Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Random Pack of Kindness

I am not really sure how David Henderson unleashed his card lovin' on me. I am not sure how he knew that i liked the Cardinals and the Royals (Royals post coming later). But he did, and he sent me a package full of sweetness. It is this kind of community that has brought me into the hobby. I can't wait to send David some sweet tribe relics I open, and can't wait to give some other noob a RPoK.

You all probably know this mug already, but how sweet is it to make a trading card for trading cards?

Thank you again sir, for a fine introduction, and my first Ozzie Smith card since 1984.

There he is. The Wizard. I remember going to my first ball game and being blown away by the scale of it all. We sat waaaaay up there, so this was my first introduction to speed traveling slower then light, I could see the baseball mound tamper hit the ground well before I heard the thump. The man above continued to blow my 7 year old mind, by doing a flip, an honest to god flip. In Missouri, we don't flip. Decidedly so . . . heck, I can barely touch my toes. I plan on collecting Ozzie goodness, and appreciate all help along the way.

The next man, has a really long neck. Reallly long . . . llama long.

The final one I really remember from my childhood played first base. This sweet swinger, "Jack the Ripper", destroyed the Dodgers in 1985.

Just disregard his bankruptcy problems, and bask in the glory of all that red. Sweet Sweet red.

I lied, the fourth was also an iconic speedster of my youth.

I have a cook from Boston that hates the man for his time with the Mets. Vince still owns the season record for stolen bases in the minors with 145. Holds 3 of the top 6 stolen base seasons ever in mlb (all consecutive). The man could fly. But perhaps, not fast enough to avoid the tarpulin that brought his record rookie season to an end in 1985. Boo!!!

The last few were players I never heard of, but after wikipediaing them, I can't wait to meet other Cardinal strangers.

David, thanks again. I hope any of you that may stumble upon this will add me to your read-list. I would love to trade with all.

Royals next. Shiver with anticipation . . . it used to be the 80's, when Quissenbery struck fear into the hearts of men.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The First Post

Here it is! Finally, having waded through learning how to run the scanner, learning to get the images onto my computer, and finding a design I like on blogsot, I am ready to blog.

One of the things I am most excited about, having just begun to collect baseball cards, is the trading. The community of traders out there amazes me, and I can't wait to be a part of it. I have already gotten two packages in the mail from people looking to help a noob get some cards. Both are form well known traders and bloggers, who was kind enough to send me some needs, and some cards of favorite teams.

The first, and one for today is from the Troll. Now, this guy seems to be a great part of the community. He provided advice on how to blog, and getting started with cards in general. He was very giving with his time and answers. As well as his cards!!!

I am trying to collect the Topps Series 2 diamond and gold parallels. I mean, who doesn't love sparkly cards. He sent me these six, which, as will probably be feature of my blog, I will list interesting facts or tidbits to get to know the player better. So many cards, means so many unknown faces, and second stringers. It is the esoterica that shall be shared to flesh out these two dimensional strangers.

Drum Roll . . . dum dum dum dum . . . dum dum dum . . .

The only sparkly card amongst the bunch. And not a rookie I was familiar with. A little research yielded some interesting facts. He is no longer a Met, having been sent back to the Blue Jays and then on to the Rockies. So we should all feel sorry for him, the man will be wearing purple soon enough!!! Having not done well enough, a meager .162 average, he more then likely will play on the Rockies AAA team in Colorado Springs. I have an aunt there, and Pike's Peak is pretty amazing.

Alright, on to the next. The next 5 are gold parallel cards. I love prime numbers. One day, I hope to collect serially numbered cards that are prime. We'll see where that goes.

So, a little crooked. I will figure out this scanning thing soon enough. Another Blue Jays connection, and another player in a uniform other than the one he played in tonight. Juan would be right at home in the Lineage set, hailing from Venezuala, he could read the inserts in that set. Playing for the Dodgers now, he hit a homerun in his first at bat for the team. A career contact hitter, he has an 11.3% strike out percentage vs. 18% average for the league. His value is also found in being able to play many positions, this season he has played both sides of the outfield, and quite a few games at 1B.

What can I say. I grew up in Columbia, Mo. half-way between KC and St. Louis. 1985 were the halcyon days of my youth. George Brett, Saberhagen, the World Series . . . that was a long time ago. Atleast the stadium has been improved.

Sooo much purple. Why Rockies Why? Gold Glovers shouldn't wear purple. Old lady's should wear purple. Todd is having his same solid season. Batting .308, with 14 home runs, he is the 5th most senior ball player to spend his whole season with one team. Purple and gold clash.

Living in Chicago, I have seen him play several of his 19 games. A strong substitute for A.J., the kid should get good experience, and make good trade bait for the Sox in the off-season.

That's it for the inaugural blog. I will soon post my want list, and I just bought a 25$ lot on ebay. I look forward to sharing what I got in there, and sending out favorite team stacks around the web. I am trying to finish 2011 all the inserts (minus relics), diamond and gold. So, if you can help a noob out, let me know.