I’ve Been a Baaaad Blogger
April 18th, 2012 by slangon

I know it. What can I say. Sometimes the daily minutiae of life gets in the way of a grown man writing about 2.5″ x 3.5″ pieces of cardboard with pictures of baseball players on them. Fear not, though. Just because I haven’t been writing about cards doesn’t mean I haven’t been hoarding them. To make up for the lack of posts recently (and to provide myself with something to post) I will, over the next few days, showcase a pile of cards that I recently picked up for the price of a half-price blaster. (By the way, I know talking about vintage cards in relation to how much modern product you would’ve spent the same money on can come off as kind of obnoxious, but I assure that I only do it as a constant reminder to myself that I don’t need to buy that Heritage blaster, no matter how tempting it may be.)

The stack of cards in question is one of my favorite kinds of stacks. First off, I was able to continue my tradition of treating Sportlots as my own virtual quarter bin, so that’s always cool. On top of that, it’s a nice mix of vintage Topps cards spanning the entire decade of the 60’s and the early 70’s. It’s also got a nice smattering of oddball cards and weird inserts. It’s a decent mix of commons and stars. One of my favorite parts of the stack is that since I chose economy shipping, between the time I placed the order and I got the cards, I had forgotten what exactly I ordered so opening the envelope was just as exciting as opening a pack.

Today we’ll look at some of the more “recent” cards I picked, namely, a quartet of 1971 cards.

First up is The Cardboard Junkie’s favorite card. Aside from just being a really cool card, one of my many distractions within card collecting is grabbing cards of current and former Mets coaches and managers from their playing days.

Speaking of managers, I also grabbed a few more cards for the old managers collection. You know it’s funny. I have Eddie Kasko’s 1960 card from his playing days. Take a gander.

It looks like someone put him in Tuppeware after the 1960 season and took him out in 1971. I think he might be a pod person.

I know what you’re saying. You didn’t know that Topps put out an Update set in 1971, right. Well they didn’t.

O-Pee-Chee did. I always knew that the backs of O-Pee-Chee cards were a bit different from Topps what with the French translations and “Printed in Canada” and all. I had no idea that the backs of the 1971 set was so awesome, though, until I saw one that Dayf had used on Thorzul’s Card Wars Podcast thing-a-ma-jig. Coincidentally, the one he showed happened to be an O-Pee-Chee version of the aforementioned 1971 Cookie Rojas. Strange how those things work out.

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