Friday, October 24, 2014

Completely Red: 1965 Topps Embossed

We all know these, yes? Inserted into packs of the regular Topps flagship, these cards are near impossible to find in mint condition. Lucky for me, I hate mint condition. The gold-foil-eruption suffers from chips and cracks. The embossing gets smooshed. Being narrower than regular cards, they slide around in card pages, so the corners and edges get dinged. They apparently attract a six-decade-long coating of grime. But hey. This is a completed team set from the 60's. So I have no choice but to love it.

The Reds in the set are top notch. Not only are all three All Stars, all three are in the Reds Hall of Fame. And with Frank Robinson, we have a Cooperstown inductee as well. These were all acquired from a brick-and-mortar card shop that either sells things for suspiciously cheap or ridiculously expensive. You can guess which end of that spectrum I live on.


Cards - 3

RC's - 0

All Stars - 3

Hall of Famers - 1 (Robinson)

Reds Hall of Famers - 3


 22 Frank Robinson 
 42 Vada Pinson 
 68 Jim Maloney 

Go Reds.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vintage Oddball Week, Part 4: No Subtitle

A pile of miscellany this day. Roll 'em.

1947-1966 Exhibits Ted Kluszewksi. This particular one has been narrowed down to 1954-1956. I choose to believe 1954.

1947-1966 Exhibits Ed Bailey. This version was only made in 1961, and much less cool than the Klu.

1968 Atlantic Oil Play Ball Contest Cards Milt Pappas. Nice airbrush job.

1976 Linnett Superstars Cesar Geronimo. These are huge. 5x7 huge.

1976-1979 Hostess. I have miles to go finishing the Reds Hostess series. Too many megastars.

1969 Globe Imports Playing Cards Chico Cardenas, Jim Maloney. These may be the easiest-to-forge cards of all time. They're on regular thickness printer paper. And printed only with black ink. Perhaps that's why they're so cheap. I'm only missing Pete Rose for the team set. Never even seen it.

1969 Milton Bradley Tommy Harper, Lee May. You can buy the game these came in, including the complete card run, for $955 on eBay. Yeah, I'll get right on that.

1976 Greyhound Heroes of the Base Paths Joe Morgan. I love this card very much.

1978 Player Patches Joe Morgan, Tom Seaver. I don't know who made these, but the interwebs tells me they were made in '78. So I believe it. These are Dick Perez-level portraits, boy.

I have indeed run out of suitable oddballs from prior to my birth. I suppose a 1980's oddball series could be in store, but my goodness that would take months.

Go Reds.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vintage Oddball Week, Part 3: Three Inch Discs

Careful now.

Today is a big pile of discs. 1970's discs.

1977 Pepsi Glove Discs Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey. Love these. Love that they were never punched out of their gloves. And I'm totally gonna order that shirt. Oh damn. The offer expired. Nerts. I also have the Ken Griffey, but the scan was blurry and you all aren't worth a second trip to the scanner.

1977 Chilly Willee Discs Dave Concepcion. Three inch Willee. Huh huh. Huh huh.

1977 Burger Chef Finmeal Discs Ken Griffey. Jeff is a southpaw. Good to know.

1977 Burger Chef Funmeal Discs Dan Driessen. Eye on the ball, Burgerini. Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.

1976 Isaly's/Sweet William Discs Tony Perez, Ken Griffey. 155 Locations To Serve... You.

Go Reds.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vintage Oddball Week, Part 2: Cereal Killing

Yeah, that pun has never been used before by anyone ever. 

VOW continues with some cards fought over at the breakfast table many decades ago, only to fall into my lap in the past couple years. Post and Kellogg's. One of each will suffice. And I'm breaking my vintage classification at the end, as the Kellogg's run went into the 80's.

In terms of set completion, for the 1961-1963 Post run, I'm sitting at 24/39 (not counting Canadian versions). For the 1970-1983 Kellogg's run, I'm sitting at 29/57, though sadly none from the 1971 set.

1961 Post Billy Martin.

1962 Post Frank Robinson.

1962 Post Canadian Vada Pinson. C'est magnifique.

1963 Post Jim O'Toole.

1970 Kellogg's Jim Maloney.
1972 Kellogg's Lee May.

1973 Kellogg's Joe Morgan.

1974 Kellogg's Johnny Bench.

1975 Kellogg's Cesar Geronimo.

1976 Kellogg's Clay Carroll.

1977 Kellogg's George Foster.

1978 Kellogg's George Foster.

1979 Kellogg's Dan Driessen.

1980 Kellogg's Johnny Bench.

1981 Kellogg's Johnny Bench
1982 Kellogg's Dave Concepcion.

1983 Kellogg's Dave Concepcion.

Go Reds.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vintage Oddball Week, Part 1: Nicotine and Nitrates

Vintage = clickbait. Oddballs = clickbait. Vintage oddballs = holy shite so much clickbait!!!!!

Yeah that's right. I'm being shameless all week by showcasing everyone's favorite subcategory. I will clarify that vintage, to me and most, is 1979 and earlier. I will also note that I don't consider anything before 1950 an oddball since everything before 1950 is pretty odd, and if we're all special, unique snowflakes then none of us are, ya dig?

Today we're going big. As in oversized. 1950's Red Man Tobacco and 1960's Kahn's Wieners.

1952 Red Man Ewell Blackwell. Awesomely bright colors. Cool background. Reds Hall of Famer.

1953 Red Man Bobby Adams. They abandoned the background in favor of highlighter yellow and a faint aura around the player. Shame.

1953 Red Man Ted Kluszewski. Is that crease noticeable? I don't think it is.

1955 Red Man Gus Bell. Ah, they brought back the grandstands. So much better. I love these cards. I have 4 of 8 Reds printed over the four year run. If it wasn't against my rules to set specific goals, completing this set would be high on the list.

1960 Kahn's Gus Bell. Some wiener leakage caused this card to stick to the packaging, I presume. Did I just win the 'First Card Blogger to Mention Wiener Leakage' award? I think so.

1963 Kahn's Don Blasingame. These cards seem way older than 1960's, don't they?

1963 Kahn's Gordy Coleman. This wiener has a bend in it.

1964 Kahn's Bob Purkey. Oh man. Full color wiener. So much more lovely!

Part 2 tomorrow, kiddies. Go Reds.