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Saturday, May 18, 2019


Tenace turned in his gaudy, green-and-gold Oakland polyesters for the even gaudier brown-and-yellow threads preferred of the Padres. Making the transition to the National League, Tenace hit 15 home runs, but his patient hitting style drew the ire of Kroc.

“Tenace kept saying if he played every day he’d improve,” Kroc complained to the Sporting News. “Well he’s been in there every day and he hasn’t done a damn thing. All he wants to do is walk. Well, we can’t win games waiting for walks. He’s being paid to hit, and he can’t hit.”

In reality, Tenace did hit that season, putting up an OPS of .824.

He would follow that up with three more productive seasons in San Diego, but the Padres failed to make the postseason during his time there.

Fiore Gino Posted: May 18, 2019 at 10:28 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, gene tenace, oakland a's, san diego padres

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Babe Ruth rookie card sells for $130K after being discovered in an old piano

After being discovered along with more than 100 other vintage trading cards inside an old piano, a 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card sold for more than $130,000 this week.

For many years, Ruth’s rookie card wasn’t nearly as valuable as other items from fellow MLB legends such as Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb and “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, according to the card’s auction website. In fact, Beckett Goodwin, the card’s auction house, estimated it would sell for half the price it eventually went for, per the New York Post’s Jordi Lippe-McGraw. The same Ruth card—in better condition—went for $38,837 in 2009.

The Ruth rookie card depicts the longtime New York Yankees slugger during his days as a Boston Red Sox pitcher.

For those curious, it’s an M101-4, often described as “Sporting News” after an advertiser often seen on the back, but not the original issuer.


QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, baseball cards, piano

Friday, February 15, 2019

Former Pirates pitching great (and his baseball card) appears on “This Is Us”

I love it when the hobby and pop culture collide. On last night’s episode of This Is Us, the mega-popular tear-jerker of a TV show, former Pirates pitching great John Smiley and his 1987 Topps Traded card made an appearance.

Sort of.

I know John Smiley is hardly considered a “great” today, but in 1992, coming off a 20-win season, an All-Star appearance, and a third-place finish in Cy Young Award voting, “great” is not a stretch. And it wasn’t actually Smiley on the show, but actor Troy Doherty portraying Smiley at a baseball card signing.

Fiore Gino Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, pittsburgh pirates, tv

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Bill Ripken F*** Face card, 30 years later

There was a swear word on one of the new baseball cards, he said. Clear as day. The F-word. Right on the front of Bill Ripken’s 1989 Fleer card…..

It’s in this context that the Ripken card came out, so it pushed all the right buttons. It wasn’t just a reversed negative; there was a danged swear right on the danged card. What was Fleer going to do about this? Stop production immediately, of course. Reissue corrected cards. Shops were already starting to forbid sales of packs to minors, and Major League Baseball was ticked, so there was a legitimate PR crisis for a company that was very much not used to the attention. Was there going to be some sort of buyback program? Were cards going to be destroyed?

Instead, Fleer’s response was to make a whole bunch of new error cards.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2019 at 05:34 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Ralph Houk | Cardboard Gods


Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2019 at 08:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, ralph houk




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