Category Archives: 2014 Vintage Cuts

Custom Pre-Cut Autograph Cards – Jose Canseco and Bill Madlock

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I know I am.  I made quite a few new custom cut autograph cards. Two of which I am posting below are for an upcoming through Isaias from cash4graphs.   I’ve gotten some other cards signed through Isaias before, namely Gaylord Perry.  This time, I am going for Jose Canseco and Bill Madlock.  Jose Canseco is running $13 for cards with a free inscription. While Madlock will run $10 without an inscription.

I decided to use my 1986 Topps Design for the Canseco and the 2014 Allen and Ginter design for the Madlock card, below you can see the fronts and backs of the cards:

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As for the signings, below I will post the details just in case you are interested:

Jose Canseco
MLB 40/40 Club Member

-Price per signature:
-Cards: only $13 each!
-Balls & Flats: $18 each
-All other items: $20 each
-Inscriptions: 1 FREE, all additional inscriptions are $5 each

-Signing to take place on August 6, 2015
-All items must be received by August 1, 2015

Bill Madlock
4X Batting Title, 3X All Star, WS Champ

-Price per signature:
-Cards: only $10 each or 5+ for $8 each!
-Balls & Flats: $15 each
-Premium items (bats, jerseys, equipment): $20 each
-Inscriptions: $5 each
-Signing to take place on August 6, 2015
-All items must be received by August 1, 2015

Email Isaias at cash4graphs@gmail.com for more information or to get on his mailing list.If you are ever interested in any of my cards, feel free to contact me.

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Vintage Cuts – Tommy Holmes

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Raise your hand if you know who Tommy Holmes is.  I feel like a teacher sometimes on this site.  It’s more of a history lesson, sports history that is.  The older I get the more in tune with history I want to become.  Maybe it’s a way to connect better with my father who grew up as a child in the 1940s or maybe it’s because at this age, I have just become more interested in history even if it is done at a rate of one player at a time.  Either way, I know that it’s keeping me busy and entertained so I will continue to do it even if no one reads my blog.

Class, today’s subject is Tommy Holmes.  Holmes played in the major leagues from 1942 – 1952.  Seriously love the story behind him.  He grew up in Brooklyn, and went to Brooklyn Tech.  For those of you who don’t know this school, it is one of the premiere math and science high schools in the country.  Meaning, Tommy was very smart.  Also he was very gifted in athletics as well.  The guy did one thing amazingly well, he could hit.  Signed by (who else) the New York Yankees, he raked in nearly 1000 hits in the minors before finally being traded to a team that could actually use him.  The Yanks at the time had an outfield of DiMaggio, Henrich, and Keller.  All were All Stars, none would be moved to bring up Holmes, so he stewed in the minors way longer than he should have.

He was traded to the Boston Braves in 1942 where he became an immediate fixture in the outfield.  His best years were from 1942 – 1948 where he hit on average 186 hits a season for a total of 1301 hits and a batting average of 0.308, leading the league twice in hits.  In 1945 he batted 0.352 with 224 hits and 28 home runs and 47 doubles (all league leading) and finished second in NL MVP voting.  He only played in one All Star game, however looking back at his career he was going up against Hall of Famers at the position he played.  He would go on to manage for a few years in the minors, before stepping away from the game for a few years.  He was lured back by the New York Mets in the early 70s as Director of Amateur Baseball Relations and would remain with the Mets for three decades.

Card No: VC-TH

Number of cards in the set: 8

Baseball Reference Stats: Tommy Holmes

Wikipedia page: Tommy Holmes

1950 Bowman Card:

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Through the Mail Success – John Offerdahl

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He’s a five time Pro Bowler and two time All Pro selection.  The only thing holding him out of the Hall of Fame was his extremely short career of just eight years. An extremely smart guy both book smart and business sense.  He owned a Bagel store venture that later was sold and became Einstein’s Bagels.  Now he runs a restaurant chain called Offerdahl’s Cafe and Grill.  To top it off he graduated with a FullSizeRender (7)Biochemistry degree from Western Michigan.  Two years ago he was inducted into the MAC Hall of Fame.

My embarrassment comes with placing his position as pitcher on the card, when it should be linebacker.  This is why it’s important to please pay attention when creating custom cards.  Something that me, a person who is completely ADD, sometimes seems to do.  Oh well, I hope that John O. got a giggle out of it.


 

So how did this TTM break down?

Address sent to:

John Offerdahl
2749 NE 37th Dr.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Turnaround time: 21 days

Set for: 2014 Bad Wax Heritage Cut Autographs

Running Number of signed cards in set: 1

Remaining cards from the set still out for signature: 2

 

2014 VINTAGE CUTS: Bobby Doerr

I am trying to catch up on all the cut autographs I have made over the past few months.  When I first started the blog I was posting them, then got busy in real life and the blog took second priority.  So even though these are 2014, I don’t think I have posted them anywhere.

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Card Number: VC-BD

Card Subject: Bobby Doerr

Baseball Reference Link: BR Link

Player information: Doerr has always been considered one of the weaker players in the Hall of Fame.  While at a statistical glance, his career looks a lot like Ray Durham / Bobby Grich, which in my opinion were great, they were not quite Hall of Fame numbers.  Doerr though was different, he played in an era where second basemen were praised for their defensive consistency, and not necessarily their offensive prowess.  Still, Doerr in 14 seasons had over 2000 hits which averages out to about 177 hits a season which is pretty damn impressive for that era.  Top that off with nine All Star appearances in 14 years and you get to understand why he was one of the best second basemen of his generation. While the sports writers of America may not have felt he deserved a place in the Hall, his contemporaries did.  He is currently not only the oldest Hall of Fame player living (of any sport), but also one of the oldest baseball players still alive.  Amazingly he does still sign quite a bit, so if you see him signing somewhere I recommend getting his autograph as you never know when he may not be here to sign them ever again.

What the original signature looked like:

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Image of a certified autograph:

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Image of one of his cards:

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2014 VINTAGE CUTS: Clarence “Ace” Parker

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Card Number: VC-AP

Card Subject: Clarence “Ace” Parker

Ebay link: Cut autograph

Football Reference Link: FR Link

Player information: Living in Durham, NC, the hometown college is Duke University.  There aren’t a whole lot of football players coming out of Duke and being elected to the Hall of Fame.  However if you go back far enough (to the 1930’s) you’ll come across an amazing individual, Ace Parker.  Not only was he a great football player in the pre-passing world of football, but he also played professional baseball, and became the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Duke.  From there he became the Durham Bulls (minor league baseball) manager before his retirement.  He along with Bobby Doerr were the last living players ever to appear on the same field with the likes of Lou Gehrig and Rogers Hornsby.  He is also the only member of the Football Hall of Fame to survive to be over 100 years old.  This card was signed at an event I attended in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  The signature was easy enough to fit inside the window, the hardest part of this card was finding the logo for his old football team.  I went with the Tigers, only because I couldn’t find what the old Brooklyn Dodgers football team’s logo looked like.

What the original signature looked like:

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Image of a certified autograph:

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Image of one of his cards:

2014 Vintage Cuts: Yale Lary

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Card Number: VC-YL

Card Subject: Yale Lary

Ebay link: Cut autograph

Football Reference Link: FR Link

Player information: Another eBay won signature, but I do have quite a few of his signatures and I know this one to be legit.  His signature is very identifiable and since he is still alive it can be found in may products.  If you compare this to any certified signature you would agree.  Usually inscribes “HOF 79”.  The Y and L’s are always the same.  He along with most of the secondary for Detroit in the mid-late 60s were just so dominating.  Those defenses were always well represented in the Pro Bowl every year.  This signature was big and I really wanted to keep the inscription in the window.  I did have to clip part of the Y in order to get the final Y in Lary to appear.

What the original signature looked like:

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Image of a certified autograph:

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2014 Vintage Cuts – Paddy Livingston (Sold)

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Card Number: VC-PL

Card Subject: Paddy Livingston

Ebay link: Cut autograph

Baseball Reference Link: BR Link

The original autograph:

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Player information: I got this signature off of ebay, mainly because of the age of the player. He broke into the major leagues in 1901 with Cleveland.  He is a subject in the famous T206 set of 1909 – 1911.  He was listed as Livingstone in the set.  Just before he passed away in 1977, he was the last surviving player of the inaugural year for the American League.  Since he died in the 1970s, there aren’t a whole lot of autographs of him around.  However if you want to find out, just click here and look.

Image of a certified autograph:

Courtesy of BMW Sportscards