Tuesday, January 31, 2012
What is also interesting about this card are the people in the background in the stands. There appear to be 2 people wearing Yankee Caps and another person reading the paper. Maybe, I just can't put my finger on it but there is something odd about this card.
Monday, January 30, 2012
A nice close up of John batting in that classic Orioles uniform. John’s career I believe took off after he turned 30 years old in 1977. He was part of Earl Weaver’s platoon outfield and hit with some power.
Back Facts: Orioles purchased him from Texas 11/27/78
Sunday, January 29, 2012
What was more astounding were sales of his regular Topps Chrome rookie card (these sales did not include graded, refractor, or gold cards). There were 15 ebay sales last week for an average price of $51.75. 50 Bucks for a regular chrome card. Wow. (Granted the chrome was limited to 999 – but that is still a lot of money) I think having less product out there is giving more value to the collector.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
The Cardinal that became a Cub. For reasons unknown even to me, when I think of Scott Rolen, I think of Kenny Reitz. Maybe it was because both had 5 letters in a last name that began with an R. And maybe because both played 3rd base. And maybe because Scott was a Phillie who became a Cardinal (and Kenny was a Card who became a Cub). It just seemed odd that those National League East (and Former National League East) rivals trading for the other teams starting third baseman.
Here is Kenny in all his Cubby Glory.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The man who was supposed to be the next Clemente. He had some problems with the law with the death of a young girl in the early 1970s in Latin America. This seemed to derail his career. There is an odd look on his face on this card. He has kind of a mad look on his face like he is kind of mad.
Back Facts: Has appeared in five All Star Games.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
One of the few in field (non pitcher or batting stance) action shots in the 1982 Set. Awesome Oakland A’s uniform on this card. If you look closely at his glove you can see the white of the ball in the glove webbing.
Dave was another player who got his start in the 1977 season with the expansion Blue Jays.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
First, this is just a great action shot of a running back picking up yardage with some great blocking. Second, this photo is from a Super Bowl game (XI -though the kind of game stunk). Third, it is an error card (kind of). In the 1977 set cards of players who gained 1000 yard rushing the year before(1976), received a round black circle blurb about rushing for 1000 yards. Van Eeghen ran for 1000 yards the year before but for some reason the notation on the front of his card was missing. He was the only 1000 yard rushers missing one. This card with straight line of sight view gives the card an added dimension. The extra added bonus: Mud - Mark’s arm is covered with mud which is also on his uniform. All these factors make this the greatest Football Card of the 1970s.
It looks like LC Greenwood has just tackled Larry Csonka while Joe Greene and John Rowser look on. There is a lot of stuff going on in this card. I am wondering if this is the continuation to the play on the Csonka (1972 in action)card. Probably not but it might be. Here again, you have a lot of green going on in the back ground with about 1/3 of the goal post visible. You don’t get these type of shots on today’s cards and it was incredibly rare back then.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
A recent post about Jim Kiick on Johngy’s Beat, made me think about his (this) card and in turn gave me the inspiration to create these posts for the greatest Football Cards of the 1970s.
I know, years later collectors would complain that Topps had too many cards of players just sitting around on the bench, However, none of them ever looked like this. Draped around his shoulder was the Blue/Green/Teal Dolphin colors warm up jacket. Not many times has a warm up jacket figured so prominently on card to enhance the look of the card. But this one does. The sight angle/sight view on this card is also perfect as you can see the fans in the stand in the back ground.
A Jail Break. The Rams were a great team in the early 1970s, led by their Defense. This card captures all of this. This card has a lot of things going including a couple of Bears hitting the ground. This card has Isaiah Robertson, Jack Youngblood and Merlin Olsen on it and Merlin Olsen is featured prominently on the card. That was hard to do.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Dignified. Portrait. Painting. Classy. These are the words that describe this card. This was card number one in the 1970 set. The first football card of the 1970s was almost the best card. Dawson just came off a Super Bowl victory over the Vikings. This was the first year Topps was not allowed to use NFL Logos so they made a great portrait design to hide that fact. This is almost like a glamour shot. Leading by his chin with his hair combed, Dawson looks like a Super Bowl winning QB.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Who? The fact that Joe Namath after 1973 did not give Topps permission to use his image on their cards and the fact he got hurt so much gave chances to other players to appear on cards. Another great action shot like Lee, this one shows a lot more mud and grass plus an oncoming pass rusher. It is also of note that Jones is an African American QB. I think he was the second African American QB to appear on a Topps card.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
This is one of the best action shots on a football card in the 1970s. You got guys falling over in front of him and in back of him, giving this card kind of a 3-D type image. The blurriness of the player’s knee in front of Lee invokes your imagination to see things that are going on around Lee at this time that are not shown on the card.
Monday, January 16, 2012
O.K., he who was famous at this time and became infamous later on. But this card is so great, first it is odd seeing him not in a Bills uniform but also Topps did a great job on this card. In the 1970s, Topps could not show NFL logo’s but the way this half body shot of Simpson wearing a 49er helmet gives you no doubt that this is a 49ers uniform. This card did not need the logo for you to easily figure out who he played for.
I have already featured this card in an earlier post, saying this was Namath’s most iconic card. This is one of the first sports cards ever made with a personality. How can anyone argue against that stocking cap with almost his whole first name JOE on it.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
While I do not like horizontal photos on my football cards I have to give this card its due. It shows Csonka in the open field with Palm Trees and all kind of vegetation in the background. It also has Steelers Andy Russell and Mike Wagner in the picture trying to make a tackle. It was these type of in action cards from the 1972 set that paved the way for Fleer to make player less identified team action cards a few years later.
The son of former 1960 World Champion Pirates Pitcher Vernon Law. Vance is in a posed batting stance for this spring training shot. Law lives in Utah and attended Brigham Young University.
Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow, was a big song by Wiz Kalifa last year. Here we have the original Black and Yellow uniforms of the Pirates as they are playing the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
What I saw yesterday was total domination by Vernon Davis, Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski. These guys are beasts, monsters, destroyers on the football field. These guys are dominating on the field like I have never seen before.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Closer, Closer, Closer. The photo of Lopez shows most of his upper body and goes until almost the top of his cap. Splittorrff’s photo is a closer shot which just show his upper shoulders and part of his chest region. The photographer in Leal’s photo got even closer as he gets Leal from the top of the cap to his lower neck region.
All three of these cards also give clear background shots. Interesting Back Facts Aurelio was nickname Senor Smoke
If you would compare Madlock's 1982 Donruss card with his 1982 Topps and Fleer cards, you would see that something is missing. On his Donruss 1982 card Mad Dog has, at least to my count, 8 stars showing up on his batting cap. On his Topps and Fleer cards there are no stars (which were given out by Willie STARgell) on his cap. He also appears on a batting leader card in Topps set with a cap on but with no stars. I am guessing that the photo on the 1982 Donruss card was taken in 1979 or 1980. I don't think Willie Stargell gave out stars to players in 1981.