Laugh If You Want, But It’ll Happen To You Some Day

The other day I was watching a Mets game and after Eric Young had stolen second, they said that Young has however-many stolen bases and the Brewers’ Jean Segura leads the league.

1971 Topps Tommy Harper

Without really engaging my brain, I spoke back to the TV and said “Yeah, but that’s Milwaukee… what about the National League?”

1972 Topps Billy Conigliaro


“Oh, yeah”.

1980 Topps Robin Yount

For you young’uns, just remember that some day you’ll be watching a football game and saying “Every time I hear ‘Jaguars’, I still think Jacksonville, not Los Angeles”.

FWIW, all three of these cards were picked up in the past few months.

Mets Monday: 1971 Ray Sadecki

1971 Topps Ray SadeckiI love this card, which I got at a show in 2012;  I’ll bet even the kids in 1971 who didn’t like the Mets wanted this action shot.  I tried to figure out which game it’s from, but Ray Sadecki pitching to Duffy Dyer at Shea Stadium isn’t anywhere near enough to go on.

When I started following the Mets in 1974, Ray Sadecki was a pretty good swingman who’d been with the team for a few seasons… so I tend to forget that he had an entire career before he was a Met.  He started out in 1960 as a 19-year-old with the Cardinals.  In 1964 he won 20 games and won game #1 of the World Series against the Yankees.  He later got traded to the Giants for Orlando Cepeda.

When the Mets got him before the 1970 season, he was 29 and entering his 11th season.  He was a good pitcher for 5 seasons with the Mets, and got a save in the 1973 World Series.  After the 1974 season, he and minor league pitcher Tommy Moore were traded to the Cardinals for Joe Torre.  Over the rest of his career, he’d pitch for the Braves, Brewers and Royals before pitching a short stint with the Mets at the end of his career.

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


1971 Topps #5 - Thurman Munson - Courtesy of

1971 Topps #5 – Thurman Munson – Courtesy of


1976 Topps #344 - Honus Wagner ATG - Courtesy of

1976 Topps #344 – Honus Wagner ATG – Courtesy of


1983 Donruss HOF Heroes #29 - Dizzy Dean - Courtesy of

1983 Donruss HOF Heroes #29 – Dizzy Dean – Courtesy of


1958 Topps #238 - Bill Mazeroski - Courtesy of

1958 Topps #238 – Bill Mazeroski – Courtesy of


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

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


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

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


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

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

National Wantlist, Part 3: Met Met Met

Many of my goals over the past 10-20 years are ones which I semi-passively worked towards.  I rarely said “I’m going to this show to try to knock off those 1970 high-number Mets”, I would just go to shows and just see what happens to come my way… almost a zen attitude when it comes to collecting.

As I’ve said repeatedly over the course of this blog, there’s a significant need to get organized and get at least a little bit of focus, so I’m renewing my efforts concerning a goal since I started collecting in the mid-70’s:  Completing my Mets team sets.  I’ve got complete sets of 1974-1978 Topps, and I’m nearly finished with 1973, so my Mets focus for the National is Topps cards from 1962 to 1972.

The cards pictured here are all Mets I’ve acquired over the past year which I’ve been meaning to feature in this blog.  I’ve enjoyed this year’s Heritage set, but nothing I pull out of a pack can compare to a 1963 “Marvelous Marv” Throneberry, as featured above.

Below is ostensibly a Bud Harrelson card;  I think that even Topps would have to take the photographer at his word that Bud is the one applying the tag.  From the “396” on the wall, you can tell it’s Shea (as if the Mets home uniform wasn’t enough).  Nolan Ryan is standing in the foreground, looking like he’s making the call for the umpire.  I can’t say for sure, but I’m thinking the second baseman is Ken Boswell.  No idea who the umpire or baserunner are, other than the runner is an Astro.

This Danny Frisella card was a Diamond Giveaway acquisition.  Danny apparently feels that the best defense against the bunt is to pitch from the baseline.

You’ll have to forgive Mr. Garvey, he’s had a hard life…

While organizing my 1971’s, I ran across this fugly Steve Garvey rookie; why there’s a number ink-stamped on the front I have no idea.

The scan doesn’t do it justice because it doesn’t pick up all the schmutz.  If a game-worn relic had as much dirt on it as this card has, you’d be excited because you’d know it saw real game action.

Funny thing is, the back is relatively unscathed.  If anything, it’s usually the back that gets the abuse.

You know what?  It’s ugly, it’s beaten to heck, but it’s mine.  I like it, it’s got personality, I got it cheap (obviously) and even if I were to complete the 1971 set (unlikely at this stage) I doubt I’d upgrade this.