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How I'll get by if the Dodgers lose tonight

As I write this, Clayton Kershaw has struck out eight Giants through five innings. That would make me most pleased, except for the fact that the Dodgers are continuing the tradition that they have been known for over the last decade -- leaving abundant runners on base.

So, I've decided to write a post during the game that will remind me of why I'm happy to be a Dodger fan, no matter what happens tonight.

The following cards come from Mike at Sports Syzygy. I thank him for validating my appreciation for the greatest team on earth.


Kirk Gibson. Author of the greatest baseball moment since ESPN hit the airwaves. Really. There were polls to figure this out and everything. We all know that if it's not on ESPN, it didn't happen.


Sandy Koufax. Author of the greatest abbreviated pitching career of all-time. I think he has many more fans today than he ever did when he was playing.


Roy Campanella. Perhaps the most inspirational baseball player of all-time for how he persevered …

Play ball! (2011)

It's a tradition around these parts. And, as promised last year, I've mixed in a few more card companies. Next year, I'll even add some Score. (Poor, poor Score).

All right, here we go:

The last time the GIANTS won the World Series, cards looked like this:



The last time the YANKEES won the World Series, cards looked like this:



The last time the PHILLIES won the World Series, cards looked like this:



The last time the RED SOX won the World Series, cards looked like this:



The last time the CARDINALS won the World Series, cards looked like this:



The last time the WHITE SOX won the World Series, cards looked like this:



The last time the MARLINS won the World Series, cards looked like this:



The last time the ANGELS won the World Series, cards looked like this:



The last time the DIAMONDBACKS won the World Series, cards looked like this:



The last time the BRAVES won the World Series, cards looked like this:



The last time the BLUE JAYS won the World Series, cards looked like this:


Every Topps card, diamond giveaway style

(Note: As of at least June of 2012, the links below now go to the Golden Giveway, making all my work pointless. Topps -- you suck).

More than a year ago, when Topps' Million Card Giveaway was at a fever pitch, Wrigley Wax figured out a cool way for collectors to get on the site and search for every Topps card from 1952 through 2009. 
I used that post obsessively when researching my own post topics.
But a few weeks ago, something happened. The links that Wrigley Wax provided for each of the Topps years stopped working. If you click on the year, it takes you to the old Million Card Giveaway site, but the page is pretty much blank. At the top, there is the random name of a baseball superstar.
I suppose that makes sense. Topps has moved on to the Diamond Giveaway extravaganza, with a whole new site that is much like the Million Card site, except with a diamond ring theme.
But I wondered if Topps had continued to store images of all of its cards on the Diamond Giveaway site as it had o…

Kid, you almost gave me a heart attack

A number of months ago, I received thousands of trading cards from my brother-in-law. He ripped off some kid at a rummage sale and I was the main beneficiary.

I found a lot of goodies in those cards. But there were also plenty of cards straight off the boat from the era of overproduction. Among the cards I have growing old in my dupes box are countless 1991 Topps, 1991 Donruss and 1989 Topps.

There are also plenty of 1988 Topps, which I might have more of than any other set that was ever created.

I happened to be leafing through those same '88 Topps yesterday afternoon to find some cards for a trade (don't ask). The condition of these cards are all over the board. Some look like they came directly out of a pack and some look like they were used to grout tile.

One of the less pleasant cards I came across was this Wally Joyner item. It's plagued by so many creases that Joyner actually looks like he's running from them. There's also an unsightly stain on the upper le…

In lieu of actual content

I thought I would have time to write a post on a topic that might actually interest a few readers. But, alas, the calendar has not changed, and I find myself rushing just to squeeze in a simple trade post.

Yes, I just used the word "alas." Still have time to do goofy stuff like that.

Anyway, I'm showing some goodies from three recent package arrivals. They originated, respectively, from Colbey at Cardboard Collections, Julie at Things Are Funner Here, and Scott at Scott Crawford on Cards! These are my first trades with all three of these individuals, which is cool, because I've traded with over a hundred bloggers now, and it's always nice to find some new friends. Not that I've ditched the old friends. Don't get insecure.

So here are the cards that I'll no doubt be recording and filing during my glorious two baseball-filled days later this week.

But not now. Only the grim recounting of card arrivals as I toil through a thankless job.

And onward!



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