Monday, March 27, 2017

mfc72 IN ACTION & BPOTS cards: Curtis Granderson. RIP Dallas Green.


I always loved the '72 special cards. The entire set, really, but In Action cards just blew me away.


And the corresponding cardback puzzle piece for the In Action card:



Curtis's regular issue mfc card was released a few weeks ago but I may as well include it here as well. I like how Granderson is doing this spring. Looks like he still has plenty of gas left in his tank.



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Dallas Green passed a way last week. He played for the Mets for a few months in 1966. He only played in 4 games and pitched a total of 5 innings. He gave up 2 HRs in those five frames to the tune of a 5.40 ERA.

Green had a career 20–22 win-loss record and 4.26 ERA in 185 total games, with 46 games started.

More well known for his days managing the Phils, Dallas managed the Mets from 1993 until 1996. I didn't think he was around that long. In those four seasons no Mets team broke the .500 mark. In total he was 229-283 as the manager of the Mets. Not such a great run, and I didn't really like his managing style at the time. But still, he was a decent manager. He even managed the Yankees for one season in 1989. I don't think I knew that. His MLB career totals as a manager was 454 wins and 478 loses.

RIP Mr. Green.



Sunday, March 5, 2017

mfc Mets Magical Moments- Mays Returns to NY!




All the photos of Mays in action used here depict his May 14th game winning homer. 
Both card photos were colorized for use here.


The IN ACTION cards will have puzzle pieces on their backs.
First puzzle will be Gil Hodges.




Willies '72mfc Traded Card from the '72 mfc page.








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My thoughts and prayers are with Ed Kranepool at this time. As most of you have heard he needs a kidney transplant and is on a waiting list. He's had to sell his game memorabilia including his World Series rings to cover costs and that is a crying shame. I hope everything works out for Mr. Kranepool, an All-Time Metropolitan if there ever was one.





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

67/2017mfc Bud Harrelson


I have so much to say about Bud Harrelson I won't even get started. I'll save that for a special page where I display all his cards. 

One of my top 5 favorite Mets, which isn't fair to say because I scrunch those top five into equal number one favorites. I've already said Tommie Agee was my #1 favorite Met. This is another #1 favorite Metropolitan.






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Derrel's photo is another colorization job by Zvon.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

72/82mfc IN ACTION! cards


The mfc Mets 2017 Season Set will include IN ACTION cards, a tribute to both the 1972 and 1982 Topps designs. And lets showcase the player having the hottest spring training, Michael Conforto, on one of each.

Conforto has 5 hits in 7 at-bats, 2 kaBOOMS, 3 RBI. He's batting .714 and slugging 1.571 with an OPS of 2.286! It's been just three games but still, nice to see Michael off to such a hot start. And he made this great catch too!




Saturday, February 25, 2017

2017mfc Charley/Charlie Smith

2017 mfc Charley Smith•#65

1964 Topps
I never knew Charley Smith, the Mets third baseman in the mid 1960's, never saw him play, but I have a feeling I would have been a fan.

His twenty home runs that led the team in 1964 would have won me over pretty thoroughly, although his strike out rate would have drove me bonkers. Like with many Mets players over the years, I've learned to live with the bad and appreciate the good. So I would have been more excited about Smith's H.R.s than all his strikeouts. He'd fit right in with today's game where his strikeout numbers would be pretty average for his power.
1967 Topps

Charles William Smith, born on September 15, 1937 in Charleston, South Carolina, went by the nick-name Charley. Topps used two different spellings (Charley and Charlie) on his baseball cards over the years. The only indication I could find as to which is correct are his autographed cards, which he signed as Charley.

'64 mfc
Many of the old cards here feature the name Charlie because when I made them a while back I was going by the only baseball card of his I had ever seen. His 1964 Topps card, which was somewhat of a traded card when you think about it. No airbrushing, just the ChiSox pic and Mets border (above left). I thought this was so kool when I first saw the card (which wasn't until the late 1980's).
<Of course I had to mess with him for his mfc card. This might have been my very first attempt at simulating the Topps airbrushing done back in the day.
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You could say that during  Smith's career he was well traveled, and he was, but you could also say he was well traded. I was impressed when I saw the players Charley was swapped for. Here's a breakdown of Smith's journey through MLB:

>>Smith signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957 at age 19 as a shortstop and rose rapidly through their farm system, culminating in his selection as the Pacific Coast League's all-star infielder in 1960, with the Dodgers having moved to Los Angeles by this time.

>>Just a month into the 1961 season L.A. dealt Charley and Don Demeter to the Philadelphia Phillies for Turk Farrell and Joe Koppe. The Phillies made him their regular third baseman. Overall, he hit .248 with 11 homers and 50 RBI, earning a spot on the Topps All-Star Rookie team.

>>After the 1961 season concluded Smith was moved again, traded by the Philadelphia Phillies with John Buzhardt to the Chicago White Sox for former all star 1B/OF Roy Sievers.


>>After appearing in only 71 games in parts of three seasons with the White Sox, he was dealt to the New York Mets in April 1964 for Chico Fernandez and minor leaguer Bobby Catton. Smith had a dreadful start to his Met career going 0 for 25 before getting a hit.

>>On August 17, 1964, Charley had the first two-homer game in his career. He took Bob Veale and 
John Gelnar deep to account for four runs in the Mets 5-0 win over Pittsburgh.

>>He ended up batting .239 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI, leading the Mets in round trippers for the 1964 season. However, he struck out 101 times and walked just 19 times in 443 at-bats. 

Between Frank Thomas's 34 H.R.s in 1962 and Tommie Agee's 26 in 1969, Charley was the only New York Mets player to hit as many as 20 homers in a single season.



>>Playing regularly for another anemic Metropolitan team in 1965 Smith hit .244 with 16 homers and a team-high 62 RBI. He also established a Mets record for most strikeouts by a batter in a single season with 123.


>>After Smith's show of power in 1964 & '65 the Mets flipped him and pitcher Al Jackson to the St. Louis Cardinals for all star third baseman Ken Boyer

Ken wasn't quite over the hill yet, but close. He launched 14 long balls while leading the team with 61 RBI and also leading in doubles with 28, which was a new single season record for Metropolitan two baggers at the time.

>>Charley started 100 games at third base for St. Louis in 1966 and had a personal-best batting average of .266 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI.

>>Before the 1967 season Smith was traded to the Yankees straight-up for a declining Roger Maris. Smith carried a paltry .224/.278/.336 batting line in New York that season, only producing 27 extra-base hits (9 home runs) in 425 at-bats. 


>>On August 24, 1967 Charley had the second two-homer game of his career, this time with the Yankees. He again drove in four runs in a 5-0 victory. The opposing pitchers were Tommy John and Hoyt Wilhelm of the White Sox.

>>After playing sparingly for the Yanks Smith was traded to the San Francisco Giants for Nate Oliver after the season ended in 1968. He never played for the Giants however. Before the 1969 season began he was sold to the Chicago Cubs. Smith appeared in only two games for the Cubs, bringing his career to a close on April 22, 1969.

>>In parts of 10 seasons, Smith hit .239 with 69 home runs and 281 RBI.

>>I'm sure you recognized many of the names involved in the Charley Smith trades. Combined, all the players Smith was traded for were named to 19 All-Star teams, and Roger Maris (1960 and 1961) and Ken Boyer (1964) were Most Valuable Player award winners.

2017 mfc Charley Smith card back•stats

>> On November 29th 1994, Charley died suddenly in what I can only describe, for lack of information, as unusual circumstances. All my research can dig up is that Smith died at the Washoe (Nev.) Medical Center after knee surgery at the relatively young age of 57. 
Denise Yoxsimer, a hospital spokeswoman, had no immediate response when asked about the cause of death. An official cause has not been filed with the county vital statistics bureau.
I could not find any info beyond this obituary.

R.I.P. Charley Smith.
May you live forever on your baseball cards.

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Much of the information for this post was compiled by Kevin of the blog "THE SCOREBOARD". 
Thank you for that great page on Charley Smith!
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Charlie Smith's photo was colorized for use on his 2017 mfc card.
Photographer unknown.


That background was a beeeeeeatch!
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Monday, February 20, 2017

2017-'65 mfc Wes Westrum



Wes Westrum joined the Mets as a coach in 1964, and became pitching coach in July 1965 after the release of Warren Spahn. 

Wes was named the Mets' manager when Casey Stengel was injured on August 30, 1965, and stepped down as skipper of the perennial last-place club. It's been said that Stengel picked Westrum to be manager over coach Yogi Berra because he planned on returning to manage the Mets, and he didn't want to have to ask Berra to step down. "The ol' perfesser" never did return though, and Westrum was the Mets manager on opening day in 1966.





The Mets fared no better under Westrum in 1965, losing 48 of the 67 games under his leadership, but his 1966 club escaped the basement for the first time in the Mets' five-year history. The '66 Mets finished ninth in the ten-team National League, posting a record of 66 wins and 95 losses, a 16-game improvement over the previous season. The Mets were slowly developing an array of young pitchers in the minor leagues; however, apart from Tom Seaver, none arrived in time to help Westrum in 1967, when New York again finished tenth and last. Westrum resigned with 11 games to go in the season and coach Salty Parker managed the team for the remaining eleven games of the 1967 season, and Gil Hodges was named manager for 1968.






 Westrum died at the age of 79 in Clearbrook, Minnesota on May 28, 2002.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017mfc- Some Current Players.


Lets get some cards for the current Mets squad out there.I love making the oldies but we have a season coming up and we have a team that any Mets fan has to be excited about. If we can stay healthy, always the big IF, we should be in the running. It would be nice to run away with it but one should never expect that. Anythings possible though. It's baseball!



So here's a few players on the 2017 Mets, and lets start getting excited, because before you know it baseball will be starting up again! Lets go Mets!

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Will Steven Matz have a bounce back year? He only pitched in 22 games in 2016 and gave us around 132 innings. He did have some high points. He actually got one Rookie Of The Year vote, which I found surprising.

After compiling a 4-0 win-loss record, a 1.83 ERA, and 31 strikeouts in May, he was named the National League Rookie of the Month. But after that he fell off, not winning a game in all of June and July. And then came the news of the bone spur in his elbow. He put off surgery and did pitch well in August, however, picking up his 9th win (he went 9-8, ,340 ERA). But the Mets shelved him on August 22nd (DL) and on September 27, it was announced that Matz would undergo surgery for the bone spur, therefore ending his season.

We need the full Matz. I'd like 30 starts, 180 innings from this youngster in 2017. From all our starters, really. I won't get any more specific that because you don't reach  those numbers without doing well. Just get your work in and we should be fine. Mets pitching will have to step it up with Bartolo Colon and his massive inning eating stomach currently in Atlanta feeding itself. 
Now it's all up to our our talented young arms..
This is exciting.

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Some players should always be pictured doing what they do best. Lagares tracking down a fly ball. Centerfield should be interesting in 2017. Especially since they have thrown Jose Reyes into the mix.



I have high hopes for Gsellman. This righty went 4-2 in 8 starts and compiled a nice 2.42 ERA.
He pitched in some pressure spots too, so I think this guy can handle pitching in New York.



 I'm going to over compensate for the Lucas Duda/ Eric Campbell Topps error. What a way to start the baseball card season. Ha!
Duda will get one mfc joke card and two regular issue in an effort to balance the scales due to Topps impropriety. The up side is we should see another Duda in this years Topps set (if it is corrected, and it should be this early in), hopefully with his actual photo on it.


Eric Campbell went the free agent route and in December 2016 he signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball's Central League. He played in 40 games for New York last season, so eventually he will get a '17mfc card.




Lucas is going to have a breakout year (I say this every year, lol). Well, that's if he plays. I hear talk of David Wright moving to first base. Where will that leave Duda? I don't ever want to see him playing the outfield again, that's for sure. I hope Wright is healthy enough to handle third base all season and the Dude gets every opportunity to excel at first base. I really don't expect to see Dom Smith up early unless something has gone wrong. I hope to see a little bit of Smith in September.

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I've already displayed the 2017mfc Cespedes and his card back, but I don't think I showed them together, so here they are.