It’s funny how things work out… There was a regional card show in October that I wanted to go to, but I couldn’t because I was on-call for work and couldn’t be driving two hours away.
I felt a little bit better about it because I knew I had a shipment coming from COMC. Shortly after I got that, I got a PWE from Shoebox Legends… followed by a padded envelope from The Five Tool Collector… and another PWE from Shoebox Legends… and a PWE from Dime Boxes… So you know you’re going to be seeing a fair amount of these cards in the near future.
A normal person might say “When it rains, it pours” in reference to the Morton Salt slogan… but odd people like me are more likely to quote the title of an obscure, early They Might Be Giants song… because that’s the way I roll.
So anyway, today’s post features cards I got over the summer, because I need time to scan all of these PWE’s and COMC cards I got.
This card caught my attention because you don’t often see cards where a manager has a couple of bats slung over his shoulder.
Then again, Kasko was just a few years removed from his playing days and still in his 30’s. Kasko managed the Sox for four years, and was remarkably consistent, winning 87, 85, 85 and 88 games. His teams finished 3rd, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd.
This 10-year-old relic of the 2018 World Series MVP has a story behind it…
I pulled it from a pack in 2008, when I didn’t really know who Steve Pearce was. A couple of years later I sent it in as part of my first submission to COMC… where it didn’t sell… and didn’t sell… and didn’t sell…
While it was in the COMC inventory not selling, Steve Pearce became an Oriole and I grew to like him… and I decided “Well, if nobody wants to buy this card I may as well take it back”, so I ended up paying to have COMC ship it back to me… but it was well worth the 25 cents.
I’ve been a Steelers fan for about 35 years, and a few years ago I decided on 1972 as a reasonable starting point for my Steelers collection. 1972 was the first year since 1947 that they made the playoffs, and the 1971 set has the very expensive rookie cards of Terry Bradshaw and “Mean” Joe Greene.
…Until I discovered Philadelphia Gum football cards. That’s when my Steelers goals fell apart. As little as I collect football lately, I’m happy with just aimlessly picking up cards which catch my eye and fit my budget.
Ben McGee played in two Pro Bowls and was a college coach after his career was over. One other thing I like about Philadelphia Gum cards is that they all came before the Steelers settled on their iconic uniforms.
This Barry Larkin card caught my eye when I was quickly going through a nickel box; it’s a little scuffed and doesn’t fit into my collection in any significant way, so it will eventually go into my “Cool Cards And Oddballs” binder…
…Once I’ve set up a “Cool Cards And Oddballs” binder.
Action Packed is something I’d ignored back in the day – I saw the embossed cards as just an uninteresting gimmick – but I’ve been getting into them over the past year or so.
I still find the embossing fairly annoying, but I’ve gotten past that and focused on the photos and player selection, which is often quite good.
Wrapping up with a cool action shot from 1992 Leaf.
…Just because it’s a cool action shot. The sliding Oriole doesn’t hurt. This one is either going in my 1992 Frankenset (when I get around to that) or my “Cool Cards” binder (when I get around to that).
As for the title track of this post, the song was originally a ‘b-side’ to “Don’t Let’s Start” and would later end up on compilations like “Miscellaneous T” and “Then: The Earlier Years”.