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Fingers Crossed for Allen

2009 Goodwin Champs Auto AllenLater today, the Veterans Committee announces its results on the Golden Era ballot. Throughout the day, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for Dick Allen in the hopes that he gets his long overdue induction this year, thus allowing the Phillies to retire #15 in his honor. I won’t attempt to make the case as to why he should be in there as there are many others who have already made the argument (my personal favorite has to be the extensive two-part, 24-page writeup by the Chicago Baseball Museum.) Yes, I am biased because of my life-long Phillies fandom, but there really is no good reason why Allen shouldn’t already have a plaque in Cooperstown — Bill James’s infamous verdict on Allen be damned.

From a baseball card collector standpoint, it really is amazing just how much Allen has been neglected by the card manufacturers in their offerings over the past 15 years. As a result, by my count Allen appears as a Phillie on approximately 180 cards over his entire career. The number of unique Allen cards is actually much smaller when you eliminate parallels, reprints, buybacks, and printing plates (for those who are interested, I have posted an extract of all the Dick Allen cards in the Phillies Database.) Furthermore, while Topps and Panini continue to occasionally issue cards for players like John Kruk and Darren Daulton continue to occasionally appear, Allen’s last appearance in a mainstream set happened back in 2009 — his last Topps issue came in 2004. A Hall induction may very well change that, though I’m certain that thanks to his time with the White Sox, any new cards won’t necessarily all be depicting him with the Phillies.

As for my own collection:2001 American Pie Allen

Total cards: 46
“Unique” cards: 45
Solo cards: 35
Solo autograph-only cards: 6
Solo relic-only cards: 1
Multiplayer cards, Phillies only: 5
Multiplayer cards, with other teams: 0 Multiplayer autograph-only cards: 1
Professionally graded cards: 3
Want Listed: 2

Because of my aversion to multi-team cards, I don’t have any of the many league leader cards featuring Allen during the 1960s. However, I recently want-listed the 1975 Topps Home Run Leaders-1974 card he shares with Mike Schmidt. The only other item I desperately want to add to my collection is Allen’s 2004 Topps Bazooka One-Liners Relics card. If anyone out there has one available for trade, please let me know and we’ll see what kind of trade we can work out.

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Collection Report: Charles “Red” Dooin

Total cards: 91906 Fan Craze Dooin
Solo cards: 7
Multiplayer cards, Phillies only: 2
Professionally graded cards: 8
Want Listed: 0

Okay, I’ll be honest and admit that the only reason for posting this particular report is because I just recently acquired the 1906 Fan Craze Dooin card, making it the second oldest card in my collection. I have no idea if I’ll ever manage to purchase another card from this set, but I’ll gladly fork over the amount I paid for this one on eBay to get another one in similar condition.

T206 Dooin FrontThe thing I love most about this card is that it bears the photo that was colorized for his T206 White Border card. Card images were reused frequently during the 1910s and 1920s — to an extent that might even make the current regime at Topps blush* — but you rarely saw both an original photo and colorized version of it. At least, that’s true of the Phillies cards in my collection.

Anyway, for whatever reason, I own more pre-WW II Dooin cards than any other player from that era. All but one of his cards I own, his 2005 Topps Turkey Red reprint, is from that period. Interestingly, there are a few other players from that timeframe with a greater presence in my collection, when you count cards from all eras — specifically, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Cy Williams, Sherry Magee, Gavvy Cravath and Chuck Klein. Yet, for each and every one of them, it’s modern issues that they are mostly represented by. I find the dichotomy somewhat fascinating — nearly as fascinating to me is that all but three of my nine Dooin cards have appeared on this site. This is yet another area where his number exceeds that of Klein and Alexander.

I almost feel like I should do something to rectify that.

* Nah, who am I kidding. Topps excised any sense of corporate shame years ago.

Collection Report: Lenny Dykstra

After completing yesterday’s inaugural Collection Report post, I decided to see which player in my collection had the most cards without my posting a single scan of one on this blog. Much to my surprise, the answer was Lenny Dykstra. Seeing as there are only 11 Phillies in my collection with more cards*, I cannot fathom how exactly I made 621 posts to this blog without including a single Dykstra card, but it happened.

My incomplete Database lists 701 Dykstra cards, printing plates, coins, stickers, etc. (Beckett only lists 661 Dykstra Phillies cards, some of which are clearly wrong.) Here is what’s in my collection:

1996 Emotion DykstraTotal cards: 335
“Unique” cards: 321
Solo cards: 322
Solo relic-autograph cards: 2
Solo autograph-only cards: 8
Solo relic-only cards: 2
Multiplayer cards, Phillies only: 8
Multiplayer cards, with other teams: 5
Multiplayer relic-only cards: 2
Multiplayer autograph-only cards: 1
Professionally graded cards: 0
Want Listed: 9

Just an aside before discussing this report in detail, the “unique” cards category, not used in the Chuck Klein report, is an attempt to filter out multiple versions of the same card. It’s actually more nebulous than it sounds; parallels get filtered out, but I apply the “unique” label to cards that differ because of an autograph or embedded relic(s), but are otherwise identical to a more common “base” version. Furthermore, some parallels get the unique label because they actually contain a different photo or some other design element that gives them a dramatically different appearance — see the 1997 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion parallels or the 2011 Topps Lineage 1975 Minis. Conversely, I consider some sets, like the Topps Tiffany sets from the ’80s, to actually be parallels even though they were marketed and sold as a separate, unique product. Yet, because the headache is just too great, I’ve made no effort to properly determine when various Topps/Bowman Chrome, Topps Opening Day and Topps Phillies Team sets reuse the same photo as the base set or bear a new photo. So, the term isn’t as precise as I would like, but it provides a somewhat clearer picture of the nature of the cards for a particular player in my collection.

2005 Playoff AM TT DykstraWith that out of the way, a couple things jump out at me as I look at this report. First and foremost, is the relatively small number of relic cards. Taking a brief look over at what’s currently available over on COMC, the number easily could be higher. This is less true for the autograph cards, but that’s only because I don’t feel the need to go after the many different Donruss Recollection Collection autographs — although, it might be nice to have one such 1992 card, only because I have quite a few from that set already. The other item that jumps out is the complete lack of graded cards. Of the 28 Phillies with the most cards in my collection, only one other does not have a graded card. I don’t feel any particular need to acquire any such cards for Dykstra. Though I suppose that if I could add one for just a couple bucks and I was in the right mood, I might do so.

A few other items to share. First, all the Dysktra cards on my want list incredibly low priority. In fact, the only card that sticks out as something I’d like to obtain sooner than later is probably his 19941994 Stdm Club Fin Dykstra Stadium Club Finest insert, which is a card a already have. It’s on my want list only because I want to replace it — my copy is a victim of the dreaded color fade that affects so many Chrome and Finest cards throughout the ’90s. That is, if I can find a replacement I would be happy with — a rant for another day. As for the cards in my collection, I harbor no doubts when declaring the 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade autograph-triple relic card as my favorite; the fact that it uses a photo of Dykstra wearing the ’70s-’80s jersey just makes it that much more awesome. It’s a candidate for possible professional grading, but there are plenty of other cards in my collection higher on the priority list.

Moving forward, I plan on one Collection Report per week — that is, when I’m not on some hiatus, announced or otherwise. As always, requests in the comment section are welcome.

* I’m reasonably certain that most well-informed Phillies collectors could quickly name at least 10 of them. The 11th player might be a little tricky, but shouldn’t be too big a surprise.

Collection Report: Chuck Klein

At the risk of repeating information 2003 Gallery HOF KleinI’ve shared in the past, one of the many reasons for the Database Project (which is still ongoing and will be the subject of a post very soon) was my desire to quickly and easily get a report of every single card I owned of a particular player — as well knowing which cards of that player I didn’t own. While I continue to work on the database, I actually have entered all the cards in my collection into my personal version of the file. Currently, work on the database predominantly consists of adding new releases as they appear, formatting, and slowly combing through the most recent edition of SCD’s Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards and cross-referencing it against other sources of information to make sure I’m not missing anything.

This ongoing work, however, does not stop me from generating the type of reports I’ve been wanting to make. So, for the first time, here’s one such report. I decided to start with Hall of Famer Chuck Klein, for no other reason than I’ve previously posted only one of his cards to this blog. So without further ado, here’s how Klein is represented in my collection:

Solo cards: 321929 Kashin Klein
Multiplayer cards: 2 (both Phillies only)
Memorabilia cards: 5
Professionally graded cards: 4
Autograph cards: 0

Admittedly, this wasn’t a very interesting report. The few certified autograph cards issued thus far are cut autographs with miniscule print runs, and there’s no way I’ll manage to add any of them to my collection. The four graded cards represent the entirety of the cards I own that were issued during his playing days, and the possibility of acquiring additional ones from that period are somewhat remote, though I won’t rule it out. I’m ridiculously ambivalent about the fact that I have five Klein memorabilia cards — nothing has changed since my initial post about the subject of such cards for players whose careers ended decades ago. The closest thing there is to a Chuck Klein “want” on my list is probably his 1934-1936 Batter-Up card, which is almost certainly out of the range of what I can afford. Failing that, it would be nice to add his 1936 S and S Game (WG8) card to the collection, and it certainly isn’t too expensive. My favorite Klein card in my collection is easily the 1929 Kashin shown here. Nothing against the Goudeys and the other full-color cards of the ’30s, but in my eyes this is the nicest pre-War II Klein card made.

Future player reports likely will be more interesting. Please feel free to leave requests for future player collection reports in the comment section.