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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)