Wednesday, January 16, 2019

My Mailbox... Yeah Boyd!

My favorite Topps Living Set card came in the mail on Saturday.

Two weeks ago when Topps released the 3 weekly cards to the set, I couldn't believe that Matt Boyd was included.

That's not because he's not a worthy player (of course he is), but it was a week that I left him off my list to win the Topps Living Stats contest over on Twitter.

That's happened to me a few times, including when I thought Topps would release a Willie McCovey card, which they did, but several weeks later.

Another surprise to followers of the TLS was that there still hasn't been a card of Ty Cobb or Al Kaline, two Hall of Fame Tigers players, so seeing a Boyd card was a surprise for sure.

I suspect that Boyd getting a card may have something to do with is missionary work in Uganda.

My goal to own one of every Matt Boyd card in a Detroit Tigers uniform is now one step closer to completion.

I'd also like to take time to thank Topps for getting my card to me pretty quickly after I placed my order.

You know the old saying, you can't get enough of a good a preview of an upcoming post on my latest card show finds.

                              #yeahboyd #BoydsForever

 Until next time, PLAY Ball! 🐯⚾️

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Baseball Bulletin...January 16, 2018

It's been a long couple of health was horrible, and it lasted well into Monday night.

I did manage to bookmark a few things that I came across on ye olde Internet, so here goes.

There's a thing called 10-Year Challenge making it's way across social media.

The idea is to post a picture of yourself from 2008/09, and then a recent snapshot of see how you've changed in the last decade.

March 2009.

Meeting then Michigan Football Head Coach Rich Rodriguez at Schembechler Hall, University of Michigan.

January 2019.

Me and my little Tiny Tiny Tram Tram Man!

Not much difference, well, except the grey facial hair.

I could've used this one from Saturday when I met Bill Welch for the first time at the local card show...

...yep, that me with the wild hair and no ballcap to cover it up.

⚾️πŸŽ‚πŸŽ Happy Baseball Birthday! wishes go out to former big league pitcher Armando Galarraga, who turns 37 today.

The Venezuelan native is mostly remembered for the perfect game he threw on June 2, 2010, but was robbed of his glory by an infamous call by umpire Jim Joyce.

⚾️πŸ“Ί Speaking of my Detroit Tigers, long time FOX Sports Detroit announcer Matt Sheppard will become the team's lead television play by play announcer for the 2019 baseball season.

⚾️πŸ₯…πŸ“Ί  Another Happy Baseball Birthday! to the beautiful and multi-talented Jessica Blaylock who covers the Miami Marlins and Florida Panthers for FOX Sports Florida.

I remember Jessica when she would give the local sports updates on sports radio in Jacksonville, and it's always great to see someone like Jessica make it to the big leagues.

wrapped up the 2018 Secret Santa for the year.
πŸŽ„πŸŽ Jon took over this year from the retired Matthew at Bob Walk the Plank, and he did a fantastic job.

✍ As Jon writes in the post, I informed him that, due to a sudden financial crisis I had to withdraw my name.
πŸŽ… Jon emailed me that he'd like me accept my gift, and that he'd take care of the person that I had been given...I'd like to take this time publicly to thank Jon for doing that, and to Roy for the awesome Bill Freehan cards.

⚾️ Sports Collectors Daily has a terrific article on Cubs fan Beau Thompson and his quest to collect 1 MILLION CARDS of his favorite baseball squad.

πŸ€” A collector got the baseball cards he sent to former Braves 2nd Baseman Glenn Hubbard to get autographed back... 16 1/2 years later!

⚾️ Former Cubs #1 draft pick Luke Haggerty could be attempting a comeback at age 37.

☹ Sad news today that former Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre has passed away at age 71.

⚾️ Stottlemeyer pitched in the big leagues for 11 years, all with the Yankees, compiling a won/loss record of 164-139, 2.97 era.
☝️After his playing career Stottlemyre became a pitching coach, winning World Series titles with the 1986 Mets and then back with the Yankees for a magical run of championships under Joe Torre starting in 1996.

As always, thanks for reading, and until next time...PLAY BALL! 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Baseball Bulletin... January 12, 2018

The NFL Divisional playoff round is this weekend, and that means were about a month from all baseball teams pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.

As always on the Baseball Bulletin, here's a few things I've come across recently on ye olde Internet.

😘 Today is National Kiss a Redhead Day.

When it comes to baseball and red heads we've had Rusty Staub, Boog Powell, Clint Frazier, Matt Murton, and, of course, the one and only Red Schoendinst.

⚾️ As the top two free agents, Bryce Harper, and Manny Macahado continue to look to break the bank, a few other players have come to terms to play baseball.

🐯⚾️πŸ–‹ My Detroit Tigers signed a trio of pitchers to contracts today, reports Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

😊 One of the three pitchers to sign with my Tigers was my favorite Motown hurler, Matt Boyd.

πŸ’™⚾️ As Matthew was signing his contract, I got an email from Topps that my card of Boyd from last week's Topps Living Set is on the way!

🐯 The signing of the three Tigers lefty's come one day after Detroit inked righty reliever Shane Greene to a $4 million dollar deal.

🐯 The Tigers also avoided arbitration when they signed Nicholas Castellanos to a contract for the 2019 season that will pay the slugging outfielder $9.95 million dollars.

⚾️πŸ–‹ in other baseball news, the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired catcher  Russell Martin for a pair of minor leaguers.

Martin started his career with the Dodgers, and I remember him playing for the Jacksonville Suns, the Double-A affiliate of Los Angeles at the time.

πŸ–‹ My favorite big league catcher, J.T. Realmuto, another former JAX Suns player,
 has avoided arbitration with the Marlins, along with 4 other members of the Fish.

πŸ–‹ One of my favorite ballplayers is Michigan native D J LeMahieu, has signed a 2 year, $24 million dollar contract with the New York Yankees.

LeMahieu, who played college baseball at LSU, a 3- time Gold Glove Award winning 2nd Baseman while with the Colorado Rockies, and won the National League batting championship in 2016.

A few of my favorite players have ended up playing for the Bronx Bombers over the years, and I always shrug when I hear the news

πŸ—½ From 1970s slugger Steve Kemp, 1990 A.L. Home Run and RBI champ Cecil Fielder, too Gold Glove catcher Pudge Rodriguez all were ex-Tigers who eventually played for the Yankees...and you can also add slugger Giancarlo Stanton, especially since he's my Princesses favorite ballplayer.

 ⚾️πŸƒπŸ“° In baseball card news, I'll be headed to a local card show Saturday.

I always enjoy this card show, and I hope that I'll be able to pick up a few Matt Boyd, J.T. Realmuto, or Daniel Megden cards to my collection.

πŸ‘€ Today I wrote a post on finding out that Mengden shares a Happy Baseball Birthday! with me.

🎯 There's been some crazy stuff going on in the card market lately, and our friend Dub lays it all out for you in his latest post.

πŸ… The blog Collective Mind has handed out their 2018 Collective Awards.

🎁 William over at Foul Bunt added a pretty big TTM autograph card to his collection.

As I stated at the start it's another weekend of playoff games in the NFL, and, for what it's worth, I've got the Colts over the Chiefs, the Rams over the Cowboys (my Princess won't like this pick), the Patriots over the Chargers, and the Saints over the Eagles.

☹ It's been a tough couple of days for me, as I had to say goodbye to my best buddy for the past 11 years, Desmond Howard Sharp.

My Daddy Bubbs, named after the 1991 Heisman Trophy Award winner from Michigan, was the sweetest little man you'll ever meet, and I miss him very much.

It's not the first time we've said goodbye to our pets, but this one hurts the most, and I'm not certain I'll ever get over losing my most handsome boy.

πŸ’›πŸ’™ Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post.

Until next time, PLAY BALL!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Collecting Players Born on February 19th

The other day I came across an awesome post from Chris at THE COLLECTOR, on how he collects cards of player born on his Happy Baseball Birthday!

πŸŽ‚πŸŽ Among the players he found out share his August 12th Birthday are Julio Arias, Zack Cozart, Ray Schalk, HOF tennis player Pete Sampras, and former Indiana Pacers great George McIness.

⚾️ I had never thought about adding a PC of ballplayers born on my Birthday, but I do have cards of Dave Stewart, the former Athletics pitcher who won 168 games in the big leagues.

When it comes to my Birthday, the one person that I always knew shared the greatest Happy Birthday! ever, it was Malorie Keating, a.k.a. the only reason I watched the TV show Family Ties.

πŸ“Ί Besides the beautiful and multi- talented Justine Bateman, I also share February 19th with the great Smokey Robinson and actor Jeff Daniels, who also happens to be a Tigers fan.

OK, back to baseball cards.

When I saw that pitcher Daniel Mengden of the Athletics was also born on the same day as me, it just so happened that it was the same day that I saw that the handle bar mustachioed pitcher was part of this week's Topps Living Set, and bingo, I knew it was ment to be.

Other big leaguers sharing February 19th with us are Dick Siebert, Russ Nixon, Chris Zachary, Tim Burke, and Josh Reddick.

For sure now I'll be collecting at least one of every base card that Megden has, and, hopefully, a nice relic or autographed card, or two.

Enjoy your weekend of card collecting... PLAY BALL!

Monday, January 7, 2019

National Bobblehead Head Day ... Freehan 77/ Mr. Tiger

Today is National Bobblehead Day, the annual event that requires us, gladly so, to showcase our favorite springing headed collectables.

Last year I was fortunate to acquire my first Detroit Tigers Bobblehead dolls, something that was a long time in coming.

I made my first ever gif today in honor of my favorite ballplayer, Bill Freehan, for a contest on the Topps Bunt Twitter page.

Not bad, for a rookie gif maker, if I do say so myself.

June 2nd of last year was Bill Freehan Bobblehead Day at Comerica Park, and I wasn't going to miss it.

If you're celebrating National Bobblehead Day I hope that you post your favorite Bobbleheads on your blog...I'll definitely read them and comnent.

Have a great day... GIF away and Play Ball!

Baseball Bulletin... January 7, 2018

As baseball season inches closer and closer...its about 45 days away ( right around my birthday) until pitchers and catchers report, it's time to fire up the Baseball Bulletin again.

πŸ€ πŸ’Yesterday was a pretty good day as my Wolverines hoop squad improved to 15- 0 with a 74-63 win over Indiana, finishing off a great Maize & Blue weekend following the Michigan hockey teams 4-2 win over the Fighting Irish on Saturday in an outdoor game played at Notre Dame Stadium.

⚾️ I saw a cool post by Defgav about him changing his baseball wallet card.

In his post is a link to another blogger changing his baseball wallet card, Brian, from Highly Objective and Completely Arbitrary.

🎯 These two posts were fun to read, and, for someone of my age, it reminded me of the most famous of all baseball wallet cards, Bob Costas and his Mickey Mantle card.

πŸƒ I'm not sure when I last carried an actual wallet, probably 10 years ago.

I used a money clip for a while, and now all I carry is my ID.

If I did carry a wallet, and was gonna put a baseball card in it, I'd have to start with one of my hero, of course.

🎯 I think Gummy Arts would be OK if I used the Bill Freehan card he drew for me.

⚾️ Take a look back to the history of the baseball "rookie" cards with Jason's Cards.

😎 That 1963 Topps RC looks familiar. πŸ‘Œ

⚾️πŸŽ‚πŸŽ Happy Baseball Birthday! to former big league pitcher Ross Grimsley, born on this day in 1950.

πŸ‘€ Using Grimsley 's baseball cards, Adam at Wax Pack Gods has a fun look at how Ross evolved through the 1970s.

πŸ‘Of course, when it comes to Ross Grimsley, I automatically think of The Hall of Very Good, who Inducted the former left hander in 2016.

✔ The Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced o January 22nd.

πŸ‘€ In case you missed it, here's my ballot, if I had one.

πŸ€” When's the last time you heard of former big league pitcher Scipio Spinks?
πŸ‘€ Well, hey, then today is your day!

🏈 Cynical Buddah has officially started his 9th Annual Super Bowl Contest.

🎯 My Pick... Tom Brady and the Patriots get their revenge on Philadelphia, beating the Eagles, 27-23.

Well, that's it for now, thanks again for taking time to read my blog.

PLAY BALL! ⚾️πŸˆπŸ€πŸ’πŸ₯…

Friday, January 4, 2019

My 2019 Hall of Fame Ballot

I was watching a great clip from the MLB Network between Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and Brian Kenny as they discussed Kenny's HOF he had one, and I thought, what the heck, I should do a ballot of my own.

Here's the Official HOF Ballot for 2019.

OK, if I got a ballot...and I should have one, here's what it would look like.

1. Edgar Martinez

2. Mario Rivera

3. Todd Helton

4. Larry Walker

5. Fred McGriff

6. Mike Mussina

7. Roy Halladay

8. Omar Vizquel

9. Jeff Kent

10. Curt Schilling 

Now, let's just say a few things.

• First, as you should know, I refuse to vote for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, or any other steroid abusers...this is not debatable.

• Edgar Martinez was a great hitter.
It's time the media...and the fans...stop complaining about the's been around for 46 years's not going anywhere, and the great designated hitters deserve HOF consideration .

●Todd Helton belongs in the HOF.

I hate that any player who puts on a Rockies uniform and plays a few years in Colorado is automatically banished from HOF consideration by the's pathetic...Nolan Arenado is already a HOF 3rd Baseman...and, again, as with the DH, they've now played 25 years of baseball in the Mile High city...the Rockies aren't going anywhere.

• Helton, Arenado...and Larry Walker are all HOFers...and players like Andres Galaraga shouldn't get downgraded for playing there.

Once Jack Morris got into the HOF in 2018 I was able to end countless frustrating years of listening to media know it alls talk about Mussina and Schilling...and then after Halladay passed away everyone wanted him inducted immediately...none of them deserved to go into the HOF before Morris.

• Mussina, Schilling, and Halladay are deserving candidates...however, there's still pitchers who belong in the HOF... Jim Kaat, Tommy John, and Don Sutton, are as deserving as the three I voted for...especially Tommy John.

• If you never saw Omar Vizquel play, I'm sorry, he was easily one of the best shortstops of my lifetime watching baseball, 50+ years and counting, and it's time that Vizquel get into the HOF.

• Jeff Kent was a great hitter and a good second baseman who went out every day playing in the shadow of Bonds...and played the game the right can thank Mad Dog Russo for this vote.

• Mariano Rivera may become the first player to receive 100% of the ballots, and it's well deserved if he does.

• The fact that no player has ever gotten every vote is ridiculously absurd...BBWAA writers held grudges against players for in the heck did the original ballot inductees, Cobb, Ruth, Johnson, Mathewson, and Wagner not get 100%?

So, there it is, my ballot.

On January 22nd the HOF will reveal the Official BBWAA ballots, and any player receiving 75% of all the ballots will gain election into the HOF.

• The elected players will join Harold Baines and Lee Smith, elected by the Veteran's Committe on December 2nd on HOF Weekend, July 21st.

Thanks for reading this post, feel free to leave who'd be on your HOF Ballot in the comments.

Play Ball!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Collecting Goals in 2019

My 2018 goals didn't go well, so let's try again in 2019.

The hardest goal, again, will be to get my collection organized.

I have stuff everywhere, in boxes all over the place, and I really have no order to any of it.

If I could achieve any of the things below I'd be happy...

• Own one of every regular issue (base) Matt Boyd card. (Only as a Detroit Tigers player).
••.Add as many different (parallel/numbeted, eyc.) Matt Boyd cards as possible.

• Own one card of every Detroit Tigers player to appear on a 2019 baseball card.

• Add 11 new Bill Freehan cards.

• Add 59 (I turn 59 in February) pre-1980s Detroit Tigers cards that I don't have.

• Add 59 pre-1980s baseball cards that I don't have.

• Add 6 new Al Kaline cards.
•• Add one autographed Kaline card.
•• Add one relic Kaline card.
•• Own one of every Topp Kaline All-Star card.
•• Own a 1959 Topps Kaline "Youngest Batting Champion" card.

• Continue to add to my 1960 Topps set.

• Continue to build relationships with awesome collectors with my blogging and social media presence.
•• the collectors whom I now blog and talk with are all amazing people, and I thank them all for everything they've done for me and other baseball card fans.

If I continue writing I'd probably be at it for hours, so I'll stop here...if I can think of anything more I'll add them later.

Happy New Year's...and PLAY BALL!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Wolverines to Giants

While reading the blog-a-thon over at Sport Card Collectors I couldn't help but remember the connection between football in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Big Apple from the mid 1980s until the mid 1990s, and I had to go dig out some old football cards.

Here's just a few of them.

Jumbo Elliott

Chris Calloway

Jarrod Bunch

Tyrone Wheatley

Amani Toomer

The reason that this small pipeline between my favorite college football team, the Michigan Wolverines, and the New York Football Giants strikes a happy cord with me is that at the time it was happening my stepson loved the Giants, and we would collect the cards together.

Michigan also had a tie to the Giants in the late Ron Johnson, the former Wolverines running back who still holds the single game rushing yard game, in 1968, vs Wisconsin.

Finally, my favorite old school NY Giants football player was Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who was married to the lovely Kathie Lee Gifford.

So, thanks to Matt and his blogging today, I got to relive the good times of being a stepdad, watching great football, and, of course, collecting cards.

I hope you got involved in the blog-a-thon and had fun reading and commenting about sports...and non-sports cards.

Have a safe and Happy New Year's!

Play Ball!

Belated My Mailbox... A Very Merry Cutchmas!

As I wasn't well enough to post all the packages that I got over the holidays, I'm going to start posting now as much as I can.

I received a great package from Collecting Cutch for winning his October Save the Boobies contest.

Winning said contest wasn't about the awesome 2012 Topps Heritage Flashback card of Carl Yastrzemski that he sent me,

as much as it was to help him support Breast Cancer Awareness....and, well, looking forward to the daily #SaveTheBoobies lady...oh, and, of course, pink Andrew McCutcheon baseball cards.

Getting namesake cards in the package is always a good thing... is any card that has the great Miguel Cabrera on it.

Thanks again to CUTCH, and an extra special thanks to all the great baseball fans and bloggers out there who posted on his blog in October to help the cause.

After all, it's certainly worth it!

Happy New Year!

Play Ball!