PWE From An Alternate Universe: A Couple Of Alt-1974’s

It’s been nearly a year since I’d last mentioned it, but there’s an inter-dimensional rift in my attic and some small objects have fallen through it from an alternate universe into ours.  It’s not as uncommon as one would think, many people have them in their houses but instead of recognizing them for what they are, they just find random objects in a closet or basement and wonder “Where the heck did this come from?”

If someone finds a ball point pen or a garlic press from another universe, it’s unusual origins aren’t often noticeable.  When it comes to baseball cards, however, sometimes the differences come out and slap you in the face.  Here’s an example I posted a couple of years ago:
1975 Alt U Gorman Thomas

In recent months I’ve been able to get in touch with my own counterpart from that universe, and we’ve started trading.  Here’s a self-portrait that “Alt-U Joe” sent me…
Alt-U Joe
Since the rift between us is particularly small, we’ve only been able to exchange a few cards at a time, so a PWE is the norm with our trades.

Alt-U Joe knows I love 1974 Topps, so he sent me a couple of cards from his universe’s version.

First off is the Milwaukee Braves’ Gary Gentry.
1974 Topps Alternate Universe Gary Gentry
As a Mets fan, I’m always interested in cards which feature anybody from the 1969 Miracle Mets… but I wasn’t expecting Gentry to have played for the Milwaukee Braves. I would think that their Atlanta would’ve gotten their own team at some point, but I don’t know if it was a different relocation or an expansion team or what. So much to learn about that other universe.

The other card I got was a Traded card of Ron Santo… In both universes, back in late 1973, the Cubs worked out a deal to send their All-Star 3rd baseman to the Angels.  In this universe Santo blocked the deal and he was sent to the White Sox instead.  Over in the alternate universe, Santo either didn’t or wasn’t able to block the deal .  Either way…
1974 Topps Alternate Universe Ron Santo
…And since I’m sure that many of you aren’t familiar with Santo to the Angels, here are the details on the back of the card.
1974 Topps Alternate Universe Ron Santo back

That’s all I’ve got for this time. The inter-dimensional rift is small and unstable, so I don’t know when I’ll be able to get more cards from Alt-U Joe, but when I do you can be sure that I’ll share them with you!

Tommie, Can You Hear Me?

Can you feel me near you?
Tommie, can you see me?
Can I help to cheer you?
1964 Topps Tommie Aaron

Oooooooh, Tommie… Tommie… Tommie…

Please forgive my Who-quoting, Brave-showing, nonsense-making post… I’m trying to get this blog to be recognized by everyone’s blogrolls, and this is an experiment.

I Bought Them For The Cartoons

Back in when I was young and single and would buy the occasional “adult magazine”, I’d joke with friends that I bought Playboy for the cartoons.  Now I wouldn’t deny that I enjoyed — *ahem* — everything the magazine had to offer, but there was truth behind my joke because the cartoons were the reason I bought Playboy as opposed to other published “men’s entertainment”. Playboy always had a bunch of cartoons, and naturally they were raunchy… but man, they were often pretty damn funny.

The main reason I mention that is because I was recently at a show, looking through some cheap vintage cards, and I did something I’d never done before – I bought a couple of cards specifically because I liked the cartoons on the back.

First up is the cartoon for Lenny Green’s card. I think I’m developing a crush on “Sally”, the cartoon embodiment of the South Atlantic League of the 1950’s & 1960’s.

1965 Topps Lenny Green Back

For anybody who’s seen the British TV show “Red Dwarf”, it’s kind of like Lister’s unnatural longing for a certain cartoon character… “This is crazy! Why are we talking about going to bed with Wilma Flintstone?”

I suppose you might want to see the front of the card, eh?

1965 Topps Lenny Green

Without the cartoon on the back, this card is just a common I have no real connection to… other than being a 1965 Topps card, something you can never have enough of.

I love this next cartoon for its sheer goofiness:

1965 Topps Lou Klimchock back

I have a bit more of a connection to Klimchock than to Green; Lou Klimchock briefly played for my Mets in 1966, having a grand total  of 5 pinch-hit AB’s. It may not have been much, but it got him a high-numbered card in a Mets uniform… and because that’s the way things go, that card pictures him fielding a ball, something he never actually did with the Mets.

Here’s what he looked like with the Milwaukee Braves.  It’s mildly disappointing that he doesn’t actually have 6 arms.

1965 Topps Lou Klimchock

These cards make me think one other thing:  I’m really looking forward to 2014 Heritage.


Oh, before I end this, there was something else…

…not a big deal, just something I wanted to mention…

Today is the second anniversary of The Shlabotnik Report! Yay! Waiter, bring us a bottle of the finest Coca-Cola you have!

Rather than looking back or looking forward, I would just like to say “Thank you” to everybody who’s been reading and to everybody who’s left comments.  In all honesty, it wouldn’t be any fun without you.

National Wantlist, Part 5: They Might Be (1964 Topps) Giants

I’ve been working on the 1964 Topps Giants set since the late 1980’s, and all along I’ve been bewildered as to why this set isn’t more popular.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be the misguided one concerning these.  There’s no reason why anybody would want these cards.

Look at this Hank Aaron card… Who would want such a big portrait of Hammerin’ Hank in a Milwaukee Braves cap?  C’mon, Milwaukee?  Team hasn’t existed for over 45 years.

The cards are oversized, and don’t fit into 9-pocket pages.  Nobody likes oversized cards, right?  You all want minis!  MINIS, I TELL YOU!

The cards are generally cheaper than their 1964 Topps counterparts, meaning that they’re not a good investment.  Stay away from them.

There’s no foil, no refractor parallel, no stats on the back.  These barely qualify as baseball cards.

Oh, did I mention short prints?  Nearly 12% of the set is short printed!  TWELVE PERCENT!  Outrageous!

Look at the checklist!  Gary Peters?  Bob Bailey?  Chuck Hinton?  Dick Farrell?  Camilo Pascual?  Wayne Causey?  Galen Cisco?  What’s with all these guys?  Where are the Hall Of Famers?  This set has hardly anybody of interest in it, only Aaron and Koufax and Kaline and Mantle and Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson and Spahn and Marichal and Killebrew and Gibson and Yaz and Mays and Santo.  Maybe a couple of other guys.

And where’s Roberto Clemente?  You’d think he’d be in this set, but there’s just some guy named Bob Clemente.  Probably some guy they included just so that the Senators would have somebody in the set.

This set is hardly worth anybody’s time, especially you dealers at the National.  I see this set’s value being ready to tank, and I highly recommend that you discount all of your inventory of 1964 Topps Giants.

Especially the short prints.  And Bob Clemente.

Felix Mantilla Had A Credit In The Movie “Ruthless People”

…not that he had anything to do with the movie (to my knowledge), but he’s listed in the credits under “Utility Infielder”.

I can’t understand why people leave a comedy after the credits start.  Don’t they realize that there are often jokes in or after the credits?  Heck, my favorite part of the movie “Cars” was during the credits.  “Hey… they’re just using the same actor over and over.  What kind of cut-rate production is this? ”

And, of course, there’s the very, very end of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”: