2017-04-27

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 27

Washington over Edmonton

Round 2
NSH 1-0 STL
EDM 1-0 ANA
PIT 0-0 WSH
NYR 0-0 OTT

Round 1
NSH 4-0 CHI
STL 4-1 MIN
CGY 0-4 ANA
SJS 2-4 EDM
TOR 2-4 WSH
CBJ 1-4 PIT
NYR 4-2 MON
BOS 2-4 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67670.354.641.9
EDM0.57669.742.115.9
NYR0.57565.520.911.3
PIT0.59229.718.110.8
NSH0.53465.126.67.8
ANA0.55430.316.95.7
STL0.53734.914.54.3
OTT0.49534.56.42.3

The second round has kicked off, and both road teams won game 1 in the West, and both Nashville and Edmonton are over 65% likely to win. Tonight the Eastern Conference semifinals start.

2017-04-24

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 24

Washington over Edmonton

Round 2
NSH 0-0 STL
EDM 0-0 ANA
PIT 0-0 WSH
NYR 0-0 OTT

Round 1
NSH 4-0 CHI
STL 4-1 MIN
CGY 0-4 ANA
SJS 2-4 EDM
TOR 2-4 WSH
CBJ 1-4 PIT
NYR 4-2 MON
BOS 2-4 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67670.354.642.1
EDM0.57653.232.012.1
NYR0.57565.520.911.4
PIT0.59229.718.110.9
ANA0.55446.826.08.8
STL0.53752.222.16.6
NSH0.53447.819.95.8
OTT0.49534.56.42.4

The US and Canadian capital cities both finished off their series, and we've got round 2 all lined up. No series in round 1 went to 7 games, but thanks to staggering the games, there will only be 2 off days before games resume Wednesday

2017-04-23

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 23

Washington over Edmonton

Round 1
NSH 4-0 CHI
STL 4-1 MIN
CGY 0-4 ANA
SJS 2-4 EDM
TOR 2-3 WSH
CBJ 1-4 PIT
NYR 4-2 MON
BOS 2-3 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67688.562.247.937.0
EDM0.576100.053.232.012.7
PIT0.592100.034.020.412.3
NYR0.575100.062.121.111.5
ANA0.554100.046.826.09.2
STL0.537100.052.222.17.0
NSH0.534100.047.819.96.1
BOS0.54930.413.94.12.0
OTT0.49569.624.04.91.8
TOR0.51811.53.71.50.6

Three games finished three series on Saturday, as St. Louis, New York, and Edmonton all advanced. Edmonton is also the new Western Conference favorite. The last two series could end today, or we could have one or two game 7s, which I assume would be on Tuesday after a day off Monday.

2017-04-22

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 22

Washington over Anaheim

Round 1
NSH 4-0 CHI
STL 3-1 MIN
CGY 0-4 ANA
SJS 2-3 EDM
TOR 2-3 WSH
CBJ 1-4 PIT
NYR 3-2 MON
BOS 2-3 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67688.562.248.236.7
PIT0.592100.034.020.612.1
EDM0.57678.041.523.79.3
ANA0.554100.048.225.28.9
NYR0.57576.747.616.28.6
NSH0.534100.044.018.65.7
STL0.53778.641.117.85.6
MIN0.62121.415.09.64.7
MON0.56123.314.54.52.3
BOS0.54930.413.94.11.9
OTT0.49569.624.04.91.8
SJS0.54722.010.35.11.7
TOR0.51811.53.71.60.6

Washington's back to nearly 50% likely to win the East, even though closing out this series will leave them one of 4 teams remaining. And Boston won to avoid elimination against Ottawa.

Today, St. Louis will try to finish off their series with Minnesota, and New York and Edmonton will need to win to avoid going to game 7.

2017-04-21

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 21

Washington over Anaheim

Round 1
NSH 4-0 CHI
STL 3-1 MIN
CGY 0-4 ANA
SJS 2-3 EDM
TOR 2-2 WSH
CBJ 1-4 PIT
NYR 3-2 MON
BOS 1-3 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67675.152.841.031.2
PIT0.592100.039.123.814.0
EDM0.57678.041.523.79.8
NYR0.57576.748.917.99.6
ANA0.554100.048.225.29.4
NSH0.534100.044.018.66.0
STL0.53778.641.117.85.9
MIN0.62121.415.09.64.9
MON0.56123.314.95.02.6
OTT0.49584.729.26.62.4
SJS0.54722.010.35.11.8
TOR0.51824.98.13.41.4
BOS0.54915.37.02.21.0

Two more teams advanced last night, knocking Chicago and Columbus out of the playoffs. Tonight Ottawa could eliminate Boston, and Toronto and Washington will resume their tied series.

I noticed St. Louis's cup chances went down slightly, from 6% to 5.9%, and that seemed weird to me, because the weaker-on-paper Nashville eliminated Chicago. Taking a closer look, their chances of beating Nashville went up, from 40.4% to 41%, but their chances of making the finals dropped slightly, because Edmonton again took the lead in their series. So while the Central division playoff bracket got a little weaker, the Pacific got stronger, more than enough to make up for it.

2017-04-20

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 20

Washington over Anaheim

Round 1
NSH 3-0 CHI
STL 3-1 MIN
CGY 0-4 ANA
SJS 2-2 EDM
TOR 2-2 WSH
CBJ 1-3 PIT
NYR 2-2 MON
BOS 1-3 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67675.152.240.831.1
PIT0.59286.733.920.812.3
ANA0.554100.049.525.79.6
EDM0.57656.830.217.17.0
NYR0.57549.731.711.56.2
STL0.53778.640.417.96.0
NSH0.53492.140.517.45.6
MON0.56150.332.110.85.5
MIN0.62121.414.89.64.9
SJS0.54743.220.310.03.5
CBJ0.62013.35.94.02.6
OTT0.49584.729.26.52.3
TOR0.51824.98.03.41.4
BOS0.54915.37.02.21.0
CHI0.5687.94.32.30.9

Calgary is the first team out, and Anaheim is the first to advance, in a 4-0 sweep. The Blues couldn't finish theirs last night, so they'll play again after another 2 day break. In the East, Washington tied their series, and the frantic hockey pundits can breathe for a few more days.

2017-04-19

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 19

Washington over Anaheim

Round 1
NSH 3-0 CHI
STL 3-0 MIN
CGY 0-3 ANA
SJS 2-2 EDM
TOR 2-1 WSH
CBJ 1-3 PIT
NYR 2-2 MON
BOS 1-2 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67657.840.231.224.0
PIT0.59286.739.524.014.4
ANA0.55495.747.425.310.0
EDM0.57656.830.517.77.7
STL0.53788.545.520.37.2
NYR0.57549.730.312.06.5
NSH0.53492.142.118.26.3
MON0.56150.330.711.25.9
SJS0.54743.220.510.33.9
BOS0.54939.518.16.23.0
CBJ0.62013.36.84.53.0
MIN0.62111.57.95.22.7
TOR0.51842.213.55.62.3
OTT0.49560.520.95.21.9
CHI0.5687.94.42.41.0
CGY0.5114.31.60.70.2

Columbus avoided elimination, and New York and San Jose both evened their series at 2-2. For some reason the Blues got a second consecutive day off, and not even during a travel period, so they'll try to finish off their sweep tonight, as will Anaheim. St. Louis would get a whole lot of rest before the second round, but Nashville could finish off Chicago tomorrow and have only one less day off before meeting up with St. Louis.

2017-04-18

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 18

Washington over Anaheim

Round 1
NSH 3-0 CHI
STL 3-0 MIN
CGY 0-3 ANA
SJS 1-2 EDM
TOR 2-1 WSH
CBJ 0-3 PIT
NYR 1-2 MON
BOS 1-2 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67657.840.431.424.1
PIT0.59292.342.125.715.3
EDM0.57673.139.322.89.9
ANA0.55495.746.424.89.8
MON0.56166.740.615.07.7
STL0.53788.545.519.97.1
NSH0.53492.142.117.96.2
NYR0.57533.320.38.14.4
BOS0.54939.518.16.33.0
MIN0.62111.57.95.12.7
SJS0.54726.912.86.42.4
TOR0.51842.213.65.72.4
OTT0.49560.520.95.21.9
CBJ0.6207.73.92.61.7
CHI0.5687.94.42.41.0
CGY0.5114.31.50.70.2

All 4 games went to overtime yesterday. I wonder how many times that's happened, if ever. Nashville and Anaheim took 3-0 leads, while Toronto and Ottawa took 2-1 leads. We could have 4 first round sweeps, and again, I don't know how that would compare to history, though maybe I'll look it up if we get at least 3. Also, We're back in that odd situation where Edmonton is not favored to win the West but is the most likely cup winner from the West. Washington remains on top despite trailing 2-1 in their series, due to their massive strength compared to everyone else.

2017-04-17

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 17

Washington over Edmonton

Round 1
NSH 2-0 CHI
STL 3-0 MIN
CGY 0-2 ANA
SJS 1-2 EDM
TOR 1-1 WSH
CBJ 0-3 PIT
NYR 1-2 MON
BOS 1-1 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67676.553.541.331.7
PIT0.59292.335.621.512.8
EDM0.57673.140.223.09.4
ANA0.55485.241.321.88.1
MON0.56166.739.013.06.7
STL0.53788.544.319.66.5
NSH0.53478.435.915.45.0
BOS0.54961.828.38.84.2
NYR0.57533.319.57.13.8
CHI0.56821.612.16.52.6
MIN0.62111.57.85.02.6
SJS0.54726.913.16.52.3
CBJ0.6207.73.42.21.5
TOR0.51823.57.63.11.3
OTT0.49538.213.22.91.1
CGY0.51114.85.42.30.6

St. Louis and Pittsburgh both took commanding 3-0 leads on Sunday, and now have chances of advancing of 89% and 92%, respectively. Edmonton also won, and overtook the lead in the West from Anaheim. Much was made of the return of Canadian teams to the playoffs after all 16 teams were US-based last year, but 3 of the 5 are now at the bottom of the list when sorted by Cup likelihood.

2017-04-16

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 16

Washington over Anaheim

Round 1
NSH 2-0 CHI
STL 2-0 MIN
CGY 0-2 ANA
SJS 1-1 EDM
TOR 1-1 WSH
CBJ 0-2 PIT
NYR 1-1 MON
BOS 1-1 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67676.552.840.630.8
PIT0.59276.229.417.610.3
ANA0.55485.242.421.27.8
EDM0.57653.529.416.16.6
MIN0.62129.219.813.06.5
NYR0.57554.631.911.56.1
STL0.53770.835.416.05.3
NSH0.53478.433.414.64.6
MON0.56145.426.58.84.4
CBJ0.62023.810.56.94.4
BOS0.54961.828.38.74.1
SJS0.54746.522.710.83.7
CHI0.56821.611.46.22.4
TOR0.51823.57.43.01.2
OTT0.49538.213.22.91.0
CGY0.51114.85.52.20.6

Toronto tied up the series with Washington, who remains on top. Anaheim won to go up 2-0, so the projection stays the same. We'll still have 16 teams alive for at least another 3 days

2017-04-15

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 15

Washington over Anaheim

Round 1
NSH 1-0 CHI
STL 2-0 MIN
CGY 0-1 ANA
SJS 1-1 EDM
TOR 0-1 WSH
CBJ 0-2 PIT
NYR 1-1 MON
BOS 1-0 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67689.361.647.235.8
PIT0.59276.225.715.38.9
EDM0.57653.530.216.36.3
ANA0.55473.436.518.06.3
MIN0.62129.219.312.76.2
NYR0.57554.631.110.45.5
STL0.53770.834.015.54.9
BOS0.54975.134.59.94.6
CHI0.56840.721.511.74.4
MON0.56145.425.88.04.0
CBJ0.62023.89.46.13.9
SJS0.54746.523.310.93.6
NSH0.53459.325.311.13.4
CGY0.51126.610.03.91.0
OTT0.49524.98.61.70.6
TOR0.51810.73.41.40.5

I've got one of those odd situations due to how I frame my projections. Edmonton is the Western Conference team most likely  to win the cup, but Anaheim is team most likely to win the West. That's because while Anaheim is better positioned to make the finals (up 1-0 instead of tied 1-1), Edmonton is much stronger, and would be more likely to beat whatever team they faced from the East. Of course, with only 1 or 2 games played in each series, the projections are still pretty volatile, so don't place your arbitrage wagers just yet.

2017-04-14

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 14

Washington over Minnesota

Round 1
NSH 1-0 CHI
STL 1-0 MIN
CGY 0-1 ANA
SJS 1-0 EDM
TOR 0-1 WSH
CBJ 0-1 PIT
NYR 1-0 MON
BOS 1-0 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67689.360.846.534.7
MIN0.62151.133.722.310.8
PIT0.59260.220.312.06.9
NYR0.57568.439.013.06.7
CBJ0.62039.815.710.26.4
ANA0.55473.437.117.26.0
EDM0.57639.822.511.44.4
SJS0.54760.230.213.34.4
BOS0.54975.134.59.84.4
CHI0.56840.719.810.94.1
STL0.53748.923.510.93.4
NSH0.53459.323.010.23.1
MON0.56131.618.05.52.7
CGY0.51126.610.23.71.0
OTT0.49524.98.61.70.6
TOR0.51810.73.31.30.5

Washington solidified their position with a game 1 win, and are now 89% likely to win their first round series, and 35% likely to win the Cup. 4 more games are scheduled for tonight, and hopefully the Blues will knock Minnesota out of that top spot in the West.

2017-04-13

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 13

Washington over Minnesota

Round 1
NSH 0-0 CHI
STL 1-0 MIN
CGY 0-0 ANA
SJS 1-0 EDM
TOR 0-0 WSH
CBJ 0-1 PIT
NYR 1-0 MON
BOS 1-0 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67682.556.243.032.0
MIN0.62151.132.821.810.8
PIT0.59260.221.812.97.4
NYR0.57568.439.013.46.9
CBJ0.62039.816.710.96.8
CHI0.56858.828.615.86.1
ANA0.55460.830.814.05.0
EDM0.57639.823.111.64.6
SJS0.54760.231.213.54.6
BOS0.54975.134.510.24.6
STL0.53748.922.610.63.4
MON0.56131.618.05.72.8
NSH0.53441.216.07.22.2
CGY0.51139.215.05.41.4
TOR0.51817.55.32.10.8
OTT0.49524.98.61.80.6

There were 5 games played on the first day of the playoffs, but depite the loss, Minnesota is still favored in the West. They're just over 50/50 to win their first round series, though. Washington was idle, and remains at the top of the East.

2017-04-11

2017 Stanley Cup Projection, April 11

Washington over Minnesota

Round 1
NSH 0-0 CHI
STL 0-0 MIN
CGY 0-0 ANA
SJS 0-0 EDM
TOR 0-0 WSH
CBJ 0-0 PIT
NYR 0-0 MON
BOS 0-0 OTT

TeamStrengthRound 2Round 3FinalsCup
WSH0.67682.555.542.831.3
MIN0.62169.344.529.414.4
CBJ0.62054.722.915.19.2
EDM0.57657.833.516.16.3
CHI0.56858.826.714.55.6
PIT0.59245.316.49.95.5
NYR0.57551.630.310.45.1
ANA0.55460.830.113.04.6
MON0.56148.428.48.94.2
BOS0.54960.127.58.13.5
SJS0.54742.221.89.03.0
STL0.53730.714.26.52.1
NSH0.53441.214.76.52.0
CGY0.51139.214.65.01.3
OTT0.49539.913.82.80.9
TOR0.51817.55.22.10.8

It's time once again to see if I can outsmart the masses and pick the winner of a major league sport's playoff tournament. I'm sure Washington is a popular pick this year, but seeing Minnesota coming out of the West was a little surprising, given that they are a #2 team. But, they've got the goal differential my system rewards, as well as a relatively easy first round opponent, my St. Louis Blues.

I didn't run this during the full playoffs last year, so I don't know how good I should expect an initial projection to be. I'm using a home ice advantage of 55%, which scales up or down the win percentage chance determined by strengths alone.

Hopefully I got all the abbreviations set to the normal ones used by the teams. I had COL for Columbus until I remembered that's usually Colorado. CAL also didn't look right for Calgary, now properly CGY.

2017-04-09

eBay Wins #253

Today's eBay bargain came in the form of a full pack of 1990 Pacific Legends. I previously only had two cards from this set, which came from another eBay win and a contest win.


1990 Pacific Legends
#26 Dick Groat
#37 Vern Law
#38 Eddie Lopat
#54 Bob Horner
#68 Catfish Hunter
#69 Alvin Dark

1990 Pacific Legends
#85 Bob Feller
#97 Tom Paciorek
#101 Phil Rizzuto
#103 Pete Runnels
In addition to the pictured Bob Horner, Dick Groat and Al Dark both played for the Cardinals. Dick Groat always reminds me of a story my dad would tell about being at the 1964 (I think) World Series. The crowd stormed the field, and when he reconnected with his friend who had run off, the first thing he told my dad was "I touched Dick Groat!" That'd be a good name for a blog, if you're a Pirates/Cardinals/Phillies/Giants fan out there looking for inspiration.


eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought5034
Total Spent$62.71
Per Card1.246 cents
Change0 cents

2017-04-07

Zistle Trade #30

Today's Zistle trade was just a small handful of cards that filled some random needs in my collection. In return, I sent a few Reds, all from 2011.
1989 Topps #224 Tony La Russa
1991 Topps #58 Mel Stottlemyre Jr.
1991 Topps #171 Tony La Russa
2012 Topps Archives #24 Lance Berkman
2012 Topps Update #US44 Jeremy Hermida
2012 Topps Update #US68 Fernando Rodney
Tony La Russa was my favorite non-Cardinals manager as a kid, so I was thrilled when he came to St. Louis. Even when a lot of the local fans turned on him, I was a supporter. Of course, winning 2 World Series helped get him back on everyone's good side, and he left his managerial career on top.

2017-04-05

eBay Wins #252

Moving right through 1990, I've got 2 cards out of a set of thousands, the minor league ProCards set.

1990 ProCards
1067 Jim Bowie
2473 Austin Manahan
Austin never made it out of the minors, and Jim here played 6 games for Oakland in 1994.

I saw just one other card from this set in my collection, but I also saw I had a previous blog post tagged with the set name. As it turns out, that was all the way back at eBay Wins #2, before I probably really thought about making this a regular thing.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought5024
Total Spent$62.61
Per Card1.246 cents
Change0 cents

2017-04-03

Zistle Trade #29, Part II

Today's the rest of the Zistle trade I started on Thursday. It's all 1989 Upper Deck, and all Cardinals.

1989 Upper Deck Main Set #281 Luis Alicea
1989 Upper Deck Main Set #306 Pedro Guerrero
1989 Upper Deck Main Set #348 Tim Jones
1989 Upper Deck Main Set #514 Jose Oquendo
1989 Upper Deck Main Set #531 Greg Mathews
1989 Upper Deck Main Set #602 Tom Pagnozzi
However, we can play the old game of "One of these things is not like the other". The first five all show the Cardinals in BP gear, most likely in spring training. Tom Pagnozzi, on the other hand, is in full game uniform, and almost looks like a painting. I can't really explain it, though. He was on the team in 1987 and 1988, so surely would have been at 1989 Spring Training, since they bring in a whole lot of catchers to work with all the pitchers.




2017-04-01

eBay Wins #251

I've finished off 1989, so it's on to 1990. I'll start with a small stack of Leaf, because I have a few more giant piles this year.

1990 Leaf
#70 Paul O'Neill
#172 Kirk Gibson
#188 Fred Lynn
#248 Jay Bell
#251 Brett Butler
#288 Chili Davis
#293 Mike Moore
#317 Glenallen Hill
No Cardinals?! Boooo. I feel like they faced Glenallen Hill a whole lot when he was on the Cubs, but that was apparently only 3 full years and two partial seasons in two stints.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought5022
Total Spent$62.59
Per Card1.246 cents
Change-0.001 cents

2017-03-30

Zistle Trade #29, Part I

Will I post all my Zistle trades before they shut down? Maybe!

1983 Fleer Main Set #3 Steve Braun
1983 Fleer Main Set #19 Mike Ramsey
1989 Bowman Main Set #435 Tony Pena
1990 Donruss #676 Cal Ripken, Jr.
1990 Fleer Main Set #276 Rich Gedman
1991 Topps Main Set #58 Mel Stottlemyre Jr.
This trade had a bunch of Cardinals, along with the Ripken All-Star card, one of the very few from 1990 Donruss I didn't have yet. I also knocked another Stottlemyre off my list, Mel, Jr., son of Mel and brother of Todd. And there were just enough players in this trade I had to split this one into two posts.






2017-03-28

eBay Wins #250

250's sort of milestone type number, right? Well, bad news, I just have the rest of my 1989 Topps cards.

1989 Topps
#686 Scott Terry
#688 Zane Smith
#691 Roberto Kelly
#692 Steve Ontiveros
#697 Franklin Stubbs
#698 Keith Atherton
#701 Storm Davis
#708 Chuck Finley
#712 Bill Swift
Chuck Finley finished his career in St. Louis, coming in the trade that brought Coco Crisp to Cleveland.

1989 Topps
#721 Ron Tingley (x2)
#723 Rafael Belliard (x2)
#724 Jerry Don Gleaton (x2)
#725 Terry Steinbach
#727 Joe Orsulak
#728 Charlie Puleo
#735 Roger McDowell
#736 Jeff Hamilton
#739 Brook Jacoby

1989 Topps
#743 Mike Heath
#749 Rafael Ramirez
#751 Ken Oberkfell
#752 Jim Gott
#755 Mike Scioscia
#756 Scott Medvin
#767 Mike Capel
#769 Junior Ortiz
#778 Bruce Benedict
Mike Heath played just 65 games in St. Louis, before being sent off for Ken Hill and Mike Laga. I don't think I have many Ken Oberkfell cards showing him as a Pirate. Most of them have him on the Cardinals or Braves.

#787 Dave West
I could have sworn when I counted up my cards, it came out to a multiple of 9. Then I got to the end of my scans, and this Dave West card remained.

#141 Cleveland Indians Leaders (x2)
#171 Atlanta Braves Leaders
#201 Toronto Blue Jays Leaders
#321 Boston Red Sox Leaders
#459 Seattle Mariners Leaders
#579 Houston Astros Leaders
#639 Oakland Athletics Leaders (x2)
#669 Los Angeles Dodgers Leaders
#699 Pittsburgh Pirates Leaders
I had 9 unique team leaders cards, but no Cardinals unfortunately.

I've got 37 cards scanned, plus 5 duplicates, for a big 42 cents today.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought5014
Total Spent$62.51
Per Card1.247 cents
Change-0.002 cents









2017-03-25

Zistle Trade #28

While we're all mourning the seemingly inevitable loss of Zistle, I've still got some trades to post from it. This was a pretty small addition for me, but it only cost me 1 card in return.

1982 Donruss #404 Ken Oberkfell
1982 Topps #452 Lee Smith RC
1984 Topps #310 Willie Mcgee
1994 Score - Gold Rush #149 Todd Stottlemyre
1995 Fleer - All-Stars #2 Frank Thomas / Gregg Jefferies
I don't have a whole lot from the early 80s, so two Cardinals, and eventual Cardinal Lee Smith were good to knock off my want list. I've got plenty of 90s cards, but a sparse amount of insert cards, which is where the Stottlemyre and Jefferies come in. The front side of Jefferies shows his 1B counterpart in the American League, Frank Thomas.

2017-03-23

eBay Wins #249

I'm tired today. So here's a wall of cards with no commentary!

1989 Topps
#284 Jim Leyland
#285 John Candelaria
#290 John Franco
#292 Jim Corsi
#293 Glenn Wilson (x2)
#294 Juan Berenguer
#296 Ron Gant
#298 Chris James
#299 Steve Ellsworth (x2)

1989 Topps
#301 Charlie Leibrandt
#303 Felix Fermin
#306 Tracy Woodson
#307 Lance McCullers
#309 Mario Diaz
#316 Walt Weiss
#322 John Smiley
#323 Gary Thurman
#327 Mark Lemke

1989 Topps
#328 Rick Honeycutt (x2)
#337 Calvin Schiraldi
#340 Kirk Gibson
#341 Jim Deshaies
#350 Andy Van Slyke
#357 Jerry Reuss (x2)
#366 Herm Winningham
#368 Brian Holton
#374 John Wathan

1989 Topps
#375 Terry Pendleton (x2)
#379 Tim Flannery
#384 Mark Salas (x2)
#388 Bobby Bonilla
#392 Andy Van Slyke
#398 Julio Franco
#414 Jim Fregosi
#420 Joe Carter
#423 Brian Fisher (x2)

1989 Topps
#424 Luis Polonia
#425 Jay Howell
#430 Mark Gubicza
#433 Albert Hall
#440 Bobby Bonilla (x2)
#446 Rob Murphy
#448 Eric Plunk
#453 Tom Prince
#454 Paul Assenmacher (x2)

1989 Topps
#456 Tim Belcher
#462 Jose Guzman
#474 Bob Rodgers
#475 Dave Parker
#477 Dick Schofield
#478 Doug Drabek
#482 Steve Peters
#483 Mickey Hatcher
#488 Kevin Coffman (x2)

1989 Topps
#504 Bob Walk
#512 Donnie Hill (x2)
#513 Jesse Orosco
#514 Chet Lemon
#522 Randy Kramer
#523 Andres Thomas
#527 Dave Henderson
#537 Pete Smith
#547 Mark McLemore

1989 Topps
#551 Randy Ready (x2)
#552 Greg Cadaret
#564 Russ Nixon
#566 Al Pedrique
#569 German Jimenez
#571 Billy Ripken (x2)
#575 Juan Samuel
#576 Greg Minton
#580 Harold Reynolds

1989 Topps
#581 Gene Nelson (x3)
#582 Mike Marshall
#586 Joe Boever
#588 Luis Alicea (x2)
#592 John Cangelosi (x3)
#598 Ken Gerhart
#599 Tom Candiotti
#605 Bob Welch
#606 Rick Dempsey

1989 Topps
#607 Willie Ansley
#621 Rick Mahler
#622 Stan Javier (x2)
#634 Marvin Freeman
#641 Curt Young (x2)
#653 Tommy Barrett
#658 R.J. Reynolds
#678 Dion James (x2)
#681 Jeff Robinson


I scanned 90 cards, and there were 19 duplicates and 2 triplicates, for a total of 111 cards. For you math whizzes out there, at a penny each that's  $1.11.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4972
Total Spent$62.09
Per Card1.249 cents
Change-0.005 cents



2017-03-21

A Football Card in March, Why Not?

I recently won another contest from Sports Card Info, for an autographed football card.

2008 Upper Deck SP Authentic – Autographs #SP-MK Malcolm Kelly

As is usually the case with a 9-year-old card, the player shown is no longer in the league. Malcolm Kelly played just 21 games in two seasons in his career, after getting drafted in the 2nd round. But, according to Wikipedia, he recently joined the staff of the University of Houston football team, so maybe we'll see him back on the sidelines.

Thanks to Sports Card Info for the contest!

2017-03-19

eBay Wins #248

I left probably the biggest pile of 1989s for last, Topps. I'd guess there were more Donruss cards, but the thicker Topps cardboard made these stack a bit higher and look more daunting.

1989 Topps
#6 Doug Jones (x2)
#11 Bruce Sutter
#13 Doug Sisk
#15 Robby Thompson
#18 Rick Rhoden
#20 Steve Bedrosian
#22 Tim Crews
#27 Orestes Destrade
#35 John Tudor
Sutter and Tudor were both Cardinals, and would make a good name for a comedy duo.

1989 Topps
#38 Paul Runge
#40 Steve Sax (x2)
#47 Carney Lansford
#52 Bob Brenly (x4)
#54 Steve Trout
#56 Pat Tabler
#57 Alejandro Pena
#62 Alfredo Griffin
#64 Alex Trevino
Somehow I had 4 Bob Brenly cards in there.

1989 Topps
#68 Darrell Miller
#76 Terry Blocker
#79 Scott Bankhead (x2)
#83 Jeff Blauser
#84 Bill Bene
#89 Dave LaPoint
#92 Jeff Kunkel
#93 Ken Howell
#94 Chris Speier
Bill Bene was the only player Baseball-Reference's linker couldn't find. It would  appear he never made it to the majors, despite being a high first round pick.

1989 Topps
#102 Mike Gallego
#105 Ron Darling
#113 Lloyd Moseby
#114 Bob Kipper
#117 Dave Anderson
#121 Garry Templeton
#126 Sid Bream
#130 Gerald Perry
#131 Dave Otto
Maybe it's just confirmation bias, but  I seem to be picking up a lot of Garry Templeton cards lately.

1989 Topps
#132 Curt Ford
#133 Bill Long
#142 Mike Diaz
#144 Jay Bell
#145 Dave Stewart (x2)
#154 Don Carman
#158 Mike Aldrete
#160 Jeffrey Leonard
#165 Mike Dunne
Curt Ford was the only uniformed Cardinal in this first batch, a player I used to confuse with Curt Flood as a kid.

1989 Topps
#166 Doug Jennings (x14)
#169 Mike Jackson
#174 Todd Burns(x2)
#175 John Shelby
#179 Ozzie Virgil
#186 Pat Perry
#198 Danny Heep
#210 Dale Murphy
#212 Scott Sanderson
There were 14 of those Doug Jennings cards. 14!

1989 Topps
#217 Joe Price
#218 Mike LaValliere
#219 Jim Clancy
#225 Ramon Martinez
#232 Ricky Horton (x2)
#236 Charles Hudson
#237 Glenn Hubbard (x2)
#241 Brett Butler
#244 Jim Acker
I need more Rick Horton cards, and more importantly, I've got to track him down for an autograph one of these days, since he's in town doing Cardinals broadcasts.

1989 Topps
#248 Tony Phillips (x2)
#249 Tim Leary
#252 Billy Hatcher
#253 Jose Alvarez
#272 Ron Hassey
#273 Jose Lind
#277 Mike Davis
#280 Bob Knepper
#281 Gary Redus

As with the other 1989 posts, there are more of these, but  I'm out of tag space for Cardinals players 86 of these cards were in my half-cent box, which is cleared out for now. Along with all the duplicates, there were 96 total, for a purchase total of 53 cents. The empty half-cent box means I can only asymptotically approach 1 penny per card in the below chart by continuing to buy cards for cent each.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4861
Total Spent$60.98
Per Card1.254 cents
Change-0.015 cents