Card of the Day: Richard Park 1995-96 Upper Deck #419

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Candlestick Park – 1971-2013 – Farewell Season Pin

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The 49ers played their final regular season game at Candlestick Park on 12/23/13 beating the Falcons 34-24.  Candlestick Park has been home to the San Francisco Giants (1960-1999), Oakland Raiders (1961), and San Francisco 49ers (1971-2013).  You could easily say that the 49ers have the most history at Candlestick Park when compared to any of its other occupants.  One of the greatest plays in NFL history took place there during the 1982 NFC Championship game against the Cowboys.  “The Catch” was the winning touchdown made by Dwight Clark off a pass from Joe Montana.  This touchdown led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl.  It won’t be long before they implode Candlestick Park.  The new Levi’s Stadium will be home to the 49ers starting next year.

There have been a bunch of pins made to celebrate the final season at Candlestick Park.  Each and every one of them are on fire right now.  This pin for example is currently selling for $50.00.

PHOTOS: Harrisburg Senators vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Last night I took a trip down to Harrisburg to see the Senators take on the Portland Sea Dogs.  The Senators are the AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals and the Sea Dogs are affiliated with the Red Sox.  This was the first time I had been to Metro Bank Park.  I attended a few Senators games many years ago, but that was well before they built this new stadium.  Parking was a little weird, and the food could have been better.  I really liked my seat because foul balls were coming my way all the time.  In the end, Harrisburg won 10-0.

I picked up three different team sets:

  • Eastern Division 2010 All-Star Set
  • Western Division 2010 All-Star Set
  • Harrisburg Senators 2010 Team Set – this one has Strasburg in it

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Jordan Zimmerman is in Harrisburg doing his rehab

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As you can see, SpongeBob was at the game.  He should have pitched.  I hear he has a nasty “sinker” 🙂

5 Cards I Would Like To See In 2011 Allen & Ginter

The Cardboard Connection is having a contest where you can win 1 free hobby box of 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter.  All you have to do is e-mail them a list of five cards you would like to see in 2011 Allen & Ginter.  Click here for all the contest details.

There are a ton of people I would like to see in Allen & Ginter.  I found it difficult to narrow it down to just five, but here is my list:

  • Jefferson Burdick – author of The American Card Catalog.

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  • Steve Jobs Auto – Co-Founder of Apple.

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  • Harry Kalas Cut Signature & Tie Relic – Phillies Hall of Fame broadcaster.

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  • Bob Uecker Auto – “Mr. Baseball” and 2003 Ford C. Frick Award winner.

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  • Ball Park Franks – Hygrade Food Products won a competition in 1959 to be the exclusive supplier of hot dogs to the Detroit Tiger’s stadium. Hygrade Food Products launched a contest to its employees in order to come up with the best brand name for their Detroit Tigers stadium hot dogs.  Mary Ann Kurk, one of Hygrade Food Products sales people at the time, won the contest with the name “Ball Park Franks”.

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In addition to this list, I would also like to see a card of Carl Stotz, who founded Little League Baseball.  So who or what would be on your list?

PHOTOS: Phillies vs. Twins – 6/19/10

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Yesterday I took my second trip to Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies take on the Twins.  Even though the Phillies blew their 5-run lead in the top of the 9th and ended up losing 13-10 in 11 innings, I still had a great time.  I got to see Ryan Howard, Wilson Valdez, and Jayson Werth each hit homers.  I think this was the most action I’ve ever seen in a game that I attended.

The staff at Citizens Bank Park is extremely helpful.  With almost 50,000 people it can get very crowded.  They helped me get through a lot of tight areas especially inside some of the gift shops.  I also like how the handicap seating is blocked off by a gate so people who have standing room only tickets don’t get in the way.  That helps a lot.  The only difficult part of the day was the traffic.

I picked up a ton of pins for my collection, and a Roy Halladay bobble head that came free with the purchase of a $10.00 Phillies yearbook.  I can’t wait to go back next year!!!!  Feel free to check out some of my photos.

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View from my seat

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Steve Carlton

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Liberty Bell

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Jayson Werth

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Ryan Howard

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Cole Hamels

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Shane Victorino

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Mike Schmidt

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Connie Mack

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Phanatic!!!!!!

Cooper’s Phillies “Dream Team” Painting IS Coming To Fans

This evening I received an e-mail from Jamie Cooper.  Jamie is the artist who painted the famous Phillies “Dream Team” painting that is hanging in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.  He contacted me awhile back to see if I could help spread the word to see if collectors would be interested in a more affordable version of this great piece of art.  I’m happy to announce that after a few blog posts later the feedback has been overwhelming and Jamie has decided to bring this painting to the fans.  Thats the power of blogging!

Print Highlights:

  • It will be printed on 300gsm quality art stock
  • The size will be approx. 39 x 15 inches
  • Each print will come signed by Jamie Cooper
  • The print will be accompanied by an A4 sheet with the entire story of the painting including the many hidden secrets woven into the scene
  • Price is $125 plus postage and handling ($25)
  • The lithographic print on paper will be released in 2 weeks time, delivery within 4 weeks

For more information, you can contact Jamie Cooper at:

jamie@jcap.com.au

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Rare Gem On Display At Citizens Bank Park

Last night while watching the Phillies I heard Tom McCarthy and Chris Wheeler talk about something you rarely hear about on prime time television – baseball cards.  Right now at Citizens Bank Park this 1909-11 T206 uncut strip containing Honus Wagner will be on display thanks to Hunt Auctions.  This strip has been bought and sold many times over the years and still amazes collectors.  How in the hell did this thing stay together after all this time?  Many rumors state it was found in a pair of old pants owned by Wagner.

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This would make the ultimate box topper.

Phillies “Dream Team” Painting Possibly Coming Soon To Fans

Upstairs at Citizens Bank Park hanging in the Phillies Diamond Club is one of the greatest pieces of Phillies artwork ever created.  The Phillies “Dream Team” piece was created by Jamie Cooper and features various Philadelphia Phillies from different eras.  It even has Harry Kalas interviewing Richie Ashburn to the right.  I wrote a post about this piece of work last January, and recently I was contacted by Mr. Cooper who wanted to know my thoughts about making prints of the piece available to collectors.  As of right now, only extremely high-end copies are available to collectors and can cost into the thousands.  Cooper would like to offer collectors a chance to own a copy of this print, but at a more economical cost.

What he is thinking about is creating a 45 x 18 inch print on 250 gsm art stock.  The price would probably be around $125.00 plus shipping & handing.  Right now this isn’t definite, but he asked if I would help spread the word informing Phillies fans that this could be something available.  In my opinion, its the greatest piece of Phillies artwork ever created.  It just looks so cool!!

Please let me know what you think of this idea.  Jamie is looking for some feedback to see if its worth going through with.  He has had a lot of requests to make the painting more affordable.

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This is a mock-up of what the print could look like.  The names of the players and the story of the painting would come on an attached COA.  If anyone is interested in purchasing a print, please contact Jamie Cooper at: jamie@jcap.com.au

PHOTOS: Phillies vs. Orioles

This was my first trip to Citizens Bank Park, and I must say its one of the nicest stadiums I’ve ever been to. Check out some of the photos! More can be found on Facebook.

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Connie Mack

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Suite #65 is where I got to watch the game. Probably the best box I’ve ever watched a game from. Someday I want to see the name “Sports Card Info” on a box.

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Cole Hamels before the game

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Upstairs they have a Phillies Hall of Fame exhibit: Schmidt, Roberts, Ashburn, Carlton

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Stadium model

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Dick Perez has a bunch of paintings hanging upstairs. This one is of Connie Mack.

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Eddie Collins

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Eddie Plank

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Napoleon Lajoie

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Original seat from Connie Mack Stadium

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2008 World Series Championship ring

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Chase Utley

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Utley at first

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Victorino at first

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Adam Jones & Carlos Ruiz

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Hey look! Upper Deck is on the scoreboard.

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Matt Wieters & Ruiz

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Phanatic shooting hot dogs

PHOTOS: Lou Marson / Card Show & Eagles Summer Event

Yesturday I made my way down to the Park City Center, located in Lancaster, PA, where they had a sports card & memorabilia show.  A little after 12:00 p.m. Lou Marson of the Phillies arrived to sign autographs.  This was the first time I had been to a show at the Park City Center and I didn’t know what to expect.  The dealers were really spread apart, but thats probably because they wanted customers to walk all over the mall.  I did pickup a few things:

  • Carlos Ruiz 2005 Donruss Classics Auto #’ed/1200
  • (1) 2008 Upper Deck Philadelphia Phillies World Series Box Set
  • (1) Hobby Box of 2009 Upper Deck Draft Football – will post the results later

One dealer had a really nice Richie Ashburn Cut Signature, but he wanted $200.00 for it and wouldn’t negotiate on the price.

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Lou Marson signing my bat

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I think this looks really cool.  I hope Marson makes it back up to the Phillies soon.

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I give this show an overall rating of 3 hot dogs out of 5 (1=poor  5=perfect).  The dealers were really spread out, and PAC Signatures who got Marson to come to the show said he would be signing in the Center Court, but I later found out he was going to be near Sears.  The person working at the mall information desk had no idea what was going on and I think PAC Signatures should have communicated a little better with the mall.  Other than a few miss communications, I found a lot of wax and Phillies stuff.

Across town over at the Rockvale Outlets, the Philadelphia Eagles had a summer event where they had the cheerleaders, SWOOP, and a few players signing autographs.  The players included: Stewart Bradley, Juqua Parker, Todd Herremans, and Quintin Demps.  Driving in you could see the line people were in to get autographs.  It must have been over 200 yards long, so I decided not to wait in line.  I stayed for a little while and got a few pictures.

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Stewart Bradley throwing footballs into the crowd

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Eagles Cheerleaders 🙂