Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Awesome night card, pt. 164 (plus, a new impossible collection quest)


This is a card from the terrific 1978 TCMA set, "The 1960s." I received it from Dime-Box Nick, and the gesture has me half interested in chasing this set.

Not only was it issued during a period when I was a youngster engrossed in every last baseball card issue -- there weren't a lot of them in the 1970s -- but it covers a period of time in baseball that's always been a mystery to me, 1960-69.

It's not as much a mystery as the 1930s or 1910s or 1880s, mind you, but this is the '60s we're talking about here. I was BORN in the '60s. I should know something more about the guys who played baseball then, shouldn't I?

A lot of this is my fault, of course, obsessing over '70s and '80s dudes while also trying madly to keep up with what's taking place on the diamond today. But a lot of it is other folks' fault, too. When people bring up baseball in the '60s, what do you always hear?

Sandy Koufax. Bob Gibson. Roberto Clemente. Carl Yastrzemski. Miracle Mets. Brooks Robinson. Frank Robinson. Maris and Mantle. Bill Mazeroski. Hank. Willie. The Killer. Don Drysdale. Juan Marichal. Denny McLain and 30 games. McCovey. Santo. Young Seaver and young Bench.

All of these people and things, of course, are very worthy and deserving of telling and re-telling. But there are a lot of guys from this decade that excelled -- for long and short periods of time -- who you never hear about anymore.

And I'm not just referring to players like Tony Oliva or Dick Allen, players who many have tagged as overlooked.

I'm referring to Joe Adcock.

That's the person who is in the photo on that card.

You had know idea, did you?

That's how little I hear about the guy.

People aren't even making fun of his name, for crying out loud.

He's like a nonentity on the baseball blogs.

To be fair, Adcock was more of a 1950s guy, one of the key figures on the late '50s Milwaukee Braves teams that reached the World Series in back-to-back years. But you don't  hear about him even in those terms. It's all Aaron, Mathews, Spahn and Burdette.

This is why I want more of these TCMA '60s cards. I haven't bothered to look up the checklist, but I'm hoping there are cards for other overlooked greats. Norm Cash. Jim Gentile. Bob Veale. Dick Radatz. Stu Miller. Earl Battey. Bill White. Dick McAuliffe. Albie Pearson. Bob Allison.

And I especially hope there are cards of guys I didn't even know until just looking up some '60s stuff now. Max Alvis, John Romano, John Wyatt and Pete Ward all had significant seasons in the '60s and nobody knows who they are now.

(This is the point where Jim From Downington points out his posts on the various players I just mentioned. Thanks, Jim for shedding some light).

Like I said, maybe this is my fault. Maybe I'm not going to the right places. Maybe I'm too absorbed with Oscar Gamble's hair or the Padres' late '70s uniforms to read up on guys like Vada Pinson and Leon Wagner. Or maybe I just need to find the right website or a book to read.

But I don't have time to read.

That's why I need the card set to do the work for me.

Cards have been pulling the heavy education load since I was kid. Why stop now?

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Night Card Binder candidate: Joe Adcock, 1978 TCMA "The 1960s," #108
Does it make the binder?: It sure does.

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I have an announcement.

See that card there?

I want all of them. Every one.

There's a guy who can try to collect every Tim Wallach card. So I can try to collect every 2010 Topps 206 Historical Events mini insert #HE6. The first pro baseball game played under lights.

I've received 3 or 4 of these in card packages in the mail. Obviously people want me to have the card. So why not just extrapolate on that and try to get them all?

So if you've got one of these, I want it.

It just seems like something I should do.

5 comments:

  1. That Wallach blog is awesome. And best of luck getting those lights!

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  2. Had a feeling you'd like the Adcock. Personally, I think it's one of the better "night cards" of all-time.

    Outside of a handful I found from a quarter box last year, I've had a tough time finding anything from those awesome '60s TCMA cards.

    I love them for the exact reasons you mentioned. That quarter box yielded a card of Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese player to ever play in the bigs.

    I still can't get over how cool that one is.

    I'll keep an eye out for more of those TCMA cards for you. And I'll try and find some copies of that Topps 206 insert, too.

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  3. I'll send you an #HE6. Not yet in hand.

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  4. I also really like those TCMA sets, always grab them when I find them in a discount box, and have considered trying to put the set together.

    FWIW, Joe Adcock is a short print in the 1963 Fleer set. Rumor has it he was dropped from the last print run in favor of the checklist (the same checklist, I might add, that you use for your One Card Challenge avatar.

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