Dipping Into My Backlog

I had a post planned for today, but while giving it what I thought was a last-minute review I realized that there was a significant section where the text was literally “blah blah blah”… that’s my typical placeholder for text, my Lorem Ipsum.

I knew that if I pushed that post back to tomorrow I’d be in the same situation because I have too much going on after work tonight to sit down and finish a post. And so, I’m pulling from a series of “mini-posts” that I keep on hand for emergencies… Like this one.


I recently stumbled across a mildly interesting bit of information, and hopefully you’ll find it mildly interesting as well… There have been three players with the surname of “Nettles” in Major League Baseball. Your first thought is probably of 6-time All-Star Graig Nettles, or maybe his brother Jim who played in the Majors, AAA, Japan and Mexico from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s.

And then there’s Morris Nettles, who played two years for the Angels before being included in a trade to the White Sox, which resulted in this 1976 Topps Traded card.

Interestingly enough, Nettles never actually played for the White Sox or any other Major League team after 1975. He would spend 1976 in AAA with the Iowa Oaks and the Toledo Mud Hens, and then would spend several more years in the Mexican League. Although Nettles had several cards in 1976 (including O-Pee-Chee and SSPC), this would be his last.


While some of the Topps online exclusive cards are pretty hideous – especially when they sweat and strain and grunt and groan to shoehorn a baseball theme into a completely unrelated vintage non-sport design – they do come up with some nice designs that seem to just be burned off online. This card is from 2017 On Demand, and I’m telling you now I’d rather see this come out of a wax pack than most of what’s been previewed for 2020.


Not long ago I was at a semi-local shop that, these days, specializes in gaming cards, but they still have plenty of sports cards. The owner is a nice guy, so when I go in there for supplies (because they carry plastic sheets beyond the usual 9 pockets), I try to buy something else. In my last trip, part of “something else” was this 1973 Topps Fran Tarkenton card.

I’d recently decided that I should make at least a minor effort to collect Tarkenton, given how he was one of my favorite football players (relatively speaking, anyway) when I was a kid. Truth be told, I can’t remember exactly why he was a favorite; it could have something to do with the fact that I owned his 1974 card that listed him as “ALL-PRO” and that made some sort of impact on me.

This card gives me a run from 1973 to 1975, with a few scattered cards before and after.


And that’s all I’ve got for today. The next post, which should be out here in two days, will more than make up for it in the amount of content.

8 thoughts on “Dipping Into My Backlog

  1. I remember watching Tarkenton scramble around for several minutes before launching a pass downfield. He was the first QB that I saw who did that all the time.
    And then he showed up on TV on shows like “That’s Incredible!” later.

    • Ha! Forgot all about “That’s Incredible “.

      For some reason, I also tend to think of the opening credits of the Mary Tyler Moore show, where Mary is washing her car while wearing a purple football jersey with a white 10 on it.

  2. It seems like the designs I’ve seen for those On Demand cards are either extremely bad or extremely good. That Mancini definitely belongs to the latter.

    • It’s something I started not long ago that has come in handy. If I’ve got something to say about a card that is more or less standalone but too short for its own post, I add the image(s) and my thoughts to a dedicated draft and just leave it there “for a rainy day”. I haven’t had this happen yet, but I’m thinking if I later realize I can combine them in some theme, I can probably do that with minimal effort.

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