More Assorted Cards From COMC

As I’ve mentioned before, in September I got a shipment from COMC that was the culmination of 2 years of card buying on that site.  My purchasing ‘strategy’ was extremely scattershot, so I’m going to maintain that as I share them here.

Here are five more fairly arbitrary cards from that batch.

I’ll start off with the first 1952 Bowman card in my collection, this lovely sample of the St. Louis Browns’ Dick Kryhoski, a first baseman who played in 7 seasons for the Yankees, Tigers, Browns, Orioles and Athletics and – at least according to Baseball Reference – is the only Major Leaguer to have been born in Leonia, NJ.

I have few cards from the early 1950s because my focus was largely elsewhere, but 1952 cards also have little representation because the teams I collect didn’t exist yet.  While the Browns would move to Baltimore and become my Orioles, I picked this card up because it was a nice example of a card of an extinct team.

The card was also pretty cheap due to some minor paper loss on the back, something I am not concerned about.

This is my 6th card from 1952… I also have 2 from 1952 Topps and 3 from 1952 Red Man.

Just a quick note about the Kryhoski card… He was obtained from the Tigers in February, 1952 and both Bowman and Topps reflected that trade in their 1952 sets.  If a similar trade happened in the 1960s or 1970s then we might’ve waited until the following season to see a February transaction reflected in a card set.

This next card is also Bowman, at least by name.  I don’t really remember why I bought this 2019 Bowman Heritage card of Rockies’ prospect Colton Welker, other than I think I saw him play for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats.  This will not be the last time I tell you “I don’t know why I bought this card, but…”.

This is my first card from the recent Topps 3-D parallel online exclusive sets.  This doesn’t scan in 3-D, obviously, but it’s a nice card.  Over the past couple of years I’ve realized that I’m something of a snob when it comes to cards like this.  I love 3-D cards that are like Kellogg’s and simulate three-dimensions, something this card does.

However, cards like Sportflics leave me cold… I don’t know, maybe because I didn’t grow up with them.

Update:  Sportflics isn’t a great example, but I was thinking of things like 1995 Pinnacle UC3 and other supposedly 3D sets which are lenticular but aren’t as good.

A while ago I was writing about Beth Bruce, who was Miss Winston in the 1990s and showed up in a couple of NASCAR sets. Here’s Ms. Bruce on a 1992 MAXX Racing card I’ve had for nearly 30 years.

Back then I was into NASCAR and had a thing for Beth Bruce.  It recently occurred to me that maybe I should see if there are any cards of her that I could chase after. I couldn’t find any cards like this one where she had a cameo appearance (this card is for Harry Gant’s win at Martinsville in 1991’s Race 24), but I found that she has a card in a small set called 1992 Biker Scene / Bikers of the Racing Scene

It’s not the best card of Beth Bruce, but it’s one I didn’t have.  According to the back of the card the bike belongs to Michael Waltrip, and behind are are Mr. Waltrip, Rick Wilson, Richard Childress, Danny Culler and Don Tilley.

OK, time to wrap up with Mike Marshall, a dominant relief pitcher who who apparently didn’t see eye to eye with Topps and their photographers.  I couldn’t resist this nice photo of him with the Expos, a team he pitched for from 1970 to 1973.

This card is from a 1993 Donruss / McDonald’s set which commemorated the Expos’ 25th season – I assume this set was issued in Montreal, but I know almost nothing about it.  All I know is that I saw it and said “Oh, baby… I’ve got to get that”.

And that’s it for this batch… Believe me I’ll be back, I’ve got plenty more to share.

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