One thing I’ve been tremendously lacking in this summer is focus. My attention span has been eroding over the years, and lately it seems like it’s come to a head. I get an idea for a post and start working on it, but then halfway through I get another idea and I abandon the first one – “temporarily”, I tell myself – to start on the new one… and then I get distracted by something else and start looking into that.
I had meant for today’s post to be one which returned to a popular post I did last year, but guess what? I haven’t finished it because I had other ideas. I also don’t have anything else ready because the drafts I have all require further research or thought or something else I wouldn’t be able to finish on time.
What’s a sportscard blogger to do?
Just when the skies were growing dark and despair spread throughout the land, it was CommishBob to the rescue! (For those who aren’t familiar with Bob, he writes The Five Tool Collector)
I got a padded envelope which contained two cards I’d expected, and a number of others which were very pleasant surprises.
One of my current projects… or to be exact, one of my many current projects, but one which is actually getting attention… is a 1960 Orioles teams set, and Bob sent two additions to the team set.
I’m guessing Barry Shetrone was something of a fan favorite, as he was the first Baltimore-born player to suit up for the O’s. He played only 58 games for the O’s and 2 for the Senators from 1959 to 1963.
I have a confession to make… My collecting the 1960 Orioles team set is largely a “crime of opportunity” because I already have the key card of the team set – Brooks Robinson. Truth be told, I’m not a fan of the 1960 design. It’s a nice enough set when it works (and it works pretty well on the Shetrone), but when there are too many bright, clashing colors (as sometimes happens) or when half of the player’s name disappears because the text doesn’t stand out enough from the background, these cards can be a trainwreck.
The funny thing is that I like the manager card design much better. Go figure.
…ESPECIALLY the backs:
Archives Snapshots is an small online set that Topps had done in 2016 and 2017… if there’s a 2018 set, I haven’t heard about it. I had intended to chase down a couple of cards from the 2017 set, but got distracted and forgot about it… but here’s one of the main cards I’d intended to chase after.
Cleon Jones is best known for his role in the 1969 Miracle Mets, a team which caused Bob some personal pain and suffering, so I thank him for this card.
The 1969 Orioles get equal time in this package.
I’ve been exposed to 1969 World Series facts and figures for all of my baseball life, but it never really occurred to me that for both of those inaugural League Championship Series, the team from the West division got swept in 3 games. In some alternate universe the 1969 World Series was between the Twins and Braves, and everybody went “Ho-hum”.
Two days ago I wrote a post that was largely about my indifference to retired players mixed in to current baseball card sets. That afternoon, what do I get from Bob? A retired *football* player from a current set (2018 Panini Classics).
In light of that post I feel kinda stupid for saying this but… I like this card. I’m a long-time Steelers fan – and loyally suffered through a number of crap-tastic seasons, so give me no grief about bandwagons – but it’s more that I like the fauxback design. When Panini can pull in the reins on their “Too many design elements is never enough” mindset, they are capable of making some nice-looking cards.
I’ve seen packs of this in Target, and I haven’t bought a pack of anything football in years, but if the price point is low enough I might buy a pack or two of this, just for grins.
Oh, just to feature the two expected cards… Bob is actively working on the 1979 Topps set, while I have been leisurely working on the same set for… Oh, let me think… 39 years. It’s gotten a bit of priority over the past couple of years because once it’s finished I will be able to say I have a complete Topps run from 1973 to 1981. Anyway, Bob had some doubles from his own in-progress set build, and these two cards were the overlap between his excess inventory and my needs.
Ross “Crazy Eyes” Grimsley is a guy that I have an odd affinity for… not even sure why. Ross won 20 games with the Expos in 1978, and 18 games with the O’s in 1974.
Jose Morales was a pinch-hitter extraordinaire, but put in time behind the plate as well.
Thanks again, Bob! I greatly appreciate these cards!
…and for those of you needing a little Focus, there’s always this: