Today I'm back to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. This time, 2005 edition.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
I wanted to cover some more of the wonderful box of stuff I got from the Team Collectors group.
Yestedray had some interesting cards and a bunch of 1978s.
Today is just interesting cards..
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Well, I got a big box of stuff in from the crew at Team Collectors. Since I'm the only Canadian in the group, one member took on the task of collecting cards to mail up to me. It arrived yesterday.
It... Was glorious..
All sorts of Jays, some Expos, and a number of 1978 cards for my Birth Year Set Build.
I honestly don't remember if the Grant Jackson was part of the cards I received from the group or not (I filed them them pulled cards later to scan.. I derped) but that coat is glorious.
Pete Falcone.. Every time I hear that name I think about the show Fugget About It. The son's name is Pete Falcone.
Jim Rice. Another one I thought I wouldn't see..
Ken Brett.. He was the losing pitcher in the first ever Jays game in 1977.
I almost fell out of my chair when I saw this card... When I said I wasn't expecting to see the big cards earlier? This was one of the big cards I didn't expect to see.. Yet.. Here it is..
So with the influx of 78s from the Team Collectors, my 78 build is 92% complete. When my order from Sportlots that I put in last night arrives, it'll be at 100% minus any variations that may or may not exist..
Thanks to all who threw in!
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Today is a bit of housekeeping.
I wanted to show a few things that have come in.
First, a couple single-card Sportlots deliveries.
Another Sportlots purchase was this Jim McKean card.
He was boringly nicknamed "Canadian"
The other thing I want to show is the cards I was missing from the Canadian Baseball Hall set. I reached out to the Hall to mention I was missing some cards. They found most of what I was missing and sent them off to me. (Only Cito and Tony Fernandez elude me.. Well, and the autographs... But we'll see)
Hey look! Another Jim McKean! And Bill Slack. The other two I was missing will be featured when I get to those years on here.
Finally, a small PWE from a member of the Team Collectors, Tramers.
A couple nice serial numbered Jays from sets I'd never see or get anywhere close to finding. Thank you!
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Today I'll cover the 2003 inductees.
As with previous ones, click the picture to go to the Hall page for that person. It will open in a new window.
The Japanese-Canadian team that was effectively disbanded due to World War II.
This is from the Hall Website writeup:
Early in 1942, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government interned all people of Japanese descent, confiscating their property, and uprooting their lives. As a team, the Asahi never played together again. Yet, when these men, along with thousands of Japanese Canadians, were removed to prison camps, they took with them the spirit of baseball. Little by little, bats and balls appeared and these former Asahi players assembled baseball teams. Soon these men were playing against their RCMP prison guards, then with local townspeople – many of who had never seen a Japanese person before and were surprised to discover they spoke perfect English. Baseball, the ultimate symbol of North American culture, was a common bond. It helped dispel suspicions and fears and led to lasting friendships that exist today.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Today will highlight the 2004 class.
I will mention that I'm missing the card for Jim McKean. It is being sent to me, however.
He was the person responsible for the hiring of Paul Beeston, Pat Gillick, and Peter Bavasi in the Jays' infancy.
A few days ago I received a surprise package from Night Owl. I wasn't expecting anything from him, so receiving it was a pleasant surprise.
So what did he send me?
A nice batch of cards that pad my Canadians binder. Thank you!!
Friday, August 21, 2020
I just wanted to cover a couple cards I got off Sportlots before I go back to the Hall series.
These are all reprints and are marked as such..
Two more Dick Fowler cards. One is a reprint of his 1950 Bowman. The other is a reprint of his 1949 Bowman.
Today I want to cover a couple trades I've made over on TCDB.
First is from bclough69
Some nice 2020 Jays and a Diamond King Smoak.
I wish him the best in Milwaukee..
Thanks for the trades!!!
I also got one thing in the mail I purchased through Sportlots.
It's a 1947-66 Exhibits W461 Dick Fowler
I'm noticing the early days of collectibles seemed to be all over the place with sizes. It's about a card and a half tall. I imagine they make some holders for it (I might have ordered some on accident previously) but it'll be interesting to have one on a page and that's it.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Today I'm going to cover the 2002 Hall of Fame Class..
Now.. There are two cards in the set for this year I did not receive.
I did reach out to the Hall and they are sending me a Slack, as well as some of the others I'm missing. Gaston and one other are out of stock and I need to ask again in May.
He was hired as the first Toronto Blue Jays employee. He was CEO of the team when they won the Back to Back World Series.
I think next post will be about some trades that came in, then I'll jump back into these.
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, there were no inductees in 1993 or 1994.
So today we're going from 1995-2001.
Again each of these years there's only a couple inductees.