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Get 'em on, get 'em over, get 'em in

  Topps Series 2 is here and it means even less than ever:   1. You can't find it on any shelf or even on a certain big box store's web site (I received a gift card to Target for Father's Day with the intent of me ordering up some cards remotely. But I should've received one from Walmart because at least they have packs available).   2. It still features that irritating Bowman-esque design that makes me fear for the direction Topps flagship is headed.   3. I like vintage so much more than I did even five or six years ago. Buying Series 2 is always somewhat pointless and a rather shameful process actually. In fact, Series 1 and Series 2 sums up that old adage, which should be a meme: Just purchased Series 1: shame on you Just purchased Series 2: shame on me If I like the design and am actually collecting the set, then, yeah, I'll go nuts on Series 2. But otherwise, what am I even doing? I already know it's icky from viewing all the Series 1 cards. It took me a fe
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One-card wonders, update 11

  This group put out a one-hit wonder 40 years ago and I had never heard it before this year.   That is shocking to me because 40 years ago would place me smack in the middle of high school and I knew every last song that was on the radio 40 years ago. Seven-Year Ache, Gemini Dream, Hey Nineteen, I knew them all.   But not " So Lonely ," a power-pop, do-wop throwback from a duo called "Get Wet," which barely cracked the Top 40, reaching No. 39 in April, 1981.   I heard it for the first time this year, listening to retro radio from 40 years back, and then weirdly, the video popped up on my recommendations and I thought, "there's no way this would happen with a baseball card. I knew ALL the baseball cards in 1981."   Um ... maybe not. Welcome to another edition of One-Card Wonders. We're in 1981 ... again. I covered 1981 in this series earlier but I looked only at Topps. So this time I wanted to see how the other two sets released that year did with

Switching off the TV set

  I completed the Dodgers team set for 1955 Bowman, aka, "the TV set," a couple days ago. Charlie Neal was the last card I needed. I don't remember the 1950s, but I do remember the old, wood-panel TV sets. Both sets of grandparents had one and every time I mention watching Mets and Yankees games at my grandmother's house in Owego, NY, it was on the monstrous wood-panel model.   I tried looking for a picture of it in my mom's old photo albums that I've inherited, but didn't have any luck. I recall my mom having a dim view of the television, so maybe that's why. However, I did find a picture of the wood-panel TV set that was at our house for awhile. I think my parents got it as a hand-me-down from my other grandmother, the one who is holding me in the picture above, back in 1966, with that TV in the background. I remember it sitting in the basement and, appropriately, watching old Godzilla movies on it on Saturdays. A few years later, getting into card c

Not related

  I received this card, and several others from the 1988 Star Vero Beach Dodgers set, in the latest envelope from reader and trader Dave S. I've known about this card for quite awhile and have always received conflicting information about it. Gordon Hershiser, the various stories went, was either related or not related to the much more well-known Orel Hershiser. I didn't bother to look into it more, it's not like Gordie made the majors. So I assumed that it was just one of those coincidences that you come across in baseball every once in awhile. Turns out my assumption was wrong. Gordon Hershiser is actually the younger brother of Orel Hershiser. He was drafted three years after his brother and made it as far as Double A in 1990. But the back of Gordie's card doesn't even bother to fill me in on that notable connection. So, anyway, he's not one of the ballplayers with the distinctive name who is not related to another player with the same distinctive name. For e