Thursday, November 21, 2019

Beaters from Al

Got some more of Al's condition rejects. Most of these I had already (and I'll trade my better copy if you see something you need) . . .

. . . but I got a few new-to-me cards too! Some big names and some big heads here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

1981 Topps Elias Sosa

The front: Simple spring training shot. How comfortable was it to wear a uniform over a jacket? Seems bulky to me.

The back: Woodie Fryman led the team with 17 saves.
The player: Sosa was a generally dependable short- and middle-reliever for eight teams in twelve seasons. His best season was 1979, when he went 8-7 with 18 saves and a 1.96 ERA for the Expos. Overall, in 601 games, he went 59-51 with 83 saves and a 3.32 ERA.

The man: He is now Latin American Coordinator for Major League Baseball, conducting youth baseball coach in various Latin American countries.

My collection: I have 20 of his cards, from 1974 to 1984. I would be interested in trading for 1982 Topps Traded #112.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Vintage backgrounds: Another McKechnie Field sighting

A few months ago I posted several A's cards from '68 featuring their old spring training home, McKechnie Field. Here's one more from '69 featuring that ballpark's distinctive red bleachers and suburban-looking fieldhouse. Looks like Topps had airbrushed the "KC" hat, meaning the photo was at least a year out of date, as '68 was the team's first year in Oakland.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Wallet Card with a Bell Atlantic payphone

Bell Atlantic was one of the "Baby Bells" that was created after the Bell breakup of 1984. It merged with New York's NYNEX in 1997, then merged with GTE in 2000 to create Verizon. So this payphone would date to the late 1990s. It's rare to find any payphones left with the Bell Atlantic logo, but this one soldiers on at the corner of Park Avenue and 51st Street.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

1981 Topps Pete Rose

The front: As someone who started following baseball in the wake of Rose’s hit record, the first big baseball record to be set after the start of the baseball card craze, I think of every Rose Topps base card as a classic. This one is no exception, with Rose chatting at the batting cage in a Mizuno jacket. Not sure of the location – Shea Stadium?

The back: Rose was one of the longest-tenured players in the game. Topps had to shrink the type to get all the stats to fit.

The player: Rose’s list of accomplishments is legendary, and too much to list here. He is the all-time hits leader (4,256), the 1963 NL Rookie of the Year, the 1973 NL MVP, a three-time World Champion, a 17-time All-Star. He led the NL in hits seven times, runs four times, doubles five times, batting average three times, and on-base percentage twice.

The man: Unfortunately, Rose’s list of disgraces is as legendary, and lengthy, as his list of baseball accomplishments. First and foremost is his lifetime ban for gambling on baseball, enacted in 1989. A year earlier, he had been suspended for 30 games for pushing umpire Dave Pallone, a record suspension for a manager. In 1991 her served time in prison for filing false income tax returns.

My collection: I have 53 of his cards, from 1966 to 1987. I would be interested in trading for 1963 Topps #537 (wishful thinking!), 1964 Topps #125, 1965 Topps #207, 1970 Topps #580, 1971 Topps #100 and 1972 Topps #559.