I don’t have it in me to think up a theme or a catchy headline this time around, so I’m just going to call it as I see it and call this “Show And Tell” as I’ve done before (although not for a while). All of the cards in this post were acquired in 2018; most, but not all, of them were in a recent COMC shipment.
I started collecting in 1974, but the hobby took off for me in 1975…. Despite this, I did not own a 1975 Kellogg’s card until I got this one earlier this year.
The reason why a 1970’s Nut like myself didn’t own any 1975? A combination of circumstance and me being an overly particular kid. “1975 Joe” would say that baseball cards come in packs with gum, period, end of story. Cards which come in cereal were just novelties.
…That’s what “1975 Joe” would say. 2019 Joe says “More, please”. As things worked out, the first card I got ended up being a Yankee… but I like Elliott Maddox, so it’s all good.
As far as official declarations of collecting goals go, my plans for 1963 Fleer baseball is to complete the Mets and Orioles team sets. My Mets team set is already complete, and this Steve Barber card is the third of the four in the Orioles team set, with only Brooks Robinson remaining.
When I was a kid, Steve Barber was just some guy airbrushed into a Brewers cap in 1974 Topps, but later on in my life he earned “bonus points” for having been a Seattle Pilot, and even later than that I found out that he was a two-time All-Star and a 20-game winner in 1963.
As for 1963 Fleer… I do like this set quite a bit, but any time I look at the truncated 66-card checklist I see names like Mays, Clemente and Koufax and I back away slowly. I could see myself chasing some of the HOFer-free team sets like the Washington Senators, Houston Colt .45’s and Kansas City Athletics, though. That’s been my collecting mantra over the past few years; if the goal is too daunting, just modify the goal.
This next card, on the surface, might be interesting only to Orioles fans, but it has an interesting little detail that I liked because I’m a weird guy who likes interesting details.
Just about a month ago, the Orioles had the first pick in the Rule V draft and picked Richie Martin from the Athletics… Richie had been taken 20th overall in the 2015 amateur draft. At the time, I was about to try out a new-to-me online option for buying cards and I threw a few Richie Martin cards into my order. This 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League card is one of those.
Because of a clerical error on my part – I’d overlooked entering the set’s checklist into my database, so I had no wantlist – I never got a card from this set until now, so I was surprised and a little bit pleased to notice the thin border around the photo matched the team name text, while the originals had a black border throughout the set. To me, stuff like that is a tiny little reward for people who are paying attention… kind of like the little jokes the cartoonists often put in the background in Mad Magazine parodies. I used to live for those jokes, I wonder if they still do things like that.
I was going to share this card anyway, but just to give you an example of the original here’s a 1967 Topps card of Jim Wynn; this is the first card I’d obtained after I decided to start collecting “The Toy Cannon”.
Jim Wynn was the first pro baseball player I’d ever seen up close and in person, and the first autograph I ever obtained, so the question isn’t “Why does Joe collect Jim Wynn” but “Why hadn’t Joe been collecting Jim Wynn this whole time?” Friends, I do not have an answer for that.
Just like I enjoy most music from my childhood in the 1970’s, but not *everything* (“Midnight At The Oasis” by Maria Muldaur leaps to mind as a 1970’s song I can’t stand), I like most baseball uniforms from the 1970’s… but then there are those “leisure suit” White Sox uniforms that Bill Veeck inflicted upon us.
Give me “Tequila Sunrise” Astros uniforms and solid yellow Padres uniforms all day long… But I shudder whenever I see these things.
Oh… it’s a 1977 Hostess card, if you didn’t know.
I collect Washington Capitals cards from their start in 1974 until roughly the mid-1990’s. This next card would show up as an Edmonton Oilers card on any sort of checklist, but for me it falls into the #CapsNotCaps category… But what I really like about it, in a perverse sort of way, is how poorly composed the picture is.
I mean look at that… His face is damn near off the edge of the photo, and the right third is made up of some blurry teammate… most likely Robert Picard, since he wore #24 from 1977 to 1980. My favorite detail is the green helmet between Patey’s arm and Picard’s head… North Stars, I’m guessing.
Small hockey history lesson for you here… When the four former WHA teams (Oilers, Whalers, Nordiques and Jets) joined the NHL for the 1979-80 season, most of their rosters were stripped away and most players were assigned back to the NHL teams who owned their NHL rights. There was then an expansion draft to repopulate those rosters, and Patey was selected off of the Caps’ roster. Not surprisingly when you draft a player off of a team which, at that point, hadn’t even sniffed at a .500 record, Patey would never actually play for the Oilers. Doug Patey’s brother Larry had a much more substantial career, playing for 9 seasons in the NHL.
One of my favorite shows when I was a small child was Thunderbirds; From what I remember, the episodes fell into two parts… the slow, talky parts where they set up a plot involving some crisis that required help from International Rescue, and then the EXCITING PART where Thunderbirds 1, 2, 3 and/or 4 were launched (#5 wasn’t launched because it was an orbiting space station).
I don’t recall what prompted me to search on this, but during the Black Friday promotion I looked on COMC to see whether there may be any cards related to Thunderbirds, and I found this foil insert from the “2015 Unstoppable Thunderbirds 50 Years” set.
Once I got the card in-hand, I surprised myself at how much this made me smile. I’m definitely going to have to chase down more of these cards.
For those who aren’t familiar with Thunderbirds and other shows done by the same people, the shows were done in “Supermarionation”, which mean that the lead characters where enhanced marionettes. Back in the 1960’s, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore did a Thunderbird/Supercar/Stingray parody on their show “Not Only… But Also…”; If you remember the originals, I think you’ll find this as funny as I do.