Alamo City Comic Con

Members of the Dave & Adam’s Buying Team are heading to the Alamo City Comic Con this weekend. The show is taking in San Antonio, Tx and runs from Friday the 28th through Sunday the 30th. The guys are heading to the show strictly to purchase. Here are some of the items they are looking for: […]

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Jeff’s Latest Star Wars Score

Our toy buyer attended the Cincinnati Toy Show on October 23rd and bought some incredible Star Wars items near the original home of Kenner Toys. Among the highlights from the show were: – a rare Return of the Jedi that has Leia Boushh, Lando Skiff guard and Luke Jedi with the blue lightsaber. – 2 […]

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Mark Outlaw on baseball cards

Mark Outlaw pitched in the Phillies organization from 1999 to 2003. His best season was 2000, when he went 5-2 with 11 saves and a 0.94 ERA for Piedmont. Overall in 173 games he went 16-11 with 24 saves and a 3.41 ERA. Now a Client Manager at Baylor Scott & White Health Plan in Texas, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

Do you collect baseball cards? 

Yes, I collected baseball cards growing up starting at an early age.  My parents and grandmother would buy me cards when they went to the grocery store.  I liked the gum that was inside.  This was during the 1980’s and the beginning of the big baseball card boom.  

I had an old price guide that came with a baseball card collecting kit.  In that price guide, it listed a 1984 Donruss Don Mattingly rookie card at $3.  One day, I went to a local baseball card shop, Bankston’s, and they had the card in a case selling for $100.  At nine years old, I had to do a double take.  Surely, that wasn’t the same card?  After examining and questioning the workers there, I determined it was the same card.  I was rich!!!  That got me hooked even more.  I always loved baseball, and this just added more excitement to it.

When I was a little older, my grandmother gave me a box of cards that I had left all over her house throughout the years.  In that box contained Joe Montana and Jerry Rice rookie cards.  That was an awesome find!

Do you have a favorite card of yourself or of another player?

Two cards come to mind. One is the 1991 Upper Deck Michael Jordan.  I was a big fan of his and seeing him in a baseball uniform made it twice as exciting.  The other card is the 1985 Topps Mark McGwire USA.  McGwire came onto the MLB scene very hot and was an exciting player to watch.  This was also a year or so after the 1984 Olympics and everyone was patriotic.  It was cool seeing him in a USA uniform. 

Do you have any stories about cards of yourself or of other players? 

Being a huge baseball card collector growing up, I was so excited to sign my first contract with Topps.  A Topps representative met me one day at our baseball stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania (Phillies AA) and I signed 2000 cards for them.  I think it all sunk in when I saw my card listed in the Beckett price guide.  I grew up looking up card prices in that magazine and it was very humbling to see my name in there.  I was very proud and honored.

My girlfriend at the time and wife now were walking through the mall one day when we saw a box of 2002 in a toy store.  I told her that I had a card in that set.  She said she was going to buy a pack.  I told her that I wouldn’t be in that pack, because there were hundreds of cards in that set.  Sure enough she opened the pack and my card was in there.  I thought that was pretty cool and a great silent brag. 


1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: What the Bleep?! $#*!

I’m back with the 13th pack out of my box of 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated…and it’s a doozy (but not in a good way). When I grabbed the pack, I couldn’t help but notice how thin it was…and how it seemed to having nothing inside it but a piece of pa…

Nobel Prize Winner: Bob Dylan?

First the Nobel prize folks give Bob Dylan an award, now the committee is upset that the iconic troubadour won’t return their calls.Well I think the Nobel folks shouldn’t be to upset, I have been trying to get a hold of Bob Dylan for 20 years and he st…

A Couple Vintage Dodgers Collectibles at Lelands Auctions — The Sym-Phony Band and an Wrigley Flag

With our teams unceremonious exit from the 2016 postseason, I thought it would be fun to take one last look at the current Lelands Auction for some more vintage Dodgers memorabilia.  After all, there is no better way to get over the hump of anothe…

The Stage Has Been Set
With the Cubs beating the Dodgers in the NLCS, it was all over except the waiting. It meant the Indians and Cubs would be waiting to face each other in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night.

As with any match-up of this magnitude, there’s really only one question on anyone’s mind. Who do I want to win the Series?

This year, that decision is trickier than some. There’s no clear cut winner. If the Red Sox are playing, that’s an obvious one. If the Yankees are playing, just as obvious. Sometime my rationale is stupid. I would probably cheer against the Giants because I don’t want them to have more championships this century than the Red Sox do. I’d probably cheer against the Rays because the Devil Rays were so annoying, and for the Phillies because I’ve always felt a kinship with their fans. I would have cheered for the Dodgers because Adrian Gonzalez was cheated out of his 2013 ring with the Sox. Or the Blue Jays because so many Blue Jays fans seem to be fans of this blog.

But, for this match-up, things are a bit murky. Both teams are littered with ex-Red Sox. Both teams have gone a long time since winning their last World Series championship. Neither team is a particular rival of the Sox. I would have expected that I’d be rooting for the Cubs, as sort of a “long championship drought” kinship. And, a few years ago, that probably would have been the case. But, not this year.

I’m rooting for the Indians.

The first reason why is Joe Maddon. While it has slowed a bit since his move to the Cubs, but I’m already annoyed by the treatment Maddon gets from the media. His “genius Joe” routine is beyond annoying. The fact that he makes his team dress up in ridiculous costumes is maddening. For a guy who hasn’t won anything, he’s treated like god’s gift to managing. Imagine if he actually had a ring on his finger to go along with it? I shudder to think. From there, a couple other minor reasons. Jon Lester made a decision to not sign with the Sox. He could have chosen them, but he didn’t. Likewise, Theo made the decision to abandon the team to fit his desires. I figure they deserve to go winless more than other players.

Like the ones on the Indians, for instance. Mike Napoli was ditched by the team. Same with Coco Crisp. It seems to me that Tito Francona was tricked (by Theo) into leaving the Sox before he might have wanted to. I don’t been bad cheering for them. They’re still “one of us.” There’s also the marginal reason to root for the AL team. Keeping it in the League. Or, rooting for the team that beat the Red Sox. It’s slightly easier to swallow if the Sox are swept out of the playoffs by the eventual World Champions. 

Now, I admit, I’m not thrilled about hoping for Cleveland to win another championship this year. I’m not comfortable with them becoming a sports powerhouse to rival Boston’s glory days. But, then I look at the Browns, and don’t worry about that too much. I’m also not all that eager to open the “What if the Sox had traded for Miller instead of Cleveland?” line of questioning. But, those are minor issues in comparison. When it comes down to it, I can’t cheer for Joe Maddon.

Let’s go Indians!
2016 Topps Gold Label – All the Dodgers Cards

Last week Topps released an old Baseball card brand that existed in the hobby in the late-90’s and early naughts.  It is called 2016 Topps Gold Label, and it features an 100-card base set that includes three different versions of each base card.&n…

Buyback Franken-set: I Love the ’70s

I’ve had an appreciation for buybacks for some time now, but the thing that really got me kick-started on the buyback franken-set this year was a large lot of (97) buybacks that I won on eBay a while back.  It took me a couple of months to get thr…

Wallet Card at NYC’s last cab call sign

In the early twentieth century cab call signs could be seen at every major hotel and entertainment venue, providing an easy way for people to know when their cab had arrived. People would take a number and wait for their number to flash on the sign, me…

Barry Larkin Collection 484: 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated – #8 – Opening Day Mini Poster

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Fleer Sports IllustratedInsert set:  Opening Day Mini PosterCard number:  8The 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated set continued the trend started in the 1997 edition of the brand where Fleer would include a…

Five Random Cubs Cards

This was scheduled to run yesterday, but it got bumped by something more important.I’ve got 14,459 Cubs cards from 109 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 19…

Jimmie Hall (#190)

This is Jimmie Hall’s last card as a Twin. Following the 1966 season, he was traded to the Angels with 1st baseman Don Mincher and pitcher Pete Cimino for pitcher Dean Chance.

Hall was signed by the Washington Senators way back in 1956, and played 7 seasons in the minors before finally making the majors in April 1963. Hall never showed a lot of power in the minors, but in his first big-league season, he crashed 33 homers and picked up 80 RBI. He finished 3rd in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, after White Sox’ teammates Gary Peters and Pete Ward.

Jimmie was the team’s #3 outfielder, behind sluggers Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew, and started 125 games as a rookie, mostly in center field.

For the next 2 seasons, Hall was the Twins’ regular center fielder, hitting 25 and 20 homers, and batting over .280 each year. He also made the All-Star team in those seasons.

In 1966 he also hit 20 homers, but his RBI total was down to 47 and his batting average plummeted to .239. He was the team’s #3 outfielder, splitting his time between center and left fields.

A change of scenery occurred in 1967, as Hall joined the perennially-crowded Angels’ outfield. After a season platooning in right field with Bubba Morton, Jimmie moved on to the Indians in May 1968 for outfielder Vic Davalillo.

He was acquired by the Yankees in the 2nd week of the 1969 season, and spent the next 5 months as the Yankees’ 4th outfielder, mostly backing up Bobby Murcer in right field. Hall was traded to the Cubs in mid-September.

Hall’s final season was 1970, and he was used sparingly both by the Cubs and by the Braves, who acquired him in June.

1988 Spokane Indians at the Mall – Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez played eleven seasons in the major leagues as a backup infielder for the Padres, Mets, Brewers, Orioles and Reds. In 721 games he hit .241 with 22 HR and 151 RBI.I think this photo, like the last one (Pedro Aquino Martinez), was from JC Penney.

Al Weis (#556)

Here is one of the rare high-number cards, showing utilityman Al Weis in his final season with the White Sox.

Weis was signed by the ChiSox in 1959, and played in the minors for 4 seasons before making his major-league debut with 7 games in September 1962.

Al played 99 games in his rookie season of 1963, and although he only started 53 games between 2B and SS (well behind regulars Nellie Fox and Ron Hansen), somehow Topps selected him to their All-Rookie team that season, displaying the trophy on his 1964 card.

In 1964 Fox had moved on, and Weis shared the 2nd base duties with rookie Don Buford (both were switch-hitters).

Al backed up Buford during the 1965 season, but with Don mostly playing 3rd base in 1966, Weis had increased playing time, sharing the 2nd base job with Jerry Adair, Wayne Causey, and Buford. In 1967 it was back to the bench, as Weis played only 50 games (14 starts).

After the season, he was traded to the Mets with outfielder Tommie Agee for outfielder Tommy Davis and pitcher Jack Fisher. Al played for the Mets for 3 1/2 seasons, with most of his playing time coming in ’68 and ’69. He played in all 3 games in the 1969 NLCS, and all 5 games of the ’69 World Series. Although he hit .215 with only 23 RBI that season, in the World Series he hit .455 with 1 home run and 3 RBI, while starting 4 of the 5 games for the Amazin’ Mets.

The 1969 post-season was his moment in the sun, as he was back to utilityman status in 1970, starting only 31 games as the backup 2nd baseman. He was released on July 1st, 1971 after playing in only 11 games to that point.

Rich Rollins (#243)

This is Rich Rollins’ final card as a Twin. After the 1968 season he joined the expansion Seattle Pilots.

Rollins was signed by the old Washington Senators in 1960. Midway through the 1961 season, he made his major-league debut for the team, in their first season as the Minnesota Twins.

In 1962, Rich hit .298, collected 96 RBI, and made his only All-Star team, as he started 158 of the team’s 163 games at the hot corner (every game except the 5 from 9/13 to 9/18).

The Twins had some iron-men that season: 
Bernie Allen – 158 starts at 2B 
Rich Rollins – 158 starts at 3B 
Zoilo Versalles – 157 starts at SS 
Harmon Killebrew – 150 starts in LF, 2 at 1B 
Lenny Green – 147 starts in CF, 4 in LF 
Earl Battey – 143 starts at C 
Vic Power – 141 starts at 1B 
Bob Allison – 139 starts in RF 

Rich was the Twins’ everyday 3rd-sacker for the next 2 years, starting 132 and 146 games there. In 1964 he led the AL with 10 triples.

In 1965 his starts were down to 110 (plus 12 starts at 2nd base). The decrease was due to Killebrew having moved in from left field beginning in 1965. Although Killer primarily played 1st base, he started 40 games at 3rd in an effort to keep Don Mincher’s bat in the lineup. Rollins’ days as an every-day player ended after 1965.

Killebrew started 103 games at 3B, to Rollins’ 59 games in 1966. Still, Rich appeared in another 30 games as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement.

With Mincher shipped off to the Angels after the 1966 season in exchange for Dean Chance, Killebrew took up full-time residence at 1st base. Rollins benefited with 90 starts at 3rd base, while jack-of-all-trades Cesar Tovar started 56 games there.

Rollins’ final season in Minnesota (1968) saw him relegated to the bench for all but 44 games, as Tovar became the primary 3rd baseman, and utility types like Frank Quilici and Ron Clark also getting some playing time.

After the ’68 season, Rich was selected by the Pilots, and began the season as the starting 3rd baseman. He started 39 of the first 62 games there, then took a seat on the bench for the rest of the season. The team used a fleet of utility players there (Gus Gil, John Kennedy, Ron Clark) before settling on Tommy Harper for the final 2 months of the season.

After playing only 14 games with the Brewers, Rollins was released in mid-May 1970. He was picked up on the same day by the Indians, and played 42 games (all but 4 as a pinch-hitter) over the remainder of his final season.

He played in 1002 games over his 10-year career.

1969 Stamp Albums

Five years ago, I blogged about my Topps 1969 stamp collection here and here. It was on my 1968 blog because at the time, this 1969 blog was run by someone else.In those posts, I wondered:”I have 76 of these stamps from various teams, mostly Phillies,…

Joe Carter’s 1993 World Series Winning Home Run

On today’s date in 1993 the World Series was just ending as a result of Joe Carter’s home run. The 2016 World Series starts on Tuesday.Here are a few cards from my collection that commemorate the event. Anyone have any other cards featuring Carter and …

Happy Birthday Alois Leiter

Today is Alois Leiter’s birthday. Before today I had never know him as anything other than just Al, just like it says on the front of his 1988 Donruss rookie card.Today I found out that his first given name is Alois, thanks to the back of that same 198…

Calbee Card Albums

I’ve been wanting for a while to talk about Calbee card albums.  Calbee has offered card albums as redemption prizes ever since they first started publishing cards in 1973.  Based on posts from Ryan and Sean it looks like the albums had …

Card Of The Week October 23

The first two games of this year’s Nippon Series have been played and so far it’s been all Carp.  Hiroshima has won both games by identical scores of 5-1.  The Series will resume on Tuesday in Sapporo.The TV coverage showed footage of previou…

Happy Birthday Jim Bunning

Today is Jim Bunning’s 85th birthday. I hope he has a great day, not just because it’s his birthday, but because he recently suffered a stroke.Bunning had a tremendous baseball career that spanned from 1955 – 1971. The 9 time all-star pitched both a no…

Box Break: 2015 Diamond Kings- NLCS Standout Edition

The 2015 Diamond King set (manufactured by Panini) had an interesting checklist because they could freely mix retired players and current players without the MLB license.  The checklist has 200 cards (the last 50 are rookies) with some interesting…

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