Random Stuff During A Busy All-Star Break

I had a particular post planned for today…  I didn’t finish it.  I had a backup idea.  I didn’t have time to do that either… I didn’t take into account that the Mets’ Pete Alonso might win the Home Run Derby (which I generally don’t watch at all), or that I would spend as much time as I did watching the All-Star game… plus I had other stuff going on, including prep for a show this Saturday.

So this post is going to be “Side 2 of The Beatles’ Abbey Road” in that I’m taking bits and pieces of several unfinished drafts and combining it into one post.

One of the things I’ve been looking for over the past couple of years is wax wrappers from certain 1970’s sets. I like to put the wrapper in a single-pocket page and use it as a cover sheet for those sets… plus it reminds me of all the wrappers like it I tore open when I was a kid.

At the show this past April I ran across a dealer selling wrappers, and he had this 1975 wrapper for around what I was looking to spend, so I went ahead and bought it.

When I got it home and took it out of the toploader, it struck me that it seemed a bit small. I compared it to a 1979 wrapper I have, and it was a bit smaller. That’s when I realized I must’ve inadvertently picked up a 1975 *mini* wrapper. Now I’m trying to decide if it’s close enough for government work, or if I want to still track down a regular 1975 wrapper… but either way the mini wrapper is going in my 1975 binder.


1998 Pacific Online with its deep 780 card checklist and no subsets was the Topps Total of the late 1990’s… especially in a year where flagship Topps was just over 500 cards.  I have a someday goal of completing the Orioles and Mets team sets;  that goal is very, very “backburnered”, but when a Cal Ripken from that set falls into my lap, well…

Needless to say, the 21 year old URL is no longer active.


This 1992 O-Pee-Chee Craig Worthington card is more interesting than it looks.
1992 OPC Craig Worthington
In the 1992 Topps baseball set, cards #386 to #406 were devoted to an All-Star subset. In the corresponding O-Pee-Chee set, four of the twenty cards were replaced by “Gary Carter Tribute” cards, and the remainder were replaced with cards of players who didn’t appear in 1992 Topps. Craig Worthington is one of those; his card is #397, which corresponds to the Cecil Fielder All-Star in Topps.

Another Oriole like this is Tim Hulett (#396, which corresponds to the Lee Smith All-Star.

You can read about these cards and others from 1992 O-Pee-Chee from the retired, but still a great reference O, My O-Pee-Chee blog.


Like many people, I collect Jim Bouton because of his book “Ball Four”;  this 1964 Topps card features Bouton with Al Downing.  The two of them were promising young pitchers at the time.

Downing would lead the league in K’s in 1964, make the All-Star team in 1967 and win 20 games in 1971.


I haven’t featured this 1976 Hostess Jim Palmer card before… I don’t think.  While looking at this card I was pondering how many of Palmer’s cards from my childhood feature Yankee Stadium in the background.  It’s not as many as it had originally seemed to be, but that’s when it occurred to me…

…That’s *original* Yankee Stadium in the background of this 1976 card, and since the original underwent renovations after the 1973 season, that means this photo was several years old when the card came out.  Palmer’s cap should’ve been another tip-off;  starting in the 1975 season, the Oriole’s cap had either a white or orange front panel.


I have a general dislike for 1997 Topps, but this card has just enough absurd elements to it to make me like it…
1997 Topps Brian Hunter
I love the disembodied arm sticking out from the side of the card – not only does it look like it’s ready to catch the relatively tiny Astros logo in the lower right corner, the arm also looks like someone trying to get their hand into frame, as if they’re on their phone with someone who’s at home – “Hey, I’m at the game and I think I’m on a baseball card! Can you see me?”


Great moments in short-lived project ideas!
Hey, it would be fun to chase after the 1969 Topps Senators team set!

What’s that?

There’s a high-numbered Ted Williams?

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5 thoughts on “Random Stuff During A Busy All-Star Break

  1. Labels for my vintage sets run more than I like most of the time. I have them for my 70s sets but not 50s/60s. Maybe when I’m done with set builds I’ll get back to them.

    I causaly collect Bouton for the same reason. Ball Four changed significantly how I look at baseball. All pro sports for that matter.

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