All-Star Stitches is my favorite long-standing insert found in Topps Update because it’s the last relic card that actually makes any kind of claim about what game or event that the relic it contains is from. The Mets had one All-Star representative this year, and it was Daniel Murphy. There are versions of his card with red and blue jersey material swatches… since they were relatively inexpensive, I picked up one of each.
There are also a few more limited All-Star Stitches cards featuring Murphy: a gold parallel serial numbered to 50, a unique platinum parallel, a jumbo patch card serial numbered to 6, and a combo card featuring jersey swatches from both Murphy and Derek Jeter serial numbered to 25.
A one-of-a-kind ticket to the 1867 meeting where the decision was made to exclude African-American players from the National Association of Base-Ball Players is going up for auction tomorrow. (via Sports Collectors Daily)
MAB Celebrity Services is holding its January autograph show geared towards Yankees fans, “Pinstripe Glory Days.” But there will be plenty of Mets stars, including David Cone and Darryl Strawberry, on hand at the La Quinta Inn & Suites /Secaucus Meadowlands this weekend.
Saturday’s slate of guests includes Cone, Strawberry, Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and Goose Gossage, short-time former Mets relieverMike Stanton, former Newark Bears manager Tim Raines and former Newark Bears pitcher Willie Banks, and a host of members of the Yankees’ 1998 World Series championship team.
Non-baseball guests include former New Jersey Devils Ken Daneyko and Bruce Driver, and WWE Diva Search Winner Ashley Massaro.
Sunday’s guest list includes Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Wade Boggs, recent stars Bernie Williams and Johnny Damon, former Mets Willie Randolph, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Tony Fernandez and Shane Spencer, and former Newark Bear Jim Leyritz, as well as other 1978 and 1998 Yankees players.
A New York Yankees prospect will be signing free autographs with paid admission between 10 – 11:30 a.m. each day: on Saturday, it will be Nik Turley and on Sunday it will be Jose Ramirez. If you miss them this weekend, you’ll probably have a chance to see them with the Trenton Thunder this season.
We’re 44 days away from the start of spring training, when New York Mets pitchers and catchers are due to report to Port St. Lucie, Florida.
#44 has been popular throughout Mets history. Catcher Harry Chiti was the first to wear it in 1962, and Jason Bay has it now. In between, it’s mostly been the province of short-time Mets though some players like Ron Darling and Howard Johnson who are better remembered for wearing other numbers had it briefly. David Cone was the best player to wear #44 for the Mets.
Signing Ronny Cedeno is hardly exciting, but it’s unfair to expect much of a “wow” factor from any reserve middle infielder. Cedeno’s not much of a hitter, judging by his stats, and at least according to Baseball Reference’s fielding stats his glove isn’t much to be excited about either.
Still, the signing doesn’t really annoy me (the way bringing in Jack Wilson might have) because Cedeno has been largely invisible to me throughout his major league career. I’ve undoubtedly seen him play when the Mets have faced the Cubs or the Pirates, but Cedeno never made any kind of impression.
And if Cedeno ends up playing often enough that we notice him this year, it will mean that Ruben Tejada or Daniel Murphy flopped or got hurt. Those are both bigger potential problems than any concern about how their backup would fare if forced into the lineup on a regular basis.
MAB Celebrity Services’s “A Pitcher’s Gem” autograph show is this weekend. After it was originally announced, the promoter ended up changing the location of the show. It will now be held at the Fairfield Crowne Plaza, 690 Route 46 East in Fairfield, N.J.
On Saturday, New York Mets legend Tom Seaver and future Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson headline a slate of guests who have thrown no-hitters or won Cy Young Awards. Whitey Ford, David Cone and David Wells lead another group of accomplished former pitchers on Sunday.
Several of the guests have interesting restrictions about what they will or won’t sign.
It will cost $79 to get Wells to sign a flat item, but leave your baseball cards, Sports Illustrated magazines and New York Yankees photos home – he won’t sign them.
In addition to the $69-$99 autograph fee, it will cost an extra $25 for an inscription from Seaver. However, he won’t sign “The Franchise” or “Tom Terrific.”