All week I’ve been in and out of Target and Wal-Mart stores, at least one each day, trying to find packs of 2015 Topps. I feel like the employees are saying “Here comes another one of those guys who walks in, looks at the card aisle, and walks out”.
I think I’ve had enough for now… Instead of busting a pack of new cards, how about we bust an 8-card pack of Not 2015! Not Topps!
First card is a 1979 Topps Gaylord Perry… Not a bad kickoff, although I guess that the “Not Topps” thing on the wrapper turned out to be false advertising. You think I fully think these posts through before I write them? Pfft.
I unfortunately missed Gaylord Perry’s halftime show at the Super Bowl, although I can’t imagine what he would’ve–
Katy Perry did the halftime show?
I would rather have seen Gaylord Perry.
Even though this pack we’re opening is standard size, you come to the next card and are blinded by a flash of light, then find that the next card is a 5″ x 7″ 1980 Topps Super of Dave Parker.
I don’t know why, but the whole “card is bigger than the pack it came in” made me think of the old text-based computer games that were popular among us computer nerds around 1980.
You find yourself in a small room. There is nothing here but a pack of baseball cards.
> open pack
You can’t open something you don’t have.
> take pack
…and at this point anybody below the age of 45 has already closed the browser tab and is off to check out Night Owl’s latest post.
Wait! Wait! Don’t go! Look, I’ve got Tom Seaver from the 1985 Fleer set! He’s a Hall-Of-Famer! He’s smiling! Look how happy he is to be here!
See, there are cards in this pack that aren’t Topps.
Rick Cerone signs a baseball for fans of — QUICK! What team is he with on this card?
The answer is at the bottom of this post. O! The suspense!
One of the insert sets in last year’s Heritage was a “First Draft” set that featured a handful of players, and they all looked like nice cards, but as a Mets fan the one I really wanted was Nolan Ryan. I bought a wax box of Heritage. I bought a couple of blasters of Heritage. I bought loose packs of Heritage. Every “First Draft” card I got was Johnny Freakin’ Bench. I ended up using a small amount of my COMC credit to finally get this one.
“295th Overall”, in very small type. That’s my favorite part of the card.
Speaking of Heritage, this card should perhaps whet your appetite for the 2015 set.
I know, I know, the 1966 design doesn’t hold a candle to 1965. I still like the set in a minimalist sort of way, and I’ll be buying another wax box or two.
In the early 1960’s, Danny Kaye recorded “The D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song” where he half-sings the play-by-play of a fictional game between the Dodgers and Giants. While the song is amusing, I’ve always enjoyed the way he relishes singing “Orlando Cepeda”.
“Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrlando Cepeda is at bat with the bases jammed…” Unlike this 1968 Topps insert card, the result was a little better than “Ground out, runners advance one base”.
Wrapping things up with a 1970 Dick Drago. Why Drago? Why not.
Here’s a fun Dick Drago fact… On July 30th, 1971, Drago faced 13 batters while pitching a complete game. “Huh?” you say. Well, it was a rain-shortened 4.5 inning game, the Royals were in Baltimore and lost 1-0 on a Frank Robinson homer. Jim Palmer pitched a 5-inning complete game because he had to pitch the top of the 5th to make things official. My favorite part of the game’s Baseball-Reference page: “Time Of Game: 0:48”.
Answer to the Rick Cerone quiz: That 1992 Stadium Club card shows Rick Cerone during his half-season with the Montreal Expos. Ten points to everyone who got that right.