JD's Wild Cardz. He got my Legendary Lineage and Peak Performance cards, and I got his Tales of the Game and History of the Game cards. One man's trash for another man's rubbish. Or something like that.
As I've said, I really like the Tales of the Game insert set. I'm down to needing three more cards: 14, 17, 22. And it just got more difficult to complete as my Target removed any Series I packaging that wasn't a blaster. No more loose packs or rack packs. Nice work, Target. You've just forced me to shop at Wal-Mart.
Anyway, the bloody sock Schilling was one more off the want list.
I am not collecting the History of the Game cards as feverishly as the Tales cards. I can see why collectors view HOG cards with a glazed look, like they were just plopped into the middle of their sophomore year and an hour-long history class. They are rather dull.
So, forgive me for getting dull on you. But I like history.
One thing I've noticed is Topps is quite vague with its history lessons. It's as if it gets some of the details right, then looks at the final product, says "eh, close enough," and calls it a day.
For example, this card:
That's the end of the write-up. Topps apparently wants you to fill in the blanks, because there is no mention of Fenway Park's relevance to the creation of the DH rule.
Fine, Topps, I'll do your work for you.
The first game in which the designated hitter was used did take place on April 6 in Fenway Park in a game between Blomberg's Yankees and the Red Sox.
There. Was that so hard? Couldn't you have put that on the back of the card?
One other thing: the game was a day game, not a night game as is shown on the card picture. Also, I think that scoreboard in the photo is a little too advanced for 1973.
Now, I'm not suggesting that Topps has photos of every game in the history of major league baseball. But there's an easy fix for this:
SHOW A PHOTO OF RON BLOMBERG!
Seeing this card does make me realize I am going to need another one for my Dodger collection.
It's a card acknowledging the establishment of the first MLB draft in 1965. There's a nice photo of a young Johnny Bench on the front.
Now, let's say you didn't know that Bench was selected in the second round of the 1965 draft, the 36th pick overall. Would you find out from reading the back of the card?
The card mentions the process of selection in that first draft, mentions that Rick Monday was the first selection and that Monday would play in two All-Star Games in his career.
No mention of Bench.
Topps really likes toying with me doesn't it?
In the journalism business, you are taught to never assume that readers know the most basic facts. You must provide everything for them, so they are not left asking questions or forced to go elsewhere for answers. Now, I know Topps ain't journalists, so maybe that's my hang-up. But it is providing information for consumers, and it seems to want to sit in an easy chair instead and let someone else do all the work.
Topps, that is a really ugly trait.
Don't make me send Dan Haren after you.