A sincere question: how many of you have a favorite player that plays for a team that is not your favorite? I'm not talking about a player you LIKE, I'm talking about your number one guy.
As if the [$30 a week habit] (http://30aweekhabit.blogspot.com) wasn't a great enough blog already, now Robert id=s giving away a Duke Snider baseball card. OK. Robert isn't just giving away a baseball card of the Duke, he's gicing away a 1954 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD OF DUKE SNIDER.
Two years ago, my Father in Law didn't collect baseball cards, but he did have a Mickey Mantle card. He was a childhood fan of Mantle, so one year for Christmas, I purchased him a nice looking 1964 Topps Giant card of Mantle. He does a lot of antiquing and on occasion, I'll ride around with him and pick up a few cards. Plus, he's been known to get me some pretty awesome stuff. (For example, last year for Christmas, he got me a 1955 Bowman Braves team set.) He's a good guy.
So, one day, he decided he was going to start collecting Mickey Mantle cards. Fast forward two years and he has amassed an impressive collection. He doesn't have a 52 Topps Mantle, or a 51 or 52 Bowman Mantle, but he has all the other cards released during Mantle's career. He's gotten a large number of the odd cards as well, like the Post cards and Bazooka for example.
Additionally, he's been grabbing a number of the recent Mantle cards as well. He's a meticulous person and slightly OCD which might explain why he actually completed the ridiculous Home Run History insert set from Topps. And the Mickey Mantle Story set.
Well, while he saves up and looks for bargains on a 52 Bowman, he wanted something else to collect of Mantle, and he's chosen yet another ridiculous set to chase. He wants to get every Mickey Mantle Moments & Milestones card. Yes, he's insane.
He told me he's not interested in putting together a want list yet, but he's willing to purchase lots of them. So, have any of you got any you want to sell? Let me know and I'll put you in touch with him.
(The card pictured above is one he recently upgraded. It's a big deal to me because he bequeathed this one to me. It's mine! It's mine! It's all mine.)
I wasn't supposed to be home today. I was supposed to be in Cooperstown. I had rooms booked for myself, my Dad and my brother. We had plans to drive up. We had plans to enjoy the pre-induction festivities. We had plans to watch as Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Then, work happenned. Our entire consulting practice was ordered to Chicago for a few days this week and I've been put on-call at a client for the weekend. Were these things actually important? No. The meeting in Chicago was a pointless "get to know us" affair that only served to re-inforce that my personal goals do not align with those of the multi-national corporation that employs me. That's fine of course. I'm a professional malcontent, but I work hard at my job, even if I don't love it.
As for being on-call, if something were to go wrong with the application that I support this weekend, it would have no impact on the client's business operations. None. We have a two hour SLA for an application that is essentially unimportant. Not only could any problem wait until Monday, it could probably wait until the following Monday. Logic and sense have no place in I.T.
So, I'm sitting at home waiting to watch on television. That's OK too. When I asked on Twitter if anyone had any recommendations about visiting Cooperstown for the induction, Scott Crawford gave me a lot of great information. He also told me the best way to see the ceremony is on TV. So be it.
I wish I were there, but it's still a great day to be a Braves fan. A great one indeed.
Barring something that resembles a miracle, Kris Medlen will be undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in the near future. That's the same Kris Medlen that has won three of the last eight National League pitcher of the month awards. The same Kris Medlen who is always smiling on the mound, having the time of his life. The same Kris Medlen that has become a favorite of seemingly every fan of the Atlanta Braves. He is, undeniably, one of the game's good guys.
At Talking Chop, they've posted a serious of comments he made to Atlanta area radio station 680 The Fan. You hear so often about how athlete's today are just in it for the money, mostly from people jealous about how much money a successful athlete makes. Listen to the emotion is Medlen's voice and tell me he isn't the real deal.
You will be hearing a lot of cold-hearted analysis from a lot of people about how Kris Medlen has pitched his last game in a Braves uniform. You will hear them saying that it simply won't make sense for the Braves to bring him back. I get where they are coming from. I'll even acknowledge that they may be right. I just don't care. Kris Medlen is the kind of guy you want your team to take a chance on. I want Kris Medlen back in a Braves uniform.
Aparently, when collectors like me insult a set, we also insult everyone who likes it. I guess we are trying to rob their enjoyment of the hobby or something.
So, I'd like to offer an apology.
I apologize if any comments about a baseball card set or company, from me or others, robbed you of some of your self worth.
I do not apologize for anything I've said about stale products from lazy-ass card companies with near monopolies and our slowly dying hobby.
Almost three years after I sent in the redemption, it's been filled. Considering the number of jersey relics from both guys that have been made over the years, it is absurd that it took three years to send me this card.
I still have one three year old redemption waiting. I see no reason to rant about the redemptions, because everyone else has covered it well. I'm done buying new products unopened so redemptions won't be a problem for me any longer.
Still, it amuses me when people blame the players for slow redemptions. Bullshit. If a card manufacturer puts a redemption into a product, it is THEIR job to deliver. Period.
2005 Topps Total (along with 2005 Bowman Heritage) is the set that got me back into the hobby. Of course, Topps would cancel Total the very next year. Bastards. None the less, I'm but a single card away from completing the set. I need card #349, which is Scott Spiezio.
Unfortunately, I still haven't updated my trade bait page, but I have thousands of cards to comb through. If you've got this card, I guarantee I'll be able to find something you need to send your way.
I'm just not impressed with 2014 Topps Series 1. The more I learn about the endless variations and SPs and SSPs and sparkles and parallels, the more depressed I get. Well, since I won't be opening any 2014 Topps Series 1, I felt the need to get a few cards to cheer me up.
I think it is safe to say that there's not a single baseball card that will be released this year that will compare with any of these. All four great, even though they don't have purple, or pink versions. All four great without little star sparkles on them.
I should also say, that although I'm not a fan of Series 1, the Jason Heyward card is all kinds of awesome. Topps still knows how to make a baseball card, they just don't have any faith in the best cards in their product.
2014 Topps Series 1 has hit the retail stores. For the first time I can ever remember, I saw the product on the shelf and didn't even bye a single pack. I will admit to ordering a set from a well known case breaker. I'd love to be one of the guys who's willing to cut that cord, but I'm not there yet. I am close though. Looking at the checklist and the sell sheet, it's clear that Topps is happy to just phone it in right now. This is what happens with monopolies ... especially in a creative enterprise.
You are welcome to still like Topps products. You are welcome to think quality hasn't declined since MLB granted them their defacto monopoly. You cannot make a credible argument that the monopoly is good for the hobby, good for collectors or, for that matter, good for Topps. This becomes more obvious with each passing season.
I still love this hobby though. For Christmas, my In-Laws got me one of the most amazing gifts any vintage loving Braves collector could possibly get. What was it you ask? A 1955 Bowman Milwaukee Braves team set. Needless to say, baseball cards don't get any better than this. (For you young kids, this is proof that Bowman didn't always mean Suck.)