I never set out to buy up a bunch of Tom Sever cards when I was doing my Black Friday shopping, but it sure ended up that way. I guess that there were just good deals to be found on Tom Terrific.
It mainly started with knocking some cards off my Kellogg’s want lists, including the infamous two-dimensional set of 1973.
…The patriotic 1976 set…
…and 1980. I don’t mind the Reds uniform or the lack of a fake pitching pose, it’s still Seaver.
I later turned my attention to those cards in the 1980 Burger King Pitch, Hit And Run set which had a different photo than the regular Topps card. Just so happened that one of my needs was Tom Seaver.
Back in 1984, I think I bought one pack of 1984 Donruss and my reaction was something along the lines of “Meh”. Lately I’ve been appreciating that set much more than I did 30 years ago.
I went to see if there were any interesting 84D cards to be had and – Oh, look! Tom Seaver!
2002 Topps Super Teams is a set that I always feel like I should make more of an effort on, especially since both the 1969 Mets and 1986 Mets were considered to be “Super Teams”. I only have a handful of these, but I added this one to the group.
Between the black armband and longer hair, I’m thinking this photo is actually from 1976.
Finally, I was looking for cheap cards to fill out my 2005 Topps Rookie Cup collection. This set has been growing on me despite the design. I just like the photos. I got an Ozzie Smith (which I’ll feature later) and – What are the odds? – Tom Seaver.
If they had used the full photos without cropping the background and used a more appealing design, I would’ve been seeking out each and every card in this set instead of looking for particular players or cheap cards.
I still have another 40 or 50 Black Friday cards to share, so you’ll be seeing more of this in the next couple of weeks.