Hopefully this isn’t a pop culture reference that goes over too many people’s heads. I know that Trix is still available in stores but is “Trix are for kids” still a thing? I’ve gotten burned too many times by making pop culture references to people without taking the age difference (or nationality) into account.
Which is neither here nor there…
I recently received a padded envelope from Sir Nick of the Dime Boxes. The cards sent displayed the usual Nick magic touch, as he sent me some cards I didn’t know existed and others I didn’t know I’d like.
First and foremost in the “didn’t know I’d like” was this Dwight Gooden card from 1992 Topps Kids.
While reading the next paragraph, please remember that I am saying that I like this card, OK? Thanks.
I wasn’t a fan of “Topps Kids” when it came out, I bought one pack and I was done. My take on that pack was that the cards were a little too much “Oooh, widdle kiddy want a baseball card? Yes, he does! Yes, he does!”
To be fair, in 1992 I was in my late 20’s, so I was a bit removed from the target demographic… Plus the pack I bought contained several cards featuring real heads on cartoon bodies, something I’ve always thought to be kind of disturbing.
Here’s the back of the Gooden… I like the backs of these cards…
The big cartoons help a lot. Baseball cards should be like a mullet; business up front but a party in the back.
This Cal Ripken card is a little bit goofy, but hey, it’s Cal and it’s a card I don’t have, so it goes into the 1992 page of the Cal Binder.
I feel guilty using Nick’s cards as an excuse to say “Topps Kids? BAH!”, but it’s something I’d wanted to get off my chest. I am completely sincere in saying that if the entire set were like the Gooden card, I would have a less Grumpy Old Man opinion of the set.
The package also included 2018 Topps Big League, which to me is more along the lines of what an entry level set should look like. I feel a little guilty that this set didn’t get a lot of my retail dollar support, but by the time the set came out I was already “all in” on several other sets. This Cal is a gold parallel… I think. It’s some kind of parallel in a color I perceive as “gold”.
I’ve been in this hobby for 40+ years; believe it or not, these are my first two sheets of 1984 Topps Rub-Downs… One featuring Darryl Strawberry for my Mets collection…
one for my Cal Ripken/Orioles collection…
I’m not sure I saw packs of this back in the day… not that someone of legal drinking age was going to be drawn to temporary tattoos..
I admit that baseball card snobbery comes naturally for me. I started collecting cards in 1974, became thoroughly obsessed in 1975 and… I will admit it now… at the time I looked down my nose at Hostess and Kellogg’s cards.
Yup… to Young Joe Shlabotnik, if it didn’t come in a pack, it wasn’t really a baseball card. “Anybody can just print pictures on the outside of a Twinkies box,” said Young Joe, “that doesn’t make them baseball cards!” Of course, I was looking down my nose at other kid’s Hostess and Kellogg’s cards. My mom didn’t buy those brands, so I didn’t get the cards first-hand.
Fortunately for me, I’ve come completely around on these cards and it’s kind of worked out well for me because now I have a new-to-me way to collect all of the best players from my youth.
…Players like Mick the Quick, airbrushed into a Yankees uniform.
It hadn’t really occurred to me before, but I should make 1975 and 1976 Hostess Yankees more of a priority, because I still liked the Yankees then (never as much as he Mets, though)
Kellogg’s are another oddball I’m making up for lost time with; This Greg Luzinski is from 1983.
The Bull looks odd in a White Sox uniform, I tend to think of him with the Phillies
The Bobby Murcer Story!!!!
I love these booklets, and I will post images from this once I manage to figure out how to hold the booklet open so I can photograph the comic panels inside. I haven’t read it yet, wonder if they refer to Murcer as “The Next Mickey Mantle”?
In honor of this 1985 Donruss Highlights card of Keith Hernandez, I loaded checklists of all three Donruss Highlights box sets into my personal database.
I didn’t get these cards back in the 1980’s because I was mainly focused on the flagship Topps and Fleer sets, so I forgot that 1985 Donruss Highlights was truly about 1985 highlights, and not a 1985 set listing highlights from the previous season. Keith Hernandez was the NL Player of the Month for July 1985; he batted .392 with 4 homers and 29 RBI.
2014 Panini Golden Age is one of those sets where I like the inserts far better than the base set.
I had no idea that there was a Beatles insert, so this card makes a welcome addition to my Beatles collection
I’d never seen cards like this before, so I had to look it up…
It’s a 1995 Upper Deck Sonic/Coca-Cola set… interesting that this is an unlicensed food issue put out by what had at the time been a licensed card manufacturer.
I’m late to the party with these 2004 Upper Deck Legends – Timeless Teams cards. I don’t really remember these from 2004, but I really like them now.
Nit pick: This version of the Mets uniform dates the photo as being from the late 1970’s, not 1969. All is forgiven when Ed Kranepool is involved.
The following year Upper Deck did the All-Star Classics sets… Another set I’m scrambling to catch up on.
I find it kind of an odd choice by UD to make the player’s name so tiny, especially in contrast to the position and uniform number. Maybe they thought it was like the covers of the later Beatles albums; if you needed someone to tell you that these four guys are The Beatles, then you really wouldn’t want to buy the album anyway.
Walmart stores and their parking lots seem designed to raise my blood pressure a few points just by being there, so I never get Walmart-exclusive Platinum cards until I find them at a show or someone sends me some.
I guess somewhere down the road we’ll get to the point where we say “Hey, remember when Jacob deGrom had long hair?”
My first Mets card from National Baseball Card day 2018.
Like with the Donruss Highlights cards, I made sure that these NBCD cards are also in my database… and I got annoyed when I found out that the Mets Stadium Giveaway set is only 5 cards while most teams are 10. I really hope this isn’t a result of the Mets being cheap, but I suspect that it is.
Lately I’ve been working harder at bringing the size of my collection under control, I’ve been giving questioning the need for some of the parallels in my collection, and Topps Chrome cards are often shiny parallels of the regular Topps cards. No such worries with this Noah Syndergaard card. No shiny parallel here, this card has a different photo than the regular Thor card!
For some reason, maybe just semi-coincidence, I’m finding that Noah Syndergaard is often the “different photo” guy rather than just the “shiny parallel” guy. I’ll have more examples of this in an upcoming post.
Many thanks, once again, to Nick… I always enjoy getting mail from Nick because I know the packages are going to be as diverse as it is fun!
…And for anyone who’s not familiar with my title’s pop culture reference… or even if you are…