CSI: Duryea, PA [2018 Topps series 1]

Topps has been a disappointment regarding quality in-game action photos of Twins players in which the exact play captured by the photo can actually be identified. We’ve had lots of great baseball card photos in the past to work with (we’ve been doing this for over seven years!), but not recently.

On a whim, I chose a card of Brian Dozier from 2018 Topps series 1; while it does I nice job of capturing a play in the field, I didn’t harbor hope that the gang at WGOM could uniquely identify it:

2018 Topps #130 Brian Dozier

Remarkably, they did it again.

First off, the visible clues:
1) It’s a day game.
2) With this being Series 1, the photo is most certainly from a 2017 game.
2) A play at third, quite possibly a triple given the arm covering and helmet.
3) Most likely Target Field, given the home white uniform and the location of the distance marker on the outfield wall.

A lot of the discussion centered around the visiting team’s uniform, particularly the dark top and the single stripe on the gray pants:
– there are several teams who have a uniform variant that at least somewhat resembles that of the baseball card: Indians, Mariners, Padres, Brewers, etc.
– Dozier runs the bases with helmet and arm protection, at least some of the time, so he isn’t necessarily advancing to third base on his own at bat.

Given the above and some digging through Baseball Reference website, it was determined that this play was the sixth pitch in the bottom of the first of this game against the Mariners on June 15th. Dozier opened the home half of the first inning with a double to right, and the play captured here was his advance to third on a wild pitch to Eduardo Escobar, Kyle Seager being the third baseman in the photo. Escobar subsequently homered, so he could have taken it easy on second base and avoided the faceplant (see photos below).

The Twins won the game 6-2 on a well-pitched outing from Jose Berrios, and Dozier went 1-for-3 with a BB and HBP, scoring once. Chris Gimenez homered twice in this game, which is much rarer than games in which he ended up pitching.

Well done, everyone! And two bonus screencaptures of the play:

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A Note From Management

In my pursuit of certified Twins baseball card autographs, every now and then I find non-player cards (TC the mascot, scout Mark Wilson) and even less frequently, ones that are reasonably priced. Recently I found two, and along with a card of prospect Brent Rooker that now makes 224 different Twins players people.


clockwise, from top left: 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-TK Tom Kelly (auto); 2018 Bowman High Tek Prospects #PHT-BR Brent Rooker (auto); 2008 Upper Deck UD Premier Red #154 Joe Mauer [24/25] (auto); 2012 Topps Update General Managers #AGM-TR Terry Ryan (auto)

And, as always, a few other pick-ups:


clockwise, from top left: 2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Six Swatch Memorabilia #305 Joe Mauer w/Posada,Rodriguez,Johnson,Santana,Woods [225/300] (jersey); 2018 Allen & Ginter #MA-FJ Felix Jorge (auto); 2018 Topps Chrome #FA-FJ Felix Jorge (auto); 2017 Topps Update Commemorative Medallion #MVPR-RCA Rod Carew

An Order of Nachos, Please

I’ve been very remiss when it comes to revisiting some of the gang of card collecting bloggers, and decided to remedy that a bit. I noticed that there were a few Twins I needed on the trade page at Nachos Grande, and interrupted Chris’ Gint-a-Cuffs posts to put together a trade with him. It had been over five years since our last trade (?!) which does not really seem possible.

You can tell that someone went to a lot of work looking through their cards by the variety of cards in the trade, and besides the handful of Twins A&G minis from his trade page, here are some examples of what else he found:


clockwise, from top left: 2018 Panini Donruss Signature Series #SS-MG Mitch Garver; 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Missing Blackplate #88 Byron Buxton; 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter #348 Trevor Plouffe; 2009 Topps Target Retro #212 Denard Span; 2003 Topps Heritage #293 Cristan Guzman; 2003 Fleer Box Score #121 Lew Ford; 2017 Topps Rediscover Topps Silver 1993 Topps #363 John Smiley; 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter #78 Jose Berrios; 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter #74 Brian Dozier

Meanwhile, I took his wantlist webpage and visited the friendly neighborhood LCS to roust up some cards he was looking for — scavenger hunt! It was good to get back to my roots, so to speak, and flip a trade with a blogger instead of off of a board like The Bench. Thanks for the swap, Chris!

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And as usual, a few more additional pickups:


clockwise, from top left: 2015 Topps Chrome Refractor Purple #AR-TM Trevor May [147/250] (auto); 2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Sweet Swatch Dual Memorabilia #DHM Justin Morneau w/Hafner (dual jersey); 2003 Donruss Team Heroes #290 Michael Cuddyer (auto); 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Materials Framed Red B&W #132 Lew Ford [63/100] (jersey/bat)

When It Was A Game

As stated in my last post, one of my baseball card collecting goals is to try and get one (certified) autographed Twins card of as many Twins ballplayers that I can. Since then, I now have an additional 221st different ballplayer.

Earl Battey is one of the autograph cards I’d been watching for for a while now. He does not have many certified AU cards, and most of those are the “cut auto” type, where his signature on a previous item (letter, contract, check, etc) is cut to size and embedded into a baseball card. The one I finally nabbed was one of these:


2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts When It Was a Game #WGC-EB Earl Battey [16/25] (auto)

And here are a few other pick ups from the last few days:


clockwise, from top left: 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Full-Size #FSRB-MS Miguel Sano (jersey); 2018 Topps Archives Signatures #313 Max Kepler [10/86] (uncirculated auto); 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Dual Materials #UD-ME Joe Mauer w/Estrada [07/15] (dual jersey); 2011 Topps Triple Threads Relics Sepia “AL MVP ’09 .365 28 96” #TTR-TTR-68 Joe Mauer [02/27] (jersey)

Winfield Of Dreams

One of my goals is to try and get one (certified) autograph Twins card of as many Twins ballplayers that I can. I have 220 different ballplayers with the most recent one.

I had a gift card for a spot reward from work that I was hoping to turn around into a Kirby Puckett AU card, but the price for his cards are out the roof. There are 25 different Twins ballplayers that I know of with certified AU cards that I don’t have — some of them are cut autos of deceased players (Bob Allison, Earl Battey, Zoilo Versalles) which are difficult to find; some are Real One cards of past ballplayers from Heritage sets, others are just recent prospects whose AU cards are overpriced right now. And then there’s Dave Winfield.

There are autographed cards of Dave Winfield out there, but I only know of one which showed him in a Twins uniform. That finally changed last year when Topps included him in the Dynasty set with several autographed cards all showing him as a Twins player. I latched onto one of those that was uncirculated and a low serial number that included a slick jersey patch as well, and got it at a reasonable price.


2017 Topps Dynasty #AP-DW6 Dave Winfield [04/10] (uncirculated auto/jersey)

Additionally, here are some cards from my LCS (local card shop), from my Good Trading Buddy™ BobFranklin, or that I’ve just picked up in the past:


clockwise, from top left: 2018 Topps Major League Materials #MLM-MS Miguel Sano (jersey); 2018 Topps Commemorative All-Star Patch Red #ASP-HK Harmon Killebrew [08/25] (manu-patch); 2018 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-JM Joe Mauer (jersey); 2018 Panini Diamond Kings Jumbo Materials Signatures #JRMS-ZG Zack Granite [20/99] (auto/jersey); 2004 Donruss Leaf Certified Materials Red #175 Shannon Stewart [139/150] (jersey); 2018 Topps Tier One #BA-MKE Max Kepler [097/275] (auto)

London, Part 2

Continuing our visit to London, we left Windsor and went to Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew and walked the beautiful grounds.

After a break at the hotel, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and strolled Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park.

The next morning we had breakfast across from Embassy Row in Kensington Gardens, then took the Kensington Palace tour. Following this, we made our way to Westminster Pier to catch a river cruise on Thames, which wound its way past The Eye, Globe Theater, the Tower Bridge, and on to Greenwich.

With the great weather, Greenwich Park was full of people playing and relaxing in the grass. We made our way up the hill and took our turns straddling the Prime Meridian and then walking through the Flamsteed House. While there I make my second observatory visit on this trip (first being The Round Tower in Copenhagen), and see the Great Equatorial Telescope at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.


the business end of the 38″ Great Equatorial Telescope in Greenwich

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London, Part 1

The last stop on our visit to Europe was London. The flight from Copenhagen was fine, except for our checked bag which decided to take an extra ½ day to get there. We weren’t worried about it, but the umbrella inside it would have been nice to have on the one day of drizzle in our entire time in London!

Our hotel was across from Hyde Park, between Paddington Station and Notting Hill, not far from Kensington Gardens. It took us a bit to find our way to the Underground (“Mind the gap!”) from the Paddington Express from Heathrow, but we found the Underground very manageable, particularly with our reloadable Oyster Cards. After getting situated in our hotel room, we walked a bit and then had a quiet Italian meal at De Amicis.

On our rainy day, we made our way over to the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square, followed by the British Museum. We had a great lunch at the Museum Tavern (a “proper” pub), then wrapped up the day walking around Buckingham Palace grounds and St. James Park.


the Museum Tavern, our table at the end of the bar


Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace

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