Sunday, January 31, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Ellis Kinder played 12 seasons for 5 different teams from 1946-1957. Kinder actually went through the Minor League as a Yankees player from 1941-1943. He continued in the Minors with the St. Louis Browns, until being called up to the Majors in 1946. After 2 seasons in the Majors with the Browns, Kinder was traded to the Red Sox where he would spend 8 seasons from 1948-1955. Afterwards, Kinder would spend a season with the White Sox, then the Cardinals, and then the White Sox.
He actually received 1.5% of HOF ballot voting in 1964. He was the Sporting News Pitcher of the Year in 1949 where he came in 1st in Win-Loss Percentage and Shutouts, as well as 2nd in Wins for the American League. Kinder had multiple seasons in the League Top 2 for both Games Played, Games Finished, and Saves. At 42-43 years old, Kinder was the Leagues Oldest Player in the Majors in 1956 and 1957.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
I've owned this set for nearly 16 years now, but last week, I dis-integrated it from my 2005 Topps collection for sale. I've been selling off all of my modern collection since 2018 when I broke apart my 2017 set and began breaking apart my sets in reverse chronological order. It takes me a while to break apart these sets because they are integrated with base sets, update sets, bonus sets, and promo sets, etc. This set had many different bonus sets like team variations and rookie variations. As you can see, I put these sets together by team. Each team is ordered from oldest player to youngest player, which really integrates various cards like intertwining your fingers together. Teams are organized by World Series winner, then loser, then how far each team gets into the playoffs. Tie breaker is regular season winning percentage. If regular season winning percentage is the same then I just pick my favorite team or pick whoever was less games back within their division. When first purchased the 2005 Topps update set, it was considered a nothing set. They came in factory boxes that often resulted in incomplete sets for some reason. Verlander, McCutchen, and Braun seem to be the big names in the set now. I remember attending Verlander's first game as an Astros player in Seattle. It was doggy night, and we got to watch that game together.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Saturday, January 16, 2021
I finally got around to breaking down my 2005 Topps set into its individual components. Here are a few pics of the base set, which consists of 733 total cards. This was the last year that card #7 was retired for Mickey Mantle between 1997-2005. Mantle would again be re-retired a few years later. I will post more photos from my 2005 set as I begin to list my other subsets from this collection.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
This rare find seemed to come out of nowhere. Perhaps, since I'm no longer combing through online listings as often as I used to, decent deals build up. 53B's are still double what they used to be only 5 years ago, but they're still a better fraction of BV than many other cards around their era. Rocky Bridges only died 6 years ago this month. He played in the majors from 1951-1961 mostly for the Cincinnati Reds. He had an All Star season in 1958.