(It's the day of Game 3 of the NLCS and I am going to have to find a creative way to watch the game tonight since Fox has deemed it unworthy for basic cable. Or maybe I'll just monitor online. That's sometimes less agonizing anyway. Time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 275th in a series):
For the first time, I believe, I am showing a card on Cardboard Appreciation that I don't own.
I have had my eyes on this card for quite awhile but it's been out of stock on COMC the whole time I have been aware of it. I haven't bothered searching for the card anywhere else.
That's just the way it is with these Yankee Stadium Legacy cards. If you find one that fits into your collection, you're still not all that enthused about it. Let me explain why:
This card features the first game I ever attended in person. July 15, 1978. This is why I want this card. People collect ToppsNow cards because they represent a game that they attended. This is really the only card of a game that I attended that I want.
However, Upper Deck in its usual half-assed way has thoroughly messed up the presentation. Never mind the headache-inducing practice of putting the winning team on the right, but what the heck is Ron Guidry doing pictured on this card?
Guidry did not pitch in that first game I saw. The Yankees starter was Ed Figueroa. Upper Deck does explain it for you on that back:
There you see the game details. Figueroa was the loser. Dennis Leonard was the winner. Pete LaCock hit a home run (that's right the first home run I ever saw in person was hit by Pete LaCock). Then there is some gibberish about Guidry, along with a completely different game on June 17, 1978. Isn't there a YSL card for that game? Why is it on this card?
Anyway, this is the only known card of the first game I attended. In actuality, I could produce a better card of that game than this. I have saved the boxscore, I know all the game details, I know that Thurman Munson started in right field. I probably should save myself the trouble of searching for this card and make one myself.
I'm not in the habit of making custom cards, but I'll make an exception here.