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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Card of the Day -- Here's Johnny!

This is a more or less random card I pulled out of a box.  My first thought was "where did Night Owl rank this one".  Really.  Funny thing is I made a comment on his blog (in 2009) and picked this one as my favorite of the 1970's.  Maybe it's because I was 12 years old when I pulled it from a pack and stopped collecting for a while after 1975.
 Check out what Topps had to say,  "a future Hall-of-Famer at 23".  Good call!  And check out the 1970 stat line.  Wow!

Monday, October 17, 2016

New Season Not New Cards

Well, the NHL season has begun.  My team is off to a slow start at 1-2 but they did pick up their first win on Saturday night against the Preds riding Richard Panik's hat trick.  Upper Deck Series 1 is due out in less than a month but I realized that I never posted any of last year's Series 2 cards.  So in no particular order, here are a bunch of my favorites.

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Couple of Unusual Sports Books

I have a couple of book recommendations for you today.  The first is a new one that I just finished reading.  In a nutshell it's a fictional memoir of a Washington Redskins coach who discovers a woman who becomes the first female player in the NFL.  Here's an exerpt:

This one is out of print.  I bought it new, in 1995 according to the Borders sticker.  While Robert Bausch is a "literary" novelist, Gorman Bechard is more of a pop fiction writer (he's also a filmmaker).  I find it hard to remember what I had for dinner yesterday so I can't give you much on a book I read over 20 years ago other than that I recall liking it and have saved it all this time.

Anybody read any similar "sports fantasy" books?  I know there's a fictional account of Bill Veeck's fielding an all black team before Jackie.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Big and Small We Love Them All

Get ready for a little deception.  Here is what may be the first Ron Santo card that Topps has produced in years.  Ron's not wearing his uniform but I'm guessing he does have on his "gamer".  If you're a Santo fan you'll know what I'm talking about.

I recently picked up these two cards, actually buying the second one first.  The gold version is numbered 5/10.  It's a little hard to see but it's in silver at the bottom left hiding in the Wrigley ivy.
Both cards are set at x-large on Blogger.  Are they the same, though.  Scroll down for the answer.

Here they are in the same scan.  The gold version is a full 5" x 7".  I'm guessing Topps issued these online as a set.  Right?  I was glad to add a couple of new cheap cards to my Santo collection.  As I write this the Cubs are sitting at 100 wins for the first time in over 80 years.  As Ronnie would say, "THIS IS THE YEAR!"  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Not a Good Day

First Jose Fernandez and now this sad news:
Golf legend Arnold Palmer has died.  Arnie was 87 years old.

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