Month: May 2011

Want List: 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen

Base Set
3 4 9 10 13 14 15 17 19 20 22 23 24 28 31 32 34 36 37 38 39 41 43 46 50 56 60 61 64 65 68 73 76 77 80 82 83 86 87 89 90 92 95 97 99 100 101 106 108 110 115 116 121 125 126 131 132 135 136 138 139 141 142 146 148 149 154 156 157 158 161 165 167 170 173 181 183 185 186 187 189 191 193 194 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 204 205 207 211 212 214 218 221 224 225 226 228 234 235 237 238 241 244 245 246 247 251 252 253 257 262 264 266 267 268 270 277 279 282 283 284 286 289 290 294 296 298 299 300 

Short Prints
301 302 303 304 306 307 310 311 312 315 317 320 322 324 325 326 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 345 346 347 348 349 350 

Future Stars
FS1 FS2 FS4 FS12 FS14 FS15 FS17 FS20 

Home Run Heroes
HH1 HH2 HH3 HH7 HH8 HH9 HH10 HH11 HH13 HH15 HH17 HH18 HH19 HH21 

Wall Climbers

Sticky Fingers
SF3 SF5 SF14 SF15 

Great Ones
GO1 GO2 GO3 GO4 GO6 GO10 GO12 GO13 GO14 GO15 GO17 GO20 GO21 GO22 GO23 GO24 GO26 GO29

My First Favorite Player

As a young kid growing up in Memphis, TN, my favorite baseball team was the Memphis Chicks, then a AA franchise for the Montreal Expos. It followed that one of my favorite MLB teams would be the Expos. It also follows that since it was my (misguided) dream to play MLB as a catcher one day, that my first favorite player would be the best catcher of his generation, Gary Carter.

I always thought that the Montreal Expos team of Gary Carter, Tim Raines and Andre Dawson would make a run at a World Championship, but it never happened. I thought it would be great because it would allow me to actually watch the Expos on television, who I simply didn’t get to see play that often. My definitive memory of Gary Carter from television is from the 1981 All-Star game. Gary Carter would hit two solo home runs that day and would win his first All Star Game MVP award. (He’d win another in 1984, I think.) It was his first All Star start, having beat out all-time great Johnny Bench in the voting. A wondrous moment for sure.

Of course, Gary Carter would go on to have an even more special moment with the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series, on his way to a championship ring. Sure, I was still a fan at that point, but Dale Murphy had long replaced him as my favorite ball player. He would wind up his career with Giants and the Dodgers before retiring and taking his rightful spot in the Hall of Fame.

Gary Carter began having headaches recently. Several trips to the doctor later, they found he had at least four tumors growing on his brain. A biopsy has revealed that they are malignant. He will be heading to the Duke Medical Center to discuss his options.

Please, keep Hall of Famer Gary Carter in your thoughts and prayers.

And no offense to Mets fans, but Gary Carter will always be an Expo to me.

Who was your first favorite player? Is it the same guy as it is now?

Glavine Collection: 2005 Leaf #132

I still want to cry every time I see a card of Glavine in that damn Blue and Orange. Still, a nice card from Leaf. Very, very nice. (Thanks to CubsFan731 for the card, even if Glav is a Met!) 

Smoltz Collection: 1998 Donruss Elite #25

A big thanks to Derek at Tomahawk Chopping for this excellent card. I’m not a fan of Elite every year, but the card works fine for me in 1998 thanks to the inclusion of a real background with the pic. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a shiny card, but so many of them just look all samey. (Yes, I know that isn’t ACTUAL English, but in my defense, I grew up in Columbus, GA.)

Maddux Collection: 1990 Classic #T32

OK. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “That is one ugly baseball card.”

If you aren’t, why aren’t you? It is an ugly, ugly baseball card. It’s like a little dog that’s so ugly it becomes cute in a way. Well … no. It’s just ugly.

Even for the time period, the Classic cards looked “phoned in”. Anyone who thinks Topps is lazy today should check these awful sets out.
I’m sure there’s someone somewhere who was upset when the Classic baseball card sets stopped coming, but I can’t imagine who that would be. Was it you? If it were, would you admit it?

Do you think people actually used that little box on the back of the card to get an autograph? Wouldn’t you be embarrassed to hand Maddux this card to sign?

Happiness is …

… purchasing a single rack pack of 2011 Bowman and getting the four cards below.

Would I have rather had a Bryce Harper? Well, yes, because I could turn that over on eBay and get even more cards like the ones above.

Game Day: May 14, 2011

It would be an understatement to say that this is my favorite copy of Game Day I’ve ever gotten at a Braves game. It was an even bigger honor to see the pre-game ceremony before Saturday’s game featuring many elderly Negro League players, mostly from the southeast. In addition to the ceremony, one gentleman got to throw out the first pitch, one got to yell play ball, and another was named co-captain and got to bring out the lineup with Jason Heyward to start the game. Really, really nice.

Additionally, I got a free Atlanta Black Crackers ball cap and got to see my favorite team beat the Phillies while looking great in their old Negro League uniforms. I just wish I could have been at Sunday’s Civil Rights Game. I could say I don’t want to get into the controversy, and I don’t, not really.

Still, I’m going to link to this post that I agree with and say that this is rapidly becoming one of my favorite blogs about the Braves. She is indeed out of my league.