Ryan Speier on baseball cards

Ryan Speier pitched for the Rockies from 2005 to 2009. In 90 games he went 7-3 with a 3.99 ERA. Now the owner of Speier Pitching Lessons in Tulsa, OK, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.”I began collecting baseball cards in 1986, and …

2016 KBO "Baseball’s Best Players" Set

As I mentioned the other day, I picked up a box of one of the latest Korean baseball card sets recently.  This is the second of the “Baseball’s Best Players” sets and it’s very similar to the previous one.Each box contains 20 eight card packs. &nb…

Star Wars Wantlists

under construction…….Star Wars Galaxy 1993-2012Series 12 3 14 16 21 23 26 27 30 34 35 37 38 39 41 42 43 4451 52 56 67 68 69 75 83 86 87 90 91 94 106 108 110 114 115 116 119 122 124 125 126 128 130 133 134 138 139 140 Series 2141 142 143 144 146 147…

The card aisle on the other side of the fence

What would you do if you had that fully stocked Target card aisle that featured the very most up-to-date card product that you’ve read that other collectors have?What would you do if you had one of those monthly card shows that you hear about from othe…

Barry Larkin Collection 447: 1995 Score – #254 – Platinum Team Set Parallel

Barry LarkinYear:  1995Brand:  ScoreParallel set:  Platinum Team SetCard number:  254The 1995 Score Platinum Team Sets were available to collectors who collected all of the Gold Rush cards of a particular team.  Rather than try…

Mets ’16 Topps Gypsy Queen Jersey Contest!

This contest is for a Matt Harvey 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Jersey.  Good luck!!! Contest Details: This contest will end Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST. To enter, please leave a comment in this post. You can enter once per day. The winner will be selected at random. Please provide a valid e-mail […]

Dominick Johnson, Important Things – 25

Originally published Feb. 14, 2013Dominick Johnson arrived with a new organization in 1992, the same one his father Deron Johnson worked for, the Angels.But, as the younger Johnson tried to impress his new organization, he also had to deal with his fat…

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Checking Out Green Bay Packers 1st Round Pick Kenny Clark’s Football Cards

The Green Bay Packers went with defense in the 1st round of 2016 NFL Draft when they drafted Kenny Clark who played defensive tackle for UCLA. As a defensive line player who isn’t a QB sack machine should mean that his rookie autographs won’t be too di…

Ron Thomas, Bore Down – 6

Originally published Nov. 26, 2014Ron Thomas went seven innings and gave up three runs in this May 1990 game for Sumter, according to The Sumter Item.It was enough for Thomas to get the win as teammates Earl Jewett and Don Strange came in and closed …

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TTM Success: Susan Bennett (Siri)

Susan Bennett randomly started following me on Twitter several months ago. I didn’t know who she was until then, but I did a little research and thought it was kind of cool that she was the voice of Siri.I contacted her through her website and asked if…

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Well, There You Go

Just when things were looking bad, David Ortiz produced another Papi Moment.But, we certainly wouldn’t want to forget the moment that happened before that. We’ve come to expect these heroics for Ortiz over the years. But, Jackie Bradley Jr has not been…

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Letters Perfect

A couple of items from the real Topps Archives today kids!First out of the gate is a letter quite a few small fry would have received from Topps if they had written in to try and get a few baseball cards to complete their sets:Sy Berger and his secreta…

Ernie’s One Game Return

I learned something new while I was doing some research for the Leo Durocher post:Ernie Banks played in one game for the 1972 Cubs.He retired after the 1971 season and became the Cubs first base coach for the 1972 season. He was 41 years old and his pl…

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PAD Circus – 020 – Where the A stands for Almost

Hello, everyone! So, it seems that this is the season of “almost.” That is, the “A” in PAD has come to mean “Almost” – Packs-Almost-Daily Circus. Ah, well. The biggest thing to remember is that we’re having fun (or I am anyway – haha!) and we have LOTS…

Indians @ Phillies 15th overall picks Chase Utley and Tyler Naquin

Found an interesting card for this weekends Indians Phillies Series.  2012 Bowman Draft Top Picks #TP-UN Chase Utley Tyler Naquin Chase Utley was once paired with the Indians Rookie Center Fielder, Tyler Naquin in a Bowman Draft Insert set. T…

Ebay Bargains 2016

Hey, it’s me.  Guess I forgot I had a blog.  Big loss for the world, I know.  Anyway, I have made a small number of purchases this year.  During the last two weeks of February I did a bit of Ebay bargain hunting.  Literally hun…

Delivery Time! A Celebratory PWE from Play at the Plate!

I’m pleased to report that I have exactly ZERO more final exams to write or grade!  As a bit of celebration, I have an awesome surprise PWE from Brian over at Play at the Plate.  Inside that amazing little white envelope was twelve awesome La…

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Why Yes, Lee Walls, I Am Looking Right At Your Tint

The old story goes that as Topps was preparing the 3rd series of their wooden-framed 1962 Topps set, they decided to answer the higher demand for the 2nd series of cards and produce more of that series. Their regular printer at the time, Zabel Brothers…

John Kupsey, Nice Kid – 10

Originally published Nov. 29, 2014Gloucester Catholic’s John Kupsey hit an early home run to help his team beat rival Bishop Eustace in this early June 1988 game.It was a performance that Eustace had seen all too often – and one Eustace coach Joe Galli…

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Papi Moments
As everyone in Red Sox Nation celebrates David Ortiz’s final season, I thought it would be a good excuse to recount some of the most memorable things I’ve seen David Ortiz do.

Especially on days where I can’t think of something else to write about.

These sorts of endeavors are always tricky, which I suppose is part of their charm. Of course, anyone can put together a list of David Ortiz Highlights. But, if I’m writing it, it should probably be the most important moments to me. Sometimes those will be the same thing. Sometimes they won’t. For that reason, most of them will be games I attended. For the most part, any moment that I’m present for will trump a moment I watch on television or hear on the radio. It has that ability to transform the last few hours of my life from a crummy time to a pretty good time.

Or, in the case of this moment, even longer.

I’m going to start with Ortiz’s home run to win game four of the 2004 ALCS. I was in the ballpark for that game. Although, I’ll admit it was pure luck that kept me in the ballpark until that moment.

Usually I take the T when I go to games. But, for that game my brother was driving us, and he decided to drive in and find a lot. We found a lot not too far from the park, that included blocked parking. We were somewhat near the entrance to the lot, but by the time we left the lot, a couple cars had come to block us in. 

So, I will fully admit that as the game dragged on and on, and the hour grew later and later, there were many discussions about how long we were going to stick it out. I had already seen the Yankees celebrate an American League Championship on the Fenway grass. I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of seeing another one. But, there were a couple deciding factors. Since we drove in, we weren’t slaves to the train schedules. Beyond that, we knew we were blocked in at the lot. How foolish would we feel if we left early, only to sit in our cars until the end of the game listening to it on the radio? So, we stuck it out through the cold.

What choice did we have?

Boy am I glad we did.

You all know the story. Dave Roberts stole the base after Millar walked in the bottom of the ninth. Bill Mueller drove Roberts home to tie the game. What at the time seemed like hours later, with Manny Ramirez on base Ortiz lifted a ball into the bullpen to send us all home happy.

Again, full confession, my emotion was a mixture of relief and excitement. Thank goodness the Sox hadn’t been swept. Thank goodness the game wasn’t going to go on any longer. And, Oh My God Did We Just See That?

Of course, at the time all we knew was that the series was now 3-1. For all we knew the Sox would be eliminated the following day. (Or, the same day as it turned out.)

But, of course, they weren’t eliminated. That win was the start of a run unmatched in my memory.

And it all started with this Papi Moment.

(Oh. When we got back to our car, the three people blocking us in were gone. We joked with the people waiting in the cars we were blocking it that we hoped they hadn’t been waiting for long. Their response was “an hour.” Exactly what we were afraid of happening to us.)

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2016 Bowman Baseball – All the Dodgers Insert Cards

Now that you’ve seen the base cards, here is everything else.  Shown below are the various Dodgers inserts and autograph cards that are available.  Note that the Kenta Maeda auto’d cards are available only through a redemption card.Chrome Pro…