Happy Turkey Day
November 24th, 2011 by slangon

Thanksgiving is upon us, and I have to say, this is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It combines all the cool things (stuffing yourself on food and booze, watching foosball all day and hanging with family) but doesn’t have a lot of the stressful things involved in other holidays like Christmas (figuring out what to get for everyone, buying gifts). Aside from football, there’s also a bunch of Thanksgiving television traditions I enjoy. As a kid, I used to love watching March of the Wooden Soldiers and Mighty Joe Young on Thanksgiving morning. I also loved watching The Wizard of Oz every year on the night before.

One Thanksgiving TV tradition I never really enjoyed was watching the parade. Don’t get me wrong. I like a good parade. The floats and balloons are cool and I even have been known to enjoy a marching band on occasion. I just can’t take all the people they get to host that thing every year. It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me.

That being said, I’d like to hold my own Thanksgiving Day Parade of sorts, marching out some overstuffed turkeys from my collection. You know. All those cards that drive you batty trying to figure out how to store them. That’s right. It’s the SlangKo Big Ass Card Parade.

Let’s start slow. There’s always the good old Allen & Ginter N43 cards.

They might not be super huge compared to your standard card, but they are big enough to cause some storage headaches. I have mine in some 4 pocket pages that leads to a lot of wasted real estate. Each pocket is big enough for 2 of them.

There’s also these over sized box loaders from 2007 Bowman Heritage, which are based on 1952 Red Man Tobacco cards. As you can see from the scan, I still haven’t quite figured out what to do with this one, which is why it’s still sealed in it’s plastic baggie.

Getting a little bit bigger, we have these rather strange 5″x7″ 1998 Zenith cards. What makes these so weird is not their size, but the fact that they have another, standard sized card inside of them. Much like rip cards of today, you had to decide whether you wanted to keep the big guy intact or go for what’s inside. I’ll keep Mikey, thank you very much.

This is a kind of oddball card from 1982 that I couldn’t find a whole lot of info on. It’s a set of 25 cards put out by Davco Publishing that features all Hall of Famers. They’re printed on cereal box type card stock and have blank backs. They’re big, though, probably 7″x4″ or so.

Here’s a trio of 1964 Topps Giants that I picked up in my travels. Apparently 1964 was a pretty busy year for the Topps oddball issue department because they had these, a set of coins, tattoo inserts and the Stand-Ups that year. These aren’t super huge, but at 3 1/8″ x 5 1/4″, I don’t think anyone would mistake them for regular cards. The backs are pretty cool, too.

I really like the faux newspaper layout. Overall, this seems to be nice little set. I don’t know if I would necessarily go out of my way to track down any others, but a nice change of pace.

I guess you could argue that this last one isn’t necessarily a “card” per se, but goddamn is it big. So big that in order to scan this without having to resort to piecing it together, I had to bring it into work and scan it on our 11″x17″ bed scanner.

At almost 9″ x 9.5″, this one is by far the largest thing that I own that could conceivably be called a baseball card. Apparently this must be the super-rare “Traded” version.

There you have it folks. A cavalcade of super-stuffed pieces of cardboard for you to peruse after you’re done super-stuffing yourself. Enjoy the day, and don’t eat too much.

4 Responses to “Happy Turkey Day”

  1. Happy Thanksgving!

  2. The 1968 Topps posters are even bigger at 9-3/4 x 18-1/8. WTF would you do with one of those? (Mine are folded together and inserted into a sheet protector. Not ideal!) Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Great and creative Theme Post – Enjoy Your Thanksgiving.

  4. let’s not forget those … “beloved” (sigh) 89 bowmans. I hated those cards….still do!

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