Reynaldo Martinez, Big Jump – 8

Originally published March  20, 2015From Reynaldo Martinez’ first professional season to his second, his ERA jumped.It jumped from a solid 1.82 in 1989 to a season-long 6.91 in 1990. His second ERA proved to be his last.Martinez ended up playing j…

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Pat Leinen, Too Many – 3

Originally published Feb. 1, 2016Pat Leinen’s career ended in 1992, not necessarily by the team’s decision, but by his own, according to The Baltimore Sun.Playing at AAA Rochester that July, the Orioles sent him back to AA Hagerstown, The Sun wrote. In…

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Buyback Franken-set: ’74s & a Pilot

Ten more buybacks to look at today from the large lot I won a while back.  All of today’s save one are from the 1974 Topps set.  Let’s see how they fare…1974 Topps #12 – Dave MayDave May was coming off the best season of his career here.&nb…

Trade with The Angels, In Order

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Tom over at The Angels, In Order requesting access to my 1990’s Phillies Google docs spreadsheet. The result? 23 Phillies cards for me, and, for Tom, some cards off his want list.  Here are the highlights …

Blog Bat Around: A Reminder!

In case you missed it, I posted a Blog Bat Around topic a couple of days ago.  I’m legitimately interested in seeing everyone’s collections so I hope you take a moment to chime in!  You can find all the details here.I also added two new cards…

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Are These Cubs Cards? Part II

Today let’s look at my second “Are These Cubs Cards?” conundrum.This one is a bit more tongue in cheek.Are these eight cards Cubs cards?On the surface the answer is a pretty obvious, no.  None of these eight are on the Cubs or have ever played for…

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Spring Break Pack Bust: 2016 Stadium Club

Well, since our quest to find a card shop in Hot Springs went belly-up, I ran into the Walmart here and snagged a pack of 2016 Stadium Club. I believe this is the first time I’ve even see these. They are certainly a throwback to the glory days of Stadi…

1995 (?) Redemption (by Cactus Game Design)

While in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a family “staycay” this year, we stopped by Family Christian Stores because they are going out of business nationwide and are selling everything at a discount. I picked up a booster pack of something called “Redempti…

Gregg Zaun, Team Player – 15

Originally published Feb. 14, 2016In his first year of pro ball in 1990, Gregg Zaun learned playing everyday was tougher than he thought it would be, he told The Los Angeles Times.He also learned the little things about being a pro, the ones that he ho…

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Trade Stack 78: 17 Cards in the Stack Now!

Here is how this works:Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a “Trade Stack”.  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they’d like to claim the stac…

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Ty Cline (#591)

The back of this high-numbered card says “[Ty Cline will] be Atlanta’s #1 left-handed pinch-hitter and reserve outfielder”, but by the time this card had come out in late-summer, Ty was long gone. He was sold to the Giants in late-May, with Gary Geiger continuing in the “Atlanta’s #1 left-handed pinch-hitter and reserve outfielder” role that he had also manned in 1966.

Cline began his career with the Indians’ organization in 1960, and although he played in the majors every year from 1960-66, his only full big-league seasons were in 1962 (with the Indians), and 1964-65 (Braves).

After appearing in 10 games for Atlanta in 1967, he moved on to the Giants in May, filling the 5th outfielder role for the remainder of 1967.

With regular outfielder Ollie Brown missing most of the 2nd half in 1968, Cline saw more action in the outfield than he normally would have, splitting the left field assignments with 3rd-baseman Jim Ray Hart, while also filling in at the other 2 spots.

After the 1968 season, Cline was drafted by the expansion Montreal Expos, and was 1 of 9 center fielders used by the Expos in their 1st season.

Ty must have began the 1970 season on the DL, because his first game wasn’t until June 10th. After a 2nd appearance 3 days later, Cline was traded to the Reds. Good for him! He went from worst-to-first, as the Reds made it to the World Series that season. Cline had 1 at-bat in the NLCS (a triple), and 3 at-bats in the Series (.333).

After one more season on the Reds’ bench, Cline was released in January 1972.

Feeling like Yukon Cornelius… NOTHIN…

Welp, we headed out today and too a 2-mile hike through some trails at Lake Catherine, near Hot Springs, AR. Had a good time, and we older folks are feeling it for sure. Haha! After that, we headed out in search of the card shops…Alas, “Legends and H…

Certified For The All-Time List

There was a recent post over on Dion’s Autograph Collection looking for traders (or purchasers for a couple bucks each) for a bunch of Certified Autograph Cards he wanted to part with as they were dupes to him. I took him up on it and purchased th…

Wallet Card at the Morgan Stanley Building

Modern office towers are not usually my Wallet Card subject, but when I saw Defgav’s custom card of the Morgan Stanley Building on Johnny’s Trading Spot, I figured, if it’s good enough to be a Defgav custom, it’s good enough to be a Wallet Card photo t…

Shiny Sox from Mark Kaz

A week or two ago I found a surprise PWE from my good buddy Mark Kaz waiting in my mailbox for me after work.  I’m grateful that, despite the fact that Mark is no longer blogging, we can continue our back and forth mailings of Red Sox and Mets.&nb…

Are These Cubs Cards? Part I

Twice with this year’s Heritage set I was left with the question “Are These Cubs Cards?”Today I’ve got my first conundrum.The Heritage set mimicked the 1968 set by having World Series cards.  There are eight cards, one for each of the seven games …

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Spring Break for Tribecards!

One of the biggest advantages of being in education: Spring Break. My family and I are enjoying a few days together in Hot Springs, Arkansas during our Spring Break. Of course, I will be on the hunt for some cardboard goodness to bust open and share wi…

Topps Now World Baseball Classic Cards

For the third straight tournament Topps has the license to produce baseball cards for the World Baseball Classic.  I don’t know what plans they have for sets later this year (or if they have plans for sets later this year) but I was tipped off by …