Posts in category: Capewoods Collection
Two Consecutive 2015 Topps Update Cards

Tell me, do you think Topps did this on purpose, or is it just one of those coincidences that make life worth living? Chad Qualls – Topps Update #292 Cesar Ramos – Topps Update #293Or is it just my imagination that these two cards look rem…

The 1990s Baseball Card Face-off – 1991 Fleer vs 1996 Pinnacle Aficionado

I’m going to determine the best baseball card set from the 1990s. Check this post to see my methodology.As promised, I’m going to finish off the first level of the Babe Ruth Division 2nd Quadrant. Here are the standings at present.Today we’ve…

Random Cards From My Collections #77

Card #5,0832004 Skybox Autographics #47 Greg Maddux Comments on the card/player: A pretty nice set from Fleer/Skybox with a bit too much gold foil logo on the front. You’d think with a name like Autographics, it would at least, have…

The 1990s Baseball Card Face-off – 1994 Donruss vs 1998 Collector’s Choice

I’m going to determine the best baseball card set from the 1990s. Check this post to see my methodology.Here’s where we were last week.There are 2 match ups left in the Babe Ruth 2nd quartile. I’ll get both of them done this week. Next week I…

Who are the new guys on the HOF Ballet

The 2016 Hall of Fame ballot was just released. I will confess that, beyond being retired for 5 years, I don’t know what criteria is used to determine who gets on the HOF ballet. Clearly these aren’t the only guys who finished their careers in 2010. Ju…

All Growed Up

This is a short post about a guy who appeared in all of 8 games in 2015, although he had 3 doubles and a 2-run homer and hit .286. He’s been a good prospect in the Yankees system since at least 2012. His home run was his first major league hit. Unfortu…

Favorite card from each team – 2015 Part 2

Continuing from yesterdayNationalsWhat a follow through!OriolesHard to tell what’s going on here. I guess he was making a throw after recovering a wild pitch.PadresDerek Norris makes a point.PhilliesJ-Roll breaks Schmid’s hit total and Michael Jack goe…

Favorite card from each team – 2015 Part 1

Much earlier in the season I made a post, here, about how cards were distributed among the various teams. I even made a chart! I concluded then that cards were distributed pretty randomly among the teams. I promised to make another post later in the season when I had more cards. Well this was going to be that post. The results aren’t very interesting. I have 1,792 cards, just counting base cards (no parallels, no inserts, no autos, no relics). The number of cards per team varies from a low of 48 (White Sox) to a high of 79 (Yankees) with an average of 60 per team. The chart I could make would be boring beyond belief. So I’m convinced, that at least for 2015, the cards are distributed pretty randomly among the teams, even considering extra cards due to world series wins and awards.

So here’s what I’m going to do instead. I’m going to pick my favorite base card from each team.

Oakland A’s

I have 52 A’s base cards (60 overall). I gotta go with Coco Crisp’s magnificent and retro Afro.


55 Angel’s base cards (76 overall). I like this in-your-face face-first slide.

Houston Astros

66 Astros base cards (98 overall). I went looking on eBay for Astros sets which inflated the amount a bit. The classic Astro’s rainbow jerseys. The Astros gave their fans a lot to cheer about this year.

Toronto Blue Jays

61 base cards (70 overall). Marcus Stroman yelling from the dugout. Where is everybody else?

Atlanta Braves 

56 base cards (70 overall). Andrelton Simmons gets some air.

Milwaukee Brewers

51 base cards (60 overall). Matt Garza!

St. Louis Cardinals

67 base cards (109 overall, mainly due to the Stan Musial set I bought). Jason Heyward gets the tight close-up treatment.

Chicago Cubs
50 base cards (72 overall). Great outfield catch with Wrigley Field ivy in the background.

Arizona Diamondbacks

53 base cards (63 overall). I like how Ziegler’s body position draws the eye up to the ball in the upper left.

Los Angles Dodgers

67 base cards (97 overall). A dramatic sky at 8:14 some night at Chavez Ravine.

San Francisco Giants

69 base cards (80 overall). Joe Panik flips the ball to Brandon Crawford while the Chevy logo looks on.

Cleveland Indians

58 Cards (64 overall). A classic Stadium Club photo.

Seattle Mariners

62 base cards (76 overall). Fernando Rodney pretty satisfied with himself.

Miami Marlins

50 base cards (64 overall). Dee Gordon at the ready.

New York Mets
71 base cards (83 overall).  Travis D’Arnaud fielding a bunt.

The Art of Bunting 3

I’ve done posts on bunting before (twice in fact). This time I’m going to focus on cards where the ball is in the shot and see if we can figure out if the ball is coming or going.

2000 Upper Deck #196 Bobby Abreu

This is a pretty good photo. I’d say that the ball is on it’s way out. Abreu’s left hand is coming off the bat and he looks like he’s starting to run. If gives stats on bunting, other than sac bunts, I’ve yet to find them. I assume that the stat on sacrifice bunts only includes bunts that moved a runner up but wasn’t a hit or it wouldn’t be a sacrifice. I have 4 cards featuring Abreu bunting but in his long career (18 years) he only had 7 sacrifice bunts.

I tried this search on Google “how many butns are a successful sacrifice”. Notice I accidentally spelled bunts wrong. Google assumed I meant “how many buttons are a successful sacrifice”. No useful information there. Let’s try that again. Here’s a link to a page analyzing bunts. It’s pretty long but Abreu is specifically mentioned as having bunted the ball fair in 4 of 29 attempts. So clearly Abreu didn’t bunt much but ended up with a bunt photo on at least 4 cards. OK, enough of that, lets get back to baseball cards.

1995 Collector’s Choice Special Edition #51 Roberto Alomar

Clearly the ball is going out or Roberto is going to miss this by a mile. Also, his eyes are not on the ball. Alomer had 148 sac bunts in his career and lead the league with 17 in 1989.

2013 Topps #489 Erick Aybar

Aybar shows pretty good form here and I think the ball is on it’s way in. Aybar was apparently a pretty good bunter having 69 sac bunts in his 10 year career.

1991 Upper Deck #790 Wally Backman

Clearly the ball is hit as it sails over Backman’s left shoulder. Backman had 68 sac bunts, most of them in the first 10 years of his career. He led the league with the Mets in 1985 with 14. This was not one of his successful attempts.

2006 Upper Deck #935 Taylor Buchholz

Here’s a pitcher actually practicing bunting. The ball is so close to the bat that who can tell which way it’s going? All that practicing apparently do much good as Buchholz had exactly 5 sac bunts, 4 in his 2006 rookie season, in his 5-year career.

1997 Ultra #245 Ricky Otero

In his short, 3-year career, Otero only had 4 sac bunts, so this is a photo of a rare event. But its a good photo. I’d say the ball is hit since Otero’s left hand is coming off the bat.

2005 Ultra #28 Greg Maddux

Maddux clearly got this bunt down. For a pitcher, Maddux handled the bat pretty well with a career .171 average and 180 sac bunts.

The 1990s Baseball Card Face-off – 1997 Zenith vs. 1995 Bowman

Check this post to see my methodology.The last matchup wasn’t much of a contest but this one will be more difficult because both are nice cards whose design goals are way different.Today we’ve got:1997 Zenith vs. 1995 Bowman1997 Zenith #8 &nb…

Random Cards From My Collection #76

Card # 493461986 Topps Baseball Tattoos Charlie HoughComments on the card/player: These were available as a sheet with 6 players and a stick of gum in a pack. I had started collecting cards in 1985 but don’t remember ever seeing this for sale.How/…

The 1990s Baseball Card Face-off – 1993 Pacific vs. 1997 Ultra

Check this post to see my methodology.The last matchup was pretty good but I’m afraid today’s is a bit of a mismatch.Today we have:1993 Pacific vs. 1997 Ultra1993 Pacific #234 Mariano Duncan 1993 Pacific #238 John Kruk The only 19…

Reading List – October 2015

It was a long month with a long reading list.All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Marie RemarqueThe US best seller for 1929, this is a powerful book about war and one man’s survival. The book concerns a German soldier and his 2+ year stint on the ba…

Song of the Week – The Garden of Earthly Delights by The United States of America

If you’re of a certain age (like me) you remember psychedelic music fondly, even if you weren’t on mood-altering substances at the time. Here’s a short piece by an obscure and short-lived band called The United States of America from their only album r…

The 1990s Baseball Card Face-off – 1998 Topps Stars vs. 1999 Bowman’s Best

Check this post to see my methodology.In case you don’t go back and check my methodology here’s a brief recap. I started with 256 different card sets issued in the 1990s. I randomized the sets, and broke them into four 64-card divisions, Babe…

1998 Topps Gold Label

The other day, 1998 Topps Gold Label defeated 1998 Pinnacle in my contest to determine the best set from the 1990s. This was despite the fact that I didn’t own a single card from the set. Since I got a few good comments about the set I decided I better…

Beards Part 2 – Yes there are more

Yesterday I asked the question “Are there more beards in baseball”. Then I showed a bunch of baseball players wearing beards on 2015 baseball cards. That didn’t really answer the question however. The answer is yes, there are more beard wearing players…

Baseball Beards Part 1

Is it my imagination or are more baseball players wearing beards these days than ever before?  I don’t think it’s my imagination and tomorrow I’ll present some more data. Today, we’re just going to look at beards in 2015.  I tediously counted…

Your 2015 Astros

I haven’t been paying much attention to the Astros. What do you expect when they lost more than 100 games a year from 2011-2013?  The Phillies were not much better but I can get them on I can’t get the Astros because they are my home team…

The 1990s Baseball Card Face-off – 1991 Bowman vs. 1993 Stadium Club

Check this post to see my methodology.Two posts in a row!Here’s where we left off:Today’s face-off doesn’t look like it’s going to be much of a fight.1991 Bowman vs. 1993 Stadium Club1991 Bowman #183 Jeff Bagwell1991 Bowman #529 Andy Van Slyk…

The 1990s Baseball Card Face-off – 1998 Pinnacle vs 1998 Topps Gold Label

Sorry for my lack of posts recently but your favorite retired baseball card blogger has been busy with other stuff. Let’s get back to the 1990s Face-Off.Check this post to see my methodology.In the last post, we opened up the Babe Ruth 2nd Qu…

2015 Trevor Cahill and Topps Heritage

Trevor Cahill used to be a decent pitcher. With any luck, he’ll be a decent pitcher again as it doesn’t seem as if injuries are the problem. He was a combined 43-47 the first 4 years of his career with the A’s and D-Backs. That maybe doesn’t sound that…

2015 Topps Heritage High Number Series

After trying two Targets, I found blasters of this product at Walmart. They had 3 boxes and I bought them out. I was really hoping to get this card. 2015 Topps Heritage #563 Carlos CorreaI finally pulled it from the last pack in the third blaste…

Reading List – September 2015

September seemed to fly past. Now it’s Fall. Cool crisp days and chilly nights. Well, not in Houston, where I live. Hopefully it’s different where you live.  Here’s what I read in September.Ty Hauck is a former cop who now works for a private inve…

The 1990s Baseball Cards Face-Off – Babe Ruth 2nd Quartile

Check this post to see my methodology.Let’s get back to the 1990s. Here’s the opening bracket for the 2nd Quartile of the Babe Ruth Division.To me this looks like a weaker division then the 1st Quartile. Too many gimmick cards (like 1996 Pinn…

Movie Review – The Intern

Most of the movie reviews I do here seem to be about superhero, science fiction or action movies. That’s because it’s hard to find a movie that isn’t about one of these themes that I want to see. After seeing both Robert DiNero and Anne Hathaway on the…

Van Landingham vs. Isringhausen

Here’s something I’ll bet you didn’t know. According to Wikipedia a major league baseball record was tied on May 29, 1996 when William Van Landingham of the Giants faced off against Jason Isringhausen. The record?  Longest combined names of starti…

The 1990s Baseball Cards Face-Off – Babe Ruth 1st Quartile Finals

Check this post to see my methodology.Here’s were we were last week:1993 Flair vs. 1996 Studio1993 Flair Willie Blair #36 1996 Studio Craig Biggio #41 In my opinion, there is little wrong with 1996 Studio. Crisp colors, full ble…

Movie Review – The Man From U.N.C.L.E

The success of the early James Bond movies in the early 1960’s spawned a host of spy movies and television shows. One of the best (at least in the early years) was “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” which ran from 1964 to 1968.  Now of course I was only 13…

The 1990s Baseball Cards Face-Off – First Seed

Check this post to see my methodology.Here’s where we left off last week.We’ve had head-to-head competition among 16 sets from the 1990s and are left with 8 sets to go forward in the 1st Quartile of the Babe Ruth Division. Since we’ll be deal…

2008 Phillies – Where are they now? (Outfielders)

A review of where all Phillies (at least the regulars) from the 2008 World Season have gone.Pat Burrell – Left Field2008 Bowman Gold #622011 Topps #546Pat the Bat was in his 9th season with the Phillies in 2008. He had, for him, an average season. Not …

The Ice Man (aka Moose).

Mike Mussina, formerly with the Orioles and the Yankees, was nicknamed “Moose”. In a sport not overly known for clever nicknames, this one is pretty lame. But somebody at Topps must have been thinking overtime while preparing for 1994 Stadium Club.The …

2008 Phillies – Where are they now? (Infielders)

2008, of course, was a big year for the Phillies. They made the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive year and, better yet, won the World Series. They would go on to a lose in the 2009 World Series and again reach the playoffs in 2010 and 2011. With the dep…