A blog about baseball cards... and the Padres

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


A couple of bummer days at work/home.  Tons of paperwork to finish for the end of the school year, and the house is a disaster.  Something might be wrong with the car.  The Padres getting swept by the Cubbies to become the sole owners of the worst record in the major leagues eliminated what could have been a silver lining.  Going 1-9 on the road trip, which included sweeps from the Cubs and the Cardinals was not what I was hoping for when they left.

What to do?  Post some sweet cards that came my way in the past few days.  First up, some eBay purchases... '76 Topps, each 25 cents, free shipping.

Next up, another card from Play At The Plate.  He already sent me the trio of Gwynn's that I posted about this morning, and I mentioned an awesome relic card that he sent.  This is it.


Last but not least, my favorite card of the moment:

This comes courtesy of Dodgerbobble, who's a fan of some team, not sure who.  Last week I pulled my first ever autograph, from 2012 Bowman.  Since it was a Dodger, I was willing to part with it.  This was the crown jewel of the trade.  He sent me SO MUCH great stuff, that I need to devote an entire post to it.  This will be done this week.  Probably.
So glad to make it to the post office this week.  Still didn't get the addresses for the Mariners and Phillies fans, but sent out the rest of the packages, seven in all (!).  Hope those all get to you safely.
There.  Feeling better already.

Tony, Toni, Tone GWYNNsday!

There are a few players that I collect, all for various reasons.  Some are difficult because there is a limited number of cards, so they're tougher to find.

This is not an issue for Tony Gwynn.

I think right now, I have about 70 or so Gwynn's in my Personal Collection.  I have to think that the actual number of Anthony Keith cards is a pretty freakishly high number, due to the number of non-base or insert cards that he's in.  He has a lot of accomplishments, it can be daunting to make sure that he gets his due.

Apparently, in 1999, Upper Deck  Topps decided to celebrate every possible achievement.  These are all different cards.  By different, I don't mean that the player is different.  I don't mean that the picture is different.  I don't even mean that the number on the back of the card is different.  They are all identical... except for the caption on the front and the write up on the back.

Despite being the most un-original set of cards (c'mon, really?  Note even a good picture of the Bat Man), it is cool to see all the different things Tony is being recognized for.  I know I'm biased, but he should really be in more sets that are recognizing former players (although I'm sure you Dodger fans will be clamoring for more Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax cards, since there's only a kajillion of those in this year's sets already).

Anyways, these cards were given to me from the dude at Play at the Plate, in exchange for some Ranger's that I'll be sending out today.  He also sent me a killer game-used jersey card from the Gwynnster that I'll post in my "Personal Collection" page, as well as some other sweet Padre cards.  That relic is a pretty sweet card.

Oh, I'm sending out cards to the following zip codes this afternoon: 48614, 75201, 34270, 92688, 25504, 11426, and 91306.  I need to send the Mariners and Phillies team sets, but I'm still waiting to get those addresses.  Sorry for the delay in getting all of those out, things have been piling up.

Anyways, a great GWYNNsday to all of you in the blogosphere.  5th grade graduation is tomorrow, and then this school year is in the books.  A short-lived break, since the summer school kids are in class on that following Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pack Report: Cards from 1992 - Topps Stadium Club, Part 2

A while back, I got a box of 1992 Stadium Club, and I decided to post about the best pack of the box of Series 3.  The cards weren't very randomized, as I noticed a pattern as I was opening them.  I'm pretty sure a few packs were almost identical.  This was undoubtedly the best pack of the box, one that eight-year old me would've been stoked to rip.

Knoblauch "Member's Choice" #601.  It is ridiculous how much better this card is than his base card in this same set.  I'll post that one later.

First Padre of the pack!  The rookie card on the back of this one is from the 1992 Topps set, minus the sweet 'stache that Tim is rocking in this picture.  Love the Pad's pinstripes as well.  #881.

In one of my high school Spanish classes, we got to choose Spanish names to go by for the whole year.  I chose Alejandro, after Alejandro Pena.  He threw a combined No-Hitter against the Padres in 1991, getting the save after Kent Mercker started and Mark Wohlers took over for him.  Obviously I wasn't happy that it happened against the Padres, but I did really like the name.  Was fun to say.  #833.

With all the things that the Wizard of Oz can do on the field, him sitting against a cinderblock wall seems  like a boring choice, but still a good shot of the Hall of Famer #680.  The rookie card on the back is from the 1979 Topps set, featuring the Padres yellow and brown and some sweet sideburns.

Speaking of awesome close-up shots of Hall of Famers, here's Mr. Padre himself!  This is one of my favorite Gwynn cards.  Always thought it would be cool to have shades like Tony.  #825.

Bunch of other nobodies in the pack as well, but two Hall of Famers, plus a Padre and a Member's Choice card?  Tough to beat.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Welcome Back, Carlos!

In his first at-bat as a Padre, Carlos Quentin, after being on the DL all season with knee issues, rips a double to left to score Chris Denorfia.  Not only does it give the Padres a 1-0 lead, but it stops the Padres scoreless inning streak at 26 innings.

Love playing the Cubs (not just because they're the only NL team with a worse record than the Friars, but) because I get to watch the games on WGN!

Good to have you back Carlos!  Go Pads!


I left at the end of the Padres' half of the 1st inning to go to a barbeque.  Coming back sweaty (94 degrees outside), full, and smelling like smoke, found the Pad squad down 11-7 in the 8th, which ended up being the final score.  That 1st inning double was Carlos' only hit.  The Padres were able to explode with four homers (including two by Chase Headley), which would've been great, if they also hadn't given up four homers.  Hoping for better results tomorrow.

True Believers

First off, Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Get out and do something!

I love checking out blogs and seeing the types of people/fans that are out there, and seeing the variety of interests that they have.  It was cool learning that TTG, from Friars on Cardboard, is in to some of the same punk bands that I am.  I really love music, and thought that I'd post a song that I love, and that ties into my love of baseball, though more specifically the Padres: "True Believers" by the Bouncing Souls.

I've met some people along the way,
Some of them split some of them stay.
Some of them walk, some walk on by.
Got a few friends I'll love 'til I die.
From all these people I try to learn.
Some of them shine, some of them burn
Some of them rise, some of them fall.
For good or bad I've known them all.





I have to imagine that the cross-section of baseball fans and punk rockers isn't super large, so thanks for reading even if this isn't really your cup of tea.  Go baseball!  Go Padres, beat the Cubs!  Go Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

This Is Not An Archives Post

I'll admit, seeing the packs of Archives intrigued me the last time I was out shopping.  Even though I know there's not that many Padres in the set (c'mon, we've had a few decent players!), and not really a whole lot of players that I'm interested in.  There's just something about ripping wax that I enjoy.  However, reading the reviews on a ton of blogs, coupled with my current financial situation, led me to abstain from the Archives... for now, anyways.

But it got me thinking about my favorite set so far this year.  The one that got me re-hooked on collecting.  The one that... man, trying to think of the third thing to say... Well, the one that just puts (in my opinion) the rest of them to shame...

Topps Heritage!

What?  Have you even thought about that one recently?  It came out ages ago (March 14) and most people already have two complete sets with all the short-print-image-swapped-floating-head-relics.  Why are you wasting my time writing about old news?

Well, I just think it's awesome.

I'm more of a "team" collector than a "set" collector, so ripping wax is pretty much a waste of time/money.  But there's something about this set that I couldn't get enough of.  I have a binder of Non-Padres that has a few dedicated pages to my favorite '12 Heritage cards.  Wether it was the player, the picture, or the design, there was just something about these cards that I loved.  Here's a few of them.

I liked these "All-Star Rookies" as well.  I'm slowly amassing a small Hellickson collection, and he's got some sweet looking cards.  Arencibia is also a catcher that I wouldn't mind having on my team, and the blue in the border looks great with the uniform and background.

The Rangers had some good looking cards as well.  These seem like basically the same pose/shot, but something about the red/white/blue with the cloudy background, looking ahead (possibly towards that elusive World Series title) just screams "classic".

I didn't think that I'd like the floating heads, but I ended up collecting most of them.  I like this one because they were all from the same team.  The black border cards, which I picked up from Target, looked really cool (are you tired of me saying "really cool" yet?  I need to bust out a nerd-thesaurus).  Apparently changing the border is a plus.  The Castro looks good, regardless.

Topps has had some junky looking inserts so far ("Golden"-everything from the main set, anyone?), but I loved the "Then/Now" cards.  I got this one, plus a Kershaw/Koufax (already traded) and a Marichal/Shields (keeping).  Cool to see Killebrew represented.  My dad went to his house when he was a kid.

Overall, it seemed like the best cards were ones that had blue in the uniform (Rangers, Blue Jays, Cubs). The Padres didn't look great, but still pretty good (and better than the main set), plus I think this was the first one to have Yonder Alonso in a Padres uniform.  If I was a little more obsessive (and had a little more cash), I might go after this set (stupid high number SPs notwithstanding!).  As it is, I'm okay with collecting just the Padres, Rangers, and White Sox, along with a small handful of players that I feel like holding on to.

Anyways, hope everybody is having a great Memorial Day weekend!  Thank a veteran!
Jerry Coleman, Yankee infielder, Padres announcer, Korean War and World War II veteran, and hero of mine.  I know it's not Veteran's Day, but do we really need an excuse to thank our servicemen and women?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The 4th GWYNNsday in May

I've come across a lot of blogs that have different themed posts.  Some are cool, some are interesting, some are funny, some I just don't get.  I don't think that I'm creative enough to come up with very many of these.

But I love GWYNNsdays.

Simple, easy to accomplish, usually pretty short.  Plus, I have plenty of material (cards), so I don't forsee this one going anywhere.

This is from the 1988 Fleer set, card #631.  Rock Raines won his only Silver Slugger in the American League in 1986.  That year, Tony won his second, and also won it the following year.  The next year, this card was made.

I wonder if this pose was shot to deliberately put on a card, or if they actually were friendly.  I would think that this was taken during the All-Star game warmups, seeing as how I don't think opposing players often come together in uniform for hugs.  It seems like Gwynn is looking more into the camera than Raines is, but maybe I'm just seeing what I want to see.

Gwynn would go on to win four more after that on in '87.  And go on to the Hall of Fame.  Raines was denied entrance on the last ballot, though I don't understand why.  He was a little before my time, but he seems like he should be in, eventually.

Recently heard that Tony was looking to be the "Magic Johnson" (face of the ownership group) for some owners looking to buy the Padres.  That would be very cool.  Can't wait til we have new ownership with some cash to pick up/retain some talent.

Good luck to the Pads tonight against the Cards.  Avoid the sweep!

Happy GWYNNsday, everybody!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Team Collectors: Up For Grabs, Part Deux

A few weeks ago, I posted a few team lots of some National League teams and said that I'd be willing to part with them in exchange for a semi-similar number of Padre cards.  I had a few takers, and cleared out some cards that I didn't want and made room for a few more stacks of Friars.  Now it's time for the American League teams.

I've already shipped off/saved a few stacks of cards for certain teams, and others have been otherwise claimed, but these are the teams that are left, both NL & AL.

Athletics - 97
Angels - 94
White Sox - 88
Twins - 138
Royals - 37
Orioles - 121
Blue Jays - 34
Red Sox - 85

Giants - 97
Pirates - 109
Marlins - 35
Expos - 115

As I said in that post, most of these are "junk wax" era cards, from the late 80s to the mid 90s.  But junk wax seems like it has such a negative connotation, no?  That's when I was growing up, so I love those cards, but mostly just the Padre cards, so I'm okay with getting these out.  I already sent a stack of Indians to David at Tribecards, and he seemed pretty satisfied with the haul.

As I also said in the previous post, you might say something like, "Dude, I burned all of my old Padres cards because they are more valuable as a heat source than they are as collectors items."  Well, that's okay.  All you have to do is tell somebody about this blog, and then claim a team, and I'll give you half of those team's cards.  Gratis.

Also, as a bonus, I'll probably throw in some/most of the cards from that team that are on my trade list, mostly stuff from this year's Bowman and Heritage, as well as some cards from '92 Pinnacle/Fleer Ultra/Topps Stadium Club.

Anyways, if you want 'em or if you've got questions, claim 'em in the comments or email me.

Oh, also I bought a pack of Bowman and pulled this card.

My first ever autograph pull... and it's a Dodger... Ug.
Obviously, this will be added to the trade list as well.
Anybody with a card like this as a Padre?

Trade with Lost Collector

Last trade post (for the day, anyways).  There's a reason this one was saved for last.  The Lost Collector is a Yankees fan.  This was a pretty simple trade, a few Yankees from the 2012 Bowman and Heritage sets for some Padres

Nothing major.

Just a small handful of cards.

I thought.

Then I saw this.

I could end it right there.  Maybe I should.

I will go ahead and say this card is awesome and I love it.  So glad to see that Heath is starting to show some signs of improvement after really struggling out of the gate.  I don't know what I said or sent to AJ (or it could just be that he's an awesome fellow) that made him decide to include this card, but I'm super stoked that he did.  There were some other sweet Padres that came with this one, including some other good-looking 2011 Heath Bell cards and some of my 2012 Heritage needs.  But I can't stop looking at this one.

Just so that this isn't a one card trade post, I'll go ahead and show another Konerko that I got, because he was in all three trades that came through today.  And it's pretty sweet.  Mini!
Great trade AJ!  Hope you enjoy those Yankees!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Trade wth Royals and Randoms

Second trade post of the evening.  Watching the Thunder/Lakers game right now, hoping for a Thunder win to get the bitterness of the Padre loss out of my mouth.  Not a huge basketball fan, but the playoffs have some drama, and I if I had to choose a favorite team, it would be the Thunder.  Plus I always root against the Lake Show.  Westbrook is making some ridiculous shots right now.

Anyways, has anybody here ever done a trade with Royals and Randoms?  It was probably the easiest trade I have ever made.  It was almost too easy.  He uses zistle.com, which, if you didn't know, is like an online database that helps you keep track of the cards you have, the cards you want, and, well, put together all kinds of lists.

The dude is serious into the Royals, and it just so happened that he was in need of a lot of the 90s stuff that I happen to have so much of.  After checking to make sure I wasn't giving him any dupes, it was time for me to choose from his lists of trade bait.  It was almost like Christmas, only no weird sweaters from that obscure relative that you're just not quite sure about.

What did I get? Ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out...

I really like the Jays uniform with the blue splatter outline.  This is only one of the few Fred's that were picked up here.  McGriff in two consecutive deals, not too shabby.  He also included a few Darin Erstad cards, which is an addition that I think I'll be making to the PC.  I love me some Erstad.  More on him in a later post.  Unfortunately, most of his playing days for the Halos were during that  "Angels in the Outfield" Disney-fied look to their logo.

There were about a dozen cards from 1990 Fleer, most of which were former/future Friars.  Not pictured: Ken Caminiti as an Astro, Dave Winfield as a Yankee, and Joe Carter as an Indian, to name a few.  I really like the 1990 Fleer set.  Very simple design, but I still like how it looks.  Not sure if I'm in the minority on that one.

More Fernando Mania for all you Dodger fans that are reading.  Even better than that, my first Dale Thayer card!  Thayer has taken over the closer responsibility with Huston Street on the DL.  Dude is locking it down.  Not that'd you recognize him from this card, the dude is currently rocking a pretty awesome old-timey mustache.  Thayer the Slayer!

Another Finley to add to the PC.  Very nice looking card here.

Anyways, way too much good stuff to post in one spot, I feel like I made out pretty well on this one.  Does anybody else use zistle?  I started to, but it took me a little more time than I wanted to spend updating it.  I can definitely see the merits of it though. Maybe someday.  In the meantime, I definitely think it makes trading easier, so anybody who's already on it, lemme know and I'll browse it and see what I might have to help you out.

Trade with The Troll

Okay, this will be the first of three trade posts, as I got three packages in the mail today.  It might make more sense to spread them out over a few days, but I have the feeling that things will get busy.  Only two more weeks left of school, and getting everything squared away and making sure that my 5th graders are ready to go to middle school will probably be consuming most of my time.  I love teaching, but it feels good to be done with another school year... although I'm doing summer school as well, which starts almost immediately after, so not much of a break.


I didn't really consider this to be a "trade" per se with the Troll, because when I sent him a package of a few of his Heritage needs, I hadn't started the blog, I was just a reader.  However, I was pleasantly surprised when, in one of his posts, he listed my zip code among the ones that would be receiving packages soon.  It came today.

It was huge.

Should've taken a picture of it, but the contents have already been divided up.

I thought to myself, "How many cards are in here?  Is there going to be enough room for me to store these?  Am I even going to want all these cards?

Turns out that I don't.  And they weren't actually for me.

They were for my 5th graders.

What a thoughtful guy, huh?  He remembered that I said that I passed them out in my class, and he decided to give me a bunch of his 2010-2011 Topps duplicates.  A good thing, too, because with all the team lots I've been dealing, the ones I've been giving away in class have been looking pretty junky...  They'll be stoked.  I have a big Cardinals fan and a big Royals fan, and they'll be happy to get some of the "shiny ones".  I also skimmed a few present and former Padres, etc. off of that stack for the personal stash.

Well, that was really nice, but really?  Stuff for my kids?  Nothing for me?  C'mon man, don't tease me like that!

But the Troll isn't that guy.  He had a little surprise for me.  And then a big surprise.

The little surprise?  Padre minis!  Venable, Young, a couple of Peavys, and Kouzmanoff (!).

The big surprise?  A "Masters of the Game" 3.5" x 5" card from 1993 Donruss!  I had never even heard of this, but it is awesome!  Apparently there were 16 you could collect, including Sheffield (another  Padre!), Ripken, Sandberg, Griffey, Yount, and Ryan.

Was all this worth a few Heritage cards?  Most definitely.

He's about 70% of the way through the Heritage set, if you have some to send him, hook him up.  He's obviously a great guy (I have a few that I'll be sending to him soon, along with some other Rays goodness that he might be in need of).

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Not Technically Last Place

With a walk-off hit by this guy...

And a little help from this guy...

This team...

Has a slightly better winning percentage than this team...

They're both still 12.5 games behind the Dodgers.  It's not much, but it's something...

Trade with All Trade Bait, All The Time

I know, I know, another trade post.  What can I say?  I feel like I've released a bunch of carrier pigeons to deliver messages around the blogosphere, and now they're returning to me with good news.

Ok, strange bird analogy aside, this was a trade that I was licking my chops for.  Oscar from All Trade Bait, All The Time contacted me about some of the Gypsy Queen cards that I had on my trade list.  Novel idea, right?  Ya'll should check it out, too.  Have a bunch of 2012 Heritage and Bowman, plus some boring old Topps from '12-'11.  And for 1992 aficionados like me, there's some cards from that era as well.

Anyways, long story boring, I had what he wanted, he had what I wanted, bada bing, bada boom - it's done!  I think this was delayed a little bit because when I got the package, it was enclosed in a separate, clear envelope, and the main package was covered in ink.  On the back of the envelope was a note from the Post Office, saying that the package had been damaged while it was being processed, and they were sorry.  Luckily, the goods were unharmed.  Don't believe me?  Check it out...

Konerko, in all his GQ greatness.  Having an unsurprisingly stellar year again.

This is the third trade package where I've gotten the Upper Deck Masterpieces.  A good trend.  Oh, Jake.  Such a good pitcher.  So many injuries.  Doing pretty well for the White Sox this year, though.

Benito seems to have a monopoly on all the coolest images for Padre cards.  This one is no exception.

ATBATT definitely had the package with the most Gwynns (six), which was awesome.  I'd post them all, but I'm going to spread them out for the next few GWYNNsdays.  There's one in particular that holds a special, sentimental place in my heart that might now be my favorite Gwynn card.  Can't wait to show that one.

Overall, great trade.  I need to go out and buy some pages, my Padres supply is getting out of hand.  I've had worse problems.

Oh, but for reals, check out the trade list.  Let's make it happen.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Trade with James

James, aka "Chunter", took me up on my offer to exchange Padres cards for a team that he actually liked: the Braves.  Hopefully sometime today, I'll have the teams from the American League posted and ready for people to claim, if they so desire.  I caught the bug that my wife and daughter had, so yesterday/last night I was pretty much out of commission.  Feeling better today.  Lost a quick four pounds, but can't say that I'd recommend the method.

Anyways, here's some of what was sent...

Some McGriff-age to add to the collection.  Thankfully he didn't send any in a Braves uniform.  It still hurts every time I see that. 

A classy team checklist from Upper Deck.  Gotta love the artwork, Benito is awesome.

A-Gone wearing a throwback uni.  Couldn't help but notice that the batting helmet doesn't really match the rest of the "ensemble".  Somebody call the fashion police!  It really bums me out that Tim Flannery is coaching for the Giants now.  I know that coaches kinda go in package deals with the manager, but did he really have to follow Bochy up to SF?  Anyways, love this.  How many baseball cards have surfboards in them?  Anybody?

To top it off, he sent what is now my first relic card.  Marcus Giles came over to San Diego from Atlanta.  I guess they didn't airbrush the picture because you can't airbrush the jersey swatch.

Anyways, not a bad return for getting rid of a bunch of Braves!  Hope everybody is having a great weekend and getting stuff done.  Or at least watching some baseball.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Trade with Night Owl

Night Owl is one of the best baseball card blogs that I've come across.  Since Greg is a Dodger fan, it's hard for me to say that.  Fortunately, being division rivals has its perks, since there isn't a lot of overlap in the cards that we're interested in.

Night Owl took me up on my offer to exchange base cards of a team that you follow for the Padres that you don't need.  That offer still stands for about half of the National League teams, and I'll be posting the American League teams sometime this weekend.  I also sent over some Gypsy Queen he had on his want list, as well as some of the Bowman that I have on my trade list.  Overall, a bunch of cards.  He sent over the goods as well, as I should have expected.  Without further ado, here's the loot...

I like these Upper Deck Masterpieces.  Potch sent me a Greg Maddux card from the same set in my first trade with him.  Love the style of these cards.
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces #75

Another good looking Gwynn to add to the collection, an O-Pee-Chee Premier from 1992.  I have a bunch of Finley's, but not as many in a Padre uniform as I would like.  He was my favorite player growing up, so glad to have this one.

These Goudey cards look pretty cool.  I don't have as many Hoffman cards as a die-hard Padre fan should have.  Apparently they knew that he was playing for the Brewers before they made the card, but not soon enough to get a picture of it.  Props for not just air-brushing it, although this isn't a "traditional" straight-up photo of Trevor.
2009 Goudey #168

Just did a post on Raul a few days ago, and now he shows up here.  I wonder how many other Casanova Padre cards there are...  He was also kind enough to send some sweet Padres vintage.  There are some people who aren't fans of the brown and yellow.  I am not one of those people.  This is an awesome moustache and an even more awesome uniform.

I love these team cards.  More interesting that the huge picture of the whole team, where you can't even tell the players apart because they're so far away.
1989 Topps #231

The best of this group (of over 100 cards).  Chase's first year Bowman card, hand signed in red pen.  Now I have it on a ball and on a card.  Thanks for including this one, Greg!  Love it.

Overall, very satisfied with this deal.  Added three Gwynn's and a Finley to the collection.  Got a ton of Padres and a Chase Headley auto.  Tough to beat that!  Would've been nice to top it off with a Friar victory, but right now it's 7-0 in the top of the 8th against LA.

Anyways, thanks Greg, for making the deal.  Sorry to everyone for the overload of posts today, but my wife and daughter had flu-like symptoms last night, so I called in and said that I needed to stay home today.  They're feeling better now, especially my 15-month old, who was happy and smiling when she woke up.  I just had a lot of time on my hands while they were both sleeping, and this is what I did.

Farewell O-Dog

The Padres made a few personnel changes today.  They put Jason Bartlett on the DL and released Orlando Hudson.  Both were signed before the 2011 season, and both have struggled since wearing the SD on their caps.  From a fan standpoint, I'm glad that the team decided to cut him loose, since I don't think that he gives us the best chance to win.  However, I'm sorry that it didn't work out for O-Dog in San Diego.  He made some decisions and said some things that didn't necessarily endear him to the fans, but I don't think he was a bad guy.  It seemed like he got hot for a few games, and I was hoping that he was going to turn it around, but it was not to be.  He leaves having played 35 games this season and hitting .211 with a homer and 11 RBIs.

Replacing Hudson and Bartlett on the active roster is Everth Cabrera, a long-time Padre prospect, and Alexi Amarista, a middle infielder/outfielder that San Diego picked up from the Angels in the Ernesto Frieri deal a few weeks back.

Best of luck to all players involved.  Go Padres!

CL 2 the DL... TJ?

I knew that Cory Luebke was on the DL (he's also on my fantasy team), but it seemed like the Padres kinda downplayed it, and I wanted so badly to believe that it wasn't serious.  Now, it appears that he has a tear in his UCL.  He will decide soon wether or not to rehab it and see if he can continue to pitch with the tear, or if he's going to require season ending Tommy John surgery.

Kyle Blanks and Dustin Moseley are gone for the year.  Logan Forsythe and Carlos Quentin haven't played a game this season.  Jeremy Hermida, Micah Owings, Huston Street, and Joe Wieland are all on the 60 or 15 day DL.  It's getting out of hand.  The Padres (reportedly) have the best minor league system in the majors, and I have a feeling that we'll be drawing from that talent pool frequently this season.

I remember when I saw that the Padres signed Jeff Suppan and thought "will there be a spot for him on the rotation?"  Apparently so.  On the bright side, he's been pitching pretty well, as has Edinson Volquez.  Hopefully they can continue to bring in guys that can help them win games.

As for Cory, to be honest, it doesn't seem like a difficult decision.  The Pads are not going to contend this year, so there should be no reason to risk further injury or lose more time.  In an interview on the Padres website, he said that "every day I miss now [without the surgery] is a day next season."  I havta believe that next season will be better than this season, so hopefully he takes care of himself and comes back strong and ready to rock in 2013.

Best of luck Cory, in whatever you decide to do!  Go Pads!

Cards from 1992 - Topps Stadium Club: On The Back

As much as I love 1992 Topps Stadium Club, (and most of the Stadium Club offerings), I gotta say that the information that they have on the back is... unique, to say the least.

I love the picture of the rookie card.  The older the rookie card is, the cooler it looks.  Some of them just have that years Topps card from the main set, so it's a little less appealing.  But overall, I think it's cool, because it's almost like having two cards in one.

Even though the front of this Bip Roberts card shows him in a Reds uniform, on the back he is still a Padre, and looking good with the 1986 design.

On the flipside, you might end up with a card like this:


Just in case you were too lazy to look on the front, you had the exact same picture on the back.  Mike Walkden also looks like Paul Bunyan, marching out of a forest of trees.  Also, for a pitcher, I'm thinking that "Walkden" isn't a great name.  Gotta be careful with the bases loaded, last time he "Walkden" a run.


I also like the nice painted background of the baseball field.  Gives it a little color.  I usually prefer the player stats to show more than just one year, though.  Plus, it's about a size 1.5 font, so you can't really read them anyways.

Last but not least, "the grid".  For all batters (besides rookies, who don't have any previous stats), there is a grid that breaks down their hitting stats depending on where in the zone the pitch is thrown.  Eight-year old me didn't have a lot of use for this, but a few weeks ago, I was watching a special on the use of technology in the game.  It seems that the Rays are kind of the pioneers of this in today's game, and one of the things that caught my eye was a chart that looked very similar to "the grid" on the back of the '92 TSC cards.

For an explanation of what they are, here's a short novel you can read about it, in card-form.