Hobie… Hobie Landrith! King Of The Wild Frontier!

Broke into the majors with Cincinnati
Traded to the Orioles for Throneberry
Went to the same school as Steve Garvey
Hit for the cycle when he was only three

Hobie… Hobie Landrith!  King Of The Wild Frontier!

The above piece of… whatever… is to celebrate the fact that I picked up two Hobie Landrith cards from COMC on Black Friday.

…and I took a few – *ahem* – liberties in writing the lyrics above… Oh, the things one does to get a verse to rhyme!

The first Hobie Landrith card I picked up is this 1962 featuring a hatless Hobie in a Giants jersey.  More importantly, it’s a card I needed for my 1962 Mets team set.

1962 Topps Hobie Landrith

Hobie was the Mets’ first pick in the 1961 expansion draft, was the starting catcher in the first-ever Mets game and he hit the game-winning homer in the Mets first victory.

He didn’t last long in – I almost said he didn’t last long in Flushing, but Shea Stadium was still two years away – he didn’t last long in the Polo Grounds because he was traded to the Orioles in June as the Player To Be Named Later in the trade that got the Mets…

….drumroll please….


1963 Topps Marv Throneberry

Getting  back to Hobie Landrith – whose first name is Hobart, in case you were wondering – I got this card:

1956 Topps Hobie Landrith

…as part of my plan to buy up affordable and cool-looking commons from the 1956 Topps set.  I’ll be sharing more of these 1956’s before too long.

For those of you scratching your heads over the beginning of this post, I’ll clarify a few things…

Both Hobie Landrith and Steve Garvey played baseball for Michigan State University;  needless to say, it wasn’t at the same time.

Hobie Landrith did not really hit for the cycle when he was three.

…and the whole goofy theme to this post comes from the song “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett” (link for the YouTube video here)

…But I can’t share that song without also featuring They Might Be Giants’ version, “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space)” (link for the YouTube video here)

Update on 12/28/13:  I had to replace the embedded videos with links, because it was screwing up my blog’s feed (used by blogrolls and such) something awful.  Sorry for the inconvenience.


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.