Sunday, June 7, 2015

I'll knock off the Blue Jays want list one set at a time if I have to

I've been very lucky over the last few weeks to knock off quite a few cards from the massive Blue Jays want list.  I normally will look at the want list from the top to the bottom, meaning that the older sets are the ones that I look at first.  

For the longest time, this portion of the list had me wondering:

1978 Topps:

What in the world could those cards be?  I knew that there weren't any key rookies that I was missing from that era, so I decided to hop on and find out what the cards were.  I had forgotten all the quad boxed rookie cards from that set, of which these 2 cards were a part.

Upon finding out who was on the cards, picking them up for about $1 apiece didn't hurt me that much, and now the '78 Topps set has been marked COMPLETE.

Garth Iorg wound up having a nice career with the Blue Jays, and easily is the 2nd best player on the card.  Dave Oliver didn't play in the majors again after 1977, and Sam Perlozzo only had 2 ABs in 1979 for the Padres after appearing on this card. 

Ernie Whitt still holds the Blue Jays franchise record for games caught and HRs by a catcher, and is part of a very talented group of catchers featured on this card.  I hated (yes, I know hate is a strong word, but 30 years ago, that's how I felt) Lance Parrish in the mid 80's because it always seemed that he did something to the Jays every time he played against them.  Looking up Dale Murphy's career led me to something interesting.  Every one remembers Murphy patrolling center field for the Braves during the 80's, but does anyone remember him playing a good portion of the '78 and '79 seasons at first base?  I always thought he went straight from the dish out to center, so this really surprised me. 

I can happily say that I now have finished the Blue Jays portion of the '78 set with these 2 cards.  With a little over 2 dozen pre 1995 sets just needing 1 or 2 cards to complete, I may just start knocking these off, one set at a time if I have to.

It'll be nice to shorten the list, as I'm sure that there's a lot of people that probably get dizzy scrolling up and down it.  I know I'm one of them....

thanks for reading, Robert

1 comment:

  1. Always nice to knock of some older wants, even if you have to purchase them. Sportlots is also a great sight to find commons to finish team sets.