Category Archives: Blogs

Cards That Never Were and Topps Bunt

It’s time to restart the blogging engine.

This post is indirectly related to 1975. It’s about the Cards That Never Were blog that I follow. It houses custom/concept cards including some that resemble the 1975 set.

Today the Topps Bunt app announced card designs from the CTNW blog. Whatever you feel about collecting cards on the app, I think this bit of news is pretty cool.

Update: the blog’s author now wrote about this

Needless to say, these are popular. Below is the announcement and all the cards.

 

This is the award card you get for completing the set:

Blog Inspirations: A Cracked Bat and 1991 Petro Canada

I didn’t expect to be away from writing for so long, but sometimes life throws you curveballs.

Luckily this isn’t a paid gig so any pressure to produce content is solely my own. I’ve gotten over feeling forced to post often. That keeps this a fun hobby and not a drag. I write because I like it and if someone reads and comments, that’s icing (and I like that too). Anyways…

Two things happened during this time and they’re both related to Julie from A Cracked Bat blog. Thing one is she was nice and posted a welcome comment on a blog I started on Blogger earlier this year (and also put on hold).

The reason I read baseball card blogs is it leads to inspiration and discovery. So thing two is Julie wrote a post about getting some cards in the mail. These included Petro Canada oddballs that really caught my eye – they’re 3D pop outs. How cool is that?

I checked COMC and they had a bunch (see 1991 Petro-Canada All Star FanFest Stand-Ups). They’re not super cheap but also not that expensive (except for players with a single card for sale, which are hit by limited supply price distortion).

So I tagged a George Brett on my watch list to mull it over. But eventually I had a flash of insight about how I could really fit one into my collection: a 1975 tribute card.

The back of Carlton Fisk’s card has this one-liner: “Hit dramatic game winning  HR in ’75 World Series against Cincinnati” – it’s an important one-liner. Plus it’s Carlton Fisk in 3-D! So I clicked buy and the rest is history.

I haven’t brought myself to convert it into 3-D mode so if you want to see one opened up, that’s a good reason to meander over to Julie’s post that started this.

I also wasn’t able to find much about these cards until I hit a dormant blog’s post. Apparently these were handed out at the 1991 All Star Game in Toronto (now the name of this series makes sense).

Thanks Julie for your blog, I really enjoy reading it!

1991 Petro-Canada 007 1991 Petro-Canada 007b

 

The Blogs: NightOwlCards

I started reading card blogs recently and Night Owl Cards was the first (strong ’75 card connection). At some point it became a mission to read the entire blog from post #1.

The goal was to catchup up on card collecting over the past 7 years through a blogger’s experiences. I set aside other reading material and focused on that blog. It took almost 3 weeks to finish. At some point it reminded me of completing a set – just two more years of posts to read…

One of my favorite post categories is the Best of the 70’s, which shows all (or some) of a player’s 70’s cards. I had thought of doing something similar but will never have enough cards. So I’m glad he’s writing these (I think we need some more, I only found two last year, and one mini version this year – updated 8/4/15: added Lou Brock).

I’ve compiled a list so I can easily refer back to them. Maybe they’ll be useful for you too:

Lou Brock (7/28/2015)

Boog Powell (1/25/2015) – sort of a mini version with 3 cards

Frank Tanana (7/30/2014)

Hal McRae (8/20/2014)

Vida Blue (8/26/2013)

Carlton Fisk (2/19/2013)

Luis Tiant (9/21/2012)

Pedro Borbon (4/29/2012)

Dock Ellis (1/3/2012)

Oscar Gamble (6/10/2011)

Tom Seaver (3/14/2011)

Roy White (10/20/2010)

Jim Palmer (7/27/2010)

Carl Yastrzemski (5/19/2010)

George Scott (3/19/2010)

Jerry Reuss (1/27/2010)

Don Sutton (11/19/2009)

Manny Sanguillen (10/8/2009)

Reggie Jackson (9/2/2009) – subset of 3 cards

George Foster (8/12/2009)

Johnny Bench (8/5/2009)