December 10th, 1984
December 10th, 1982
Mike Scott would come back to haunt the Mets in the 1986 NLCS, but even his two wins couldn’t stop the Mets that year.
December 10th, 1971
…for Frank Estrada, Don Rose, Leroy Stanton…
Mike Scott would come back to haunt the Mets in the 1986 NLCS, but even his two wins couldn’t stop the Mets that year.
…for Frank Estrada, Don Rose, Leroy Stanton…
I’m as close to being “carded out” as I’ll ever be.
I’ve spent much of the last week signed on to COMC – pricing the 500 cards I just sent in, setting up the Black Friday promotion, shopping for cards to buy, handling offers, making offers… you get the idea.
By the way, the images here are not cards I just bought on COMC, but are similar to cards I did buy. I got some 1977 O-Pee-Chee baseball cards similar to this Ken Griffey…
…like the other OPC’s I bought, this Griffey uses a different photo than it’s Topps counterpart. The Topps card has a candid photo of Griffey with a bat, but his face is covered in shadow.
I spent a lot of time shopping, because I shopped in a large number of ways… Trying to complete sets, trying to complete Mets team sets, shopping from vintage sets I’m not working on completing but still like, looking for unusual cards of players I collect, looking for players to fill gaps in my “current 40 man roster” binders…
…and, of course, looking for my own copies of the awesome cards I see in everybody else’s blogs.
BTW, the COMC promotion continues until the end of today. Check out my stuff here.
So the whole point of this is that I’ve spent most of the past 7 days sitting in front of my laptop, looking at images of cards… So forgive me if I don’t feel much like writing about cards today.
So have a good Cyber Monday, as well as “Last day to tender contracts to artibration-eligible players” day.
I’ll be back tomorrow with… something.
In the meantime, celebrate Britney Spears’ birthday by listening to the most incredibly awesome cover of a Britney song ever done by five guys singing a-capella in German.
Those of you who do all their blog surfing through blogrolls might’ve wondered where I’ve been. Truth is, I’ve been here but the proverbial “technical difficulties” have kept me from appearing on blogrolls. I’ve been posting at least once a day for all of November, so if you thought I fell off the face of the earth, you might want to go back and check out what you’ve missed.
I’d like to thank the esteemed Mr. Nachos Grande for his help on the matter. It looks like pasting documents straight from Word into the post was causing problems. Why it hadn’t caused similar problems in the previous 2 years I’d been doing the exact same thing is beyond me… I guess things reached critical mass or something. For now I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the problem’s been sorted out.
Before I move on, let’s pause for a brief image…
For the past few days, I’ve been spending a heck of a lot of time on card-related activities that didn’t involve touching any cards or writing about them. Aside from obsessing over my blogroll issues, I’ve also been getting ready for COMC’s Black Friday. I’ve been updating my wantlists for a day of shopping, and I’ve also been pricing the nearly 500 cards that just entered my inventory.
COMC is encouraging all of it’s sellers to have a sale for this weekend, and I’ll be participating. They’ll also have shipping without paying the handling charge, give store credit for buying and shipping a minimum amount of purchases, and be giving away Cyber Monday shopping sprees.
Among the cards I’ve just added to my inventory are oddballs like the Cal pictured above, plus vintage cards, parallels and inserts (many from 2013), manupatches, vintage, rookies and pre-rookies, oddballs, 1970′s O-Pee-Chee baseball, 1976 SSPC, hockey, basketball, football, even Donruss Truckin’ cards. Check it out here, but you might want to wait until Friday to actually start your shopping.
…and don’t hesitate to make me an offer; I’ve got 490 cards I priced based on half of book value; I don’t know if I’ll have a chance before Friday to check for entry mistakes or whether 50% book is reasonable, so… like I said, make an offer. I’m going to be shopping on Friday, and checking my account regularly over the weekend.
Pause for a breath and another image…
Yesterday at lunch I bought a 100-card repack and went through the cards while sitting in my car, but the cards are sitting on my kitchen table, still in the torn-open plastic shell case. That’s the kind of week it’s been — I didn’t even get around to pulling out the 1988 Donruss cards and throwing them in the recycling!
I plan to be back to business as usual tomorrow… Maybe I’ll get a chance to make the Ian Kinsler custom to go with the Prince Fielder I posted on Monday.
I hope everybody has a happy Thanksgiving and a happy Hannukah. Drive safe if you’re driving.
Before I get into the main subject, I’d like to point out that there’s information on my COMC Black Friday plans below, as well as a plea for blogrollical help.
Now, I normally wouldn’t pay much attention when a team I don’t follow announces their coaching staff… but in the case of yesterday’s announcement about the Mariners’ coaching staff, it read like a “random Mets cards” blog posting… so I figured I’d make a random Mets card posting out of it.
New M’s hitting coach Howard Johnson was a member of the 1986 World Champion Mets, he holds or is tied for a couple of Met team records including “extra base hits in a season” and one could make an argument for his inclusion in the Mets’ Hall Of Fame.
When Black Friday comes, gonna sell my cards online
Gonna discount ‘em all and hope they sell this time…
COMC is having a Black Friday special, and not only will I be participating, but I will have 500 new cards added to my inventory by then (I’m in the process of pricing them). Parallels and inserts (many from 2013), manupatches, vintage, 1986 glossy cards, rookies and pre-rookies, oddballs, 1970′s O-Pee-Chee baseball, 1976 SSPC, hockey, basketball, football, even Donruss Truckin’ cards.
More information to come!
Finally, I’ve been having problems with my posts showing up in blogrolls, and I hoping someone’s had the same problems. After reading through blogger.com support, I wonder if I’m having a problem with pasting text from MS Word (which I do) or with “auto-pagination”, which I’m not clear on what that means, but it is connected to other people with the same problems.
If anyone has any suggestions, hints, etc., I would love to resolve my situation.
While digging through “The Vault” (a.k.a. my box of assorted bits of stuff), I found a couple of New York Mets/WFAN bumper stickers from the late 1980′s.
For those of you who haven’t heard the wailing and gnashing of teeth coming from New York (and many miles around), the Mets recently lost their flagship radio station of the past 27 years. WFAN kicked the Mets to the side of the road and hooked up with the [pause to spit on the ground] Yankees. The Mets later signed a deal with WOR, another high-powered NY radio station.
For those of us who are out of town and like to listen to Mets games after dark when AM signals travel farther, this change might affect anyone who has a local station at the 710 frequency but not at the 660 frequency.
I suppose there are also out-of-town Yankee fans who get their old 880 (WCBS) better than 660, and for them I say “Serves you right”.
Naaaaaah, I’m just kidding, Yankee fans. If you’re going to listen to John Sterling call a Yankee game, then you’ve already suffered enough.
Getting back to the bumper stickers, I also have a bumper sticker from the station’s first year of existence, when they were on 1050 AM. According to Wikipedia, that fell from July, 1987 to October, 1988 when the station moved to 660 AM, replacing WNBC.
660 switching from WNBC to WFAN was a biiiiig deal. WNBC had been around for over 60 years, and had been the flagship station of the NBC radio network. I remember listening to the transition from one station to the other; it was really quite sad when the played the NBC chimes for the last time.
…Just as I’m sure it’s sad for the Mets fans who listen to WFAN on a daily basis. This may be for the better, at least for the short term… I get the impression that Mets fans get too wrapped up with what the local media is saying, I think it would do everybody some good to go underneath the radar for a while.
Here are the backs of the stickers… The 1050 sticker has a coupon for Jan & Craig’s Window Factory…
From several failed Google searches, I’m guessing that Jan & Craig are no longer in the window business.
I actually have two of the 66AM stickers, each with a different backing. One has a contest form…
…and the other has a 1989 Mets schedule.
Take heart, Mets fans. You survived the switch of TV stations from WWOR to WPIX – which still weirds the living crap out of me – and you’ll survive this.
Although I haven’t gone anywhere, some of you may have thought I took a week off because many of the blogrolls have not recognized anything I’d done since last Friday.
Yesterday I found that my most recent post finally got recognized, and in celebration of that problem being resolved – knock on wood – I’m going to share some vintage cards I got at a show last month.
In 1979, when this photo was likely taken, Jim Palmer is starting to show signs of age – you can see the beginnings of crow’s feet, for example – but he still had great hair. This looks like it might be a postgame interview, and yet “Cakes” doesn’t have hat head. How the hell does he do that?
When I ran across this card in a box of relatively cheap, well-loved vintage, I was surprised that I didn’t already have it. I couldn’t tell you how much time I spent staring at an image of this card when it was featured on one of the 1975 Topps cards celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary.
I just got curious and looked to see how many of those featured cards I own, and the answer is 6 out of something less than 50… “less than 50″ because some of the cards, like the 1962 Maury Wills, didn’t really exist to begin with.
…And for what it’s worth, 4 of the 6 come from 1973 and 1974.
Moving right along…
Here’s a freshly-minted Expo and poorly-scanned card of Larry Jaster, who went 9-13 for the NL Champion Cardinals in 1968, and found himself an Expo in 1969. Funny how those things work.
I’ve had a thing lately for 1969 later-series cards which pictured players in the uniforms of that year’s expansion teams. I remember how excited I was about the 1977 Blue Jays/Mariners expansion, I think I would’ve been beside myself if I were old enough to follow baseball when four new teams came into the Majors.
Al Ferrara is another recent mini-obsession of mine ever since I found out about his attempts to get into acting. I really need to track down the episode of Gilligan’s Island he was on — he played “Native” in the episode “High Man On The Totem Pole”, which I’m ashamed to say I remember just from the title.
…You see, the castaways find a totem pole, and the head at the top of the totem pole looks like Gilligan. Zany hijinks ensue.
I’m diggin’ the capital “A” on Ferrara’s road jersey… I’d never noticed that before, but I like it. Bonus point to the Dodgers.
I’ve got a bunch card show purchases to share; I really need to be better about keeping up on them.
And for those who were wondering if I’d include the scene from Monty Python And The Holy Grail which was quoted in the subject line… Would I deprive you of Python? Of course not!
Update: I have angered the blogroll gods with my hubris… It’s currently 1 hour after I’ve posted, and I’m not showing up on blogrolls. Poop.
My arm has been bothering me lately, and since it’s the arm I “mouse with”, I figure it’s from spending too much time in front of computers.
So today I’m just going to shut up and share some assorted images of cards I bought at a recent show.
Even though the 1972 set is an extremely large 797 cards, 47 cards is still a crap-ton of cards for one team.
I got curious about how this compares to other teams,and I did some queries against my collection’s database –
Disclaimer time: The 1972 Topps data I use originally came from a software package that had several errors in it (i.e. Joe Torre with the Mets, Jim Fregosi “Traded” with the Angels), and while I corrected those errors, there’s always the chance that there are more that I missed. Take these results with a grain of salt.
– it looks like the four largest team sets in 1972 are the Mets, the Pirates (46 cards), Orioles (40 cards) and A’s (40 cards). What I found in how the sets break down was interesting enough to make another post, which I’ll write as soon as I get a chance (ideally later this week).
Quick aside: I’m sorry about the photos; they’re not up to my usual standards – and WordPress insists on rotating two of them to make them Landscape instead of Portrait — but I incorrectly thought photos would be quicker than scanning the cards. HAH!
I’m going to make a couple of guesses at why the Mets, a team that finished 3rd the year before and wasn’t excessively loaded with stars, ended up as the biggest team in the set…
Tom Seaver: Tom Terrific single-handedly contributes 6 cards to the team set — His regular card, his “In Action” card, his “Boyhood Photo” card and three League Leader cards.
General popularity and lingering “Miracle Mets” goodwill: Remember, 1972 is just a couple of years after 1969, and the Mets maintained the “warm & fuzzies” of their World Championship by staying reasonably competitive (3rd place and 83-79 in both 1970 and 1971).
Photographers Who Worked Out Of Shea Stadium: Topps is based in New York and Shea Stadium had long been a hub of Topps photography. How else can you explain Tim Foli and Ray Sadecki getting “In Action” cards while Frank Robinson doesn’t?
1972 Topps is such a big and innovative set that I had to be careful that I truly had all of the Mets cards. I ended up checking several different resources, including PSA team set registries, to make sure I didn’t miss any. I have to admit, there were several cards that I almost –
Oh. Uhhh…… sorry, lost my train of thought. Where was I? Oh, yeah, I was talking about how I had to be careful not to overlook the League Leader cards which feature Tom Seaver –
…Seaver… uuhhrrrr… which… feature…
Jeez, I’m sorry, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I keep trying to finish a thought and I get these images flashing in front of my ey—
Whoa, there it goes again! It’s bizarre, it’s like there’s something on the edge of my consciousness, something I need to remember…
I forgot the CARD BACKS.
The “In Action” cards in the later series have backs which make up pieces of a puzzle, and “Puzzle D” features TOM SEAVER. That’s six cards I hadn’t taken into account. They don’t fit into the standard definition of a “team set”, but how can I include the League Leader cards and not count the puzzle pieces?
I’ve already got 2, but that means I still need the other 4.
…And one of them is Rod Carew.
Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew.
High-numbered Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew. Happy happy, joy joy.
OK, so to summarize:
> I’ve completed the PSA Set Registry definition of a 1972 Mets team set! Yay!
> I’ve never listened to PSA before, why should I start now?
Sooooo…. I’ve got 4 new cards on my want list. You’ll be hearing more about this soon.
For the record, here’s what PSA and I have determined to be the 47-card set without the puzzle…
16 MIKE JORGENSEN
31 CLEON JONES
32 CLEON JONES IN ACTION
53 BUD HARRELSON
54 BUD HARRELSON IN ACTION
91 N.L. ERA LEADERS (SEAVER)
93 N.L. PITCHING LEADERS (SEAVER)
95 N.L. STRIKEOUT LEADERS (SEAVER)
105 GARY GENTRY
127 DUFFY DYER
141 METS ROOKIE STARS (CAPRA/STANTON/MATLACK)
163 TUG MCGRAW
164 TUG MCGRAW IN ACTION
181 ED KRANEPOOL
182 ED KRANEPOOL IN ACTION
245 TOMMIE AGEE
269 DON HAHN
293 DANNY FRISELLA
294 DANNY FRISELLA IN ACTION
305 KEN BOSWELL
306 KEN BOSWELL IN ACTION
346 JIM FREGOSI BOYHOOD PHOTO
347 TOM SEAVER BOYHOOD PHOTO
362 METS TEAM
388 CHARLIE WILLIAMS
407 CHUCK TAYLOR
425 KEN SINGLETON
426 KEN SINGLETON IN ACTION
445 TOM SEAVER
446 TOM SEAVER IN ACTION
465 GIL HODGES
496 BUD HARRELSON BOYHOOD PHOTO
518 WAYNE GARRETT
544 TED MARTINEZ
563 RAY SADECKI
564 RAY SADECKI IN ACTION
594 JIM BEAUCHAMP
655 JERRY GROTE
673 DAVE MARSHALL
697 JERRY KOOSMAN
698 JERRY KOOSMAN IN ACTION
707 TIM FOLI
708 TIM FOLI IN ACTION
722 BILL SUDAKIS
741 MAJOR LEAGUE ROOKIES (HUTTON/MILNER/MILLER)
755 JIM FREGOSI TRADED
781 JIM MCANDREW
…and here are the 6 cards that make up the Seaver puzzle:
692 Curt Blefary In Action
694 Alan Gallagher In Action
696 Rod Carew In Action
700 Bobby Murcer In Action
706 Pat Corrales In Action
710 Jim Kaat In Action
The subject line should be read in the voice of the late Gene Rayburn, host of “Match Game”, the greatest game show the 1970’s had to offer.
The other morning I was feeling a little down… I’m not even sure why, but I just felt a bit dejected. Nobody was around at lunch, so I ate my sandwich and read a magazine.
That wasn’t working for me and since it was nice outside, I figured maybe I should go for a walk.
So what else was there to do? I drove over to the nearby Target and bought a repack.
I got an autograph! Yay!
This is the second autograph I’ve pulled from a repack in the past couple of months… Neither one was anybody I’m interested in, but I’ll take a signed card over another 1989 Fleer card any day.
A blank piece of cardboard? WTF?
EXCELLENT! A blank-front Dodgers Leaders card! Somebody in Q/A was snoozing on that day in 1989. This one’s definitely going in my 1989 binder!
I had been hoping for a Pirates/A’s World Series, but now my best-case scenario is Cardinals/Tigers… and to be honest, at this point I’m just hoping I don’t have to see the Red Sox & Dodgers, the matchup I least wanted to see.
Fox says they’d like to get they two biggest markets left, Boston vs. Los Angeles.
…or maybe Fox says “Ring-ding-ding-ding-ding-a-ding-a-ding…”