27 January 2016

Hensley Meulens, 2016 International League Hall of Fame Inductee!



     Congratulations are in order for the Internationational League Hall of Fame's Class of 2016, Hensley Meulens, slugging third basemen for the Columbus Clippers and Charlie Montoyo, the winningest manager in Durham Bulls history.  Here's hoping there is an actual induction ceremony and a plaque.  I'll have to start planning out my vacation time to attend!

20 January 2016

Hobby Archaeology: 1983 Chicago Tribune White Sox Scrapbook

     1983 saw the Chicago Tribune issue another scrapbook series, this time for the White Sox.  The set was announced on page 17 of the September 11th Sports section, opposite a big article on hot hitting Sox rookie Ron Kittle.  Taking up the whole of the Focus page, the last page of the Sports section on weekdays, these scrapbook "cards" were large at three to a page.  At least for the first six installments, after which they were issued one per page on no apparent fixed schedule.  The set ran from 13 September to 1 October.

     Each entry included a fairly full biographical profile, abbreviated statistics through the previous day's game, a head shot and an action shot.


17 January 2016

Hobby Archaeology: 1984 Chicago Tribune Cubs Scrapbook


     In 1984, the Chicago Tribune produced yet another series of "cards" for the Cubs.  The set was announced on the front page of the September 5th issue, to appear "intermittently" on the Focus page, which was the last page of the Sports section. This time around, rather than stringing them out one or two players per issue, they issued the set in full pages spread across five seemingly random issues from September 5th to 2 October, as the Cubs were making their push toward the post-season.

     The other big change with this issue is that the cards were presented in full color, and designed in a way such that the cut-out card can be folded in half to create a "card" with a front and a back.  The set introduction recommends folding the cut-outs around a piece of heavy paper or cardboard and gluing it in place to make them more card-like.

Image from Collecting Zim

03 January 2016

Washington Nationals Inside Pitch Program Cards

     In these days of exclusive licensing deals, the "oddball" card has become something of an endangered species.  Gone are the sets issued with food products or the small boxed sets from drug stores and discount retailers.  About all we have left in the way of oddballs are the occasional sets issued by the teams themselves.   The Washington Nationals were one such team.

     From 2009 to 2014, the Nationals issued a pair of cards bound into their Inside Pitch game programs.  For each of those six seasons, the Nationals issued twelve programs resulting in a total of 24 cards each year.  Given that 2009 is Volume 2, I would not at all be surprised to learn that cards were issued in 2008's Volume 1, but so far I have found no evidence.  Also, in 2009, it seems the cards may have been inserted randomly and not sequentially as in later years.  As a result, I am not 100% confident in the numbering below.

     Someone asked about a few of these cards over on SportsCardForum.com and, as I started researching, I was surprised to find no other blog had covered these cards.  To fix that, I'm going to post what I found here and enlist the rest of you to help fill in the gaps.   If you can help out with additions or corrections, please drop me a line in the comments.

2009
© Nats320

Number Name Issue
1 Austin Kearns Vol. 2, #1
2 Ronnie Belliard Vol. 2, #1
3 Elijah Dukes Vol. 2, #2
4 Adam Dunn Vol. 2, #2
5
Vol. 2, #3
6
Vol. 2, #3
7
Vol. 2, #4
8
Vol. 2, #4
9
Vol. 2, #5
10
Vol. 2, #5
11 Jose Flores Vol. 2, #6
12 John Lannan Vol. 2, #6
13
Vol. 2, #7
14
Vol. 2, #7
15
Vol. 2, #8
16
Vol. 2, #8
17
Vol. 2, #9
18
Vol. 2, #9
19 Josh Willingham Vol. 2, #10
20 Sean Burnett Vol. 2, #10
21
Vol. 2, #11
22
Vol. 2, #11
23
Vol. 2, #12
24
Vol. 2, #12

2010
© Nats320

Number Name Issue
1 John Lannan Vol. 3, #1
2 Ivan Rodriguez Vol. 3, #1
3
Vol. 3, #2
4
Vol. 3, #2
5
Vol. 3, #3
6
Vol. 3, #3
7
Vol. 3, #4
8 Tyler Moore Vol. 3, #4
9 Stephen Strasburg Vol. 3, #5
10 Drew Storen Vol. 3, #5
11 Drew Storen Vol. 3, #6
12 Ian Desmond Vol. 3, #6
13
Vol. 3, #7
14
Vol. 3, #7
15 Roger Bernadina Vol. 3, #8
16 Michael Morse Vol. 3, #8
17 Wil Nieves Vol. 3, #9
18 Miguel Batista Vol. 3, #9
19
Vol. 3, #10
20
Vol. 3, #10
21
Vol. 3, #11
22
Vol. 3, #11
23 Danny Espinosa Vol. 3, #12
24 Wilson Ramos Vol. 3, #12

2011
2011 New Era Washington Nationals #3 - Wilson Ramos - Courtesy of COMC.com

Number Name Issue
1
Vol. 4, #1
2
Vol. 4, #1
3
Vol. 4, #2
4
Vol. 4, #2
5
Vol. 4, #3
6
Vol. 4, #3
7
Vol. 4, #4
8
Vol. 4, #4
9
Vol. 4, #5
10
Vol. 4, #5
11
Vol. 4, #6
12
Vol. 4, #6
13 Michael Morse Vol. 4, #7
14 Jason Marquis Vol. 4, #7
15 Ryan Zimmerman Vol. 4, #8
16 Danny Espinosa Vol. 4, #8
17 Wilson Ramos Vol. 4, #9
18 Tyler Clippard Vol. 4, #9
19
Vol. 4, #10
20 John Lannan Vol. 4, #10
21 Jesus Flores Vol. 4, #11
22 Stephen Strasburg Vol. 4, #11
23
Vol. 4, #12
24
Vol. 4, #12

2012


Number Name Issue
1 Stephen Strasburg Vol. 5, #1
2 Ryan Zimmerman Vol. 5, #1
3
Vol. 5, #2
4
Vol. 5, #2
5
Vol. 5, #3
6
Vol. 5, #3
7 Bryce Harper Vol. 5, #4
8 Tyler Moore Vol. 5, #4
9 Craig Stammen Vol. 5, #5
10 Michael Morse Vol. 5, #5
11
Vol. 5, #6
12
Vol. 5, #6
13
Vol. 5, #7
14
Vol. 5, #7
15 Sean Burnett Vol. 5, #8
16 Roger Bernadina Vol. 5, #8
17 Edwin Jackson Vol. 5, #9
18
Vol. 5, #9
19 Ryan Matheus Vol. 5, #10
20 Jayson Werth Vol. 5, #10
21
Vol. 5, #11
22
Vol. 5, #11
23
Vol. 5, #12
24
Vol. 5, #12

2013


Number Name Issue
1 Davey Johnson Vol. 6, #1
2 Danny Espinosa Vol. 6, #1
3
Vol. 6, #2
4
Vol. 6, #2
5 Jayson Werth Vol. 6, #3
6 Ross Detwiler Vol. 6, #3
7 Stephen Strasburg Vol. 6, #4
8 Rafael Soriano Vol. 6, #4
9
Vol. 6, #5
10
Vol. 6, #5
11
Vol. 6, #6
12
Vol. 6, #6
13 Bryce Harper Vol. 6, #7
14 Tyler Clippard Vol. 6, #7
15 Jordan Zimmerman Vol. 6, #8
16 Kurt Suzuki Vol. 6, #8
17 Gio Gonzalez Vol. 6, #9
18 Roger Bernadina Vol. 6, #9
19 Anthony Rendon Vol. 6, #10
20 Wilson Ramos Vol. 6, #10
21
Vol. 6, #11
22
Vol. 6, #11
23 Dan Haren Vol. 6, #12
24 Drew Storen Vol. 6, #12

2014


Number Name Issue
1 Matt Williams Vol. 7, #1
2 Tyler Clippard Vol. 7, #1
3 Bryce Harper Vol. 7, #2
4 Ross Detwiler Vol. 7, #2
5
Vol. 7, #3
6
Vol. 7, #3
7 Anthony Rendon Vol. 7, #4
8 Tanner Roark Vol. 7, #4
9 Rafael Soriano Vol. 7, #5
10 Drew Storen Vol. 7, #5
11
Vol. 7, #6
12
Vol. 7, #6
13 Jayson Werth Vol. 7, #7
14 Danny Espinosa Vol. 7, #7
15 Denard Span Vol. 7, #8
16 Jose Lobaton Vol. 7, #8
17 Ryan Zimmerman Vol. 7, #9
18 Jerry Blevins Vol. 7, #9
19 Stephen Strasburg Vol. 7, #10
20 Racing Presidents Vol. 7, #10
21
Vol. 7, #11
22
Vol. 7, #11
23 Doug Fister Vol. 7, #12
24 Ian Desmond Vol. 7, #12

28 December 2015

Mother's Cookies Dave Henderson (1984 - 1993)

In Memoriam
David Lee Henderson
1958-2015

1984 Mother's Cookies Seattle Mariners #3

1985 Mother's Cookies Seattle Mariners #4

1986 Mother's Cookies Seattle Mariners #4

1988 Mother's Cookies Oakland Athletcs #14

1989 Mother's Cookies Oakland Athletics #13

1990 Mother's Cookies Oakland Athletics #18

1991 Mother's Cookies Oakland Athletics #18

1992 Mother's Cookies Oakland Athletics #18

1993 Mother's Cookies Oakland Athletics #9


Thank you, Hendu, for all the smiles!

17 October 2015

2015 Seattle Mariners 5" x 8" Photo Cards

Behold the latest addition to my Hendu collection!


     The Mariners have been pretty good about producing these over-sized photos for their yearly fanfest events, much like the Orioles, Rangers and Astros still do.  And as most teams do, the checklist is a mixture of current and former players and announcers, which is great for collectors of players who aren't getting any love from the big trading card companies.  This is the only way I ever see new cards of Dave Henderson, Roberto Kelly and Hensley Meulens, so I'm grateful.  I'd been watching this one for while, hoping the price would drop, but finally just snagged it to be done with the waiting.  As is often the case, it is very difficult to find clean copies of these cards without autographs.

     Below are the cards I have seen cross eBay this year, organized by uniform number where available.  This list almost matches the 2015 Mariners FanFest autograh appearance lineup exactly, so it is possible only individuals who were scheduled to appear had cards produced.

10 Dave Valle
16 Austin Jackson
32 Taijuan Walker
33 J.A. Happ
42 Dave Henderson
54 Tom Wilhelmsen
65 James Paxton
NNO John Hicks
NNO Alex Jackson
NNO Patrick Kivlehan
NNO DJ Peterson
NNO Stefan Romero
NNO Dave Sims (broadcaster)
NNO Carson Smith
NNO Chris Taylor

    Here is the list of those scheduled to appear back on 24 & 25 January 2015 for FanFest:

Current Stars
Nelson Cruz
Charlie Furbush
J.A. Happ
Austin Jackson
James Paxton
Fernando Rodney
Taijuan Walker
Tom Wilhelmson
Mike Zunino

Mariners Legends
Jay Buhner
Julio Cruz
Dave Henderson
Dave Valle
Dan Wilson
Mariner Moose

Future Stars
John Hicks
Alex Jackson
Patrick Kivlehan
D.J. Peterson

Other Special Guests
Lloyd McClendon
Jack Zduriencik

Mariners Broadcasters
Mike Blowers
Aaron Goldsmith
Rick Rizzs
Dave Sims

The following cards are similar in design, but lack the position at the bottom of the card, there is just a thin blue stripe.  I'm not sure of these are also 2015 issues.

Aaron Goldsmith (broadcaster)
James Jones
Dominic Leone