Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wallet Card - Approved by Cue

Cue Magazine provided ratings of New York restaurants and other cultural institutions - like an early version of Zagat ratings. It was acquired by New York Magazine in 1980; its listings were incorporated within that magazine for a few years but it is long defunct. However, the Isle of Capri restaurant on Third Avenue still displays its "Approved by Cue" stickers for 1975 and 1976.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 11

"One of your favorite cards from the 1970s." I'll keep it vintage (for me, that means pre-'78) with this iconic Billy Martin card that I picked up in a street trade. I usually don't pick up vintage in these trades but for the classic subtle middle-finger shot I had to make an exception.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wallet Card with some of the oldest street signs on Long Island

A few very old enamel street signs have survived in New Hyde Park.

According to Forgotten New York, this blue sign dates back to the 1920s. . .

while this white one dates to the 1950s.

Almost all street signs are metal these days, so the survival of these signs is a rarity.

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 10

"One of your favorite cards from the 1960s." I only have a couple of dozen cards from the 1960s, but this one stands out for me. I really like the interesting background with a lot going on, particularly the nice view of the outfield of the original Yankee Stadium.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wallet Card with an old MTA logo

The Metropolitan Transit Authority, which runs the Long Island Railroad, NYC Subway and Metro North Railroad, changed its logo from an M to the full MTA in a circle twenty years ago. However, on some older M3 railroad cars that date back to the 1980s, the old logo can still be seen peeking out behind the new one.

Friday, April 21, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 9

"One of your favorite cards from the 1950s". I don't actively collect vintage (just so I won't get sucked down the money hole of trying to fill sets - I actually enjoy vintage cards quite a bit). Therefore I have very few 1950s cards. This one is my favorite - it came out of a collection I bought at a garage sale last year and was in such good shape I thought it must be a reprint. (It wasn't.)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

One street card

Al had a horizontal Derek Jeter card - horizontals are a no-no for his set-up - and thought it was one of the ones I gave him. It wasn't but he gave it to me anyway as it was one I actually needed, from the 1997 Fleer set. Glad to have it!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 8

"A card that reminds you of a family member." I was born during the 1977 season, when the Yankees were resurgent and one of their best players was Mickey Rivers. My dad has always been a big fan of stolen base threats, so at that time Rivers was one of his favorite players. When my mom was pregnant he would tell people that he was going to name me after Mickey Rivers. He was joking and my mom would never have allowed it anyway, but ever since I heard that story when I was a kid Rivers was always one of my favorite players, though I never saw him play myself.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Street trade

Swapped some Jeters and Rivera for these:

Two Stantons, a Scherzer...
 ...and four chrome cards.

Monday, April 17, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge Day 7

"A card you bought in person and the story behind it."  Almost all my card purchases are in-person, and I'm not sure of any real stories about one card or lot of cards bought. So I went back to the archives of my blog to see the first in-person purchase I made since starting this blog in 2009. I found a purchase from a Craigslist seller in June of that year - several albums and a large box for $10. Looks like it was mostly junk wax but at that time I needed lots of junk wax. Fast forward eight years later and I've completed a lot more sets - enough that I don't pick up lots from that era unless they are free - but, like in the second part of my posts on that haul, I still have lots to trade from 86-93 Topps, Donruss, Fleer, Score, Upper Deck and Bowman, so if any of you readers need that stuff let me know!