Comments on: Card of the Week: 1980 Topps #129 Craig Reynolds http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Phil Haberkorn in Indiana http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303/comment-page-1#comment-140619 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:36:53 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14303#comment-140619 I would like to see the Card of the Week get back to being a regular feature. I'm still waiting for you to post Doug Dascenxo's pitching card...
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By: Skeeb Wilcox http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303/comment-page-1#comment-140529 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:23:39 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14303#comment-140529 If Upper Deck was out, I did not have any. Mine came from Steve Myland and I only ordered complete sets, which meant that they did not come out in later in the year. The show's gross was strictly from being the dealer with the most '89 Fleer boxes on hand. Ripken single "FF" card: $30. Full unsearched box: $55.

Funny how this ties in: I also remember having the money for my Upper Deck order in hand when the opportunity to buy a 1980 Nolan Ryan game used jersey for $800. I knew that that money had to be part of my UD order and didn't pull the trigger on the uni. I had to weigh business options before personal pleasure! I was collecting game used #34's at the time. My "baseball hero" has always been Nellie Briles so I tried to get as many clubs' 34's as I could. I had the Twins (Jim Fairey), Giants (Mark Grant), Mets (Bob Apodaca) and of course the Briles (Pirates '73, Rangers '77 which I would say Dave Stewart wore in the minors because "Stewart" was written in the collar in Sharpie and Orioles '78). I also had Steve Christmas' Reds uni (he TORE UP our Statis-Pro league for me), a Kent Hrbek warm-up (he and I were born on the exact same day) and a BUNCH (for some reason) of Oakland warm-ups which I bought to re-sell (Mike Edwards, Rob Picciolo, Mitchell Page...all the stars).

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303/comment-page-1#comment-140510 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:50:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14303#comment-140510 One can only imagine what your mother did to seal the deal.

Was Upper Deck out with its premier set yet at the time of the show? If so, that could also have something to do with why you did so well.

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By: Skeeb Wilcox http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303/comment-page-1#comment-140507 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:44:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14303#comment-140507 As for the 1989 Billy Ripken card, I was a full time dealer at that point (1975-1994) and had an upcoming show at the Green Tree Marriott in Pittsburgh the weekend after the cards came out. Not having my dealership papers filed with Fleer at that point I was "on my own" in trying to pick some up. My family and I were in Clarksburg, WV and decided to hit the local candy distributors. The "big one" had one case left and we got it. We decided to drive across town and try the "rinky dink" wholesaler where we never liked to go because they usually never had anything. We pulled up in the parking lot and I started to get out of the car and my Dad's arm came over and held me back as he said, "Let your mother go in". Since Dad had been a 1000 game-winning high school coach I figured he knew what he was doing. She came back out and said, "Let's go around and pick 'em up". Of course Dad and I immediately asked her how many cases she got and she said "Six". That show at Green Tree that weekend was one of the two highest grossing shows we ever did in nineteen years. THANK YOU, BILLY RIPKEN!

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By: JDV http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303/comment-page-1#comment-140504 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:25:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14303#comment-140504 Great to see another card feature. As #22 mentioned, this was the last year that Topps had their (first) monopoly. I liked this set because it was not only released all at once, but it was released pretty early. One of the benefits of that (in my opinion) is the lack of air-brushing new uniforms on traded players. That makes the set an excellent chronicle of the season just-completed, instead of trying (and always failing) to be up-to-date for the new season. 1979 was the first set that tried it this way, and I wish they had stuck with that plan.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303/comment-page-1#comment-140481 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:56:25 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14303#comment-140481 I remember it well. I was in the prime of my own collecting at that time.

I remember it being just absurd. I have never believed that Fleer wasn't aware of the original "error" since it was obviously visible. Then, the parade of correction variations was simply preposterous. They obviously were trying to create a furor and jack up prices, and they succeeded. I just didn't care at all, except to figure out how the words got there in the first place.

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By: Dukeofflatbush http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303/comment-page-1#comment-140315 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 03:08:45 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14303#comment-140315 Does anyone remember the Billy Ripken F**KFACE card.
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=billy+ripken&hl=en&biw=1440&bih=761&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=0eQXAS69jwpmUM:&imgrefurl=http://www.cnbc.com/id/28116692/Billy_Ripken_Obscenity_Bat_He_Finally_Talks_20_Years_Later&docid=ZXbKjrc-kySK4M&w=316&h=431&ei=JmtUTqOFB8b30gGWyKyzAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=385&vpy=93&dur=2224&hovh=262&hovw=192&tx=103&ty=151&page=1&tbnh=134&tbnw=103&start=0&ndsp=36&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303/comment-page-1#comment-140304 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 02:08:51 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14303#comment-140304 Good thought, John.

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By: John McKinstra http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303/comment-page-1#comment-140301 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 01:39:14 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14303#comment-140301 Andy,

Great post of the 1980 Craig Reynolds card. On the bottom of the handle of the Majority of bats in the 60's, 70's, and 80's, measured the length of the bat in inches. My Guess it was a 35" bat, with the (3) not visisble. I'm not sure if the bats used today still indicate this or not. Rico Carty in the 60's and 70's used a 32" bat, and Willie Mays thoughout his career used a 34" bat.

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By: zuke http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14303/comment-page-1#comment-140285 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 00:12:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14303#comment-140285 Fine analysis Phil!

For what it's worth, the weekly card feature is what first drew me too the site as well.

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