Lil’ Cardinals Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest will be for a Lil’ Teammates Series 1 St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher figure.  It will come to you mint in box.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this figure for FREE!!!

Lil’ Phillies Contest! – NOW CLOSED

In honor of the pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, its time for another contest.  This time you’ll receive a Philadelphia Phillies Lil’ Teammates pitcher.  It will come to you mint in box.

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February, 18, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this figure for FREE!!!

Relic Cards Containing Non-Relics

Historical relics are an interesting part of the hobby.  They can easily take you on a trip back in time and help you imagine that your actually there.  Plus they’re educational and you all know how I like relic cards containing pieces of old memorabilia.

After seeing a lot of 2010 Triple Threads Baseball boxes busted, by far the most interesting card I’ve seen pulled is the Molly Pitcher #’ed/5.  But the more I learned about these historic relics the more disappointed I got.  The three pieces of material on the front aren’t of anything that has to do with Molly Pitcher.  In fact, on the back of the card it states “The Relics On This Card Are Merely Representative And Are Not Pieces Of Any Actual Item Connected To The Subject On The Front“.

Now, I know these cards are hard to pull and have a low print run, but I think if your going to make a high-end product like Triple Threads I think there should be an actual relic associated with the person featured on the front of the card.  It just seems like a cheap way to go for Topps.  On a positive note, I really like the look of this card.  I’m sure it even looks better in person.  Either way, the bogus relics don’t seem to bother collectors.  This card sold for $150.00.

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Why Do Managers Do This?

I am by no means and expert on all the rules of baseball.  But I do have one question that has been on my mind for awhile.  Maybe someone can clear up my confusion.  My question is this:  When a starting pitcher is doing very well, and winning the game, why does the manager take them out?  I know this doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens often enough.  If a pitcher is “in the zone” why decide to put somebody else in?  I have seen it backfire so many times this season.  I just finished watching the Phillies beat the Giants 7-6 in 11 innings.  I’m very glad they won, but Tim Lincecum had them down 4-1 and then the manager decided to take him out.  If Lincecum would have stayed in, I bet they would have won.  This was a mistake by Bruce Bochy that I’m glad he made and worked in the Phillies favor.  But what is the reasoning of decisions like this?

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Happ’s “Graceful” Record

This afternoon J.A. Happ won his 7th game of the year which brings his record to 7-0.  The last Phillies pitcher to go 7-0 was Mike Grace back in 1995.  Grace only lasted 5 years in the majors and hasn’t been seen much since 1999.  I actually met him in Harrisburg along with Scott Rolen back in the mid-90’s while attending a card show and still have the baseball he signed.  Right now, Happ’s cards are on fire and doing a quick eBay search will yield some interesting/expensive finds.  Searching for cards of Grace won’t provide much to look at.  Grace’s 1996 Leaf Signature autograph is probably his most valuable card.  So far Happ’s career is going great.  I really hope he doesn’t end up like Mike Grace.

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R.I.P Nick Adenhart 1986 – 2009

Source – MLB.com

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J.A. Happ to Appear at the 3rd Annual Phillies Dinner

Source – Williamsport Crosscutters

“The Williamsport Crosscutters have announced that Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ (pronounced Jay) has been added to the guest line-up of the 3rd Annual Hot Stove Dinner & Auction on Wednesday, January 14, at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.  A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Lycoming County United Way.

Happ pitched in a total of 8 games for the Phillies in 2008 going 1-0 with a 3.69 ERA.  He is expected to compete for a spot in the 2009 Phillies starting rotation.  Happ began is professional career in the New York-Penn League with Batavia in 2004.

In addition to Happ, it was also announced that new Cutters manager Chris Truby and the Phillie Phanatic will also be part of the festivities. “

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I already have my tickets and can’t wait to see the 2008 World Series Trophy.  I will be sure to take a lot of pictures to share. 

Player Spotlight: Charles Radbourn

Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn was born on December 11, 1854 and made his major league debut in 1880 for the Buffalo Bisons.  During his career he played for the Bisons, Providence Grays, Boston Beaneaters, Boston Reds, and finished with the Cincinnati Reds back in 1891.  Radbourn holds the record for the most wins in a single season for a pitcher with 60, although many baseball historians say he won 59.  I highly doubt that any pitcher today will ever reach a milestone like that.  Even though his career lasted for only 11 seasons, Radbourn was able to obtain 310 victories.  In 1939 he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Many people speculate that the term “charley horse” came from Charles Radbourn, because he suffered from the same type of leg pain.  

Charles Radbourn does have a few cards that collectors can add to their collection.  Probably his most popular cards would be the 1887-90 N172 #427 Old Judge, and 1887-90 N172 #426 .  The Old Judge tobacco cards were some of the first mass produced cards in history, and are usually quite expensive even if the player isn’t a Hall of Famer.

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When researching old players like Radbourne, you come across a lot of interesting information.  Did you know that Charles Radbourne was the first person ever photographed giving the middle finger?  I know, I laughed too when I learned this.  Radbourne did this during a team photo back in 1886.  Can you imagine if that image would have been used for a card?  That sure would have been the Billy Ripken of the 19th century.

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Jim Bunning Not Welcome

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Thats ok Jim, your welcome at any sports memorabilia show in Pennsylvania.  Click here for the whole story.

Bad Decision for the Phillies

As you know, I am a huge Phillies fan.  I just read on ESPN that the Phillies traded away three minor league players: Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman, and Matthew Spencer, to the the A’s.  In return the Phillies will receive pitcher Joe Blanton who is 5-12 this season.  This is a bad move in my opinion as a Phillies fan.  Those were three of their best minor league players.  I’m not too sure what this will do for any of their cards.  This Phillies just traded away some of their future stars.  I can’t wait for Outman and Cardenas to make it to the majors some day.