How Many Of You Played The Sport You Collect?

Yesterday I was reading an article about falling participation in “casual sports leagues” (i.e. organized leagues which play all their games internal to that league, as opposed to traveling teams), and it mentioned that some of the major sports leagues were concerned because research suggests that participation in a sport was the most common gateway to being a fan of that sport on the professional level.

This raised an eyebrow (in as Spock-like a way as I can manage) because my own personal experience goes completely in the other direction.  If anything, I attempted playing baseball because I enjoyed watching it.  Truth be told, it wasn’t so much baseball as much as pickup games which involved a wiffle ball, tennis ball or Spaldeen…  suburban adaptations of the stickball many of our parents grew up playing on the streets of New York City.  Some of my friends went on to play Little League, but I was happy with the games we played in backyards or the street.

…But that’s wandering a bit from the conversation I wanted to start.  I’m not really looking to prove or disprove whether or not that article’s premise was true.

I became interested in what the experiences of other collectors were, so I figured I’d just go ahead and ask…

Whichever sport makes up the bulk of your collection, did you play it as a kid? 

What was the highest level at which you ever played? 

Did playing make you a fan, or did being a fan make you a player?

…and if any of this want to write at length on the subject and leave a link here, that would be more than sufficient.

Thanks!

2015 TSR: Series Two Is LIVE! (…As If That Means Anything)

You’re probably wondering what the point is of having different series within a virtual card set.  Well, to be honest, there isn’t much point…But I do it because I strive to make this virtual set everything that I wish an commercially-available card set would be.  Even though I started collecting in 1974 and just missed the boat on collecting sets that came in 5, 6 or 7 series, I still love the concept and would like to experience it someday.

Having artificial series also gives me a sort of breaking point to introduce new subsets, inserts and the like… Plus the opportunity to tweak the wrapper every six weeks.

2015 TSR Series 2 Wrapper

Just like the wrapper says, there will be some faux rub-on tattoos in this series, as well as some other new inserts… I’ll talk about them when I get there.

By a stroke of incredible fortune, nearly all of the cards that came in this pack just happened to involve players and events that have recently impacted my two MLB teams and my two Fantasy teams (points and Rotisserie).

On Sunday, the Orioles called up a promising rookie pitcher to start the game… and the new guy showed why people view him as promising.
2015 TSR #135 - Mike Wright
Mike Wright looked pretty darn impressive in getting the win in his debut.  He shut out the Angels through 7.1 innings, striking out six, walking none and giving up just four hits.  I ended up watching him pitch for a while rather than mow the lawn, and let me tell you, that is a major sacrifice on my part (nah, it really isn’t).

Although it wasn’t his debut, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was also impressive on Sunday, giving up one run and three hits over six innings, on his way to his first MLB victory.
2015 TSR #133 - Noah Syndergaard
I recently saw… somewhere… somebody commenting on what the Blue Jays’s outlook would look like if they hadn’t traded away prospects like Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud and Jake Marisnick. Not that I have anything against the Jays, but its nice to hear that kind of talk about a team other than the Mets.

OK, now it’s time for the inserts!

Up first is a faux rub-on tattoo… The idea for this came last September when Matt over at Heartbreaking Cards Of Staggering Genius busted a box of 1986 Topps Baseball Tattoos.  The tattoos from that set were appealing and colorful, but one thing that struck me about them is that they were simple.  “Well, shoot, I could do something like that”… at which point the tiny Barney Stinson in my head said “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!”

So here’s the first one, featuring the Mets’ Matt Harvey. (The name and logo are backwards because it’s supposed to be a rub-on tattoo).
2015 TSR Tattoo - Matt Harvey
I don’t mean to pat myself on the back, but this turned out much better than I expected.  The artwork is more simple than you find with the 1986 Topps tattoos, and I’ll be frank:  calling it “artwork” is being generous, it’s really just my digitally tracing over a photo.

For the time being, I’m going to enjoy the way it looks… for a little while until I start to worry about whether I’ll be able to do as good of a job on the next one.

Since early in the season I’ve been meaning to feature the Astros… and why not? Given their loaded farm system and a few years of hard knocks, I fully expected the Astros to show improvement this year, perhaps be reasonably competitive… But I did not expect them to be in first place and 10+ games over .500 in mid-May.

The Astros had some lovely throwback uniforms to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Astrodome, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and introduce another new “insert”.
2015 TSR TB-1 - George Springer
Trivia for you custom card nerds: The yellowing effect on this card was cloned from an actual 1968 Topps “Game” insert card I bought recently. It is authentic Topps yellowing! How can you not like that?

I also love these throwbacks uniforms… Frankly, I think they should use these everyday, but nobody ever asks for my input on these things.

Moving on from the inserts to “Joe’s Fantasy Corner”…. Earlier this month I picked up a pitcher on waivers, and that guy has payed immediate dividends for my floundering team… That guy being Shelby Miller of the Braves.
2015 TSR #153 - Shelby Miller
Since I added Miller, he’s thrown two shutouts and was one out away from throwing a no-hitter this past Sunday. What more could you ask of a guy who didn’t get drafted?

I’m hoping I get a similarly-outstanding results out of my latest acquisition, Delino DeShields. DeShields is a Rule V selection from the Astros (and if they weren’t doing well, they’d probably being saying “D’OH!!!!” about DeShields’ success so far) and he’s been doing quite well in Texas.
2015 TSR #134 - Delino DeShields
I’ve seen him referred to Delino Jr., but he’s got a different middle name than his father, so I don’t think that really makes him a “Junior”…

I’m going to gush over my own custom again… I like the way this one came out, because him looking up like that is very “vintage Topps”. The photo of Delino actually a “Photo Day” image, and I added the background of The Ballpark At Arlington.

Before I wrap up, I’d like to bring up another MLB happening from the beginning of the week…

As most of you know, the Marlins recently made an unconventional choice when they replaced their manager.  The word on the street was that they were going to hire someone who was inside the organization while still being an “outside the box” hire…
2015 TSR MAS-1 Billy The Marlin
…But Billy The Marlin turned the position down, so they put GM Dan Jennings in the job instead.

Thanks, I’ll be here all week, you’ve been a great audience!

Tip your waitstaff!

Major Leaguers On Minor League Cards: Just Like They Was Before They Was

Over the weekend I was looking for cards to scan for yesterday’s post about minor league hockey and baseball, and that got me diving into my monster box that’s partially filled with older minor league sets. I had remembered that I recently saw an image of a 15-year-old R.A. Dickey card, and wanted to dig into the archives to see if I had it or not.

I was pretty sure I owned a copy, and was not wrong…
2000 Just The Preview RA Dickey
…This card no longer has to suffer in crowded conditions in the monster box;  it now luxuriates in the binder reserved for my player collections.

I also found several interesting cards from the same set, so I figured I’d share them with you…

This is the card that surprised me the most.
2000 Just The Preview Josh Hamilton
I could see that the card was of a player named Josh Hamilton, but I couldn’t believe it was THAT Josh Hamilton. Wouldn’t I have noticed long ago that I had a card of a noted slugger? And apparently I would not, because it is that Josh Hamilton, 18-years old and in his first season of pro ball after being selected with the first overall draft pick.

As long as I’m featuring Mr. Hamilton, I’ll just mention that the recent unpleasantness involving him and the Los Angeles Angels has caused me to lose quite a bit of respect for the ownership and front office of that team. I didn’t think much of them after the whole “Technically, ‘Anaheim’ doesn’t have to be in front of ‘Angels’! HA! Gotcha!” situation, and this did nothing to improve my opinion. Yes, Josh Hamilton fell off the wagon, but he also did not try to get away with it.  We shouldn’t even know about any of this, but someone leaked out the information and then the Angels organization got all bent out of shape when their own player did not get suspended.  “We are only looking out for what’s best for our $80 Million —- I’m sorry, I meant to say what’s best for Josh.”  I’m sure that every player in the Angels organization sleeps well at night knowing that ownership has their backs.

Cesar Izturis is no longer an active Major Leaguer, but he has been around enough that most of you should know who he is. (Been around, eh, been around? Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no MORE!)
2000 Just The Preview Cesar Izturis
He looks a lot more mature than the 20-years-old he was at the time, doesn’t he?

Finally, here’s a particularly awful card of a current Met. It’s very hard to read the text or see the face, but trust me, it’s Michael Cuddyer. Whenever I’m going through these cards, I look at the backs rather than trying to read the gold print on a transparent colored background.
2000 Just The Preview Michael Cuddyer
My suspicions for this set was that it looked fine while being designed on their computers, but then when it came back from the printer everybody said “Oh… That doesn’t look as good as I though it would”.

…Or maybe I’m just being generous.

Of Moose And Mets

No, this isn’t about a baseball-themed episode of “The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle”. Rather, it’s about a pair of recent minor league developments which I thought some of you might find as interesting as I do.

First off, I was very happy to hear about the return of the Manitoba Moose hockey team, even though their home base in Winnipeg is over 1500 miles from where I live. What can I say; I just love the name and the original logo, which dates back to when they were the Minnesota Moose playing in the IHL. I’ve even owned two different Moose sweatshirts, one of which is still in my wardrobe.

Manitoba Moose logo from my sweatshirt

Manitoba Moose logo from my sweatshirt (Carefully cropped to edit out the need for a “stain stick”)

When the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg, the Moose moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland. After a couple of years of this arrangement, Jets management decided that having their top farm team playing in easternmost Canada (6 hours by plane) wasn’t cutting it, so they moved the team back and restored the Moose name. They don’t seem to be bringing back the cartoony logo that I favor, but that’s fine… I’m happy just knowing that the Moose is loose!

The other minor league news of interest involves Federal mediation of a dispute over the sale of the Mets’ AA team in Binghamton, NY. (Don’t worry, fans of the parent club… While this is an interesting story, it involves neither numbskullery nor devious behavior by anyone named “Wilpon”.)

2000 Blueline Binghamton Mets Ty Wigginton

2000 Blueline B-Mets team set

The Binghamton Mets are owned by a local group and routinely finishes near the bottom of the Eastern League in attendance, even last year when a very good B-Mets team won the league championship.

Back last fall, the B-Mets signed a Letter Of Intent with Main Street Baseball, a group that owns several minor league teams including the High-A Carolina League Wilmington Blue Rocks. Main Street’s intentions are to move the B-Mets to Wilmington, DE, essentially upgrading the Blue Rocks to a Double-A team. After the LOI was signed, Main Street conditionally sold the Single-A team to the Texas Rangers (who would move it to Kinston, NC), got approval from the Philadelphia Phillies (who have the right to deny any classification upgrade within their market) and started planning upgrades needed to bring Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium up to AA standards.

2002 Choice Binghamton Mets Heath Bell

2002 Choice B-Mets team set

The B-Mets allowed the six month period specified in the LOI to expire and then two days later announced that they had signed a LOI with another buyer for the team.  Main Street then filed an injunction against the B-Mets saying that Main Street had fulfilled all of the terms of the LOI, that the B-Mets were not negotiating in good faith and could not have entered into a legal agreement with another buyer that quickly without violating the terms of the first LOI.

A U.S. District Court Judge agreed that there were serious questions raised by Main Street and urged the sides to resolve this via mediation.  The sides agreed, and that’s where it currently stands.

So if it works out that Main Street does buy the B-Mets and move them to Delaware, what would be the fallout?

For New York Mets fans, their AA team would switch to Wilmington in 2016 and likely will be called the Blue Rocks… that name has been established in Delaware for over 20 years, I can’t see them throwing that away.

1994 Classic Johnny Damon

1994 Classic Johnny Damon

Several teams in the Eastern League would benefit, because it would bring the Mets affiliate within a 100 mile drive of natural rivals such as Trenton (Yankees), Reading (Phillies), Harrisburg (Nationals) and Bowie (Orioles).

The Texas Rangers would own their own Carolina League team and would be able to kiss the California League goodbye… I’m not sure how this pans out for the near future, because the A-ball Blue Rocks have an agreement with the Royals and the Rangers currently have a PDA with the High Desert Mavericks which runs through the 2016 season.

Kinston would get a team again after having lost their Carolina League team several years ago. I’ve never been to Kinston, but it seems like a nice town with a nice, old ballpark, and for them to get a team again would be… well… nice. (Frank Burns: “It’s nice to be nice to the nice!”; Margaret: “Don’t be a simp, Frank”.)

Finally, the B-Mets ownership has a lease with the City of Binghamton, but it doesn’t specify that NYSEG Stadium has to house a Double-A team. I would guess that they would bring in a team from the short-season New York-Penn League, and I’d bet a Donruss jumbo pack that the team would be the Batavia Muckdogs, who have averaged fewer than 1000 fans per game for the past three years.

1998 Blueline Binghamton Mets John Gibbons

1998 Blueline B-Mets team set

The baseball fans of Binghamton would suffer the greatest hurt, as they have been promised for years that the team is not for sale, and the lawsuit indicates that this has not been the case for at least four years.

As with the Manitoba Moose, this doesn’t affect me to any significant degree… but the business of sports intrigues me and I wanted to share the story.

How about you?  Are you affected by any of these changes?  Are you happy or upset about the potential fallout?

Coming Back On Stage To Play “Freebird”

Since I came back from “vacation” I’ve featured 2015 Bowman, non-sport cards, oversized oddballs and customs. I kinda feel like some of you might look at this like one would regard a concert by a famous rock musician who insists on playing all the stuff from his new album instead of the stuff that everybody really came to hear.

With that in mind, here’s a post featuring nothing but vintage cards which fit in a 9-pocket sheet… Well, except for one card which goes in an 8-pocket sheet.

I’m slowly working towards the 1968 Topps “Game” insert set, and here’s a card I just got featuring MLB’s PeteRose-a non grata…
1968 Topps Game Pete Rose
I’m not particularly a fan of Mr. Rose, but I like this card…  Not even sure why.  It’s kind of funny that the all-time hits king should have a “ground out” on his game card, but I guess somebody had to.  My own thoughts are that Pete Rose will eventually get in the HOF, but not until after he’s shuffled off this mortal coil.

In order to keep my efforts from getting too scattershot – yeah, right – I’m trying to focus my Kellogg’s acquisitions on Mets and the 1976  set… But that doesn’t mean I won’t pick up a cheap 1972 Kelogg’s when I see one…
1972 Kelloggs Dick Drago
Dick Drago was never a star player, but he was one of the better players in early Royals history.  In 1971 he was the Royals’ Pitcher Of The Year, going 17-11 with a 2.98 ERA, 15 complete games and 4 shutouts.

This 1972 Richie Scheinblum has a classically bad airbrush job. I think everybody should take a moment to appreciate the poorly-placed logo on the airbrushed cap.
1972 Topps Richie Scheinblum
1972 was Scheinblum’s only season as a regular, and he batted an even .300 while making the All-Star team.

I’ve been making something of an effort to get a better representation of the 1950’s in my collection.  Being a Mets fan from a young age, it’s not surprising that I have relatively few cards from before the Mets’ first season in 1962.  I’m also an Orioles fan, but I became one much later in life, so I don’t quite have the emotional attachment to vintage Orioles.  As a result, I’m often left with few budget-friendly cards to go after from the 1950’s.  Instead, I often go after guys who would later be Mets coaches from when I was a kid in the 1970’s.
1954 Bowman Eddie Yost
Eddie Yost was a Mets coach from 1968 to 1976.  Known as “The Walking Man” for his ability to draw a base on balls, he has a higher career on-base percentage than HOFers like Rod Carew, Joe Morgan, Honus Wagner, Tony Gwynn and Willie Mays (as well as Derek Jeter and Pete Rose).

I’ve been thinking of shopping for 1950’s cards using my 1956 modus operandi – go for the beautiful commons, regardless of who’s featured on them…  Cards like this:
1956 Topps Roy Sievers

If anyone’s got suggestions on any Bowman or pre-1956 Topps that fit this category, please leave me a comment (and if it’s a card you’ve featured in your blog, a link would be greatly appreciated). Thank you in advance!

Topps “Autos Of 1977″: A Set That Flies WAAAAAAY Under The Radar

I was at a show recently and picked up several cards from the 1976 Topps “Autos Of 1977″ set.  (I don’t actually own a wax pack or the wrapper, this is just an image I borrowed from an auction website).
1976 Topps Autos Of 1977 Pack

Never heard of this set?

That’s OK, I hadn’t a clue of it’s existence until this past November. Here’s how it played out…

I had been shopping on COMC, and had already gone through all the cards I could find from my wantlist. Since there was a promotion going on, I decided to start poking around on the site, and I began to look at non-sport sets from the 1950’s through the 1970’s, just to see if anything caught my eye.

That’s when I ran across cards like this one, listed under the heading “1976 Topps Autos Of 1977″:
1976 Topps Autos Of 1977 Gremlin X

…And my jaw dropped.  Here was a Topps set from when I was 11 years old and in one of my most enthusiastic periods of buying just about anything that came in wax packs…

And I had never even heard of it.

In 1976, I bought packs of baseball, football, hockey, Wacky Packs… even the occasional pack of “Welcome Back, Kotter”.  I was (and still am) also interested in cars. I cannot for the life of me imagine that I would have seen a pack of cards like the one above and not bought at least one pack.

…And yet, here they were, eluding me for nearly 40 years.

I started to feel better about my cluelessness when I tried to research this set and found little information about it.  The most informative article I could find about it didn’t come from a hobby publication or blog, it came from Hemmings Auto News.  Hemmings didn’t share any information beyond what one can determine from having the cards in hand coupled with a little knowledge of the auto industry.  There were 99 cards in the set, with both the photo and card back information apparently provided by the manufacturers.  Very few cars from the 1977 model year are considered classics, which goes a pretty long way towards explaining why there was never a follow-up set.

At this point I decided I’d go talk to the owner of a semi-local card store that specializes in gaming cards and non-sport cards.  He’d been helpful to me before, and I thought there was a decent chance that he’d have some of these cards and would know something about the set. He didn’t know what I was talking about from my description, so he went in the back, dug out a non-sports price guide from the 1980’s, found the listing for the set and, after seeing the thumbnail that went with it, stated “I have never seen these cards before”.

It was right around this point where my brain snapped and I knew that I MUST!  HAVE!  THESE!  CARDS!

But even my base urges have budgets… There were a few of these out on COMC, but while they may have been appropriately priced for the apparent rarity of this set, it was more than I wanted to spend.  I also had certain cards in mind, ones that featured cars to which I had an emotional attachment.

While at the recent show, I found a dealer who had a number of singles in EX/MT condition for $2 each.  I went in with a wantlist of 5 cards, and ended up buying 9.  Here are some of the highlights of that purchase.

Numero Uno on my wantlist was the Ford Granada… The majority of people would have no interest whatsoever in a 1977 Granada, and I would be among them except that the very first car I owned was a 1976 Granada (a.k.a. “The Grenade”).
1976 Topps Autos Of 1977 Granada
Mine was a four-door, and by the time it came to me it had body damage and 100,000 miles, but it was still pretty much what you see here. It was not a particularly good car, but it was my FIRST… and you know what they say about your first.

I haven’t shown the back of the cards yet… Here’s the back of the card for my beloved Grenade.
1976 Topps Autos Of 1977 Granada back

My Granada didn’t come with “Fingertip speed control” or a “Power operated sun roof”… But it was equipped with an “alternate emissions outlet”, which some of my less-insightful neighbors may have regarded as “a hole in the exhaust system”.

When the Granada first came out, Ford tried to pitch it as being similar to a Mercedes but at a fraction of the price… And you knew it was true because a somewhat-chagrined-looking German man in a white lab coat told us so… Or at least we think he told us, he was speaking in German.  He may have been telling us that he’d misplaced his car keys.

My father drove a 1973 Pinto for a while… very much a commuter car for him.  His was brown. Cars used to come in colors like brown and green, and not just white, black, grey, silver, graphite, charcoal, gunmetal, metallic mist and pewter.
1976 Topps Autos Of 1977 Pinto Runabout
The Pinto was not likely my father’s first choice, but there was a gas crisis at the time, and concessions needed to be made.

Before I even got my driver’s license, I spent a lot of time riding shotgun in my friend’s Monte Carlo. His Monte came with an 8-track tape player! Ooooh!  Truth be told, even at that time 8-track was well on it’s way to being dated technology, but when you’re just out of high school, you take what you can get.
1976 Topps Autos Of 1977 Monte Carlo Landau
If you look closely at this car, it’s got rectangular headlights… It seems laughable now, but at the time rectangular headlights were something approximating “cutting edge”.  “Headlights of a shape other than round?  What wizardry is this?!?”

When going through the stack of cards at the show, I felt that I HAD to get a VW Beetle, one of the few cars from the period which would still have some appeal.
1976 Topps Autos Of 1977 Beetle
I feel I should point out that Topps misspelled “Volkswagen” throughout this set.

Despite what I’ve shown you so far, there are cars in this set other than sedans and economy cars…  There are some Camaros, Corvettes, Alfa Romeos, Mercedes, Porsche 911s and Triumph TR7’s… But at least for this go-round, I stayed mainly with cars which had significance to me… And I didn’t know anybody at the time who owned a Porsche or Corvette.

And to be fair, I didn’t know anyone who owned a Chevy Vega Estate Wagon… But I was just amused to no end that Chevrolet would take a low-end economy wagon and try to make it seem impressive by calling it an “estate wagon”. I don’t think you found any Vega Wagons on an estate… well, not any Vega Wagons belonging to the owner of the estate.
1976 Topps Autos Of 1977 Vega Estate Wagon
Before you move on, make sure you take a moment to appreciate the fine wood grain which gives this Vega a touch of class… and because I am a child of that era, I don’t find the simulation of wood through the use of a large vinyl decal to be completely ludicrous. We had some odd ideas about cars back then.

So there you go, that’s most of the cards I got and all of the information I know.  Was this a regional test issue?  A normal set that flopped in a big way?  I have no idea.  If anybody can contribute any information I’ll update the post and give credit where credit is due.

And to wrap up the audience participation portion of our program… What was your first car?  Do you have a favorite car from the 1970’s, even if – like mine – it wasn’t a particularly good car?

Biggie Biggie!

Back when I still lived on Long Island, I was on a bowling team with an older woman named Olivia.  Olivia had a very bubbly personality and I have no doubt that she had been a cheerleader in high school, because at key moments of a game, she’d say encouraging things like “Big frame, Joe!  Biggie Biggie!”  I haven’t seen nor heard about Olivia in years, but “Biggie Biggie!” still pops in my head at certain times.

I had one of those moments at a recent card show when I saw a table with a sign that said “All items on table:  $1″.  Most of what was on the table was junk, but off on the right hand side I saw an oversized 1970 Topps Super card staring back at me, and in my head Olivia gave her rally cry: “Biggie biggie!”

I’ve recently become enamored with both Baseball and Football Supers, so I will gladly take any Supers I need for a buck.  I’m not terribly concerned about condition, and with the rounded corners and thick cardboard of the Supers, you really have to do something egregiously bad to inflict any significant damage.

The card on top of the small stack was a 1970 Jim Wynn, which I gladly grabbed.
1970 Topps Super Jim Wynn
Even if I weren’t buying up any cheap Supers I find, I have a soft spot for Jim Wynn as he’s the first Major Leaguer I’d ever met in person.

Underneath Wynn was a bit of a surprise…
1970 Topps Super Bob Gibson
Bob Gibson?  Vintage Bob Gibson?  A nice-looking vintage Bob Gibson?  FOR A BUCK?  What’s wrong with it?  Had the card been glued to the wall and the card’s reverse remains stuck to that very same wall?  Is there a 45-year-old slab of gum adhered to the back – fuzzy, black and evolving into a sentient life form?  Has the card been dipped in a vat of weaponized anthrax?

I turned it over to look, saw this…
1970 Topps Super Bob Gibson back
…and said “Magic Marker?  That’s it?!?  Pfffffft.  Like I care”.  Of all the sins committed against cardboard, writing on the edges of the back is the sin least deserving of penance.  Indeed, there is nothing I like better than a child who loved his cards enough to brand them as his own… and made them affordable to me these many years later.

I got a third 1970 Super at the same show (but not at the same table)… A lovely card of Mel Stottlemyre at the original Yankee Stadium.
1970 Topps Super Mel Stottlemyre

I don’t know what it is about this card, but it just has that “larger than life” look about …  I guess it’s the blue skies, the glimpse of the Yankee Stadium frieze, the serene, confident expression of Mel Stottlemyre.  It just proclaims “This is a baseball card made by people who know how to make baseball cards”.

I’ve got to say, 1970 Topps Super Baseball is my favorite set at the moment…

Well, along with 1970 Topps Super Football…

…And 1971 Super Baseball…

…And the 1968 Topps game insert…

…And 1966 Topps Batman “Black Bat”…

…And 1964 Topps Giant…

…And 1976 Kellogg’s…

…And 1961 Topps Sports Cars…

…And…………………..