Monday, February 20, 2017

A Thank You Post #2

The cards featured in today's post come courtesy of Jim (GCRL) of cards as i see them, who has by far, added more buybacks to the frankenset build than anyone else, myself included.

I feel like at this point I should go back and find out how many Jim has provided, and add a counter of some sort on the side of the blog. This package alone, saw 30 more being added to the set.

Going from oldest to newest, means starting with my favorite first. Not only is this my third of fourth '59 in the set so far, but it is also now the pinkest card in the set. It was kind of neat to see that Mr. Constable was born only about three hours east of my newly adopted home.

This Don Wert has certainly seen better days, no worries though, Mr. Wert is still a welcome addition to the set.

This card not only marks the first time Gary Neibauer has made an appearance in the set, but it's also Julio Navarro's (#36) first as well.

I wasn't familiar with Steve Braun in the least, and Considering he spent 15 years in the bigs, I don't know how that was possible. I should have at least been aware of him if only because he was a member of the Mariners during their 1977 inaugural season, which also saw him play career high 139 games that season. I guess it's good thing my Mariners fan card expired, and wasn't renewed a few years back now, otherwise it probably would have been revoked. Steve Braun also happens to be #12 on the all-time pinch hits list with 113.

I think there is some kind of unwritten card show rule, that no matter what size, all boxes of vintage cards must contain at least one Gates Brown! Interestingly enough, I saw that he too was on that all-time pinch hits list at #15 with 107.

[Editorial note: This is where two more 73's (Chris Chambliss and Oscar Gamble) were supposed to be, but I accidently deleted the photo before I could load it. So consider them here in spirit]

Skip Jutze was also a member of the Mariners '77 inaugural team, which I already knew, however I wasn't aware that he provided the Franchise's first ever grand slam. He hit it off Rudy May on 4/17/77 in a 10-2 win over Baltimore at the Kingdome, it's even more impressive if you consider that up to that point, he had only amassed two home runs in his previous five seasons.

"Sometimes that Campanis, he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. Y'know the thing about a Campanis, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'... until he bites ya. And those black eyes roll over white, and then... oh, then you hear that terrible high-pitch screamin', the ocean turns red, and spite of all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces."

I think before these three, I only had two 75's in the set.

Is it just me, or do John Ellis and Glenn Adams look like they could almost be twins? Same nose, cheeks, lines under the eyes, eyes are pretty similar, and same eyebrows. I imagine if they had been posed similarly, it would be even more pronounced.

Larry Gura is another one of those guys that I always seem to come across cards of.

I didn't know that Rick Reuschel had a brother that played as well. No offense to Paul, but he looks like he would have been more at home in the PBA.

Thanks again, Jim. This set build wouldn't be nearly as far long as it is without all of your assistance.

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.


  1. so many Tigers there. Glad they have a good home! Jim is a generous fellow!

    1. I don't know if it's a good home, but it is a home. And I can certainly attest to Jim's generosity.

  2. What I love most about this post is that I only knew three of the names.

    1. Now I feel guilty for not taking more time to add some info on more of the guy's featured in the post. But then again, just what's here took far longer to put together than it should have.

  3. I love that Paul Reuchel card. He looks like the least athletic person in the MLB based on that photo.

  4. Glad you like the cards. And keep in mind that reuschel was 31 when that photo was taken. He and the Perry brothers confuse me when I look at their cards from the mid to late 70's.

    1. For some reason I never look at how old player's are, or were, when looking at their cards. I think the only time I ever recall doing so, was the first time I saw Don Mossi's '66 Topps card.