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Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Striking Goat

This is the newest addition to to my tobacco card collection.  It's from the N87, 1889 Duke's Shadows series.   


Just for fun here are the standings for the 1889 major league baseball season.

Major league baseball final standings

National League final standings

National LeagueWLPct.GBHomeRoad
New York Giants83430.65947–1536–28
Boston Beaneaters83450.648148–1735–28
Chicago White Stockings67650.5081937–3030–35
Philadelphia Quakers63640.49620½43–2420–40
Pittsburg Alleghenys61710.4622540–2821–43
Cleveland Spiders61720.45925½33–3528–37
Indianapolis Hoosiers59750.4402832–3627–39
Washington Nationals41830.3314124–2917–54

American Association final standings

American AssociationWLPct.GBHomeRoad
Brooklyn Bridegrooms93440.67950–1943–25
St. Louis Browns90450.667251–1839–27
Philadelphia Athletics75580.5641646–2229–36
Cincinnati Red Stockings76630.5471847–2629–37
Baltimore Orioles70650.5192240–2430–41
Columbus Solons60780.43533½36–3324–45
Kansas City Cowboys55820.4013835–3520–47
Louisville Colonels271110.19666½18–469–65

Monday, April 14, 2014

That's Gold Jerry! Gold!


Here's a bit of 90's die cut goodness I found in my collection.  Vlad sure had some impressive offensive numbers:   .318 BA, 477 doubles, 449 home runs, 1496 runs batted in, in 16 seasons.






Friday, April 11, 2014

Let's Play Two!

Those three words instantly identify the subject of today's post.  The same seller I bought last post's Ron Santo cards from was offering this lot of six Ernie Banks cards. Combined shipping made this an easy bid.   I won them for the starting bid of 99 cents.

The first three cards are from one of the best art card sets out there, 2003 Topps Gallery.

It's hard to tell from the scan but this is the shiny "artist's proof".

These two are the base version.  The one on the left is the striped hat variation.  I have no idea what the relative scarcity is (if there is any).

The next three are 2005 Upper Deck inserts.  Each one is serial numbered to 50.

Not a bad buy for less than the price of a pack of flagship.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

One of These Things is Not Like the Others

I won a lot of 15 Ron Santo cards on ebay last week.  I already own all of them and in most cases several copies.  So why did I shell out $2.24?  Well, there was one card I didn't have.  Now it's time to play our game:

Here's 9 of the 15

Can you tell me which one?  Scroll down for the answer.






















Yep, you were right!  It's a 1969 or 1970 Transogram.  There's a little ding on the right edge about a third of the way down.  Otherwise it's in excellent shape.  Scratch another vintage oddball piece off my list.

Here's what a complete panel looks like:
 And here's a box with the figures:

Monday, April 7, 2014

Unusual Card of the Day

Here's 2 time NBA MVP and  Hall of Famer Karl Malone doing what he does best --acting?  Despite what the card says about movie stardom, Karl did not (wise move) quit his day job.  Here's something I noticed.  This is a 1990 card and the movie has a release date of 1994.  Problems?
Here's the poster:

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