Everything It’s Cracked Bat To Be

Apologies to Julie over at “A Cracked Bat“… I wanted to come up with a title that worked “Cracked Bat” in there somewhere and this lame wordplay is the best I could come up with.  In the words of They Might Be Giants, it’s “a sad pun that reflects a sadder mess”.  :-D

This past week I received a PWE from Julie containing several cards which brightened what was otherwise a bad day, so I made sure to share these without all the feet-dragging I’ve been guilty of lately.

Part of my long-term “someday I’ll get serious about this” goals are the 1975 – 1979 Hostess sets.  While I can’t claim to be chasing them (that would imply some sort of effort on my part) I always enjoy picking up new ones, regardless of the condition.  This 1976 Cesar Cedeno was made ‘borderless’ by some previous owner, but I don’t care.

One thing that’s interesting about this card is that the whole photo is tilted.  It’s not unusual for cards of the era to have the background tilted to make the subject more vertical, but in this case Cedeno is also tilted.  The following should be read in a Jerry Seinfeld voice:  What is up with that?

Also on my “Someday, but not now” list are Kellogg’s cards (I won’t specifically say “3D” because I also want the decidedly two-dimensional 1973 set).  In the meantime, I’m happy to add this 1981 Larry Gura to the stack I have.

I recently moved all my Kellogg’s cards from binders to toploaders in an attempt to keep them from curling… but now I’ve got this stack of card-filled toploaders and I don’t quite know what to do with them.  Prior to this, toploaders were mainly something that cards came in when I bought them at shows, as well as something to protect cards when I mail them.

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s several companies did competing sets of “Legends”, “Greats” and so forth.  I  bought a few packs here and there, but otherwise ignored them, focusing instead on the players of the day.  Now I kind of wish I’d given these cards more attention… and that someone would do it again without making it an expensive online exclusive set.  There’s no pleasing me.

I’ve been meaning to track down this 2014 Allen & Ginter “Fields of Yore” card of Shea for the past 6 years… and now it’s mine!

I still prefer “vintage Shea” with the orange and blue rectangles all over the outside, but I’ll take any Shea over no Shea.  One of these days I’ll have to attend a game at CitiField so that I can mentally cement that as the home of my Mets

When I saw this last card, a glossy borderless card of 1970s Jim Palmer, my immediate reaction was “Oooh, that’s nice!  What is it?”

I was expecting it to be some sort of early 1970s test set, but when I turned it over, I found out…

It’s a “When Topps Had Balls” custom card!  And a very nice one at that.   Side props to Gio over at WTHBalls.

Many thanks to Julie for these cards which, as I said, came at a very good time.

10 thoughts on “Everything It’s Cracked Bat To Be

  1. Cool Shea Stadium card! Not that anything can replace Shea, but I’ve been to Citi Field a couple of times and it’s very nicely done. I think you’d like it.

  2. Shea stadium on the outside looks like the old cookie cutter stadiums like the Vet in Philly, Busch in St Louis, but the inside is more like stadiums of today. Citi Stadium inside is more closed in like the cookie cutter stadiums. Pete Rose & Bud Harrelson were team mates on the Phillies in 1979.

  3. All of those late 80’s “greats” sets can still be had for next to nothing, so if you’re wanting to catch up with them, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to do so.

  4. I wanted Palmer in good hands. I have one of course, for my Gio binder. My Kelloggs will stay in toploaders as well. They are uncracked, which is how this Cracked Bat wants to keep them.

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