A Seattle Slew Of Mets; COMC Black Friday; Blogrolls Are The Devil’s Playground

Before I get into the main subject, I’d like to point out that there’s information on my COMC Black Friday plans below, as well as a plea for blogrollical help.

Now, I normally wouldn’t pay much attention when a team I don’t follow announces their coaching staff… but in the case of yesterday’s announcement about the Mariners’ coaching staff, it read like a “random Mets cards” blog posting… so I figured I’d make a random Mets card posting out of it.

New M’s hitting coach Howard Johnson was a member of the 1986 World Champion Mets, he holds or is tied for a couple of Met team records including “extra base hits in a season” and one could make an argument for his inclusion in the Mets’ Hall Of Fame.
1990 Classic Howard Johnson

John Stearns, the new 3rd base coach, was the Mets’ starting catcher for a couple of years and was an All-Star four times.
1981 Fleer John Stearns

Infield coach Chris Woodward was a Met in 2005 and 2006 and during those two years the only position he didn’t play was pitcher and catcher. He also DH’ed some.
2005 Topps Heritage Chris Woodward

Bullpen catcher Jason Phillips has actually held that job for 5 years, but he’s a former Met, and Mrs. Shlabotnik likes him because he wore glasses on the field.
2003 Topps Total Jason Phillips

When Black Friday comes, gonna sell my cards online
Gonna discount ’em all and hope they sell this time…

COMC is having a Black Friday special, and not only will I be participating, but I will have 500 new cards added to my inventory by then (I’m in the process of pricing them).  Parallels and inserts (many from 2013), manupatches, vintage, 1986 glossy cards, rookies and pre-rookies, oddballs, 1970’s O-Pee-Chee baseball, 1976 SSPC, hockey, basketball, football, even Donruss Truckin’ cards.

More information to come!

Finally, I’ve been having problems with my posts showing up in blogrolls, and I hoping someone’s had the same problems. After reading through blogger.com support, I wonder if I’m having a problem with pasting text from MS Word (which I do) or with “auto-pagination”, which I’m not clear on what that means, but it is connected to other people with the same problems.

If anyone has any suggestions, hints, etc., I would love to resolve my situation.


Four Mets cards, Four Decades

1963 Topps Al Jackson
You can look at Al Jackson’s 1962 rookie season in two ways:
Glass is half-empty: He lost 20 games and won only 8.
Glass is half-full: He got 1/5th of all the Mets wins for the season.

As you can see on the card, he was also on the Topps Rookie All-Star team, which says something about how much of a hard-luck pitcher he was that year.

1972 Topps Dave Marshall
One of my handful of 1972 High Numbers… You can tell from the scan that it’s got it’s share of creases.  Marshall was another All-Star Rookie, but that was with the Giants in 1968.  After the 1972 season, he was traded to the Padres for Al Severinsen, who was from New York but never got in a game with the Mets.

1981 Fleer John Stearns
John Stearns came from the Phillies in the infamous 1974 Tug McGraw trade, was an All-Star in 1982, but would only play another 12 Major League games after that season.

I really liked 1981 Fleer and  this 1982 set was a huge disappointment for me.  Blurry photos, “Meh” design… I’m generally a proponent of “Less is more”, but in this case it’s too minimal, or minimal in the wrong way.

1993 Donruss Diamond King Eddie Murray
I so thoroughly associate Eddie Murray with the Orioles that it still seems a bit odd to  me that he played two seasons for the Mets – even though I saw him playing first at Shea.

Oversized Load: Mets from Donruss Action All-Stars, Part 1

As I’ve mentioned before, I prefer oversized cards to minis. While they can be a little awkward to handle and store, I like big cards because the photos are bigger and you can see more detail… and they’re just cool.

BTW, this is the second post in a series covering oversized Mets card…. You can see the first post here.

In 1983, Donruss introduced “Action All-Stars”, an oversized (3.5″ x 5″) 60 card set that came in cello packs of six cards along with pieces of a Mickey Mantle puzzle.  The complete set of puzzle pieces is worth more than the base set, but neither one is going to put your kid through college… or even buy a latte at the college’s student center.

1983 Donruss Action All-Stars John Stearns
Here’s the very, very Donruss back of the card.  Nobody bought these cards for the back.
1983 Donruss Action All-Stars Stearns Back
Come to think of it, nobody bought these cards at all… well, other than me.

For those of you wondering just who John Stearns was, he was the Mets starting catcher in the late 1970’s and early 80’s, and a four-time All-Star.

Mookie Wilson was the other Met featured in the 1983 set.

For 1984, Donruss switched to a vertical format and moved the portrait to the back of the card.  These packs came with a Ted Williams puzzle, and certain online sources say that this is the toughest Donruss puzzle ever (Mantle be damned).  I’m not sure why anybody even cares, it’s like arguing whether the Gremlin or the Pacer was the greatest car ever produced by AMC.

1984 packs sold for 35 cents, up from 30 cents the prior year — a 16.67% increase!  Cue the video clip of some 19th century upper-class British guys muttering “Shame!  Shame!”
1984 Donruss Action All-Star Tom Seaver
Here’s the back, where they oddly refer to Mr. Seaver by his given first name.  Sharp-eyed young enthusiasts will notice that the photo background on the back of the 1984 cards is the same as the background from the front of the 1983 cards.
1984 Donruss Action All-Star Seaver back

The other Met in this set is Keith Hernandez.

Donruss had another oversized set in 1984, Donruss Champions… But I’ll save that for another day.

1979 Hostess John Stearns

John “Bad Dude” Stearns was a standout baseball and football player with the University of Colorado. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills as well as the Phillies, who used their second overall pick on Stearns rather than Robin Yount and Dave Winfield (who went third and fourth). Stearns only played in one game with the Phils, and was traded to the Mets in December 1974 as part of a deal involving Tug McGraw.

He would be the Mets starting catcher from 1977 to 1979, and over the next couple of seasons after that he would be the starter as much as injuries allowed him to be. He was a 4-time All-Star and at one time held the record for most stolen bases by a catcher (25 in 1979).

Does anybody remember the football face mask that Dave Parker had on his batting helmet? That all came about after a June 30th, 1980 play at the plate when Stearns was the catcher… remember, Bad Dude was a football player and wasn’t about to meekly stand aside and let Parker score. The play fractured Parker’s jaw and cheekbone, and when he came off the DL he needed some additional protection, hence the football faceguard.

John Stearns is currently the the Mariners’ minor league catching coordinator.

It’s Sunday, and time for Weigh-In #41

Numbers for this week:

Cards coming into the house: 166 (Blaster of 2012 Update and various loose packs)

Cards leaving the house: 8 (junk wax cards tossed into the recycling)

Cards entering the collection: 7

Cards leaving the collection: 0

Cards moving from inbound to outbound without entering the collection: 21

To date:

Net change in the collection: 35

Net change to the # of cards in the house: -9,089

Total # of cards which have left the house: 12,818

Number of cards tracked in my Access database: 1,781