“Payment” from Project ’62: Part 2
June 28th, 2011 by slangon

Here’s some more cards that Chris from Project ’62 sent my way in exchange for doing a custom relic card for him. We’re getting into junk wax territory now, so tread lightly. The majority of what he sent me from this period were from different Topps Traded sets. As a matter of fact, he single handedly killed off 3 more Traded sets for my Mets team collection. Sweet.

The victims were…

The 1989 Topps Traded set

The 1987 Topps Traded set

and the 1985 Topps Traded set

That includes Gary Carter’s first Topps card as a member of the New York Mets, which is pretty cool to me as a Mets fan.

The last “card” that Chris included from the 80’s has thrown me for a bit of a loop. I put “card” in quotes, because I guess it’s technically not a card. It’s a stamp.

Now, it wasn’t the problem of whether to call this a card or a stamp that threw me for a loop. It was trying to figure out exactly what set and year this was from. It obviously wasn’t from Rusty’s first go around as a Met, since this obviously is not from the mid-70’s. I can tell right off the bat it’s from sometime in the early to mid 80’s. That part was easy enough. After that it gets tricky. Aside from not knowing the exact year, there is also no markings to indicate even who made these. Doing a Google search for “rusty staub stamp” returned a bunch of his for his 1969 Topps stamp and a few for his 1964 Bazooka stamp, but nothing about this little guy. Searching for Rusty on the Becket site taught me that Rusty was in both the 1982 and 1983 Fleer stamp sets, being numbers 82 and 187 respectively. Dwight Evans was also in both sets, numbers 167 and 59. Doing some poking around the dusty corners of the interwebs, I wasn’t able to find any images of these 2 particular stamps, but I did find posts on The Fleer Sticker Project on both the 1982 and 1983 stamp sets. Although there’s nary a Rusty nor a Dwight to be found on either post, it’s pretty obvious that these 2 belong to the 1983 version of the Fleer Stamp set. Either way, I always appreciate getting a Rusty Staub card (or stamp) that not only did I need, but didn’t even really know existed before. Nice. By the way, is it just me or does Dwight Evans look like a villain straight out of a silent movie?

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