Braves Card of the Day: 1948 Bowman Bob Elliott #1 (Back)

When the Braves made their run to the 1948 World Series, Elliott was the offensive leader. In fact, he had a better year than his MVP year.


Braves Card of the Day: 1948 Bowman Bob Elliott #1 (Front)

Elliott is a largely forgotten Brave great. He was the 1957 National League MVP in his first year in a Braves uniform.


The myth of Jackie is justified, but sometimes it overwhelms consideration of just how good a player he was. During his decade in the majors, only Musial and Williams were as good.


Another new 1955 rookie, without a plastic case. I don’t have to worry about destroying this card.


So yeah, I own this card now. I can’t stand that it’s trapped in this unholy plastic case though. I’ll have to release it soon.



Mr. Buhl has seen better days. Much better days.


Am I missing something, or does the 2018 Donruss Baseball sell sheet not include a picture from the base set???

Yo! Mr. Cloninger! You have something on your face.


I don’t know. Maybe I need to find a copy of this card in better shape?


The Joy of a Completed Page - 1955 Topps #2


The Joy of a Completed Page - 1955 Topps #1


Smarter than the average bear.

Still not funny. Also a great card.


The Duke abides.

It seemed much funnier in my head when I thought it up. Anyway, great player. Great card.


A Ball Four Fan Comments on the Heritage Seattle Pilots Absurdity

I’ve read Ball Four at least 20 times, and I don’t just consider it my favorite baseball book, but my favorite book ever. When I heard that Topps was putting Seattle Pilots’ autos in Heritage, I was truly excited. I thought this was a great idea. A tribute to a team that existed only a single season, but was immortalized in one of the most influential baseball books ever written, seems like a no-brainer. Hell, they didn’t even need to make them autographs! Just an insert set would have made a terrific collectible.

Instead, they chose people who not only played in the majors for the Pilots but some of who never played in the big leagues. This doesn’t make a lick of sense to me. I guess I should just be glad that they at least included Jim Bouton. Of course, they also made them SSP which means I’m out of the market anyway. I’d love a card of Bouton in a Pilots uniform, but it isn’t going to happen. (FYI - I’d love one of him in a Braves uniform too from his comeback attempt in the late 70s.)

Here’s the absurdity of these SSPs: there are Buy it Now listings on eBay for Mike Rollyson, a guy who never pitched an inning of pro ball let along an inning with the Pilots, for over $150.00. Ray Peters, who pitched all of TWO INNINGS in the majors, for the Brewers, not the Pilots, has SOLD for $200 and $275 on eBay. I really don’t understand so much about this hobby anymore.

It seems like it has become all but inevitable that Topps is going to disappoint.

When 2067 Topps Heritage is released, will anyone think “WOW! It’s that awesome 2018 design”.

The answer is no.

Topps Now cards are far too expensive, but I do like the concept, and yes, I spent money on a Chipper HOF card. Collecting is a DISEASE.

Wait. If Heritage is a product designed for collectors, and is considered a “set builders” product, isn’t making the Ohtani cards that rare sort of a FU to those same collectors??? Just kidding. I know the answer.

So, my father-in-law collects Mickey Mantle baseball cards and I’m looking to help him add to his collection. I’ve put his want list up on the site, so check it out if you have a chance.

I haven’t delved at all into pre-Bowman card collecting, mostly because I have to draw a line somewhere. So, the oldest Braves cards I own are from the 1948 Bowman set. The sheer simplicity of early Bowman delights and there are no bad baseball cards of Warren Spahn.