Month: June 2017

Colin Powell’s Rules of Leadership and signed card

Colin Powell’s Rules of Leadership and signed card

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Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. – General Colin Powell, retired.

 

Born in Harlem as the son of Jamaican immigrants on April 5, 1937, Colin Powell raised himself well above the circumstances of his birth. Powell graduated from City College of New York in 1958. He earned his degree in geology, while being active with the ROTC. Upon graduation, the US Army granted him a commission as a second lieutenant. George H.W. Bush appointed him as the first Afro-Caribbean American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chief of staff. He later became the first African-American Secretary of State in 2001 — serving under George W. Bush for four years.

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249 – 1974 Topps Traded – George Mitterwald

249 – 1974 Topps Traded – George Mitterwald

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1974 Topps Traded 249T by George Mitterwald
1974 Topps Traded 249T by George Mitterwald

The Minnesota Twins signed 20-year-old undrafted free agent George Mitterwald on April 29, 1965. A 1966 September call-up, Mitterwald made his big league début on September 15, 1966. He replaced Earl Battey as a defensive substitution after Battey allowed three passed balls. Known as Baron, he became a full-time major leaguer in 1969. Baron caught Bill Campbell‘s major league début on July 14, 1973.

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192 – 1953 Topps Archive – Wally Westlake

192 – 1953 Topps Archive – Wally Westlake

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Westbrook MLB Debut - 1947 at Wrigley Field
Westlake MLB Debut – 1947 at Wrigley Field

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed 19-year-old Wally Westlake in 1940. A 6 foot tall, 186 pound Outfielder who also spent a few games at the hot corner, Westlake broke into the majors on April 15, 1947, starting for the Pittsburgh Pirates in right field. He played his first game against the Chicago Cubs at historic Wrigley Field, going 1 for 3 on the day. The Pirates wound up winning the game 1 – 0.

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674 – 1987 Topps – Bill “Soup” Campbell

674 – 1987 Topps – Bill “Soup” Campbell

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The Minnesota Twins signed Bill “Soup” Campbell as an undrafted free agent on September 25, 1970. A right-handed pitcher, the 6’3, 190 pound Soup played his prep baseball at Ganesha High School in Pomona, California. He played his college ball at Mount San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, California. He broke into the Majors on July 14, 1973. Soup’s début came at Metropolitan Stadium. He pitched one full inning in relief of the ageless Jim Katt, hurling a one-hit ninth inning with two strike-outs. The Twins lost his début 3-0 to the visiting Cleveland Indians. George Mitterwald caught his one inning of work in that debut.

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525 – 1987 Topps – Phil Bradley

525 – 1987 Topps – Phil Bradley

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With the 53rd pick of the 1981 free agent draft, the Seattle Mariners selected former University of Missouri Tiger Phil Bradley. After two years in the minors, he received a September call-up in 1983. His Major League début came on September 2, 1983, when he pinch hit for Pat Putnam. He did not reach base in that first game, but he did take a turn in the outfield.

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778 – 1987 Topps – Tom Brunansky

778 – 1987 Topps – Tom Brunansky

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A product of West Covina High School, Tom Brunansky played his college baseball for Cal Poly Pomona. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted him with the 14th overall selection of the 1978 free-agent draft. His Major League debut came on September 1, 1983. He started in left field, going 1 for 4, and scoring a run as the Angles played the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome.

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026 – 1987 Topps – Greg Brock

026 – 1987 Topps – Greg Brock

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Greg Brock played college baseball for the University of Wyoming. The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Brock with the 336th overall pick of the 1979 free-agent draft. He made his major league début for the Dodgers on September 1, 1982. In his début, he pinch hit for Steve Yeager in a chessmatch of a game hosting the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. He went hitless in his lone at-bat in his début. His major league début came the same day as Dave Sax debuted for the Dodgers.

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035 – 1987 Topps – Sid Bream

035 – 1987 Topps – Sid Bream

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Sid Bream played his college baseball at Liberty Bible College in Lynchburg, Virginia. The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him with the 48th overall pick of the 1981 free-agent draft. He made his major league début on September 1, 1983. He pinch hit for Steve Yeager in the 9th inning of a loss to the Montreal Expos at Stade Olympique. Bream made his major league début in the very same game that Orel Hershiser.

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2017 Topps Flagship Needs. Help a Brother out

2017 Topps Flagship Needs. Help a Brother out

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Topps 2017 Flagship is ugly, I dislike the design, but I’m nearly finished hand collating series 1 and 2. Alas I have some holes, and out of the 5 – 36 card packs I picked up today, I only got 10 cards I needed. Grumpy Dave is Grumpy. The All-Time All-Star design is nice, and probably my favorite. I pulled one of Al Kaline today. If I recall correctly, I think I saw that he signs TTM recently. I will probably pack this one up and send it out.

I think the MLB Network broadcasters cards are silly. If it were Bob Costas or John Smoltz that I pulled I would probably enjoy them more. Side note, the other night on MLB Network, Costas taught Smoltz about flipping cards. Consequently, he also taught me about flipping them. The First Pitch subset is probably my second favorite behind the 1987 Tribute set. But there’s just something about the 1987 that makes me nostalgia filed.

I have stacks of extra base that I’m willing to trade for the holes I have. I’m missing the flagship S1 Judge, so I figure that’s probably a 3 dollar card, but I think everything else is a common. Willing to do 1:1 for base need list if I have what you need.

Flagship Series 1 Needs:

35, 58, 82, 132, 137, 146, 203, 287, 295

Flagship Series 2 Needs:

373, 374, 391, 392, 399, 405, 407, 419, 428, 444, 452, 454, 461, 484, 485, 502, 512, 559, 568, 569, 573, 579, 610, 617, 652, 656, 682, 692.

Like I said, I have a lot of base to trade 1:1, I also have some Heritage series 1 base that I can trade as well. Just get me a list of what you’re short, and I’ll see if I have it.

Hit me up on Twitter if you have a need, and I’ll see what I can find. I don’t think I have a single one of the flagship variants. So be forewarned.

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638 – 1987 Topps – Rich Bordi

638 – 1987 Topps – Rich Bordi

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The Oakland Athletics drafted Rich Bordi with the 56th overall pick of the 1980 free-agent draft. He played his college ball at California State University, Fresno. He made his Major League début on July 16, 1980, just over a month after the draft. Bordi pitched two innings in relief against the visiting Detroit Tigers in his début, giving up 4 hits and 1 run. He kept the ball in the yard, but did allow two doubles. One to Lance Parrish and one to Rick Peters.

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