The First Of Their Kind In My Collection

In my latest COMC order, there were several cards I got mainly because I wanted cards from a particular set and didn’t yet have any.

Actually, the first one I’m sharing is for a card that’s from a country that isn’t represented in my collection – South Korea. This card is from the “2015 Ntreev Soft KBO Super Star Baseball Cards Korea Season 2” set… At least that’s how COMC describes it.
2015 Ntreev Soft KBO Season Two Shin-Yung Song
COMC also tells me that this pitcher is Shin-Yung Song. Baseball Reference tells me his name is Sin-Young Song…. Probably just differences in the… what would you call that? Transliteration?

Here’s the back.
2015 Ntreev Soft KBO Season Two Shin-Yung Song back
Song is depicted with the Nexen Heroes on this card; it appears he’s with the Hanwha Eagles this year, he’s a reliever, he’s 39 and he’s been active in the KBO since 2001. Looks to be a steady but not outstanding player, but I guess that when you spend 38 cents on a Korean baseball card, you’re not going to get “outstanding”.

Next up we’ve got a card from a lovely early 1970’s oddball set, the 1971 Milk Duds set. This was one of those “How do I not have anything from this set?” acquisitions.  You can’t tell from this scan, but this card is a little smaller than standard size.
1971 Milk Duds Fritz Peterson
Ideally I would’ve gotten a Met, but Bud Harrelson is sold out on COMC and Tom Seaver is well outside of my budget, so I got Fritz Peterson, a pitcher who’s become one of my favorite all-time Yankees (again, keep in mind, I’m a Mets fan).

Had there been Sabermetrics at the time, people might’ve noticed that Peterson lead the A.L. in WHIP and Strikeout/walk ratio in 1969 and 1970, plus he lead the league in Walks Per Nine Innings from 1968 to 1972.

The original Fritz Peterson stat that caught my attention four years ago: He has the lowest all-time ERA in the original Yankee Stadium… Lower than Whitey, Lefty or Red.

Moving on to the last card, this design will look familiar to fans of my off-season custom cards…
1965 Topps CFL George Dixon
Yep, I finally got a 1965 Topps Canadian Football League card, and it’s the same card that originally got my attention.  I just love this card design, it’s colorful and simple, but appealing.

George Dixon was one of the greatest CFL players ever.  He’s in the CFL Hall of Fame, his #28 was retired by the Montreal Alouettes, and won the “Most Outstanding Player” award in 1962 (referred to as the “Schenley Award” on his card back).  During that 1962 season, he ran for 1520 yards and once scored 3 touchdowns in 5 minutes.

1965 Topps CFL George Dixon back

Something you’ll never see in the NFL:  In 1963, Dixon ran for a 109-yard touchdown (remember, the Canadian Football field is 110 yards long).

Lately I’ve been shifting a fair amount of my collecting focus towards getting “samples” from different sets, just to have something from those sets.  I’m very excited to add these three to my collection, but with the exception of getting the two Milk Duds Mets, I’ve no plans to add to these sets… I’m just happy that there are three fewer reasons for me to ask “How is it I don’t have any of those?”


Carlos, Fritz And The Box

…Not the name of an band or a film that played at Cannes, just three unrelated ideas that aren’t quite enough for their own post.

I went into this latest round of playoff with clear rooting interests (Cards & Tigers) but no real passion behind it.

Then I heard someone mention something about Carlos Beltran that I’d never realized…

1999 Upper Deck SP Top Prospects Carlos Beltran

This is Beltran’s 4th time in the NLCS – the previous times were 2004 with Houston, 2006 with the Mets, and last year with the Cards – but he’s never made it to the World Series.  That’s a shame because he’s such a good player in general, and has outstanding postseason numbers… In 42 postseason games, he’s batting .333 with 16 HR and 34 RBI.

I always liked Beltran in his 6.5 years with the Mets, and never blamed him for any team failures. So I’ve decided I’m not rooting for the Tigers or Cardinals… I’m rooting for Carlos!  Do it for Beltran!

Moving right along…

A couple of weeks ago I shared this recently-acquired 1969 Fritz Peterson card:
1969 Topps Fritz Peterson

It wasn’t until I was removing the card from my want list and putting it in a binder that I noticed the cartoon on the back:
1969 Topps Fritz Peterson Back

I’ve got a thing for baseball players who also played hockey, so this caught my attention.  “A top hockey player at Chicago”?  What does that mean?

It took a fair amount of Googling to find out what the cartoon was referring to, but I eventually found a reference to his playing semi-pro hockey in Chicago. OK, well, that’s less interesting than the cartoon made it sound.

The more interesting hockey fact I found out was that back in 1972/73, Fritz did color commentary on radio broadcasts of the New York Raiders of the World Hockey Association.  If you’ve never heard of the Raiders, that’s because they only lasted the one season under that name, changed its name to the Golden Blades and ended up leaving New York just 20 games into that second season.  While it would seem like a given that any wanna-be major professional league would have a team in New York, it seems that nobody in New York wanted anything to do with the WHA.

I wasn’t sure if there’d be any hockey cards which featured either the Raiders or Golden Blades, but I found an image of a 1973/74 Quaker Oats WHA card:

1973-74 Quaker Oats WHA Wayne Rivers

For what it’s worth, there’s currently a professional rugby team called the New York Raiders.

…and I didn’t even know there was professional rugby in the U.S.

And finally…

This past weekend I had the somewhat rare opportunity to attend a show, and my biggest purchase was this:
2013 Topps Series 2 Hobby Box

This is the first wax box I’ve bought in 10 years. Usually by the time I get the opportunity to buy a box, I’d already bought enough packs and blasters to make it somewhat pointless to make a major purchase.

This summer I’d gotten so caught up in organizing and blogging that I’ve bought relatively few packs, and I figured that instead of trying to play catch-up with retail blasters, I’d take a different approach.

I gave some thought to buying a hand-collated Series 2 set when I realized – Well crap, nobody makes hand-collated sets anymore.

Wax packs are more fun anyway… and I got this hobby box for… um… $32?  $33?  Something like that.

There were other things of interest I got at the show, but I’ll save that stuff for another time.

…and why is it that, whenever I have a couple of “small” ideas that I combine to make one post, they always grow when I write them out?

The Yankees Are Like The Killer In A Horror Film… And I Mean That As A Compliment

I’ve been waiting patiently for the Yankees to get old and fade to irrelevancy, but they’ve been like Jason or Freddy or some other disfigured maniac from a horror movie franchise.  It doesn’t matter if he’s been shot point blank in the chest or bludgeoned with a sledgehammer or run over by a Hummer or buried under half a ton of peat moss… Just when you take a deep breath and start to relax, there’s a clap of thunder and a flash of lightning which silhouettes a disfigured figure in the doorway, back to wreak more mayhem.

I give Brian Cashman & Joe Girardi a lot of respect for what they’ve done… They’ve had injury upon injury, and they go get guys like Alfonso Soriano and I say “HIM?  Hah!  Good luck with that!” and then a few days later I’m saying “Soriano did what?!?  Arrrrrrggggggghhhh!!!”

So with that in mind, when I found out that the Yankees were mathmatically eliminated this morning, I gave ’em a little “Na na, hey hey, Goodbye”.

So as a show of respect towards the Evil Empire, I’ll share some recently-obtained vintage Yankees and the vague hope that next year, with the “Core Four” reduced to the “Core 0.667”, the Yankees will just stay dead.

… Even if just for a little while.

1969 Topps Fritz Peterson

1969 Topps Joe Verbanic

1972 Topps Ron Blomberg

Pssst… Ron… Take to doughnut off the bat before you use it…

1976 Hostess Fritz Peterson; Weigh-in #25

Fritz Peterson was a better pitcher than I’d realized;  in his best season of 1970 he was 20-11 with a 2.90 ERA.  He really shined in stats which weren’t tracked in 1970 (publicly, anyway):  He had a 1.102 WHIP, 1.4 walks per 9 innings, and a 3.18 K/BB ration, all best in the AL that year.  In fact,  he was generally stingy with the walks, leading the AL in BB/9 from 1968 to 1972.  Fritz appeared in the 1970 All-Star game, facing one batter and allowing a hit.

Fritz played with the Yankees from 1966 until he was traded to Cleveland early in the 1974 season;  according to, this is one of the longest Yankees careers without appearing in the postseason.

Interestingly enough, the best all-time ERA at Yankee Stadium belongs not to Whitey Ford or Lefty Gomez or Red Ruffing… It’s Fritz Peterson’s 2.52.

Peterson played a couple of years for the Indians before being traded to the Rangers during the 1977 season.  He appeared in only 4 games with Texas, and never pitched in the majors again.  I found one reference to a shoulder injury, but couldn’t corroborate that.

Weigh-In numbers for this week:

Cards coming into the house: 33 (2012 Bowman “Three pack”)

Cards leaving the house: 0

Cards entering the collection: 35

Cards leaving the collection: 0

Cards moving from inbound to outbound without entering the collection: 22

To date:

Net change in the collection: -502

Net change to the # of cards in the house: -2683