Numbers continue to interest me, although not to the degree of a lot of people out there. I tend to zone out when people get deep into baseball statistics or start going into any type of "formula."
But collecting cards based on a single number? That's fascinating. If you haven't been following Spike Glidden's No. 5 Type Collection blog, in which he documents his wide variety of cards featuring "5" on the back (or sometimes the front), please do. It's always interesting. About my only complaint is every time I go to the blog, I come away humming this. And that's not really his fault.
Besides, Mr. Glidden recently sent me some way cool Dodger cards. Full of love for his fellow collectors, he held a Valentine's Day giveaway. The cards I received were all over the place, from run-of-the-mill last year's Topps to stuff I never knew existed.
And you get to see some of it! It's your lucky day!
won't be issuing OPC this year. For me, that was about the best thing from Upper Deck last year. Fortunately, the stores still have plenty of packs, and yes, I'm still buying them.
As you can imagine, several of the cards that Spike sent were No. 5 in the set. Among those were these cards:
Someone likes to collect cards of players featuring a lot of bats. Mr. Hodges has nine of them. The "lots of bats" photo seems to be a 1950s trend.
But how many have this particular front?
OK, that does it for the No. 5 cards, but there are two cards left. The first card is one of those cards with the wacky backs.
That's key, because this is the back of the card:
I don't know what this card is, other than it was printed in 1977. But the great part is it depicts Dodger pitchers Burleigh Grimes, Dazzy Vance, Van Lingle Mungo and Watty Clark during spring training in 1937 in Clearwater, Fla.
Mungo was a pitcher for the Dodgers at the time. The other guys had all retired recently -- Grimes in 1934, Vance in '35 and Clark in '37. The pre-1940s Dodgers don't get a lot of attention, partly because it was so long ago and partly because most of the teams stunk, but it's nice to see four fine pitchers all in one place.
I really did enjoy opening this package. What a great collection of cards. Check out the No. 5 blog. It's like a museum.