My Favorite NYC Landmarks On Cardboard

I was in a card store that isn’t local to me and I wasn’t thrilled with most of their inventory. However, this card caught my attention… it was a bit overpriced, but the lady who worked there seemed nice, and I wanted to strike while the iron was hot, so I bought it.
2012 Topps A&G Chrysler Building
I’m normally not one for architecture, and I’m also normally not one for art deco, but for whatever reason the Chrysler Building in Manhattan has long  has long been a favorite of mine.

…I dunno, maybe it has something to do with the fact that, years ago on SNL, the Coneheads used the Chrysler Building as their escape vehicle.

I grew up on Long Island, about 40 miles from “The City”.  Despite what a lot of people think about Long Island, I didn’t spend every weekend hanging out in Manhattan… but I did get in to New York City a couple of times a year, and I had my own personal favorite landmarks.

So, after getting the Chrysler Building on a card, I started thinking about what other New York Landmarks I had on cards…

Even more unnatural than my fondness for the Chrysler Building is my borderline obsession with the Unisphere from the 1964/65 World’s Fair:

2013 Topps Heritage News Flashback Worlds Fair

I have family who have lived in Queens since before I was born, so I always think of family trips that took us down the Grand Central Parkway past some of the World’s Fair Landmarks.  The Unisphere is one World’s Fair landmark which has the added benefit of being borderline “science-y”, so it seemed that much more futuristic to me… and “Futuristic” was good.

Other parts of the World’s Fair would be cool to have in my collection, but I have no idea if they exist on cardboard.

…but they do exist in the “Don’t Let’s Start” video by They Might Be Giants:

Naturally, another favorite landmark – unfortunately gone – is Shea Stadium.

1994 Score New York Mets - Shea

Al Leiter likes Shea Stadium, so it must have been great!

2003 Donruss Studio Al Leiter

Yes, Shea was a dump towards the end, but as the T-shirts say, it was OUR dump.  I’m sure CitiField is nice, but I’ve never been there and it doesn’t have the memories that Shea had.

While I’m at it, here are some other favorite New York landmarks:

The Bottom Line, Greenwich Village –  This ranks up there with Shea in terms of “Sadly no longer with us”.  The Bottom Line was a small concert venue in the Village, but it was an awesome place to see a show… especially if you sat in the non-smoking section, which had been the tables closest to the stage.

You know how some people will say “Oh, I saw that band before they were big”? Well, I saw Barenaked Ladies at the Bottom Line when few people in the U.S. had any clue who they were (or knew that “Barenaked Ladies” were 5 Canadian guys)
1993 Barenaked Ladies Bottom Line ticket
It’s been years since I’ve seen them live, because I haven’t liked the last few albums – and sorry guys, it’s not BNL without Steve – but in the Nineties they put on a really fun show.

Forbidden Planet – Admittedly, I haven’t been there in something like 30 years, but at the height of my con-attending fandom days it was one of my favorite places to go… An absolute Nerdvana full of books and toys and posters and tchotchkes you couldn’t get anywhere else… Star Trek, Doctor Who, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy… it was like going to the “Huckster room” at a con, except it was there all the time!

What are your favorite landmarks and/or inanimate objects immortalized on cardboard?

Who did you see in concert before they were – relatively speaking – big?

Shea Stadium: Where The Action Is!!!!!!

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times before, many of the “In Action” photos from 1972 Topps were taken at Shea Stadium. Here are a number of examples from my collection…

I feel like I should know who this Met is trying to get past Bob Robertson… but I don’t.  Any suggestions?
1972 Topps Bob Robertson

Hank Aaron does a home run trot at Shea… the sign behind Aaron says “Plymouth:  Official Car Of The Mets”.  Both Shea and Plymouth are gone now, for whatever that’s worth.
1972 Topps Hank Aaron IA

Maury Wills waits for a pitch;  the catcher (#10) is Duffy Dyer.
1972 Topps Maury Wills

Trust me;  the brick wall behind Steve Renko is undeniably Shea.
1972 Topps Steve Renko

At first I thought this next card had too little background to determine where the action took place, but then I noticed the Mets helmet at the very bottom…
1972 Topps Tom Haller IA

Aside from the concrete dugouts, you know it’s Shea from the blurry Mets in the background.
1972 Topps Willie Stargell


1976 Hostess Joe Morgan; Weigh-in #16

A lot of people seem to have violent reactions when Joe Morgan appears on TV.  All I know is that in Wiffleball games my friends and I used to imitate the way he’d flap his back arm while waiting for a pitch.

Interesting Joe Morgan fact:  He finished second in 1965 NL Rookie Of the Year voting to Jim Lefebvre.  Lefebvre did make the 1966 All-Star team and played 8 years for the Dodgers, but I think it’s safe to say that Joe Morgan had the better career.

As with many National League baseball cards of the 1970’s, this photo was taken at Shea Stadium.  I still kinda miss Shea, even though I hadn’t been there since the late 1990’s.  It’s kinda sad in a way that I’ve been to 8 different major league stadiums and only 3 of them are still standing:  Camden Yards, Skydome (OK, fine, “Rogers Center”) & Nationals Park.


I thought I’d have improved numbers this week because I’ve been going through my 1990’s hockey cards and I’m nearly ready to remove most of them from my collection and into my “out box”, but I’m not quite there yet.  Next week’s numbers should reflect phase 1 of the Great Hockey Purge.

Numbers for this week:

Cards coming into the house:  108 (Bought a rack pack and hanger pack of 2012 Topps)

Cards leaving the house:  2 (2 Golden Giveaway code cards went into the recycling)

Cards entering the collection:  0 (My 2012 cards are in limbo while I try to get my card-tracking Access database into “production”).

Cards leaving the collection:  0

Cards moving from inbound to outbound without entering the collection:  35

To date:

Net change in the collection: -161

Net change to the # of cards in the house:  -3514