From T’S. O’Connell’s Infield Dirt Blog: A Chance To Exorcise Your Cardboard Fetish
Reliquary officials describe the “Son of Cardboard Fetish” exhibition as a companion
and update to last year’s popular “Cardboard Fetish” exhibition at the Pasadena Central Library.
While the exhibit is brand new, cyber travelers can take a look at last years version with a couple of neat videos (If I can manage to navigate my way to such things, anybody can): http://www.baseballreliquary.org/CardboardFetishVideo.htm
I’ll quote directly from their press release: “Son of Cardboard Fetish” mixes nostalgia, affection, irreverence and social commentary in its celebration of baseball trading cards. A highlight of the display is a selection of artworks and artist-designed baseball cards by Chester Crill, Greg Jezewski, Jon and Steve Leonoudakis, Richard Newton, and William Scaff.
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From Scott Fragale’s 7th Inning Stretch Blog:
Time For Selig To Use His Power For Good And Right One Big Wrong
One man’s imperfection costs another his chase at perfection. The statement basically and accurately sums up the historic implications of Jim Joyce’s blown call on the would-be final out of Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga’s would-be perfect game on June 2.
For those of you who not familiar with what will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst calls in the history of Major League Baseball, lets recreate the scene. In just his fourth appearance since being recalled from the minor leagues on May 16, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga had set down all 26 of the Cleveland Indians he had faced and was looking to record the final out and post MLB’s 21st perfect game and its third in less than a month.
Up to the plate comes Cleveland’s Jason Donald representing the Indians last chance to break up Galarraga’s no-hitter and the only man standing in the way of him and a spot in the history books. Or so he thought. That was until first base umpire Jim Joyce emerged as the biggest obstacle standing in the way of him and perfection. Donald hits a ground ball to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. The ball carries Cabrera far from the first base bag but Galarraga outraces Donald to the bag and he hauls in Cabrera’s throw in time to beat Donald to the base by a half a step. Galarraga jumps in the air and signals out but his jubilation quickly turns to frustration as he notices Joyce has emphatically, yet incorrectly signaled Donald safe.
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In This Week’s SCD: The “Pitchers Only” Collection of Astros ace Roy Oswalt is center stage, along with Mickey Mantle’s TCMA cards in Part 19 of the ongoing Guide to Mickey Mantle Collectibles, plus a noted shrine puts Pete Rose in on the first ballot, Upper Deck names a new president and we’ve got features on the Yankee’s remarkable Core Four and on the Gotta Have It! Collectibles available at Mantle’s Restaurant across from Central Park in New York City.
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Upper Deck Hires Myer As Its New President
Upper Deck announced June 1 the appointment of Paul Meyer as its new President. A proven leader with more than 20 years of executive-level experience, Meyer brings enthusiasm, energy and a finely honed vision to Upper Deck as the company embarks on its 22nd year in business.
“I’ve been following Upper Deck for years and I am confident I can provide the kind of senior leadership the company needs, given my background in consumer products and operations improvement,” said Meyer, who most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Shuffle Master, Inc., the gaming industry’s premier supplier of automatic card shufflers and proprietary table games. During his five-year tenure with Shuffle Master, Meyer played an instrumental role in growing the company’s revenue from $58M to $200M. He also played an integral part in expanding the company’s international presence by negotiating major acquisitions overseas to significantly increase business.
Prior to Shuffle Master, Meyer served as President of the Integrated Solutions Division of Concurrent Computer Corporation and has held leadership positions in a wide range of industries, including toy manufacturing, video game developing and publishing and turnaround/restructuring consulting. He brings significant in-the-trenches knowledge to his new post at Upper Deck. His impressive track record made him a terrific candidate for Upper Deck’s Founder and CEO Richard McWilliam.
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Strasburg Card Sells For $16,403 In eBay Sale
Stephen Strasburg’s baseball card is living up to the hype.
Strasburg’s one-of-a-kind 2010 Bowman Chrome SuperFractor rookie card sold on EBay Inc.’s auction website, sold for $16,403 after opening at 99 cents. Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball’s 2009 first-year player draft by the Washington Nationals, is in Triple-A and is scheduled to make his major-league debut during a series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 8.
Since joining Triple-A Syracuse on May 4, Strasburg has gone 3-0 with a 0.39 earned run average in four starts, striking out 27 batters while walking just four.
The equivalent card for Nationals rookie pitcher Drew Storen, who has a 1.69 ERA after being picked nine places behind Strasburg, is being sold on eBay with a “Buy It Now” asking price of $4,999.
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Bustin Wax Videos Back With Seven New Products Unveiled
To check our our latest installment of Bustin Wax where you can see box break videos from products such as: 2010 Bowman Baseball; 2010 Topps Series 2 Baseball; 2010 Panini Prestige Football; 2009-10 Upper Deck Ice Hockey; 2009-10 Upper Deck Be A Player Hockey;
2009-10 Panini Timeless Treasures Basketball and 2010 Upper Deck Soccer.
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Former Heisman Winner Victimized In Jewelery Theft
Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne said June 2 that his Rose Bowl rings, a bracelet commemorating his selection as the top player in college football and other items worth more than $140,000 have been stolen.
The former University of Wisconsin and NFL running back said that his two bowl rings and other jewelry were stolen from his home in the Madison suburb of Waunakee in April.
Last weekend, an apartment in Madison where Dayne lived with a roommate also was burglarized and a bracelet commemorating his Heisman win was taken.
“This could have happened to anybody,” Dayne said when asked whether he thought he was being targeted. “Maybe they got lucky and came in on me, I don’t know.”
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Collect.com Auctions Crew Head To East Coast Eyeing Consignors
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