Big and Small We Love Them All

Get ready for a little deception.  Here is what may be the first Ron Santo card that Topps has produced in years.  Ron’s not wearing his uniform but I’m guessing he does have on his “gamer”.  If you’re a Santo fan you’ll know what I’m ta…

1987 Spokane Indians at the mall – Pedro Aquino

Pedro Aquino, better known as Pedro Martinez or Pedro A. Martinez, pitched for the Padres, Astros, Mets and Reds from 1993 to 1997. In 122 games he went 7-4 with 3 saves and a 3.97 ERA.J.J. Newberry was a national chain of discount department stores ba…

Players I Collect 2016 – Part 3

Continuing on with the Players I Collect who had cards in 2016. Or at least the cards of them that I have.Dwight GoodenAfter a 6 year gap, there have been no lack of Dwight Gooden cards since 2012. Overall I have 106 Gooden cards, most of them from his…

Barry Larkin Collection 478: 1998 Pacific Paramount – #147

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Pacific ParamountCard number:  147The 1998 Pacific Paramount set is 90% awesome, 10% hideous.  For my money, the front of the card is awesome (except for the hideous foil at the bottom) and the back of…

2016 Heritage High Numbers Cubs

Last week Topps released an additional 225 Heritage cards in the high number series. Ten of the cards featured Cubs and Brentandbecca delivered as usual.  In a shocking upset, Card Edwards was not included in the high numbers.  Topps includes…

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Card Of The Week September 25

The Yokohama DeNA Baystars clinched a playoff spot last week,  This is the first time that the Baystars have made the Climax Series since the Central League adopted the playoff format in 2007.  The last time the Baystars played beyo…

2016 SportsNet LA Vin Scully Poster Set

I thought I would finally take some time to officially catalog a Vin Scully collectible that has been available all season at Dodger Stadium this year.  As you may know, SportsNet LA has been passing out special commemorate posters to fans for fre…

Surprise from The Phillies Room
There are few things as exciting as heading to the mailbox, and seeing an unexpected package waiting for you. The anticipation starts as soon as you see it. What wonders could be inside? For me, that anticipation is always heightened when the return address indicates it’s from The Phillies Room. Jim has always been one to surprise me with wonderful additions to my collection. As usual, I was not disappointed with the results. Want to see what he sent? I won’t show you everything, but here are a few of the key elements of the package.

Big Papi.

With less than a week left in David Ortiz’s regular season career, these additions were appropriately timed. Of course, the thing that stuck out immediately (pun intended) is the Fathead. These aren’t something I usually purchase, so it’s always welcome when one is included unexpectedly. In fact, I don’t believe this is the first time Jim has added one to my collection. Is it weird that I’m almost as excited about the perfectly sized rigid holder it came in? Ok. It’s weird. But, will make the Fathead much easier to display. As tempted as I am to actually use the Fathead, wall space is scarce in Section 36. It will be much easier to find a home sitting on a shelf. For now at least. Papi was also represented on a Topps Bunt card. I’ll admit to being confused by this. Topps Bunt is an electronic card set…that has physical cards? I do have a Topps Bunt account (section36), and have been accumulating cards on it. Although, I’m not exactly sure what to do with them now. I also see that the Ortiz card Jim sent says I can “Collect and trade this card in the Topps Bunt app today!” So, maybe if I use the code in very small letters on the back, I can add that card to my digital collection? (Unless, of course, Jim has already added the card to his.) I guess that would be a reason to have a physical card to a digital set. Like Disney Infinity, the physical item would provide the digital access. I guess I should buy some physical Bunt packs at some point. The “Perspectives” card is a fun one, including a great shot of Ortiz making some fans happy. The Walk Off Wins card could be an insert set made up exclusively of David Ortiz cards. I doubt that this is the case. But, this card celebrates Ortiz’s walk-off in game 5 of the 2004 ALCS. I don’t need much convincing to think about that game again.



With the retiring old guy covered, Jim also made sure to remember some rookies. Of course, Ted Williams isn’t exactly a rookie this year, but he once was. This Rookie Sensations card is a fun way to celebrate that. And, a “Rookie Sensation” Williams certainly was. On the back, Topps points out that Williams hit .327 his rookie year with 31 HR and 145 RBI. Just for fun, he added 44 doubles. That’s insane. How insane? In Mike Trout’s first full season he went .326/30/83. Yikes. Of course, the actual rookie included in the package was Yoan Moncada. He hasn’t exactly hit the ground running after making the jump from AA to Boston. But, he was the top prospect in baseball for a reason. Here’s hoping he figures it out, and mans the hot corner for the Sox for years to come.

So, a big thank you goes out to The Phillies Room for those cards, and the rest of the cards in the package. I can’t think of a better way to enhance a long Red Sox winning streak than to get some unexpected cards. Thank you Jim!

I’ll be getting something out to you soon.
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Wallet Card at another ORegon phone exchange

The Adams Real Estate sign is not the only painted ad with an ORegon phone exchange still visible in midtown Manhattan. A few blocks away on Third Avenue there is another one advertising air conditioned apartments for rent. Unlike the Adams Real Estate…

True One of a Kind Pokémon Card!

Dave & Adam’s Card World has recently acquired an incredible piece of Pokémon memorabilia! We are currently selling a Blank Base Set 1 Unlimited card that has been signed in person by four individuals responsible for making Pokémon the incredible franchise it is today. The card has been signed by: Tsunekazu Ishihara – President of […]

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Check Out My Cards: Volume VI (Dinosaurs!)

The 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs set was one of my favorite releases from last year.  In fact, I ended up opening a couple of hobby boxes of the product – enough that I am now quite close to having the full set!I ended up liking the base set so much …

All I’ve Got of Him: Jose Cardenal

Let’s go back in time to the mid-Seventies, a time when fros were flowin’.  Oscar Gamble probably has the most famous fro, but Jose Cardenal also ranks up there.  His Cubs career went from 1972 – 1977 and they were the best six years of his 1…

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1987 Spokane Indians at the mall – Terry Gilmore

Today is a sad day for baseball, of course. The Jose Fernandez accident instantly reminds fans of the Steve Olin/Tim Crews deadly boating accident, and Yankee fans of course remember Thurman Munson, another big star who died suddenly during his playing…

Not a Good Day

First Jose Fernandez and now this sad news:Golf legend Arnold Palmer has died.  Arnie was 87 years old.

1969 Custom Cards

A few years ago, John Hogan at the “Cards That Never Were” blog made a batch of custom baseball and football cards for me at my request.  I noticed that John did not include these images on his own blog, so I am posting them here so they can be ap…

1968 Custom Cards

A few years ago, John Hogan at the “Cards That Never Were” blog made a batch of custom baseball and football cards for me at my request.  I noticed that John did not include these images on his own blog, so I am posting them here so they can be ap…