Heritage 2014: It Was Always Meant To Be

If anyone is collecting Heritage 2014, I have a decent stack of doubles on hand and I have a healthy list of needs from the set. Before I go out buying more, I thought I'd try the trade route.

I told myself I wouldn't collect another Heritage set until I finished the short prints from 2011 (yes, 2011). While I'm still a few short, I knew all along I'd be chasing 2014 Heritage. Like many, I believe the 1965 design is one of the all-time greats.

Meanwhile, if you've followed along with my blog, you know I've been gone a long time before blurting out some dribble last month about Denny McLain. I'll be posting soon about him and what happened at the local show I had referenced in that earlier post.

For now, I'll offer my Heritage 2014 trade list following by my want list. FYI: I know there are many new bloggers since I was a frequent poster. I've probably conducted about 80 trades with bloggers between 2011 and early 2013.

The list ....

For Trade:
9, 11, 41, 49, 62, 68, 86, 104, 106, 106, 106, 115, 121, 121, 131, 142, 153, 157, 162, 166, 183, 186, 197, 211, 222, 224, 229, 229, 229, 240, 256, 256, 256, 260, 261, 262, 265, 268, 270, 277, 277, 277, 289, 293, 297, 298, 305, 320, 323, 338, 341, 344, 346, 346, 346, 353, 360, 362, 371, 371, 381, 384, 403, 404, 404, 408, 412, 413, 413, 414, 418, 420, 423, 428, 462, 462, 490, 490, TAN-MC

2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 61, 64, 66, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 83, 84, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 95, 97, 98, 101, 102, 105, 108, 109, 110, 111, 113, 117, 118, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 133, 134, 137, 138, 141, 147, 148, 154, 155, 156, 158, 159, 160, 161, 163, 164, 167, 168, 169, 171, 172, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 185, 187, 188, 189, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 198, 201, 202, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 210, 212, 213, 215, 217, 218, 220, 226, 227, 228, 231, 232, 235, 236, 238, 239, 242, 243, 244, 246, 249, 252, 253, 257, 263, 264, 266, 267, 269, 271, 272, 273, 274, 278, 279, 280, 287, 290, 291, 292, 294, 296, 301, 302, 304, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 313, 314, 315, 316, 318, 321, 322, 324, 325, 328, 329, 331, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 340, 342, 343, 345, 347, 348, 350 351 352, 355, 356, 357, 358, 361, 363, 365, 367, 368, 370, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 380, 383, 385, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 394, 396, 397, 398, 399, 401, 405, 407, 409, 410, 411, 415, 417, 419, 421, 422, 424, 426, 427, 429-457, 459, 460, 461, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468, 469, 470, 472-481, 483-489, 491, 492, 493, 494, 496, 497, 498, 499

65MLB-JB2 Johnny Bench
BF-A Astrodome
BF-BG Bob Gibson
BF-EB Ernie Banks
BF-HK Frank Robinson
BF-JM Juan Marichal
BF-JP Jim Palmer
BF-RC Roberto Clemente
BF-WM Willie Mays
NAP-CD Chris Davis
NAP-CG Carlos Gomez
NAP-CGO Carlos Gonzalez
NAP-CK Clayton Kershaw
NAP-GS Giancarlo Stanton
NAP-JF Jose Fernandez
NAP-MH Matt Harvey
NAP-MS Max Scherzer
NAP-MT Mike Trout
NAP-MW Michael Wacha
NAP-PA Pedro Alvarez
NAP-PG Paul Goldschmidt
NAP-SS Stephen Strasburg
NAP-XB Xander Bogaerts
NAP-YD Yu Darvish
NAP-YP Yasiel Puig
NF-AL Aleksei Leonov
NF-BC Bill Cosby
NF-JN Joe Namath
NF-MX The Autobiography of Malcolm X
NF-TB The Beatles
NF-TSOM The Sound of Music
NF-VRA Voting Rights Act of 1965

TAN-GW Bob Gibson
Adam Wainwright
TAN-KK Sandy Koufax
Clayton Kershaw
TAN-MS Juan Marichal
Max Scherzer
TAN-MV Willie McCovey
Joey Votto
TAN-RD Frank Robinson
Chris Davis
TAN-WE Maury Wills
Jacoby Ellsbury


The Search for a Vintage Denny('s): Part II

Vintage Denny('s)
Denny McLain is coming to town in 10 days and here I am without a nice card.

While I'm normally not an autograph guy, he'll be at the small card show that I normally attend and so I practically have no choice but to fork over the relatively-small-for-the-game's-last-30-game-winner fee of $15. It should be interesting. By all accounts (from the fellas at the last show) it's going to be a mob. We'll see.

I'd love a nice condition (no creases, rounded corners, etc.) '65 or '69 - or, heck, maybe even a great '68. I'll do everything possible to make it worth your while. If I don't hear from anyone soon, I'll go the eBay route by tomorrow. I have one McLain but it's not in too good of shape.

For possible trade, I have a decent, growing collection of nice vintage star cards. I'm starting to catalogue them now. It sure would have been nice if I had completed that project so you could take a look and claim something ahead of time.
Not Denny McLain.
The protocol for this signing is unclear. I think I need to present something for him to sign and then return to the back of the line if I want something else. If that's the case, and because I have a family obligation, I'll surely only have time to get one card signed. If it's something different, I'll try to get more than one signed. I'd say my limit due to cost would be two.

The catch to this post is I really need the McLain in mail right away.  Thanks for reading.


Denny's Grand Slammer

Well, here I am again.

While I've neglected this blog for far too long, I've been fully engaged for many months now in building my vintage (1975 and earlier) Reds and Cubs - along with select vintage stars and other vintage cards I come across that I love. I'm much more at peace with my hobby direction since I zeroed in on the cards I truly love. That said, I do still pluck a few new Reds, Tigers and Cubs while at the shows.

I'm planning to share much more about where I'm going with the hobby (and actually include scans!) very soon. Hopefully I'll be able to ramp up trading too.

But for now (and I'm burying the lede here) I'm writing to see if anyone happens to have any Denny McLain (Tigers only) cards from his playing days. Anyone?

For one, I don't have any McLains. Secondly, he'll be attending a local card show in two weeks. While it's possible I'll be out of town when he's in town, I'd like to have a card handy just in case.

I'm looking for a sharp card or two. No creases or soft corners and so forth.

I'm not an auto-seeker normally other than the year I attended The National, when I picked up a few, but with him set to be five miles away, and the price low, I figured I might go for it if I can.

The literature states one auto per person - which means I probably cannot thank you by buying an auto for you too. I will, however, work to send you nice cards from your want lists and/or will work with you to understand what you're interested in.

The catch is I really need the McLain(s) right away.


Trade with Brad's Blog

I have a confession. Several months ago, before life got crazy again, I had a couple of trades in the works. I believe I fulfilled my ends of all of them but I have a nagging feeling that somehow one got past me.

If anyone reading this is quietly fuming over the ne'er-do-well Potch leaving cards on the table (figuratively) then please, by all means, leave a nasty comment here. I do not want to be that guy!

Trading is the best part of my return to this hobby. I've been working on wrapping up some sets and trading has helped very much. I haven't even written much about my refined collection goals focusing on Reds, Cubs and select Tigers vintage - so thus far my progress with those goals has come via card shows exclusively.

There are other goals, of course, and then there are goals I didn't even know I had. I recently completed a trade with Brad of the fine blog, Brad's Blog. I gathered up a couple of relics in his wheelhouse, and a couple of autos I won some 18 months ago in a Wicked Ortega contest and sent them his way - along with assorted other cards and a grouping of Frank Thomas cards that he didn't have for his super Big Hurt collection.

In return, I received these two awesome autos:

I have no idea how this happened.
I neither had an Aroldis Chapman card auto nor a George Foster card auto, even though I by chance ran into Mr. Foster a year or so ago.

I also got this card that I didn't know existed. I'm not sure what that swatch is from. Hopefully not boxer shorts.

Bobby Knight's legend has dimmed considerably in Indiana and the circles in which I run, but he's still Bobby Knight and I'm an Indiana University graduate. I ran into Knight once while visiting Assembly Hall on a random day back in the early '90s.

Brad threw in some nice recent Reds I needed, including this lovely Gypsy Queen frame of the legendary catcher and popinjay Johnny Bench.
Incidentally, anyone out there who has a GQ frame of anyone, any year, should feel free to let me know.

And, of course, that goes for autographs of Reds. I will labor to make a nice trade with you.

Thanks again for the trade, Brad.


Me, Mini-Me and the Reds

Usually the hum of living - work, playing with our daughter, relaxing, yard work, streaming Netflix late at night, putting food on the table - keeps me happy and pushing forward to the next day.

Other times, the reality of how fast life is going hits me hard. I might still feel like the fresh-faced 9-year-old taking in a game at Riverfront Stadium in the summer of '78; then I get a notice that some old classmates are meeting in my hometown for a 27-year class reunion. Yeah, 27. Odd, huh?

Wasn't it just a few months ago when I watched the Big Red Machine take on the Dodgers in a twi-night doubleheader - with Bench, Morgan, Rose, the Daveys (Concepcion and Lopes), Garvey, Penguin and others holding court?

Not according to the face in my mirror. Not mine, I have a life-size present-day Cesar Geronimo photo taped on the wall opposite my mirror.
Thankfully, my daughter, six years old next week, helps keep me feeling young (when she's not making me feel much older than my 44 years, 11 months with the piggy back rides, "bucking bronco" game and ongoing shoulder carrying requests).

She likes to tease me about my baseball cards but she's taken an interest in my collection and baseball in general. Because of this, last September for one of our Daddy-Daughter weekends we left my wife behind and headed to Cincinnati for my daughter's first game - a battle with the old rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

My wife scheduled it weeks in advance and I thought maybe, just maybe, it would be a playoff clincher. Well, the Reds clinched the night before, thus many starters were rested for the game we saw. But Votto played and we saw Homer Bailey's (startbeforehis) no-hitter!!! (What, not as interesting? Well, I like to think that my daughter brought him some good luck.)

We sat several rows behind home plate - splurging on a section that has a private bathroom area and where waiters come and take your order. I wanted her to have a great view of the action too.

The Reds lost but it didn't diminish the experience and the fun she had. She really enjoyed actually watching the game (almost as much as the popcorn and cotton candy). Speaking of which, I was up for Dad of the year feeding my daughter cotton candy at about midnight. In my defense, the game had been scheduled for 1 p.m. until ESPN two weeks before chose it as their Sunday night Game of the Week.

More recently, on Father's Day last month, my daughter and I stole away for another Daddy-Daughter adventure. More hotel pool time and another Reds game - a win against the Brewers this time. More popcorn and cotton candy too, naturally.

We walked away with a giveaway Reds gym bag (for me) and a Rosie Reds doll for mini-me. It joins the Brandon Phillips doll she desperately wanted (and, of course, received) at the game last fall.

Ah, she's delightfully quirky.

The reality I know is that while I think she enjoys the game and ambiance, she's quite possibly already indulging me a bit as I share my passion. She sees what makes me smile and wants to talk to me about it and be a part of it. That's a pretty great feeling for a Dad.

One day, I hope she holds dear the memories (many still to come) at the ballpark with dear ol' Dad.


Tradeable Vagueness

Excuse the title. I'm working on perfecting the awkward headline.

I've been getting my trade groove on this week and enjoying getting back in the swing.

So, this is a blatant fishing expedition to see if anyone has a want list for 2012 Heritage (including a couple of SPs), 2013 Heritage (including an SP or three) and 2013 Archives. I have quite a bit - especially of the first and the last - for trade.

I'm desperately prowling for Heritage 2011 SPs.

I really need to hold my SPs back for SPs, as I'm sure you can understand why.

If you have needs from the sets mentioned above, please direct me to your want lists. I'm basically seeking Reds, Tigers and Cubs from those three sets but I still need to work up my own want lists.

This is all so very scattershot, so my apologies. Just hoping to get a trade dialogue started.

Meanwhile, because I dislike posting sans art, here's an auto I pulled from 2011 Heritage. RED SOX LEGEND Ted Wil....er, Ted Wills.

I'm looking to trade this for a Heritage 2011 auto from a team I collect.


You Bette It's the Oldest Card In The House

One of the coolest things to happen on the card front during my blog hiatus last fall - before my more recent hiatus - occurred when we attended a festival in Northeast Indiana last fall.

Editor's Note: Bear with me as I play a little blog catch up and intersperse some card-related news I never posted with more updated stuff. I've been collecting throughout my hiatuses (hiati?). Incidentally, I have a bundle of Heritage '12 for trade, as well as some Archives '13 and Heritage '13.

So, it was a pretty big fest, celebrating all things apple and homey and autumn-esque. Horse rides and corn mazes and pioneer demonstrations and sheep shearing and rifle shooting and live music and fried things.

There were three long buildings with crafts for purchase and viewing. In the middle of the fray, what do you know - a man and his wife selling cards!

Awesome people. The gent has traveled down from higher up in Michigan for some 20-plus years. He had a lot of Tigers stuff and assorted other old cards.

He had a few autographed baseballs. No certifications. He was a sports writer way back when and attended various events with a few greats of Tigers yore - Al Kaline and Willie Horton namely. Willie, he says, is a great guy who enjoys talking about himself in the third person. Mr. Tiger runs hot and oh-so-very cold. No surprise there.

So, after visiting with this couple for awhile, I went back to my family and did the festival thing. I had my eye on a few things in his booth so I told him I'd be back. Right then, I had my other eye on some kettle corn.

When we all returned late in the day, near closing time, he and his wife struck up a doting chat with my five-year-old daughter, who had spotted some old tobacco-style minis in a small case.

She loved the cards and whispered to me that she'd like one. He pulled out the collection - of actors and actresses from way back when - and we both got a closer look. My daughter chose this one.
Good choice. There's always been something about that woman. My guess is it's the eyes.

This is card #10 from the Third Series of Player's Cigarettes "Film Stars" released in 1938. I guess Series One and Series Two were released earlier in the '30s. Most of the great stars of the day seem to be in the collection with some others including: Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Katherine Hepburn and Johnny Weissmuller.

Here's the back:
This, my daughter's card, is the oldest card in our house.

As for me, I bought, yes, one of the aforementioned signed Kaline balls. The gent had it marked at just $30 but with no certification there was a gamble involved. He said he'd sell it and the Bette Davis for $20 total. 

Later, back at home, for kicks I looked up this guy on the Internet. Not to verify my trust but to see if any old articles came up. Learned that he had been given a community award at some point not long ago - for many things including being generally a standup fella. That doesn't guarantee the ball is legit, of course, but it was nice to read.

I'm not an autographed ball collector. I've never purchased one before, although I have several that I've personally obtained - at the formerly named Comiskey Park in the early aughts and at The National in 2011. I also - in a pinch - had a novelty ball signed last year by the great George Foster, but I couldn't resist taking the cheap gamble on a ball by a Hall of Famer.

My daughter still loves her card, by the way. She takes it out every now and then and studies it. She loves that it's her own and I think she enjoys knowing she's sharing my hobby.

Search Me *shrugs*