Skip to main content

License to drive

Earlier this week I went to the DMV to upgrade my driver's license. When it arrives in a couple of weeks, for the first time in quite awhile, I will be able to drive in and out of Canada again.

Happy Canada Day, Canada! Watch out! I'm coming back!

Per usual when you re-up your license, you must have your picture taken. It never goes well. For anybody. I don't know how they do it, producing a terrible photo of absolutely every single person every single time. Is it the camera? The lighting? DMV demons?

The picture-taker always asks "is this one OK?" and shows the photo, which then causes me to go into shock, more so this time because I haven't had a haircut in four months on top of looking five years older plus the usual DMV sorcery. I go through the five stages of grief in about 15 seconds before stopping myself from saying, "It's not going to get any better." Finally, I respond:


It makes me think of baseball players having their photos taken for cards. They're at the mercy of the photographer. I think they turn out remarkably well considering my experience at the DMV (I think 1980s Fleer shots come closest to what you get when renewing your license). Take Jim Tracy above. He's 46 years old in this photo. Looks fine. But that's probably because I'm even older than Jim Tracy here.


Moving on to happier thoughts. Tracy's "Home Team Advantage" 2002 Topps card is one of the cards from the latest flat rate box of Dodgers from Johnny's Trading Spot. He drops one or two of those on me a year, like clockwork. And I weed out the duplicates and thrill over the cards I need on the blog here, like clockwork.

The Tracy was one of those needless, pointless, stamped parallels that I nonetheless needed from the package.

There are a bunch more. I still say stamped parallels are the first cards eliminated from my collection when it comes time for eliminating things (we're not there yet).

One more. Nick Alvarez. Who never made it to the major leagues. I have seven Dodger cards of him now. My collection makes no sense.

The other stack of similarly themed cards from this box that I needed were from that already forgotten Honus Bonus game card set:

These may not look like much one card at a time but they are kind of pleasant all together like this.

I may or may not have all the Dodgers now. I know there are parallels to this, but I don't have time for that.

One last parallel, from last year's Walgreen's Yellow collection. The Twins now have two-fifths of last year's Dodgers starting rotation.

I've reached the point where I get excited about finding team set needs from '90s products. Thanks to more than a decade of blogging, my '90s Dodgers collection is nearly as complete as my '70s and '80s Dodgers collection (excluding inserts, of course). Both of the above were needs and very exciting. Who knew I could get excited over '90s cards?

That Delino DeShields Ultra card is greener than the greenest parallel.

I must show every filled hole, even if I have nothing more to say than "hole filled."

This is as close to a Canada Day post as you're going to get from me this year. I've written Canada Day posts five straight years from 2015-19. I'm tapped out!!

Johnny delivered a sizable stack of '80s O-Pee-Chee Dodgers. I was happy to see I didn't own these three and I was already able to distribute one of the other ones to another blogger that I found on his want list!

John's been able to send stuff like this all the while running his Big Fun Fridays AND this Bingo game now. I can barely get around to sending him the measly envelope that I have.

My most recent Big Fun Friday win is probably my favorite.

Vintage Wackys!!!

All of the above are from Series 5 of the 1973-74 Wacky Packages series. I remember a few of them from when I was a kid, particularly White Fowl and Hungry Jerk.

I never noticed the re-used name on the Hungry Jerk sticker.

It repeated a sticker from the earlier 1973 Wacky series.

I've mentioned before how much these stickers mean to me. It was what I was collecting in 1975 when I wasn't collecting 1975 Topps baseball cards. And, therefore, those Wacky Packages stickers mean almost as much to me as '75 Topps baseball.

But unlike other cards that I treasure from my childhood -- '70s Hostess or Kellogg's or TCMA -- I don't have to battle many fellow bloggers for Wacky stickers. Which is great. More for me!

Thanks Johnny for the cards and stickers. I plan to package up your envelope this evening.

Then I'll spend the next 2-plus weeks bracing for the arrival of my new driver's license.


Glad you found some useful cards, well needed anyways. LOL.
Elliptical Man said…
I like the Hooton with the pitching grip.

Voting for the White Fowl though. Teasing smokers never gets old.
Sean said…
As a Canadian, thank you for the Canada Day post.

Unfortunately it will probably be a while before you'll be able to drive across that border though, looks like it is going to be shut for some time to come.
Adam said…
Very cool, like those OPC cards.
Nick Vossbrink said…
OPCs are fun. Those 2002s though are rough on the eyes. Great design. Hate the border color.
acrackedbat said…
Original Wackys are the best. I haven't had time to BFG and likely won't over summer. These cards are steal-worthy! Keep your doors and windows locked!
Fuji said…
I've gotta go to the DMV within the next week to finish up registering one of my cars and renew my driver's license. Right now they're not scheduling new appointments, so I need to just go out there, stand in line, and wait. With it heating up... I'm not looking forward to that.
Kaz Ishii doing his best 1976 Stan Wall impersonation. 1970s Topps are my points of reference for all things. I just received an email from Eurostar hoping I’d book a train trip from London to Brussels. ROFL. My wife gave me a 3 hour haircut (more combing than cutting until I insisted it be otherwise) and asked “do you normally shake when you’re at the barber?” Great read as always, thanks for the blog NO
GCA said…
My latest license photo is a frustrated grimace. It was intentional after I had to bring along several pieces of paperwork, including an ORIGINAL birth certificate, which took me three weeks and a bunch of cash to get. Of course that put me beyond my birthday to renew my license, but in order to get an extension (in this case, to gather the proper paperwork), you have to have all the proper paperwork!
Big Tone said…
I always hope that I don't run into anyone I know at the DMV but then find myself looking for familiar faces the minute I walk in. Maybe,subconsciously, I want to run into someone I know?
John Bateman said…
Tracy looks like he is 60 years old on that card. I think he had a cool 1981 Fleer baseball card though.

Popular posts from this blog

The slash era

I'm not sure how many images of Joe Adell on the 2021 Topps design you have seen already. At the moment of this writing (3:42 p.m.), I've seen it several times, as well as a couple of blog posts about it. I'm sure there are more on the way.

These are what people are saying about it ...

Wait, I suppose I need to show you the image one more time:

There you are.

OK, now, the first reference I saw to it when I woke up out of my nest late this morning is that the design has a border. This was met with applause and I'm right there with them. It's the first Topps bordered flagship set since 2015, although you could make a case for 2019.

There is a lot of tinkering with the border but that just continues the theme of the entire design, which is: IT'S AWFULLY BUSY, AIN'T IT?????

How many design elements are on that card? Ten? Twelve? Fifteen? (Also, purple? There is no purple in the Angels color scheme. Are we going back to the random Topps colors of the '60s, …

The weird things collectors do

It is interesting to me how card collectors seem to have so much in common, as far as interests, personality tendencies, how their brains are wired, etc., and still can be so different.

There are many things that card collectors do that confuse the heck out of me. ... Why? Why would they do that? ... And there are many ways card collectors think that don't match my collecting thought process at all.

I think the influence of the time period in which a collector grew up has a lot to do with the differences. And that's what I'm going to chalk up to the excuse I am now giving to whatever lost soul decided to grade a 1982 Topps Burt Hooton card.

Let's go through the reasons why there's no need to grade a 1982 Topps Burt Hooton:

1. The card came out in 1982.
2. It's Burt Hooton.

I'm done.

But, I'm thinking, somebody grew up in a period when everyone was grading cards and that, yes, even commons should be graded because, you know, they could, uh ... they coul…

Thrill of the chase

An old high school classmate asked me this week how to go about selling some completed Topps baseball sets that she had purchased for her sons each year while they were growing up.

I explained how to search for the sets on eBay by using the completed listings option, but because she is one of my favorite former classmates, to help lessen the shock for her, I searched the sets myself and then gave her an average for each of them, along with an explanation of why they weren't worth much more than what she had paid for them originally.

The sets were from 1997-2008 and with the exception of the 2001 set, which at 790 cards is the largest of the bunch and also contains the Ichiro rookie card, it was clear that nobody values completed sets anymore. At least not non-vintage completed sets.

I already knew this. But seeing it underlined in back-lit numbers stunned me a bit. The 2005 complete set sells for only 40 bucks? I like the 2005 set! I'm trying to complete the 2005 set! Why don…