Sunday, 29 December 2013

Underground pitch

There are the submarine pitchers and then are the 'underground-pitchers'.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Hide and Seek

Gene Nelson is one of those pitchers that hide the ball before throwing it.

The nowadays pitcher I see doing something like this is Johnny Cueto.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

I cannot think of a good title...

...because the Angels logo in this card is placed in a way that seems Bobby Grinch had some...air going on.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas - Am I still on time?

It's always time to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year.

Ohh wait...

All the best my friends ;-)

A bunt is always a bunt - Chone Figgins

Wow...specially when you get a horizontal bunt card with the frame right after the ball connected with the bat.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

A bunt is always a bunt - Doug Devore

Oh my...even if you are a rookie that only played 50 games in the MLB...and get a card in the MVP set...

Thursday, 19 December 2013

A bunt is always a bunt - Tony Gwynn

Even for players that you think would never bunt when they can swing and hit like a bloody king.

So this is quite the card of Tony Gwynn.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

A bunt is always a bunt - Alexi Casilla

Well...even if it's almost an 'underground-bunt'.

(this is one of my favourite bunt cards, by the way)

Monday, 16 December 2013

Flying like a bird - Lastings Milledge

*Starts circus music*

'And now! In this year Christmas Circus we have the one and only Lastings Milledge!'

*Sound of claps*

'Our little Milledge can balance in the tip of his foot and catch baseballs that look more like eggs!'

*Sound of claps again*

'And it gets even better! He can do it on top of a line!'

*Sound of more claps*

'Here goes nothing! Catch Lastings! Catch!'

*Ends circus music*

(This post should have been aired yesterday but the blogger went nuts...)

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Flying like a bird - David DeJesus

I was too lazy to take the cards out of the binders.

And thanks to the 'Lights Sound' the card looks weird.

That and David looks like tripping and because of that he might catch that ball.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Flying like a bird - Brett Gardner

Second Ruca...errrrrrr...Brett Gardner card in the series.

I warned you that outfielders usually have a field day in what flying and diving catches matters.

I just cannot help but think this card has some photoshop on it.

Even if it was just to put some Sfumato technique on the card.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Flying like a bird - Ben Zobrist

Today I'm seeing double.

Ben Zobrist can mimic himself ground flying (just made that up right on the fly!) to catch the ball.

Still I think is better not to work the rest of the day. It must not be normal seeing double...

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Flying like a bird - Brett Gardner

I've always loved mister Gardner.

Even if he reminds of Ruca...


Because he looks one thing with cap/helmet on but when he takes them off...

But none the less, Brett Gardner has great flying cards.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Flying like a bird - Jose Bautista

Bautista here is an other side of the Flying Like a Bird collection.

You don't have to always fly to catch a flying ball.

Sometimes you have to fly for a nearly ground ball.

And in these cases, sometimes, you get to see them sliding on the ground and get all that dirt on the uniform.

(I kept trying to avoid writing 'dirty uniforms'...oh wait!)

Monday, 9 December 2013

Flying like a bird - Ozzie Smith

I've already talked about that besides collecting dusty and front row cards I also collect Flying Birds.

I have yet to add the tab on the top of the blog menu bar but for now let me show you some of the cards I have.

This Ozzie Smith card was the true trigger to make me gather the cards and put them into binders.

Usually this type of flying cards are brought to us by the flying men playing outfield.

Our Ozzie is exception to the rule.

Let him fly!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

It's a matter of language

Here mister Joe Vitiello last name is quite similar to one portuguese word: 'vitelo'.

And what does it mean?


So here our friend Joe is always mister Calf for me.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The pee bating style

I know there is the kicking technique.

But I always think they are anxious to run to the WC.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Red Shoe Unknown Player

Jose Offerman has someone coming his way.

The Red Shoe Unknown Player.

I think Offerman has the out but I always imagine that the Red Shoe Unknown Player will slap the ball from Offerman.

'Ohhhhhh No! Me boy! You'll not catch the ball!"

Monday, 25 November 2013

Rip the logo

I don't know if Score was not allowed to issue cards with teams logos or not but this card seems a good example of what Panini would do nowadays.

Showing off half of the Boston B is not showing the Boston B.

But Score did it with a fashionable rip of the border.

That or it seems like those cards I've seen in many blogs from the time the owners were kids and didn't like some players team and simply rip off the teams name or logo.

So everytime I look at this card I touch the upper left corner to make sure it 's not ripped for sure.

One Thousand and One Nights

I just don't know if Antonio Osuna is playing a role in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves or Aladdin.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

A different side of a card

There are cards that makes me think I'm in a presence of an error card.


Because the player on the back doesn't seem to be the same as the one in the front.

There are really some cards in what it really happens and even those cards that states a name and the photo is from other player.

Here what happens is that it is the true and real Brad Radke in both sides of the card but he looks sooooooooooooooooooooooooo bloody different in both sides that I always think Radke should forbide any photo of him in perspective...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

RAC pack from Commishbob - Can you say it's Christmas time!?

By the first image you can see the quality goodies Commishbob sent my way.

I've already learned about trades, about PWEs (I didn't send any yet because mail overseas is a bit hardcore for PWEs...) but now I know what a simple 'Random Acts of Cardness Card" is.

And what it is?

It is a Rollie Fingers' mustache and a Greg Maddux mini.

(I know some people don't like the 2011 Topps Kimball minis but I love them so much!)

It is also lots of players I collect, like these two gorgeous Nick Markakis cards.

(Can you find the baseball in the Heritage card?)

It is a beautiful Cole Hamels relic card.

(It makes me want to 'pat' the patch to feel a bit closer to the game.)

It is a ... Hunter Pence.

(I'm struggling with myself after seeing this card because I'm almost losing it and giving up the blog rate at PG-13 and speed up to R!)

It is an other Pence all chrome and a Joey Votto all shiny!

And it is a vintage beauty, mister Will Clark.

And speaking about vintage...

It is all these 1959 Topps cards!

Until now I only saw these beauties on blogs and thought I'd never put my hands on one of those...

...even more 15 of those!

Commishbob even sent me these three Rookies.

Now I'm reading this to know a bit more of the set. I've read a bit here and there on many blogs and tried to understand the bigger picture.
Understanding baseball from the decades I've lived in it is easier than understanding those decades 'long ago'.

(Not calling anyone old!)

Canseco from the '88 All Star is not so vintage but it will soon become *that* vintage.

If it wasn't enough also got a '75 Topps Gaylord Perry (saw it back at Night Owl '75 Topps blog long ago), a '69 Topps Don Drysdale and a '59 Hank Aaron.

Bazooka is really the champ!

But if I thought those cards became the oldest I possess I was wrong.

Then I put my eyes on this 'Color TV' 1955 Bowman Gil Coan card.

I've commented on one Commishbob post saying that I have some of these cards in my Want List at comc and that one day I'd be proudly displaying one of those.

Never I thought it would be this soon!

And look how cute Coan looks.

I could make a super-vintage Woman Perspective post...

Now, the RAC is also current cards.

I don't have more recent Donruss cards, only those from the wax era but I'm getting curious to know more of the last sets.

This 3D Super Stars is bigger than those I got.

Being a Baltimore fan Commishbob was kind enough to deliver many Orioles to me including this '87 Donruss Cal Ripken Jr.

After all I don't mind getting Alex Rodriguez cards.

And this one is quite what he was/is...a promotional sample.

More wax era cards to join the ones I got from those wax era packs.

Jesse Orosco '83 Donruss card is a first to me since I don't have any card form that set. Until now.

RAC is also Houston Astros to my team collection...

...including oddballs!

Ellsbury making dust happen.

Looking at this Petralli card I thought of something...

..I knew I've seen it before! Now I have 2 Petralli cards almost falling into the stands.

On the back, care to notice that Geno didn't want to get the pants dirty, and sat on a towel.

Escobar sliding dust and a Morrow front row!

Terry Kennedy is the first catcher's card I see with the catcher shadowing the eyes to see the ball. Usually I see this in outfielders cards.

Fowler is trying to slide home and you can see dirt there. I'll have to update the Dust page very soon!

I miss this Astros uniform. And really loved the Star...

Great duo with the Orioles Wall on th back.

If you don't know I'll teach you something...tongue is love! So Mets fans give lots of love to one of your current symbols catching a ball barehand ready to throw to 1B.

Gary Lucas is trying hard to get a mustache like Fingers.

Keith Hernandez is my first '89 Upper Deck. Now I can complete the diamond on the Upper Deck design.

So all of these cards represent what a 'Random Acts of Cardness Card" is.

Thanks to CaptKirk42 for the great idea and to Commishbob for honouring me with all these goodies.