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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Blow Out the Candles March 31

"Mr. Hockey", Gordie Howe is celebrating his 85th birthday today.
 1968-69 Topps #29

Howe played professional hockey for an incredible 33 seasons, 1945-1980.
March 11, 1974
March 11, 1957
March 20, 1956
Frank Udvari, tries to get out of harm's way as Red Wing Gordie Howe (right) sends Toronto's Gordie Hannigan into the boards during semifinal Stanley Cup playoffs. Detroit won this game, 3-2

"My brother and I met Gordie Howe when we were 6. My dad shook his hand, but my brother and I were very nervous. He said, "What's the matter, ladies?" and shook our hands."
--A comment on YouTube
Hull and Howe
Who was better?


Hall of Famer Bob Pulford is celebrating his 77th birthday today.
Parkhurst Tall Boys
Pulford won  four Stanley Cups with Toronto in the 1960's.

Here are the last moments and celebration from the Leafs last Cup win in 1967, Pulford's fourth.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Card of the Day

This recent pick up is my first and so far only card from the  50 card  N88 set, The Terrors of America and Their Doings issued by Duke's Cigarettes in 1889.  I can't get enough cards like this.

To put the age of this card in perspective:

Here's the final standing for the National League in 1889:
National League
ClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
New York Giants8343.659
Boston Beaneaters8345.6481
Chicago White Stockings6765.50819
Philadelphia Phillies/Quakers6364.49620.5
Pittsburg Alleghenys6171.46225
Cleveland Spiders6172.45925.5
Indianapolis Hoosiers5975.44028
Washington Nationals4183.33141

Vincent Van Gogh painted The Starry Night:

The Eiffel Tower was completed becoming the tallest man made structure in the world:

Nellie Bly's unprecedented trip around the globe began.  Great book by the way.

Blow Out the Candles March 30

Artist Vincent Van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands on this date in 1853.
 2009 Allen and Ginter #238

Here are a handful or so of Van Gogh's works:

 Seascape at Saintes-Maries de-la-mer

 Roulin the Postman
 Road with Cypress and Star
Olive Trees
The Starry Night

                                         Actor and game show host Peter Marshall is celebrating his 87th birthday today.

Peter Marshall is a stage name.  His real name is Ralph Pierre LaCock.  In case there's anyone out there that doesn't know it, he is the father of former Cubs and Royals ballplayer, Pete LaCock:

Musician Eric Clapton is celebrating his 68th birthday today.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Blow Out the Candles March 29

The legendary Cy Young was born in Gilmore, Ohio on this date in 1867.
 1993 UD All-Time Heroes #129

1905 -- I love the glove hanging from his belt

Career highlights and awards
World Series champion (1903)
Pitched a perfect game on May 5, 1904
Pitched three no-hitters
Major League Baseball All-Century Team
MLB Records
511 career wins
316 career losses
7,356 innings pitched
815 career games started
749 career complete games
25⅓ consecutive hitless innings pitched

Boston Braves fan favorite, Tommy Holmes was born in Brooklyn, New York on this date in 1917.
2001 SP Legendary Cuts #B-THo

From Tommy's Grandson:
It’s been said that you should never meet your hero as you’ll only end up disappointed. For me though I really had no choice in the matter as it turned out he wanted to meet me.

As the grandson of an ex-ballplayer you would think I’d be pretty lucky and in this case you’d be right. Between the old stories, going to games together, all the knowledge of the game, and simply the way he carried himself, I never grew tired of being in his presence.

At the same time I still remember him being the man at the breakfast table with an incurable case of bed head that filled his coffee cup with a pound of sugar while munching on a banana, and reading the paper that would periodically “complain” how my grandmother could prepare me a plate of eggs, bacon, and toast no questions asked, but he couldn’t get a refill on his coffee.

It was like having two grandfather’s in one and both proved thoroughly entertaining. I still remember the first time he met M…after I entered the room, he took one look at me and soon glanced past saying, “You’re looking good kid, but I want to meet her!” Meanwhile at my age he batted .325, made the National League All-Star team, and drove in the game winning run during first game of the World Series. Not bad for a guy the Yankees couldn’t find room for in their outfield.

Happy Birthday Papa! Love, TJ

Tigers pitcher Denny McLain is celebrating his 69th birthday today.
1968 Topps #40
2004 Fleer Greats #GBA-DM
Denny pitching in the 1968 World Series
Denny was the last man to win at least 30 games in a season.

New York Knicks great Walt Frazier is celebrating his 68th birthday today.
1971-72 Topps #65


Career highlights and awards2× NBA Champion (1970, 1973)
7× NBA All-Star (1970–1976)
4× All-NBA First Team (1970, 1972, 1974–1975)
2× All-NBA Second Team (1971, 1973)
7× All-Defensive First Team (1969–1975)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1968)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (1975)
#10 retired by New York Knicks
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blaster Redemption

Back in February I bought a blaster of 2013 Topps Series 1 and was underwhelmed with the results.  I did get a trade out of it and sold the rookie patch card.  I also got a few nice inserts so I guess it wasn't all bad.  Forward about six weeks and I received another blaster as a birthday gift from my father-in-law (I'm really easy to buy for).  I might have waited  but my wife insisted that I open the patch card.  Here's what I saw:
Nothing against Chipper Jones (the pull from my first blaster) but that's more like it.  Looking at the checklist this card would rank at the top of my want list.  So immediately this blaster was a winner.  

Sandy Koufax no-hit the Cubs in 1965.  My first blaster was also a Cubs "no hitter".  More redemption here:
There was also a David DeJesus basecard.

A few more highlights:

Another complaint that I had about my first blaster was the fact that the red parallels were almost all duplicates of base cards in the same box cutting my number of players by a large amount.  This new blaster, with Wal-Mart blue variations, did not have that problem at all.

Hey, .500 is great for a hitter.

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