Sunday, September 13, 2020

A Wise Owl Who Gives a Hoot

 I don't trade often with Strigiformes but when I do, it's Night Owl. Most owls are nocturnal raptors. Our writer/collector friend is likely not descended from a feathered family but I haven't seen him. My guess is no.  If he were, I wouldn't cast judgement.  I loved the movie "Ladyhawke" as a teen.  Mr. Owl sent a fine cardboard assortment this summer, clearing cards off my wantlist. Set help, vintage and wax cartoons; all are equally appreciated!

Chipping away at 2010 History of the World Series:

This could be blasphemy to some hardcore A&G collectors -  I am not a Ginter fan. Collective gasp. I haven't purchased more than a few blasters ever, never a hobby box and nothing in the past three years. There is however, an insert set most every year that appeals to me and I always enjoy player minis. These were all on my list: 2010 Cobb gold mini, 2017 What-a-Days and 2019 Ginter Greats.




Hey kiddos! Which one doesn't belong? Not that he wasn't great in his day, Orel was needed to fill a binder spot in my 1995 SP Championship October Legends subset.  Greats has bats which sucked me right in.  The WADs checklist is broad and design uber colorful. I likes 'em!  I like vintage too - hoot doesn't?

1967, 1975 and 1956.  The team card is outstanding!! Mickey and A-Rod are clean and colorful! Purple and pink are my fave color combo from 75 Topps.




1979 Cartoons! Is it any wonder LeFlore stole 68 bases? Ron's led a difficult life. It would appear his struggles continue.  When I read the first cartoon, the horrible person in me said "the ball is dead and so is Rusty."  Rusty owned a couple of Manhattan restaurants later in life. The 73rd Street location held an annual rib-eating contest won in 1980 by this young actress.


I was a shy, naive young teen in 79. Collecting then would have soothed my troubled soul. Introverted and afraid of the world, I had no idea baseball cards existed. This may be difficult for any lifetime collector to believe. It's never too late to have fun so here I am! 

Thanks Night Owl! Oooo, you DO have feathers!




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ROUND FOUR VOTING BEGINS NOW!

Who among you loves 80s nostalgia? Who among you ever said their favorite sets of 1989 were Topps and Score? WHO?  I'm honestly not sure where these sets land in popular majority. 

Candidate A is a shared ticket. Each suffers poor self-esteem, all these years later. Together, running mates Topps and Score hope to win your vote. They bring you warm memories of the Bash Brothers and Nolan Ryan. Topps' checklist is 792 cards long.  Score 660 cards!  Who wouldn't want to own a Nelson Santovenia rookie card?

CANDIDATE A  two boxes of wax pack glory:



TOPPS BOX BOTTOM


                 


Before you allow thoughts of sweet-smelling Topps gum to take over your senses and sweep you back to 1989, you may want to stop in 1993 for a look around. Donruss came to the game with white borders and sweet inserts. As years passed, base cards were buried in nickel boxes and inserts forgotten; replaced with shiny, prizm-y, refractory, fancy colored foils. Well people, 1993 is back.  If the simply designed base cards don't tickle you in the right places, maybe a  look at the inserts will. Diamond Kings, Spirit of the Game and Elites are all possibilities. 

CANDIDATE B needs no running mate.  Series One:



One tough card! I no longer own Alomar but it took a full case to pull!



Diamond Kings need no introduction:



Spirit of the Game themed front/back:




Traditional rules recap:



Review the rules, make your choice and vote!




1977 - Video Cheese

52 comments:

  1. Those Canadian hackers are at it again... Foreign interference.. lol
    B.
    While I really like both sets and am really only collecting 89 Topps out of all three of these, 93 Donruss is really nice design wise.

    I'm not really a fan of Ginter either. I've found the odd insert I like, but finding the actual cards is rather difficult.

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    1. Hey Mike! I think B is gonna win this round but we shall see. You are invited to check out this Pick Pocket edition too. Head over to see if there are 9 cards to your liking. It's my way to 'pay'for your vote! ;)

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  2. I'll go with B. But either way, I would be super happy. I am hoping to have a ton of unopened junk wax by 2038, when my brother and I hope to sit down and break a bunch open!

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    1. DK - what's the speical date - a 50 year marker - or just long drawn out sarcasm? lol!

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    2. I turn 65 then! Retirement... will only be 15 years away!!

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    3. Perhaps these cards will be worth a fortune by then. At 45 years, they would be vintage. lol.

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  3. 1993 Donruss is vastly underrated in my opinion so that gets my vote. As for Ginter, I love it but I understand why others don't. I also must say that Topps is slowly but surely deviating further and further away from what originally made Ginter great (in my mind at least). Five more years and I may no longer care about the set either if it keeps going the way of only pop stars / product placement for the non-baseball inclusions.

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    1. Topps' catering to new collectors perhaps, with pop stars. Looking over the checklist, it's safe to say I don't know most of them. Five years is quite generous o you. LOL. Vote for B noted. Thanks for participating!

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  4. Cool, I'm actually around this time to vote! I'll go with A. I was two years into collecting that this point, and I was only buying Topps, so Score plus possible new-to-me Topps cards wins it.

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    1. I'm surprised by the vote numbers rolling in for A. Hey, did you ever receive your last round of Pick Pockets? It's been well over two weeks since these were mailed.

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  5. Voting on A. I’ve always been more quantity over quality

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    1. Jeremy, there's twice as many of packs to rip. Your 'A' vote is noted. I miss 36 pack boxes!

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  6. Nice pickups from Night Owl, congrats! I especially like those Topps inserts and the '75 Topps card. That's a tough choice between A and B. I still need to inventory both '89 sets in my collection so I'll go with A.

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    1. Topps and Score thank you for your vote. Who'd ever guess them to share a ticket in support of one another? 1975 Topps gave us some great color combos.

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  7. Voting for Candidate A.

    May B's arrogance prove costly, like ignoring Wisconsin.

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    1. B reassessing campaign as A is on the heels of a win.

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  8. I think I have to go with the year I have, by far, fewer cards from.

    B

    Although if I didn't already have that George Brett box bottom, the box on its own might have carried the day.

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  9. I wish to register my disappointment... A post about an "owl" and "give a hoot" and yet I don't see a single reference to Woodsy Owl and "Give a hoot, don't pollute". Harrumph!

    For me, Allen & Ginter is like Will Ferrell movies... Both are OK, but I've never understood why they're so popular (oooh, I can feel the outrage already).

    I found out earlier today that Mickey Lolich had a speaking part in a 1977 movie called "The Incredible Melting Man".

    I'll vote "B". I like 1993 Donruss more than I did in 1993, and I dislike 1989 Topps more than I did in 1989.

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    1. I may have done a Woodsy Owl long ago for Night O. Tootsie Pop I most certainly did. "Elf" is the only Ferrell movie I like. Never was a fan, even in his SNL days. Lolich, a movie star? I'll check this out! 1993 is pulling ahead!

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  10. That Cobb gold mini is terrific! Old-timers like him just look better on the A&G design.

    Also, voting B because '93 Donruss has grown on me a lot over the last few years.

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    1. I do like Ginter old-timers. Unfortunately, they're usually short-printed. Grrr. Donruss is finally getting some love!

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  11. Woooooooooooo or rather whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy has Orel Hershiser never appeared in an Allen & Ginter insert set?????

    Early '90s Donruss gives me horrible flashbacks.

    Even though I know it won't win, and I still have entirely too much '89 Topps, I'm voting for A, just for the '89 Score.

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    1. Too many good players are missing from Ginter. Always the same old fellas making the checklist. We need an updated edition of Fan Favorites. A running mate brings home the vote! Whoooooo says you won't win?

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  12. Mr. Williams keeps beating me to the comments. Oh well... he screwed up and forgot to place his vote. Mine? I'll go with B. 1993 Donruss. Who doesn't want a chance at pulling an Elite card?

    P.S. 1979 Topps Comics are awesome! Night Owl hooked it up.

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    1. I though an Elite opp tempting. Expected Donruss to wipe out the team from 89. Mr. Williams was sent packing.

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  13. That team card is really great, although now I kind of wish I hadn't seen it, as I might need three copies for player collections, and I'm guessing that one is going to be hard enough to get, let alone three.

    Am I eligible to vote? I haven't done so yet. I'm not really a fan of any of those sets, but like Fuji said, how could one resist the opportunity to pull an Elite. So I guess if I can, I'm voting for B. I'm curious to know how it is that you've been able to resist opening that box?

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    1. You are absolutely eligible. Only takes one vote to win the Ballot Box in November. I've struggled to keep this box sealed. I know what a tough pull Elites are, even numbered at 10,000. Donruss cleared a forest in 93. If there's an Elite in this box, I'll kick myself later. It would be fun to see a pal pull one though.

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  14. I'll vote B. 1993 was when I graduated high school, so I was already pulling away from hobby stuff at that point. I opened some packs that year because I was curious about the Marlins/Rockies thing that was happening, but not tons.

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    1. Thanks for voting! More opportunities ahead! Good luck.

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  15. 1993 Donruss is an underrated set but the box bottoms are pushing me to vote "A". I clicked the link on LeFlore - that's too bad. Lou Brock was in a similar situation before he died. Sad irony of these one-time speedsters losing their legs.

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    1. Box bottoms - who knew it could lead to a swing vote? Love it! Sad irony, so true. How could that not be in their thoughts, and often?

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  16. B it is. I have always liked the Diamond Kings. Thanks for the chance to interfere. I also learned a new word. Strigiformes.

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    1. Sweet! I love new words. Your picks are in the mail today :)

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  17. I'm voting for A! The 1989 Topps design is underrated and Score was always a favorite with those mini-bios on the back!

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    1. Another vote for the insecure candidates. They are getting more love than I expected.

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  18. Brooke Shields won a rib-eating contest? As if the high-school dudes weren't in love with her already. I mean, there must be about two dozen rib bones in that bowl. Sheesh.

    As for my vote, I'm going with Candidate A -- partly for the nostalgia, and partly for the sheer number of wax packs.

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    1. maybe the ribs were from a tiny pig? I found it humorous enough to share. Another vote for quantity and nostalgia. Do collectors really like 89 TOPPS/Score? I'm sure these were fun back in 89. I have to wonder how many boxes it took to complete a set.

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  19. I vote for B) 1993 Donruss is quite possibly my favorite Donruss set ever, and the Diamond Kings do help - but they were largely unchanged from the 1992 inserts. There's just something sharp about that white-bordered design after all that blandness (especially 1988 and 1990-'92)

    Night Owl sent you some great stuff, that '56 Tigers team card is fantastic!

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    1. NO's package was packed with goodness. Thanks for voting, Chris! 93 Donruss was my first rip. I'm still drawn to it but somehow managed to keep this box sealed.

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  20. 1. Nice haul from Nigh Owl. Always nice to get vintage in the mail.
    2. I only like the non-baseball in Ginter. Less of that this year makes it a snore. Also upset that Topps couldn't get Alyssa Nakken into the Checklist.
    3. Tough voting choice. Heart says 89 Topps/Score since I like those sets better. Head says 1993 Donruss since I already have complete sets of the 1989s. I'll take the 1993s and CHOICE B. Not my favorite design but not a set I have a lot of even now.

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    1. 93 is worth the rip if only for the Elite hunt! Thanks for voting Nick!

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  21. Is there really any question here that our second candidate is a walk away winner and gets my vote

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    1. 1989 rec'd way more votes than expected. Thanks for voting. I still need your email address. :)

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  22. VOTING IS CLOSED - THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!

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