(You have reached the end of Cardboard Appreciation Week. I hope you have enjoyed the variety of cards displayed in the past week. I tried to mix them up as there are so many different cards worth honoring. And, here for one last time -- until next week -- is Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 153rd in a series):
Wow ... another card with a monstrous title. I've got to keep my collecting to pre-1990s issues.
Unfortunately, that's not going to happen anytime soon. Because I am adding another insert series to my addiction.
I used to steer clear of insert series. They didn't interest me (most of them still don't) and I viewed them simply as a money grab by card companies (I still do). But I've lightened up a little bit, probably because Topps has found my weaknesses.
First it came out with tales of the game, and then it came out with glow-in-the-dark night cards, and then it came out with '75-style minis. And now I'm so addicted to certain insert sets that only a darkened room and a morphine drip will cure me.
The latest quest is the 2004 Topps Anniversary of the Fall Classic set. I thought this set was fascinating the instant I pulled this particular card out of a pack in '04 (one of only a handful I bought that year). World Series program covers have always interested me -- so much so that I sent away for the programs when the Dodgers were in the World Series in the late '70s, back when I was a kid.
Some may consider the set boring, because it doesn't feature a player. But I like it because it celebrates history, period art and memorabilia. Good stuff.
I have only four cards in the set (six if you count the two in my Dodgers collection). I have no idea how many cards are in the set -- 100, I'm guessing? -- but I know I have some work to do. I recently tried to pick up the 1950 World Series card off of Listia, but because I don't live my life around my computer, I missed out on it in the final hour or so.
I don't have a want list up, but I'll get to it. Throw me your cards if you don't like them.
Truthfully, I'm a little scared to take on this challenge. The card displayed here was the most difficult card to scan that I have ever encountered in my three-plus years of doing this. In fact, there is now a little nick at the top of the card suffered during my frustration with my scanner (my scanner makes me want to torch orphanages).
But I will press on, because ... well, because card collecting beats the bloomers off whacking a little white ball all over a freakishly green lawn for four hours.
Long live the best hobby of all-time.