I was just looking at a folder of scans from the last show I went to, and while looking at the cards laid out in front of me, I realized – Hey, I bought a lot of yellow cards.
…and then I said “What the heck, I’ve had worse ideas for a post”.
So here they are, the recently-acquired, very yellow, new additions to my collection.
I grew up a Mets fan and through Mrs. Shlabotnik I also became an Orioles fan. Since I didn’t grow up following the O’s, I had a lot of catching up to do on team history. In reading about the Orioles from the 1950’s, I was struck by a pair of players I’ve come to think of as “The Two Bobs”. Bob Boyd and Bob Nieman were often among the team batting leaders in the late 1950’s, but I had never heard of either of them. Boyd, who’s hitting got him the nickname of “Rope”, hit over .300 in 4 of his 5 seasons with the Orioles.
I’ve always been fascinated by cards of players who I knew better as managers, coaches or announcers. I’m old enough to remember the last few years of Tim McCarver’s career, but I still find it a bit odd to see cards of this young Cardinals catcher.
Sometime earlier this year I came to the realization that in all my years of collecting, I’d never managed to acquire a card from 1954 Topps. Just one of those things, I guess . This is one of two cards I recently bought to remedy that situation.
Wes Westrum was the Mets’ second manager, which explains why I bought this particular card.
I always have trouble bringing posts to a satisfying conclusion – maybe it comes from growing up watching Monty Python sketches which often ended abruptly and without a punchline – so I’m going to close this post by listing a few favorite songs with “yellow” in the title… and true confessions time, I don’t actually care for the Coldplay song I quoted in the subject line.
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, Elton John
“Yellow Submarine”, The Beatles
“Mellow Yellow”, Donovan
“Don’t Eat That Yellow Snow”, Frank Zappa
“Yellow Flower”, The Good Rats