When the calendar turned over to June, it occurred to me that the three-times-a-year regional card show – the show which, despite the 2 hour drive, is the show closest to Shlabotsylvania – was coming up in a couple of weeks. I started updating my “Show wantlist” MS Word document and thinking about which of my 379 goals I would focus on (379 is only a slight exaggeration)… and then it occurred to me to look at my wall calendar where I’d written the date down.
…and that’s when I realized the show is in July, not June. (*siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh*).
To console myself, and to play a small role in getting me mentally focused on what I should be looking for when I get to the show, I started looking through folders containing scans of cards I never got around to posting, many of which were obtained at earlier instances of this same show.
The first two cards were from a dimebox, and both come from the 1979 TCMA “Baseball History” set, about which I know little (other than they’re cool).
Bill Virdon is a player/manager I collect because I latched on to him when he was the manager of the Yankees during a brief period when I was too young and naive to know I was supposed to hate the Yankees.
For many, many years my oldest card was a 1952 Topps Hank Thompson… For that reason alone, I have a certain fondness for Hank. It doesn’t hurt that he played most of his MLB career for the New York Giants (a family member was a Giants fan before they left for San Francisco)
This makes three Hank Thompson cards I own; the third is a Red Man Tobacco card. I’ve given thought towards making Hank Thompson something of a player collection, but it’s not like I don’t have enough goals and player collections as it is… We’ll see how I feel come July.
Upper Deck issued a few sets in Japan and I wanted to get at least one example for my collection. So Taguchi appeared in the Majors from 2002 to 2009 and this card was cheap on COMC, so I pulled the trigger on it. By the way, these UD Victory cards are slightly smaller than standard-sized.
I love getting Japanese cards, although my Japanese collection doesn’t have much rhyme or reason to it.
Once upon a time this blog featured pairs of cards I called “Doppelgangers”, two cards from different companies which featured more or less the same moment on the field. This pair, a 1992 Leaf Preview card and the actual Leaf card, doesn’t meet the “different companies” criteria but it’s still pretty cool.
If I’m not mistaken, the Preview cards were inserted into 1992 Donruss factory sets in advance of the release of the Leaf set.
I’m not a fan of the Red Sox and I don’t chase down HOFers unless there’s a specific need, so I believe this is one of two Ted Williams cards I own.
…The other card being his manager card from the 1972 set. In both cases, I acquired them as part of a general quest to get as many cards from 1970 – 1972 Topps as my budget will allow.
Another back-burnered goal: 1976 Kellogg’s.
No real reason this got put on a back burner other than the usual… I ran into a small roadblock and my attention got diverted to the next big thing. Long-term focus is not one of my strong points.
I only have a couple of “Retro 1984” cards from 2018 Donruss, but they seem so well done that I may try to get more of them… even for teams and players I don’t collect.
Seriously, though, I think these are among the nicest baseball cards Panini has produced so far. The design, the gloss, the selection of photos which minimize the “photoshoppiness” of the cards while allowing you to actually see the player’s face. Just a good job by Panini.
I saw that there’s a new TV show coming this fall which stars Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) and Freema Agyeman (“Martha Jones” from Doctor Who).
I saw a still featuring Ryan Eggold from the show, and my brain said “Oh, ‘Evil Tom’ is undercover as a doctor at hospital”. I can’t imagine what my reaction is going to be to Freema playing a role other than Martha, especially if she’s – gasp! – playing an American. Her IMDB page tells me she’s been in a number of TV series, including one called “Law And Order: UK” which, now that I’m aware of it, I’d kind of like to see.
OK, that’s enough random ramblings for today… The next post might actually have a theme to it.