During a recent COMC promotion, I was trying to think of different ways to shop for cards, and I got this idea… I should get my Mother’s Cookies wantlists squared away so that I know what to look for.
It seemed like a good idea… I’m on the east coast, so I rarely see Mother’s Cookies cards at shows. If I can find relatively cheap examples on COMC, they would make some nice additions to some of my player collections.
So I decided that the best way to get a wantlist together is to compile a “master checklist” of Mother’s cards from tradingcarddb.com, and then I would know for sure which cards I want, and would also be able to go back and “check off” the cards I already had. Great idea, right?
Boy, was that a mistake.
I did not fully appreciate just how many Mother’s Cookies cards there are. I was thinking a couple of hundred, but my “master list” contains 115 Mother’s Cookies sets and 2,721 cards over a span of 20 years… and that doesn’t include the Pacific Coast League sets from the 1950’s.
It took me far longer than I’d intended but I did eventually get the task done, and here are four Mother’s Cookies cards I got off of my newly-established wantlists…
This one is my favorite of the batch; it’s from a 1994 set commemorating the fact that both of the 1993 Rookies Of The Year played for Southern California teams.
There were four different cards which featured both Mike Piazza and Tim Salmon, plus two short printed foil inserts. Of the “base cards”, I liked this one the best.
The 1983 Giants set was the first one issued by Mother’s Cookies in the 1980’s, and it has a design that’s unusual in that it’s not full bleed like Mother’s Cookies cards typically are.
Joel Youngblood spent six years with the Mets, and is probably best known for getting a hit with two teams in the same day. On August 4, 1982 he got a hit for the Mets at Wrigley Field, was traded to the Expos, flew to Philadelphia to meet up with his new team, and got a hit in the “night cap”. Both hits came against future Hall-of-Famers (Fergie Jenkins and Steve Carlton).
Mike Vail played mainly for the Mets, Cubs and Reds, but he’s also had several short stints, including 18 games for the Giants in 1983.
As far as I know, this is the only card of Mike Vail to show him with the Giants. He’s got cards representing his other short stints – 34 games with the Expos, 16 games with the Dodgers – but nothing for his 14 games with the Indians in 1978. Sounds like a custom card waiting to happen… if there are any photos available…
Mark Carreon was in the Mets organization for 10 years, but it wasn’t until a year or so ago that I found out he was a second-generation Major Leaguer.
His father, Camilo, was a catcher who played for the White Sox, Orioles and Indians in the 1960’s. He got on baseball cards with the latter two, despite only 19 games for the Tribe and 4 games for the O’s.