Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
From 2003 Topps Pristine, card #23 of Crawford, a refractor numbered 06/99.
From 2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection, card #91 featuring a sweet 3-color patch. This one is numbered 08/25.
From 2007 Upper Deck MLB Artifacts, card #AW-CC, an awesome Awesome Artifacts bat relic which is numbered 12/50. I don’t know if the medieval design is awesome or too much of a stretch, but I will jump on any card I don’t own that I can pick up for a steal…
I could probably make a career of chasing all of the different UD Baseball Heroes variations. This is now my lowest numbered and first Heroes jersey relic. It is from 2008 UD BH, card #165. It is emerald green and is numbered 23/25 right beside the white jersey swatch…
The last card of this bunch comes from 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings. It is a Crowning Moment jersey relic drawn by Mike Schroeder. It has 2 tiny white swatches on the front and is numbered 24/25 on the back.
I have been saying I am going to organize my Carl Crawford collection for nearly a year now. It will happen someday. It has to, because I can’t afford to buy dupes and I want to keep building this one. Thanks for checking out my new additions. If you have any CC pulls that need a new home, please drop me a line… I love this hobby! Go Rays! Oh, by the way... Make David Price a happy camper and fill the seats tonight as the Rays clinch a playoff spot behind the 2010 (team) Cy Young Award winner. Troll out.
A lot of bloggers have written about the oldest cards in their collection. My oldest cards are 1887 Allen and Ginters, but unfortunately I don’t own any baseball players from that set. To get to my oldest baseball cards you have to fast forward to the 1909-11 T 206 tobacco cards. I own a few and covet many. I like cards that tell a story and sometimes after reading a great story I seek out a card to go with it. My cornerstone card is a T206 of Fred Snodgrass. It features the young player in full catchers gear and has the Sweet Caporal back. Here is why this card rocks to me...
I remember as a teenager reading the awesome book by Lawrence Ritter called “The Glory of Their Times”, a book where Ritter interviewed 26 of the oldest living veterans of the game and one of them was Fred “Snow” Snodgrass.
Snow spent 9 seasons in the Big Leagues, mainly as an outfielder with the New York Giants. One of my favorite things about this card is the photo of Snodgrass in full catchers gear. A lot of bloggers collect these type of cards and I admit and I am getting more fascinated with these photos. The ironic thing in this case is that Snodgrass only played 6 games behind the plate in his entire career. All 6 came as a 20 year old rookie backing up Chief Meyers for the Giants in 1908. The next season he shed the gear and moved to the outfield and by 1910 Snodgrass became a regular in the lineup and hit a career high .321. That placed him 4th in the National League above Hall of Famers like Honus Wagner and Zack Wheat and NL MVP Frank Schulte. He also hit 8 triples, drove in 44 and stole 33 bases.
From 1911-1913, Snodgrass played in three consecutive Fall Classics with the Giants, but was on the losing end each time. In his second, the 1912 World Series against the Boston Red Sox Snodgrass committed one of the most famous errors in baseball history. In the 10th inning of the deciding game, Snodgrass, who was one of the league’s best outfielders, dropped a routine fly ball that put the tying run on second base. He proceeded to make a spectacular game-saving catch on the next play, but the Sox went on to score two runs in the inning to win the World Series.
In the early 1960s, a half-century after his infamous dropped ball, Snodgrass recounted the error in an interview with author Lawrence Ritter. The interview was included in Ritter's renowned baseball book “The Glory of Their Times”, which featured oral accounts by 26 of the game's oldest surviving players. This is a highly recommended book. I love the compilation style recounting books. “When The Cheering Stops” is another great one. There were 26 subjects in “The Glory of Their Times”, including players like Hank Greenberg, Sam Crawford, Goose Goslin, Edd Roush, Sad Sam Jones, Chief Meyers, Lefty O’Doul, Hans Lobert, Harry Hooper and Paul Waner.
Albeit a small one, this card allowed me to put a face to the story I had read from Snodgrass. I hope to add some of the other featured players to my collection soon. Every player has a story and their cards serve as the spark to remember or to tell it.
After his playing career had ended he became a successful business man and politician and spent time as the Mayor of Oxnard, California. In the 1940s he was quoted as saying: "(There is) hardly a day in my life, hardly an hour, that in some manner or other the dropping of that fly doesn't come up, even after 30 years."
Even in death it was his famous error that was remembered. When he died on April 5, 1974, his obituary in the New York Times was headlined "Fred Snodgrass, 86, Dead; Ball Player Muffed 1912 Fly."
In this game that we love it is the goat, not the hero that we remember. When you think of the 1986 World Series do you think of Ray Knight or Bill Buckner?
I am delighted to add a card of a great outfielder from the Golden Age of the game I love to my collection. Thanks for reading my story. Fred Snodgrass has a number of other cards available. The 1911 T205 for one, but none of them seem to compare to the T206 depicting Snodgrass as a young catcher long before the infamous muff… By the by... This card set me back the same as a blaster of 2010 Topps T206 would have. This card makes me far happier. The only thing I don't like is that the card is trapped in a PSA case and I really want to hold it! Also, the images OTHER than the T206 are all borrowed... Someday I hope to own all things Snodgrass cuz Troll's love Goats! Plus, Snodgrass... Oh and one of the labels for this post is "famous muff". That oughta bring the hits!
I love this game, I LOVE this hobby!!! Troll out.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
James Shields Pitches Perfect Game and Carl Crawford Hits For the Cycle As Tampa Bay Clinches Playoff Spot
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
This one features another former Negro League All Star, turned MLB World Champion, NL All Star and three time National League MVP. Of course I am speaking of Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella, shown here on this 2007 Upper Deck Masterpiece, card #23. I absolutely love his smile in this picture. "Its Good To Be Alive" was one of the first baseball books I read as a kid. It was written by Campy in 1959. What an amazing person he was! Definitely one of my all time favorites. I am working on filling a page of 9 Campy cards and this fits in perfectly.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Its All Been Downhill in Trollvlle Since September 4, 2009...OR Shannon Stewart and Marisa Miller Say Bring on the Hits!
While now you can see her on a Rays blog, too... Okay, back on track. For those who remember seeing Marisa on the Night Owl, but don't remember why -It was, in fact, page views (and not swimsuit models) that were the topic of his post that day. He mentioned that those of us who us who use Blogger to host our pages can now get stats on our blogs. I was unaware of this little feature and being a stat lover myself, I was immediately fascinated. I do pay attention to how many visitors I get to my blog each day, week, etc., but I didn't know I could see what pages people were looking at. The Night Owl (as he generally does) got us all thinking. Being a stat guy, as well as somewhat of an ego maniac, as soon as I finished reading his post that day (which incited 15 comments by the way) I checked my own stats. At the time last year that I was actually posting daily, sometimes 2 and 3 times daily on as many as 4 different blogs, I got a lot of traffic. Nowadays my visitors are few and far between. I get it. Why visit a blog that isn't updated, thats silly. ANYWAY... the blogger stats revealed some interesting and surprising things. I have made some posts that I am pretty proud of. Some posts took me hours or days to research. Some posts took hours to scan and upload all of the images. It seems that those posts got a few clicks when they were fresh, but I was quite surprised to learn what my most popular post ever was. It came on September 4, 2009. A little over a year ago and yes it has all been downhill since... Now, in the Night Owl post he mentioned some things that attract visitors, namely pictures of hot girls and rare cards. Regular readers of mine know that from time to time I post pics of models who share names with baseball players... Yes, I have about a dozen pics ( I actually have more, but not all of them are appropriate for this all ages blog) of Shannon Stewart mixed in with my card scans and from time to time I bust them out (like right now) BUT Ms. Stewart is the not the lure that brings new folks to my blog. My best post ever? Like I said, it was on 9-04-2009. It had just 2 pictures on it and they were both REALLY small and hard to see. Yes, it took me over a year of blogging to realize that you could change the size of the images you upload. Anyhoo... THIS is the post that reels them in. If you don't feel like clicking, this was the primary image in that post. The subject was Bronson Arroyo and a TTM request that I sent him. Like I said, I am stat obsessed. I used to keep a log book of how many "hits" my blogs got on a daily basis. According to my log book the Troll family of blogs took in over 400 clicks that day. Pretty cool, but Bronson KEEPS ON BRINGING you to me... This post had 11 comments, which is among the most I have gotten without giving something away. I guess that is a mark of a good post. I remember when I put it up. I didn't plan on that as my topic that day, but I was short on time and wanted to put something up. Little did I know that would be my top post ever. That Arroyo post has had 76 views this week, 215 views this month and over a thousand views over the last 12 months. Wow. I don't get it at all. My next best post is this one... It was listed on 12-26-2009. It was a pack rip of 1997 Pinnacle X Press that my Father ripped on Christmas Day. Another quick post. No rare cards, no hot girls. It didn't even have a pic of my Dad in it. Weird. Third best is this one. It was a contest. Bloggers vote for the Hall of Fame on 8-31-2009. It had a ton of hits back then. I was giving stuff away, but its weird that this month over 100 people have checked it out LONG after all of the prizes were given away. I don't get it.
Anyway, thanks for reading this ego driven post. I can't make any sense of it. None of my most popular posts have pictures of pretty ladies or rare cards. Heck, they aren't even good. I clicked on them to find the link, but I couldn't bring myself to re-read any of them... One last thing on this topic before I sign off... The stats page also tells you the main referrers of visitors to my blog. That said I owe a huge thanks to The Sports Card Blog Roll, My Past Time...I Love It! and the Cardboard Junkie. Thanks of course to the Night Owl for inspiring this post and thanks to everyone who has stumbled in here for whatever reason. Stats are fun, knowing that people read this dribble is cool, but knowing that the most people who visit this blog are here because they want to know if Bronson Arroyo signed my cards. Weirdness. What is even weirder is that anyone actually read this far considering the first line of this post mentions my ex-wifes birthday... Not really a line that hooks the reader. I should really just stick with Shannon Stewart... Oh, if you are wondering about the pics on this post. I went with hot girls and vintage cards cuz I want the hits! This blog is 6000 visitors away from hitting 100K... There WILL be a contest whether it takes a month or a year to get there. Also, still waiting for someone who wants my Million Card Giveawy cards. Anyone? Also, still need some addresses for the group break. Get in touch if your name is in yellow... Go Rays! Troll out.