Monday, May 20, 2019

Indianapolis Indians

At some point, I don't quite remember who from, I received a bunch of 1991 Line Drive cardsfor Jays and Expos. 
Oddly enough, I ended up with a complete team set of the Indians. So I want to take a look at them today

Bret Barberie made his Major League debut in 1991, playing in 57 games with the parent club. 
He ended up playing for the Expos, Marlins, Orioles, and Cubs. He finished his career in the Texas system, playing 1998 in Oklahoma City.

Kevin Bearse split 1991 between the Indianapolis Indians and the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Red Barons. 
1991 was Bearse's final year in professional baseball. 
According to Wikipedia, he's a physical education teacher now.

Kent Bottenfield spent the entirety of 1991 in Indianapolis. Looking through his player page, I didn't realize he spent so little time with the Expos. He was signed in 1986 and worked his way through the minors. 
He was with the Expos in 1992 and 1993. In 1993, he was traded from the Expos to the Rockies. He then played for the Rockies, Cubs, Cardinals, Angels, Phillies, and Astros. 
He currently is head coach at Palm Beach Atlantic.

Cordero made his major league debut in 1992. After playing with the Expos until 1995, he bounced around the league, playing for Boston, Chicago Sox, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, a second time in Montreal, Florida, and Washington. 
According to Wikipedia, he works as a baseball coach at an academy in Massachucetts. 

Now.. This is an interesting one.. 
I was going though using The Baseball Cube and they have a different Mike Davis listed. 
The one we want is the former MLB player who had played in Oakland and Los Angeles. 
1991 was his final season in baseball. 

Alex Diaz played a little in the Majors from 1992-1999 for the Brewers, Mariners, Rangers, Giants and Astros. 
He played in Mexico and in Winter Leagues right up till 2007. 

Eddie Dixon didn't make it out of the Minors. He played until 1994, the majority of that time in the Expos system.

Jeff Fassero made his Major League Debut for the Expos in 1991. As a left-handed pitcher, he bounced around a lot. 
He played for the Expos, Mariners, Rangers, Red Sox, Cubs, Cardinals, Rockies, Diamondbacks, and Giants. 
He's currently the pitching coach for the Louisville Bats. 

Goff spent 1990-1992 with the Expos. His MLB Debut was actually with the Expos in 1990. He also played for Pittsburgh and Houston in the Majors. 

Haney made his Major League Debut in 1992 with the Expos. He spent time with the Cubs and Mets. 
He now works as an instructor for a select team in Waco Texas. 

Steve Hecht never made the Majors. He spent time in the Giants (before and after his time in Montreal) Texas, and Detroit systems. 
According to Wikipedia, he has a degree in psychology, and is a Performance Coach for the Mariners. 

Coaches.. I'm just going to make a comment that I really like the Indians took the colour scheme of the Expos with these uniforms. 

Mel Houston is another who didn't make it. He spent the entirety of his minor league career in the Expos system, his final season being 1991. 

The entirety of Piatt's MLB career was his 1991 season with the Expos. 
He was traded from the Indians to the Expos (and stuck on the Indians... ) and after the 1992 season, he was traded to the Royals. 
He played in the minors until 1997. 

Kremers' MLB experience consists of 1990 in Atlanta. 
Kremers was part of a trade to get the Braves Otis Nixon. 
He played in the minors until 1995. 

Quinn Mack made his Major League Debut in 1994 for the Seattle Mariners. 
Shane Mack's brother played for the Expos system from  1987-1993. He played in the Seattle system and the Padres system until 1995. He spent his final seasons playing in the Mexican League. 

Dave Masters never made the Majoe Leagues. 
He played in the Cubs, Expos, Giants, and Mariners systems. 

Marlin McPhail never made it out of the minor leagues. 
He played from 1982-1991 in the Mets, White Sox, and Expos systems. 
He works as a regional cross checker for the Mets. 

Dana Ridenour didn't make it out of the minors. 
He spent 1991 and 1992 with the Expos system. 
Overall he played from 1986-1994 for the Yankees, Expos, Mariners, Angels, Marlins, and Rockies. 
Doing a Google search brings me to an ex-CIA agent turned author.. 

Scott Service made his MLB debut for the Phillies in 1988. 
He also spent time in Colorado, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Kansas City, Oakland, Arizona, and Toronto. 

Razor Shines made his MLB debut in 1983 as an Expo. 
Overall, his playing career stretched from 1978-1993. 
He spent the majority of his career in the Expos organization. Other teams played for are Buffalo (PIT) and Indianapolis (CIN) 

Tito Stewart didn't make it out of the minors. 
He played in the Boston system from 1983-1990
1991 was spent between Wichita (SD) and Indianapolis (MON)
1991 was his final season

Vander Wal made his MLB debut for the Expos in 1991
He kind of bounced around a lot.
Montreal 1991-1993
Colorado 1994-1998
San Diego 1998-1999
Pittsburgh 2000-2001
San Francisco 2001
Yankees 2002
Milwaukee 2003
Cincinnati 2004
He's the hitting coach for the West Michigan Whitecaps 

Darrin Winston made his MLB debut for the Phillies in 1997 
He played in the Expos system from 1988-1994
Calgary (PIT) in 1995
and the Phillies system in 1997-1998
He finished his career in 2002 in the Atlantic League

Darrin Winston passed away in 2008 after being diagnosed with leukemia. 

I thought this would be an interesting diversion today. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

COMC Spring Purchases

I took advantage of the Spring Cleaning sale on COMC recently.. 
I got the cards in today. One of them, while very boring, I'm very excited over.. 

First a few 1969s. The League Leader card was picked up for Fergie. John Hiller again, Canadian. 
Bobby Wine, for whatever reason, is insanely priced on COMC. An Ungraded 1969 starts at $6.25. 
A PSA 9 is selling for $81.. 
The one I got here I picked up from JoelsHitShow at $3.98
The 1984 OPC Bryan Little puts my 84 OPC fully to rest. I thought I had this card but I didn't.. So I ordered it.. 
The Gary Lavelle is interesting, actually.. I thought I was getting the base Topps Traded... I ended up picking up the Tiffany by accident.. 
Dave Shipanoff is from Edmonton Alberta. 
The Grissom was an oops as well.. I was trying to get the Jacksonville Expos one like the DeShields.. I ended up getting the Jamestown Expos one..

Some cards I needed for 1990 Donruss.. The Score Rising Stars mini set was missing the Griffey when I got it.. So I decided to pick one up for completion.. 
A single 1990 Topps here, with a Nolan Ryan. 

Some Topps Debut as well. Again, the Griffey was missing from the set, so I bought one. 
These Young Superstars ones are annoying to find on the TCDB.. They're listed as an insert set for the base set. But I went and picked up the extra ones I needed. 

The Walker is indeed not a mistake.. I got two. One for my Expos binder, one for my Canadians binder. 
Steve Wilson also slides into the Canadians binder 
I need one Fleer action series four sticker card to finish those. I picked up an extra one because Expos. 
The one I need is the O's/Red Sox/White Sox/Angels where the first question is about Babe Ruth. 

Finally.. That checklist... That glorious annoying little checklist.. 

That was the final card I needed to finish the base 1992 Donruss.. I still need to do the Diamond Kings (since they were an insert starting that year) and Update. But base Donruss is finished (aside from cards I need for binders.. Hopefully I have them and just haven't marked them)

So that's what came in the mail today.. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A Trade Completed

Now that I'm getting back into the sorting and working on the Expos project, I've been more active on TCDB with trades. 

I received one package in today from sportzcommish. 

A couple 1971s 
The Day is the airbrushed variation. The other card has a bank of lights behind Day's ear. 
Gene Mauch. 

Some nice 1974s. I needed the Marshall/Hiller for my Canadians collection, since Hiller is from Toronto. 

Some 1975s including a Dave Pagan. Pagan is a Canadian as well. He's from Nipawin, Saskatchewan. 

Some later Expos as well here with a couple Walkers as a Rockie and Erik Bedard. 

Thank you for the trade, sportzcommish!

Friday, May 10, 2019

A Single Card Post

I recently came across a deal I couldn't resist.. 

A Robin Yount Rookie. It was $20 CDN total.. $17 plus $3 shipping. Found it on Facebook Marketplace through the First Row Collectibles FB Group. 

Now. It really doesn't fit in my collection.. And the corners are a little rough. But I looked at the listing something like 16 times before deciding to pull the trigger. 

But what's this?? It's an O Pee Chee version! 

I don't know how long this will actually stay in my collection.. I may end up sending this to a Brewers collector.. 

I just couldn't pass this up.. 


I have a question for you.

Have you ever bought/traded for a card that didn't fit your collection just because the pull was too great??

Thursday, May 9, 2019

1991 Score

Well, one thing I'm enjoying about this Million Expos Project and the Great Sort right now is finding out that I'm, in some cases, one card from finishing a set. 

I ordered the checklist I needed from 1992 Donruss to complete that, aside from a couple inserts I want to complete as well.. (Why, oh why did you have to put an Update set as a random insertion for retail factory sets Donruss?? Especially when you give like 6 cards in it.. Were you expecting people to purchase multiples to get the full Update set??) 

Sorry.. Bit of a rant.. Yes, Donruss did indeed produce an Update set.. It was 22 cards. They randomly inserted 6 cards into each retail (red box) factory Set.. The Hobby (Blue) got Leaf prevew cards. 

Now... Because of that.. The average cost of a Donruss Update card is $10+ 
Otherwise, I believe I just need some Diamond Kings to complete 1992.. 

But enough about that.. I'll get to that eventually.. Today I want to mention 1991 Score.. 

I'm one card away from completing the master set.. I just need one card.. 

Scott Chiamparino. Error Card... 
Says he bats left.. 

I haven't been able to find any online for sale. 

Speaking of 1991 Score. I did come across a couple cards I thought were interesting. 

The first is Greg Harris. The journeyman pitcher. Here he is throwing a bullpen session for the Red Sox.. Left handed.. 
He's right handed.. 
Actually he's ambidextrous. He'd throw left handed in the bullpen just to keep is sharp. The Red Sox never let him use it in a game, but he did end up pitching left handed in a game with the Expos..

And here it is.. Catching is Joe Siddall.. 

I don't know why.. I just love the expression on Bell's face here. I'm not sure if he's watching a long drive hit into the 500 level at SkyDome here, or if he's trying to will the ball fair.. My guess is the latter, but it's still a cool picture. 

Finally, we have Doug Dascenzo. I'm guessing the picture was taken in a game where the Cubs got blown out in order to see Dascenzo on the mound. 
Taking a quick look at his Baseball Reference Page, he pitched in 1990 and in 1991. 1 IP in 1990, 4 IP in three games in 1991.

Anyway, I just wanted to share a few cards I thought were fun from 1991 Score. And.. If you have a Chiamparino error card you're willing to part with.. Let me know please!!!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Rockford Expos

The other minor league set that was in that P-Town Tom package was the 1988 Rockford Expos.

Rockford Illinois was the home of the Rockford Expos from 1988-1992. The Royals, Cubs, and Reds then moved in there. Until 1999 Rockford was part of the Midwest League. Now it's got an Independent Ball team in the Frontier League.

But I'm here to talk about the 1988 Rockford Expos.. Because that's the set of cards I have..

I recognize Cianfrocco and Colbrunn. 

I just want to make a mention quickly about that logo.. 

That was the logo they used at least for the first year.. The hat logo, according to these photos, was the Rockford Expos name spelled out. 

I believe later years they went to this:

Delino! Howard Farmer. 
I wonder if Rob Kerrigan was at all related to Joe.. I find relations aren't listed for players if they never reach the majors. 

Nate Minchey. For some reason, I only remember him as a member of the Red Sox. 

All in all, not many people who make the Majors here, but that's to be expected for A-ball.. 
I really like the design of the cards. 

I believe they were put out by either Rockford Magazine or Rockford Litho Center..

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at this set.. It certainly helped get the Expos numbers up.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Jacksonville Expos

Well, one thing that I want to cover today is Minor League Expos Cards

In the box of stuff I got from P-Town Tom was a couple team packs of MiLB Expos.. 

I'll show off one of those today

One thing about minoe league sets is seeing trainers and coaches getting cards. 
Some recognizable names in here too with Howard Farmer, Mel Rojas.

Archi Cianfrocco (Spelled Archie on the card) apparently has a card with Archi out there, but I have an Error unknown to the TCDB.. 
John Vander Wal made the majors as an outfielder. 
Kent Bottenfield had a decent career as well

Bob Natal, I remember being on the Marlins in 1993.. 

The two big names were missing from the set, in DeShields and Grissom.

In any event, these are going to be added to my Project. Tomorrow I'll likely look at the other set I received from Tom..