Saturday, October 20, 2018

A Big Box Trade

I had received a trade request from Dsorek on the Trading Card Database. 

I had a short print card he wanted, and was willing to give me everything he had that I had on my trade list for it.. (Maybe it was an SSP, I don't know.. I don't follow those things) 

I received the package a while ago, but well.. We know what's been going on, so I finally decided to start looking at it today..

A 1978 for the birth year set.
Kirk McCaskill as a member of the Redwood Pioneers. 
Some Expos, another McCaskill and some 1989 Topps so far. 

Bowman.. Back before they went Ultra Gimmicky. Probably the only Bowman set I'll try to complete.. 

Some 1990 Fleer and Score as well. 
There's something I like about the 1990 Fleer. Some people may say it's bland, but it's really nice to me. 

1990 Score was a set I went back and forth on for a while before deciding I'd do it

Some 1990 Topps as well. I still have more in the stack I received (about 400 cards) Including the original Bowman gimmick when they relaunched.. 

I'm rather impressed with myself that this is three in a row after close to a month away.. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Two Days in A Row...

I think right now sitting down and doing these might be better for my sanity (or what's left of it) than sitting doing nothing.. So here's another one..

I made a purchase from Jenny Miller on Twitter recently. I received them yesterday. A nice mix of cards I bought and some Expos for my project.

1978 Topps team cards.. Putting a small dent into the want list for that set. For some reason, I think the Jays one is a duplicate. I think I have two already, but I'm sure I know someone who may want it if that's the case. 
Mike Soroka is a Canadian, so he fits into my collection scope. 
Dalton Pompey may be on his way out in Toronto. There were some issues with him in Buffalo this season. 
Finally, everyone's favourite punching bag this year, Roberto Osuna. 

More purchases. Kevin Pillar and Aaron Sanchez Bowman cards. Another couple Pompey cards. 
I had to jump at the two Expos on the bottom row. Felipe Alou as a player and Mack Jones from 1971. 

Expos! Glorious Expos! Some Larry Walker cards to see if they go in the Expos binder or in the Canadians Binder. 
That Wallach Upper Deck card has a bit of a story to it for me.. 
When I was in High School, I took art through most of it. My Grade 13 art class had us doing six major projects. We had to do different things, so as to not do the same thing over and over. One of the things I did was a scuplture. I did it of Wallach in that pose. 

Thank you Jenny! She's already working on something else for me for my Expos project. Looking forward to it!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Rumours of my Demise....

... Are Greatly Exaggerated... 

Yeah.. I haven't been around for a few weeks.. 

I've actually been dealing with a rather severe bout of depression lately. Between stress from the summer, stress from work, stress about other personal things, I just got to the point where I destroyed myself mentally. 

I had trades on the Database I needed to get out that slid to the wayside. I had sorting that's been left.. It was bad.. I would go to work and come home and fall asleep.. And stay asleep till morning.. 

Today started out as every other, but some things turned around a bit..

I know it seems like I've been dealing with anxiety and depression a lot lately, and it's true. I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. I also have some perfectionism in there. I know people have had me say I feel when it comes to trades that I should know what people want before they even ask.. That's unreasonable. I know this.. It doesn't change it.. 

I do appreciate the members both on TCDB, and the Team Traders forum, and those on Twitter I interact with and trade/purchase from for their understanding. I did finally get stuff out to the people I owed, so that's good.. Sorting... Well, because of the volume of cards I received in this funk... I may have to restart my Expos sheet, or at the very least, verify what I have.. 

I really appreciate each and every one of you that I talk with and trade with. 

All this said, I do have some ideas going forward for the blog. Kind of a tour, but Canadian-focused. It might end up being a couple versions, I don't know.. 

Speaking of cards... 

I got these beauties in the mail a couple days ago from Therion from the Team Traders forum. I believe he's on Twitter as AstrosAtoZ

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A Cracked Bat: Part 3

The third part of the cards Julie sent my way came in last week.. I will admit last week wasn't the best for me, so I apologize for not saying anything sooner. 

Anyway.. More Expos!

Sets like Archives, Lineage, and Heritage are great for keeping the Expos alive. Of course, with those you generally see the same guys: Raines, Dawson, Carter.. I'd love to see guys like Steve Rogers, Andres Galarraga, Moises Alou, and Larry Walker in Expos colours. I was amazed Topps found a Pedro Martinez photo to use as an Expo in this year's Archives. 
OPC Premier is an interesting set.. I know I've said it before, but I prefer the first year over the second year. I believe they did a 1993 set as well, but I've only seen a couple cards from it. 
The Circa cards.... Can you tell they're Fleer?? 

Hey speaking of Gary Carter, here he is, I believe from this year's Archives. 
More Circa as well. The three shown here can definitely tell the "Throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks" mentality they used for design in the mid 90s. 
Terrmel Sledge and Nick Johnson represent the darkness and a grey area.. 
They are from 2005.. Fleer had photos of the guys in Expos uniforms, but has that evil Nationals Logo on the bottom. (I'm sorry, Nationals fans... I just don't like the way the team moved. I also don't like how they selectively use the history of the Expos.) 

Anyway.. Thank you Julie!!! Assuming we avoid a postal strike and I get the motivation to continue my sorting, I hope to get something together for you.. Maybe I can use a possible strike to get motivated to sort... I don't know... We'll see.. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018


I was amazed when I went to Walmart last week.. 

They actually had Archives in stock.. They also had some Bowman and other product available, but Archives.. I was shocked.. SHOCKED.. 

So I bought some.. 

I like the cards this year. I'm on the fence on whether or not I want to try to complete the set or not, but it may be something I look into. 

Goose Gossage's card looks more like a yearbook photo than a baseball card one.. 

Hey! I have a Canadian here.. Joey Votto is always nice to get. 

Nice Rookie History card with Jeff Bagwell. Also nice to see guys like Catfish Hunter and John Smoltz. 

This year, as we all know, Archives has The Sandlot inserts. I don't think it would be something I'd chase even if I go for the set. 
Some nice names here, otherwise.. Tommy Lasorda, George Brett, Warren Spahn.. 

Jack Morris shows up in a card that looks like it could very well be from 1977. 
I'm amazed... Shocked... That Topps acknowledged Pedro's time as an Expo here. Most of the time I see cards of him it's as a member of the Red Sox or Mets. 

So there's the blaster I bought.. I'll probably buy some more at some point. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Trying to be Clever Sometimes Just Doesn't Work

As hard as I tried to come up with a clever title today.. It didn't work.. 

So I'm just going to get into it.. lol

Julie from A Cracked Bat reached out to me on Twitter asking for my address because she had some Expos to send me. Because of that wonderful imaginary line that is the border, trades can be trying at times. 

Anyway, she said she was going to send three PWEs to me. So far, I've received two of the three.. Oddly enough, I received the second before the first.. 

So... What was in those wonderful envelopes? 

I love the 1994 Triple Play. I think 1993 and 1994 were my favourite designs, but I just never had a chance to get either of them.. That said, I would like to find the set for both now.. 

I didn't notice it until now, but that first photo has three cards of players signing something. Dave Martinez, Cliff Floyd, and John Wetteland. 

You can tell the Skybox cards were put out by Fleer at this point, since the Fleer set from that year looks almost identical. 
Love those Donruss Press Proofs too.. 

A couple shinies here with Gridzielanek and Barrett. 

Finally.. I showed this card on my Twitter feed. I'm a sucker for minor league cards. This is amazing. It's a 1990 Best and really for a 1990 card, it's just amazing.. Love it. Full card photo. The Jacksonville Expos logo on the hat..

I'm looking forward to the third one to grace my doorstep sometime over the week.. Thank you Julie! I hope to be able to put something together for you. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Cards in the Mail.. Who would have Guessed?

Well, today I got home from a long day at work and found not one, not two, but three packages with my name on them.. 

They contained cards! Even better!

First up was a 6 card Listia win from CrazieJoe. He just had the seller send them to me directly. I let him know I received them today.. 

1976 Expos.. Aren't they.... Glorious??? 
Though, I'm sure the Fred Scherman is an airbrush job. Looking up, he was with the Astros and Expos in 1975.

The second was a trade on the Trading Card Database from 49ants.

1979 Expos! I'm down to three needs for the team set there. 
I really like the blue uniforms. I think I'm in a minority when I say if the Expos ever come back, they need to have blue road uniforms. And the hats... 

The third package I'm going to show tomorrow, I think.. 
I have to say I'm really happy these came in.. Thanks!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Forgotten Canadian

In this current sort, I came across a guy I either forgot was Canadian, or just didn't know he was.. 

That man's name is Dave Shipanoff.. 

He played 26 games in the majors for Philadelphia in 1985. His only major card issue seems to be 1986 Donruss/Leaf. *checks TCDB* Nope.. He also had a 1986 Fleer card made. The rest are regional and minor league issues. 10 cards total.. And those are probably going to be tough to find. 

Anyway.. Mr Shipanoff is from Edmonton Alberta and was signed by the Blue Jays as an Amateur Free Agent in 1980, since Canadian players weren't subject to the draft in those days. 

He worked his way through the Jays system until he was traded with Ken Kinnard and Jose Escobar for Len Matuszek on April 1, 1985. 
He played 26 games for the Phillies and spent the rest of 85 in the minors in Portland. 1986 was more time in Portland. 1987 he signed with the Angels and was assigned to Triple A again... This time.. In Edmonton. 

Not sure what he's up to or where he is now, but I just wanted to cover a guy I did not know was Canadian.. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labour Day And What It Means

Today is Labour Day. 
For me, that means it's the last day of summer before going back to work tomorrow. This weekend entailed calling the parents of the kids on my route, letting them know when the Big Yellow Monstrosity will be by to get their little darlings. 

It also means it's September, the final month of the season. For some teams, it means excitement. For others, it's a merciful end of a bad season.. 

This year... As a Jays fan... It's indifferent.. I almost don't expect the Jays to win many games at this point. That's what comes with being 31 games out of first, I guess.. 

But the other thing that this weekend has brought is a return to my trading activity on the Trading Card Database.. As I've been entering cards to trade, I've had a bunch of new trades come in. 

My card desk is almost sort of organized... 

And I have an update on my Million Expos Project..

As of right now, I have 2009 Expos cards. That just factors in the Topps Umbrella and O Pee Chee. 

And just because I can.. Here's a random John Gibbons Coaching card.. lol This is from a 2002 Jays team set. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

One Million Expos: Things I've Run Into

Along this ride, I knew I'd find cards I didn't have, or find players I didn't know played for the Expos (and in extension, the Jays) 

Today is going to look at a few of the guys from the early 2000s that I either forgot about, or guys who didn't make an impact.. 

Endy Chavez: 
He's one I didn't know played for the Expos. He was with the team from 2002-2004 and went to Washington with them in 2005. 
Looking at his Baseball Reference page the big takeaway I get is.. The Mets Loved this guy.. 
He signed with them in 1996. He was lost in the Rule 5 draft to KC then returned. Traded  by the Mets back to the Royals, who then lost him to the Tigers. Mets selected him off waivers from the Tigers then lost him to Montreal. 
2005 he signed with the Mets again and was there until 2008.  
He's still playing.. As a member of the Somerset Patriots. 

Ron Chiavacci

He never made it out of the minors for the Expos. He was in the system until 2004, when he bounced around a bit, including a stint in Korea. 
He seems to be working at a place called Pro Staff Baseball now. 

Chad Chop

Chop was an outfielder/infielder/relief pitcher in the system from 2002-2004 and 2005 with Washington. He ended his career in 2006 after playing for the Fullerton Flyers. 
According to Wikipedia, he worked as a firefighter before getting hired by the Giants as a left-handed BP pitcher after being hired by Hunter Pence. 

Zach Day

He had some success in the Majors with Montreal, then shoulder issues cut his career short. After Montreal, he spent part of 2005 with Washington, part with Colorado. 2006 he also spent time with both teams. He tried continuing with Kansas City and Minnesota, but had to retire due to shoulder issues. 

Benji DeQuin

Another pick that never made the Majors. He played in the system from 2000-2003 then played for Brockton of the Northeast League. 

Eric Good

Another player who didn't make it out of the Minors, he only played for a couple seasons, from 1998-2001. 

Michael Hinckley

He actually had some time in the Majors with Washington in 2008-2009. 
His career ended in 2011 in Toronto's minor league system, playing for New Hampshire and Las Vegas. 

Scott Hodges

Hodges never made it out of the minors with the Expos or Nationals. His career went from 1997-2005. 

A quick look makes me think he's a baseball coach in Nebraska now. 

Sun Woo Kim

I honestly forgot he was with the team.. They actually had quite a few Asian pitchers. They ended with Seung Song, Kim, Hideki Irabu, and I know I'm forgetting someone.. 

Anyway, he was with the team from 2002-2004, and was with Washington in 2005. He was up-and-down with the Expos. After his stint in the US ended, he went back to Korea and played there until 2014. 

Tomo Ohka

Here's the guy I forgot.. I actually forgot he played for the Expos here, and in 2007 he played for the Jays.. 

He played for the Expos from 2001-2004 and spent part of 2005 in Washington. 
Tomo was also referenced on The Simpsons during his tenure as an Expo. 
Ohka ended up playing until 2014 in the minors and Japan. 

Darrell Rasner

First... I don't know if that uniform is airbrushed or not.. 

Rasner played in the Majors from 2005-2008 for Washington and the Yankees. 
His career went until 2013 when he played in Japan. 
According to Wikipedia, he became an International scout for the Rakuten Golden Eagles after his career ended. 

Britt Reames

Reames is one I don't really forget about so much as completely block from my memory as actually existing... I don't know why... 

He played for the Expos from 2001-2003. 
His career ended in 2007, and he was a pitching coach for Furman University, then The Citadel..

Seung Song

Seung Song never made it to the Majors. 
He was in the Expos system from 2002-2004 and was in the MiLB system until 2006. In 2007 he went back to Japan and played until 2017. 

Brandon Watson

He made it to the Majors with Washington and Cincinnati between 2005-2007. 

He played overall from 1999-2011, finishing with Newark in 2011.. 

Finally.. Gregg Zaun

This one surprised me.. I didn't know (or forgot) that he was in the Expos system at all. 
According to his Baseball Reference page, he was an Expo long enough to go through Spring Training with them. He signed with the Jays a month later.

After his career finished, he became a broadcast analyst for the Jays on Sportsnet. He was terminated after harassment claims came up against him.. He now has a YouTube show.

So just a few of the 2000s era Expos I forgot about, or didn't really remember.