Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Recently I had a little extra money, so I bit the bullet and bought this: 

I don't know what I was expecting when I bought it, but I guess I was expecting more than this:

The "pack" is a small card holder containing 6 cards, 1 Autograph card and 1 Memorabilia card
I guess I lucked out with two Autographs. 

That said, the box is nice.. 

All sorts of red and white.. Almost slapping you in the face with its Canadianism.. 

So I guess the big thing is.. Cards.. What cards did I get??

Karen Kain is a retired ballet dancer and is currently the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada.
Chantal Kreviazuk is a singer/songwriter. 
Scott Niedermayer was in the NHL mainly for New Jersey.

Raymond Burr was an actor, best known for Perry Mason.
Northern Dancer was a racehorse. 
Harry Jerome was a track star. He set 7 world records over his career.
Fergie Jenkins.. I don't think I need to say who he is. 
Terry Sawchuk was a member of the Detroit Red Wings, playing Goalie, winning four Stanley Cups. 
Jaques Villeneuve is a race car driver. According to the card shown, he's also a singer. 

And that was that..

I was a little disappointed that I spent $90 CDN on what amounted to 9 cards. That said, I've seen the full set available online for $80. Not sure if it was CDN or US though. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Surprise Mail Day

I came home from work this evening and saw some stuff in between the doors. Figuring it was most likely junk mail, I wasn't really thinking too much of it.. I checked and in the pile of junk was a nice yellow envelope. 

Turned it over and it's a surprise mail day from everyone's favourite Night Owl.. 

Let's see what wonderfulness came up today..

The first time I flipped through the cards, I missed that Fergie Kellogg's one.
I think there have to be more than one variation of the George Bell sticker. The one on the Trading Card Database lists it as "George Bell" but on the back has Alan Trammell. The one I have has Dwight Evans on the back.. 

Some 1990 Fleer I needed as well. Getting ever closer to finishing that set. 
Some early Expos as well. 1971 team card, 1972 Boots Day (I keep having to do a double take on it.. The step behind him makes it look like the bat is the full length of the photo. 
Finally, a Bill Gullickson Fleer Rookie. 

Now some modern cards. 2013 and 2014 Jays with a couple 2016 Heritage cards. 
Of those players shown, only Happ and Estrada are still with the team. Even then, Happ is a return. 
I'm interested to see where Hutchison ends up now that he's been non-tendered by the Pirates. 

I also received something else in the mail today, but I'll cover that tomorrow... 

I'll just leave it with this purchase... 

Thank you for the cards!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jays Uniform Project: 2

Another Sunday where I could have started my sorting.. Another Sunday I didn't. But today was more of a sick day than anything. I finally feel more like myself now that I'm close to going to bed for the night . Go figure.. 

Anyway.. Today is another chapter in the Jays Uniform Project. This time, Number 2.

Steve Staggs wore 2 in 1977. 
He wore it for one season, as in 1978 he was in Oakland. 

The next time 2 was in use was 1979. 

Ainge wore 2 from 1979-1981 before deciding baseball wasn't his sport. 
Incidentally, the background on the 1981 card shown above is a nice one of Yankee Stadium. Just think, in 8 years, there would have been an uproar in another company for a cigarette banner. 

Fred Manrique wore 2 from 1981-1984, though he didn't spend time in the Majors in 1982 and 1983. 
Fred didn't have a major release with him in a Jays uniform, so I had to show a AAA card.. I do not own this one. 

The number laid unused in 1985 and 1986.

Nelson Liriano wore 2 from 1987-1990 
He ended up wearing 2 for Minnesota and Kansas City as well. 

After wearing uniform number 4 from 1985-1991, Manuel Lee wore 2 in 1992. 
It was his final year in Toronto, as he went to Texas in 1993. 

1993 saw Luis Sojo wear 2. It's the second number he wore that season, as he started with 13. He played 19 games for Toronto in 1993, so multiple numbers in that short a span is interesting.. 

Rob Butler ended up being the bread of a Sojo sandwich for the number. 
He played part of 1993 in Toronto and was back up in 1994. 

Looking at the game logs for both and Sojo overlapped Butler in June. So I believe from April to June, Sojo wore 2. When Butler came up, he switched to 13. 

Otis Nixon wore the number next from 1996-1997.
Toronto was the third place he wore #2. Boston, Texas, and then Toronto. 

1998 brought Craig Grebeck. 
He was a Jay from 1998-2000, but wore 2 only in 1998. The rest of the time he wore 4. 

Tom Evans also wore 2 in 1998. When he came up in September, I guess Grebeck switched over to 4. 

I do not own this card. 

1999 had Jacob Brumfield return to the Jays after spending part of 1999 in Los Angeles. 
There wasn't a major release in 1999 showing Brumfield as a Jay. 
I do not own this card

2001 brought Cesar Izturis. 
I do not own this card..

Dave Berg wore 2 for the Jays from 2002-2004
He bridged the gap from one of the better Jays uniforms to the Angry Birds Jays.

Aaron Hill wore the number from 2005-2011.
He's easily the longest tenured player with this number.

After Aaron Hill was traded, Kelly Johnson took over 2.
He wore it for the rest of 2011 and 2012. 
I do not own this card

Finally, we have a Tulo sighting. 
Tulo helped the Jays make the playoffs two seasons in a row in 2015 and 2016. He spent a fair bit of this season injured. 

So of the players who wore #2, most were middle infielders. 
I think the best of the group would be Hill, though a couple more years it might be Tulo. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

First Row Cards

I recently made a purchase from First Row Collectibles. 
I've really enjoyed dealing with the owner of the website. I've bought mystery bags before and really enjoyed them, so I went and bought some single cards this time around. 

Included was another note from Curtis, the owner of the site, thanking me for my order and in appreciation, threw in a couple extra cards. 

As an aside, in my order I made, I had wanted two copies of one card. He had only one available, so he let me choose a card to replace the second copy with. The correspondence was quick and friendly. 

Now, before this turns into a huge shill for https://www.firstrow.ca/ I'll show the cards I received..

Some Fergie Jenkins cards I didn't have. 1973, and two 1983. 
I'm working on the 1978 Topps set since it's my birth year. 
Dennis Martinez as an Oriole. Art Howe.. One of my least favourite announcers in Rance Mulliniks. (It's his rookie card too) and Jack Morris.. 
The Raines Kelloggs card is the replacement for the card he didn't have a second copy of.. 

Stubby Clapp! I finally have a card of his in my collection..
The Robin Yount I picked up because it's an oddity that I know a couple people might like.. 
The rest of these are extras that were sent in appreciation. That Lindros might go into the Canadians binder as a "*" 

The card I wanted two copies of was that Larry Walker Diamond Kings card. I was happy to get one though.. 
That Molitor is another food issue oddball. Part of a set by Metz Baking Company. 
That Alomar is an Appreciation Card as well. It's a Hostess food issue. 
I had to get a couple Pedros as an Expo. Just had to... No choice.. 

That Carter is a Donruss Leather and Lumber card, serial numbered to 2499. 

So that was my order. Another amazing package received. Check him out sometime. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

That's a Lotta Lugnut!

I received an email not too long ago from someone I've traded with before. Earlier in the year I had asked, since he was in Lansing, if I sent him money would he get me a team set of cards. 

I hadn't heard from him for a while but right around the issues I was having in September, I received an email from him. He hadn't forgotten about the request, but instead of sending him money, since I was having the anxiety issues, he would send some stuff to me. 

Well, that parcel came in yesterday. He ordered it directly from the team store online since the physical store was closed for the season. 

First... A couple magazines. The bottom one is 2015, the top one is 2016. They have the usual information: Player Bios, Stadium information, etc. 
The 2016 one includes an article on Lugnuts who have made an impact in the majors. 

And cards. Quite nice cards here.. 

1999 Multi-Ad Midwest League Top Prospects.
This comes from when the Lugnuts were a farm team for the Cubs, but these are still cool. 

I recognize a couple names here. Nick Neugebauer and Jose Acevedo. 

Sean Burroughs, Geoff Goetz, Corey Patterson.. 

Michael Restovich, Juan Rincon, Austin Kearns, Nate Cornejo, Brandon Inge.. 

Eric Munson, Hee Seop Choi, and the guy JP Riccardi had an irrational dislike of: Adam Dunn!

These were rather neat to see.. But these weren't all.. 

The 2016 Lugnuts team set!
Max Pentecost is a name I've heard coming through the system. I know there was possible talk of him coming up when the Jays were scraping the barrel for a catcher. 
Jeff Ware was a Jays draft pick in 1992.. He was pitching coach for the Lugnuts. 

Sean Reid-Foley is another name I've heard coming up the system. 

These are really nice looking cards.. I see the photo's aren't on the Trading Card Database, so I'll be scanning these individually to add them..

2017 set as well.
Probably the only way I'll be getting a Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Bo Bichette card for 2017. 
Is it bad that I like these ones more than the main issues??

Again, really nice cards that aren't shown on the Database.. So I'll be scanning these ones as well to add them..

This was greatly appreciated, John! These are amazing!

Monday, October 9, 2017


Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada. 

This weekend many people are spending time with family and friends, gorging on turkey and other food while generally enjoying the day.. 

I can't say I was one of them, though I did have turkey yesterday. (Hooray turkey loaf!)

The other portion of it is to give thanks..

So this post is going to be a little sentimental and not really card-showy... 

I want to thank those who take the time to read my random rambles here. It's nice to know some people actually want to read my rambles, even though it's most likely people scrolling to the photos and that's it.. lol 

In that vein, I want to thank those who have given me support over the past couple months, both here and on Twitter. 
Between hearing about others who deal with the same crap as me, well wishing for it to improve, and cheer-up packages, it was really nice. I appreciate it.

I want to thank those who I've traded with over the past year and before. Without trading partners, the collecting hobby becomes very boring and shallow. 

Well, I think that's enough of that... 

Just because it's a card blog, and a Canadian holiday, here's a card of a Canadian born player who's on a team I hope is done tonight.. 

Have a good one.. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Jays Uniform Project: 1

A little while ago, I did the first in what looks to be a series looking at cards of players who wore a certain number for the Jays..
Last time I looked at 0 and 00.
Today is 1..

First is Bob Bailor

Bailor was the first pick in the Expansion Draft for the Jays in 1976, so it makes sense he'd also have uniform number 1. 
He wore it until he left after 1980.

The number remained unused by players until 1983. 

Tony Fernandez wore 1 from 1983-1990 when he was traded to San Diego. 
He wore it again when he came back in 1993.
Fernandez came back again in 1998-1999, wearing 1 again.
2001 was Fernandez' fourth tour of duty with the Jays. 

Eddie Zosky wore it from 1991-1992.

1994 the number went unworn. 

Tomas Perez (I do not own this card) wore it from 1995-1997.

Mickey Morandini (I do not own this card) wore the number in 2000. 
He spent part of the season with the Jays after being traded by the Phillies for Rob Ducey. 
This was also his last season.

2002-2003 the number laid dormant again..

2004 brought Orlando Hudson wearing 1 after a couple seasons wearing 3. 
This was the season before the Angry Birds Jays were shown.. 
Hudson wore 1 from 2004-2005

One of the Fabulous Catching Molina Brothers! Actually, two of the three played for the Jays at some point. 

2006 it was Bengie Molina's turn to wear 1

Ray Olmedo (I do not own this card) is shown as a Red because according to the TCDB, he was never issued a card as a Jay (There is one as a Chief, but the photo's not in the database)

Olmedo spent 27 games in 2007 wearing 1 for Toronto. 

Joe Inglett (I do not own this card) wore 1 from 2008-2009

DeWayne Wise wore it in 2010. Here he is shown as a 51.. (I do not own this card)

Darin Mastroianni wore 1 in 2011. 

2012 the number went unused. 

2013 was Emilio Bonifacio's turn. 
(I do not own this card)

Jonathan Diaz wore 1 from 2014-2015. I remember him bouncing from AAA to Toronto quite a bit. 
I do not own this card

2016 Andy Burns wore 1

I do not own this card, though it is a nice one. 

Raffy Lopez wore 1 for the time he was in the Majors this season. 
I do not own this card.

Really, for length of service, this number spent a fair bit of time out on the field. I would have to say Tony Fernandez would be the "Best" out of the players who wore it.