Fernando’s No-No – 25th Anniversary

ESPN classic was playing a replay of the game to commemorate the anniversary. I sat down and watched it.

I had no idea he pitched the no-hitter on June 29th. Today is my 36th birthday anniversary.

After spending the day at Minnehaha Falls with my mother and my kids,  watching one of my favorite pitchers pitch a tremendous game was serendipitous.

A few things that I noticed –

Stan Javier was playing center field for LA. Kirk Gibson was in Left. I think Gibson had an error in the first allowing Pedro Guerrero to take first. From then on Javier was catching several popups well into Gibson’s territory throughout the game. The ground he was covering was truly amazing. Gibson was taken out in the 8th and replaced with a defensive substitute.

Speaking of Guerrero – one of the announcers was amazed at how much Pedro had grown since he was drafted at 17 and weighed about 157 lbs. Guerrero claimed he beefed up by eating green bananas. I found this funny in light of the rampant use of steroids throughout the era.

Stan Javier also placed down a perfect squeeze bunt in the 7th or 8th inning to pad the lead a bit.

June 29th, 1990 was also the only time 2 no-hitters were thrown on the same day. Dave Stewart pitched the other for Oakland against Toronto. I guess the Toronto fans even gave him a standing ovation with one out remaining. That’s classy, Canada!

This was Fernando’s 1st no-hitter. He had never thrown a one-hitter prior to this one but he did have 8 2-hit games.

Thanks for reading.

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Hobby Box Break #4 – 2015 Topps Series 2

2015 Topps series 2 box

My beautiful wife picked this one out for me. Here’s what I got.

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Clear acetate Russell Martin 10/10. This would be a super cool variant set to try to collect. I’d think that it’d be way too expensive, though. 1:164 packs. Does anyone have any they are willing to trade?

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Before I opened the pack with this card I knew it was in there. It literally clanged on my desktop. There was only one other base card in the pack since this is super thick and heavy. I’d be willing to trade it for an acetate! This is a 1:186 pull.

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My favorite insert set is the Baseball Royalty. Great design. Thick cardstock. My pics don’t really do the cards justice. I’m going to try to complete this set. Send them my way, please!

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FEAR THE BEARD! Houston has been one of the surprise teams of the year. I think I discovered their power – Everyone on their pitching staff is a Nazarene!

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Blah. Jersey relic, again. Who wants it?

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Buybacks.

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Rainbow foils and First Pitches – Frazier, Emmet from the Lego Movie, a funny lady, and two guys who most likely have no idea what’s going on right now.

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Eclipsing History will be available for trade. I like the idea but I’m not willing to put in the effort to collect them all.

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I am willing to put in the effort for Heart of the Order. I like the players. I like the design. If you have ones I need let me know!

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For trade. The only Stepping Up I do is 2 – The Streets.

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I should like these but there are so many. I’ll have to go back and see what I have for series 1 before I decide if I’m going to keep them or not.

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These as well I’m not sure if I am for or against them. What I’ll probably end up doing is buying a few Jumbo packs and see how many I have afterwards.

I also pulled 9 serial numbered golds. Those are all going to 2015 Topps Baseball – Gold Parallel cards wanted. If you have any that you’d like to trade with him – send him a message through the link!

Final Tally-

288 – base (350)

44 – inserts

1 – jersey

NO DOUBLES!

332 total cards.

I need 62 more base to complete the set and one of them is the Bryant RC. I think I’ll take my chances with a few jumbo packs and then try to get the rest through trades.

Let me know if you’d like to trade for any of the cards shown and thanks for reading!

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Also, I picked up a huge craigslist lot of Topps Heritage. I have tons of doubles and inserts for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. I also updated my wantlist with Heritage cards I need for the various years. Trade with me, please!

Dances with Trades #2 – Fernando for GOLD!

It’s been awhile.

My wife and I bought a house. No more cramming 4 people into a 700 sq ft 2 bedroom condo. Now we have room to stretch out and let the kids graze in the spacious yard.

Also, I have room to work on organizing my card collection!

On The Trading Card Database this listing caught my eye –

2015 Topps Baseball – Gold Parallel cards wanted

I knew I had a few cards from my box so I sent them over.

In return he helped me compete some holes in my Fernando collection! I was able to complete the first page of both Topps and Donruss.

Fernando Topps page 1

Fernando Topps page 1

With my player collection, I like to have the base cards in chronological order and separate them by different sets. It’s neat to see the progression of aging as well as design.

Fernando Donruss page 1

Fernando Donruss page 1

I know I completed a few trades with others as well but it’s been a few months and I can’t remember exactly who gave me what (darn you post heart surgery brain!). To those I missed, thank you for the cards!

Next week Topps Series 2 comes out! Check back for my box break and let me know if you’d like any of the cards! Thanks for reading!