Beautifully Poor – 1959 Topps “Danny’s All-Stars”

I was going through a dealer’s bargain bin at a show not too long ago, when I ran across this card from 1959 Topps:
1959 Topps Danny's All Stars

This card seemed to be in pretty nice condition for a bargain bin, not to mention that it featured Ted Kluszewski as well as original Met Frank Thomas. I turned it over to see what might’ve been wrong with the back… and that’s when I discovered the result of some child’s boredom:
1959 Topps Danny's All-Stars back
As someone who “double-bags” in 9-pocket sheets, I like vintage cards that have writing on the back, because it brings the price down in a way that I don’t mind… but I have to admit, I kinda liked this piece of original “colored pencil on cardboard” artwork. At least they stayed within the lines.

These two guys weren’t Danny’s All-Stars for very long. Frank Thomas was traded to the Reds before the 1959 season, and Big Klu was traded to the White Sox that August.

Doppelgangers: 1994 Score/Collector’s Choice Greg Myers

For a while in the 1990′s, I had a sort of sub-collection going of cards that featured the same play but different photos. I didn’t stop collecting these types of cards as much as the supply (or my awareness, anyway) dwindled as the number of sets declined.

I’ve been meaning to share some of these pairs for a year or two; Now’s as good a time as any to start with this lovely pair of Greg Myers cards from 1994 Score and 1994 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice:
1994 Greg Myers Score and Collectors Choice
At first glance, it looks like the same photo, but when you look closer you can see that the photos were taken from slightly different angles… but at the same moment.

Despite the way we’ve been conditioned for the past dozen years, this particular #34 with the Red Sox is NOT David Ortiz… rather it’s 3rd baseman Scott Cooper.

I think I figured out which play is involved. Since two different card companies used similar photos in 1994, I feel comfortable in saying that the photo is from 1993. If one looks at day games involving the Angels in Fenway, and then eliminated games where Greg Myers did not play, Scott Cooper didn’t get on base or scored only on home runs, then that leaves Sunday, May 2nd. In the 3rd inning Cooper is on third, John Valentin on 1st and Tony Pena hits into a 5-2 fielder’s choice. Despite the FC, the Red Sox would go on to score 3 runs that inning and won the game 4-3.

Does anybody know of any other “doppelgangers” like these?
I’ve got a few more pairs to feature, but I’m sure there are more out there than the ones I’ve stumbled across. Please let me know, and I’ll add them to my collection and feature them here.

Stuff I Like: 1974 Topps Fran Healy

I like this card for a bunch of reasons:

1974 Fran Healy

It’s a horizontal 1974 card.

It’s a cool action shot.

Thurman Munson is the player sliding home while Healy waits for the throw.

Fran Healy would back up Thurman Munson in 1976 and 1977, and for one game in 1978.

Other Fran Healy tidbits:

After retiring in 1978, he would be a Yankees broadcaster through 1981.

His middle name is Xavier.

He was the 28th player taken by the Royals in the 1968 Expansion Draft.

His uncle, Francis Healy, who was also a catcher and also born in Holyoke, MA, played with the NY Giants and Cardinals.  Both Francis and Fran were on World Championship teams (1934 “Gas House Gang” Cardinals, 1977 Yankees) but neither made an appearance in the World Series.

There’s yet another Fran Healy who is the lead singer and songwriter for the Scottish band Travis.

Contrast And Compare: 1977 OPC/Topps George Scott And Cecil Cooper

Of all the photo differences between 1977 Topps and O-Pee-Chee baseball, this is one of my favorites just because of the attention to detail by the airbrush artist.

First we have the Topps George Scott.  “Boomer” came up with the Red Sox but was part of a 10-player trade after the 1971 season.  Scott would play with the Brewers from 1972 to 1976
1977 Topps George Scott

In December, 1976, George Scott and Bernie Carbo were traded to the Red Sox for Cecil Cooper. I think everybody should take a moment to appreciate this impressive airbrush job.
1977 OPC George Scott
Not only does the Red Sox logo actually look like a Red Sox logo, but the artist attempted to duplicate the glare on the helmet and – this is the part that really gets me – also the reflection of the logo on the brim of the helmet. That is the kind of detail you don’t often see on Topps airbrushings.

I should also mention that a powder-blue Brewers road jersey was converted to a white Red Sox home jersey. Despite everything going on, it doesn’t scream “AIRBRUSHING!!!!”

..and as long as I’m pointing out every little detail, the signature on the Brewers card is laid out vertically (first over last name), while the Red Sox card signature is horizontal.

Ah, the heck with it, as long as I’m at it, I may as well share the other end of this deal. Here’s Cecil Cooper with the Red Sox…
1977 Topps Cecil Cooper

…and here he is airbrushed as a Brewer. Not as good of a job, but still nothing to be ashamed of.
1977 OPC Cecil Cooper

This trade worked out better for the Brewers, as Cecil Cooper would play 11 years for the Brew Crew, make the All-Star team five times, win three Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves, and twice lead the AL in RBI.

A Few Cards From The 2004 Maryland Lottery Orioles 50th Anniversary set

I felt like showing a couple of oddballs, and these Maryland Lottery cards from 10 years ago certainly fit the description.

2004 Maryland Lottery Brady Anderson

These standard-sized cards were sold in packs of four with a $10 lottery tickets, and was part of a contest where the first 100 people to collect all 50 cards would win a prize.  Cards 46-49 were short-printed and card #50, Babe Ruth, was “shorter-printed”.

2004 Maryland Lottery Rich Dauer

I’ve never liked the fact that Babe Ruth was included in an Orioles 50th anniversary set, chase card or not.  While Ruth did start his professional career with the International League’s Baltimore Orioles in 1914, he had absolutely no connection with the team we now call the Orioles.  When the Major League Orioles played their first game in 1954, Babe Ruth had been dead for over 5 years.

2004 Maryland Lottery Terry Crowley

The cards themselves are glossy on both sides and are greener in color than they show up in these scans.  These five cards are all I have from the set, I got them at an Orioles Fan Fest a number of years ago.

2004 Maryland Lottery Tippy Martinez

I might pick up more of these, but while I consider myself an Orioles fan, I’ve only been one for 15 or so years, and I don’t have a huge emotional attachment to the Orioles that came before I started going to Camden Yards.  I appreciate them as players and individuals, but I don’t get all gushy thinking about them.

I’ll admit, I wouldn’t mind getting the Reggie Jackson card from this set just so I can have one card of Reggie with the Orioles.

2004 Maryland Lottery Al Bumbry

I have to admit, as a Mets fan I’m jealous of sets like this… The number of regional or team-issued Mets sets are pretty small, and many of them are not the greatest.

I’d be curious to know if anybody out there bought these cards with the lottery ticket.  Did you win anything?

Shameless Plug: COMC sale!

COMC is having promotion running through this Wednesday, 7/23. I and many other sellers are running promotions and there’s free shipping on 20 or more items (with some qualifications, see site for details)

Every card in my inventory is discounted!  Check it out HERE!

I’ve got baseball from 1961 to 2013, some hockey, football, basketball and non-sports.

Extra discounts on:  2012 & 2013 inserts, Ichiro, NASCAR, A-Rod and many others!

For those who haven’t read my “About my COMC Store” tab, I’ve been selling on COMC for over three years. I sell unwanted cards from my collection, and use the proceeds to buy cards I want. I’m not trying to conquer the world, corner the market or be any kind of power seller. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

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If you’re having a promotion, leave a link or your UserID in the comments, and I promise I will check it out!

Unrelated update: More songs with numbers in the titles
“Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five” – Wings
“99 Problems” – Jay-Z
“Twenty-Five Percent For Nothing” – Yes
“Four Little Diamonds” – Electric Light Orchestra
“One Of These Nights” – The Eagles
“The Lucky One” – Alison Krauss And Union Station
“One Toke Over The Line” – Brewer And Shipley
“One World” – Dire Straits
“One Long Pair Of Eyes” – Robyn Hitchcock

…and two very different songs with the same title:
“One Of These Days” – Paul McCartney (“One of these days, when my feet are on the ground…”)
“One Of These Days” – Pink Floyd (“One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces!”)

Off-Topic: Top Ten Songs Which Contain “One”

Wrapping up the countdown that’s gone on all day… This post is songs with “One” in the title:

  1. “One Thing Leads To Another” – The Fixx
  2. “One Way Out” – The Allman Brothers Band
  3. “One Way Or Another” – Blondie
  4. “One More Minute” – ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
  5. “One More Time” – Joe Jackson
  6. “A Quick One, While He’s Away” – The Who
  7. “Little Blue One” – Cowboy Mouth
  8. “The One Thing” – INXS
  9. “You Just May Be The One” – The Monkees
  10. “I’m Your No. 1 Fan” – The Beautiful South

Well-Known Songs which didn’t make the cut:

  • “One Week” – Barenaked Ladies
  • “One” – Three Dog Night
  • “One Step Beyond” – Madness
  • “One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces” – Ben Folds Five
  • “Love Plus One” – Haircut 100
  • “One After 909″ – The Beatles

At the last minute, I realized I forgot about other numbers…

  • “Too Low For Zero” – Elton John
  • “Saved By Zero” – The Fixx
  • “10,000 Angels” – Godley And Creme
  • “22,000 Days” – The  Moody Blues
  • “2000 Miles” – The Pretenders
  • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – The Proclaimers
  • “If I Had $1000000″ – Barenaked Ladies
  • “84,000 Different Delusions” – Shawn Colvin

What am I counting down to?  Well, there are two reasons for this series of posts.  First off, it’s an experiment regarding my blogroll difficulties of the past 6 weeks.  Second, I’ve realized that I’ve been spreading myself a bit thin lately, so I’m going to take a few days off from blogging and concentrate on my collection and other related things.

See you in a few!