Between my July card show and my July COMC order, I got cards from a number of different countries… but it’s not like I was looking to replicate the Wide World Of Sports in a binder, it just worked out that way. I’ve got a couple today, and a few more for a future post or two.
The first card is one I saw lying on top of one of the dime boxes I was going through.
When I saw it, I said “…The heck is that?”, which was quickly followed by “DON’T CARE; WANT IT!“, and it went into my stack.
I didn’t know what I had until I got home and did some research. This is a 1978 Scanlens Victorian Football League card featuring Mervyn Keane of the Richmond Tigers. The “football” in question is Australian Rules Football. I’m not going to go into detail into the sport because I know almost nothing about it and will get something wrong if I try to research it on the fly.
Here’s the back of Mervyn’s card:
Scanlens was (or is) an Australian card company which operated under a license from Topps. Some of the other Scanlens sets used card designs which were similar to Topps designs of various years and sports. This particular set had 156 cards plus 12 checklists.
Speaking of football… but a different kind of football… Let’s go half a world a way over to England, and check out this 1975-76 Topps English Footballer card.
I don’t know if they use the term “journeyman” in the UK, but Bob Hatton fits the description. From 1964 to 1983 he played for nine different teams, but he put the most time in with Birmingham City (as pictured here).
Here’s the back of the card:
The curse of the Anglophile who’s learned most of what he knows about England through TV — I see “Bolton” mentioned on this card and my brain immediately goes into Monty Python’s Dead Parrot sketch. “It’s not a bloody palindrome! A palindrome of ‘Bolton’ would be ‘Notlob’! It don’t work!”
Moving on to hockey… All I knew about this last card when I bought it was that COMC listed the set as “1995 Semic Globe”. Beyond that, not a clue… other than it featured former Capital Michal Pivonka.
Turns out that Semic is a Swedish publishing company and this card set was to commemorate the 1995 World Championship, which was held in Stockholm that year. According to Beckett, the “VM ’95” is the logo of the championship (presumably a Swedish language abbreviation, and a pretty boring logo if that’s true). Beckett also says that “it’s believed that there are fewer than 2,000 of these cards in circulation”. If that’s true then I have a relatively rare card here.
Here’s the back. “TJECKIEN” is Swedish for “Czech”.
According to the tradingcarddb.com checklist (which lists the set as “1995 Swedish Globe World Championship”), there are a number of other players in the set I wouldn’t mind having, so hopefully Beckett is wrong about the print run on these.