Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 26, 2013 Jack McMahan

Got this straggler back from an August mailing.......

Jack McMahan
pitched in the major leagues in 1956 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Athletics after he was traded in June of that summer. He finished with an 0-5 record in 34 total appearances


Friday, December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013 Tim Marting

Tim Marting
was a First Round Draft Pick in 1966 of the Detroit Tigers. Though he never made the major leagues, he played in the Tigers organization until 1971. He appeared on a 1971 Tigers' Rookie card with Dennis Saunders.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 5, 2013 Terry O'Relly

Terry O'Reilly
My friend Doug Keating had Boston Bruins tough guys Terry O'Reilly and Jay Miller signing at his card show the day after Thanksgiving. I made up a Boston Braves "pre rookie card" of Mr O'Reilly

Mr Keating will be having Johnny Bucyk at his News Years Day show and Rick Middleton and Ken Linseman at his January 20th show.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 24, 2013 Cards For Collectors

Here are some customs I've made for collectors....

Mike from Wisconson
wanted football cards of Packers guard Jerry Kramer made using the baseball design of the 1960s. It was a bit different but came out quite good

John from Las Vegas
wanted some coaches cards made

Keith from NYC
came up with a great idea,,,,,remake the 1960s World Series cards with color images since the original images were black and white. Here are some of them......


In 1966, no World Series cards were made so I came up with this...a combination of the AL and NL Leader cards   Minnesota Twins vs Los Angeles Dodgers

1967 Baltimore Orioles vs Los Angeles Dodgers

1968 The Impossible Dream Red Sox vs St Louis Cardinals

1969 Detroit Tigers vs St Louis Cardinals

1970 The Amazing Mets vs Baltimore Orioles

Saturday, November 23, 2013

November 23, 2013 Three Returns This Week

Don Kessinger 
was the regular shortstop for the Chicago Cubs from 1965 to 1975. I'll always remember him playing with Glenn Beckert at second base. He was later traded to the St Louis Cardinals and finished his career with the Chicago White Sox.

 Joe McClain
pitched for the Washington Senators in 1961 and 1962 with an 8-22 lifetime record. 

Buzz Capra
I had posted a reply from Mr Capra a few months back and he had asked for copies of the cards I made and also said he would be glad to sign anything else I had, so I made up three more cards including a 1974 Traded card.

Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013 Two Returns from "The Friends of Ray Peters"

Mr Peters has been contacting former teammates and opponents from his playing days as I have been making the cards with images supplied by Keith from NYC.

Phil Meyer
played with Ray Peters in 1971 with the Eugene Emeralds in the PCL He was a first round draft choice by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1967 June Amateur Draft.and stayed in the organization until 1972 and finished with a 22-24 record in six seasons.

He included this amusing anecdote about autograph collecting in his letter from his days in Class A ball in Spartansburg.....I love it

Pat Harrison
didn't play with Mr Peters but they were both named to the Sporting News All American Baseball Team the same year. Mr Harrison played at USC and was on the 1968 National Championship team and eventually went into coaching as an assistant at USC under Rod Dedeaux, and as head coach at Pepperdine and Mississippi and then the Dodgers minor leagues.

Monday, October 28, 2013

October 28, 2013 Don Bosch

One return today....

Don Bosch
was signed by Pittsburgh in 1960 and got into 3 games with the Pirates in 1966. He was traded to the NY Mets and played with them in 1967 and 1968. He then played for the Montreal Expos in 1969.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013 Three Returns Today

Don Hood
was mostly a relief pitcher during his career but he did have his share of starting assignments. He came up with the Baltimore Orioles in 1973 and was traded to the Cleveland Indians with Boog Powell in 1975.

I had sent a fourth card to be signed but Mr Hood said it was not him but Dave LaRoche.....

Vince Colbert
pitched for the Indians for three years from 1970 to 1972. His best year was 1971 when he pitched in 50 games and went 7-6.

Rick Stelmaszek
was originally drafted by the Washington Senators in the 1967 amateur draft. He played with the Senators, Angels and Chicago Cubs as a backup catcher.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October, 22, 2013 Johnn DeMerit

One return today.....

John DeMerit
was signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1957 and played during that World Championship season in 33 games. He was later chosen by the NY Mets in the 1961 Expansion Draft and played in 18 games for the 1962 Mets.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

October 19, 2013 Albie Pearson and Bobby Locke

Albie Pearson
When he came up with the Washington Senators in 1958, he was one of the smallest players in baseball at 5'5" but he was named the 1958 American League Rookie of the Year. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 1959 and played with them until the 1960 Expansion Draft when he was selected by the Los Angeles Angels. His best season was 1963 when he made the AL All Star team, led the league in singles with 161 and finished third in the batting race with a .305 average.

I finally finished the Angels All Star card after getting Ken McBride and Bill Moran to sign it.

Bobby Locke
pitched with the Indians, Cardinals, Phillies, Reds and Angels from 1959 to 1968

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 18, 2013 Dave Duncan, Bob Miller and Russ Heman

Three returns today...

Dave Duncan
made his major league debut at 18 years old in  1964 with the Kansas City Athletics. He caught for the A's until 1972 and then was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Ray Fosse. He finished up with the Baltimore
orioles in 1976. After retiring , he became a coach and has followed his former teammate, Tony laRussa, to the White Sox , A's and Cardinals.

Bob G Miller
In 1953 the Detroit Tigers signed two "bonus baby" free agents, one was Bob Miller and the other was Al Kaline. Because of the amount of the bonuses, they both had to stay on the major league roster for two years. He made his debut at 17 years old and stayed with the Tigers until 1959 when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and then finished with another Bob Miller with the NY Mets in 1962.

Russ Heman
pitched for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels in 1961, his only year in the big leagues. He started in 1952 with the White Sox organization and finished in the Braves system in 1963

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 16, 2013 Seven Returns Today

Returns are still coming in from my big mailing a few weeks ago......

Jim Snyder
played with the Minnesota Twins in 1961 and 1962. He had started in 1952 with the St Louis Browns organization and played in the minors until 1965 with the Washington Senators organization. In 1988 he was the Seattle Mariners' interim manager after Dick Williams got fired.

Dick Lange
pitched with the California Angels from 1972 to 1975 with a 9-15 record in 70 games.

Carl Mathias
pitched for the Cleveland Indians in 1960 and the Washington Senators in 1961.

Joe Amalfitano
played with the NY/SF Giants, Houston Colt 45s and Chicago Cubs from 1954 to 1967. After retiring, he was a coach for another 30 years, mostly as the LA Dodgers third base coach.

Jim King
first made the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs in 1955 but spent most of his career with the Washington Senators. He finished his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1967

Johnny James
played with the NY Yankees from 1958-1961, pitching mostly in relief. He was traded to the LA Angels in 1961 and pitched in 36 games.

Norm Angelini
pitched with the Kansas City Royals in 1972 and 1973, all in relief.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 15, 2013 Ray Peters 1956 style Portland Beavers Card

 I made this card for former Brewers pitcher Ray Peters after he sent me a photo of him hitting a grand slam homer for the Portland Beavers in 1970. I was on a 1956 Topps style kick so it seemed natural to make one. For the head shot I took a Seattle Pilots photo and changed it into a Portland Beavers image. I colored the hat and cloned a Pirates "P" on the front but smoothed it out. I then cleaned up the photo and colorized it using Photoshop. Usually I don't make backs but for this card, I took a shot and found the absolutely perfect back......a 1956 Ted Williams card. All the cartoons were perfect, in the first one. Mr Peters is very collector  friendly. In the third one, it was perfect for his grand slam. The second one however, was kind of negative regarding his stats in the majors but the cartoon was perfect......Sorry Ray

I cleaned it up and typed in the stats and captions and Voila !!

October 15, 2013 Seven Back Today

Seven returns today....

Jack Kubiszyn
was an infielder with the Cleveland Indians in 1961 and 1962. He went to the University of Alabama and played basketball and baseball.

Buddy Pritchard
was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1957 but because of his signing bonus, he had to stay in the major leagues all season. He got into 23 games with 12 at bats. He was sent to minors but never made it back to the Pirates. he played in the Pirates organization until 1965.

Bob Allietta
was drafted by the Angels in the First Round of the 1971 amateur draft. He made the Angels in 1975 and got into 21 games with one homer. After that, he played on the Astros, Orioles and Indians organizations until 1980.

Ron Fairly
played 20 years in the major leagues mostly with the Dodgers and Expos. He later became a broadcaster.

Julio Becquer
played with the Washington Senators from 1955- 1960, He belonged to three teams in 1961. He started with  the L.A. Angels for 11 games in 1961, was then sold to the Phillies but played in the minors, then a month later was sold to the Minnesota Twins.

Joe DeMaestri
came up with the White Sox in 1951 and mostly played with the Philadelphia, Kansas City Athletics in the 1950s, In 1959 he was traded to the Yankees with Roger Maris. In the 1960 World Series, Mr DeMaestri was at shortstop for the injured Tony Kubek when Bill Mazeroski hit a certain famous home run.

Gary Schlieve
is another player that former Brewers pitcher Ray Peters got in contact with. Though he never played in the major leagues, Mr Schlieve pitched in the Phillies minor league system from 1965 to 1970, he later had his own insurance agency in Wisconsin


Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 13, 2013 John Penn

This return comes courtesy of former Brewers pitcher Ray Peters who has been looking up old teammates and opponents from his playing days......I've been making cards for his teammates with help from Keith from NYC who helped supply images.

John Penn
was a teammate of Mr Peters when they both played with the Eugene Emeralds in 1971 and it was also Mr Penn's last year of pro ball. Mr Penn never played in the major leagues but he had some success in the Phillies minor league farm system. He went 15-5 in Spartanburg in his first pro season in 1966 and won 16 games in 1969, mostly with Raleigh in the Carolina League.

and a team photo from the 1967 Reading Phillies

October 12, 2013 Six More Today

More TTM returns coming back from my batch last week....

Roland Sheldon
came up with the Yankees in 1961 and went 11-5 in his rookie season. He was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in 1965 and finished with the Red Sox in 1966. He continued playing mostly in the PCL until 1970.

Dick Simpson
was originally signed as a free agent back in 1961 by the Los Angeles Angels. He had a great year in 1962 with San Jose in the California League hitting 42 homers and driving in 113 RBIs and then making his major league debut in September of that year. The Angels traded him to the Orioles in 1965 and he ended up playing for the Reds, Cardinals, Astros, Yankees and Pilots until finishing in the PCL in 1971.

Andy Merchant
played in 1 game for the Boston Red Sox in 1975 and 2 games in 1976. Kind of hard to crack a line up if Carlton Fisk is the starting catcher and Bob Montgomery is his back up.

Chuck Cottier
played for the Braves, Tigers, Senators and Angels from 1959 to 1969 and then was a coach for several major league teams from 1979-2001

Ray Herbert
was signed as a free agent in 1949 by the Detroit  Tigers and made his debut in 1950. He was later sold to the Kansas City Athletics ( 1955) and then was traded to the Chicago White Sox where he won 20 games in 1962 and then in 1963 led the American League in shutouts with 7

Bobby Floyd
played with the Baltimore Orioles from 1968-1970 and then the Kansas City Royals from 1970-1974