Monday, September 26, 2016

2 16's

This was one of those "I remember where I was when I first heard about it" moments. I was standing in line at a baseball card show at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, Mass., preparing to get the autograph of one of my childhood icons, Dwight Gooden, Pitcher, Number 16 for the New York Mets. World Series winner; Cy Young winner, Rookie of the Year winner; and a thrower of a no-hitter later on in the twilight of his career. Of course, I was standing in line, tweeting about how excited I was for this. After I tweeted it, I scrolled down a few tweets to see if there was anything to catch up on and saw the news terrible about José Fernández, Pitcher, Number 16 for the Miami Marlins. Rookie of the Year winner. There is some strange kind of synchronicity with this.

I was privileged to see José Fernández pitch on March 22, 2016 at Spring Training. Five innings of no-hit ball. Just one walk and 5 K's against the Red Sox. The following day, against the Cardinals, I saw a very relaxed José Fernández in Marlins orange shades laughing, watching the game, blowing bubbles. From my seat I was in awe. Rest in Peace, Mr. Fernández.

March 23, 2016, Roger Dean Stadium, Florida
Now for the card show...

I entered the card show and was immediately given the choice of two free packs of cards. I picked 1991 Score Series One and 1991 Fleer Ultra. And before I go one too long, any of these cards are up for the taking just email me if you are interested.

I opened the Fleer first and this was by all means a better pack. The 14 cards, plus a sticker, listed in order of the pull, are:

Luis Rivera, Boston Red Sox, Card #42
David Valle, Seattle Mariners, Card #344
Shawon Dunston, Chicago Cubs, Card #59 (this is a fantastic card)
Norm Charlton, Cincinnati Reds, Card #90
Kevin McReynolds, New York Mets, Card #224
Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers, Card #355
Gerald Williams, New York Yankees, Card #388 (Ultra Prospects 1991)
Tom Bolton, Boston Red Sox, Card #28
Andy Benes, San Diego Padres, Card #301
Barry Bonds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Card #391 (Great Performances 1991)
Matt Williams, San Francisco Giants, Card #331
Dan Plesac, Milwaukee Brewers, Card #179
Hensley Meullens, New York Yankees, Card #240
David Wells, Toronto Blue Jays, Card #370
Chicago White Sox logo sticker

Then I opened the Score and yawned throughout the entire process of browsing the "16 Player Cards & 1 Magic Motion Trivia Card". The 16 cards, plus "magic motion" trivia card, listed in order of the pull, are:

Bill Sampen, Montreal Expos, Card #68
Jim Layritz, New York Yankees, Card #65
Josh Burkett, San Francisco Giants, Card #70
Scott Radinsky, Chicago White Sox, Card #62
1990 Highlight, Bobby Thigpen Save Record Set, Card #418
Jimmy Key, Toronto Blue Jays, Card #422
Junior Ortiz, Minnesota Twins, Card #438
Thomas Howard, San Diego Padres, Card #335
Nelson Liriano, Minnesota Twins, Card #288
Steve Jeltz, Kansas City Royals, Card #272
Kevin Appier, Kansas City Royals, Card #268
Mike Hartley, Los Angeless Dodgers, Card #252
World Series Trivia, 1914, Card #46
Mike Heath, Detroit Tigers, Card #112
Garry Templeton, San Diego Padres, Card #117
Jack Morris, Detroit Tigers, Card #114
Juan Berenguer, Minnesota Twins, Card # 111

Gooden was supposed to sign from 11-12:30. But when I got there around 10:30 he was already signing and I thought this was great. I got to thank him for coming, got a photograph with him, and shook his hand. When I was growing up he was such a force on the mound. Dominant in my formative years from 1984-1989 in the heart of my collecting years and my own playing of baseball. I was really good in the drive way hitting balls pitched to me by my brother and pitching to him, too.I wasn't very good when it came to game. I got his in the left knee by the hardest throwing kid in one game and after that, well, I was afraid when in the batters box.

When I bought my ticket for the signature I got to take a free Gooden card, so I took his 1991 Upper Deck card as I liked the picture and was pretty sure it wasn't part of my collection already. But I got him to sign the 1985 Topps Rookie card.

After this, I walked around the show. There was only one dealer present who had some cards in a box by name or anything remotely resembling alphabetical order. For someone like me who is organized and does respect both the alphabet and the time it takes to organize cards by the player name, and as one who dislikes the chaos of clutter, this is crucial. I bought the 1989 Classic Darryl Strawberry/Will Clark card from him for a quarter.

From another dealer I bought three cards for a dollar. But I realized when I got home that I foolishly left one lying on top of the box. Oh well. The three cards are/were 1986 Fleer Update John Kruk (Card #U-61), another Kruk card that is the one I left behind; and a 1992 Fleer Team Leaders Darryl Strawberry (Card #16).

As I was leaving to meet my wife who was picking me up, I found a dime box and looked through one of the many rows in one of the many boxes of haphazard cards and pulled two more Strawberry's. The first one, 2005 Donruss Stars of Summer, Card #BOS-5, SN 279/1000, is a dupe though I already have SN121. The second card was new to my collection: 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber - Big Bang, Card #BB-7, SN 311/2000.

So, for my first card show not a bad experience & not a bad hall. The next time I'll be more organized with keeping aware of what I have versus what I need. As you might expect this show was heavy on Boston Red Sox and New England sports in general. Next time I'll be a little more aware of how they work and what to expect. However, if I go to another card show and someone else dies I may stick to eBay and trades.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Going to card shows is the exact reason I'm so meticulous in putting together my want lists and having them on my blog page. I refer back to those lists constantly whenever I am at a card show to make sure I actually need a card that I am buying.

  2. Hey Tony, thanks for your comment. Yeah... I learned the hard way but I was only out about .50 cents total. I went to tradingcarddb to look stuff up which was a mistake since even on a good connection it's slow. Should've had my "have's" on this blog loaded since it is up-to-date. D'oh! Next time!