Category Archives: Toronto Baseball

Collecting vintage when you cheer for an expansion team

It’s not a great hardship in the grand scheme of things, but one irritant of collecting vintage baseball is that my team is missing.  I finished the OPC sets after 1977 ages ago and at the moment I’m working on … Continue reading

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Adam Lind appears in the mail

I should trade more.  It’s not that I don’t like trading or that I’m naturally antisocial (well, not excessively antisocial, anyway), I just never get around to it.  There are currently four trade packages I have sitting around, waiting to … Continue reading

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Before Dickey, Before Candiotti, There was Knucksie

The wildest thing that happened while I wasn’t writing was the complete transformation of the Blue Jays, who suddenly seemed to realize that a) Toronto is a large market, b) Rogers has a lot of money and c) the Canadian … Continue reading

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Someone on eBay is dumber than me

The lesson, apparently, is never to let the vintage guy loose amongst the shinies. Ever since I was given the shiny Alex Rios in a trade from Shane at Shoebox Legends, I had been thinking it would be pretty awesome … Continue reading

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Why are the Leafs called the Leafs?

One of the things that confronts every Leaf fan at some point in his or her existence is the oddity of the team name.  This usually comes in the form of some meathead who offers up a gem like “Hey, … Continue reading

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My first MLB game as captured by Topps

On Oct. 6, 1985, I went to my first big-league game (I’d seen a number of minor league games in Calgary).  My best friend had gotten tickets and his dad was going to bring us down to Exhibition Stadium to … Continue reading

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In praise of shiny things

I’ve collected cards on and off since 1976 or ’77 and in all of that time I’ve never had a shiny one.  There have been shiny stickers, I suppose.  I don’t think those really count. This absence of shininess was … Continue reading

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