Monday, June 25, 2012

It's been over 25 years already?? Say it aint' so..

Bloggers my age will understand what I'm talking about here.  Have you ever opened a trade package in the mail, looked at the cards and said to yourself  "Oh my God I remember when..." then of course you can fill in the blank at the end of that sentence.

Well, a few days after receiving a great box of '86 Topps from Anthony at the Get the bat off your shoulder! blog, I took a good look at the cards today, and a flood of memories came to mind about a lot of the players in the box. 

I just couldn't believe it's been more than 25 years since:

Vince Coleman broke the rookie record for stolen bases in a season:

110 steals!!  Think we may ever see triple digits again?

It's been 25+ years since we had a guy by the name of Razor (and yes, Razor was his middle name)

Even better...his manager was Buck Rodgers (a character from science fiction for those of you who may not be familiar)

It's been 25+ years since Dave Kingman wore a porn mustache...

I can never recall Dave Kingman wearing a mustache...guess I was wrong

I wonder if Mookie Wilson knew that he was going to make history during the '86 World Series

I sure fire don't remember Tommy John pitching in the Bay Area....ever

LA, check.  Yankees, check.  Angels, check.  A's?? 

Finally, this guy 25+ years ago could have been considered Rickey Henderson's "wingman"

Fast, hit for power, and roamed center field in Oakland while Rickey was in left.  Why do I bring him up now?  Dwayne is the hitting coach in Toronto, and the team seems to resemble him quite a bit.  Can hit for power, strike out quite a bit, steal some bases and hit in the neighborhood of .250...

I could have easily scanned 50 of the cards and came up with little blurbs on a lot of them.  Names such as Charlie Leibrandt (Jays killer in '85), Nolan Ryan in an Astros uni, Lou Whitaker, Phil "Scrap Iron" Garner, Orel Hershiser, and the list goes on and on.

Oh, and the fact that I scanned three Oakland A's cards out of this massive pile is purely coincidental.

Anthony, thank you very much for the 86s!  They are much appreciated.

thanks for reading, Robert

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