Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A Nice Oddball

 Well, I'm looking forward to finally getting out of the hospital.. Monday I move my stuff over and Wednesday I move into my new place. Email me or DM me on Twitter if you want my new address..

Today I came across a card I've been meaning to show for a while. It's an interesting card but at the same time, kind of mundane. 

So my oddball is.....
A 1993 Topps Card??
I know you're saying "Mike... That's not an oddball.. Thousands of these things were made. People have been using these things for insulation!

And while that may be true... There is something special about this card..
And the back gives what's special about it... 

It's a porcelain 1993 Topps Joe Carter card! 
I don't remember where I got it from, but as you can see it was "limited" to 5000 copies. 
I'm rather happy with it and it really fits my collection more than the 1982 Topps Cal Ripken porcelain card I have..

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Collecting Question

 I've been thinking about starting a new collection.

I've found people in different sports with the last name Matson or Mattson. 

So. I posed this question on Twitter, but does anyone collect cards of people with their last name?

Monday, May 16, 2022

Northern Expos-ure

 In preparing to move, I've found cards I'm not honestly sure I've ever covered on here. So if I show stuff I have before.... I'm sorry..

These cards are from Flying V Cards and Breaks. 

Here's the business card..

So the name of this post is a pun, obviously.. Expos! 
Some 71s, a couple 74s, a 72, and a Zellers Gary Carter.
I think the Morton must be from Spring Training. 

Another 74, this time Ken Singleton. Again, it looks like a Spring Training photo. Tim Wallach in a 1983 Stuart Bakery from the Expos team sets. And two more Zellers Carters. 

These are nice cards. If I showed them before, I apologize. Otherwise, enjoy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Stuff I Brought With Me

 So yesterday I spent time out of the hospital. I went to my old residence to see what was there and to maybe start packing. Got a little done but I found a bunch of cards I forgot about. I don't honestly know if they're catalogued or if I've talked about them before but here's a selection..

I found out about this Historic Autos set and saw it had Russ Ford in it. One is base, the other is numbered to 299.

Frank O'Rourke. The Big League is rather.... Well Loved.... But still decent for a 1934 issue. Pete Ward in an Orioles anniversary issue. O'Rourke in a Target Dodgers issue, and a George Gibson with a hole punched in it..

Ted Bowsfield. One as a Red Sock and one as an Athletic. The 63 Rookie Stars is there for Ron Taylor. Matt Maysey is from Hamilton Ontario and is a Brewer in that team issued set. Wrigley goes into my stadium collection.

More Bowsfield. A Jeff Heath stamp. The Conlon is Jack Graney. He was a player and broadcaster. There's an award for best Canadian sports broadcaster named for him.
The Jenkins auto is from the Canadiana set. 

Two more Bowsfield cards. The backs are different. 
The Washington Park card is from the same set as the Ford. 
Dirk Hayhurst dressed as the Garfoose.. 
Finally, a reprint of a George Gibson card. 

As I said, I may have shown these before. If it is a repeat, I apologize, but at the same time, these are nice to visit. 


Thursday, May 5, 2022

A Life Update

 I hear you running for the exits already.. It's ok.. lol

I just wanted to let everyone know I did get an apartment in an assisted living building. I will be discharged and be moving at some point this month. Once I'm settled I'll give those who need it my new address and contact information. 

I'm happy and nervous about the move. I hope it all goes well for me. I need to get out of the hospital. The zoo-like atmosphere in this ward is getting to me. 

I did get a few more cards added to my stack on COMC..

I found a few of these from the same set Andre Dawson here..

Of course as soon as I saw Fergie I needed it.

Crime Dog!

The card that introduced me to this set..

Is it me, or does it look like Reggie Cleveland is stifling a laugh or grinning due to a loud fart?

One thing I didn't know.. He was a pitching coach for the St Catherines Blue Jays

Rob Butler. I kind of like the fact that after a while the Chiefs used the same template as the Jays for the uniforms. 

Rob Ducey. 

Rock! I think I got most of the Expos in the set.. I'll have to look

So that's what's going on and what I most recently added to my card stack.. 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Kind of a Biggs Deal

In my current situation, I get cards well after the fact. They go to my old address and from time to time my friend will deliver mail to the hospital. Well, I got a bunch of envelopes from Kerry Bigs from Cards on Cards. 

I don't recall making a deal or anything, but I did get a nice stack of Expos cards. I didn't scan them all, but I took a nice selection of them..

Well, lookie here.. I get this again! Hey this goes towards the Expos Project.

Raines and Samuel.. Samuel was better than I ever gave him credit for..

This Floyd is cool. I love the Big O in the back. 

Brandon Phillips was an Expo minor leaguer. He was part of the package that went to Cleveland for Bartolo.

One of the more boring Diamond Kings cards.. The later versions and the Panini sets aren't as much fun to me as the old Donruss..

El Presidente El Perfecto!

Casey Candaele's mother was a baseball player. 

Pedro as an Expo.. Love it

I'm trying to decide if I want to put this in my Canadians binder or if I want to throw this in my Expos.. Obviously this is an Expos card originally, but it's an anniversary stamped thing. 

Doug Piatt. Spent one season in the majors.. Cool card though. 

Thanks Kerry!

Friday, April 29, 2022

Mount Rushmore - Jays Unsung Heroes

 I saw this on Chronicles of Fuji today. A Mount Rushmore of Unsung Heroes from your favourite team.

Obviously, me being me I start to overthink it. Because my team is the Jays, do I limit to those not in Cooperstown? Meaning no Alomar, Halladay, Molitor, or Winfield.

Or, because there's the Canadian Baseball Hall, do I include players there as being off limits? If I do it that way, luminaries like Stieb, Olerud, Carter, Fernandez, Henke, and I'm sure I'm forgetting others would be excluded. 

I think if I do it that way, it would definitely bring out names  people might have forgotten. Or I could stretch it to two posts and do one sans Cooperstown, and one sans Cooperstown and St. Mary's.

You know what? It might be the most fun to do it excluding both Halls..

Probably not a name anyone would expect. He was a solid catcher for the Jays as a part of the platoon with Whitt.. Whitt is a member of the Canadian Hall, so he was disqualified. Only other option would be Pat Borders.

Willie Upshaw was a big part of the early growing pains Jays right up to their first AL division championship. With guys like McGriff and Olerud coming behind him though, he was expendable. McGriff did more elsewhere. Olerud and Deglado are both CDN BBHOFers.

He's really here for one moment. His time in Toronto was only a few seasons, but the first ever game, he hit two homers to help the team win their first ever game. He also managed a lot in the system and with the Thunder Bay Whiskey Jacks.

Jim Clancy did as much as Stieb to bring the team to legitimacy, mind you with less drama and slightly less raw talent. He's 3rd all time for wins on the team with 128. Stieb and Halladay both have more, and both are members of at least one HOF. Clancy started the second most games for the team and actually leads the team in career losses. Of course, he was with the team for the lean years, 1977-1988. 

So there it is.. 
I think without the Canadian BBHOF restriction, it would look much different.


So dear reader, if you had the same restrictions I put on myself, who would you choose for the Jays?

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

A Few Carters

I had a couple dollars sitting in my COMC account, so I took a look to see what inexpensive Gary Carter Expos cards I could find. I just grabbed the cards I bought from the site and will wait to ship. 

Those amazing powder blues... Miss those uniforms.. Don't want to see them on the Nationals again.. 

I wonder if this picture was from his first go with the Expos, or his second in 1992. 

Who doesn't love Diamond Kings?

This was an accidental pickup. I didn't zoom in enough on my phone to see it was a Met card

Panini.. Oh logoless Panini... (why does that sound like it could be a weird LOTR elf name?)

Upper Deck before they were exiled to Hockey

All in all a few Carters coming my way when I finally ship. I did see more that I want and hopefully will still be available when I have the cash.. 


Sunday, April 24, 2022

Lester B Pearson

 Today I want to talk about something a little different. Don't worry, it does involve cards and has a baseball component to it.. 

But as the title suggests, I want to talk about Lester B Pearson. 

He was the 14th Prime Minister of Canada who also had a lot of influence elsewhere. 

As mentioned above here, he was a part of a peacekeeping taskforce to diffuse the Suez Crisis, winning the Nobel Peace Prize. He was seen as turning his back on the British Commonwealth as a result, but there were larger factors that slowed the British. 

As Prime Minister, he brought in Universal Health Care with the help of Tommy Douglas, the Premier of Saskatchewan at the time, the Canada Pension Plan, and the Canada Student Loan Program. He also had a hand in creating the Maple Leaf flag we all know and love. 

When he was in school he played rugby, lacrosse, hockey including being on the team that won the Spengler Cup in 1923, and baseball. 
He played in the Intercounty Baseball League, a semi-pro league in Ontario, for the Guelph Maple Leafs (Now Royals)

Pearson has a fair number of buildings named after him. Pearson International Airport in Toronto being the most known. 

Now I hear you saying "What does this all have to do with sports cards, specifically baseball??"

Well, he did have a trophy named for him in the NHL, given to the best player voted by the NHLPA. It has since changed to the Ted Lindsay Award.. 

And he is a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame member. He was an honourary president of the Montreal Expos for the first few years of their existence. He was such an avid baseball fan sometimes he would interrupt parliament to receive baseball scores. 
Then, when the Blue Jays came along, we got the Pearson Cup.

The Pearson Cup games ran from 1978 to 1986, and were used to raise money for minor league baseball in Canada. The games were exhibition contests, occurring when both teams had a day off. 
In 1997, it returned until 2004 with Interleague Play. 
Overall, the record between the teams ended up being 3 wins 3 losses and 4 ties. Two ties from the exhibition era, and two ties in Interleague Series. 

I hope this departure from the norm wasn't too offputting. The reason I did this post was due to the fact I recently added the 52 Topps and UD Masterpieces to my COMC order..