I recently got a shipment from COMC that contained two years worth of my card buying. I’m trying to share them a few cards at a time.
I’ll start off with a 1996 Upper Deck “Olympicard” that I’d been chasing for a few years… it’s not a baseball card, but it’s baseball related. Can you guess why I bought this card of an Olympic synchronized swimmer?
Here’s the back of the card… pay particular attention to this athlete’s name…
If you guessed that Tracie Ruiz-Conforto is the mother of the Mets’ Michael Conforto, then you get an official Shlabotnik No-Prize. She got two Artistic Swimming Gold medals in the 1988 Los Angeles games, one for solo and one for duet. In the 1988 Seoul games, she got a solo Silver medal. Michael was born in 1993.
And, of course, Michael is a free agent this winter, which means that after a couple of years of searching for a reasonably-priced copy I could have finally picked up the card just in time for her son to no longer be a Met.
I got an “upgrade” to my 1967 Topps card of Larry Elliot. The original is on the left, the new card is on the right. Can you spot the difference?
A year or so ago I was going through my Mets binder and realized that the one copy of Elliot’s card that I had is one that’s autographed… or at least had been labeled as autographed by the dealer I bought it from. I can’t think of many scenarios which would lead to someone forging Larry Elliot’s signature. Anyway, I figured I shouldn’t count the autographed card towards my Mets team set, so I bought this “upgrade”.
Another “upgrade” – with question marks definitely intended – is this 1973 Topps card of Bob Didier (with a cameo by the Mets’ Cleon Jones)
The reason I put “upgrade” in question marks is because I can’t find the original card… which is troubling mainly because I’d labeled the 1973 Topps set as complete a couple of years ago. At this point I’m thinking I may have misplaced it when I was re-organizing my binder from being in card # order to being sorted by team (which is always my preferred method). Over this past weekend I did a quick inventory and all of the other cards are present and accounted for, so I’m not going to worry about it.
Next up is a 1965 Philadelphia Gum card of the Vikings’ Fred Cox. Fred holds the Vikings team records for points scored and field goals and had set a record in 1973 by scoring in 151 straight games, but that’s not why I bought this card. In fact, I had completely forgotten *why* I bought this card, I only remembered that the reason wasn’t related to his pro career.
After a quick web search I remembered that Fred had a tremendous effect on my youth as he is the inventor of the Nerf Football! ALL HAIL FRED!!!!
I also noticed that COMC has his 1965, 1966 and 1967 Philadelphia Gum cards listed as “Pre-Rookie” and his 1968 Topps listed as his rookie card. I think that’s extremely questionable, as the three Philadelphia sets were nationally issued and licensed by the NFL. There’s no reason not to call his 1965 Philadelphia card as his rookie card, unless I’m missing something.
That’s it for now, as I mentioned there are more COMC acquisitions to come.