last september, hiroshi yamauchi, the owner of the seattle mariners, passed away. as a result, the team wore a memorial patch in his honor for the remainder of the season. you can see it on abraham almonte's 2014 topps card below
30 June 2014
from their inception in 1977 through the 2010 season, the mariners had played almost 5400 games. and of those games, dave niehaus broadcast all but about 100 of them. after niehaus passed away in november of 2010, the mariners added a memorial patch to their right sleeves to be worn during the 2011 season. the memorial, an oval patch with niehaus' first name and his signature call 'my oh my' next to a microphone can be seen on dustin ackley's 2011 topps update card below.
in the post-griffey era of mariners baseball, there is really only ichiro as far as i am concerned. the patch is shown on his 2012 bowman card
here's a better look at the patch
niehaus won the ford c. frick award in 2008, and is further memorialized by the mariners with a statue at safeco field. i am sure most fans have heard his famous call of edgar martinez' game and series winning double in the 1995 alds, but if he was anything like my favorite team's broadcaster, it was the non-dramatic calls and conversational tone of the day to day broadcasts that mariners fans must miss the most.
29 June 2014
was dazzy vance one of baseball's greatest pitchers, as this 1982 tcma card suggests?
[this is the seventyfourth installment in the double dippers posts. here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daal, eric young, nick willhite, chris gwynn, mickey hatcher, dave anderson, don zimmer, rafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike maddux, jon garland, chan ho park, vicente romo, gene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moeller, dioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirley, randy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaver, ted sizemore, orel hershiser, tom goodwin, joe ferguson, eddie murray, matt luke, ken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grote, don sutton, ralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessens, guillermo mota, joe beckwith, jamie hoffmann, babe herman, joe medwick, juan castro, ron perranoski, clyde king, paul waner, hughie jennings, ron negray, broadway aleck smith, george smith, johnny cooney, jim fairey, frenchy bordagaray, doc casey, waite hoyt, luis olmo, clyde sukeforth, willie keeler, harry howell, germany smith, johnny allen, marv rackley, bobo newsom. and maury wills.]
vance was 31 with an 0-4 lifetime record when he debuted for the brooklyn robins in 1922. he won 18 games that season, and led the league in strikeouts. he would continue to lead the league in strikeouts in each of the following six seasons, becoming the first (and still the only) national leaguer to claim seven straight strikeout titles. in 1923, vance again won 18 games, and then in 1924, he achieved the pitcher's triple crown - a league leading 24 wins, 2.16 era, and 262 strikeouts. he also won the league mvp award that year. vance led the league with 22 wins in 1925, and he led the league in era in 1928 and 1930, but never won another triple crown.
following the 1931 season, wilbert robinson retired and the robins became the dodgers. at 41, vance pitched in 27 games for the dodgers in 1932, but was just 12-10 with a 4.20 era. after the season, he was traded to the cardinals. vance helped the cardinals win the pennant in 1933, and he made an appearance in game 4 of the world series. the cardinals lost that game, but beat the tigers to give vance a world series title in his only trip to the postseason. the following year, vance began the season with the reds, but returned to the cardinals in june of 1935. they released him in the spring of 1936, and he was quickly signed by the dodgers.
in his second stint with brooklyn, vance was used exclusively as a reliever, posting a record of 3-2 in 20 appearances with an era of 4.41. he retired following that 1936 season. 19 years later, in 1955, vance was elected to the baseball hall of fame as noted on his 2003 upper deck sp legendary cuts card
remember, only two of vance's 12 seasons with brooklyn occurred when the team was known as the dodgers, so it is fitting that the robins are his team noted on the front of the card. one of vance's teammates for about half of his time with the robins was fellow hall of famer burleigh grimes, who was also featured in the 2003 upper deck sp legendary cuts set.
time for another sheet of cards from the set that keeps on giving - the 1990 target dodger stadium giveaway set. as always, thanks to baseball reference for providing some information about some of these heretofore unknown to me players.
rackley became a double dipper, and hopp only appeared in 8 games for the dodgers. in those games, he was held hitless in 14 at bats. maybe burt shotton had the trade voided due to hopps' performance.
before so i won't rehash it here. suffice it to say that the pride of oxnard has had a big impact on dodger team collectors, thanks to his rookie card companion.
…a double dipper post coming up later!
28 June 2014
they may not always be the main focus of the card, but i'll take dodgers on cardboard any way i can find them. sometimes, that means that i have to keep a card of a giant, as is the case with bengie molina's 2009 upper deck card
here's jeff treadway getting some face-less time on robb nen's 1995 upper deck card
which features andre ethier lurking in the background while also beating the throw home.
plays at the plate are good places to find lurkers, and tom prince does not disappoint on lance johnson's 1999 fleer tradition card
prince held on to the ball, but i believe johnson was safe, assuming that this is the lone scoring or potential scoring play from the april 26, 1998 game that featured these two guys. it looks like it was a sunny day in socal that day.
another dodger catcher, mike scioscia, shows up on the back of johnny ray's 1989 upper deck card
here's jeff treadway getting some face-less time on robb nen's 1995 upper deck card
i decided sometime in may that i needed a better way to track trades. previously, i had used email folders to remind me of trades that had been agreed to - i had one folder for 'i have sent' and one for 'they have sent' and one for 'completed', and i would move the email around based on the status of the trade until it was in the 'completed' folder. it worked for most of the last 5+ years, but now there are some packages that show up without warning (which is great), and so email is not all inclusive when it comes to trades.
for example, i owed the writer's journey as jason sent me some cards unannounced. included in his envelope was this 1983 donruss greg brock card
jason also sent a 1982 kellogg's ron cey
i also knew that i owed reader mark who sent some cards for my 1971 topps set
i know that i still owe dennis from too many verlanders for sending me a pwe with this card inside - a 2002 fleer fall classic steve garvey/tony perez rival factions insert
anyway, in order to help me track my trades and not lose track of who i owe, i have added a 'trade tracker' gadget to the blog. it's over there on the right (if you're reading this with the mobile version of the site, you need to select the web version to see what it). it's pretty self explanatory, i think. 'incoming' are cards that i have received, and 'outgoing' are cards that i have sent. (1) indicates which package was sent first to initiate the trade, and (2) indicates which package completed the trade. any incoming packages marked with a (1) means that i owe cards to the sender. so, you can see that i currently owe not only dennis, but also bo and pat at the hot corner (since march!), and you can also see that i have recently started and completed trades with fuji and the rhubarb runner.
i will probably leave completed trades up for a month or so (or until i publish the trade post which sometimes takes longer). in addition to cards for dennis, bo, and pat, i am also working on packages for people (patp, nick, dollar store), and i don't know if these are return or initial packages to be honest. i will assume that they are all return packages just in case.
the whole point to this is that i don't want to leave anyone who has sent me cards without a return package. if i owe you cards, please leave a comment or send me an email, and i will add you to the tracker and send some cards. like i said earlier, i tried my best to keep track, but i may have missed someone at some point. and, if we haven't traded before (or even if we have - and thanks very much, by the way), rest assured that i will complete a trade so let's make it happen.
27 June 2014
i've been working on getting the contents of my steve garvey binders scanned, as i plan to show the entire garvey collection on the blog yet this year. during that time, i've put some cards away that had been in boxes rather than the binder, and i've also picked up a few new cards for the collection. some, as you will see, are real cards, one is a recycled card, and some don't really exist.
2006 upper deck legendary cuts legendary materials platinum /15
this is a newer pick up to go along with my 2006 upper deck sp legendary cuts legendary materials silver /199
there is also a gold /99 version, but i don't have that one. i do have garvey's base card from the set - he got a numbered short print
i think there is a /99 version of this card, too. i've added the missing jersey card to the nefarious 9, by the way.
here's the recycled card i mentioned. it's a 1975 topps mvp subset card featuring jeff burroughs of the rangers along with the 1974 nl mvp steve garvey
that embossed logo in the upper right means that this card was re-issued in 2014 topps as part of the 75th anniversary buyback inserts
here are some oddballs that are somewhat new-ish to my collection - first up is a 1982 permagraphic card
these are reminiscent of credit cards, and i think were only produced in 1981 and 1982.
1987 ralston purina cookie crisp
1996 danbury mint 22k gold card
i took this guy out of it's plastic case.
garvey has been absent from the recent topps archives sets, but he was included in the past. here's his 2002 topps archives reserve card
which is just a really shiny version of his 1977 topps card. i preferred getting new garvey cards, like this 2003 topps retired black parallel
here's an on card auto from 2003 upper deck sp authentic.
this card was part of the sp chirography set, in which there was a 'dodger stars' subset. lots of good autos for dodger collectors like me, and believe me, i collected them.
these next two cards fall into the 'otherwise' and 'don't really exist' categories i alluded to earlier. they are both part of the digital app/game called 'bunt' that topps started last year. i just pulled the images from the web. this one is from 2013
and this one is from 2014
with the back
according to topps, over half of garvey's hits were solo home runs.
thankfully, topps is also making real cards featuring the garv in 2014, even if this 2014 topps museum collection /25 bat relic
and then there is the garvey card that panini released as part of the 2013 panini elite extra edition bloodlines insert set
steve garvey is his padre, after all.
get ready for garvey overload over the next few months. the binders are coming...
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