Monday, January 26, 2015

Cardboard Soup

Cardboard Soup... sounds delicious, eh? It's not a new recipe, it's the working title for my new life project, a book.



I'm 100% serious. In today's society it's easier than ever to get published (which is good and bad), so why not give it a shot? It's been a dream of mine to write a book for a long time and this is the inspiration I needed. So far I've received overwhelming support and I'm ecstatic to get this ball rolling.

Here's the thing, I can't do it alone. Cardboard Soup will be a compilation of stories from card-enthusiasts of all walks of life. The relationships I've made with fellow collectors have inspired me to share my story and I have to believe I'm not the only one with a story to tell. It could be how you started collecting, a project you've worked on, collecting with a friend, anything. This hobby is filled with fantastic memories that deserve to be printed.

Guess what! I want to share YOUR story! Don't be shy and don't be humble. No matter how bland you think you are, I'll prove to you that you're not. Begin to think of who you are as a collector and how the hobby has shaped you as a person. That's what I want to share. Filling 3-10 pages of a book with your memories will be a cinch. All I need is your permission and together we'll pull that story out of you. If you can write out your whole story, so be it. If you can only muster a sentence or two, that's just fine. An ETBNL (Editor to be Named Later) and I can give form to your memories, all that's needed is a spark of inspiration.

The theme of this book will be positive. I want the happy sappy stuff. The memory that lifts you up when you're feeling down.

Much more on this project will come in the future, but for now I could really use your support. Whether by contributing or supporting in any way, it'll mean a ton to me. Please consider spreading the news on your blog and through social media. The more the merrier! If you're interested in helping out, please leave a comment with your email address or email me directly at chrisross4444@gmail.com. Thanks everyone!

 - Chris

Thursday, January 22, 2015

An Interesting Pack of '94 Fleer Ultra Series II

In an effort to get my lazy butt off 140 Character Land and back where it belongs, I decided to bring one of my favorite Twitivities to the blog. The concept is simple. I open a pack of cards and try to find at least one interesting fact about the player featured on each card. Today's pack is from '94 Fleer Ultra Series II. 


If you're not familiar with '94 Fleer Ultra, it's probably because you're poor and can't afford high-end wax with gold-trimmed edges.



Brian McRae is a bright spot in an era of PED's. As his career was winding down he had to choose between his health and his wallet. He made the noble choice.


Who know what kind of career Brian Harper could have had if given the chance. He debuted at 19 but spent the next decade bouncing around and backing up guys like Brian Downing, Tony Pena, Tom Nieto, Lance Parrish and Terry Steinbach. The Twins finally gave him a shot as a #1 catcher in his age 29 season and he rewarded them by batting .325/.353/.449.


Phil never made it as a Phillie. In fact, he never made the majors period. For whatever reason he pitched in a AAA game for the Mets affiliate in 1998. It wasn't just a couple outs, he pitched 2.2 innings and gave up 6 runs (2 earned). 


Derrick May hit 52 HR in 797 MLB games. He hit 59 HR in 298 NPB games for the Chiba Lotte Marines.


White pitched for 11 of the 30 MLB franchises. Despite starting just 5 games in 1994, he was hit by a pitch 6 times.


Otis Nixon looks rough. Nixon has fought demons but claimed sobriety as recently as 2010. In 2013 he was arrested for possession of crack cocaine. I can't find anymore updates, but here's hoping he's back on the wagon and in a better place.


James Baldwin had a 5.10 ERA in 1999 and a 4.65 ERA in 2000 but still made the 2000 AL All-Star Team. It was a different time.


Dunston started at least 11 games at every position over his career except pitcher and catcher.


Marvin Freeman finished 4th in the 1994 AL Cy Young voting despite starting just 18 games. 


Mariano Duncan stole 48 bases in 1986 for the Dodgers. He stole more than 20 only once more over the next 11 seasons.


John Burkett is now a professional bowler. He won 22 games in 1993 and 166 over his career, making him the 198th winning-est pitcher in baseball history.


Wes Weger is not related to Jim Carey, despite the similarities. He never debuted in the MLB, but was well on his way to it before a horrific injury. During '94 Spring Training a Rockies player lost control of his bat during a swing and sent it flying into the Brewers dugout. The barrel struck Weger on the left ankle and obliterated his tendons. He missed all of '94 and never returned to full form.


Mulholland also pitched for 11 of 30 MLB clubs. He defeated every team in the majors at least once during his career. Terry was 43 when he retired in 2006. 



José Rijo may well have been on his way to Cooperstown had he not missed five seasons ('96-'00) with an elbow injury. Rijo made a remarkable return to baseball in 2001 with the Reds as a relief pitcher, giving up only 4 ER over 17 IP. He's best remembered in Cincinnati for his dominating '90 World Series performance, starting two games and giving up one run over 15.1 innings, earning Rijo the World Series MVP award. No clue what kind of tobacco he kept in his back left pocket.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

COMC Black Friday Part 2


Despite being the best non-pitcher on the Royals, Alex Gordon rarely gets much love from Topps. Whenever I can find one of these quad-relics from 2013 Museum, I'm on it. I think I own five now. This is firmly the second best behind the one in the website header. I believe the upper left piece is from the KC logo sleeve patch.



I'll never own one of every Mike Sweeney relic card, but I'll sure try.


A beautiful card as is... except it's Tiffany (Night Owl just rolled his eyes). I'm a high-roller like that.




I honestly don't remember Rod Myers, but it's a sexy BBB.


Jeff King had the best Royals 'stache in decades.


Fracta Matrix = Superfractor pattern before superfractors fracted.


More Tiffany.



Banny has a fantastic signature, which more than makes up for the Mets uni he's wearing on this Royals card.


Sal was a crappy backup for KC, Oakland, KC again, Colorado, Anaheim, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York (AL), Toronto and Cleveland managing just 245 hits over 11 seasons.


Finding Jayhawk cards is tough.




Tiffany Sabes RC




My idol.


Museum Apes





No idea who that guy is or why I bought it. I'm thinking it may have been mistakenly tossed in.








Gary G, one of my favorite short-term Royals.


SkyBox parallel!



Awesome on the front.


Crap on the back.





Rakuten Eagles second baseman, Kaz Matsui.


The elusive '84 Update XRC.


Now a Marlin.



I hoard these, with or without the signature.