Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Put me in: coach
Just something quick tonight. I've spent too much time looking for cards for people, scanning that mammoth package I got yesterday, and repeatedly gagging over the Dodgers' latest relief addition.
In looking over some cards earlier, I came across my stack of 1982 Donruss. It's no secret that I don't think much of '82 Donruss. In the life of this blog, I think I've mentioned specific cards from the set only with the Phil Garner reverse negative, the old Carl Yastrzemski photo and my disinterest in Diamond Kings.
Other than that it has been reference after reference to the child-like design on the front and the repetitive backs.
The set, given the time that it came out, should have a place of honor in one of my binders, as virtually ever set from 1982 and prior does. But it doesn't. It's banished to a box with a lot of other '80s and '90s sets.
But there is one bit of quirkiness inside that set that I do enjoy.
It's the random, out-of-the-blue coach cards in the set.
No doubt when I pulled one of these coach cards a small, "what in the world?" smile crossed my face.
A coach? On a card?
The only time I ever saw coaches on cards was in the 1974 Topps set, the first set I ever knew. They were part of the manager cards, usually four tiny, black-and-white floating heads bobbing below the full-color manager.
But a coach all to himself? Bizarre. (Keep in mind, I never saw an '76 SSPC card until decades later).
I don't know how many coach cards there are in '82 Donruss. I have maybe 300 cards from the set. I just know I have four. Here are the other three:
Obviously, all four of those coaches enjoyed long and notable playing careers and that's probably why Donruss chose them.
But I've often wondered why they chose them. Did Donruss come up short and decide to add some select coaches? Or was it a planned tribute to these long-time players? Are there any other coaches in '82 Donruss? Why doesn't night owl get off his butt and do some research?
(It's interesting to note that the four coaches played a collective 68 years and played for 20 different teams).
Anyway, it's about the only redeeming thing I can think of for 1982 Donruss.
Sure there are rookies. Kent Hrbek and what not. As you know, I'm not really into rookies.
Give me a guy who played 18 years.