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Thank you! Thank you! You're too kind! No, no, no, you're too, too kind! Ha, ha! Great audience! Great audience!


Yes, we're back! We are back! Night Owl here with another edition of "What's The Best Card In The Package," Extreme Edition! Ha, ha. That's right! Extreme Edition!

You thought that our fine little show went away forever. Oh no, we are back at least one more time in new and improved form! It's the Extreme Edition of What's The Best Card In the Package! Can I say that a few more times?? Extreme! Extreme! Extreme! Ha, ha! Yes. We are "All New" as they say in TV land!

If you have been with Night Owl and his trusty helper Jim over there, you know that on this show we determine the best card to come out of one particular card package. The package is usually bursting with goodness, but we must make a decision on which card is the absolute BEST! The best card is so good that if it were walking down the street, you would whistle at it! Ha, ha! Not that I've ever done that to anybody! No siree! This game show host Night Owl is a straight shooter. Ha, ha! Stop giving me weird looks, Jim. It's just a finger, I'm not really trying to shoot you! Ha, ha!

Now, in past shows we've shown ONE card at a time and then they face off against each other! But with the Extreme Edition, it could be one card facing another card, or it could be one card facing a DOZEN cards! Isn't that wild! It's INSANE! It's EXTREME!!!! Ha, ha! The ratings are going through the ceiling on this one! Ha, ha! They better! Have you seen the price of cigarettes?! Ha, ha!

All right, all right! Let's get this show started! All these cards came from David K. We all know what great cards he sends, right?

So, say it with me, "WHAT'S THE BEST CARD IN THE PACKAGE!"


Ha, ha! I love saying that!

Jim, the first card!

Well, well, well! We're starting this show off right! It's a 1961 Post card of the Duke! You can't get any better than that! Ignore those 1960 numbers. Look at that Lifeline! WOW!

All right, all right, let's see who Duke is going to face here on EXTREME WTBCITP!!!!!

Hey, HEY! It's a whole pile of night cards!!!!

WOW, that is EXTREME!!!!! It's extreme, isn't it Jim???? Jim, pay attention. Stop looking at your phone. Real life is over here. Ha, ha!

All right, all right, let's see who wins this EXTREME matchup!!!!!


Wow, I never saw that coming!!!!! One card beats like 50 cards!!!! That's crazy! That's EXTREEEME!!!!!!!

I love this all new game!!!!! The host is buying this! He's eating it up with a spork! Ha, ha!!!

OK, Jim, let's see another card ... or should I say CARDS! Ha, ha!!

Ooooooooooooooooh!!!! It's a trio of high-numbered 1972 Topps! Those are some special cards!!!

It's going to take a lot to eliminate those!

Let's see the '72 highs opponent. Come on, Jim, chop, chop over there! Let's go!

Wow, awesome!!!! It's '75 Hostess Sparky against '76 Hostess Amos!!!!!

That's great! Great! Yankees vs. Royals! Like the old days! The old running around days! Am I right? Am I right? A blonde on each arm, right, Jim! Yeah, ha! ha!

This is a tough one! An EXTREME one, you might say! Which is it gonna be?

Let's see!

It's the '72s!!!! All right!!! Oddballs are great and quirky, but those '72 highs are pricey. Beer isn't paying for itself! Ha! Ha! Stop rolling your eyes over there Jim!! The toughs in my neighborhood and I are friends now! Watch your step! Ha, ha!

OK, next matchup! Let's go!

Well! That's pretty cool! Four '67s in super-fine shape! Love the '67 set. Just terrific!

OK, what's going to face this group here???

One card? One lousy '67 against four '67s? Sure, it's Rusty, but come on now. Bigger is better, right? Am I right, America? Ha, ha!

All right, but we have to play the game, you know. So here we go! Who wins??

Rusty????? Oh, wow!!!! I forgot there were two Giants in that group of four cards!!! That's instant death right there!! Ha, ha!

This game is so extreme! Sooo extreme!!! Ha, ha!!

What do we have now, Jim?

It's a '72 card of the great Roberto Clemente from Game 4 of the '71 World Series. That was also the first night game in World Series history! David K. wonders if that makes this a night card! I don't really know because I don't know if that's really a photo from that particular game! I think I tried to figure it out once, but a coughing fit stopped me! Ha, ha! Those damn unfiltereds!!! Ha, ha!

I probably should show the reverse of this card before we move on to its opponent. TURN THAT CARD OVER, JIM!!!

Stop your grumbling! I don't care if it's difficult to turn the card over! It's in your contract!

Series Mondailes de 1971????? It's O-Pee-Chee!!!!! All right! That's fun stuff. Fun stuff.

OK, let's see the next card!

Wow, now that is EXTREME! A 1965 Topps Tall Boy of the Bills' Stew Barber! Look at all that pink!!!! Kind of reminds me of that date one time in ... ah, never mind. You don't need to hear that!! Ha, ha! Jim certainly doesn't! He's heard it a few times already! Ha, ha!

OK, let's see the winner!!!!

ROBERTO!!!! Canadian Roberto beats football any day!!!! Pink or not!!! We may be EXTREME, but we're old-school baseball through and through, right??? Ha, ha!!!!!!

Gosh, I'm starting to sweat here! I forgot how difficult this was!!! Ha, ha!


Look at THAT!!!!! Minis everywhere!!!!!!! And every single one makes the frankenset binder!!!! That's right! I said frankenset!!! Jim thinks I'm speaking gibberish again!!!!

Lot of Pirates in there, too! Hope, Dave K. isn't unloading his collection!

OK, let's see who these minis will face on the EXTREME EDITION!!!!

WOW. It's the original minis!


Ha, ha!

Yes, yes, your studio host just ran around the entire stage like a 6-year-old.

I promise I'm completely sober here!!!! Just a few pills with breakfast this morning. Ha, ha!

Jim, take your head out of your hands over there and show us a winner!

YES! It's the '75 minis! They always win!

It's going to difficult to beat these on this show! But we keep pressing on!

Next matchup!

IMPRESSIVE!!! That's a '51 Bowman card of Dan Bankhead! I've always wanted a Dan Bankhead card! He was the first modern day black pitcher in major league baseball, you know.

That's right, I know my history, too! I'm not just your drinking partner, Jim!

Oh, who am I kidding, I don't drink with you! I drink alone! Ha, ha!


Wow, more classic Bowman!!!!

Looks like someone took the phrase TV dinner literally on the Billy Loes card! Ha, ha!!!!

OK, who wins this extreme matchup!!!!

Dan is the winner!!! All right! One beats two here on EXTREME WTBCITP!!!!!!!!!

I think we have another matchup here!!!! That's right, it's the game that never ends!!! Don't you remember?? I lose five pounds every show!!

LOOK AT THAT! It's nine short-prints from 2008 Heritage! The set I may never complete!! That's terrific! There's actually a 10th card that I didn't show because I'm OCD!!! That's right! You didn't think your host would confine his compulsions to smoking, drinking and running around, did you???

Ha, ha! Your host is EXTREME, too!!!

Let's see who these SPs are facing!!!!

Woah!!!!!!!! This is ... this is ...

Let me check my notes here.

This is a 1936 R314 Goudey Wide Pen card of Dan Taylor.

Wow! I didn't even know something like this existed!!! That is super sweet. And, yes, EXTREME!!!!!

So who is going to win this one???

Yep! We're going with Dan here! It's the only thing in this studio that's older than me!!!! Ha, ha!!!!

Last matchup of the first round coming up right now!!!!!

Show 'em a card or cards, Jim!!

WELL!!!!! That's a fine group of '56s for the collection right there!!!!! We've got extreme, studio audience! EXTREME!

Who dares to battle these '56 cards?

Wow. I'm speechless! That's a '58 Topps card of Stan the Man, right there! Stan the Man!

How are we going to pick a winner out of this one????

Well this is why we get paid the big bucks, right?

Let's see who advances!

It's the 56s!!!!

Sorry, Stan. But I think you're going to get traded for some groovy Dodger at some point!!!!

All right, that was the first round!

Yep, we're just through the first round! This is why I don't do this show anymore!!!! We can't have the studio audience sitting for this long!!! They're going to start throwing things at me! Ha, ha! Especially that old lady over there! Ha, ha!

OK, we'll be back with the exciting EXTREME second round, right after this commercial break!!!



That leprechaun was extreme, let me tell you!!!! I see him in my dreams! Ha, ha!!!

OK, it's time for the next round, where things REALLY get extreme!! I mean, EX-WIFE EXTREME, if you know what I mean. And I definitely know what I mean!!!! Ha, ha!!!!!

Let's see what we have, Jim!!!!!

The Duke!!!! Great card! GREAT card!!

But is it EXTREME??!!!

Bring on the opponent!!!!!

Ah, yes!! The 1972s!!!! Great year!!!! Tough set!

Who wins?

Show the winner, Jim!!!!!

Duke wins again!!!!! Great stuff!! We love ya, Duke! Ha, ha!!!

Next card, Jim!!!!! Keep 'em coming!

Rusty!!! Good ol' extreme Rusty!!! Loves to cook!!!! And I love to eat!!! Ha, ha!!!!

Let's see who we've cooked up for Chef Rusty!!!!!!

O-Pee-Chee Roberto!!!! It's a rare one-card vs. one-card showdown this time!! Just like the old days!!!

Love it!

But who gets to move on??

Yep, it's OPC Roberto!!! With that big butt in the foreground!! Reminds me of my ex-wife again! Ha, ha!! Love that card.

Wow, I'm dripping wet here. Jim, you gotta a towel or something over there?

Oh, right, no time for that. Gotta see the next card!!!! Work, work, work! Ha, ha!

It's the fine group of '75 minis. Ooooh, these are terrific. I don't know if they can beat.

Who dares to be extreme enough to challenge these '75 minis????

Oooooh, it's '51 Bankhead. This is going to be tough.

Who's it going to be. Whooo? Whoooo? Ha, ha! I sound like an owl! Wait a minute, I AM an owl! Ha, ha! Existential! Extreme! Ha, ha!

Wow! It's an upset!!!!! The '75 minniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis beaten by a single card!!!!! That's the power of Mr. Bankhead!!!

Great stuff!!!!

OK, we have one more matchup in the second round!!!

Here we go!

Ah, yes, Dan Taylor, the, let's see here ... gotta check my notes again ...

The 1936 R314 Goudey Wide Pen!!!! Ha, ha! That's right! It's coming back to me now!!!

Let's see who Mr. Wide Pen will face here!!!

The '56s!!!!! Oh, this is so extreme!!!! Old-school extreme!!!!!!!!

I wouldn't want to be the guy who has to choose the winner here!!!!!

Wait a minute, I DO have to choose the winner! Ha, ha!

Let's get on with the dirty deed!!!!

It's the '56 cards!!!!

Love the '56 set! Hate having to consult my notes every time I see a card!!!!!

And that's the end of the second round!!!! Wasn't that great! Wasn't that EXTREME?

We're coming back with the semifinals, right after THIS!!!!!

Pete Rose and Don Knotts!!! Wild!!!!

OK, speaking of wild, we're here at the semifinals! And there are still 10 people left in the audience!!!!!!

Better than the last time we did this!!!!

I guess that's the power of extreme!

OK, let's see the first semifinal matchup!


Duke is still powering through!!!! Food cards are the best!!!!

And against Duke we have ...

O-Pee-Chee Roberto!!!!

And our winner!!!

It's the Duke of Flatbush on to the semifinals!!!!!!

Semifinal number 2!!!!

It's the '51 Bowman Bankhead! Love this card more and more!!!

Who's it going to face????

It's the '56 Topps cards!!! Six of them!!!!!

Are they extreme enough to beat Dan Bankhead?????


And our championship will be between two Dodgers!! As it should be!!!!!

OK, I'm exhausted here. And I've got change my suit. And get a beer.

We'll be back after these messages.

All right!!! Welcome back!!!! I think I once swallowed a few of those Lite Brite bulbs!!!!! Ha, ha!!!!!

We are back with the finals of EXTREME WTBCITP. And in true extreme fashion, we have ... wait a minute, only TWO cards. It's one card against another card!!!!

That's not extreme at all. This is just like the championship from the old game!! I thought we were going to be Extreme!! Jim, call up my manager, I want off this show ....

Ha, ha. Oops. You didn't hear any of that, studio audience!

No, we have a terrific championship here. One card against one card. Mano-card-a-mano-card, if you will! Ha, ha!

Let's see the EXTREME championship matchup!!!!

It's '61 Post Duke against ...

'51 Bowman Dan

And the winner is ...

Wait a minute. I have to show another commercial!!!!

Ha, ha!!!!

Now that's the best commercial ever!!!!

I once tried to jump 30 cars! But I was on foot!!! Spent a couple of happy weeks in the hospital!!

Good times!!!! Ha, ha.

But enough about me!! Let's see who wins this matchup!!!

Jim, show 'em the winner!!!

Congratulations, 1951 Bowman Dan Bankhead! You are the winner of the EXTREME EDITION of What's The Best Card In The Package!!!!!

Thanks everyone for watching!

I'm never doing this again!

Extreme or not!!!!!!

Good night!


Zvon said…
This was great. Totally enjoyed it, thanks :)
Rob said…
Thought Rusty might pull off an upset...
steelehere said…
I've got the cigarette lighter in the air with the flame burning hoping for an encore!
Potch said…
1974, September. Age 6. Broke the epiphysis at my left elbow channeling Evel Knievel. Major surgery and three weeks in traction ensued. Thanks for reminding me.
One of my favorite Staubs, but the poor guy had no chance against vintage Dodgers.

Great post, Greg, but it makes me feel uneasy when you use exclamation points. :-)
Dave said…
Never thought I'd get so much enjoyment out of my A&G doubs. Thanks Greg!

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