Saturday, September 17, 2016

Talking Baseball Cards ! "How About That" ...

Back in August,  Mark Kaz over at This Way to the Clubhouse wrote about some cards he picked up at the Convention.  They are from the 1989 Topps Baseball Talks Collection.

It is a set of 164, oversized cards measuring 5.25in by 3.25in.  On the back is a record which plays audio clips about the player.  The narrators are Joe Torre, Don Drysdale, and my favorite MEL ALLEN (How About That).  I remember Mel from the This week in Baseball TV show.  Watched it all the time when I was a kid.
In order to listen to the recording, you had to buy the SportsTalk player (sold separately) which came with 4 cards:  Checklist, Hank Aaron, Don Mattingly, and Orel Hershiser.

Here is the TV advertisement :

I do not know why, but I do not remember this product coming out.

WELL....  after reading Kaz's blog,  I went to youtube to see what I could find.  There was the above commercial, plus other listings of cards being played.  After watching a few of those and hearing Mel Allen again,  I said to my self,  "self,  I need one !"

So eBay was the next stop.  First, the SportsTalk Player....  found one at reasonable price with shipping.
The box was a little tattered, but still in good shape.  The player still in its wrapping and cards loose in the box, but still in their nook.

With excitement running through my veins,  I opened every thing up....

Put the 4 AA batteries in, popped in the Aaron card in anticipation of hearing Mel speak......
NOTHING....... UGH....Ok I must have done something wrong.
Checked everything out, made sure the card was in properly (which is the hardest thing to do, making sure the middle of the record is over the spindle).  Still nothing....
Wasn't going to give up on hearing Mel again (yes I know I can hear him on youtube), so I took the card out, turned on the device and the turntable did not spin.  So like all guys, I was determined to fix it.  No I did not have to take it apart, though it was still an option.  I just gave the turntable a little forced nudge and presto, it worked.  Put Hank back in (wonder if the kids back than had the same issues as this old guy does, trying to get the card lined up right) and shazam, there was Mel talking with Hank.  Fabulous !!!!  

Here is my want list for now..

Keep On Collecting !!


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Held The Babe In My Hands ...

At the start of summer,  I had a chance to visit my LCS.

As the owner was finishing up with a customer,  I browsed around looking at all the great items he has.  But there was one card I was really there to see.

Its a 1933 Worch Cigar Babe Ruth.

He purchased it from the original owner, and he even still had the envelope it came in.

The set had 167 postcard size cards.  They were a promotion by the Worch Cigar Company of St Paul MN.  The owner sent in for a card from the company, not knowing which card he was going to get.  Later, to his surprise, he received this Babe Ruth card.

Once the LCW owner had the card in his possession, he sent it to PSA for grading.

This is a fabulous card, and one that is well out of my budget.

It was great holding the Babe!!!!

Keep On Collecting !!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

PTA Week 2016 - pass it on (contest)

No Marcus ( all the way to the backstop ) ,  not the Parent Teacher Association ---

Gavin over at Baseball Card Break Down wrote a great blog about...

It's Pull-Tab Awareness Week! When you use tape around sports cards, fold a piece near the end as a handy pull-tab.

Gavin is also have a contest to celebrate Pull Tab Awareness week.
Thanks Gavin for great blog article.

Keep On Collecting !!

Jeff S.

Monday, June 20, 2016

NEW Old Holoview Collection

A few months ago, I had found some Card Time for myself, and was sorting through a box of miscellaneous cards.  I don't recall why, was I sorting them or just looking to see what was in there.
Here is one card I found:

COOOOOOOOOOOL !!!!  How did I miss collecting this sub set?

It is the 1994 SP Holoview FX sub set.
The cards are highlighted with a 3D player hologram at the bottom of the card.
As you move the card, the hologram head moves and changes facial expressions.

There are 38 cards and were inserted 1:5 packs of 1994 SP Baseball. 
Also comes as a Die Cut RED parallel version that was printed inserted 1:75 packs.

I'm only collecting the regular blue version of the sub-set.

The checklist includes Alex Rodriguez RC , Ripken, Griffey Jr,  and Gwynn.
Micheal Jordan is also in the set,  since he was in the midst of his attempt at baseball.

I than proceeded to search through other boxes to see if I had others.  NONE !!
Since than I have acquired a few more cards, but still missing just under half of the set -- including the higher valued cards of Rodriguez, Ripken, and Jordan.

Here is a link to my  NEED LIST   for this set.

Here is a link to the  complete checklist  for the set.

This was a big error on my part during the collecting years of the mid 90's.
It is one of those  - could have, should have, would have moments.
The collecting goes on.

Baseball Words of Thought....
Manger HUGH JENNINGS (Tigers mgr 1907 -1920) once said --- "If he's played that many games without an error, he isn't going after the hard ones.  The fellow who never makes a mistake is the fellow who never does anything"  --  after being told of a minor-league prospect had played 87 straight errorless games.



Sunday, June 19, 2016


(YES I'm still here.  Though I still try to keep up with the readings of the other blogs, I've been terrible at writing on my own.  Hoping to get back at it a little more.)


Keep On Collecting !!

Jeff S.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

2015 Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team

Here is the full list of the 2015 Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team:

C - J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins
1B - Justin Bour, Miami Marlins
2B - Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs
3B - Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
SS - Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
OF - Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
OF - Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals
OF - Michael Conforto, New York Mets
LHP - Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox
RHP - Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
RP - Roberto Osuna, Toronto Blue Jays
DH - Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins

The rookie cup will be on their 2016 Topps Cards!

Keep On Collecting !!