Thursday, April 14, 2011

Topps Million Card Indians and Diamond Card Trades

I had a lot of fun with Topps Million Card Giveaway. I managed to turn all of my cards into Indians through trades. I didn't pay to have every card shipped as some were very new and I already had them in my collection. The ten cards below are the ones I did receive and I was very pleased with the condition ! I really thought some would be kind of rough but only a couple showed slightly excessive wear or damage.

The 1958 George Strickland was the oldest card. It has one slightly dinged corner and a small spot on the bottom edge.

1966 Max Alvis. Corner wear and a couple very slight creases in the upper left corner.

1967 Tom Kelly. Slight creases on the right hand side and what looks like some gum residue on the left.

1969 Richie Sheinblum. This card is literally mint condition physically. If not for being so far off center it would be perfect.

1970 Barry Moore. Overall, very good condition. Very small raised water? spots and a very slight crease half way down on the right side edge.

1970 Chuck Hinton. Another almost perfect card. Again, a little off center, and a couple lightly dinged corners on the bottom.

1977 John Lowenstein.Nearly mint card but with poor centering. We're used to that in vintage cards though !

1979 Bernie Carbo. As with several others, nearly perfect, but cut way too close at the bottom.

1979 Dan Briggs. This was the only card I already had in my collection. Condition wise, about the best card I received.

1979 All-Time Record Holders Wins. This was the worst card, as far as condition, of the whole group. Several creases and damaged corners.

That's my share of the Million Card Giveaway. I was very impressed. I just wish I could have gotten some older cards but I'm more than happy with my haul.

Below are the cards I currently have in the new Topps Diamond Giveaway program.They are all available for trade except for the 1973 Rusty Torres. If anyone is interested in trading, send me an email or leave a comment with what you can offer. Again, I would like to trade for Indian cards but I may consider others.

I have no duplicate rings to trade at this time !

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Trades Stacked Up,Going to the Dogs, Marie helps !

I'm really behind here.

There have been so many things going on I just can't find enough time for everything.

I always used to be very good at posting trades so now I have to get caught up !

Just an example of how far behind I am, these cards are from Nachos Grande's 10th trade stack !

This Mantle is the one I was really interested in as he was childhood hero. It was the first card he posted in the stack and I didn't expect it to last so long. But it did so I claimed it !

Thank you Fan Of Reds !!

One day I received a package with a return address that read " Joe's Dog Training " !

The address was familiar and the package felt like cards but I was a little confused at first. That happens a lot at my age. At least for me !

Then I realized it was from Joe at The Sandlot.

Joe and I have done several trades but it had been a while.

Here's what he sent.

A good start on the 2011 Cleveland Indians team set.

Then there was a good mixture...

of Tribe cards past and present.....

including a mini....

and some of my old friends !

This was just a sampling of the cards he sent.

I need to dig up a few more to send back to him as I

think I got the better end of this trade !

Thank you very Joe !

It's always good trading with you .

The next package also came from New York.

All I have to do is send Marie Bay, over at A Cardboard Problem, something pertaining to that Albert guy and she always helps me out with some Indian cards.

As with Joe, she sent some 2011 Topps. There are a couple similarities but duplicate Indian cards are always OK ! I have two sons who collect them and I also carry some with me, most of the time, and hand them out to any youngsters I run into on the street that might be interested.

Marie also had some 2010's left over which I can use including ...

this Jeanmar Gomez Bowman rookie and an '08 Grady charcoal parallel.

She usually has some some wrappers too. Someday I AM going to do some more posts on my wrapper collection !

Marie had one last really great card.

It didn't photograph too well.

My scanner doesn't seem to work,

so I tried a photo copy !

It is actually a very nice purple refractor #'d 276/599.

Thank you very, very much !!

I still have 4-5 trades to go but the Tribe game is about to start so I'll get back to this later !!

Thanks everyone !!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Opening Day Bob Feller Festivities

Spring is here !!

Last Thursday afternoon there was 4" of snow on Jacobs Field.

(I'm sorry, I have Progressive insurance, but it's still the "The Jake" to me.

My son Josh and I were planning on going to the opening day game. It's usually very cold and sometimes very nasty on opening day so we had never been to one before but this one was different.There was to be a special ceremony in honor of Bob Feller. One of , if not the, greatest pitcher in Cleveland baseball history. My only regret is that our youngest son, Andy, could not be here with us because of his new job.But I am very proud of him for his accomplishments so far. Of course, I'm also proud of Josh who was with me!

Opening Day always sells out in Cleveland. I went to order tickets about 1 1/2 weeks before the game, thought I would be safe, wrong. The day before I got paid the "sold out" announcement was made. D___ ( Darn ) it !! Well, I've never bought tickets from a scalper before but I was determined to go this game.

We left New London about 11:00 Friday morning and headed for the train station.We take the rapid transit into Tower City where you can walk to the stadium.Much easier than fighting traffic downtown. There are two parking lots at the train station. The first one, that we usually park in, was full and blocked off by the local law enforcement. So we had to go to the next lot, which makes a little longer walk, but it was a nice day so that was no problem. As we approached the ramp to the station we could see the lines of fans waiting. We just laughed, we knew there was going to be a wait. First surprise of the day. We only waited about five minutes and were able to board the next train. About 20-30 minutes later we were there !

Tower City is one of the tall buildings you can see behind the scoreboard in my photos. It's has an indoor mall with a nice food court. We had plenty of time so we stopped and had some pizza for lunch and then headed to the field. First disappointment of the day.

The walkway from Tower City ends up in the Cavs complex which is right next door to the stadium. You walk out onto the sidewalk and the scalpers are always there on the street trying to hawk tickets. We looked down the street.... no scalpers !! Oh crap !

We get closer to the gates and see a group of people with signs. Tickets !! No, some people with some sort of racial protest against the Tribe. Didn't even want to know that was all about.

I told Josh "Maybe we can get some standing room only tickets and at least get inside." He agreed, so I went to ticket window. A very nice young lady asked if she could help. "I don't suppose you have any tickets do you !?" Her answer, to our amazement, was yes, I have some upper deck available. I also a few box seats at $75.00. No thanks, I'll take two upper deck. I gave a her twenty, she gave me two tickets and $4.00 change !! Now we're excited !! The tickets were in section 550 which is right behind and just to the right of home plate! We were looking right down the third base line and into the Indians dugout.

So a sell out isn't always a sell out !

As you approach the gate there is always a stand selling year books and scorecards. We had to have those for this game. The year book is only $5.00 and very high quality with nice articles and photos of all the players. All on 96 pages of heavy, glossy stock. Passing through the gates you have the opportunity to pick a " Batter Up " program. It's smaller, about 5x8" but has 40+ pages and it's free ! The first give-a-way of the year is usually this magnetic schedule. It's one piece, but is scored for separation between the schedule and the big letter "C". It's also scored around the "C" so you can punch it out if you so desire.

It's good to see the old scoreboard again !

We have about 1 1/2 hrs. before the game.

We finally wander up to our seats.

Really not a bad view at all even though it's a little high up.

Here the grounds crew is getting to field ready.

The batter's boxes are being painted in along with Bob Feller's #19 on the back side of the pitcher's mound.

A huge jersey and Mr.Feller's military photo are hung on the left field wall.

Here we go !!

A long, double file row of people march out onto the field along with a caterpillar looking thing on the warning track !

More caterpillars emerge and the rows of people separate to display a huge flag in the shape of our great country !

The color guards are in place and the teams have now been announced.

The Indians' jerseys are #19 for the pre game ceremony.

A Naval officer escorts Mrs. Feller to the pitcher's mound where she places a ceremonial baseball on the rubber.
This was a very emotional part of the day.

Now the caterpillars open up and red white and blue balloons rise up,up and away out of the stadium.

Now we're getting down to the nitty gritty with the meeting of the minds at home plate.

Then, to a standing "O" , the Indians take the field for the first time in 2011 !

At least I was standing. And as always, I'm thinking World Series !

I always have faith in my Tribe until we're mathematically eliminated.

The first warm up pitch !

THE first pitch ! A strike to Juan Pierre !

Well, the out come wasn't so good, but I was impressed by how they came back fro 14-0 to lose only by 5, at 15-10.


Friday, April 1, 2011

When is a sell-out, NOT a sell-out ? ! Tribe Opening Day

Just got home from the Tribe's Opening Day festivities.

Now I'm going to burn every White Sox card I own.

Full report and more photos tomorrow !