04 February 2021

2016-17 & 2018-19 San Francisco Giants Fan Fest photo cards

     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.

2018-2019 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 design are as follows:

Tyler Beede
Ty Blach
Matt Herges
Evan Longoria
Andrew McCutchen
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
Albert Suarez
Mac Williamson
Ron Wotus

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
Macoto Cobras Logo Macoto Cobras
Macoto Cobras Logo Macoto Cobras
Macoto Cobras Logo Macoto Cobras
Macoto Cobras Logo Macoto Cobras
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'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 begin 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.