09 November 2022

Hobby Archaelogy: 1994 Ingles Atlanta Braves stickers

 A fairly recent posting on eBay, followed by a question over at the Trading Card Database has turned up yet another previously undocumented set including Roberto Kelly.  This time, they are Atlanta Braves stickers from the Ingles chain of grocery stories in the Southeast.

Here is the full page advertiement posted in the 15 July 1994 Asheville Citizen-Times, from Asheville, North Carolina:

Braves Posters & Sticker CardsBraves Posters & Sticker Cards 15 Jul 1994, Fri Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, North Carolina) Newspapers.com

Over the course of 6 weeks, from July 15th to August 26th, you could purchase the week's strip of 3 Braves stickers for 99 cents, along with a special poster to stick them to, also for 99 cents.  The reverse of each strip included a coupon for something in the store, an entry form for a contest to win a VIP package at a Braves game or limited edition (only 174!) Braves lithograph, and the complete rules of the contest.  

The checklist is as follows:

Week 1 - Tom Glavine / Ryan Klesko / Kent Mercker

Week 2 - Fred McGriff / Jeff Blauser / Bill Pecota

Week 3 - Steve Avery / Mark Wohlers / Javier Lopez

Week 4 - Mark Lemke / Greg Maddux / Tony Tarasco

Week 5 - John Smoltz / David Justice / Mike Stanton

Week 6 - Roberto Kelly / Terry Pendleton / Greg McMichael

The individual stickers are unnumbered.

I'm really surprised they haven't crossed my radar before. During the brief research I did on these, I found Ingles ads for these in the major newspapers in Atlanta; Anderson, South Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; Asheville, North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee.  So these were definitely out there, yet they were missed by both Beckett and the Standard Catalog.

The checklist has been added, both as singles and panels, at TCDB:


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

2022 BBM Hanshin Tigers base

2022 BBM Roki Sasaki Perfect Game inserts

2022 Epoch NPB base, inserts and parallels

-- October 4 update

2022 BBM Hanshin Tigers inserts completed

2022 BBM Orix Buffaloes base, inserts and parallels

2022 BBM Hiroshima Toyo Carp inserts completed

2022 BBM Saitama Seibu Lions, base, inserts and parallels

2021 Epoch Hanshin Tigers Stars & Legends base, inserts and parallels

---October 5 update

2022 BBM Rookie Edition inserts completed

2022 BBM Tokyo Yakult Swallows inserts completed

2022 BBM Hanshin Tigers Premier Edition base, some inserts

---October 6 update

2022 BBM Yokohama DeNA BayStars base, inserts and parallels

2022 BBM Yomiuri Giants inserts and parallels

2022 BBM Tokyo Yakult Swallows History 1950-2022 base, inserts and parallels

---October 7 update

2019 BBM Rookie Edition missing inserts and parallels

---October 8 update

Rather than continue to detail sets here, you can see what all I've added recently at TCDB:


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:

Jose Alguacil
Tyler Beede
Travis Bergen
Ty Blach
Steven Duggar
Aramis Garcia
Matt Herges
Nick Hundley
Ryder Jones
Evan Longoria
Andrew McCutchen
Mark Melancon
Conner Menez
Hensley Meulens CO
Alyssa Nakken CO
Buster Posey
Pablo Sandoval
Rick Schu CO
Chris Shaw
Andrew Suarez
Breyvic Valera
Pat Venditte
Tony Watson
Mac Williamson
Curt Young CO

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
Matt Cain
Brandon Crawford
Matt Duffy
Gorkys Hernandez
Chris Heston
Nick Hundley
Steven Okert
Josh Osich
Jarrett Parker
Hunter Pence
Buster Posey (crouching)
Buster Posey (throwing)
Jeff Samardzija
Chris Stratton
Albert Suarez
Kelby Tomlinson
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:

--UPDATE 3/10/2024--

A recent eBay listing has added several more cards to all of these sets, including more from 2019, so that now stands at:

Craig Albernaz
Andrew Bailey CO
Brian Bannster CO
Tyler Beede
Kai Correa CO
Jaylin Davis
Alex Dickerson
Mauricio Dubon
Mark Hallberg CO
Dustin Lind
Andoan Richardson CO
Dereck Rodriguez
Drew Smyly

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.