Thursday, April 30, 2009


It doesn't look good for the home team !

Been busy all week getting packages ready to mail.I decided to add a few surprises to help clean out some clutter !

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Tom and Chuck doubled up on a couple scenes here for some reason, but I thought I post 'em like they wrote 'em !

Speaking off heat

I think I have all the free gifts burned. I'll start working on the packing tonight and get them into the mail as soon as possible. I only got requests from 2 people not on my list.If your reading tonight and don't understand, see my last post !

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Do you hear the fanfare ?

Do you see the balloons and streamers ?

I don't either ! I realize 100 posts is not that big of a deal,but I wasn't sure if I would last even this long. My youngest son, Andy, has a blog called Cardboard Mania . It's currently on hold because of his commitment to college activities, ( no,not toga parties ! he's learning sports journalism) but that's how I discovered the blogging community.I probably should have spent a longer period delving into various blogs before jumping in myself, but as I discover more and more blogs everyday and read what others have to say I have been learning a few things. I also did a little outside research on "What is a blog ?". It seems that no one has a good, clear-cut definition of "blog". Some people seem to think a blog should always contain subject matter to inform and teach the readers something, some say it's just a way of communicating and interacting with others. My 1981 Funk & Wagnalls desk set doesn't even list the word "blog" ! ( I guess it's time for a new dictionary) Webster says : (noun) Short for weblog. A frequently updated website, normally with dated entries and usually with the newest entries at the top.Well, that's good enough for me. It can be whatever you want to be and if other people like it and want to read it, that's fine too.I would like to start concentrating on sports cards and my collection a little more. I still plan to include cartoons because we all need a little laugh sometimes.I also want improve to want lists. I would like to do more trades with today's economy.

Now then,the important stuff !

I do have a free gift for anyone for the asking.Just email your mailing address to There are a couple stipulations : You must like baseball, music and have a cd player. Oh, and the following should NOT respond to this free offer :

A Cardboard Problem ( Marie & Sooz )

Bluegrass Smoke Signals


Dinged Corners

Grand Cards

Ike's Cards

Indians Cards and Then Some

Night Owl Cards

Saints of the Cheap Seats

wait 'till next year

White Sox Cards

I really don't like you guys ! JUST KIDDING , JUST KIDDING !!! Actually you guys and gals are great. I have either sent you cards in the past, traded cards with you, have pending trades or for some other reason I already have your address and your free gift is burning as we speak and will be in the mail soon ! If anyone else is interested let me know!

Thanks to all you "Reader People" (From 1924 , if you aren't reading this, check it out.You have to go back to his original post and start from the beginning to get the whole gist of the story.It's really great reading)


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Post 100 will be up later this afternoon with news and a special announcement !!

Friday, April 24, 2009

CARTOON of the DAY, News Coming this week-end !

Do you suppose Fidel is on "The List" ?

My 100th post should be coming this week-end ! It's a small milestone, but I didn't know if I would last this long or not. With it comes some changes and a free gift !! Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Castro's Curveball and CARTOON of the DAY

Check out the second figure, with the beard and cigar, then the book below!

I found this on a clearance shelf at "Half Price Books" for $1.00.

Monday, April 20, 2009


I may owe the umpires, who worked the Indians/Yankees game yesterday, an apology.The view on the instant replays was not the best angle but it sure looked like the spectators hands were stretched out and breaking the plane of the fence. Maybe not. What has changed my mind ? Two things. The story in the Plain Dealer today has a quote from Trevor Crowe,who nearly caught the ball.He said " If no one is out there, I catch the ball. My glove was over the wall and above it and under the fan that was there." If that is the case it was not interference. There is also a photo that shows Trevor at the top of his leap. His left forearm is stretched out and pressed up against the top edge of the wall.The padding is pushed back indicating his glove may be on the spectator side of the fence. Also, Paul Hoynes has an article about Mark Shapiro's views and a different replay the Indians saw here Home Run . So I do apologize !


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Money talks !!

Well, the Yankees have to the money to buy all the players. Didn't help them at all yesterday, so today they bought the umpires ! Come on ,even you Yankee fans have to admit that that was interference. On the up side, Pavano definitely looked better today and should have gotten a "W".


Thursday, April 16, 2009

My half of the Mega trade

A few weeks ago I got wind of the fact that Harold, at Bluegrass Smoke Signals ,was going to get rid of his minor league team sets and concentrate on newer Tribe cards. So we had several conversations back and forth and finally settled on a package deal. He sent me a very detailed want list and I headed for my duplicate Indian box. Harold didn't want inserts, minis, high-end rookies or cards of players traded to Cleveland, but still in their old team's uniform. Just base cards.He also had some sets completed so he gave me a list of sets that he had no cards from at all. I searched through my duplicate cards, that my two sons have already been through, to come up with some that Harold needed. I came up with 400+ Tribe cards, put them in a box along with about 40, empty 9-card pages and shipped them off to Harold. He seemed to be very happy with what I sent, Mega Trade with Baseball Dad .

This is what he sent me in return.

Over 400 Cleveland Indian Minor League cards. Already sorted and in pages ! Some of the significant cards are shown below.

In looking at minor league team sets, you realize just how tough it is to get to "The Show". Especially in the older, lower class team sets. You're lucky if you have even heard of one or more of the players. Until you get to the AAA teams, where the creme of the crop is starting to collect, then the names become more familiar.

Harold and I, and our wives are also planning to meet in Columbus, here in a month or so, to check out the Tribes new AAA team ,The Clippers. They have a brand new stadium so we're going to see how they're doing !

Thanks again Harold for the great trade !