I’m working on a post that’s taking a fair amount of research (hopefully you’ll find it interesting when it hits the blog in a couple of days) so to buy myself some time I’ve got a quickie post involving a number of cards I bought on COMC over the spring and summer and got shipped this past July.
The most significant card I got was this Ozzie Smith rookie card, which I suppose counts as a White Whale because I’ve been on the hunt for a copy which fits in my budget.
This one is off-center and dinged in the corners, but it works for my collection.
I stumbled on this card of HOFer Brad Park with the Detroit Red Wings, which was such an odd concept to me that I had to pull the trigger.
Park finished his career with 2 seasons in Detroit, hardly one of Dime Box Nick’s “Short Term Stops”, which makes me wonder why I don’t remember it.
Niner! Jeff Conine is one of my favorite all-time Orioles, plus I like MLB Showdown cards, so this next card was a no-brainer.
Conine is known as “Mr. Marlin”, so it was puzzling and disappointing when the Jeter-fronted Marlins got the outgoing regime to fire Conine and some other household-name-y front office guys, and then offered them new jobs with lower responsibility and lower pay. The fact that the new Marlins ownership paid a king’s ransom for the team and have to be cheap with everything else reminds me of pictures I’ve seen of rundown shacks with a BMW parked outside.
I had been pleased to pick up this early Adam Jones card showing him with the Mariners, but then found that I already had it. D’OH!
I enjoy hockey, but these days I’d just as soon watch NCAA as NHL. I was impressed by one game I saw of Jack Eichel when he played for Boston U., so he’s become a player I kinda sorta collect…. plus I just like this card.
Like me, the Nashville Predators’ Anthony Bitetto is from Long Island, so I continued my love/hate relationship with things Lawnguyland by picking up one of Bitetto’s few cards.
Upper Deck Compendium seems to be some sort of all-encompassing 900-card set along the lines of Topps Total, so for that I commend Compendium.
Other Long Islanders currently in the NHL include the Blue Jackets’ Sonny Milano, the Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy and the Devils’ Kyle Palmieri and Keith Kinkaid. If I didn’t already have far too many goals, I might consider collecting hockey players from LI.
I’ll wrap things up with a 1972 Joe Hague, which filled a 5th Series need in my meandering quest to accumulate 1972 cards and see where I end up.