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#packadailycircus – Manager Hits from Crackinwax

on July 31st, 2014 by --David

Hey, everyone! Here are pics of the manager hits from the Crackinwax prize box from the other day!

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2014 Chachi #53 Cameron Rupp

on July 31st, 2014 by Jim

#29Cameron Arthur RuppCatcherBats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6’2″  Weight:  250Born:  September 28, 1988, Dallas, TXHome:  Plano, TXDrafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 3rd round of the June…

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Box Busters at the National: 2014 Bowman Platinum baseball cards

on July 30th, 2014 by chrisolds

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he ventures to the Topps booth on the first day of the National Sports Collectors Convention to rip a box of 2014 Bowman Platinum with Topps’ Marc Stephens after its debut.

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The 35th National Has Begun!

on July 30th, 2014 by sportscardinfo

Its official.  The 35th National Sports Collectors Convention has begun.  Autographs, cards, and promos are flying all over the place.  Every single collector in the world should be in Cleveland right now. I arrived in plenty of time to obtain my VIP and Guest/Media credentials.  Then off to the VIP Party I went.  After eating some […]

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Sports Card Magazine #106

on July 30th, 2014 by NPB Card Guy

The latest issue of Sports Card Magazine (#106) hit the newsstands in Japan last Saturday.  It’s the usual mixed bag of articles and ads that are of limited appeal to non-Japanese readers.  The issue has a full color listing of all the BBM ca…

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The King!

on July 30th, 2014 by Kevin

I finally have it. One of the all time great cards, easily one of the top 5 Topps cards of all time… A 1968 Nolan Ryan rookie card! This is a Monster of a card. Back in the day, the … Continue reading

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more from the garvey oddball binder – 1984 union oil dodgers most memorable moments sheets

on July 30th, 2014 by gcrl

here are some more sheets from my steve garvey oddball binder.  these come from the 1984 union oil dodgers most memorable moments set.  similar to the 1982 volpe portraits, these were available at your local southland 76 station (murph was th…

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Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Series 2 – Sabermetrics Stats Short Print

on July 30th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Series 2 – Sabermetrics Stats Short Print Seeing that Topps’ Series 2 set included ‘extra’ cards in the release from the Series 1 set got me excited at the opportunity to add another card of Giancarlo … Continue reading

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Here are some Day 1 Twitter Pics of "The National"

on July 30th, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Following up on all of the photos I shared yesterday from the National Sports Card Collectors Convention in Cleveland, here are some more pics from today that might make you envious of everyone there. 

The show officially opened up this afternoon, with VIP ticket holders getting early entry and free autograph opportunities with former Major Leaguers Carlos Baerga, Dale Murphy and Denny McLain.  Below is Baerga, via ESPN Mint Condition on twitter:

Carlos Baerga signing for fans @natsportsshow pic.twitter.com/xe3qejoVPU
— ESPN Mint Condition (@ESPNMintCondit) July 30, 2014

And here is Dale Murphy with some fans, via his own twitter account.  I gotta add that I really hated Dale Murphy.  Not because he was a bad guy… Not in the least… I hated him because he always seems to kill the Dodgers.  And the way he swung that bat around, which must have been 40 inches long, just scared the living daylights out of me every time he came up to the plate.  As I now check his stats, I see that he didn’t even hit us very hard, but I still feared, respected and hated the guy.

Signing right now at @FCBsportscards !! @natsportsshow pic.twitter.com/lamgpT9daK
— Dale Murphy (@DaleMurphy3) July 30, 2014

Now, on to the show.  Wheatland Auctions shares a panoramic:

The National Sports Card Convention is officially open!  #NSCCShow pic.twitter.com/9tHJc4v4hU
— Wheatland Auction (@WheatlandBids) July 30, 2014

WTF?  Pete Rose broke up the Beatles?  (Via VSM Sportscards on twitter)

Pete Rose wrote “I’m sorry I broke up the Beatles” on a baseball bat #NSCCShow pic.twitter.com/71jnAK9n5G
— VSM Sports Cards (@VSMsportscards) July 30, 2014

Here’s another look at Topps tiny pavilion, via SCC Trading Cards:

The @toppscards pavilion at the #nsccshow pic.twitter.com/3bSRxzXEEd
— SCC Trading Cards (@SCCTradingCards) July 30, 2014

Leaf, on the other hand, pulled out all of the stops.  Via SCC Trading Cards:

The folks @leaf_cards with a massive booth across from us #nsccshow pic.twitter.com/4pUT2tDhKs
— SCC Trading Cards (@SCCTradingCards) July 30, 2014

ThoseBackPages shows us some incredible vintage cards in a case.

MOAR ##NSCCshow #collect #cardchat pic.twitter.com/fUFcSYzqFi
— TheWalkingDeadSaga (@ThoseBackPages) July 30, 2014

Here’s Panini’s booth, via SportsCardNews:

Panini America getting set up #NSCCshow pic.twitter.com/ZSLTvMTaVk
— Sports Card News (@SportsCardNews) July 30, 2014

Here’s Upper Deck, via Chris Harris of Stale Gum:

Pretty much the same setup from UD. #NSCCShow pic.twitter.com/VmhjulbAw0
— Chris Harris (@stalegum) July 30, 2014

Finally, here’s a game-used Babe Ruth bat at the Memory Lane booth, via Jamie Taylor on twitter:

#NSCCshow Babe Ruth game used bat pic.twitter.com/z83sDqRSEY
— Jamie Taylor (@MeanMrTaylor) July 30, 2014

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Kris Bryant BGS 10 highlights huge grading day at The National

on July 30th, 2014 by chrisolds

Beckett Grading Services Director Jeromy Murray said Thursday’s grading total set a Beckett record for the first day of a National show.

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2014 Chachi #52 Aaron Altherr

on July 30th, 2014 by Jim

#40Aaron Samuel AltherrOutfieldBats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6’5″  Weight:  220Born:  January 14, 1991, Landstuhl, GermanyHome:  Buckeye, AZDrafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 9th round o…

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Box Busters at the National: 2014 Topps Mini baseball cards

on July 30th, 2014 by chrisolds

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he ventures to the Topps booth on the first day of the National Sports Collectors Convention to rip a 2014 Topps Mini box.

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Josh Collmenter Star Wars Bobblehead

on July 30th, 2014 by Daniel Wilson

My friend Joe, of the blog Catching Rays, got me this Josh Collmenter Star Wars Bobblehead a week or so ago. Thanks Joe! That makes 48 of 61! Check out my progress here. 

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2013 Panini Elite baseball

on July 30th, 2014 by JediJeff

Let’s jump back into the scan folder. I have way too much that needs to be posted. Here is a pack from one of my LCS pack wars. Who wants to prospect hunt?So.Much.Silver.Get used to that color. Anyway, this is the “Extra Edition”, whatever that means. …

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Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Silver Foil Edition!

on July 30th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Silver Foil Edition! The Fergie Jenkins ‘Archives Train’ keeps rolling here at ’30-YOC’ as I have now grabbed three of the four cards of Fergie from the 2014 Topps Archives set. This is my … Continue reading

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Delivery Time! Waiting for Ginter Doesn’t Have to Wait ’til Next Year!

on July 30th, 2014 by Nachos Grande

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been begging and pleading for people to offer me up some of their extra (or simply unwanted) 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter inserts (both regular size and mini size).  I’m happy to report that the fruits of my beg…

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Playing Favorites at the NSCC … Part 1

on July 30th, 2014 by chrisolds

Chatter Up veterans Richard and Melissa Hardy are attending their first National Sports Collectors Convention and caught up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds to talk about their favorites and more before a session of Pack Wars on the show floor.

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2014 National Convention: Wrapper Redemption Roundup

on July 30th, 2014 by Gellman

Well, its time for the biggest card show of the year, as the 2014 National Collectors Convention opens today in Cleveland for show VIPs. There will be a flood of news coming, including some potential information about Panini and their … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Card Collection and So Much More

on July 30th, 2014 by Tom Bartsch

More than 1,000 lots are included in the auction, which leads off with 94 lots from The Rocky Mountain Collection, a remarkable accumulation of important sports cards from the 19th century through the early 21st century. Read More

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Check out this Great Willard Mullin Brooklyn "Bum" Drawing at Hile High

on July 30th, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Willard Mullin is one of my favorite all-time favorite sports artist, so whenever I run across some of his work I just can’t help but share it here.  For instance, Mile High Card Co’s current August 2014 auction includes an original drawing of Mul…

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Willie McCovey 2014 Topps Archives – Base

on July 30th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

Willie McCovey 2014 Topps Archives – Base Today marks the anniversary of Willie McCovey’s debut in the major leagues.  That event occurred in 1959, 55 years ago! So, why not feature another sweet card of ‘Stretch’ on this special day? … Continue reading

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Stars of the Negro Leagues set available August 1st!

on July 30th, 2014 by PunkRockPaint

From the archives of The National Pastime Museum, PunkRockPaint presents the Stars of the Negro Leagues Baseball Card Set.This limited edition boxed set of 35 trading cards highlights Stars of the Negro Leagues that shined the brightest while play…

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Learning from Lester

on July 30th, 2014 by Section 36
It’s becoming clear that the Red Sox never had/have any intention of extending Jon Lester. Unless it was to the contract they offered in the spring. They weren’t going to make that kind of commitment to a pitcher as old as Lester is. Whether they never want to sign a pitcher who is 30, or don’t want to sign a contract that ends when a pitcher is 35, Lester is too old. This begs the question:
How do you expect to have elite talent?

After all, no matter when you sign a player, aren’t you going to be signing them up to their 35ish year old season? Right now, Lester would get a 5-7 year deal pushing him past 35. But, if you went after him two years ago, wouldn’t it take a 7-9 year deal? So you’d still be paying for the 35 year old season? Any elite free agent is going to be looking for the contract to take him to his mid-30’s. So, if you decide you never want to do that, you’ll never have elite talent. Is there a chance in hell that plan could work?

Well, it sort of did last year.

Isn’t that the year that makes one think the strategy at least has a chance? Everyone on the team was either a young guy at the end of his initial contract, or an older free agent on a short term deal. Two exceptions come to mind. Lackey is an older free agent who was towards the end of his deal. And Pedroia, whose disaster of an extension might be the straw that finally broke the camel’s back. Other than that, the team looked like what the team is now becoming.

They’re setting up to have a young core. Bogaerts and Bradley and Middlebrooks and Holt and Vazquez and Betts and Workman and De La Rosa. They’re the ones filling the roles that Lester and Ellsbury and Pedroia filled in 2007 and morphed into in 2013. The young group that plays a role one year, and leads a few years later, just before their contract expires and they want big deals. Then you fill it in with short term vets. Whether it’s Schilling and Lowell, or Victorino and Napoli.

From there, it’s just changing the names. Lester leaves, so you get a prospect/pick in return. In a few years, Middlebrooks is shown the door, without so much as an offer of an 8-year deal. Then Bogaerts. You just have to hope that with all your extra prospects and picks, you can find enough quality to keep the team stocked with talent. From there, you can add key pieces, and depth.

That’s the one thing that separates this plan from, say, the Rays and A’s. There’s money available. They can overpay Victorino for a short deal. They can pay Carp more than he’d get elsewhere to be a key player on the bench. The money can be used to get you depth. Something “small market” teams can’t do. So, there’s the turnover and flexibility of the Rays, with the depth of the Yankees. It’s an interesting theory.

The main flaw is depending on prospects. Sure, the pure mass of them increases your odds. Right now the list of Sox top prospects is longer than I can ever remember. The hope is that one of them is a stud, and three of them are damn good. The rest are roster filler. That’s something you can build around. Don’t get the stud? It’s much much tougher. Get one fewer all-star? That’s a problem.

It’s an interesting idea. I don’t know if it can work. I hate depending on prospects. They’re way too risky for my blood. But maybe, just maybe, the sheer volume of prospects they get from this plan assures the success. Maybe it could work.

It kind of already did.

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Dee Gordon and Bill Buckner

on July 30th, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and alway…

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Rob Curnow, Two Singles – 2042

on July 30th, 2014 by Steve78

The bottom of the Spokane batting order was having trouble at the plate in July 1988, according to The Spokane Spokesman-Review. No. 9 in that order was Rob Curnow.On this night, though, Curnow seemed to awaken, if just for one night. Curnow picked up …

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Rick Adair, Learned A Lot – 56

on July 30th, 2014 by Steve78

Originally published Jan. 15, 2011; Updated July 2014Playing for the Wausau Timbers in July 1981, Rick Adair picked up his 10th win, going 7.1 innings and giving up four hits, The Milwaukee Journal wrote.He also picked three runners off first, two in t…

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Blog Kiosk: 7/30/2014 – Dodger Links – Vin Scully is Coming Back for 2015 and is the FCC Cracking the Whip at TWC?

on July 30th, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Blue Heaven reader Cathy was kind enough to pass along the above photo of Tommy Lasorda signing what looks like leather “sweet spot” style baseballs for an upcoming Baseball card set while in Cooperstown this past weekend.  

(Gif via Dodger Dugout)

“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully. “God willing I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.”

Thank you Vin!

  • Via David Lieberman at Deadline.com, “FCC Chairman Blames Time Warner Cable For Dodgers TV Impasse.”  Read Chairman Tom Wheeler’s entire letter there.
Wheeler specifically wants TWC to provide, within 10 days, an explanation of the arbitration process that it has proposed, how that could resolve the matter, and other steps the cable company can take to fix things if arbitration fails.  In addition, he wants FCC logounredacted copies of contracts or term sheets in SportsNet’s deal with TWC, and proposals to other pay TV distributors.

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Via Chairman Wheeler: “I am writing to express my strong concern about how your actions appear to have created the inability of consumers in the Los Angeles area to watch televised games of the Los Angeles Dodgers.” 

The Chairman has requested a ton of information within 10 days.  A part of me feels that their (TWC’s) lobbying effort has backfired.  Now, TWC is asked to provide a slew of information, and if they do that I may have to make a freedom of information act request.  I’ll have to figure out that process since it’s been years since I’ve done that.  On the other hand, TWC can just make all of that information public themselves, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. 

Mattingly on #Dodgers at trade deadline: “I’m not expecting anything huge.”
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 29, 2014

  • FYI, the Dodgers reinstated left-handed relief pitcher Scott Elbert from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.  Per a Dodger press release:
Elbert made 15 rehab appearances (two starts) for Dodger affiliates this year, going 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA for Rookie-advanced Ogden, Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Albuquerque as he worked his way back from 2013 Tommy John surgery. Elbert, who was originally selected by the Dodgers in the first round (17th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, last pitched in the Majors on Aug. 26, 2012 and went 3-3 with two saves and a 3.61 ERA in 120 games with the Dodgers from 2008-12.

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Autograph of the Week: Thomas Coyle

on July 30th, 2014 by Paul Hadsall

Thomas Coyle is a second baseman in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays farm system. A 16th-round draft pick in 2012, the 23-year-old Pennsylvania native is hitting .249 with five home run, 27 RBI and 22 stolen bases through 92 games for the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Single-A Florida State League. Coyle could be an […]

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1975 Topps Set Card 207/660 – #377 – Tom Hilgendorf, Indians

on July 30th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

1975 Topps Set Card 207/660 – #377 – Tom Hilgendorf, Indians Progress: 207/660 Player Name:  Tom Hilgendorf Team:  Cleveland Indians Position:   Pitcher Image Style:  Posed Portrait Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1969-70, 1972-75 Notes From His 1975 … Continue reading

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Trade with the Night Owl

on July 30th, 2014 by capewood

A few months ago, Greg at The Night Owl blog, published this card to his Twitter feed.2004 Bowman Chrome Autographs #338 Jason HirshHe’s a guy most of you haven’t heard of but it’s an Astro card with an on-card auto. I didn’t have any of the auto cards…

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Player Profile: Mike Boddicker

on July 30th, 2014 by Bo
I have 61 cards of Mike Boddicker. This one is from 1986 Sportflics. 
Playing career: Mike Boddicker pitched fourteen seasons in the major leagues. His first two seasons were dominant – 16-8, 2.77 as a rookie for the 1983 World Champion Orioles (and two complete game victories in the postseason in which he did not allow an earned run); followed by leading the AL in wins (20) and ERA (2.79) in in 1984. However, in that 1984 season he struck out only 128 batters in 261.1 innings. Pitchers with that kind of ratio are usually unable to maintain a high level of performance, and Boddicker was no exception. However, he was able achieve double-figures in wins through the 1991 season, maintaining a respectable ERA most years. For his career he finished 134-116 with a 3.80 ERA. Those numbers are inflated by those first two seasons, though. From 1985, when the league started figuring him out, through his 1993 retirement he was 97-96 with a 4.09 ERA.
Where he is now: He does some youth coaching near his home in Iowa.
My memories: I rememer being on a family vacation in Massachusetts in 1988 and reading a local newspaper. It was a treat in those pre-internet days to read a newspaper from a different state. The big news in the paper was the Red Sox acquiring Boddicker in a trade with the Orioles.
Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Mike Bod, between Mike Bodge, a web designer, and Mike Bodson, CEO of the DTCC. Another prominent Mike Boddicker is a film composer who did the soundtracks for several famous movies. The two Mike Boddickers are distant cousins.
Coming up next: The next profile will be Brian Boehringer.

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1978 Dave Kingman Disc Update

on July 30th, 2014 by Wrigley Wax

A few weeks ago I had a post on my acquisition of the 1978 Saga Dave Kingman disc.Kong’s position is incorrectly shown as 2B, while on the BigT  version, he is correctly shown as OF-1B.I also found an auction for a BigT disc that lo…

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the quest for a 1978 topps master set

on July 30th, 2014 by gcrl

1978 topps was the first set i ever completed.  it took me most of the summer of 1978 to do it, but i built the set through packs and neighborhood trades and singles purchased at the local card shop.  although i had been given a pack of 1977 …

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Better late than never…or is it?

on July 30th, 2014 by Play at the Plate

I finally found a blaster of the latest and greatest Ginter at my local big box store.  Or should I call it a little box store since the size of blasters seems to be getting smaller and smaller. This was the last blaster on the shelf and as you ca…

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