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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – Fourth of July cards

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – Fourth of July cards

Posted on 04 July 2012 by Tim Danielson

While it is certainly possible to research what games have been played on the 4th of July, it is much harder to verify what photos for baseball cards were taken at those games. I decided to take a different approach and look for cards that were patriotic in theme. There has to be a reason why we have the phrase “as American as Baseball and mom’s apple pie,” right?

I was a little surprised to find how few patriotic cards I had, or least knew about. There are a lot of cards that have stars or banners on them. These are mostly All-Star cards or insert cards. This is not an exhaustive list by any means. However, I hope you enjoy Bike Spokes And Shoe Boxes visual addition to the 4th of July.

 

 

1997 Bowman Chrome International Refractor – Sean Casey

2002 Fleer base – Sean Casey
This is the back of card, the front has red and blue stripes, but the flag is more noticeable on the back. Plus I think it interesting that Sean Casey was born on July 2nd.

2002 Studio Base – Rickey Henderson
Both Fleer and Studio went with the flag theme for their 2002 releases as a tribute of sorts after the World Trade Center attack in 2001.

Other patriotic cards that I can think of include any Team USA cards and USA National Team from the 2009 and 2009 World Baseball Classic, any Year Bowman International parallel cards, or Team USA Olympic cards. The World baseball Classic cards have a graphic of the United States flag on them. If you have any cards that are patriotic please post them here to share and show your pride in the good ‘ole U.S of A.

Until next week, keep collecting, collect for the joy of the hobby and collect for the fan in all of us.

 

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – Interview with Dr. Michael “Iron Mike” Marshall

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – Interview with Dr. Michael “Iron Mike” Marshall

Posted on 22 May 2012 by Tim Danielson

This interview was originally published on The Bench and has been edited for content here at Full Spectrum Baseball.com Click here to view Dr. Mike Marshall’s career statistics.

Click here to view Dr. Mike Marshall’s web page.

Michael “Iron Mike”Marshall is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for 14 seasons from 1967 to 1981 for nine different teams, including the Tigers, Expos, Dodgers and Twins.  He won the National League Cy Young Award in 1974 as a member of the Dodgers as well as being named the NL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News.  He was a member of the National League All Star Team in 1974 and 1975. Marshall was also named Fireman of the Year by TSN three different times in 1973, 1974, and 1979.  Marshall, who relied primarily on an elusive screwball, led his league in games pitched four times, saves three times, and games finished five times. He is the holder of two major league records, both of which he set in the 1974 season: most appearances (games pitched) in a season (106), and most consecutive team games with a relief appearance (13). In his record-setting 1974 season, he pitched 208.3 innings, all of which came in relief appearances.

Tim Danielson, Full Spectrum Baseball.com: Are you or were you ever a baseball card collector?

Dr. Mike Marshall: I have never collected baseball cards.

FSB.com: Do you collect or have any memorabilia from your playing days?
MMarshall: I do not have any memorabilia from my playing days.

FSB.com: What was it like when you saw yourself on a baseball card for the first time?
MMarshall: When I saw my first baseball card, I thought that it signified that I was a major league baseball player.

FSB.com:
When did you know that being a professional baseball player would be your career path?
MMarshall: When the Philadelphia Phillies offered me twenty thousand dollars to sign with them. With that money, I could pay my way through college.

FSB.com: Did you play other sports in High School or College?
MMarshall: I played high school football, basketball and baseball. However, because I signed a professional contract before I started college, I never played any college sports.

FSB.com: If not a pro baseball player, what would you have been and why?
MMarshall: I am what I would have been. I earned my doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology and am a University Professor.

FSB.com: What is your most memorable or best pro baseball moment?
MMarshall: I enjoyed every moment that I stood on a pitching mound.

FSB.com:
What was the one pitch you would like to have back? (least memorable moment)
MMarshall: Because I kept track of every pitch I threw in major league games and carefully analyzed that data. I have no regret about any pitch that I threw.

FSB.com: Was there any significance to your jersey number?
MMarshall: When I joined the Detroit Tigers, they gave me the number of the guy I replaced.

FSB.com: If you could play any other position besides pitcher, what would it be and why?
MMarshall: I played shortstop for my first four years of professional baseball. Had I not had a bad back from a car accident I was in when I was eleven years old, I would have been a major league shortstop.

FSB.com: Was there a batter who you had “his number” so to speak?
MMarshall: I believed that when I had to get any batter out, I could.

FSB.com: How fast was your fastball?
MMarshall: When I pitched, they did not show fastball velocities on the scoreboard. Therefore, I have no source from which to tell you how fast I threw.

FSB.com: What was your favorite baseball stadium to play in and why?
MMarshall: I have no favorite baseball stadium. I liked pitching in all major league baseball parks.

FSB.com: Did you have any pre or during game superstitions or rituals?
MMarshall: Before every game, I studied my individual batter sheets that showed every pitch I had thrown to each batter. Then, I decided what pitch sequence I would use against each of them in that game.

fan of the site, premium1981 asks: How do you feel your career would of changed if you had played in today’s  game? Do you feel like you would have done better, worse, or about the same?

MMarshall: If I knew what I know now, then I have no doubt that I would have done far better. However, if I had the same game now as I did then, I believe that I would have done about the same. My game was deception. I threw fastballs, sinkers and screwballs with ten mile per hour difference in velocity that moved to the pitching arm side of home plate.  Therefore, I had success against glove arm side pull hitters.  Therefore, I pitched as though I were a left-handed pitcher.  However,because I was right-handed and threw a quality slider, I did well against the other three types of baseball batters.

fan of the site, mrmopar asks: You are one of the most difficult living autographs in MLB today, yet you are quite approachable through your website, even taking time to personally answer questions. What lead you to create this personal policy of not signing autographs for the fans?  How did you come to sign a very limited number of cards for Upper Deck’s Sweet Spot card series?  Will we possibly ever see a change to the no autograph policy either for a fee or free?  Do you believe your record of 106 games will be matched or eclipsed in your lifetime?

MMarshall: I have no interest in being part of the memorabilia industry.  However, because I earned a doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology with specialties in Kinesiology and Motor Skill Acquisition, I greatly enjoy helping those that want advice on baseball pitching.  Nevertheless, to accommodate autograph seekers, I made a deal with Bill Corcoran, a local memorabilia guy, for him to respond to autograph requests.  The deal with Upper Deck was my first attempt to meet the needs of autograph seekers. I do not understand what makes a certified autograph versus what is not certified, but, if autograph seekers get my autograph from Bill Corcoran, it is my autograph.  When Bill receives sufficient numbers of autograph requests, he brings them to me and I sign them. Over the past five years, I have signed about seven hundred and fifty autographs.  Were I to train professional baseball pitchers, they would not only
be able to pitch in more than 106 games, but they would also be able to start more than forty games a year and never suffer pitching arm injuries.

fan of the site, chieftazmisty asks:
Who was the hardest batter to get out in your opinion when closing  game?

MMarshall: I suppose that you want a specific name..  Although, when I absolutely had to get him out, I did, Joe Morgan was a very difficult batter to keep off base.

fan of the site, metrotheme asks: Do you have anymore pitchers that are in the minor leagues and how have pitching coaches responded to them?  Is it true that you are shutting down operations?

MMarshall: Over the ten years that I have coached baseball pitchers for a minimum of 280 consecutive days, I would estimate that a dozen should have become quality major league baseball pitchers. However, the ignorance and mean-spiritedness of ‘traditional’ baseball pitchers refused to allow them to succeed.  At present, I have a couple of guys pitching college baseball for my former assistant baseball coach from when I coached at Henderson State University. Both pitchers have the skills required to succeed at the highest level.  Actually, last year, I stopped accepting new students. In a few days, I will be 67 years old. My wife and I want to spend more time doing what we want to do.

fan of the site, Fatboycards asks: What pitcher into today’s game would be most comparable to you?

MMarshall: I don’t believe that any of today’s relief pitchers can pitch 179 and 208 closing innings in successive years.

fan of the site, Loyalty32 asks: Since you played in Montreal for 4 seasons, could you please explain some of the differences in the way you and other players were covered by the media here in the states?

 

MMarshall: I did not notice any differences. However, in retrospect, I suppose that there were fewer media people.

fan of the site, entersandman asks: Which team did you enjoy playing for the most and why?

MMarshall: I enjoyed my time in Montreal and Minnesota the most. Why? Because Gene Mauch was the manager. While I also enjoyed Walter Alston and Los Angeles, I did not enjoy living in Los Angeles as much as living in Montreal and Minnesota.

fan of the site, criollos asks: Do you think that, in general, is it good or bad for baseball and for the pitchers themselves the way their pitch count and the days in between appearances are being monitored by their teams?

MMarshall: Because the ‘traditional’ baseball pitching motion is inherently injurious, I understand why teams have that pitch counts and extra days rest. However, as pitching injuries continue to increase, it is apparent that their solution does not work.

fan of the site, johnmulemiles asks: If you could play for any MLB team today, which one would it be?

MMarshall: I love day games, so the Chicago Cubs.

fan of the site, hpubb asks: You came into the 5th game in the 6th inning of the 1974 World Series, and mowed down the top part of the A’s order. Three up and three down.  When the A’s came to bat in the 7th, Joe Rudi was leading off.  As I recall you threw very few, if any warm up pitches before that inning. It was like you were daring him to hit your inside heater. It’s been 35 years since I saw that game, but I believe that’s what you threw him,and he hit it out for a solo home run to give the A’s the lead, and what turned out to be the game winner, and the end of the Series. It was the only mistake I saw you make the whole season.  What was going through your mind when Rudi walked up to the plate, and if you had the chance to go back in time and do it over again, what would you throw him?

MMarshall: Joe Rudi was what I call, a pitching arm side spray hitter. That means that he could my glove arm side pitch (slider) to the opposite field and had done so in a preceding game.  Therefore, after the preceding game, I decided that I needed to speed up his bat with a fastball that moved inside off the plate, which I did.  However, I later learned that because I did not throw extra warm-up pitches after a delay due to a problem in left field, he decided that I was going to throw an inside fastball. Actually, the delay in left field had nothing to do with my pitch selection.  In any case, he looked for a fastball inside, I threw a fastball inside off the plate. He opened his stance and hit it out of the ball park. In the five games that I closed in that World Series, that was the only run I gave up.  Because, when I entered the sixth inning of the game, the score was tied and we did not score any runs in our three innings thereafter, we lost.

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Interview with Kent Bottenfield

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Interview with Kent Bottenfield

Posted on 13 April 2012 by Tim Danielson

This interview was originally published on The Bench and has been edited for content here at Full Spectrum Baseball.

Kent Bottenfield – former MLB pitcher

Kent Bottenfield played for nine years in the majors.  He broke in with he Montreal Expos in 199 and finished with the Houston Astros in 2001.  He best season came in 1999 in his second year with the Cardinals.  Kent finished that year with a career high 18 wins, 124 strike outs and an All-Star game appearance.  After retiring from Major League Baseball, Kent became a Christian Music recording artist and has released two CDs.  In addition to he performing, Kent also travels the country speaking at various events.

Click here to read his career statistics.

Tim Danielson, Full Spectrum Bsaeball.com: Did you play other sports in High School or College?

Kent Bottenfield:  I played Baseball, Basketball and Football in High School.

FSB.com:  At what point or how did you know that pro baseball was the right sport for you?

KBottenfield:  I was fortunate to have scholarship offers for all three sports but when it came down to it there was nothing like being on the mound for me. It was the greatest passion I’d had as a kid and it didn’t change when it came time to make a decision.

FSB.com:  If not a pro baseball player, what would you have been and why?

KBottenfield:  Football would have been my best opportunity next to baseball.  I was a 6’3″ 250lbs as a senior with good hands and good speed. I was a tight end and defensive end and would have loved to play either in college. I loved to lift and train so the football type regimen would have fit me well. Couldn’t exactly work out the same way as a pitcher
though.

FSB.com: What was your reaction the first time you saw yourself on a baseball card?

KBottenfield: It’s really a feeling of disbelief. I knew baseball cards to hold the pictures of heroes. I never felt that way about myself so it was quite a shock.

FSB.com: What is your most memorable or best pro baseball moment?

KBottenfield: My most memorable baseball moment would have to of been the 1999 all-star game. Most every kid dreams of playing in a world series or an all-star game. I never got to the series but the all-star game was beyond description. I got to be a part of the best of the best for a short time.

FSB.com: What was the one pitch you would like to have back? (least memorable moment)

KBotenfield: My first start after the all-star break was against the White Sox. I had two outs in the 5th inning (I believe) with a 4-0 lead and going for win number 15. The pitcher James Baldwin comes to the plate and hits a two strike triple down the right field line. The inning ended with me giving up five runs including a grand slam to Magglio Ordonez. There were a lot of pitches I’d of liked to have had back from that inning but the one to Baldwin started it.

FSB.com: What has been the best thing about playing for many different pro teams?

KBottenfield: I got to understand the rich history of many different cities and towns. Learn about the baseball moments that meant the most to those particular fans as a community.

FSB.com: What has the least desirable thing about playing for so many different pro teams?

KBottenfield: No doubt it’s the amount of moving. Your family having to leave good friends and make new ones in a short amount of time.

FSB.com: Was there any significance to your Jersey #?

KBottenfield: No significance to any of my numbers.

FSB.com: If you could play any other position besides pitcher, what would it be and why?

KBottenfield: I would love to play shortstop. The amount of action that takes place at that position is unbeatable.

FSB.com: Who was/is your most memorable “character” team mate and why?

KBottenfield: No doubt about it, Turk Wendell. His antics on the field could drive you nuts but he was probably my best friend on the Cubs. He was nothing off the field like he was on. He certainly had a lot of superstitions when it came to the game but away from it he was pretty much like anyone else.

FSB.com: Do you currently have anything you are doing with Major League Baseball?

KBottenfield: I am not involved with MLB at the moment. I do get asked to consult or scout from time to time.

FSB.com: Do you collect baseball cards or memorabilia? If so what?

KBottenfield: I have a collection of items I have from what I have deemed the best of the best. I certainly wouldn’t crack that lineup myself. It includes Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Unitas, Emmit Smith, Jeff Gordon, and countless baseball players.

FSB.com: In your career who was the toughest batter you had to face?

KBottenfield: Mike Piazza.

FSB.com: Was there a batter who you” had his number” so to speak?

KBottenfield: Rickey Henderson and Reggie Sanders would be the first two that  come to mind.

FSB.com: In today’s game what pitcher do you feel is most like you in regards to style and how they pitch?

KBottenfield: I would say up until recently Jeff Suppan. He looks to have lost a little arm strength but he has survived for years on decent stuff and solid game plans.

FSB.com: How fast was your fastball?

KBottenfield: As a reliever for the Cubs it reached speeds of 96 mph. As a starter most of my career though it was 89-92.

FSB.com: What was your favorite baseball stadium to play in?  Why?

KBottenfield: I loved Wrigley and Fenway. I am an old school guy at heart and you just couldn’t beat the history of those parks. Dodger stadium doesn’t lag too far behind.

FSB.com: Who was the best player you played with and against?

KBottenfiled: The best all around player I ever played with was Larry Walker. Jeff Bagwell ranks up there also. They are two of the smartest players I’ve ever seen to go along with ridiculous talent. A lot of people might disagree with me but those people didn’t get the opportunity to see them play every day. They were both amazing.

fan of the site HRHKINGJOE asks: What was is like for playing for both Tony Larussa & Dave Duncan?  After playing for them would you like to manage?  What one thing taken from them would you tell anyone that you might manage?

KBottenfield: I didn’t like Larussa at all when I played against him. He just gave off this smug attitude that I couldn’t stand. Ended up I misread him like a lot of people do. He is far from having that kind of attitude. I enjoyed playing for him immensely and have great respect for him and what he has accomplished. Dave Duncan is one of the most intuitive people I’ve ever been around. He can read hitters like no one I’ve ever known. He passed a lot of that on to me. I believe had it not been for my injury that started at the very end of the 99 season I could have taken what he taught me along with a few things I learned for myself and taken it to another level. Injury is part of the game though.  I would be more interested in being a pitching coach.  Patience with your players and consistency in your message to them.

fan of the site rpbluesman asks: “Back in the Game” was a great CD and I’m interested to know if you have plans to work on another album?

KBottenfield:  I appreciate the kind words about Back In The Game. I would love to start work on another one but don’t have the finances to get it going right now. Not a lot of money to be made in christian music which is fine cause that’s not why I got into it in the first place.

fan of the site Loyalty32 asks:  What was your favorite thing about playing with the Cubs?

KBottenfield:  I loved all of the day games. I loved the smells of the stadium. Being surrounded by all that brick. The way that you never knew what the weather was going to do. I loved showing up to a 40 degree day in July. Wayne Messmer over the PA system and singing the anthem. The organ music. The public address system. And last but not
least Harry!

fan of the site dakiton asks: Did you have any pre or during game superstitions or rituals?  Who was your favorite catcher?

KBottenfield: The last thing I would eat on the day of my start was a two piece KFC meal with mashed potatoes and coleslaw. I would wash it down with a grape Gatorade. This would all take place at 1:00 then I would take a nap until 3:30. I wouldn’t eat another thing until after the game. I found that combination of food and rest would have me feeling
my best for the game. I also made sure I got a lot of sleep 2 nights before my start. That seemed to be the most important for me. Eli Marrero was my favorite catcher.

fan of the site gngolfn2 asks: I would like to know about playing for the Cardinals in 1998.  Were other players and teammates caught up in the historic home run chase?

KBottenfield: We were all totally caught up in the home run chase. I think it’s probably because Mark handled it in such a classy way. He never put himself above any of us. You want to root for a guy like that.

fan of the site ArodYanksFan asks:  How do you feel about the money in baseball now being so large for certain players? Do you feel that it is hurting baseball?  Back in 94 you were a young pitcher, what were your thoughts on the baseball strike?

KBottenfield: I don’t believe the game of baseball can exist in it’s current state for more than another few years. The next negotiation will be an interesting one. The reason you’ve seen so many regular season games played outside of the States is because baseball knows it has maximized it’s revenue potential here so they are going beyond our borders in search of more money. They may not say it but the world baseball tourney is just another step in making it palatable to the fans. There will be a world baseball league in the near future.  I voted against the strike. I would have voted against any strike.  The union has done some great things for players but I believe they have lost their way over the last 10 years. Both sides are to blame for all that’s happened to baseball. The leadership on both sides need to get over themselves and start working on what’s best for the fan. I don’t harbor any ill will toward those making a ton of money. That’s what the system allows right now. I just think the system needs to be changed because baseball is losing a generation of fans because it truly has become a game that only the rich can enjoy. They have lost the common man fan and millions of kids.

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – Baseball Card Collectors Anonymous

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – Baseball Card Collectors Anonymous

Posted on 09 April 2012 by Tim Danielson

Hello, my name is Tim.  I am a grown man and I collect baseball cards, because I like to.

As I was researching and writing notes for what I was going to talk about to my son’s Cub Scout pack, I found myself asking the question that I have been asked countless times before.  “Why do I collect baseball cards?”  All of my canned responses came out right away.  ‘I used to play baseball in school.’  ‘I admire my favorite players.’  ‘I collect my favorite team.’  All those reasons raced through my mind as I was suddenly trying to justify my addiction collecting to myself.  All of those reasons still apply, but now did not answer the question why I collect enough.

When trying to define what collecting and the hobby are, we must start with the definitions right?  A quick look at a dictionary tells us that the definition of collecting is – to gather together; assemble, to accumulate.  The definition of hobby is -an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.  OK, great so that tells us what collecting is but not why.

There are several good articles and posts about why people collect baseball cards here.  I am not going to go into detail on all of them, but all of the typical reasons are there.  Some people collect for fun, to make money, family tradition, friends and networking, follow certain players or teams, replacing of a non-healthy habit.  There has even been research done on the psychological affects of and need to collect something.  All of these very good, honest and correct answers as to why people collect.  You could ask 100 different baseball card collectors form across the country why they collect and get 100 different answers.  People’s collections and reasons for collecting are as different and unique as the individual collectors themselves.

OK, great, all good stuff so far, but I was still soul searching trying to figure out why I collect.  So it is time to expand on my simple, one sentence, canned responses.  I started collecting baseball cards for the simple joy of the hobby.  I remember as a youth, saving my allowance and riding my bike down to the corner store to buy as many packs of 1984 Topps that I could each week.  I stuck with collecting because my local team (Detroit Tigers) won the World Series that year.  I grew my collection because of the fun I was having with my friends trading cards and hand collating sets.  I really expanded my collection and collecting habits for two reasons.  First I was now playing baseball and collecting cards brought me closer to players I could relate to.  The second reason, please do not laugh, is that they helped me in school.  I learned geography from where the cities with teams were.  I actually knew the team and city affiliations  before I learned the state and capital cities.  There was also the math.  My teachers knew this, sneaky that they were.  I was not learning division, I was figuring out a player’s batting average and a team’s winning percentage.  I was calculating ERA and WHIP in my head before anything in pre-algebra.  As I grew older I continued collecting but changed the direction of my collection.  I went form collecting everything, to sets, to just Topps sets, and finally ended up just focusing on my favorite players.  Today I am collecting because it is still fun and as any addict would say, I can not stop.

I am sure ‘prospectors’ and people who are in the hobby to ‘flip’ and make money will disagree, but I feel the hobby is for pure fun and enjoyment.  Baseball cards actually got their start as advertisements in packs of cigarettes and tobacco.  It is ironic, now that the future of this fun hobby that compliments America’s past-time lies with younger collectors.  Even tough allowances have gone up, kids today are not buying the ultra premium products with only five cards per box.  The real enjoyment comes from opening packs of base cards and trading with friends.  Because it is fun, and we like to.

Until next week, keep collecting, collect for the joy of the hobby and collect for the fan in all of us.

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Cardboard Hunters: How to collect

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Cardboard Hunters: How to collect

Posted on 05 April 2012 by Jared Thatcher

When it comes to baseball cards, there are many different ways to collect them. Collections can be comprised of a favorite player, a favorite team, an entire set, only graded cards, a rookie collection, cards from a certain era, cards of players who have accomplished a certain feat (3000 hit club), autograph cards, etc. Some of these collections are becoming harder and harder to collect as card makers continue to produce low-numbered inserts that are hard to get a hold of.

I have dabbled in most of these collecting methods but currently, I am on a mission to collect every Ryan Roberts card ever produced. According to Beckett, there are 46 Ryan Roberts cards out there from companies like Upper Deck and Topps. I chose to start collecting Roberts cards because he has so few cards and I thought it would be a great place to start. Roberts is also my favorite player because I thoroughly enjoy his hustle on the field and the emotion he shows during all nine innings. So far, I have collected 13 of his 47 (I found a minor league card of his NOT listed on Beckett) cards, or 28%. I could probably own more than this but I haven’t pulled the trigger on the recent Topps card parallels from Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us yet. That would easily add another 6 cards to my collection but they are easy to come by so I’m not worried. The hardest part of this collection is finding the low serial numbered cards. Roberts was first seen in 2006 Upper Deck (which I have) and he also has a 2006 Upper Deck Gold #ed/99 (which I also have). In 2006 Roberts also had a rookie card in the Topps 52 set that was designed to look like the old Topps 1952 set. In this set he has a base card (have), a chrome card #ed/1952 (have), a chrome gold refractor #ed/52 (don’t have), and a chrome refractor #ed/552 (have). I just missed out on the chrome gold refractor on eBay the other night. I believe it went for north of $7 and the auction ended while I was sleeping (dang it). The hardest cards that I am attempting to acquire are the 2011 and 2012 Topps Printing Plates. They were randomly inserted in packs and they are numbered 1/1. ONE OF ONE!?!? How the heck am I supposed to get these? What if the pack holding this 1/1 card is never even opened?!?! Anyway, I figure these will be the hardest to come by and will probably cost a pretty penny when I do find them. Over the last two years Roberts has averaged about 20 cards a year spread out over different sets. That said, if you have any Roberts cards, please contact me because I want them! Thanks.

I first started collecting cards by putting together entire sets. My dad gave me a partial Topps 1970 set that I absolutely love. It has some very obscure players in it but also has a great looking Roberto Clemente card and a few good roookies. I intended to put together two sets and give one to my little brother and keep one for myself. You can buy the whole completed set for between $900 and $1100 on eBay but I figured it would be much more fun to build it myself. I will be truthful and tell you that I soon gave up. There are so many cards in the set and putting it together piece by piece soon became very expensive and time consuming. Putting together more recent sets is easier and I was able to collect the whole 2012 Topps Series 1 set with a hobby box and a few blasters. If you are a set collector, I applaud you. I understand how hard it can be and I respect you for having the passion and patience to do it.

Now let’s talk about a much easier and fun collection that is quickly catching on. This set it called The Trifecta. The idea is to collect 3 cards of a certain player; a rookie card, an on card autograph, and a memorabilia card. Some people want the cards to all be signed, some people want them to all be graded, but that is what’s great about this way of collecting, it’s easy and customizable! Collecting a Trifecta will allow you collect cards from lots of different players and are easy to “complete”. Some players do not have game-used memorabilia cards (like Roberts) but most have at least and autographed card and a rookie card. This is a fun and easy way to collect some of your favorite players and allows for you to show off your collection very easily.

If you want to talk cards and collecting tweet me @Jared_Thatcher or leave a comment below. I’m always looking for Ryan Roberts cards and the rookie cards from Hall of Famers for my collection.

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