Last week I posted a recent vintage pickup for my Ron Santo collection. This week I have a modern card. I think it's my first jumbo relic of any kind. It's a nice card on it's own but it's a bonus that it's serial #'ed 6/10.
I'm on a bit of a Nolan Ryan kick right now since they show him about ten times a game.
Here's Bud Harrelson's 1971 Topps card #355:
This is the first time I've attempted to identify a specific play on a card. My guess is that it is from a 4-3 Mets victory over the Astros on May 30, 1970. I'm going to say that it's one out in the top of the eighth inning and the runner sliding into second is Jim Wynn. He's just about to be called safe by umpire Ken Burkhart. Nolan Ryan is #30 watching the play. Wynn will score on a single giving the Astros a 3-1 lead but the Mets will stage a 3 run rally in the bottom half of the inning and hold on for the win.
I've accumulated some basketball cards over the years in box lots but I haven't bought an actual pack since the Nixon administration. I'm assuming I bought two packs in 1969 since I have a total of 18 cards from the 1969-70 set. In honor of the opening of the NBA season here are a few of the best.
The quality control on these was terrible, as you can see. The cards were only ten cents a pack but back then you could get a steak dinner for a buck and a half so that's no excuse.
Night Owl posted recently about how a card design can enhance or interfere with the photo on the card. I thought of his post when I saw these 1988 Topps cards. These cards let the photo have top billing, even if it means partially obscuring the team name. The tables are turned when the player's own name covers the photo but since it's in the bottom right it has less of an effect.
These cards have orange backs. I'm not a big fan of orange in general. I get enough of it at Halloween.
The Arizona Diamondbacks manager.
Tommy makes the best manager cards.
What team is that, Jim?
Give me some cards from the 80's and 90's and I'll always get a Steve Buechele.
"I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller.."
MLB debut April 23, 1982
Last MLB appearance September 17, 2007
Jo-dee, Jo-dee Davis!
There were some really nice airbrush jobs in this set:
My only serious player collection is of my all-time favorite, Ron Santo. I've never catalogued the cards I have (maybe I should) but I know I have most of the original issues. Recently I added a missing one from 1963.
This card is from a 64 card set issued by the Exhibit Supply Co.of Chicago. The unnumbered black & white cards measure 3 3/8" x 5 3/8" and are on a relatively thick cardboard stock.
Today's Card of the Day is another from my first COMC purchase.
1966 Topps #243
The red and yellow color scheme goes brilliantly with the Cardinals.
Love the cartoon here and the info, "Watch him baffle the hitters this year."
I don't know if the Cardinals hitters just failed to support him, his ERA was 3.21, but Nellie finished 1966 with a poor 4-15 record. He'd turn it around the following year reversing the win loss numbers, 14-5, and lowing his ERA to 2.43. He'd also go on to win Game 3 of the World Series against the Red Sox. He would pick up a second win and another ring as a member of the Pirates in 1971.
The Cubs took a pass on Ryne Sandberg and gave Mike Quade a two year contract to manage the Cubs.
Cubs fans seem pretty divided on the decision. I like Quade. He seems to have the backing of the team and they certainly responded well to his leadership, winning 24 of 37 to end the season. I can't wait till April. A Cubs fan's hope springs eternal.
Here's another card from my first COMC purchase. Yes, I wanted this card because of his name. Vito is one of four players to come out of Iona College in New York. The most successful was Dennis Leonard who spent 12 years with the KC Royals and won 144 games, second all-time behind Paul Splittorff's 166.