Saturday, March 30, 2013

Card Show: Through My Son's Eyes

Today, my five year old son and I went to the baseball card show.  He doesn't know any baseball players by name.  He doesn't know any team names either.  But there are two things that he definitely loves in this world: baseball and baseball cards.

If you've been following this blog for some time, you'll remember that I've posted about my son before.  He's a very special boy and is the absolute apple of one of my eyes.  His sister owns the rights to the other eye.

Since my son is five, I had to give him a job today to keep him relatively occupied.  His job was to take pictures of the baseball card show, so you are all in for a treat...

"BASEBALL CARD SHOW!"


"Daddy's arm"


"Dime Box"












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Friday, March 29, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

LCS Gift - The Card-Well

During my last visit at my local card shop, one of the “going out of business” presents I got was a Card-Well. Initially, I was hesitant to accept this gift from the store owner. Not because I thought it was lavish, but because I saw it as a clunky piece of plastic that took up space and saved little time. I was so wrong! 
  

Check out that HOT & SEXY 1990 Donruss action!

True, it is a clunky piece of flimsy plastic, but it is like a Godsend for sorting cards. If you find yourself sorting tons of cards, you have GOT to get one of these. The Card-Well has 10 deep containers at the back of the tray for breaking cards out by 100s (or 10s if you’re sorting your 1987 Topps). In front of the 10 deep containers are 10 shallow ones, which are for sorting cards in 10s. You can also use the shallow trays to sort by individual card number once you’ve sorted by 100s and 10s. 

What’s awesome about the 10 smaller trays is that when you sort by individual card, you can tell exactly what cards you’re missing. No thumbing through a stack of cards, while fiddling with a pencil or keyboard. This way it’s simple! If the tray slot is empty, you don’t have that card…write down missing card number with free hands! 

Alright, this is starting to sound like a commercial, but it’s not. I’m just gushing about how awesome this card sorting tray is. Besides the great functionality of the tray, it comes with “directions.” I never knew I needed directions before on how to sort baseball cards...seems rather intuitive. Anyways, check out these instructions! 


The Card-Well proclaims that you will do "no more sorting on the floor, table or bed..."  So, even though you're using the Card-Well, aren't you still sorting cards on the floor, table or bed just in a tray?  Perhaps I'm supposed to spice up my sort-life by doing it on the washing machine, stairs or front porch?

Another laughable description is that the tray is "Laptop Size."  Are we talking computer laptops or lap tops?  The tray is a rather unwieldy thing, sizing in at around 2 foot by 3 feet.  I know laptops were big back in the early 90s, but not that big.  And no way is it lap top size because if it was, I'd have to be so large that I wouldn't have a lap!

Also, I am a worrier about space when it comes to my closet, so I was happy that I could just hang the Card-Well on the wall of my closet.


So, if you don't have one, check Craigslist, and you should be able to find one on-the-cheap.  Wait, what is that silver thing above the Card-Well?  Is that a shelving brace?  Hmm, I sense a future post coming about Phase II of Uncle Doc's Card Closet...

Wanted! - 1986 Donruss

Percent Completed: 72.0%

Red indicates pending trade...

# Player # Player # Player
6 Chili Davis DK  263 Rafael Ramirez  481 Randy Ready 
13 Harold Baines DK  268 Jim Clancy  482 Lenny Dykstra RC 
27 Kal Daniels RC  281 Don Slaught  483 Thad Bosley 
30 Jose Guzman RC  287 Claudell Washington  490 Bill Wegman RC 
34 Dave Shipanoff RC  288 Lee Mazzilli  500 Duane Walker 
38 Danny Tartabull  290 Darrell Porter  506 Joe Price 
39 Jose Canseco RC  291 Scott McGregor  507 Milt Thompson RC 
42 Rick Surhoff RC  294 Marty Barrett  508 Junior Ortiz 
43 Todd Worrell RC 


509 Vida Blue 
44 Bob Kipper RC  301 Stew Cliburn  518 Rich Bordi 
52 Mike A. Marshall  304 Frank DiPino  519 Steve Yeager 
53 George Brett  305 Von Hayes  524 Jack Howell 
54 Dave Kingman  306 Gary Redus  525 Alan Bannister 
55 Hubie Brooks  307 Craig Lefferts  528 Kurt Bevacqua 
63 Steve Garvey  308 Sammy Khalifa  529 Kevin Gross 
68 Gary Carter  309 Scott Garrelts  530 Bo Diaz 
69 Alvin Davis  310 Rick Cerone  531 Ken Oberkfell 
70 Kent Hrbek  311 Shawon Dunston  532 Rick Reuschel 
86 Daryl Boston  312 Howard Johnson  533 Ron Meridith 
88 Eddie Murray  314 Gary Gaetti  536 Ray Searage 
89 Dion James  315 Luis Leal  544 Steve Buechele RC 
90 Chet Lemon 

545 Craig Gerber 
93 Mike Scioscia  320 Leon Durham  546 Joe DeSa 
94 Tom Waddell  323 Bob Brenly  547 Brian Harper 
95 Danny Jackson  324 Carmelo Martinez  551 Bruce Bochy 
96 Mike Davis  325 Eddie Milner  552 R.J. Reynolds 
98 Gary Ward  326 Juan Samuel  553 Chris Brown RC 
99 Pete O'Brien  328 Dave Smith  554 Bruce Benedict 
101 Alfredo Griffin  329 Urbano Lugo  556 Danny Heep 
103 Ron Guidry  330 Joel Skinner  566 Sid Bream 
119 Tony Fernandez  337 Terry Whitfield  567 Joel Youngblood
120 John Butcher 




122 Dan Spillner  345 Mickey Tettleton RC  569 Tom Runnells 


348 Carlos Diaz  572 Dickie Thon 
125 Kirk Gibson  357 Don Robinson  579 Steve Lyons 
141 Glenn Hubbard  358 Jim Gott  583 Mark Gubicza 
142 Cecilio Guante  363 Jim Acker  587 Dickie Noles 
143 Mike Krukow  365 Tom Hume  588 Steve Farr 
144 Lee Smith  366 Carlton Fisk  592 Franklin Stubbs 
146 Dave Stieb  368 Rick Manning  593 Larry Herndon 


371 Wade Boggs  594 Bill Swaggerty 
159 Toby Harrah  377 Reggie Jackson  595 Carlos Ponce 
160 Richard Dotson  378 Dave Schmidt  599 Brad Havens 
162 Dave Dravecky  380 Glenn Davis  615 Johnny Grubb 
163 Greg Gross  397 Tom Niedenfuer  616 Bruce Kison 
178 Larry Parrish  398 Jerry Willard  617 Bill Madlock 
179 Mike Witt  402 Jim Slaton  618 Chris Chambliss 
180 Harold Baines 

621 Gary Lavelle 


405 Alan Ashby  624 Joe Johnson 
198 Ron Cey  417 Dan Pasqua  628 Jack Lazorko 
199 Steve Bedrosian  421 Tim Burke  629 Roger McDowell RC 
204 John Denny  422 Mike Mason  633 Roger Mason RC 
207 Bobby Grich  424 Jerry Hairston  636 Bob Ojeda 
208 Ozzie Guillen RC  426 Jeff Calhoun  637 Ed Vande Berg 
210 Cal Ripken Jr.  430 Bob Walk  638 Bobby Meacham 
214 Dave Righetti  431 Brad Wellman  639 Cliff Johnson 
220 George Wright  432 Terry Forster  640 Garth Iorg 
230 Bob Boone  434 Clint Hurdle  641 Dan Driessen 


435 Ivan Calderon RC  642 Mike C. Brown 
235 Jose DeLeon  439 Tom Filer  644 Pete Rose RB 
236 Jose Uribe  441 Rick Aguilera RC  653 King of Kings: Pete Rose 
240 Mike Moore  442 Scott Sanderson  654 DK Checklist 1-26 
252 Onix Concepcion  456 Bob Melvin  655 Checklist 27-130




656 Checklist31-234 


475 Jeff Lahti  659 Checklist 443-546 
258 Nolan Ryan  480 Greg Minton 

Wanted! - 1984 Donruss

Percent Completed: 73.6%

Red indicates pending trade...

# Player # Player # Player
1 Robin Yount DK  216 Julio Franco 

9 Al Oliver DK 




17 Fred Lynn DK  219 Steve Rogers  450 Kevin Bass 




451 Daryl Sconiers 
20 Bill Madlock DK  221 Mike Smithson  457 Oil Can Boyd 
22 Eddie Murray DK 

473 Ted Simmons 
23 Mike Schmidt DK  227 Lou Whitaker 

24 Pedro Guerrero DK 





26 Wade Boggs DK  238 Keith Hernandez  496 Joe Simpson 
27 Joel Skinner RC  242 Tom Brunansky  498 Chris Welsh 
30 Ron Darling RC  248 Don Mattingly RC  499 Bruce Kison 
32 Tony Fernandez RC  249 Jeff Newman  500 Bobby Johnson 
34 Kevin McReynolds RC  250 Alejandro Pena RC  502 Frank DiPino 
36 Brad Komminsk RC 

503 Tony Perez 
37 Tim Teufel RC 

504 Ken Oberkfell 
262 Jeff R. Jones 

41 Joe Carter RC  263 Gerald Perry  519 Dave Sax 
47 Eddie Murray 




48 Robin Yount  272 Dave Rozema  534 Bruce Sutter 
49 Lance Parrish  273 Dave Stapleton 

50 Jim Rice  274 Lou Piniella  537 Chris Chambliss 
51 Dave Winfield  277 Butch Davis RC  539 Alan Ashby 
52 Fernando Valenzuela  287 Gene Garber  542 Brook Jacoby 
53 George Brett  289 Lee Smith  546 Vance Law UER 
54 Rickey Henderson  290 Dave LaPoint  547 Tug McGraw 
55 Gary Carter  293 Alan Trammell  551 Dave Dravecky 
57 Reggie Jackson  294 Tony Armas  553 Duane Kuiper 
58 Harold Baines 

554 Rusty Staub 
59 Ozzie Smith  298 Mike Davis 

60 Nolan Ryan  299 Tim Raines 

61 Pete Rose  302 Carlton Fisk  557 Dave Henderson 
63 Steve Garvey  305 Garry Maddox  561 Garth Iorg 
65 Jack Clark  308 Johnny Ray  562 Bryan Clark 
66 Dale Murphy  311 Ryne Sandberg  563 Brian Giles 
67 Leon Durham  313 Spike Owen RC  568 Alan Wiggins 
68 Darryl Strawberry RC  314 Gary Gaetti  570 Salome Barojas 
70 Kent Hrbek 

571 Dane Iorg 
73 George Bell  317 Jorge Orta  572 Bob Knepper 
93 Candy Maldonado  318 Orlando Mercado  573 Gary Lavelle 
97 Andre Dawson  319 Junior Ortiz  575 Manny Trillo 
99 Curtis Wilkerson  324 Tony Gwynn  576 Jim Palmer 
100 Larry Gura  341 Scott Sanderson  579 Rich Gedman 
103 Dave Righetti  348 Mike A. Marshall  580 Bill Doran RC 


350 Rich Dauer  582 Dan Spillner 
105 Dan Petry  351 Cecil Cooper 


106 Cal Ripken Jr.  353 Willie McGee  588 Pat Sheridan 
107 Paul Molitor  355 Joe Morgan 


109 Neil Allen  361 Ron Cey 


111 Steve Carlton  369 Doug Bair 


116 Tom Seaver 

593 Kirk Gibson 
125 Juan Berenguer  384 Kelly Paris  596 Tom Herr 
129 Bert Blyleven 



134 Tom Henke RC  387 Fred Breining 


144 Gary Woods  388 Craig Lefferts RC  606 Glenn Hoffman 
151 Wade Boggs UER 

607 Hubie Brooks 


392 Gary Roenicke  608 Richard Barnes UER 
173 Ron Guidry  395 Dwight Evans  614 Reid Nichols 
175 Willie Wilson  396 Rich Gossage  618 Glenn Wilson 
179 Bobby Grich  399 Leon Roberts 

181 Joaquin Andujar 

625 Ozzie Smith/Willie McGee 
182 Jose Cruz 




183 Mike Schmidt 

630 Darnell Coles RC 
187 Greg Minton 

636 Ricky Nelson 
189 Fergie Jenkins  415 Jack Morris  640 Walt Terrell 
193 Jesse Barfield  416 John Tudor  643 Jose Oquendo RC 
199 Ken Dayley  419 Don Slaught 

203 Bill Scherrer  420 Steve McCatty 




421 Tim Wallach  648 Duke Snider Puzzle 
205 Dave Von Ohlen  434 Danny Heep  651 The Chicken 
208 Juan Agosto 

NNO2  Checklist 131-234 
210 Al Bumbry 








NNO7 Perry/Fingers LL


447 Ted Power  NNO8 Yaz/Bench LL
213 Bruce Hurst 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wanted! - 1983 Donruss

Percent Completed: 90.5%

Red indicates pending trade...

# Player # Player # Player






3 Reggie Jackson DK 



7 Jim Sundberg DK 




8 Willie Stargell DK 


487 Dennis Eckersley 






11 Rickey Henderson DK 




12 Dale Murphy DK 



13 Toby Harrah DK 



14 Bill Buckner DK  257 Ken Singleton 

15 Willie Wilson DK 




16 Steve Carlton DK 



















22 Johnny Bench DK 











277 Ryne Sandberg RC 










279 Cal Ripken Jr.  507 Dave Stieb 












35 Rickey Henderson 

510 Gorman Thomas 














40 Bruce Sutter 




42 Pete Rose 






























47 Dale Murphy 




















530 Whitey Herzog MG 
58 Bob Horner 









































326 Carl Yastrzemski 


















543 Ron Leflore 






















338 George Brett  547 Brad Lesley 










































555 Tom Brunansky 
90 Rod Carew 









557 Pascual Perez ERR 








562 Carlos Diaz RC 












564 Frank Robinson MG 























110 Pedro Guerrero 














384 Ben Oglivie 

116 George Wright RC 

575 Billy Martin MG 
118 Nolan Ryan 



120 Ozzie Smith 



122 Tom Seaver 

578 Tony Perez 
123 Chris Chambliss 



















136 Tommy Lasorda MG 




405 Eddie Murray  586 Wade Boggs RC 






408 Carney Lansford 










410 Bob Welch  592 Terry Francona 






















420 Gary Matthews 










606 Ozzie Virgil 


















609 Jim Sundberg 




610 Willie Stargell 





















168 Mike Schmidt  435 Larry Bowa 






619 Storm Davis RC 









439 Eric Show RC 








194 Jeff Reardon  442 Gene Tenace 















































643 Rick Monday 


452 Dwight Evans 




453 Terry Forster  645 The Chicken 













215 Buddy Bell  468 Bobby Grich 









219 Steve Carlton 






























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