March 25, 2009
Does anyone else find it annoying that all the cards are not facing the same direction or is it just me and why are they wasting a card in the pack with the Toppstown cards?!?!? Talk about accumulating doubles!
Well that's it for now....I'll have more later and sorry for not posting anything in the week.
March 17, 2009
Topps announces that the popular 2009 Topps Heritage Baseball features short printed base cards. The set’s high numbers, cards 426 – 500, can be found 1:3 packs.
March 15, 2009
I think by now everyone knows what the cards look like, but I did have to explain to my wife the difference between these cards and the Topps base set. Slowly she is getting interested into baseball cards. She always asks if I got a Carlos Guillen (her favorite player) whenever I open a pack. We have been able to obtain his autograph at some games, mostly away but I'll save those stories for another post. By the way...no Guillen cards in my 3 packs. The first pack did have a Tiger, Armando Galarraga and a SP of the Phillies Coaches. You know the "floating head" card.
The next pack I received another SP, Fausto Carmona and a chrome refactor of Carlos Beltran #'d to 560. Not bad if I do say so myself.
When I grabbed the last pack to open it felt slightly different. Now mind you, when the wife and I went to the store, we were pretty focused on what we had to do, remember...3 hours of grocery shopping!! Anyway....I looked at my wife and said, "I think I may have something here". When I opened the pack, I saw a "white" card in the middle of the stack. I knew I had a hit. I arranged the cards so it would be the last card I see, which I usually do when I have a hit. Going through the pack slowly I get to the end, I see a Flashback Brooks Robinson Memorial Stadium seat card. NICE!! I had the opportunity to meet him on a cruise about 9-10 years ago. He is one of the nicest players I've ever met and I'll save that for another post.
All in all, I like the cards, but I probably won't try to build the set because I haven't been able to complete it the last 2 years. I'll just end up completing the Tigers team set and getting whatever other cards I see that I like.
March 13, 2009
I have to include a Tiger....here's Justin Verlander's card.
I look forward to seeing the "throwback" version.
March 9, 2009
As for the rest of the mail, more additions to my Detroit Tigers collection. I got a 2009 Turkey Red of Curtis Granderson and Miguel Cabrera, a 2009 Topps Legends of the Game Ty Cobb and a 2008 Ballpark Collection quad jersey of Granderson, Jeter, Furcal and Weeks. I wanted this card because how many cards are going to be made with a Granderson and Jeter game used jersey??
March 8, 2009
In 1975, Topps decided to try something different....they came out with a "mini" baseball card set. The cards look exactly like the regular sized set just smaller. I heard one time years ago that Topps was testing these cards in certain markets and Detroit happened to be one of them. Unbeknowst to me and my friends, or anyone else for that matter, the cards would be smaller in 1975. You have to remember...the information highway was a lot slower in 1975 than it is today. I'd been collecting baseball cards for about 3 years by then and every spring I couldn't wait for the cards to show up on the counter at the corner store. I would stop at the store on the way home from school to check the counter. When they finally arrived, I was so excited!! I couldn't wait to see what the cards looked like each year. I bought a couple of packs and opened them, but something just wasn't right. Even at the age of 10, I knew something was up. The design was colorful and even though each player on a team had a different color border, something else seemed different. I went home and sorted them by team then put them away with my others cards and that's when the mystery was solved....they were smaller. I still bought them that summer but not as much as I would have if they were the normal size.
I am working on completing a Tigers team set of both sizes and I would be willing to make some trades to complete my set. Let me know if you have any and are willing to trade.
March 5, 2009
My two favorite players growing up were Willie Horton and (my all-time favorite) Aurelio Rodriguez…..the original A-Rod! Me, being of Mexican descent, you can say he was my idol. The plays he made at 3rd base were UNBELIEVABLE and he had an arm like a rocket.
I remember going to a game at Tiger Stadium with my parents and he was signing autographs and by the time my mother and I got to where he was by the dugout, he left to go warm up. My mother spoke to him in Spanish he replied back that he had to get ready for the game, so no autograph for me. We had excellent seats for the game between the dugout and homeplate. When he came up to bat, my mother shouted for him to hit a homerun in Spanish and sure enough, he did it. I still remember the game like it was yesterday.
It wasn’t until 1988 that I would get another chance to meet him and get his autograph…FINALLY!! In fact, I was able to get every card and picture I had of him autographed. I lived in Colorado Springs for a short time and it so happened to be the same year the Sky Sox (Indians AAA team at the time) moved back there. He was one of coaches and I got a job at the ballpark selling Pepsi and peanuts in the stands. Game 2 was my chance, opening day was a zoo, I got to the park early with my stuff and waited for the team to come onto the field. When I saw him, I introduced myself to him and told him I was from Detroit and he was happy to be remembered. From that day on we would talk everyday and I would get an occasional game ball or broken bat. I remember him trying to teach Terry Francona how to play 3rd, but I’ll save that for another post.
Unfortunately his life was shortened while he was in Detroit to attend a card show in 2000. While walking to his car after lunch, he was struck by a car whose driver suffered a stroke and jumped the curb. He died later that day in the hospital.
Rodriguez spent 9 yrs with the Tigers and even though he wasn’t a power hitter like today’s A-Rod, he was one of the best defensive 3rd basemen in the game. He even won a Gold Glove in 1976 breaking Brooks Robinson’s streak of 16 straight Gold Gloves. He played with 7 teams in his 17 yr career playing in 4 American League Championships Series and 1 World Series with the Yankees which they won, where he hit .417.
The original A-Rod lives on in this fans heart!