Groovy Cardboard

Baseball Cards from the Psychedelic, Disco and New Wave years
I love card show Sundays. 

I love card show Sundays. 

I can’t think of a more perfectly groovy card than a 3D baseball card.  And what’s groovier than a 3D baseball card?  How about winning a 3D baseball card?  Oh yeah!
This card arrived courtesy of a giveaway by Brian at 30 Year Old Cardboard, a blog focusing on cards of the 70’s and 80’s and thus a blog after my own heart.  
I never win anything, so I was nicely surprised at being awarded this awesome 1979 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars card of Carl Yastrzemski.  At the time this card was printed, Yaz was less than 150 hits away from the big 3K.  He went to finish his career with 3,419 hits and 452 HR.  It seems like Yaz played forever, perennially suiting up for the BoSox.  Perennially getting hits.  Perennially on the All Star team.  I guess spending 23 years with the same team will make you a fixture in the minds of baseball fans. 
I always liked Yaz.  I recently read that George Brett modeled his batting stance after him.  That makes me like both of the HOFers even more. 

I can’t think of a more perfectly groovy card than a 3D baseball card.  And what’s groovier than a 3D baseball card?  How about winning a 3D baseball card?  Oh yeah!

This card arrived courtesy of a giveaway by Brian at 30 Year Old Cardboard, a blog focusing on cards of the 70’s and 80’s and thus a blog after my own heart.  

I never win anything, so I was nicely surprised at being awarded this awesome 1979 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars card of Carl Yastrzemski.  At the time this card was printed, Yaz was less than 150 hits away from the big 3K.  He went to finish his career with 3,419 hits and 452 HR.  It seems like Yaz played forever, perennially suiting up for the BoSox.  Perennially getting hits.  Perennially on the All Star team.  I guess spending 23 years with the same team will make you a fixture in the minds of baseball fans. 

I always liked Yaz.  I recently read that George Brett modeled his batting stance after him.  That makes me like both of the HOFers even more. 

If I were an artist, I’d create a banner for this blog using the 1972 Topps set as inspiration.  ’72 Topps is the epitome of 70’s groovy.  Collectors have called it the Magical Mystery set after the trippy graphics of the Beatles 1967 album cover.  The graphic style also reminds me of the Truckin’ cards Topps released in 1973 which were about the grooviest trading cards ever.  I don’t have many 1972 cards, but I’m working to fix that.  This page should be full of ’72 Topps.  
The Garvey arrived a couple of days ago.  It has been one of my white whales.  It has been hard to find a card that met my price/condition requirements.  He was my favorite player as a kid, and I’ve been trying to get all of his regular issue Topps cards for every year that he played.  With this card: mission accomplished.  I’m on the hunt now for cool auto and relics cards. 

If I were an artist, I’d create a banner for this blog using the 1972 Topps set as inspiration.  ’72 Topps is the epitome of 70’s groovy.  Collectors have called it the Magical Mystery set after the trippy graphics of the Beatles 1967 album cover.  The graphic style also reminds me of the Truckin’ cards Topps released in 1973 which were about the grooviest trading cards ever.  I don’t have many 1972 cards, but I’m working to fix that.  This page should be full of ’72 Topps. 

The Garvey arrived a couple of days ago.  It has been one of my white whales.  It has been hard to find a card that met my price/condition requirements.  He was my favorite player as a kid, and I’ve been trying to get all of his regular issue Topps cards for every year that he played.  With this card: mission accomplished.  I’m on the hunt now for cool auto and relics cards. 

When asked about mandatory drug testing, Bill Lee said,  “I believed in drug testing a long time  ago. All through the sixties I tested everything.”
Bill Lee’s nickname was “Spaceman.”  He thew a version of the Eephus pitch dubbed the Leephus pitch.  He once threatened to bite off an umpire’s ear.  He has his own beer called Spaceman Ale.  He also won 17 games 3 straight years.  I’m glad there aren’t many players in baseball like Bill Lee.  But I’m glad Bill Lee played baseball. 

When asked about mandatory drug testing, Bill Lee said,  “I believed in drug testing a long time ago. All through the sixties I tested everything.”

Bill Lee’s nickname was “Spaceman.”  He thew a version of the Eephus pitch dubbed the Leephus pitch.  He once threatened to bite off an umpire’s ear.  He has his own beer called Spaceman Ale.  He also won 17 games 3 straight years.  I’m glad there aren’t many players in baseball like Bill Lee.  But I’m glad Bill Lee played baseball. 

Dat Hair!
Look at Bob.  Perfectly coiffed.  Like he and his 2 chins just got out of bed.
For the ‘69 set, I think Topps was just throwing any old thing on   cardboard. The design is a minimalist take on the ‘68 set with quite a  few recycled photos from the previous year.  The photo selection was, at  times, questionable at best. 

Dat Hair!

Look at Bob.  Perfectly coiffed.  Like he and his 2 chins just got out of bed.

For the ‘69 set, I think Topps was just throwing any old thing on cardboard. The design is a minimalist take on the ‘68 set with quite a few recycled photos from the previous year.  The photo selection was, at times, questionable at best. 

When asked if he preferred natural grass or Astroturf, Tug McGraw said “I dunno, I never smoked any Astroturf.” 

When asked if he preferred natural grass or Astroturf, Tug McGraw said “I dunno, I never smoked any Astroturf.” 

I Got Mad Hits Like I Was Rod Carew

Today was the first time I’ve been to a card show in a very long time.  I did not have much to spend, so I was looking for commons to fill some holes in my 70’s  Braves collection.  Looking over the tables I came across this gem.

I had maybe 3 or 4 cards from 1970.  Really sad, but they just are not very attractive cards. You might even call them “fugly.”  Design wise, they may not be as boring as ‘69, but Topps brought in the 70’s with a set that did little to improve on the previous year.  There are not any bank breaking rookie cards in the set, so they do make for a fairly inexpensive vintage option for budget collectors like me. 

I got this as well as Carew’s ‘84 card along with 1970 and 1971 Phil Niekro cards for like $6.00. Not bad for a couple of HOFers.  Before today,  I only had 3 other Carew cards, but I’m not sure why.  He was one of the best hitters of the 70’s.  I should start collecting him. 

Rod Carew and the Beastie Boys

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Dick Pole. #BaseballCards #FunnyNames

Ha! And I always thought pulling a Dickie Thon card was hilarious 

jose-ariel-cuevas:

Dick Pole. #BaseballCards #FunnyNames

Ha! And I always thought pulling a Dickie Thon card was hilarious 

Happy Veteran’s Day

I’ve been watching the excellent Vietnam in HD on the History Channel and wondered how many major leaguers were veterans of that war.  Turns out, not even 10 pro ballers served there.  Al Bumbry was probably the most decorated of the few who did serve.  The line for 1970 on the back of this card reads in military service.  Bumbry was a minor leaguer and left his Stockton team to go serve as a platoon leader.  He was awarded the Bronze Star before returning to civilian life and baseball.  He was Rookie of the Year in 1973, earned a World Series ring with the 1983 Orioles and played 14 years in the bigs.  A fine career both on and off the field.  Happy Veteran’s Day. 

Photo via 1975 Topps (it’s far out, man)