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my 1959 topps sampler

on April 24th, 2014 by gcrl

there were still only 16 teams in the major leagues in 1959, but topps unleashed a number of subsets in their baseball card set that year which made this one of my favorite sampler sets.  in addition to the different colors used for the card backg…

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1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!!

on April 23rd, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!! On this day in 1965, Fergie Jenkins made his second start for the Cubs.  The team was at home to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of … Continue reading

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1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!!

on April 23rd, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!! On this day in 1965, Fergie Jenkins made his second start for the Cubs.  The team was at home to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of … Continue reading

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The Next Homestand Against Phillies – Scheduled Autograph Signings!

on April 20th, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

The next homestand starts tomorrow with the Phillies, and several old-time Dodgers will be in the house to sign free autographs for fans.  Below are the scheduled autograph opportunities and other odds and ends for this upcoming homestand.

BTW, the Extreme Loaded Dog concession stands will be making the Philly Dog, a Super Dodger Dog combined with Philly cheese steak meat, caramelized onions and melted cheese.  Mmmm…  Check out a pic on the right.

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Monday April 21
LHP Cliff Lee vs. LHP Paul Maholm

Monday’s game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:00 PM.  2014 Sochi Olympics luger and La Cañada native Kate Hansen will throw the ceremonial first pitch and officially start the game with “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!”  Meredith, Chris and Cam Jobe, sons of the late pioneering medical surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe, will throw an honorary first pitch. The national anthem will be performed by David Larsen, who portrays Elder Price in the TONY Award winning musical “The Book of Mormon.”  Also, 34 actors from “The Book of Mormon” will lead the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch.

Former Dodgers Matt Luke (in right-field pavilion plaza) and Mickey Hatcher (in left-field pavilion plaza) will be signing autographs for fans from 5:00 PM to 7:10 PM. 

From a press release:

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Army Specialist Cheyne Gomez of Hacienda Heights. Gomez enlisted in 2008 to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and is assigned to the 1908th Medical Detachment and was deployed to Iraq in 2009. Gomez’s accolades include the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. 

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Tuesday, April 22
RHP A.J. Burnett vs. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu

Tuesday’s game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:00 PM. The first 40,000 fans through the gates will receive a Dodger blanket.  See a pic on the left.  The national anthem will be performed by Los Angeles native Elliot Yamin of “American Idol” fame.

Former Dodgers Tim Leary (in right-field pavilion plaza) and Lee Lacy (in left-field pavilion plaza) will be signing autographs for fans from 5:00 PM to 7:10 PM. 

From a press release:

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Army Specialist Candy Gamboa of Los Angeles. Gamboa enlisted in 2011 inspired by September 11 and serves with the HHC 508th Military Police Battalion. Gamboa is currently on a mid-deployment break from her assignment in Afghanistan. Her accolades include two Army Achievement Medals. 

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Wednesday, April 23
LHP Cole Hamels vs. RHP Zack Greinke

Wednesday’s game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:00 PM. USC alumnus and Laker Nick Young and UCLA alumnus and Laker Jordan Farmar will throw the ceremonial first pitch and officially start the game with “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!” Country recording artist Eric Paslay will perform the national anthem.

Former Dodgers Kenny Landreaux (in right-field pavilion plaza) and Ken McMullen (in left-field pavilion plaza) will be signing autographs for fans from 5:00 PM to 7:10 PM. 

From a press release:

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Francisco Demara, Jr. of Victorville. Demara enlisted in 2010 and is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Demara has served two combat tours to Helmand Province in Afghanistan, proudly displaying a Dodger banner on both deployments. His accolades include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and the NATO Defense Medal.  

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Thursday, April 24
RHP Kyle Kendrick vs. RHP Dan Haren

Thursday’s game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:00 PM.  This is Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead Night.  The first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive one.  Check out what it looks like on the right.  Max Greenfield, star of “New Girl,” will throw the ceremonial first pitch.  The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will hold a silent auction on the Club level by the Vin Scully Press Box.

Former Dodgers Billy Ashley (in right-field pavilion plaza) and Al Ferrara (in left-field pavilion plaza) will be signing autographs for fans from 5:00 PM to 7:10 PM. 

From a press release:

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Marine Corps Captain Vic Sanceda of La Puente. Sanceda enlisted in 2005 and is responsible for source staffing requirements for units deploying overseas and is the Officer In Charge of personnel affairs for Division field exercises. His accolades include a Combat Action Ribbon and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

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locally sourced double plays (mostly)

on April 19th, 2014 by gcrl
the double play cards just keep on coming…by trade or by card show purchase or by online purchase or even by way of my pre-existing collection.  every once in a while, i will stumble on to a dp turn that was/is part of a forgotten player collection, or my dodger collection, like this 2001 pacific mark grudzielanek card.

these next cards are mostly ones that i found in my collection and extricated from the monster boxes to place into the double play binders.  there are a couple that i went and purchased, however.

1989 score mike gallego

i appreciate that score cropped the photo so that the ball would still be visible, but at first glance the ball gets lost in the shirtsleeves of the crowd.

1989 upper deck jeff blauser (back)

the ball is much more obvious there on blauser’s card

1989 upper deck steve buechele (back)

with both buechele and the angels’ chico walker looking to first base for the call.  assuming this is the play from the 8th inning of the june 16, 1988 game, buechele was successful in breaking up the double play.

1990 classic juan samuel

leapfrog gone awry

1990 upper deck scott fletcher

1992 leaf andujar cedeno

1994 fleer royce clayton

1994 fleer rene gonzales

pretty standard double play fare on those four cards
the last two cards in this post come from 1997 topps gallery, and they both feature craig biggio.  here’s biggio’s card

on which he is turning two at wrigley, and here is ryne sandberg’s card from the set

on which he, too, is turning two at wrigley.  at biggio’s expense.

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double play turns from fuji

on April 19th, 2014 by gcrl

i received a quick four card delivery from fuji recently featuring four double play turns and a dodger lurker.i believe that this 1993 upper deck wil cordero cardshows a botched double play turn on tatooine.  i will assume that cordero lost contro…

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Reading the Competition: 1993 Donruss #743 Andy Ashby

on April 18th, 2014 by deal

Tonight with the Phillies playing in Colorado we present Rockies/Phillies cross team card

1993 Donruss #743 Andy Ashby 

Andy Ashby debuted with the Phillies in 1991, but only pitched in 18 games for the club before being taken by the Rockies with the 25th pick (The team’s 13th selection) of the 1992 Expansion Draft. The draft built the team that the Rockies used for their inaugural 1993 season. 


Unfortunately Denver’s thin air gave Ashby incredible problems. He only lasted have a season with the Rockies before being traded to San Diego. With the Rockies Ashby was 0-4 and posted an 8.50 ERA. Interestingly Baseball-ref mentions that during that period Ashby had an FIP of 4.91. FIP or Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) measures the ERA of a pitcher assuming average defensive play behind him.   


San Diego proved to a much better environment for Ashby. Most of Ashby’s career highlights occurred with the Padres, he was a member of two of their playoff squads including the 1998 NL Champions and represented the team as an all-star twice. 

Ashby had a 2nd stint with the Phillies in 2000 which had about the same results as his 1993 Rockies campaign.  Ashby pitched through 2004 finishing his career 2 wins shy of 100 with 98.

Post Career  
According to a 2013 interview Ashby is now based out of Scranton PA where he spent parts of two seasons with the Phillies AAA affiliated, the Red Barons. He is an avid outdoorsman and listed Tony Gwynn, Bruce Ruffin, Kevin Brown, Brad Ausmus, Bruce Bochy, and Randy Jones among his fishing buddies.

The article also mentions his mentors included Phillies Ruffin, Terry Mulholland and Dale Murphy. Brown and Trevor Hoffman are cited as influential teammates from his Padres years.     


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1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

on April 18th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!! On this day in 1987 Michael Jack Schmidt hit the 500th home run of is incredible career!! I remember watching the highlights of this game. The joy that Schmidt shared with us … Continue reading

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1978 topps redux

on April 17th, 2014 by gcrl

because it was the first set i collected, i think that the 1978 topps set design is great.  i plan on buying some heritage in 13 years due to that fact, and, i have completed my 1978 topps extended set by acquiring the variation and ‘missing’ card…

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nothing rhymes with purple

on April 16th, 2014 by gcrl

no, nothing rhymes with purple, but jose hernandez is pretty happy that i found a 2014 topps heritage blaster that came with a purple refractor parallel in each pack.i know a few of you have also found one of these, but this is the first time i have be…

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the nl east for jackie

on April 15th, 2014 by gcrl

let’s see the national league east teams wear the jackie robinson anniversary patch, shall we?braves – 1998 fleer sports illustrated world series fever javy lopezmarlins – 1998 fleer sports illustrated gary sheffieldthis card gives us a good look at th…

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a black armband for richie ashburn

on April 14th, 2014 by gcrl

hall of famer richie ashburn passed away on september 9, 1997, and for the remainder of the season (just a few short weeks) the phillies wore a black armband with his number ’1′ on their left sleeves.  the lateness in the season meant that i had a…

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1964 Phillies @ 50: Dennis Bennett

on April 14th, 2014 by deal

After a bit of a hiatus today we return to our 1964 Phillies feature. On this date 50 years ago the Phillies begin their surprising 1964 campaign1964 Topps #396 Dennis BennettOn a team that had both Jim Bunning and Chris Short, the player that earned t…

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Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

on April 14th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!! ‘Charlie Hustle’ turns 73 years old today. I am a Pete Rose fan.  I am a Pete Rose supporter.  I undoubtedly believe that Pete Rose belongs in  the Baseball Hall of Fame. The list of accolades … Continue reading

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Roy Halladay 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

on April 13th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

Roy Halladay 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’ When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love … Continue reading

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1984 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Collects Hit #4,000

on April 13th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

1984 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Collects Hit #4,000 Just 8 games into the 1984 baseball season, and in front of 46,000+ fans in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Pete Rose made baseball history by becoming just the second player to collect 4,000 hits. … Continue reading

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A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer, Fergie Jenkins!!!!

on April 11th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer,  Fergie Jenkins!!!! On the way in to work this morning, I made a quick stop at my local USPS building so I could drop a very special package in the mail. One … Continue reading

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Mad Men: 1951 Bowman #221 Dick Whitman

on April 10th, 2014 by deal

On Sunday Night Mad Men returns for it’s 7th and final season. (Well at least the first half of it’s final season)1951 Bowman #221 Dick WhitmanIf your a fan of the show you will know why I am posting this card – Don Draper’s birth name is Dick Whitman….

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Snapshots Opening Day Brewers @ Phillies 2014 04 08

on April 9th, 2014 by deal

The Phillies Home Opener started off with lots of promise, but ended with a 10-4 loss and the heavy weight of disappointment,   The long list of grievances for the day included- Old man winter keeps his dying fingers clutched upon us – Opening Day…

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Did You Know…

on April 9th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

When the Kansas City Royals and the Philadelphia Phillies met in the 1980 World Series, it was the first time in major league history that the entire series was played on artificial turf.

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2014 Topps Heritage (Finally) – Part 1, the base cards

on April 8th, 2014 by capewood

I’m apparently not the only one who’s had trouble finding Topps Heritage in the big box stores. Does anybody know the story behind that?I managed to snag 3 rack packs at Walmart last week and finally over last weekend, 2 blasters from Target. The rack …

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Home Opener: 2009 Topps #103 Kyle Kendrick

on April 7th, 2014 by deal

We are experiencing some transportation issues at Team Phungo HQ, but that should not keep us from making the jaunt down to the ball park for tomorrows 2014 Phillies Home Opener.2009 Topps #103 Kyle KendrickEvery time I hear Kyle Kendrick’s name I crin…

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2014 topps gypsy queen is on the shelves!

on April 7th, 2014 by gcrl

at least at one of my local targets.  i picked up a blaster and a 3-pack earlier today.  here are some of the cards that i found inside.dodgers – duke sniderthe duke card is even grainier than the others in the set.yasiel puigand dan harentop…

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1975 Topps Set Card 66/660 – #334 – Greg Gross, Astros

on April 5th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

1975 Topps Set Card 66/660 – #334 – Greg Gross, Astros Progress: 66/660 Player Name:  Greg Gross Card Number:  334 Team:  Houston Astros Position:  Outfield Image Style:  Posed Batting Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1973-89 Notes From His … Continue reading

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too few lefebvres

on April 5th, 2014 by gcrl

dennis at too many verlanders offered to add some cards for me to his order from comc a while back as part of a trade.  i jumped at the chance to add a couple of oddballs featuring a couple of players who are near and dear to me.i asked dennis to …

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Ryne Sandberg and Rick Renteria reunite at Wrigley

on April 4th, 2014 by deal

Last summer Team Phungo got this snapshot of Ryne Sandberg and Rick Renteria exchanging lineups prior to a Padres Phils game. 2013 09 11 Rick Renteria and Ryne SandbergAt the time Renteria was a bench coach and Sandberg was likely still Interim Manage…

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my 1958 topps sampler

on April 2nd, 2014 by gcrl

the 1958 topps set had a few subsets to consider – team cards, combo cards, all-star cards, plus a variety of colored backgrounds.  there are yellow, red, green, blue, orange, black, and pink.  here’s what i have – at least one card from each…

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1989 UD #338 Mike Maddux

on April 1st, 2014 by deal

Five days after the Phillies won the 2008 World Series, the Texas Rangers named Mike Maddux their pitching coach. He has held the position since. The Rangers have posted sub 4.00 ERAs each of the five seasons they have been under Maddux’s tutelage. Dur…

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1975 Topps Set Card 61/660 – #477 – Tom Hutton, Phillies

on March 31st, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

1975 Topps Set Card 61/660 – #477 – Tom Hutton, Phillies Progress: 61/660 Player Name:  Tom Hutton Card Number:  477 Team:  Philadelphia Phillies Position:  1st Base, Outfield Image Style:  Posed Batting Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1966, 1969, … Continue reading

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Opening Day: 2009 UD Piece of History CSC-UK Utley & Kinsler

on March 31st, 2014 by deal

We have already had Australia Opening Day and ESPN Opening Night. Today we finally get to Phillies Opening Day. 2009 UD A Piece of History #CSC-UK Chase Utley and Ian KinslerFive years ago both the Phillies own Chase Utley and the Rangers Ian Kinsler w…

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2014 Phillies Opening Day Lineup

on March 31st, 2014 by capewood

The Phillies get the 2014 season going today against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. Here’s the Phillies Opening Day Line Up.Leading off, in center field is Ben Revere (2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #14)Revere was supposed to be a major force for the P…

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Mike Schmidt 2013 Topps Chasing History #CH-92

on March 26th, 2014 by deal

The Phillies have revamped their broadcast lineup for 2014. Three of the teams alums are coming in to do color commentary: Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs from the 2008 World Champs and Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt.2013 Topps Chasing History #CH-9…

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Random Cards from My Collection #59

on March 24th, 2014 by capewood

Card #370562013 Topps Emerald Foil #248 Colby LewisComments on the card: I think I make a joke about baseball in The Matrix every time I post one of these cards.How/When acquired: Paid $0.27/card for a blaster box from WalMart in January 2013.Card #277…

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1975 Topps Set Card 54/660 – #444 – Gene Garber, Phillies

on March 24th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

1975 Topps Set Card 54/660 – #444 – Gene Garber, Phillies Progress: 54/660 Player Name:  Gene Garber Card Number:  444 Team:  Philadelphia Phillies Position:  Pitcher Image Style:  Posed Portrait Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1969-70, 1972-88 Notes From … Continue reading

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Phillies 2014+ Cody Asche 2013 Topps #US71 (RC)

on March 23rd, 2014 by deal

The Phillies drafted Cody Asche in the fourth round of the Draft in June 2011, less than 3 years later he is penciled in as the teams opening day third baseman. A year ago the Phillies picked up Michael Young to fill the 3B role, Ideally the Phils would have made the postseason, Young would be back for a transition year and Asche wouldn’t be coming up until the end of this season rather than last. 

2013 Topps #US71 Cody Asche (RC)

Of course, things didn’t go that way and we got our first look at Cody. His debut was fair at best – The .235 batting average in 162 ABs is simply not good enough for a Major League corner infielder. The other problematic number was Asche’s 43 strikeouts which projects out to 140+ in a full 600 PA season. Asche showed decent power with 5 homers and 14 XBH. His defense is seen as average, advanced defensive metrics in a limited MLB sample back that up with a slightly below average dWAR.

Currently Cody Asche’s biggest issue is hitting LHP. All 5 of his Homers were vs righty’s, at lower levels only 3 of 15 HR were versus southpaws. Furthermore his 2013 slash line vs LHP across both majors and AAA was .252/.299/.361 in 147 ABs.

2014+
In 2005 at age 26 Chase Utley played his first full season, He batted .291 with 28 Homers and 105 RBIs. However, in 128 ABs versus lefties he batted .219 with only 7 of those homers. His vs LHP slash line for the season was .219/.348/.469. A key difference between Utley’s 2005 and Asche 2013 vs LHP is that Utley worked walks. Utley had 28 hits vs LHP, but he also had 25 walks – this accounted for an OBP that was 129 points higher then his BA. Asking Cody Asche to become Chase Utley would be way to large of a request – but I believe for Cody to be an everyday player it is necessary for him to be more selective at teh plate, especially vs Lefties. 

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Honestly, I don’t think that Asche his ready to play everyday for a playoff caliber team. I also don’t think that the 2014 Phillies fall into that premium category. If he stays in the majors all of 2014 I see Asche at .281 average .331 OBP, 20 HR, 67 RBI with a WAR of 1.8 (2.1 oWAR)

Phillies 2014+ Index
Cody Asche WAR + 1.8
Cole Hamels WAR +3.8
Ryan Howard WAR +1.0

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