I knew I shouldn’t have said anything.
Oh, by the way, this post is about the box of 1970 Topps I bought from the Semi-Local Card Shop… I’m taking cards out 10-15 at a time and treating them like packs.
Anyway, the last “pack” I shared two weeks ago put a nice dent in my needs, as I needed 8 out of the 12 cards, all Red Sox and Yankees (the box is sorted by team). I foolishly shared my excitement online and apparently jinxed myself.
As I thumbed through the next pack, it was “Got him, got him, need him, got him, got him, got him… Oh, crap”.
The “Oh crap” came because after the remaining Yankees I hit Seattle Pilots. The reason that’s “Oh, crap” is because I’m a Pilots collector and I already have the 1970 team set. On the plus side, I’ve got a new Mike Herschberger card, and I know the one in my 1970 binder looks like it’d been subjected to bicycle spokes.
At least it’s a decent card, Bobby Murcer was one of the Yankees better players in the early 1970’s… not the “Next Mickey Mantle” that fans had been hoping for, but he was a good player.
Anyway, after 20 minutes or so I realized that I probably still had more Pilots to sort through, so I pulled out another 11 cards, got through another 7 Pilots (12 Pilots in total) and into the A’s. Despite the added number of cards, I still ended up with only one more need… That’s 2 cards out of 23. Yikes.
Tommie Reynolds appeared in 101 games for the 1967 Mets. It’s funny, because I was just talking Rule 5 draft with a guy from work the other day, and I was saying that it doesn’t do what it was originally supposed to do, which was to “rescue” Major League-ready guys trapped in the minors. In 1966, the Mets took Reynolds from the A’s in the Rule V draft, and two years later the A’s took him back in the Rule V draft. In 1969 the A’s outfield consisted of Reynolds, Rick Monday and Reggie Jackson.