Monday 25 July 2022

Contest winner

I would like to thank those that made guesses as to the first Minnie Minoso card that I owned. There were no correct guesses but Brett Alan came so close!

The first Minnie Minoso card that I owned was the 1977 O-Pee-Chee #262 Record Breaker card.

Images taken from The Trading Card Database.

Brett Alan guessed the 1977 Topps version of this card (#232).

As many people that I've traded with know, I'm Canadian, and grew up buying all of these smaller O-Pee-Chee sets.

This card fascinated six-year-old me. Seeing a really old guy on the front of the card, and then reading that he was 53 when he got a hit was crazy! (Of course, now that I'm closing in on 52, I don't think it is that old!)

I'm pretty sure that this card may have triggered the first time that my father told me about Negro League baseball. I know that I heard about the league before I saw "Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige" in 1981.

Since nobody guessed the card, I'll randomize all of the commenters in the order that they commented. If Jon or Matt win, since they didn't guess a card signifying they didn't want the Exhibit card, I'll send them something else instead, and then randomize the list again.

Here we go:

List Randomizer

There were 7 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Jon
  2. bbcardz
  3. Matt
  4. Fuji
  5. GTT
  6. Brett Alan
  7. defgav

Timestamp: 2022-07-26 02:14:51 UTC

And it's Jon! I'll get in touch with you and find something else to send you.

We'll try the randomization again:

List Randomizer

There were 7 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. GTT
  2. defgav
  3. bbcardz
  4. Matt
  5. Brett Alan
  6. Fuji
  7. Jon

Timestamp: 2022-07-26 02:35:36 UTC

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You have randomized this list 2 times.

Congratulations, GTT! If you could send me an email with your address, I'll get the Minoso in the mail to you. My email is in my profile on this page.

For those that noticed the twenty minute difference between the two randomizations, well I was watching the end of the Phillies/Braves game.

As a Mets fan, I really didn't want either team to win, but a Phillies win would give the Mets an extra half-game in the standings. I found myself in the uncomfortable position of hoping for a Phillies win. And they actually came back late to win! I'll grudgingly say "Good job!" to them. Now go on and sweep the series!

Saturday 23 July 2022

Baseball HOF Contest and Announcing a New Set Blog

Okay, what is two and a quarter years between posts?

I'm still around and collecting Browns cards. I mostly took a break from collecting during COVID times, but picked up some when available, and still read a lot of blogs.

I'm a lot disgruntled with my Browns for the Deshaun Watson trade and contract, not because I don't think that he is more physically talented than Baker Mayfield, but for the off-field accusations that he is facing. I don't want him as the face of the team that I cheer for, as quarterbacks mostly are.

I haven't worn any of my Browns clothing since the trade, and I won't attend any Browns games while he is part of the team. I'm still going to cheer for the team, but not for him. I'm sure that I will wear Browns clothing when the season starts, but I dread how many people might ask me for my opinion of him.

I am still collecting all Browns cards, so I will add Watson cards to my collection, but really doubt that I will scan and show any of his cards on here in any posts. (Of course that would also mean that I have to post.)

Anyway, I'm going to announce a new card blog that I will be starting, but first will start this post with a small contest to hopefully draw some views to the announcement of the new blog.

The prize for the contest is an exhibit card that I picked up at a local show some time last year of one of the new Hall of Famers that will be inducted tomorrow:

The winner of the contest will be randomized from all those that answer a question correctly in the comments below:

What is the first Minnie Minoso card that I ever owned?

(For anyone interested in seeing a bunch of Minnie Minoso cards, a gallery of them can be found at The Trading Card Database.)

I will announce the winner on Monday. I look forward to seeing your guesses.


Over the years of reading card blogs, I have always been intrigued by the various set blogs out there. I thought about the various sets that I owned and wondered if I should start one of my own.

Then I came across an old sealed set of 1988 Swell Greats football that I had bought at a card show a while ago.

I figured doing a card by card blog of this set would be a good idea as it is only a 144 card set, and it would also allow me to learn more about the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame through the Class of 1988.

Looking in my Browns collection, there are 12 cards from this set in there. To make sure there is a Browns card in this post, here is the Jim Brown card from the set:

Thanks for reading this announcement, and I hope that you will enjoy the 1988 Swell Greats Football - Card by Card blog!