booty that I received in return for these gems.