Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Baseball Players Blowing Gum Bubbles

Chewing tobacco seems to be fading from the baseball scene. It's a nasty habit that can lead to mouth cancer. But what are the players to do while waiting around in the dugout? How about chewing gum instead?

2005 Flair #26 Chipper Jones
Chipper relaxes in the on-deck circle with his favorite chew.

1998 Pinnacle Inside #26 Jeff Bagwell
Come on, Jeff, is that the best you can do?

2000 Ultra #41 Billy Wagner
Billy was always an intense competitor as can be seen here.

1992 Upper Deck #620 Bill Swift
Bill looks so sad here, like the chewing gum is the only thing holding him together.

2009 Topps #497 Cling Hurdle
Clint thoughtfully blows a bubble while trying to decide when he should pull the pitcher.

1989 Upper Deck #742 Steve Finley
All good bubbles come to an end. Steve is glad he didn't get that stuck on his bat.

1992 Upper Deck #772 Archi Cianfrocco
Rookies blow bubbles while riding the bench waiting for their chance to show what they can do.

1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier #146
Baseball, eye black and gum bubbles.

1998 Upper Deck #17 Eric Davis
Even grizzled veterans blow.

1994 Stadium Club #535 Cecil Fielder
The biggest bubble of the set. It looks larger than a baseball.

1993 Upper Deck #55 Mariners
There's one in every group.

1995 Pinnacle #128 Ken Griffey Jr.
Saving the best for last. Junior could do most things better than everyone else.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 Panini Golden Age inserts

OK, this is my fifth post on 2014 Panini Golden Age. I promise this is the last.

Panini Golden Age '13 National Game
I pulled two of these. I was puzzled by the set as neither of the players I pulled played in either 1913 or 2013. After poking around on Goggle I found that these are based on a 54-card set issued in, you guessed it, 1913.

Panini Golden Age Fan Craze
This is based on yet another old set, a 54-card set from 1906.

Panini Golden Age Headlines

Panini Golden Age Historic Signatures
There were supposed to be 2 hits in the box. This is one of them. I don't know much about basketball, but Gervin is an Hall of Fame player from the late 1970s and early 1980s who played most of his 14-year career with the Spurs.

Panini Golden Age Museum Age Memorabilia
This is the other hit. I know less about boxing than I do about basketball. Spinks is an Olympic gold medalist and former light-heavyweight and heavyweight champion. I see both this and the Gervin card being offered for about $8 on eBay.

Panini Golden Age Newsmakers
Two FDR cards in the box.

Panini Golden Age Star Stamps
There are four stamps on the card.

Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Panini Mini Cards

Just like Topps Allen & Ginter and Upper Deck's Goodwin Champions, Panini Golden Age has mini cards. The front of the cards looks just like the regular cards. The back features some product, like cigarettes. Instead of just showing them to you, I thought I'd see if these are based on actual cards from the past.  It turns out they are.

Panini Golden Age Mini Croft's Swiss Milk Cocoa
A Google image search turned up this:

The web site said these were issued in 1909 and were attached to bottles of the product.

Panini Golden Age Mini Hindu Brown Back
These also come in a red variant. I got several of each.

These are from the 1909-1911 T206 series of cards. In red and brown! Cork tipped cigarettes. Seems like they'd be hard to smoke.

Panini Golden Age Mini Mono Brand Blue Back
These also come in Green.

The Mono Brand cards are from the 1911 T227 set. I like the combination "Leading Actresses and Base Ball Players".  Goggle didn't turn up any green backs. Two different sources said this was a 25-card set featuring players from the Pacific Coast League. I'm not sure how you get 200 portraits on 25 cards.

Panini Golden Age Mini Smith's Mello-Mint

I only pulled one of these.
This is a 50-card set from 1910 designated E105. They came in a pack of gum.

Well, that was fun.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Song of the Week - Mombasa by Hans Zimmer

This is a live version of a piece of music from the movie "Inception". I love that movie and the music. "Mombasa" is played over the scene where Leonardo DiCaprio is being chased through the streets of, you guessed it, Mombasa.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Random Cards From My Collection #63

Card #29353
2008 SP Legendary Cuts #58 Roy Oswalt
Comments on the card/player: One of my favorite players who played for my two favorite teams, the Astros and the Phillies. I never bought much of this product because it was always pricey.
How/When acquired: I paid $0.50 at one of the very few Houston card shops in October 2009.

Card #8187
1991 Upper Deck #537 Pat Combs
Comments on the card/player: Packs of those early years of Upper Deck were always more expensive than other sets. Today repacks are loaded with them.
How/When acquired: No clue.

Card #22098
2003 Bowman Chrome #237 Edwin Jackson
Comments on the card/player: Edwin Jackson made his first start in 2003 on his 20th birthday. And he beat Randy Johnson.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.98/card for several packs of Bowman Chrome in August 2003.

Card #37212 
2011 Bowman Chrome Refractor #31 Shin-Soo Choo

Comments on the card/player: Choo was the MVP and best pitcher of the 2000 Junior Baseball World Championship won by his South Korean team. The Mariners signed him to a $1.35MM contract and turned him into an outfielder.
How/When acquired: Paid $1.00/card for 1 blaster box of Bowman Chrome in November 2011.

Card #40370
2011 Tri-Star Obak #86 Jonathan Singleton

Comments on the card/player: One of several minor league players the Phillies traded to the Astros in 2011 for Hunter Pence. Singleton made is major league debut with the Astros this season. In 60 games he's batting 0.193. The Astros must think highly of this guy since they have him signed through 2021.
How/When acquired: Paid $1.60/card for 5 Phillies cards in September 2011.

Card #46678
2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Natural Wonders #5 Door To Hell

Comments on the card/player: A natural gas fire that's been burning since 1971!  Why is there someone standing right next to it?
How/When acquired: Paid $0.50/card for 2 blasters and 3 rack-packs in July 2014.

Card #34922
2010 Topps #89 J. A. Happ


Comments on the card/player: 2010, the year that Topps made a radical change to the All-Star Rookie cup, but only on the base set.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.24 per card for 2 blasters in January 2010.

Card #5963
1990 Score #126 Tim Belcher
Comments on the card/player: In 1988, Score pioneered the use of a color photo on the card backs. They kept the same design, with some changes, through 1991.
How/When acquired: The only boxed set I ever bought when new.  I don't remember what I paid for it however.

Card #4109
1989 Donruss #227 Mark Langston
Comments on the card/player: In 1989, Langston was actually playing for the Expos. It was one of only 2 years of his 16-year career in the NL. He was 12-9 with the Expos.
How/When acquired: Acquired in a repack in 2007. There are always 1989 Donruss cards in repacks.

Card #13672
1995 Collector's Choice Silver #365 Lenny Dykstra
Comments on the card/player: Parallel cards were still a relatively new idea in 1995. Collector's Choice base cards had no facsimile signature. The Silver parallel had a facsimile signature in silver foil and the Gold parallel had one in gold foil. That's Jim Eisenreich with Dykstra on the back.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.60/card for 16-card Phillies set on eBay in October 2010.