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Williams Pro Bowl Jersey Contest!

on September 21st, 2014 by sportscardinfo

This contest is for a Roy Williams 2007 Bowman Sterling Pro Bowl Jersey.  Good luck!!! Contest Details: This contest will end Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 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 […]

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Greg Booker, Worst Year – 3

on September 21st, 2014 by Steve78

Originally published July 29, 2010

Speaking to The Los Angeles Times in 1988, Greg Booker found that year to be the worst.

It was Booker’s sixth straight season with time in the majors and he’d had mixed results. His play, though not always the best or most frequent, by itself was not enough to catch anyone’s eye, or ire.

No, that came from who he knew, or who he was married to. Booker’s wife, someone he’d known since he was a child, was the daughter of none other than the his general manager and then manager, Jack McKeon.

“They yell when I’m down in the bullpen, where it’s real quiet and everybody can hear them,” Booker told The Times. “People will actually stop watching the game just so they can mess with me.”

It was enough for the Padres to finally trade him away the next year.

Booker’s familial relationships aside, he went on to a major league career that totaled time in eight seasons. And Booker’s career in baseball is one that has continued over the past two decades, as coach for various teams, major league and minor league.

It also continues this year as the pitching coach for the Syracuse Chiefs, seeing Washington Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg through his stint at AAA and on to the majors.

Booker’s professional career began in 1981, when he was taken by the Padres in the 10th round out of Elon University. A first baseman-turned pitcher, Booker started at short-season Walla Walla, posting a 5.26 ERA.

His second season was worse, at single-A Reno, Booker started 27 games and had an ERA of 6.35. Still, Booker made AAA Las Vegas in 1983 and then, late in the year, San Diego.

With the Padres that first September, Booker appeared in six games, 11.2 innings and gave up 10 earned runs. But he returned for much of 1984 and the reliever appeared in 32 contests, with an ERA of 3.30. He also got ejected from an August game after throwing tight on a batter.

It was that year that Booker also went with his team to the World Series. He got in only two games and three innings. One of those innings came early in Game 3 of the World Series, a San Diego loss. He walked in one run, and walked four in total before being lifted.

Booker went on to just nine appearances for 1985, but returned to 44 in 1987 and 34 in 1988. The 1988 numbers, however, included long stints without an appearance, stints contributing to fan anger, according to The Times.

Out of San Diego after pitching 11 games in 1989, Booker landed with the Twins. He pitched in six more that year for Minnesota. Signing with the Cubs for spring 1990, Booker was released and joined the Giants, where he had his final two unsuccessful major league games.

After several seasons as a minor league pitching coach, Booker returned to the majors in 1997, first as the Padres’ bullpen coach, then as the club’s pitching coach. He was let go in 2003.

The San Diego Union-Tribune speculated that the departure was for the best, with San Diego constantly reminding him in the 1980s that he was McKeon’s son-in-law and, in the 1990s, he was friends with the Padres’ manager Bruce Bochy.

More recently, Booker caught on with the Nationals, serving as pitching coach for AAA Syracuse. About his most famous former pitcher, Booker had high praise, according to the Burlington Times News.

“It was exciting the way the kid goes about his business,” Booker told The Times News. “He was beyond his years. It was neat working with him and having a small part in it. There’s no doubt about it, he’s something.”

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GintaCuffs VI Packs 13-16: Where are the Phillies cards? Not here.

on September 21st, 2014 by Dan

Pack 13163 Paul Molitor +2 (FP)292 Andre Dawson174 Ben Zobrist318 Jason Kipnis +2Air Supremacy AC-47 Spooky +2Mini 265 Sam Calagione23 Snoop Lion -1176 Anthony RoblesPack Total: +5Box Total: 99.6Pack 1419 Pablo Sandoval11 Nick Franklin170 Matt Holliday…

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Signature Sundays – Jari Kurri and Mark Howe!

on September 21st, 2014 by shoeboxlegends

I’ve really been slacking with my weekly Signature Sundays posts, where I feature a card (or a few) from my growing autograph collection.  This week I’m bringing it back (by request believe it or not!), and of course I’m making the return in the f…

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Five Random Cubs Cards

on September 21st, 2014 by Wrigley Wax

I’ve got 12,710 Cubs cards from 96 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.1900s-1970s: 1953 Bowman #48 Hank Sauer  The Bowman ’53s were a very plain lookin…

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More #5s From U.K. Cigarette Packs : Flags, Flora, Fauna, and French-born Kings

on September 20th, 2014 by Matthew Glidden

Last time in the blog, I thanked OBC trading friend Glenn for an excellent stack of UK cigarette cards that covered a variety of subjects and this post shows another handful from that type card swap. It’s hard to replicate this range of cards stateside without a complete run of Topps Allen & Ginter subsets.

My benefactor might be twice-happy to get that regal card (12th Century English monarch Henry II) out of his collection. On Sept 18, Glenn’s adopted home of Scotland voted not to leave the UK, shelving their independence for the near future; see arethescotsindependentyet.com for more.

In Scotland’s honor, let’s take a closer look at that royal ruler hedgehog.

This is a 1939 Player’s Cigarettes #5 of “Animals of the Countryside,” the insect-eating hedgehog. Very prickly and kinda cute, it’s become fashionable to like the spiky mammal in certain corners of the Internet these days. (Many of my friends live in those corners.)

The hedgehog’s card text emphasizes their genteel diet and nocturnal nature before closing with a zinger … “our picture shows [it] in combat with a viper.” Was its writer going to ignore that part of the hedgehog canon until he saw their art?

Round the Year Stories: Summer, p16

If you like hedgehog drama, this scene from an illustrated 1938 storybook varies from the Player’s Cigarettes card only by using a bigger snake. I suspect the era of British (and European) colonialism made exotic animals fascinating to citizens throughout the Empire, so any fight between a pointy football and poisonous snake gained extra emotional heft.

Finding good scans and checklists for UK cigarette sets is less reliable than for USA baseball, but auction site Delcampe.net offers front and back scans for all 50 Animals of the Countryside.

Value: That Delcampe auction link sold an original set for £21 in 2011, so you won’t go broke buying them in lots or singles.

Fakes / reprints: Many cigarette sets, including Animals of the Countryside, went through one or more reprints after 1990, typically with a REPRINT tag and shinier paper stock.

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My Eraserhead Tribute Card

on September 20th, 2014 by Matt F.

A few weeks ago I came upon this 2014 Topps Triple Treads 1/1 printing plate Salvador Perez on eBay and fell in love with the “ERASER HEAD” jersey pattern.Of course Eraserhead is also the name of David Lynch’s disturbing existential film that has recen…

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Fred Christopher, Paid Off – 1215

on September 20th, 2014 by Steve78

Fred Christopher started this July 1986 game for short-season Bend poorly, but he settled down, according to The Bend Bulletin.At one point, he set down 10 in a row on his way to the win.”I’ve been working hard on my control,” Christopher told The Bull…

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265 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 40% Complete!!!

on September 20th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

265 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 40% Complete!!! Just taking a quick moment to stand and celebrate the fact that I have now completed 40% of the 1975 Topps baseball card set. I have officially obtained 265 … Continue reading

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1964 Phillies @ 50 Art Mahaffey

on September 20th, 2014 by deal

Fifty years ago on Sunday the 1964 Phillies entered the day 6 1/2 games up with 12 to play.1960 Topps #138 Art MahaffeyThe Philies faced the Reds that day sending Art Mahaffey to the mound. He pitched very well taking a shutout into the 6th inning and …

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Silent protest?

on September 20th, 2014 by night owl

Until it started inserting presidential candidates a few years ago, Topps steered clear of politics in baseball card sets.I appreciate that. I’m not a political person. I certainly don’t want to see it in my baseball cards.But I wonder with this card. …

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2014 Topps Heritage Minors eight pack recap

on September 20th, 2014 by Laurens

I tried to pick up a ‘handful’ of packs without seeming like I broke the bank – I have a hand collated set coming in, but loose packs allow me a chance to pull some inserts, pull extra cards of players and maybe a pesky short print I may need.Pack one#…

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Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps Opening Day

on September 20th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps Opening Day Each and every time that I see a card of a modern Marlins player in his original Marlins uniform I crave that old team logo and color scheme. I grew up on Black & … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Fights: 2010 Topps vs…2010 Topps!

on September 20th, 2014 by Nachos Grande

Ring announcer (in a loud, drawn out voice):  ”In the red corner, weighing in a 5 cards (approximately 3.5 ounces)…  2010 Topps Update Series.”Commentator Jim:  ”This pack goes by the name of Super Fly MoJo and proudly wears the belt p…

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The straw that broke the camel’s back!

on September 20th, 2014 by Daniel Wilson

Thank you to all those who left encouraging comments on my last post! I really appreciate it!In the mail today was the card that shall forever be know to me as, the straw that broke the camel’s back!It’s a 2013 Bowman Chrome Fit the Bill X-Fractor of P…

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Good Luck Ducks, Week 4: Cougars Gonna Coug

on September 20th, 2014 by madding

Oregon faces their first conference test against a team leading the nation in passing yards.

Coming off another perfect non-conference run, Oregon makes a run up to the Palouse tonight for the first time since 2010. Last week’s win over Wyoming was pretty comfortable, if not quite the rout that the gambling folks were predicting. Wyoming may be tougher than people realized. It could also be a sign that the youth and inexperience is starting to show up on the field for the guys in the green helmets (or whatever color they’re using this week). More likely than not, however, is that I’m probably concerned about a whole lot of nothing.

The Ducks have a legitimate shot at #1 in some polls after this weekend is over thanks to a serious upset alert down in Florida. Florida State will be missing their super-sketchy Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback due to suspension and will be doing it while facing a ranked opponent in Clemson. While an Oregon victory over Washington State tonight isn’t exactly a résumé-builder, there is always a war of attrition at the top of the football table.

Tonight, the Ducks face Conor Halliday’s Cougar Air Raid Attack (Cat Raid?). Halliday has already passed for 1465 yards in just three games, though they lost two of them. (The one game they won was against FCS Portland State.) Still, Halliday lit up the Ducks last year in a record breaking performance that Oregon certainly isn’t likely to have forgotten. Oregon won the game, but many of the yards were piled up in garbage time, something that stuck in the craw of now retired Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti. Halliday could and likely will burn the Ducks secondary tonight, but Oregon has the talent to give up some points and still come out victorious. Honestly, I’m pretty nervous about this one and am not sure what will happen. The Ducks haven’t lost to the Cougars since 2006, a season in which they finished 7-6 and unranked. This doesn’t seem like it will be that kind of season.

Highlights of last season’s matchup with Washington State, with a spotlight on one of the nation’s top defensive backs — Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Pink helmets, yikes!

Game time is 7:30 PM PDT with national coverage on ESPN. Go Ducks!

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Dave Kingman belongs in the Hall of Fame, obviously!

on September 20th, 2014 by JT

Since the exposure of the inflated statistics of the steroid era, it is high time to re-examine the case of Dave Kingman for the Hall of Fame. The first 400-home run hitter to be denied entry into Cooperstown, Kingman shared his talents on the baseball diamond with fans in seven cities. Instead of writing several […]

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Player Profile: Greg Booker

on September 20th, 2014 by Bo
I have thirteen cards of Greg Booker. This one is from 1985 Topps. 
Playing career: Greg Booker pitched eight years in the major leagues, almost entirely with the Padres. In 161 games he went 5-7 with a 3.89 ERA. His best season was 1984, when he was a key part of the bullpen for the NL pennant winners, going 1-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 games. A fuller account of his career can be found at the Greatest 21 Days and the 1985 Topps blogs.
Interesting facts: Booker and Kristi McKeon, daughter of Padres’ general manager Jack McKeon, were high school sweethearts who got married after Booker was drafted by the Padres. Claims of nepotism dogged him throughout his Padres’ career, especially in 1989, when he was one of many Padres struggling mightily. A 1989 LA Times article by Bill Plaschke highighted these struggles. One aspect of the article that caught my eye was that Tony Gwynn was interviewed by Plaschke and given the chance to defend Booker, which Gwynn did not do, weaseling out with,  “The bottom line with Book is, it’s hard to verify that he hasn’t had special treatment, or that he has had special treatment.” I remember reading after Gwynn’s death how he had difficulties with Mike Pagliarulo when the Yankees traded him to the Padres in 1989 and Pags claimed Gwynn was a bad teammate. Most articles now portray Pagliarulo negatively but this seems to be an example of where Gwynn had a chance to stick up for one of his teammates but did not do so. Booker himself had a great line in the article – “Do they really think I went through the National League Green Book looking for general managers with daughters?”
One of Booker’s sons, Zach, played five seasons in the minor leagues. Another son, Avery, has sold some of his father’s memorabilia on the “Game Used Universe” forum.
Where he is now: A scout for the Dodgers.
My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is sixth when you type Greg Boo, between Greg Boozer, President of Gibbs Diversified, and Greg Boosin, a brand manager at MasterCard. Another prominent Greg Booker is CIO at RACQ.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Rod Booker.

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2003 Fleer Tradition Update #U164 Nick Punto

on September 20th, 2014 by Jim

Athletics 3, Phillies 1Game 154 – Late Friday Night, September 19th in OaklandRecord – 70-84, 5th Place, 19 1/2 games behind the NationalsOne Sentence Summary:  Jon Lester shut down the Phillies offense and the A’s won, 3-1.What It Means:  Th…

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The Legacy of the Superfractor – Is Football Ready for Life Without its Biggest Card?

on September 20th, 2014 by Gellman

Topps may not exactly have had the best track record in a few areas of the hobby over the last few years, but there remains one thing that they do better than any other company. They have found a way, … Continue reading

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Eddie Murray 1987 Fleer Record Setters

on September 20th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

Eddie Murray 1987 Fleer Record Setters Here is a very neat card of Eddie Murray that was issued in 1987.  The card comes from the limited edition ‘Record Setters’ set that was sold as a complete box set that consisted … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous adds to my collection

on September 20th, 2014 by Laurens

I went to my LCS to see if I could get some packs of 2014 Topps Heritage Minors – as usual, I started rummaging through the quarter boxes to see if I could take some cards home. The Koji Uehara refractor caught my eye and while it may be rather common …

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1972 STP

on September 20th, 2014 by sportscardinfo

A set doesn’t need to be large and complicated in order for it to be popular.  That certainly is the case when it comes to the 1972 STP set. The 1972 STP set only consists of eleven cards: Bobby Allison Buddy Baker Dick Brooks Charlie Glotzbach James Hylton Elmo Langley Fred Lorenzen Fred Lorenzen w/ […]

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Pete Rose District 4L2 California Lions Club Pin

on September 20th, 2014 by sportscardinfo

Batman vs. Joker.  Superman vs. Lex Luther.  Pete Rose vs. MLB.  These are three foes that will be against one another for the rest of time. In my opinion, Pete Rose should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Sure he signed the documents agreeing to what Major League Baseball wanted to do.  Should have […]

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Blog Kiosk: 9/20/2014 – Dodger Links – Some Odds and Ends

on September 20th, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Clayton Kershaw wasn’t masterful yesterday afternoon, but he didn’t have to be.  The Dodgers scored six runs before he even got on the mound to pitch the game, and fourteen runs total to overmatch the Cubs 14 to 5. 

With the win Kershaw recorded his league leading 20th win of the season, and has no doubt made an undisputed claim to this season’s Cy Young award.  The photo above is of Kershaw mid-pitch at Wrigley Field, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014Go here to check out more pics from yesterday.

The Dodgers lead over the Giants in the Western Division increased to 3.5 games, and their magic number is now at six.  BTW, the Dodgers also clinched, at minimum, a playoff wild card berth.  Now, below are some links to check out.

“It’s a great accomplishment and an honor to know you’re going to be playing baseball when the regular season is over, but we know we’ve got a big series coming up,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “Hopefully, in that series we can celebrate something really special.”

“I don’t think there’s a big difference which game I pitch in, whether it’s the playoffs or the regular season,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “If I’m healthy enough to pitch, I’m going to pitch.” 

“It was weird at first. It’s just a different atmosphere. We expect to win, and if we don’t, we don’t cry about it, we get up the next day and try to win that day. It’s kind of a fun experience.” 

  • The Dodgers ranked #61 in ESPN The Mag’s Ultimate North American franchise standings for 2014.  Check out the list here.  The LA Kings are ranked #5.  The Lakers are #87.  The Clippers are #59.  The Angels are #15.  The Ducks are #2.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, “Lingering soreness keeps Uribe out of lineup.”
“He felt something in the same place that he’s been going back and forth with for six to eight weeks,” said Mattingly. “It’s nothing he’s not used to. He came in ready to go, but Stan [Conte, VP medical services] wanted to give him a day.”

Not that any of you have gone to a baseball game with me (and if you wanted to take me…I’m totally down), but I never purchase food or drink that has been paraded around the park by a vendor.  Why you ask?

This.

I swear you’ll be disgusted by the photo he shares.

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    * Dodgers Blue Heaven home page *

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    2014 Upper Deck football

    on September 20th, 2014 by JediJeff

    Let’s dive back into the scan folder. Here’s another pack from my LCS pack wars, because I wouldn’t buy anything football unless I was drunk.Drink that Manziel Kool-Aid. No manufacturer seems immune to getting on the Johnny Douchbag train. Of course, w…

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    Claude Osteen (#440)

    on September 20th, 2014 by Jim from Downingtown

    Claude Osteen was a starting pitcher for 18 seasons (1957-75), primarily for the Dodgers and Senators. He compiled a career record of 196-195, and started 488 of his 541 career games. Most of his relief appearances came early in his career.

    Osteen was signed by the Reds in 1957 and was assigned to their AA Nashville team. Although he pitched in the minors from 1957-59, he played a few games with the Reds in ’57 and ’59.

    Claude was with the Reds for the entire 1960 season, starting 3 games but mostly working out of the bullpen. He spent most of 1961 back in the minors, then was traded to the Senators in September for pitcher Dave Sisler (brother of Phillies’ outfielder Dick Sisler).

    Osteen pitched the next 3 seasons in the Senators’ rotation, his high point winning 15 games in 1964.

    After the 1964 season, Claude was traded to the Dodgers (with 3rd baseman John Kennedy) for outfielder Frank Howard, 3rd baseman Ken McMullen, pitchers Phil Ortega and Pete Richert, and 1st baseman Dick Nen.

    Osteen pitched for the Dodgers for the next 9 seasons, joining a rotation featuring Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, and a fading Johnny Podres. Over time, Don Sutton replaced Podres and Bill Singer replaced Koufax. With the retirement of Drysdale after the 1969 season, Claude became the dean of the starting rotation.

    Claude started 2 games in the 1965 World Series, and 1 game in the 1966 Series. He also won 20 games in 1969 and 1972, and was a 3-time all-star with the Dodgers. He got the win in the 1970 all-star game (thanks to Pete Rose’s walk-off steamrolling of Ray Fosse at home plate!)

    1973 was Osteen’s final season with the Dodgers. He won 16 games that year, but with a fully-stocked rotation of Sutton, Andy Messersmith, Tommy John, and Al Downing, Osteen was traded to the Dodgers after the season for outfielder Jimmy Wynn.

    Claude played most of 1974 with the Astros (compiling a 9-9 record in 138 innings), but moved on to the Cardinals in August in exchange for 2 minor-leaguers. He pitched in 8 games (mostly in relief) over the final six weeks, then was released the following April.

    Osteen spent his final season with the White Sox in 1975, pitching 204 innings in 37 starts with a 7-16 record. (After his shabby treatment by the Cardinals in 1974, it was good to see him wrap up his long career as a workhorse!) He was released in April 1976.

    After his playing career, he was a pitching coach for the Cardinals, Phillies, Rangers, and Dodgers.

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    Steve Kirkpatrick, Waited For – 1232

    on September 20th, 2014 by Steve78

    Steve Kirkpatrick explained his success in 1990 by citing a new-found patience at the plate, according to The Reading Eagle.That success led to a 17-game hitting streak by the end of June for the 5-foot, 11-inch outfielder.”I’m small and I see a lot of…

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    Jim Shellenback, Strong Points – 194

    on September 20th, 2014 by Steve78

    As a pitching coach in the minor leagues, Jim Shellenback has used his own experiences – both on and off the field – as a pitcher to help teach his players the game.Among his off the field experiences Shellenback draws from is the car accident and shat…

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    Gint-a-Cuffs VI Packs 9-12: Midway Blues

    on September 20th, 2014 by Dan

    Pack 953 Sandy Koufax298 Deion Sanders123 Matt Carpenter339 Jeff Samardzija +2Fields of Yore Sportsman’s Park: Home of the Browns +2Mini SP 304 Matt Cain +3122 Craig Biggio (FP) +2234 Roberto ClementePack Total: +9Box Total: 80.6Pack 1090 Roy Halladay1…

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    Pigskin Sigs Auto Contest Winner Announced

    on September 20th, 2014 by sportscardinfo

    Congrats to alphasigma74 on being the lucky winner of the Lorenzo Booker 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Pigskin Sigs Auto #’ed/75.  Once alphasigma74 sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!Filed under: contest

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    1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

    on September 20th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

    1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games On this day in 1998, Cal Ripken voluntarily sat out his first baseball game in more than 16 seasons. Baseball’s ‘Iron Man’ thought that it was time for a break, albeit just one … Continue reading

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    Mis-Adventure

    on September 20th, 2014 by toppcat

    I always have a chuckle when I see a 1956 Harry Agganis Adventure card attributed to Topps. While the set includes 100 colorful, reasonably well executed paintings of various subjects, including Agganis, it is definitely not a Topps product.Here is the…

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