Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Brooklyn, NY

Peter from Brooklyn last sent cards in February of 2014.  This is the second time he has sent cards.  Thanks for the cards Peter.

Peter's note gives me an oppurtunity to pose a question to anyone willing to answer, but I'm particularly interested in hearing from Mets fans, and it has to do with jersey etiquette.  I'll be going back to New York for a wedding in October, and as it works out will be going to the Mets/Nationals game on the night of Friday, October 2.  It has the potential to be a very important game for the Mets.  I want to know if I'll offend Mets fans by wearing an Expos Wallach jersey.  If they were playing the Phillis or someone, I wouldn't think twice about it.  But being that the Nats used to be the Expos, I don't want to be confused as a Nat's fan.  I'm far from it, and while I'm not really a Mets fan, I at least consider them one of the handful of teams I like and have no problem calling them my favorite team in the NL East every year.  So would an Expos jersey offend Mets fans in New Shea (or whatever corporate sponsor they honor these days)?

Is it ok to wear an Expos jersey to Shea for a Mets/Nats game?

Yes, You won't have to pay for a beer all night
No one will care either way
No, and be prepared to fight
online quiz maker

Updated Totals:

1986 Topps: 214
1986 Topps AS: 429

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mansfield, Texas

These cards were sent by Tom of "Angels in Order."  By my count this is the 5th time Tom has sent cards.  So thank you very much Tom.  As for the "small one," it's a 1990 Publications International Sticker, and I'm sorry to report it is not my first one.  But it is only my second copy, and it's the first one sent in the mail, so I hope your able to take some satisfaction in that.  I was certainly very excited to see it and even went to so far as to show it to my wife (who was about as impressed as one might expect).  You also doubled the previous number of '84 Donruss sent (2) with one pwe by including four. 

updated totals:

1982 Topps: 820
1984 Donruss x4: 108
1986 Topps: 213
1987 Topps: 656
1988 Donruss: 627
1988 Fleer: 202
1988 Topps: 499
1990 Publication International Stickers: 2
1990 Topps: 318
1991 Score "Franchise": 106
1991 Stadium Club: 54
1991 Topps: 146

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Trumball, Connecticut

These cards were sent by Anthony from Trumbull, Connecticut, which is now represented on the map.  That's a city that really rings out for me.  I still have strong memories of watching the kids from Trumbull win the Little League World Series in 1989.  After years of watching the international team drub us, it felt a like a big deal when it was won by the United States team. 

Anthony also included a nice letter with the cards that I didn't scan, but will answer the question he asked, that being if Tim Wallach knows about this blog and if he's ever contributed to it.

Yes, Tim Wallach is aware of this blog.  A couple of years ago a reporter was going to do a story on it and went so far as to set up a three way conference call with Coach Wallach, herself, and I.  I was able to fire off questions at him for a solid half-hour about everything from the '87 MVP award I feel Dawson stole from him, to how he displays his Gold Gloves, and how he knew it was time to retire.  It was awesome.  The magazine article never came to fruition, but that's more or less irrelevant as far as I'm concerned.  If Coach Wallach is bothered by this blog, or thinks it's strange, he did a fantatastic job at hiding it (and I'm sure he has to think it's a little weird, my whole family certainly thinks its weird).  He even hooked my father and I up with tickets to a Dodgers game in Denver afterwards.

He's never contributed cards (I get the sense he was never very much of a collector), but there's a standing offer that if he ever sees anything pop up here that'd he like for himself, it's his.

Thank you for cards Anthony, the updated totals are listed below:

1988 Topps AS: 490
1989 Topps: 480

1991 Fleer: 116
1991 Topps: 145
1994 Topps: 72
1996 Pinnacle: 30

Monday, August 24, 2015

Woodbury, MN

For the 2nd time in as many months (7th time total), Jim of "Garvey, Cey, Russel, Lopes" has sent cards.  I'm sure many of the people who read this blog also read GCRL, so it's not news to learn that July 31, 2015 marked the last post for that blog.  It's still a wealth of cool information though, as is Jim's other defunct blog "Oh My O-Pee-Chee!," which I view as the definitive source for OPC baseball card information and still reference with some regularity.

I wasn't a Dodger fan until 1993, or rather December of 1992.  When Wallach was traded in December of 1992, I rode my bike down to the Hall of Fame gift shop (I was living in Cooperstown) and bought my first Dodgers cap.  It wasn't the day after the news broke, but pretty close to it, as I had to beg for what amounted to an additional Christmas gift while the tree was literally still up in the living room.  And for the next three years, my GCRL was  "Karros, Wallach, Offerman, DeShields, and I rooted for them as though I were a life long bleeder of Dodger blue. 

The last few years I have again found myself following the Dodgers on a daily basis due to Wallach's presence as a coach.  I can only imagine the tension life long Dodger fans are feeling this season, and currently with this five game losing streak.  I still trust in Mattingly, Wallach, McGwire, Lopes, and Honeycutt to find a way to win the World Series, but I felt better about it in May.

Thanks for the cards Jim.  They're always appreciated.

updated totals:

1993 Upper Deck x3: 84
1995 Collector's Choice: 20
1996 Pinnacle: 29

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ebay Pickup: 1982 Topps Lot

I picked up this lot of "300" 1982 Topps Wallach cards on ebay for a very reasonable price recently.  I've mentioned it before, but the way I store my Wallach cards is that I put groups of 25 of the same card in team bags, then those are stored in larger white storage boxes.  When it came time to bag these cards and put them with the other '82 Topps I discovered that there were not 300 cards, but rather 332 cards.  So I received about 10% more than promised.  No complaints.

With this acquisition, 1982 Topps now becomes my most abundant Wallach card, and the first card that I have acquired over 800 copies of.  As of the time of writing this post, the count for 1982 Topps sits at 819 copies, passing 1987 Topps and 1988 Donruss for #1 on the total cards list.

The fact lots like this one exist is a testament to the madness that was the card market in the early 1980's.  The rookie card hysteria and frenzy, at least in my few, dwarfs any of the current mania for rare 1/1 cards or the early excitement for inserts in the mid 90's.  Maybe I'm just biased by my age demographic, but I really think it did.  As a kid, I could buy a 35¢ pack of cards and pull a big time rookie and believe that I had something valuable.  I was part of it with only mere quarters and dimes in my pocket to spend.  I wasn't speculating on 100 card lots of rookies like older, deeper pocketed collector's were, but I was still a part of it.  I just don't see nine year olds breaking cases of Bowman Chrome today, let alone buying cards in the card aisle at Target.  The rookie card frenzy was all inclusive, and I believe, much easier for non-collectors and casual baseball fans to understand,and subsequently take part in.  Explaining to your grandmother why a '63 Rose was significant, or even a '77 Dale Murphy, was a lot easier than it is today explaining why a green sparkle variant cost more than a regular card without the silly looking sparkle.  Non-collector's were much more likely to decide they should go to a card shop and find the vintage rookie of their favorite player, than a non-collector today is to suddenly decide he has to have the Silver bordered Nelson Cruz SP Auto.  Accessibility and simplicity made it bigger.  Or at least, that's what I'm arguing.

I imagine whoever sold me this lot of Wallach's was one of those big time rookie card speculator's.  Perhaps he had some winners, like selling off 300 '86 Fleer Canseco's in 1988 at $40 a pop, but I imagine he had a lot of losers too, such as these Wallachs.  He (or she) held onto them for 35 years only to let them go for pennies apiece.  Their loss, is my gain.

Below are a few of the more noticable variations within the lot of 332 cards.  On the left are the two most miscut, one weighted heavy up top, the other on the bottom.  And though the photo doesn't show it very well, the card third from the right is one of the stranger color variations I have ever seen.  It's very faded with a pink hue.  The card on the far right, again the photo doesn't due it justice, is very over saturated.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Maumelle, Arkansas

This isn't the first time I've received cards in one of these "We Care" packages from the Post Office, meant to show that they were careless and damaged the envelope.  It's third time it's happend.  Luckily, I believe all the cards were still intact and unharmed, despite the envelope having been ripped in half by a machine.  Of the other two I've received like this, only one was missing the cards.

These fifteen cards were sent from Jesse in Maumelle, Arkansas.  So the Little Rock area is now represented on the map.  Thanks for cards Jesse, I really appreciate them.  Hopeful they all made it.

Updated Totals:

1986 Topps AS: 428
1987 Donruss: 354
1987 Topps x2: 655
1988 Donruss x2: 626
1989 Topps x2: 479
1990 Donruss: 277
1990 Fleer: 223
1991 Donruss: 150
1991 Donruss MVP: 118
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier: 48
1991 Upper Deck CL: 137
1993 Upper Deck: 81

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Penn, PA

These cards were sent by Austin from Penn, Pennsylvania, which is a little bit outside of Pittsburgh.  Thank you for the cards Austin.  The Pittsburgh area is not represented on my map.

Updated Totals:

1989 Topps x2: 477
1990 Fleer: 222
1991 Donruss MVP: 117
1991 Upper Deck: 191
1996 Collector's Choice Ser.II: 15

Monday, August 3, 2015

Water Bottle

I picked this water bottle up off of ebay.  The seller offered no information on it.  Through my "detective work" The only thing I've figured out is that the company that made it, Hanson Marketing, was out of Toronto (but no longer uses the same phone number).  I really have no idea what this is from, any information would be appreciated.

I have my doubts about the usual sources for these kind of items.  Stadium giveaways are usually fairly abundant on the secondary market, and there tend to be a series of them.  If this was an SGA, there should be a lot floating around on ebay, and there should be a Tim Raines, Hubie Brooks, Bryn Smith, etc., but there's not.  This is the only one I've seen.  Ditto for local Montreal store promotions.
As for the bottle itself, lets just say it won't be getting put inside a glass case anytime soon.  It smells like my Father's old camping gear that he used to break out every summer when my brother and I were kids.  While it's a very distinct smell, with many fond memories attached, it is not a particularly good smell.  Musty Camping Gear isn't going to show up at Yankee Candle anytime soon.  The plastic is kind of soft, which could be from age, but is more likely just an indication of shoddy quality, and the art, well, judge for yourself.  I guess it's ok, even if his legs make it look like Wallach is wearing skinny jeans.

All in all, it's kind of a cool little odd ball item, albeit, one that's destined to spend a long time in the "bullpen" of my collection waiting for time and circumstance to present an opportunity for it to be displayed.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Oceanside, NY

This assortment of 134 Wallach cards arrived from Bo in Oceanside.  Above is just the label from the box they were sent in.  For some reason, it was unusually difficult for me to open (likely user error on my part), and I'm sad to report that the box did not survive the process.  Bo, I apologize for the delay in getting this post up, sometimes these larger packages take me longer to find the time to get to.

Included with the Wallach's were the seemingly random assortment of Larry Walkers, Denny Matrinezs, and a Tim Burke.  It took me longer than it should have to notice, but I finally figured out they were sent because Wallach appears in the background on each card.  Unless it's super obvious, I usually miss the cameos on cards.  Luckily for me there are people who are much better at it than I am.

Below are the actual Wallach cards.  I got a little lazy with the final scan, but trust me, they're all there.  Thank you very much Bo, they're greatly appreciated.

Updated Totals for cards sent:

1984 Topps: 193
1986 Topps x2: 212
1986 Topps AS: 427
1987 Donruss x3: 353
1987 Topps x6: 653
1988 Donruss x4: 624
1988 Fleer x2: 201
1988 Fleer MVP: 10
1988 Score: 204
1988 Topps: 498
1988 Topps AS x4: 489
1988 Topps Big x2: 44
1988 Topps Mini Leader: 26
1989 Bowman: 115
1989 Donruss: 252
1989 Fleer x3: 225
1989 K-Mart: 34
1989 Score x4: 137
1989 Topps x5: 475
1989 Topps Big:  11
1989 Upper Deck x2: 151
1990 Donruss: 276
1990 Fleer x3: 221
1990 Score: 157
1990 Topps x3: 317 
1990 Topps Big x2: 12
1990 Upper Deck: 178
1991 Donruss: 149
1991 Donruss MVP x3: 116
1991 Fleer x2: 115
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier x2: 47
1991 Score x2: 144
1991 Score Franchise x2: 105
1991 Stadium Club: 53
1991 Studio x4: 57
1991 Topps: 144
1991 Upper Deck x3: 190
1991 Upper Deck CL: 136
1992 Donruss: 125
1992 Fleer x2: 76
1992 Pinnacle: 73
1992 Ultra: 94
1992 Upper Deck: 191
1993 Donruss: 61
1993 Flair: 28
1993 Pinnacle: 25
1993 Score Select x7: 33
1993 Stadium Club x3: 38
1993 Ultra: 31
1993 Upper Deck x6: 80
1994 Collector's Choice: 25
1994 Leaf: 31
1994 Topps x2: 71
1994 Triple Play: 25
1994 Ultra: 31
1994 Upper Deck: 58
1995 Collector's Choice x4: 18
1995 Collector's Choice SE: 27
1995 Donruss x3: 26
1995 Topps Embossed: 10
1996 Donruss x3: 16
1996 Pinnacle x2: 28

Friday, July 24, 2015

St. Petersburg, FL

This card was sent by Dan in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It's the first card sent from St. Petersurg.  Thank you Dan, and good luck getting that '90 UD signed.

Check out Dan's blogs:

"Daily Autograph"

"Key's to the Batter's Box"

I now have 14 of this 1991 Denny's card, and nine of them have been sent in the mail.  I haven't verified this, but I suspect of cards I have at least ten of, this one probably has the highest percentage of cards obtained via reader submissions.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Niceville, FL

This is at least the second time "Rafferty" from Niceville, FL has sent cards.  I suspect it's the third time, as there was one envelope from Niceville awhile back with an ineligible name and address.  Thank you for the cards, as always, they're very much appreciated.

Updated Totals:

1988 Topps Stickers: 19
1988 Topps Super Star: 12
1990 Topps Coints: 7
1990 Topps Super Star x2: 7
1993 Upper Deck: 74
1995 Collecto's Choice SE: 26

Friday, July 17, 2015

Game Worn (allegedly) Dodgers 2015 Memorial Day Jersey

I picked up this jersey from the MLB Auctions site.  This is Tim Wallach's "game worn" jersey from the Dodgers 6-3 win over the Braves on Memorial Day this year, May 25, 2015.  I'm not a huge fan of these "special" jersey's MLB seems to trot out for more and more occasions.  In fact I find it to be a bit of a vulgar marketing gimmick and affront to the integrity of many of the traditional teams' uniforms.  The Yankees, Dodgers, and other non-Marlin and Rays type franchises should not be degrading their uniforms in this manner.  Yet MLB knows suckers like me will open up their wallets for this stuff.  Granted, I'm a very high end sucker, and wouldn't shell out for a mere hat from the souvenir stand.  I go for the game worn stuff.

All self-important sanctimonious griping aside, this jersey is actually very nice looking in person.   It looks much better in hand than it does on t.v., the Dodger blue nicely compliments the camouflage (at least I think it's called camouflage, I'm not a big military surplus store shopper).

I'm also not sure it's fair to call this "game worn."  For one coaches don't "play" in the game.  That's a distinction that I'm willing to over look.  They're involved in the game, much more so than say a pitcher out in the bullpen who doesn't see any action, and far more than a paying spectator.  So that's not really my issue.  My issue is, that I don't think Tim Wallach ever wore this jersey.  From what I've seen this year, Wallach typically goes with a blue long sleeve coolbase Dodgers undershirt with the short sleeve Dodgers windbreaker on top.  Maybe he wears a jersey under it, but I kind of doubt it.  I mean, that seems warm enough, and who's going to know?  It's not like he's going to have to pinch hit.  Below all the jersey pictures, I've included some pictures from the Memorial Day game that these were worn.  The photos are from Jon SooHoo's Dodger Photo Blog.  I'm not sure if  I'm allowed to use them, but I didn't see anything that said I couldn't either.  So I'll leave them up until someone complains.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Michigan (Parts Unknown)

These four cards arrived rather anonymously earlier this month.  No return label, no note, no problem.  Disclosing your name is not required for submission of Wallach cards.  The post office stamp suggest (per google) that this envelope came through Pontiac, Michigan.  I won't be adding it to the map, but if the sender is reading this and wants his/her city added, feel free to email me.  And thank you for the cards.

updated totals:

1992 Bowman: 45
1992 Studio: 25
1994 Collector's Choice: 24
1994 Stadium Club: 28

Friday, July 10, 2015

Woodbury, MN

An envelope from Woodbury, MN can only mean one thing, cards from Jim of GCR & Dodgers First Base Coach.  This is the 6th time Jim has sent cards, but I believe the first time he has taken the opportunity to show off his stamp collection.  Five colorful 10¢ stamps certainly make for a more interesting envelope than one Liberty Bell forever stamp.  This postage practice gets my "stamp" of approval.

The above assortment counts as four Wallach cards.  That awesome looking Stadium Club is actually a card of proud Utica-Rome area product Andy Van Slyke.  I'm pretty sure Van Slyke went to New Hartford, which is just a fancy way of saying "not Utica," like Illion, Herkimer, or Mowhawk.  When I was a kid in Cooperstown my parents subscribed to the Oneonta paper for daily delivery, but the Utica-Dispatch was bought a few times a week too.  It's sports section had a daily chart of all the local guys playing any level of professional ball, and what their current averages were.  Van Slyke was the headliner for years, with Mark Lemke and Archie Cianfracco being the other guys I recall.  I always planned on joining that list, until I discovered I had an issue with good pitching, as in, I couldn't hit it.  While I'm bragging about my local area's high school products, I'd be remiss not to mention that Dave Cash was also a Utica guy, and Philip Pohl is currently playing in the minors.  Pohl is the first Cooperstown High School alum to ever be drafted.

Thank you for the cards Jim, and how about that former Isotope Joc Pederson, pretty good so far.

Here are the updated totals:

1994 Collector's Choice: 23
1995 Collector's Choice: 14
1995 Collector's Choice SE x2: 25

Thursday, July 9, 2015

1991 Score "Wrong Back" error

This is a 1991 Score "wrong back" error, with the back to a Jay Buhner card appearing in place of the normal Wallach card back.  I remember these errors being somewhat common in the late 80's and early 90's.  I never actually pulled one out of a pack, but just about every card shop I ever went in had at least one or two of these in there case.  They used to demand a pretty high price, $10-30 if I remember correctly.  This one didn't cost me much of anything.  To be honest I don't remember how I came into possession of this, it was stuck in a drawer to be posted and forgotten about for the last year or so.  It was either sent by a reader (sorry for not giving credit if that's the case) or bought for no more than a buck or two on ebay.

For book keeping purposes, I'm not counting this as a unique card, or towards the 1991 Score tally.  I'm just deeming it another oddball collectible. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (Canada)

These ten cards were sent by regular contributor Ryan, from Nova Scotia.  His trademark recycled paper envelopes give him away.  With this now his eigth contribution to my efforts, I've started to suspect Ryan is just a very aggressive environmentalist, and sending so many Wallach's is just his way of keeping them out of landfills.  In any event, they're greatly appreciated.  Thank you Ryan.

Updated Totals:

1983 Donruss: 78
1988 Topps AS: 485
1990 Donruss: 275
1990 Leaf x2: 75
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier x2: 45
1991 Upper Deck: 187
1991 Upper Deck CL: 135
1994 Score: 50

Monday, July 6, 2015

San Jose, CA

This card was sent from James in San Jose, California.  James last sent cards in December of 2013.  This brings his all-time total up to five cards sent (if that's incorrect, please let me know James).  This is the second time in recent weeks that I've been sent a single card, so I know I'm repeating myself, but be it one card or hundred cards, they're all greatly appreciated.

Thank you James.

Updated Total: 647