I have as little energy as some very low-energy thing, but I promised myself I would get a third blog post in this week… Time to fall back on an unstructured Show And Tell post!
Most of these cards came from shows I went to over the summer. This one I came across while going through 1957 Topps in an effort to add to my Orioles team set.
I saw this card… um… somewhere on the internet. Problably on the twitter feed of @ShaneKatz73, who is working on a “Tools of Ignorance” binder. Nice card anyway, even if I didn’t know who Mack Burk was before. Burk was a “Bonus Baby”, which meant he had to be kept on a major league roster after he signed a pro contract. He appeared in 15 games with Philadelphia in 1956, mostly as a pinch runner. He did not play in 1957 – his 1958 card mentioned military service – and only appeared in one MLB game in 1958. Burk is 6’4″ – pretty tall for a 1950’s catcher – and has a 1.000 career batting average since he got a single in his only plate appearance.
Last year I got more excited than I ever had before about Opening Day, mainly because a fair number of cards featured different photos. This year I discovered after a blaster or so that 2018 was the exception, not the start of a trend. But there *were* a small handful of cards with different photos, and I recently discovered another one: Mr. Ozzie Albies!
It’s nice to have a reason to keep an Opening Day card in my collection… Many of them have been dropping out as I obtain the flagship equivalents and discover that they’re essentially parallels.
So one of the shows I went to is a new local show, which by itself makes it very exciting for me. Shlabotsylvania hadn’t seen a regular local show in over 10 years, so in an effort to encourage them to come back for more shows, I try to be a little bit free in my spending… relatively speaking, as I’m still on a budget. One dealer had some 1960’s and 1970’s singles (in numerical order!) and when I was done going through my wantlists, I saw a small box of 1975 Topps Minis and decided “What the heck” and went through it to pick out favorite teams, players and cards. The cards were 3 for $1, and I ended up buying 12.
I completed the regular 1975 set back in the mid 1970’s and never really considered chasing the Mini set, but when I got these home, took them out of their penny sleeves and looked at them, they tried to draw me in with their siren song. “Look at us, Joe! We’re so colorful and nostalgic and in SUCH NICE CONDITION… Don’t you wish you’d bought more of us?”
“NO!” I cried… “I won’t let you draw me in to collecting this! I already have the regular set, and I don’t want to get most of the way through and then have to spend $$$ on the Mini Brett and Yount rookies! I won’t! I CAN’T!”
…But what I did do was enter the data for this set into my database and resolve to keep an eye out for this dealer at the next local show.
Another set I’m not officially collecting but can’t resist is 1963 Fleer. This card of Bob “Buck” Rodgers appeals to me in two ways: It features a player who I know better as a manager (Brewers, Expos, Angels); and it features the original Yankee Stadium. As much disdain as I have for the Yankees, I find myself drawn to the original House That Ruth Built.
Rodgers was the Angels’ starting catcher for a number of years in the 1960’s and in 1962 finished second to Tom Tresh in A.L. Rookie Of The Year voting.
Speaking of rookies…
Back a few years ago I used to have a series called “Are We Not Stars?” that looked into the “Who are these guys?” aspect of multi-player rookie cards and declare one of the players to be the star of the bunch. I recently picked up this 1979 Topps Tigers Prospects card (from the guy with the minis and the numerically-sorted commons) and decided it might be fun to look into these guys.
Dave Stegman played 172 career games for the Tigers, Yankees and White Sox. Baseball Reference shows him appearing in two games with the Yankees as a DH, but also shows no plate appearances. Hmmm…
Dave Tobik pitched in 196 games from 1978 to 1985, mostly as a reliever and mostly with the Tigers, although he did pitch for the Rangers and Mariners.
Kip Young pitched in 1978 and 1979 with the Tigers, appeared in 27 games, and in 1978 he went 6-7 with a 2.81 ERA and 7 complete games. After the 1979 season his contract was purchased by Seattle, but he never pitched in the Majors for the Mariners.
I’m declaring Dave Tobik the “star” of the bunch as he played more years than his cardmates and appeared on over 10 Major League baseball cards.
…And that’s all I have for today. Hope you enjoyed this random stroll through my newer acquisitions!