Monday, June 29, 2015

May 1957 Mainliner

On Saturday I had make the trip east to pick up the daughter from her two weeks with her mom. Things were different this trip though as we decided to meet an hour later than the usual eleven. To me this meant time to go at the usual time, and hopefully hit the Goodwill, and a few antique shops I've had my eyes on for awhile.

Getting up early, and heading out I made great time, and arrived at the usual 10:30 I always seem to arrive. As I hit town I made a mad dash straight to the Goodwill. Last time I was there a couple bobbleheads caught my attention, but not at the price they were asking. Hopefully they would be half price this time, and I would be able to pick them up. The good news is they were half price, the bad news is in the two weeks since I saw them they got trashed. I take that as a sign that they weren't meant to join the Cat's collection.

From there I made it to the second, and the one place I've been wanting to visit for years. Why I never went there is beyond me, but odds are its been for the best. Going there before now I might have come out empty, and never gone back. Heading there on Saturday netted me an interesting treasure.

As you can tell by both the scan, and the post title. It is a United Airlines Mainliner magazine from May of 1957. I found it not long after entering the antique mall, and kept debating about whether or not to buy it. As you can tell, with only a two dollar price tag it came home. Odds are I will try to figure out how to frame it, and hang it on the wall as the cover just seems cool to me.

One of the cooler things about the magazine, and not baseball related was a sort of advertising for the Rose Festival in Portland.

The Festival still goes on to this very day, and has grown probably ten fold over what it was in 1957.I wouldn't even be surprised if the Rose Festival information was the real reason this magazine was saved for so many years.

For me the reason to buy it was these two pages, and the cover.

I like how they turned this article into an advertisement for purchasing tickets through them for games.

Another thing of interest was the green box, and their projections on how the teams will finish. After seeing that I had to go through, and see how they did in their guesses.

American League final standings
  1.  N.Y. Yankees
  2. Chicago White Sox
  3. Boston Red Sox
  4. Detroit Tigers
  5. Baltimore Orioles
  6. Cleveland Indians
  7. Kansas City Athletics
  8. Washington Senators      
I can't decide if they did good, or not. You figure the Yankees were a juggernaut during this time frame so picking them was a no-brainer. Kansas City was in a run of finishing 7th, or 8th with Washington swapping the spots with them. Using that math all you had to do was figure out how the other five were going to finish.        
National League final standings
  1. Milwaukee Braves
  2. St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Brooklyn Dodgers
  4. Cincinnati Redlegs
  5. Philadelphia Phillies
  6. New York Giants
  7. Pittsburgh Pirates
  8. Chicago Cubs
The predictions for the N.L. was a touch better as they nailed down four of the eight. I feel they did better as the four they missed were reversed. Looking back at how the teams did around the time frame they went out on a limb with some of these. This was the one year Brooklyn didn't finish first or second, but finished third as projected. Putting the Redlegs as second was reach as the team was a constant 4th place. If you spend the time I did looking at how they did for the few years before, and after 1957. You will see that getting four was pretty good as the N.L. was a crap-shoot. 

Getting this magazine, or whatever you want to call it was well worth the two dollars. Just the fun look at how these teams did during that time frame was educational to me. I've learned some things I didn't know about those years. Maybe just maybe this will lead to me expanding my baseball knowledge to years beyond my lifetime. I've been curious, but need things like this magazine to get me to branch out.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Artelopes- Raising My Game

Lately I've had some artelope ideas floating through the head, and waiting to be put on envelopes. The thing was they are a far cry of the stuff I have been doing since starting this project. Since day one all the drawing has had some sort of tie in with the team's logo. My latest batch has had a combination of drawings with the logo tie in, and some that haven't had that.

With the movie coming out in the near future I had minions on the mind. Using that as my inspiration I thought why not have one kicking a soccer ball into the goal. From there the idea of having the goalie not paying attention to the shot seemed like something i could see a minion doing. While my artwork can still use some work it was a fun idea that accomplished its goal of a successful return.

The Union hit me with the business card that honestly was the sole reason for this request. Coming back with the card was the pocket schedule above the card.

My first attempt at drawing an actual human looking figure turned out decent I feel. While I left out ears it was my first attempt though. Who knows when the next attempt like this will happen, but it was something I needed to try.

This request was for schedules as Grand Junction is one of the Rockies affiliates I collect. In the past the team has had a home schedule on the back so I added the usual business card request just for kicks.

Two great returns that got me inspired again, and led to seven more artelopes getting put together, and sent out. Hopefully my luck keeps running, and more returns like these two will keep streaming in. We will be heading to the coast in the near future, and I will be taking all the artelope supplies. Maybe this trip will inspire more outside the box ideas that I can run with.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bo Sunoco's Cards

Back on the third of this month there were some minor league cards looking for new homes. That is where Bo from the blog 'Baseball Cards Come To Life!' came to the rescue. Taking on the entire batch, and making sure they didn't wander the streets aimlessly.

Before taking on the rag tag bunch of cards Bo guided me to his traders. After giving them a look I came across these cards that are the sole reason for post title.

While I had heard of these once, but can't remember where. Before getting these from Bo I had never seen them.

Now that I have ten of the twelve cards maybe one day I will give them a little more research. Today just isn't that day so unless someone tells me about them they will remain a mystery.

Not only did Bo send cards he knew that the Cat has a soft spot for schedules. Knowing about this he mentioned to expect a few tossed in.What he didn't mention is it would be a sweet batch of Mets from the 90's.

This schedule wasn't quite the surprise that the Mets were. Bo mentioned that he was doing a Yankees game, and would be on the lookout for a Yankees schedule. Nailing down a schedule with the Babe on it was a fantastic addition to this entire envelope full of treasures.

Thank you so much for the cards, and schedules Bo. I look forward to a future exchange of cards.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Playing With The Cards

While it might be a day late I can't help but say that hopefully all the dads out there enjoyed their day. For me it was great, but a sad day at the exact same time. It was sad because the daughter is currently doing two weeks at her mom's, and so she wasn't here. With a big summer of plans this was possibly the only time all summer she can pull two weeks so it had to be now or never. It was great because I spent the day doing some things that I've needed to do but haven't.

Most of the day was spent sitting in the hobby room playing with baseball cards, business cards, and pocket schedules. Despite the collections being organized better than they have in years, there is still tons to be done. So I thought it would be great to spend the day organizing while listening to some incredible electric music from Electric Daisy Carnival. When all was said, and done some serious organizing was completed. Not only did cards, and schedules get played with. Some things that have been needing done to make the room look better got done. The room itself is still quite away from completion as well, but some stuff got done. Overall it was a fantastic day that was everything I could have wanted.

How can a baseball card blog go without something related to the blog? So, here's a card.

1992 Pinnacle team 2000.
Currently I am missing these three cards for a completed set of these fine cards.
16(Dave Hollins) - 24(Bernie Williams) - 79(Reggie Jefferson) 
If you happen to have one, two, or all three cards I'd love to hear from you, and possibly put this set to bed.