Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1928 Yuengling's Ice Cream (F50)

The late twenties were not kind to decent card releases, so it's astonishing to see a good quality set from 1928. The front has been seen over several releases from different companies, similar to the different backs of the various tobacco issues, just a decade or two prior.

The promotion on the back, from Yuengling's Ice Cream, gave a kid a free gallon of ice cream if they collected all the cards. This was suspected to be a near impossible task, since card number 48, Earl Smith, a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, in the twilight of his career, is thought to have been severely short printed. In fact, the few examples that have surfaced of Smith is tinted green instead of black and white, like the rest of the set.

A full set, which is a rare treat, contains sixty cards. The White Sox have seven cards in the set.

4 - Red Faber
23 - Ray Schalk
24 - Johnny Mostil
37 - Earl Sheely
39 - Bibb Falk
40 - Willie Kamm
56 - Roger Peckinpaugh

A sharp set from a time that sorely lacked quality releases is a no brainer to collect. The White Sox have a few Hall of Fame players, a few not well known regulars and the injury plagued last season of a veteran in Peckinpaugh. It's a nice assortment of players from a time where many were not represented well on cardboard.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WSC Birth Years: Michael Taylor

Card #170 - Michael Taylor

Born: December 19, 1985

Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round of the amateur draft in 2007, he was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the Roy Halladay trade, and seemingly within seconds of becoming a Jay, was traded to the Oakland Athletics on December 16, 2009. Michael made his MLB debut on September 2, 2011 with the Athletics against the Seattle Mariners in Oakland, achieving a walk and a strikeout in four plate appearances. Taylor spent limited time from 2011 through 2013 with the Athletics on the parent club; eleven games in 2011, six games in 2012 and nine games in 2013.

On June 14, 2014, Michael was traded to the White Sox for pitcher Jake Sanchez. Taylor made his White Sox debut on September 2, 2014 again the Twins in Minnesota. he played for ten innings, walking once and scoring a run. Michael could find himself in contention for a bench spot sometime in the 2015 season, if he has a solid season in AAA.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

WSC Birth Years: Andy Wilkins

Card #169 - Andy Wilkins

Born: September 13, 1988

Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2007 in the 25th round of the amateur draft, Andy ultimately did not sign with them and chose to attend the University of Arkansas. In 2010, Wilkins got another chance, when the White Sox drafted him in the fifth round. Andy slowly progressed through the White Sox farm system and performed well during his spring training invites.

On August 31, 2014, Wilkins made his MLB debut against the Detroit Tigers, going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. He finished the 2014 season batting .140 with six hits, two runs, two RBI, two walks and twenty-two strikeouts in forty-five plate appearances. Andy may be the odd man out at first base in 2015 with Jose Abreau and Adam LaRoche platooning between first base and designated hitter. The only hope that Wilkins might have of making the roster is at third base, but that is a long shot. Hopefully, the small taste of the majors will make Andy hungry for more and he will force the Sox to consider him for the roster later in the season.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

WSC Birth Years: Carlos Sanchez

Card #168 - Carlos Sanchez

Born: June 29, 1992

The latest in a long line of White Sox Venezuelan infielders, Carlos signed with the Pale Hose in 2009 as an international free agent. He moved up slowly in the farm system until he was finally added to the forty man roster after the 2013 season, which saw him invited to spring training and play at AAA Charlotte the entire season.

Sanchez made his MLB debut with Chicago on July 13, 2014 in Cleveland against the Indians. He went 0-5 at the plate with two strikeouts and was sent back down after the game. After the Sox traded Gordon Beckham to the Angels, Carlos was brought back up and ended up batting .250 over twenty-eight games in 2014. Carlos looks to be the everyday second baseman in 2015, unless something drastically changes before Opening Day. He will need to work on his patience at the plate in the upcoming season, since he had twenty-five hits, twenty-five strikeouts and three walks for his 2014 MLB campaign.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WSC Birth Years: Scott Snodgress

Card #167 - Scott Snodgress

Born: September 20, 1989

Scott was drafted in the fifth round of the 2001 amateur draft by the Chicago White Sox. Snodgress made his way to the number six prospect in the ChiSox farm system by the beginning of 2013. Bullpen woes from the parent team in 2014, forced the Pale Hose to promote a number of minor league pitchers to showcase their talents for consideration in 2015. Scott was one of those promoted and made his MLB debut on September 3, 2014 against the Minnesota Twins.

Snodgress' first two outings resulted in a sky high ERA, but after the jitters of the majors passed, he settled in nicely for his last two appearances. The Sox did not tender a contract to Scott after the 2014 season, but were hopeful that he would again be part of their plans in 2015. On December 10, 2014, Snodgress signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels that included an invitation to 2015 spring training. The Angels are the closest team to Scott's hometown, so the signing should have been an easy decision for him.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WSC Birth Years: Eric Surkamp

Card #166 - Eric Surkamp

Born: July 16, 1987

Eric was drafted in the sixth round of the amateur draft in 2008 by the San Francisco Giants. Moving his way up the Giants' minor league system, Surkamp finally made his MLB debut on August 27, 201, starting against the Houston Astros, going six innings, giving up six hits and a run while striking out four and walking three. Eric suffered a flexor tendon strain that landed him on the disabled list in 2012, which eventually required Tommy John surgery.

Surkamp pitched in one game for the Giants in 2013, giving up seven runs in two and two-thirds innings. The White Sox claimed Eric on December 23, 2013. Surkamp made his White Sox debut on June 26, 2014 in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Eric appeared in thirty-five games for the Sox in relief. He seems to have found a niche in the Chicago bullpen.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

1973 Topps Candy Lids

Topps continued to experiment in the 1970s with unusual offerings. In 1973, Topps came out with "Baseball Stars Bubble Gum", which included a lid with one of fifty-five baseball players on the underside. The bubble gum itself proved more popular than the lids, so examples of this set are a bit on the rare side.

Team affiliation adheres to typical unlicensed product of the time, with the cap logo airbrushed out and the city name printed in place of the team name. The set as a whole is a colorful mix of eye popping background solids and color photographs that seem to compliment each other. Whether this pairing is intentional or not, remains to be determined, but it works out nicely.

The White Sox have two lids in this set.

Dick Allen
Wilbur Wood

I find the oddball releases to be fascinating and this set is no exception.
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