You just never know what's going to strike your fancy when trying to come up with a blog post. I'm rummaging through some cards and I come across this beauty...
Good ol' knuckleballer Phil Niekro shows up in the pile and instantly I think about a couple of things.
First, he should be in a rocking chair somewhere instead of on the mound. He was probably 48-49 years old when this photo was taken in the late 80's (which is just a couple years younger than I am right now, and I enjoy a good rocking chair). He only made one start for the Braves in the '87 season in case you were wondering, and that was in the last week of September. He had made 3 starts for the Jays in August, and 22 for Cleveland earlier in the season, his swan song of a 24 year career.
Second, I'm thinking on a lark about picking up some starter lots and trying to complete some sets from the end of the 80's. I'm sure there's a few billion cards out there that people are trying to unload, I'm sure that 3000 or so of them could end up on my doorstep just as easily. I mean how hard could it be, right?
The yellow on this '88 Score looks better than 1991 Fleer, right? Of course it does. Thinking.....
Enjoy the hobby!!