Last night I went to my mailbox and found my latest shipment from COMC.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time to scan any of the cool cards I got.
Fortunately, I still have plenty of cards from my last card show.
Even if I weren’t a Mets fan, I couldn’t pass up this First Pitch card of 50 Cent.
Hard to believe that was 4 years ago. For those of you who want to relive that moment again, here’s a video.
Speaking of cards capturing unfortunate moments, check out this 1973/74 Topps Hockey card; you just gotta love the New York Ranger shown about to sprawl out on the ice.
In the Stanly Cup Semi-Final series depicted, the Chicago Black Hawks beat the Rangers in 5 games, but would lose the Finals to the Montreal Canadiens in 6 games.
Back 10 years ago, Upper Deck had an insert set that “paid tribute to 1969 O-Pee-Chee baseball”. UD owns the copyright to “O-Pee-Chee”, and of course, 1969 O-Pee-Chee was based on 1969 Topps. At the time, I saw images of these cards and said “Dude, that is so lame”. I never actually held one in my hand until I ran across this card in a nickel box (The card has a major ding in one corner, plus David Wright futures have recently taken a dive)
Much to my surprise, this is a pretty nice card, and the player’s name in silver foil looks better in person than in scans.
The back is pretty unimpressive, though.
I couldn’t walk away from this 2016 Donruss card of the San Diego Chicken.
I’m not even 100% sure that I understand why I’m drawn to The Chicken… I guess I watched a little too much of “The Baseball Bunch” on TV (even though I was in my teens at the time). I do appreciate that recent Donruss sets have included cards of The Chicken just like they did in the early 1980’s.
I may be drawn to The Chicken, but like any child of the 1970’s, I’m nuts for The Bird.
I never like to play the “Ya had to be there” card, but to appreciate what Mark Fidrych meant to baseball you had to have been around in 1976. The guy was just a national phenomenon in ways that I can’t properly describe. At any rate, it’s nice to be able to add this 1977 Kellogg’s card to my collection, it’s been missing for too long.
I’m not chasing the 1967 Topps set, nor Oakland A’s nor Alvin Dark, but I grabbed this card just because it so prominently features the white cap that the Athletics manager and coaches wore during the day.
Back then the idea was to point out that “These guys in uniform are coaches, not players”. These days, with so many coaches and managers wearing hoodies and such, we’d almost need something to indicate “These guys are coaches, not random guys out of the stands”. If it’s not apparent enough by now, I don’t like the coaching staff going the hoodie route. I want to be able to distinguish the manager from the pitching coach while sitting in the stands, and the best way for that to happen is for the manager and coaches to have numbers on their backs.
OK, I’m running out of time before I run off to work, so I’ll feature one last card… Let’s see… Hmmmm…
Let’s go with the hockey card of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Ken Schinkel. I got this because it provided such a good shot of a Penguins sweater which I really like, even if it came before my time.
I’m old enough to remember the Penguins before they went Pittsburgh black and gold, but not old enough to remember these unis. These would be cool for a throwback game… And maybe that’s already happened, I may have missed it because I’m no longer on speaking terms with the NHL.
As for Ken Schinkel, he played 12 seasons split evenly between the Rangers and Penguins… he was taken by the Penguins in the 1967 expansion draft. Schinkel can proudly say that he finished higher in the Calder (rookie of the year) voting than did HOFer Stan Mikita. Of course, Schinkel was 27 years old and Mikita 19, but that’s all academic. The winner of the Calder Trophy was Mikita’s teammate Bill Hay.