Thursday, August 29, 2013

COMC Smackdown Part 3/3 - Vintage Oddball Goodness

In light of the recently ended Reds-Cards series, I officially do not understand the 2013 Cincinnati Reds. What I do understand is the awesomeness of vintage oddballs (that's a segue, folks). Let's roll.

1964 Topps Giants Frank Robinson. I like these, and they aren't anywhere near as expensive as you'd think 1960's cards would be. 3"x5" of Big Frank for a buck and change. Nice.

1975 Topps Minis MVP's Johnny Bench/Boog Powell. What is the appeal of '75 Minis? I don't know, but I'm in. I only have seven Reds. This will be amended.

1978/1979 Hostess Tom Seaver. While the late 70's Hostess box cards were pretty vanilla, Tom Terrific always earns a spot in the binders.

1954 Topps Ed Bailey, Bob Borkowski. Ok, these aren't oddballs, but these are the only two cards from the 21 card haul that weren't Bowman or oddball. So they get put here. Aside from the Green Back variations, I'm now only two cards shy of the '54 Topps Reds set, which is great.

1978 Kellogg's George Foster. NOT cracked to hell. These Kellogg's don't hold up well, usually. But this one is a fine specimen.
What's this? A regular old 1978 Topps card? No sir...
...1978 O-Pee-Chee Pete Rose. Un magnifique joueur de troisième-but. Vive le roi de frapper.

1970 Topps Scratchoffs Tony Perez. There were a bunch of variants of this type of game in the 90's. It's nice to see they were rooted in the past. And as we see...

...someone enjoyed the game. I hope. Maybe they just like foil dust in their fingernails.

What a great COMC binge. I'll never get tired of swiping cheap vintage. Go vote, and Go Reds.


  1. I've said it before on my blog, but it's been a while so I'll say it again:


    I don't know if the larger size keeps them relatively unpopular, but I'm not going to complain, as long as the prices stay down long enough for me to get the shortprints.

    1. they are indeed nice. my stupid self, when i jumped back into the hobby, thought it was a set devoted to the San Francisco Giants, and didn't care to peruse any of them. Now I know better and only need one more.