Living In A Land Of Make Believe

I was thinking about what I’ve been posting lately and how I wish I had some new cards to show off here… when it occurred to me that there are plenty of cards I’ve gotten at shows that I’ve never posted here… and if I really wanted to, I could say that they were new acquisitions and you wouldn’t have any way of knowing otherwise.

But I wouldn’t do that to you!  I’ll admit that they’re not new but show them anyway.

Would you believe I got this 2017 Topps Pro Debut Pete Alonso card for just 20 cents?

Of course, it helped that I acquired it in 2018.  It’s all in the timing, don’tcha know.  BTW, Alonso played 30 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2016 after being drafted out of the University of Florida in the 2nd round.

Because of a childhood exposure to “The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book”, I’ve long had an appreciation for Don Mossi cards.

1957 Topps and the original Yankee Stadium are among the things I gained an appreciation for later in life.  I’m not exactly collecting Don Mossi, but I’m also not not collecting Don Mossi.

So here’s a bit of trivia I learned yesterday… The first shutouts in Blue Jays and Mariners history were both thrown by pitchers who worked primarily as relievers and who already had earned a Save before throwing their shutout.  For the Blue Jays it was Pete Vukovich, and for the Mariners it was Dave Pagan.

The Jays and the M’s were the first baseball expansion teams I was exposed to, so I have this weird fondness for 1977 cards of those teams.  I can’t believe it took me until the 21st century to realize that 1977 Hostess cards also had those airbrushed caps.  In the defense of the airbrush artists, there’s no telling what they had to work off when trying to duplicate a cap that nobody had worn on the field.

This 1984 Donruss card of Steve Garvey came out of a dime box. It doesn’t fit in any defined part of my collection, but…. it’s an 84D Garvey for 10 cents!!!  I just couldn’t leave it behind.

My first year of collecting was 1974 and Danny Murtaugh was the first Pittsburgh Pirates manager I was aware of.  I didn’t know at the time that he was in his fourth stint managing the team and in his first season as a manager his Pirates would play against those long, long lost teams I heard about from my parents’ generation, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants.

Even now that I know better, it still seems terribly odd to see Danny Murtaugh on a 1960 Topps card.  Murtaugh was in his early 40s in this shot.

At one point… back when I had goals that I tried to achieve… I had an idea of getting one card from each vintage Topps basketball set. Like much of my collecting ideas, this is on hold while I reorganize and reassess, but I do have this 1969-70 Topps “tall-boy” card of Dick Barnett with his jersey on backwards, as was often done when being photographed for Topps sets.

Dick Barnett won two championships with the Knicks.  Me, I’m old enough to remember when the Knicks won championships.

Here’s the back, for anyone who isn’t familiar with this set…

I became a Steelers fan in college in the early 1980s and all I knew about the team’s history prior to the dynasty of the 1970s was that they generally sucked… an opinion that wasn’t entirely true or fair.  They were doormats for much of their history, but they had their seasons and their players.  John Henry Johnson played six years with the Black and Gold, was the first Steeler to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, and is in the Pro Football HOF.

Here’s something I didn’t know… There are three Steelers who wore #35 and are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame… but the Steelers have not retired #35.  Aside from John Henry Johnson there’s also “Bullet Bill” Dudley (who played for the Steelers in 1942, 1945 and 1946) and Walt Kiesling (1937-38).

OK, I guess I’ve shown you enough from my card show in the Land of Make Believe…

8 thoughts on “Living In A Land Of Make Believe

  1. Your line about not not collecting Don Mossi reminded me of Homer Simpson’s “I’m not not licking toads”.

    Collecting just one example of each vintage NBA set shouldn’t be all that hard if you are not looking for a superstar. It depends on how deep you want to dig. Flagships? You could probably knock out the entire 1969-86 vintage era for under $20. If you start adding regional promos, that’s when you have to dig deep, and just when you think you’ve made progress, someone throws you a shovel with the discovery of a 50s promo with one known copy extant. And yes, that literally happened in 2020.

    I’d recommend to anyone doing that project to go for the Topps sets, add in the 1974-75 Fleer stickers, at least one example of the later Fleer stickers, a couple of the “low hanging fruit” promos, and not worry about the really obscure stuff unless you have a lot of money to throw around.

  2. I like 1960 Topps manager cards. Most of us do. I’m building a little set. Great post title but the song threw me. The first tune I heard in my head was “living in a world of make believe…Angie baby”. A Moody Blues finish! I love them! Have all their albums up to Keys of the Kingdom. Justin Hayward’s voice is still sweet to my ears. I need to get new cards in your hands…

  3. Although I didn’t claim to be a fan of the late 70’s/early 80’s Pittsburgh Steelers… I was a huge fan of Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. John Henry Johnson was a little before my time.

  4. Some dealers at card shows have vintage or older cards at reasonable prices, even if you get a few cards you may get better deal from the same dealer if you keep going back to that person. I am always trying to complete my Topps baseball cards sets from 60’s & the 70’s. Have found some good player cards for decent price.

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