Monday, March 25, 2019

Wallet Card with signs from Soho's industrial past

Today Soho (SOuth of HOuston Street) is a trendy neighborhood with fashionable shops and apartments. However, in the mid-20th century it was an industrial center with many factories. The factories are long gone but many of the signs remain. Click on the links from Walter Grutchfield's fantastic website to learn more about these bygone businesses.

Garvin Machine Co.
 Beekman Paper
Marine Engine Specialties

Sunday, March 24, 2019

1981 Topps Harry Spilman

The front: Getting ready for the pitch in a day game at Shea Stadium. This must be July 27, 1980, the only day game at Shea where he played first base. Spilman was the hitting hero in the Reds’ 10-4 victory; reaching base four times and scoring three runs, including a two-run home run off of Neil Allen. The second baseman is probably Ron Oester, who played most of the game at second. Late in the game Oester shifted to shortstop to spell Dave Concepcion, and Junior Kennedy came into the game at second.

The back: Spilman married Kim Grossman, a former secretary for the Evansville Triplets. Spilman was traded to the Astros in 1981 and became close friends with Nolan Ryan, who hired Kim as his secretary. After his playing career Spilman moved next door to Ryan and caught him during his off-season workouts. Spilman is one of at least ten former teammates of Ryan who named their son Nolan.

 The player: Primarily a pinch-hitter, Spilman played twelve seasons for the Astros, Reds and Giants, only topping 100 at-bats twice. In 563 games he hit .237 with 18 HR and 117 RBI.

The man: Spilman coached in the Rangers organization when Ryan owned the team. He is now Special Assistant to Player Development for the Royals.

My collection: I have 23 of his cards, from 1979 to 1990. I would be interested in trading for 1988 Mother’s Cookies #16.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Vintage background - where?

Where is Lou Burdette? Looks like a spring training shot, almost looks like there is a Florida hotel in the background.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wallet Card with an ad for the Saturday Evening Post

Sure, the ad is pretty faded, but what do you expect from a publication that folded in the 1960s (though has since been revived). This ad is probably several decades older than that.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

1981 Topps Ed Glynn

The front: Great photo of Glynn’s explosive delivery, while a Shea Stadium groundskeeper relaxes in the background.

The back: When Glynn was traded to the Mets, the club had a pre-game ceremony where he was awarded a special personalized hot dog container, and he went into the stands to sell hot dogs in uniform.

The player: Glynn pitched for the Tigers, Mets, Indians and Expos from 1975 to 1985. In 175 games, mostly in relief, he went 12-17 with 12 saves and a 4.25 ERA.

The man: Per many comments on the Ultimate Mets Database Glynn was a well-known partier in the Flushing area during his Mets career. He now rents rooms in Virginia Beach.

My collection: I have eight of his cards, from 1977 to 1987. I would be interested in trading for 1983 TCMA Charleston Charlies #19.