Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Team collecting isn't what it used to be
On the previous card show post, I accidentally inserted one of those page breaks into the story. If you didn't click on the "read more" link, you may have missed all the vintage that I showed from the card show. It's fixed now, so check that out if you're interested.
Now onto tonight's post.
We are a long way from how I collected cards of my team when I was young.
As a kid, I'd wait to pull the team card with the checklist on the back, note the 24 or 25 individuals listed for the Dodgers, curse out the one Dodger included on a four-player rookie card, and then get to work.
When I was finished -- if I even did finish -- there were 24 or 25 dudes in Dodger uniforms, plus the team photo card, in my complete team collection.
But that was a long time ago.
With the advent of inserts, team collecting includes a lot more than it once did. No longer restricted to Dodger players or a manager, now sitting in my team binders are cards of stadiums, players who retired long before the year in which they're featured, players from other teams that share space with a Dodger, and TV and movie actors.
And now there's something called a Jabbawockeez in there.
I'm not going to pretend I'm familiar with the Jabbawockeez. I'm a white dude from the '70s. I looked them up so I know their main things are dance, hip-hop and masks -- what a coincidence, three things I try to avoid.
The card actually made me reconsider for a moment my rules for making the team binders. It's pretty inclusive right now: Anything that shows the Dodgers logo or references the Dodgers on the front. I'm assuming that some team collectors dismiss cards like these immediately, keeping it to players on the field. I can respect that.
But when I see a card of Aubrey Plaza in a Dodgers uniform, you're not going to be able to keep that out of my team binder. No way. So, what's fair is fair, Jabbawockeez, and those male actor dudes I don't know who threw out a first pitch at Dodger Stadium will go in the team binder, too.
I received the Jabbawockeez card from reader Dave, who searched out a few different items off my want lists (Dave, do you still need a 1971 Dick Williams? I've got an extra).
Here are a couple of actual Dodgers on inserts from last year. The Piazza is my first look at that MVP insert. The number of inserts are growing and I can't keep up.
Finally, some base cards. I'm two steps closer to finishing 1988 Fleer. Just three cards to go. I think just about every reader of this blog has cards 82, 155 or 440 stashed in the back of his or her closet, long forgotten by time. Brave the back of that closet and send them to me!
Far and away the best cards in this package. You don't see 1973 Topps in such snazzy shape everyday!
The '73s come from the good ol' days of knowing a team set was complete when all the boxes on the back of the team checklist were crossed off.
I sometimes wonder what my reaction would have been back then if I pulled this card. My guess is it would be the height of hilarity as I tried to trade the card out of my sight, hopefully to my youngest brother.
I'm a bit more mature than that. So in the binder it goes.