I recently got a padded envelope from Shoebox Legends; The bulk of it was mainly to help me with two sets I’m slowly working to complete: 1982 Topps Baseball and 1978-79 Topps Hockey.
But there were added “bonus cards”, so don’t bail out just yet!
I didn’t want to get carried away with head shots of guys like Mike Proly so I decided to pick the best three cards from each batch of the two sets, and then added in some extra fun stuff.
Alan Trammell looking “Baseball casual”. I don’t know why, but using dark & light blue as the Tigers’ colors on this card appeals to me, at least for this card.
Party on, Garth!
Party on, Wayne! (Where’s Wayne Krenchicki when you need him?)
Gotta love Oscar Gamble cards, even if his afro wasn’t at the legendary stages of the 1970’s.
Moving over to 1978-79 Topps Hockey, I always love to pick up cards for my favorite team from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, the Washington Capitals,
Bernie Wolfe started a financial services company after retiring from the NHL and has apparently been successful enough that his Wikipedia page lists “Canadian Businessman” first before “former ice hockey player”.
I just like the look on Tim Young’s face on this card… I’d love to know what he was thinking.
I also just like the North Stars’ logo and uniforms.
A sure sign that my father’s Ranger fandom had an effect on me even though I was never truly a Rangers fan: I know how to spell “Tkaczuk” without checking.
The Rangers’ late Seventies uniforms wouldn’t be terrible under most circumstances, but because these temporarily and needlessly replaced a classic uniform, these unis go down in history as a major mistake.
I realized as I was writing this that the way I scanned the next entry would be confusing to someone who hadn’t seen them before. The below image contains two 2.5″ x 3.5″ ‘sheets’ of stickers which were inserts in packs of 1978-79 hockey packs. I pulled a fair number of these hockey stickers back in the day… The general idea was that you could stick them on your hockey stick, helmet or other bits of hockey (or with my friends, street hockey) equipment.
Do kids still play street hockey? I know they don’t where I live, but hockey ranks waaaay down on the list of popular sports around here. I’d have to drive a couple of hours for even a minor league hockey game. (*sigh*) I miss watching hockey live…
I used to have a series of posts called “Are We Not Stars?” where I’d review what happened to lesser-known players on multi-card rookie cards such as this one. I don’t know if I want to revive it as a series, but I figured I’d do a quickie here.
Danny Heep is easily the best player on the card, having played 13 seasons in the Majors with the Astros, Mets, Red Sox, Dodgers and Braves. With all those seasons of coming off the bench, Heep never came close to having enough at bats to qualify for a batting title.
Billy Smith is not the same Billy Smith who played around the same time for the Angels, Orioles and Giants… and is certainly not the Billy Smith who was a goaltender for the New York Islanders. This Billy Smith pitched 10 games for the Astros in 1981, going 1-1, 3.05 with a single save. He’d wrap up his pro career by pitching for AAA Tucson in 1982. Smith went to Sam Houston State University which, I just found out, is in Texas but not in Houston. Learn something new every day.
Bobby Sprowl is another pitcher whose MLB career, unbeknownst to everyone at the time, was already over. As Groucho Marx might say, Sprowl pitched for the University of Alabama where the Tuscaloosa. (You’re welcome, Hackenbush).
Unlike Bobby Sprowl and Billy Smith, you’ve heard of Cal Ripken… and if you haven’t, why exactly are you reading a baseball card blog? This shiny card is one we didn’t already have in the Shlabotnik Family Cal Collection (Mrs. S has been a Cal fan since ’83).
Finally, the padded envelope was topped off with an always-welcome card from the 1960-61 A&BC English Footballers set!
With Topps Archives Baseball using this same design this year, it occurs to me that it would be cool if Topps did an MLS or EPL insert set also using this same design. If I were more of a soccer fan I might make some customs. What the heck, I might do some anyway. Unfortunately my favorite (relatively speaking) MLS player, Marvell Wynne, recently announced his retirement. If you missed me mentioning him before, Soccer Marvell Wynne is the son of Baseball Marvell Wynne… but I’m getting pretty far afield, here.
Thanks again to Shane for this excellent group of cards! They are all greatly appreciated!