Three 1970 Fleer/Laughlin World Series Cards

Time is short, so I’m going the “cards with few words” route today.

These three cards are from the 1970 Fleer / R.G. Laughlin World Series set… I’ve had these three cards “forever”, which for me equates to a little over 40 years.

1970-fleer-laughlin-world-series-1953

I really enjoy this set and I keep telling myself I need to get more of these.

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Although I don’t have it (yet), the card which features the 1916 World Series – 100 years ago, obviously – features a 21-year-old Babe Ruth pitching a 14-inning complete game for the Boston Red Sox against Brooklyn in Game 2. The Sox won in walk-off fashion, 2-1.

Brooklyn’s Casey Stengel batted .364 for the series. Casey Stengel! A 25-year-old Casey Stengel! Wrap your brain around that.

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It also occurs to me that we’re coming up on the 100th anniversary of the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal. It’ll be interesting to see how this is commemorated.

OK, gotta roll. I’ll be back on Friday with more cards.

The Brady Bunch All-Stars

A while ago I had the idea of featuring cards which correspond to each character’s name on The Brady Bunch.  Don’t ask about where this idea came from… Sometimes these things just fall together.

To be honest it was quite a while between inspiration and execution, because some of these were much harder than I’d expected… especially – and not surprisingly – for the “very lovely girls”.  Some of these are quite a stretch to fit into the theme, but that adds to the fun (I hope).

As an extra-groovy feature, I’ve added a few athletes who played themselves on The Brady Bunch.

And so, here’s the story…

Mike

1975 Topps Mike Schmidt
1975 Topps Mike Schmidt

Without really thinking, I went looking for images of 1975 Topps sheets to figure out which card the blue at the top of my card came from.  I say “Without really thinking” because the way 1975 cards show up on the sheet, a card with a green top should have a card with a green bottom above it on the sheet.  I came to find out that Schmidt is at the top of the sheet, so aren’t any cards above Schmidt.  I found another card online that has similar blue at the top, so I guess it’s a “printing thing”.

…And I found that looking at images of uncut sheets of 1975 Topps is kinda mesmerizing…  So many colors…

Greg

2000 Pacific Greg Maddux (Portrait)
2000 Pacific Greg Maddux (portrait)

I’ll bet many of you don’t realize that Pacific was doing variations 16 years ago.  In the 1999 and 2000 Pacific sets, a number of the bigger names and hyped rookies came as either a portrait or an action shot, and there wasn’t anything to distinguish the two other than the photo.  I remember being very perturbed when I found this out…

…and then mom gave me a Snickers bar and I felt better.

Peter
1982-83 O-Pee-Chee Pete Peeters
1982-83 OPC Pete Peeters

The 1982-83 hockey season was the first season in nearly 20 years that Topps had not issued a hockey set.  I was still an active hockey collector at the time, so I bought a hand-collated set of that year’s O-Pee-Chee.  It’s not a classic set, but for us Americans any O-Pee-Chee set that isn’t based on Topps becomes a classic oddball set.

Bobby
1974-75 O-Pee-Chee WHA Bobby Hull
1974-75 OPC WHA Bobby Hull

Also in the early 1980’s I made one of my favorite hockey purchases of all time.  At a show I saw this cool-looking oddball hockey set featuring players from the recently-deceased WHA.  The complete 66 card set was just $10.  I jumped on that set and never looked back.

Ever since I started this blog 4+ years ago, I’ve been thinking that I need to feature cards from this fun oddball hockey set.  I really need to sit down and scan a bunch of these.

Carol
1981-82 O-Pee-Chee Carol Vadnais
1981-82 OPC Carol Vadnais

It’s the story of a lovely… um…  Vadnais…

I didn’t mean to have three straight O-Pee-Chee hockey cards, but that’s just the way it happened.

And matching Carol Brady with Carol Vadnais?  Trust me, it gets worse from here.

Marcia
1976 Topps Welcome Back Kotter #37
1976 Topps Welcome Back Kotter #37
I had trouble with finding an athlete named Marcia who appeared on a card, so I went with a 1976 Topps “Welcome Back, Kotter” card which features actress Marcia Strassman (who played Julie Kotter) holding a basketball.  Her name is Marcia, and she’s pretending to be athletic, so that’s close enough for government work.

Jan
1975 Topps Football Jan Stenerud
1975 Topps Football Jan Stenerud

Jan Stenerud was born in Norway and was the first Football Hall Of Famer to have been solely a kicker (as opposed to guys like George Blanda who was a kicker and a quarterback).  The Chiefs have retired his #3.

Cindy
1999 Fleer Ultra WNBA Cindy Brown

1999 Fleer Ultra WNBA Cindy Brown

1999 Fleer Ultra WNBA #87 – Cindy Brown – Courtesy of COMC.com

I had to go searching far and wide to find a “Cindy” for inclusion in these all-stars. There just aren’t that many athletes named Cindy.

This Cindy is quite the impressive athlete. As a senior at Long Beach State, she set NCAA records for most points in a season (974, since broken) and in a game (60, still a record). She also played for the Olympic Gold Medal-winning basketball team in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Speaking of Olympians…

Alice
2014 Topps U.S. Olympic/Paralympic Alice McKennis

2014 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team and Hopefuls Alice McKennis

2014 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team and Hopefuls #61 – Alice McKennis – Courtesy of COMC.com

What I said about “Cindy” also applies to “Alice”.

In a set of “Olympians And Hopefuls”, Alpine Skier Alice McKennis fell into the category of “Hopeful” because a severe leg injury caused her to miss the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  She was the 2015 World Champion in Super-G (Super Giant Slalom).

While researching her, I was thrown a bit because the first images I found of Alice McKennis didn’t look that much like the image on the card.  As it turns out the dramatic lighting used for the card does her no favors.

Sam, the Butcher
1987 Buffalo Bisons team set BUTCHer
1987 Buffalo Bisons BUTCHer

Donald “BUTCHer” Palmer was a batboy for the AAA Buffalo Bisons and seems to have been a fan favorite.  In researching him I saw references to his “trademark antics”, which implies that his appeal went well beyond “Heh heh, lookit the huge batboy”.

Cousin Oliver
1994 Pacific Crown Collection Joe Oliver
1994 Pacific Crown Collection Joe Oliver

1994 Crown Collection is an odd set.  It’s mostly full-bleed, has foil and a faux marble background on the bottom, but that widely-kerned font just makes it look really amateurish.  I can only guess that it looked better in pre-production.

Special Guest Stars and the episodes in which they appeared:

Joe Namath
1970 Topps Football Joe Namath
1970 Topps Joe Namath
“Mail Order Hero” – In which Bobby lies about knowing Joe Namath.  Hilarity ensues.

Deacon Jones
1974 Topps Football Deacon Jones
1974 Topps Football Deacon Jones
“The Drummer Boy” – Peter is teased by his football teammates for being involved in glee club and being late for a special football clinic with Deacon Jones.  Hilarity ensues.

Don Drysdale
1990 Topps All-Star Glossy Don Drysdale
1990 Topps All-Star Glossy Don Drysdale
“The Dropout” – Mike invites Don Drysdale, one of his clients, to the house. Drysdale compliments Greg’s pitching, Greg gets a swelled head and hilarity ensues.

(I was surprised to find that this is the only Don Drysdale card I own.)

Wes Parker
1972 Topps Wes Parker
1972 Topps Wes Parker
“The Undergraduate” – Greg develops a crush on his math teacher, but the teacher is already engaged… to the Dodgers’ Wes Parker.  Hilarity ensues.


‘Til the one day when Shlabotnik had a brainstorm
And he knew that it was much more than a hunch
That this group must somehow form a blog post
That’s the way they all became The Brady Bunch… All-Stars…

Watching The 1952 World Series On The MLB Classics YouTube Channel

Did you know about this?  I didn’t know about this!

The other day I stumbled across the fact that there’s an MLBClassics YouTube channel (part of the MLB Advanced Media group) and it has a nice selection of complete TV broadcasts of postseason games, All-Star games and no-hitters.

I immediately got sucked into the game they have featured right now, game 7 of the 1952 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees.  Here’s the 1970 Fleer Laughlin World Series card for that year…

1970 Fleer World Series 49 Yankees Dodgers

1970 Fleer World Series 49 Back

I love to watch footage of baseball games from before I started to follow baseball… Naturally I enjoy watching players I’d never seen on a field before, but a big part of the appeal is just watching to see how the game has changed in the past 62 years, and how much of it was different even from when I started watching baseball in the 1970’s.

One thing I found really interesting was that they raised the flag while playing the National Anthem. I don’t remember having seen that before, I’ve always seen the flag flying when I enter a ballpark. I wonder if it was some sort of logistical change brought about by the big multi-purpose stadiums (sheer conjecture on my part).
52 WS G7 Flag being raised
The 48-star American flag, which most of us have never seen in use, looks really, really odd flying in Ebbets Field.  Even for a middle-aged guy like me, the flag has always had 50 stars.

If nothing else, you should watch the first 10 minutes to see the “pre-game show” and see all of the warm-up activity, the views of Ebbets Field, the two starting pitchers warming up near home plate, plus one of the groundskeepers putting down lines in a way that I that went out of style sometime before I started following baseball.
52 WS G7 Pre Game Home Plate
In this screen grab, you’ve got Yankees starting pitcher Eddie Lopat on the far left, Dodgers starting pitcher Joe Black on the far right, and the other guys are all groundskeepers.

At this point in the video I smiled because the “without the express consent of the Commissioner” legal disclaimer is very similar to what you hear today.

Here’s a cool dugout shot of Jackie Robinson and Steve Garvey!
52 WS G7 J Robinson and Furillo
Rightfielder Carl Furillo is the guy wearing #6 for the Dodgers, but when I see Dodgers & “6” on a jersey, my mind immediately goes to Garvey.

Here’s something I thought was fascinating… The broadcast was pretty primitive, especially by today’s standards, but they did some neat tricks that weren’t needed as technology advanced. With a runner on first, they did a sort of “double-exposure” in order to show the pitcher and batter on the left, as well as the runner and first baseman on the right.
52 WS G7 picture in picture
When the pitcher threw over to first, the path the ball seems to take is disconcerting.

Duke Snider hit a foul ball that skipped in front of the stands on the first base side. That happens today and people are doing everything they can to get the ball without technically going out on the field.
52 WS G7 Snider Foul ball
In this game, there’s the one guy in the lower right you see who made any kind of effort, another guy made a quick swipe without bending over much, and everybody else pretty much ignored the ball.

The Ebbets Field dugouts had posts supporting the roof, and Casey Stengel figured the post wouldn’t mind supporting him as well.
52 WS G7 Casey Stengel

Anyway, I could go on for hours… Do yourself a favor and check this out.  They’ve got entire broadcasts of no-hitters, perfect games, World Series, All-Star games and League Championship games from every decade since the 1950’s.

Quick update:  I went back and watched more of the game and noticed that a foul ball into the right field corner got much more of an effort out of the fans.  Perhaps the VIP’s down the first base line are too distinguished to be going after foul balls.

Also, I noticed that the P.A. announcer for the Dodgers announced the Yankees catcher as “Larry Berra”, although Mel Allen calls him “Yogi”

AUGH! I’ve Got Nothing!

It’s one of those mornings… I’ve got nothing in particular I want to write about… My drafts folder has numerous posts that aren’t finished and are ‘unfinishable’ in the time I’ve got… Hey, I could do a quick post about that 1953 — Aw, crap, where did I put the scan of that card?

So it’s time to trot out two 1970 Fleer/Laughlin World Series cards that I got at a show… sometime… not particularly recent… Cards that I really like but have nothing to say about other than “Ain’t these cool?”

1970 Fleer World Series 17 Indians Dodgers

1970 Fleer World Series 17 Back

1970 Fleer World Series 56 White Sox Dodgers

1970 Fleer World Series 56 Back

1970 Fleer/Laughlin World Series: 1966 Dodgers vs. Orioles

I was in Baltimore yesterday to see the Dodgers playing in Camden Yards… While I had a good time despite the Oriole loss, an all-day event like that didn’t help me with regard to being behind in my posting. In an attempt to tread water, I thought I could do worse than featuring this card…
1970 Fleer World Series 63 Orioles Dodgers

1970 Fleer World Series 63 Back

1970 Fleer World Series Cards: 1955, “Behind Podres, Dodgers Finally Win”

This is another card I got at the National, and one all the Dodgers bloggers should have… I had this card as a kid, but it disappeared over the years.


I just found out that Johnny Podres pitched for the Padres. I’ve gotta get this card:

1969 Topps #659 - Johnny Podres - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

1969 Topps #659 – Johnny Podres – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

Mets Monday: 1970 Fleer World Series Card #66

As I’ve mentioned before, I used to have a number of 1970 Fleer World Series cards, but most of them have disappeared over the years.   I’d picked up a few at the National;  the example below isn’t one I’d owned before, but picking up a card for the Miracle Mets is simply not an option.  One does not simply walk into the National and… Oh, never mind.

Baby, Baby, Where Did My Cards Go? Part 1: 1970 Fleer World Series cards

I was pleasantly surprised to find this card in a box of random “I don’t know what to do with these” cards.  When I was a kid I had a handful of these, which came to me through friends, my brother’s friends and so on.  I spent a lot of time poring over these cards, because I was like a sponge when it came to baseball history.

I recently read an article about these “Laughlin” sets in Sports Collectors Digest – the cards were designed and illustrated by Robert G. Laughlin, and the set was printed and distributed by Fleer – and that got me wondering where my cards had gotten to.  Although my collection’s something of a mess, these cards are among the few where I had no idea where they’d gotten to.  I had made a mental note to re-acquire the cards I used to own, so finding this one was a nice experience.

The 1970 set was 66 cards, one for each World Series to that point (but not counting 1904, when there wasn’t a World Series).  There was a second set in 1971 which had all different illustrations and a different logo, but I don’t have any examples of those to share.

Review: Game 7 of the 1960 World Series – Pirates vs. Yankees

All images courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

1961 Topps #312 - World Series Game 7 Bill Mazeroski - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.comI recently finished watching Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, and boy, that was a fun game to watch.  The game itself is exciting, but the fun is on so many levels…  The players, the uniforms, the ballpark, the manual scoreboard, the broadcast itself… it’s so great being able to watch an entire game from 50 years ago without going through the filter of a World Series Highlight film.

If  you know anything about this series, you know that Bill Mazeroski hit a walk-off homer in game 7 to win the series.  What’s telling about this series is that the Yankees absolutely beat upon the Pirates in their 3 wins, and scored 9 runs in this loss.  Yankee Bobby Richardson was the MVP, and when the MVP is on the losing team, that tells you something.

1960 Topps #405 - Bobby Richardson - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

For those who don’t know the story behind this recording of the game, it was something which was thought to have been lost, but an archivist going through Bing Crosby’s wine cellar (Bing was a part-owner of the Pirates) found a kinescope (a film made of a TV broadcast) of the game.  It was originally re-broadcast on the MLB Network in December, 2010.  I’d Tivo’ed the game at the time and didn’t watch the game all at once;  instead, I watched an inning or two every time I needed a baseball fix.

It’s kind of trite to say this, but a large part of the fun was seeing players “come to life”.  There were so many players I was familiar with, but had never seen on a field before;  there’s Hall of Famers like Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra and Roberto Clemente – one small thing I noticed is that when Clemente tossed a ball back into the infield, he did so underhanded, almost like fast pitch softball.
1960 Topps #326 - Roberto Clemente - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
I’m familiar with Tony Kubek from his  broadcasting days, and many of the other players, guys like Bobby Shantz, Roy Face and Gil MacDougald, I know solely from vintage cards.  I hadn’t realized it, but if Shantz were playing today he’d be a favorite of mine… Dude was about my height (5’7”), and those who read this blog regularly are probably tired of me saying that I’ve got a soft spot for the vertically challenged.

1960 Topps #315 - Bobby Shantz - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
At one point in the game, it looked like Hal Smith would go down through the ages as the hero of Game 7, but things didn’t quite pan out that way…
1960 Topps #48 - Hal W. Smith - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
There was Bill Virdon patrolling center field, which was very interesting to me… Virdon was the manager of the Yankees when I first started following baseball, and it’s odd to think of him as a defensive specialist and on-base guy.
1960 Topps #496 - Bill Virdon - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
Then there’s just the general feel of the game.  The uniforms were flannel, still a bit baggy, but starting to come into what we’re familiar with.  The stirrups were getting longer, the sleeves were getting shorter.

They showed the manual Forbes Field scoreboard often, and showed the score being changed once or twice.  I have to say, If I were ever to have input into the design of a ballpark, I would make sure that there’s a manual scoreboard somewhere in the place.  You can have 300-foot tall megatron videoboards everywhere, but there needs to be one manual scoreboard somewhere.  It’s just too cool not to have.

If whatever method you might use to watch this game includes the post-game interviews, don’t skip them.  It’s fun to watch and see how each player gets his 15 seconds on camera and then is almost literally shoved off to the side.  And the jacket that Bob Prince is wearing… GAHHHHH!!!!  Even in black and white, it’s a sight to behold.
1970 Fleer World Series #57 - 1960 Pirates/Yankees - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
I’m not a particular fan of the Pirates, and I’m certainly not a fan of the Yankees, but even so I’m thinking about buying this on DVD.   Great stuff, highly recommended.