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Monday, April 5, 2021

Greetings From Humboldt Park

As a reaction to the Industrial Revoultion in the 19th century many big cities built parks as green getaways from the noise and pollution.  Chicago's great parks were mostly conceived and contructed between the end of the Civil War and the early 20th century.  Humboldt Park, on the West Side, is one.    

Here are seven postcards dating from around 1906 to 1930.






Sunday, April 4, 2021

The "Easter Beagle"?

 However you celebrate I hope you're having a Happy Easter! My highlight will be watching my first Cubs game of the season (working during the first two).


Here's the first appearance of Snoopy as The Easter Beagle.

Some of my Peanuts Easter items:
These are vinyl magnets.
A card from a 33 card preview set.  Seems a full set got stuck in a tree or something.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Out of the Blue

This is a promotional trading card for Orel Hershiser's first book, Out of the Blue.  The hardcover was published on April 1, 1989 followed by the paperback on April 1, 1990.  I've had a stack of about 90 of the cards for 31 years.  No fooling.


I'm sure I could have bought the book when it came out but at the time was just not interested.  Free cards, of course.  Fast forward three decades and I came across the book in a thrift store for one dollar.  Hey, why not?

Now that I have it, is it a good read?
I'm sure I must own more of his cards but this is the only other one I've posted before.




Sunday, March 28, 2021

It's Not National Trading Card Day

It's not National Trading Card Day but I came across these and felt they were blogworthy at any time.  You can't go wrong with six of the best  and most popular players of our time. 



Thursday, March 25, 2021

Meet the Metz

Do you like oddball sets?   If so, this should fit the bill.  It was issued by the Metz Baking Company in 1993.

This nice tin came with forty cards.  I'm showing the fifteen Hall of Fame players.  Not sure how they were executed but the images are well done.  The design is just ok.  At least there are two background colors.  Four would have been better.  Of course they lack logos.  If you collect any of these players you'd probably want a copy.  The backs are lackluster so I've included them at the end.






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