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Cool Site O' The Day
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 5/1/2007 8:46:00 AM
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Kind of a cool site here. This guy embarked on a project to get all of the 660 cards in his 1983 Fleer set autographed. He's about halfway there. He posts the autographed cards by month, and, if you collected baseball cards in the early '80s, it's kinda fun taking a stroll down the memory basepaths.

There's everyone from Hall of Famers like Gaylord Perry (posted 8/06) to the long-forgotten like Alan Knicely (7/06). He has the other Randy Johnson (11/06), the deceased Dan Quisenberry (6/06) and what might be my favorite baseball name, John Wockenfuss (10/06). He even has a "Super Special Star" checklist card signed by Bowie Kuhn (9/06). (I always felt jobbed when I opened a pack of cards only to find a "checklist" inside.)

I'd forgotten how popular facial hair (Jeff Reardon, 6/06) and glasses (Vance Law, 8/06) were back then. I was also somewhat surprised (though I'm not sure why because it figures) how many future managers came out of that era. Guys like Ron Washington, Mike Hargrove, Ron Gardenhire, Phil Garner, Terry Francona, Ned Yost. There's also fired managers like Dusty Baker, Larry Bowa, Glenn Hoffman and Art Howe.

Worth taking a gander at while sipping the morning coffee.


Comments....

I remember spending a good chunk of my allowance on 83 Fleer Ron Kittle and Wade Boggs cards that year. At least I was 50% correct back then.
Posted by vtadave at 5/1/2007 9:52:00 AM
 
Too bad they ruined trading cards by having literally (not kidding) 300 sets per year. It was fun when there 1 or 3 a year.
Posted by schoenke at 5/1/2007 12:41:00 PM
 
no doubt Peter...I used to get the Topps set every year on day 1. I was ok with Donruss and Upper Deck issuing competing sets, but all this series 1, series 2, gold, gold chrome, etc. is ridiculous now.
Posted by vtadave at 5/1/2007 3:35:00 PM
 
Last year, as part of a bachelor party (yeah, we're nerds I know), a friend of mine bought 24 cases of cards. Not the complete sets mind you, but the dealer boxes that had individual packs in them.

We spent the better part of two hours opening package after package of mid-80's baseball cards. If I recall correctly, the only card worth any value that we might get was a Griffey Jr Fleer form '87 or '88 (I never was big into baseball cards, but the bachelor and several of the other attendees were). At one point, a couple of people even attempted to eat the 20+ year old gum. If you happen upon a pack of cards from 1985, I recommend leaving the gum alone.

I don't have anything to add (other than Clint Hurdle to the list of then-players, now managers), but thought the story was amusing.
Posted by iceguy at 5/2/2007 1:03:00 PM
 

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