The only show I went to in 2021 was a local show relatively close to home. The only show I’ve gone to since then was the same local show last month, and it had the added complication of my having only 30-40 minutes to spend there. It’s not a big show, but a half-hour is precious little time even at a small show.
As it turns out, it didn’t make much difference to me because my initial pass through the show resulted in a lot of “I’m not paying *that* price for *this* card”, so I ended up spending most of my limited time sorting through a bin of dollar vintage cards. Even then, they were mostly well-loved commons so they weren’t particularly cheap, so I see it as pyaing a little extra for the entertainment value.
When all was said and done I walked out with 40 or so cards (some of which ended up being doubles, as the whole thing was a rush), and I’ll share some of them here just because Show ‘N Tell posts seem to be all I can finish these days.
This card has a bit of a story to it. A little while ago I was poking through the 172 cards I have from 1969 Topps and I realized I didn’t have any Tigers from that set. I’ve got a complete set of Seattle Pilots, near-complete sets of the Orioles and Mets (damn Nolan Ryan), about half of the Expos, but nothing from the Tigers. At the time I told myself “I shall remedy this!” and then looked at who was in the 1969 Topps Tigers team set… and there was absolutely nobody who inspired the slightest amount of “Ooh, I’ll get him!” in me. Fast forward to the card show when I ran across this well-loved Jim Price card, said “Eh, good enough” and that was that.
I knew nothing about Jim Price when I bought the card, but now I know he was a backup catcher for a few years and has been a Tigers broadcaster for 28 years.
Another 1969, this time for the Padres’ first star player Nate Colbert. I go back and forth on collecting the four expansion teams from 1969. On one hand, I love the idea of collecting a team’s first year… but the flip side of that is you get a lot of capless players like this.
Speaking of capless players, check out the hair on Vic Roznovsky. I technically bought the card because he’s an Oriole here, but I haven’t committed to collecting the 1967 Orioles team set. For now, it’s all about the hair.
I’ve decided that there’s just not a bad card of Wes Covington, just great ones and less great ones. This card is also pretty beaten up.
I was surprised to find this card for a buck… it’s well-loved, but it’s also got Frank Robinson on it (as well as Jerry Lynch and Gus Bell, patriarch of a three-generation baseball family)
I flipped it over and got a better idea of why it’s a buck… but what the heck, it’s a buck.
I picked up this Don Mincher just because he would later be a Seattle Pilot.
And I’ll wrap things up with a couple of Houston Colt .45s, which have a strong “eh, what the heck” factor because of the long-gone uniforms… Jim Golden spent most of 1963 with the Triple-A Oklahoma City 89ers before being sent to the White Sox in a trade for Nellie Fox
As a child of the 1970s I will always think of Dave Giusti as a Pirates reliever, but he started out with the Colts
And that’s it for now. Stay tuned for more well-loved commons coming to this blog!