Yes, my dad's dog licks his bald head (while my nephew looks on in amazement.) Little Hansen has taken to waggling his finger and saying, "Bad Dog" whenever Scout is around... and he's almost always right.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
"You're killin' me!"
"This one looks really good!"
"Aww yeah... That's the stuff right there."
"Great card. Watched a Charlie Brown Christmas with my daughter last night."
"We watched Charlie Brown the other night too. Wonderful card, thanks for posting it."
"i like your blog......" (possibly sent by robot, but appreciated nonetheless.)
"that is awesome."
And who could forget...
If you need my address, email me...
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I just realized that if Tony Gwynn was born in 1960 and made his Padres debut in 1969... He won his third batting title at the age of 15!!! That HAS to be a record!
I love his card from the 1976 set. It really shows his playful side. Tony attempting to mimic the batting stance of, new second baseman, Tito Fuentes really cracks me up. I love that he continued the theme with his own name taped to his hat (ala Tito.)
This card was the first of many Gwynn cards that show his quirky side. I am especially fond of the 1993 SP card with Tony in Scott Sanders jersey. I went to several spring training games that year... I may have been there! (Wondering who the new guy, Sanders, with the sweet swing was.)
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Next time someone has a Make a Fake Tony Gwynn Card contest I won't take my competition so lightly.
Well played, sir. Well played.
Friday, December 19, 2008
While, I admit, some of the other entries are pretty cool...
COME ON FOLKS!!! IT IS A FAKE TONY GWYNN CARD MAKING CONTEST!!!
I gotta win. I need your votes to do it. I am 4 points back after the preliminary judging.
Here is my entry:
Note the details:
Nine Chipper Jones cards (playing to Cardboard Junkie's love of Larry Jones.)
A package for Dayf under the tree.
Chipper as "Elf of the Month"
A completely redesigned "Pro Set" logo
... and if I do say so myself - AWESOMENESS!!!
So vote early, vote often. Tell your friends.
Make me proud to be an American (that also loves Canada.)
Feel free to copy this into your comments on the contest:
Wow! That one by PunkRockPaint is awesome!
Monday, December 15, 2008
The 1972 season represented on this card, was one of Tony's finest years in the power department. Tony belted a career best 32 home runs. The power outburst, along with his 130 RBI and .316 batting average, brought him his first National League MVP award. Tony edged Johnny Bench in the voting largely due to his speed on the base paths. For the second year in a row, Gwynn finished only two stolen bases behind Lou Brock for the league lead (63).
I find it somewhat spooky how much his face looks the same in this shot as it does in the card from the previous year. The two photos show the same steady glare; same focus and intensity; same shadows. If it were not for his hair, you could certainly claim that these were the same doctored photo. Since Photoshop wasn't around back then (and Topps' art department wielded a heavy airbrush back in the '70s) you have to assume it is just an eerie coincidence.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Sure, you may say, he played his entire career with the Padres, but he didn't get his start in the big leagues until 1982. In my rainy-day state of mind, I would kindly remind you that Tony began his career with the expansion-year 1969 Padres. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 1968 draft out of San Diego State College. As we all know, San Diego State wasn't called a University until the early 70's, well in to Tony's historic career. Snatched from the Dodgers in the expansion draft, Tony has led the Padres to six world titles. Tony's career has had many ups and downs. The highlights include:
- 32 National League batting titles
- 36 All-Star game appearances
- 4 Most Valuable Player awards
- 23 Gold Gloves
- .338 career batting average
- 7,020 career hits
- 1,385 doubles
- 2,642 runs batted in
The only lowlight has been his four year retirement from 1983-86. As point guard for San Diego and Los Angeles Clippers, Tony led the league in assists only once (82-83 season- 11.4 assists per game.)
As Tony prepares to enter his 40th season in Major League Baseball, I will spend the next few weeks recapping some of Tony's greatest moments and milestones.
First up, Tony's rookie card:
I have several of Tony's rookie card in my collection, but my most prized possesion is THE BIG ONE!!! I am the proud owner of a 2nd year Gwynn! Back in '94 I sold my car and bought this bad-boy. Even though for the next two years I had to take the bus to and from college (a two-day trip,) it was worth it.
Tony's second year card is even more coveted by collectors than his rookie card. The condition sensitive black borders make finding cards in excellent or better condition next to impossible.
1971 Topps - Tony Gwynn #280
High condition Gwynn second year cards fetch upwards of $5,000 when seen at auction. Despite the rumors of magic markered edges, the famous McNall/Gretzky (PSA 8) sold at Sotheby's last June for $27,750.
Counterfeit examples, so common in the late '80s and early '90s, helped coin the term "real Mr. Padre" to describe anything that was authentic. The Upper Deck corporation still uses "real Mr. Padre" to describe autographs signed in the presence of their authenticators.
The market for the counterfeits is still high, as older collectors look to fill the holes in their 1971 sets without endangering their childrens' dreams of a college education. The "cut-T" counterfeit is the most impressive and most famous example of the fake Gwynn cards. The FBI estimated that in 2005, 50% of all professionally graded, 2nd year Tony Gwynn cards were in fact "cut-T" counterfeits.
Mine is the real Mr. Padre... is yours?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Not this post... THIS post!
I can not wait!!!
EDIT- THIS post! It was worth the wait. Perfect. Simply, perfect.
That day in 1948 could arguably be called the birth of the modern human rights movement. With widely agreed-upon universal standards in place, "atrocities" could be more concretely labeled "violations" and could be more readily acted against. States that have embraced these standards have, since 1948, observed December 10 as Human Rights Day.
I stole the text from Wikipedia on this post... Lazy? Yes. Sorry, no quality time for posting today.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
December 9th, 1958 the John Birch Society was founded. I was a history major and I have to admit, I had never heard of the John Birch Society until Eric Show passed away. Show was one of my favorite Padres when I was growing up. I at UC Davis when he died. I did not hear about it until several months later. Reading his obituary, I was saddened when I learned of the rough times he went through. He was an interesting and troubled man. I also learned that he was a member of the John Birch Society. He was, indeed, an interesting and troubled man.
Today's choice was actually rather easy after the previous two days:
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!! A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on this date in 1965.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The 73-track, four disc Lennon box set were the first CDs I owned. I bought the set exactly ten years after his death. It is had to believe that it has been 18 years since I bought them. Actuallly, seeing the boxes upon boxes of compact discs that are still packed from my most recent move, I am not surprised that I have nearly 20 years worth of music on, yet another, dying format.
The move from vinyl and cassettes seemed daunting. I had built a substantial collection of records and tapes. To this day, I refuse to store music on my computer. I do not own an iPod. I think it is the collector in me that needs the "permanence" of a hard copy.
Oddly enough, I have hundreds of baseball cards that I have "created" stored on my computer. I suppose that if necessary I could recreate them. Here's hoping I never have to do -----------
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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Ten time all-stars deserve to have a card for their final year. Garvey played 27 games for my Padres in '87. News of a couple of paternity suits filed against him also led to one of my favorite bumper stickers: Steve Garvey is not my Padre. The Sons of Steve Garvey Blog came up with the name based on the same lawsuits.
Anyone who helps bring my favorite team from perennial losers to the World Series deserves a card for their final year.
FYI- Though Garvey won game 4, it was my man, Tony Gwynn, that had the go-ahead RBIs in game 5 that sent the Padres to the 1984 World Series.