Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Royal Wedding Friday Random 10

In honor of the Royal Wedding, an All-Brit random list today.

  1. Time and a Word” – Yes, Time and a Word
  2. “A Moment Lost” – Enya, Amarantine
  3. The Domes of G’bal” – Ozric Tentacles, Live at the Pongmaster’s Ball
  4. “How the Years Turn” – Roger Eno, Music of Neglected English Composers
  5. “Johnny on the Monorail” – The Buggles, The Age of Plastic
  6. Black Cat” – Gentle Giant, Acquiring the Taste
  7. “Blown by the Wind” – Alan Parsons, On Air
  8. Nine Cats” – Porcupine Tree, Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991-1997
  9. “Message in a Bottle” – The Police, Every Breath You Take: The Singles
  10. “Clarinet Concerto, Op. 31” – Gerald Finzi, Clarinet Concerti

Here’s to the happy couple!  Yeah, whatever.


Another Business Trip, Another Pair of Trade Packages

I swear, the PO is holding my packages and then delivering them when I’m away on my periodic business trip to Omaha. Once more, a pair of packages was waiting for me when I got home.

The first was a slew of UD Documentary from Jon at Community Gum. When it comes to UD Doc cards, when you’ve seen one you’ve pretty much seen them all, so I’ll only show the Gold parallel he sent, plus a nice extra throw-in:

2002 Fleer Authentix Second Row #123 Torii Hunter [068/250]; 2008 Upper Deck Documentary Gold #1670 Joe Mauer

The second package was from Chris at Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz, and contained a passel o’ 2005 Topps Total as well as several other treats, such as a few of this year’s Heritage Chrome, a few Bowman, etc. I always like picking up cards for Chris, because I know which players he collects 😉 (and I have a few more here piled up again, dude!)

clockwise, from top left: 2005 Topps Total Silver #461 Corky Miller; 2011 Topps Heritage Chrome #C67 Jason Kubel [0042/1962]; 2007 Topps Co-Signers Gold #72 Joe Mauer/Johan Santana [080/225]; 2005 Bowman Mahogany #338 Matt Garza

Thanks again guys!

First Look: 2011 Topps Team Set

My LCS (that’s “Local Card Shop” in baseball card blogger parlance, for those that didn’t know) got in some of this year’s Topps team sets, and besides all the Cardinals sets he picked up a Twins set for me as well.

The set is 17 cards, in the same format and style as the 2011 base set, the main difference being the numbering on the back, which is MIN1 (Mauer) through MIN17 (Target Field). Several cards are the same as their series one counterparts; I’ve chosen to show some cards which are new (and will probably look like this when Topps releases series two, whenever that is).

clockwise, from top left: 2011 Topps Twins Team Set #MIN1 Mickey Mantle Joe Mauer; 2011 Topps Twins Team Set #MIN6 Scott Baker; 2011 Topps Twins Team Set #MIN17 Target Field; 2011 Topps Twins Team Set #MIN5 Tsuyoshi Nishioka

It’s nice to see Nishi’s first card here, but you know that goofball uncle of yours that tries to sneak into every picture at the family reunions? Well, Nishi has the same problem.

The card shop owner thought Mauer’s card looked like a (yet another) Mickey Mantle card; meanwhile, Target Field is shown (correctly) in a way that MLB Game Day fails — packed to the gills.

And in case Topps was worried that I didn’t like the set because Trevor Plouffe was included in it, there was an extra Mauer card in mine as well: BONUS!

1974 Was A Good Year…

…for baseball cards to trade to reader Mike. He dropped me a comment recently asking if I had any 1974 Topps cards that he needed for his set building; turned out I did have nine of them. His trade package arrived, and in it were several 2010 and 2011 cards — some WalMart black border parallel, some Topps and Bowman Gold, a Diamond Anniversary parallel, and some base and inserts, half of which I needed and the other half definitely useful.

clockwise, from top left: 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Gold #BDPP88 Alex Wimmers; 2011 Topps WalMart black border #109 AL Batting Leaders (Joe Mauer); 2010 Bowman Draft Picks Gold #BDP62 Anthony Slama; 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP50 Logan Darnell

Your ’74s will be in tomorrow’s mail, Mike. Thanks again for the contacting me, and for the cards.

A [NSFW] Card (And ANOTHER Mention On The Radio)

Tuesday night, I was again sitting at my computer and listening to the Twins radio broadcast over streaming audio. When Dan Gladden began his preamble to giving out the game’s trivia question to PBP man Ted Robinson and the radio audience, I again quickly entered the email address (as well as my city & state this time) in my browser window and waited for the question. “Which Twin was not a ROY winner? Tony Oliva, Rod Carew, Kent Hrbek, or Marty Cordova” I slammed “Hrbek!” into the subject line and clicked the send button.

When I was about to give up on winning, I received this reply, slightly different from last time:

Congratulations, you are the winner for today’s US Bank question of the game! Your name will now be entered into a drawing for a pair of Twins tickets. Since you have won twice, your name will be entered two times in the drawing.

You will be notified should you win the drawing.

The game was sucking, and I had kinda hoped to shut it down and go on to something else, but now I had to wait again to hear my name. Sure enough, “Dazzle” mentioned me as the winner (I’ll have to spell out the state next time — I don’t think he knew what MO stands for, so he skipped it).

Although Kent Hrbek had a great rookie campaign, he lost out to Cal Ripken.

Now on to the trade package that arrived today: (…Joe) from The Sandlot is a big Mets fan, and I loaded up on a big pile of Mike Piazza cards which sat here for quite a while until things settled out at The Sandlot. Well, (…Joe) didn’t have much for Twins, but then he sprung this beauty on me. I mean, I almost have to use foul language to describe it. Sure, it’s Perk, but come on, it’s an auto/jersey #’d to 10!

clockwise, from top left: 2007 Triple Threads Sapphire #189 Glen Perkins [07/10]; 2000 Fleer 3000 Club Paul Molitor; 2006 Topps Turkey Red Red #613 Francisco Liriano; 2011 Topps Gold #288 Matt Capps [1333/2011]; 1996 Pacific Collection #363 Matt Walbeck; 1996 Pacific Hometowns #HP-17 Kirby Puckett – Chicago, IL if you didn’t know

I always want to be sure I’m holding up my end of a trade; I hope you didn’t pay too greatly for that card, (…Joe) — it is much appreciated. And I’ll continue to stockpile Piazzas from my digging expeditions in the boxes at the back of my LCS. Thanks again for the trade.

Two Small, But Entirely Different Trades

Lately I’ve made a couple quick trades, based on cards I’ve recently picked up, or found at the LCS. Two packages arrived the other day: one was the result of one of these quick trades, but the other took quite a while to complete.

Found a 2011 Topps Silk Rockies card at the LCS the other day, and gave hiflew from Cards from the Quarry a shot at it. While, he didn’t have a Twins card to exchange, he offered a handful of Buy It Now cards from eBay worth roughly the same, and the Liriano relic below is what I selected. A trade couldn’t have gone smoother.

Justin, from Justin’s World, on the other hand, well the trade fermented quite a while before cards were exchanged. The Revere Blue below was one of the cards he sent, as well as what’s below after the break…

From left: 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Memorabilia #SW-FL Francisco Liriano; 2001 Topps Opening Day blue border #51 Ben Revere [1479/2011]

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Shane Mack On Baseball Cards

With the sudden migration of The WGOM to a new location, several suggestions for the future were made for what things to continue, what to change, what to retire, and what new to add. I used to handle the “library” there, but I think I’ll expand it to cover collectibles of all kinds. One idea for a post that I’d been sitting on and decided to pull out as a new post there (and also here, while I’m at it) concerns a handful of similar cards that caught my eye regarding a former Twins ballplayer.

I noticed a while back that the various baseball card companies have been pretty single-minded in their choices for front photos for Shane Mack’s baseball cards. Shane was a popular (and good) ballplayer with the Twins, and if you collected baseball cards in the early ’90s, you’d know that he was quite the hustler on the base paths. To the left is his 1991 Upper Deck card #188.

clockwise, from top left: 1991 Topps #672; 1993 Topps #282, dive back into first?; 1994 Upper Deck #197, okay, it’s not head-first; 1995 Topps #8; 1993 Upper Deck #236; 1992 O-Pee-Chee #164

Until someone proves to me otherwise, Shane Mack is the king of the head-first slide horizontal baseball cards.

Familiar Trader, Unfamiliar Address

I’ve made plenty of trades in the past with AdamE from Thoughts and Sox — matter of fact, he’s the only one of the blogger community that I’ve traded with in person, being the only Show Me State blogger that I know knew of. A while back I’d sent him several 2008 UD Documentary cards that he needed, with no hurry for a return. Well, I just got my first package from him from his new locale in the Phoenix area (I’d inquired about a Finest refractor). He also had some nice Bowman Heritage Rainbow, Topps Heritage, and a couple other niceties.

clockwise, from top left: 1990 Swell Baseball Greats #49 Harmon Killebrew; 2003 Topps Heritage #14 Justin Morneau; 2002 Donruss Playoff Absolute Memorabilia #80 Torii Hunter; 2003 Bowman Heritage Rainbow #14 Michael Cuddyer

Thanks, dude! As it turns out, the LCS near me bought three more boxes of UD Doc recently, so I’ve sent you some more BoSox. Plus, the LCS ordered TEN MORE BOXES, so anyone out there that doesn’t have a want list put together yet, get on it and let me know what you need — I’d love to trade.