Football And Fortnite: Retail Blood Pressure Therapy

So there was this political conversation going on at work that I couldn’t help but overhear. I generally don’t get into politics at work (or here, for that matter), but the conversation was along the lines of “WE are unfailingly right about everything and THEY are unquestionably wrong about everything”. I consider myself to be somewhere in between “us” and “them”, but I’ve known the main person in the conversation for years and he would probably categorize anybody who’s not fully “us” as being “them”.  I don’t like to be painted with that broad of a brush… I don’t like ANY groups of people to be painted with that broad of a brush.

Anyway, I could feel my blood pressure going up, but it was fortunately close enough to lunchtime that I was able to flee the discussion and my office.  I went to a big box retailer hoping to find some Heritage High Numbers, but I was out of luck. Since I was looking for a significant distraction, I decided to treat the card aisle as a buffet and sampled a pack each of several sets which were new to me.

First I grabbed a pack of 2019 Donruss Football.  i’d expected the design to be basically the same as 2019 Donruss Baseball, only Football is fully licensed and can go wild with things like team colors and logos.  Oooooooh.

2019 Donruss Football, as is often the case, does look better than 2019 Donruss Baseball. FWIW, the name and position are in silver foil.

I’ve noticed on football cards from the past few years that the players tend to get lost in the crowd background.  I wonder if there’s some differing techniques that the photographer and/or Panini are using (or are not using) that makes the difference, or if crowds just dress more colorfully than they used to.

I also pulled a card of Joe Willie Namath.  As they say in the land of my upbringing, that and $2.75 will getcha on the subway.

Nothing much else to say about Donruss Football, so I’ll move on to the second pack, 2019 Score Football.  The Panini-era Score football cards that I’ve seen have been largely-forgettable 21st century designs, which is why I was surprised that these cards were a 30th anniversary homage to 1989 Score Football.

Like with Donruss “Retro”, these cards are more homage than an attempt to duplicate the originals.  For starters, the originals had a colored border which matched the box at the bottom of the card… Well, here, check out my 1989 Score Flutie:

1989 Score is not a great design to start with, so I’m not going to fault Panini for making changes.  It falls into the category of “It’s fine” and we all move on.

Because it’s slightly more interesting than your typical Panini card back, here’s the 2019 Score back:

These are closer to the originals than the front, with the main difference being that the originals featured a *different* photo on the back… but for $1.99 a pack I guess I won’t kick about that.

The rookies in Score are more along the lines of what I’d expect from 21st Century Score… and there’s no mention of which NFL team owns the rights to said rookies.

Trayveon Williams is with the Cincinnati Bengals, in case you were wondering. I understand that this is probably done so they can get the cards to market sooner, but it’s a pain for team collectors who can’t easily tell which rookie is *their* rookie.

Wrapping up the Score pack with the one keeper for this Steelers fan:

An “All-Hands Team” insert of Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva… The card is shiny and not bad looking, but to me “All-Hands” conjures up images of… um… something else.

I also dropped another $0.99 on a pack of Panini Football stickers.  Nothing much to say about the stickers, the stickers are stickers.

…But there was a surprise: along with all of the stickers, there was a card!

It’s on thin cardstock and just your run of the mill throwaway Panini design, but it just caught me off guard because I’d never seen anything other than stickers in a Panini sticker pack.

I should mention that the card is standard-sized, and the stickers are your typical sticker size.

One more impulse buy was involved, and despite it being something I would normally have zero interest in, it ended up being my favorite (relatively speaking) pack of the bunch.

I’m talking about a pack of Panini Fortnite Series 1 cards. Full disclosure: I’m not a gamer and have not so much as seen Fortnite being played.  Some of the preview images I’d seen spoke to me on some level, so I figured I’d spring for a pack. It’s not that different than my buying NBA Hoops cards at the dollar store; I have about as much interest in basketball as I do in video games (not much), I’m just curious about them as cards.

Even though the characters mean nothing to me, I have to say I kinda like these cards…  Well, some of the cards.  I can do without the cards that – I imagine – show gameplay “action”.

Here’s a more interesting card, front and back:

I dunno, there’s something appealing about these cards. Colorful, simple, appealing.. Although I’ll admit that I don’t know how much of the colorful, simple, appealing design is Panini and how much of that is Fortnite.

…and look at the size of that card number! No squinting at these babies!

Here’s another one I kinda liked.

The highlight – kind of – of the pack was this foil parallel of… a lamp.

The back of the card lists it under the category of “Harvesting Tool”, so it clearly has some significance within the game… but this card amuses the heck out of me because a shiny parallel of a floor lamp is something which just out-Ginters Ginter. Take that, Egg!

So, to wrap up all of this… I don’t see myself buying a second pack of any of these, but if I ran across a dime box which had Fortnite cards, I’d poke through them to see what they had.

Does anybody else have any experience with these cards?  I’m curious to hear your take!

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#JoysOfOversized – Four From 1970 Topps Super Football

I recently made a purchase of four cards which have what I consider “The Perfect Card Damage”.  The cards in question were from the 1970 Topps Super Football set, which is a set I’m not officially collecting (yet) but still cannot resist.

The front of the cards were in great shape… So why, for example, was this John Brodie card just a buck?

It’s was only a buck because some kid got bored and doodled on the back – but in a way which doesn’t affect the card itself – And this was the worst of the bunch.  The other three cards were “branded” with a ball-point-pen letter “B” in the margins of the back.  All of these fall into the “Pfft, like I care” category.

John Brodie, by the way, was a quarterback with the Forty Niners for 17 years (1957 – 1973). Brodie was the league MVP in 1970 while leading in completions (223), yards (2941) and touchdowns (24). It wasn’t the first time he lead the league in those categories.

It’s worth mentioning that the golf cartoon is appropriate, because after John Brodie was done in the NFL, he started a second career in the PGA Seniors tour.

Matt Snell was a running back who spent his entire 9-year career with the Jets (Both in the AFL and NFL). He was part of the Jets team which upset the Colts in Super Bowl III.

Like Brodie, Gabriel was a quarterback who won an MVP award; Gabriel’s came in 1969 when he was with the L.A. Rams. Gabriel threw 24 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions and lead the team as they won the first 11 games of the season.

Sorry about the misscan of this card. I think you get the idea of what this looks like.

Roman Gabriel did a bit of acting, and his first acting gig came as a “Native” on Gilligan’s Island.  It was in an episode called “Topsy-Turvy” where Gilligan hits his head and sees everything upside down;  when the Professor tries to help him, Gilligan sees double instead.

Other athletes who played “Natives” on Gilligan’s Island include Dodgers Jim Lefebvre and Al Ferrara. I’ve got to keep a closer eye on Gilligan’s Island reruns…

Here’s the “hit” of this batch; I spent a whopping $1.50 on this Carl Eller, who’s in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. Eller played 15 years for the Vikings, was a key member of the “Purple People Eaters” defensive line, played in four Super Bowls and finished out his career with a season in Seattle.

My New Wantlist: Time, Focus, Discipline…

It’s been six days since my last post. At one point I posted every day. Lately I’m doing well if I post 3-4 times a week. And now, here we are.

Part of it, admittedly, is lack of time this week. Numerous tragedies at work (and I use the word ‘tragedy’ semi-facetiously) plus a small emergency (now resolved) at home have eaten much of my time.

But lately I’ve been struggling to stay focused on a single post long enough to get it done. In fact, just after I started *this* post, I distracted myself by remembering something I wanted to check on COMC, and then – hey, did you know that the murder mystery board game “Clue” is called “Cluedo” in the UK, where the game originated? If I’m understanding things correctly, “Cluedo” is a wordplay on “Ludo”, which is a game based on the Indian game “Pachisi”, which was marketed in North America as “Parcheesi”…

Anyway, getting back to the original topic –

Oh, and there was a “Cluedo” game show in the UK in the early 1990’s, and Professor Plum was played by Doctor Who’s Tom Baker! (It’s on YouTube, search on “ITV Cluedo”)

ANYWAY… (And sometimes I think I should’ve called this blog “ANYWAY…”)

What’s not a factor in the many delays is a lack of ideas. I’ve got some a couple of series of recurring posts that I could keep going, some older series I should revive someday, plus I have a number of ideas that I jump around between without ever completing. Just a few examples, I have some thoughts on card numbering which has played into how I approach current sets, plus I recently stumbled across my forgotten copy of the APBA tabletop baseball game and learned how to play it (which will be the subject of a future post), plus I completed a vintage team set, and I *thought* I also completed a second one only to find I’m missing a combo card (since purchased on COMC and awaiting shipment), and so on and so on and so on.

However, for a multitude of reasons – my phone, too many things going on, my phone, lack of sleep, my phone, probable dehydration, my phone – my attention span is fairly well shot.

So first off, I thank you for your patience during my mental derailment; I promise, good stuff is coming.

Second, I thought I’d share a few cards I got at a recent card show; like Cluedo and APBA, these cards were not what I set out to find, but they were still welcome additions to my collection.

1963 Fleer is a “maybe, someday” vintage project for me… The cards are fun, the checklist small, and the whole 66 card set has that “Pssst… Not Topps!” feel to it.  In this particular case, Joey Amalfitano’s Colt .45’s uniform is what caught my eye;  I think that working on my Dead Parrot Hockey project has made me notice teams like the Colts more than I used to.

I’ll point your attention to the bottom of the card, which lists Amalfitano with the Giants.  He actually started his career with the Giants, got taken by Houston in the 1961 expansion draft, played the 1962 season in Houston and then was traded back to the Giants for pitcher Dick LeMay and outfielder Manny Mota.

Wait, Manny Mota was with the Colt .45’s?

I looked him up, and as it turns out, both LeMay and Mota were flipped to other teams before the 1963 season started;  LeMay to the Cubs and Mota to the Pirates.  However, Mota’s 1963 rookie card lists him with the Colt .45’s!  “Awesome, a ZERO YEAR card!” I thought, and went into my card collecting database to flag that card as a “want”.

…Only when I went into that card’s record, the database showed that I already had the card.  Surprised, I went upstairs to the Shlabotnik World Headquarters, pulled out the appropriate binder and….

There it was!  I’m not sure I realized when I bought this card – whenever it was that I bought it – that this was Manny’s rookie card.

BTW, I love the ginourmous .45s airbrushed on Manny’s cap in the B&W inset photo.

Another “someday” project is the 1970 Fleer/Laughlin World Series set.  Once again, “fun” is the key word for this set.  I found this nice condition card for a buck and went ahead and bought it just because.  (It’s interesting how the 1915 Phillies are represented by a logo that would come 57 years after this World Series.)

I really like the 1970 Kellogg’s set, although I don’t really consider this a “someday” set… more of a “probably out of my budget and I’ve got bigger fish to fry” set.  I still love to pick up cheap singles, tho.

I keep saying “I’m going to put all of my football wants on the backburner” and then I run across a 1976 Wonder Bread card of Franco Harris.

…And that was in a show in April.  At the show I just went to a week ago, I bought a team bag full of 1964 Philadelphia Gum Football commons, just because that set has grown on me the past few years (again, “Not Topps!” plays a role).

But yes, all Football collecting is on hold.   (My inner sarcastic dialog says “Whatever, dude”).

Bill White has accomplished a lot as a baseball lifer – he was an All-Star in five seasons, won seven consecutive Gold Gloves, got on a couple of Topps “Leaders” cards, was President of the National League – but to me he will always be the guy in the Yankees broadcast booth with Frank Messer and Phil Rizzuto.  I don’t think of myself as a Bill White collector, but I can’t resist a Bill White card when I run across one.  I probably should face facts and just declare him to be a player I collect.  As it turns out, this is his rookie card, so I suppose that’s a good card to have if I’m going to collect him.

I was going to poke fun at Topps for airbrushing a San Francisco logo on Bill White’s cap on a card which came a year after the team moved from New York…  But then I realized he’d missed all of 1957 and a good chunk of 1958 to military service.  Orlando Cepeda took over at first while White was gone, and all Cepeda did was win Rookie of the Year, bat .312 and lead the league in doubles, so shortly after White was traded to St. Louis shortly after he returned.

Wrapping up with a 1961 Topps Cal McLish;  I actually do have a project involving certain cards from 1961 Topps and I hope to get that series started soon, but that project doesn’t involve Cal… Even so, I couldn’t resist this so-bad-its-good photo.

Oh, I should also mention that when I went to that show last weekend, I didn’t make any progress in this soon-to-be-announced 1961 project because I forgot to add those wants to my printed wantlist, and there are too many steps involved to call home and ask my wife to get it for me (“OK, so go into my collectibles database in Microsoft Access, open up the “Wantlist” SQL query, change the Year to 1961, the brand to “Topps”, the want level to “1”, run that query and copy the result sent into a text message for me, OK?  Thanks!”).

So that’s where I stand this Thursday morning… it is Thursday, right?  Yep, so it is.

By the way, if anybody has any attention span they’re not using, can you send it my way?  A padded envelope isn’t necessary, a PWE would be perfectly fine.  Thanks!

Stepping Away From Baseball For A Bit

Baseball-wise, and from a strictly personal point of view, 2019 has not been a memorable or enjoyable year so far.

My Mets were expected to contend, but they hover just below the .500 mark. I don’t think I need to tell you how much fun the Orioles are to watch (hint:  not much). Minor league games I’ve been to haven’t involved well-played games and have largely been exercises in chilling in the stands with a hot dog and a Dr. Pepper. This year’s baseball sets have not delivered anything truly awful, but nothing has gotten me more excited than “Hey, that’s pretty nice”.

Lately I’ve been having trouble getting myself to sit down and write some blog posts, and I decided that maybe a little vacation from baseball cards is in order… So this post is a mish-mash of other sports, and for the next couple of posts I’m going to attempt to focus on some long-delayed non-sport sets.

I went to a card show in April and one dealer had a bin full of loose dollar cards, which made for a fun half hour or so of sorting through the cards. I ran across this 1984 Topps Terry Bradshaw card, and I couldn’t remember if I needed this Bradshaw, but I was tight on time so I just threw it in the stack. This card, by the way, is Bradshaw’s final Topps card.

It was a couple of weeks before I got to this card in my “inbox”, but I was surprised and pleased to find out that I did need the card… and for about 2 months I also thought that I had completed my 1984 Topps Steelers team set. I even went as far as taking photos of the completed pages and such.

…But then I did something I’ve done before and never quite learn from… I say “Hey, just to make sure, I should check the PSA team set listings to see how many cards they say is a team set”. So I looked. I have 16 cards. PSA says 17 cards. Damn.  Turns out I’m missing the 1983 Scoring Leaders card which features Gary Anderson and Mark Moseley. Oops. This does not impact my life greatly as football is very much on the backburner behind a number of other projects, but I’ll keep it in mind for my next show (hopefully in July).

Another card I got out of that Dollar bin is this 1971 Fleer Harlem Globetrotters card of Bobby Joe Mason. I wasn’t looking for Harlem Globetrotter cards, I don’t have a wantlist or any thoughts of ever chasing the set… but it’s a Globetrotter, it’s in nice shape and it’s a buck.

One of my ongoing open-ended projects is collecting hockey cards where there’s a “Photobombing Capital”, like on this 1984/85 O-Pee-Chee Barry Beck card.  On this particular card, Beck is more the photobomber than the Capital (who, I’m pretty sure, is left wing Bob Carpenter).

I collected hockey cards from 1977 to 1982 and took a couple of years off in the early 1980’s.  As it turns out, this was the first set I missed, which is kind of a shame because it’s a really nice design.

I’m not exactly a fan of figure skating, but I’ve been known to sit down and watch it with Mrs. Shlabotnik and I’ve picked up a few things in the process.  Along the lines of “just because”, I pick up a figure skater card here and there, and the latest such card is this 1996 Upper Deck Olympicard of Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton.

I came along too late to see Scott win Gold, but I have seen him skate none-competitively in person and I appreciate his TV commentary… Plus this card was cheap (always a key factor for something which isn’t something I really collect).

Here’s the back:

I got exposed to a lot of New York Rangers hockey in my youth, since my father never missed a game on TV, so this next card has the double appeal of featuring the Rangers’ Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Gilles Villemure, as well as being a cool shot of a goalie wearing an old-school mask.

Here’s some vintage football, the 1958 Topps rookie card of Gary “My name sounds like I should be an accountant” Glick.

The back of the card starts off with “The Steelers surprised everyone when they made Gary their No. 1 draft choice a couple of years ago”. I got curious about how high a draft pick Gary was, figuring it had to be pretty high because the Steelers were perennial doormats in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Turns out Gary was the first player taken overall in 1956. The Steelers passed on future HOFers Lenny Moore, Forrest Gregg and Sam Huff, but the same can be said of a number of other teams.

Before I move on from Gary Glick, I was also amused by another sentence on the back, one I misread at first: “He’s seldom faked out by the shifty NFL pass catchers…” and then I realized that the fourth letter is an ‘F’… SHIFTY, not… um… something else.

While I was poking through various folders full of scans, I found a forgotten three-year-old scan of a card from an impulse-buy pack of 2016 Panini Classics football…

And I said “I had a Carson Wentz rookie card?!?”  To be honest, I didn’t know Carson Wentz from Gary Glick at the time, so I scanned it as part of the pack, didn’t post it and then it was gone from my consciousness.  Now ask me if I still have it.  Honestly, I don’t know.  Maybe.  Probably not.

Show & Tell: A Mildly Mojo-ish Retail Hit And Other Bits Of Cardboard

Even though I know the “return on investment” isn’t often there when one buys cards through major retailers, I still do it. Part of the reason is that opening packs is a significant part of my collecting joy, and I don’t have many other in-person options.

Another factor is that I would be upset and disappointed if cards were no longer available in stores, so I don’t mind supporting those retailers who do sell cards, even if I have to be vigilant about what I buy and how tamper-resistant it might be.

So when I pull a decent hit out of a blaster, like I did with 2019 Heritage recently…

…I have to admit there’s a part of me that wants to taunt pack feelers with it the next time I see one in the Target card aisle. “Hey, buddy… I beat you to this one! Ha HA ha HA ha HAAAAAAA!”

And he probably wouldn’t care because a Rico Petrocelli autograph isn’t likely at the top of his list. Whatever, it doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about it.

BTW, I’m sorry about the glare at the bottom of the image, I took a photo with my phone because I didn’t have time to fire up my coal-powered scanner.

As long as I’m out here writing, I figured I’d share a few other cards I’ve picked up lately…

One set that falls into the “I’d never chase it, but it’s fun to accumulate” category is 1963 Fleer. True to form, I bought several cards from this set even though they weren’t on my want list… but they were cheap enough that I threw want lists out the window.

It’s kind of interesting… Clay Dalrymple appeared on cards from 1960 to 1971, and never once does Topps show him smiling; yet here on this Fleer card he’s got a big ol’ grin. Maybe Fleer got Brigitte Bardot to take his photo…

Another set that falls into the category of “I don’t know what I’m doing with this, but can’t resist at a low price” is the 1970 Fleer/McLaughlin World Series cards.

I don’t think I even realized until I got home that the card featured Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth… it was just a matter of “Laughlin World Series? I’m there”.

I already had this 1970 Topps Scratch-off featuring the Seattle Pilots’ Mike Hegan, but this was an upgrade that was too cheap to ignore.

For starters, it wasn’t scratched-off… which is something I’d yet to acquire in a scratch-off. It also doesn’t have the lettering colored in with a blue ball point, which is another plus.

I really liked Fran Tarkenton when I was a kid, even though I’ve never been a Vikings fan. Oddly enough, I never thought about collecting Tarkenton until I ran across this 1978 card in a dollar box.

Of course, now that I’ve had a chance to look at the prices of some of his 1960’s cards, I’m not sure how far I’d get, but you never know. This card brings me up to six different cards from when he was an active player, which isn’t too bad for someone who wasn’t really trying.

At any rate, it’s not like I don’t already have too many irons in the fire. Best to move on and focus on the goals I’ve already got.

Show & Tell: Too Little, Too Late

You know the story… I’ve got several posts in the works, nothing ready to publish.  It’s time for show and tell, and for me to see how many cards I can write about while I eat my breakfast.

Fred Talbot’s 1969 card shows him with the Yankees, but he also pitched for the A’s and the Seattle Pilots… and with the Pilots on July 9th, 1969, he had a game for the ages, pitching a three-hit shutout against the Angels, *and*  hitting a grand slam.  Talbot came up with one out and Jerry McNertney, John Donaldson and Gordy Lund on base, and he knocked it out of the park.  Abolish the DH!

I got this 1984 Topps Franco Harris card – part of the “Instant Replay” subset – from a nickel box in February.

This card (and another nickel box 1984 I’d already featured) turned out to have a small amount of significance in my football collection… and you’ll find out why in a future post.  To quote The Clash, “It’s always tease, tease, tease”.

I didn’t go after last year’s Topps Salute insert set very much, and I don’t exactly collect Satchel Paige… but I really like these St.  Louis Browns uniforms.

Upstairs in my closet I’ve got a 35-year-old Browns replica cap very much like what Paige is wearing… Although mine is beaten up and I haven’t worn it in years.

These Steelers jerseys from the 1960’s are not great, but I kinda wish they’d throw back to them sometime…. Just because.

I didn’t realize until just now that there was a Charles Dudley “Chuck” Hinton who played for the Steelers, Jets and Colts from 1964 to 1972…
…A Charles Edward “Chuck” Hinton Jr. who played for the Senators, Indians and Angels from 1961 to 1971…

…And, according to Pro-Football Reference, a Charles Richard “Chuck” Hinton who played for the New York “Football Giants” from 1967 to 1969.

…Well now I’m kinda tempted to start a combined Chuck Hinton collection.  Both Chucks have some fun oddballs;  Baseball Chuck has an Exhibit, 1964 Topps “Giants”, Topps Stamps and Coins, plus a couple of TCMA cards and a “Swell Baseball Greats” card.

Before I get off Chuck, here are some fun Baseball Chuck facts:

  • He was traded from the Indians to the Angels (for Jose Cardenal) after the 1967 season and then traded back to the Indians (for Lou Johnson) just before the 1969 season.
  • He was an All-Star with the Senators in 1964, and then traded to the Indians after the season.
  • He started in the Orioles organization as a catcher, converted by the O’s to an outfielder, and was selected by the “New Senators” in the expansion draft
  • He was the only member of the 1961-1971 Senators to hit over .300

I’ve got to finish getting ready for work, but I’ll leave you with the “title track” of this post, a song from Barenaked Ladies’ 2000 album “Maroon”, which is what I consider to be the last worthwhile BNL album. I’ll admit I haven’t heard much of their last few albums, but to me it’s a different band if it doesn’t have Steven Page. (Bah!)

Show & Tell: Cards From A Recent Show

The time change has hit me hard this time around. I don’t have the energy or brainpower to string too many coherent thoughts together so I’m falling back on a simple Show & Tell format.

I’ve liked the simple-yet-appealing 1960 – 62 Bazooka design for quite a while, but I never acquired a card because I never ran across an affordable copy of any player who had any significance to my life at all.  This changed when I found this somewhat poorly hand-cut card of Eddie Yost, who was a Mets coach when I first started following baseball.

It doesn’t look too bad in the scan, but the edges are at some interesting angles and there’s a missing “NO. 6 Of 36 CARDS” from the bottom.  The capless photo doesn’t make for the best example of early 1960’s Bazooka, but at this point I take what I can get.

Oh, I should also point out that my scan is misleading;  these Bazooka cards are fairly small, roughly 1.75″ x 2.75″

Speaking of former Mets coaches, I also got this 1962 card of Joe Pignatano, who was famous in Mets circles for the tomato plants he grew in the Shea Stadium bullpen.

Pignatano only played 7 games for the Giants;  I’m thinking this photo shows him in the uniform of the Kansas City Athletics, a team he played 92 games with in 1961.  This would be his last baseball card as a player.

Fun Joe Pignatano facts: He is the second cousin of former pitcher Pete Falcone, he hit into a triple play in his last Major League at bat (while with the 1962 Mets, naturally), and won a World Championship with the 1959 Dodgers (although he had no plate appearances and played just a half-inning in the field after Carl Furillo pinch hit for Johnny Roseboro late in Game 5).

Although my football collecting has been on the backburner for the last year or two, I couldn’t resist some Steelers cards I found in a nickel box.  This card made me realize that my Steelers wantlist is incomplete because I never took the time to look for playoff and Super Bowl cards which feature the Black And Gold, like this 1976 Topps Football card which features Franco Harris.

…and posting this here reminds me that I still haven’t updated my Football wantlists…

Here’s another card which was on my wantlist.  Any child of the 1970’s cannot resist a card which features the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ original “creamsicle” uniforms.

HOFer Jack Lambert’s a pretty good reason for owning this card, too…

One last Steelers card, this one from 1960. I was originally going to feature this just because of the old school Steelers uniform… you don’t get to see the gold helmets often on football cards. After I scanned it, however, I realized there was something odd about the uniform numbers…

Frank Varrichione wore #74 at the time, but the negative is reversed!

Gotta love the pine trees and the mountain in the background, too. “Come visit Western Pennsylvania! See the loveli pine trees and mani interesting furri animals, including the majestik moose! A moose once bit my sister… No realli!” (Bonus points to anyone who knows what I’m rambling about here).

This 2014 Gypsy Queen “Glove Stories” insert card of Carl Crawford made me laugh, just because I’ve made several custom cards along the same lines. I didn’t realize that there were any real cards that showed a player “ass over teakettle”

I’m not normally one for Allen & Ginter cards which feature non-baseball people… But when I found out that one of my favorite Jeopardy! champions, Austin Rogers, was going to be on a card, I said “Oh, I gotta get me one of those!”

I enjoyed the recent Jeopardy! All-Star Games, but I was disappointed that it wasn’t won by Team Austin… or Team Julia… or Team Buzzy…

I recently found out that Austin had been on Cash Cab years before appearing on Jeopardy.  I’m keeping an eye out for that episode.

I’m going to wrap up with four cards from 2018 Bowman Draft; I got each of these cards because of the player’s name.

With a guy named Jazz Chisholm, I don’t have to explain why his name makes his cards worthwhile. I’d featured a custom of his a couple of months ago.

The immortal Shed Long is no longer a Reds prospect; he went to the Yankees in the Sonny Gray trade, and then was flipped to the Mariners… much to my relief. I can’t root for Shed Long to make the majors with the reviled Yankees, can I?

The parents of this Rays prospect decided, after minimal research, that “Ford Proctor” was a nicely inconspicuous name. OK, maybe not, but his name is so similar to Ford Prefect of the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series that I can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection.

A joke which was lost on most Americans (myself included): Ford Prefect was the name of a series of cars in Britain. Patrick Stewart once mentioned in a TV interview that his first car was a Ford Prefect, and both Mrs. Shlabotnik and I looked at each other and said “WHAAAAAAAAAT?!?”

Wrapping up with Griffin Conine… As you might guess, Griffin is the son of former Oriole, Marlin and Royal Jeff Conine. I collect Jeff Conine, and for the time being at least, Griffin will be a legacy PC guy.

OK, that’s enough nonsense from me.