I collected baseball cards from the late '80s through 2002. Then I went to college and when I came out, I was lost. There were too many brands, sets, choices, relics, autos, parallels, variations. It was a turn off. However, I slowly made my way back.
So here is my attempt to venture back into the hobby. I'll buy a few packs of cards here and there, comment on some cards I have, send out some TTMs, and follow the progress of my Topps Yankees Project.
Hey, let's look at some more random Listia Autos from my favorite seller! In case you missed parts 1-5, here you go: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5
Wow, how cool is this one? Ulysses Redd played two seasons for the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League, hitting .191 in 67 ABs. It was hard to find much info on him, but he also appeared for the Cincinnati Crescents and Chicago American Giants, and he spent some time in the Canadian Baseball Organization too. He also played for the Harlem Globetrotters barnstorming baseball team, which is awesome. His career, like many others, was put on hold in the early '40s for Military Service.
Here is a sweet Cracker Jack card of Chris Shelton. "Orange Crush" had a 5-year MLB career, playing for Detroit, Texas, and Seattle. The 2005 season was Shelton's best, as he hit .299 with 18 HRs and 59 RBIs. In 2006, Shelton hit 9 HRs in the first 13 games of the season. He was on fire! Sadly, his career went a bit downhill from there. Although he hit 16 HRs for the season, it was his final year in Detroit. He wouldn't be a Major Leaguer again until 2008 with Texas, and would only hit 2 more HRs in his career. For his lifetime, he batted .273 with 37 HRs in 930 ABs. Fun fact: he is the cousin of Chiefs QB Alex Smith.
Here's a 1953 Bowman Reprint of Clyde Vollmer, a popular OFer in the '40s and '50s. His best season came in 1951 with Boston, when he hit 22 HRs and drove in 85 runs. "Dutch the Clutch" played 10 seasons total, splitting time with Washington, Boston, and Cincy. Vollmer homered on the very first pitch he saw in the Majors at the age of 20. Pretty cool! Clyde passed away in 2006.
Here's another '53 Bowman Reprint, this time of NY Giant Al Corwin. He was born in Newburgh, NY, so it's very cool that he got to play for his "home team." He appeared in one World Series for the Giants in 1951, although they lost to the Yankees (woohoo!). He passed away in 2003.
Rocky Bridges! One of the best baseball names ever! I actually had a recent TTM success with Bridges, and his signature has remained largely unchanged. The 1958 All-Star played for 7 teams in his 11-year career as a utility infielder. His birth name is actually Everett Lamar Bridges. Yeah, Rocky is cooler!