Wednesday, February 19, 2020

FRENCH'S - Mustard to My Hot Dog

Here I am talking about hot dogs again. Surely it has nothing to do with the diet I began last month.  I don't recall when I last ate a tasty all-beefer on a bun. Summer time perhaps. The bright yellow mustard is fine enough but my preference leans toward spicy brown.

French conjures many images. Eiffel Tower. Notre-Dame. Napoleon. Bull Dogs. Brigette Bardot. Wait. What?

Oui, Oui, Brigette?

This past October, the other  French icon and hero Kevin Papoy, sent a mailer as a reminder he still thinks of me. Kevin has been blog-absent for sometime now, leading a busy life across the ocean.  With all he has going on, Kevin still felt sorry for these homeless cards. I'm a great foster parent.



Here's something new! My first 1986 True Value cards. Still sealed. With a 30 card checklist, the possibilities aren't endless but could include Nolan Ryan, Ripken and Sandberg. Each plays a large part in my collection. There are several HOFers in this set. I like the design well enough. They would look nice, side by side in a binder. This one will remain with my Whitakers. Now were I to rip it up, the contents would look something like this:

Yes, I do not own this photo. 

More oddities include these Fielders, both new to me. One from the Shanks Collection, the other Metz Baking. I wonder if they make hot dog buns?





How about these great additions to my build-a-bat collection? My best guess is that I'm still short 809,027 pieces - and one bat knob.


2001 FLEER SHOWCASE - STICK IT


2001 UD GAME-USED PP


Holy Hall of Fame, Batman! I have a real dilemma here! Both of these fine gentlemen are PCs. Perhaps it's better to add this to the catcher binder, after I take the wood chips off of course.  You can't imagine the splinters these things give me.


Here's a nice card to remind me Nick is no longer a Tiger or a Cub. It also serves as a reminder to scan cards in the future. There was a good  reason for taking pictures at the time.  Perhaps I was feeling a bit paresseuse. Look that up, if you're not too lazy.

Psst. Nick. NICHOLAS! Behind you...


How did I find myself thrown into 90's nostalgia? When I began collecting in 93, I was a full-bleed snob. White borders were banished from my collection.  How I miss the borders I never took time to appreciate.  There aren't many late 80s and early 90s bordered cards I feel a need to own. There are exceptions:1995 Topps Cyberstats. I have a crazy notion to pull this set together. All were added to my wantlist on TCDB.  Go there now and make my every wish come true. I find the foiled fronts appealing, with photos ripped from pages of history.  Dramatic?  Indeed.  It's the lack of sugar in my diet. 




[While composing this brilliant piece of literature, I found the font size fluctuating between eye-sore large and squinter's type. Blogger finds me intimidating.  I've increased the font size which appears normal in the preview. Please know if it's overly large, I am not yelling.]  I will however, yell THANK YOU to Kevin. 

France has given us many memorable gifts. Lady Liberty comes to mind immediately. But there was one other woman...
















35 comments:

  1. Oui Oui for sure. Got to love the oddballs!

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    1. I feel safe in the company of oddballs. They're my kind. </8^p

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  2. Like...........

    https://youtu.be/rL8Dj5xOjm0

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    1. a new Pretenders song - new to me. Bardot! Nice to see you out in public,JJ!

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  3. I despised mustard for a long time, but for whatever reason I've warmed to it lately -- far cry from the days I used to get my burgers, hot dogs, etc. plain, nothing on them. Have no idea what set that Cecil Fielder "Home Run Derby" is from but I like it quite a bit.

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    1. I love mustard too much, mainly on hot dogs. Fielder is from 1990 Shanks Collection. First time I've ever seen one of these.

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  4. The first thing this post made me think of is that "scandalous" late '60s song Serge Gainsbourg wrote for Bardot.

    Mustard rules!



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    1. Mayo has it's place - but NOT on a hot dog! I took a listen to Serge. Couldn't find a good translation. Knowing it's scandalous was enough to peek my interest. lol.

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  5. My brother likes to eat mustard sandwiches. That is, a hot dog bun with mustard, but no hot dog. He will even buy buns but no dogs specifically to do this. I find it gross, as I am not a fan of mustard. The Crosley ad catches my eye. The Crosley company of course is well known as being the first to light a baseball stadium, but my interest is in the cars they produced from the 1930s through 50s.

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    1. well, that's different. I ate butter sandwiches as kid. My arteries began solidifying at a young age. I share your love of cars, 40s & 50s in particular.

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  6. Awesome post! As the Pretenders put it,

    "Oh it's good, good, good
    Like Brigitte Bardot"

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    1. Thanks BBC! I'll have to actually watch a Bardot film now. So many to choose from.

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  7. Mon dieu. Paresseuse? Contrary to its definition, you certainly upped your game with this post. Well done.

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  8. When it comes to hotdogs, I'm more of a ketchup, onions, jalapenos, and relish kind of guy. But I do enjoy spicy mustard with my soft pretzels.

    By the way, do you really want random game-used bat cards? If so, I can help you out.

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    1. none of these topping will ever find their way into my hot dog bun. I do enjoy jalepenos on a burger, and pizza. Thanks for the offer Fuji! I love to joke about my build-a-bat collection. I do wonder how many chips it would take to recreate a full-size bat. More fun than talking about my build-a-bears!

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  9. I'm with Fuji - ketchup, onions, and jalapenos are my preferred hot dog toppings! I've never seen those True Value cards before - very cool indeed!

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    1. well, i might put jalapenos on a hot dog. just never tried it. I love chili and cheese too, when they're options. I think I need to find a complete set of the TVs.

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  10. Good stuff. Chili cheese dogs are the ultimate way to eat hot dogs in my opinion. Otherwise, just ketchup for me.

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    1. Hey Gavin! I like 'em messy too. No ketchup though, ever.

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  11. I love those True Value oddballs! The bat relics look great too. In my opinion bat relics > jersey relics.

    Nice stuff!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I never gave much thought to one over the other. I think it depends on the chip quality [thin? color?] vs plain gray or white swatch. Is it me, or do we see fewer bat pieces these days in comparison to jersey relics? I enjoy some of the old stadium seat relics with paint.

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    2. Seat relics would be fun. Ticket relics too. Although I am not sure if they actually print tickets anymore...

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    3. Never thought I'd see the day tickets were app only. It creates a problem for our older population but perhaps frees up seating for others. I should be nice. One day not so far into the future, I'll be one of those elders.

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  12. Damn, beaten twice by my intended Pretenders reference. "Message Of Love" is one of my favorites by Chrissie and the boys.

    I pulled one of those "Shanks Collections" cards out of a repack years ago... The only thing I could figure out about it was that it was an unlicensed "Broder".

    Spicy brown over yellow every day of the week, but relish is my go-to hot dog condiment.


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    1. Shlabby, I live in a dark hole. A song I find relatively obscure is someone what well-known!! Shanks are well-done unlicensed gems. Broder = great dog name. My tastes are probably too simple. Pickles in any form, don't belong on my hot dog.

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  13. I think I will have a couple of hot dogs for lunch. Mustard and relish added. Nothing else. Great post. Thanks.

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    1. are hot dogs for breakfast ok? This thread has my tummy growling!!!

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  14. Of all the products they could have gone with, True Value chose a food waste disposer unit for the back of that baseball card package? Seems odd. But then again, disposers did seem to be a popular item for the kitchen in the 1980s, so maybe it makes sense.

    (As for hot dog condiments, I'm also from the no-ketchup school. Either spicy brown or yellow mustard is okay by me. But spicy brown is choice #1.)

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    1. yay for another spicy brown!! These cards were printed with at least two different ads. It does make me wonder how many there were. Perhaps one was a bbq grill?

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    2. If I find one featuring a BBQ grill -- complete with hot dogs cooking on top -- I know who to send it to.

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  15. Have you ever put mustard on a fried chicken sandwich with cheese...oh yeah, it hits the spot

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    1. Can't say that I have. Original Chick-fil-a is my fave chick sandwich. After removing the pickles, I add mayo and enjoy. Never thought to try it with mustard. I'll have to give that a taste!

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  16. I'm sorry, what was this post about? I couldn't understand any of the words after Brigette Bardot :)

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    1. Bardot steals my thunder. Have a few of her films in your collection by chance?

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