Sunday, February 22, 2015

Arrest Me ! I Stole an Omar Auto

Well, not literally !  Those of you who follow me on facebook or read this on a regular basis ( although it hasn't been very regular lately ! )  know how much I love thrift stores. Especially Good Will.

I'll just let the pictures do the talking !

I probably would have paid $2.29 for the ball holder !

What a Difference the Inserts and Parallels Make

Today's chart looks a little different than the last one.
If you missed it, see my last post for all the details.

Adding inserts, subsets and parallels to the mix makes it a little more like what I expected, although I am still not happy with my Indian results.

The Yankees. You either love 'em or hate 'em.
But even though they are not the dominate team they once were, they were such a juggernaut back in Casey's days, they still get a lot of respect.

If you are a fan of Oakland, Milwaukee or the White Sox, then your luck really sucks ! Nothing but base cards for those three teams.


26    6     20     N.Y. Yankees
25    9     16     Boston
23    9     14     N.Y. Mets
21    7     14     San Francisco
21    9     12     Baltimore
20    8     12     Arizona
19    8     11     Miami
19    9     10     Minnesota
19    9     10     Seattle
18    6     12     L.A. Dodgers
18   11      7     Colorado
17    6     11     Atlanta
17    8       9     K.C.
17    8       9     Tampa Bay
16    3     13     Cincinnatti
16    5     11     Pittsburgh
16    7       9     L.A. Angels
15    5     10     Philadelohia
15    7       8     Washington
14    6       8     San Diego
13    6       7     Oakland ( no inserts or parallels )
13    6       7     Texas
12    1      11    Toronto
12    6       6     Milwaukee  ( no inserts or parallels )
11    3       8     Detroit
10    1       9     Cleveland
10    3       7     Chi. Cubs
  7    1       6     Houston
  7    1       6     St. Louis
  6    3       3     Chi, WS   ( no inserts or parallels )

These are the Indian base cards I pulled with only one duplicate of Kipnis ( 2 base and 1 foil )

Martinez 1st HR, Feller highlight Kluber wins leader and Brantley 3rd in BA.
I didn't count Brantly as  an Indian card. I only counted the actual leader in my list.

Here are my extra leader cards.


First pitch 

Free Agent


Inspired play


I am collecting this set.
I have these two.

This was my disappointment from the Target box.
I WILL contact Topps about a replacement. 
I tried to get the coin to slide over into position
but it wouldn't budge !

This one was centered much better.

The lone memorabilia card.

2 World Series cards

4 foil cards.

The three Babe Ruth cards I pulled are unique in that there is one Baltimore, one Red Sox and one Yankee card. I am going to save these.

Everything else is up for trade.
Plus. obviously,  I have a lot of base cards.

Next I am going to start posting  a new want list.

I have a "complete" Indians, 700 + page checklist I have been working my way through this winter.
My next project is to get all my needs and wants listed here !

Monday, February 16, 2015


Ok. here is the final tally for the base cards !
First number is the total cards, second number is
duplicates and third number is unique cards.

I realize this is a very small sampling from one northern Ohio city right on the edge of a frozen lake in the middle of February, so it not necessarily representative of  Topps' overall collation. But from the comments, I don't think it is much better in any other areas !

The Mets are on top, good call to The Lost Collector !,
but look at Cincinnati, way down in the middle.
They are in 4th place in unique cards !

I thought St Louis would have a better showing while the World Series teams had almost 50% dupes.

If I was a set collector I'd be pretty bummed out.
394 base cards with 169 duplicates.

In the next couple of days I will be mixing in the inserts,
subsets and parallels to see what kind of difference that makes !

N.Y. Mets                 21 - 9 - 12
Arizona                    19 - 8 - 11
Minnesota               19 - 9 - 10
N.Y. Yankees             18 - 6 - 12
Baltimore                 17 - 9 -  8
Seattle                     17 - 9 -  8
San Francisco          16 - 7 -  9
Tampa Bay               16 - 8 -  8
Boston                     15 - 7 -  8
Miami                       15 - 7 - 8
Kansas City              15 - 8 -  7
Pittsburgh                 14 - 5 -  9
Atlanta                       14 - 6 -  8
L.A. Angels                14 - 6 -  8
Washington               14 - 7 -  7
Colorado                   14 - 9 -  5
Cincinnati                  13 - 3 - 10
Philadelphia               13 - 5 -  9
Oakland                      13 - 6 -  7
San Diego                  13 - 6 -   7
Milwaukee                  12 - 6 -   6
L.A. Dodgers              11 - 4 -  7
Texas                          11 - 6 -  5
Detroit                        10 - 3 -  7
Toronto                        9 - 1 -  8
Chicago Cubs              9 -  3 -  6
CLEVELAND               6 - 1 -   5
St. Louis                       6 - 1 -  5
Chicago WS                 6 - 3 -  3
Houston                        4 - 1 -  3

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Different Take on 2015 Topps How is your Collation ?

There were a lot of things going on in 2014. Not bad things, just things ! I really never had the time to sit down and keep up the ole' blog like I should have. But I think I'm ready to come back in full force now, although I feel like a rookie. I have many trade packages to get out and several to post. Even though I wasn't posting much, I still got packages in the mail. It's just such a great blogging community !

Here you see my 2015 Topps supply. A Target blaster, hanger box, rack pack, jumbo pack and regular pack. A Walmart blaster, hanger box and rack pack and a Toys R Us rack pack and regular pack. Our Walmart doesn't have regular packs. 

The two stacks in back are all the base cards sorted into team piles. The stacks in front are inserts, subsets and misc. I never think I get enough Indian cards for my location and maybe the card companies don't take that into consideration anyway. If not they should !  I would buy more if I thought the chances of getting cards from my local team were greater. But are they ?  I'm about to find out and tell the whole world. Or at least the few people who read my humble scribblings.

What do you reader(s) think ? What team got the most cards ? ( not my Indians !!) Who got the least ?  The results may surprise you ! 

I may even make this a sort of contest. Let's see what kind of feedback I get !! 

My next post will have all the pertinent results. 

BTW  You can call me Baseball Dad or Baseball Granddad  or after April, you can call me Baseball Granddad 2.  Little Miranda is getting a baby sister !!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

No offense or disrespect to anyone, but......


Christmas !!

I know I have " Lost in Space " for quite some time now.

But I have actually been working on getting my collection more organized and creating more accurate want lists. I also owe a lot of packages and will sending out a lot of cards after the first of the year.

By the way, next year may be a memorable one for me. I hope to retire at the end of next year !!

One note to Play at the Plate. The box of cards you sent blew me away and I will get a post on them soon!

For Now,

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Who could not want this !! ??

I'm  pretty sure anyone who is reading this would definitely want it.

I'm a die-hard Indians fan but I still want it.

Even my wife knew I would, she bought it for me !
(Love you dear !)
Today was her day off so she went shopping with her girlfriend.

Both of our sons may want it but they will have to fight over it when I'm gone.

So what would you do with something like this if you didn't want it ?

Well, you could just throw it in the trash.

You could give it to a deserving baseball fan.

Of course, you could sell it.

Or you could let someone sell it for you.

Like Goodwill Industries.

If you know me you should have known where this was headed !

Wrigley Field. 100 year celebration bobble head series.
The price : $1.29.  All original packaging, perfect condition.

" Let's play two ! "


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Night Owl, Nick and Mark H.

Well, the Tribe just finished up the 2014 season with a W and baseball is done for this year.

What's that ? There are more games ?

Oh, yeah, that World Series thing.  I will watch some of it. Probably not all and I don't know who I'm rooting for yet. I'll wait and see what teams make the finals.

Now I can spend a little more time concentrating on this very neglected blog.
I have to get my desk cleaned up so here are the highlights of three packages.

First up is Nick from Dime Boxes.

A mini rookie from Topps 206.

Early Wynn flashback.
Returned to Cleveland for one final year, 1963, and nailed his 300th and final win !

1975 SSPC
Tom Busky, Don Hood and Jack Brohamer.
Although these are not rare, you don't see them too often.
Actually, I had no cards from this set until now !  

I do have the Leon Wagner from this 1965 insert set,
 but the one Nick sent is definitely an upgrade.
The Romano is new to me and I also have Jack Kralick,
but could use an upgrade for him also.
Still need Alvis, Hinton and Colavito.

 More vintage !
Speaking of Max Alvis.
1967 Topps.

And here comes the sparkly rainbow.
2012 Chris Perez
2014 Drew Stubbs

2014 Corey Kluber red.
What a year he had !
269 K's / 51 BB

2013 Golden Chisenhall

Thanks Nick for the great cards !!

Next , package from  Night Owl.

Another come-back kid.
Danny started with the Tribe in 1996-97
and then came back in 2006.
Of course, we missed his prime years !

Bartolo Colon
 What a facial expression !
Maybe that's where his speed and longevity comes from.

 Asdrubal Cabrerra
 I swear he is going to lose his tongue someday

 Omar !!
What a great player and person.
Maybe he will get his ring with Detroit this year.

 Kevin Seitzer
I love these old Stadium Club cards.
Some of my most favorite.

Pat Tabler
A local Ohio boy !
Not exactly local to me, but from Cincinnati.

Night Owl found some sparkly Indians too !
Bauer and Kipnis
I love these blue Opening Day cards too.

Thanks to you too NO !
Some more great Tribe cards for my collection. 

Last, but not least,
from reader  Mark H.

Minor League cards are always fun.
I like to go back through older sets and
see how many players I never heard of before.
Scott Pratt
Chris Reinike
Zach Sorensen 
Played with Tribe and Angels until 2005
1990 Classic Baseball
I have a couple of these board games but never actually played.
Interesting cards though.
Sandy Alomar
Carlos Baerga
Candy Maldonado
(why don't many ball players have nicknames anymore ?)

Oh, more vintage !!

This time 1966 Topps.
Fred Whitfield
Vic Davalillo
Ralph Terry

and then !!!

1955 Bowman

When I was young kid I wanted some of these cards sooo bad !
One of my friends got some from out of town
but the store here in New London didn't carry them.

I now have 7 of 20 Indians from the set.
Anybody have  Bob Feller ??!!

Thanks Mark !
Great Tribe cards !!