Skip to main content


Buffalo baseball memories

Baseball in Buffalo is having a moment tonight.

If you haven't heard, the Blue Jays are playing a "home game" tonight against the Marlins in Buffalo's Sahlen Field, traditionally the home of the Triple A Buffalo Bisons.

It's very fitting for Buffalo that the city finally gets to host major league baseball but nobody gets to see it in person, seeing as that Buffalo always wants very good sports things to happen to their city but they very rarely do (see Bills, Sabres). One of those "good things" for years was the hope that a Major League Baseball team would call Buffalo home.

The Blue Jays playing their home games this season in Buffalo isn't exactly what Buffalo fans had in mind while it was waiting more than 100 years for MLB to come to town, but they'll take it. We'll take it.

This is the biggest MLB moment for Buffalo since the days when it was actively campaigning to land an expansion MLB team back in the late 1980s/early 1990s. I remem…
Recent posts

Multiplying like rabbits

A couple of milestones -- one mine, one not -- regarding the total number of cards for a particular player, conspired last night to create this post.

Right around the time The Lost Collector announced on his blog that he had reached 1,000 Tino Martinez cards for his collection, I crossed 200 Corey Seager cards when I recorded the above 2020 Topps variation card sent to me by the Starting Nine.

Now, there are obvious differences between those two milestones, aside from the difference of 800 cards.

First, Martinez's career is over. He played for 16 seasons, primarily during the card glut of the 1990s, and for whatever reason they're still making cards of him. Seager is still playing and this is the beginning of just his sixth season.

Second, I am not a player collector. I don't actively seek out Seager cards like AJ does Martinez cards. Seager cards come to me because I collect Dodger cards, but there is no other mission.

So, what does that say? Maybe it's this: if I…

The weird things collectors do

It is interesting to me how card collectors seem to have so much in common, as far as interests, personality tendencies, how their brains are wired, etc., and still can be so different.

There are many things that card collectors do that confuse the heck out of me. ... Why? Why would they do that? ... And there are many ways card collectors think that don't match my collecting thought process at all.

I think the influence of the time period in which a collector grew up has a lot to do with the differences. And that's what I'm going to chalk up to the excuse I am now giving to whatever lost soul decided to grade a 1982 Topps Burt Hooton card.

Let's go through the reasons why there's no need to grade a 1982 Topps Burt Hooton:

1. The card came out in 1982.
2. It's Burt Hooton.

I'm done.

But, I'm thinking, somebody grew up in a period when everyone was grading cards and that, yes, even commons should be graded because, you know, they could, uh ... they coul…

Thrill of the chase

An old high school classmate asked me this week how to go about selling some completed Topps baseball sets that she had purchased for her sons each year while they were growing up.

I explained how to search for the sets on eBay by using the completed listings option, but because she is one of my favorite former classmates, to help lessen the shock for her, I searched the sets myself and then gave her an average for each of them, along with an explanation of why they weren't worth much more than what she had paid for them originally.

The sets were from 1997-2008 and with the exception of the 2001 set, which at 790 cards is the largest of the bunch and also contains the Ichiro rookie card, it was clear that nobody values completed sets anymore. At least not non-vintage completed sets.

I already knew this. But seeing it underlined in back-lit numbers stunned me a bit. The 2005 complete set sells for only 40 bucks? I like the 2005 set! I'm trying to complete the 2005 set! Why don…

The slash era

I'm not sure how many images of Joe Adell on the 2021 Topps design you have seen already. At the moment of this writing (3:42 p.m.), I've seen it several times, as well as a couple of blog posts about it. I'm sure there are more on the way.

These are what people are saying about it ...

Wait, I suppose I need to show you the image one more time:

There you are.

OK, now, the first reference I saw to it when I woke up out of my nest late this morning is that the design has a border. This was met with applause and I'm right there with them. It's the first Topps bordered flagship set since 2015, although you could make a case for 2019.

There is a lot of tinkering with the border but that just continues the theme of the entire design, which is: IT'S AWFULLY BUSY, AIN'T IT?????

How many design elements are on that card? Ten? Twelve? Fifteen? (Also, purple? There is no purple in the Angels color scheme. Are we going back to the random Topps colors of the '60s, …