Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Mountaineer Mine #2 - Major Harris


2011 Press Pass Legends Saturday Signatures Platinum #SSMH Major Harris
WHO:  Major Harris

WHEN:  1987 - 1989

WHERE:  from Pittsburgh, PA

WHY (this card):  The only thing that made me consider a different card was the lack of the flying WV on the helmet.  It's blue, /25 and an on-card autograph.  I wish I still had my autograph from when he and three others signed autographs at a Cub Scout banquet.

LINK:  Major Harris: The Original Dual-Threat

LINK:  College Hall of Fame: WVU's Harris was 'The Man' in the late '80s

LINK:  A Storied History: 1988 WVU football team


HOW (is he remembered):  If you were a kid in the state of West Virginia in the late 1980s, Major Harris was probably your favorite football player.  He led the Mountaineers to an 11-0 record in 1988 and into the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame.  He was injured during the game and the Mountaineers lost 34-21.

Harris finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in both 1988 and 1989.  He was named an All-American in 1989.  He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

I'll always remember Major for his performance against Penn State on October 29, 1988.  It was my first football game and by many is considered one of the greatest games in West Virginia history.  I remember it for how cold it was (the coldest I ever recall being) and "The Run" by Harris.  WVU defeated Penn State 51-30.  It is the only time that an opponent scored 50 points on a Joe Paterno Penn State team.



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Friday, September 22, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1986 Topps Traded #28T Tim Conroy

Probably not one of my better dime box buys.  I grabbed a bunch of 1986 Topps Traded one day.  

1986 Topps Traded #28T Tim Conroy
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So Close

Yesterday the Auston Matthews Canvas Young Guns that I submitted to BGS came back.  While I'm thrilled it came back a 10, I can't help feeling just a little disappointed.


It came back three 10 subgrades and the fourth is a 9.5.  Just one small, minor point away from the black label.  Ah well.  Now I just need to find a buyer.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1994 Action Packed #14 Phil Nevin

It appeared for awhile that Phil Nevin would go down as another overall #1 pick bust, but he ultimately had a 12-year career.  His power numbers started to soar in 1999 (*wink* *wink*) and in 2001 he bashed 41 homers for the Padres.  

I took a look at his wikipedia page and found this interesting:

"The Houston Astros chose Nevin with the first overall pick in the 1992 Major League Baseball draft.  Hal Newhouser, a scout for the Astros, had evaluated Derek Jeter extensively prior to the draft. Convinced that Jeter would anchor a winning team, Newhouser lobbied team management to select Jeter, and quit in protest over the Astros' decision to take Nevin instead."


Oops.  

1994 Action Packed #14 Phil Nevin
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The Lost Post

I picked this up a few weeks ago at a card show, but with maildays and other posts, it's fallen through the cracks.  Plus, it was on the side table in the bedroom.  If any cards go there, they tend to go AWOL.  



I felt I was probably paying too much at $10 for this, but it is something different.  You don't see them every day.  Writing this post I decided to look on eBay and see what going rate is.  

I learned that this isn't a normal rack pack.  Those have 50 or so cards in them and look different.  I found this ended listing that lists it as a "grocery rack pack" and sold for $55.  It had a Joe Montana passing leaders card showing so I'm sure that bumped the price significantly.  It still made me feel better at spending $10.  This one doesn't have a star listed as showing and sold for $22.  Yeah, I'm pleased.  

This is the perfect example of why I don't understand collectors that prefer buying online to going to card shows.  I know there aren't shows everywhere.  I'm talking about ones that have the option of attending shows and choose not to.  This isn't something I'd have ever searched for, so I'd never have it.  Now, I do.  

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 2001 Topps Chrome #603 Alex Escobar/Eric Valent/Brad Wilkerson

2001 Topps Chrome #603 Alex Escobar/Eric Valent/Brad Wilkerson

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Bowman. Bronze. Buyback.


This is the first Russ Davis buyback that I've received in hand.  I also have purchased the silver, but on COMC.  It may be awhile before it's in-hand.  The only other buybacks I'm sure are out there are silver and bronze copies of his 1999 Topps card.  I feel there should be more.  Hopefully some will surface.  

2017 Bowman Bronze Buyback - 1993 Bowman #342 Russ Davis
Ar least now I have another "oddball" 1993 Bowman to pair with this one I bought a few years back. 


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 2004 Bowman Draft Gold #BDP64 Blake DeWitt

2004 Bowman Draft Gold #BDP64 Blake DeWitt
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Twitter Buybacks.2

Last week I posted about a lot of buybacks I picked up from Twitter.  Well, here's another on.  These ones I bought from @iowacardshows.  Make sure to give him a follow.  He offered me a great price on a 69-card lot.  


I scanned a few of my favorites from the lot.


Inspirational buyback. 


One of my favorites as a kid buyback. 


Strikeout buyback.


Pretty dag-gone good and forgotten about player buyback.


Wad o' chaw buyback.


Off-center buyback.


Beautiful buyback.


Big Train buyback.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1998 Topps Stars #78 Kerry Wood

1998 Topps Stars #78 Kerry Wood
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Surprise Sanellas from Pre-War Cards

When I arrived home Wednesday, there was a surprise envelope from Anson of Pre-War Cards.  Inside were four auto racing cards that I knew nothing about.  They are from the 1932 Sanella and Astra Margarine sets.









I'm definitely going to do some more research in the future on the items pictured on these cards.  The first two cards intrigue me the most, as they are early automobiles and I'm fascinated with the history of the Indianapolis 500.  Were these two cards piloted by anyone that ran in the race?  We shall see.

Thank you for the cards, Anson!  You're a pretty good guy, for being a Pitt guy!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1997 Bowman's Best #78 Hideo Nomo

1997 Bowman's Best #78 Hideo Nomo
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Sweet Saturday


It was a four-front victory on Saturday for me.

Most importantly, WVU defeated Delaware State 59-16.  While the score looks impressive, the opinion of many is WVU did not look impressive.  This was the best tweet I have seen in awhile and I had to rip his idea off and post to Facebook myself.


For those not in the know, "Will" is stud quarterback Will Grier.  The Mountaineers open Big 12 play on Saturday, sort of.  They travel to Lawrence to play Kansas.  The Jayhawks lost yesterday to Ohio (not Ohio State, Ohio) 42-30.  It looks like an easy win, but as a Mountaineer I will never again completely dismiss Kansas (see:  11/16/2013).

Secondly, I went 4-1 in the five games I bet yesterday.  My winners were Virginia Tech, Colorado State, SMU and Oklahoma State.  None of these were big games, but that's not the point in betting.  I gladly pick the low-hanging fruit.  It was the second week in a row that I picked against Alabama covering.  The lines were just SO high.  It was also the second week in a row I won money betting ECU to not cover.  That is just a bad, bad football team.  I will keep an eye on ECU lines all season.

My lone loss lost on the final play of the game.  I happily took Tennessee +4, as the Florida offense has looked abysmal season to date.  I just felt that Tennessee would outscore the Gators, but they scored on the final play of the game and won 26-20.

Some lines I'm interested to see later today are Alabama/Vandy, Purdue/Michigan and WVU/Kansas.
Thirdly, I was home alone most of the day yesterday.  I smoked ribs for dinner.


Tonight's dinner will be baked potatoes with shredded pork rib meat on top.  Mmmmmmmmmmmeat!!!

Finally, the biggest win of the day.  I couldn't sleep at all Wednesday night (into Thursday morning) and bid on some Sportlots auctions.  Shortly thereafter, I had bidder's remorse.

If you're not familiar with Sportlots auctions, they don't run like eBay.  They end once no bids have been placed for three days.  This prevents sniping but sometimes the auctions can go on for well more than a week.  I thought I'd be outbid on all the items, but yesterday was the third day and I was still the high bidder.  I logged in hoping that I was outbid on at least a couple of them.  I was outbid on EVERY SINGLE ONE!

Sometimes the biggest victories are the ones that you don't win.  I can allocate that money much better.  Have a great Sunday, everyone!

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Too Many Manninghams Mystery Mailday

I have most of my purchased items (eBay, Twitter, Sports Card Direct, COMC) send to my office.  Very few things come home.  However, I came home to two unexpected packages on Wednesday.  I saw the return address on one was from Dennis of Too Many Mannininghams and Too Many Verlanders.  He'd emailed me a couple weeks prior asking if my 1991 Stadium Club need list was up to date.  I told him that it was and forgot he's asked.  

What was strange and provided the mystery was the shape of the package.  It wasn't anything I expected.  You'll see why at the end.  

Dennis was kind enough to send me all cards I needed to finish off 1991 Stadium Club Series 2.  I noticed that the Jeff Bagwell was in a topload separate from the others.  It had completey escaped me that this was the Hall-of-Famer's rookie card and probably his best one.  Thank you so much, Dennis!


He also included some Russ Davis cards.  I will have to take a look and see which ones I need.  


Now we're to what made the package an unexpected shape.  I am absolutely thrilled that the set above was finished off and about more Russ Davis cards.  However, these three Becketts from 1989 were the highlight of the package!


I probably had all three of these in 1989 (and for years), but no longer.  I never threw the old ones away, but I never took them when I moved away from home.  They were still in my childhood home when it burnt down three years ago.  I'm thrilled (see what I did there?) to have these to add to my reference library.  I'll take a deeper dive into them at some point down the road and write some posts.  I can say that I spent about an hour of my Wednesday evening perusing them.  One last thing...all are from 1989.  Will Clark graced the cover three times in 11 months.  Not too shabby!  

Thank you for everything, Dennis!  I promise to give them a fantastic home.  

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2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Collegiate Patches Autographs #JG Jedd Gyorko

This card popped up in my saved searches a few weeks ago.  I didn't immediately bid on it, but I watched it.  I bid later and was fortunate to win it for the opening bid.  It's my third copy of this card and the least I've paid for one of them.  If you have a copy, I'm certainly interested!  

2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Collegiate Patches Autographs #JG Jedd Gyorko

Hail, West Virginia!

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 2001 Fleer Premium Grip It And Rip It #GRP8 Jose Vidro/ Vladimir Guerrero

2001 Fleer Premium Grip It And Rip It #GRP8 Jose Vidro/ Vladimir Guerrero (front)

2001 Fleer Premium Grip It And Rip It #GRP8 Jose Vidro/ Vladimir Guerrero (back)
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The Mountaineer Mine #1 - Kevin Pittsnogle


If you didn't see my Thursday post, I've decided to start a new project involving cards of players that attended my alma mater, West Virginia University.  While I'm a fan of the first inductee into the Mountaineer Mine, he wouldn't be my first choice normally.  He would have been among the first ten, but since he's being inducted into the West Virginia University Athletics Hall of Fame today, he also receives this honor.  


2006-07 Upper Deck Hardcourt #145 Kevin Pittsnogle

WHO:  Kevin Pittsnogle

WHEN:  2003 - 2006

WHERE: from Martinsburg, West Virginia

WHY (this card):  Pittsnogle is listed as a member of the Boston Celtics, but is pictured in his Mountaineer uniform.  I wish it wasn't on a sticker, but it's autographed.  It's also serial #d 125/399.

LINK:  Ex-West Virginia cult hero Kevin Pittsnogle talks life after basketball

LINK:  Kevin Pittsnogle on Twitter

LINK:  Has anybody else been thinking about how awesome Kevin Pittsnogle was?


HOW (is he remembered):  If you ask a basketball fan to name someone that played at West Virginia University, I believe you will get one of two answers.  If they are an NBA fan, or older, I believe they will say Jerry West.  If they are a college basketball fan, or in the 25-50 age bracket, I believe they will say Kevin Pittsnogle.

There aren't many people whose names have been turned into adjectives.  "You've been Pittsnogled" was quite the popular phrase among sports fans in the early to mid-2000s.

Pittsnogle's three-point shooting ability made him a monster to defend.  If you wanted to send out your center to defend him on the perimeter, you're biggest guy was away from the paint.  If you put a shorter forward or guard out there, that sweet shooting motion could launch right over their head.

Admit it, even if you're not a Mountaineer, you probably loved you some Kevin Pittsnogle.

The Mountaineer teams with Pittsnogle, Mike Gansey and the rest of the game are my favorites and I doubt any one the rest of my lifetime will surpass them.

Hail, West Virginia!




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Friday, September 15, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1975 Topps #291 Bill Sudakis

1975 Topps #291 Bill Sudakis
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2016-17 Premier #26 Andrew Shaw

I haven't picked up an Andrew Shaw card in quite awhile.  I've also not broken up the collection yet.  I probably will, but it's SO much work.  I occasionally look in the eBay saved search one day, came across this one and placed a bid because it was free shipping.  

2016-17 Premier #26 Andrew Shaw
I figured it was worth it for $1.77.  

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1990 Kenner Starting Lineup Cards #40B Gregg Jefferies

1990 Kenner Starting Lineup Cards #40B Gregg Jefferies
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The Mountaineer Mine

One of the best things about following and reading so many blogs is seeing how different people collect.  I've seen a lot since I jumped in at the beginning of the year.

One collection I really enjoy is Tony's All-Time Blackhawks collection at Wrigley Roster Jenga.  Steve at Collating Cards also posted recently that he was starting a similar project with the Mariners and Seahawks.  Steve's goal is to not have dozens or hundreds of cards of the same player, but (hopefully) each player represented once.  That is my goal but in many cases I'll have more than one.

Dan Mozes was a guest on Tuesday's Sportline because he is entering the West Virginia University Athletic Hall of Fame.  While listening on the drive to work I decided that it's time to start.  Saturday will be the first post.

In a perfect world, every card would picture the athlete in their WVU uniform.  In the real world, that ain't happening.  If I can't get one of those, the next desirable card will be an autograph.  If that isn't an option I will look for a numbered card and if I can't find any of those, base cards are more than worthy.  I want as many former Mountaineers represented in the Mountaineer Mine as possible.

photo via wvusports.com
After 30 years of collecting Mountaineers I probably have most anyone that is somewhat easy to find.  One challenge will be the former Mountaineers that had only a handful of cards.  Another challenge will be digging up players that I don't even know of, but are pictured.

I'm looking forward to getting started for multiple reasons.  Most of my posts are items I've picked up.  The Mountaineer Mine will allow me to show off a lot of cards that are in my collection already. I'm also excited for the opportunity to start purging more cards from my collection.  Who really needs 100 different Tavon Austin cards?

I contemplated starting a completely new blog just for this project.  I decided to keep it here so folks don't have to switch around multiple blogs.

I'm starting Monday.  I already know who the first enshrined player will be.  Anyone have a guess? You won't receive any hints.  Leave you guesses below in the comments.  

Hail, West Virginia!




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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1991 Post #22 Mark Grace

A common theme in my dime box posts is oddball cards.  I miss oddball cards.  I wonder how much the lack of them has hurt the hobby in terms of bringing in kids.

1991 Post #22 Mark Grace
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Twitter Buybacks

I've been posting a bit on Twitter about buybacks and after one tweet, I was contacted by @SScards16 because he had some to get rid of.  I asked him how much, he made me an offer, I sent him the funds.  After shipping, I know he "made" nothing off the cards.  He has a great card account and I recommend following him on Twitter.

After I made payment he mentioned that he had a few more he was going to include.  I would classify it as more than "a few."  There's a reason his "name" is #CollectLove on Twitter.

I took a pic and tweeted last week when they arrived.  I'm really excited about the number of vintage!  Also, many of the buybacks are from previous years.  Until now, the only ones that I had were the 2017 "Rediscover Topps."


And for a closer look at some of my favorites.


 Future Hall of Famer buyback


Hall of Famer buyback. 


JBF (Willinghammer Rising) buyback.


Cy Young, MVP and World Series winner in same season buyback.


Goose buyback. 


Hall of Very Good Buyback.


Year before I was born buyback. 


All Star I've never heard of buyback. 


Buybach?


Dirty hippie design buyback. 


Expos buyback!


Burlap buyback.


One of my top three Topps baseball designs buyback.


Windbreaker buyback.


"Is this the same guy that plays for the Blue Jays now?" buyback.

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