Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Topps 2011 Chicago

  I recently completed that small trade I mentioned in a previous posting. Of note are two Topps 2011 White Sox cards. They are Paul Konerko #93, and Omar Vizquel #243.

  I have all of the Cubs from this set except for the two SP cards. (Banks #247b and Sandberg #405b) I really have an appreciation for this set's design. The arc across the bottom with the player's name is okay, but it would be even better if the player's jersey number was printed in the arc as well. The player's position printed underneath is a nice touch too, but the double ring with the team's name around the baseball with the team's logo in the center, that brings an added touch of class not normally seen on baseball cards in general. Plus, silver foil always looks nicer than gold foil to my eyes.

  So these two White Sox cards are the first Sox in my collection from the 2011 Topps set.


Cub on Cover

  It's overcast today, but yesterday it was nice outside well into the early afternoon, and I had needed to run (more accurately, walk) a couple errands. I took advantage of the weather and made what would have been a mile there and back and turned it into two miles there and back. There are free periodicals available along the sidewalks. I almost always check them out because once in a while there is a really well written piece that I enjoy reading. Usually the article is in the Reader, a weekly publication printed on newsprint by Sun-Times. The story of interest in the issue of Reader that I picked up yesterday is The New Face of Socialism. I'm not one for talking politics, but right now I am trying to read and understand everything I can about what all these break-out factions represent. I can't figure out if things look so screwed up because I am getting old and out of touch with the younger adults, or if the fan has truly begun sputtering stinky goo. Either way, time will tell. ;)

  Anyway, the thing that I am posting about is Albert Almora and his wife Krystal on the cover of Paws Chicago magazine. This is the first glossy and free publication that I have found with a Cub adorning the cover. This issue has a nice write up about the Almoras , and there are some more photos inside. I love the Almora's dog Luna, she's a Shiba Inu beauty.  A copy of this 'zine is going into my Cubs collection! If I seem maybe too happy about this Almora cover, it is because I live within walking distance to Wrigley Stadium, and I have never come a cross a Cubs pocket schedule. In fact, the only pocket schedule I have seen more than once is for the Chicago Red Stars, Chicago's professional women's soccer team. Once in a while I'll spot a DePaul or Northwestern pocket schedule. A Maroons schedule would be cool, but I have not seen any of those either. Yup, this Almora find is a keeper folks!

 Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Game of Stickers

  Howdy y'all! It's a beautiful Saturday morning here in Chicago, and I feel like talking baseball cards. More to the point, baseball stickers. But first, a Thank You! shout out to Pete Pianelli of Trading Bases for surprising me with four new Cubs items to add to my collection.

Pete sent my first postcard size baseball card. 

Pete also enclosed these three mini items.

  I had never seen the Topps scratcher cards before. They're roughly the same size as recent era cigarette cards. Next is a 1988 Topps #33, Lee Smith back sticker, followed by a 1984 Fleer #67 Lee Smith sticker. It is these last two items that pushed up the discussion on baseball stickers.

  The 1984 Fleer sticker shown at the above bottom, has an appropriate back. It's nothing fancy, but it is related to the front image.

  The back of the 1988 Topps Lee Smith has an image of Gary Gaetti, of the Twins having just whomped a ball. The back image is not related to the front image in any way. I suppose for set collectors it just does not matter, but for team and player collectors, it matters. It means I must somehow find out which of my teams and players are shown on the back of another player's/team's card/sticker.  That's not an easy thing to do. The Trading Card Database does not have most of the backs from this set stored, and even if it did, the information is not included in the written data, which means I would have to see blow-ups of the all the back images in order to add them to my want list.

  Here are some more mismatched fronts and backs on baseball stickers.

From 1986 Fleer we have a Cubs front and a Yankees back. This set has a limited variety of backs, and I believe that it may be possible to have any of them appear on the backs. Note that I do not think there is a backside representative for every team, so mismatches are going to happen. Below is another sticker from the same year set. It shows a Cubs logo on the front, and the Famous Feat on the back belongs to the White Sox. Although my team and primary focus is the Cubs, I actually keep all three of these team's cards when they come my way.  So basically I need four cards to fill empty slots on all three teams, and this is only based on Cubs fronts. I still need to gather the White Sox fronts and the Yankees fronts, although I am in no hurry to do so.

  Here's another mismatch group. This time from the White Sox collection.

  The above White Sox image is found on the backside of the 1987 Fleer Blue Jays sticker. The backside of the White Sox sticker belongs to the Dodgers. Hmm... I don't yet have the Cubs from this set. Anyway, most years the card companies match the backs to the front. Most. In the case of Upper Deck, none of the stickers I have from them have anything printed on the back. I know their first three years are all holograms, but I am unfamiliar with anything that followed.

  Here are some images of random backs that do match their fronts.

  Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Where Oh Where

  I have been keeping rather busy over the past month. My laptop was dying an ugly death, but Zip gave me a new laptop as part of an early birthday present. Yay! I can actually watch the letters appear on the screen as I type. Before, I'd be typing to my heart's content, look up, and find that big chunks of sentences were missing in my writing.

  I am working on creating a go-to page on this blog for player collections.  I am still trying to figure out some of the 'how to' functions on this new to me computer system. I'll get it figured out sooner rather than later -I think. By the time you read this, I should have the player collections page up and running, and you should see the link banner for it on the righthand side near The Ernie Banks Project and The Beatles Honor Roll.

  I haven't had too many baseball cards come in during the past month or so. I am in the process of packing up cards for a small trade I've accepted at The Trading Card Database. I really like TCD, it is a huge help in so many ways. Anyway, I'll pack up those cards and get them in the mail later today.

  The eclipse- We could not find any safety glasses locally, so I spent the afternoon before the eclipse making a pinhole viewer. I wanted something sturdier and longer than a cereal box viewer. The outside of the viewer is rather unattractive, but the inside of the viewer is theatrically impressive, even if I do say so myself! Well it was overcast here, so I didn't bother going outside for the big moment. I watched the darkness descend outside the windows. -Had I given more thought to the event, I would've walked over to the zoo and watched the reactions of the animals. Hindsight and all... Anyway, I think it was 2 something when it started getting rather bright outside as seen from the living room. I figured oh what the heck, grabbed the pinhole viewer and aimed it out the window at the glare coming from above. Whoah! I caught the last little bite out of the sun on screen in the viewer! Very cool, and I didn't even leave the apartment!

A photo of the 2017 ugly pinhole viewer. 

Have a great day everyone!

Wanted Men - Player Collections

A small list of the players I collect regardless of the team they are aligned to on the card. Any and all goodies are wanted of these boys. I have sorted these fellas into three tiers, in order of desire.

Tetsuharu Kawakami  -0
Ernie Banks  -37 
Ichiro Suzuki -37
Native Americans:  
Chief Bender -2  :Ojibwe (Chippewa)
Jim Thorpe -2 :Sauk (Sac and Fox)
Dwight Lowry -1  :Lumbee
Kyle Lohse -7  :Wintun (Namlaki)
Joba Chamberlain  -3  :Winnebago
Jacoby Ellsbury  -5  :Navajo

Native Americans: Former Players 

Javier Baez -10 
Willson Contreras - 7 
Tommy La Stella -1 
Ozzie Smith -33 

Minnie Minoso  -0 
Harold Baines -18 
A.J. Pierzynski  -2 
Melky Cabrera -4  

Pizzeria cards: Cards from any team that were promotional cards from a pizza joint.  -0

Rod Carew  -3 
Dwight Gooden  -19 
Darryl Strawberry  -21

Non-baseball wants: 

The Beatles & John Lennon -30
The Moody Blues -2 
Acid/Psychedelic Rock album covers -0 
Zeppelins (airships/dirigibles) -1 
Steampunk anything artsy/interesting -0

Updated 3 JUNE '18

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Remember When

  Do you remember a few months ago, when I was taking that Robotics and Society mooc? Well, while doing some much needed updating of my BGG collection, and catching up on the forum postings, I checked out the Funny Pictures thread. In doing so, I came across these two pictures.

  They were posted by two different geeks, so that was cool. The other thing that stands out about this is that I saw a news item last night about Musk's warning about AIs. -AIs are more of a threat than North Korea.

  If you think this has nothing to do with baseball or baseball cards, welcome to my mind!  
AI - robots - automatons - steampunk
  So, I've got a thing for steampunk, and steampunk baseball is something I've considered drawing. Catchers will be the easiest to punk out. They have the Fett and Iron Man steampunk-ability in their gear. (See what I did there?) Easiest translations aside, when I start digging into this project, the first player I want to punk out is Dennis Oil Can Boyd. How could I resist?!

  The pose on that top card is just begging to be steampunkified!

  In other baseball card collecting news, I am adding a new man to my player collections. Melky Cabrera. The guy was the sunshine of the White Sox, and man do we miss watching him. Autumn is coming early to Chicago. (seriously!)

The Melkman 

A great day to you all!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Frosted Pizza

  Just yesterday I was thinking that it's been a while since I have posted a pizza photo. Since today is a very special day, I have found a picture of a special kind of pizza. Party on!

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to my Zip!


  (I am also happy to mention that The Beatles Honor Roll has a new member! Check it out ---->>)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

More Odd Without End

  Isn't that card a beauty?! It put me in that 'what to do when a card is needed in a team set and a player collection' predicament. After very little thinking, I've decided that I need another one just like it. It is actually the final card needed to finish that Fleer Cubs set. So it will be an Ozzie want, because as you all know, I 💖 Ozzie!

  I mentioned in the previous post that my small tea card collection has arrived. So without further ado, here is a scan of my favorite tea card thus far.

  The Homo Floresiensis Uncovered course is a load of fun. We're into week three of four. There is still plenty of time for you to catch up if you want to join the class. You can find it at FutureLearn. Ah, you know, maybe the scientific name (which is the class name) is throwing readers off, HF are the hobbit skeletal remains that were found in Indonesia. Yeah! Hobbits!

Professor Roberts, PhD, University of Wollongong

  I listed my first items on Craigslist. It's rather an odd site for me, but I think it's the layout. Here are a few items from those listings. -If you live in Chicago, and want more info on something, let me know and I send/post an actual link to this stuff.

  I think I will listen to Tibetan chants and read a few comic books, before heading back to class. You all have a fabulous day!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Oh Good Grief!

  I have missed blogging! I have been so busy. My brother and niece drove a truck load of my belongings down here to me. Some stuff I asked for, some stuff I did not, but all of it filled the entire living room chin deep. It took me 10 days to find the living room floor.

  I've opened an account at Craig's List to sell some of the unwanted items. It was physically and mentally draining. -Finding a place for the things I'd like to keep and tough finding out that so many of the things I wanted have been stolen, and seeing all of the notes and letters from the ex was not something I asked for, but dealt with nonetheless.

  On the upside, Zipper likes my storage pieces and says I have good taste. Yay! And I have most of my comic books, postcard collection, and stamp collection. None of my trading cards made it here, but my small tea card collection is here and so are my Peanuts pogs.

  I still have some things I need to take care of, and I really need to catch up in the Homo Floresiensis Uncovered course. I waited months for this class to start and I don't want to blow it now. Hopefully I will take care of that at some point this weekend.

  Love you guys!

Thank you Al and Kiara!