Sunday, June 3, 2012

It's not too often you get a Toy Cannon out of a pack of cards

I went on a little bit of a buying spree yesterday.  I hadn't bought anything in a couple of weeks, so I snagged a couple of blasters of GQ, and while looking for some inspiration, finally decided on 4 rack packs of Archives.  Now I know what you're thinking, and you're right.  I did say a few days back that I was passing on this product.

That still holds true, I will not be putting together the set.  But it doesn't hurt to pick up a few packs here and there to get some trade ammo ready just in case.  The first three rack packs weren't much to shout about.  I pulled a 2nd RC reprint, this time it was Reggie Jackson.

I also pulled a cloth sticker of Giancarlo Stanton (that just doesn't flow off of the tongue like Mike Stanton did...not yet anyway)

I crack the 4th and final pack, and my luck changes for the better!  It's always great pulling an autograph of a retired player, and this one was no different.

What a marvelous graph!  Jim Wynn, also known as the Toy Cannon, has an amazingly legible signature, and it looks great on this '73 Topps replica card.  I wondered how he got the nickname "Toy Cannon", and it turns out that his bat had quite a bit of pop (291 career HR's), while being only 5'8".  Jim also has the honor of having his number (24) retired by the Houston Astros.

I was overdue for a good pull from a pack, and this definitely qualifies.

Thanks for reading, Robert


  1. Fantastic pull, Robert! "The Toy Cannon" has always been one of my favorites.

  2. Nice card of the '74 N.L. Comeback Player of the Year, a.k.a. Dodger left-fielder.

    I'm way overdue for a good pull.