Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas Blog Friends!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone has a happy holiday! 

To kick off this post, I thought it would be great to spoil you guys with another Fairfield re-pack rip! My oldest son and I were at Rite Aid grabbing some stocking stuffers for my wife when I spotted these 2 boxes. I really wasn’t going to buy them, but my son said, “Daddy, you should treat yourself.” For a 4-year-old, he’s pretty convincing. I decided to get them. 

Since Christmas falls on the 25th of December, I decided to show you my Top 25 cards from these 2 Fairfield re-packs. Before I get to the list, enjoy this festive photo of said re-packs. Don’t they look great next to our pencil tree in our living room?

So...what goodies did I get? Let's take a look!

25. 2017 Topps Cam Bedrosian All Star Game 2017

I guess these cards were given out at the All-Star Fan Fest back in 2017? Anyways, I got 3 of them, so I am starting this list off with all 3, so enjoy!

24. 2017 Topps Seattle Mariners All Star Game 2017

I have no idea if it's an unpopular opinion or not, but I really like all of these team cards. Some of them are pretty cool. Right now, I have 8 in my collection, and I dig 'em. I did like this photo, but not as cool as the player below...

23. 2017 Topps Buster Posey All Star Game 2017

Catchers are cool, and what is cooler than a catcher named Buster? Nothing. 

22. 1990 Upper Deck Mike Greenwell

Was there a season this dude didn't hit for .300? Back in 5th grade I had 4 Mike Greenwell Rookies along with some other goodies and I was getting ready to trade this kid in my class named Jeff for his Joe Montana Rookie Card. During class my teacher caught me looking through the cards I was going to give away that day at lunch for the Montana and confiscated them. She said I could get them back at the end of the school year. Sadly, they were never to be seen again. I hope she enjoyed the 1967 Topps Juan Marichal and Bob Uecker cards I had in that stack. Anyways, Mike Greenwell reminds me of 5th grade. Even with such a bad memory being stirred up, I have no ill will towards Greenwell. 

21. 1994 Topps Future Star Jose Valentin

Probably an unpopular opinion, but I like Future Star cards more than the Rookie Cup cards. I have no idea why; they are just more pleasing to me. I had no idea this particular card existed as I had never pulled it before. My 1994 Topps Future Stars collection only consists of Butch Huskey and Paul Carey. Now, I add Jose Valentin. Thanks Fairfield! Also, before I move on, how many of the players featured on these Future Star cards have actually become stars? Does anyone have a clue? I may have to search the internet later for this.

20. 1989 Topps Traded Don Aase

Growing up next to my older cousins had some perks. One of them was, I was always getting taught bad stuff. When I say bad stuff, it was mostly swears. Everyone loved hearing swears when they were kids. I was no different. When I was about 6, I can remember my cousin Alan telling me this guy's last name was A$$. So, growing up, I thought that was his name and when I opened a pack of '88 Topps and I saw his name, I told my brother I got a Don A$$ card. My brother laughed, but my mom did not, and next thing I knew I was in trouble. Well Don Aase, you and Cousin Alan win this round. 

19. 1990 Fleer Stickers Pirates/Cardinals/Padres/Giants

This sticker was a surprise. It lands itself on this list due to having my hometown Pirates on it. Back in 1990, I had this sticker. I even remember where I put it. It was stuck on my BMX bike that I got for my 8th birthday. Between Garbage Pail Kids, Hockey logo stickers and Basbeall logo stickers, that red bike got a facelift by me. I loved the crap out of that bike. No one wants to mess with the kid who has a Pirates sticker and pegs on his bike, I can tell you that much!

18. 2000 Upper Deck Star Rookie Chad Durbin

Ok, I have to admit, I have no idea who this guy is. I was just pumped to see I got a Star Rookie card from Upper Deck in this thing. The photo kinda sucks, the design kinda sucks, but it's probably one of the better cards I got out of these boxes. So, enjoy my crappy card!

17. 1980 Topps Bruce Boisclair

Boisclair isn't a guy I recognize either. He lands on this list for being the oldest card received in the 2 re-packs. This guy looks like this kid I went to college with named Tyler. At the time, I thought Tyler looked like the lead singer from the band Saves The Day, so I guess Boisclair does too? I have no idea; I haven't seen that singers face in 20 years probably. 

16. 1986 Donruss Diamond Kings Phil Bradley

Confession time, I had no idea Phil Bradley was good enough to land on a Diamond Kings card. Also, he played for the Mariners? Jeez, I have no idea how I never knew this information. This may make me go down a Phil Bradley rabbit hole later to be honest. Mr. Bradley was the first card I ever put in the spokes of my bike. I had 6 copies of his 1989 card, and since it was the card I had the most of, it met its demise. This card actually has some chipping on the bottom edge. Fairfield couldn't even give me a near mint Phil Bradley Diamond Kings card. This might meet my oldest son's spokes!

15. 1986 Fleer Update Bob Tewksbury RC

The face only a mother could love. I still remember his 1988 Topps card with the close up of his face. Poor guy. Well, at least he made the majors!

14. 2012 Topps Hisashi Iwakuma RC

Seattle has had so many Japanese imports on their teams. Iwakuma was actually pretty decent. I had him on my fantasy team in 2013 and he pitched very well for me. The next season, I tried to draft him again and he went super early to one of the IT guys that worked at my company. He ended up winning that year and Iwakuma was a big reason why winning 15 games. I saw this card and was honestly kinda pumped to have it! Pretty sweet grab in a Fairfield re-pack!

13. 1989 Topps Traded Jamie Moyer

I was a Jamie Moyer fan. I think I like a lot of boring pitchers like Kevin Brown, Andy Benes, Moyer, Brandon Morrow. Just like the Iwakuma card, I was pumped to see this Moyer card in my re-pack. I couldn't remember if this was his rookie or not, and it turns out, it is not. His rookie is actually in 1987 Topps. I think I might pick one up since I don't own one yet. 

12. 1988 Fleer The O's Brothers Bill and Cal Ripken

This card is pretty neat. I never knew it existed! A card with the Ripken brothers on it definitely will land on a list of cool stuff to pull from a Fairfield re-pack! In this photo Cal looks distracted and Billy looks bored. It's almost like the camera man caught them on a bad day or something. Who knows?

11. 1988 Topps Traded Dave Henderson

Did you ever play games of baseball in someone's yard in your neighborhood and pretend that you were on a major league team, and you were one of the players? Don't lie, of course you have! We used to do that all the time. We didn't have a lot of kids in the neighborhood, so it was always 4 against 4. Sometimes someone would have to go eat dinner or go to the grocery store with their parents and we would have "ghost men" on the bases. Well, usually when I landed on my cousin Alan's team, we pretended to be the Oakland A's because he loved Jose Canseco. Of course, he was Canseco, and he would tell someone they were McGwire and he always assigned me as Dave Henderson. I was cool with it because he always had cool facial hair and could hit somewhat well. Henderson sadly passed away in 2015 and I remember reading about it and feeling sad. RIP Dave Henderson.

10. 1993 Topps Gold Major League Managers Bobby Cox / Johnny Oates

If you read my previous Fairfield post, you would know I am a sucker for Topps Gold cards. As soon as I saw this card I was pumped! Another one to add to my collection. Pretty cool that I got a Bobby Cox Topps Gold card though!

9. 1987 Donruss Diamond Kings Charlie Hough

A Diamond Kings card of the legendary knuckleballer! Sweet deal! I had a closer look at this while typing up the post and the upper left corner of this thing is dinged. Bummer! I still think I am going to add this to the binders my wife bought me for Christmas that I didn't accidentally see in our closet in the corner where I wasn't supposed to be looking...

8. 1987 Topps Ryne Sandberg

If you made it this far, what the heck is wrong with you? There was a run of 1987 Topps cards in box #2 that I opened, and 2 cards really caught my eye. The Sandberg was one, and another might possibly end up on this list as well. If you want to continue reading you might see it. I always loved 1987 Topps. Especially the Bo Jackson Future Star card. At one point in time, I had almost the complete set, but once my nephew was 10 or so, I gave him a bunch of my stuff to enjoy. Wish I still had my Bo Jackson back, but oh well. Sandberg lands on the list because who doesn't love the wood bordered 1987 Topps set? The answer is everyone loves it. 

7. 1988 Topps Traded Jack McDowell RC

Jack McDowell is a nice least I think he might be. I wrote to him a while ago for a TTM auto and he signed it and sent it right back within a 7- or 8-day span. It was pretty awesome. A lot of guys just throw my handwritten letter and card away (I'm talking about you J.T. Snow and Pat Rapp), but not McDowell. I have plans to send this to Jack to sign, so I am very glad to have this card. It's also so weird not seeing McDowell with some facial hair. 

6. 1991 Score 1st Round Draft Pick Donovan Osborne RC

Cheesy design? Yes! Everything I love about early 90's cards! I once had a 1992 Upper Deck Diamond Debuts card of Osborne. He was signing a baseball or a card on the photo on the front (this is just from memory), but I'm pretty sure that's what was going on. This card will make only the 2nd Osborne I've ever owned and with it being a rookie (at least I suppose it is), he lands high on this list. 

5. 1987 Topps Darren Daulton RC

Not only did I get 1 of these, but I received 2! Merry Christmas to me! The one I didn't scan had some sort of dirt above his left shoulder and it damaged the cardstock on the front a bit. I was a fan of Daulton growing up. Dutch was a decent power-hitting backstop for the Phils in the early to mid-90's and I think he was an All-Star 2 or 3 times. Later on in his life he went a little crazy and I think dabble in occultism. I had to look this up to see if I wasn't telling you guys gollywoggles, and apparently, I was correct, and he wrote a book on the matter. Sadly, Dutch passed away in 2017 due to a battle with brain cancer. RIP Dutch!

4. 1989 Score Traded Jeffrey Leonard

My pal, good old Jeffrey Leonard shows up in my re-pack! If you haven't read my previous post on Mr. Leonard, you can read it here. 

3. 1999 Pacific Paramount Travis Lee Copper Parallel

If I'm not mistaken, I believe this is a "hit". The box does say autos, game used or parallels inserted. I did like Travis Lee back in the day. I used to get a subscription to Sports Cards magazine when I was ages 10-14. One of the issues had Travis Lee as a player to watch and I paid a premium for his Bowman rookie card. About 5 years ago, I sent it to Travis, and it came back to me that I had the wrong address. I was using the Autograph Collector's book that was a bit outdated, so once I actually get the newer version, Mr. Lee will be hearing from me again. I have that card tucked away with the handwritten letter somewhere in my office and it will stay there until I try again and will probably add this one too. 

2. 1988 Donruss Rated Rookie Mark Grace RC


I was pretty fired up to get this in one of my re-packs! Mark Grace was a pretty big name when I was growing up. This had to be a pretty big card back in 1988. When I was 8 or 9, his cards brought a premium in trades around school and in my neighborhood. In Grace's last season as a player, I saw him play while he was on the Diamondbacks and a drunk guy in front of my buddy and I kept yelling at him to retire. Honestly, at first it got a bunch of laughs, but after 7 or 8 innings of it, people were getting annoyed. I wish Mark could have punched this guy in the face to shut him up. If you're out there Mark Grace, I'm sorry I didn't kick that guy's butt for you that night.

1. 1990 Fleer George Canale / Kevin Maas RC

In 1990, this was a big card. Maas was a hot commodity, and his cards were easy to sell or trade. I once saw this card selling for $3-$4 at card shows. Did you know that Maas ended his MLB career with the Minnesota Twins? If you didn't, there is a crazy Maas card in Fleer Update maybe in 1995. You know, the one where it looks like the Fleer designers were on heavy doses of acid. I know I have it somewhere and I'll have to dig it up. It might be worthy of a blog post at some point in time. I am pretty sure Maas is a good guy. He signed a TTM auto for me once on his 1990 Upper Deck RC. If it was 1990, I would have had gold in my hands. I'm pretty nostalgic when it comes to cards, and things like that, so this card to me is pretty rad. If you made it this far, congrats, you just read 25 paragraphs about crappy baseball cards! Also, if you're reading this on December 25th, Merry Christmas!

I'll leave you with this...

Friday, December 9, 2022

Sorry for the hiatus

I feel bad I never finished up my “Under-Appreciated Pile” posts. I know most of you were waiting in anticipation *sarcasm*. The day I stopped doing it was a tough day. My work decided to let go more people. I fortunately was not one of them. However, I was counted on to pick up their slack. This resulted in more hours. So my day basically consisted of work for 9 hours, go pick up the kids from day care, come home, eat dinner, give them a bath, put them to bed, go back to work. Rinse....repeat. Needless to say, I'm exhausted. There was one little bright spot though in all of this extra work, we ended up getting a new cat. Below is a picture of our new family member. She is much furrier than the rest of us. World, meet Sasky! With her name being Sasky, I have nicknamed her a few things: Saskatoon Blades, Blades of Steel, Wesley Snipes, Blade Runner, you get the idea. My favorite is Saskatoon Blades. Which brings me to this post, but first here is Sasky yelling at me for no reason:

Saskatoon Blades got me I have any cool cards of former Saskatoon Blades in my collection currently? Off the top of my head, I keep thinking of Bernie Federko, Mike Green and Devin Setoguchi. I had to rack my brain on this one. Then when I looked it up, I felt dumb. I knew a bunch of them! I just had a brain fart. In honor of Sasky, I bring you my favorite cards of former Saskatoon Blades. 

1990/91 Bowman Kelly Chase RC

This Kelly Chase card is newer to my collection. My oldest son and I took a trip up to the Dollar General one day before one of his T-ball games for some Big League Chew (you would be surprised how hard that stuff is to find around here). Dollar General seems to be the only place near us that has a steady supply of it. We grabbed a few pouches, and while we were waiting in line to pay, there were these Presstine Marketing hockey packs. They had 20 or 25 cards and were $1. I picked one up and this was the best card of the bunch. A Bowman rookie of a former enforcer now podcaster/commentator. Now that I look at this card design, it makes me want to hurl. I am pretty sure the Baseball set from this year also resembles this. Am I wrong? Well, he is a former Saskatoon Blade, and he's made a nice name for himself after his playing career, so Kelly Chase, you made my list buddy!

1986/87 O-Pee-Chee Wendel Clark RC

Moving on...this next card is a card I bought when I was 8 years old at a card show at a Howard Johnson hotel about 10 minutes away from my house. I clearly remember this show in particular because Kevin Stevens was signing autographs there and asked me what cards I bought that day since I had them in my hand. Of course, the Wendel Clark was on top. I remember him kinda laughing when he saw the Clark card on top and saying "Wendel Clark hah, you're not a Leafs fan are ya bud?' I assured Mr. Stevens I was a Pens fan through and through and he liked that. Somehow, I managed to keep this card in fantastic shape over the years. I still remember watching Wendel when I was younger. He was such a competitor and was never afraid of confrontation. The guy I bought this card from sold it to me for $4. I think I made a pretty terrific buy back in 1990. Clark was a Blades legend and his #22 jersey number hangs in the rafters at SaskTel Centre where the Blades play their home games.

1978/79 O-Pee-Chee Bernie Federko RC

The next Saskatoon Blade is a NHL Hockey Hall of Famer! It's Bernie Federko! He was a legend in the WCHL (WHL) before he took the NHL by storm. His #15 jersey was also retired by the Blades. I was lucky enough to acquire his rookie card years ago in a trade. All I really remember about the trade is that the guy wanted an Edmonton Oilers SP Game Used Patch Auto in trade. It wasn't even a star or an up-and-coming prospect. I don't even remember the guy's name. I'm pretty sure he was Russian though. Somewhere on this blog, I think I wrote about it. It was a great trade for me, and the crazy thing is, the guy offered the trade to me. I don't have much to say about Bernie Federko other than I only saw him play a time or two when I was younger and it was with the Detroit Red Wings, not the St. Louis Blues. Federko is still the all-time leader scorer for the St. Louis Blues with 1,073 points! These days he is a TV color commentator for Blues broadcasts. 

1987/88 O-Pee-Chee Brian Skrudland RC (TTM Auto)

Would you believe a card from the "Under-Appreciated Pile" ends up on this list? Brian Skrudland was a Saskatoon Blades legend. His #10 jersey number currently hangs in their rafters as it was retired by the Blades back in 2003. Skrudland was the first Captain in Florida Panthers history and kept that honor for 4 years. When I was a kid, I loved NHL 95 for SNES. I played it religiously and would sometimes play a season with the Florida Panthers. Skrudland was always a guy I kept on my team and wouldn't trade away. I have no idea why, I just liked him. When I saw his RC autographed on eBay, I had to have it. I snagged this thing for a couple of dollars and was happy with the purchase. I love through the mail autos. I used to do a lot of that, but I haven't had to time to write the handwritten letters and send them out. It's time consuming, but super fun! Back to Mr. Skrudland, he currently is the director of player development for the Florida Panthers. I'm glad to see he stuck around with them. 

2005/06 Hot Prospects Mike Green White Hot RC /10

I had an eBay alert for this card for 11 years......11 YEARS! A few weeks ago, one finally came up for sale. I almost couldn't believe it! I was also surprised I was the only bidder. This thing cost me less than $25. Not a bad price for a card I have been wanting for a very long time. I just love the Hot Prospects White Hot cards! Mike Green was one of my favorite fantasy hockey players that I had on my keeper league team. It was so upsetting once his career was winding down and I had to cut him loose, but he served my team well. My Yahoo fantasy profile shows that he was a part of 4 of my 6 championship teams. Not too shabby for a guy who doesn't even have a Young Guns rookie card! Upper Deck accidentally mistook the Mike Green who was a rookie defenseman with the Washington Capitals with a Mike Green who was a Center who played 24 games the year before splitting time between the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. So, Mike Green's first Upper Deck card ended up being just a regular base card due to this error. Whoops! I used to have 4 or 5 of them a long time ago, but I think I gave them to a young kid along with a lot of other goodies. I'll leave you with a Saskatoon Blades fact about Mike Green. In his last year with the Blades, he played in 67 games and almost averaged a point per game with 66 points! Pretty impressive!

2015/16 UD The Cup Duncan Siemens Black Auto RC 1/1

I left my biggest Saskatoon Blades card for last. When I purchased this card, I was at my nephew's hockey game (he was 10 at the time) and he was playing a very aggressive team. During the first intermission I saw the seller had accepted my $100 offer on this card and I paid right away. I actually thought Siemens might become a fun player to watch, but it never really happened. He had such a mean streak to his game and in the WHL. He could skate and make a great first pass. I think once he made it to the AHL he focused more on fighting than he did actually handling the puck. Add in injuries and his career just never got off the ground like it should have. This is a guy I really wanted to succeed and that is the truth. Once he did get an extended look in the NHL (7 years after his draft year), I actually got to see the game where he scored his only NHL goal and had his only NHL fight vs the Calgary Flames in 2018. He fought Tanner Glass and Glass ended up breaking Duncan's nose. Later on in the 3rd period, he scored his first NHL goal on an empty netter. After he scored his goal, it looked like his teammates were really pumped for him too. You could tell they were really pulling for the guy. After the 2018 season, the Avalanche cut Siemens loose, and he signed with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL and then faded into obscurity. A sad ending for the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. If you're out there Duncan, I'd love to interview you for this blog!

What does Sasky think about this blog entry? Well, let's ask her....

It looks like she's smiling at least!

Thanks for reading guys!