Pull Tab Awareness Week Win Part 1

I'm still digging through my pile of packages, unfortunately not in order, so here's one from July 2016 or so. You can read about the reason for the season at Baseball Card Breakdown, and I won a prize by spreading the word. Let's see what I've been letting languish on my desk.

1996 Leaf Signature - Extended Autographs Tom Urbani
2001 Topps Archives #16 Enos Slaughter
2003 Bowman #207 Chris Duncan
2005 Upper Deck Classics #32 Enos Slaughter
2012 Panini Prizm #73 Yadier Molina
2013 Topps Archives #139 Matt Holliday
2015 Topps Archives #71 Matt Holliday
Based on the other images I see online, Tom Urbani didn't quite sign that card where he was supposed to. All of the other signatures are in that big blank space at the bottom. Perhaps he's to blame for the scourge of sticker autographs.

The two Hollidays were both Archives cards I didn't have. Of all the years of Archives, I only had his 2012 card before. In fact, all of these were new to my collection, and I've now doubled my count of Enos Slaughter cards.

There's even better stuff in part 2 of this package. And don't worry, this one's only a two-parter.


eBay Wins #242

If you buy a bunch of random cheap cards, you're going to get a fair bit of 1989 Donruss. I've got enough that I'll have to split it across at least 2 posts.

1989 Donruss
#3 Pete Incaviglia
#8 Cory Snyder
#10 Kevin Seitzer
#11 Rick Reuschel
#12 Johnny Ray (x2)
#14 Andres Galarraga
#15 Kirk Gibson
#16 Fred McGriff
#18 Jeff Robinson (x2)
I've always liked Diamond Kings.

1989 Donruss
#19 Vince Coleman
#20 Dave Henderson
#21 Harold Reynolds
#23 Frank Viola
#26 Don Mattingly
#27 Checklist
#30 Cameron Drew
#32 Erik Hanson
#34 Greg Harris

1989 Donruss
#37 Carlos Quintana
#39 Cris Carpenter
#41 Dave West
#42 Randy Johnson
#43 Mike Harkey
#44 Pete Harnisch
#45 Tom Gordon
#47 Alex Sanchez
#57 Greg Brock
There aren't a ton of huge stars past the Diamond Kings, but here's a Randy Johnson card I've wanted for awhile.

1989 Donruss
#59 Craig Lefferts
#61 Danny Tartabull
#65 Mark Davis
#67 Dennis Eckersley
#69 Mike Scott
#71 Tom Browning
#73 Mel Hall
#76 Juan Samuel
#89 Charlie Leibrandt

1989 Donruss
#90 Frank Tanana
#94 Mark McLemore
#99 Kevin McReynolds
#100 Checklist
#102 Dave Martinez
#107 Pete O'Brien
#111 Keith Moreland
#114 Brook Jacoby
#115 Keith Brown

1989 Donruss
#118 Bob Forsch
#120 Willie Wilson (x2)
#121 Tommy Gregg
#122 Jim Rice
#123 Bob Knepper (x2)
#124 Danny Jackson
#125 Eric Plunk (x2)
#126 Brian Fisher (x2)
#127 Mike Pagliarulo

1989 Donruss
#129 Lance McCullers
#133 David Palmer
#135 Greg Walker
#136 Kirk McCaskill (x2)
#138 Andy Allanson
#139 Rob Murphy
#142 Scott Fletcher
#143 Steve Balboni
#145 Ozzie Virgil
This is the first time I've tagged a Rob Murphy card. I don't remember him playing for the Cardinals at all, but apparently he did in 1993 and most of 1994, making 123 appearances in relief. Those weren't the greatest years for the team, including the strike season, so maybe that's why he doesn't stand out in my mind.

1989 Donruss
#149 George Bell
#156 Tim Wallach
#160 Von Hayes
#175 Ted Higuera
#180 Alan Trammell
#181 Vince Coleman
#186 Mike Greenwell
#187 Billy Hatcher (x2)
#191 Cory Snyder

1989 Donruss
#192 John Candelaria
#194 Kevin Gross
#198 Kal Daniels
#200 Checklist
#201 Joe Magrane
#212 Mickey Brantley
#222 Rick Mahler
#225 Mitch Williams
#226 Chuck Finley

1989 Donruss
#227 Mark Langston
#228 Jesse Orosco
#229 Ed Whitson
#230 Terry Pendleton
#231 Lloyd Moseby
#232 Greg Swindell
#233 John Franco
#234 Jack Morris
#235 Howard Johnson

These all came out of the half-cent pile, so the 90 cards plus 8 duplicates were just 49 cents.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4425
Total Spent$58.75
Per Card1.328 cents
Change-0.018 cents


A 2016 Bowman Draft Autograph from Sports Card Info

I won another contest at Sports Card Info, this time for an autograph from 2016 Bowman Draft. The contest ended on December 31, so that's the closest I've ever come to acquiring Bowman Draft cards in the year they were released.

2016 Bowman Draft - Chrome Draft Pick Autographs #CDA-TT Taylor Trammell
Chrome never scans well, but this is a nice looking card in person. Taylor is the #5 to #7 prospect in the Reds system, depending on whose ranking you use. Just for comparison's sake, I looked up a ranking of the top Cardinals prospects, and I haven't heard of our #5-#7 guys either. But, Taylor was a first rounder in 2016, so he'll probably climb that list on his way to Cincinnati before too long.

Thanks again to Sports Card Info for all the contests.


eBay Wins #241

Today's eBay post covers the first ever Upper Deck set 1989. As you probably know, this set is widely credited with the shift from brown to white cardstock, which seems to be just slightly thinner and stiffer as well. I can definitely attest that these are easier to line up on a flatbed scanner than other cards of this era I've been scanning, as they still mostly lie flat. There were a handful of duplicates, some from a big lot of Oakland A's I bought awhile back.

1989 Upper Deck
31 Kevin Gross
33 Jeff Calhoun
93 Albert Hall
246 Von Hayes
269 Kevin Elster
316 Scott Bankhead
317 Milt Thompson
337 Mike Campbell
338 Mike Maddux
When I was a kid and the web was relatively devoid of the minutiae you can now find on it, I had to make up my own back story for players with interesting names, especially if they were not Cardinals and thus much less likely to be discussed on a broadcast I would watch. I always figured Von Hayes was Dutch or Scandinavian, just based on his first name. Of course, his card lists his birthplace as California, and I still don't know where the name Von came from.

1989 Upper Deck
392 Curt Young (x2)
393 Jeff Treadway
409 Don Carman (x2)
412 Pete Smith
430 Jackie Gutierrez
433 Jerry Royster
443 Glenn Davis
474 Randy Ready
476 Kelly Downs
I think I've said it before, but to me Randy Ready sounds like a professional wrestler or some sort of local TV commercial mascot name. Wait no, last time I went with Superhero in a low budget Syfy movie.

1989 Upper Deck
478 Shawn Hillegas
492 Mark Parent
501 Chuck Crim
510 Kevin Seitzer
531 Greg Mathews
539 Jim Gott
544 Atlee Hammaker
550 Mickey Brantley
583 Mike Gallego (x2)
Finally, a uniformed Cardinal, Greg Matthews. Mike Gallego also finished up his career with the Cardinals, presumably coming here because of Walt Jocketty and Tony La Russa's experience with him in Oakland. Milt Thompson above was also a Cardinal.

1989 Upper Deck
585 Doug Jennings (x2)
623 Bill Swift
637 Charlie Leibrandt
640 Danny Jackson
641 Greg Booker
642 Jim Presley
679 Cory Snyder/Cleveland Checklist
688 Eric Davis/Cincinnati Checklist
758 Mike Moore (x2)
Finally there are two more Cardinals before they were Cardinals, Eric Davis and Danny Jackson. Eric Davis was signed pretty late in his career, but actually played here two seasons, and one more in San Francisco. Danny Jackson was traded away during his final season and finished in San Diego. When I look at that trade, it's not immediately obvious to me who was buying and who was selling, and it wasn't even a deadline deal; it happened June 13. The Cardinals traded Jackson, Rich Batchelor, and Mark Sweeney, and got Scott Livingstone, Phil Plantier, and Fernando Valenzuela. I guess Sweeney was the big piece in that trade, because Jackson, Plantier, Batchelor, and Valenzuela were finished in 1997, and Livingstone in 1998. Sweeney was 27 and played through 2008. At the deadline in 1997 the Cardinals picked up Mark McGwire, so maybe they were trying to clear some salary space. I really have no idea what they were thinking.

I added 41 total cards (the 36 pictured plus the 5 duplicates noted), for 41 cents.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4327
Total Spent$58.26
Per Card1.346 cents
Change-0.004 cents


Christmas Cards, a Few Months Late

I seem to always be trying to catch up, so here's some cards that arrived sometime in December, from ATBATT's 3rd Annual Operation PWE. There's something about an envelope of mostly different players and sets that just brings joy to opening the mail.

1991 Topps #343 Jose Oquendo
1992 Pinnacle #381 Andres Galarraga
2015 Topps #220 Shelby Miller
2015 Topps #336 Matt Carpenter
2015 Topps - Archetypes #A-11 Mark McGwire
2016 Topps Heritage #89 Trevor Rosenthal
I'm bad at staying on top of acquiring the Cardinals inserts when new sets come out. That Mark McGwire is a card I definitely should have already had, but didn't. As always, I'm surprised when I don't already have junk-era cards I receive, because it seems like I have so many cards from those years. But both the Oquendo and Galarraga fill holes in my collection.

1988 Topps UK Minis #72 Ozzie Smith
2016 Topps #254 Matt Holliday
I like these UK Minis, and I actually have a couple copies of the Ozzie card now. All the more reason to chase down the Vince Coleman and Willie McGee cards from that set. Then there's Matt Holliday, who just won't seem right in a Yankees uniform this year.

Thanks to Stealing Home for the PWE!


eBay Wins #240

1989 Bowman is like that kid in middle school that hit a growth spurt and became awkwardly tall. Consequently, they don't quite fit into my normal card boxes, which frustrates me as an organizer. But I still collect them, because they were the first Bowman set after a long hiatus for the brand.

1989 Bowman
#13 Jim Traber
#23 Wes Gardner
#25 Bob Stanley
#33 Jim Rice
#36 Ellis Burks
#57 Jerry Reuss
#62 Carlton Fisk
#67 Dan Pasqua
#86 Brook Jacoby
Jerry Reuss had a ridiculously long career, the first three seaosns with St. Louis.

1989 Bowman
#92 Frank Tanana
#95 Steve Searcy
#99 Paul Gibson
#105 Alan Trammell
#113 Jeff Montgomery
#120 Kurt Stillwell
#138 Joey Meyer
#146 Rob Deer
#148 Jeff Reardon

1989 Bowman
#173 Jamie Quirk
#178 Steve Sax
#203 Scott Bankhead
#207 Mike Jackson
#218 Jeffrey Leonard
#219 Jay Buhner
#254 Tony Fernandez
#265 Paul Assenmacher
#276 Dale Murphy
Jamie Quirk played for the Cardinals in just one of his 18 seasons, 1983.

1989 Bowman
#300 Jose Rijo
#205 Rob Dibble
#315 Joel Youngblood
#322 Mike Scott
#345 Alfredo Griffin
#349 John Shelby
#350 Mike Marshall
#373 Wally Whitehurst
#374 Randy Myers
This is apparently the first Joel Youngblood card I've posted. He played for the Cardinals during the first part of the 1977 season, for 25 games, the least of the 5 teams he played for.

1989 Bowman
#380 Keith Miller
#383 Kevin Elster
#386 Mookie Wilson
#388 Kevin McReynolds
#393 Bruce Ruffin
#402 Mike Schmidt
#403 Tom Herr
#412 Scott Medvin
#426 Barry Bonds
Tom Herr is a member of the 1982 World Series team whose Autograph I don't have yet. I really need to track him down at a show some time.

1989 Bowman
#429 Todd Worrell
#438 Jose Oquendo
#446 Eric Show
#454 Sandy Alomar, Jr.
#455 Garry Templeton
#458 Roberto Alomar
#459 Carmelo Martinez
#463 Don Robinson
Garry Templeton was a Cardinal for several years before being traded to San Diego for Ozzie Smith. Both were shortstops, and both wore jersey #1 before and after the trade.

1989 Bowman
#482 Checklist 122-242
#483 Checklist 243-363
#484 Checklist 364-484
#261 Mel Stottlemyre
Reprints #1 Richie Ashburn
Reprints #8 Satchel Paige
Reprints #9 Jackie Robinson
As I've mentioned many times before, I'm a semi-distant cousin of Mel Stottlemyre and his two kids, Todd and Mel Jr. I never thought to look for a card featuring all three of them before, so I had no idea this existed, and now it's a pretty cool addition to my collection.

36 of these cards came out of packs I just opened, which means 3 cards have gum stains on the back. I'm never sure what to do with cards like that. I definitely don't want to accidentally send them to anyone in a negotiated trade, where they're expecting a specific card in a decent condition, so I don't want to just throw them into my collection. Yet I have no real way to mark cards in my collection that are less than stellar condition. I'll probably just put them in with the rest of the cards and hope it never comes up.

The packs were part of a lot where they worked out to be a penny per card, but that's if I count the packs as only having 12 cards. In fact, those reprint contest cards were a bonus insert in each pack, and look enough like cards rather than filler to me, so all 61 were a total of 58 cents.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4286
Total Spent$57.85
Per Card1.35 cents
Change-0.006 cents


Superbowl LI Projections Recap

Final result: New England 34, Atlanta 28

It wasn't exactly the dominating performance we expected, but New England won like I had them projected to for much of the season.

Above, I've graphed each team's chances week after week. I decided not to even try to make the colors good this year, though Atlanta and New England worked out alright. Usually I point out the most dire position of the season for the winner, but there really wasn't one for New England. They had a 4.18% chance after Week 1, and it just went up every week except for after their two losses. Now if we were looking at in-game stats, New England was as low as 0.5% on some of my favorite stats geeks' win probability charts, making their win considerably more outlandish than my puny graph would suggest.

I had New England as the AFC winner from Week 6 Monday onward, and also from Week 3 Thursday through Week 4 Thursday. Atlanta was a little behind Dallas in the NFC most of the way, until they made their way into the NFC title game.

The game had several historic numbers attached to it. It was the first to go overtime, which means we won't have to see that "No Superbowl has ever gone to overtime" graphic anymore. It blew away the point record for biggest comeback, previously 10, now 25, although the playoff record still stands at 28. And of course, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick each now have 5 Superbowl wins, a record for coaches and quarterbarcks.

First to 10% chance of Superbowl win: New England (Week 3, Thursday)
First to 20% chance of Superbowl win: New England (Week 8, Sunday)
First to 40% chance of Superbowl win: New England (Week 16, Saturday)
First to 45% chance of Superbowl win: New England (Week 17, Final)
First to 50% chance of Superbowl win: New England (Divisional Saturday)

First to 80% chance of Playoffs: New England (Week 3, Thursday)
First to 90% chance of Playoffs: Minnesota (Week 4, Final)
First to 99% chance of Playoffs: New England (Week 8, Sunday)
First to 99.9% chance of Playoffs: Dallas (Week 12, Thursday)
First to 99.999% chance of Playoffs: Dallas (Week 13, Thursday)
First to clinch Playoffs: Dallas (Week 13, Sunday)
First to clinch a First Round Bye: New England (Week 15, Sunday)
First to clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs: Dallas (Week 16, Saturday)

First team eliminated from winning a division: Cleveland, San Francisco (Week 11, Sunday)
First team eliminated from the playoffs: Cleveland (Week 11, Sunday)

[Week 1] San Francisco over Houston
[Week 2, Thursday] San Francisco over Houston
[Week 2, Sunday] Pittsburgh over Minnesota
[Week 2, Final] Philadelphia over Houston
[Week 3, Thursday] New England over Philadelphia
[Week 3, Sunday] Philadelphia over New England
[Week 3, Final] Philadelphia over New England
[Week 4, Thursday] Philadelphia over New England
[Week 4, Sunday] Philadelphia over Denver
[Week 4, Final] Minnesota over Denver
[Week 5, Thursday] Minnesota over Denver
[Week 5, Sunday] Minnesota over Pittsburgh
[Week 5, Final] Minnesota over Pittsburgh
[Week 6, Thursday] Minnesota over Pittsburgh
[Week 6, Sunday] New England over Minnesota
[Week 6, Final] New England over Minnesota
[Week 7, Thursday] New England over Minnesota
[Week 7, Sunday] New England over Minnesota
[Week 7, Final] New England over Minnesota
[Week 8, Thursday] New England over Minnesota
[Week 8, Sunday] New England over Dallas
[Week 8, Final] New England over Dallas
[Week 9, Thursday] New England over Dallas
[Week 9, Sunday] New England over Dallas
[Week 9, Final] New England over Dallas
[Week 10, Thursday] New England over Dallas
[Week 10, Sunday] Dallas over New England
[Week 10, Final] Dallas over New England
[Week 11, Thursday] Dallas over New England
[Week 11, Sunday] Dallas over New England
[Week 11, Final] Dallas over New England
[Week 12, Thursday] Dallas over New England
[Week 12, Sunday] New England over Dallas
[Week 12, Final] New England over Dallas
[Week 13, Thursday] Dallas over New England
[Week 13, Sunday] New England over Dallas
[Week 13, Final] New England over Dallas
[Week 14, Thursday] New England over Dallas
[Week 14, Sunday] New England over Dallas
[Week 14, Final] New England over Dallas
[Week 15, Thursday] New England over Dallas
[Week 15, Saturday] New England over Dallas
[Week 15, Sunday] New England over Dallas
[Week 15, Final] New England over Dallas
[Week 16, Thursday] New England over Dallas
[Week 16, Saturday] New England over Dallas
[Week 16, Sunday] New England over Dallas
[Week 16, Final] New England over Dallas
[Week 17, Final] New England over Dallas
[Wildcard Saturday] New England over Dallas
[Wildcard Sunday] New England over Dallas
[Divisional Saturday] New England over Atlanta
[Divisional Sunday] New England over Atlanta
[Championship Sunday] New England over Atlanta


eBay Wins #239

It's back! My quest to buy a bunch of cheap cards for some unknown reason!

1989 Classic Light Blue #48 Andres Galarraga
1989 Classic Travel Orange #126 Tom Browning
I'm not totally sure of the official set names for these 1989 Classic sets, so I just went with what's in Zistle. It seems that the numbering continues from one to the other, so really we could probably just call them all "Classic". These are each the first cards I have from their respective sets.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4225
Total Spent$57.27
Per Card1.356 cents
Change0 cents


Bowl Pick 'Em Contest Winnings, Part XL

College football will be here again before we know it IS HERE IS OVER, so I've got to get my prize from last season's Bowl Pick 'Em contest at Cards on Cards posted! My prize for a second place tie was a very generously sized box of cards, so I felt a bit overwhelmed even sorting through them. I finally sorted them out by player, and, as usual, I'll plan to post them all eventually, but I might quit halfway through, we'll see.


40's a good round number to end on. Not that I had a choice. I made it all the way through!

2004 Topps #203 Bo Hart
2009 Topps - Ring of Honor #RH12 David Eckstein
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes #8 David Eckstein
2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks #45 Mike O'Neill
2013 Topps Opening Day - Mascots #M-4 Fredbird
2013 Topps Pro Debut #128 Stephen Piscotty
2013 Topps Pro Debut #161 Mike O'Neill
2014 Topps Opening Day - Mascots #M-6 Fredbird
This aren't necessarily my favorite 8 cards in the prize package, but they're a good representation of what it had. Some guys I've bafflingly never posted before (Bo Hart), some sets I never had cards from (Panini Hometown Heroes, Panini Prism Perennial Draft Picks, and Topps Pro Debut), some draft picks that never quite made it (Mike O'Neill, who is now playing independent ball), some that did (Stephen Piscotty), and some fun cards (Fredbird).

I must say thanks once more to Cards on Cards for the Bowl Pick 'Em Contest each year. In case you've lost track, this came from 2015-2016's contest, not the 2016-2017 one in which I totally took a freefall in the last 5-6 games. I've got a whole bunch of other cards that have been piling up to post while I pushed myself to get through these, so I'll be happy to start knocking those out soon.