I recently completed another Twitter trade with a fellow Dodger fan named Fernando. (How appropriate is that name?)
The deal was mostly Dodgers for Dodgers. Fernando (or @NorCalDodger) found a few cards from my want list, like this amusing Action Packed item of Todd Hollandsworth, and I sent him some of the bazillion dupes that I own.
But amid the want list needs that I received, I was pleasantly surprised by a few extras. See if you can tell what I mean by looking at some of the cards.
Did your eyes light up in the middle there?
And it's not just because the non-Dodgers in that series were unexpected.
It was because the non-Dodgers were unexpected VINTAGE.
How delightful to receive a random 1966 Topps card and a random subset item from 1973 Topps just because. I have absolutely no connection to the Astros beyond being able to tell you their 1980 starting lineup. I can't even tell you who Chris Zachary is.
Does it matter that he isn't wearing a cap? And does it matter that there's a boy in a pool on the other card? No and No.
Because it's RANDOM VINTAGE!
See if you feel the same thing after I show you this:
You don't feel the same, do you?
You feel sad, bored and ripped-off.
That's because 1986 and 1989 Topps is not RANDOM VINTAGE!
Random vintage can do no wrong. Tell me when it is ever excusable to send someone who is not a Twins fan a 1987 commons card of a Twin? Never. It's grounds for a bipping.
But send someone a Twin from 1963? It doesn't matter if the guy had one at-bat for his entire career and struck out looking. It's from 1963! It's vintage! It's random!
I wish I had vintage cards just sitting about where I could throw a few in -- at my whim and fancy -- into every package. What a merry old soul I would be. Unfortunately, most of my vintage cards are tied up in sets. Until I rectify that, it will just go on my "How To Be a Better Night Owl" list.
It's the best.
(P.S.: 2B Joe Morgan, 3B Enos Cabell, RF Terry Puhl, LF Jose Cruz, CF Cesar Cedeno, 1B Art Howe, C Alan Ashby, SS Craig Reynolds).