Like any other blog out there one of the best places to shop for baseball card is COMC.com. I use it allot and the only thing that kills my is the shipping, but overall its the placed to shop for loose baseball card. Here’s a couple of cards i picked up the other day for there.
The other day at the card show i saw something that I’ve been looking for a long time….. A Clem Labine autographed baseball with the INSCRIPTION 55 W.S. Champs….. Well i found it, and I’m glad i did. Because back a couple of years ago i went to an autograph sign where Don Newcombe and Clem where signing. I got Don to put his ROY inscription on the ball but when I got to Clem, i passed on any inscription. I really to this day don’t know why I passed but that’s in the past now. Clem passed away in March of 2007. Vin Scully, the longtime Dodger announcer, said upon learning of Labine’s death that he had a heart of a lion and the smarts of a wily fox, and in addition was very likable. I too felt that way when i got to meet him and talk baseball with him. Thanks Clem for being so cool, you are missing…Wicked out!!!
Carl Erskine is one of the nice guys out there in TTM land…… In little over a week send sent back the two cards i asked him to autograph but also asnwer the questions i sent to him too. Funny thing about it i had just bought a autographed ball of his at the last card show i went to and started looking into is career. So i looked him up and he had a TTM address so i give it a shot. Thanks to Mr.Erskine again for taking his time and writing back i’ll keep that letter forever!!
Johnny is perhaps best remembered for being named the Most Valuable Player of the 1955 World Series, pitching a shutout in Game 7 against the New York Yankees to help bring the Dodgers their first World Series title. He later led the National League in earned run average and shutouts in 1957, and in winning percentage in 1961.
From 1947 to 1956, Brooklyn ruled the National League, winning 6 of 10 pennants. They benefited greatly from a large network of minor league teams created by Branch Rickey in the early 40’s. It is here when the system called the “Dodger Way” of teaching fundamentals took root. From that large network of teams, a number of young talented players began to blossom at the same time: Snider, Gil Hodges, Carl Erskine, Ralph Branca, Clem Labine, Carl Furillo, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, Joe Black and Jim Gilliam. Most have been enshrined in Roger Kahn’s classic book, The Boys of Summer. By 1949, Snider, as he matured, became the triggerman in a power-laden lineup which boasted the likes of Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Hodges, Campanella and Furillo. Often compared favorably with two other New York center fielders, fellow Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, he was the reigning “Duke” of Flatbush. Usually batting third in the line-up, Snider put up some impressive offensive numbers: He hit 40 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons (1953–57), and averaged 42 home runs, 124 RBI, 123 runs and a .320 batting average between 1953-1956. He led the league in runs scored, home runs and RBIs in separate seasons. He appeared in six post-seasons with the Dodgers (1949, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1959), facing the New York Yankees in the first five and the Chicago White Sox in the final. The Dodgers won the World Series in 1955 and in 1959.
Today i was having a bad day at work and thought why not head over to Scott’s card shop for a little shopping…. Since i needed boxes and top loaders, i said why not….. I wasn’t going to buy cards but damnit i couldn’t help it……. But knowing myself i knew i couldn’t shop if i didn’t pick things up for my homies in the blogging world…. So with that let’s get into it…… First what i got for myself…….. 2 56′ Topps cards of Johnny Poders and Clem Labine of the Brooklyn Dodgers…. When i saw these cards i had to have them…. i got to meet both of them a couple of years back and taught that i should have one of there cards to pass on to my kids…. Plus its 56′ Topps what a great cards!
Then you see a Fleer 2003 Ballpark heroes card of the Duke which i plan to send to him for an auto and a miggy and D-Train that i didn’t have….
Then while looking in the bins over at the card shop i came across these great cards which i needed as well….. 1968 rookie stars of the Dodgers Jack Billingham/Jim Fairey…. I will be sending this card over to Mr.Billingham for an auto….. Also picked up 2 great looking Luis Tiant cards…… A 67 Topps card of Luis and a 1970 card of him too….. Plus 2 Milt Pappas cards a 68′ Topps and a 66′ Topps card, Which i also plan on sending out to be auto by Mr. Pappas…..
Now on to the Goodies for some of the bloging world homies….. Up first is Brain over at 30-year old Cardboard….. Knowing that he a huge Ferguson Jenkins fan i picked up this 2001 Topps Archives Reserve…. Which is a great looking card, Enjoy bro! I’ll have in the mail in no time….
Off to the Owl over at Night Owl Cards…. Dude sorry about all the Dodger pick up’s i did for myself but i couldn’t pass it up…. But i didn’t forget about you either, i picked up 2 great looking Dodger team card from 64 Topps and 66 Topps for ya! Enjoy and I give a Hoot!
Then there’s Beardy over at Beardys Baseball Blog, here you go bro….. A 67 Topps team card, a 92 then and now Cal Ripken Jr. Holo from Upper Deck plus a 96 Holo of Cal given out at Denny’s from Pinnacle….. Enjoy dude!
On March 28 i sent out two pictures for Mr. Snider to sign for me. I was hopeing to at least get one back and i taught he would keep the other one. No big deal, right? Well when I got home today of course, there where the Will Clark cards I bought on Ebay and one Dan Uggla also. Plus I had made a trade with one of my buddies for Brian over at 30 year old cardboard. ( Brian your going to love these cards!!!) . And there it was the envelope that I had sent Mr. Snider. Well as soon as I saw it, a big smile was on my face. I opened it in the car and what do you know he signed both pictures!!! What a guy!!! I mean, It so cool to add Mr. Snider to my autograph collection. Here are the pics enjoy!
And here are the cards for Brian at 30 year old cardboard!! I’ll mail them out to you and Friday.
About two and half years ago i had the honor of meeting Clem Labine at Bud’s Sport card shop on Oakland Park Rd. Clem and Don Newcombe where signing there for a fee which i taught was a great price for both of these great icons. Well as most of you know Clem sadly passed away on March 2 2007 in Vero Beach, FL, one week after undergoing exploratory brain surgery following a bout with pneumonia. to this day I must say that Clem was one of the nicest baseball players i have ever met. He was a classy top notch guy and is missed thought out the baseball circle. Clem was a 2 x all star and a 3 time world champ with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Thanks Clem for all the great memories you gave us.