Saturday, November 8, 2008

#108T Don Slaught

This is another nice front-lit shot, no doubt taken at the same time as Rafael Santana's card. But what I love is seeing somebody in the background right in the middle of a batting-practice swing. Who is that batting? It's a white guy, a left-handed batter. Doesn't look like Mattingly--could be Pagliarulo, Ken Phelps, Hal Morris, Wayne Tolleson?

IMPACT FACTOR 4/10: Slaught played two nice seasons with the Yankees and then was traded for two guys, including Jeff Robinson, who pitched one nice year for them as well.

Friday, November 7, 2008

#107T Dave Silvestri

IMPACT FACTOR 1/10: Silvestri didn't appear in the majors with Houston, although they did pick up Orlando Miller from the Yankees for him.

Round Two Poll: #4

Our fourth and final poll of round two pits Kent Tekulve, a surprise entrant in the round of 16, against Don Mattingly. I've written a lot about both of these cards already so I'm just going to shut up and let you vote.

#106T Scott Servais

IMPACT FACTOR 3/10: Servais was a decent backup catcher with the Astros, although he improved after being traded to the Cubs. That was a bad trade for Houston, where they sent both Servais and Luis Gonzalez away for Rick Wilkins.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Trade Me Anything for Books

Taking Thorzul's lead a bit, here is my own Trade Me Anything type of promotion.

Here's what we've got:

I need to thin out my library a bit, so I am offering up baseball books. They are all paperback, and have all been read by me. So they are in what I would call "very good" condition. Certainly not brand new, but overall pretty damn good. I'm a non-smoker.

Here's how this works. See a book below that you want? Email me at 88topps at gmail dot com, tell me which book you want, and give me your name and mailing address. First person to claim any particular book gets that book. In return, I'm asking that you send me some cards, entirely your choice. (So I'm not asking for anything like Thorzul, but rather some baseball cards of your choosing.) Got some relic Mattingly cards? Great. No? Then whatever else you feel like will be fine. If you want some further guidance, then I'd say older cards (pre-1981) would be better, and since you know how I like photographs, something with a cool or unique photo would be great. If I like what I get, I'll blog about it, and I'll link to your blog as well in the post. You do NOT need to send me cards of any value: the purpose of this promotion is not fair trade, but rather for me to get books into the hands of people who want them and also to get some cool/interesting/funny cards.


1) One book per customer.

2) Be sure to include the book, your name, and your mailing address in your email. If not, and somebody else emails me afterwards with the correct info, you will lose out.

3) I'll email you back to tell you that you got the book. After you get the book in the mail, you can send me back you trade of whatever cards you choose.

OK, here's what I've got to give away. Click on the image to go to the page if you want to read about it.

(crossed out books are taken already)

Mike Schmidt - Clearing the Bases
: A nice autobiography. The parts about his early career are great. The later stuff about the Phillies in the 80s and his opinions on steroids are less interesting.

The Worst Team Money Could Buy
: I did not enjoy this book about the 1992 Mets, mainly because it was very repetitive. If you were into the Mets from the mid 80s to the mid 90s, you'd probably enjoy it.

3 Nights in August
: Pretty interesting read into what Tony LaRussa thought of his players at the time.

Game of Shadows
: read the book the started it all...

The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty
: Buster Olney is one of the best baseball writers out there and this book does not disappoint (unless of course you're a Yankees fan.)

The Bad Guys Won
: A story about the 1986 Mets that I found very interesting. It has a lot of insight into the personalities of the individual players and also characterizes some of their shocking behavior off the field.

David Wells--Perfect I'm Not
: A lighthearted and interesting biography. Worth the read.

The Wrong Stuff
: Bill Lee's excellent first book, an absolute classic.

Round Two Poll: #3

Here's a classic matchup between one of the top hitters and one of the top pitchers of 1988. Note that this matchup is card #250 vs card #500, two of the best numbers of the set. There's a lot to like about each card and a lot to like about each player. This matchup is too close to call. (I guess that's why we're voting...)

#105T Mike Schooler

IMPACT FACTOR 5/10: Schooler was a top closer for the Mariners until he was undone by injuries.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

#104T Calvin Schiraldi

IMPACT FACTOR 2/10: Schiraldi pitched decently for parts of two seasons with the Cubs, but he (and Al Nipper) was picked up for Lee Smith and traded away for players who didn't do much for the Cubbies.

Round Two Poll: #2

Our next second-round matchup features #200 Wade Boggs against #4 Eddie Murray Record Breaker. I don't have much to say because I don't think this one's going to be close at all.

#103T Mackey Sasser

IMPACT FACTOR 3/10: Sasser was a decent backup catcher for a number of years with the Mets. His impact factor is low because he never got many plate appearances.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

#102T Nelson Santovenia

IMPACT FACTOR 2/10: Santovenia was a below-average backup for several years with the Expos.

Round Two Poll: #1

Another Kansas City Royal steps up to take on Darryl Strawberry. George Brett couldn't do the job--let's see if Bo Jackson can. Ironically, in Jackson's previous victory, he defeated Strawberry's good friend Eric Davis.

#101T Rafael Santana

Hell yeah, what a great photo! It's another shot with proper front lighting, capturing a nice spring training field and foliage in the background.

Incidentally, I just finished reading "The Worst Team Money Could Buy" about the 1992 Mets, and Santana was named one of the top 5 all-time good guy Mets.

IMPACT FACTOR 1/10: Santana played one poor year for the Yankees, although the three guys they sent to the Mets for him did even less in the majors than Santana.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Best card of 1988 Topps: Round Two

Here are the results from Round One:

#1: Bo Jackson #750 (67.1%)
#2: Wade Boggs #200 (63.3%)
#3: George Brett #700 (59.2%)
#4: Andre Dawson #500 (53.8%)
#5: Kent Tekulve #543 (52.7%)
#6: Don Mattingly #300 (51.1%)
#7: Nolan Ryan #250 (51.1%)
#8: Eddie Murray RB #4 (49.5%
#9: A's Leaders #759 (48.7%)
#10: Greg Maddux #361 (48.4%)
#11: Eddie Murray #495 (47.3%)
#12: Cal Ripken Sr. #444 (46.2%)
#13: Tommy Lasorda #74 (43.9%)

#14: Darryl Strawberry #710 (43.4%)
#15: Robin Yount #165 (43.3%)
#16: Eric Davis #150 (43.0%)

The only upset in the first round was Darryl Strawberry wiping out George Brett. That surprised me a little given what a better career Brett had than Strawberry, but the Mets cards from this set do have great coloring, and I can't argue with the votes.

Don Mattingly won with the biggest margin of victory, beating out Murray's card 71.6% to 28.4%. Several of the matchups finished close to 50-50 with just a few votes determining the winner.

Incidentally, each poll got 80-90 votes, which is great.

Round Two will commence with the highest seeds facing the lowest seeds from the above list.

Get out and vote

To all Americans, please remember to get out and vote tomorrow. Regardless of whom you support, whom you think will win the election, and how much you think your vote matters, get out and vote. Remember that many people in the world have no say in whom leads their country. You do. Exercise your right.

#100T Luis Salazar

IMPACT FACTOR 2/10: Salazar had one decent year for the Tigers in 1988 and was then traded for Mike Brumley. Brumley was brutal in his one season with Detroit, but was then traded for Larry Sheets, who had a good year for the Tigers in 1990.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

#99T Mark Salas

IMPACT FACTOR 2/10: Salas was a pretty decent backup for Carlton Fisk for one year before leaving as a free agent.