Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Cincinnati Reds

Please note that while many Cincinnati Reds baseball cards are listed below, some of the cards have already been send away to a new home. That's how much in demand these cards are. Please note that one of the Jose Rijo cards is "signed" and when I say "signed" I mean that the signature is forged. These cards came from a friend so it might have been him, or maybe his brother. Maybe I should've just chucked it? But maybe someone out there collect's cards with forged signatures made by 8-10 year olds?

1987 Topps: Ron Oester, Eddie Milner
1988 Donruss: Ron Robinson
1988 Topps: Ron Oester, Ted Power, Nick Esasky, Ron Robinson, Rob Murphy
1988 Topps Traded: Jose Rijo
1989 Donruss: Bo Diaz
1989 Topps: Rob Dibble, Danny Jackson
1990 Donruss: Tim Birtsas
1990 Fleer: Jack Armstrong
1990 Topps: Eric Davis (All-Star)
1991 Donruss: Billy Hatcher, Randy Myers, Glenn Braggs
1991 Fleer: Keith Brown, Rob Dibble, Jeff Reed
1991 O-Pee-Chee: Reggie Sanders TRADED
1991 Score: Mariano Duncan, Ron Oester, Glenn Sutko, Bill Doran, Luis Quinones (2)
1991: Score Dream Team: Randy Myers
1991 Topps: Rick Mahler
1991 Upper Deck: Jose Rijo
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Paul O'Neill, Dan Wilson
1992 Fleer: Freddie Benavides, Glenn Braggs, Mariano Duncan
1992 Fleer Ultra: Rob Dibble
1992 Score: Eric Davis, Scott Scudder, Jose Rijo, Mariano Duncan, Glenn Braggs
1992 Topps: Randy Myers (2), Glenn Braggs, Terry Lee, Kip Gross, Steve Foster TRADED, Norm Charlton, Mo Sanford, Rob Dibble, Hal Morris
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Scott Ruskin
1992 Upper Deck: Glenn Braggs
1993 Donruss: Jose Rijo
1993 Fleer: Freddie Benavides TRADED
1993 Leaf: Joe Oliver TRADED
1993 Score: Dwayne Henry, Rob Dibble (2) TRADED
1993 Score Select: Hal Morris, Bip Roberts
1993 Topps: Reggie Sanders, Jose Rijo, Bill Doran
1994 Score: Tom Browning TRADED
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Roberto Mejia TRADED
1995 Donruss: Brian Dorsett
1995 Fleer: Hall Morris, Deion Sanders TRADED
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Jose Rijo
1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: John Smiley

Classic 1980s and early 1990s Reds here from Bo Diaz to Eric Davis to Glenn Braggs and the Nasty Boys. (So... they'd have to address her as Ms. Jackson, cause they're nasty).

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Monday, October 24, 2016

A Strawberry Surprise

P-Town Tom, of Waitin' Till Next Year, sent me a little PWE Strawberry surprise the other day. And I think he might be a mind reader. I recently had my first real, intensive brush with baseball cards from 1991-1996 as I was sorted a shoebox of baseball cards that a friend gave to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of sorting the cards by team and learning some of the design characteristics of the period. Most of the card designs were fine, but it was Fleer's 1995 that was giving me epileptic fits of ocular displeasure. But in also sorting through them, I coincidentally took a look at the 1995 Darryl Strawberry cards that I have and discovered I got acquire the bulk of his cards for this year pretty cheap as there are so few (tradingcarddb lists only 25 cards - and most of them are base & parallels). So I put in an order via COMC which included this dreaded 1995 Fleer and wiped my hands clean.

But, Tom in his prescience had picked up said Fleer plus two others: the 1993 Upper Deck Diamond Gallery card with a hologram and, as well, a 1998 Bowman.

I still struggle mightily seeing Strawberry in the Dodgers uniform. I just always consider him a Mets. This is perhaps unfair of me.

Ok. 1995. I scanned this card and looked at it at super 100% view in Photoshop. I found it really intriguing and it certainly might have seemed sophisticated for the time? Anyone know? I mean, it seems like opinions are instantly proffered these days for card designs but am not sure if they were reviewed contemporaneously.

Inverting the color profile and using 3-D Technology, I separated the layers.  I used Photoshop to restitch together the pieces and to my surprise, the image that appeared was the Wanted poster for Mama Fratelli in from The Goonies;

Uncanny, right?

For some reason I'm more comfortable with Strawberry in a Giants uni than the others if he's not being a Mets. He played just 29 games for the Giants in 1994 so it was nice of the card makers to issue him a 1995 card even though he was released by the Giants in early February of that year before signing with the New York Yankees.

The only thing stranger than Strawberry wearing a Dodgers uniform is him wearing a Yankees uniform.But, at least the backs of these Bowman cards offers a different perspective on the player's previous years performance. Big fan of this manner of stats presentation.

All the cards are very welcome additions to my collection. I can't help but thing that the 1993 hologram was was very technologically cool at the time. It's kind of still really cool to me now.

Thanks Tom! You rock!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Chicago White Sox

Neil Allen looks like he's got wings, like Gidget the flying nun, in his 1987 Topps card. But, check this out, a whole slew of Chicago White Sox cards -- all free for the taking if you want them -- from 1987 to 1995.  Great players in this batch of cards!

1987 Topps: Neil Allen, White Sox Team Leaders, Ron Karkovice
1988 Topps: Steve Lyons, Fred Manrique, Ozzie Guillen
1989 Donruss: Steve Lyons
1989 Topps: Fred Manrique (2), Lance Johnson, Steve Lyons, Ken Patterson
1990 Donruss: Greg Hibbard, Carlos Martinez
1990 Fleer: Eric King
1990 Topps: Bobby Thigpen
1991 Donruss: Dan Pasqua, Greg Hibbard, Ivan Calderon, Lance Johnson
1991 Score: Bobby Thigpen (1990 Highlight), Phil Bradley, Melido Perez (No-Hit Club), Jerry Kutzler, Ron Karkovice
1991 Topps: Melido Perez
1991 Upper Deck: Ken Patterson, Steve Lyons
1992 Score: Scott Fletcher, Dan Pasqua (2), Charlie Hough, Wilson Alvarez (No-Hit Club)
1992 Topps: Donn Pall (name in gold), Ron Karkovice, Brian Drahman, Wilson Alvarez, Greg Hibbard, Matt Merullo
1992 Upper Deck: Bob Wickman, Lance Johnson, Jack McDowell
1993 Score: Ron Karkovice, Wilson Alvarez
1993 Score Select: Lance Johnson, Roberto Hernandez
1993 Topps: Craig Grebeck, Jack McDowell, Donn Pall
1993 Topps Stadium Club: Dave Stieb
1994 Score: Jack McDowell (2)
1995 Topps Stadium Club: Jack McDowell, Wilson Alvarez
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Jack McDowell (Special edition blue)

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are very well represented with cards from this shoebox of baseball cards: starting with a loner from 1982 and then the rest from 1988 to 1996. We got 'em all here: Topps, Fleer, Score, Donruss, and Upper Deck.

Classic commons & a couple of guys that made something of their careers.

1982 Topps: Steve Henderson
1988 Topps: Les Lancaster, Frank DiPino, Luis Quinones
1989 Score: Doug Dascenzo, Mike Harkey
1989 Topps: Shawon Dunston
1990 Donruss: Mitch Williams (2), Vance Law (2)
1990 Topps: Marvell Wynne, Paul Assenmacher, Steve Wilson
1991 Fleer: Doug Dascenzo
1991 Score: Derrick May, Curtis Wilkerson, Rick Sutcliffe, Damon Berryhill (2)
1991 Topps: Luis Salazar (2)
1991 Upper Deck: Jerome Walton
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Lance Dickson, Shawon Dunston, Shawn Boskie
1992 Fleer: Dwight Smith
1992 Score: Mike Harkey, Jose Vizcaino, Les Lancaster, Chuck McElroy, Ced Landrum, Shawn Boskie
1992 Topps: Ced Landrum, Dwight Smith, Les Lancaster, Chico Walker, Doug Dasenzo (name in gold foil-like stuff)
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Les Lancaster, Shawn Boskie
1992 Upper Deck: Ryan Hawblitzel
1993 Fleer: Jim Bullinger, Dwight Smith
1993 Topps: Chuck McElroy, Matt Walbeck
1994 Score: Mike Morgan
1994 Topps Stadium Club: Greg Hibbard
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Brooks Kieschnick
1995 Fleer: Jose Bautista, Brooks Kieschnick
1995 Score: Randy Myers
1995 Topps Stadium Club: Steve Trachsel
1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Matt Franco

Ryan Hawblitzel!  Sounds like one of Santa's Reindeer's! & no, not "that" Jose Bautista...

And don't forget, if you're a Ryne Sandberg collector, I've got some cards for you to consider...

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Friday, October 21, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: California/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

To be honest, I wasn't sure whether to post this under California, Anaheim, or Los Angeles and so decided to post it under California, which is what the teams name was back when these cards were in production. These Angels teams finished solidly in the middle of the AL West pack from 1988 to 1995, though with two outstanding last place finishes in 1991 and 1994.

1988 Donruss: Mike Witt, Wally Joyner, Brian Downing
1988 Topps: Brian Downing, Gus Polidor
1989 Donruss: Brian Downing
1989 Score: DeWayne Buice
1989 Topps: Jim Eppard, Jack Lazorko
1989 Upper Deck: DeWayne Buice 1990 Fleer: Brian Downing
1990 Score: Kirk McCaskill, Brian Downing
1990 Topps: Greg Minton, Willie Fraser
1991 Donruss: Jack Howell (2), Dick Schofield (3)
1991 Fleer: Dick Schofield, Angels Team Logo Sticker
1991 Score: Dante Bichette, Devon White, Scott Lewis, Gary DiSarcina, Chili Davis, Jack Howell (2)
1991 Topps: Brian Downing, Willie Fraser`
1991 Topps Cracker Jack I: Mark Langston 1991 Upper Deck: Chuck Finley (Checklist), Dick Schofield, Luis Sojo
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Bryan Harvey, Lance Parrish
1992 Score: Gary Gaetti, Luis Polonia, Kirk McCaskill, Luis Sojo, Scott Lewis, Donnie Hill (2), Dave Gallagher, Lance Parrish, Scott Bailes
1992 Topps: Buck Rodgers, Luis Polonia, Scott Bailes, Luis Sojo (2), Kirk McCaskill, Dave Gallagher (2)
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Lance Parrish, John Orton, Hubie Brooks
1992 Upper Deck: Joe Grahe, Tim Salmon (Checklist)
1993 Donruss: Reggie Williams
1993 Pinnacle: Julio Valera
1993 Score: Junior Felix
1993 Score Select: Bryan Harvey
1993 Upper Deck: Jim Abbott (Community Heroes)
1994 Fleer Ultra: Joe Grahe
1994 Score: Luis Polonia, Steve Frey (2)
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Hilly Hathaway
1995 Score: Chris Turner, Rex Hudler

I wonder if Bichette means "Little Bitch" or "Small Bitch"?

Like the other cards - a lot of nobodies in here but if anyone wants any of them let me know. I predict there will be more interest in that Fleer sticker than in any of the players.  Do you like these place-mats better than the solid red ones?

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Boston Red Sox

Some classic Boston Red Sox commons here. Who doesn't want another Todd Benzinger in their collection? Or everyone's favorite - a manager card for John McNamara! Anyone, anyone? Hello?

1995 Fleer gives me seizures.

1987 Topps: Kevine Romine, Ed Romero
1988 Donruss: Spike Owen
1988 Topps: Todd Benzinger, Bruce Hurst, Wes Gardner, Rich Gedman, Steve Crawford, Marc Sullivan, John McNamara, Tom Bolton, Marty Barrett, Calvin Schiraldi
1989 Donruss: Mike Greenwell (MVP, BC-13)
1989 Topps: Rick Cerone, Spike Owen, Marty Barrett, Dennis Lamp, Tom Bolton (2), Steve Curry (2), Todd Benzinger, Carlos Quintana (2)
1990 Fleer: John Dopson, Nick Esasky. Jody Reed
1990 Topps: Marty Barrett, Joe Price
1991 Donruss: John Dopson, Gregg Harris
1991 Fleer: Dana Kiecker, Luis Rivera
1991 Score: Mike Rochford, Tony Pena, Danny Heep, John Marzano
1991 Topps: Greg Harris, Mike Boddicker, Tom Brunansky
1991 Upper Deck: Tim Naehring (2)
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Jody Reed, Scott Cooper
1992 Fleer: Carlos Quintana
1992 Score: Tom Brunansky, Tom Bolton, Danny Darwin, Carlos Quintana (3), Joe Hesketh, Kevin Morton, Bob Zupcic
1992 Topps: Dana Kiecker, Bob Zupcic, Joe Hesketh, John Marzano, Mike Gardiner
1992 Topps Gold: Dana Kiecker
1992 Upper Deck: Tony Pena, Tom Brunansky
1993 Pinnacle: Luis Rivera
1993 Score: Tony Pena
1994 Fleer Ultra: Paul Quantrill
1994 Score: Danny Darwin, Bob Zupcic (2)
1995 Fleer: Carlos Quintana

As per usual, if any cards listed here will fill in a need in your collection or will help to level out a wonky table, please do let me know!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Baltimore Orioles

The following are Baltimore Orioles baseball cards from the shoebox. No Len Sakata or Al Bumbry - they were kind of before the time where these cards start. But these cards from 1988 when the Orioles really stunk playing in Memorial Stadium to 1995, a few years after the opening of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and which were some better years of  to represent the more common players on those Orioles teams.

1988 Donruss: Terry Kennedy
1988 Fleer: Rene Gonzales
1988 Topps: Mike Young, Mark Williamson
1989 Score: Bob Milacki
1989 Topps: Jose Bautista
1990 Fleer: Dave Schmidt, Mickey Tettleton, Mark Williamson
1990 Score: Phil Bradley (Super Star)
1990 Topps: Bob Milacki, Jeff Ballard (All-Star)
1991 Donruss: Leo Gomez, Bob Milacki, Pete Harnisch, Jeff Ballard
1991 Fleer: Juan Bell
1991 Score: Dave Johnson, Mark Williamson, Rene Gonzalez, Leo Gomez (3)
1991 Topps: Mark Williamson
1991 Upper Deck: Dwight Evans
1992 Donruss Cracker Jack II: Gregg Olson
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Ben McDonald, Luis Mercedes
1992 Fleer: Leo Gomez
1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier: Chito Martinez
1992 Score: Mike Devereaux (3), Randy Milligan (2), Billy Ripken, Jeff Ballard, Jeff Robinson (3), Leo Gomez, Paul Kilgus, Sam Horn, Tim Hulett, Chito Martinez, Todd Forhwirth, Dave Johnson, Jim Poole
1992 Topps: Juan Bell, Glenn Davis, Brady Anderson, Gregg Olson, Chito Martinez, Arthur Rhodes
1993 Score: Alan Mills
1993 Score Select: Craig Lefferts, Leo Gomez
1993 Topps: Leo Gomez, Tim Hulett, Brady Anderson
1994 Score: Jeff Tackett
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Jeffrey Hammonds, Mark McLemore
1995 Fleer: Jamie Moyer
1995 Topps Stadium Club: Chris Hoiles (Virtual Reality)
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Chris Hoiles (Special Edition, Silver Signature)


If any of these cards are interesting to anyone, contact me and let me know what you need for your collection. Don't forget I have a bunch of Cal Rikpen, Jr. cards that are mostly available for the taking!

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