25 June 2019

1991 Score All-Star Fanfest/ National / NCWA Summer Convention



     Ok, so it's not a rainbow in the traditional sense of piles of meaningless, slightly different variations, but who would have thought such a set so far out of the collector's main stream would have three different variations?

     In 1991, Score issued a set of 10 supposedly up-and-coming prospects that were expected to make some sort of impact over the next few years, and they were given away at the 1991 All-Star Fanfest over the MLB All-Star weekend in Toronto, in a little sealed plastic wrapper like Post used in the 90s for cards issued in cereal boxes. They also came with a random 1991 Score World Series trivia card like were issued in every pack of Score. To save a little effort, they also gave out pretty much the exact same set at the 1991 12th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Anaheim, California. The only difference? That little line of text on the lower red stripe on the reverse of the cards. Incidentally, Score also produced a set of hockey cards, featuring some of the greats of the day, using almost the exact same design (the colors were slightly different).

     I'm guessing the last one was perhaps a proof or example printed up without the lower banner to show how the cards would look. I bet they were never intended to see circulation amongst the general public. While I've seen several of the Fanfest and National sets once I started to notice them, I've seen this particular variation blank variation listed once on CheckOutMyCards.com. Of course, that may simply be because no one ever posts scans of the backs of cards on eBay or Sportsbuy.

Here's the full checklist of the sets, in case anyone might be "super collecting" Ed Sprague:

Score Title Card (blank backed)
1. Ray Lankford
2. Steve Decker
3. Gary Scott
4. Hensley Meulens
5. Tim Naehring
6. Mark Whiten
7. Ed Sprague
8. Charles Nagy
9. Terry Shumpert
10. Chuck Knoblauch

     I almost have to think they were shooting for the 2nd or 3rd string of actual prospects....I mean, this is 1991, and no Todd Van Poppel? No Jeff Bagwell? I-Rod? Mo?

     Beckett doesn't acknowledge the existence of the National set, but SCD lists both sets together, mentioning the separate events. Neither mention the existence of the blank variation. I have no idea what the print run was, but I imagine loads of these sets didn't survive any farther than the trash cans by the exit doors at the events (especially after kids opened them and saw who was in it!). In 2006, SCD gave the set a whopping $2 book value. Beckett was a little kinder, but not by much. The Fanfest set is pretty easy to find on eBay, the National set slightly less so.

****UPDATE (25 June 2019) ****

   Thanks to a collector over at TradingCardDB.com, I now know that there was a fourth version of this set, issued at the 1991 Score NCWA Summer Convention. "1991 Score NCWA Summer Convention" is what was printed in the red stripe on the reverse of the cards.  As yet, I do not know what "N.C.W.A." stands for.

    Sets were issued for hockey, football and baseball.  The hockey sets seem to be the most common, followed by football, with the baseball sets being extremely rare.  Or at any rate, the baseball sets are so unknown that I've only seen a few of the individual cards, but no complete sets, and they are not cataloged by any of the usual entities..

02 July 2018

Checklist Translations: 2004 & 2005 Macoto Cobras Team Sets

     Awhile back, my favorite on-going blog covering the CPBL posted about a couple of team sets produced for the Macoto Cobras.

龍「蛇」雜處的眼鏡蛇-話說誠泰蛇球員卡


     As described on the blog, the 2004 set was issued in a small box and was comprised of 37 cards, 7 coaches, 25 players and 5 unnumbered logo cards.  Below is the checklist as I have been able to assemble thus far.  Currently I am missing 2 coaches and 5 players.  I suspect three of those players are 9, 11 (En-Yu Lin) & 19 (Ying-Chieh Lin) as they were in the smaller 2005 team issue set, but I have not found any evidence.


Number Chinese English Team Note
1 黃高俊 Kao-Chun Huang Macoto Cobras
5 陳保宏 Bao-Hong Chen Macoto Cobras
8 林義翔 Yi-Hsiang Lin Macoto Cobras
13 鄧蒔陽 Shih-Yang Teng Macoto Cobras
15 蔡士勤 Chih-Chin Tsai Macoto Cobras
16 黃欽智 Chin-Chih Huang Macoto Cobras
17 李明進 Ming-Chin Li Macoto Cobras
18 許竹見 Chu-Chien Hsu Macoto Cobras
23 許聖杰 Sheng-Chieh Hsu Macoto Cobras
24 莊景賀 Ching-Ho Chuang Macoto Cobras
25 丘昌榮 Chang-Jung Chiu Macoto Cobras
27 柯良宗 Liang-Tsung Ke Macoto Cobras
34 楊騏嘉 Chi-Chia Yang Macoto Cobras
35 楊睿智 Jui-Chih Yang Macoto Cobras
49 鄭景益 Ching-Yi Cheng Macoto Cobras
50 陳世峰 Shih-Feng Chen Macoto Cobras
54 吳承翰 Cheng-Han Wu Macoto Cobras
55 謝佳賢 Chia-Hsien Hsieh Macoto Cobras
58 孫昭立 Chao-Li Sun Macoto Cobras
91 陳志誠 Chih-Hsing Chen Macoto Cobras
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59 李安熙 An-Hsi Li Macoto Cobras CO
66 呂明賜 Ming-Tzu Lu Macoto Cobras CO
67 吳復連 Fu-Lien Wu Macoto Cobras CO
70 呂文生 Wen-Sheng Liu Macoto Cobras CO
88 郭泰源 Tai-Yuan Kuo Macoto Cobras MG
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Macoto Cobras Logo Macoto Cobras
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Macoto Cobras Logo Macoto Cobras
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Macoto Cobras Logo Macoto Cobras
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Macoto Cobras Logo Macoto Cobras


22 February 2018

Tucson Jones Photo update


     While working on another project, I saw that one of the digital newspaper archive sites I subscribe to has the Arizona Daily Star, which is Tucson's main newspaper.  There were references in issues from 1992, 1995 & 1996 to Jones Photo giveaways, so that sort of confirms the existence of sets from those two years.


From the 16 June 1992 Arizona Daily Star

From the 13 June 1995 Arizona Daily Star

From the 14 May 1996 Arizona Daily Star


     This is the status of the Jones Photo Toros and Sidewinders sets, for the moment.

1987 (24 photos)
1988 (24 photos)
1989 (27 photos)
1990 (unconfirmed)
1991 (partial, 8 confirmed)
1992 (evidence found)
1993 (partial, 17 confirmed)
1994 (partial, 5 confirmed)
1995 (evidence found)
1996 (evidence found)
1997 (partial, 12 confirmed)
1998 (partial, 21 confirmed)
1999 (at least 25 photos, 5 confirmed)

21 October 2017

1998 Tucson Sidewinders Jones Photo - Hensley Meulens


     Pursuing a player collection of a lesser known, yet widely traveled slugger can be a challenge.  What makes that pursuit all the more satisfying is when something like this turns up out of the blue.  Not only was I not looking for this photo, I had no idea it even existed as none of the main hobby resources have any record of this set.  A little research reveals that in 1998 (and presumably all the other years these were produced), these photos were given away at Sidewinders games, at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, in packs of five photos.  The photos I received came in these envelopes:


     Given that there are sixteen photos here , I'm going to assume there are at least four more to the set, possibly eight (previous sets contained 24-25 photos).  These are the photos from the lot I received:

Bryan Corey
Nelson Figueroa
Tim Florez
Ben Ford
Hanley Frias
Karim Garcia
Ron Hartman
Danny Klassen
Peter Kolb (Trainer)
Garry Maddox
Barry Manuel
Hensley Meulens
Chris Michalak
Vladimir Nunez
Stephen Randolph
Mike Robertson
Rob Ryan
Jeff Suppan
Ephrain Valdez
Neil Weber
Bob Wolcott

     The same seller also had another lot of Tucson Toros photos.  After receiving everything, based on when the various players coincided on Toros rosters, there were 17 photos from 1993 (another undocumented set) and 5 from 1997.  The 2000 (and final) edition of the Standard Catalog of Minor League Baseball Cards only listed 5 photos from the 1997 set (presumably a single game's giveaway), so those, plus the photos in this lot make at least 10 in the set.  Here are the players in each:



1993    1997
Mike Brumley
Jim Bruske
Mike Capel
Steve Carter
Fred Costello
Ed Dixon
Dave Engle
Tony Eusebio
John Hudek
Jim Lindeman
Terry Mathews
Joe Mikulik
James Moulton
Luis Quinones
Jeff Robinson
Donne Wall
Bruce Walton
Rodney Windes
     Brian Banks
Mark Davis
Matt Grott
Ron Belliard
Jeff Huber
Bobby Hughes
Frank Kellner
Travis Lee
Sig Roberson
Jack Voigt

   I scanned all of the photos that showed up today and they can be seen in the following Picasa albums:

1993 Tucson Toros Jones Photo
1997 Tucson Toros Jones Photo
1998 Tucson Sidewinders Jones Photo

     I've added checklists for all three to the SportsCardForum.com Inventory Manager.  The photos are unnumbered, so I alphabetized and numbered based on that, so if I find more photos in the future, the "card numbers" will be adjusted.  As usual, these are all available for trade or sale, except for the Karim Garcia which has already been claimed.  All photos have now been sold.

-----UPDATE (14 December 2011)-----

     I have now found references to Toros sets from 1995 and 1996 (given away to the first 500 lucky fans) and a second Sidewinders set from 1999.  This helps lend a little credence to sets having been issued each year from 1987 to 1999.  Now I just need to find evidence of sets from the missing years and being the extremely slow process of building checklists.

-----UPDATE (19 January 2017)-----

     According to the 28 July 1998 Arizona Daily Star, at the Sidewinders game that night, the first 500 fans would receive photos of Edwin Diaz, Tim Florez, Danny Klassen, Neil Weber and Bob Wolcott, which combined with the list above brings the set total to 21.

-----UPDATE (21 October 2017)-----

     Another batch of Sidewinders hit eBay recently, confirming the previously reported five names to the checklist: Chris Michalak, Neil Weber, Bob Wolcott, Tim Florez and Danny Klassen.

28 August 2017

2006 Columbus Clippers 30th Anniversary Program Cards


    In 2006, the Columbus Clippers celebrated their 30th anniversary as a team. One of the ways they chose to commemorate that occasion was through the issuance of a series of collector cards distributed with each Clippers game program over the course of the 2006 season. I think this was the third of four times they would issue cards this way, resulting in a very difficult to find set. A checklist had popped up for this set several years ago including Hensley Meulens in the set. However, when Beckett finally added the set to their system, Meulens was nowhere to be found. Instead, there were several cards listed generically as 'team card' or 'stadium card'. So did he have a card or not?

    This week, thanks to waiting on an eBay saved search for about 6 years, I finally found my answer. A seller listed several 2006 Clippers programs, including images of the cards inside, and one of the cards was this:


     The program, from May 9, 2006, (the seller included the game's line-up sheet and a ticket stub) contained the cards for 1989 (Hal Morris), 1990 (Deion Sanders), 1991 (Bernie Williams) & 1992.  One of those 'team card' entries in Beckett's listing was for Columbus' record setting eight selections to the 1992 International League All-Star team, including Hensley Meulens.

12 April 2017

Hobby Archaeology: 1938 Anniston Star Anniston Rams

      I ran across this 'set' while doing research for another project of mine that involved wading through years of sports pages of local newspapers.  In 1938, the Anniston Rams, of Anniston, Alabama, were the B-level, Southeastern League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.  As the Rams were in their inaugural season, the local Anniston Hardware Company sponsored a series of profiles to introduce the team to the city.  The newspaper didn't announce the series, or mention how many there would be or what the frequency of release would be, but I think this is the whole set (15 entries), as I couldn't find any more for the rest of 1938.



20 May 1938
Lena Styles
22 May 1938
Dick Adair
24 May 1938
Elmer Johnson
26 May 1938
Bennett Needham
29 May 1938
Eddie Roetz
08 June 1938
Vincent Svilich
10 June 1938
French White
12 June 1938
Arthur Rebel
14 June 1938
Collin Lancaster
16 June 1938
Dot Pittman
19 June 1938
Charles Parker
22 June 1938
C.J. (Bill) Finucane
24 June 1938
Everett Grossman
03 July 1938
Foster "Cowboy" Thornton
07 July 1938
Ray "Pepper" Adamski