Saturday, January 24, 2009

Before the Legion of Doom There Was...Third Base for the Blue Jays??

It never ceases to amaze me what kind of interesting cards you will find when looking through a box of commons. I came across the card below when doing just that. I had no idea that Eric was a baseball player, and this was before he played in the NHL. It says on the back of the card that he is expected to be the first pick in the 1991 NHL draft. I checked Baseball-Reference and they have no stats for him, so I'm assuming he didn't make it past the tryout stage. But it's still a cool card.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Top 10 Baseball Cards of All Time

I recently ran across a list of the top 10 baseball cards of all time published by the great financial magazine Forbes. Unfortunately, none of these cards appear to be in my personal collection. It does not give an order of greatness, and the list is in chronological order. The Forbes top 10 list includes:

1909 T206 Honus Wagner
1914 E145-1 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb
1914 E145-1 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson
1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth
1938 Goudey Heads Up R323 Joe DiMaggio
1949 Leaf Satchel Paige
1951 Bowman Willie Mays
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
1954 Bowman Ted Williams
1989 Fleer Bill Ripken @#$% Face

OK, the 1989 Bill Ripken card is not really a part of their list, but the rest are. Those ten cards by themselves would make up a very nice collection.

View the full article Forbes List of the Top 10 Baseball Cards

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Just How Much Did That Little Old Lady Make?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a lady from Fresno who found possibly the oldest baseball card produced, and if you didn't read it here you may have seen it on Yahoo or CNN or any number of other sites. Anyway, she finally put the card up on eBay in a three day auction with a starting bid of 99 cents. I was thinking that this card would sell for $20,000 or so, but I was wrong. I was wrong by a fairly significant amount. Just how much did this rare piece of collecting history go for? Check it out and see for yourself:

1869 Peck & Snyder Card

Update: I was notified by a reader that this is not the actual card found by the lady in Fresno. The action states that is was "the same card featured by Yahoo". I find that terminology to be a little misleading, but I now realize it to mean that it is simply the same card, but not the exact card found. The same reader provided the link to the actual action for the card found in Fresno and it is currently being auctioned off by Memory Lane Auctions. The current bidding is up to $26,500 and there are still 15+ days to go. You can follow it here:

The Actual 1869 Card Found In Fresno

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Language Lessons--Inspired Words From a Man Who Knows How to Ski

I normally just collect baseball cards, but the other day I picked up a blaster box of Donruss Americana in a moment of weakness due to Walmart's clever marketing strategy of mixing up all their blasters in apparently random order. They'll tell you it's just from customers moving them around. I don't believe them. Plus I wanted to see what all the hype was on this Donruss Americana product. The cards are nice. I probably won't buy any more of them, but they are nicely produced. The prize of the box was this Diane Franklin card...aka French foreign exchange student Monique from the 1985 cult classic Better Off Dead. Definitely one of my all-time favorite movies. Better Off Dead was the inspiration behind my first car, a 1968 Camaro, black just like John Cusack's 1967 Camaro in the movie. It had plenty of skiing in (one of my favorite sports), Van Halen music with an animated hamburger playing Eddie's distinct red and white guitar, a great shot of the Camaro on the field of Dodger Stadium (not sure how he pulled that one off) and of course great humor. What's not to like?