Sunday, January 22, 2017

2017 WSC Hall Of Fame Ballot

Here's a Hall of Fame that anyone can vote for: The White Sox Cards Hall Of Fame.

Yes, it's that time of year again, but this time around there will be a shorter window for voting.

You can vote for as many or as few players as you want. The rules are the same as the MLB Hall of Fame. 75% of the vote will get a player in. At least 5% of the vote will keep a player on the ballot for next year. A player has to be away from the White Sox for a minimum of five years for ballot consideration. If a player cannot get 75% of the vote after 15 tries, he is taken off the ballot.

Last ballot, three players were voted into the WSC Hall Of Fame. Who will make it in this year?

The 2017 ballot includes a player for each positional spot on the field, a designated hitter, a manager, and pitching has been split into spots for starter, middle relief and closer.

Joey Cora  – 2nd Base (1st year)
Joe Crede – 3rd Base (1st year)
Oscar Gamble - DH (7th year) 
Rich Gossage – P (1st year)
Dummy Hoy  – OF (4th year)
Frank Isbell – 1st Base (6th year)
Fielder Jones – OF (6th year) 
Al Lopez – MGR (7th year)
J.C. Martin - C (1st year)
Jack McDowell
- P (1st year)
Minnie Minoso - OF (1st year)
Bobby Thigpen - P (6th year)
Buck Weaver - SS (5th year)

Voting will be through July 11, 2017, with the results announced shortly after. You can vote on the right sidebar. Any position left open due to election or cuts will be filled by another player next year.

The results should prove interesting. Have fun!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Congrats Tim Raines!!!

Hall of Fame Class of 2017

You deserve every bit of this, Tim.  When I was a kid just starting to collect baseball cards, I would wish that you were on the White Sox. I always had a soft spot for the Expos. Maybe it was those powder blue uniforms. Maybe it was the exotic (to a little kid) locale of Montreal, where they weren't just Canadian, they were FRONCH-Canadian. Then one day, in the middle of my freshman year of high school, I got my wish.

You never disappointed me. You, along with a fresh young group (and a couple of old timers), took the AL West by storm. The White Sox became a force to be reckoned with. Then it all came undone with the strike. You may have had your first World Series with the White Sox in 1994, but we'll leave that for another timeline where the strike doesn't happen. Still you got two with the Yankees and finally one, as a coach, with the White Sox. So, a little late, but better than never.

Soak it up and enjoy the ride. You deserve every bit of this.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Congratulations To The Chicago Cubs

This is a picture of me from October 1984. Notice something odd? Obscured by the pillow I'm holding is a NL Eastern Division Champion Chicago Cubs shirt. So, yes, there is thirty-two year old proof that I can enjoy the Cubs too and I do wish them well. I just prefer the White Sox.

Let this be a congratulations off to the Cubs and their fan base. We White Sox fans know about long suffering World Series droughts. Ours lasted eighty-eight years. Only one score off of the Cubs. "Score" being a term that means twenty years, that was more common closer to the last time that the Cubs won a World Series.

I have lots of friends and family who are die hard Cubs fans, including my beautiful wife. I enjoy the Cubs as I enjoy all of baseball. There is no hatred there. Only admiration and respect.

The only problem I have with the Cubs is not their team or their park. I don't even have a problem with most of their fans. I do have a problem with about .01% of the Cubs fans. I also have problem with .01% of White Sox fans. It the obnoxious fans that go to extremes that really cause the division in among fans. Cubs fans are portrayed as beer swilling, bandwagon party yuppies who don't pay attention to the game and just show up to the park to say they've been there. White Sox fans are portrayed as drunk suburban trash, who storm the field, the few times that they actually show up to the park. I'm here to tell you that neither of these portrayals represent 99.99% of each team's fans. The bad acts of the few should not represent the majority.

I can still cheer on the Cubs and not have to turn my White Sox card in. And the same is true for the Cubs fans. We all love the game of baseball. Shouldn't that be enough? It is in my book. Most fans just want to see a good game and if their team wins that game, it just makes it better.

So cherish this special team Cubs fans. It can be done. This team has proven it. From this moment forward, there will be no more excuses. No goats. No black cats. No Gatorade. No more "lovable losers". You guys are winners. It may require a completely different mindset for some of you, but know it's true.

If you would have asked me back in October 1984, if I would see a Chicago championship in my lifetime, I might have been optimistic, but I would probably have said no. Since that picture was taken, I have seen championships by the Bears, the Bulls, the White Sox, the Blackhawks and now the Cubs. I am simply amazed! It can be done.

Enjoy this moment Cubs fans. Cherish it. Relish in it. You deserve it. May you not have to wait another 108 years for another championship... unless you're playing the White Sox in that championship game, then, I'm sorry, I have to go with the White Sox. It's nothing personal and I hope we can still watch the game together.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Just Another Reason To Join The Facebook Page

WSC Birth Year Legacy cards!! Just another perk for joining the White Sox Cards Facebook page.

The regular WSC Birth Year cards cover from 2008 to present day. The WSC Birth Year Legacy cards cover the rest. See White Sox players of yesteryear on cards from their birth year, only on the Facebook page.

Here are the first three.

Monday, July 18, 2016

WSC Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016

The votes have been tallied and here are the results.

There were three players elected this year and three players received too few votes to be on next year's ballot.

Congratulations to Gary Peters, Robin Ventura and Hoyt Wilhelm for being the three players inducted into the WSC Hall of Fame Class of 2016!

Jerry Hairston, Ron Karkovice and Jorge Orta received too few votes to stay on the ballot, so there will be new players at starting pitcher, third base, outfield, second base, catcher and closer on next year's ballot.

Thank you to everyone who voted!

Here are the final totals.

Hoyt Wilhelm - 60 votes (84%)
Gary Peters - 56 votes (78%)
Robin Ventura - 55 votes (77%)
Buck Weaver - 49 votes (69%)
Bobby Thigpen - 48 votes (67%)
Al Lopez - 47 votes (66%)
Fielder Jones - 33 votes (46%)
Dummy Hoy - 32 votes (45%)
Frank Isbell - 27 votes (38%)
Oscar Gamble - 5 votes (7%)
Jerry Hairston - 3 votes (4%)
Ron Karkovice - 3 votes (4%)
Jorge Orta - 3 votes (4%)

Congratulations, once again, to Gary Peters, Robin Ventura and Hoyt Wilhelm for being inducted into the WSC Hall of Fame!

The voting for the Class of 2017 will begin shortly after 2017 spring training.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

WSC Birth Years: Jerry Sands

Card #197 - Jerry Sands

Born: September 28, 1987

Jerry was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the twenty-fifth round of the 2008 amateur draft. From there, it was a slow ascent through the Dodgers farm system until he made his MLB debut on April 18, 2011 against the Atlanta Braves. Sands managed to get his first hit, an RBI double, out of the way in the bottom of the first inning against Atlanta pitcher Tim Hudson. Jerry would play sporadically over two seasons for Los Angeles until he was traded to the Boston Red Sox on October 4, 2012, to complete an earlier deal. Sands would not last as a Red Sox for long, since he was dealt almost three months later to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nearly a year later, without playing a single game for the Pirates, Jerry was selected off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays on December 23, 2013.

Sands would appear in twelve games for Tampa Bay in 2014. He signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians for the 2015 season. Jerry played in fifty games for the Tribe. Sands would be selected off waivers on December 23, 2015 by the Chicago White Sox. He appeared in twenty-four games for the Pale Hose, providing a bench bat and a fill in for the outfield and first base.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WSC Birth Years: Tyler Danish

Card #196 - Tyler Danish

Born: September 12, 1994

Drafted in the second round of the 2013 amateur draft by the White Sox, Tyler made his MLB debut for Chicago on June 11, 2016, one day after first round pick, Tim Anderson made his MLB debut for the ChiSox. Making his debut against the Kansas City Royals, in front of a home crowd, Danish had a less than stellar appearance. Tyler gave up three hits and a walk, while ballooning his ERA to 13.50 in two-thirds of an inning. Manager Robin Ventura trotted him out again the next day, with much better results. Another two-thirds of an inning pitched against Kansas City, giving up only one hit, this time with no batters crossing the plate.

Danish made a third consecutive appearance on June 13th, this time against the Tigers, giving up two hits and two walks in one-third inning. Tyler would be sent back down to the minors after three games, but the experience should suit him well. He should be able to make some adjustments and come back strong, when his next opportunity arises.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Waiting 'Til This Year: A White Sox - Cubs Trade

I love it when a trade comes together when I least expect it. I fully admit that there are so many card blogs that I don't keep up with as many as I used to in the early days of the blog. It's not from lack of want or trying, mind you, it's mostly a time issue. So many blogs, so little time, you might say.

It was with great embarrassment that I found that I had not yet run across Waiting 'Til Next Year until Tom e-mailed me about making a possible trade. I will certainly not make that mistake again. I plan on checking out Tom's awesome blog frequently from now on.

Tom made an intriguing proposal. While looking through his trade box, he ran across twenty-nine cards from my want list, including five Frank Thomas cards. How could I turn that down? Tom ended up sending thirty-two cards my way.

1958 Topps #138 - Earl Torgeson
1989 Score Young Superstars I #29 - Bobby Thigpen
1989 Sportflics #85 - Ozzie Guillen
1992 Stadium Club Members Only #34 - Bobby Thigpen
1994 Fun Pack #35 - Frank Thomas
1994 Fun Pack #195 - Frank Thomas
1994 Studio #209 - Frank Thomas
1994 Upper Deck Diamond Collection #C8 - Frank Thomas
1995 Ultra #273 - Jason Bere
1995 Upper Deck #235 - Ray Durham
1996 Pinnacle Aficionado #164 - Chris Snopek
1997 Bowman's Best #127 - Mike Cameron
1997 Metal Universe #58 - Alex Fernandez
1997 Ultra Gold Medallion #G411 - Albert Belle
1998 Bowman #428 - Carlos Lee
1998 Leaf Rookies & Stars #288 - Greg Norton
1998 Leaf Rookies & Stars #307 - Jim Parque
1999 Sports Illustrated #70 - Brian Simmons, Mark Johnson, Craig Wilson
1999 SP Authentic #22 - Frank Thomas
1999 Topps Chrome #93 - Albert Belle
2000 Bowman Chrome #426 - Josh Paul
2000 Skybox #208 - Joe Crede
2000 Skybox #209 - Kip Wells
2000 Upper Deck #76 - Carlos Lee
2001 Bowman #277 - Jon Rauch
2001 Fleer Triple Crown #96 - Magglio Ordonez
2001 Pacific #98 - Magglio Ordonez
2001 Pacific #462 - Rocky Biddle
2001 Team Best #42 - Jon Garland
2013 Topps Opening Day Blue #47 - Jake Peavy (1263/2013)
2015 USA Baseball Stars & Stripes #18 - Carlos Rodon
2016 Topps Pro Debut #147 - Carson Fulmer

Thanks for the trade, Tom! You certainly filled a good amount of holes in my collection. I hope you are as satisfied with the trade as I am. I look forward to possible future trades.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WSC Birth Years: Tommy Kahnle

Card #195 - Tommy Kahnle

Born: August 7, 1989

Tommy was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 amateur draft by the New York Yankees. He racked up relief appearances in the Yankees farm system through 2013. Kahnle was even invited to 2013 spring training by the Yankees. On December 12, 2013, Tommy was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the Rule V draft. He made his MLB debut on April 3, 2014 for the Rockies against the Miami Marlins, relieving Franklin Morales in the bottom of the sixth inning.

On November 24, 2014, Kahnle was traded to the Chicago White Sox. He made his White Sox debut on April 29, 2016 against the Orioles in Baltimore. Tommy appeared in five games before he was sent down, resulting in a 6.23 ERA. While he was sent down, chances are Kahnle will be back up before too long.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A List Of Topps Larceny Of Bloggers

Has Topps stolen an idea that you either originally had or have put hard work into that clearly came well before they released a version of it?

Let's document this and see just how much Topps "borrows" from the bloggers. I acknowledge that Topps probably has a little lag time between inception of product and release of same product. Topps can also be stingy with what's exactly in their releases and sometimes will wait until the last minute to release details. The intention here is to try to establish when each instance was first released or mentioned by either side.

There are homages and there are outright cases of stealing. Homages are completely harmless. It's what most of us bloggers are doing with card creations. A company can also do an homage, but they should give credit where credit is due. We'll collect all the examples here and let the public decide.

Birth Year cards

1st blogger mention: January 20, 2009 gcrl
1st blogger appearance: March 9, 2009 White Sox Cards
1st Topps mention: June 23, 2016 Topps blog
1st Topps appearance: Fall 2016 (as Topps Birth Year cards)

Blogger version: Cards featuring White Sox players on the design from the year they were born.

Topps version: Topps is issuing a set of cards called "Birth Year" cards featuring rookie players on the design from the year they were born.

Celebrity Jersey cards

1st blogger appearance: May 7, 2010 Johngy
1st Topps appearance: Spring 2015 (as Topps First Pitch)

Blogger version: Celebrities wearing jerseys featuring all sports.

Topps Version: Topps used celebrities and notables in jerseys throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game. Topps did do insert sets of Presidential first pitches as early as 2002 in Topps American Pie.

Do you have more examples? Leave them in the comments and I'll include them if the case is convincing enough.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Topps Steals Seven Year Old Idea From Card Blogger

I don't have a problem with anyone using my ideas. I just want credit for them. It's as simple as that.

My name is Steve Gierman. I run this little card blog called White Sox Cards. I've been producing content for White Sox Cards since November 9, 2007. Since this blog's inception, I have made many friends and gained many readers. In fact, on days I don't post, I average about 200 unique readers. Not bad for someone writing typically about one team and their baseball cards.

I have seen my fellow card bloggers receive accolades for their work and have seen some go on to jobs in the card industry, putting their knowledge, love and connections to great use. I've seen the rise and fall and resurgence of popular blogs, all the while I have been posting content and sharing the love I have for card collecting, baseball and my Chicago White Sox.

I've had a lot of great ideas for card sets and I try to make something new each year. Most years I do, some I don't, but the one consistent ongoing set has been Birth Years. I published my first Birth Years card on March 9, 2009, one year and four months into this blog. I have updated the Birth Years set each year as new players play for the White Sox, using the card design that came out in the year that they were born. I just finished posting the last of the 2015 cards (card #194) on June 14, 2016, and I have been in the prepping stages of the 2016 cards.

These cards have been one of the most popular attractions for White Sox Cards. I take great care in the little details of each card. I even made bonus "In Action" cards for anyone born in 1982 or 1972. I made a decision back in 2009 to use the Topps designs. The main reason I chose Topps cards is that their designs span back to 1951 and they own card designs that go back even further. The second reason I chose Topps is because the designs for each year are usually memorable and I have fond memories of those cards from my youth. There are special memories associated with those designs for myself and every card collector out there. I use the designs as part of "fair use", because I seek no monetary gain from selling these cards. I have had plenty of offers to sell these cards, but I have turned every one down. All I have ever asked is to be given credit.

The first 100 cards have been on YouTube for three years.

It hasn't been a secret. There's even a Birth Years album on the White Sox Cards Facebook page. The Birth Year cards are probably the most unique thing I'm known for as a card blogger. Seven years later, Topps "borrows" the idea and the name. I let the birth year coin cards slide last year because they are a completely different animal. This year it feels like a sucker punch to the gut.

Imagine my surprise yesterday, when my phone starts blowing up. Several different people are telling me the exact same thing... Topps stole my idea. I shrugged it off thinking that everybody was exaggerating. On my lunch break, I checked it out and it's the same idea and same implement.

I'm a fairly easy person to contact. This blog, the Facebook page, the Twitter account all are ways I can be contacted. It's not hard to connect the dots. For a company that is so in tune with the hobby, it's collectors and social media, this seems a bit fishy. It seems to me that someone at Topps was reading my blog and thought that was a great idea.

I don't want a commission, as some people have suggested at the Topps Twitter feed. I would just like credit. A simple e-mail or message to me before this was done would have been the decent thing to do. Common courtesy. If I was asked, I would have given my blessing for the project. I would have been the first one out there promoting it spreading the word about how awesome it was to have an idea that was actually considered worthy of a release. I would have been ecstatic!

Instead, I am frustrated, confused and defiled. I feel like I just got hit with a Randy Johnson fastball. This does nothing to put my faith in the Topps Company. This has been nothing but bad press for Topps by having the card bloggers call the company out on this fact. This experience so far makes me want to lobby for Panini to get licensed. At this point, I'd rather see Upper Deck get their license back, than have Topps retain a license.

One day, soon, this incident will likely be forgotten by most casual card collectors. The long time collectors tend to remember things like this and they are Topps' most consistent customers. Why would any Topps employee think it was alright to steal from their most loyal customers? Even if they are just ideas.

***UPDATE - June 25, 2016***
I'm not the only one who had the thought back in 2009. Check out this post from gcrl. I think Jim and I should both get credit. Jim had the original thought in 2009's Blog Bat Around about what the card companies could do to improve their product. I had honestly forgotten about that inclusion, but that does not change the fact that bloggers had the idea and the inclination to start this project seven years ago. The fact remains that this idea and ongoing project has been highly visible for seven years.

This isn't even the first thing that Topps has "borrowed" from bloggers without giving proper credit. Johngy has had Celebrity Jersey cards since May 7, 2010.  278 different cards have been posted as of this update. Topps took the idea, narrowed it down, and turned it into "First Pitch" cards, which feature celebrities and special guests throwing out first pitches in jerseys. Johngy expands on this to show celebrities in jerseys doing a number of things, including throwing out first pitches, and it includes multiple sports. It just goes to show that the bloggers have the ideas first and end up doing it better.

I guess I'll be expecting to see Final Tribute cards someday from Topps too. All I'll have to do to figure out what's next from Topps is to peruse my blog roll.
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