Remember when card blogs were about quirky backgrounds and spotting outdated equipment? Remember when people read and learned stuff? Remember when it wasn't all about snapchatting cat selfies in Trump wigs?
But I'm here to tell you that keeping your radar tuned to unusual elements on baseball cards still comes in handy. Even if quite a bit of pain comes along with it.
I was paging through binders the other day, pulling cards for another post that may or may not ever happen. I casually picked up the binder housing my complete 1982 Topps set and began paging through it in a quest for key cards.
I had paged through 16 sheets when the sight stopped me cold:
Yes, I still double-bag my binders. There are other people in the house who have to live here, too. That's not the point.
So, do you see it?
How good were you at match game when you were a kid?
I noticed it right away because I know well that old-time communication device of the '60s, '70s and '80s, the colorized hanging wall phone.
I was stunned to discover two John Verhoevens on the page!!!!!!!!!
Oh, this was not good. Not good at all.
One Verhoeven was in its proper spot -- at page slot #281.
The other most definitely was not. And it more than likely meant that I had NOT completed the 1982 Topps set when I thought I did.
The day already ruined, I went about looking up who actually was supposed to be in the card #293 spot.
It turns out it is Rob Picciolo, a light-hitting infielder during the fire-sale/Billy Ball A's years. I was a little relieved that it wasn't some star player, not that the '82 set is filled with hard-to-find cards.
I definitely don't have the Picciolo card. But I believe Bo from Baseball Cards Come To Life is already lining one up for me.
As always, when something like this comes up, I wonder what other dupes are in my complete set binders disguised as long-ago finds. I don't even want to think about it. I'll get nightmares.
No doubt about a suddenly discovered missing card in my Trump wig cat selfie set.