I’m Not Dead… I’m Getting Better… I Think I’ll Go For A Walk…

Although I haven’t gone anywhere, some of you may have thought I took a week off because many of the blogrolls have not recognized anything I’d done since last Friday.

Yesterday I found that my most recent post finally got recognized, and in celebration of that problem being resolved – knock on wood – I’m going to share some vintage cards I got at a show last month.

In 1979, when this photo was likely taken, Jim Palmer is starting to show signs of age – you can see the beginnings of crow’s feet, for example – but he still had great hair. This looks like it might be a postgame interview, and yet “Cakes” doesn’t have hat head. How the hell does he do that?
1980 Topps Jim Palmer

When I ran across this card in a box of relatively cheap, well-loved vintage, I was surprised that I didn’t already have it. I couldn’t tell you how much time I spent staring at an image of this card when it was featured on one of the 1975 Topps cards celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary.
1971 Topps Joe Torre

I just got curious and looked to see how many of those featured cards I own, and the answer is 6 out of something less than 50… “less than 50” because some of the cards, like the 1962 Maury Wills, didn’t really exist to begin with.

…And for what it’s worth, 4 of the 6 come from 1973 and 1974.

Moving right along…

Here’s a freshly-minted Expo and poorly-scanned card of Larry Jaster, who went 9-13 for the NL Champion Cardinals in 1968, and found himself an Expo in 1969. Funny how those things work.
1969 Topps Larry Jaster
I’ve had a thing lately for 1969 later-series cards which pictured players in the uniforms of that year’s expansion teams. I remember how excited I was about the 1977 Blue Jays/Mariners expansion, I think I would’ve been beside myself if I were old enough to follow baseball when four new teams came into the Majors.

Al Ferrara is another recent mini-obsession of mine ever since I found out about his attempts to get into acting. I really need to track down the episode of Gilligan’s Island he was on — he played “Native” in the episode “High Man On The Totem Pole”, which I’m ashamed to say I remember just from the title.
1966 Topps Al Ferrara
…You see, the castaways find a totem pole, and the head at the top of the totem pole looks like Gilligan. Zany hijinks ensue.

I’m diggin’ the capital “A” on Ferrara’s road jersey… I’d never noticed that before, but I like it.  Bonus point to the Dodgers.

I’ll wrap this post up with a contender for “Most uninteresting vintage baseball card of all time”.
1962 Topps Richie Ashburn
I’ll be honest – I would never have bought this card if I didn’t need it for my 1962 Mets team set.

I’ve got a bunch card show purchases to share; I really need to be better about keeping up on them.

And for those who were wondering if I’d include the scene from Monty Python And The Holy Grail which was quoted in the subject line… Would I deprive you of Python? Of course not!

Update:  I have angered the blogroll gods with my hubris… It’s currently 1 hour after I’ve posted, and I’m not showing up on blogrolls.  Poop.

1990 Topps Magazine Cards And A Familiar-Looking Image

Earlier this week I was idly sorting through a box of oversized “I don’t know how to properly store this” stuff, and I ran across my Topps Magazine cards, still in sheet form but long since divorced from the magazines they came in.

I think I subscribed to the first 4 issues of Topps Magazine, but decided that it wasn’t exciting enough for me to re-up… Despite the inclusion of special cards which manage the difficult feat of being uglier than the 1990 Topps design.
1990 Topps Magazine TM9 - 12

While I was looking at this particular set of cards, I couldn’t help but notice that the Jim Palmer photo looked familiar…
1990 Topps Magazine TM13 - 16
…and that’s when I realized it might be from the same photo shoot as this past Sunday’s Hostess Card Of The Week:
1979 Hostess Jim Palmer
Although the Topps Magazine card is a bit washed out, both photos were taken in Yankee Stadium on a partly sunny day, both have the Brut cologne ad on the left, and in both photos Jim Palmer’s hair has an unintended flip on his right.

I don’t have a real point to this, other than “Heyyyyyyyy, lookathis!”  Having two similar Jim Palmer photos in the same week was nothing I’d planned, I’m nowhere near that organized… it’s just a serendipitous occurrence (and 25 cents goes in the “Big Word” jar).

Getting back to the 1990 Topps Magazine cards, these are pretty much what you’d expect from 1990 baseball cards.  On the first half of the sheet, we’ve got four ubiquitous-for-1990 faces in Bo (Overhyped 2-sport player) Jackson, Nolan Ryan (who had just reached 5000 K’s), Will “The Thrill” Clark and Robin Yount, the AL MVP of the previous season.

The second half of the sheet features the two 1990 Hall Of Fame inductees in Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer, as well as two players who’d been drafted in 1989 and made their Major League debuts that September.  Ben McDonald was the first overall draft pick, and went on to have a decent career with the Orioles and Brewers.

John Olerud played for 17 years for a number of teams and had a couple of exceptional seasons where he batted .363 and .354.  He’s also notable in that he’s one of those players who went straight to the Major Leagues without making any minor league stops.  In fact, he didn’t play in the minors until he did a brief stint with AAA Pawtucket at the end of his career, in what seems to have been an audition for the Red Sox.

Olerud’s card is interesting in that it lists him as both a first baseman and a pitcher, even though I can’t find any evidence of him having pitched in the pros… although he did pitch in college

Hostess Card Of The Week: 1979 Jim Palmer

1979 Hostess Jim PalmerJim Palmer is hanging out at Yankee Stadium on what looks to be a beautiful day.

Two things struck me about this photo:
1) The Orioles really wore their uni numbers up high, didn’t they?

2) I noticed the ad for Brut cologne over Palmer’s shoulder, and I was about to do some research along the lines of “Brut was a men’s cologne back in the 1970’s”… only to find that they still make Brut. Obviously, I know squat about cologne. That’s because, like Jim Palmer, I don’t need cologne to attract the ladies.

Shhhhh… If you listen very closely, you can hear my wife laughing…

In 1979, the Orioles would beat the Angels in the ALCS, but lose the World Series in 7 to the “We Are Family” Pirates. In the regular season Jim Palmer went 10-6 with a 3.30 ERA, won a Gold Glove, but wasn’t an All-Star, won no other awards, and didn’t lead the league in anything. Slacker.

“The other day I had lunch with Juan Marichal…”

If you’ve watched any Orioles games on MASN, you’ve heard Jim Palmer say something to effect of this subject line.  Ol’ Jim loves to drop the names of fellow Hall of Famers, especially Juan Marichal.

Over the years I’ve gained an appreciation of Jim Palmer as a broadcaster.  He’s technically a “homer” in that it’s clear that he wants the Orioles to win, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t criticize bad play, or groan audibly when an on-field Oriole does something he doesn’t like.

I didn’t have lunch with Juan Marichal, the man, but I did have lunch with Juan Marichal, the 1964 Topps Giant.  No, it wasn’t propped up across the table from me, but I had it in my possession while taking a break from the show I was attending.  I’m guessing that when Jim Palmer and Juan Marichal get together for lunch, it isn’t at Chick-Fil-A.

I’m very excited about the 1964 Giant Marichal.  It’s been a couple of years since I’ve made any new additions to my 1964 Giant set;  most of what’s left on  my want list are short prints, and you don’t often see them at shows.  Marichal isn’t a short print, but this card has evaded me for reasons unknown.

I just noticed that my scanner has chopped off the bottom lines of text, and I don’t have time to re-scan so I’ll just type in the missing sentences…

Bottom of the first column:  Juan’s career began with Michigan City in the Midwest League in 1958 where he led the circuit with 21 wins.

Bottom of the second column:  He hurled 4 World Series innings without yielding a run in 1962.

1975 Hostess Jim Palmer, Weigh-in #12

In 1975, Jim Palmer went 23-11 with a 2.09 ERA, lead the AL in wins and ERA, was an All-Star and won the Cy Young Award.  All in all, not too shabby a season.

Up top, Mr. Palmer is wearing the cartoon bird.  Down below, Mr. Palmer is wearing Jockeys, if he was true to his endorsement deals.

Moving on to the weigh-in, I’m toying with the idea of tracking every transaction involving 2012 Topps… How much was spent, how many packs, how much of the set I completed, what inserts I got and, if I were able to sell them on COMC, how much I got for them.  I probably don’t want to know how much I spend on packs rather than just buying a complete set, but buying complete sets isn’t anywhere near as much fun, and it’s not like I have any other vices (or much of a life).

Numbers for this week:

Cards coming into the house:  57 (4 loose packs from Target, three of them discounted… I’ll run a post about one of the packs on Tuesday)

Cards leaving the house:  2

Cards entering the collection:  3

Cards leaving the collection:  0

Cards moving from inbound to outbound without entering the collection:  43

To date:

Net change in the collection: -237

Net change to the # of cards in the house:  -3856