I’ll admit it; I’ve got so many irons in the fire right now that I haven’t the time to write a cohesive post…. That’s why ya get whatcha get.
I suppose I may as well admit that I’m trying to collect the 1968 Topps Game Insert set, although it’s more of a casual pursuit than an active one. I enjoy this oddball insert because it’s fun, small (33 cards) and affordable. This Frank Howard card is one of my Black Friday additions.
2015 Topps Archives will have an insert set that pays homage to this oddball… I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, Archives has a way of building my hopes and then dashing them on the rocks. As it is, they’ve already pissed me off with the preview images that feature the 1976 design… They use the city & team name (“COLORADO ROCKIES”) when it should be just the team name, and they used the wrong colors for the Red Sox. I suppose it wouldn’t be Archives if it didn’t piss off the people who love the originals.
During the end of 2014 I waxed poetic about 1970 Topps Super Football and Baseball. Here’s another 1970 Super I got from COMC… this one features phenom-of-the-day Andy Messersmith. I don’t know that you can see it in my scan, but in the original oversized card you can see the weave in Andy’s flannel jersey. Most excellent!
In 1969, the year before this card was issued, Messersmith was a 23-year-old who went 16-11 for a team that lost 91 games. All too often people mention his role in establishing free agency or the time that Ted Turner tried to advertise his TV station by putting CHANNEL on Messersmith’s back so that it read “CHANNEL 17″… But Andy Messersmith was a fine ballplayer. Four-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove, lead the NL with 20 wins in 1974, lead in shotouts in 1975. There was a reason the Braves signed him to a $1M contract.
I started buying Cal Ripken cards as a way to help my wife understand my hobby – she’s a huge fan of Cal’s. Although she doesn’t enjoy baseball cards the way I do, she likes to look at cards of her favorite players, and she does appreciate what makes one card nicer than another.
Even though there’s really no hope of converting her any further, I still buy Ripkens. Force of habit, I guess. This card is from the 2013 Archives set (and nit-pick, nit-pick, nit-pick, the action shot shows a completely different Orioles uniform than is in the portrait)
One made-up subset of 1969 Topps that I’m collecting is high-#ed cards of guys in the brand-spanking-new uniforms of that year’s expansion teams. Here Moe Drabowsky shows off his new KC Royals uni – which is pretty much like the Royals uni from any point in the last 40+ years, but still…
Moe was the answer to a number of trivia questions… Who gave up Stan Musial’s 3,000th hit? Who was the losing pitcher for Early Wynn’s 300th victory? Who was the first pitcher to get a win for the Royals? Moe, Moe, Moe. He also was born in Poland and played for both the K.C. Athletics and the K.C. Royals.