I recently got a padded envelope from Nick over at the illustrious Dime Boxes blog. So many great cards were included in that envelope that even when I scanned the noteworthy ones there were too many for one post, so I split them up into two halves. Today I’m covering the Mets.
First off are a par of cards from the TCMA “The 1960’s” set… This first card features Al Moran, who was the Mets shortstop for much of 1963 while batting below the Mendoza Line. In May of the following year the Mets traded for Roy McMillan, who became their shortstop for the next couple of years.
This other card features Mets catchers Jerry Grote and J.C. Martin.
Martin was with the team for only 1968 and 1969, so the photo must have been taken one of those years.
Moving over the 1982 Fleer stamps, another oddball I have few of, we have another Mets catcher; John Stearns was a four-time All-Star and, as fans of 1979 Topps knows, he set a N.L. record in 1978 by stealing 25 bases as a catcher. The record would stand until Jason Kendall stole 26 in 1996.
Stearns was drafted 2nd overall by the Phillies in 1973. He appeared in one game in Phils pinstripes before being included in the trade which sent Tug McGraw to Philly (sob).
Speaking of players who were traded for popular Mets pitchers, Pat Zachry was the 1976 Rookie of the Year with the Reds and was sent to Queens in the Tom Seaver trade.
Zachy was a decent pitcher with the Mets, but never matched his rookie season.
A year ago I didn’t have any Action Packed baseball cards… Now I have four, all of which came from different places.
If I knew there were Action Packed baseball cards in the early 1990’s, I must have ignored them. Now I’m making up for lost time.
Pacific Online, everyone’s favorite large-checklist oddball set of the late 1990’s!
Just within the Mets team there is Brian Bohanon, Dennis Cook, John Hudek, Dave Mlicki, Craig Paquette and Tim Spehr. That’s what you call a deep checklist.
I bought some of these Fleer Sports Illustrated cards in the late 1990’s, but I somehow missed the “Greats Of The Game” set.
Like with the Action Packed cards, I’ve suddenly got these coming from several places. Like with the Action Packed, there are no complaints from me. I just wonder how I missed these in the first place.
In 2001, Upper Deck did a set called “Decade – The 1970’s”. Over 16 years later, this child of the 1970’s still doesn’t know how I feel about this set. I guess I’d sum it up by saying it’s good enough that I just wish it were better.
For starters, the design feels like someone from the 1990’s ideas of how something from the 1970’s should look.
This card is a good example of the type of thing which bothers me about this set… The jersey (and a Tom Seaver clearly in his late 30’s) tips us off that this photo was taken during Seaver’s second stint with the Mets in 1983. 1983 was not in the 1970’s.
But you know what? This brings to mind a lesson I’d learned from retail – it’s the people who want to come back who do the most complaining. It’s a set devoted to players I grew up watching, and I do welcome any cards from it.
…So I’ll just shut up about that.
This 2014 Panini Golden Age “Star Stamps” insert surprised the heck out of me because I really like it, despite the logo-free photos.
I can’t even explain why I like it… it just speaks to me somehow.
I thought this 2017 Topps Update card of Michael Conforto might be a variation, but this is the base card. I dunno, it looks variation-y to me.
Another throwback set, this is from 2004 Upper Deck Legends: Timeless Teams.
It just occurred to me that this year is the 30th anniversary of the Mets team which won 100 games and looked like a team which could go all the way, but then were beaten in 7 games in the NLCS. As they would say in “The Good Place”… Forkin’ Dodgers.
I ranted before about a fauxback set which fell short for me, so I’ll give credit where credit is due and say that I liked the Goudey sets that Upper Deck did 10 years ago. Then again, maybe I wouldn’t feel that way if I grew up in the 1930’s…
I was absent-mindedly staring at this image yesterday when I told myself “If I took a photo and ‘posterized’ the image, and stuck in an abstract, pastel background, I could totally make my own Goudeys.”
That’s, I say, that’s a HINT, son! Coming attractions, y’know.
Speaking of coming attractions, I’ll be back with more Dimebox goodness in my next post, this one covering Orioles and some awesome oddballs!
Oh, one last thing… Thanks, Nick!