Monthly Archives: July 2011

A High Mean Temperature July Friday Random 10

For the sixth time in recent days we set a record for St. Louis for the highest daily low temperature on record.  We haven’t set any actual record high temperatures, but because it hasn’t cooled down as much at night, our mean temperature for July has been the fourth highest on record.  Yuck.

For the eighth time this season, I nailed the daily Twins radio trivia question, with the last five giving me chances at a drawing for tickets to the September 26th Twins/Royals game at Target Field.  Q: Bert Blyleven was traded away from the Twins, and later was again reacquired by the Twins; which Twins player did this happen to before Blyleven?  A: Roy Smalley
WMP decided I needed to start out with a couple tracks by the Eno brothers — who am I to argue?

  1. Voices” – Roger Eno, Voices
  2. An Ending (Ascent)” – Brian Eno, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks
  3. The Journey/Recollection” – Rick Wakeman, Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  4. Knife Edge” – Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
  5. “Ancestors” – Lisa Gerrard, Whale Rider soundtrack
  6. “Schwarze Augen” – Klaus Doldinger, Das Boot (The Director’s Cut) soundtrack
  7. “Sonatine III – Be Over” – Joe Hisaishi, Sonatine
  8. “Let Your Hair Hang Down” – They Might Be Giants, Join Us
  9. Show Me Mary” – Catherine Wheel, Chrome
  10. “Vishnu” – E.S. Posthumus, Makara

Stay cool this weekend!


And The Emmy For Best Documentary Goes To…

David from Bowman Chrome Collector already won the Best Documentary Oscar; with our second trade, he wins the Emmy as well. This time around I picked up the “Other Teams vs. Twins” cards, plus all the Documentary Gold of Twins games that David had. I made the mistake of looking for some other Twins cards he had to round out the remaining trade amount: I found a ton of older Topps Gold cards. While I picked up a handful in this trade, I’ve already begun a third trade for many of the early 2000’s Topps Gold singles.

clockwise, from top left: 2000 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion, 4 – 2001-2003 Topps Gold;1 – 2008 Upper Deck Documentary Twins; 19 – 2008 Upper Deck Documentary Gold “vs. Twins”; 18 – Upper Deck Documentary Gold Twins; 43 – UD Documentary “vs. Twins”

I’m now down to two remaining base Twins cards, ten or so remaining base “vs. Twins” cards, and I now have a good chunk of both gold sets. Thanks again, David!

2011 WGOM Season Graphics

Well, normally I have the various season graphics in place before the season started, but it never happened this year, and, well, better late than never.

These are some of the ones I’ve built or gathered for use in the game logs at

Kevin Slowey:

Michael Cuddyer:

Joe Mauer:

Glen Perkins:

Delmon Young:

Alex Burnett:

Some Syzygistic Syzygism

Last week I nabbed my seventh Twins radio trivia answer, or rather, someone with a name really similar to mine from the same city! Kris Atteberry mispronounced my name, then eventually corrected it, and then mispronounced it again. Oh well. Q: Which Twins pitcher has the most innings pitched in a season without starting a game? A: Bill “Soupy” Campbell with 167 2/3 innings in 1976. My inital guess was Mike Marshall, but he started one game (and it was fewer innings). Next was Ron Perranoski, and finally when I saw Campbell’s total was higher than Marshall’s, I submitted him FTW.

Offy from Sports Syzygy bit at my most recent trade bait post and for three BoSox relics he swapped the cards below. I should not have doubted his ability to take a whack at my ’90s wantlists; he included a pair of nice ’95 Pucketts that I’d been looking for for a long time.

clockwise, from top left: 2009 Upper Deck Signature Series Impressions #IMP-JN Joe Nathan auto; 2009 Topps T-206 Piedmont mini #FMA-19 Denard Span auto; 1995 Donruss Leaf Statistical Standouts #6 Kirby Puckett [4965/5000]; 1995 Donruss Leaf Gold Leaf Stars #13 Kirby Puckett [06269/10000]

Thanks again, Offy, you done good!

Good Night

Some persistance by Night Owl of Night Owl Cards regarding a Dodgers auto card from my trade bait post paid off. A nice potpourri of chrome, gold, 2011’s, etc. ensued:

clockwise, from top left: 2010 Topps Home Team Advantage #HTA-47 Justin Morneau; 2010 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor #188 Alex Burnett; 2011 Topps Gold #304 Jim Thome checklist [0686/2011]; 2008 Topps Chrome 50th Anniversary Topps All-Star Rookie Team #ARC14 Joe Mauer; 2004 Fleer Legacy #26 Torii Hunter; 2008 Topps Chrome Refractor #51 Delmon Young

Well played, Sir Owl!

TRADE BAIT! (Food Edition)

Before I “post” these “new” cards, I should mention that there are still many autos/relics from my previous trade bait post, including several Yankees, Tigers, Orioles, A&G, etc…

When I was in the basement retrieving several valuable cards I had there, I also found these food-issue cards, which are up for trade. — Click on the “Continue reading” link below to see them.

If you have any specific questions about anything you see here, including condition, please feel free to ask.

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And The Oscar For Best Documentary Goes To…

2008 Upper Deck Documentary is possibly the most polarizing set ever made, outside of any Yankees-only team sets. People either (try to) collect them, or they avoid them. If you are on the side of the line that despises them, you won’t want to hear this: besides collecting the Twins cards, I also collect opponents’ cards in games they are playing against the Twins! And I found the gatekeeper to a motherlode.

While perusing SportsCardFun some more, I found David of Bowman Chrome Collector, and he had a metric ton of UD Doc singles. He was kind enough to take star Gold card singles and an Angels autograph card in trade, and I received the following bounty:

clockwise, from top left: 28- 2008 Upper Deck Documentary Twins base; 2008 Upper Deck Documentary Seasonal Signatures #MT Matt Tolbert (auto); 2008 Upper Deck Documentary All-Star #ASG-JO Joe Mauer; 14- 2008 Upper Deck Documentary Gold Twins; 1- 2008 Upper Deck Documentary “vs Twins” base

This leaves me three cards short of completing the Twins base cards. I’m in the process of putting together a second trade to pick up more Gold cards as well as a slew of the remaining “vs Twins” cards that he has, which should almost finish those off as well. Thanks a bunch, David!

King of Diamonds

The Diamond King from The Diamond King contacted me about my trade bait post (there are still good cards available there), and we ended up settling into a nice little trade for a handful of cards apiece. While I shotgunned a variety pack off of his wantlists, he dug through my wantlists and sent a sweet Killebrew-laden package (and of course, a Diamond King single). I love the Upper Deck card — this is the Harmon I remember. What a great photo!

clockwise, from top left: 2001 Upper Deck Hall of Famers 20th Century Showcase #S3 Harmon Killebrew; 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads #285 Harmon Killebrew; 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings HOF Heroes #HH-43 Harmon Killebrew; 2006 Topps Co-Signers #48 Joe Mauer; 2007 Topps Turkey Red Chrome #90 Justin Morneau [0972/1999]; 2003 Fleer Rookies & Greats #69 Harmon Killebrew

Great trade, TDK — let’s do it again sometime!