Tuesday, February 25, 2020

1975 Topps Page by Page: Page 12 (101-109)

I'm sure that you all remember that I finally completed my 1975 Topps set. 

Now that it's done I thought it would be fun to look through the set and talk about it. Going page by page seemed like a good way to go about it. Hopefully you find it interesting to read what I have to say.

How about we continue with page 12?


Red Sox Cards on the Page:  1. After a long drought, we got one!

Cards that make the 1975 Topps set cool: Ok, if page 11 was a dud with the coolness factor, this one more than makes up for it. what are some of the coolness categories? 1) 1975 World Series team members. We have one from each side on this page. 2) Cards of young Hall of Famers. While "young" may be pushing it, there's a mid-career Willie Stargell on the page. And, while Bill Madlock isn't a Hall of Famer, it's an early card of a Pirates legend. 3) Team cards. Check. Not only that, but it's an early representative of a team that no longer exists. Very cool. 4) Managers as players. When I started this set build, The Human Rain Delay was very much still on my mind as a manager. A rookie cup card of his is definitely cool.

My favorite card on the page: Again, lots to work with here. But, I'm going to go with the Stargell. While the card isn't anything special, the player certainly is. It's great to be able to have one of his early efforts in my collection.


What would your answers to those last two categories be?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A Spring Training Sale!

Do you hear that? The pop of the ball hitting the glove? The crack of the ball hitting the bat? You know what that means, don't you? Spring Training is in full effect! Baseball and the 2020 Red Sox season is JUST around the corner. If you're anything like me, you're getting ready for the season too. Make sure the scorebook is ready, and there is plenty of gear to wear to games.

When you do that, are you finding your wardrobe lacking? Like it could use some fresh threads to really start the season off right. Like the wonderful gear from Section 36! Well, today's the perfect day to think that because it's all on SALE!

That's right! Today through Sunday, the Section 36 store will be on sale! Don't miss this opportunity! 


So, head over right now and select something that you like. But, don't delay. Remember, the sale only runs through Sunday! Only a few days before prices go back to their regular levels.
Click Here Now!

And, as always, when you do get an item, send me a picture wearing it for me to share with the world! The blogFacebook, and even Instagram! Not only would it be a great way to show the world your amazing outfit, but if you have a business or cause that needs promotion, it's an easy way to get a mention on Section 36!

Like Sabrina did!


This Tank Top is on Sale!

Or like Lauren did!


This Tank Top is on Sale!

Like Bridget did! (With some help from K. Garcia Productions)


This sweatshirt is on sale!

Or, like Bernadette did to show off how amazing this tank top looks on her.


This tank is on sale!
Or Phil did

This tank is also on sale!

Or Holly did with her cozy new hoodie.


This hoodie is on sale!

Or Nicolette did with her great t-shirt!


This t-shirt is on sale!


Or like Allison did!


This t-shirt is on sale!

Or, like Sierra did!


This t-shirt is on sale!

But, first you need to buy something you like. There's a lot to choose from. There are even a couple new designs to choose from!


What will you get?





Tuesday, February 18, 2020

1975 Topps Page by Page: Page 11 (91-100)

I'm sure that you all remember that I finally completed my 1975 Topps set. 

Now that it's done I thought it would be fun to look through the set and talk about it. Going page by page seemed like a good way to go about it. Hopefully you find it interesting to read what I have to say.

How about we continue with page 11?


Red Sox Cards on the Page:  0. But, Impossible Dream legend Jim Lonborg makes an appearance.

Cards that make the 1975 Topps set cool: Frankly, this page is pretty generic. The Lonborg card is probably the coolest one out there.

My favorite card on the page: Will it be a clean sweep? I love the closely cropped fake action shot on the Folkers. And I want to make the easy joke. But, I have to go back to Lonborg. It's always interesting to see players I lost track of playing elsewhere. I didn't remember that Lonborg played for the Phillies until I saw that card, which is what I think a card collection is supposed to do. Record history so you can look back at it later.


What would your answers to those last two categories be?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

2020 Topps Series 1 Blaster!

It took me forever to find these on the shelves! And, then, it took me a couple days to finally post about it. I hope you think it was worth the wait as I look at my first blaster break of 2020!

And hoping you still care.




There's the outside of the box, so you know what you're looking for on the shelves.



Seven packs, and the extra special rookie card retrospective card pack! Let's start with that one...shall we?


Ok. I usually don't understand the point of these manufacture patch/relic/medallion things Topps does. But, I absolutely LOVE these. Or, at least I love this one. The thick card with the cut-out for the rookie card logo adds a great depth to the piece. And, it doesn't scream cheap and gaudy like a big coin or made up patch. Simple, elegant, and wonderful. 



The first Red Sox card of 2020! And he's still on the team! A Red Sox card in the first pack has to be a good sign, right? As for the card itself? I like the design. It's not as cluttered as I'd feared, or as others have said. The design is actually pretty simple, and tucked off to the side. It leaves a lot of room for the picture, which I always appreciate. Well done.


Two packs, two Red Sox cards! Another guy who is still on the team. I like how JD's arm fits perfectly into the little notch in the card's design


No Red Sox cards in the third pack, so I guess I'll use this one to show off the horizontal design. I like the horizontal even better since it tucks the design away even more. 



Back on the Red Sox bandwagon! This is showing off the Future Stars subset. It also shows how Topps keeps flipping the side of the card the border shows up on. It wasn't much of a big deal for this blaster. But, I could imagine it being annoying if I'm flipping through a big stack looking for a specific player that I want. 


No Red Sox cards, so let's check out the Turkey Red inserts. This design works well as a small insert set. The cards look too similar if you've got hundreds of them in a binder. But, a few sprinkled here and there can add some variety.



No Sox again, so here's a combo card of two Blue Jays future stars. These guys have a special place in my heart since I was able to see them play in AA (along with Vlad Jr) a couple times. Fun to see them advance as a group like that. I also enjoy these combo cards. Sure, they can be corny. But, cards are supposed to be fun...aren't they?


Speaking of Mr. Biggio, here's the foil version of his solo card. I could really take or leave the foil parallels. I'm split between not needing ANOTHER parallel to chase and liking the idea of having another different Xander Bogaerts card to try and collect.

So, that's what I got out my blaster. I was pretty pleased.

What did you get in yours?

Thursday, February 6, 2020

1975 Topps Page by Page: Page 10 (82-90)

I'm sure that you all remember that I finally completed my 1975 Topps set. 


Now that it's done I thought it would be fun to look through the set and talk about it. Going page by page seemed like a good way to go about it. Hopefully you find it interesting to read what I have to say.


How about we continue with page 10?



Red Sox Cards on the Page:  0. Not this time Sox fans.


Cards that make the 1975 Topps set cool: 1975 World Series participants are always cool. So, seeing the George Foster card certainly makes me smile!


My favorite card on the page: I'd like to say it's the Rust Staub. A card of a great player from the middle of his career is always fun. Plus, the feel of the picture makes me thing it's not a posed action shot...and is actually an action shot. Something about the Joe Lis card in the middle calls to me, though. Maybe it's the fantastic "C" on his cap. Maybe it's his faraway gaze. But, it's my favorite card on the page.


What would your answers to those last two categories be?

Friday, January 31, 2020

Jaylah Young Visits Section 36!


Section 36 has another visitor! Jaylah Young is passionate about helping young adults, a comedian, and the current Miss East Cascades. I was excited she was willing to talk with us and discuss those topics, and a few more!

So, let’s see what happens when Jaylah Young visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate winning the Miss East Cascades crown?
Well, In work at Dutch Bros Coffee and all of my coworkers had been listening to me talk about Miss East Cascades coming up, so the first thing I did was stop by my stand in my crown and sash so show them that it actually happened! Then I went home and hung out with my family, played some board games, and enjoyed a cherry Pepsi!

What did you find most surprising about your time as Miss East Cascades?
Photo by
Lynette Smith Photography
I found the lack of knowledge about the organization in my community to be most surprising. Most people that I would meet during appearances didn't know much about the Miss America Organization or that they have local representation! So, it was really awesome to be able to explain all the cool details of the organization to them and how it has changed my life.

What is your fondest memory of the Miss Washington competition?
I have two of my fondest memory of the Miss Washington competition that come to mind: One was celebrating my 21st birthday on the preliminary night and having cake and having the whole crowd at the visitation afterwards sing happy birthday to me. The other is from the Miss Washington spring forum where our main children's miracle network fundraiser was a lip sync battle that my family agreed to be a part of with me. I will always cherish the memory of them being my band-mates and performing one of my favorite songs, "Photograph" by Def Leppard. And we also won the lip sync battle!

How did you select your social impact initiative, “Adult(ish): The survival guide”?
My social impact initiative came to be because I had struggled personally with my transition into adult life and ended up finding myself living in my car because I had no idea how to budget to afford an apartment or even how to get the process started of finding and applying for one, let alone the thousands of other responsibilities we're just expected to know how to handle when we turn 18. I also knew that I definitely wasn't the only one who was having a rough time so I wanted to be part of the movement to help end the "lost" feeling people get after graduating from high school by teaching them life skills early on. 

As a comedian, what is your favorite part about performing on stage?
As a comedian, I love that my talent is "out of the box" and I love the compliments I receive from others about how cool it is that I didn't let not having a "traditional" talent stop me from competing in the Miss America Organization. I also love that it is a creative outlet for me to express my emotions and life experiences.



What is your personal fitness routine? 
I'll be honest, my personal fitness routine is nothing crazy or special, I just allow myself to workout when I feel like it and try to make healthier diet choices without restricting myself. I have worked really hard to accept that in the past I had set unrealistic expectations for myself and my body, that I am beautiful whether I weigh 120lbs or 150lbs, and that my worth and ability to be a good person isn't defined by a number on a scale or tape measure. My routine mainly consists of working out at home or at Worx (a wonderful Miss East Cascades sponsor) and trying to avoid foods that are high in sugar, fried, and dairy (fun fact I'm lactose intolerant).

If you could be a Disney character for a week, who would you choose? Why? 
Well, Belle is my favorite Disney princess but I would want to be Elsa, because I see a lot of myself in her. She is strong, independent, reliable, and has such an amazing support system. 

If you had an extra ticket to a Red Sox vs Mariners game, who would you take with you? Why? 
I would definitely take my dad because he is a big Mariners fan and we always enjoy sports games together!

Is there a feature or activity at a baseball game that you’d especially like to experience? 
I have ALWAYS dreamed of throwing out the first pitch at a Mariner's game!

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That would be a lot of fun!

As usual, I want to thank Jaylah for visiting and for sending along the great pictures that accompany the interview. They always make posts so much more fun!

As Jaylah wraps up her time as Miss East Cascades, I encourage you to check out her official instagram account, Facebook page, and website. (Especially check out the website if you think you might want to be the next Miss East Cascades!) It’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss out on everything she’ll have going on.

Thanks again Jaylah!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Revised List of 36: Best Players I’ve Seen Play In Person


With the Hall of Fame results released recently, it’s time
to once again update my list. In fact, I realize that I didn’t do this update post last year. So, I have to also look at those inductees to see if they make any changes. As a general rule,  the Hall of Fame elections are usually less disruptive to this list since if you’re in the Hall of Fame, chances are you’re already on this list. But, that’s certainly not been the case lately!

As I’ve said, I make this list based mostly on awards. After all, my grandkids are more likely to ask me if I’ve seen a former MVP than some player who played well for a while (except for David Ortiz, I suppose). I also assume a Hall of Fame probably automatically makes the list.

So, starting with the 2019 induction. I’ve never seen Harold Baines or Lee Smith play live. So, those are easy. I’m also almost positive I never saw Roy Haladay live. But, I have seen the other three: Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, and Mariano Rivera. None of the three were previously on the list, since they all lacked a major award. And, frankly, none of them deserve to be in the Hall…so why would they have been on my list?

That brings us to the 2020 election. Derek Jeter I’ve obviously seen many times. Larry Walker I saw during the 2004 World Series. Again, neither were previously on my list. Jeter obviously didn’t make the cut previously. He didn’t have a major award, and really doesn’t deserve induction. Walker probably should have been on the list, but with just the one MVP he must have been squeaked out at some point.

So, amazingly, the Hall of Fame elections have added five players to the list the last five years. Remarkable.

So, who gets the bump? Right now, about half the list are Hall of Famers, so they’re safe. Bonds , ARod, and Clemens I’ll allow to keep their spots. Ichiro, Trout, and Pujols I assume will be in the Hall eventually, so seems weird to remove them now. That leaves six players who only have the MVP award in their collection. And, only one of those it a Red Sox player. So, the five players who will be eliminated from this list are: Josh Donaldson, Juan Gonzalez, Josh Hamilton,  Matt Holliday, and Andrew McCutchen. Mo Vaught gets to keep his slot…for now.
So, here’s the new list.

1. Roberto Alomar (HOF)
2. Wade Boggs (HOF)
3. Barry Bonds (MVP)
4. Ryan Braun (ROY, MVP)
5. Miguel Cabrera (MVP, triple crown)
6. Jose Canseco (ROY, MVP)
7. Roger Clemens (MVP, CYA)
8. Dennis Eckersley (HOF)
9. Tom Glavine (HOF)
10. Ken Griffey Jr (HOF, All-Century Team)
11. Vladimir Guerrero (HOF)
12. Bryce Harper (ROY, MVP)
13. Rickey Henderson (HOF)
14. Derek Jeter (HOF)
15. Randy Johnson (HOF)
16. Chipper Jones (HOF)
17. Greg Maddux (HOF)
18. Edgar Martinez (HOF)
19. Pedro Martinez (HOF)
20. Mike Mussina (HOF)
21. Dustin Pedroia (ROY, MVP)
22. Mike Piazza (HOF)
23. Kirby Puckett (HOF)
24. Albert Pujols (MVP)
25. Jim Rice (HOF)
26. Cal Ripken (HOF)
27. Mariano Rivera (HOF)
28. Alex Rodriguez (MVP)
29. Ivan Rodriguez (HOF)
30. John Smoltz (HOF)
31. Ichiro Suzuki (ROY, MVP)
32. Frank Thomas (HOF)
33. Jim Thome (HOF)
34. Mike Trout (MVP)
35. Mo Vaughn (MVP)
36. Larry Walker (HOF)


Who’s on your list?

Monday, January 27, 2020

1975 Topps Page by Page: Page 9 (73-81)

I'm sure that you all remember that I finally completed my 1975 Topps set. 

Now that it's done I thought it would be fun to look through the set and talk about it. Going page by page seemed like a good way to go about it. Hopefully you find it interesting to read what I have to say.

How about we continue with page 9?



Red Sox Cards on the Page:  1. And what a Red Sox card it is! A fabulous card of the hero of the 1975 World Series.

Cards that make the 1975 Topps set cool: Young Hall of Famers! Of course, you have Fisk from his Red Sox days as a young all-star. You also have Ted Simmons, a much more recent addition to the cool card ranks.

My favorite card on the page: Yeah. It's the Fisk. Really, it's everything that excited me about the set in the first place. A great design, including the all-star star in the corner. A Red Sox hero from before I was really old enough to know it. A participant in that great World Series, and a young card of a baseball legend. It's really fantastic.

What would your answers to those last two categories be?

Friday, January 24, 2020

Megan Stier Visits Section 36!


Photo by Dorthy Shi

Section 36 has another visitor! Megan Stier is a brain injury awareness advocate, a talented singer, and the current Miss Broadway. Yeah, that means she’s a Yankees fan. I was still thrilled she was willing to talk with us and discuss those topics, and a few more!

So, let’s see what happens when Megan Stier visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate winning the Miss Broadway crown?
With Chipotle! I was so nervous all day that I hardly ate so after crowning all I wanted was Chipotle. I also called my family and friends who have supported me through the Miss America Organization to let them know I had won and to thank them for helping me get to that point!

What part of the upcoming Miss New York competition are you most nervous about?
RED CARPET! I am the clumsiest person and I know its just a matter of time before I faceplant in a formal gown. (Fingers crossed it doesn’t happen this year)

If you could play any role in any Broadway show, which would you pick? Why?
Glinda in Wicked. I have always said I want to “travel by bubble” just like she does. Her character was originated by Kristen Chenowith who I admire in both her personal and professional life. In fact, my Talent song was the one she used to do when she competed in the Miss America Organization.

How did you select your social impact initiative, “Brain Injury Awareness and Education”?
When I was in high school I suffered from a traumatic brain injury and I found that the hardest part wasn’t the pain, memory loss or speech differences that happened because of my injury. The hardest part was trying to go back to school and finding that there was very little knowledge and information available for my teachers and administrators on how to properly work with students with brain injury. Now I work to inform our schools about the needs and expectations of students returning to school post brain injury. My hope is to fully create a program for students to reintegrate back into their schools and communities seamlessly post injury.

As a talented singer, what is your favorite part about performing on stage?
The audience. If its 10 people or 10,000 people I love to perform for them. In the Miss America program we have 90 seconds to entertain, so that is exactly what I try to do. Having the ability to create a world, mood, scenario or story with my voice and acting is so exciting and truly rewarding when the audience enjoys it as well.

What is your personal fitness routine?
I love crossfit and kickboxing. Each of these sports allow me to set personal fitness goals as I continue to learn and grow with them. Crossfit is a high intensity program mixed with cardio and heavy weights to get a full body workout and kickboxing is the cardio session you didn’t know you needed!

As a Yankees fan, who is your favorite Red Sox player? Why?
 I can’t pick a Red Sox player. No way. Not gonna happen!

What is your favorite Aaron Judge memory?
A couple years after I moved to the city, my dad came to visit and we went to a Yankees game. (Now you have to understand this is a big deal for my dad who counts down the days until spring training each year on February 12th) It was a last minute decision and he had not packed his Yankee gear. So he went to the closest thrift store and found a Judge jersey to wear to the game. (So maybe not an exact Aaron Judge memory or play he did but it was a fantastic day regardless)

Is there a feature or activity at Yankee Stadium that you’d especially like to experience?
One of my life goals is to sing the national anthem at Yankee Stadium. Im hoping to make that dream a reality in the near future!

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That would be a lot of fun!

As usual, I want to thank Megan for visiting and for sending along the pictures that accompany the interview. They always make posts so much more fun!
As Megan continues her time as Miss Broadway, I encourage you to check out her official instagram account. It’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss out on everything she’ll have goin on.

And, of course, I want to wish Megan luck when she competes for the Miss New York crown. It would be great to have a Section 36 visitor wear that crown!

Thanks again Megan, and good luck!

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