Thursday, December 18, 2014

Brett Wallach 2011 Daytona Cubs #23

Card Review: B  My only real complaint about this card is that they use the same photo on the back.  That's always annoyed me.  If the design was just going to use a head shot, that has be pretty easy to find.  And even the boring head shots from the team webpage, media guide, etc, would be better than using the same photo again.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brett Wallach 2009 Ogden Raptors

Card Review: B  This card design is a little generic but there's really nothing wrong with it.  I feel like it looks like a declined mock up for an early 90's Score set.  I actually kind of like the wood grain look on the back of the card.  I would have just left it all the darker yellow, I think you'd still be able to read the lettering ok.

I just received an envelope of minor league cards from my connection, so the next week or so is going to feature a heavy does of Brett and Matt Wallach cards that I didn't previously have.  It's been awhile since I mentioned my thoughts on collecting the Wallach kids, so I'll go ahead and mention it again.  I think it's pretty cool to be able to collect their cards, but am not trying "to collect them all."  One of each is fine.  I'm also grading them differently, using letters instead of numbers.  I'm not sure it makes any difference (or that anyone cares), but it helps keep things in order for me.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Woodbury, MN

These cards were sent by Jim of "Garvey, Cey, Russsel, Lopes."  Thanks for the cards Jim.  I look forward to the day that you stop finding Wallach's to send me.

Updated Totals:

1988 Fleer: 188
1993 Topps x2: 84
1995 Pinnacle: 23

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

These eleven cards were sent by regular contributor Ryan, in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Ryan once again used is signature brown envelope, which always look even cooler with all the stickers and stamps mail from Canada gets hit with.

Thanks for the cards Ryan. 

Updated Totals: 

1989 Donruss: 214
1989 Fleer: 183
1989 Topps: 387
1991 Donruss: 121
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier: 30
1991 Score: 119
1991 Score Franchise: 81
1991 Topps: 122
1992 Donruss: 107
1992 O-Pee-Chee: 13
1992 Triple Play: 51

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kenner, LA

These eight cards were sent by the Junior Junkie.  Thanks for the cards, they're always appreciated.

Updated Totals:

1990 Topps: 252
1991 Ultra: 40
1992 Donruss x4: 106
1992 Pinnacle: 57
1992 Studio: 19

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ebay Pick-up

I picked up this lot of 219 Wallach cards on ebay about a week ago.  It was one of the better deals I've come across in recent memory as the total cost ended up being under 3¢ a card shipped.  So thank you to the seller.  Although,\ the description claimed 220 cards, and I only counted 219, I'm going to chalk that up to an error in counting on my part.

Here are updated totals for the cards in this lot:

1984 O-Pee-Chee: 29
1984 Topps: 186
1986 Topps: 164
1986 Topps AS x2: 392
1987 Donruss Opening Day: 20
1987 Topps x10: 587
1988 Donruss: 571
1988 Donruss AS: 29
1988 Fleer: 187
1988 O-Pee-Chee x2: 12
1988 Revco: 35
1988 Topps x2: 442
1988 Topps AS x3: 384
1989 Donruss x2: 213
1989 Fleer x4: 182
1989 K-Mart x2: 30
1989 O-Pee-Chee x2: 7
1989 Score x2: 120
1989 Topps x19: 386
1989 Upper Deck: 136
1990 Donruss x19: 214
1990 Fleer x6: 199
1990 Leaf: 68
1990 Score x3: 131
1990 Topps x2: 251
1990 Upper Deck x12: 145
1990 U.S. Playing Cards x2: 23
1991 Donruss : 120
1991 Donruss MVP x2: 99
1991 Fleer x2: 80
1991 Leaf x2: 55
1991 Score x19: 118
1991 Score Franchise x3: 80
1991 Stadium Club x4: 46
1991 Topps x4: 121
1991 Topps Cracker Jacks: 6
1991 Upper Deck x14: 159
1991 Upper Deck CL x5: 105
1992 Donruss: 102
1992 Fleer x3: 64
1992 Leaf x4: 42
1992 Pinnacle x2: 56
1992 Score: 38
1992 Stadium Club x2: 18
1992 Topps x5: 124
1992 Triple Play: 50
1992 Ultra x3: 90
1992 Upper Deck x3: 160
1993 Donruss x2: 55
1993 Leaf: 39
1993 Pinnacle: 23
1993 Score Select: 25
1993 Stadium Club: 34
1993 Studio: 30
1993 Topps Gold: 27
1993 Upper Deck x7: 61
1994 Collector's Choice: 22
1994 Donruss: 24
1994 Pacific: 7
1994 SP: 29
1994 Topps x5: 57
1994 Topps Gold: 24
1994 Upper Deck x3: 52
1995 Bazooka: 21
1995 Collector's Choice: 13
1995 Score x3: 29
1995 Topps: 29
1995 Upper Deck: 22
1996 Collector's Choice Ser.II x2: 13

Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 SAL All-Star #21, Chad Wallach

Card Review: A  This is a very nice card for a set that was presumably made for one A-Level game.  That game being the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which Chad Wallach played in last summer as a member of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

My only gripe, and I'm definitely nit-picking here, is that the photo and bio information are a little too familiar.  The photo on the front is the same one that was used on his Greensboro card, it's just been cropped differently.  The bio information is identical.  But as I mentioned above, for a card set produced for one minor league game, this card is pretty nice.

You can see the 2014 Greensboro card on the left. 

In some more quasi-Wallach related news, I went to the Championship Game of the Arizona Fall League this past Saturday.  Chad Wallach was one of the prospects the Marlins chose to send, and his Salt River Rafters defeated the Peoria Javelinas 14-7 to win the League.  If anyone wants a program I ended up with a couple extra, your welcome to them, though I can't guarantee the condition.  Just let me know.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Large Sportlots Purchase

I realize I haven't been posting a whole lot of cards of late.  It was starting to bug me, so I went ahead and unloaded on the seller with the largest number of remaining Wallach cards on  "Jessecar" is now 717 cards Wallach cards lighter, and my total is now well over 12,000. 

It's always a little weird when I make a large purchase like this.  It's a bit annoying to think that some dealer had more 1990 Leaf Wallach cards sitting around in a box, than I had after actively trying to amass them for 20 years.  But each time it happens, I figure it's that less likely to happen again.  "Jessecar" was able to sell me 37 1990 Leaf Wallach cards.  I only had 30 previously.  However now I have 67, so the odds of someone having 67+ is pretty slim.  I take some solace in that.  Then again, finding someone able to sell me more wouldn't be a bad thing either.  

The cards arrived in the boxes seen above.  I really like the way these boxes look inverted, and am thinking that going forward, I'll be doing the same with my boxes.  Below are some shots of the actual cards.  I didn't go to crazy with the photos, but it's enough for you to get the idea.  Updated totals are also listed below.

Updated Totals:

1982 Topps x36: 426
1983 Topps Stickers x16: 29
1984 All-Star Game Insert: 7
1984 Topps x9: 185
1985 Leaf x4: 27
1986 Donruss AS x2: 10
1986 Leaf x5: 20
1986 Sportflics x2: 7
1986 Topps x5: 163
1986 Topps AS x4: 390
1987 Donruss x73: 338
1987 Donruss Opening Day x2: 19
1987 Fleer x37: 138
1987 Hostess: 2
1987 Leaf x16: 37
1987 Red Foley: 2
1987 Sportflics x14: 35
1987 Topps Tiffany: 15
1988 Donruss x10: 570
1988 Donruss AS x9: 28
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best x12: 28
1988 Fleer x12: 186
1988 Fleer Award Winners x2: 18
1988 Fleer Glossy x2: 5
1988 Fleer MVP x2: 8
1988 Fleer Star Stickers x24: 67
1988 Hostess Disc: 2
1988 KayBee x5: 23
1988 Leaf x4: 32
1988 Red Foley: 2
1988 Score x4: 189
1988 Topps Big x17: 38
1988 Topps Glossy Send-Ins x4: 12
1988 Topps Mini x9: 22
1988 Topps Stickers x13: 16
1988 Topps UK Mini x59: 75
1989 Bowman x28: 113
1989 Donruss: 211
1989 Donruss Baseball's Best x5: 12
1989 Fleer x12: 178
1989 Fleer Glossy: 4
1989 K-Mart x5: 28
1989 Red Foley x2: 3
1989 Score x8: 118
1989 Upper Deck x51: 135
1990 Donruss x2: 195
1990 Fleer x5: 193
1990 Leaf x37: 67
1990 Panini: 3
1990 Red Foley: 3
1990 Topps x6: 249
1990 U.S. Playing Cards x10: 21
1991 Topps x2: 117
1991 Topps Cracker Jack x3: 5
1991 Upper Deck x5: 145
1991 Upper Deck CL x3: 100
1992 Bowman x9: 34
1992 Leaf Black Gold x2: 7
1992 Pinnacle x26: 54
1992 Red Foley: 2
1992 Topps x8: 119
1992 Topps Micro x3: 6
1992 Upper Deck x7: 157
1993 Donruss McDonald's x4: 7
1994 Finest: 4
1994 Leaf Limited x8: 11
1994 Pacific: 6
1994 SP: 28
1994 SP Die-Cut x4: 10
1994 Stadium Club Rainbow x8: 10
1994 Topps Gold x11: 23
1994 Upper Deck Electric Gold x5: 10
1995 Collector's Choice SE Silver x3: 7
1995 Score Gold Rush x2: 6
1996 Collector's Choice Ser.1 Silver x2: 5
1996 Collector's Choice Ser.2 Silver x3: 5 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Throwback Cal-St. Fullerton Hat

I've never posted a hat on this blog.  That's not to say I don't have a a good number of hats for no other reason than Wallach wore a similar one for a team at some point in his career, but that alone doesn't make them a "Wallach item" in my book.  I'm making an exception for this one.  Because, as you can see above, the description specifically mentions Wallach.

I'm a hat person.  I own lots of hats.  If I'm not in my office, I'm typically wearing a hat.  I also have a large head.  As such, I almost exclusively buy fitted hats.  I wear a 7 1/2 or 7 5/8 depending on the brand, style, and just slight variances that exists within the same hat.  Because of my rather large head, I typically stay clear of snap-back hats.  They just don't fit right when you have to put them on one of the largest settings.  This one fits ok, but not well enough to go into my regular rotation.

In addition to being a fan of hats, I am an even bigger fan of College Baseball.  I love College Baseball, and have since I was kid.  Coming from a Syracuse family, I was sort of a free agent, free to root for whatever school I chose as SU didn't (and still doesn't) have a baseball team.  Fullerton was one of my favorites, along with Maine (only legitimate northeast power), Arizona State, and Wichita State.  I still root for CSFU, ASU, and Maine.  Wichita State, not so much (they upset SU in Basketball in 2007, and I was done with them after that).  I always loved that much like hockey, smaller schools who didn't excel in other D1 sports could be baseball powers.  For my money, The Big West is still the best conference in baseball.

As far as mesh, snap-back hats go, this one is very well made.  The material seems well constructed, and it has a lot of nice little touches, such as "The Game" embroidered under the bill.  I've only been able to find one photo of Wallach wearing this style of Fullerton cap, and from picture I can't tell if it was a mesh, snap-back or not.  Take a look.

Most photos of Wallach at Fullerton, show him wearing the pin-wheel style "F" cap.  

I've got one of those too.  I really like the Fullerton stuff, and would love to pick up a Wallach Titan's jersey in that '79 style, but as far as I can tell they don't exists.  I keep checking the Fullerton bookstore website periodically none the less.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Peoria, IL

These two 1984 Topps were sent by "Tom O." in Peoria, Illinois.  Thanks for the cards Tom.  They bring my total for '84 Topps up to 176 cards.  Tom's note (the pink sticky on the envelope) mentions that he bought a lot of 1,600 1984 Topps cards.  Assuming even distribution amongs the cards, that should have yielded 2.02 Wallach cards.

I'm curious to know, what if any "stars" were pulled from the lot.  Did it include the Mattingly's, Strawberry's, Ripken's and Gwynn's?  Just for my own purposes, I'd like to know what cards from that set are deemed to be worth pulling before selling off a lot of 1,600 of them.  If you read this Tom, and paid attention as I assume you tried to put together a set or two from the lot, what cards did the seller short you?

And Thanks for the Wallach's. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2014 Greensboror Grasshoppers #16, Chad Wallach

Card Review: B+  This is pretty nice looking card for an A-Ball team to put out.  It's a solid design, has nice colors, complete stats, and even an impressive amount of bio.  Somebody at Greensboro put some effort into this set.

This post will also serve as the Final Season Review for all the catchers in the Marlins organization.  Chad advanced to High-A Jupiter this season, and is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League. 

It could be a tough climb for Wallach to make it to the Majors next season as the Marlins expect to return both Saltamacchia and Mathis. Additionally J.T. Realmuto is clearly regarded as the top catching prospect by the Marlins.  On the positive side for Wallach, other than Realmuto, Austin Barnes is the only other catching prospect ahead of him in the organization that has shown any ability to hit.  I wouldn't be surprised if the Marlins part ways with either Brantly or Skipworth (or both), and move Barnes to AAA and Wallach to AA for the start of next season.

Below Wallach, Chris Hoo is the only catcher whose numbers can be described as anything other than terrible, and Hoo's sample size is pretty small.  I'd be shocked if he jumped Wallach before the start of next season.

Marlins Catchers Final Season Statistics

 Italics = No longer with the oragnization

Miami Marlins                      GP        Avg.        H       HR       RBI      CS%
Jarrod Saltalamacchia           114        .220         82       11            44         19%
Jeff Mathis                             64         .200         35       2             12          33%
J.T. Realmuto                        11          .241          7         0            9          20%
New Orleans Zephyrs "AAA"
Rob Brantly (40-man)           101       .255         93          4           37       28%
Kyle Skipworth                      70         .216         44         10           30       22%
Jacksonville Suns  "AA"
J.T. Realmuto  (40-man)        97        .299          112       8           62         39%
Austin Barnes                        78        .296          84      12           43         30%
Wilfredo Gimenez                  44        .243          36       1           21         32%
Jupiter Hammerheads "A+"
Sharif Othman                       29         .133          12         3            8          26%
Chad Wallach                          19           .328           21         0            8          14%
Austin Barnes                        44         .317          57       1            14        41%
Jarrod Saltalamacchia            2          .286          2        0             0         50%
Chad Krist                              8         .200             6      0            1        29%
Luis Sanz                               7         .154             2       0             1       13%
Josh Adams                          30          .148        16        1             10        38%
Greensboro Grasshoppers "A"
Joel Jimenez                          27           .191         18          0           9        35%
Brad Haynal                           13          .226        12           1           6       28%
Chad Wallach                        78          .321          87         7          49       31%
Sharif Othman                       20          .219          16        2            9       35%
Chris Hoo                             13           .382          13          0           3       56%
Rodrigo Vigil                         14           .296          10          0          3        55%
Batavia Muckdogs  "Low A"
Luis Sanz                              21            .212          14          0          4        56%
Rodrigo Vigil                         32             .280          30          1          10        41%
Chris Hoo                               10            .321           9          0           1         39%
Brad Haynal                          30            .271          32          2          21       36%
Felix Castillo                          5             .250          4          0          2        20%
Joel Jimenez                           2           .125          1          0           1        50%
Gulf Coast League Marlins "Rookie"
Blake Anderson                     26            .108          8         0           5        30%
Roy Morales                          25            .224          17          0           7        29%
Angel Reyes                          26            .203           16          1           9        18%
Felix Castillo                          5             .333           5          0           1        20%
Chris Hoo                               7             .188           3          0           1      54%

Monday, November 3, 2014

1991 Starshot Pinback Badges #152

Card Review: "Not a Card" This item shows up on a good number of online databases and checklist as a "card."  I don't consider it a card.  It may be numbered and part of a set, but it's a pin.  I'm not trying to shove this round pin through the square card hole.  It's sort of cool, and I'm more than a little surprised that the first one I came across was still intact in its original package.  I'm not about to start hoarding these, but if I ever come across a loose button, I'll be inclined to pick it up.

I don't remember ever seeing these as a kid.  I remember the 1990 MVP Pins that came packaged with a Score card but I never saw these "Star Shots."  If you know anything about them, i.e. how much they retailed for, where they were sold, and many years they were put out for, I'd love to hear from you in the comments.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Mansfield, Texas

The above assortment of cards were sent by Tom of "Angels in Order."  This is the third time Tom has sent cards, and this nice assortment can claim the distinction of covering the largest period of time of any envelope I've been sent.  It included an '82 Topps rookie card and the '05 Topps Rookie Cup, spanning a period of 23 years.  I'm comfortable saying no other package of cards has done that as its the first '05 Rookie Cup card I've received via a reader.

Thanks for the cards Tom.  I have small stack of Angels I'll be sending your way once it gets a little bigger.

Updated Totals:

1982 Topps: 390
1988 Donruss: 560
1988 Fleer: 174
1992 Donruss: 101
1992 Stadium Club x2: 16
1994 Fleer: 29
1995 Topps Embossed: 9
2005 Topps Rookie Cup: 33

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ebay Success

I just mentioned within the last week how ebay wasn't that great of source for buying Wallach cards in bulk.  That it's much more of a source for oddball items, and a pretty good one at that.  Well, it just came through again with another item off of my "non-card need list."

I probably paid more than I should have, but at this point in time, when something like this that I don't have pops up, I'm not in a position to nickel and dime.  So long as the asking price is half way reasonable, its sold.

I'll do a posting for this item, and give more details when it arrives.

Monday, October 27, 2014

CCM Expos Jersey

This was the first Wallach jersey I ever owned (and last one I have left to post, at least for now).  It wasn't something I had as a kid in the 80's, in fact I don't think I knew a single kid who had a jersey growing up.  I had Expos hats, and briefly a t-shirt featuring Snoopy wearing an Expos hat and shirt, but never a jersey.  I'm not sure when they became so prevalent.

I picked this jersey up on ebay around 2001 when I was in college.  I was pretty excited, until it arrived, and I found it was two sizes too small.  It's got a decent amount of wear and tear and isn't of the best material.  Far from what you would describe as "authentic."  All of which would have been fine with me at the time had it fit. 

I know nothing about it, as far as where it came from, how old it is, if it was homemade, what the retail price was.  CCM was/is a hockey company.  My first "new" pair of hockey skates were CCM.  Previously all my skates came from "Play it Again Sam's," a used sporting goods store.  CCM is a more than respectable hockey company, I have no idea what their reputation is as far as baseball jerseys.  Judging from this, I'd guess, not that great.

The logo and numbers are all sewn on, as is the nameplate on the back.  However the letters on the name plate appear to be silk screen.  The jersey material leaves a little bit to be desired, but isn't horrible, at least not for it's age.  I'd guess it's from 1990 or so.  Feel free to fill me in with any details you might have on it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ebay purchase

Believe it or not, when it comes to indiscriminately amassing as many cards as you can of one player, ebay is not the best option.  In fact, it's more of an option of last resort.  Large lots of cards at reasonable prices are the exception and not the rule when it comes to ebay.

That's not to say you shouldn't regularly check ebay.  I monitor it almost compulsively for new Wallach items.  How do you know if your checking it enough?  Well, a good way to tell is if you've started sorting search results by "newly listed" instead of "ending soonest."  This way you get first crack at everything, and no "Buy It Now" is going to get snagged by someone else first.  If your at the point where you find yourself checking the ebay app on your phone while stopped at a traffic light, you should probably dial it back.  Wait until you get home.  (or so I've been told)

Mostly what I find on ebay are odd ball Wallach items.  But when a good deal like the one above does show up, I'm still very happy to place a bid.  This lot was for 71 cards, and came in well under the 10¢ a card ceiling that I loosely enforce upon myself.

Check out this sellers business card.  It's included with the cards above, and I put another picture below.  He also sells marbles.  I didn't realize marbles were collectible.  It makes sense when I think about it, but I guess I had never thought about it.  I'm in no position to judge the hobby/collecting habits of anyone, so I don't point this out in a disparaging manner.  I'm just pointing it out because I find it interesting.  I'll have to keep an eye out for MLB licensed marbles on ebay.