2016-07-26

eBay Wins #237

Today's eBay lot comes from perhaps my favorite 1989 design, Score. Sure, it's overly simple, and the borders are multicolored but not team colored, but it looks very clean. Anyway, I had 26 penny cards, with a few duplicates mixed in.

1989 Score
6 Fred McGriff
14 Johnny Ray
26 Gary Pettis
29 Curt Young
34 Glenn Hubbard (x2)
58 Tim Teufel
71 Mitch Webster
89 Mickey Brantley
No Cardinals in the first scan, but there is Hall-of-Fame-eligible Fred McGriff. His vote totals appear to be too low to reach 75% in the next two years, but my completely subjective feeling is that he ought to be in.

1989 Score
91 R.J. Reynolds
109 Eric Davis
136 Howard Johnson
144 Andres Galarraga
165 Walt Weiss
205 Don Baylor
230 Lou Whitaker
255 Juan Samuel
Now we've got some Cardinals: Eric Davis and Andres Galarraga, as well as our former hitting coach Don Baylor. We lost both Baylor and Galarraga to the Rockies in 1993, making them my least favorite team for a short while, until I accepted the realities of players and coaches changing teams.


1989 Score
308 Bob Welch
323 Devon White
459 Doug Jennings (x2)
465 Todd Burns
537 Mike Gallego
610 Buddy Bell
614 Al Pedrique
624 Mike Harkey
Mike Gallego and Todd Burns, yes, that Todd Burns, were both Cardinals. And there's another card for my eventual RBI Baseball collection, Al Pedrique,


eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4220
Total Spent$57.22
Per Card1.356 cents
Change-0.002 cents

2016-07-24

Zistle Trade #27

I'm not very good with keeping up a First-in-first-out system of stuff to post, because when this trade arrived in the mail I thought, here's a group of cards I can scan and file away quickly. First, because there were only 6 of them, and second, because they are all from the same 1993 Studio set, making the steps to sorting them much shorter.

1993 Studio
#47 Jose Canseco
#73 Chris Sabo
#117 Terry Pendleton
#119 Mark Whiten
#147 Lee Smith
#188 Joe Girardi
This trade knocked out about half of my remaining needs for this set, which was mostly just the Cardinals in the set. Although, upon further reviewing the set, I missed Bobby Bonilla, Will Clark, Vince Coleman, Royce Clayton, Larry Walker, Andy Van Slyke, Delino DeShields (Sr.), Willie McGee, Lance Johnson, and Tino Martinez. I must not have ever looked through it exhaustively, but added cards while searching for specific players. So, the net effect of these trade is 4 more cards on my want list. This is actually a set I really like, and I may try to finish it at some point, but for now I'll just try to get at least the rest of the Cardinals.

2016-07-22

eBay Wins #236

Today's lot is from 1989 Topps Traded, and once again came out of a large box of A's I purchased. There's a certain Andy Warhol nature to it.

1989 Topps Traded #82T Mike Moore (x4)
Do I need 4 copies of the same Mike Moore Topps Traded card? Probably not, which is why 3 will go in my trade list. I'll likely never wind up getting rid of them, though. These came out of my half-penny box, which means I add just another 2 cents to my total.


eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4194
Total Spent$56.96
Per Card1.358 cents
Change-0.001 cents

2016-07-20

July Card Show Autographs II

There was another, much smaller - as detailed by CardinalsFan16 on All Cardinals All the Time - card show at the same location as the normal monthly one, but just 6 days later. I've been to their Saturday shows before, and they are typically smaller, but this one was practically nonexistent. There were 3 autograph signers though, all relatively recently retired former Cardinals that I didn't yet have in my collection.

Fernando Tatis          Octavio Dotel 28         Skip Schumaker 55

I promise that says Fernando Tatis on the left. It's at least consistent with other images I see online of his signature, but I made sure to catalog that one right away, because I might never decipher that if I had to. He's probably most well known in St. Louis for hitting 2 Grand Slams in one inning against Chan-Ho Park in 1999. Several people had him inscribe something related to that, though I wonder if those turned out legible.

Octavio Dotel was only a Cardinal for half a season, but it was the second half of 2011, meaning he was part of the World Series team.

Skip Schumaker was also a part of that 2011 World Series team, and was the player at the plate when the infamous Rally Squirrel ran through the batter's box, as you may recall seeing in 2012 on a Topps short print. That card is still tough to find reasonably priced, but there were several people with giant photos of the event for him to sign.


2016-07-18

eBay Wins #235

Today I've got a first for my blog, my first 1989 Fleer Update. I figured I had posted something from this set before, but I haven't. In my collection I had just 5 unique cards from the set, all Cardinals. I've got duplicates of all of them, though, including 12 Dan Quisenberrys for some reason. I'm pretty sure these were mixed into a big lot of A's I bought cheap, and came out of my half-cent box.

1989 Fleer Update
#U-55 Mike Moore
#U-56 Tony Phillips
I think I'll start ranking my mood on bad days from Mike Moore to Tony Phillips. Neither of them look very pleased to be on their baseball cards here. At least Tony's appears to be a candid shot. I'm guessing Mike was going for a tough guy look, but he just seems mildly annoyed.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4190
Total Spent$56.94
Per Card1.359 cents
Change0 cents

2016-07-16

July Card Show Autograph

I was supposed to get 3 autographs at the July Card show, but one player missed his plane, and the other rescheduled for an unpublicized reason. But Donovan Osborne showed up, and here's what I got.

Donovan Osborne
                   -31-
Of the three Cardinals scheduled that day, he was the longest-tenured, playing 7 seasons for St. Louis, so the crowd wasn't as disappointed as they might otherwise have been. Bill Madlock was also there signing, but he doesn't fit into my collection. I've shared this story on my blog before, but why not, I'll do it again, because it's my most vivid memory of Donovan Osborne. I was at a game with my dad when Donovan came to bat with the bases loaded. They put season stats up on the board at that time, and I saw he had 0 home runs that year. I figured he probably also had 0 for his career, which to that point was 3+ seasons, but I had no way of knowing that for sure. I told my dad he should hit a grand slam...and then he did. That turned out to be his only career home run, and made me awfully superstitious for awhile.

2016-07-14

eBay Wins #234

These cards were actually purchased very recently, unlike some of the eBay cards I've had sitting in the to-post box for who knows how long. They came as an unopened pack to cover 7 separate "random 80s-90s card" auctions that I won for a penny each, all from the same seller.

1989 Topps Big
#4 Greg Walker
#23 Paul Runge
#56 Dave Valle
#57 Carney Lansford
#75 Jim Presley
#79 Jay Howell
#101 Dave Stewart
The closest thing to a Cardinal in this post is Carney Lansford, who was once a coach for the team.

My Zistle library claims these are my first 1989 Big cards, but I know I've got at least 15 from previous posts, which I just haven't put into my boxes of sorted cards yet, due to their size. I'm going to need some solution for that sooner rather than later, because I have several different large-size sets hanging around. I'm thinking I may just put a notecard sized "IOU" in the regular box in the position the cards should go, noting where the oddities are stored, sort of like when libraries have oversized items.


eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4188
Total Spent$56.93
Per Card1.359 cents
Change-0.001 cents

2016-07-12

Another Mall Autograph

Adam Wainwright made an appearance at a local mall on Saturday, July 2. Unfortunately, I already had late-afternoon/early-dinner plans with some friends who were visiting in town. But, luckily for me, the Cardinals game was rain delayed an hour or so that day, and Wainwright was the starter, so his signing was delayed for a while. When I got home from dinner, I decided to head straight out to the mall and see if I could catch him before he left (and see if there were even tickets left to buy). Obviously there were, or else I wouldn't be writing this post. There were probably about 20 people left in line when I bought my ticket, so I made it with 10-15 minutes to spare. Here's my prize.

Adam Wainwright 50

This autograph is probably the biggest star I have among current Cardinals players, with Stephen Piscotty probably coming in second. There aren't as many autograph opportunities for the star players, especially during the season, so I was glad I was able to make it to this signing.

2016-07-10

eBay Wins #233

Today's eBay lot is a small one out of the half cent box. I'm reasonably sure I have some more of these cards somewhere, possibly still at my parents' house. Lucky for me they haven't moved since I was a toddler. But the design of these cards is so familiar to me. There's a 1988 set that looks the same, but I only have one of those in my organized boxes, which came from another eBay post. I'm sure they'll show up one of these days, as I never purged any cards from my collection, even during my hiatus from collecting new cards.

1989 Pacific Legends II
#122 Dick Radatz
#212 Phil Niekro
2 cards at 1/2 cent each comes up to a whole penny. Rounding being what it is, my average didn't appear to drop, but it should be right on the cusp of another drop the next time I have a post costing under 1.36 cents per card.


eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4181
Total Spent$56.86
Per Card1.36 cents
Change0 cents

2016-07-08

A Quadruple Contest Post

I've got 4 contests by other bloggers to promote all at once. I don't think I've ever had that many to do at once. Maybe you've entered some already, but just in case, keep reading.

First, it's Pull Tab Awareness Week. You can read about defgav's annual holiday here. It's a week each year we remind people to do 2 things when mailing cards in toploaders. First, don't use scotch tape, use blue painter's tape, because it leaves little to no residue. Second, fold the tip of the tape over itself a bit to make pull tab before you press it down, so people with short nails like me don't have to scrape at the edge of the tape to remove it. I've been doing this when sending cards in taped packages since last Pull Tab Awareness Week, and I'd love to see it catch on further.

Next up, Red Cardboard is back from a bit of a blogging hiatus and is holding a draft to get rid of some cards. They are mostly Reds, but there are a few other teams in there too. And since I collect Cardinals in other uniforms, I'll still be going for the Cincinnati-uniformed Dmitri Young and Mike Leake among others, if I get a spot in the draft.

Pack War is celebrating its 7th anniversary, or Blog-versary, with 7 prizes. So far only one has been been revealed, so you're likely in for a surprise.

Finally, there's a contest that didn't actually dole out any extra entries for promoting it, but while I'm here, why not? This one's for several 2016 Allen and Ginter prizes, whetting all of our appetites since the set isn't even out yet.



To recap, go enter all 4 of these by following these links:

Baseball Card Breakdown's Pull Tab Awareness Week
Red Cardboard's Cardboard Draft
Pack War's 7th Blog-versary
Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits' Ginter Contest


2016-07-06

eBay Wins #232

Today I've got some 1989 Classic Travel Purple penny cards. These were part of a big box of Oakland A's that I bought, which had a fair amount of duplicates in it, such as 3 of these Todd Burns cards.

1989 Classic Travel Purple
#171 Todd Burns (x3)

The only other card I have from this set is a single Mark McGwire card that came from Junior Junkie awhile back. I looked up Todd Burns and saw he played for the Cardinals in 1993, though I had no memory of him despite watching the team pretty closely starting in mid-1992. Then I saw that I already wrote that in another post, and I didn't even remember that. Maybe my memory's just bad.

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4179
Total Spent$56.85
Per Card1.36 cents
Change-0.001 cents

2016-07-04

Zistle Trade #26, Part II

[Part I]

This half of the trade has a lot more Ozzies.

1982 Fleer #582 Ozzie Smith
1983 Topps #24 Steve Mura
1983 Topps #74 Julio Gonzalez
1983 Topps #650 George Hendrick
1990 Donruss #663 Rick Reuschel
1990 Donruss - Bonus MVP's #BC-14 Julio Franco
1990 Score #220A Mike Aldrete
1990 Score #662 Paul Coleman
1992 Donruss #423 Ozzie Smith
I'm continuing to chip away at 1990 Donruss, and I'm down to error variations for the most part. This Rick Reuschel card is the corrected version. Donruss printed a bunch of the all star cards with All Star stats but with a header implying they were regular stats, and the corrected versions say All-Star stats. It's a subtle and mostly meaningless difference, but I figure, the cards aren't rare, so why not track them all down? Mike Aldrete's card is another error card, which says he's #25 on the back. As you can see from the photo, he was #24. Mike was the assistant hitting coach and then bench coach for the Cardinals a few years ago, so I've decided to collect his cards even though he never played for St. Louis.

The big cards from this trade are at the top of that scan, though, a nice 1982 Ozzie Smith, and 3 1983 Topps Cardinals. I collected every Ozzie Topps flagship base card many years ago, but it's good to start filling in the other brands.

Also, I was sure I've posted a Paul Coleman card before, but I don't have any post tagged with his name. He might be one of the Cardinals worst draft decisions. They chose him one pick ahead of Frank Thomas, yet he never made it to the majors.

1993 Leaf #229 Brian Jordan
1993 Leaf #297 Ray Lankford
1993 Leaf #328 Ozzie Smith
2013 Topps - 1972 Topps Mini #TM-99 Ozzie Smith
I really like these 1993 Leaf cards, so I'm not sure why I didn't have them yet. Now, I do. I was also glad to get a one of the modern Ozzie inserts, the 1972-style mini from 2013 Topps.


2016-07-02

Zistle Trade #26, Part I

In my neverending quest for more Cardinals, I made another Zistle trade that knocked some out from multiple sets. I'm still a long way from even finishing base cards from common sets, partially because I want cards like Will Clark on the Giants, Todd Worrell on the Dodgers, and John Mabry with the Rockies.

1990 Fleer #54 Will Clark
1998 Score #128 Todd Worrell
2007 Topps Opening Day #214 Fredbird
2007 Upper Deck #675 John Mabry
2008 Upper Deck First Edition #53 Troy Percival
2010 Topps - Turkey Red #TR34 David Wright
2010 Topps - Turkey Red #TR57 Jimmie Foxx
I also picked up two more 2010 Turkey Reds, and I still need 62 of 100 from Series 1 and 2, and 12 of 50 from Update.

1995 Fleer - All-Stars #2 Frank Thomas / Gregg Jefferies
2008 Upper Deck First Edition #54 Albert Pujols
I ran out of space to tag all the cards in one post, so the rest are in part 2, but luckily for ease of scanning I stuck both horizontal cards in the same post. I still remember when Gregg Jefferies came to the Cardinals. I was skeptical, but he made it to the All-Star game. It seems like his career peaked around that time though, and he never really turned into a superstar. Albert Pujols was a pretty good first baseman for the Cardinals, too.

2016-06-30

A Quick and Easy Contest at Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle

Do you like contests? Do like making the minimal possible effort to accomplish things? Have I got the contest for you to enter!

As the title says, Greg at Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle is holding a contest, and all you've got to do to enter is leave a comment.  The prize hasn't been specified, other than it will be specifically tailored to the winner's collecting interests, which pretty much guarantees you want this prize.

You can promote it for another entry, much like this, but maybe that's more effort than you want to put forth; I'm not here to judge you.

2016-06-28

eBay Wins #231

Today I've got two more eBay penny cards, which are fairly ordinary, but caused me to learn a lesson.

1988 Topps Traded
#29T Pete Smith
#111T Kevin Coffman
How do I know these are 1988 Topps Traded and 1988 Topps Traded Tiffany cards? The fronts are whiter and the backs are brightly colored, just like the regular 1988 Topps Tiffany set. The rarity of Tiffany means I can be fairly sure these aren't those since I picked them up so cheaply, but the key to certainty is apparently found on the back.

1988 Topps Traded
#29T Pete Smith
#111T Kevin Coffman
Those two asterisks on the bottom left indicate a non-Tiffany card, at least according to a few collector-maintained sites and videos. I think it all checks out, but I'm sure I'll revisit this question every time I get a brightly colored 1988 card and check through the cards in my collection to make sure they're all sorted correctly.


eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4176
Total Spent$56.82
Per Card1.361 cents
Change0 cents

2016-06-26

Zistle Trade #25

This was a small trade on Zistle where I think I got the better end of the deal objectively. But, the trader was a team collector of another team and needed some 1994s I had to spare, so I got these 1981s in return.

1981 Topps
#152 John Urrea
#348 Bob Sykes
#635 Bobby Bonds
I must admit I don't really know much about John Urrea or Bob Sykes; they were on my wantlist because they are Cardinals. And I even forget Bobby Bonds was a Cardinal every time until I'm reminded by seeing a card of his. A lot of that is because these cards are a bit older than I am.

I now have 5 Cardinals from this set, but there's still 21 more to go. That's probably a team set I won't ever finish without purchasing the cards individually, but they'll stay on my wantlist just in case someone offers another trade like this one.

2016-06-24

eBay Wins #230

This may look like it belongs it my last 2 eBay posts, but it's a Topps Tiffany card. I suppose I should have scanned the back to show off the bright orange background, because you can't tell much difference from the front scan.

1988 Topps Tiffany
#305 Steve Sax
I've got a smattering of this Tiffany cards, but this is the first from 1988 for me. They seem to be relatively rare compared to the ubiquitous flagship sets, in that I don't find myself drowning in piles of them. All in all, not bad for a penny.



eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4174
Total Spent$56.80
Per Card1.361 cents
Change0 cents

2016-06-22

Can't Stop Promoting Sport Card Collectors Just Yet

OK, this is the last one for now. If you're not in Sport Card Collectors' multi-week Sports Challenge contest, you're only about 10 points behind the leader, so now's your chance to get in and play with the rest of us.


Week 2's games have been posted, so with perfect picks you can grab 10 points right there. Of course, I plan to have perfect picks this week too, so you won't quite be in the lead just yet, but the contest will run for 4 weeks total.

2016-06-21

More Promoting, I Couldn't Resist - Sport Card Collectors Again

I thought about not promoting this contest, once again at Sport Card Collectors, since I've been doing that so much lately, but with the prize being a fairly rare Kolten Wong relic, I had to grab any extra entries I could.  Take a look at this.

2016 Topps Tier One
Tier One Relics #T1R-KW Kolten Wong #064/199

Maybe it's not as exciting if you're not a Cardinals fan, but that's a beauty of a card to me. Go enter for your chance at it too.

2016-06-20

Yet Another Sport Card Collectors Contest

There are so many giveaways going on at Sport Card Collectors they're getting hard to keep track of. The latest is one is on a review post of 2016 Topps Series 2, released just a few days ago.

The prize this time is not from the box itself though, it's cards from your favorite team, so I figure, why not enter. If a few more people get in there will be 2 winners, and if a lot more do, there will be 3.

Go check it out here.

2016-06-18

2016 Stanley Cup Projections Recap

I only started tracking my Stanley Cup projections right before the end of the 2nd round, so I'll only include the final two rounds in my recap. I started off with the right winner, as Pittsburgh was projected most likely to win at the beginning of the Conference finals.  But as they lost and other teams won, St Louis, Tampa, and San Jose were all favored at one point or another


Worst position for Pittsburgh:
16% on May 20, down 2-1 in the Conference finals


Best position for San Jose:
47.3% on May 26, having won the Western Conference and still waiting for game 7 in the Eastern Conference.


Best position for a Conference Finals loser:
Tampa Bay, with 34.7% on May 23, up 3-2 in the Conference Finals


And here are the final playoff results for 2016.


Pittsburgh over San Jose

Stanley Cup Finals
SJS 2-4 PIT

Conference Finals
TBL 3-4 PIT
SJS 4-2 STL

Round 2
STL 4-3 DAL
NSH 3-4 SJS
PIT 4-2 WSH
NYI 1-4 TBL

Round 1
MIN 2-4 DAL
CHI 3-4 STL
NSH 4-3 ANA
SJS 4-1 LAK
NYI 4-2 FLA
DET 1-4 TBL
PHI 2-4 WSH
NYR 1-4 PIT

2016-06-16

Another Sport Card Collectors Contest

I've got another contest to promote at the same blog as my last post, Sport Card Collectors.

This is a longer contest that will go for a few weeks, where you'll get points by picking games. Week 1's games are all this weekend, but you'll need to enter (on this post) by 8pm tomorrow for your picks to count.

There are a bunch of prizes, so check out that first link to see them all. Good luck!

2016-06-14

2016 Topps Archives Contest at Sports Card Collectors

Sports Card Collectors is having an autograph giveaway from 2016 Topps Archives. Just go leave a comment to enter.

2016 Topps Archives
Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-RJ Randy Jones
The prize is this Randy Jones autograph. He played from 1973-82, so a bit before my time, but I'd still like to add this autograph to my collection.

2016-06-12

Zistle Trade #24

I made another smallish trade on Zistle, for some needs from the overproduction era. A few are base cards, but 6 of the 9 are either from traded sets or inserts, so they're a little harder to track down.

1988 Fleer #276 Jose Canseco
1988 Fleer Update #U-68 Todd Stottlemyre
1989 Donruss Bonus MVPs #BC-15 Cal Ripken
1989 Score Young Superstars II #20 Todd Stottlemyre
1989 Upper Deck #674 Ozzie Smith
1989 Upper Deck #754 Todd Zeile
1990 Donruss Bonus MVPs #BC-10 Ryne Sandberg
1991 Topps Traded #83T Phil Nevin
1993 Topps Gold #3 Ryne Sandberg
I've long been working on the 1990 Donruss set, and Ryne Sandberg was one of the two Bonus MVPs I didn't have yet. I've got the other on the way in another trade, too, so that insert set is nearly complete along with the base set, which I think is almost complete except for some errors and variations. I have a lot of 1989 Donruss base cards, but not many bonus MVPs, so the Ripken is a good get for me. The two Todd Stottlemyre cards are just because I collect Todd Stottlemyre, much like the Ozzie, Todd Zeile, and Jose Canseco cards. I put the Team USA cards from 1991 Topps Traded on my list after getting a few of them in the past and liking them, and finally there's a 1993 Topps Gold, also of Ryne Sandberg. I've still got over 780 of those to go to complete that set.

2016-06-10

2016 Stanley Cup Projection, June 10

Pittsburgh over San Jose

Stanley Cup Finals
SJS 2-3 PIT

Conference Finals
TBL 3-4 PIT
SJS 4-2 STL

Round 2
STL 4-3 DAL
NSH 3-4 SJS
PIT 4-2 WSH
NYI 1-4 TBL

Round 1
MIN 2-4 DAL
CHI 3-4 STL
NSH 4-3 ANA
SJS 4-1 LAK
NYI 4-2 FLA
DET 1-4 TBL
PHI 2-4 WSH
NYR 1-4 PIT


TeamStrengthCup
PIT0.59377.7
SJS0.56822.3

After 5 goals in the first period, I was wondering if this game might wind up 8-7 or something outlandish like that, but the 3-2 score held all the way until San Jose scored an empty net goal to make it 4-2. They've got a fighting chance, but of course every game is an elimination game, so they'll have to keep winning. There's another 2-day break for travel back to San Jose, and to avoid stepping on the NBA Finals I suppose.

2016-06-09

eBay Wins #229

Today I have the rest of the 1988 Topps that I started in my last eBay post, with plenty more Cardinals.

1988 Topps
#534 John Wathan
#536 John Morris
#544 Jim Traber
#546 John Candelaria
#549 Albert Hall/Dale Murphy/Ken Griffey/Gerald Perry
#557 Craig Reynolds (x2)
#600 Mike Schmidt
#613 Bobby Thigpen
#616 Jay Aldrich
John Morris is obviously a Cardinal, but so is Gerald Perry, in that Braves Leaders card I sort of forgot was horizontal until I started writing this post. Whoops. Just turn your head a little, it's good for your neck after hours at the computer.


1988 Topps
#617 Oddibe McDowell
#618 Cecil Fielder
#619 Mike Dunne
#621 Gene Nelson (x8)
#629 Kelly Downs
#632 Steve Shields
#642 Bob Dernier
#643 Rocky Childress
#658 Tim Conroy
I know Cecil Fielder played for the Blue Jays, but it still hits me oddly every time I see it. He's supposed to be a Tiger. Every player "belongs" on their 1992 or 1993 team in my mind, because that's when I started watching baseball. And yes, Gene Nelson was another multicard player from that A's lot I bought. That Bob Dernier card is a prime example of why I need to get through all these eBay cards and put them in my collection. I traded for it pretty recently, even though I've had these cards sitting in my "to post" box for who knows how long.


1988 Topps
#662 Jim Rice
#667 Luis Quinones
#697 Steve Lombardozzi
#700 George Brett
#702 Mike Gallego (x2)
#718 Mike Felder
#720 Tim Raines
#724 Danny Tartabull
#729 George Bell/Fred McGriff
Mike Gallego was one of Tony La Russa's favorites he eventually brought over to the Cardinals. He didn't put up fantastic numbers, but I remember him being a solid bench player.

1988 Topps
#740 Rick Sutcliffe
#752 Mark Grant
#754 Mike LaCoss
#761 Tony Armas
#768 Dickie Noles
#769 Cecil Cooper
#779 Tom Glavine
#784 Joe Sambito
#785 Alvin Davis
Rick Sutcliffe was probably best known as a Cub, but he finished his career in St. Louis, making 14 starts in 1994.

1988 Topps
#791 Ted Simmons
I could claim I left Ted here alone since he was a Cardinal, but really it was just poor planning on my part. When I get a giant stack to scan, sometimes I lose track, and don't count how many cards are left until too close to the end to even it out nicely with some scans of 8 instead of 9. I believe there were 10 left when I realized my blunder.

Once again these were from the half-cent box, knocking my per-card average down by almost one hundredth of a penny, which sounds like a ridiculous thing to track when you say it like that!

eBay Bargain Tracker
Total Cards Bought4173
Total Spent$56.79
Per Card1.361 cents
Change-0.009 cents

2016-06-07

2016 Stanley Cup Projection, June 7

Pittsburgh over San Jose

Stanley Cup Finals
SJS 1-3 PIT

Conference Finals
TBL 3-4 PIT
SJS 4-2 STL

Round 2
STL 4-3 DAL
NSH 3-4 SJS
PIT 4-2 WSH
NYI 1-4 TBL

Round 1
MIN 2-4 DAL
CHI 3-4 STL
NSH 4-3 ANA
SJS 4-1 LAK
NYI 4-2 FLA
DET 1-4 TBL
PHI 2-4 WSH
NYR 1-4 PIT


TeamStrengthCup
PIT0.59390.5
SJS0.5689.5

With a 3-1 lead, Pittsburgh is now over 90% likely to be the Stanley Cup champions this year. After watching most of this series I'd say that's consistent with what I've seen, as they appear to be dominating the games despite the relatively close scores. The teams have 2 days off to travel back to Pittsburgh, and Game 5 will be Thursday night.

2016-06-05

2016 Stanley Cup Projection, June 5

Pittsburgh over San Jose

Stanley Cup Finals
SJS 1-2 PIT

Conference Finals
TBL 3-4 PIT
SJS 4-2 STL

Round 2
STL 4-3 DAL
NSH 3-4 SJS
PIT 4-2 WSH
NYI 1-4 TBL

Round 1
MIN 2-4 DAL
CHI 3-4 STL
NSH 4-3 ANA
SJS 4-1 LAK
NYI 4-2 FLA
DET 1-4 TBL
PHI 2-4 WSH
NYR 1-4 PIT


TeamStrengthCup
PIT0.59372.5
SJS0.56827.5

San Jose won in overtime last night, and this series will have to go to at least 5 games. I almost missed the game winning goal, since I was trying to get some stuff done and missed almost the first 10 minutes of overtime. Luckily they stretched this game a little longer than game 2.

Pittsburgh is still nearly a 3 in 4 favorite. Tomorrow San Jose will try to win game 4 at home, then they'd need to take at least one in Pittsburgh to win the cup.

2016-06-04

Another Sports Card Info Soccer Win

Just about a year ago, I won a soccer contest at Sports Card Info, and now I've won another one.

2016 Topps MLS - Base Autographs #85 Dominic Oduro #24/350
I've started paying more attention to MLS over the past year, as there are rumblings of St. Louis getting an expansion team. It won't be here for awhile, but with the Rams having left, there may be a little room in my sports watching schedule by the time they come around.

Thanks to Sports Card Info for the contest!

2016-06-02

2016 College World Series Contest

It's College World Series time again, which means the annual contest at Autographed Cards is on. I'm a little late promoting this year, but you've got until 11am Central Time tomorrow (Friday) to enter phase 1, which can give you a few extra points to help give you a head start for the main part of the contest. Right now, you'll just need to pick the 8 teams that will advance from each 8-team Super-Regional.

This is the 7th annual contest, and my 6th time participating. I'm pretty sure I'm due for a big win. SLU is not in the field yet again, nor is Mizzou, so I'll be rooting for Southeast Missouri State to win their Super-Regional as I watch the contest unfold.

2016 Stanley Cup Projection, June 2

Pittsburgh over San Jose

Stanley Cup Finals
SJS 0-2 PIT

Conference Finals
TBL 3-4 PIT
SJS 4-2 STL

Round 2
STL 4-3 DAL
NSH 3-4 SJS
PIT 4-2 WSH
NYI 1-4 TBL

Round 1
MIN 2-4 DAL
CHI 3-4 STL
NSH 4-3 ANA
SJS 4-1 LAK
NYI 4-2 FLA
DET 1-4 TBL
PHI 2-4 WSH
NYR 1-4 PIT


TeamStrengthCup
PIT0.59383.2
SJS0.56816.8

San Jose isn't out of it yet, but a 2-0 deficit puts them down to about a 1 in 6 chance of winning their first Stanley Cup. They took Pittsburgh to overtime last night, but gave up the winning goal just a few minutes in. I sometimes feel like overtimes shouldn't be sudden death, because a lucky bounce can change the outcome of a game. On the other hand, if 5, 10, or 20 minutes were mandated to be played, it's possible that there would be another goal and a tie at the end of overtime, necessitating yet another extra period, and resulting in increasingly sloppy play as the players tire out. So maybe the solution is somewhere in the middle, but I'm not sure what that looks like.

2016-05-31

2016 Stanley Cup Projection, May 31

Pittsburgh over San Jose

Stanley Cup Finals
SJS 0-1 PIT

Conference Finals
TBL 3-4 PIT
SJS 4-2 STL

Round 2
STL 4-3 DAL
NSH 3-4 SJS
PIT 4-2 WSH
NYI 1-4 TBL

Round 1
MIN 2-4 DAL
CHI 3-4 STL
NSH 4-3 ANA
SJS 4-1 LAK
NYI 4-2 FLA
DET 1-4 TBL
PHI 2-4 WSH
NYR 1-4 PIT


TeamStrengthCup
PIT0.59370.3
SJS0.56829.7

Pittsburgh took game 1, and has a 70% chance of winning the cup. San Jose will try to tie up the series tomorrow night, and avoid going back to San Jose down 0-2.