Saturday, March 3, 2012

Week 32 begins with 70's cards and fired coaches

Good Saturday evening to you all, hope that your first part of the weekend has gone well.

There was a lot happening in my world today.  I learned late last night that my beloved Maple Leafs finally pulled the plug on their coaching situation and fired coach Ron Wilson.  It's gotta be tough to avoid it when the denizens in the Air Canada Center in Toronto are chanting "FIRE WILSON" during a game.  The Leafs responded with a solid 3-1 win this evening for their new coach, and have 17 games left to salvage their season.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Now, it is the first weekend of the month, which means it's the monthly card show.  I went there with the sole purpose of working on my set list for '77 Topps.  Well, I did just that.  84 cards later, and I've put a major dent into the want list for this set.  Once again, seeing a lot of these cards just brings back memories of my childhood. 

Nicknames galore on a bunch of these guys...

First, I found a Doc

then a Dick...

Insert your own joke here
How about a Candy Man?

quite the mop
Next is a Bombo

Spent all of '77 in AAA
Then a Bando...(Not a nickname, yes I know, but it flows...)

Man, what a horrible airbrush job

Anyone up for some Chicken??

How about "The Other Brett"

Then there's Tug...

Tim's daddy, may he RIP

Can't have a group of 70's nick names without 'the Spaceman'

And finally....the 70's version of Mark Reynolds...Dave Kingman, or 'Kong'

Fun fact about Kingman in the '77 season.  He played for 4 teams (Mets, Padres, Angels, Yankees).  The Yankees stint lasted all of 8 games in which he went 6 for 24.  More notable about the Yankee stint was that all 6 of his hits were for extra bases (2 doubles and 4 HRs), and the .250 batting average he had there was the highest of the 4 teams he played for that year...

I was also able to pickup a couple of other cards from other 70s sets as well.

These three were in a 7 for $5 bin, and the '73 Carlton is in great shape outside of being a little off center.

Tomorrow, I'll take a look at the other purchases from the show....13 cards in total.

Thanks for reading, Robert

1 comment:

  1. I never understood why Kingman played for so many teams that year. It's got to be a record, don't you think? Then his '78 card has a classic awful airbrush job with him on a 5th team, as a Cub.