Friday, April 3, 2020

Adding a Ryno RC to the PC

Rod, of Padrographs lore, and I have both been blogging for quite sometime. Yet, this is our first trade. I'm not sure why it took so long, but here we are.

I sent off a couple of cards for his Autograph Frankenset and in exchange he sent a new Ryne Sandberg my way.
 This is one thick card! The manurelic-RC logo medallion is pretty cool though.
This card puts me one more closer to the 1,000 mark, 958 unique Rynos to be more specific.

Thanks for the quick and easy trade, Rod!

I've got one picture I'd like to share of my stay-at-home work station.
Cats. So very helpful. (Is there a sarcasm font I don't know about?)

Stay safe, everyone!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

It Just Doesn't Add Up

I've been spending more time looking at each card when sorting lately. Time is one thing I have a little bit more of these days.

I enjoy playing games like, "What's his career home run total or batting average?"

Pausing while filing this Kyle Hendricks card away, I pondered, "What is Hendricks career ERA?"
 I knew it had to be in the low threes, but he did win the ERA title in 2016 so maybe it was in the high twos. I flipped over the card to reveal an ERA of 4.10.
I'm usually not that far off in my guesses. So I took a closer look.

Well, there you go. The ERAs from his first five MLB seasons are as follows: 2.46, 3.95, 2.13, 3.03 and 3.44. Naturally, his career earned run average is over 4 then.

Wait, what? Hendricks' WHIP is off as well, but every other column is correctly totaled.

Here's a screenshot from baseballreference.com documenting what the 5-year totals should be.

So, The Professor's ERA and WHIP should be 3.07 and 1.110, respectively. How did Topps come to 4.10 and 1.48?

Only half joking: Did Topps make stat error variations in 2019?

I'm sure I can't fathom how they came to these numbers, but if Topps needs a stat checker I'm their guy.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Utz and Udders

Although I have slowed my Ebay purchasing as of late, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I did have one significant Vogelmonster card land in my mailbox today.
Behold: The 2020 Topps Utz Dan Vogelbach card. Who doesn't love a good food issue card?
I actually saw an Utz cardboard display at one of the local grocery stores recently, but it was full of Doritos. I was really bummed, because I would have loved to have bought some new-to-me potato chips and opened some baseball cards!

I also decided to take a gamble and jailbreak the cards sitting in my Sportlots box.
Here's my favorite from latest purchase:
 We were definitely spoiled with Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan back in the day. Do you think we'll have see a professional two-sport athlete again? Maybe Mookie Betts and his bowling escapades are as close as we're going get?

Topps Gallery.
My latest Ryne Sandberg addition is from the 1997 Topps Gallery set. The border is gold foil and it has all kinds of texture to it like a true picture frame. How about the double-dip, with ivy in the background, and the Craig Biggio cameo?  Very solid!  I'm up to 957 different Rynos in my player collection. Woo-Hoo!

One might think this is a random card from the 2014 Goodwin Champions set. One would be wrong.
This card fills the LAST empty pocket in my Hall of Fame binder. I now have one card for every player inducted into Cooperstown. This has been a long time coming!  Now all that is left is to go for card upgrades and track down cards for new inductees. 

Speaking of Hall of Famers inductees . . .
 This one isn't going in the HOF Binder, but instead it will reside in my Folder of Fun. Larry Walker and a dog? That is fun!

You clicked on this post to see some udders. Don't deny it.
I'm sure you've seen this card on the blogs before and now I have a copy to add to my collection. This one will also find a place in my Folder of Fun. Good stuff!

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Santo Collection: A Deeper Dive

Ron Santo's playing days were long over by the time I found baseball and the Cubs, but he quickly became one of my favorites because of his radio personality. Santo could tell some great baseball stories, he knew how to laugh at himself, and he wore his Cubs fandom on his sleeve. 

I started picking up cheap well-loved copies of his vintage baseball cards when I re-entered the hobby over a decade ago. The other day I decided to flip through my Santo pages and track down which Topps cards I was missing from his playing days. 

I pleasantly surprised to find I had all of his early cards. Whew!

From the standard Topps set I've left place holders for the following cards:
1965 Topps, #6, RBI Leaders with Boyer & Mays
1968 Topps, #5, HR Leaders with Aarpm, Wynn & McCovey
1969 Topps, #570
1970 Topps, #670
1972 Topps, #555
1975 Topps #35

If you have a beat up Ron Santo card, from the above list, which could use a good home please give me a shout!

In related news: I found a cheap Santo on eBay the other day, and even though it's not from his playing days it is pretty darn close. 
This card is from the 1976 Chicago's Greats set. 
It's not a spectacularly unique looking card or highly sought after, but I'm excited anytime I can add 40+ year old cardboard to my collection. 

Speaking of adding things to my collection... I decided to catalog my Santo cards in TCDB
 No surprise with who resides at #1, but Santo has found himself sitting alone in second place. If I were to log all of my cards I'm pretty sure he wouldn't be in the Top 20, but that's okay for a guy who finished his playing days before I was born.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

When I'm in Sheltered-In-Place

Illinois, under executive order of its governor, is under a Shelter-In-Place order until April 7th.

I spent last week "teaching" from home, but spring break started today and runs through next week.

So, what is one to do when you're not allowed to go anywhere but the pharmacy, the grocery store or the gas station?

Well, I inspect the arrivals to my Vogelmonster collection probably a little too closely.

Here is today's offering:
It's a 2012 A Sign Of History cut autograph of Dan Vogelbach from his days with the Kane County Cougars.

I saw this pop up on eBay at a discounted price and dropped it in my shopping cart while picking up some other Vogelbach mojo. I'm a sucker for anything Vogelbach which isn't already in my collection.

The back of the card doesn't offer too much insight on the manufacturer.
In fact, the website listed on the back is actually a dead link. Bummer. But, I was able to track down some pretty reliable information on the "company" from our local Tim Wallach collector.

I'm not bothered that this card seems to be made out of some guy's basement, but what does bother me is the cut auto used and the date on the case and card.

It's advertised as a 2012 product, but Dan Vogelbach didn't play with Kane County until 2013. Heck, Kane County was an Oakland affiliate in 2012.

I'll take a guess at what happened here. There were extra 2012 cut signature frames leftover and the gentleman making the product decided to throw an auto from 2013 in there assuming no one would notice!

He probably would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for this meddling kid.
Mystery solved!