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.

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Fun COMC Discoveries

One of the things I enjoy about shopping on COMC… well, other than my often having available credit from cards I’ve sold… is that you sometimes find stuff that you may never have found otherwise.  Today I’ve got a couple of those I’d like to share.

The first one doesn’t seem like a “discovery” at first glance.

Just a 1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice card of Mets shortstop Rey Ordonez, right?

The back looks like a Collector’s Choice card, with only the card numbering (44 / 48) providing a clue that this is something different.

It doesn’t look obviously “mini”, but when you hold it in your hand the size feels a bit off.

It’s not until it’s put next to the actual 1996 Collector’s Choice Rey Ordonez card (which is from the “Rookie Class” subset”) that you realize this is no mere pseudo-parallel…

I got more excited than I should when I discovered this, because now a very-familiar photo (I’ve had the card on the right since 1996) had a background to go with it, and I always prefer cards that have the background.

I didn’t scan the back of the “Rookie Class” Ordonez, but it’s an even bigger difference… Different layout, different photo, different text.  I don’t know that you can tell from these photos, but the “mini” card is a couple of 16ths of an inch smaller in height and width.

So what is this mystery mini?  According to COMC, it’s from an Upper Deck CardZillion/Folz set.  From what I can tell after some research, they were sold out of vending machines at Toys R Us stores. Trading Card DB doesn’t have much more than a checklist and a scattering of images.  My 2008 Standard Catalog has nothing about this set, not under Upper Deck, CardZillion or Folz (which, I discovered, is the name of the vending company)

I did find at least one other card like this one – there’s a Jason Kendall card that is also in the Rookie Class subset in the original CC set but not on the CardZillion card.  I did find some cards (i.e. Frank Thomas, Barry Bonds) which, from the scans, looked like they were made with some sort of Chrome-y, Dufex-y process.

Oh, one more difference;  the CardZillion cards appear to all be full-bleed, where many (but not all) of the Collector’s Choice cards have a white border.

OK, moving on to another discovery… Last year I was thinking about the New York Rangers TV broadcasts which were always on in my house growing up.  The voices of the Rangers at that time were Jim Gordon and former referee Bill “The Big Whistle” Chadwick.  Even though I never became a Rangers fan, I had fond memories of these two, and sometime last year I got the idea… “Hey, Bill Chadwick is in the HOF, maybe there’s a card of him.”  So off to COMC I went…

…et voila!

This is from the 1983 Cartophilium Hockey Hall Of Fame set, and as you can tell, it’s quite a nice card.  The set as a whole looks pretty nice;  it doesn’t really fit into my hockey collection as it currently stands, but I’d encourage others to check the set out.

Here’s the back (not quite as nice):

As the back states, The Big Whistle was inducted into the Hockey HOF in 1964, was the first U.S. born ref in the NHL, and originated the system of hand signals associated with penalties.

Since I have another minute or two, I will share one other card which isn’t a “discovery”, but I did get it through COMC and it’s one of the more thoroughly uninteresting cards you’ll find.

I generally like 1970 Topps, but on this particular card you have the grey border, a black team name, the lack of a cap, a white jersey with no piping or pinstripes, the blank expression on Rich Nye’s face… it’s all quite amazingly dull.  I’m surprised that someone at Topps didn’t say “Hey, that light tower in the background might catch someone’s interest, maybe we should airbrush that out”.

Incidentally, Rich Nye wasn’t “The Science Guy”, but he did become a practicing veterinarian after his baseball career was over.

 

Dead Parrot FrankenSet for April, 2019

This is the latest in a series on an ongoing project, a “Dead Parrot” Frankenset which features cards of NHL and WHA teams which are no more, which have ceased to be (as in the line from the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” sketch). The Franketset consists of a binder containing 44 sheets and the goal is to have it filled with cards numbered from 1 to 396, with each slot filled with a card featuring a hockey team that has gone to meet its maker.

At the beginning of the year, I promised myself I’d do at least one of these posts each month, and I’m scrambling to get this one done during April (while ignoring the fact that I’d missed February).

I recently went to a regional card show and hoped to pick up some cards for this project;  It turned out to be a mixed bag, as I was only able to pick up one “challenger” as well as a cheap wax box of 1990/91 Pro Set Hockey, which you’ll be seeing in future Dead Parrot posts.

…And here is that Challenger for Card #31:  Representing 1971-72 Topps Hockey and the California Golden Seals (while surreptitiously wearing a Minnesota North Stars sweater)…. Tommy Williams!

I really like the original Seals logo; it’s a shame that the team went from this abstract seal to a generic wordmark as their logo.

Currently in slot #31, representing 1977/78 O-Pee-Chee WHA and the Birmingham Bulls of the World Hockey Association… Paul Henderson! (Plus a photobombing New England Whaler)

1977/78 OPC WHA is a small set (66 cards) but is proving hard to beat in Dead Parrot competitions. This is no exception and no contest… An in-game shot beats a generic head shot. THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


I went on a bit of a Hockey Rockies shopping spree on COMC a while ago, and that’s provided me with a number of cards I’ve been meaning to feature here. The first battle features an unusual 21st century battle for a slot.

Introducing our challenger for card #188; representing the NHL’s Colorado Rockies and 2006/07 Parkhurst Hockey (which was issued by Upper Deck)… Wilf Paiement!

That is one nice-looking card there… and proof that the three primary colors could be combined into a fairly gaudy 1970’s uniform.

Currently holding slot #188, representing 2010/11 Pinnacle and the Atlanta Thrashers… Ondrej Pavelec!

This is one of two Thrashers cards I received from Shoebox Legends, and you’re about to see why I mention this.

As a child of the 1970’s I don’t hesitate in giving #188 to Wilf Paiement, but this situation is complicated… If I let the Rockies card into the binder, then I would have no cards left to represent the Thrashers.

I did, however, anticipate this somewhat. In a prior post I tentatively allowed this Philadelphia Flyer masquerading as a Kansas City Scout into the binder (This card is from 1974/75 Topps, and the Scouts and Capitals were brand new expansion teams):

But Nolet staying in the binder was contingent on Pavelec being the Thrashers representative in my binder. Because Pavelec is being removed, I’m also revoking Nolet’s spot in the binder. Card #187 is going to become the Thrashers representative in the form of Tobias Enstrom…

…and Card #188 goes to Paiement!

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!


What would be a better way to follow up two 21st Century Dead Parrots than to feature some Rockie-on-Rockie action?

Challenging for Card #82, representing the Colorado Rockies (even though the card says “CANUCKS”) and 1981/82 O-Pee-Chee… Ron Delorme (who looks all kinds of thrilled here).

Also representing the Colorado Rockies as well as 1981/82 TOPPS… Lanny McDonald!

1981/82 was an interesting season for Hockey cards: Topps issued cards in East and West regions that year. Cards #1 through 66 were the same, but cards 67 through 132 were different in the East packs than they were in the West packs. This Lanny McDonald card is technically “82 West”, but for Dead Parrot purposes I’m considering Topps East, Topps West and O-Pee-Chee to be three different sets issued in the same season.

O-Pee-Chee was numbered by team… Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Colorado, etc. McDonald is #77 in the O-Pee-Chee set, which has him numbered with the Colorado Rockies, but after a November, 1981 trade to Calgary, the OPC card shows him as a member of the Flames (but, in true OPC style, with the same Rockies photo).

Oh, and I should point out that Delorme was numbered as a member of the Rockies, which is why he’s not numbered near the end of the set with the other Vancouver cards.

I love cards showing Lanny McDonald with the Rockies, so I’ve to go with that card:
THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!
…But Ron Delorme will still get a spot in my favorite hockey cards.


For the final battle of this post… Challenging for card #315, representing the Colorado Rockies and 1978/79 O-Pee-Chee… Ron Andruff!

There was no card in slot #315, so Andruff goes in to the binder!


For this post – and hopefully for future posts, if I can stay on top of it – I’m going to include a statistical breakdown of my progress, as well as how many of each team I have.

As of this post, I’ve got 269 cards out of 396, which is 67.9% complete.

The teams break down as follows:
Minnesota North Stars – 49
Winnipeg Jets – 47
Quebec Nordiques – 38
New England/Hartford Whalers – 36
Atlanta Flames – 21
Oakland/California (Golden) Seals – 20
Colorado Rockies – 17
Cincinnati Stingers – 13
Kansas City Scouts – 12
Cleveland Barons – 2
Atlanta Thrashers – 1

Misc. WHA – 11
Misc. NHL – 2

Complete Pages: 5 out of 44

1992 Sports Illustrated For Kids… Plus Weigh-In #62

Whenever I’m going through dime or nickel boxes, there are several types of cards which catch my attention and usually get me to just grab whatever I find without any thought to whether I need them or not.

1976 SSPC cards are always a “buy first, ask questions later” proposition.

MLB Showdown cards are another favorite. Even though I don’t play the game, part of me loves the fact that I *could* play the game if I so desired.

When I went to a local show in February, there was a guy with nickel boxes, and just from glancing at the tops of a section of cards in the box, I knew he had a third type of “Don’t think twice, it’s alright” cards…

Sports Illustrated For Kids!

I don’t care if the card features a baseball player I collect, or features an Olympic Gold Medalist from a sport I don’t follow…

…Sports Illustrated For Kids cards are just too damn much fun to pass up… and these were a nickel apiece!  I went ahead and took everything he had and added them to my stack.  There were a few from other years, but most of them were from 1992.

And this 1992 design… I mean, there’s no doubting this is from the early 1990’s.

As a character from a very famous 1990’s TV show might say, “Could it BE more Nineties???”

These cards are just too damn much fun.


(Darrell Waltrip says “Boogity, boogity, boogity!”)

But the thing is that as much as I enjoy getting these cards, I don’t have a lot to say in this blog about the cards, so I thought I would combine the scans with my quarterly “Weigh-In” post.

So on to the standard run-through of what these weigh-ins are about: It’s an ongoing goal of mine to streamline my collection, to get rid of the clutter and leave just the cards that I love, either individually or as a part of some greater project which I love.

I find that posting updates on the organizing and streamlining of my collection gives me a look at the big picture, keeps me honest and helps with motivation and/or guilt.

There’s almost always “guilt” involved these days.

So let’s get on to the numbers…

Changes since the last weigh-in (from 1/1/2019 to 4/3/2019):
Net change in the collection: +687 (687 added, 0 removed)
First quarter of a year is something of an uphill challenge because of the new products. This time around, I also happened to have two shows in two months, which rarely happens to me anymore… Plus the one show involved the aforementioned nickel boxes (that’s 422 cards right there) and the second show I bought a wax box of 1990 Pro Set Hockey (which I’ll tell you about when I get a chance to write about that show). Most of the Pro Set cards will be going back out the door at some point (at the very least, into the recycling bin).

Net change to the # of cards in the house: +1,926 (2,206 in, 280 out)

Not too bad, all things considered.  Obviously I’ve got a backlog of cards I’ve acquired but haven’t moved into my collection.

Totals since I started tracking on 10/16/2011:
Total # of cards purged from the collection, to date: 12,395
Net change to the collection, to date: +4,996

Total # of cards which have left the house, to date: 50,574
Net change to the number of cards in the house, to date: -17,251

Size of the collection:
Number of individual cards tracked in my Access database: 65,015
Number of cards that make up the sets flagged as completed in my Access database: 13,970

…which means I’ve got at least 78,805 cards in my collection

Money spent on cards:

This quarter (this does not count money spent on show admission, shipping, supplies, etc) $363.10
This is kinda a lot for me, but it’s also extremely unusual that I go to two card shows in the space of two months.

Size of my MS Access card database:
A few years ago I created an Access database and began tracking my collection in there. There’s quite a bit of work involved in keeping it up-to-date, so I like to satisfy my own curiosity by finding out how much information is currently in my database.

My database currently contains 199 set definitions (up 19 from the last weigh-in) and 226,284 card definitions (up 3,323 from the last weigh-in).

It’s important to point out that this is merely the number of sets and cards which are represented within my database; for example, although I have no cards from 1949 Bowman, it represents 1 set definition and 240 card definitions.

Not Even Enough Time To Think Up A Good Title

This is the state of the blog for early April: Plenty of ideas but little time to implement them.

Unfortunately it’s going to remain that way for at least a few more days, but I wanted to get *something* out here, so I figured I’d run through some recent acquisitions

One good thing I’ve been able to do lately is to send some fresh inventory to my COMC account. I sell my cards there to accumulate credit used to get other cards; in fact, I used some credit to get this Cash. (Insert rim shot here)

This is Dave Cash’s rookie card, and it’s odd to see this three-time All-Star in a black Pirates cap. Cash played for four different teams, but he was only an All-Star with the Phillies, and he was always an All-Star with the Phillies; he got the honor in each of his three seasons in Philadelphia.

This is also Johnny Jeter’s rookie card.  I hadn’t realized that his son Shawn played 13 games with the White Sox in 1992;  Shawn Jeter was also featured on a 1993 Topps “Coming Attraction” card (along with Stadium Club, Pinnacle and Donruss “The Rookies”).

Manny Mota in 3-D! When I’m able to catch up on my scanning, I’ll share some bigger Kellogg’s stars that I just picked up at a show last weekend.

Manny is another former Pirate (and Expo and Giant), but I find it strange to think of him as anything but a Dodger.

I picked up this card in my largely back-burnered attempt to complete the 1977-78 Topps Hockey set. I love how you’ve got the three different Bruins in the card, close up on the left, far away on the right, and Gerry Cheevers in the middle.

Here’s a fairly scarce oddball given the time of issue. This Angel Pagan card is from a 2012 Emerald Nuts giveaway at… um… the Giants’ corporately-named home (whatever it was called then and whatever it’s called now). I got this card because I like Pagan, and the photo is different than his standard 2012 Topps issues.

When watching the Winter Olympics last year, I found myself rooting for the Cinderella German team. During their surprising run, I went to COMC and bought a card of one of their best-known players, Christian Ehrhoff.

They always seem to do a decent job with these retro O-Pee-Chee inserts; the new designs often seem like they could’ve been used back in the day.

Wrapping up with a 1957 Hank Thompson I got just because I seem to have fallen into collecting Hank Thompson.

Years ago I got a 1952 card of his as part of a lot, and for the longest time it was the only 1952 card I owned. When I picked up a Red Man Tobacco card of his (because I pick up any affordable Red Man cards I run across), it seemed like I was going in a Hank Thompson direction, so I just decided to go with it.

OK, gotta run… I will do my best to get back on track here in the near future.

Dead Parrot FrankenSet: The Regrettable Repack Incident

I’ve got this ongoing project, a “Dead Parrot” Frankenset which features cards of NHL and WHA teams which are no more, which have ceased to be (as in the line from the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” sketch).

Because I live in “The Land That Hockey Forgot”, I rarely have the opportunity to add to this project without relying on my trading buddies, buying through COMC or by going to regional card shows that involve a 4-5 hour round trip.

A couple of months ago I was in our local Target and I saw something I hadn’t seen in a couple of years:  A hockey repack.  It was one of those 10 packs for $12 repacks.  The top two packs were fairly recent Upper Deck packs – which, I should point out, are useless for this project because recent packs don’t have “Dead Parrot” teams.

My reasoning went this way:  Repacks often have 1980’s and 1990’s crap packs in them, and this is a rare situation where I *wanted* 1980’s and 1990’s crap packs.  I decided if nothing else, I would like to send a message to my friendly neighborhood Fairfield distributor that there is something of a market for Hockey cards in Shlabotsylvania.

So I bought it… and I’ll cut to the chase, I did regret it.  Six of the 10 packs were from the past five or so years, but I did get a few candidates for the Dead Parrot binder, so I’ll run through those here and get them out of the way.  All of the challengers came from 1990-91 Score Hockey and 1990-91 Pro Set Series 2 Hockey.

The challenger for card #46, representing 1990-91 Score and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Peter Sidorkiewicz!

It’s from the Overproduction Era, but it’s a decent enough card.

However…

Currently in slot #46, representing 1979-80 Topps and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Marty Howe!

Well, we’re off to a bad start for the repack.  There’s no way a 1990’s hockey card unseats one of the Howes wearing a WHA Whalers uniform and from one of my favorite all-time hockey sets.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


Next up, the challenger for slot #54, representing 1990-91 Score and the Quebec Nordiques, it’s Brian Fogarty!

Slot #54 was empty, so this card goes straight into the binder.


The challenger for slot #120, representing 1990-91 Score and the Minnesota North Stars… it’s Mike Modano!

Slot #120 was empty, so this card also goes straight into the binder.


…And this is where I started to run into problems…

My Dead Parrot binder has 44 nine-pocket sheets for a total of 396 pockets. I’d settle on this number because I was starting the project largely with cards from 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee and 1990-91 Topps, both of which are 396 card sets. 396 also has the benefit of being divisible by nine so there wouldn’t be empty pockets when I was done.

When we get into the 1990’s, however, some of the sets started to get bigger than that. 1990-91 Score is 440 cards with the last 60 cards being Prospects and Draft Picks. In my repack, I got a few cards which are from Dead Parrot teams, but have card numbers higher than 396.

1990-91 Pro Set is an enormous 705 cards. They gave cards to HOFers, coaches, referees, linesmen even – I’m not kidding – “The Puck”; Yes, the final card of the set, card #705, is dedicated to an official NHL hockey puck (COMC amusingly has this listed as the puck’s rookie card).

Oh, and remember up top when I told you what was in my repack, the Pro Set packs in my repack were SERIES TWO. Everything in those Series 2 packs had a card number above 396.

*sigh*

So, combined with some other numbers-higher-than-396 cards I’d covered in prior posts, I decided that for the time being I’m just going to have “bonus pages” in my binder; they wouldn’t be set up like the rest of the binder, but would house the cards which would be candidates if I ever expand the size of my Dead Parrot FrankenSet.

And so, here are the latest cards entering the “Bonus Pages”:

1990-91 Score #405 Peter Lappin (Minnesota North Stars)

Nobody got rich off of Lappin’s rookie card;  he played six games with the North Stars and one for the San Jose Sharks.

1990-91 Score #419 Terry Yake (Hartford Whalers)

1990-91 Pro Set #505 Peter Taglianetti (Shown with the Minnesota North Stars but indicating a trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins)

I’m sure the Penguins were just thrilled at how their logo got awkwardly bisected by that large “TRADED” notation in the top left.

1990-91 Pro Set #562 Phil Housley (Winnepeg Jets)

I don’t think that future posts are likely to feature many of these “bonus cards”, unless they came from a trading partner or were notable in other ways.


Much of the fun of these posts come from the head-to-head competition between cards, and since we only got one of those from this repack, I decided to dip into my folders of scanned images and pull out a couple of other matchups.

First off, the challenger for slot #61, representing 1984-85 Topps Hockey and the Hartford Whalers… Risto Siltanen!

Currently occupying slot #61, representing 1971-72 Topps Hockey and the California Golden Seals… Ernie Hicke!

This was a tough battle because I like both sets and I have more memories of Risto Siltanen than of Ernie Hicke, but I think when all is said and done I’ll have more Whalers than Seals, so I went with Hicke.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


Next, challenging for slot #117, representing 1973-74 Topps and the Atlanta Flames… Bob Leiter!

Currently occupying slot #117, representing 1975-76 Topps and the Atlanta Flames… Jacques Richard!

Another tough call… Both Jacques Richard and 1975-76 Topps have more personal significance to me, but I can’t ignore that action shot.  I have to go with Bob Leiter.

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!


In our final matchup, challenging for slot #113 and representing the Minnesota North Stars (even though it’s technically a Pittsburgh Penguins card)… Bob Woytowich!

Currently occupying slot #113, representing 1976-77 O-Pee-Chee WHA and the Calgary Cowboys of the World Hockey Association… Rick Jodzio!

The Cowboys were the fourth incarnation of an original WHA franchise.  Originally slated to play in Miami, there were issues with the home ice and financing, and when the season started the team took the ice as the Philadelphia Blazers.  After one season in Philadelphia and then two more as the Vancouver Blazers, the team moved to Calgary and folded two years after that.

For commentary on this Woytowich/Jodzio matchup, let’s go over to Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World, who are here with us in our studios.

Guys, should I go with the 1960’s North Star card over the unusual Calgary Cowboys card?

…Interesting.  Garth, do you have anything you’d like to add?

Well, that pretty much sums it up…. THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!

That’s all the time we have. Party on, Wayne!  Party on, Garth!

Hello, Dum-Dums… (A “Show & Tell” Post)

For those who weren’t aware, there were Flintstones cards back in the 1990’s. This is card #100 from the 1993 Cardz Flintstones set… and yes, it’s “Gazoo”, not “Kazoo” or “Gadzoo”.

If you’re wondering why I suddenly got belligerent and started calling my readers juvenile names, “Hello, Dum-Dums” was sort of Gazoo’s catch phrase.

…And for those who may not have known this, Gazoo was voiced by the late, great Harvey Korman.

Y’know what?  As long as we’re discussing the Flintstones, I’ll throw another scan in here.  This card features The Way-Outs, who were a pop band posing as aliens… which probably fit right in with a general “What planet did these Beatles come from?” vibe of the times.

The character on the right was clearly a celebrity guest since he’s drawn realistically, but I can’t remember (nor Google) who he was.

Gonna go way out
WAAAAAAAAY OUT!
That’s where the fun is, way out
WAAAAAAAAY OUT!


I don’t remember how I came to own this 1996/97 Pinnacle McDonald’s Hockey card of Keith Tkachuk… but it’s 3-D! Gotta love 3-D!

I also really liked those “Peyote Coyote” uniforms, especially compared to the boring unis they wear now.


I ran across this card a couple of weeks ago while shopping on COMC. It’s a checklist card from 1991 Topps Micro.
1991 Topps Micro - [Base] #131 - Checklist - Courtesy of COMC.com
…And I ask you… Is there anything in this great hobby of ours which is so completely and utterly pointless as a ‘Micro’ checklist?


I’ve got a backlog of these 2018 scans comparing flagship to Opening Day or Chrome, so I feel I should get another one in here… That’s Series 2 on the left, Chrome on the right.


I’m going to wrap up by teasing two upcoming posts…

Tease #1

I found this MLB Showdown card in a dime box two years ago, and now that Roy Halladay is a HOFer, this card might be worth TEN TIMES THAT! Woooo!

…but that’s not why I’m posting this here.

One of the reasons I’m taking the easy way out with this post is because I’m working on a post about MLB Showdown, and I will be diving in a little deeper than “Fun oddballs I love to pull from dime boxes” (as true as that statement may be).


Tease #2

I completed my 1977 Topps baseball set decades ago, but I recently made an impulse buy of this O-Pee-Chee Dave Kingman card. I normally don’t buy OPC cards which are little more than French-language parallels to Topps cards, but because O-Pee-Chee didn’t include the “N.L. All-Stars” banner on the bottom of this card, you can see Dave Kingman’s knees.  Ooooh…

The reason this is a tease is because I’m finishing work on a belated “Looking back at 2018 and looking forward to 2019” post, and one of the things I’ll be wandering in circles muttering about is whether I need to give more thought to which cards I acquire, as well as which cards I should give a pass. This card might just fall into the “take a pass” category, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get rid of it.

One project I’m working on that is likely to survive the upcoming “Great Prioritization” is the 1957 Topps Orioles team set. Even if I didn’t have this project, this next card would be a target of mine just because I enjoy cards which feature the original Yankee Stadium.

Don Ferrarese was a journeyman swingman who pitched for five teams over an eight-year career. On his final three Topps cards (1960 – 1962) he went capless, airbrushed and capless.

…And that concludes another meandering “Show & Tell” post!