03 October 2022

Clyde's Stale News - 2022 TCDB edition

Just wanted to let everyone know that I have worked out a system that will allow for adding Japanese checklists to Trading Card Databse (https://www.tcdb.com), much more rapidly.  This weekend I managed to add:

2022 BBM 1st Version inserts & parallels

2022 BBM 2nd Version base, inserts and parallels

2022 BBM Chiba Lotte Marines base, inserts and parallels

2022 BBM Chunichi Dragons base, inserts and parallels

2022 BBM Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks base, inserts and parallels

2022 BBM Hawks History 1938-2022 base, inserts and parallels

2022 BBM Genesis base, inserts and parallels (still some memorabilia cards to add)

2022 BBM Hanshin Tigers base

2022 BBM Roki Sasaki Perfect Game inserts

2022 Epoch NPB base, inserts and parallels

There may be a few cards missing here and there as those BBM checklist PDFs can sometimes be a challenge to decipher.  Once I clear the 2022 backlog I will start working backwards.  If anyone has any requests they would like to see jump the line, please let me know and I'll get to them sooner.

So for any set where I can find a checklist in Japanese, I can get them translated and entered in a few minutes instead of the hours of tedious looking up name-by-name it used to take.  Amazing what a spreadsheet and a VLOOKUP can accomplish!

30 August 2022

2016-17 & 2018, 2019 San Francisco Giants Fan Fest photo cards

(Updates at the bottom)

     eBay saved search comes through again!  It appears that the Giants updated their Fan Fest photo card design a tad for the 2018 event, and I just picked up a lot of cards on eBay that included a previously unknown Hensley Meulens card.

     In this new design, the team logo is now in a square that fits within the edges of the name and team bars, the player name is slightly wider, and the team name and position are now italicized.

2018 design

For comparison, below is the design that was used from 2013-2015.

2013-2015 design
The other cards I have found with this new, square 2018 design are as follows:

Tyler Beede
Ty Blach
Matt Herges
Ryder Jones
Evan Longoria
Andrew McCutchen
Mark Melancon
Conner Menez
Hensley Meulens
Alyssa Nakken
Buster Posey
Pablo Sandoval
Rick Schu
Curt Young

I'll update the list as I find more.


     Slight update here, as I just dicovered that there was another design change that I missed.  Between the 2013 design and the 2018 design, there was subtle change that I am now calling 2016-2017.  Swiped from an eBay listing, the Ehire Adrianza features the newly discovered design, and the Jeremy Affeldt the earlier design.  The two differences being on the 2016-17 design the team/position banner features the larger, italicized text, and the banner does not extend beyond the end of the logo circle.

For this 2016-17 design, I have identified the following players, so far:

Ehire Adrianza
Ray Black
Brandon Crawford
Matt Duffy
Gorkys Hernandez
Chris Heston
Nick Hundley
Steven Okert
Hunter Pence
Buster Posey (crouching)
Buster Posey (throwing)
Jeff Samardzija
Chris Stratton
Albert Suarez
Mac Williamson
Ron Wotus


Another design has surfaces for the 2019 Fan Fest cards.  So far, this Dereck Rodriguez is the only card I have seen on eBay:

23 August 2022

Now batting, #33, pinch hitter, Bernardo Brito

    On September 15, 1992, after twelve seasons in the minors, Bernardo Brito finally made his first trip to the plate in a Major League game, as the Minnesota Twins attempted to eek out a win against a very solid A's team.  Pinch hitting for Greg Gagne in the 8th inning, Bernie strode to the plate there at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium, stared down A's starter Ron Darling, worked a 1-2 count, and struck out swinging.

   It ended up being a tight 2-1 victory for 1st place Oakland, against the 2nd place Twins, with Eckersley locking down the 9th.  

Sept 15, 1992, box score

To quote the September 16, 1992, Oakland Tribune:

...Bernardo Brito, who spent 12 years in the minors, made his major-league debut for Minnesota with a pinch-hitting performance in the eights inning.  He whiffed on four pitches...

     Brito would see action in 8 games over the remainder of the season, going 2 for 14 in mostly a late-inning, pinch hitting role.

10 May 2020

1992 Cord Camera Columbus Clippers Photos

    I learned about this issue about 3 1/2 years ago when someone posted a couple of lots of these on eBay.  Unfortunately for me, there was a Bernie Williams in the lot, so I wasn't about to fight the deep pockets of a Bernie collector.  Thankfully, as often happens, if one waits long enough, and is ready with a saved search on eBay, things come back around, and now it resides in my collection!

    Presumably these were a stadium giveaway,  but none of my newspaper archive resources cover Columbus in the 1990s, so that is only speculation.  I am not entirely sure whether the signature is genuine, or just part of the photo.  In the photos on Worthpoint, several of the signatures from the original lot overlap the white part of the photo, so that would imply they are real.  The photos measure 3 1/2" x 6 7/8" and are printed on photo paper and were sponsored by local camera shop, Cord Camera & Video.  A similar set was also issued in 1993, but I don't know whether or not it contains a Meulens.

The following players were included in the original auction:

Brad Ausmus
Royal Clayton
Andy Cook
Francisco de la Rosa
Mike Draper
Mike Humphreys
Jay Knoblauh
Torey Lovullo
Ed Martel
Billy Masse
Hensley Meulens
John Ramos
Dave Rosario
Dave Sax
Dave Silvestri
J. T. Snow
Russ Springer
Don Stanford
Larry Stanford
Bob Wickman
Bernie Williams
Gerald Williams

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 National Candy Wholesalers Association Summer Convention. "1991 Score NCWA Summer Convention" is what was printed in the red stripe on the reverse of the cards.

    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.


     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.  

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
19 林英傑 Ying-Chieh Lin Macoto Cobras
21 許志豪 Zhi-Hao Xu 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
33 豐偌暉 Johui Feng Macoto Cobras
34 楊騏嘉 Chi-Chia Yang Macoto Cobras
35 楊睿智 Jui-Chih Yang Macoto Cobras
41 陳柏勳 Po-Hsun Chen Macoto Cobras
47 克萊柏 Kleber Ojima 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
57 汪天祥 Tian-Xiang Wang Macoto Cobras
91 陳志誠 Chih-Hsing Chen Macoto Cobras
58 孫昭立 Chao-Li Sun Macoto Cobras CO
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
75 中本茂樹 Shigeki Nakamoto Macoto Cobras CO
88 郭泰源 Tai-Yuan Kuo Macoto Cobras MG
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