The Oldest Card I Own

NOTE I posted this earlier today, and somehow it showed up as having been posted back in April.  Dunno why.  Not losing sleep over it.

Given that I’ve been actively collecting for nearly 40 years, one would think that I’d have some amazingly old cards.  One would be wrong.

For whatever reason, I’ve never been interested in pre-1950’s cards.  Out of the however-many thousands of cards I own, I’ve got only a handful of cards from before 1956, and this 1951 Bowman Wes Westrum is the oldest one of the bunch.

I wish I had some great story to tell, but the details behind this card are pretty mundane.  I ran across it at a show, it was cheap because of its condition, Wes Westrum once managed the Mets, and my mother had been a New York Giants fan (until they moved to San Francisco).  All that combined for a “What the heck” moment.

So unlike many of you out there, there are no vintage tobacco cards for me.  I think I might be able to keep myself occupied with cards from the last 60 years, anyway.

Pointless Exercise: If Nicknames Were Always Done The Way They Are Today

T-Mun

1971 Topps #5 - Thurman Munson - Courtesy of COMC.com

1971 Topps #5 – Thurman Munson – Courtesy of COMC.com

HonWag

1976 Topps #344 - Honus Wagner ATG - Courtesy of COMC.com

1976 Topps #344 – Honus Wagner ATG – Courtesy of COMC.com

Diz-D

1983 Donruss HOF Heroes #29 - Dizzy Dean - Courtesy of COMC.com

1983 Donruss HOF Heroes #29 – Dizzy Dean – Courtesy of COMC.com

B-Maz

1958 Topps #238 - Bill Mazeroski - Courtesy of COMC.com

1958 Topps #238 – Bill Mazeroski – Courtesy of COMC.com

LooBoo

1949 Leaf #106 - Lou Boudreau MG RC (Rookie Card) - Courtesy of COMC.com

1949 Leaf #106 – Lou Boudreau MG RC (Rookie Card) – Courtesy of COMC.com

P-Riz

1951 Bowman #26 - Phil Rizzuto [Good to VG‑EX] - Courtesy of COMC.com

1951 Bowman #26 – Phil Rizzuto [Good to VG‑EX] – Courtesy of COMC.com

MelOtt

1941 Play Ball #8 - Mel Ott [Good to VG‑EX] - Courtesy of COMC.com

1941 Play Ball #8 – Mel Ott [Good to VG‑EX] – Courtesy of COMC.com

OK, Which One Of You Guys Is “Fiscal Cliff”?

On the TV, on the radio, all I hear is “Fiscal Cliff”, “Fiscal Cliff”.

I wish someone would just tell me who Fiscal Cliff is.

I don’t think it’s Cliff Johnson, but you never know.

Cliff Lee makes a boatload of money, maybe he’s Fiscal Cliff.

Cliff Floyd? Could be… (I feel like I’m doing the opening credits to “Hong Kong Phooey”)

Cliff Pennington was recently part of a three-team trade involving a Marlins salary dump… Is that enough to make him Fiscal Cliff?

Cliff Mapes passed away 16 years ago, so I don’t think he’s Fiscal Cliff… but he was the last person to wear #3 for the Yankees (and you thought that was Babe Ruth, you silly person, you).

1951 Bowman #289 - Cliff Mapes - Courtesy of COMC.com

1951 Bowman #289 – Cliff Mapes – Courtesy of COMC.com