A New King in Town (Almost)
September 26th, 2012 by slangon

Just on the odd chance that anyone out there missed the Mets game last night (because after all, who in there right mind would not be glued to the television every single time the Mets are on?), after showing a couple of small signs of resiliency and life, the team ultimately fell to the Pirates […]

Mets Through the Years: The All-Star(s), 1965
July 9th, 2012 by slangon

Steady Eddie Kranepool got the nod for the All-Star game in 1965, mostly because Ron Hunt was hurt. Although he finished the ’65 season with a .253 average, he was hitting .293 at the break, so I guess it does make a little sense. This would be his only All-Star appearance in his 18 year […]

Mets Through the Years: First Base
May 18th, 2012 by slangon

This is the fourth post in this series. We’ve looked at the field generals, the men who’ve donned the tools of ignorance, and the guys who’ve thrown the first pitch of the season. Today we’ll be taking a trip back through time to see who’s covered the first base bag for the Mets throughout their […]

What Were They Thinking: The Doppelgänger Edition
February 27th, 2012 by slangon

This series of posts is dedicated to examining the numerous design details from the Topps art department that leave me scratching my head. They’re the types of things that could just be one time instances that are the result of someone overlooking them, or they could have been a conscious decision on the part of […]

February 13th, 2012 by slangon

Days until and

On The Tenth Day of Christmas…
December 23rd, 2011 by slangon

…my collection gave to me Ten Rookie Cards, Nine Team Cards, Eight Crusty Skippers, Seven TTM Autos, Six 1960 High Numbers, Five Checked Up Checklists, Four Mini Cards, Three Jersey Relics, Two 56’s, And a Cardboard Zeppelin!

Double Digit Dingers
August 18th, 2011 by slangon

During yesterdays Mets win over the Padres, David Wright hit a 3 run homer in the 3rd inning for his 10th of the season. In the spirit of semi-interesting but ultimately trivial facts, during the broadcast, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen were talking about how this was the 8th time in Davids career that he’s […]

Fruits of the Greatest Month Countdown #4
July 18th, 2011 by slangon

On we march, my intrepid friends. Today we have another card that has, until now proved to be too wily for me. So wily in fact, at time I almost felt as if it was taunting me, just daring me to try and capture it and encase it in protective vinyl. 1963 Topps #228 Rookie […]

Some 1964 Topps High Numbers
May 9th, 2010 by slangon

In honor of the fact that today the Mets are playing like some of those early Mets teams, I present to you a quintet of 1964 Topps High #’s that I recently won off of eBay. It’s always nice to be able to cross off any high number from any of these older Topps sets […]

Some More Sportlots Finds
February 19th, 2010 by slangon

When I declared 2010 to be “The Year of Vintage”, apparently, I wasn’t kidding. Here’s a smorgasbord of manager and coaches cards that I picked up. The more my vintage collection grows, it’s fun to notice that a lot of those guys I actually have cards from their playing days. I know I have Galen […]