Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chicago, IL

This card was sent by Edgar in Chicago.  Thank you for the card Edgar, I really appreciate it. 

Updated Total:

1988 Topps: 456

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Antelope, CA

The above assortment of 39 cards were sent by Yeo of "One Man's Junk (Wax)."  Thanks for the cards, they're very much appreciated.  Yeo included a note explaining that he picked up the Walllach's on Just Commons while making a purchase for himself.  The Candiotti's were apparently sent in error and since he didn't have any use for extra '89 Donruss he sent them to me.  I'll be writing my blog address on the back of them and sending them to someone else who doesn't want them.  Maybe it'll become a thing, and they'll find their way back to Yeo at some point.  Or maybe the next person will just toss them in the trash.

Updated totals:

1982 Topps: 484
1983 Fleer x5: 95
1985 Donruss: 71
1986 Fleer: 101
1987 Donruss Opening Day: 24
1989 Score: 125
1990 Donruss: 266
1990 Score: 156
1990 Topps x5: 302
1991 Score x2: 142
1991 Score "Franchise": 103 
1991 Studio x3: 53
1991 Topps x3: 143
1992 Leaf Gold: 10
1992 Score: 52
1992 Topps: 136
1992 Triple Play: 56
1993 Bowman: 17
1993 Score Select Traded: 7 
1994 Score Select: 18
1995 Flair: 13
1995 Finest: 10

Monday, June 1, 2015

Chad Wallach 2014 Bowman Draft Scouts Breakouts #BSB-CW Die-Cut Refractor

Card Review: C+ The title to this card is way to long.  "1977 Topps" was a lot easier to say.  I mentioned it on the post for the base card from this set, but Chad is no longer with the Marlins.  He was dealt to the Reds for Mat Latos.  In addition to catching, Chad has been seeing a decent amount of time at first base so far this season.  He's playing for Cincinnati's high-A affiliate, the Daytona Turtugas.  This will blog will have updates when that changes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

1979 Memphis Chicks Pocket Schedule

This is a 1979 Memphis Chicks pocket schedule.  It's larger than pocket schedules are today.  The bottom picture has a penny to give some perspective as to size.  There was also a team set issued by Memphis in 1979, but Wallach wasn't included as he was still playing college ball at the start of the season.  The closest thing I have to a Memphis card of Wallach is a 1993 set the team put out featuring former players who went on to be MLB all-stars.

After drafting Wallach 10th overall in the 1979 draft, the Expos sent Wallach to Memphis after he his Cal. St. Fullertan Titans won the College World Series.  At the time Memphis was the AA-affiliate of the Expos.  In 75 games in Memphis, Wallach batted .327 with 18 home runs. 

Managed by Billy Gardner, Memphis went 82-62 in the Southern League in 1979.  Eleven members of the 1979 Chicks went on to play in the major leagues, including Tim Raines, Charlie Lea, Bryn Smith, Tony Phillips, and Bill Gullickson.  A good number of those players also joined Wallach in AAA Denver during the 1980 season on what is widely considered one of the greatest minor league teams of all-time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2013 Leaf Memories #388 "Gold" #/5 (1991 Leaf with some post production defacing)

Card Review: Already reviewed, see 1991 Leaf
Some people like this stuff.  I am not one of those people.  My thoughts on this "Leaf Memories" crap are pretty well documented.  I'm sure the people that do enjoy this stuff are tired of me whinning about it and aren't really wrong if they say "just stop buying it if you hate it so much."  But I can't help myself, and I'm pretty sure Leaf is counting on me and others like me to not be able to help ourselves.  So they get to sell me the same card twice.  Congratulations on your "success" Leaf.  These early sets of yours really laid the foundation for the great new stuff your making today.  Or maybe not so much.

Number of this card in my collection: 1*

*plus 60 1991 Leaf, which the copy right on the back clearly shows the card above to be.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Allen, Texas

This large box of cards was sent by Nick in Allen, Texas.  With 511 cards it is far and away the largest package of cards I have ever been sent by a reader.  With such a large number of cards, numerous mile stones and "first" were hit, including:

* 100+ 1986 and 1989 Topps have now been sent in the mail.
* 1986 Topps Stickers, 1987 Topps Stickers, 1988 Starting Line-Up, 1995 Collector's Choice SE Silver, 1995 Score Hall of Gold, and 2010 Multi-Ad cards were all sent for the first time.
* 1988 Donruss reached 600+ total cards
* 1988 Score and 1989 Fleer reached 200+ total cards
* 1991 Fleer and 1991 Score "The Franchise" both reached 100+ total cards.

Thank you for the cards Nick, your generosity is greatly appreciated and really unbelievable.

Here are the cards sent and the updated totals for all of them:

1982 Donruss x2: 155
1982 Fleer: 63
1982 Topps x4: 483
1983 Donruss: 76
1984 Topps x2: 191
1985 Fleer: 60
1985 Topps: 234
1986 Donruss AS x11: 22
1986 Topps x14: 201
1986 Topps AS x12: 421
1986 Topps Stickers: 3
1987 Donruss x4: 348
1987 Fleer x7: 153
1987 Sportflics: 40
1987 Topps x16: 628
1988 Donruss x33: 612
1988 Donruss AS x2: 33
1988 Fleer: 196
1988 Score x10: 202
1988 Starting Line-Up: 2
1988 Topps x15: 475
1988 Topps AS x23: 423
1988 Topps Big x2: 42
1989 Donruss x19: 244
1989 Fleer x10: 203
1989 Score x2: 124
1989 Sportflics: 5
1989 Topps x25: 432
1989 Upper Deck x3: 148
1990 Bowman x10: 64
1990 Donruss x29: 261
1990 Fleer x13: 217
1990 Leaf x2: 70
1990 Score x14: 154
1990 Topps x6: 289
1990 Upper Deck x13: 173
1991 Donruss x10: 138
1991 Donruss MVP x6: 107
1991 Fleer x9: 101
1991 Leaf: 61
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier x7: 42
1991 Score x3: 140
1991 Score "Franchise" x3: 100
1991 Studio: 46
1991 Topps x7: 140
1991 Topps Micro: 6
1991 Ultra: 47
1991 Upper Deck x7: 180
1991 Upper Deck Checklist x23: 133
1992 Bowman USA Gold: 39
1992 Donruss x7: 124
1992 Fleer x7: 74
1992 Leaf x7: 57
1992 Pinnacle x13: 71
1992 Score x3: 50
1992 Stadium Club x7: 27
1992 Studio: 24
1992 Topps x5: 134
1992 Triple Play: 55
1992 Ultra: 92
1992 Upper Deck x19: 186
1993 Donruss x3: 60
1993 Leaf x7: 49
1993 Studio: 34
1993 Ultra x2: 30
1993 Upper Deck x8: 72
1994 Leaf x4: 30
1994 Topps x3: 69
1994 Upper Deck x2: 54
1995 Collector's Choice SE: 23
1995 Collector's Choice SE Silver x2: 9
1995 Donruss: 23
1995 Score Hall of Gold: 4
1995 Ultra x2: 31
1996 Collector's Choice Ser.I: 13
1996 Collector's Choice Ser.II: 15
1996 Flair Gold: 4
2005 Topps Rookie Cup Rookie Reprint: 11
2010 Isotopes Multi-Ad: 14

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Surprise, Arizona

These cards were sent by Dan from Surprise, Arizona.  Thank you for the cards Dan.  These cards are the first ones sent from Surprise and only the second from the State of Arizona.  Surprise is now represented on the map.

Speaking of "the map," Google recently made some "improvements" and my map has been all messed up ever since.  It used to be that when you clicked on the mailbox (in the right hand column of this page), it took you to the map of where cards have been sent from and it looked something like this:

However since Google implemented their "improvements," every time you click on a link to it, it appears like this:

You're forgiven if you can't tell, but that's an extreme close up of Nebraska.  I've tried setting the default view to no avail.  It keeps reverting back this shot of Nebraska.  If there any baseball card collector's out there who read this blog and also double has computer ne..,er, experts, I'd love some advice on fixing this problem.

In mean time, here are the updated totals for the cards Dan sent:

1988 Topps Super Star: 11
1991 Topps: 133
1992 Upper Deck: 167
1993 Topps: 98
1994 Ultra: 30

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Charleston, WV

These 12 cards (and one "cameo" card) were sent by Joe from Charleston, West Virginia.  That large rip in the envelope is not the result of me opening it.  It arrived in my mailbox that way.  Thankfully the cards were still intact and in one piece.  I receive a lot of plain white envelopes and this is only the second time I can recall one arriving in a compromised state.  The other one was a complete loss, arriving inside a separate post office envelope for damaged parcels and all the contents were missing.  All in all, the USPS has pretty good batting average and I've got no complaints.

The "cameo" card is a new one to me.  A reader recently sent me a list of a large number of cards Wallach makes cameo's on (the reader keeps track for everyone), and I have every intent of doing a post featuring them all at some point.  I'm just too lazy to dig them out of my stacks.

Thanks for the cards Joe.  Here are the updated totals:

1984 Topps: 189
1986 Sportflics: 9
1989 Topps: 407
1991 Donruss: 128
1992 Leaf: 50
1993 Topps Traded x2: 19
1993 Upper Deck: 64
1994 Pinnacle: 22
1994 Stadium Club: 27
1994 Studio: 15
1995 Leaf: 14

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sportlots Purchase

I picked up these 190 cards from a Sportlots seller.  I was actually on the site looking to fill in some gaps in my 1975 Topps set, but as is always the case, I couldn't make a purchase without also relieving the seller of his Wallach cards.

The packaging was a but unique.  Rather than use the standard white boxes to ship the cards, the seller wrapped them tightly in newspaper and book ended them with unopened packs of 1991 Donruss.  Is that really what it's come too?  Unopened packs of 1991 Donruss are more expendable than empty storage boxes?  I'm not complaining, the cards arrived safely, and I love vintage wax, but it certainly makes me raise an eyebrow.

With purchases I don't list all the updated totals, but do want to point out the following milestones:

*1983 Topps reaches 200+ cards
*1986 Topps reaches 400+ cards
*1988 Topps All-Star reaches 400+ cards


Friday, May 1, 2015

Glenn Falls, NY

These 14 cards were sent by Nolan in Glenn Falls, NY.  This is the second time Nolan has sent cards.  I suspect that the red contest cards were included primarily for packaging purposes, but I actually really like those old 80's contest and send in-offer inserts from Topps.  For whatever reason, they hold the smell of bubble gum much better than the actual cards.  The red ones above actually still had a light dusting of sugar on them, giving the whole envelope a very nice vintage smell.

It really gets under my skin that Topps doesn't include gum with their cards anymore.  You'd think the company responsible for Bazooka Joe, and whose baseball card empire was literally built on the premise that only they could include baseball cards with their gum or confection candy of any sort, would still include gum.  If for no other reason than just to be sentimental, or as a nod to their own tradition and history, or even just for those of us who like to smack gum as we read the backs of baseball cards.

I'll stop ranting about gum now.  This envelope arrived well over a month ago (sorry for the delay Nolan), and as it was another one I was planning to post over my Spring Training trip I updated the totals in my records awhile ago and now they're no longer accurate, so I won't be posting them.  I will point out however that at the time these cards arrived, that the 1987 Topps was my 600th copy of it, making it the first card I've reached 600 of.  I'm probably going to make a big deal about #792 when I get there, but I feel like 600 deserves some mention too.

Thank you for the cards Nolan, I have some Andy Van Slykes set aside for you.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

1986 Donruss All-Stars unopend pack

This the least presentable of the unopened packs I have that show a Wallach card inside.  It's the only one I have that features the Wallach on the back of the package, but it wouldn't make much difference if it were on the front given the Graig Nettles pop-up card obscurring what I'm pretty sure is a Jim Rice card.

I bought a lot of these packs as a kid, albeit, several years after the fact.  They showed up at my local card shop ("The Batter's Box") probably around 1988, and between the gimmick of pop-ups, over-sized cards, the discounted price, and Wallach's inclusion, I tore through a lot of them.

As with any mention of All-Star related things, I'll use this as an oppurtunity to gripe about player selection for a 30 year old exhibition game, as is my habit.  Graig Nettles batted .261 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI in 1985.  He was named the starter at 3B for the National League in the All-Star game and thus was included as a pop-up card in this set.  Wallach hit 22 home runs, drove in 71 runs, and also batted .260 in 1985.   He won the gold glove at 3B, and was also awarded the Silver Slugger.  Yet Nettles got the start, so there was no pop-up card made of Wallach.  It still annoys me.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Allen, TX

Of late, I've been very bad about getting mailings posted on this blog.  A combination of not having enough free time, and a lot of generous readers sending envelopes all at once.  I'm not complaining, at least not about the later.

These cards were sent by Nick in Allen, TX.  Nick is also a self-described Wallach fan, and of the handful of other "Wallach Fans" I've run into, the only one who also collects Wallach cards.  Thankfully he's not trying to "collect them all," and has been very generous in what he's sent my way.  The first time he sent cards, he sent over 100, and included some nice odd-ball items as well.

This envelope included 39 cards, one of which I didn't have.  In my excitement, I wasted no time in doing a post for the 1990 Donruss Aqueous Test, but then dragged my feet for a month in getting around to drafting this post.  Sorry Nick.

I received these cards shortly before I took off to Arizona for the last week of Spring Training.  I had planned on doing the post while down there, and somewhat predictably, didn't get around to it.  However, before I left, I updated all the totals, which have no been updated a handful of times since then.  So I won't be listing the totals below.

Thanks for the cards Nick.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cincinnati, OH

These cards were sent by J.B. of the "J.B. Trading Co. Baseball Card Blog."  They're the first cards to be sent from Cincinnati, or even the State of Ohio for that matter.  Thanks for the cards J.B., they're very much appreciated.

The best part about these cards is the smell.  The Topps cards included have a very strong gum odor to them.  One of the '87's has a very impressive gum/wax stain on the back as well.  It's really a shame kids today will grow up never knowing the stink of gum and wax on their cards.  But I guess the handful that are buying cards today can read about it somewhere else.

Updated Totals:

1987 Topps x3: 609
1988 Topps x3: 454
1989 Donruss: 224
1989 Topps x7: 402
1990 Donruss: 224
1990 Topps: 261
1990 Topps Coins: 6

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sportlots Purchase is the largest source of un-acquired Wallach cards still in existence.  Due to the sheer number of sellers and the manner in which shipping is calculated (it's not consolidated, each seller bills separately), it just isn't financially viable to take down the entire inventory (though I have significantly reduced it).

That doesn't mean I don't try though.  My current tactic, is to find a seller with a large quantity of an early 80's Topps Wallach, and then empty his entire stock.  This particular seller had forty five (45) 1982 Topps Wallach's, by far the most of any seller still offering them, so I went ahead and bought him out.  Not just of his '82 Topps Wallachs, of all of his Wallachs.

I feel it's an effective strategy.  It focuses on my favorite period of Wallach cards, isn't overwhelming in scope, and makes a decent dent in the availability of Wallach cards on Sportlots.  At somepoint there will be a very confused set collector wondering why he can't track down an '83 Topps Wallach.

 When your closing in on 500 of the same card, it doesn't take much to get you excited.  Above is one of the '82 Topps in in this purchase. It's likely the most off-centered '82 Topps Wallach that I have.  Below are two examples of '82 Topps included that have the pink spots in the upper right corner.  I've seen these pink spots before on '82 Topps Wallachs, but never this large or bright.

Also included in this lot, was what is probably the most off-centered example of '83 Topps Wallach that I have.  

Updated Totals:

1982 Topps x45: 475
1983 Donruss x4: 75
1983 Fleer x6: 90
1983 Topps x27: 197
1984 Nestle: 80
1985 Fleer x10: 58
1985 O-Pee-Chee x5: 19

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chad Wallach 2014 Bowman Draft Scouts Breakouts #BSB-CW

Card Review: C-
Before I start complaining about all the technicalities about this card that upset the baseball card collecting dork side of me, I'd just like to point out that it's pretty cool that Bowman included Chad Wallach in this set.  He's the second Wallach kid to be included in one of these semi-main stream sets (Brett was in a couple, Matt only had minor league team set issued cards).  Hopefully, he'll be the first Wallach kid to be included in a Topps base set down the road.

That said, I have a lot of complaints about this card.  For one, it's ugly.  The colors, the way the player is cropped out of any background, the lack the stats, and the picture itself all upset me.  It's a weird photo of Chad that barely looks like him.  Worst of all, Chad isn't with the Marlins anymore, he was traded to the Reds.  I understand timing and lack of photos probably played into this, but it's still a bit annoying.

My final thought is on the back.  I think it's cool that it mentions Tim.  But I've always wondered what kids of major leaguers think.  On one hand, I'm sure being the child of successful major leaguer opens a lot of doors and gets you a lot of extra looks from scouts that others may not get.  But you still have to be able to play to reach this level.  At some point I imagine you'd want to escape that shadow.  I just question where that point is.  I think it's probably somewhere in between when people start saying "Did you know Barry's dad Bobby also played major league baseball?" instead of "Did you know Delino Desheilds kid made it to the majors?"  It's a tough spot.  Most guys that get so much as a single at-bat probably have a Little League field named after them somewhere.  As kid of a successful major leaguer, you're going to be held to some unfair higher standards.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Redwood City, CA

These 35 cards were generously sent by Michael in Redwood City, CA.  It's the second time Michael has sent cards, bringing his career total to 79 total cards sent.  Thank you very much for your ongoing support of this blog Michael, it's greatly appreciated.

Updated Totals:

1985 Topps x2: 233
1986 Leaf: 21
1986 Topps: 173
1986 Topps All-Star: 398
1987 Donruss: 342
1988 Donruss x2: 579
1988 Topps: 451
1989 Donruss Baseball's Best: 13
1989 Topps x5: 395
1990 Fleer: 203
1990 Score: 139
1991 Leaf x4: 60
1991 Score x2: 131
1991 Topps x4: 130
1991 Topps Cracker Jack: 7
1992 Score x5: 47
1992 Ultra: 91
1993 Stadium Club: 35

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Albany, NY

These cards were sent (awhile ago, sorry for the delay) from Albany, NY by "Branfalt."  It's a nice assortment which includes the '91 Stadium Club and '92 Upper Deck.  My opinion of those two cards has probably risen more than any other Wallach cards over the last five years.  The more I see of them the more I like them. 

These are the first cards to be sent from Albany, which is now on the map.  Thank you for the cards "Branfalt."

Updated Totals:

1990 Donruss: 223
1991 Donruss x3: 127
1991 Stadium Club: 47
1991 Topps: 126
1992 Upper Deck: 163
1993 Pinnacle: 24
1993 Topps: 88
1994 Topps: 60
1996 Collector's Choice Ser.II: 14
1997 Collector's Choice: 19

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rivergrove, IL

These cards and 16 x 20 photo were sent by an Expos super collector in River Grove, IL.  "J" included a note explaining that he was given this photo for free, as the printer he used didn't think it was up to standards.  I don't have any problems with the printing quality, so those standards must be pretty high.

Thanks for the cards and photo.

If you have Expos collectables you can part with, contact "J" at MontrealExpos94 @ Outlook dot com

updated totals: 

1983 Fleer x3: 84
1984 Topps: 188
1986 Topps: 172
1990 Upper Deck: 154
1991 Studio: 45

Monday, April 6, 2015

Kenner, LA

An envelope from Kenner, LA with the familiar Seattle Mariners logo can only mean one thing, more cards from "The Junior Junkie."  T.J. has now hit double figures with ten envelopes of Wallach cards sent.  He's currently the clubhouse leader in that department.  As always, thank you T.J.

Included in this group of cards was a 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Refractor.  That's the first one of those to ever be sent by a reader.  They're individually numbered to 299.  This one was #213.

Updated Totals:

1988 Fleer: 192
1988 Topps AS x3: 391
1990 Donruss: 222
1991 Donruss: 124
1991 Score Franchise x2: 88
1992 Donruss x3: 117
1992 Stadium Club: 20
2003 Topps Fan Favorites Refractor: 4

Friday, April 3, 2015

1984 Fleer Unopened Cello Pack

This is an unopened 1984 Fleer cello pack with Wallach showing through on the the front.  It's my 4th cello pack with a Wallach showing on top.  It's hard to argue with 28 cards and 2 stickers for 49¢.  I vividly remember buying  these packs as a kid.  The grocery store my mother went to back then sold these and I would usually come away with a pack of these, while my brother more often than not opted for a candy of some sort.  I have far more '85 Fleer that survived, so I'm guessing I wasn't buying these for very long, and given the year, this had to be right around the time I started asking for cards on my own rather than having family friends force them on me.