Starting a New PC

Well things have not settled down as much as I thought they would. We moved in early December, and two months later, it is still chaotic around here.

I have missed posting, though I don’t have a lot to post about, as I haven’t amassed much in the way of baseball cards.

I did get these two freebies, thanks to a wonderfully creative guy known only to me as Gypsy Oak.

Mark Hoyle sent  me an email about Gypsy Oak sending out freebies, and I jumped on board.

I decided that I needed to start a new PC. More and more, I have been drawn to basketball and the team I followed in my youth, the Pistons. There is no Piston who better epitomizes the Bad Boy image than Bill Laimbeer.


Laimbeer has a surprising number of cards and his autos are inexpensive. 

I hope to be able to post more in the future, so until then, farewell.

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The Moving Van is Out Front

In addition to the severe changes that have affected my life lately, I have another announcement: I am moving. 

This has happened rather suddenly, so in one week exactly, I will be at a new address. 

If in the past we have traded , please comment below or email me, and I will give you my new address.

Hopefully, in the near future, I will have some more time for the hobby.

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Struggles Behind the Dish: Mackey Sasser

With the new addition to the family, as well as other unforeseen expenditures, I have not been able to buy many cards lately, which is okay.  My lack of funds has allowed me to go through my cards that have been sitting on the shelves for years now (much to the chagrin of my wife).  My search has led to me two simultaneous epiphanies: I want to narrow my collection of non-catchers and expand on my collection of catchers.  By no means am I now going to collect every card of every catcher.  But it does mean that when I come across catchers that played an important role in the history of the game, or left an indelible mark, or I remember from my childhood, I will set those aside and find room for them in my collection.

One such card that I came across brought back a rush of memories as soon as I saw the named player.

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Mackey Sasser (giving what looks like the Sign of the Horns) had a unique set of circumstances that ended his career in the majors.  After bouncing around the league for a few years, Sasser was traded to the Mets, where he backed up Gary Carter until 1990, when he took over full-time.

Sasser was having a great year offensively, in fact he ended the season hitting .307.  However, on July 8, Sasser’s career was forever altered when Jim Presley smashed into Sasser at home plate.  As a result of the collision, Sasser had an ankle injury which kept him sidelined until July 16.  The effects of the injury were much more traumatic than a nagging ankle injury.

Mackey Sasser developed a terrible case of the Yips.  For those not aware, is a spasm or loss of motor skills when athletes are performing a common action.  This condition is most common is golf, but several baseball players have struggled with it. Most notable of the yippers is Chuck Knoblauch, who suddenly found that he couldn’t throw to first base.  (Some have suggested that Jon Lester’s reluctance to throw over to first is a symptom of the yips).

Sasser’s was never the same after the collision.  He simply couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher without double or triple clutching the ball.  His is such a unique story that ESPN did a 30 for 30 short over his case of the yips called Field of Fear.

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RIP Jose Fernandez

This morning, sitting here with my kids crawling all over me, I learned that one of the game’s best young pitchers had died in boating accident. 

Jose Fernandez’s talent was only surpassed by the incredible circumstances of his journey to America and Major League Baseball. 

As one of the best young pitchers in the game, he was a joy to watch. I can only imagine  how much brighter he would have shined had he played for a decent organization.

This is a terrible tragedy, and a sad morning for all of baseball.

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Fisk Friday: Lasting Imprint

Okay, I lied.  Life is now more hectic than ever.  Just last week, my wife gave birth to our third child.  With all of the joy and appreciation of having another wonderful baby boy, we also get very little sleep.  And I find myself actually having to do something around the house.

Having another child to take care of puts something like collecting baseball cards into proper perspective: I need them now more than ever.  However, money is tight so I will have to window shop for a while.

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2016 Topps Legacies

Today’s episode focuses on this, my newest Fisk acquisition.  Numbered 25/99, this card is just another in a long line of parallels that will never be completed.  For those unfamiliar with them, Topps Legacies base cards are high-end, thick stock cards that are just another version of Triple Threads, Museum Collection, and Tribute.  Altogether, the card is pointless, but as Fisk isn’t getting into a lot of releases, (I am looking at you Panini) I will have to settle for whatever I can get.

I know I have at least 4 trade packages to send out, but my attention and time are both in short supply, so please be patient.

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Struggles Behind the Dish: Jamie Burke

I was going through a box of cards, trying to decide what needed to stay and what needed to go.  In the stack of catchers, I came across a card that at first glance was of little consequence.  Upon turning it over, however, I become intrigued by not only the card, but also the player.

Jamie Burke ended up playing on four teams over the course of eight seasons, officially taking part in 191 games.  These would not be interesting numbers when viewed alone.  Certainly, we could say that his career was a disappointment.  What did earn my pique my interest was his age when he made the opening day roster.

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At 35, Jamie finally was part of an Opening Day Ceremony.  Could you imagine struggling through a decade and a half of minor league seasons in hopes of making the major league roster?  There is something to be said for a player that sticks with his dream for that long, especially a catcher.

He first made it to the Show in 2001 at the age of 29.  He played a part in 9 games for the Angels.  Two years later, he was back in the big league for 6 games, this time with the White Sox.

In total, Burke played in 191 games over the course of 8 seasons, spending time with 4 teams: Angels, White Sox, Mariners, and Nationals.  His numbers weren’t great:  .277/.328/.351  with 3 HR’s and 39RBI’s.

But if his numbers don’t impress you, his tenacity should.

 

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Fisk Friday: Jackets Required

I don’t know what got into me this week, but so far, I have blogged now three times.  Hopefully, now that school is in session, I will have more time to blog, crazy as that sounds.

As today is Friday, it means that we will look at another Carlton Fisk card.

 

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New to my collection is this 2004 Donruss Throwback Threads Century Collection Material, numbered 147/250.  Overall, it is not an impressive card.  The picture is boring and the colors are drab.  However, I was taken with this card because the relic is from a “Jacket personally worn by Carlton Fisk during a Major League baseball game.”

The materially is slick, probably nylon or polyester, but definitely from the 80’s.

Though it is a weird thing to put in a card, it is better than the run of the mill relics that are put out today by Topps and Panini.

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